Amusing MySelf

A-muse v. To entertain in an agreeable, pleasing way;to make mildly or temporarily happy.

K1T2- Wow what a Package!

I received my K1 T2 Swap package last Thursday. This is the first I’ve had to post it. I bet my pal thought I forgot.

My pal was Nichole. I had no clue it was her.What amuses me about her being my swap pal is the fact that we were also Dish Rag Tag team mates. And I also read her blog so she did a very good job of not letting it slip that she was my pal.

Look at all the great goodies she sent me. K1T2 Package

Three flavors of Tea. She even found Pumpkin Spice Tea. How awesome is that! It is delicious. In the package was some red Tahki yarn-a donegal tweed, bath goodies, a note pad, some poprocks that Mr Knowledge swipped and some Pumpkin shaped Peeps-which I had to let harden before I eat them, a cute little blck pumpkin decoration- it now sits outside decorating the table on my porch, some cool teapot stitch markers( which I am currently using),Teapot stitch markers

 a cute little Halloween bear ornie,some tea crackers with chocolate filling and packet of hot cocoa.

She made a cotton tea cozy for my teapot. It fits nicely. I love the red handles/bow on top.Tea Cozy

But my favorite item she sent is this Kitty mug.Kitty Mug It is in honor of losing my beloved kitty Scooter. Though it doesn’t look like her It still makes me think of her each time I use it. Thank you so much Nichole.

This was a great package and I am thrilled that we got to cross swap paths once again. I hope I get to repay the favor someday.

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Rippled Fingerless Mittens

Note: There seems to be a mistake in this pattern. I will be researching it and fixing it soon. please bear with me until I get it fixed. 6-10-2010

I would like to offer to you my very first design. I made these fingerless mittens because I couldn’t find any that I liked. They are easy and knit up in no time. If you knit a pair let me know I’d really like to see them. I hope this is the first of many patterns for me.

Rippled Fingerless Mittens

By Ruby June Designs

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The perfect mitten to keep your hands and wrists warm while your fingers stay active.

Materials:

1 skein bulky weight yarn (Plymouth Encore Chunky or Knit Picks Sierra)

Gauge:7 rows and 5sts=1 inch

You will need approximately 100 yds to make one pair)

Size 6 dpns

Stitch holder

Stitch Marker

Yarn needle

Row counter (optional)

Twisted Rib Pattern:K1 tbl, P1 to end of round

Right Hand:

Begin at cuff. CO 32 sts.

Divide onto 3 DPN’s as follows:

Needle 1: 12

Needle 2: 12

Needle 3: 8

Join being careful not to twist stitches.

Place marker, knit 6 rounds in 1×1 Twisted Rib pattern.

Begin Ripple Pattern:

*Knit 3 rnds

Knit next 3 rnds as follows: Needle 1 – Knit all sts, Needles 2 and 3- k1, p1 to end of rnd.

Repeat this pattern from * 2 more times.

You should now have 3 ripples on your glove.

Begin Gusset Shaping:

Inc one st (kf&b) in the 1st 2 sts. (14 stitches on Needle 1) Knit to end of rnd.

Knit 2 rnds.

Next rnd: knit all sts on Needle 1, K1, P1 on Needles 2 and 3.

Inc in the 1st st (k f&b), K2, inc in next st (k f&b) ,knit to end of Needle 1. (16 stitches on Needle 1) K1, P1 on Needles 2 and 3.

K all sts  n Needle 1, k1,p1 on Needles 2-3

K two rnds.

Inc in 1st st (kf&b) k4, inc in next st (k f&b)(18 stitches on Needle 1), k to end of rnd.

Next 3 rnds as follows: Needle 1-k all sts , Needles 2 & 3- k1, p1

Inc in 1st st, k6, inc in next st, (20 stitches on Needle 1) k to end of rnd

Knit 1 rnd

Place first 10 stitches from Needle 1 on stitch holder for thumb.

Knit to end of round. On Needle 3, co 4sts using backward loop cast on method.

You should have 12 sts on Needle 3, 10sts on Needle 1 and 10sts on Needle 2.

