Sunday, March 30, 2008
Friday, March 28, 2008
- Finished these lovelies in about 3 days. As requested by the birthday girl. And deemed as being "cool".
- Have been working on a top secret project - it is also completed.....and just needs some minor sewing (I think I actually have to pull out my sewing machine...yikes). It's pink and girly and definitely not for anyone in my house.
- A lot of people have been asking me about my Sunrise Circle. It's currently in the pond de grenouille. Probably will be restarted in the fall when the thought of working with heathered wool doesn't give me hives.
- Got my most recent STR shipment and it does rock. It's my favorite color (ok, more like my 2nd favorite).
- I started to make myself a summer top with a linen-cotton blend I got for Christmas. So far so good. I've never made any of Grumperina's designs (not even Jaywalkers) and I'm excited about this one.
- Next on my list is this. One for Punky and one for Stinky. Fitting of course.
- Following those projects, I need to figure out what to knit for a new baby that will be coming along in the fall. I am drawing some inspiration from this.
- In the meantime, it's the weekend and I've got things to do, places to go and boys to entertain. No problem, right?
- Yeah they look harmless don't they.....
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
But today I had the best moment so far while blogging. Our Swedish friend, Metta (her name is actually Margareta), who joined our Hanami knit-a-long, knit my socks!! My Swedish isn't so good, but she left some kind words in her last comment.
I feel all warm and fuzzy inside....
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Saturday, March 22, 2008
I have to be honest, I was NOT looking forward to it. I'm not so good at small talk. I don't like meeting new people (J. says that I have a loathing for the general public - it must stem from that). These are people Jeff knows and I've met once, 2 years ago. I could have thought of a lot better things to do with our night off. But, being the dutiful wife that I am (no laughing), I went, with a smile on.
It started off well. Wine, lots of good wine, followed by an amazing dinner. Then I mentioned something about being at a knitting store recently, and you won't believe what happened next. I found out that the lovely lady is a knitter. Seriously? We had knitting show and tell, we discussed Elizabeth Zimmermann, I introduced her to Ravelry. It made conversation easy and the boys could talk "shop" without feeling too guilty. All in all, a suprisingly fun night.
You gotta love knitters.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
You can even help yourself to sugar but if you're the kinda tea drinker that likes her cream, I'm afraid you'll have to do without. At least until I have a chance to knit up a creamer. And I hope you don't mind steeping the tea in your cup because the teapot isn't done either.
Just move that knitting over and have a seat on the sofa.
Why, yes, that is my Cozy all finished with the ends woven in! Thanks for noticing! It really does need a soak and some blocking but feel free to wrap it around your shoulders if you're feeling chilly.
Can I offer you a cookie?
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Punky was so excited about the socks, he insisted on wearing the one finished sock to the birthday party he was going to. However, after taking a sharp corner at home whilst running on the laminate, he thought better of it. Good thing. His dad was having a heart attack about him going out into the world with different colored socks on. Seriously, if that's the worst thing he leaves the house in, I'm not too concerned.
Sunday, March 16, 2008
I am in between my old pants and maternity pants. My regular ones are, shall we say, snug. The stretchy ones are comfy but have a tendency to fall off my butt.
I am still chipping away at the Cozy and am optimistic that it will be done by Easter. The teaset is also progressing but every thing is going slowly. I'd really love to cast on some new socks like these maybe using this yarn, but the Socks that Rock March Edition should be arriving soon and I know I'll want to start them as soon as possible.
I was really hoping that we were heading for a big thaw but we got a bunch of snow the other night. Everything is once again covered in a white blanket and I want to wear spring things.
Something needs to change.
Friday, March 14, 2008
I have learned about High School Musical from her, and am starting to learn about Hannah Montana. These are things that I'm pretty much clear of over her in testosterone-ville. It's nice to have the little window into the preteen world of pop-culture and to have things to discuss with her. We had a long discussion this week regarding her thoughts that Hannah Montana has a peanut allergy, because it looks like she has a medic-alert bracelet on (according to Beth's new Hannah Montana Pillow). I suggested maybe she had something else like, I don't know, diabetes. And Beth laughed. "Auntie, all the kids in my class who have diabetes don't wear medic-alerts. Only the kids with peanut allergies".
Please note: 1. my niece's mother (my sis) is a doctor - so discussion of health-related issues, is normal to her, and requires little explanation. 2. she's smart, just like her auntie.
The other lovable thing about this little girl is her fascination with my knitting. She always asks if I knit what I'm wearing. She always notices.
So, when the time comes, I'll buy her some sticks and yarn and teach her the skill.
Until then, I'll make her little knits to show her how much I love her.
Thursday, March 13, 2008
This pattern was inspired from the Harmony Guides Eyelets and Lace, as well as a concern for my friend's feet. I am very happy with the result and the recipient is in love with the socks.
Let me know if you're knitting it or come across any problems with the pattern.
I hope you enjoy it!
The legend for the chart is currently not in the pattern.It is:
p = purl,
\ = skpo,
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Every once in a while I'd have to stop knitting and do some fancy oragami folds to see if it was going well. You can actually see the sleeves develop as you knit. It's a brilliant piece of knitwear design. EZ was a Master.
I even managed to find buttons to match. I only made three buttonholes because babies squirm and it's nice if their legs can be free.
Sunday, March 9, 2008
My question is...how long do I make this thing? This is one ball of yarn's worth of Cozy. I have one more ball. Do you think I should use it all up? Giving my motivational issues, I'm tempted to make it long enough to reach from fingertip to fingertip and then call it a day. What do you think?
Thursday, March 6, 2008
Why is there not enough hours in the day to work, parent, eat, be a spouse and knit, and be able to do all these things with gusto and heart?
Why does your brain literally hurt when you are learning new concepts?
Why can't I figure out how to easily construct a pattern chart so I can publish the new sock pattern here and give some actual knitting-related content rather than random, fleeting thoughts?
Why is life so hard?
Why do we as women question our beauty, talent and intelligence, when we are smart, talented and beautiful women?
Why did I watch that stupid show last night and waste one hour of my life, when I could have used that hour to (a) clean a bathroom, (b) fold laundry, (c) have a conversation with my husband, or (d) gone to bed?
Why have I started 3 different projects this week and frogged each and every single one of them?
Why do I keep rambling on?
Why am I the only person in the world who doesn't know what the h-e-double hockey sticks is going on in Lost?
Why do all the adults in my house have to have such large feet, that it takes forever to make socks?
Why is it already March?
Ok, I'm feeling better now.
Thanks for listening.
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
Sunday, March 2, 2008
....but I just wasn't feeling it. Sorry - I don't have it in me today. I think it's related to 2 very early mornings, too many fevers in my house and too little coffee.
So, instead I leave you with this - my homage to 1970s fast food decor.
My goal for tonight - roll it into a ball.