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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Friday, August 10, 2007
Extreme Orange!

Today was such a good mail day! Not only did I get the Spanx that I ordered the other day (I'm so excited about these, it's kind of ridiculous), but I also got my Sockapalooza 4 socks! They were made for me by Nicole and as soon as I opened the package there was a huge smile on my face. Why?

Sockapalooza 4 socks

Orange.

Sockapalooza 4 socks

Awesome orange.

Sockapalooza 4 socks

These socks are more amazing than anything I could have hoped for. They're bright and cheery and will make me so happy every time I put them on my feet for the color alone. But... they're also an amazing pattern that I have admired but was more complicated than anything I'd ever knit for myself.

Sockapalooza 4 package

Included with the socks was a lovely note detailing the story of the socks (a tale complete with running out of yarn and getting yarn special dyed to match that didn't match and eventually over-dying with Kool Aid) and a bar of some amazing chocolate. Thank you so much, Nicole!

And, in even more orange news, I cast on for yet another project the other day. Adapted Monkey socks with KnitPicks Essential in Pumpkin.

Orange Monkeys

I'm using the KnitPicks US 2 needles that I got from my Hogwarts Sock Swap pal (which I love so far!). I cut out all of the purl stitches from the pattern because I don't like purling at the beginning of DPNs. I'm also using a slip-stitch heel instead of stockinette because my heels tend to wear quickly.

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Thursday, August 02, 2007
FO = yay!

I've been meaning to update for so long, but the heat has made me lazy. I've been working on my Hufflepuff scarf and more recently obsessively on the Monkey socks. The socks are for my Sockapalooza 4 pal and I finished kitchenering the toe this morning. Then I wove in the ends and wet blocked them. They're drying now and once they're finished, I will send them off.

Finished Monkey Socks

Finished Monkey Socks

I'm really pleased with them and I hope my pal likes them, too! I've also got quite a bit of progress done on my Hufflepuff scarf:

"Hufflepuff"

I think the colors are perfect (they're a bit washed out in this picture) and the scarf is soft & will be warm but not overly so. I'm using Lion Brand Cotton-Ease in Maize (new) and Licorice (old). I haven't worked on it in a little while because of the Monkeys, but now I'd like to finish it.

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Thursday, July 19, 2007
Hogwarts Sock Swap!

Today I got my package from my Hogwarts Sock Swap pal! I knew what it was as soon as I saw it in the mailbox and I was almost too excited to calmly open & photograph. Everything was wrapped up so nicely that I felt a bit guilty ripping it open. But rip I did. Along with the socks (which I'll get to in a minute), I found this:

Hogwarts Sock Swap - Opened Package

A lovely kitty card, two sets of KnitPicks DPNs (yay!) in US 1 & 2, seven cute Ravenclaw stitch markers (sock sized) and one little bee stitch marker. Everything was so thoughtful that I had to squee. And then there were the socks!

Hogwarts Sock Swap - socks!

Hogwarts Sock Swap - socks!

Hogwarts Sock Swap - sock closeup

Gorgeous Ravenclaw book colored Jaywalkers. The yarn is silky-soft VanCalCar FlockSock yarn and the socks fit PERFECTLY. I saw them and just went, "ooh" because they are so perfect!

Thank you so much, Jo!

Posted at 11:32 am by Sarah Bee
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Monday, July 09, 2007
A tiny FO

I put together the rest of the package for my Hogwarts Sock Swap pal last night. I'm about to head over to the post office to mail it out, but I wanted to post first. Included in the package are the socks (of course), KnitPicks DPNs, 4 Hufflepuff stitch markers, sheepie notecards, and this:

Hufflepuff Ball-Band Dishcloth

A ball-band dishcloth in Hufflepuff colors! I really like this entire package and I really hope my pal does, too.

In other news, last night I started yet another new project: a Prisoner of Azkaban-style house scarf. I'm using Lion Brand Cotton-Ease in their new yellow (maize) and old black (licorice). I've only just started, so no photos yet. I wanted something really mindless to work on while watching TV and movies (the Monkey socks are a bit too complicated for me to work on in a dark theater). I'm excited and I'll post photos when things get a bit more interesting.

