Monday, January 22, 2007

Winter has arrived.

We spent the weekend up north and the "boys" got to play in the snow. Thank goodness. Even the 80 year old neighbor was happy to have "playmates". Nothing like whiney grown men complaining about the lack of snow in which to play in. I spent the weekend sewing since I came up with the brilliant idea to take my daughter's sewing machine up north as a spare for projects here and there. Here and there turned into the whole weekend of me fabbing up curtains to replace the hideous 70's orange/brown numbers that have been gracing those windows since I-don't-know-when. Most of the back room has been transformed. That's the bad part about having a "hunter's" cabin. All the wives from previous generations clean house by sending all of their "perfectly fine" curtains, furniture, dishes, etc. up north with the men and because they have no fashion sense they hang it, use it, and don't know any better. I'm not turning this into a girly place by any means, the new curtains are a plain milkshake brown, but at least they're new, clean and don't require batteries for the colors. Plus 2/3 of the membership approved them so we're all set.

All that sewing did cramp my otherwise planned weekend of knitting in front of the fireplace, watching chick flicks to my heart's content, but I did manage to do a little. I did 2 rows on Peacock to test out my new magnetic chart holder from Knit Picks. It worked well, but it's kinda small and if I had spent more time looking I could have picked a slightly larger version based on dimensions. But I still made it work. I also received my Knit Picks yarn on Friday so I can start the Corset T from Annie M, but I chose to leave it behind to make myself finish Tempting before casting on something new. Such restraint. Speaking of I also attached the sleeves to Tempting and am about 1/2 way thru the 5" of knitting for the yoke. I know, the colors look terrible, you're just gonna have to take my word on it, it's a beautiful rich deep red.
I can't wait to do the Audrey neckline for this sweater, it's going to look fab! I also whipped out one dishcloth for my self-imposed obligatory knitting for the cabin. I found a pattern that uses reverse yarn-overs without creating a hole so I got just a nice square non-holey dish cloth. I'll have to work on a larger version though, cuz the 43 stitch ones aren't wide enough for my liking.

That was it on the knitting front. I'm off to exercise tonight since I'm down to teaching one night a week and it's up to me to exercise on the "off" nights if I'm gonna look decent in my swim suit for the cruise next month. 17 days and counting!!

Have a great Monday!!

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Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Another FO!

Go check out my FO's page. Another one is finished!


Thursday, January 04, 2007

Happy New Year! 2007

Ok, I already have a headache and I've only been back to work for a few hours. This is not cool.

Actually, I can't complain. We had a wonderful time up north even without a single solitary speck of snow! I knitted. I slept as late as I wanted. I napped. I engaged in a few cocktails. I watched movies. It was the BEST vacation. And now I'm back at work. {sigh} Oh well, it was bound to end.

I did do some knitting while in the woods. I reincarnated the ever-elusive Peacock shawl. After frogging back to the last chart (I'm SO glad I was smart enough-insecure enough in my own ability to read a chart-to install a lifeline) I have now moved past where I was at the point of error detection (one too many YO's gone astray) and feel like I'm actually grasping the whole chart thing. I am also employing stitch markers (after 80 rows of not) to keep better track of the pattern repeats. Say it with me. DUH! I know, I'm a slow learner and that should have been a no-brainer.
Here's an FO for you too.

I know, it's dark and poor quality. It's my camera phone though, don't even get me started on where MY/OUR digital camera is. I've surrendered it, to sit lifeless on a book shelf cuz I've heard ONE TOO MANY TIMES, "it's OUR camera but she's always using it to take knitting pictures". I'm buying MY OWN. And, I may not even help him figure out to use HIS. So there.

Anyway, back to the FO, this is my mom's shawl. It's a surprise and I'm hoping to give it to her this weekend. This is Karabella's New Magic in a gold/beigey/white colorway. Very pretty and incredibly soft. I can't wait to start mine in a metallic sage green color. Perhaps in time for my upcoming cruise. Oh, didn't I mention that before? You see, at our company Christmas party my boss decided to surprise the retiring partner (my future FIL) with a cruise. He invited all the 10 year guys to attend such cruise. Since my guy has been around since the company's inception, I'm IN!! Too cool or what?!! So, I have now until about February 1 to plan my cruise wardrobe and to incorporate hand knits wherever possible. Since we're going to Cozumel, I won't be needing any sweaters, but I'm working on Tempting out of DB Cashmerino Aran and since it's short sleeved but still full-coverage it might just be perfect for those overly A/C'd formal dinners on board ship. And speaking of DB, I absolutely love this yarn. I'm about 10" into a 2x2 ribbing and this stuff doesn't split, doesn't twist, and generally behaves exactly as it should. It's great! I will definitely use this product again in the future.

Happy New Year everyone. I hope that you find whatever happiness you are looking for!

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