Wednesday, November 28, 2007

WWCS Topic of the week

What is the ideal setting for enjoying the perfect cup of coffee? Who would be there - or would you be alone? Inside or out? Morning or night? With food or just the steaming cup of joe?

The ideal setting for the perfect cup of coffee would be a coffee shop gabbing with friends. At this time of year, it would be inside (though a patio gathering would be nice in the spring or fall). It would be in the late afternoon or early evening, possibly with something sweet.

The second best time is in the book store by myself perusing through books and magazines.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Ok, a couple more

Since the postman brought me my Union Center Knits Yarn today, I thought I would go ahead and share the yumminess!!

Behold, Caramel and Blue Moss. Aren't they gorgeous?!?!? Well, I think so!

OK, now I'm off to a friends to watch the Alabama/Auburn game. I'm really hoping my team, Alabama, plays MUCH better than we have in the last few weeks, but I'm seriously not very hopeful at all.

ROLL TIDE!!

Finally some Pictures

Wow, I can't believe I have not posted any pictures this month. Well, it is time to make up for that!!

First up, this is what a Power Ranger looks like. Yep, you guessed, this is the love of my life, my nephew looking very charming as a Power Ranger for Halloween. By the time we got home from work to go trick or treating, he decided he was tired of being a Power Ranger and went as a soccer player instead. I guess he was tired of saving the world from Bad guys by that time.


Next up are my finished Monkey Socks


Pattern: Monkey by Cookie A. on Knitty.com

Yarn: My Whatnot Sock yarn by Union Center Knits in "Fall" that I got from Woolgirl

Needles: Size 2 DPNs

This is my November Sock Club Yarn from DkKnits. The color is "Hangover Cure" The yarn feels really great and I can't wait to work with it.


This is the November Art Walk Sock Yarn in "Giverny" based on my favorite painting by Monet, Garden at Giverny.


My completed Hedgehog Socks

Pattern: Knitting Pure & Simple Lightweight Beginner Socks

Yarn: Elliebelly Bamboo/Merino Sock Yarn in "Hedgehog"

Needles: Size 1 DPN


These are the first pair of socks for the Little Man.


Yarn: Steinbach Wolle Aktiv Effekt (from my stash)

Needles: Size 1.5 DPN


OK, Rani, these next pictures are for you so that you can live vicariously through me while you are being good on your yarn diet (I really need to start one of those). These are the pictures from my recent stash enhancement of mostly Koigu from my LYS, In the Making.


Koigu & Fortissima Bamboo Yarn.


Claudia'a Handpaint in Buckeye & more Koigu. I've actually cast on for a sock out of this Koigu for my mom.


Last Saturday, I went to the Junior League Marketplace show here in town. It is mostly a gathering of different sellers/shops with gift ideas or crafts for the holidays. Who else but a knitter can find the only yarn in the place. Below is the beautifully soft alpaca yarn that I scored. The alpacas for this yarn are raised here in my state outside of Alexander City, Alabama. The yarn is from Southern Star Farms. I think this is going to end up as a pair of socks for yours truly.


Last but Certainly not least are the Little Man's Christmas socks that he requested. I finshed them this afternoon.

These are the first pair of socks for the Little Man.
Pattern: Yankee Knitter Classic Yankee KnitterSocks
Yarn: Regia Nations Yarn from In the Making (just barely made it with one ball)
Needles: Size 1.5 DPN


Wednesday, November 21, 2007

What I'm thankful for and I've created a monster

With Thanksgiving being tomorrow I thought I would share what I'm thankful for (plus it is the WWCS topic for the week). I'm thankful for a wonderful family and the fact that we are all healthy. It has been and up and down year with my parent's health with them both being diagnosed as Pre-diabetic, but everything seems to be getting under control and for that I'm extremely thankful. I'm also thankful for a great group of women that I can surround myself with. My group of girls (you know who you are) are a great blessing to me. They are a huge support system and a HUGE amount of fun to be with. I'm grateful that I have been reunited with these women over this last year and look forward to next year.

Now for the monster I've created. My nephew (aka "The Little Man") decided that he needed a pair of handknit socks. So we went through my stash and found some yarn that wouldn't be considered too girly. I gave him the finished socks on Monday night. After properly oohing and awing over them, this is the conversation that took place.

Little Man: (rubbing his hands over the socks on his feet) They are perfect Zanny! (what he calls me) I love them
Me: Thank you baby
Little Man: You know, I was thinking, Christmas will be here soon
Me: Yes baby, I know.
Little Man: I think I need a pair of red and green socks for Christmas.
Me: Baby, I don't have any red and green sock yarn
Little Man: Well, you could go buy some.
Me: Yes, baby, I guess I could.

So what did I do yesterday at lunch?? Of course, I ran to In the Making and got the Red, White & Green Regia sock yarn. I'm through the heel turn and halfway done with the foot on sock one.

What can I say, I can't deny that child anything.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!!

Friday, November 16, 2007

Eye Candy Friday

Queen Anne's Lace

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Koigu and the fate of my checkbook.