Work 3 rnds in Twisted Rib Pattern. Bind off all sts loosely in pattern.

Thumb:

Divide thumb sts from holder on 2 dpns.

Attach yarn and pick up and knit 6 sts evenly around thumb opening.

You will now have 16sts

K one  rnd. (being careful to make sure you do not have your ridges on the outside of thumb)

K2tog, k2, k2tog, knit to end of rnd.

Work 2 rnds in Twisted Rib Pattern.

Bind off loosely in pattern.

Left hand:

Knit same as right hand until gusset.

Begin Gusset Shaping:

K10, inc (kf&b) last 2 sts on needle 1(14 stitches on Needle 1), k to end of rnd

Knit 2 rnds

Next rnd k all sts on needle 1 , k1, p1 on needle 2-3

K10, inc (kf&b), k2, inc (kf&b) on needle 1, (16 stitches on Needle 1)

k1, p1 on needles 2-3

Next rnd k sts –needle 1, k1, p1 needles 2-3

Knit 2 rnds

K10, inc, k4, inc )(18 stitches on Needle 1), k to end of rnd.

Next 3 rnds , k –needle 1, k1,p1 – needles 2-3

K10, inc (kf&b), k6, inc (kf&b) (20 stitiches on Needle 1), k to end of rnd.

Knit 1 rnd

K 1st 10 sts on needle 1, place next 10 sts on stitch holder.

Using backward cast on method, CO 4sts on needle 1, join , k to end of rnd

There should be 12 sts on needle 1, 10 on needle 2 and 10 on needle 3.

Finish Thumb as on right hand.

Finishing:

Weave in all loose end and enjoy your new mitts!

rippled mitts

This pattern is provided for personal use only. Items made from this pattern may not be sold for profit. Stores may not sell these patterns or give them away to customers without consent of the designer. Images and text may not be used on your own site. You may print one copy for personal use, However you may not redistribute the pattern in any way.

If you have any questions, please contact Jen (rubyjunes@gmail.com)

Copyright 2007 – 2008 Ruby June Designs

An original design by Jennifer Wentland www.amusingmyself.wordpress.com

Many Thanks goes to Kate Vasa and Ally Belser for their help with knitting my very first design.

Also I can not take credit for the great pictures- they were taken by Kate Vasa and Ally B.

Note: an alternate pattern Twisted Ripples can be found on my Ruby June Blog.Link on the right

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Casting On Again

I’ve been looking for a scarf to knit with my skein of handspun Thick-n-Thin spun by Donnely and dyed by me.Fall Foliage

Last night I was reading Carole’s Blog and saw that she was knitting a Corrigator Scarf. So I went to check it out and knew that was the scarf I was looking for. So I immediately cast on and knit a few rows.

Corrigator

Then I asked myself why would I start another project when I’ve already got a pair of Twisted Ripples Fingerless mitts(working on pattern) Twisted Ripples and one Cafe Curtain sock( for a swap)Cafe Curtain sockalready on the needles. And I got 4 other project waiting to be started for Christmas.

Well my dear friends the answer is really quite simple. I’m a knitter and I can’t help myself because I have start-it-i-tis. And beside how many of us only have one project on the needles anyway. We are addicted and can not stop ourselves from casting on. And frankly I don’t plan to find a cure any time soon. Do You?

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Lovely Fall Day

knitting blanket

Today was such a lovely day that I decided to do some knitting outside. So I armed myself with a pretty fall blanket some Earl Grey Tea and proceded to my favorite knitting spot. I worked on a pair of my fingerless gloves.Jen knitting

I had to share the view with you.view

Fall Day

Sky View It was just so peaceful and beautiful that I lost track of time. The sun was shinning and birds were chirping and flying about, butterflys were fluttering around and I was even visited by a catterpillar.catterpillar. I love MotherNature in all her glory.

Later in the day I talked Mr Teenager into modeling the ribbed hat I finished Monday.He wasn’t the happiest of models but I did manage a small smile out of him long enough to get this picture.

