Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving
Originally uploaded by knitkimberknit
I would like to wish a Happy Thanksgiving to all my American Friends! I hope your day was spent with people you like and if not, you had enough booze to get you through the day.

Monday, November 22, 2010

First Place

First Place
Originally uploaded by knitkimberknit
Fair Results are in!

I entered 4 skeins of my hand-spun yarn and all won ribbons. I took home two First Place Blue Ribbons, one Red Second place and a yellow Honorable Mention.

I also entered a pair of handknit socks and they won a First Place Blue Ribbon!!! Hooray! More pictures to follow soon!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Garter Ridge Scarf

Garter Ridge Scarf
Originally uploaded by knitkimberknit
My recent finished object is the Garter-Ridge Scarf from the new 60 Quick Knits book all using Cascade 220 yarn. Snoopy, my cohort in crime was bribed with cookies so I could get some pictures.

This was knit longwise, it didn't take too long but I am not a monogamous knitter. It used two skeins of 220 and was great for tv knitting when I couldn't stand to knit on tiny sock needles.

On a personal note, I am a little under the weather (fighting stomach flu/ or possible food poisoning) so I am going to wish everyone a great weekend now!

ps. I am super proud of Jen, Shevon & Brenda for doing a sprint triathlon last weekend. I can't swim and never ever ask me to get onto a bike. Way to go ladies!!!!!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Happy Weekend

Originally uploaded by knitkimberknit
I hope everyone has a good weekend!

I think I will try to scale down some of my fiber stash by doing a good chunk of spinning while watching some Florida Gators hopefully score this week. Perhaps if they quit letting criminals play for their team they will play better. Just a thought.

What are your plans this weekend?

Monday, October 25, 2010

First 5K!!

So after years of wanted to do it, I signed up for the Komen Race for the Cure and Ran/walked it this past Saturday.

It was very emotional for me. seeing so many people supporting people in their lives, themselves, and all of us participating in this event.

I thought of the people in my life who have fought this disease, my mother, Aunt Cheryl, Aunt Anita, Aunt Annie, my co-worker Linda, a family friend of 24 years+ Glenda. And my beloved Aunt Lisa who passed away fighting this disease.

Officially my time was 60 minutes and 56 seconds. However, the ever handsome Jacksonville Sheriff's Officers had stopped us so the 2K could start, we were almost done! I say my time was 56 minutes, according to my math skillz.

I look forward to running this next year, I did learn that I need to practice more incline/decline running.

Friday, October 22, 2010

PinBall !

PinBall !
Originally uploaded by knitkimberknit
This is my current favorite pastime. Knitting and Spinning and fun, but all week I look forward to the weekend and my date with the pinball machine. In a perfect world I own this one and about 10 others, and they would all be free to play.

I love the POP when you win a free game, the clicking of the flippers, the thrill of extra balls and on this machine Johnny Depp's voice. yum yum!!

Crown me Queen of the Dorks, but I love me some pinball.

ps. anyone local know where there is a Star Wars pinball machine?

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Mo the terminator

Mo the terminator
Originally uploaded by knitkimberknit
Mo man is cute as ever. His personality really fits in with our family. He loves almost everyone and loves to gives hugs.

He is hard to photograph though. I was able to have him pose with a lot of teasing of treats.

Mo's likes: Chasing crickets, vanilla ice cream, Ruffles chips, kisses, belly rubs and chasing squirrels.

Mo's dislikes: a late dinner time, missing naps, turtles and toys out of his reach.

Currently he can sit when asked and we are working very hard on Shake. He only falls over a little bit now when we try Shake.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Mermaid's Hideaway

Mermaid's Hideaway
Originally uploaded by knitkimberknit
I have been so busy. work, gym, work, pinball, work, Roller Derby Bouts (watching). and Spinning! Spin, Spin. SPIN!!!

I am going to attempt to blog more frequently, I say that every time I come back from being gone for a while. This time I will Really work at it .

The pups are both doing really well. I am teaching Mo to do some tricks and Snoopy has taken to sleeping in Mo's bed while I am gone at work.

