17 December 2009

bite me.

This beauty will be mine in a few days' time.
Oh yeah baby.

X-mas Counts
Queued - 1 hat, 1 pair of mitts (Possibly 4 dishcloths)
WIP's - 1 hat, 1 pair of mittens
Finished - 5 hats, 2 dishcloths, 1 pair of mittens, 1 bag, 1 scarf

Down to the wire as is my custom. Last year when I began knitting, I posted in a forum on Ravelry inquiring about when people usually began their Christmas knitting. The overwhelming majority said December 26, the day after Christmas or, more sensibly, January (for the next Christmas). I think I'll give myself a bit of a break for not listening, seeing as I had just started knitting at the time. I needed this year to gain some knowledge and I have done that. My skills have improved 100-fold.

Now I know better and have the ability to start my Christmas knitting months in advance. That will not, however, stop me from procrastinating. Mark my words, I'll be doing the same thing next year. You have to love it though. The pressure of a deadline. It's kind of exciting in a twisted sort of way. [I'm trying to justify my lack of planning ahead here.]

Anyway, boo MSU for only giving me one week off before Christmas. I swear I had 2 weeks last year. MSU, you are not more important than Christmas cookies and woolly goodness. Sorry.

07 December 2009

Spin, Span, Spun

Today, I purchased my first drop spindle (a medium top-whorl, Octo Dropspindle from Louet). I've been wanting to trying spinning for a while now, but I cannot afford to buy a spinning wheel at the moment, so I decided it was high time I bought a drop spindle.

I also purchased an ounce of blue merino for practice and another 4 ounces of natural superwash merino for when I felt more comfortable and had already blundered through the biggest mistakes I could make.

During the drafting process, I found that I wasn't gentle enough and I tore about half of the roving up. I may have weak arms, but I can pulverize wool. Next time I will have to be very careful.

This is my final product - a little skein of merino to cherish. I would definitely consider it a bulky weight yarn. The roving cost me $2.50, but I learned lessons that will last me a lifetime from that ounce of wool.

God bless merino.

01 December 2009


It's a pretty bad case..

Here's the latest addition to my ever-growing WIP pile.
I think these have satiated my cast-on frenzy.

Now to finish the current X-mas WIP's
and cast-on only for the remaining X-mas pressies.

Current Counts
Queued - 9 hats, 1 pair of mitts, 3 sets of dishcloths
WIP's - 1 hat, 2 pairs of mittens, 1 bag
Finished - 4 hats, 2 dishcloths

I will only bid happy knitting when I finish my sweater. Bah humbug!

23 November 2009

A Cold Turkey

Today, I am going cold turkey. I am fairly certain it is one of the most agonizing things to endure. I feel the symptoms of withdrawal 100-fold over the boyfriend. Lucky bastard. To manage, I shall depend on caffeine, chewing on straws, knitting, knitting, and more knitting. I honestly don't mind depending on caffeine, seeing as I find it much easier to cut back when I feel the need. Caffeine doesn't give me lung cancer or make running impossible, so I feel it is a cost-and-benefit winner.

This past weekend, New Moon came out in theaters. I've seen it twice. As it is tradition in my world, I've recreated the book cover into a cake.

Project Homemade Christmas is coming along all right. I need to step up the pace, however. The current counts are as follows:

Queued - 11 hats, 1 pair of mitts, 3 sets of dishcloths
WIP's - 1 hat, 2 pairs of mittens, 1 bag
Finished - 3 hats

Let the knitting commence.

06 October 2009

the most wonderful time of the year

I love fall :) The cool, crisp air and how it smells. Wearing sweaters and jeans. The beautiful colors as the world changes before our eyes. It's an amazing time of year.

and Halloween is just around the corner.

I couldn't find any Halloween sprinkles here in EL.. I was very sad. I'll have to look around GR for my little decorative pumpkins and bats.

14 September 2009

legally having a cocktail

Weeeeeeeee! Let me introduce myself: I am Julie Hahn and I am 21. (Larri, I found my ID!) I had an excellent birthday with many of my favorites. I was surprised at work with the most adorable cake ever.

Then I enjoyed a wonderful night out at Cheers on the night of my birthday.

Starting with this..

And ending with this..

