Monday, November 29, 2010

Almost done ~

I'm almost done with these 2009 Birthday socks. Almost time for Jenny's surprisingly stretchy bind off...

I can hardly wait!!!! Casting off socks is magical!! All that hard work, all those hours of knitting on itty bitty needles...and then *poof* they are ready to wear!!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Eggnog and Birthday Socks ~

Remember last Sunday when it was just me, the Clapotis and a Starbucks eggnog latte? Tonight was another Sunday, and Starbucks still has eggnog (yum!) and I had a different project...

Yes, the birthday socks that I cast on on my birthday in 2009...yes, I should be done with them by now, and they are still very lovely....and I still love this yarn, even though I'm knitting on these itty bitty needles...

plus I had some great company tonight to share my hour and a half at Starbucks ~ a perfect evening!!! (are you wondering,"Where is the Clapotis?" well, it is done, and I'm busy letting those pesky stitches run.... I still don't like that part!!!)

Friday, November 26, 2010

Venezia snow ~

I keep hearing voices telling me to get back to the clapotis...but I keep taking stolen moments with the Venezia. The one row pattern is easy, yet looks so lovely in this lavender yarn. Oh-so-soft as well, and I marvel how beautiful it is looking.

I am glad of a snow day to get some knitting in, plus other holiday endeavours that seem to be behind schedule...a chance to play with some silk merino and rosewood needles...ahhhh, good times....

I am wondering if there will be more snow days this week?

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Venezia Vacation ~

Monday night, when I heard there would be a snow day on Tuesday, I thought that I needed a way to celebrate. As I sat in front of our fireplace with the grey/black clapotis on my lap, I realized what I needed.... a Venezia Vacation....

So I found my one ball of Webs Sale Venezia, and I cast on the Yarn Harlot's one row scarf, and I am loving this vacation!!!

P.S. The rosewood needles really help, too!!!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Snow evening ~

We just heard at 8:25 PM that we'll be having a snow day from school on Tuesday! Hurrah for the kids being home! Hurrah for my boss that knows that I'm too scared to drive up and down our big hills in the snow, so if the kids are off on a snow day from school, I stay home too!

As soon as we heard the news, my daughters put on all their winter gear to play outside, and I happened to see my oldest daughter putting this scarf item around her head...sort of looks like a dinosaur tail along the back...a free form knit and crochet piece she made years ago... and I had to get some pictures as she's on the phone making sledding plans for the snow day...

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Eggnog and Clapotis ~

Sunday night knitting at Starbucks, just me and Clapotis...

and an eggnog latte......yummy!!!!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Hats for Snow ~

Our first twinkle of snow on Sunday, and I was thrilled to see one of my sweeties in one of my knitted hats....

Even after she came in from the snow, she was wearing another one that I'd knit for her...a "double hat" kind of day!!!

Beautiful hats, beautiful girl!!! I love it!!!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Harry at Noon ~

On Saturday, the full group that was supposed to see Harry Potter at midnight was able to see the movie at noon.

Of these great outfits being worn, I knit four of the scarves!!! Very wonderful, indeed!

They all loved the movie, and my kids and I loved it even better the second time!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Harry at Midnight ~

Great to see the new Harry Potter movie at the midnight showing.

We all were wearing our great knitted scarves, and they were beautiful!! The movie was super deluxe, and we're going back on Saturday to see it again!!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Clapotis concern ~

I've continued to knit on the clapotis, even though I'm not crazy about how the dropped stitch looks. Yes, I did confer with Jitteryknitter and Marion, and they laughed at my concern. "Keep Knitting!" they said.
"Follow the instructions!" they I mentioned I was thinking of knitting it without dropping all those I am gritting my teeth and knitting....
it is beautiful, except for those dropped stitches....

Monday, November 15, 2010

Arctic Lace ~

I've been thinking of the amazing Qiviuk that my sweet friend, Debbie Doo, sent me from her Alaska trip. She had said I should look into the book Arctic Lace, as it is about the knitters in Alaska, so I put it on hold at the library.... It turned out that Debbie Doo was correct about this book. Such inspiration about the yarn and the amazing women that knit out of this wondrous musk ox fiber. I cast on one of the sample scarf patterns, on my size 5 rosewood needles (big smile there!) and this Qiviuk is like knitting with cobwebs! Once I made it past the first knit row after the cast on, it was easier to knit. This will take me many many many hours of knitting.....

