Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Hey Ya'll, Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Well, Katie's left for school...again. It's hard to believe she's entering the back end of her second year.

It seems that I've started many, many projects of late so now I have to buckle down and finish...something at least.

First on the list is the Doctor's Bag from "Knit 2 Together" for Katie. If you haven't seen this book you really should. There are several things on my to-do list (and several more on my daughter's!) Here's one side and part of the back; I also have the bottom done. The texture of the herringbone pattern is beautiful done in the Manos. We're using color #66, Cherry:

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Now I know I've posted these little felted bags before but this time they're finished with their pretty gold buttons and living with their recipients. They're Lamb's Pride worsted weight:

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And, at last, my first pair of mittens. I LOVE THEM in thier Big Mexiko Superwash, color 7956:

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As far as the rest of the lot goes, there's a lace scarf being worked in sock-weight, hand painted wool I picked up on eBay, a cable sampler Aran afghan (as seen on Knitty Gritty) and the beginning of a sweater waiting to be frogged.

My friends (Nancy and Lore) and I drove to Barnegat, NJ on Saturday to visit our other friend (Judy) who has retired back to the homeland. It was a long but wonderful day! We drove up in style since the BF loaned me his Cadillac (my radio is broken and I couldn't face dragging my pals 500 miles without the background noise.) The development Judy and her Mom, Mary, moved to is just great. The house is beautiful and only 20 minutes to the beach!! We even got to visit the Barnegat Lighthouse! And then, we got to do our Christmas!! Christmas in January...nothing like making the season last!!


Thursday, January 18, 2007

Much Ado About Something, January 18, 2007

Woo-hoo!!! I received a lovely package from my Secret Pal yesterday!!

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The goodies are from Ruby Sapphire Yarns. This is their "Painted by Sam" 100% merino wool in the Harmony colorway. Here's a closer picture (although the photography is somewhat lacking):

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Isn't it pretty! PLUS - my package had Skittles in it! I love Skittles!!

Thank you, Secret Pal!

Last but not least, here is a picture of the lovely cuff Katie made. I can't recall the yarn right now but it's very pretty with a shiny thread running through it. Since it's white I sure hope it's washable!

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Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Wednesday, January 10, 2007 Baby, it's Cold Out There!

After so many days of above average temperatures this 30 degree day feels like a deep freeze.

A little amusement for you all:

You are The High Priestess

Science, Wisdom, Knowledge, Education.

The High Priestess is the card of knowledge, instinctual, supernatural, secret knowledge. She holds scrolls of arcane information that she might, or might not reveal to you. The moon crown on her head as well as the crescent by her foot indicates her willingness to illuminate what you otherwise might not see, reveal the secrets you need to know. The High Priestess is also associated with the moon however and can also indicate change or fluxuation, particularily when it comes to your moods.

What Tarot Card are You?
Take the Test to Find Out.

Oh, BTW, Katie's cabling!! Can entrelac be far behind?!?!

Friday, January 05, 2007

Allow me to backtrack a bit... December 25, 2006 - January 5, 2007...Happy New Year!

Once again it's been a while since I've written. I have no excuses so I won't bother trying to make any up.

Katie and I had a very nice Christmas. We were joined by my little sister, Susan, who lives with her husband Michel outside of Dallas. He couldn't come because he's already used up all of his vacation visiting his family in France. :-( My sister Ellen and her family spent the day entertaining 14 adults and many children in thier Durham, NC home. Better them than me.

K, S, and I spent the day taking a lovely walk, opening gifts, cooking, and drinking wine! We made a really great Italian dish that I hadn't had since S was in high school. It's called Arancini...balls of risotto rice and parmesan cheese stuffed with a mixture of ground beef, peas and tomato sauce. The balls are then rolled in bread crumbs and deep fried. Serve with more of the tomato sauce and you are in heaven! It really took me back. I don't have any Arancini pictures but I did take one of our desserts!

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What you see are my lemon-cranberry cookies, Katie and my snowfall coconut cupcakes and Susan and Katie's Croquembouche! GORGEOUS!!

Also on Christmas Day, Katie decided it was time for her to learn how to knit!! Yippee!! She did a very nice swatch of garter/stockinette stitch. The chick knits as evenly as a machine. And unlike many newbies, it's not too tight! her next efforts were a hot pink ribbed skiband and a cover for her new (video) iPod! See below:

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Her current project is a wristband made in the herringbone stitch from Alterknits by Leigh Radford!! I am SOOOO proud. Can you tell? :-)

I finished up the shrug K picked out last month. The ribbon yarn is the very pretty Shimmer by Crystal Palace in "Straw Into Gold" (black with a gold fleck).

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On the 27th I planned to put the dog in the car and drive up to NJ to visit Dad and Auntie Anna for a couple of days. What do they say about the best laid plans? My poor old dog couldn't get into the car - even when I made him a little ramp. Instead of the drive I jumped on the train and just stayed for the day. We had dinner from a small Italian restaurant in town (take out, of course) and I fixed my Dad's Internet. It was broken! LOL! I still haven't received an email from him. I sure do hope he didn't break the Internet again!!!

That's about it...back at work...back to Sit and Knit...back to life after a super 1 1/2 weeks off!
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