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29.1.09

Oooommmmm...

I'm still in the yoga zone. I wore earplugs today. I think the music's too loud. I can still hear, though. I also took off my glasses, which helped me focus on my positions and not my reflection!
The Montauk is coming along fine. I added a couple of rows to the beginning of the body. The chunky yarn is perfect for the small, I'll get a little more room for the girls without it being over sized. I gave up the Kilimanjaro because I was drawing a blank knitting the lace, and it's really easy. It's okay, I'll get to it soon. St. B. is a big hit and I'm wearing it to coffee tomorrow so Zinnea Bouquet can see it.
Gnomette's friend, Seamus O'Gnome, is knitted but needs his felting bath today.
Today's th
e first day in a long time I don't have to be anywhere! Yea!

28.1.09

My horoscope

Below is my horoscope for today. It must be a reminder to finish my WIPs before moving on to other projects...riiiiight...obviously this horoscope wasn't written by a knitter! I have Kilimanjaro on hold and started Montauk. The Araucania is knitting up beautifully. The photos below are from the Diabetes Walk at the Mall of America on the 24th. It was a lot of fun. We stopped at the sculpture garden for some quick photos (brrrr...).

January 28, 2009 Virgo Virgo (8/23-9/22) Before you get involved in any new project, competition or relationship today, you need to put things on pause -- take another long look at the last project, competition or relationship you were involved in. There are some loose ends that still need to be tied up in a neat little bow. Make sure you finish it up completely before starting on something new. You know that you've got to close that door before you will be totally ready to open up another one.



23.1.09

Fab FO

Finally, I can call St. Brigid...FINISHED! I seamed the neckband a few minutes ago and took a quick photo, although it isn't the greatest at least you can see it's on my body. Feels good, too. The yarn is DK weight so it's not overly heavy. I get to test drive it today and I'll wear it to Friendship Friday at the shop tonight. I found the snow photo I wanted to post the other day. I took a photo of my shadow. Oh, the sun came out to shine on my new FO!!!

21.1.09

Cozy day

Thankfully I don't have to be anyplace until later today (bells). I can get some things done around the house and paper work (my least favorite thing to do!). A fire might be nice later this morning. It's gray and quiet today, which is nice. Mom and I watched the inauguration yesterday and we sang along with the national anthem. She was very enthusiastic and we had fun. Having been through a few presidents, this one stands out like Kennedy for me. I came home for lunch and sat in front of the TV and had a bowl of tomato soup and a toasted cheese sandwich watching Kennedy being sworn in. It's nice to see hope and a festive atmosphere for a change in Washington, although I know the honeymoon will end at some point! For now it's a welcome change.
I've finished knitting the green-clad gnome and need to felt him today. I swatched the Araucania yarn for the cardigan and it's going to be nice. I had to drop needle size because the yarn is heavy worsted/chunky. I'm knitting the small, so that's okay. Poor St. B. has the neckband clipped on and ready to sew. I don't know why I'm dragging on this project. I want to wear it, but can't seem to get it done! We'll see how today goes... In the meantime--some winter photos for your viewing pleasure.

16.1.09

Little projects

Gnomette made her debut when I went to Friendship Friday at the LYS. The mushroom was a hit, too. I'm making her a friend. It was really cold again today, starting out at -22. When I left the shop it was +7 and snowing.
We have the weekend to ourselves. Angelika is in New York for the long weekend. I'm catching up on some housework and such.
My second spinning class is set for February. I'm an
xious to do that again.
I finished knitting a friend for Gnomette. He's dressed in dark green. I'm thinking he might be a little bit Irish...

15.1.09

It was so cold...

