Wednesday, October 31, 2007
My parents are off on vacation this week and it sounds like they are having a great time. Thus far, they have been to Asheville NC and to see the Biltmore, to Cartersville, VA (?) to see Monticello and then to Lynchberg, VA to go to Poplar Grove (at least I think that is right). I'm sure the little man will rack up with lot's of "prizes" when they get back.
I actually had a little bit of success on the shopping front this week. I've been looking for some new suits for work. I have not had to wear suits much in the last few years, but it is becoming a bit of a necessity at times for my current job. Problem is that I'm extremely difficult to fit in clothes, especially suits. I'm right on the cusp of the whole Petite/Misses thing. In the past, petites have been just a tiny bit too short and Misses, well they just didn't fit just right. But success was had last night in the Petites department at Belk (my former Parisians....*sob* *sob*). I actually found three suits that fit really well and they were on sale for a great price!! I love it when things just finally fall into place.
So with the shopping this week and various other crap going on, there hasn't been a ton of knitting being done, but I'm happy to repeat that I have one more repeat on the toe decrease for my second Monkey sock and then I just have to graft the toe. Voila, the monkey socks will so be available for wardrobe by Friday!!
Ok, I got to get to bed now. Have a great Thursday!
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Sorry for the lack of posts in the last week, but I was a bit under the weather with the Stomach flu last Thursday & Friday. I did resume knitting on Saturday. I have finally completed the socks for my sister for christmas, and I'm through the heel on my second monkey sock. I'll post pictures of the monkey socks as soon as I get done with them. I also blocked my Koigu shawl on Saturday, but have yet to take pictures.
I also watch the entire series of Band of Brothers. If you haven't seen this series, I highly recommend it. It is the story of Easy company of the 506th Division of the 101st Airborne during WWII. You can usually rent them from your local rental store, but I was able to get the DVDs through my library. I have also just finished reading Brothers in Battle, Best of Friends which is the real life recounts of two of the soldiers from Easy company that is featured in the Band of Brothers. Again, I could not recommend these more if I tried. You will be amazed at the courage of these men and the sacrifices they made, you will be horrified at what they were subjected to and witnessed and you will cry as they lose their fellow friends. Excellent true story!
So needless to say since I was sick last week, there just isn't much exciting going on in my world.
I am however, hoping to participate in the Winter Wonderland Coffee Swap, so here is my questionnaire.
What are your favorite kinds of coffee? (Brands, Roasts, anything at all you'd like to share!) French Roast, European coffee, flavored coffee. Starbucks, Barnies, you name it.
Do you prefer whole bean or ground coffee? Ground please
This time of year, there are often Holiday Blends available, and many flavored coffees - do you drink flavored coffee? Yep, Like the new Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks, like Mocha flavored (ok anything chocolate), Santa's White Christmas from Barnies. Pretty easy to please.
Do you enjoy special blends? Yep
How do you take your coffee? Cream and Sugar? Straight up? Decaf? Cream and Splenda please and decaf at night.
Do you prefer drinking from a nice thick mug, or a matched cup and saucer? OOOH, nice thick mug.
What is your favorite part of Winter? Finally being able to wear my handknit socks, and sweaters.
Do you celebrate a holiday in December, and if so, which holiday? Yes, Christmas
If you celebrate Christmas, do you put up a tree? Have to put up a tree, the nephew would revolt otherwise.
Would you enjoy items related to the holiday, or would you prefer a Winter themed package? Either, not real preference here.
Do you collect anything? Are there any holiday or winter-themed items (Snowmen, Angels, Snoflakes, Santas, etc) that you collect? I collect both Santas and snowmen
Do you wear scarves? Mittens? Hats? Wear scarves, gloves and occasionally hats.
What is your favorite holiday or winter treat? Spiced cider or Chocolate Chess Pie for Christmas
Please share a favorite Winter or Holiday memory. When my cousins were younger they used to spend Christmas with us. My youngest cousin is 16 years younger than me and I still vividly remember the year that he got the Teenage Mutant Ninga Turtles Pizza Shooter. It was this contraption that catapulted little plastic discs with stickers on them to make them look like pizzas. There were no ankles or pets that were safe.
Do you Knit or Crochet? Knit
For how long? Three years
Do you like wooden, metal, or plastic needles\hooks? Wooden, Bamboo & Metal
Circular or straight? Circular & DPN
What sort of projects do you enjoy making? Socks!!!
What are your favorite types of yarn to work with? The independent dyed sock yarns
Do you spin or dye? Absolutely not, can't afford to start another hobby
Do you do other crafts such as scrapbooking or needlepoint or anything else? I scrapbook, make cards and I used to cross stitch and can needlepoint.
