Wednesday, May 06, 2009

May already??

Where does the time go?? When I was a kid I would hear someone say that and wonder what the heck are they talking I get it! Wasn't it just Christmas?
The weather here is finally starting to feel a bit like spring. Now that means all the yard work begins. I can hardly move tonight after doing some weeding yesterday and again this afternoon! I got quite a bit cleaned up but there's still so much more to do. KK got the pond running so I'll get some fish soon. I think the nights are a bit too cold yet for them.
This past weekend we had the first Yarn Shop Hop! It was really fun spending two days with friends and running around to the shops! The ending was a party with lots of food and giveaways! I didn't win but one of the women with me won the grand prize! It was a mammoth basket packed with yarny goodness! In it was the felted Poinsettia felted wreath kit which she gave to me! So in around about way I won too! Got more info on spinning and wheels. I think that's the next step for me!
Would have liked to make the Sheep and Wool festival in Maryland but maybe next year! From what I hear I'd better start saving now!
Saw some new summer yarns that were nice. Did get some summer weight sock yarn of course!
Let's see, what else is new?? hmmm, knitting the Kyler's Cardigan a Cottage Creation pattern. It's an all garter stitch sweater so it's pretty easy knitting. A couple new techniques but so far so good! I'd like to have it finished before the weather gets much warmer since it's all wool. It's a top down so there's a lot of sweater in your lap!

I'm pleased with the FLS and I think I may do it again. I've gotten a lot of compliments when I wear it.

I did do the Pinwheel blanket that we started at one of the Guild workshops. Hopefully you're looking at a photo of it! It's a good tv/movie watching project once you get it off the dpn's and on the circulars. I would like to do it again in a nicer yarn..this yarn seemed almost too soft for it.
I finally did a felted bag that I've been wanting for myself. I used up odd bits of Lamb's Pride that I've had leftover from other projects. I had it lined then decided it needed to be felted more so now I have to redo the lining. I'll get a photo once it's finished.
Not much else happening...we took a couple day trips to combat the cabin fever we were getting but now with the nicer weather there's plenty to do!
I'm going to try to get back to blogging ...I don't know where my time goes!
Off to bed

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

What knitting??

We had a wonderful few days away but I think I left my knitting mojo there! Since we've been back I just can't get back into the mood. I'm very restless..could it be spring fever?? Already?
I hope not because if the recent temp.'s are any indication we have some time to go before spring hits! One nice thing though as cold as it's been the roads are clear. The other day we were out on one of the main roads and I thought it was snowing up ahead but it was powder from the road salt being scattered about from the traffic! The days have been sunny and clear but oh so cold! If there is even a slight breeze it goes right through to the bones! Good scarf weather for sure!
I digress, back on the subject of knitting.....there's none to write about! At least not much. I have made progress on the Berroco Sox sweater. The back is almost done and there's a couple inches on one sleeve. I do enjoy it because it's that easy mindless watch tv knitting. With working on that I don't feel like I've accomplished anything else. While away I started a sock on dpn's! Shocking , I know but I must admit I'm liking them. I picked up a really short pair of dpn's and they make all the difference. Since we've been home I'm at a loss what to knit. I want to knit everything and nothing ....I hate this mood!
I started an entrelac bag but I do believe there is a problem in the pattern and I can't find any errata for it. So that's shoved in a bag and tossed aside for now!
I keep walking into "my room" looking and fondling but walk out without any ideas!
I think I'll opt for something really simple and quick until I can get my thoughts together. How about a dishcloth and tribble?? Sound good?? Does to me...and kitchen cotton is one thing there's plenty of!
This is Guild week so maybe being around all those knitting gals will rub off on can only hope.
Off to stash dive

Wednesday, February 25, 2009


This post is for me....a reminder of this surprise from KK! This morning he said to me "see if the dogs can stay at the kennel for a couple days". I'm thinking, huh?? why?? He says just wait and see! I call but the gal that watches Sophie and Maddie wasn't there so I left our number and asked her to call when she got in. About an hour later she called back and said it was fine to bring the dogs over! So after some frantic packing for us and the dogs we got on our way.
Two hours later we were here! I'm blogging sitting next to the fireplace in our room at the Sherwood Inn. This place is awesome. The building is 200 years old with wonderful atmosphere!
A mixture of wood burning fire and something cooking greeted us when we signed in. Heavenly!
We were able to browse through many of the rooms as many of the guests weren't checked in yet. Our room has a mammoth high bed....when I sit on the edge my feet don't even reach the floor! Of course the fireplace is the perfect touch. My only wish is that we would get snowed in and have to stay longer!
When I stand next to the spa tub it's higher than my knees...perfect for soaking with the jets on! The wall is curved with a handpainted mural. Lovely!
Perfect sunny day for the drive and after we checked in we took a walk through the village. Peeked in a couple shops and then stopped for a piece of pizza at the deli. Came back here and had coffee by the fireplace. With all the wing back chairs and comfy sofas I said to KK I could just picture all the women from knitting sitting here. The funny thing is after dinner in the lounge we came out and two woman were sitting there knitting! One said she was starting a bag and the other was doing a felted flower. I was tempted to run up to the room and grab the yarn I brought and join them! The spa tub won out tho!
I didn't have any socks otn so I brought a skein of Regia Kaffe Fasset with me. I've been wanting to try this yarn since it doesn't stripe it sort of pools....exactly what I've been looking for!
I was disappointed that the lys here went out of business. I was looking forward to checking it out. The good news is that while we were in the deli the mail person came in and she told me where there is another yarn shop and it's very close to here! The Yarn Bin....we're going to check out the area tomorrow and we'll stop there.
We drove through Auburn,NY where Carrie of Socks in The City podcast fame lives! Wouldn't it be interesting to run into her at the lys!
Better get to bed since we want to get up early!
Off to sleep

