My name is Sarah. I am plain, but not tall. I am 25 years old & I live on Long Island, New York. I'm a mama, a zinester, & a feminist. I love to knit. I also love bees and the color yellow.

My beautiful son, JP, was born on November 30, 2003 and he lights up my life.

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Works in Progress:

:: Wrap Sweater :: 60% ::

:: Simple Shrug :: 35% ::

:: Endpaper Mitts :: 50% ::

:: Dani's Socks :: 50% ::


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Finished Objects 2007:

September 14: Hufflepuff Scarf
September 9: Mister Monkey
September 3: Monkey Junior Socks
September 1: Ball-band Dishcloth
August 29: Joshie's Washcloth II
August 27: Joshie's Washcloth
August 13: Monkey Socks
August 2: Monkey Socks
July 7: Hufflepuff Ball-Band Dishcloth
July 3: Hufflepuff Socks
June 24: Log Cabin Baby Blanket
April 4: Pink T-shirt
March 13: Fetching
February 6: Fiber Trends Felted Clogs
February 2: Red Scarf
January 16: Calorimetry
January 15: My So-Called Scarf

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4. Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen (281)
5. Keeping The Moon by Sarah Dessen (228)
6. Dreamland by Sarah Dessen (250)
7. This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (345)
8. The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen (374)
9. Just Listen by Sarah Dessen (371)
10. Chicks With Sticks (It's A Purl Thing) by Elizabeth Lenhard (261)
11. The Knitter's Book Of Finishing Techniques by Nancie Wiseman (144)
12. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld (425)
13. Pretties by Scott Westerfeld (370)
14. Specials by Scott Westerfeld (372)
15. Smack by Melvin Burgess (327)
16. The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman (416)
17. The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman (352)
18. The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman (544)
19. Lyra's Oxford by Philip Pullman (49)
20. Bridge To Terabithia by Katherine Paterson (163)
21. East by Edith Pattou (507)
22. Double Identity by Margaret Peterson Haddix (218)
23. Princess Academy by Shannon Hale (314)
24. The Shop on Blosson Stree by Debbie Macomber (344)
25. A Good Yarn by Debbie Macomber (345)
26. Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card (324)
27. Speaker For The Dead by Orson Scott Card (382)
28. Xenocide by Orson Scott Card (592)
29. Children of the Mind by Orson Scott Card (358)
30. Ender's Shadow by Orson Scott Card (467)
31. Shadow of the Hegemon by Orson Scott Card (442)
32. Shadow Puppets by Orson Scott Card (372)
33. Shadow of the Giant by Orson Scott Card (363)
34. Kick Me: Adventures in Adolescence by Paul Feig (278)
35. Superstud: Or How I Became a 24-Year-Old Virgin by Paul Feig (295)
36. She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb (465)
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45. The Next Big Thing by Johanna Edwards (342)
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57. Good In Bed by Jennifer Weiner (375)
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64. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by JK Rowling (652)
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67. Trapped: Cages of Mind and Body edited by Lois Duncan (228)
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69. Job Hopper: The Checkered Career of a Down-market Dilettante by Ayun Halliday (213)
70. Hard Love by Ellen Wittlinger (224)
71. The Idiot Girls' Action-Adventure Club: True Tales from a Magnificent and Clumsy Life by Laurie Notaro (225)
72. No Touch Monkey! And Other Travel Lessons Learned Too Late by Ayun Halliday (272)
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76. Hope Was Here by Joan Bauer (186)
77. Thank You For Smoking by Christopher Buckley (272)
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80. Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire (406)
81. The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
82. Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis
83. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis
84. The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis
85. The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis
86. The Magician's Nephew by C.S. Lewis
87. The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis (767)
88. Little Altars Everywhere by Rebecca Wells (224)
89. Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells (356)
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94. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling (435)
95. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling (734)
96. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling (870)
97. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by JK Rowling (652)
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106. Quidditch Through The Ages by Kennilworthy Whisp (JK Rowling) (56)
107. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky (213)
108. Just Listen by Sarah Dessen (371)
109. This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (345)
110. The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen (374)
111. Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen (281)
112. Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin (322)
113. Something Blue by Emily Giffin (338)
114. Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen (212)
115. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster (256)
116. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling (759)
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118. Twilight by Stephanie Meyer (498)

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Monday, June 01, 2009
moved!

I seriously doubt anyone reads this blog anymore since it hasn't been updated in, oh, FOREVER! But I wanted to let you know, on the off chance that you read this, that I moved my blog to WordPress and I've been blogging there for a little while. I missed the whole act of blogging, but I was never too thrilled with BlogDrive or the way my whole site imploded when I lost my host. Hopefully if you were reading me here you will head over to Knitting Bee to check out the new & improved blog!