Fall is here! Hooray!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Jitterbug Update

Jitterbug Update
Originally uploaded by knitkimberknit
Blog update.

Knitting is, eh. My mojo seems to have left when the heat moved in.

I am currently up to 51 skeins of Jitterbug. 47 of these are different colors and 4 are repeats. The picture is from Mr.iPhone so the colors are off. I have been lucky enough to score some of the blue label skeins. There are 400 yards to those skeins. According to the Colinette web site there are 117 different colorways currently, so I have a ways to go still. The newest colors are hardest to score.But I have great friends on Ravelry who are making it easy for me to score them.

I have been spinning off and on, its hard to work my schedule to involve spinning, knitting, work and the gym along with my small social life. I know I can make it work, it's just balancing everything out.

World Wide Knit in Public Day is this Saturday, June 19, 2010 at the RiverSide Art Market in J-Ville. Hope to see you if you are local. If not, Flash your WIP when you KIP.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Lace Alert

Lace Alert
Originally uploaded by knitkimberknit
Hey Folks,

Spring is a busy time for me, work wise so things have been more then a little quiet around here. I am still spinning and knitting lots of socks.

I also dabbled in some lace knitting. I made a shawlette, in the Multnomah pattern. (not sure if I spelled that correctly) I am in a scarf/shawl exchange and whileI probably shouldn't have joined it because spring time is horrid for me time wise, I have enjoyed being in it. The shawl is done and I need to get off my arse and send it out along with the rest of the goodies I have for my swapee.


More soon I hope.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

birthday cake!

birthday cake!
Originally uploaded by knitkimberknit
SO my birthday was on Friday. And at the end of a long day I had this super cute birthday cake.

My day started off with dogs barking at each other through a door wanting to play. They do not seem to understand that on my side of the house, we sleep in on days off.

I went to get the tag for my truck renewed which was uneventful except for a woman who was in line, right in front of me. She was sporting a pair of Acid washed tapered leg jeans. I thought those were banned around 1995?

So as I was leaving the Tag place, I was sitting at the stop sign waiting for traffic to pass. I looked left. I looked right. I looked left and again and WHAM! My truck was hit. By a cop.

I am ok, and the truck is dinged up. The cop's car had the most damage. And OOOOOO buddy, he was easy on the eyes.

After waiting an eternity for the accident report to be written, I was on my way again and off to have lunch with my best friend. I hit a few antique stores and bought some yarn goodness.

I had dinner with the family and spent some quality time with people I love.

I will be sharing the ugliness of acid washed jeans in a day or so, so be sure to check back!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Secret Shawl

Secret Shawl
Originally uploaded by knitkimberknit
I am working hard on a secret shawl project. I can't say who or what its for, but it's knitting up super nicely.

What else is new? Springtime is here and that means long hours at work from well February till end of May.

I went hiking last Sunday at Ravine Gardens, a beautiful Florida State Park. There are over 93000 azalea plants there. Only about half were in bloom when I was there. The cooler weather this winter has slowed the blooming of my most favorite flower.

I am working on numerous projects besides the shawl. I finished a pair of socks last night, and am working hard to finish a pair for a friend, Carrie. Its only taken me a year to get it done.

Snoopy and Mo are getting along well still. Snoopy has taken to sitting in my room looking out into the hallway and barking when he wants Mo to come play with him. This happens about 3 times a week, at the oddest hours. Like this morning at 5am. It is so odd, because Snoopy is not like most beagles. He doesn't howl at all, and doesn't bark often.

That's all I have for today. I am hoping for some crazy posts next week, (after all my birthday is around the corner)

Monday, March 8, 2010

how do my tonsils look

Snoopy and Mo have become friends and daily they have hour+ long wrestling matches. It looks like Snoops is going to bite off Mo's head or maybe MO is going to bite off Snoopy's nose.

Snoopy tries to be very gently with Mo since Snoopy is a bit bigger I think he knows he has to be. Now Mo, fights dirty. He will act like he is tired and will lay down. As soon as Snoopy lets his gaurd down, Mo jumps up ready to attack again. It's great fun watching them.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Cold B gone

Cold B gone
Originally uploaded by knitkimberknit
Here's hoping that this cold/sinus issues heads out soon!

