Monday, December 31, 2007

Post Christmas Christmas knitting

As this was my second Christmas knitting, and having learnt from my first Christmas knitting(planning to knit Christmas gifts for everyone in your family plus some of your friends when you only learned to knit in the last two days of October is a distinctly *bad* idea)

But, I survived, and this year was much less knit-o-centric. Two pairs of mittens for my Grandmother, and a Hufflepuff year 3&4 scarf for my sister, with the matching beret. But, alas, 6'8 of 1x1 rib is terribly boring. And it's also hard to knit something in secret when you spend so much time with the person.

So Christmas came...and went, with a beret and a partially finished scarf(the mittens were finished long before Christmas). It's currently at 4'6, and the finished scarf will be 6'8, plus fringe. For the yarnies amongst you, I'm using the pattern from "Charmed Knits", except I cast on 50 stitches instead of sixty-some(she wanted a narrower scarf). I'm using Encore Worsted (Colour 1382 for the yellow, and...whatever their black is. They only have one black). It's my first time using Encore. I have a good opinion of it as an acrylic blend. It feels nice and wooly and soft, and is pleasant to knit with, but I have found multiple knots in every skein I have wound so far. *sigh* Stupid knots. But if it turns out as sturdy as I've heard, I'll certainly knit with it again.

I went to my LYS and bought gorgeous new tempting yarn...but I'm not going to knit *anything* else until this is done...Wish me luck!!

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Well, I suppose an introductory post is in order...

...seeing as how this is the first post on a new blog :-)

Hello, my name is Louisa. You'll never encounter another person like me, I promise!

Being previously a blogger on Xanga I found that the blogs I wanted to read were not usually on Xanga, and therefore the writers of the blogs I liked to read could not comment back to me. That and the fact that Xanga is mostly emo teens induced me to do the grown-up thing, and switch. So here I am!

I have an interest in all things Jane Austen(I'm so excited about the four months of Jane Austen on Masterpiece Theatre, hurrah!!), music (especially if Chris Thile is involved), good movies, randomness, funny things, cooking, and yarn(knitting, spinning and dying).

I live with my father and brother, Jake, who is 18 and has Down Syndrome. Also my dad's cat, Cat-Kirk, an exceedingly hyper dog, Atticus, and my precious kitty, Thesis. Plus a bird and some fish. And a spider plant. We all live in a house about an hour away from anything important, and far enough in the country that I'll be getting chickens this spring. My other siblings live with my mother mostly, Amelia, Miki and Noah, who are 17, 14 and 9, respectively.
I attend a small church, where I teach a children's Sunday School and help out with the Wednesday evening kids' program. I love it there. The people are truly amazing, and I adore the kids I get to work with. I also play mandolin in a stringed instruments group there, which consists of my mandolin, two guitars and three ukeleles

As a completely random closing statement, I do believe the only thing I'll miss from Xanga is the "currently listening" feature. Perhaps I shall need to add to the sidebar ;-)