Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Finishing Touches

What a weekend! I knitted, played, cleaned, played and knitted. The kids and I went to see Pirates 3 and if you haven't seen it, Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) is absolute eye candy at the end of the movie. I won't spoil it for you, but I will say that man makes a delicious-looking pirate.

The kids had a ball "grass surfing" yesterday. My daughter, Andie, hitched a heavy-duty styrofoam wakeboard to the back of our lawn mower and the next thing I knew, my son, Skander, was surfing over the hills of our yard with his sister at the wheel of the mower. Oh well...Jamaica has a bobsled team. ;)

I spent last week and this past weekend putting finishing touches on several projects. You've seen the bibs I did for Emma & Isabelle, but here's a new pair for Saylor (a cousin's daughter who's due in August).

I found adorable polymer clay buttons, a heart & butterfly, and added them to my pink and yellow bibs below.

Note to Self: Get new digital camera. Also photographed below is a pair of baby booties (the first and only pair that I've made so far).

A couple more mesa bowls made with Emu Finlandia and Manos del Uruguay

And Miss Chicken. I plan on either putting a little garland around her neck or (if I can learn how to make one) a mini-shawl.

I also made a tomato hat with Shepherd's superwash.

I attempted to start the Flower Basket shawl, but the provisional cast-on stonewalled me. I'll give it another shot this week. I hope you had a wonderful weekend and Happy Knitting!

Monday, May 21, 2007

Weekend SEX

(The title got your attention though, didn't it???)

I had a very busy, fiber-filled weekend. I'm sorry to say that one of our local LYSs', Tapestry, is permanently closing its doors at the end of this month. I visited Evie, the owner, on Friday and while I'm happy for her that she's retiring, I'm selfishly sad also. Evie's always carried very nice British woolens and Manos del Uruguay in every color. While at her shop, I couldn't resist the following:

Two beautiful skeins of Manos del Uruguay (a rust and a burgundy color), a Cascade tweed, a Donegal tweed and several balls of Rowan cotton glace.

These beauties are going to be Christmas socks. The sage-colored cotton glace will be a shawl (I hope I can do it) and the Manos is part of the "bowl-a-polooza" I've been knitting up lately.

The second expedition was Customer Appreciation Day at Yarn Theory. Jan outdid herself with finger foods, a spinning demonstration and just creating a really warm atmosphere. While there, I found these two shawl patterns. They're beautful and they're scary. :)

Flower Basket & Leaf Lace, both by Evelyn Clark/Fibertrends.

Happy Knitting all!

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Here's my first attempt at a Mesa bowl. I knitted the body of the bowl with a very light gray Emu Finlandia. The top, an I-cord bind off, was knitted with a combination of "No Name" olive-colored wool and Lamb's Pride Pine Tree.

Here's the finished, felted bowl. The bowls knit up very fast and easily. I knitted a second, larger one last night in about two hours using Galway and Galway Paint. The wool isn't as fuzzy and I'm looking forward to seeing how it turns out. Happy Knitting all.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007


I've been tagged by Noolie and the rules of the game are that each person tagged gives 7 random facts about themselves. Those tagged need to write in their blogs the 7 facts, as well as the rules of the game. You need to tag seven others and list their names on your blog. You have to leave those you plan on tagging a note in their comments so they know that they have been tagged and to read your blog. Here are my facts:

1. I like vampires. Before you think that I'm a complete oddball, let me explain. After almost a decade spent living in Africa, I returned to the U.S. and re-discovered American television. The one show that captivated me was "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" simply because it was so darned different (and wonderfully humorous). When Buffy was cancelled, I stumbled upon the authors Charlaine Harris & Maryjanice Davidson and have had a roaring good time with their Sookie and Betsy characters.

2. I proposed to my husband on our second date.

3. I was the only right-handed person in my family as a child.

4. I enjoy housekeeping, but I really loathe ironing.

5. I've never had the flu, but I have had dengue fever.

6. I'm a 39, born in August and a rabid E-bay'er.

7. I'm afraid of spiders.

Now, it's your turn Dianne, Marianne, Michelle, Flo, and Angie.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Socks and Baby Blanket are Done

Yippee! I didn't do the full Mason Dixon Moderne because I didn't want a crib-sized blanket, but what I did end up with is a very large receiving blanket and/or nicely sized lap blanket.

The Horcrux socks are finished too. I had a ball doing those, but I need to work on my kitchener stitch (or have someone standing over my shoulder to make sure that I'm getting it right).

I've started a chicken and so far, so good. It's unnatural how much I like Lamb's Pride. Don't ask me why...maybe it's just my first love, but if I could bury my basement in this stuff, I would. (I know a few who'd say the same, but with Blue Moon sock yarn, so I know I'm not alone in this fiber obsession). :)

Happy knitting all!

Thursday, May 10, 2007


I saw this blogsite, Knit.Drink.Tink., referenced on the Yarn Harlot's site and thought to myelf, "How much fun would this be on a Friday night?!?!" (It'd sure beat laundry, housekeeping & cooking). That and I adore the logo.

Monday, May 07, 2007

Along Came a Sock

My Horcrux socks are coming along nicely. The first one is finished, but for the Kitchener's Stitch on the toe. The second sock is at the "gussets" point. This is a terrific, very user-friendly pattern!

And here's my first square for Hokie blankets.

At some point the near future, I'll be starting the chicken doorstops as well. For this project, I purchased Lamb's Pride.

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Here ya go Mobishobel & Dianne!

We interrupt this N.Y. Yankee baseball game for ummm....a naked prance.

At least the policemen are amused, if not the streaker.

Naked trots are genuinely (and this is real) a problem at
Pomona College in California.

Tonight's dinner...I'm eating crow. :)

And here is the sock I've started....