Sunday, October 9, 2011
Saturday, October 1, 2011
Saturday, September 17, 2011
Sunday, September 11, 2011
The Falling Knots Scarf is still on the needles, but I have finished the 7th pattern repeat. However, I feel that it should be longer. Even with aggressive blocking, it's not going to be where I want it to be, so an 8th repeat is now in progress. I'm 10 rows into the 50 row repeat. The FLS has seen no love this week, nor has the WestKnits shawl. I did feel the need to do an easy and fast project and while searching patterns for the Plurk Podcast Challenge, I came across the cutest felted pig pattern. My youngest daughter loves pigs, and I though this would be fun. First because I've never knit a toy or animal, and secondly because I have never felted anything either. What a FAST knit. I had the Top piece on and off the needles in a matter of hours, and the rest of the pieces followed suit, the entire pig was knit in pieces in less than a total of 8 hours. Unfortunately I had to wait to construct and felt the pig, but hooray for Saturdays. I have finished the pig! He's so cute, now the question becomes do I embroider the eyes and snout or leave him alone? I think he is very handsome and I think my daughter will love him. I'm ready to do more....
Saturday, September 3, 2011
ON the Needles: Still on the needles is the WestKnits Mystery KAL. I found a a couple of errors, and alas, I didn't put in a life line, and couldn't live with the errors, that I tore it all out and started over. I haven't even completed Clue #1 yet. UGH. The Falling Knots Wrap is still on the needles, but with a busy schedule at work, I'm only averaging an hour a day (if I'm lucky) to knit. I am past the 1/2 way mark in the final repeat. However, I think I will do an extra repeat for size. I plan to aggressively block the piece. It's beautiful. The FLS is still on the waste yarn, and not back on the needles yet. Maybe Monday. and the Fluke Socks are now a ball of yarn. yes I tore it all out. I just wasn't feeling the love for them any longer. So I can't report anything OFF the Needles. [Sad Face]
Cross Stitch: I did complete my "Girlfriends" Pine Mountain Pillow Kit today. WOO HOO an FO! What a great housewarming gift for a dear friend going through a divorce. Love and Hugs Denise.
Now for some fun news. My dog, Bruiser has started his own blog on WordPress.com. You can find it here: http://bruisersworld.wordpress.com/ apparently, he has a lot to say. HMmmm. I didn't know he could type.
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Ahhh, Wedenesday. Middle of the week. It's like looking down hill at the weekend and knowing it will be an easy decent. I've been busy at work this week, and will continue to be busy for awhile. Hubs and the girls have been really good about helping with dinners, although I can tell they miss me cooking for them while I was home. Oh well, need to pay the bills. The family is coming to visit from Kansas this week, so we will have an equally busy weekend. It will be nice to spend some time with them, as Hubs doesn't get to see his sister often. Unfortunately, I will have to work. No time off for me.....sad face (as my son would say) Son is doing fine in Afghanistan, we were able to Skype with him recently so I feel much better. Now for the good part of the blog.....Here is my knitted Clue #1 of the WestKnits 2011 Mystery KAL. (Squeeee) I'm so excited. I've done some rectangle wraps, but I have not done any shawls. And this is changing colors too! Again, a first attempt on this scale. I have done a hat with a colored stripe, but that's it. So I'm very excited to get to Monday for the next clue. Also, on the needles, the Falling Knot Wrap. This piece is my "At Work" piece and I get an hour a day to knit on it. I'm past the 1/2 way mark in the 6th of 7 repeats. So this is wrapping up. I love this piece, and think I might do an extra repeat or two, as I'm thinking I will gift this to my MIL for Christmas. The Fluke socks are still on the needles without much to report, as is the FLS. Although I did put the FLS on waste yarn this morning and try it on. I think I have another 4 inches to go to reach a length I like. So I think I might try and pick this up in the evenings. I'm thrilled to announce that it fits! Woo Hoo.
ON the Spindle, is Highland Handmades Tigerlily colorway Falkland fiber. It's spinning lovely, but I'm trouble again with my right arm in the shoulder & upper arm area, I may have to get going on my wheel.
