Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Thank a Veteran today

Please take time today to thank those you know and love or even a complete stranger who serve or have served in the Military. They and their families sacrifice everyday so that we can continue to live in freedom. Our country wouldn't be what it is without these great Men and Women.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

I think I'm in love....

This weekend I cast on for the Featherweight Cardigan using Malabrigo Lace. OMG, this yarn is so yummy. I think I'm in love. I love the way this yarn feels. It is such a pleasure to knit with. However, knitting a cardigan using laceweight yarn and size 7 needles is taking just a little while. I'm still about 20 rows away from putting the arms on waste yarn. But the yarn is so luscious that I really don't care. I'll try to take some pictures soon.

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Now Laurie is it....

Ok, so I managed to get my dishrag knit last night. That meant a little less sleep than normal, but it is done and in the mail. Next up is Laurie. So far so good. :)

Monday, August 31, 2009

Tag I'm it

Well it is official, the race is ON!! I received the box today for the Son of a Dishrag Tag. So my agenda for the evening is to knit, knit, knit.

Well, I can't type anymore, I've got knitting to do.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Dish Rag Tag & WOW

Well, I guess since I'm now the team captain of Team 8 for the Dishrag tag, I should update the blog.

There just hasn't been too much to blog about. Time has just gone by too fast.

I have actually been knitting and have finished a few things. Of course they all need to be washeed and blocked. Mayble I'll get that done and then I'll try to get some pictures taken. I finished my Sugar Maple Shawl out of Nature Wool. I also finished the Foutain Lace Hat that I knit as a sample for a class I'll be teaching this fall at In the Making. Lastly I just finished Tudora last night, but I still need to find a button.

I'll leave you with a picture of Lucky trying to fit in a box.

Thursday, April 09, 2009

The Secret is out......

Remember that Secret I was telling you about on Monday? Well I can tell you now. We are leaving tonight to go to Disneyworld for Easter. The little boy found out this morning and he is so excited! He told me that he didn't think he would scream like a little girl on Space Mountain this year.

Well, I've got to get busy and go pack so we can leave tonight.

Happy Easter everyone!!

Monday, April 06, 2009

Mondays and a few of my favorite things

I got home today and found a box on my doorstep from my friend Lizzie. You could say I won a bet or a dare, but the details will go with my to my grave. This was an AWESOME package. She definitely knows how to spoil a girl. Inside the package was some GORGEOUS yarn including left to right, some Koigu, two skeins of Knit Pick Gossamer Lace Yarn and Handmaiden Sea Silk. There was also the cutest little kit to make a felted Red Fox. He is darling. There was the book Knit One, Haiku Too by Maria Fire which is a book with stories and Poems about knitting. There was also some point protectors, some stitch markers, some chocolates from Barcelona (courtesy of Lizzie's husband) with a little bunny hidden in the bag with them, some gummy bears, some Malted Easter Eggs, A yummy Orange flavored candle and some great smelling Chai tea that I've never tried before. I love this Monday. Here are pictures of the loot including a close up of the little kit by Crafty Alien (I have never seen these before). I would love to tell you that the chocolates and gummy bears made it through the night, but that would be a lie. I would finish off the Malted Eggs too, but I had better stop before I make myself sick.

I also have a secret that I can't tell anyone, but you will know the details as soon as I'm free to tell. It is going to be an awesome Easter!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

The Perfect Saturday

Yesterday was one of those Perfect Saturdays.

I slept in a bit and then headed to get and 1 1/2 hour massage. I thought I had been handling all the recent drama pretty well, but my body is starting to tell me otherwise, so I decided to pamper myself a little bit. After my massage I went and had my favorite salad for lunch and then did a little shopping. When I got home I had two packages. One was a copy of the book "A Patriots History of the United States" and the other was a box from my friend Kandy. Inside the box from Kandy was this:

Two GORGEOUS skeins for Wollmeise!! It totally made my day!

I then fixed myself a pizza and watched a movie. HBO was showing "What happens in Vegas". It was a very cute movie.

