Friday, August 20, 2010

I guess I need to prove that I really do knit, and get FO's!

This summer has been a long one with some knitting happening, but not a lot (the story of my life) and of course there are other things I want to do. Like this Quilt-a-long is done, but the instructions are there! I have plenty of fabric and my sewing machine gathering dust in a corner of my craft room.

I also have finally located the instructions for this lovely cross-stitch which I have moved around and misplaced for years (I used to be a fairly avid cross-stitcher, and I still enjoy it but I found knitting more versatile for usable FOs. I have a couple of kits in a box I mean to do.) I also havea gift card for Michael's, which means I can spend it on cross-stitch stuff and then use whatever is left for any knitting supplies I need but don't yet have..

This summer we went off to NS for a week for a family reunion. It was wonderful to see everyone who could make it from Mom's immediate family (all 32 of us, Mom's from a big family!) as well as spend some time at the beach and doing just a little sight seeing.

Did I finish the Mystic Waters? Well, I realized I wasn't going to do the full size version, but I did finish the smaller version (leaving with with enough yarn for another shawl also of course!)

I didn't take any pictures of it out East, but I got some while wandering at home.
Spread out

I also picked up some souvenirs while wandering in NS. A new skein of Fleece Artist, some Zauberball and a darning egg (which I need because my favourite socks I knit are already getting holey.. I know there are other options but how could I pass up a handmade darning egg as a souvenir? Useful and memorable!)

Nova Scotia Souvenirs

Note: I didn't realize they were similar colours until I got back home.. I bought the Zauberball on my first day there at The Loop Cafe and the Fleece Artist the last day back just before our flight at LK Yarns, both in Halifax.

Now that I've proved I CAN finish items.. I need to get cracking!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

I'm sorry, I can't help myself..

Not a lot of knitting happening here. Life constantly gets in the way. Picking at the Mystic Waters shawl slowly but steadily though. Decided I don't have time to do the large version so I'll do the small and should be done by the time it's vacation as long as I stay the course. 60% done and a month away.. can I do it? Yes I can! Betcha once I finish it stops raining.. hopefully the mystic part isn't me making it rain, I'd have a loooot of people mad at me..

In other things, I came across this joke today and I just had to share:

A highway patrolman pulled alongside a speeding car on the freeway. Glancing at the car, he was astounded to see that the blonde behind the wheel was knitting!

Realizing that she was oblivious to his flashing lights and siren, the trooper cranked down his window, turned on his bullhorn and yelled, 'PULL OVER!'

'NO!' the blonde yelled back, 'IT'S A SCARF!'

Tomorrow should be fun as I am off to the yarn tasting at the LYS. Can't wait!!

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Hmm what to update?

So much happening all the time, busy with new friends and old and keeping things sane around the house, but I do manage to squeeze in some knitting now and again!

What's on the needles?

Fiddlehead Mittens

Fiddlehead Mittens, I've finished the outside shell of one, and started the second but not gotten too far as I realized I wanted to finish..

Mystic Waters

Mystic Waters before I go on vacation, so I can WEAR it. Velociraptor is in swimming lessons now, so that is a whole block of uninterrupted knitting time while he is in the pool I can sit with my knitting and a coffee. The only problem is, with the charts for the above I prefer it as a home project so I bring along with me something a little more portable..

Sunday Socks

Sunday Swing Socks! Because I have yet to finish a pair since my Saturday Socks (anyone else wondering if there are other days of the week socks? I looked in Ravelry and couldn't find any so I will either need to choose ones and make them for each day of the week or make my own patterns.. hmm..)

And of course because I don't have enough crafts, I was shared a link to this lovely quilt and this quilt along. I have plenty of fabric (mostly cottons) in my bins in my not-yet-set-up sewing room (other bins from my yarn, of course) and I am thinking I need to shuffle my room around, get that darn sewing machine set up and try out some quilting. Just for fun!

I will at some point, not quite this instant though.

And of course today it feels like spring, which has got me thinking of my future garden (the first I'll have that's not just a couple feet of dirt by the front step, good enough only for some pansies and marigolds).

Not enough time for everything!

Oh, and I am debating whether or not to frog Phoenix Rising and start again. There is a MASSIVE MASSIVE mistake in the middle, one even a non-knitter could easily pick out which will only be worse when blocked. So I am seriously considering despite being almost done.

Le sigh.

Saturday, January 02, 2010

First Post of 2010

So it's a new year! I'm hoping this year goes as good as (better in fact, because there were some hiccups that I really, really would rather not have had to deal with.. but I'll manage).

On the crafty front, as always there are lots of plans and no real follow through happening. Which is my own fault being so flibbertigibbet and just busy in general. Plans for this year? Finish the sweater for Velociraptor (thank goodness it's a top down and he's skinny!), finish at least one sweater for myself, one shawl and just really actually finish several projects instead of constantly casting on new ones. I have plenty to keep me busy.

Also, I need to set up the knitting/sewing room. It's currently half unpacked and half boxed up. Mostly organized at least as I know what is in what boxes and the needles and notions are unpacked and in my wardrobe. But this way I can maybe display some things that I otherwise haven't been able to for years.

Of course I am also wanting to do some of my Cross-stitch now that I know where it is. Or mostly. I can't seem to locate one chart for the Alluring Sorceress which I think would just be great to make and put up in my craft room. It's one of the ones that has been floating around my stuff and calling to me but I always forget to go get supplies.. well I got a gift card for Michael's and today was wandering around wondering what to buy there. None of the needles appealed to me, the yarns were okay but nothing really cried out especially since I have what.. two large rubbermaid tubs of other yarns that cry out to me 'knit me!'?

Then I found the cross-stitch aisle. TWO. I don't think I've ever seen that much cross-stitch items in one place before and it got me fired up to do that again. So I went digging and found the charms for the sorceress, but not the chart. I know it's here somewhere.. it will turn up. In the meantime, knitting keeps moving on.