Wednesday, August 31, 2005

it's been a while...

Well I finally have a few minutes to post. Work has been hectic...huge project with deadlines and lots of overtime. The dog sare happy, most of the time. And I truly forgot how much attention puppies really need. Whoa, am I tired!

I need to send a very special thank you to my secret pal. She sent a wonderful package I received in the mail today. The book, Simple Knits with a Twist. I'll soon have to start adding other types of materials to my stash: wire, ribbon, tulle, rope. Thank you once again for being such a wonderful pal.

And thanks to all of you for the wonderful comments on my shawl. I've had a very slow knitting summer, so I'm pretty happy that I actually finished something. I've decided to devote Septemeber to finishing up my WIPs. I know I've said it before, but hopefully I'll get it done.

If any of y'all were in the middle of the storm, I hope you and your families are safe. And I hope the rest of the hurricane season, is a mild one

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

the continental gryffindor

Thanks so much for all the sweet comments about my pup. Mandy should be blushing by all the attention, especially from the strangers that come up to us from off the street. I think it has something to do with the ears...

So far she's been quite a handful. Pretty good, most of the time.

As for my knitting, I've decided to change the way I knit. I want to pick, not throw. I want to knit intarsia and fair isle. I want to knit faster. Unfortunately my fingers aren't very cooperative, but what I've got so far, I like. A ribbed Harry Potter blanket scarf.


Here it is. Finally.

Pattern: Perfect Pie Shawl by Veronik Avery in Weekend Knitting
Yarn: Dyed Dreams Merino/Mohair Blend (from MDS&W)
Needles: US 10.5


close up

Thursday, August 11, 2005

keeping busy...

as always, and as usual, not with my knitting. Although I did finish my shawl, it's blocked and ready to be photographed. Yay! I've also started some new projects, a purse like ipod holder, an atypical Harry Potter scarf, and the beginning of some felted bags, which I just may use as Holiday presents. I'm working my way through the stash, so hopefully soon I can indulge in some new fibers soon.

I can't believe Fall is just around the corner. If I weren't buying school supplies, I would've been shocked at the geese I saw today. Flying south in their V- formation. Gosh, it must be cold somewhere. Or maybe they're just practicing. My knowledge of birds and their migratory patterns are somewhat limited.

Oh and there's some thing else that's been keeping me busy...
meet Mandy, my new purling puppy...

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A very special THANK YOU to everyone who has ordered from our Cafe Press Store. We really appreciate it!

Saturday, August 06, 2005

got gauge?

We all know how important it is to get gauge for a knitting project. Well now you can get the merchandise. All profits will go toward the purchase of a Knitting Basket at Heifer International. Not bad, eh? Many thanks to Cara for all of her help.

So grab a button, and get some stuff...

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

almost an FO

Almost. Hopefully, I'll have enough yarn to finish this thing. I've calculated the amount of yarn needed, but I don't know if I'll make it. I've a got a gauge swatch that I'm prepared to rip, just in case I need a little bit more. So I'm pressently in the midst of anxiety knitting. I bought only one skein. Hand dyed from MDS&W. Very unlikely I'll find another. Hindsight is horrible...

I'm still a bit tired from the weekend. I've been dealing with a sick doggie. Let's just say it's been an somewhat of an explosive weekend. Not much fun. Although finding the half eaten carcasses of several cicadas, saved us from a trip to Pet ER. I forgot there are still some of the bugs that come out every year.

Michele has tagged me for the idiosyncrasy meme. As soon as I narrow down my list, I just may share them with you all. Just promise you'll still come back if I scare you...

Many many thanks to Julie for the beautiful crane origami fold...
that's my almost FO in the background...

It has certainly brightened up my day...and it's inspired me to learn origami...Thank you!
seated crane with jasmine blossoms