Sunday, June 24, 2007

Summer Love

I love summer! The pool is ready, being enjoyed by all. Joe is working in his garden. I call it his garden because he does all of the work. I call it our salsa garden, because it mostly consists of tomatoes, peppers and onions.
Made two batches of strawberry jellie today - only kind Joey eats. He went and picked 5 quarts for me.

The cascade fixation socks are done. I used a roll top and a star toe.
Tiffany loves them! They are very comfy - maybe I'll make myself a
pair one of these days.

The camouflage hat is done. It's a bDay present for an undisclosed recipient.
Isn't the model cute! She just sits there and poses - definitely not camera shy!

I started a new pair of socks - they will take me a while - there is a chart for
every row. The yarn is from Yarn Pirate, and I could not find the ball band
to get the exact color name. It is a merino/blue faced leister blend.
The Pattern is from Favorite Socks - Merino Lace Socks page 39. I am not
so sure the pattern will come thru on this colorway so I may be ripping. After
only 5 rows, it's too soon to tell if I like the yarn or not. I purchased the yarn
from The Loopy Ewe.

I have also started another sweater. It is from Winter 2006 Interweave Knits
- Refined Raglin. It is a very simple design which I needed for this yarn. It has
a hem in the bottom which I love. It was much easier than I thought. I followed
Caroline's advice and it went really quick - no provisional cast on for me!
The yarn is from the Hemlock fiber arts festival - it is sport weight
from a little place called "Times Remembered" They do not have a website.
The yarn is prime alpaca. I have never knit with anything so soft or luxurious
before. And reasonable priced! $19.50 for 600 yards. I purchased three
skeins to make a sweater, but will have plenty of yarn left over for a hat or
socks or whatever. It is so soft, Joe wants me to make underwear - enough said!
The colorway is called Nutmeg. It is a brown/black/tan combo. This is my brainless

Have a good week

Monday, June 18, 2007


The sweater is 98.7% done. I just have to sew the underarms together. I love the fit, though a bit longer than I wanted.

The hat is done.

The 2nd sock is ready to start the star toe.

The entrelac project is ready to be finished, directions are a little fuzzy so I'll have to wait
until class on Tuesday night.

I have swatched for a new sweater. I'm not sure what the sweater
will look like yet. Very plain. When I show you a picture of the yarn, you'll agree.

Other Stuff:

Our pool is open and being enjoyed by all.

The flowers are soooo beautious this year, but they do need a little rain.

Father's day was fun.

Pictures next post.

Happy Monday!!!

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Three Almost FO's

Three almost FO's to report on:

Sweater - the white string at top is coming off. I have to sew up underarms and sew bottom side seams together. I loved doing this sweater. Made from Rowan Felted Tweed. My own design.

The slip stitch hat is very close to completion. I have to switch to
dpn's because I'm running out of stiches, and then sew up all of the
ends. There are lots and I saved them ALL for the end. What was I thinking!

One fixation sock done, the 2nd one has the heel turned.
I am using this pattern: I used Star toe and a roll top.

This means that following my rule of not more than three projects going
at once, I can start three new projects.
Taking an entrelac class next two Tuesdays - I have to miss the first one
due to work - dam! I want to make a Lady Eleanor shawl....

It has been a busy two weeks here. We had a mini surprise 70th party
for my mom and a mini birthday party for Joe. I forgot my camera at
mom's party - here are a few of Joe's.

He wanted a cherry cake so that's what he got. Does he look
excited or what? Can you tell he puts up with this just for me?

Joe's mom and our friend Lydia - Lydia lives in Florida and comes to stay
with joe's mom in the summer for two months. They have been friends
since gradeschool.

My mom and dad - can you tell they're still in love after
47 years of marriage (and a couple glasses of wine!)

Tiffany cleaned all day so the house wasn't a wreck whem Company
came - Thanks, Tiff.

Have a fun week....