Mr Teenager

Specs:

Pattern: 1×1 Ribbed Hat

Source:KIS*KNITS

Yarn: Cleckheaton  Country 8 ply Naturals 1812 in Navy Tweed

Started: September 14, 2007

Finished: October 1st, 2007

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My Stash

For SP11 we were asked to post our stash. Well I am actually embarrassed to show my stash. It’s not because it’s a smaller stash compared to some I’ve seen. I do well enough to add to my stash on a pretty regular basis. My stash is very unorganized and I’m ashamed to say it’s quite frankly a BIG mess. I keep telling myself I’m going to do better and get it stacked neatly but that never seems to happen. I really do not have any storage space in my house(really need to move to a bigger one-but that takes money.) so it gets stuffed in baskets which I need to buy bigger ones because the stash seems to keep mysteriously growing. There are some great yarns in  there you really can’t see because of the mess.

Even though I know I wont win any contests with my stash, Miss Shelby you asked for it so ye shall receive it. Pics of my messy, unorganized, monstrosity of a yarn stash.stash1

stash2

stash3

Note: the red/grey yarn is from C*EYE*BER FIBER. Colorway: Testudo sent to me by my SP11 pal

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Time to move on!

You know it’s time to start looking for a new job when just the thought of going to work makes you angry. There have been so many changes lately where I work and I can’t say they’ve all been good.  I really don’t mind working  2-11 but I am really tired of having to work every weekend. Mr Halloween and the boys are home weekends and the rest of my family does all their get togethers then too and guess who has to miss them all because she has to work. For the longest time my days off were Tuesday and Wednesday and I was able to plan things for those days but recently the’ve began messing with my schedule and I never know what days I will have off, but rest asssured it will not be Saturday or Sunday. Mr Knowledge gets so disappointed because I have to miss his football games due to work. But thats the trouble with retail. You have to live your life around them because they must come first. Well I beieve it’s time for my life to come first, I’ve lived their life for 9 yrs now it’s time to live mine.

Now that I’ve bored you with my ranting it’s time to move on to some knitterly news(spell checker is gonna hate that one). I’ve been knitting a beanie for my brother for christmas and I finished it this morning. 1x1 ribbed beanieI used one skein of Cleckheaton Country 8ply Naturals in a Navy tweed. It’s a machine washable wool/acrylic blend, which is good because I know my brother is not going to take the time to hand wash  anything. would you if you were a 30 yrd old unmarried guy who is always on the go.

Still waiting on from one of my two test knitters for my fingerless mitts. Thanks to Kattie and Ally B for volunteering to knit them for me. I appreciate their help so I can make a better pattern to share with you. Here’s Ally’s mittsAlly's rippled Mitts She did a great job and they turned out nicely.

 I’ve already got another pattern idea. I have to work things out first then I’ll try knitting it before I give you a sneak peak at it.

Guess what:) my good friend Donnely has loaned me a computer and I can share my pictures again. YEAH- I am excited. I ‘ve been able to get my projects uploaded to Ravelry and hope to add many more. I still can’t add my printer so I am not sure if there is something wrong with the software or it’s just not compatible with these older computers because it worked fine with my old pc. But anyway be warned you guys will get sick of seeing all my photos now that I’m able to add them again. HEE HEE.

Ok now I’m off I have a sock to knit but I thought I’d leave ya with the view from my back door.backyard view Yeah I know it’s not very exciting but it’s the only veiw I have.

Happy knitting and Have nice day.

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Party Time!

Today I had my annual Harvest Party. It went well despite the fact that it rained all day. I had originally planned to have it under a canopy in my side yard but had to change locations and the front porch became party central. There were six of us. Two of the ladies I invited were not able to come due to last minute happenings. We ate lots of good food, had a few laughs and made mini pumpkins.mini pumpkin 

Donnely did a dying demonstration and we hand painted wool roving using kool-aid. I dyed a skein of thick-n- thin handspun Merino that I’ve had for about a year now. It’s a red, orange mix, nice fall colors.fall merino Still not sure what I want to knit up with it yet.