While watching the movie I did a little knitting. This was the project of the evening:

The project above is Pluie which is a new free project from Berroco. The owner of the LYS that I occasionally teach at, In The Making, forwarded me the link about this pattern a couple of weeks ago to check out. It was just released last week in this week's Knit Bit. I teach the Beginning Lace class and we have been using the Bathing Beauties pattern by Fibertrends, but was hoping to possibly find a free pattern to use. While this is a quick knit, I don't like it for the class because:

1. It doesn't have a provisional cast on
2. It doesn't have a chart.

The pattern we have been using was perfect because it uses a provisional cast on that is then used to knit the border on the cast on edge and it has a chart and written instructions. So by the end of the class, the students knew how to do a provisional cast on, how to read a chart (for the occasional pattern that doesn't have written instructions) and knows how to knit lace, all while knitting a pretty washcloth. It would be nice if I could find another project that was a free pattern, but haven't found one yet. I guess I will have to come up with one of my own (though borders are hard to find) or just continue to use the one we have been using.

Today, I have just been doing a little laundry. It seems I have a little help with the folding.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Ok, I said I would be back....

.....But apparently I was deluded. I haven't had the time to connect the laptop to the old computer and transfer the programs, so I still can't upload pictures to the laptop. I'm sure there is some fancy way to do it since the laptop has a card reader, but just haven't had the inclination to sit down and figure it out. Not to mention that would mean having to charge the batteries in the camera to take pictures. Not that there has been a huge amount of knitting going on here.

I did finish Juliet II, but it appears that Juliet and I are not to have a good relationship. This was was too big too. The top section is fine, but the lace section looks like I'm wearing a bell. I have wet her and thrown her in the dryer and lightly felted her. The felting helped, but it still isn't the most flattering thing I've ever knit. I'm now working on the February Lady Sweater. Let's keep our fingers crossed that she and I are a better match. I also have a couple of pairs of socks going - lace and plain vanilla.

I would like to say this has been a good week, but sadly that just isn't so. I've been having to deal with the usual family drama involving toxic boy, and have also witnessed censorship (again) first hand in the last week. I've seen people I've come to call my friends have their names dragged through the mud this week. It hasn't been pretty and all done without any warning. I try not to get political here since this is a knitting blog after all, but I'm tired of it being acceptable to discriminate against Christians and Conservatives. I'm both and if you don't like it, well Sorry. I don't apologize for my views and my beliefs and I don't need to be educated on how the other side thinks. There used to be a day when you could debate the issues with someone and agree to disagree, but that doesn't seem to be the case in a lot of circles these days. If you don't fall into the party line of thinking well, then you are treated like you are stupid. I'm just sick of it!

Ok, sorry for the rant, now back to the knitting.

Oh and Happy St. Patricks Day!!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

I may be back...

Guess what the Fedex man was nice enough to leave me today? Only my new bright and shiny yellow laptop. All Mine!!!

So maybe, just maybe that means I will be able to update here more often. Quit snickering...we all have to have goals.

Now for knitting. I'm currently working on a surprise that I can't mention just yet. As for other knitting, I've been working on my Juliet Part Duex. It is coming along nicely, but it will have to wait until I've finished the mystery project.

I'm still doing good on the Yarn Diet. Believe it or not, I have not bought any yarn other than my reward skein for the first 10 pounds lost. Yea!!!

Ok, here is hoping that I'll be a little better going forward.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Challenge Update

Well, we are officially 22 days into the Yarn Diet Challenge and still going strong. I'm happy to report that I have successfully avoided the yarn fumes. This past Saturday I met a couple of my girlfriends for coffee and knitting. What a great way to spend a Saturday morning. It was well worth getting out of my warm bed to venture out on one of the coldest days of the winter. We even stepped over to our LYS, In The Making. I'm so proud of myself for not buying anything. Yes, you read correctly, I was in a yarn store and didn't buy one thing. As a matter of a fact, this was my third trip to my LYS with nothing bought.

As for the real diet portion of the challenge, I have lost 8 pounds since January 5th. It hasn't been easy all of the time, but I know I have to stay diligent. I'm tired of having an entire closet full of clothes and have almost nothing that fits.

As for knitting. I finished The Better Bucket Hat by Amy Swenson this weekend. Actually I finished it twice. The first time I completed it only to discover that it was WAY too big. However, it fit Jessi perfectly, so now she is making one. So, I pulled it out and started over with it being an inch shorter than the pattern calls for. I knit it out of Punta del Estes Merisoft yarn. This yarn is certainly in the league with Malabrigo. It is almost as soft as Malabrigo and I think the variegated colors are prettier than Malabrigo. I'll try to get a picture posted this weekend.