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Can we go back now?

Only a week since we went to the Cascade Yarn warehouse, and I am still marvelling at the lovely yarn I purchased.

Most of it is amazing chunky alpaca, some in deep blue, some in green/black and blue/creme....and 6 skeins in hunter green....and then 3 skeins of EcoAlpaca in a dark chocolate brown.....I think it wants to be a feather and fan shawl....or perhaps the 6 skeins of green want to be a feather and fan shawl...I need to go fishing for some shawl patterns...

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Day Care Done ~

I finished these Day Care socks, and they look great ~ how could something knit out of Malibrigo be anything less than great?

This picture was taken at 2:30 AM, when I finished them... and the colors aren't showing up as the true colors of this glorious yarn....This was some of the yarn I bought in Portland in September...ah.....good times!!!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Veterans' Day ~

If you know someone who has served, or is now serving in our country's Armed Forces, please take a moment to thank them for our continued freedom. I called my dad today, and thanked him again for his service in World War II. I had a great visit with him and mum, and I let him know how grateful I am, and our family is of his service, and all the Veterans that have served, and continue to serve our country.

Here's dad and I (above), Christmas 1969...he's opening his new Corona typewriter!

Here's dad with my sister (above), in 1971...
If you know someone who has served, or is now serving, please take a moment to thank them for our continued freedom.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Lorna Laces Love ~

Lorna Laces Rainbow is my newest love. The colors are so happy and vibrant, even when it is pouring rain in the Pacific Northwest.

Jitteryknitter keeps calling this shawl "clown barf" and I just don't see that (do you?). But she must love it as much as I do, as she's the one knitting it... and it is beautiful!!!!

I see lovely summer rainbows and tropical sunshine and flowers....I love this yarn!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Day Care Socks Day ~

I made great progress on my Day Care Socks this weekend.

I knit on them in Panera Bread, also at 3 different Starbucks....(but you've already seen many pictures of that!)

Monday, November 8, 2010

Sawyer is still lucky ~

Remember Sawyer of here, and here..... He is still very very lucky, as his grandma still knits him treasures.

His birthday was Saturday, and she knit him this lovely hat! He's so lucky!!!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Cascade Tour ~

For those of you familiar with Cascade Yarns, you know they are wonderful. We were lucky this weekend to get a tour of their warehouse in the Pacific Northwest. As the line of a hundred eager ladies filed through the outer office and into the warehouse area, I noticed one of the desks had the typical phone, computer, calendar....and the part that was not typical was the inbox with yarn in it....ahhhh, my dream would be to have yarn in my inbox.....a magical place!

There were boxes and boxes and boxes and boxes of Cascade Yarn....everywhere...The tour guides gave each lady a big plastic bag for our off we went, looking for the treasure in the "open" boxes and then in the bags lined up along all the walls.

There were wonderful yarns in the open boxes on the floor. I fell hard for the Chunky Alpaca, and ended up dumping out my Cash Vero and Cloud 9 in favor of more Chunky Alpaca. I also was talked into some EcoAlpaca of a yummy brown, and am so glad it came home with me.

Here's some of our treasures....too much for the plastic bag!!!!

Here was our favorite sign....
What a great tour!!!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Mystery squares ~

Some mysteries have better clues than other mysteries. This mystery is a blanket with each square is a different stitch pattern, and the knitter doesn't know what it will look like. There have been two sets of patterns, with 4 squares in each set.

We are desperately waiting for the next set of 4 patterns,as we've knitted all of the first two sets. Jitteryknitter is doing a marvelous job of blocking - what a pro!!!

They do look beautiful ~ great choice of colors, Marion! The 4 that I've knit have been fun to knit.....(well, Chandler has not been as fun as the first 3 that I knit....)

Monday, November 1, 2010

Halloween heels ~

While waiting for trick or treaters, I was able to turn both heels on the day-care socks.

They look great! The yarn is so beautiful!