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Saturday, October 13, 2007
Finished sleeve

So on Thursday I finished the first sleeve of my wrap sweater. I can finally understand why people call it "sleeve island" and I do wish that I'd decided to work them simultaneously (which I considered). I'm up to the increases on the second sleeve. I'm really pleased with how this sweater is coming along, but I'm beginning to doubt that it will be finished (because there's a fair amount of seaming & end-weaving & also a lot more 1x1 rib edging to knit after the main pieces are finished) in a week. We'll see, though, I guess.

wrap05

I've also been thinking about Christmas presents already (it's closer than it feels, I know) and I think I've got some good ideas for gifts. I'm excited about that but worried I won't have the time to get everything done that I want to. Again, we'll see.

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Friday, October 05, 2007
Another finished piece

A little while ago, I finished the right front of the wrap sweater. I almost finished it last night, but I ran out of yarn in my current ball and was tired so I decided to call it quits for the night. There was only about an inch left to knit, so it went quickly.

Wrap - finished right front

The shaping is all perfectly symmetrical to the left front. Instead of measuring, I counted the rows and did the waist shaping and armhole shaping in the exact same spots. I'm really pleased with how this is coming together. It finally looks like a sweater:

Wrap - finished fronts & back

Now to cast on for a sleeve...

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Wednesday, October 03, 2007
Some wrap progress

Again with the not updating the blog even when there's been progress. Sorry about that, I don't know what my problem is. Well, actually, I do. I'm having a LOT of personal problems lately and I'm trying to keep them out of the knitting blog, but they definitely make remembering to update here difficult. Hopefully things will be better very soon, but for now please bear with the sporadic posts (not that there are all that many readers to disappoint). Anyway, I've been keeping good notes so here you go:

When we left off, I'd just finished the back. That night I cast on for the front and began working some of it. I didn't make too much progress, but that was expected.

9/27: Worked A LOT of the left front including all of the waist shaping. It's 10" long now and every other row gets shorter & thus faster to knit. Finished the third ball of yarn.
9/28: Even more left front action! I did the armhole shaping and am working my way up towards the shoulder shaping. It's going VERY fast, but I won't be able to knit tomorrow because...
9/29: Took the day off for my friend Jen's wedding! (It was totally awesome and worth missing out on knitting for.)
9/30: FINISHED THE LEFT FRONT! Yay! Started work on the right front.
10/1: Not much knitting accomplished. :(
10/2: Made decent progress on the right front. Finished the fourth ball of yarn. Worked most of the waist shaping.
10/3: Lots of right front progress! Finished the waist shaping and am fast approaching the shoulder shaping. I love that each row gets shorter and shorter!

Wrap - finished left front

JP insists on being in every single photo he possibly can. He's adorable, though, and I can't deny him. That's my finished left front. It probably only took one ball of yarn total, but since I started with what was left from the back & had to start a new one in there, I'm not sure.

I discovered, when I started the waist shaping for the right front, that I missed one decrease on the waist shaping for the left front (doing it a total of four times instead of four MORE times). Somehow my numbers worked out properly anyway on that front and I decided to consciously make the same mistake on the right side, for symmetry's sake.

I can see myself finishing the right front in the next day or so, IF I get enough knitting time in. I'm not sure how well that will work out, but I'll try to post again when I finish it.

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Wednesday, September 26, 2007
New Project!

I've been so lax with my updating and I don't have a good reason. Except, perhaps, that I've been too lazy to take pictures of what I've been working on until today? I decided to get ambitious and try to knit a sweater before Rhinebeck. I've never knit a real sweater for myself (Tubey doesn't really count because the unique construction makes it much less like a real sweater) or actually for anybody. So now's a good time to start, right?

I decided to knit the "Lift and Separate" wrap from Big Girl Knits. I've been in love with that sweater since the book first came out (and I rushed to purchase it!) but I've never had the motivation to knit it. I'm not even sure that I'm going to Rhinebeck (my awesome friend Danny *might* be taking me, but we don't have an official plan yet) but I'm working on this with wearing it there as the goal.

I've been keeping pretty good notes, so even without blogging at least the information is recorded:

9/17: Gauge swatches! I had to make three different swatches to find the right combination, but it will be worth it when the sweater -gasp- actually fits! I ended up with TLC Cotton Plus (I've had it in my stash for over two years) and US 6 needles (my KnitPicks Options).
9/18: Cast on. Using US 3 needles for the 1x1 rib base because the gauge in rib on the 6's was all wrong. I didn't want a gaping rib and my ribbing tends to be looser than stockinette. The 3's worked perfectly and I'm very pleased with it.
9/19: I picked up stitches along rib and began working the back. There's no puckering or anything which makes me happy. The yarn is a little splitty, but not too bad.
9/20: I worked the decreases on the back for the waist shaping. It's 7.25" long now. I finished the first ball of yarn. It's really coming along nicely.
9/21: I worked the straight knitting after the decreases & then the increases on the back for the waist shaping. It's 10.5" long now.
9/22: I worked the straight knitting after the increases & then part of the shoulder shaping on the back. It's 14.5" long now and finally beginning to feel like a sweater.
9/23: I took the day off to see Rilo Kiley! I brought a secret small knitting project with me for the train ride & the waiting I had to do before meeting up with my friends. The concert was an AWESOME birthday gift from my friend Craig. It was a standing-room-only show which is my favorite kind and they played so many songs that I love.
9/24: I finished the straight knitting to the armholes and began armhole decreases. It's 17" long now.
9/25: I finished the armhole decreases & worked straight rows toward neck. It's 21.5" long now and the end is so close I can practically taste it!
And today? I finished the back!

Wrap - finished back

It's 24.5" long (like it's supposed to be!) and it actually looks like the back of a sweater! It just makes me so proud because it makes my goal seem not that unreasonable. Maybe I'm crazy for thinking I can knit two fronts and two sleeves in like 25 days, but here's hoping I'm not. I think the fronts will go faster because the rows are so much shorter and the sleeves for the same reason. Plus I've still got knitting time for today. I'll try to update the blog more often, but we'll see how it goes.

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Friday, September 14, 2007
Finished Hufflepuff Scarf!

Last night I finished the knitting on my Hufflepuff Scarf. I had to leave off the final repeat because my yellow yarn was running dangerously low. As it is, I just had enough to make a lighter fringe (I don't think this scarf would look right without fringe). I'm very pleased with it, though.

Finished Hufflepuff Scarf

JP loved modeling it. He loves posing for the camera and he insists on being in every single pictures I take.

Finished Hufflepuff Scarf

Date Started: July 8th
Date Finished: September 14th
Pattern Used: POA-Style Scarf
Yarn Used: 3 skeins of Lion Brand Cotton-Ease (new) in Maize and 1 skein of Lion Brand Cotton-Ease (old) in Licorice.
Needles Used: US 5 16" circs.
Finished Size: 5" wide and 70" long
Modifications: I cast on 60 stitches because I didn't want a super-wide scarf AND because I had a limited amount of yarn & wanted maximum length. I had to do one less repeat of the pattern because I was nearly out of yarn.

Finished Hufflepuff Scarf

I love it, though. And now I'm pondering what to knit next. I'm not interested in picking up any of my UFOs, so something new will definitely be cast on soon.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Secrets Revealed

I finished my secret project and couldn't wait to gift it to my friend. It was a very different Monkey from the ones featured in this blog of late.

Finished - Mister Monkey!

Date Started: September 4th
Date Finished: September 9th (the kniting was finished on the 8th, but the stuffing and seaming and embroidery took an extra day)
Pattern: Monkey, from Knitted Toys by Fiona McTague
Yarn Used: Patons Classic Merino in Chestnut and Natural Mix, small bit of black acrylic
Needles: US 6
Modifications: None, really. Except I knit the tail as a hybrid i-cord, semi-round thing.

Finished - Mister Monkey!

JP tried to steal Mister Monkey (as I've taken to calling him, but I know Danny will rename him soon) and I might consider knitting one for him soon, too. But the pattern is tedious so I'm not sure if I can handle it again so soon.

Finished - Mister Monkey!

The finished product? Totally worth the effort. I almost didn't want to give him up, but I knew if anyone would appreciate an adorable knitted monkey, it would be Danny. I gave it to him last night at one of our (long-awaited) Ziti Parties* and it ended up spurring a long knitting discussion! I brought out yarn tubs and knitted hats and my crazy friends actually showed interest in my hobby. :) I even agreed to knit a hat for my friend Dana which totally made my night (I love it when people I love express interest in getting hand-knitted objects!).

In other knitting news, I'm worried that I'm going to run out of yarn for my Hogwarts scarf! It's 75% done right now (11.5 out of 15 MC stripes finished) and I've got about half a skein of the MC left. I'm supposed to use the MC for fringe, too, and I'm feeling doubtful that I'll even get the 15 stripes out of it, let alone the fringe! I'm just going to keep knitting and keep my fingers crossed. It's not a big deal if the stripes don't exactly match the movie version (it's already thinner than those because I don't love SUPER wide scarves) but I think the fringe is necessary. We'll see how it goes.


*Ziti Parties are sort-of self-explanatory. They are gatherings of friends during which the ingredients for Ziti are purchased, prepared, and cooked into a delicious meal that is then shared. It's a tradition with my friends dating back to September 11th, 2001 when we couldn't do anything useful so we cooked together. Ziti Parties are <i>always</i> a good time and last night's party was no exception.

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Tuesday, September 04, 2007
Dishrags, Monkeys, and Secrets.