My verdict: fun! My favorite drink of the night was a rootbeer float. Yummm. Rootbeer vodka and Bailey's. I'd like one now actually, but alas, homework. Anyway, it's no good to drink and knit and because it is the school year once again, knitting is a prominent figure in keeping my sanity. Speaking of knitting, here are some FO's that I have neglected to post.

Pattern: Wizardly Incognito Cap
Needles: Size 7 circular
Yarn: Cascade 220 Wool, in #8267 (Forest Green); Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in White

Pattern: A Hat Fit for a Boyfriend
Needles: Size 7 circular
Yarn: Patons Classic Wool in black

Pattern: Baby Love Diagonal Baby Blanket
Needles: Size 8
Yarn: Assorted acrylics

Pattern: Hurricane Hat
Needles: Size 7 circular
Yarn: Cascade 220 Heathers, in 2449

Pattern: Envy
Needles: Size 13
Yarn: Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick, in Raspberry
(Still need to find buttons!)

Pattern: Everlasting Bagstopper
Needles: Size 5 and Size 10.5 circulars
Yarn: Lily Sugar 'n Cream, in Hot Blue and Hot Green

Pattern: Hermione's Cable & Eyelet Hat
Needles: Size 5 circular
Yarn: Knit Picks Merino Style, in Vanilla
Favorite hat so far :)

You will most likely see many FO's from me this fall. You know, Christmas and keeping myself from pulling my hair out in my personal hell (this means school, people). Anyway I leave you with a little bit of love that is my blueberry Malabrigo. Mmmmmmalabrigo ;)

20 August 2009


For you, a glimpse of the utopia I will be in with my loved ones in less than 48 hours..

26 July 2009

long overdue

I am aware that I haven't updated in several weeks, and there is no need to hassle me anymore, because I am baaaaack. In the past weeks, I have had some life-altering reality checks and have grown a lot as a person. It's been quite a roller coaster ride. But! Now life is good. No, it's great. I am happier than I have been in a long time and I have one person to thank for that: Kyle Guppy, without whom I would be nothing.

So without further ado, I would like to share some of the things I have been up to.. (Mostly in picture-form, because I do not have the time or patience to re-cap the past 3 months in one post.)


Am I obsessed with this pattern? Three in a row means yes!

Pattern: Button-Tab Hat
Needles: Size 7 circ
Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes, in Fairy Tale, Tidepool Heather, and White

One Diagonal Owl Dishcloth. Not eight. Procrastination, you know.

Love it! I need some Larri wisdom to complete it :)

Pattern: Bamboo Bag
Needles: Size 9
Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes, in Williamsburg and Onyx Heather


My first fondant cake!

Decadent dark chocolate cake with raspberry filling and chocolate ganache. Yum!

Happy 4th! Another fondant cake.

Mark Hoppus's Fender on my cake. Oh yeah.

Blueberry Buckle. Another yum!


He loves me ^this^ much.

Sunset in Northern Michigan. Nothing better.

Kyle and I hiking on the ridge to the Big Sable Lighthouse.

I am standing in front of the lighthouse. Can you see me?

View from the top of the lighthouse.
As beautiful as it was, I don't think I will be hanging out on top of lighthouses for a while.

All right. Well that's that. Wait! Not quite. I can start moving into my apartment at State this Saturday, and I get to paint and decorate :) It will be cute! I will take some photos and post them, fo sho.


P.S. This was written last week, but I have some more FO's to share, so you will hear from me soon ;) No more months of silence. Promise.

03 May 2009

taking the really bad with the really good.

This past week was Kyle's birthday. It was a fun night :) I got him a watch/compass that he wanted from a while ago and a survival book by his favorite survivor dude, Les Stroud. He loved them and that made me so happy. I also ordered him a brownie from the bakery. We shared a lovely appetizer sampler from Applebee's (haha) and then watched a movie. His visits are always happy occasions, possibly because he is the love of my life ;)

Sooo knitterly things.. knitterly things.. I am almost done with my first Tonks sock!

I am currently about halfway done with the foot. I am thrilled! I must reiterate my love for socks. Larri, you must start knitting socks. I have an image in my head of you and I knitting socks around the campfire while Aric and Kyle roll their eyes and Paula saying that we are cute, but that she will continue to buy socks that don't take 15 hours to make. In this image, we would also have a nice glass of wine, and to class it up, a s'more or two. So yes, learn to knit socks! I will be more than happy to help, if needed. And I know you said the double-pointed needles looked awful, and that I firmly agreed, but.. I love them now. Don't be scared! But one or two circs also suffice, so I won't be offended if you don't take my word for it that they are okay.