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Snuggle time

Snuggle time
Originally uploaded by knitkimberknit
My computer is back amongst the living and I just have to share this photo i snapped with Mr. iPhone the other day.

Mo and Snoopy were actually wrestling, when I called their names out they paused long enough for me to take this picture.

Happy Sunday Friends!

ps, as soon as I took the photo Snoopy started humping Mo.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Cloudy thoughts

cloudy thoughts
Originally uploaded by knitkimberknit
The blog has been silent the past weekish. My laptop has a virus and I have no interwebs to entrertain me at night while it is at the doctors. The doctor being one of my best friends Corrina's house. I am hoping for another miracle, one that involves the virus going ok and itunes is left intact.

Today's photo was taken the day I went to the Alpaca Expo with my friend Tricia. When we were walking to her truck to head home, the clouds were so pretty.

On the needles this week (that I can remember)

1. Baby sweater for a girl friend (I am trying to get two knitted by March 13) with matching booties

2. A self striping sock in Hot pink and black. It's dead sexy.

3. The second Embossed Leaves sock for my friend Carrie. It's only been a year that I have been knitting them.

4. A sweater for me that I think is too wide but I am too lazy to put it on waste yarn and try it on

5. A Self striped sock in yarn one of my favorite gal pal's dyed, I am on the foot and if I buckle down I can get it done this week.

6. Multnomah Shawl. I was knitting it at 2:45am the other morning and I fear something disasterous was done.... more on that later.

7.8. and 9. are more socks I cast on and put into project bags only to have the needles be ripped out in a month or so.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Alpacas are for lovers..

Of cute fibery animals! On Saturday my cohort in crime, Trishthedish aka Tricia and I went over to the Alpaca Expo. Alpacas from all over the country were in town being judged in all sorts of things. I just wanted photos and fiber.

Alpacas will spit if they get scared, but they can be sweet and even funny. Tricia and I watched one fellow run laps around his pen hopping over bales of hay and annoying his fellow pen dwellers.

Now, this guy was a total ham for the camera. He loved having his picture taken and I didn't mind taking them!

I brought home 16 ounces of Chocolate brown Adult Huacaya Alpaca Roving and once I free up some bobbins I will get to spinning it up!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Sock yarn shelf

Sock yarn shelf
Originally uploaded by knitkimberknit
Hi, my name is Kimber and I buy sock yarn.

I said it and I am not ashamed about it. Today, as part of the February - choose your own adventure with the Jax Ravelers group I co-run on Ravelry, I attempted to organize my sock yarn shelf in my yarn cabinet.

There is a lot of yarn that didn't make it on the shelf, mostly because I forgot about it sitting next to my computer.

Each yarn has a story and I won't bore you with what they all are. However if you were to pick one and ask I will tell you its story.

I do have a correction. In the previous blog about my Sockhead hat, the color is actually Man Blue not Denim like I said.

That's all I have today. I have lots of pictures of my trip to the Alpaca expo and a long story about that I will share another day.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Sockhead Hat

sockhead hat
Originally uploaded by knitkimberknit
I have a finished object! I actually finished it a week or so ago. This hat is called the Sockhead Hat, and can be downloaded for free via Ravelry. I used 1 full skein and 1/4 of another in the Shibuiknits Sock in the colorway of Denim by Shibuiknits. I really love this yarn, the colors are awesome and my stash is growing by leaps and bounds, I brought 4 skeins home on Saturday.

It is a cute hat, that is slouchy in the back and is warm but not in the way of : melts your make up off.

I have a secret project on the needles right now and surprisingly enough, it is moving fast enough on size 7's/

In puppy news, Mo and Snoopy wrestled last night for almost an hour. It was so darn cute! Snoopy was being super gentle and they were both having a great time. I took a few videos and if they turn out decent I will upload them to You Tube and will post one on the blog soon.

This weekend , west of Jacksonville is the Alpaca Expo. Alpacas from all over the country are judged and shall be oogled by my cohort in crime, Tricia and myself. If you are local, I hope to see you there! i will be taking lots of photos for my friends who live far away.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Lonely loser dinner for one

I tend to go out for dinner by myself about one every two weeks or so. I actually enjoy it sometimes I bring a good book or I just people watch.

