Sunday, July 29, 2007

Knowing When to Cut the Cord.........

Sometimes it takes us a while to know when to cut the cord and sometimes, it's obvious.
Mystery Project 3 is one of the times when it took me a while.....I would knit 3 or 4 rows
perfectly then mess up - take it to Village Yarn Shop and miracle worker Van would fix
it for me. Then I'd do another 10 or 12 rows and have to take it to Van (and sometimes Paula)....but when I got to row 99 and made a mistake I figured enough is enough. Van and Paula are great encouragement and help, but I can't go thru this whole process with them fixing me up!
So, I shut my eyes, took the sissors, and cut the yarn.

I had sooo much fun doing this. I loved doing the lace, the beads and the yarn is amazing!
I feel obsessed. I started another shawl that turned out to be disasterous for other reasons.
So this weekened I browsed thru books galore trying to find a shawl that I could do, and that would make me feel challenged. I finally resorted to a pattern book with lace patterns.
I think I may have found something - but I have to do the math. I will definately, do a shawl,
but will take me time and enjoy it .....

By the way, the Mystery Project is going to be amazing for those that finish. The pattern was not that hard, it was just me.

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This was a big birthday weekend for --- me!
Lots of family, boating and food!
Too much food!
The kids were around - a lot! Which was fab.

Thanks to all that made it special for me.

And by the way, I'm still fourtysomething - for a few more years anyway!

Will post some pictures this week....have a good one....and stay safe.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Cat Days of Summer

A picture of the finished blue sweater. A little bunchy, sleeves a tad bit longer thanI wanted, but notice how the stripes on the arms and body line up! This was a very fun project to knit once I got past the design at the bottom, which was ripped numerous times.

The MP3 project is coming along nicely. I have hit a little snag and will hopefully get that fixed tomorrow.

Isn't summer grand.....up all night, sleep all day..... I wish I could take advantage of the "cat" days of summer.....

Monday, July 9, 2007

Mystery Project 3

I have joined the craziness known as MP3 - Mystery Project 3. A gal named Melanie has created a project and gives you clues (part of a pattern) each week until the project is done. It is a "stole" (shawl). I saw this project on Yarn Harlot website and decided to check it out. There are 6695 people around the world knitting this project - sign up ended on Friday. Apparently so many people were signing up / posting we "broke" yahoo for a bit. I picked this yarn for my project, even though Melanie suggested black or white to keep with the "theme" of the project. There have been several guesses as to the theme. There is some kind of face or object appearing in the stole. I can see a definite face, but not sure if that will continue as the project grows.

I have not started my project yet, am waiting for my beads to arrive in the mail. Yes, this project has beads! I ordered mine from Ellen at Earthfaire. I found out about Ellen from Knitty a year or so ago, and when I placed my order she sent several samples for me to try, along with a lovely hand written note. It's all about customer service people!!!

Current projects:
I have finally finished the blue Rowan Felted Tweed Sweater and will have pictures soon.

Brown sweater - have finished body up to the arm holes, and have started first sleeve.

"Fancy" socks - have completed first repeat of leg pattern. So far am loving the result and
will not be ripping unless I make mistakes. If you remember I was not sure how I would
like the yarn/pattern combination.

It's going to be a hot one today in Western New York - yea! That's what summer is all about!!!

If you get hot, close your eyes, and remember February when you were shoveling all of that snow from the steps and scraping your windshield - that will cool ya off in a hurry.

Have a good week - stay safe.

Saturday, July 7, 2007

KnitPicks Sale - Books 40% Off - Yippee

Knitting book sale - 40% Off at KnitPicks.....

I did have to splurge a little and purchased Couture Knits

Sunday, July 1, 2007

Raspberry Season

What season is it???? Raspberry Season!

Stephanie had just a couple - can you tell they are juicy????

It is sooo cold here in Western NY today, did not get out of the 60's and
a cold wind - it was a great day for drying wash, but not for swimming.

I did not get to knit much this week; I am trying to have a life outside
of knitting and work! Did a little gardening and swimming (on the
warm days). This is a picture of the Alpaca sweater....I am about 5/8 of the
way thru the body.

Progress on the sock is slow. I am trying not to screw
up the pattern.

An amazing sunset from earlier this week. This time of year is sooo beautiful.

Not much planned for the 4th of July because we both have to work
Tuesday and Thursday. Have a wonderful week, and wherever you are,
be safe.