Sunday, December 27, 2009

Big Socks/Big Holiday

I decided to make a pair of clog socks for Audra. I made sock #1 to the point where I would need to Kitchener the toe closed, put it in a gift bag and presented it as a gift on Christmas evening. The fit was good so yesterday I started the second one. I managed to get it done today so now she'll have a nice warm pair of socks to wear around the house. I made these with Lion Brand Jiffy in Apple Green color. It was inexpensive and I could knit them up speedy fast and that was the goal. I used my sock construction knowledge and made them up as I went along. I did use the stripe idea from the Clog Sock pattern in the book "Simple Chic".
Speaking of the holiday...it was good. Nice visits with family and no drama.
Glad it's over and I'm looking forward to 2010. It's a nice round number and hopefully it will bring good things. Hope you and your families had a nice holiday.

Boomer and Sam are practicing for the New Year's Eve party with their new toy...

Friday, December 25, 2009

Seasons Greetings


No matter the reason, enjoy the season.

Best to you and yours from us and ours!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Merry Christmas!

Boomer's on look out for Santa...
and I survived the office Christmas party today...
I managed to gift these cute little Hedgehog pin cushions to a couple of special people last night. Now it's on to the regular knitting...The Saint's Big-Ass Sweater still needs to be finished and I have the ZigBagZ in the works...hopefully I'll get those both done by the end of February...that's the goal anyway. But, of course, the Ravelympics are gonna get in the way...

Have a great holiday!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

two forward, three back...

...the perfect description of my knitting activity this past week.

The scarf I had 3/4 done...frogged! It needs a larger needle and a garter stitch border. It was too tightly knit and rolled on the long edge, ew.

The clog sock I'm working on...I've tinked at least 20 rows at least 3 times, gah!

I have a bunch of little projects swirling around in my head but I know that realistically I should stop thinking about the holiday and focus on post-holiday projects. I do have to get a couple things finished up in the next couple of days though.

During all this needle and yarn wielding, Boomer's most difficult task has been figuring out what position he wants to sleep in...in my knitting chair! Fortunately, Sam chooses the floor to sleep on...ever on alert though for any threat, LOL On Friday Winnie came to spend the night with us. It's always fun to have him here. Although he didn't seem to thrilled with us this time. He spent a lot of time watching the door waiting for his Mama.

We're on the count-down to the holiday. A three day work-week and a bunch of days to relax and knit...just doesn't get any better! If I don't make it back here before Thursday I hope all of you have a wonderful day if you are inclined to celebrate.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

finishing and starting

I finished the scarf I was making for a recovering friend.no it isn't blocked yet...I'm waiting on a set of wires to come from KnitPicks.

Started a new scarf to go with my new bright green coat...maybe the scarf will tone down the coat a bit, LOLBoomer is still lazing around. He even goes to sleep on Rena when she comes to visit. As he is in this picture...sleeping on Rena's lap. He still loves her even though she evicted him...hehehe
12 days til Christmas...are you ready?

Thursday, December 10, 2009

I am not worthy!

Whoa! I've been part of a Pug Lover's swap over on Ravelry the past few weeks and my package arrived today.It was heavy and stuffed with goodness.
Treats for me and for the dogs.Looks like Santa has already been here!Thank you so much Suzi!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Decorating at Chez B

This is it... The tree has been uncovered, brought up from the basement and placed in a spot where I'll see - it alot. Then I hung some lights around the window. Phew! I'm exhausted now, LOL The snow outside adds a nice touch don't you think?

Sending you all some holiday spirit. I thought if I put up some pretty lights it would help me feel more cheery. I'll let you know in a couple days.

In the meantime I've been knitting like a fiend on this...
I hope to finish it by the end of the week so I can give it to a special friend. I've sent up many healing thoughts while knitting this piece. She's finally (after 8-9 weeks) been moved to a continuing care facility and hopefully will be strong enough to get home by Christmas.

I'm thinking I'll need some blocking wires, better go check out the Knit Picks site...

Have a great week!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

winter in W Mi

It's finally here...

I think I'm ready...

are you?

Happy winter everybody!

Monday, November 30, 2009

I would forget my head...

I thought I added this pic to my last post...duh.here's another one...
And today The Saint managed to get a pic of Sam and Boomer sharing...the other shot he caught both of them with their tongues out, LOL
So darn cute...I know I'll never catch them like this since Boomer follows me every-where-I-go!

Have a great week! I'm off to knit and listen to my new Audible book, Ava's Man by Rick Bragg.

I finished Stephen King's Under the Dome last night. It was a great 40 hour listen and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys old-school Stephen King - a mix of Needful Things and The Stand is what it made me think of. Anyone else out there listening to books these days? It's a great way to multi-task.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Sew Mo Risin

A title tribute to an old fav...Clare will know who...

