Tuesday, March 27, 2007
I made Grace blue mittens. I made a gray scarf. Then came the middle of February and with it thoughts of pink and red and valentines. I love pink. Then came March and thoughts turned to green. I love green. Am deep in the middle of creating a really green felted bag. I'm almost done with the green and purple socks. Whoops, I was supposed to be doing blue and gray. (I know Tracy you are going to remind me of the gray/black/white sock yarn I bought. Just can't make myself do it.)
Anyway, thankfully April is just around the corner, and with it comes Pink, Green, and Yellow. Now those are some colors I can wrap my brain around. I have two skeins of new pink sock yarn and one of green. I could do an entire post about my green shoe collection. I could completely make up for being such a loser the first two months!
I'm also supposed to be doing a pair of socks every month. I've sort of been concentrating on Clapotis (which is going well) and ignoring my socks that I started in early March. Whoops. I need to make the deadline (or what? I don't know) so now I am knitting like a crazy woman. I actually always knit that way, but now I have a challenge. Yesterday I was on the ribbing, and by this afternoon, I had finished the gusset decreases. Hooray! The light is at the end of the tunnel! Doctor waiting rooms are good for something.
Saturday, March 24, 2007
Friday, March 23, 2007
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Saturday, March 17, 2007
At lunch, Tracy presented me this-
from her trip to Italy and Ancient Pathways. And thanks to my raging and plunging hormone levels, it made me cry. Plus, having witnessed her friendship during the dog licking crisis, I was overcome.
Carey kept telling every store we went in that it was my birthday and they kept giving me freebies. It was funny, and fun. I did some "happy birthday to me" yarn purchasing at Knitter's Haven (after all, it is not February anymore) with some cotton purply yarn for something for Grace (maybe a summer thing?). Talked to Ellen, the owner of the store, and found out it is for sale. So sad, because I really like the store a lot, and because if I lived there I would want it. But I don't, so there goes that opportunity. Can't see moving the entire family an hour away from home so Cindy can own a yarn store. Hmm, don't think so.
Later in the day, went back to Carey and Mom's to deposit several children for the evening, and was presented with this --
A knitting bag to end all knitting bags. Others may call this little (it is really big, actually) beauty a bag, but to me it is a knitting bag extraordinare. And, yes, Tracy, it is a Vera Bradley (she was the best rep ever).
I LOVE it. LOVE LOVE LOVE
And mom had already given me two books I so thoughfully picked out for her to get me at Stitches. Wow. I'm speechless.
Even Maurice (not that he doesn't usually do well, really, he is a very thoughtful husband) got into the act. He tracked down Ancient Pathways, and came home with this-
Sock yarn and my first pair of ebony dpn's. Gotta love a man who buys sock yarn.
I was also given love from several other places, Suzelle with a cute little knitting notebook she created, and Chrissy with a coffee card (caffeine is my friend). Thank you everyone for making my birthday very nice. I am proud to have such good friends.
On the knitting side, Clapotis is coming along. It no longer resembles lingerie, just a large triangle. Soon I will be done increasing and onto the straight part. Then I get to drop stitches, on purpose! Exciting stuff.
Happy Birthday Mom (yes, I was born a day too early). And Happy St. Patrick's day to everyone!
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Well today, they got REALLY scary. Tracy and I were minding our own business in line when this crazy woman with a dog in her cart and two skeins of Red Heart Super Saver yarn in there too starting getting very close to us in line and then her dog LICKED ME! And when I said (not hostile or anything honestly) that I didn't appreciate her dog licking me, she proceeded to attack! She said it was my "fault" because I moved my arm, and the dog just thought my arm was a piece of meat! Can you imagine? She had been moving closer and closer to us with her cart, very agressively, like she was trying to push us out of her way. It was very odd. The dog was not a service dog of any sort either, just a little dog unlucky enough to have a owner that is nuts.
Anyway, at that point Tracy's claws came out, and the manager was called to subdue her (the old lady, not Tracy) so we could make it into the parking lot without her setting her little dog on attack mode to lick us any more. Tracy said she wasn't worried because if need be Tracy could "take her." Thank goodness I have friends to protect me from crazy old ladies.
Yarn stores are nicer. In fact, just thinking about the incident makes me want to go there now. I think I need a glass of wine.
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
Good Things dabbled in the world of the cupcake yesterday. We made lots - some like flowers, Easter baskets, bunnies, shamrocks, snowflakes and even a teacup.
Here is Lori starting her bunny--
And here is Tracy showing off her Latte' (she's a coffee gal)--
And Karley and Emily proved that it is never too early to be creative with frosting--
Everyone went home with several different creations and a knitted cupcake party favor courtesy of Nolamom (I made a few).
Speaking of knitting, I made a decision. Can you tell what this is going to be?
Sunday, March 11, 2007
I am done with one of the socks, the other one is easy knitting that I shouldn't rush through because it is always good to have some brainless knitting for the unexpected knitting situation, should the need arise and all.
The green bag is stuck in "How to do the top" dilemma, just need to sit down and do it.
I started a lace scarf from knit picks laceweight, but it isn't thrilling me. Plus, I'm sort of itching to use some of the fabulous stuff I got at Stitches.
So, I need to START SOMETHING WONDERFUL!!
What should it be? Pat's shawl she just finished makes me want to do some lace. I think I may be the only knitblogger in the world not to have done Clapotis, should I use the interlacements yarn I have been saving for such a project? I have the No Sheep For You book with some interesting things in it. Same with the Favorite Sock book. And the Vintage sock and Socks for the Road books, now that I've actually seen the socks, I need to get in some Nancy Bush-ness.
I have yarn for a cable sweater. Melissa Leapman's book has a great sweater in it that I could try.
I have no idea what I should do first. Any suggestions?
Thursday, March 08, 2007
That is the best one. The cupcake bottom is covered in softened candy melts, and candy melts make up the saucer and handle. Icing swirl and little piped hearts are topped with candy melts turned into steam.
Here are the rest we practiced with. We are also going to do a little easter basket with green coconut for grass and pipe cleaners bent for the handle. Oh and a bunny made with marshmallows. Ill show those when I make them Monday.
Edit: I deleted the photos and reloaded them. I did them the same way I always do, so maybe Blogger is having a bad day.
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
Emily signed up for a junior high elective at her school to make things using the "Nifty Knitter." While appalled that I may be associated with such "fake knitting," I am a supportive mom, and realize that the alternatives weren't all that great.
Sunday, March 04, 2007
Mickey says hello. Or at least nodded hello.
I did knit during the car ride. I didn't have much light on the drive down, and coming home I was kind of tired, so I wasn't too productive. You can't always be on top of your game.
I came home to this--
A little knitted cupcake surprise. Very cute Nolamom!