Saturday, September 29, 2012

Homecoming Week Highlights

Hello again! Sorry for that brief vacation from blogging; school has been rather hectic and it was homecoming week. I am back though with some updates!

First off *drum roll please* I have finally finished the Hetty's Mitts from the Jane Austen Magazine! For some reason this project dragged on for six weeks so I was thrilled to finally bind off!

 Here is the lovely finished mitt!

The lighting provides a slightly inaccurate color, but this photo here does the true color justice.

Here is a close up of the lace pattern! For some reason the lace pattern gave me major headaches while trying to follow the yo's and ssk's!

An now a few homecoming tidbits! 

This year our theme was "Box Office Bliss" and the seniors were The Avengers! For my costume I had a Captain America t-shirt , a crocheted Captain America Shield:

And I made a head band that was navy blue with a white "A" and wings like his costume in the movie but unfortunately I lent it to a friend before I could take a picture with it! I will post a picture as soon as it is returned!

I still cannot believe that I am a senior and my last homecoming week is over. The biggest thing I will miss is dressing up for all the theme days and showing so much school spirit! Here is me (center) with two of my best friends from school:
Our shirts are awesome because we are the only class to ever win the screaming contest at the assembly as freshmen and then the first to win every single consecutive year! As a class we may have some shortcomings but let it go down in the history books that we are the loudest! :)

Today we are going apple picking so tomorrow I will have some pictures from that and all of the different dishes we will make with the apples!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Busy Busy Busy!

Senior year is a whirlwind of activity so far and I am hard pressed to find time each day to do some knitting! There is always some homework I could be doing and on top of everything, my computer has suddenly slowed down 1000% for no clear reason. (I am typing this from my sisters' computer) This weekend gave me the opportunity to finally catch up on some knitting and spinning and to take a deep breath.

Yes, I am still working on the mitts from the Jane Austen Knits magazine... but I cast on for the second mitt! My goal is to have them finished by the end of the month. *fingers crossed*

My Spanish teacher from last year had a baby and I have (finally) finished the baby hat and booties I set out to make for her:

I love this Accordion Cap I found on the Knitting Pattern Central and it knitted up in about 2 hours! The only reason it took THAT long was the picot cast on which was new to me. Once I had that sorted out it was just an easy alternation of knitting and purling!

Here are some baby booties to match! I knitted them based off this pattern and modified it so it would have a stripe on the leg and a picot bind off to match the hat! I think they are too cute and almost a "Seussical" look about them.

Here is a skein I spun from the fiber I bought at Stitches! There are only 68 yards here but I am anticipating over 1000 so I have a long way to go yet! Sorry the picture is a little dark, the fiber is a denim blue and is a little hard to take a picture with color accuracy.

Here is a close up of the strands. The color is a little more accurate in this picture and you can see that it's around DK weight. (Did you know that stands for "double knit"? I didn't... you learn something new everyday!)

I hope everyone has had a nice weekend and was able to relax and get some knitting/crocheting/spinning done! Hopefully I will be able to post again soon from my own computer once it is back to normal.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Revolutionary War Fever

This past weekend, we visited a Revolutionary War Reenactment (American Revolution) to scope out some tents and clothes! I may have mentioned that my parents own a historical sewing pattern company online that sells to reenactors and theater companies and we are looking to start attending these events as merchants to expand the business. My sister and I snapped a few pictures, my dad got some information about tents and we all learned a little bit more about appropriate fabric choices to make clothing!

Wild Turkeys! 

Some tents and campsites

A Rev War reenactor eating some corn off the campfire and demonstrating how to hand dip candles.

A reenactor telling us about different cannons that were used in the war.

I am very excited about putting an outfit together from this era because it is my favorite second only to the Regency era! We have ordered some fabrics and hopefully the next few posts will include some pictures of the clothing construction process! 