And unfortunately, I have nothing new to report on for the Cross Stitch piece. Bummer....I have so much I want to do and no time to do it all! Life can be cruel. So in wrapping up, have a great week. Hugs and Stitches
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Earlier this week I decided to join my first WestKnits KAL. I KNOW!!! Exciting isn't it. So I purchased my pattern on Ravelry, joined the WestKnits Fan Group, and ordered my yarns. As you can see, my beautiful choices to the right. I knew i wanted the Malabrigo and I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Velvet Grapes Colorway, So I selected Damask a lust pink to coordinate with the Velvet Grapes, and Tortuga. Unfortunately, Jimmy Beans Wool was out of the Tortuga (and let me just add, they have FABULOUS customer service) and the rep who called me suggested the Madelinetosh Prairie in the Tern Colorway. Ok, it's a great mix! The texture is a little different, but not enough to really effect the outcome. Now I'm stuck. Yes....Stuck. Originally I was thinking the velvet grapes would be my anchor color, but now I'm leaning toward the Tern. I'm in a quandry at this point as I'm really undecided. So I'm going to continue to pet my yarn, Plurk with the Knitting BFF's and see what materializes. I also purchased size 4 addi lace turbo needles. [Squeeeeee]
Currently on the needles is the Falling Knots Wrap. I'm almost 1/2 way through the 6th repeat. And OH NO, I dropped a stitch. Now I have to figure out what to do....I don't think I can just pick up the dropped stitch, I may have to tink back. I think it's about 4 or 5 rows down [EEEERRRRRR]. So I may have to put it down, until I decide what to do....I still have my Fluke Socks on the needles and the FLS. I don't know about that FLS. In March I was gung ho, and now.....[fizzle] no love for it at all. Not much going on in the way of cross stitch either. So we'll wait and see for next week. Stay tuned, Same Bat-time, Same Bat-Channel.....
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
I started a new job on July 11. It's been challenging reaclimating to life with a full time job. I miss being home a keeping the house clean, and cooking fabulous dinners for my family, and spending knitting time with my dear friends. I do enjoy being back to work. The new place is a friendly environment. There is an amazing group of people there, and some familiar faces. Makes it feel like coming home.
On the knitting front, I'm working on the Falling Knot Wrap. A beautifully designed piece by Maryam. You can find it on Ravelry. I'm using Cascade Heritage and a US size 6 addi turbo lace needle. (I love these) I also have a pair of socks on the needles. The Fluke socks, a free pattern on Ravelry. And finally, My FLS is still in process although stalled. I have some measuring to do, and just haven't gotten a round to it yet.
In the Cross stitch world, I pulled out an old piece by Loose Feathers, and am working on that. ONly a little at a time as I'm really trying to complete my knitting. I'm thinking the Wrap might be a great gift for the MIL for birthday or Christmas this year.
Sorry no pics to share just yet, but will post some soon.
Hugs and Stitches
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Off my needles: Diaganol Scarf using Rozetti Soft Payette in colorway Alexandrite, and a multi colored Pink and purple Cha Cha yarn. Love it!!!! It's so me.
On the needles: The silvery/gray shawl for my mom, Monkey Socks by Cookie A in Jungle Rain colorway Aslan Trends Santa Fe Sock Yarn, and beginning next week...February Lady Sweater in Naturally Caron.com "Country" Merino Wool blend yarn in colorway Foliage.
I'm doing the February Lady Sweater as a KAL with the Knitwits Podcast. Looks like a ton of fun. I begin swatching this week.
Saturday, January 8, 2011
Friday, January 7, 2011
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Warm cream scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream. Hot steaming tea. My Birthday morning breakfast....mmmm.....yummy.
Darling Daughter #1 got me some gorgeous South African Top Roving in the colorway "Awakenings". Hmmm, I need to learn to spin and I need a spinning wheel. How much yarn will 4 oz get me? Off to shop for spinning books. FUN! No anyone who gives lessons?
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Sunday, January 2, 2011
Well, here it is, 2011. Wow, how time flies. It's time to reflect over the last year, and plan for the new. A lot has happened in 2010. My son joined the Army, my youngest daughter graduated from High School, and started College. My oldest daughter came off her medications, changed jobs, and has found a major in college that she is enthusiastic about. 2011 promises to be a year full of challenges, as I prepare for career change, and attempt to make a living following my dreams, my son will go to Afghanistan, and my oldest daugther will complete her AA and transfer to a 4 yr school to continue her BS. Exciting times to come, no doubt.
I'm finding inspiration all around me. I read an article on a family living like nomads since 2008 and will begin following their journey as they inspire me to take a leap of faith. I'm not ready to sell everything and let the wanderlust take hold, but I'm intrigued at the idea. It may not be my dream, but what I find inspiring, is how they chose to follow their dream. What can I learn from them?
Off the needles: Another Beanie Hat, in USF school colors, this one is primarily gold with 2 green stripes.
On the needles: Currently is the Yoga Socks. I've completed sock 1 and now more than 1/2 way done with sock 2. The shawl is in slow progression. I've lost my place, it fell of the needles, and now I need to rip back and start again. So needless to say, I haven't looked at it. I haven't picked up any cross stitch, but I have items in process, and I have things I want to sew with my new sewing machine. Maybe next weekend.
Happy 2011 to my friends and family.....