All in all we had a great time even if Mother Nature decided to rain on my parade so to speak. I’m already looking forward to next years party.

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It’s official-Fall is Here!

Yesterday was the official beginging of Autumn and ya know what that means-It’s time for my annual Autumn Harvest Party. I will be busy these next few days getting ready for it. I will be having it on Thursday. So there is lots of cleaning to do to get prepared and baking too.

This years menu will be Sloppy Joes, Cheesey Potato Chowder,Breadstick stuffed with cheese, Chocolate chip scones, Pumpkin cookies, pumpkin bread and brownies. And then tea and punch to drink.

And I will be having a friend do a yarn dying demo. I will be sure to get pictures if I can and tell you all how the day turns out. I just love Autumn!

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You asked for it.

Jen!~ Here you are a bad photo of my new hair color.  I know the picture quality is bad but hey what do you expect from a kiddie camera that cost about $10 and is about 7yrs old.

Rippled fingerless mittens Here is a photo of my finished mittens. It’s hard to make them out in the photo but I did the best I could.

Thanks for stopping by I do appeciate your visit. Have a nice day and Happy Knitting.

Jen!~

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I just can’t do it.

I tried really I did . I had every intention of staying away but I realize just can’t do it. I know that I would miss everyone just way too much. Seems bloggin is in my blood.I don’t know why I even bothered with a silly post like my last one. I do have things to tell you even if I can’t show you. I guess it was just the fact that I had so much trouble with this dinosaur of a PC that was making blogging no fun. I figured out a few of the settings and changed them and it is working so much better. Still can’t take pics though. I’m really not sure I can handle this til after christmas. I may just have to try my son’s Nickelodeon camera if nothing else. Hey it may be a little kiddie camera but if it works who am I to complain. I’ll try it tomorrow maybe.

I started my weight loss program again. Last time I did it I lost 50lbs and I looked good. I’ve gained back 30 of it and I really don’t like how it makes me feel. I realize it will be a long hard journey but it is one I am willing to take to make me feel and look better. I’ll keep you posted on my progress.

Also I dyed my hair. I went from a blonde to a red head. Let me tell ya the story behind my dying disaster.

I  bought reddish blonde coloring and was excited to come home and give it a go. well that’s exactly what I did and let me tell you I was not a happy girl. It turned Tomato red. There was no way in H-E- double hockey sticks I was going to go around looking like a tomato.I did not take pics thank goodnes. though you might have had a good laugh if I had. It might have looked fine on someone else but it just was not me. I gave it one day and then went back and got a dark Auburn to cover over it. It is now more burgundy . I am getting used to it. It is such a big change from Blonde and it takes people by suprise when they see me but everyone seems to like it though because I have received many compliments.

In knitting news I have finished my fingerless gloves.

I have to type up the pattern and then find a test knitter before I will post it here. I want to make sure that it is easily understandable to all level of knitters.

Well I have pumpkin bread in the oven I must go check. Yea I know not good for someone who just started a diet but I promise it is not for me. Dh is taking it to work with him tomorrw. So I am forced to behave since it wont be here in the morn when I get up. But it sure smells yummy right now.

Night all and  Happy knitting.

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Taking a break.

Seems I’ve put  you all asleep  here as of late with my boring posts and pictureless blogging because everyone has stopped commenting. Every time I think of something funny and witty to post it doesn’t come out the way I had it all planned out in my head. So I’ve just decided to take a break from blogging for awhile. To be frank with you. It just doesn’t seem to be any fun right now and at times I feel as if I’ve run out of things to tell you. I’ve also been neglecting things here at home.
So unless I recieve things from my swaps I just wont be posting much for awhile.

UPDATEd 11:30 pm: I do not mean to imply that is it because no one is commenting.That certainly is not the reason. I just have so much happening right now and I am finding that I am spending way too much time on here. I am very sorry if it came across that way.I don’t plan to stay away forever It’s just a temporary break til I can get things in order here at home.

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My Kitty

Halloween Kitty(Click on pic to enlarge)
 Here is a favorite picture of mine. It was taken last halloween. This is Scooter my kitty who recently passed away. I miss her so much.But I know she is still here watching over us.

