Anyone got a shovel I can borrow?
Friday, May 30, 2008
Thursday, May 29, 2008
It seemed like such a good idea at the time...well...at least they are fur free (for the time being)… Zelda doesn’t seem to mind a bit (hee, hee).
I have been knitting, too….
Here are the last two dishcloths in the “set” of four I’ve been making (Peaches and cream solid in Cornflower and stripe in Country Stripes) :
Wedding Band DishCloth by Kathleen Brundige (with Eyelet Points edging from Knitting On the Edge by Nicky Epstein:
Monday, May 26, 2008
We had a busy weekend, full of travel and family and friends. Youngest SD graduated from HS on Friday, so Thursday, we traveled to AL via Atlanta.
There was a lot of family (mostly related to DH’s Ex) around and we tried to spend as much time with the kids as their schedules allowed. I was a good girl and left the knitting in the car (or at the hotel) when we were visiting.
Here’s the proud Grad and Dad:
In addition to the graduation, we were able to see the MI grandkids and I got a chance for a knit meet up with an internet friend while in the GA/AL area.
Boys in a box…
‘Papa’ and granddaughter Alanta (see how much she’s grown!)
One of the nice aspects of the internet knitting community is the removal of that feeling of being a “lone knitter” – a few mouse clicks and a little googling and all of a sudden you can find yourself in the midst of many like-minded knitters. I discovered an even nicer aspect to this connection during this trip. I read a knit-blog by a fellow sock-knitter; Becca who as it turns out is the wife of a soldier stationed at Fort Benning, GA (soon to be Fort Bliss, TX). Normally when we travel DH lets me seek out a LYS in the area we are traveling in to get a little calm-me-down time and to reward me for being a good sport if his ex-laws are involved. The town we visited in AL is basically in Fort Benning’s back yard. From reading Becca’s blog, I knew that the closest yarn shop was probably back in Atlanta (100 or so miles), and we would not have time in the short span of time after we landed or before we went back to the airport to visit a yarn shop. So, in lieu of a yarn shop visit, I got to do the next best or maybe an even better thing. Mini-meet-up! I touched base with Becca to see if she would be available when we were in town and we worked out the details for a little knitting over coffee/diet coke. (L-R, Becca and Me)How fun to meet your internet friends in real life. We had an amiable chat and knit a little. I admired the Fair Isle sock Becca was working on for her son, and she checked out my Aquaphobia. Becca shared her secrets for doing a nice heel flap on a toe-up sock (it's also on her blog) and I probably talked way too much about the “old days” when I was still in the Army. Something about seeing all those uniforms just brings back all the memories! Any way, it was a nice diversion for me during the trip and guaranteed knitting time. To paraphrase something Becca said, this was the first time I deliberately met someone I knew from online. And I can add that it turned out to be fun!
As for knitting, practicality and Airline considerations dictated that I pack light, so after sorting through several possible travel projects; I ended up just bringing two OTN projects and one ready to start (just-in-case). I brought the Aquaphobia socks which I started after finishing up the Monkeys and the Branching Out #2 as an alternate project. I packed yarn and needles for baby projects as my just-in-case option. I got one sock knit thru the foot while traveling and added about 10 repeats to the scarf. Not bad for the amount of time I spent not knitting on this trip.
The Aquaphobia checking out the Kudzu on the road between Atlanta and AL.
So that’s a peek at how I spent my weekend. I hope yours was safe.
On a serious note… Take a moment today to please think about what this country would be like if we didn’t have real life heroes. If you know a service member give them a hug or say thank-you today. If you don’t please say a prayer for all of our men and women in uniform past and present. Having had the privilege to serve with and for these men and women, I can honestly say that they are all heroes in my heart.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Pattern: Monkey by Cookie A
Yarn: Brown Sheep Wildfoote Sock in “Rock-N-Roll”
Needles size 1
Magic Loop 2-at-a-time
Now I’m off to go and figure out how many knitting projects I can fit in my knitting bag. It’s a short trip… by air... Hmm …do you think 17 will be enough?
