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4 inches so far

 

Ah … the Blizzard of 2010, as the news folk are calling it.  By tomorrow night, we could have up to 30 inches!  I am thankful and happy to say that I do NOT have to work this weekend, so I get to stay home and enjoy it.  Helping the hubby shovel, build a snowman, and general winter shenanigans are on the agenda!

Friday Fill-In #162

1. I know that I am a lucky gal, blessed with a wonderful husband, family, and friends.
2. Because I quit smoking this year, January 2010 seemed like the longest month.
3. You can’t help but smile and nod.
4. I’m in no mood to discuss the drama that happens at shift change at work,but if you must; bring it on!
5. Where have you looked to find true happiness?
6. The weekend is now available.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to relaxing and watching some tv, tomorrow my plans include playing in the snow and knitting, baking brownies and hanging out with the hubby while it snows and Sunday, I want to knit and watch some movies!

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Are You Ready?

 

This year I am jumping on the bandwagon and competing in the Ravelympics!  What’s that, you say?  Well, on Ravelry, a website for people who knit and crochet, it is a competition a self-will.  Knitting along with the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, those participating will cast-on for their competition during the opening ceremonies.  Yes, they do hand out ‘medals’, but the challenge is more of a personal one.

So, what events will I try my hand at this year?

  1. Lace Luge – having to do with lace patterns and/or lace weight yarn.  I’ve had some beautiful red Skacel Merino Lace sitting in my stash for a long time, just ready to be knit up.  I’ve also been looking at the Fountain Pen Shawl, and I think the two will finally come together.  The real question is this; can I knit and block this shawl in TWO WEEKS?
  2. Hat Half-pipe – all things hats (obviously.)  I’m going to use this as a chance to not only de-stash, but to make some hats for Warm Up Winchester.

So, are any of my fellow knitters in blogland participating?  I know that most of the gals in the local knitting group are.  I’d love to hear about what challenges everyone is taking on.

Manic Monday

Another Monday, another month quickly gone.  Is it really February already??

Manic Monday #199

What was your best day of the week last week and why?

Probably Friday night into Saturday.  My husband and I had some overdue ‘quality’ time together. 

What’s the longest you’ve ever gone without sleep?

In high school I could stay up for 20+ hours at a time.  I loved doing it, but the more I try to re-create that today, the harder I crash.  So I try to sleep as much as I can when I can.

Is how old you look and/or how old you feel right now different from your actual age?

Many people think I look younger than my age (evident when I buy beer.)  I don’t know that I would say I feel older than my age.  I’m right where I want to be, and while I’ve always been more mature than most of my age-group peers, I think I’m about right.

Friday Fill-Ins

Friday Fill-Ins #161

1. Wouldn’t it be easy if I could close my eyes, click my heels, and get to where I want to go?
2. Now that I’ve quit smoking, I feel better than ever!
3. I love the taste of real whipped cream – not the stuff from the can.
4. If I’m on my laptop, I am probably sitting on the couch in the living room.
5. The first thing we’re going to do is get something cold to drink – I am thirsty.
6. I hate the sound of a constant drip, drip, drip; fix the faucet already.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to relaxing and knitting, tomorrow my plans include work and Sunday, I want to stay home and spend time with John, but I have to work!

FO: Adaptation

Right now I’m participating in a KAL (knit-a-long) on the NHKnittingMama group on Ravelry.  Amanda is amazing … such a friendly person, and the yarn she dyes is equally wonderful.  I had decided to knit Caricia, from Knit Spot.  I love Anne Hanson’s patterns and this shawl really caught my eye.  I ordered my yarn from Amanda and was ready to go.  Things were going really well.  While the pattern seemed a little more complex than I was ready for, I pushed through.  It was knitting up rather quickly and the colors of the yarn truly complimented the pattern.  I was ready to start the last pattern repeat before binding off …

And realized that I totally fucked up.

I was in tears.  How had I missed something as important as dividing the pattern so that the image mirrors itself?  There was supposed to be a center line.  Obviously, I missed the memo.  I was really beating myself up over this, but now I realize how foolish that was.  As all of my friends, as well as the women on the forum pointed out, it was still very pretty.  I made it all my own and in the end, I’m very happy with the project.  One day I’ll attempt to work the pattern correctly.