I’ve got other news to share. I have designed my first pattern. I made a pair of fingerless gloves. Now I have to get the pattern written up and test knitted before I can share it with you. I want to make sure it is easily understandable before I do. Well thats all I have for now. Not much else happening on the home front.

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Goodies in the mail.

Yesterday was a great mail day.I received not one, not two but three packages yesterday.

First one was my recent contest winnings. The bag I won from Cathy. Wow she was very prompt in getting it out. This bag is wonderfully made and you can tell she put alot of work and time into making it. You can get one for your self at her Esty shop.

Second package was an unexpected one, from an amazing lady and knitter Grace.Of course if I had paid attention to what I read on her blog I might have known she was sending it to me. It is a nice big cloth in a variegated of pinks, yellows and oranges. I will being using it in the tub instead of for dishes. It’s just too pretty to muss it up with dirty yukky food stains.

And the final package was from Rachel my tea swap partner over on Ravelry. She really out did herself. She sent lots of great goodies. Tea and treat of course.For the tea she sent three kinds,First a loose leaf Keemun Black Tea by Swan Sisters and two different Indian Spiced Chai by Slo Chai, Honey Bush Tea and Yerba Mate. All ones I have yet to try. Next was Crills Salt Water Taffy and two chocolate truffles, I think they are turtles. They have caramel and pecans. Yummy. One is already gone.  Two great books, Knitting on the Road By Nancy Bush. It is sock patterns for the traveling knitter.And then a gardeners book called HollyHock Days By Sharon Lovejoy. And the softest yarn a chunky Misti Alpaca in 100% baby alpaca. I don’t know yet what I will make with it but it will be something for myself that is for sure. Thanks Rachel for a wonderful package.

I also splurged and bought something for myself. Last Friday Dh and I went shopping for him to get a few costume items for his job at The Gates of Terror and we stopped at the book stores while we were out. I picked up One Skein Wonders and boy I must say I LOVE this book. It has a lots of great projects and I see so many I want to make I don’t know which one to do first. If you don’t have to book in your library it is one you must have. Next book on my list is the companion 101 Designer -One Skein Wonders.

Well now I am off to call the school and let them know Mr Teenager wont be there today because he is sick. Happy Knitting.

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Can’t believe my luck.

Guess what I won yet another prize. Abigail left me a comment telling me I was her 2000th comment. Wow that was unexpected but how cool is that. Wonder what the pressie will be. With all these contest winning as of late, I think I am going to have to repay the favor soon. I will have to think about it and make it something good.

I sat down today and sewed up a little bag much like the one I won here. It was the first time I have ever put a zipper in anything. I wasn’t sure how it would go but hey I did good. I wish I could show you. I am really pleased with how well it turned out. I will have to have my friend Donnely take a picture for me later this week and email it to me so I can put it up for you all to see. I definately will be making more of these.

I’ve started doing some mitered squares the pattern is for cotton and uses size 7 needles. However I have cast on using size 11 and am knitting with Cestari wool. I am going to sew the squares together and make a hotpad and then felt it. It would be perfect for under my teapot if I was actually making it for myself but it is a gift for someone else. I do hope they like the colors I choosen. I’ve decided on green and brown. The colors actually look nice together. I can’t wait to show you.

Well I must go for now. Happy knitting and Have a nice day.

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I’m a winner

I’ve been lucky lately. I’ve won a few contests. Seems I’m going to have to repay the favor soon. I’ll have to think on it.Anyway here is what I’ve won.

First I won Rachel’s contest. Not yet sure what the prise is. She is keeping it a suprise. I’m hoping for one of her gourds. You should see them they are Spectacular. But I am sure I will be happy with whatever she sends.

And then I found out last night I won the contest Schrodinger was having.It is a cute little sock bag that she makes. I chose the D bag Amber Eternity. For those of you who didn’t win or enter you can still get one of her bags. She sell them on Esty. Check her blog for the link. They are just too cute and I am thrilled to be getting one.

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