When is your birthday? June 26
Do you have any children? (Furry kind count!) None of the two legged kind, but my 6yo nephew does live with me. We have several cats though.
What are your favorite colors? Ok, this one is always difficult for me. I love any of the fall colors (browns, rusts, golds, oranges), but I also love brights (yellow, hot pink, turquoise, lime green, bright orange, not red though)
Do you have any allergies? Cigarette smoke
Whew!! I'm done, now for the swapping and emailing to begin!!
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Tonight was knit night and a great time as always. The usual characters were there and there was laughing and enabling going on (oh that yarn, yes that yarn is fabulous, you must have that yarn.....).
Sunday, October 21, 2007
First up is my Whatnot Sock Yarn from Union Center Yarns in "Calico". I love this yarn. It is just as soft as the "Fall" skein I got from Woolgirl. The colors are fantastic. And she also sent me two cute skullhead stitch markers, but the camera didn't want to focus on something that small.
Next up is my Sock Yarn from White Willow in "Pumpkin Pie". These colors are so warm and yummy! This also came with a cute stitch marker attached to the tag.
Friday, October 19, 2007
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Isn't it Fabulous?!?!? I was so excited. Tomorrow should bring my yarn from White Willow and then there will the the shipment of my Union Center yarn. There is also the DKknits sock club that I signed up for. Must stop the madness!!
The symphony last week was really great! Lots of Mozart which I really enjoyed. Last weekend was just full of girl time which I really needed and enjoyed.
Not much on the agenda for this weekend at the moment (but that could always change). Today was a little bit of a bummer. You see, the Service Engine Soon Light has come on in the car a couple of time this week, so I had to take it to the dealership. Well almost $700 later, my car left the dealership. I really can't complain. I've got a Saturn SC-2 3-door coupe that I have had for 5 years, it has almost 84,000 miles on it and this is the first non-standard maintenance I've had to have done. Today's repairs involved the Engine Coolant thermostat and the Serpentine belt (which has a standard life of only 60,000 miles). So I count myself lucky that it wasn't worse than that.
Knitting wise, I'm almost done with the first pair of socks for my Sister for Christmas. They have taken a little bit of time to get done, but that is because I really only knit on them at work. I'm also working on a sock for my Dad (my own pattern) out of Shibui Sock Yarn in "Ink" and I've cast on for the Monkey Socks out of my Union Center "fall" yarn.
Well, I'm off to knit and watch Grey's Anatomy.........
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
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Saturday, October 13, 2007
Then this morning, I wake up to an email from Jen at Woolgirl. It seems I'm the lucky winner of the this weeks Socktoberfest contest. The contest this week was to answer how old the Reese's cup was. The Hershey's website was quite helpful and I found out that the Reese's cup is now 79 years old. Jen emailed me to find out what my favorite colors are. Well, almost anything of course. I narrowed it down for her.........anything fallish or anything bright.....oops, that may not have been very helpful. After looking at her store, I'm sure I will love anything she sends!!
Tonight, I'm headed to the Symphony with my girl, Tracie. I'm really looking forward to it because I haven't been to the symphony in so long. Tracie, I'm not sure the symphony is prepared for us. We will have to be on our best "cultured" behavior.
Friday, October 12, 2007
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Last Thursday was the Sock Gala at my LYS, In the Making. This was a regularly scheduled Knit Night that was devoted entirely to socks. There were lots of prizes, some games involving the history of socks and some information on a charity, Power Socks (more on this in a minute). There was also lots of food and did I forget to mention that all sock yarn was on sale that night. Power Socks is a local charity that was founded by a customer of the shop, Lou, who had knit so many socks for herself that she was getting a "stash" of socks. A friend of her's that worked for a local nursing home was telling her about some of the women who worked there that were having trouble making ends meet with the rising cost of power & gas. Lou went to her church and set up a program where you can buy socks already made and all of the money goes to the Greater Birmingham Ministries to help women who are having a tough time making ends meet. Donna, the owner of In the Making contacted some of her suppliers and had some yarn donated just for this purpose. On Tuesday, October 23, Donna is having a kick-off for anyone who would like to help knit socks for this program. The donated sock yarn will be available on a first come first serve basis for anyone who would like to help.
Below are some pictures from the event (some of the pictures are a bit blurry from all the movement):
Denise & Shira
With Columbus day, I had to wait a bit for some shipments. I finally got the recent shipment of the Art Walk Sock Club yarn. This month's inspiration was Pablo Picasso's Three Dancers. The yarn is beautiful and after a brief snafoo with my swift (aka lamp with very large lampshade) and some help from my sister the yarn is finally wound into a cake and ready for knitting (just need to find more time now).