So, after that little daydream.... I had a foray in City Knitting this past Friday to buy some yarn for the little competition I joined on Ravelry. It was very successful. 4 skeins of wool and 2 skeins of a most delicious sock yarn. My extreme and irrational love of Harry Potter has led me to supreme geekdom. I have been sorted and am proud the announce that I am a Slytherin in the Harry Potter Knitting & Crochet House Cup. Also known as the HPKCHC. For this month, I am taking Defense Against the Dark Arts (assignment: something protective), Charms (assignment: something in House colors), and possibly Muggle Studies (assignment: something to do with muggle TV or movies). I will be doing the Arithmancy O.W.L. which covers all 3 months of the term (assignment: make at least 8 of one pattern). Projects will go as follows:

Defense Against the Dark Arts
Project: Socks
Pattern: Fawkes
Needles: Size 1 1/2 dpn's
Yarn: Crystal Palace Yarns Bamboo Silk, in #4004
{These socks will protects the wearer's feet from cold. The warm colors are such that they will raise the spirits of even the meanest ghost. Fawkes the Phoenix himself is a beckon of hope for all. His tears will cure any harm and his song will give a witch or wizard the strength to keep going.}

Absolutely gorgeous yarn. Colors are beautiful (pictures often do not do them justice; this is no exception). It is 5% silk and feels like a little bit of heaven.

Project: Hat
Pattern: Wizardly Incognito Cap
Needle: 29" Size 8 circular
Yarn: Cascade 220 Wool, in #8267 (Forest Green); Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in White
{A subtle way to show one's true identity with playful, Slytherin-colored stripes. Wear this hat and magical folks will catch what simple Muggle eyes overlook.}

Muggles Studies (if I do it)
Related to Muggle book series/movie, Twilight
Project: Mittens
Pattern: Bella's Mittens
Needles: Size 8 dpn's or circular?
Yarn: TBD
{A tribute to all the fangirls who daydream about Edward being real and envy the fictitious Bella; if they can't have her husband, then at least they can have her awesome mittens.}

Arithmancy O.W.L.
Project: Dishcloths
Pattern: Diagonal Owl Dishcloth
Needles: Size 7
Yarn: Various-colored cottons, both Lily Sugar 'N Cream and Peaches & Creme; this is a great stash-busting project for me. I have acquired a lot of cotton that needs using.
{These owls do not deliver the post or the newspaper, but instead of making a mess of things like they did when working for the Ministry of Magic, they will help you clean up! These owls will not be late, and will not nip at your fingers if you do not reply quickly enough. They are perfect companion for the stay-at-home witch.}

I have such a clever name for this project, but I will not divulge it until the project is complete! As a collector of owls, I find that knitting 8 or more of this same dishcloth is not a waste of time. They have a function other than cleaning in my world: decoration! I have not decided how many I will do. I am thinking twelve or so, depending on how many solid-colored skeins of cotton I have. I don't believe the owl will look all that nice with a variegated yarn.

I will share the progress of my first term with the HPKCHC. If you laughed during that bit of the post, that is okay. I laughed at my own dorky-ness. They say you can get extra points for a creative explanation of your project, but I think that translates to 'the more nerdy the explanation, the more points.' Well, I'm in. I can bring out the big dogs with my inner-dork, and I shall.

If you are still reading, thank you. I know this is a long post. I am avoiding studying for my criminal justice final tomorrow and I am doing spectacularly, if I do say so myself. Let us continue.

Last Thursday, I was able to do several cakes at work and it was great. There is an uproar of cake orders now that the school year is drawing to a close. (Graduation cakes and the like.) One such cake was one that I obliging took on, because it is sort of relative to my family.

Both schools are my dad's alma mater. (State for undergrad and Central for graduate). Although I cannot appreciate this school in the same way as my dad, State is near and dear to his heart. I thought he would enjoy the coincidental nature of this cake. (He did, by the way.)

Side note: My writing is the only part of cake decorating I've tried that I am not 100% confident about. At work, we double-write everything. My underwriting is usually spot on and I am satisfied. The overwriting is usually the bane of my cake-decorating existence. Perhaps outside of work I shall stick to writing the message only once.

