Friday, June 30, 2006

July/August Knitting to do List

Well, after my last post, I figure I should reset my knitting to do list.

1. Finish Clapotis for Amazing Lace
2. Start Trekking socks for Trek Along with Me
3. Felted purse for friend
4. Start 1 sweater/gauge swatch
5. Start Adamas/Candle Flame/Faroese Peaks shawl from Knitpicks- someone choose which shawl for me. I have the pattern and the yarn for any of these.

The sweater is also a toss up. I originally thought of making a summer sweater from Yarn Girls' Guide to Beyond the Basics in [shocker] Brown Sheep's Cotton Fleece in Prairie Lupine. But yesterday, I was a very bad girl. I had a credit at Yarniverse and bought this and this in 602 for a fall sweater and still spent $100.00. So now I have to decide which to do. Again I'll take suggestions.

BTW, for any eBayers out there, the store I work at just took in some amazing shoes, starting at $9.99. Go here if you're interested.

To close, here's a picture of me knitting the clapotis at last Sunday's Memphis Redbirds game. Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting

I'll be in Atlanta for most of the next week for the 4th so Happy 4th of July America!
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Saturday, June 24, 2006

My Knitting Progress and Garden

Ok be prepared. This post has............Pictures!! It's a rarity, I know but now you can see what I've been up to.

Garden first...

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This is the cotton so far. Does anyone know if this is progress? It looks fine to me but I'm not sure when it gets the cotton buds.

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Here's the woad. It looks like I'll be doing some dyeing later this summer. The indigo is a bust. The squirrels, I believe, have eaten the seeds. I may try one more time. Has anyone grown indigo from seed? I'd love any input.

Remember my knitting to do list? I've actually made progress and may have to start another.

1. Finish gull wing socks for Sockapalooza-u finished heel on 2nd sock, currently turning.

Those have been done-

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2. Finish jaywalkers- on 2nd leg OK these need to become UFO's
3. Hat & Booties for navy friends' new baby -Done
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Ok I never showed these before but they are done

5. Felted slippers for another friend She's moving to Florida so I'm changing this to a felted purse
6. Baby blanket for navy friends (different from others)Voila!Photobucket - Video and Image HostingThis is for Jamie Hager. I hope she likes it. It's the pattern from Stitch 'n Bitch and it was done with Knit Picks Shine Twist in seaside. I think this color has been discontinued.
7. My sweater- Eventually I'll start this
8. Panta - more for the winter so maybe sometime in August
9. Purse for oldest daughter-Cabin Fever Blue Jean's PurseMy first fair isle project since the knitted felted slippers. I just finished it last night so no pictures yet. I used Knit Picks, Wool of the Andes, in Snickerdoodle, Tan, Chambray, Stream and Winter Night. Pictures to come soon!
10. Crayon box jacket and ruffles scarf to be worked on in between so as not to be UFOs
11. Start clapotisStarted already for Amazing Lace
12. Helen's lace shawleventually

So not too shabby I'm thinking. I'll come up with a revised to do list this week.


For fun I made a Button hole bag from Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Bulky in Brite Blue and Sun Yellow. Here is the pre-felted bag...
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I am actually using as my summer purse. So the next set of pics will be in it's current state.

I've never shown my beautiful socks from my Sockapalooza pal. Here they finally are...
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I can't wait for some cool weather to show them off but that won't be until maybe October around here in Memphis!

Finally a pic of my loot from my SP8 pal. At least this one is up before the exchange is over!
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Those chocolates didn't last a week!

And lastly a picture of my summer roses in bloom!
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Sunday, June 18, 2006

Under a Rock

I am so sorry, especially to my SP, that I have not been posting much. BTW thank you so much for the kind comments about my very public pity party about my job. Things are gong much better in work in general and I'm learning what I need to improve and what is really not my problem. So thanks again.

Knitting has been going well. Such a great therapy and something to do during the endless softball games for the girls!. I finished the baby blanket. I also finished a buttonhole bag from Mason-Dixon Knittingin Lamb's Pride Bulky in Sun Yellow and Brite Blue, I think. I finally started my clapotis for The Amazing Lace. I went with Lorna's Lace Seaside in Lion and Lamb. It is a DREAM to knit with.

I've been shopping lately too. I picked up this and this. I got Dale of Norway's Norge 2000 pattern book off of eBay. I also got Rogue for myself and my secret pal. And then throw in an order to KnitPicks where I got wayyy too much.

I will hopefully have some pics later this week since I have rolls of film from Frank's (not my) trip to Monterey, knitting, my oldest's graduation, confirmation and birthday, and loads of softball pics.


Friday, June 02, 2006

Thank You Thank You Secret Pal!!

Secret Pal you are wonderful in my book. Your package came with perfect timing!! I shall have pics up soon to display my wealth. Alas, I do not own a digital camera so please bear with me. I adore the Burt's Bee's hand pack. And I love Yarn Harlot so I am sure to love her new book. I know there are some who do not,but I really love to knit with Noro Kureyon so thank you for the 2 beautiful skeins. And the bag of Dove chocolates was the piece de resistance. I had a particularly bad day at work. Without getting into details, I had a day where I felt completely inept and out of my milieu as it were. Almost complete with public tears...almost. I started this new job, which I love, but it's been fourteen years since I've been in the workplace. I am really putting my all into this and I feel that I'm falling on my face. It's really small detail stuff overall (well minus shattering the glass on a framed print in front of a customer today but that's beside the point), but I still feel that I am the weak link in the chain. I really loathe that feeling and when I try to correct it by making an effort to check my work, put that extra push in, I screw up. Basically today I hit my point of being (very publicly) embarrassed by my mistakes and the package was a real pick me up. So secret pal, thank you so much and know that you gave me a much needed feeling of warmth today.

On a very good note totally unrelated, my navy friends in Washington (Mr Hager, Tanya) had a baby girl, Jamie, on Tuesday and I finished the baby blanket for her that very afternoon. So along with SP package pics, I will have pics of the blanket as well. TTFN!