Monday, August 18, 2008

How was your Weekend?


Mine was pretty good.  Friday night I went with the Family to grab a pizza at my favorite local Pizza Place.  I really miss my weekly trips there.  Before my best friend got remarried and moved an hour away, that was our Friday night tradition.  Now I'm lucky if I get it once a month.  It was so good.  Then I went home and sat in front of the TV watching the Olympics and knitting.  How about that 100m Butterfly race with Michael Phelps??  Was that awesome or what?  I'm so in awe of him.  He is a phenomenal athlete, he seems to be really down to earth and he is great on the eyes!

Saturday Night was the Back to School bash at my nephew's school.  Since my sister had to work the event, I went to watch after him.  We had a really good time and there were a couple of very satisfying moments.  After that, of course I came home and watched the Olympics.  Now that the gymnastics and swimming are over, I think I'm done with the Olympics.

I visited a new church yesterday in my quest to find a new church.  I really liked it, but it was a big change from what I'm used to.  It is a small church close to where I live and it was a traditional service.  My old church is a very large church (7,000+ members) and a contemporary service.  I have a few other churches that I want to visit before I make a final decision.

As far as knitting goes, I have been working on my Juliet.  I had gotten to what I thought was the final two increase rows only to find out that I went one repeat too many.  But the problem is that instead of having 8 stitches too many, I only have 5.  What this means is that I missed a few increases along the way.  So tonight I have to back out those two rows (over 200 stitches), make the stitch count work and then bind off for the sleeves and then I think there are a few rows before I start the lace sections.  It has been a quick knit so far, but I haven't started the lace yet, so I may be eating those words.

Remember how I told you how my friend Darlene gets me into trouble (aka as "The enabler").  We today, she sent me an email telling me that Grace was looking for test knitters for a new sock pattern she has written.  It is a toe-up lace pattern.  Well, I've been meaning to do a pair of socks from the toe up and just haven't done it.  Well now I have a good excuse.  This will be fun and Darlene and Jessi are also going to be test knitting different versions of the same pattern.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Thank God it is Friday!!


My friend Darlene is good for getting me into all kinds of trouble (She will swear she isn’t. but really she is).   Yesterday, she sent my name in for the Trick or Treat Sock Swap.  Well, you know me, I'll just blindly follow along.  It sounds like fun and I've already found the first item for my swap partner.  It is been a while since I've been a part of a swap.  Now all we need to do is get Jessi to dye us up some Halloween yarn and I think we will be set.

I'm going to try to rest and relax this weekend.  I'm going to go to dinner with my family tonight and then come home and watch Michael Phelps hopefully win his seventh gold medal of these games.  Is it just me or is he a great specimen of eye candy.  Tomorrow's schedule includes cleaning my room and doing some laundry (and of course a little knitting) and then we have a Back to School Bash at my nephew's school.  

As for knitting, now that the Lotus Blossom tank is completed, I've re-cast on for my Juliet.  I frogged it last night because I was convinced at the moment that I was making the wrong size, but now that I've started over, I think I was making the same size all along.  This is my problem with allowing projects to lie dormant for so long.  After Juliet is done, I have in my mind that I'm going to cast on for the Circle Vest in my Noro Silk Garden that I bought last weekend on my yarn expedition.

I hope everyone has a GREAT weekend!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Ta-Dah

And here is a picture of the finished Lotus Blossom Tank. It is a little big but not too bad and I think the next size down (a whopping 5 1/2 inches smaller) would have been too small. I'm very pleased with how it turned out.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Swimming along


Well, not only is Michael Phelps swimming along in his effort to win 8 Gold Medals in one Olympics, I'm swimming toward the finish lines with my Lotus Blossom tank.  I finished the left side last night, so now I just have to block it lightly to seam the back piece to the front and then pick up the stitches to finish off the armholes and the neckline.  When I started this project, I had three skeins of  Southwest Trading Company's Bamboo yarn in the Techila colorway which is an orange and red mixture (I'll try to get pictures posted soon), which is what the pattern called for.  However, because the pattern as written is a little shorter than I would like I decided to modify it by adding another lace repeat and another inch of stockinette before the armhole bind off which made me very nervous that I would have enough yarn.  Well I'm happy to report that I will definitely have enough yarn and then some.  This yarn seems to last forever.  I can't wait to finish this project.  This project has been a couple of years in the making because I had to keep froggin it because of problems in the lace (first time, I goofed and couldn't fix it and the second time I lost what row I was on and couldn't figure it out).  I have used a lifeline at the end of every lace repeat to keep from having to start completely over again.

