Tuesday, November 28, 2006

So much done, so much to do

I've got to stop taking days off from work, the work at home is twice as hard with no pay, and I'm behind on posting and reading blogs. Why is that? Hope everyone had a terrific Thanksgiving. We did. I cooked for a day and a half then ate myself stupid. I shopped for Christmas, mostly on-line and spent all the "loose" cash. Ouch. All the lights are on the house and the halls are ready to be decked. My butt is still sore from spending a half day on the roof. Ouch again.
I did little knitting, but since it was a holiday, I won't feel too bad about it. I finished B's hat. It looks much better on his head.

And a square for Firefly. If you have some scraps of yarn and time to make a 7" square, this is the place for it.

I expect to finish another tonight because frankly, I won't be able to do anything that requires leaving my comfy chair.
There is more yarn in the house too. Since I promised Firefly I would continue to knit squares, I bought some Plymouth Encore for them.

This also is my little contribution to the Knit Unto Others project. It's times like these when I wish I didn't work.

I also won - yes WON a beautiful prize from Midnight Sky Fibers. This is a handspun and handpainted 2 Ply Bulky Weight Wool/Mohair blend called Luminescent Haze. I am scouring all my books and magazines to find a special project for this! It's just awesome to have yarn like this. Thank you Wendy for making this win possible! You can win too! Just go to Wendy's page here.

I also received 2 skeins of Lornas Laces from Trek Thank you! It's my first LL, and I love the colors in this. Bullfrogs and Butterflies are my kinda colors! Thank you Trek! Insert large smile

I hope this makes Michelle happy, she gets all over me if I slack on posting.

Now how did THAT get there?

Monday, November 20, 2006

Testing, Testing

One great thing about being a relatively new knitter, how long do I get to milk this new knitter thing? is that almost everything is new. I joined The Meathead Knitalong and just like that, it's done! I figured I was getting fairly good at hats because it's funny that I live in Florida and knit so many hats I knit a few lately. All we had to do, was test knit and embellish with something of our own choice. I had a ball with this.

Here's a closeup:

I have 2 more hats on the needles, then 2 more to knit. Jeeze, will some one tell these people I live in Florida?!

I'm trying to get my squares off to Firefly for Project Gracious Parcels 2006 as well. Time is running out. I'll also post those when they're ready to go.

I probably will not post until after Thanksgiving, as we're hosting the dinner as is tradition here. There will plenty of turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, some specialty foods and enough sugar to send all the residents of Cuba to college for 4 years.

I am thankful for my family, friends and all the awesome people I "met" right here in Blogville. I appreciate all the inspiration, creativity and talents you all never fail to provide. May you have as much to be thankful for as I do. x

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Wednesday Mix

What American accent do you have?
Your Result: Philadelphia

Your accent is as Philadelphia as a cheesesteak! If you're not from Philadelphia, then you're from someplace near there like south Jersey, Baltimore, or Wilmington. if you've ever journeyed to some far off place where people don't know that Philly has an accent, someone may have thought you talked a little weird even though they didn't have a clue what accent it was they heard.

The Northeast
The Midland
The Inland North
The South
The West
North Central
What American accent do you have?
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OK Quizilla, ya got me. Guess you can take the girl out of Philly...

There has been shopping:

This is from the talented hands of Scout. She dyed this especially for Socktoberfest in a generous skein of 500 yards, (Superwash Merino/Nylon) enough for a pair of knee socks. She put up some extras cause everyone was crazy for these. Me included. I also purchased the Go Knit Pouch in Meg's favorite colors in an attempt to have her join the knitting fold. She has to learn to knit to get it.

Check out Scout's Swag though, she's added some really cool stuff to her site. (No affiliation), just sharing.

Speaking of really nice yarn, I won some gorgeous handspun from Jenn Wisbeck at Midnight Sky Fibers just for a little donation I made to Heifer International! I scored Jenn's Handspun Luminescent Haze in colors I love! If you want to help out entire families for a small donation, go to Wendy's, all the info is in her sidebar. She's done a great thing there and has some beautiful prizes as well! It only takes a minute...I'll wait

Not speaking of yarn, I spent the whole weekendwasting my time cleaning my ass offpurging "stuff" and cleaning. I did manage to piece together some fabric strips for the Tailgate Rag Rug

I would love to have finished one by now. Do you have to start something to finish it? I did start a hat for B, but it's not finished yet.

BTW, if you have a ball winder, they work great with fabric strips too!

Also finished, is my very first wearable! But I have no intention of wearing it.

This is the Baby Bolero from One Skein.

This was so easy, even I could do it! Next, hat & booties and this baby (set) is done! To see how versatile this pattern can be, go see Possessed To Knit,

Roseann is a much more experienced knitter than I, and she made it her way. She also explains very clearly what she does different to make it the way she did. It's quite beautiful I must say.

Speaking of things done, have you seen what Cara is doing now? She's a genius. If you've not seen her Log Cabin Afghan, you should check it out..really.

And just because it's Wednesday, something random.

This was taken last week, so it's still pretty hot here. Lows are mid to upper 60s and highs are low 80s. We're supposed to cool off a little soon, c'mon already! Have a great rest of the week and stay warm or cool, whatever it takes...

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Random You Know...

This one's for Chappy's Mom cause I am a prize ho love contests. And there's double contest going on over there! Send her your November calendar shot and/or be her 5000th commentor, and win!

Since it's a random day, and because I'm half asleep, check this out. Hey waiter! There's a Canadian leaf in my coffee!

Strange or what? Or is it stranger that I photographed it?
Since I have no knitting photographed, I'll leave you with another of Kate's "knitting":

Have a great day all!

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Not Too Swift

But I can make one if I need to.

I had to stand while winding the skeins, but it worked. Take your unused
Lazy Susan, turn a bar stool upside down on it and viola! Yarn Swift. I got quite the looks from my family today. Always keep them guessing within an inch of your sanity I always say. Here's the yarn all skeined and ready to knit.

I dyed this myself by the way. Got the idea over at
I used Knit Pick's Bare 75/25 Superwash wool/nylon and Wilton's food dye in royal blue. Didn't do anything fancy, just wanted to get a feel for doing this. I have a feeling I'm going to need a bigger house with an extra kitchen. It was fun and I'm happy with the results. The proof I guess, will be in the knitting. I did take photos as I progressed, I also took pics of the Saturday sky and some projects, but discovered the memeory stick was removed from my camera that I had to search for for almost an hour because the guilty party who used it, forgot to put it back, then forgot where it was,"no one" knew where it went. It wasn't pleasant living with me yesterday I tell you. Do not mess with mom's knitting. Blogging is equal to knitting. Speaking of, I did some knitting on the Baby Bolero from
One Skein.
Since taking these, I have blocked and seamed the shoulders & will seam the sleeves on tonight. I hope. Things change fast around here.

This baby's coming soon so I really have to hurry here.

Speaking of births and all, a really nice, special, funny, very knitty and witty person has a birthday today! So go on over and wish
Michelle a happy birthday. I'll wait. Happy Birthday Michelle! May all your wishes come true!

Time to start getting ready for Thanksgiving! We always have the family for the holiday and this year, I was able to join something near and dear to my heart.
I'm a traditionalist at heart. We're not that big on Halloween, but it represents to me a beginning of Autumn and the holidays, my favorite times of the year. And Halloween can be such a pain, you know chasin those bats all night gets really tiring, but then, I'm not too swift.