Thursday, February 28, 2008

Who knew...I'm gorgeous!

According to this website, I resemble these beautiful celebrities:

Saturday, February 23, 2008

I got goodies!

I love Ravelry! I signed up for the Knit It Forward swap and I was one of the very first to receive my package. My swap buddy is really on the ball.

The idea of this swap was not to knit for the other person but rather to pick a project for them and yarn to make it with. My partner did an awesome job, I definitely love to make bags and will be needing a market bag for the flea markets and farmers markets. And I've never used Louet Euroflax before so I'm really excited about that.

She also sent me skein of some beautiful alpaca yarn made in Missouri where she is from. Take a look at the handsome devil my yarn came from.

Eat your heart out ladies, Clancy the Studmuffin is in the house!

There were a few other goodies, but I'll let you check out the pix and see what they were. I'm sure you are all wondering what's kept me from my blog for so long. Well, in a word Ravelry.

Ok,'s not entirely their fault I've been slacking here. I don't really have much of an excuse. When I'm not at my computer, I've been having a case of startitis. I've always been pretty good at finishing a project before starting another one, but I think those days are over. I'm graduating from knitter to Knitter. (see the difference there? it's huge) I've got a record 4 projects on my needles right now. (don't laugh, it's a record for me) Unfortunately I don't have pictures of all of them.

The shrug is still o the needles though I haven't been working on it much this week, I'm hoping to put a big dent in the endless rows of stockinette this weekend. I finished the first tube sock only to decide it's about 1 repeat too small for my taste, so rather than frog it, I'm casting on the second sock in a larger size. If I can avoid frogging I will, pretty sure I have enough yarn to make 2 pair. Maybe I'll save the smaller socks for Sunshine to grow into.

I've also got this great pair of 9 to 5 socks going. I'm loving how the colors are sort of spiraling as they change colors.

And since I don't have a pic of the purse I've been working on, here is a teaser. A pic of the yarn it's made of.

Now off to bed with me...and you too if you are still awake!

Friday, February 15, 2008

Happy Post Valentine's Day

These are what greeted me when I woke up LATE yesterday morning. OL had placed them on the kitchen table with a card...and so started my treasure hunt around the house. Each note he left clued me in on where to go next. Along the way, I was asked out to dinner, found a brand new pink iPod Nano in my sock yarn stash, and found a great garnet ring. Does anyone wonder why I love that man?

As mentioned I got up late, that's because I spent 2 nights in a row up until all hours working on his surprise. I had no idea that it was going to take so long to trace, cut and glue everything.

So outside of all of these lovey dovey things, it's been a busy week. Tuesday was OL's birthday and we had to celebrate in style. We always joke that we are nothing but overgrown kids and it certainly showed at his party. His folks both called and asked what we were planning and since I had expected him to be out of town this week I hadn't planned anything. So a last minute party was created when they both wanted to come over. (it's the first time in years they've been close enough to spend his birthday with him) I headed over to the store and picked up some simple party supplies in the cutest puppy motif I've ever seen. His dad makes a mean cheesecake so I didn't worry about that and we had ourselves a nice little pizza party for the 34 year old birthday boy.

His favorite toy? Why this of course...

And in knitting news....
I have no pictures but there has been knitting. I've made some progress on the Simple Shrug but not much. I did finally find some more yarn to finish it with so I won't feel like I'm wasting my time on a project that can never be finished. I've finally cast on for my 9 to 5 socks for the Loopy KAL on Ravelry They have been a really great knit for car rides and I took them along for coffee with a fellow raveler.

There has also been purse knitting. I'm really excited about this one because it's the first time I've used Noro yarn. I'll have pics of everything soon, I promise!

Monday, February 11, 2008

It's alive!

I finally got the camera all charged up again so I can post pics. I finished the first of my tube socks, only to find out that they are just a tad small. Thankfully, I have plenty of yarn left over to make a pair the correct size without frogging.

I've also made some progress on my Simple Shrug. I'm about 10" into the back so only 9-10" left to go.

There has also been spinning, thanks to Rabbitch. Unfortunately I don't have pics of the yarn, only the roving, but I'm sure you can imagine how lovely (and I use that term loosely) a first time spinners yarn turned out.

I'm using an Ashford Joy to spin with and I'm really enjoying it. I haven't quite gotten my rhythm yet but practice makes perfect. After I've got the hang of it, I'll have to start saving to get my own Ashford. For now, my LYS is graciously allowing me to try out all of theirs. I'm having a really hard time curbing the desire to buy tons of roving!

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Friday, February 8, 2008

Best laid plans

Well I had such good intentions of showing you all my first completed tube sock but that will have to wait until tomorrow. I've got a couple of photos that are going to have to wait, the camera battery gave out on me just as I was about to upload to the computer.

This week has been lots of fun and it has also had it's sad parts. Monday was the first day of preschool for Sunshine. (the little girl I used to Nanny for)Her parents got a couple of pics of her in her school uniform along with a few from Christmas and her birthday that I missed since moving. I miss her so much that I just broke down in tears and OffLogic had to calm me down. If you are seeing this, I miss you Sunshine! Tell your momma to drown you in kisses and hugs for me!

Now, on to the fun part. I spent Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons at my new LYS and had a blast. Tuesday I just hung out and knit all day with a group that meets there regularly. Wednesday's group has decided to have a First Wednesday Pot Luck and so I joined in the fun there as well. And I also learned to spin which I'm really looking forward to. I totally blame Rabbitch for the spinning though, as it was her comment "This time next year you'll either be dyeing wool or spinning. Trust me on this one" that planted the seed in my head. My first yarn is another pic you'll just have to wait for.

OffLogic is still home, he hasn't been sent out yet and it's starting to really get to him. He's never sat on the bench for this long with no work. Truth be told it's really starting to get to me as well...having him home doing nothing is getting really old. But as least next week we have fun things to look forward to. Tuesday is his birthday and though we don't have plans to do anything special, it will be fun to have him around for it. (not to mention Valentine's Day)

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Super Tuesday

I'm more than a little bummed that I didn't get to vote today. I'm in Arizona so it certainly wasn't because today wasn't primaries day. No, I couldn't vote because I haven't been a registered voter in this county long enough. I registered to vote at the same time I got my drivers license but that was only 2 weeks ago.

But that's ok, I can go ahead and pledge my allegiances here for all to see!

Dolores banner is thanks to Panopticon.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

I'm on Ravelry!

I got my invite to Ravelry about a week ago and have been having so much fun there. There is so much to see and learn that I've been spending a fair amount of time there. Thanks to many of the projects I've seen there, my list of must-knits has gotten quite a bit longer and I've veered from my usual 1 knit project at a time. At the moment I only have these two started but that'll probably change today.

If I can drag myself away from the computer long enough I'll at least cast on for a cabled purse today with some Noro that I fell in love with a while back.