Posted at 11:01 am by Sarah Bee
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Wednesday, July 04, 2007
Finished Hufflepuff Socks!

I finished the pair of socks for my Hogwarts Sock Swap pal. The second sock seemed to zoom off the needles even more quickly than the first. I finished it last night (and have already started on the second Monkey sock for my Sockapalooza 4 pal). I really love these socks and part of me doesn't want to send them away.

Finished Hufflepuff Socks!

The yarn used was KnitPicks Palette. Needles are US 2. Basic cuff-down sock pattern with a short-row heel (my first cuff-down one!). I devised the stripe pattern myself and carried the yarn along the back so that there weren't many ends to weave in.

Finished Hufflepuff socks!

I used less than one skein of each color to complete the pair. The socks are very cozy and I really hope my pal likes them.

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Thursday, June 28, 2007
Long time, but with an FO!

I haven't got a very good excuse for going two & a half weeks without posting. Mostly it's because I've been terribly busy and distracted by real-life events, but also because there was a distinct lack of knitting. My wrists have been sore for a while and knitting was too painful for a while. Then I rushed to finish the Log Cabin Baby Blanket for my sister's shower (which was last Sunday) and what with life complications I've only got time now to make a post.

I put the knitting off for too long and was VERY stressed Saturday night. I had an entire square left, basically, but finished it around 3am. I took this very bad photo on my living room floor with my (other) sister sleeping on the couch.

Log Cabin - completed squares

Then I had to weave in all of the ends. I don't know why I waited to do this, but I foolishly did. Trust me, there were a LOT of ends. I wanted them to be secure, and I really think they are. I decided to weave the ends on three squares first and then seam them together before moving on to the next set. It took so much longer than I expected - I ended up getting two hours of sleep and spending the entire car ride AND much of the morning (when I was supposed to be helping set up for the shower) seaming these squares.

I was frustrated and angry and seriously considered throwing it out because it didn't look how I wanted it to. And it was taking forever and my family was angry with me (and my step-mother's mother was looking at me like I was the most selfish person on earth to be doing that when there was actual work to be done). But my mom took me aside and basically ordered me to finish. She told me it looked wonderful and that they didn't need my help setting up - they needed me to finish the blanket for my sister.

Log Cabin - being revealed

I finished with about an hour to spare and my step-mother gave me some tissue paper to wrap it with. My sister was very happy when she opened it and I received quite a few compliments on it. I'm still upset that I waited so long to finish it, but I'm glad that it was appreciated and liked.

Log Cabin - completed!

Date Started: February 12, 2007
Date Finished: June 24, 2007
Pattern Used: Standard log-cabin technique. Inspired by Theresa's lovely blanket.
Yarn Used: KnitPicks Shine Worsted in Sunflower, Grass, and Green Apple (six skeins of each)
Needles Used: KnitPicks Options, US 6

With the blanket finished, I'm now working on socks yet again. I've got the second Hufflepuff sock in progress for my Hogwarts Sock Swap pal. It's coming along nicely, but it doesn't make for a terribly interesting picture just yet.

Posted at 12:25 pm by Sarah Bee
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Monday, June 11, 2007
7/9ths!

I've spent the past week fixing my two MAJOR mistakes. I had to rip out two completed Log Cabin squares (the weird bumpy one and the one I was working on in my last entry) and then re-knit them. It was very frustrating having to fix my stupid mistakes (the second square I knit the colors in the wrong order without realizing it) but now I'm quite happily past those errors. I've got 7/9ths of the blanket finished, not counting the border. It's looking pretty good:

Log Cabin - 7/9 finished

Click here for full-size color version.

I've got the second to last square on the needles already. I'm feeling really good about the project again.

Posted at 11:35 am by Sarah Bee
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Friday, June 01, 2007
Birthdays, Log Cabins and Ravelry

Today is my little sister Danielle's eleventh birthday. She's basically the sweetest kid ever. I didn't knit her a present (I've got one "Dani Sock" finished, but I want to try it on her before I knit the second) and I won't be seeing her today. I'll call her soon because she'll be out of school finally. JP loves her to bits. This is them this past Christmas:

Joshua & Dani on Christmas

I've made some progress on the Log Cabin Baby Blanket. and I opened another Flickr account to post the color photos in (so I could upload them to Ravelry, but we'll get to that in a minute). I'm going to post the black & white version here on the blog, but follow it up with a link to the color version. Kerri, don't click on the link!