I am also working on my Juliet. After seeing two of them completed at In the Making this weekend, I decided to pull mine back to the armholes and start my lace pattern there rather than doing the version with a longer garter stitch section. I think I'll be much happier with it this way. I'm about 7-8" into the lace section. I need to get this finished so I can wear it since I'm knitting it out of Bulky weight wool yarn. You never know what the weather is going to be around here. Lately it has been so cold that I've begun to question whether I really live in the South. I mean, it is not supposed to be this cold here. If it going to be this cold, could we at least have some snow so we could have some time off. Then maybe I could get some of my knitting done.

Stay Warm!!

Friday, January 16, 2009

The Challenge

Obviously the challenge for me is being able to keep this blog updated. I’m going to try to do a better job of it in 2009. My problem is that I don’t have a lot of time on the computer at home and I can’t blog with pictures when I post from email at the office. I really like to blog with pictures, but then that would require me taking pictures of my finished objects (more on that later).

Since we are both reaching SABLE (Stash Acquisition beyond Life Expectancy for non-knitters), my friend Darlene sent me an email back at the beginning of December with a Challenge. The Challenge is a yarn diet and since we have both been complaining that we need to lose weight, we added an incentive for doing well in our real diet. The challenge is for six months. Yes, you heard me correctly. No yarn purchases for six months (with very few exceptions). So without further ado, here are the rules:

1. NO yarn purchases for six months.

2. In the event that you need to gift knit and absolutely can't come up with something from your stash (and we will be on the honor system here)....then you can buy...but must give the reasons and explanations PRIOR to purchase (you know...that whole accountability thing).

3. There will be ONE Emergency yarn purchase pass per person during the six month duration....which the event of extreme duress you may make ONE purchase (any yarn, any dollar amount...but only ONE purchase).

4. BUT......if you DO make an Emergency Yarn Purchase you must give up a skein of yarn from your stash to your yarn partner.

5. The person at the end of the six months that bought NO yarn will be awarded a yarny gift from your yarn partner (from her stash of course).

6. You may buy yarn to finish a project if you run out before the project is done.

7. For every 10 pounds you lose, you get the incentive of buying one skein of sock yarn (or enough yarn to make one pair of socks).

Yes, the two queens of stash enhancement are going to do without for six months. Wish us luck.

Needless to say, that with the impending diet coming, we did a little (in comparison to our total stash it was little) stash enhancement in December in preparation. So now I think we are ready. So far we are half way through January and doing good. I’m about 2-3 pounds away from my first 10 pounds.

Now to catch you up on what has been going on here. December was a bit of a blur. We had the Chicks with Sticks Cookie Swap which Cindy was gracious enough to host. It was a great time. The food was excellent, the cookies were good and the dirty Santa was a hoot! Actually we did a game where Cindy read a story and you passed the yarn whenever she said left or right. The funny part was that when the story was over, we all had our original gifts, so Cindy threw in an extra right to fix the problem.

I had originally sworn that I was not doing any Christmas knitting, but in the end I succumbed and decided at the last minute I was going to do some so then it was a race to get it all done. I would love to show you pictures of all of them, but being the airhead that I am sometimes, I gifted all of them without taking a picture of them. But here is the list of what I got done:

•A pair of socks for my Dad (technically not finished until after Christmas)
•A pair of Fuzzy Feet for my Mom
•A scarf for my sister
•Two lace neckerchief scarves for my two best girlfriends.

I also was working on a pair of socks for me in Yarntini’s Christmas Cheertini colorway. They did not get completed.

So far in 2009, I have finished the socks for my dad and the Chic Knits Felted Bucket Hat. I still need to felt the bucket hat this weekend.

As for projects that I’m working on, there are several pairs of socks, Amy Swenson’s A Better Bucket hat (I’m big on hats right now since it is so freakin’ cold outside), Juliet part two and the Circle Vest. Ok, really anyone who knows me know that there are more projects started, but that is all I’m fessing up to today.

I hope that everyone is having a great 2009 so far and that you are staying warm in this frigid weather.