Next up is my shipment from Woolgirl. I found out about Woolgirl from Susan and dare I say it is almost too tempting. I order "Fall" Whatnot Sock Yarn by Union Center and it is really yummy!! I also ordered a set of Chiagoo needles to try them out. The package came and was wrapped so pretty and there was also a sample of Soak Woolwash in it. I can't wait to try it. I've already signed up for the Be My Valentine Charlie Brown Sock Kit and I'm definately signing up for the next sock club she does. (No, really, I'm don't have a problem with sock yarn....I can stop anytime.....who am I trying to kid here??)
Now on to non-knitting stuff. Tonight was Girls Night Out for the Ladies in my sunday school class. We met at Jason's Deli for dinner and had a great time. We spent the evening sharing funny stories (most of which were about our dating mishaps -where have all the good men gone) ......girls, we really need to write a book with these stories, we couldn't make this stuff up if we tried!! Tomorrow night, some of the girls and I are headed to dinner and then to catch the new George Clooney movie (some guy name, really can't remember it). Then Saturday is a night of culture involving the Symphony (cause you know I'm all about being cultured.....ha ha!!). I can't remember the last time I went to the Symphony and I'm really looking forward to it.
Also this weekend the big Pompeii exhibit opens at the Birmingham Museum of Art. I'm dying to see this exhibit, but I'm not brave enough to deal with the crowd this weekend.
It is finally turning cooler here and beginning to feel like fall. I'm so ready for the weekend, this week has been so crazy at work and I'm ready to relax!
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
First is some yarn from a little buyer I found on Etsy, Thankewe Yarns. This yarn is called lighthouse. I really needed to retake the picture to better capture it, but oh well, that didn't happen. Still trying to decide if this yarn will be for me or for a Christmas present.
Next up is probably one of my favorite purchases I have made in a while. It is the Bamboo/Merino Wool sock yarn from Joyce at Elliebelly in the colorway Hedgehog. There are really not words to express how I feel about this yarn. I love the feel of it, the color of it, EVERYTHING. I had to wind it up the day I got it and start on a sock for ME. I'm through the heel turn on sock one.
OK, so on to my next major issue......ADD. I seem to have lots of things in progress, but have issues finishing things. Here is example number one. This is the Back to School Tank from Fitted Knits. I'm actually making good progress on this now and I'm about 45% complete now.
Example number two would be a pair of socks for my sister for Christmas (here's hoping she doesn't know or find out about this blog or oops! there goes the surprise). I'm working on the toe decreases on sock one. I got most of this sock done during CPE classes (remember that issue???). The difficulty of these socks is that she knows about the yarn and wants it for herself (convenient isn't it?), so anyway, if I knit them at home or my parents house, then she will know. So these are strictly being worked on at work (during lunch) or at other down times.
Now these are the socks I originally planned for my sister for Christmas that she has no idea about. These are out of Opal Rainforest in Tiger. These have recently gotten bumped in favor of the tank and the Hedgehog socks.
Next up is my Hedera socks out of the lovely Jitterbug Colinette. While this is an easy lace repeat, it is not stockinette and therefore takes a little more concentration which I just haven't been able to devote to anything lately.
Ok, this is my Sursa wrap in the colors of the Crimson Tide. I'm not happy with the ruffle however. It is rolling way too much for me. I'm still contemplating what I'm going to do about it if anything. It is pretty much done unless I decide to change something on it.
Last up, is my Koigu shawl/wrap. (Hard to take a picture of it since it is still on the needles) I love the colors of this and with it being in garter stitch the simplicity is definately there, so why can't I seem to finish it? Possibly the fact that there are so many stitches at this point that it takes me about 30 minutes to finish one row. YIKES!! But I have definately got to finish it.
Ok, so we all see that I have a few issues, but I guess that is just a fact of life. The sad thing is that this is just a small sampling of the problem. I guess you could say I'm in denial about the rest of it.
Ok, now on to non-knitting related stuff. This past weekend was chopped full of friends! Whether it be game night at Kevin's (where I was the queen of Dominos for once) or the ball games at Dan's House, it was lots of fun. If even gave me the opportunity to catch up on some chatting with my girl Marla. Sunday after lunch, Tracie & I did a little shopping which we haven't done in SO long. Warning however, if you need accountability on not spending money.....don't take Tracie with you. :)
Hope everyone is having a great week!