Wednesday, December 29, 2010

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Monday, December 20, 2010

Snow Day Knitting Slam

Here's what can be done during a couple of unexpected snow days....

One ITouch sock made with Mirasol's "Hacho."

One finished Wallaby for nephew:

And the mate to my fingerless gloves:

Now, I'm waiting for the elbow to recover! :) Happy Holidays everyone!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Projects Galore

Good morning!

It's been knitting galore here in the country. I took on a couple of big projects and chose to ignore several smaller ones for the moment. This is, by far, the highest number of "on the needles" projects that I've had going at one time. Let me think...there's six right now, I believe.

First of all, there's the Adult Surprise Jacket. This is a Knit-A-Long that I'm doing with Dianne, Linda, Teresa, and Catherine. All of my increases are finished and right now, I'm just knitting for length (and color changes).

And then there's the Wonderful Wallaby for Trevor. This is a pattern from the NoSo in October. All that remains is finishing the hood and it's done!

I did a small project for an acquaintance. Patty's son has wanted a "Link Hat" for several years. He grew up playing all of the Nintendo "Zelda" games, but his mother couldn't ever find the hat.
Very reluctantly modeled by my son. ("Do NOT photograph my face!") I should've named

the photo, "Sh*! my mother makes me do." Once the ASJ and Wallaby are done, I'll get

back to my Citron Shawl, fingerless gloves and others.

Have a wonderful holiday season!


Friday, October 22, 2010

FOs' and In Progress

I finished Cash's dead fish hat. It's baby-sized and it came out very nicely.

This is the "Perfect Beret" I did for myself from David Simpon's Green Dragon Yarn.

The fiber is phenomenal and his colors are mouthwatering!

On the needles right now is a "Wonderful Wallaby Sweater" for Trevor in a nice
sage green colorway and...

a Citron shawl using Wolle's Yarn Creations in the Serengeti colorway.

And I've been running the roads to Maryland a lot lately. I can't stay away from my munchkins!

Monday, October 04, 2010

Life in Pictures

I've been having entirely too much fun lately!

I found this at a local fleamarket and couldn't resist it. Apple Cinnamon is the scent of the week.
Linda and I went to our third NoSo Knit (September 25, 2010) in Roanoke. Rae and Tere did an amazing job and it was a great event!

Linda gifted me this beautiful skein of "Whipperwool" from the Unplanned Peacock Studio.

This past Saturday, Linda, Catherine and I went to the Fall Fiber Festival at Montpelier. Linda and I planned to invade Wolle's Yarn Creations and that's exactly what we did. :)

Catherine at Wolle's booth
Linda at the booth

And four out of the five skeins I purchased.
Linda and Catherine "oooohed & awwwwed" over the loose fiber that was in the Gatherings tent. Gatherings raises angora rabbits and sells both the rabbits and their fur. Linda did get a small box of fur and it was a pleasure to touch.

What amused me (since I'm a sorry spinner), was what was being made with
the fiber. Look above Linda's head. Is that what I think it is?

Yeppers, an angora bikini! That's some interesting "mistletoe" you got there Linda! ;)

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Knitting and A New Family Member

At long last, I have an FO. I've been knitting fairly consistently, but lately, it seems like my projects are taking forever to complete. At my five-year-old nephew's request, I made a Dead Fish Hat. I hope Trevor will enjoy wearing it this winter. My aunt saw me making Trevor's fish and asked if I could make an infant-sized one for her grandson, Cash. I've cast that on and am modifying the pattern [ha..ha...mathmatically illiterate me] to make it work. Please wish me luck - - I'll need it.

I also finished the 3 Way Wrap below. The wrap looks very grape-colored in the picture, but it's actually a pretty claret.

And last, but not least, meet our new family member, B.C. ("Boy Cat"). B.C. belonged to my grandmother, who recently passed away. The picture doesn't do him justice. First of all, he's HUGE. You wouldn't know it to look at him, but he's a thoroughly spoiled lap baby and he and I have completely bonded. He sleeps with me at night and wants to be cuddled regularly. Look closely at his belly fur. This cat has "ringlets" of fur - - kind of like an angora goat and extremely silky. If I were any kind of spinner at all, I'd be swimming in fiber because this cat sheds like a chemo patient. So far, he's shown no interest in my yarn but to sit on it as I'm knitting, letting me know that it's his turn for attention. :)

And if I don't drop the knitting fast enough for him, the claws come out - - seriously!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Ten On Tuesday

Ten Things I Would Tell A College Freshman

1. DO

2. NOT


4. IN


6. Or you will end up on the internet like these idiots.

7. Have fun (these memories are some of the best you'll ever have).
8. Study hard.
9. Take Philosophy 101.
10. Be smart & safe.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Ten on Tuesday - 10 Reasons to Love Bacon

As an AVOWED bacon lover, I'm happy to do this blog today. Bacon, as far as I'm concerned, is its own food group. I firmly believe that bacon outweighs the other, less tasty, food groups such as dairy and vegetables. However, if you combine bacon with the other food groups, they are considerably improved.

Case in point: Cream cheese on a bagel. Tasty, but tame. Add some bacon bits to the cheese and that bagel is a lot more yummy! Bacon wrapped plantains? Bacon wrapped shrimp? The list goes on and on...

For the wounded bacon lover...bacon bandaids.
My dream BLT.

Need to clean your teeth, but want a more flavorful floss? Here ya go.

I'd wear mine cooked, but to each her own.

Does your car need to smell better? Your closet?

Bacon wrapped scallops. Nom.nom.nom.

Bacon & Twinkie "Stonehenge". Not so nom.nom.nom.

Bacon Tuxedos...these kids look cute enough to eat.

Last, but not least, the new and improved Thanksgiving dinner!

Have you hugged your bacon today?

Monday, August 09, 2010



The B.Rex will climb onto tabletops to get what she wants! Do not get between her and the BBQ ribs. If you do, she'll scream, bang her head on the table in anger or bite you with her sharp fangs. If confronted by a B.Rex, give her whatever she wants and eventually, she'll get tired and fall asleep. Avoid the next day's diaper at all costs.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Deadfish Hat #2

At long last, I have a finished object and I'm very excited! My elbow and just being busy in general slowed my knitting down dramatically these last several weeks. The elbow, so far, feels fine. :) Here's my second Deadfish Hat. This one's for Earl, the gentleman that did my tattoo.

I used "Dark Fantasy" yarn from Backstitches for this hat and to be honest, I didn't like it as well as the "Loops & Threads" I used for the last hat. The Fantasy is too fine, too split-able and it doesn't want to retain the shape as well as the Michaels brand.

Oh, and here's the skein of hand-dyed yarn that I did at WWKIP. :) Can't wait until we do the jacquard next!

Next up: A plum colored wrap, a third (and final) Deadfish Hat for my five year old nephew and the start of the Great American Aran Afghan (I'm using, naturally, Ann McCauley's pattern first). Yes'm...big case of start-itis now.