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
I knitted a couple of dishcloths.
(Sugar-n-cream solid in cornflower and stripes in Country Stripes) Patterns various. Worked on size 5 needles.
I worked on the monkeys – didn’t get as far with these as I had hoped, but heck it was nice out and a girl can’t stay in and knit all the time!
Not much else knitting related or even remotely interesting has happened so far this week.
Gearing up for the holiday and a slew of graduations... how about you?
Friday, May 16, 2008
Thursday, May 15, 2008
1. Monkey Socks
2. Socks to Match my Vest *
3. Dishcloth (May KAL)
4. 2nd Branching Out Scarf
5. Purple sock (repair)
6. Shop Socks (only worked on at work)
But I think… maybe … I’m coming down with a bit of staritis … here’s a list of potential projects that are clamoring to be cast on:
1. Aquaphobia socks
2. Sweater for DD#1
3. Summery T-shirt in bamboo
4. Lacy Tank
5. Baby gifts for 2 babies due in June
I just keep thinking of new things I want to do and start and then I want to work on that and not what I’m already doing. And dang, every new magazine and pattern book I see lately has at least three things I want to make, hrmpf… so many lovely patterns, only so many sets of needles…
There is good news in all of this though; I finished the Diagonal Delight Vest “Cool Shadows” project. Well… except for blocking and sewing on buttons. So here’s a peek:
*I was so happy about finishing the vest that I immediately cast on for matching socks with the leftover yarn. It’s a sport weight merino so they should be a quick knit. They will each have 3 of the seven colors and both will have the seventh. I’m going to knit both at the same time on magic loop. It’s kind of a fun project so I just couldn’t wait to start.
In the meantime, I had this pair of purple socks that I love but they were like the first or second pair I knit and a tad on the large side, so I decided to rip out the toes and knit them a little shorter… a quick fix, but time away from knitting on my other projects. I knit most of it last night and will finish these before I go to work today. Heck, I might just wear them!
Monday, May 12, 2008
The Monkey socks are also coming right along:And last but not least, the Yarn Harlot book signing event reschedule date has been announced! Yippee! (June 20! a Friday)
Friday, May 9, 2008
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
That's Vanessa's project the Anenemoi mitten (by Eunny Jang)... isn't it pretty? (Vanessa is in the first picture on the left... the one sort of cut off, oops!)
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Saucey and I just got back from her annual trip to the vet (vet says she's a-ok), she isn't too happy about the shot she recieved, so she’s off pouting somewhere and I’m goofing off on the computer.
Now here's something sure to thrill you.... Over the weekend I rearranged my sock drawer since I just washed most of my hand knit socks. Here’s the hand knit section minus a couple of pairs… At some point there will only be room for hand knit socks in my drawer… (insert “evil I-have-a-plan” laugh) Or is it that there won't be any more room in the drawer because of all the hand knit socks?
Knitting progresses... I’m still alternating work on the same three projects; but nothing too exciting to show off. Yet, somehow, I still have the desire to cast on for two more…. Yipes!
Our meet-up tonight is at the shop I work at, so maybe I’ll take my camera so there’s something more interesting to post tomorrow. I’ll at least take a picture of the class sock!
That's about it here... happy Tuesday!
Friday, May 2, 2008
I managed to get the Earl Grey socks done in time to post to SAM5 and get credit for an April pair.
Yarn: KnitPicks Essential, Flint
Needles: Size 1 dpn
Monkey; two-two-at-a-time, Magic Loop, Wildfoote Rock-n-Roll… not much to look at yet, but I’m not taking any chances on May sneaking off and turning into June before I’m done knitting my KAL socks.
Sooo pretty… and yes! It is sock yarn. I rationalized this after reading some of the comments on the Knitting Daily informal stash survey…. Even DH agreed that if I kept it under 160 pairs worth I was being conservative!
(Claudia Handpaints - Thistle...It's really purple in person... for some reason, the camera doesn't like this color)