Tuesday, February 03, 2009


I made only two resolutions for the new year and I've already broken the first one! I was going to try to blog on a regular basis. Here we are into the second month of the year and this is my first post! I'm not sure why I don't take the time to blog, I used to and I was busier then. Now I have more time at home and I seem to get less accomplished.
So much for good intentions!
My second resolution seems to be off to a good start. I'm going to try to knit at least one pair of socks a month for the year. For January I used the yarn I dyed and knitted up a pair of Fluted Bannisters. I'm quite pleased with the fit on this pair so now I'm motivated to get on to #2. I've got a pair of Tidal Waves in the works.
I did get take a photo but the camera cord isn't right here and I'm way too lazy right now to hunt it up. I'll try to get them uploaded tomorrow.
I started the February Lady Sweater based on an EZ baby pattern. I absolutely love this sweater!! I wasn't confident in my ability to knit this one so I didn't want to invest $$ into only to be disappointed so I stash dived! Amazing what you forget that you have when it's tucked away!
I don't have much in enough quantity for sweaters tho...I totally forgot a couple years ago when Cotton Ease was discontinued I swapped for 10 skeins of Blueberry. This seemed perfect for a summer cardi thinking it would probably take me until the warm weather hits before I would complete it. This sweater is done top down and I have the body completed and I'm ready for the sleeves! It would have been further long but I'm striving for perfection! Having never done button holes that was an obstacle to overcome. I went on you tube and watched a tutorial till my head ached! Unfortunately, they aren't perfect but I'm ok with them after redoing a couple times.
You have to do some figuring on your own to get a good it meant trying it on as you go. Not my favorite part running a thread through all those live stitches but it's worth it in the end.
I finished the yoke,lace gull body and the garter border and then decided I wanted it longer! Out came the border and I added two more sets of the lace then redid the border.
I want to do the sleeves in the round rather than dpn's which meant picking up a short pair of circulars. You'd think with all the needles I have I wouldn't ever need to buy anymore!
I finally got to the lys on Sunday and picked up a pair so now I'm set. While I was there I found buttons that will work, so no excuses not to finish it!
One of the lys' has a Super Bowl sale every year and since it was a nice day Sunday we took a drive out there. I can't believe I didn't see much that caught my eye! I did get Opal Harry Potter to make socks for dd. I think in the back of my mind I was thinking about Monday night Knit Nite. One of the lys's closed a few years ago and the owner is friends with the woman whose house we meet at so she agreed to come over and bring goodies. She brought two huge suitcases stuffed with yarn....all at half price!! I snagged quite a bit of Cascade 220 for $3 a skein!!! Eureka!!! I'm planning next years Xmas gifts! We asked her if she'd come back in a few weeks.
A few weeks before the holidays dd asked me if I would make her a hat. Of course I said I would but probably not for Xmas as I already had those projects lined up and the supplies on hand. She didn't care, she would buy the yarn and whenever I felt like it was fine. I totally forgot about it until I went stash diving for the sweater. So now that's otn, too. Knitting on circulars, started the decreases and ready to switch to dpn's(hate that part) We're going over for dinner this weekend so I can take it to her then. At least she'll get some use out of it this season. I'm sure our cold weather is far from over.
Kk and I spent a couple hours at B&N this afternoon( I love that place) I've been stalking the knitting section and finally they got in Socks a la Carte! I swear they are only getting one new book at a time and you have to be lucky enough to get in there at the right time. Today I wasn't even looking for it and there it was!! I got 20% off being a member so I was happy to bring it home!
I've been having some horrible headaches lately. They come on all of a sudden at any time of day. I'm wondering if the ever changing weather has anything to do with it. It shouldn't be my eyes as my glasses are only a few months old. Maybe it's all the knitting and reading. I finished the last three books of the Twilight series in less than a week. Once I started the second one I was sucked right in!
Well, I guess that's enough rambling for tonight so
Off to bed