Log Cabin Baby Blanket

Full-size color version.

I also decided to photograph the stupid error I discussed yesterday. I put the too-small square on top of a normal square. You can clearly see that it's at least an inch smaller in most places. And it doesn't lay flat the way it should. I really could just kick myself over this.

Log Cabin Square - mess up

Full-size color version.

AND, AND, AND! Today I got my invite to Ravelry! I signed up for it when everyone started mentioning it in their blogs. I got put on the waiting list, but today I got to join! I feel good about this because first of all, the site is really awesome and such a good resource. But I also feel good about it because they weren't lying about not being exclusive. I understand inviting the most popular bloggers first (if that's what they did) in order to gain more exposure, but at least I know those of us whom most people have never heard of will still get a chance to join up. The plan had been to be out of Beta by now (and thus open to all) but I suppose it's not ready yet. It's definitely worth it to put your name on the invite-request list, though. (My username on Ravelry is sarahbee.)

Have a good weekend!

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Thursday, May 31, 2007
Yarn, sheep, and idiocy

Yesterday JP had what would best be described as a play date. My downstairs neighbor's sister came over with her son (same age as JP) and daughter (6 weeks old). JP and the little boy ate lunch, drew with chalk, ran around, rode on toys, and had an all-around good time. It was fun to watch, even if I did end up with sunburned shoulders because I forgot to put sunblock on myself.

After the play date, my step-mother picked us up and brought us to visit my father. We ate dinner and discussed plans for my sister Kerri's baby shower. Then we drove over to Michael's so I could look for the new Cotton-Ease.

Cotton Ease - Maize

I found it! And I wished I had more money to spare so that I could have brought more of it home (all of the new colors are so nice!). I eventually decided on three skeins of Maize for the Hufflepuff scarf I'm going to knit (I'm a Ravenpuff). I'll combine it with some of the original Cotton-Ease I have in black for a trapped-bar scarf similar to the atypically ones, but thinner & shorter.

I also found some awesome sheepie goodies in the $1 bins at the front of the store!

Sheep notebook & cards

It's a notebook (lined, with the same sheep design on every page) and notecards (blank). I really needed both of these things and the price just couldn't be beat! Again with the wishing I had more money to stock up.

So yes, I've covered yarn & sheep already. Now onto the idiocy. You'll have to do without photographic representation because I can't bear to photograph my idiocy. As I mentioned the other day, I started working on the log cabin baby blanket again. I had been mid-square when I stopped work on it, so I picked up that square and begain again. I decided, for some unknown reason, to pick up fewer stitches for each side. Just a few less, but enough so that when I completed the square yesterday & brought it home to compare with the old ones, I discovered that it's over an inch smaller on each side than the other squares. Yay! I'd already started work on the next square when I realized this, but I've been picking up the correct number of stitches on this one. I have no idea why I was such an idiot, but I just made it so I have to rip out a square and re-knit it. And basically all of the progress I'd made has been negated.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2007
One sock down

Yesterday I finished the knitting on the first Hufflepuff sock for my Hogwarts Sock Swap pal. I love the stripe pattern. I knit these cuff-down and improvised a short-row heel (I'd only ever done those toe-up before) and I'm really satisfied with it.

Hufflepuff sock

I'm not going to get second-sock-syndrome, but I also didn't cast on for the mate yet. I"m getting back into the groove of working on my sister Kerri's baby blanket - the shower is in a few weeks and I really want it finished in time. I've still got plenty of time to finish my other Hogwarts sock (and the other Sockapalooza sock), but if I want to see Kerri's reaction to the blanket it's got to be ready by the end of June.

Here's another shot of the newly finished sock. This one shows the fact that the stripe pattern was uninterrupted for the heel.

Hufflepuff sock

The yarn is KnitPicks Palette in yellow & black. US 2 needles. Pattern is my own.

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