Archive for September, 2009

Busy Body

I’ve been a knitting fool as of late.  Mostly small projects, true … but lots of them.

September Socks!

September Socks!

  • Project : September Socks
  • Pattern : ‘Plain Janes’, with a K1, K1Tbl cuff
  • Yarn : Austerman Step

This is the first time I used this yarn.  The color was calling to me at the yarn store before John and I took out trip to New Orleans.  After all, I would need something simple and compact to knit on the plane.  I finished one sock while down there and the other when we got back.  At first, the way the colors work up was rather disgusting to me … but this pair has really grown on me!  And the yarn was fantastic to work with.

  • Project : Dishcloth
  • Pattern : Chinese Waves by Margret K. Radcliff
  • Yarn : Sugar and Cream cotton
  • Made for : Christmas present

This was a really easy pattern; it only took on evening to knit up.  I’m hoping to make a few of these for Christmas presents.

  • Project : Darkside
  • Pattern : Darkside Cowl by Sarah Fama
  • Yarn : Cascade 220 Superwash
  • Made for : Christmas

Yes … not only am I on a cowl kick … but I’m knocking out that Christmas knitting one by one!!!  I have a few more things to knit, but I have plenty of time!


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Manic Monday

Manic Monday #183

What is the longest time you’ve gone with your Internet not working in your home?

What … go without internet in my home?  Are you on crack?

How many email addresses do you regularly use?

Four … one for regular, everyday stuff ; one for work; one for the blog; one for swaps

Are you able to access the Internet on your phone? If so, how frequently do you use it?

Yes … but I have an older phone, so the only thing I can really do is check email and update Facebook (without proper grammar … which totally bugs me!)  I check it on my phone at work a couple times a night, depending on how busy I am.

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Friday Fill-In

I woke up bright and early today, all set to go to my first spinning lesson with the amazing Sue G.

The I noticed that my whole body was aching, I was stuffed up, and yes – I had a slight fever.

So, I postponed my lesson for next Friday.  Even though I work Thursday night, I don’t care … I’m so excited to get some spinning time!!!  Besides, she’s super busy in October, and I didn’t want to put it off much longer.  I hate having this amazing wheel and not being able to hone my skills.

Friday Fill-In #143

1. One week ago (and a day) was my first wedding anniversary.

2. I spent a lot of amazing time with my Grandmother when I was young.

3. Mama told me not to come.

4. There is quite a connection with you and me.

5. Take your time but hurry up, is what my freshman English teacher always told the class.

6. Quickly and with haste is how I’m hoping this nasty cold will pass!

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to reading and resting, tomorrow my plans include work and Sunday, I want to stay home, but I’ll be at work!

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Swap Goodness!

I was so happy to find two packages waiting for me when I got home from Wal-Mart!!!  The first one was my recent Knit Picks order (yarn for a pair of socks I’m getting paid to make and yarn for John’s sweater.)  The second was from my Secret Pal in the Recession Special Swap!!!

I wonder what this could be?

I wonder what this could be?



There is a really sweet card, a box of SweetTarts, a tin of loose Earl Gray, and some luscious, beautiful, and soft Mountain Colors roving!!!!  I’m super happy – thank so you very much, Secret Pal!!!!!

In other swap news, I posted a new question to the forum this morning, and I suppose it would be kosher of me to answer it as well.

Are you attending any fiber festivals this autumn?  Which ones, and why?

I’ll be heading down towards Charlottesville, Va next weekend to attend the Virginia Fall Fiber Festival.  This is a small event (in comparison to Rhinebeck – which I have been to and enjoyed very much!) but full of fun!  The people are nice, the vendors are fantastic, and I love to see all the alpacas!!!  My husband is going with me (by choice!) and we’ll be bringing our friends Tory and Brandon as well!

Now … I’m heading to Hunt Country Yarns in The Plains for a niddy noddy, and maybe a skein of sock yarn!!!

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Manic Monday

Ok … vacation is officially over.  Back to the grind.

Manic Monday #182

Would you be willing to have horrible nightmares every night for a year if you would be rewarded with extraordinary wealth?

No way.  I’ve had horrible nightmares … no money can replace a sound sleep.
What was the most recent movie that made you cry?

The Secret Life of Bees.  It was wonderful, poetic, and sad at times, but I really enjoyed it.

Would you rather be stranded on an island alone or with someone you hate?

Someone I hate.  Truly …. no amount of hate could make me as crazy as I would be if I was stranded alone.  I’d start talking to a volley ball, and then where would I be. 🙂

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Closer To Christmas

Ah … the dilemma that every knitter faces …. Christmas knitting!!!  Well, I can safely say that I am on project closer to my goal.  I have six projects left to go, but that shouldn’t be to hard (at least I hope!)

  • Project : “Sunset” Cowl
  • Pattern : Sunray by Ulli S. Shibuya
  • Yarn : “Pink Lady Apple” (hand-spun) from Sunrise Lodge Fiber Studio
  • Made for : Christmas Knitting

The yarn on this knitted very stiff; I could have gone up a needle size, but I’m still happy with the end result.

  • Project : “Let’s Try This Again” baby sweater
  • Pattern : Baby Sophisticate by Linden Heflin
  • Yarn : Cascade 220 Superwash
  • Made for : Marcus & Sharon’s soon to be baby boy

I had originally tried my hand at a cotton sweater, and when I went to seam it up – disaster!  So, I found this cute pattern on Ravelry and low and behold … perfection!  I really love it, and I hope they will too!  Let’s hope, when I mail it out this week, it gets to them before the baby is born!

Now … to enjoy the rest of my anniversary by knitting and watching my hubby cheer (or curse) for the Redskins!

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1st Anniversary

A year ago today, I married the most wonderful man in the world!!!!

Happy anniversary baby!  I love you!

Today we celebrate by being lazy, knitting (me), watching football (John), and grilling tuna steaks!


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