I also got a little work done today on my Jaywalkers in the Crimson Pride colorway of Lorna's Laces Shepherd sock while I was in a CPE session.  This colorway is exclusive to Serendipity Needleworks in Tuscaloosa.  

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Anyone else watching the Olympics?


Or am I the only geek doing it?  Last night I watched Michael Phelps earn his third Gold medal and then an hour later swim in another Semi-finals.  How does he do it?  Me, I would want to pass out when it was over.  I also stayed up late watching the USA Men's Gymnastics team prove everyone wrong by bringing home the Bronze.  They were doing so well up until the last two events, the Floor routine and the Pommel Horse.  The Pommel Horse was almost the end of them.  Still overall, they did a great job and surpassed everyone's expectations for them.  

As I was watching the Olympics (only after The Closer was over you understand), I was working on my nemesis the Lotus Blossom Tank.  I'm done with the back and have started working on the sections that go over the shoulders and attach in the front.  The right side is done, so now I just have the left side, the seaming and then picking up stitches to do the armholes and the neckline.  I'm so close to being done - FINALLY!!

Monday, August 11, 2008

Weekend Recap


Friday night I went to go see “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2” with one of my girlfriends.  It was a cute movie and definitely what I needed after a long week.

Saturday, I went on a quick little yarn expedition to Serendipity Yarns in Tuscaloosa with Darlene & Jessi.  We had such a good time!  Fortunately for our checkbooks, by the time we got there, Ellen and her little helpers had already moved almost everything but the sale yarn.  I still managed to find stuff to buy.  I bought several (ok, seven) more skeins of Lamb’s Pride Worsted at 50% off to make the Fuzzy Feet Slippers for Christmas Presents.  These slippers are a favorite among my family.  My mother somehow manages to wear a hole in them after about a year, but then she does wear them every night except in the Summer.  She loves the fact that she can wash them in cold water and then just hang them to dry.  I also bought some Noro Silk Garden on sale to make a Circle Vest from the Silk Knits book.  There have been classes taught on this vest at In the Making and they have been a big hit.  I also bought some Tilli Tomas Pure & Simple on sale in a lovely Turquoise to make another Clapotis.  With the sale price, I couldn’t pass it up.  Jessi also bought three skeins in a pale pink to make the clap out of.  Lastly, I bought a skein of sock yarn to make the little boy a new pair of socks and some note cards and other knickknacks.  Darlene managed to find some more of a yarn she was looking for to make a vest and also got some Noro Silk Garden to make a Brooklyn Tweed Scarf out of.  So all in all a successful trip by all.  

Other than that, I did a little shopping late Saturday afternoon and then yesterday worked on laundry.  My girl times were definitely the highlights of my weekend!

Friday, August 08, 2008

I'm such a little sheep...

You know sheep have to be led around? Well I feel that way some days. What other explanation would there be as to why I signed up for Dishrag tag the sequel and Mystery Stole 4. Can we say peer pressure? LOL

I know I've been absent for a while now, but I'm going to try to do better. The last couple of months have been very busy, but I have gotten some knitting done and some reading done. I've finished four pairs of socks (not all of them were started in the last two months) and I have been working on my Lotus Blossum tank. I have been to DC, Chattanooga and the Beach. All the trips were fun and I hope to update you on some of the stories soon.

Tomorrow I'm headed to Tuscaloosa with a couple of friends to visit Serendipity Needleworks. Ellen is moving to a new location next weekend and is having a sale, so we are headed down there to see what we can find.