It was so cold...Starbucks was serving coffee on a stick! Brrrr...it is cold. I was on my way to yoga when the temp on my car mirror read -21. That was the low. It's -11 and I can feel a big difference--NOT. Just kidding, for me heat is worse than cold. We have a mini-thaw next week and I figure with temps in the 30s we'll have to break out the summer clothing and grill some burgers and brats!
I finished my red Aran Tam II. I love it. It's just warm enough and so soft. My Mom said the old ladies used to make them for kids when she was a little girl, which would have been in the 1920s.
I also finished knitting my gnomette. I hand felted her in the kitchen sink and it went quickly. I'm shredding some Lamb's Pride bulky for her hair. I'll needle felt that on and then fix her face. I Swiss darned a heart on her hat before I felted her. It looks cute. The Valentine in the photo is one I got as a kid.
Time for jammies and knitting!

11.1.09

Yarnie

Well, all I can say is that I lasted almost 10 days without buying any yarn. However, I did use a gift card, and with my discount the price dropped dramatically. It's Araucania Nature Wool Chunky in color 206 and yes, I have a project in mind, thank you very much! Doesn't the colorway look great on me? Cripes! I couldn't wait to wear the stuff! The pattern I'll use is Montauk by Kim Dolce. It's a nice little cardi and I'll have fun with this project when I finish a few projects. It's in the queue. The second Aran Tam is coming along. I started the cables at class today. Love the red. Just pretend the hat in the photo is red...

10.1.09

Roc on!


I know I'm a bit late with Roc Day, but I like this little tidbit for all you spinning fans out there. My buddy, Joanne is having spinners over to celebrate. I'm with them in spirit!

I'm going through my knitting bags and organizing my tools and project yarn. Every once in a while I have to do that. The larger bags get so darned heavy. Right now the little projects are another tam in red and a gnome. I can easily take those with me to class tomorrow!


9.1.09

Catch up (do you want fries with that?)

I'm actually home today and because I'm in front of the 'puter, I'm not getting anything done! I've decided to make St. B.'s underarm seam a bit smoother--no frogging for me! It just needed to sit for a few days. I'll probably do the neckband cable again. I don't like the seam and I think in my rush to finish I went beyond 8 rows on a cable or two--grrr...
I like the way you block a tam on the dinner plate! Look closely at my photo, you can see my cool new glasses!
In the meantime, I finished the Aran Tam from One Skein WondeIrs. I'd never used Berroco's Ultra Alpaca. It's a dream to knit with, and is so soft on the head. No scratching! I love my little pom pom. The one in the book is too big and looks sloppy. There is a mistake in the chart on rows 7 and 8. It's easy to correct and I had no problems with the pattern.
Kilimanjaro is progressing (I didn't think about all the ends to weave when it's done--as usual I was seduced by the colors!).
We're supposed to get snow today. I just saw a flake float by! Better get some more firewood! I'll miss Friendship Friday today. Angelika has errands and Jim is involving me in Gray Wolf. Since I don't have my scout shirt anymore I have to wear his XL and it needs to be tucked in--that should be interesting!

4.1.09

New beginnings...

We started our new year off with a brisk snowshoe hike at the golf course. It was really nice and sunny (and chilly). The snow was undisturbed except for the cross country ski tracks and critter prints. Jim took us under a tunnel near the tracks, which ended up by Main Street. Not bad, but we decided to hike across the lake/swamp to the car. The reeds were my height and I followed the guys, but had some problems staying upright. (QUACK!) By the time we got past the lake, I'd taken off my vest, jacket, scarf, hat, and mittens! Whew, that was work. We walked about 2 1/2 miles (a fat-burning pace).
Ben is back at school and Angelika (a German Amity) moved in yesterday. She works with the German language class at the high school.
I sewed St. Brigid together and I have to make a decision...because I added the extra rows to the sleeves, I don't like the underarm. I can solve this two ways--stitch a "cleaner" line to make an attractive transition OR take the sleeves out and reknit them. I'll have to take some time with this one.
The Kilimanjaro is started,
and while the lace is easy to knit, I have to focus--not the project to take to Friendship Fridays! I'll stick to gnomes!