After a full day at the yarn shop on Saturday I took myself out to eat at Sonny's BBQ. How I love Sonny's. You really can't go wrong there, unless you are a vegetarian. My standard meal is BBQ chicken (that’s 4 pieces) fries cornbread and Mac and cheese. I also thought I earned some fried squash as well which was ehh, nothing to write home about. However BBQ leftovers for breakfast are amazing!

Currently I am moderating a group for locals on Ravelry called; Jax Ravelers, and we are having a Knit A Long each month. This month we are not doing any knitting or crocheting, instead it is, Choose your own adventure! There is a list of things to do and you get to pick what you want to work on. If you are on Ravelry please check it out. You don't have to live here to join in the fun either!!

It just occured to me the title of todays entry and it might bear a little explaination. For some reason I coined this phrase that phrase and it seems to have stuck. It almost lightens the mood when I am seated except for the occasional hostess who has no sense of humor. Lonely Loser dinner for one does not bother me at all. So please no pity. I would rather be single then stuck with some dork who has an issue with personal alone time.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

sunset highway

sunset highway
Originally uploaded by knitkimberknit
No knitting or dog pictures today!

This picture I snapped with my iPhone when I was on my way to knit night or BBQ night, who knows. I love sunsets, it is my favorite time of day and I couldn't let this one get away from me

Today I worked at my local LYS which I just love. I get to help people and when I see that little spark pop in their eye when something clicks makes my day. Plus who wouldn't love to work with yarn ???

There is nothing new off or on the needles however I have some yarn getting ready to come off the bobbin on the wheel, Woodstock. Yes, my wheel is named Woodstock. I have a Snoopy so I needed a Woodstock.

I did want to give a movie review. I recently watched, bought and have watched several times since Thursday the movie is Whip It. It is a movie about a high schooler who joins a Roller Derby team. It not only has great music, a good story, its ROLLER DERBY, I think its great. Maybe a parent should watch it first though, there is a mild scene that is a little... well out there. It is rated 13 and I recommend giving it a try. Let me know what you think of it.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Diego Woodline

Diego Woodline
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Today's photo is of a handspun yarn I did for a sweet gal over on Ravelry. This is called Diego Woodline from my “company” Palm Valley Fiber.

It was a lot of fun to spin with the colors constantly changing it is almost 300 yards of Merino Sliver. Oh and the picture was taken before I set the twist so that is why is it kinky in the upper left of the skein.

On the knitting front, I casted on for a sock called " A Roll in the Hay" It is a really beautiful sock from the book, Joy of Sox. Unfortunately I cannot wrap my around the pattern. It took me a good 30 minutes to complete a single row of 68 stitches. I put it in time out and the next night I yanked the stitches off the needles and cast of for a completely different sock in some Jitterbug. Because Jitterbug makes everything better.

So I now have about 5 socks on the needles (that I can think of) and am fighting the old urge of casting on for more.

The pups are getting along better each day which makes me very happy. Mo & Snoopy chase each other around the house every night, and they have worked up to laying next to each other on my couch for about a 4 minute time span.

What would ya'll like next time? Pup or yarn pictures?

Later Gators!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Introducing Mo

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This is Mo a mini long hair Doxie. Mo is about 4 months old now, my folks picked him up back in November when they were out west. Mo is a bundle of energy and love. Dad is his best friend and my mom and I are runner ups for his attention.

Snoopy and Mo and becoming cohorts in crime and best friends. Anyday now I sense and embush coming....

How you doin?

How you doin?
Originally uploaded by knitkimberknit
Long time with no blog. Ravelry and other social networking sites have killed my blogging. I will claim to attempt to revive it, let's see what happens.

Snoopy is posing on his bed that Santa brought him for Christmas. He loves it very much. He will lay on it for about 5 minutes before he jumps on the couch and sleeps on that all night long. Odd Beagle.

More pics soon of what is going on in my world. Be prepared for doggy, yarny goodness and food!