After a two year wait for Koigu at my LYS, it finally arrived this week. I would love to tell you that I exercised great restraint when it came to the yarn, but that just didn't happen. By the time the frenzy was all over, I left with fourteen skeins of yarn. Yes, you read that correctly, 14 skeins of yarn. I got 11 skeins of Koigu (enough for 4 pairs for me, 1 pair for my mom and 1 pair for the little boy), two skeins of Claudia's Handpaint in Buckeye and 1 skein of the Bamboo socka. WHAT WAS I THINKING?!?!?!? I know what I was thinking........oooh, I like that one, oooh, that one is pretty too, oooh, did you see that one? And that was just the trip to the store at lunch. That doesn't even count the trip back to the store tonight for knit night. (Yes, you know you have a problem when you can't even wait 5 more hours to see the new yarn). Fortunately 95% of what I spent is covered by what I made for my class fees (WHEW!!). The sad part is that there are more colors that I want. Don't even begin to ask me when I think I'm going to knit all of this. Fortunately, I'm teaching a beginning socks class this weekend which will help my stash fund (There are still spaces left if you know anyone who wants to take the class).

I also picked up the yarn for my WWCS pal tonight. I got some Drops Alpaca (she said that alpaca is her favorite) in one of her favorite colors. I've also managed to score the winter themed coffee mug and I've been debating on the perfect coffee for her and some other little goodies.

OK, who else is having a hard time believing that Thanksgiving is next week?? How on earth did that happen?

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

WWCS Topic of the week.

Ok, so here is this weeks topic......As the cold of winter approaches, do you change the projects you work on? Do you work on gifts for others or do you continue working on projects for yourself?

With it getting colder, I do change the projects I'm working on. In the summer, I was working on Tank tops for me. Now that it is getting colder I find myself working more on socks for the colder days. I've also been working on felted slippers. It is also that time of year where I work on gifts for others while also working on projects for myself (I have project ADD). I usually knit socks for my family and I'm going to knit a pair of felted slippers for my dad (I didn't knit him a pair last year).

Also, the little boy (my nephew) has asked if I would please knit him a pair of socks. Now who could resist a question like that. So I went through the stash to see what yarn I had that might be little boyish. He picked his favorite and I cast on. Sock one is done and sock two is through the heel turn. He is so excited!! I've also finished a pair for my sister, have another pair in progress for my sister, a pair in progress for my dad and the yarn picked out for mom. WHEW!!

I do have pictures to post, but they will have to wait until this weekend. Tomorrow night is knit night at my LYS. I'm so excited....after being on their wait list for two years....Donna has finally gotten her first shipment of Koigu!!! She also has in a some new Claudia's handpaint colors. Needless to say, I might need a lunch trip before knit night.

I haven't been knitting as much as I would like because I have been having to do a ton of typing at work setting up a database for our project and it makes my wrist hurt a bunch (can you say Carpel Tunnel??). That is also why there has been a lack of posting.

I'll try to get the pictures posted this weekend. It's gonna be crazy here for the next few days. I have knit night tomorrow night (oh yeah, I already told you that) and my youngest cousin is coming in town for the Alabama game, so I'll have to squeeze in some time to see him and I need to help mom get the house ready for Thanksgiving and my aunt's arrival next Tuesday. How can it possibly be Thanksgiving next week?? I have so got to get busy with my Christmas knitting and shopping. YIKES!

Saturday, November 03, 2007

For the love of Coffee

As part of the WWCS, Holly and Anne have asked all how we have come to love coffee.

My first experience with coffee was as a child as a bonding moment with my Granddaddy. He would allow me to sit and drink coffee with him when I stayed over at their house. It always made me feel so big. Now reality is that it was more like coffee flavored milk, but to me it was coffee and I'll never forget those bonding moments as long as I live even though I only had 9 years with my Granddaddy.

I then drank coffee off and on during my early career after college, but it wasn't something I just truly enjoyed. Then in 1999, I went on a trip to Spain & France with some friends of mine. Now I am a huge diet coke drinker and I am definitely addicted to caffeine. Well, I got a horrible headache that first day in Madrid and it was from the lack of caffeine, but cokes were like $3 each which I was just too cheap to pay for. So I decided I would have to drink the coffee. I don't know how many of you have been to Madrid, Spain, but the first cup was a bit like sludge it was so thick and dark, and definitely needed milk or cream and sugar, but once you got it mixed, the flavor of that dark rich coffee was like nothing else!! It made a convert out of me. I loved the richness of it and there was the definite advantage to the caffeine.

Coffee is still not something that I drink everyday because for the most part, I can pass on the "break room" coffee. It just isn't rich or dark enough for me. I love a good medium or full roasted coffee. I love it the flavored creamers and just a touch of Splenda. Of course there are always the expresso drinks too that I love. A good Cafe Mocha will just make your day and recently I had a Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks that was really good as well. If I'm at a Starbucks and just not having a coffee mood, then I always go for the Chai Tea Latte.

So that is the story of coffee & me.

On the knitting front, I have finished the Monkey socks out of Union Center Knits "Fall" sock yarn. I really like how they turned out and will get some pictures taken to post. I'm now back working on the second sock from my Elliebelly "Hedgehog" yarn.