  •  Pattern : Caricia by Anne Hanson (with some un-intended changes)
  • Yarn : NHKnittingMama – Farmington, in color ‘Wells’
  • Made for : Me!

I’ve decided that this will make an excellent accent shawl for my Civil War re-enactment.  The colors of this yarn remind me of something that has been tea stained.  This will look wonderful over the dress I’m making for this season, which is burgundy with off-white flowers.

 

I know what you are saying … why was I so upset?  I know … I know.  But when it comes to lace, I can be very, um, well … anal is the word that comes to mind.  I’m such a perfectionist sometimes.

Manic Monday

Manic Monday #198

If you could only have one section of the bookstore to visit, which section would it be?

Probably the Sci-Fi/Fantasy section.  I know, some of you are thinking, “What about the craft section?”  I understand.  But really, I can get patterns online, but there is nothing like the feel of a real book in my hands.

If you could only subscribe to one publication for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Spin Off.  I’ve just started reading this amazing magazine and I don’t know if I could live without it.  It is full of so much amazing information on spinning and fiber.

What activity always makes you lose track of time?

Spinning!  I know that I can put on the IPOD and go to town, and before I know it, three hours has flown by!

Welcome The Weekend

Hello, Weekend!  How are you doing?  It is so good to see you!

John and I are being very lazy.  We had some, ahem, personal time, that has left us wanting to simply lounge around and watch tv.  I think I may get some knitting done at some point, but I’m just as happy sitting here, doing nothing.  Last night was busy.  I had cooked a delicious pot roast in the slow cooker and had some friends over for dinner.  It’s always a joy to have Brandon and Tory around.  Not just because they both knit and love to eat my food, but they are great company.  Very easy-going people, very laid back and down to earth.  In addition to our regular crew of four, I finally was able to get Christopher to come over.  

He’s one of my co-workers, and probably one of the few that I wouldn’t mind seeing outside of work.  He’s a great guy; funny, talented, animated, and great to talk to about all things.  I’ve been after him to come and hang out, since he’s always complaining he has no friends and no life.  Our work schedules are just so opposite that to find one day, it just so happened that it was a day that he taken off (he’s been through a lot of personal shit lately and needed a vacation.)

  

After a full meal of pot roast and veggies, spinach and apples, asparagus, and hearty bread …. not to mention a few beers and even more pots of hot tea, it was 11pm and everyone decided to call it a night.  I am glad that Christopher was able to make it, take time to relax, and just let loose.  I really try to present my home as a place of relaxation and respite. 

 I’ve also been very busy on the knitting front!  I wanted to take pictures yesterday, but the rain was casting  impending doom on my plans.

Sock Goodness

  •   Project : Alpaca Bed Socks
  • Pattern: Plain Jane
  • Yarn: Frog Tree Alpaca Handpaints Fingering in “Poppy”
  • Made for : ME!

I bought this yarn a couple years ago in Virginia Beach, when John and I went to attend the Neptune Wine Festival.  This, I must say, is probably the most expensive yarn I’ve ever bought for what it is.  Sock yarn – roughly 430 yards ….. $40.  I know … wow, right?  But I told myself at the time that is was okay to splurge on vacation, and I guess I still belive that.  So, every time I would think about making a new pair of socks, I would pet this luxurious skein and think, maybe later.  But, with winter comes cold feet, and I know that I won’t have that problem anymore!

Next up is a case of making the most of something.  I bought two skeins of Cascade Bulky Superwash the other week and realized that I wasn’t going to knit what I had originally planned on making.  So, not wanting to waste, I went hat ( and cowl) happy.

Sunlight shining across!

  •  Yarn : Cascade 128 Superwash Chunky
  • Cowl – Lettuce Vine Cowl by Petra Johnson
  • Larger Hat – Classic Beanie by PolarKnit
  • Smaller Hat – Little Sprout Baby Hat by Paula Berman

So, I think that I certainly made the most out of those two skeins.  It was a nice break from the larger, more demanding projects that I’ve been working on.  There is just nothing like instant gratification knitting whilst working on a sweater and a shawl!