Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Happy Almost Halloween!!



Happy-Almost-Halloween everyone!!! I wish I had some other amazing and scary knits to show you, but this Spider is pretty much all I've got ; P

I feel like it's been very difficult to keep up with my blog now that I have my Ravelry account, you know. Are there still readers keeping up with me on here or are they all over THERE? It's hard to tell, you know? Plus, it's almost like you're sharing information twice and typing it all up over and over again. Mostly, I'll just link over to my Ravelry page so you can see more pictures and get more details, if you're interested. Because, man, my hands are tired of typing sometimes! LOL!

These are the things I have been up to since I wrote last:

1. Working on finishing up my book (which I hope to the Knitting Goddess will be done -and awesome- in the next 2 weeks)

2. Designing new patterns...it's funny...I seem to get MUCH more accomplished when I'm close to a deadline. Anyone else like that?

3. Trying not to overeat so I can lose weight - near the end here on Weight Watchers and finding it MUCH more difficult. (I seem to like the word "much" too much today.)

4. Getting myself (and my patterns/samples) ready for my trunk show/book signing/(and hopefully!) premier of my new book at Fresh Purls yarn store in Providence, RI on Dec. 5th and 6th. You can check out their awesome website HERE (it is SUCH a pretty website and store!) and their blog HERE. You can also read more about it on the Ravelry Event page that I made up HERE. If you're interested or think you can attend, make sure to check the box! I love to check it and see who might be coming to visit me!

(I'll post more on this when it gets closer...)

Now, on to the GOOD STUFF - Finished Objects!!!!

Elijah the Elephant



This was a very cute, quick and enjoyable knit. It's for a gift for a high school friend of mine who is having her very first baby -it's a boy! I'm planning on sending this to her with a quilt I'm making, which I hope to be finished before the year 2020.

Click HERE for more details and pics of this on Ravelry.

Hoot



I found this at the very last minute on Ysolda's blog...it's a tiny little owl that you can make into a barrette. Didn't look so good in my short hair, but I loved knitting it (it took like 5 minutes) and it's such a cute idea.

More about this HERE.

Octopus



Another addictive and super fun amigurumi animal from Hansi Singh's book, Amigurumi Knits...I love that book!! This one was my favorite of the ones I've made so far, I think. I have plans to make everything from this book. It's THAT much fun, really.

More about this project (and great pictures) HERE.

HorseShoe Cap



Everytime I get a new Spin-Off Magazine, I am inspired to knit something from it using my handspun (which I'm sure is one of the main objectives of the magazine...lol!). This one was particularly fun and quick to knit and I loved spinning the yarn as well. I used Ivy Brambles fiber (in Corriedale) in "Fireball" and it's one of my all time fav colorways of IB. So bright and so cheerful. I think I liked this cap so much that I'm going to make another one with my leftover fiber (I only used half of the 4 oz roving). I also submitted this cap to the Spin-Off Magazine gallery, so we'll see if they include it. Cross your fingers!

More details and pics HERE.

Spider!! (as also seen above)



This was one of the more difficult knits (but not horrible, just more pieces to worry about), but I'm very happy with the way he came out. Ben loves, loves him and wanted to make a Halloween movie with Spider as the lead character. Using black pipe cleaners is a MUST for this project!

It's worth it to look at the other pictures I have HERE on Ravelry.

Sea Star



A third amigurumi knit (I told you I liked this book!) that was very, very quick. I've also made an all pink sea star and have been asked by Ben to make him clothes so that he "looks like Patrick" from Spongebob Squarepants. So far, the pink sea star is nude. He might be clothed at some point. This yellow and green one is very pretty and soft.

More details and pics HERE.

Tea Mitten



This is one of my most recent knits (other than my new designs I'm working on) and it was more enjoyable that I thought it would be. Not that it didn't look awesome, but I thought it might be a little boring with just the ribbing in the round. I was very pleasantly surprised to find that it was interesting, fun and truly a great design. It fits my teapot perfectly and I was happy that I got the chance to use up my custom dyed, Sereknity sportweight yarn in "SleepyEyes" colorway. Thanks, Heather!!

More pics (cute ones!) HERE.

So...I guess that's it for now. I have knit about 10 other projects (as well as these) and I hope to share them with you on my next post!! My book should be out in late November, early December, so please keep your eye out for it and spread the news. I'll be offering hard copies for purchase right away here on the blog and probably Ravelry and then pdf copies soon after that.

I hope you're all doing well and I'd love to hear more from you! (oh, and join up to the SleepyHeads group on Ravelry if you haven't already!)

Happy Knitting!!!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Where the heck is SleepyEyes??

It's shocking, but really not surprising, that I haven't blogged in over a month. A MONTH!!! Ye Gods!

The reason I haven't blogged has been:

laziness
decided I hate knitting
immersed in a month long sex orgy (aw...too bad...LOL!)
knit everything in my stash and now I'm on to painting
am being held hostage by munchkins

...ahem....that I'm in the middle of finishing up a book that I'm writing! Yay!!

A book of knitting patterns!

Well, some of the patterns are new. Others are my favorites and I wanted a book of my own that had all of the BEST of my patterns.

So, that book is going to be published (by me) and should be out the first week in December of this year. I'm so, so excited!

Right now, I have my knitting friends (most of whom are ManchVegas Knitters) test knitting, knitting samples and listening to me babble on and on about this book and all that needs to be done. My cut off date is the middle of November for finishing and I'm praying that I'll be able to get it all done in time. With the kids, work, volunteering and housework, I feel like my extra time is indeed precious and I'm doing my best to get everything done.

(I'm so tired)

The good news is:

I'm up to 91 pounds lost this year and I've only got a little more than 10 pounds to go until my weight loss goal for WW.

Yay for me!

Here is a recent pic of me at a knitting tea party that the MVKnitters went to:



I have so many FO's to share with you and I would love to talk about my new patterns, but it's almost time to get the guys their dinner, so it will have to wait until another day. I'll try and blog soon and share some of the things I've been working on, but please spread the word about my new book. I think it's going to be wonderful and unique and lovely and I hope you'll think so, too!

Happy Knitting and Many Hugs ; )