On Friday, August 31st, I got my team's Dishrag Tag box! It's been through a lot (I was #8 on the list to get it) and JP wanted to peel all of the tape off, but I kept it out of his reach. I got a bunch of nifty stuff:

Dishrag Tag box!

Lois sent me a really awesome dishrag, two balls of cotton, and a nifty clicky row counter. I couldn't spend much time admiring my gifts, though, because it was time to knit! Using one ball that I'd received (Over the Rainbow colorway) and one ball of white that I had in my stash, I whipped up a Ball-band Dishcloth for my next teammate, Allison:

Dishrag Tag dishcloth

I love the way the Ball-band pattern comes out and I hope Allison likes it, too. I added in a treat and two new balls of cotton and had the package on its way by Saturday afternoon. I hate that it was a long weekend with no mail, but hopefully the package will arrive today or tomorrow.

In other news, I finished my Monkey Junior socks! I love them so much and I'm very pleased with the outcome. I think I've finally hit on a formula I love.

Monkey Junior

Date Started: Tuesday, August 14th
Date Finished: Monday, September 3rd
Pattern: Monkey
Yarn: KnitPicks Essential in Cocoa
Needles: US 2
Modifications: I did a k2p2 ribbed cuff, a 4-repeat leg, no-purl stitch pattern and a slip-stitch heel. I think all of my Monkeys will be like this from now on.

Monkey Junior

As for the secrets mentioned in this entry's title... I've started a new project, but it's a secret. It's a birthday gift for one of my very best friends. He'll be 25 on the 18th of September and I've never knit anything for him. I figure it's time I started and I've found the perfect pattern. Here's hoping that a) I finish in time and b) he loves it.

And in other birthday news.... my sister Kerri had her baby this morning! I don't have all the details yet (my sister Clarissa was visiting and called with some details, but she didn't have them all either) but it's a boy! His name is Connor Jules and he was born around 8:30 this morning via an emergency c-section (which Kerri was not happy about). He weighs a little over 7 pounds.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Some FOs

Why have I not written for nearly two weeks? It's not for lack of knitting! Part of the reason is that last friday (8/24) was my 25th birthday. I went out with some of my favorite people in the world (Danny, Jen, Dana, Alex... and also Jen's fiancee Brian) and had a VERY nice dinner. We ate at the Cheesecake Factory (where I had never been) and then I had my very first piece(s) of real cheesecake. I've never been a very adventurous eater and I'd always convinced myself that I "didn't like" things that I'd just never tried. I was wrong about cheesecake, which means I might be wrong about a lot of things. :)

I knit my way through one entire Monkey sock since I last posted - the second sock is a little bit further than the first one was when last I posted. No new pictures because I'm too lazy to get my camera AND the socks together in the same room. Pictures when the pair is finished, I promise.

And I've also knit my way through not one, but two Ballband Dishcloths. They're actually washcloths for JP. I'd been meaning to make some for him for a while now and gearing up for Dishrag Tag seemed like a good idea. Here's one:

Joshie's Ball-Band Washcloth.

Started: August 26
Finished: August 27
Yarn Used: Sugar & Cream in White and Faded Denim
Needles Used: US 6

and here's the second:

Joshie's Washcloth II

Started: August 27
Finished: August 29
(the other details are the same as above)

I've got the pattern memorized now and once the Dishrag Tag package gets here (it's on its way to me right now!) I will cast on for yet another one.

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Thursday, August 16, 2007
Monkey Madness

I've gone a little bit Monkey crazy. I super-quickly finished my first pair of adapted Monkeys (finished 8/13) and immediately cast on for another adapted pair. I'm in love with the no-purl Monkey pattern and I've actually got it memorized now! It goes so much more quickly and I love the look.

Orange Monkeys

Date Started: Friday, August 3rd, 2007.
Date Finished: Monday, August 13th, 2007.
Pattern: Monkey.
Yarn Used: KnitPicks Essential in Pumpkin.
Needles Used: KnitPicks 6" DPNs, US 2
Modifications: I did regular k1p1 ribbing for the cuff, replaced all of the purls with knits in the stitch pattern, and did a slip-stitch heel-flap.

Orange Monkeys

I'm finally getting GOOD at picking up stitches (yay!) and the second sock seriously felt like it flew off the needles. I usually don't like lacey patterns very much, but there's just something about this pattern that I find such a joy to knit and so beautiful to wear.

Orange Monkeys

I'm so very taken with these socks that on Tuesday I cast on another pair. In yet another Project Spectrum color: brown. Using yet more KnitPicks Essential (this time in Chocolate) and the same lovely KnitPicks DPNs. I'm already on the gusset of the first sock:

Brown Monkeys

But these are even more modified. The cuff this time is 2x2 rib and I also only worked 4 repeats (instead of 6) before the heel flap. Again with the slip-stitch heel, though. I already love these socks.

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