Okay, so I've been dying to bake something yummy for a few weeks and today I did! They are chocolate-peanut butter pretzels. All right, they are not baked, but mixing and assembly were required so I consider it baking.

They are giant pillows of love that taste exactly like puppy chow! (Note that the term giant in the previous sentence is relative to one Chex.) What a discovery. Oh my goodness, I've only just realized.. Hello, pillows of love. Welcome to my christmas baking list. Also, these would be just as delicious dipped in white chocolate. This recipe has possibilities, folks.

Ah, this was a good run. I've successfully wasted about two and a half hours, but I'm out of things to say that aren't me just rambling aimlessly. I appreciate any who managed to read this in one sitting. This post is what happens when one is hopped up on coffee, has not blogged in a while and has a million things to share.

3 more days till summer; 730 days until I can begin living my life. Shit. I thought I could be optimistic with the 3 days, but the 730 days is a heavy burden to shoulder.

Anyway, happy knitting to those lucky bastards who have the time right now.

[edited to cut out depressing introduction]

23 April 2009


I present to you my first pair of socks! I thoroughly enjoyed making them. I finished the first in about a week and started the second immediately after, but caught the startitis bug, so the second one took about a month. They are done and I'm so pleased. Now I can start a fancy pair!

Pattern: Simple Socks for Ladies on Two Circular Needles
Yarn: Knit Picks Felici, in Martinique
Needles: 2- 24" size 2 circulars
Start-Finish: March 11 - April 21

Remember, how I was so thrilled about my Horcrux socks and the perfect yarn I accidentally bought for them? Yes, well as it turns out the yarn was not perfect. The rayon/tencel blend is not good for socks as I found out. It has no elasticity at all. So instead.. I am making a lace scarf out of the yarn, which I think will turn out beautifully. Here's a peek:

Only true love could compel a girl to make the biggest (in relation to my size 6 foot), most boring plain black socks for her boyfriend...

They are probably about 2 or 3 inches longer than this currently as I've been working on them whenever I get a spare minute this week. (I don't know what I'm saying... I knit and then do other things, such as homework and going to class, in my "spare" time). Anyway, I started these in the first week of April and I don't know who I was kidding myself to think I'd have the pair done by his birthday (April 28) or the anniversary (May 16). So... Christmas it is!

Cheers :)

14 April 2009

easter weekend and FO (yes, one)

Today, I am not feeling well at all and will not being going to any of my classes, so now I have time to put up some pictures from Easter weekend. Beginning Thursday, I finished knitting a little headband that will be part of my mom's Mother's Day gift.

Pattern: Arrowhead Lace Headband
Yarn: Cascade 220, color #2449, 0.2 skeins
Needles: size 7
Start-Finish: April 6 - April 6

It was nice to have something completely finished in the midst of all the socks going on right now. Unrelated to knitting, however, another perfectly awesome moment happened this weekend ....

Yes, that is Kyle and I standing next to the Stanley Cup. Before it was our turn to get our picture taken, Kyle said, "I'm going to pick it up." I warned him against it, but when he is set on doing something, nothing anyone can say will stop him. So, we get up there and have a nice picture taken, and I run for it afterwards, knowing his plan. As soon as he got it about an inch off the table, ten people yelled, "You can't pick it up!" (as I predicted) However, no harm was done, so now Kyle can proudly say that he's held the Stanley Cup! I'd say that's better than an Easter basket.

I did end up getting my ball winder this past weekend. (On Friday, to be exact.) Kyle tried to help me wind a hank of yarn (the yarn for my precious Horcrux socks.. ) and it ended up in a huge tangled mess. I spent all day Saturday trying to get it out, then a few hours on Sunday. Only half of it is safely untangled now. I believe that the hank was twisted and that is partly to blame for the mess, but I will not be asking Kyle to help me again. He was not very sympathetic to my plight. But once half of the mess was untangled, I managed to wind many of my scraps.

They are beautiful spring colors! Another addition to the stash was waiting for me at school when I got back. Some gorgeous Cascade Heritage sock yarn (in Jade) that will be my Clapotis.

Now I need to get away from my computer because it is making me feel even more feverish. Goodbye!