Tuesday, August 29, 2006
Saturday, August 26, 2006
Village Yarn and Tea hosted the Swedish Mammogram bus today. If you signed up you got a nice grab bag of goodies! Shown here. I signed up but I actually did not get a mammorgram. Since I came knowing I have lumps they are sending me to the center for a diagnostic test. GREAT! For those of you that don't know I had a lumpectomy in Nov. 2005. I had two golf ball sized lactating adinomas. Thankfully they were benign. I have been breastfeeding this whole time so I don't know if the lumps are just ducts that got blocked during the surgery or what. Hopefully everything turns up ok. I have my diagnostic appt on Thursday.
My mom's birthday is in September. The big 52. I can't believe it. She is so young at heart and doesn't look nearly in her 50s more like early 40s. I took Nancy Bush's Knitting on the Road to her and told her to pick out a pair of socks. She chose the New England Socks. So I decided to do them in cotton for her. I love stork. I know it works for warshrags I just hope it also works for her socks.
Tomorrow I am having friends over. We are knitting hats for babies born in the local naval hospital. It will be nice to sit and chat and knit for a good cause. The only bad part about it is trying to clean the house today in this beautiful weather!
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
However inside was not what I won in the auction.
I emailed hopefully I get what I ordered. Granted these are a lot of needles but I wanted the DPNS! :)
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
I had some more fun with Kool-Aid tonight. I re-dyed some yarn I had done about a year ago. I really didn't feel like I covered the yarn enough so this time I did a lot of red. I think it will be really nice when knitted up. It is the longer skein hanging up. Then the shorter skein with the blue is from the other night. Sorry my laundry area is super small and it is very hard to get a good picture back there.
Here is the Knit Picks yarn I dyed the other night on my swift. At this point I was still unsure if I liked it fully. I haven't been too too hip on veregated yarns and I was trying for a self striping yarn and I don't think I did it right.
And I am so excited that I uploaded pictures through blogger! Ok off to find a sock pattern for this lovely yarn!
This past week I got some superwash merino from knitpicks and tonight finally got the nerve to microwave dye it.
All is going well. I had some deep purple, dark red, and some nice aqua blue but it is dying again as I thought there was too much white. I didn't have any more of the blue I had used so now there is more purple and some blood red. oooohhhhhhh
So much fun! I want to buy more and do more!
Monday, August 21, 2006
We had a nice weekend at the lake. Here is Riley and I on our boat tour. My mom likes to take people around the lake and tell them who lives where and what they do and how much they bought and sold for etc. How she knows all of this I have no clue.
Yes he actually fell asleep while playing in the lake. We were pushing him back and forth and then I noticed that he was asleep. Too precious!
Jake really likes chillin in the old camp chair.
And the best pictures. As you can see we travel in style.
Notice that one side of the truck is a different color than the other.
In knitting news......
I brough Ried to finish. Thought I really would but I only got about 80% of a sleeve done. Now I need to finish the sleeve and do the right front and the other sleeve, construct and edge it.
I also brough the secret project and another baby sweater I am working on but didn't get to those. However, I did get some freelance work done. We brought my iMac. Which is nice but let me tell you a lap top would be much more helpful. I have a few freelance projects coming my way and I am tempted to pool all the money together and get a nice laptop for myself.
well off to clean!.....and knit!
Friday, August 18, 2006
Thursday, August 17, 2006
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
Tuesday, August 15, 2006
My very very first attempt at socks were with DPN. I didn't like it or hate it. I was a fairly new knitter so I was a bit clumsy with the DPNs. Then I heard about Magic Loop and how wonderful it was so I thought "hey why not try it right?". So I bought the expensive needles and the book and sat down and figured it out and LOVED IT!
I then proceeded to tell every knitter I knew about Magic Loop and the wonders of this technique and how quickly socks knit up and how much fun it was!
I was wandering happily along on my magic loop journey when I was reading Yarn Harlot's book. She made me think "maybe I am missing out on something. I mean she searched and searched in her car for the blue needle. There must be something cool about DPNs. Why don't I give it another shot?"
So I went to my LYS and of course the DPNs are cheap and I thought "well if I don't like them there wasn't that much of and expense put in I can just give them away to another knitter". I made sure I would have enough to really do a good test and try different guages 0, 1, 2 and 3.
I started with the 0.........oh my! I was missing something. How fast a knitter I have become. Transitioning needles. Who needs magic loop! I knit up some baby socks faster than I ever had before. Is it the novelty of the small needles? I thought. So I tried some other socks on a larger guage (1).....still loving it! Look how nicely they fit into my purse. No cords going all over the place. How nice!
Well my magic loop needles started to get a little lonely. I could feel them looking at me in the basket every time I pulled out my DPNs to make socks. I think I even saw one cry. Maybe it was moisture from a nearby water bottle but I swear it was a little needle tear.
So last night I cast on in Magic Loop for some DK weight socks (thank you again pal for the lovely lovely yarn). Now I feel like I am missing Magic loop. I liked how I could speed along. I like how I can try on my sock and not worry about stitches falling off the ends of the needles when I slip the sock over my heel. I can check the sizing progress as I go much more efficently in my opinion. Can a sock knitter do both? Is it in the big book of knitting rules? Can I be in both clubs? Am I cheating on my needles? Really a knitter needs to know!
And of course cute pictures!
Monday, August 14, 2006
Saturday, August 12, 2006
Friday, August 11, 2006
Wednesday, August 09, 2006
Tuesday, August 08, 2006
Monday, August 07, 2006
Sunday, August 06, 2006
And the goodies in all of their glory! I actually took this picture hours later in the evening because the kids were crawling all over everything I couldn't even get a good picture. And as you can see Riley is standing.....hovering :). Ok I am going to sit down and start reading my new book!
Thanks again pal!
So in other news the stupid druggie neighbor is back. GREAT! UGH! And one of the neighbors daughters is hiding out there from someone. I know she is married. They park the car through the back yard and behind the garage every night. Fun times!