Just a short post for today, but tomorrow I have a few finished objects to share and a future project that I will be starting shortly!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Chocolate Fundraiser

Every fall the program I am in at school sells Fannie May candy as a fundraiser for a trip to the country of our language (Spain for those of us taking Spanish, as well as Japan and China was added this year)! I am the queen of peddling chocolate bars and sold 15 boxes of 52 bars my freshman year alone! Even though I may not be able to go this year, I am still going to sell as many as possible because it is so much fun and this is my last year to do it! :( Time flies so quickly, I can hardly believe it is senior year already.

My decorated carrying box.

We got to choose the flavors to sell this year and here are my choices! Mint cookie is brand new and by far the most delectable. There is no rebuttal, it is a fact of life. 

The best part is that each one is only a dollar (cheaper than the store price) so it is an easy sell. Just the name Fannie May is enough to grab people's attention!

"I can haz candy bar??" -Biscuit

Tada! I have at long last produced the first mitt after frogging the lace pattern three times and taking 3 weeks (shameful, I know) to finish the 58 row project. Now I just have to make another; hopefully I learned my lesson with the lace!

Mmm Pasta with homemade tomato sauce (thanks Mom!) with fresh tomatoes from the garden and basil! Perfect meal for a day like today!

In all, today was a pretty good day and I am in high spirits! Maybe I will be inspired to finish the mitts sometime this year! :)

Sunday, September 9, 2012

The Jeopardy Audition!

Today was the day of my highly anticipated Jeopardy Audition! In case you didn't know, Jeopardy is my favorite game show and the only TV show I watch religiously (it starts everyday almost exactly when I get home from school!) and last April I took the online test. This past August I found out I qualified to do take the in person test and interview and have been so excited waiting for this day to come!

The audition location was at a hotel in downtown Chicago so it wasn't too long of a trip for us! When I first walked into the hotel, I was stunned at how posh it was!

I was a little nervous but the lobby was so calming!

The hotel had a gorgeous River-walk inside and outside the hotel so I settled in and took in the view until I was called in! The audition consisted of a written test, a mini game against two other people (yes, with real buzzers!), and a brief personal interview! It was really fun talking with the other hopefuls and hearing their unique stories! Oh, and the best part: we got a couple of goodies:

A Jeopardy pen that looks like the buzzer and a glasses cloth! The categories read: Wipe "Out", The Stain Mutiny, The Smudge Retort, I Can See Clearly Now, The Shining, and Bye Bye Dirty! :)

Due to the secrecy of the questions and everything, I really cannot say too much more (and don't really have any pictures to post) but I will say that it was one of the best experiences and knowing that I passed the test and was one of the few teens selected to come to the auditions for my favorite TV show is enough for me! If I get selected, I will get a call in October so I will be sitting on pins and needles until then...

If you are interested in being on the show, take the online test during the registration here:
If you decide to try it out, best of luck!

To make up for the general lack of pictures to illustrate my day, here are some cat pictures for your

Baby Biscuit!!!

 Awkward Teenage Biscuit! He had the longest limbs for such a small body!

Biscuit finishing my crossword puzzle for me... he knows surprisingly little for a cat who has read To Kill a Mockingbird.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Slow Going...

My Hetty's Sunday Mitts from the Jane Austen Knits magazine has been pretty slow going because I haven't had a lot of time to knit lately and I hit a crafter's block last week. It was just one of those brief phases where knitting is a chore and the enjoyment is gone. However, today I snapped out of it and  managed to knit 10 rows after a quiz in school. Unfortunately something was up with the lace pattern and I had to frog most of the 10 stitches and start over! :( I think I was mixing up some of the steps (even though it is the most simple lace ever)... Oh well, better to get it right eventually than to give up, right?

Back to the beginning of the lace pattern; should be better the second time around!

I am loving the look of the picot edging!

Well that's my knitting update! Here are two fun pictures I took since last time that are share worthy:

Biscuit viewing his domain from above

Mmm Homemade frappe! Made with milk, ice, coffee, and Ghirardelli double chocolate frappe mix! Looks (and tastes) just as good as Starbucks for a fraction of the price!