Monday, September 29, 2008

Ups and Downs

I've had a couple of sweet surprises recently and I wanted to share them with you. One, I was a raffle winner in the recent RVSK Raffle for two local families. I won a lovely Schacht drop spindle and some amazing Sakina roving. Here's the spindle.

My second surprise was this beauty. She arrived in the mail Saturday morning from Noolie. Noolie's note read, to paraphrase, "Haven't heard much about spinning from you..." and I had to laugh. Noolie has taken off with her spinning while I'm still the complete slacker. Between the raffle prize and this beautiful fiber, I'm going to have to get serious. Thank you so much for this Noolie; it's beautiful and I'm going to fun with it very, very soon!

Saturday morning, Linda, Dianne, Jessi & I hit the road to Roanoke. Together we attended the NoSoKnit that was organized by two women, Rae & Tere. For those of you who aren't familiar with it, it's a day of knitting. Cost of admission? A knitted item (of your choice) for charity. There were three great vendors present, ISeeSpots Farm, Orchardside Yarn Shop and Mosaic Yarn Shop. All three had a wonderful selection of beautiful things. I had a blast! It was fun to put faces to Ravelry names, e.g. Catinblack, and to see friends again. Picture 115 knitters sitting down together and doing what they love.

Each participant was given a goodie bag of assorted knitting items and each of us also won a door prize. Many yarn shops and farms like Knitters Knook, Misty Mountain, On the Lamb and others outdid themselves with donated door prizes. My prize was from Fran Stafford, an individual whom I don't yet know. It's a sock bag, complete with a row counter, a millefiori stitch marker, Clover size 2 dpns (I needed these badly!) and two skeins of Knit Picks Essential Tweed. This prize was pure karma...all of you know I luuuuvvvv tweed and ironically, I had been eyeing the ISeeSpots needles for size 2 dpns. Thank you Fran; it was a wonderful donation. :)

Rae and Tere - - y'all are great and thank you for organizing it again (this was the 11th year).

Dianne, thank you for driving us all around town!

While at the NoSo, I worked on my Button Tab Hat. (I finished it later at home).

The one blemish on an otherwise perfect day was to learn that Becky is closing her doors at the end of November. She's going to be travelling to China with her husband and cannot, naturally, keep Knitters Knook open. The four of us left NoSo and went down to the Knook. I'm happy for Becky - - I really am - - but I'm sad for me. On Ravelry this morning, there was talk of an actual "Pity Party" and if it comes to pass, I'll be there with a bottle in hand. :)

All I bought at NoSo were some stitch markers from ISeeSpots. Once we decided to visit Becky, I knew what I wanted to do and purchased the below.
Pinwheel Blanket No. 2: (Mission Falls 1824 Cotton)

and Baby Surprise Jacket No. 2: (Cascade Luna "Pink")

My sister, Denise, recently had a special ?sonogram/ultrasound? at Johns Hopkins due to her age. Denise said that the baby was waving its arms as if to say "Hello World!" and had its legs perfectly crossed during the entire procedure. The doctor said that he thinks it's a girl, but until the amnio comes back, no one can be 100% certain. Me? I thought to myself, "It's a girl and she's teasing Andie." Andie and Denise share a special relationship and when Andie found out that Denise is pregnant, the first words out of her mouth were, "It'd better be a boy." LOL

Last, but not least, I had some visitors Sunday morning. I had washed the Button Tab Hat and the Pinwheel Blanket and hung them over the deck to dry. A mom deer came walking up, staring at the blanket swaying the breeze. She and I were maybe ten feet apart and her twin fawns were right behind her. It's the closest I've ever been to a deer and when I reached for my camera, she ran away a little and from that angle, these photos were taken:

So, that was my weekend. I hope that yours was good.

NOON UPDATE: It's a girl! :D

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Bullet Post

-Finished Pinwheel Blanket (though not yet blocked)

-Button Tab Hat, 100% Alpaca. (It's like holding a cloud in your hand).

-Baby Surprise Jacket (Cast on last night). P.S. Jan at Yarn Theory has both the book, The Opinionated Knitter, and the lone paper copies of the pattern from Schoolhouse Press. She's finishing up two BEAUTIFUL BSJs' of her own right now. Thank you so much Jan for holding a copy of the pattern for me!

- And last, but certainly not least, meet Gabrielle Elizabeth, born September 23, 2008. (I'd like to claim her as one of my accomplishments, but that wouldn't be honest). LOL Gabrielle is the daughter of two great friends of mine. She should be home from the hospital tomorrow and if I get rid of the sniffles I have right now, she'll be in my arms this weekend. :D

Have a great one everyone! :)

Monday, September 22, 2008

Knitting & Other Fun

Andie recently had an opportunity to go riding at a friend's house and suffice it to say, she enjoyed herself enormously.

Andie & Millie

The following day, Andie & I went to the Sedalia Country Fair where we met up with this wonderful lady.

(Linda is such a serene spinner).

And on the knitting front, I finished the Elvish Leaves for my sister and...

I'm now only a cast off away from finishing the Pinwheel Blanket. (A couple more skeins were added to the blanket after this photo was taken).

Have a wonderful week everyone.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Here She Comes to Save the Day....

I love color, however I can never pick out the right colors when knitting something important. Yes, I am that annoying person who spends an hour in front of the shelf you want to get to, studying the colors and trying different combinations, never making up her mind and frustrating everyone in the process. :)

Becky of Knitters Knook rescued me (again) from my dilemna.

I found this sweater pattern on Ravelry called "Baby Yoda" and it instantly grabbed me. I'm going to knit it for my new niece or nephew and it'll be my first sweater ever (do you hear my knees knocking?). With Becky's help, I picked out Cascade Luna yarn.

It's a wonderful shade of green, but my camera is slowly dying so it looks sort of gray here.

I'm also making this Pinwheel Blanket for the new little one...

...and again, Becky picked out the colors for me. :) Aren't they wonderful?

Suffice it to say, I had a GREAT couple of hours at the Knook. Becky, thank you soooooo much! :)

Monday, September 08, 2008


At the very end of August, I finally made my way to the Sereknity of Roanoke's 50% off sale and came home with a few treats. I purchased my first set of ebony needles. Aren't they pretty? If you hold up just one, it looks like a wand from the Harry Potter movies. I really like them and best of all, they were only $6! Serenknity, by the way, was very nice and I enjoyed myself there. I love the fact that Brenda has a "lending library" set up in the store; check out the books and take them home.

Beneath the needles is a new dishcloth for Denise. I'm making her several as housewarming gifts and I'm using a different pattern for each cloth. This is from Ravelry and it's the Waffle Stitch Washcloth. The next one, also a Ravelry pattern, will be Elvish Leaves.

I also bought myself this little tin bank. The fine print reads, " Is wool your dirty little secret, too? Anytime someone says, "Mom, will you take me to Roanoke?" or "Can Kirsten, Ciara, Mackenzie et al spend the night?", I rattle the bank. ;)

When Lara and Linda visited Serenknity (before I got to go), they picked up these goodies for me.

And finally, meet my latest addiction - Stephenie Meyer. My cousins, Kim & Sherri, told me to try out Meyers' books so I ordered them through an online club. They arrived on Saturday morning, Labor Day weekend. I finished all four, Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn, by Monday night. Tuesday morning, tired and grainy-eyed, I sent the cousins an e-mail that started out with, "Good morning Cows," and explained to them that my fatigue was their fault. :) Twilight, the movie, comes out in November.