Two pair of Coquette socks are finished. I won't be making any more of these. As cute as they are...that cuff was a bitch! I never want to do a k3tog on size "0" needles again!In an effort to get my mind right about events beyond my control I've been communing with my Singer 327 the past couple of days. It's great therapy. I love her...My intention was to make The Saint a couple new pair of jammies. I picked up some flannel on sale yesterday for this pattern...Since the fabric was 60" wide I had remnant flannel. As I picked up the pile of scraps I noticed how soft, heavy and warm it was...hmmm, wonder if there would be enough to make a lap blankie for The Saint. Something to put across his lap while he's watching tv at night.

I grabbed the rotary cutter and a 6" by 12" ruler and started cutting and stacking up the pieces. Then got busy with my trusty old Singer and started sewing the resulting, odd length blocks together in strips. With Stephen King's Under the Dome playing in the background I whipped through the pieces and ended up with a nice 48" x 76" quilt top in just about 4 hours.

I'll run out later and get a polyester batt then make a nice warm sandwich.

Have a great weekend!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

already missing summer

Now that we've had a few weeks of autumn weather I'm ready for summer again. I'm going to miss seeing this...and I know Max is going to miss the little tidbits she manages to catch while The Saint is smokin some meat.

What is everybody knitting and spinning? Are you ready for the holidays? Nah, me neither!

I'm off to City Knitting today for the first of the last Saturdays hangin with my knitting peeps. I know it's going to be a tough one. We'll get through it, I just have to remember get everybody's contact info so we don't lose track of anyone. The countdown has started...

Sunday, November 15, 2009

life must be good


It's the only conclusion I can come to when the worst news I've heard in a long time is that my LYS is going to close at the end of the year.

For me, it's not so much the loss of an awesome, close to home resource for all things knitting (a knitter/crocheter can get those things delivered to their mailbox any day of the week)...it's more the loss of a community I've come to regard as family. You just can't find this group of folks hanging out together anywhere else in town. The cultural and educational diversity that I've found in the gathering space at City Knitting is beyond imagination. I've made many friends in the past 3 yrs that I never would have encountered in my daily life if not for that particular gathering space.

Looking back now, I realize that I took several classes for their social value rather than the knowledge of technique they imparted. It's always been about the community for me. You can buy yarn anywhere, it's much more difficult to find new friends while living a busy life.

I imagine I'll might have a cleaner house and maybe spend more time actually knitting but those things pale in comparison to hanging out with the gang at City Knitting. There will be a big empty place in my heart.

I wish Lorilee well in her future endeavors and I know her family will appreciate having her around home more. The rigors of owning your own business are many.

My mind will be set to the task of finding a suitable place to gather after the doors close for the last time. There are those of us that need the community to maintain good mental health (especially me) and with a bit of effort we may be able to keep it together.

For now though I'll be sad at the loss - cause I'm selfish that way!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

lace...

OK, I don't know what's happening in my world but the crafty planets seem to be aligning differently of late.

First, I was hypnotized by the siren song of the spinners...thanks to SpinSanity I'll be resisting that venture for at least another month...thanks Spinny!

Now, I cast on size 3 needles and started a Multnomah shawl - doesn't sound like a big deal unless you know that in the past I've had disastrous results on 4 attempts at lace knitting. Anyway, I frogged my first attempt at the shawl this morning - I didn't like how the STR medium weight looked or felt. Then I cast on with some 100PureWool laceweight that I've had in the stash for a long time and it is amazing! I love how it looks and feels. Who'd have guessed?

Everybody have a great Friday the 13th tomorrow!
Max says hey!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Fibery fun with ZPDK


OMG! I don't need another hobby...please someone help me!
Yesterday I fell under the spell of the Zombie Prom Date Knitters at MommaCloud's old church turned house an hour away from home. We had a fabulous pot-luck lunch then settled in for some fibery fun.

That's when I found out I was surrounded by spinners! They tempted me with fiber and spindles and wheels! I didn't even realize it was having an effect...until after I got home.

I may have watched my fingers type these words to someone earlier today..."if the hand-painted, zebra-fish spindle is available I may be interested in purchasing it"...wah!? Am I crazy? I told myself that I was just interested in having it to go in my collection of sewing and knitting tools...huh!? You know I don't have room for one-more-thing-to-do! Why would you let me get sucked into the spinning vortex?

And to make it even worse...WonderWhyGal almost had me talked into buying an alpaca on my way out the door. jeez
Maybe it was just a dream...

If not, I'm blaming the ChickenLady!...in her Strawberry Shortcake jammies...What a great time it was! Thanks Kim, for inviting me to meet your friends.