Saturday, November 29, 2008

It's snowing!

With any luck, some will stick and it will be good snow for sledding tomorrow!

It hasn't added up to much yet~!

And just because:

CeeVee says: "Who cares if it's snowing out! I'm going back to sleep."

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving ... and some stuff

Happy Thanksgiving everyone. It's been kind of uneventful today. This morning it started snowing shortly after we woke up. I was hoping we would get enough snow to go sledding. No suck luck.

No knitting updates though :-)

We ate about 1ish. It was delish, as always. I don't cook any of the big family meals. That is something my MIL still does and she does a fabulous job of it. We are gearing up for shopping tomorrow, but now the game plan has changed a little bit. Now I'm not sure what the plan is. But rest assured I will probably be up early. I don't mind getting up early. It's how the other people act that bugs me. Last year it really bugged me, but I don't think I will let it get to me this year.

I thought I had a game plan on giftgiving this year. I think that's out the window too. But the plus to that is that instead of working on that stuff I can work on the MS KAL 4 shawl and the Seascape stole. Who knows, maybe I will get some spinning in. I haven't spun in ages.

I've seen that a lot of people are writing what they are thankful. I often thing about what I'm thankful for but I've never felt the need to write it down. It's more like a mental list I check everyday. Certainly I am grateful for everything I have and my health and the health of everyone I know. I feel better and more sure about things than I did even a month ago.

I've had this past week off. I've enjoyed it for the most part but I wish I had gotten more knitting time in. But I'm really glad to have got a break from work. Things have been a bit stressful there and lets leave it at that :-).

Saturday, November 15, 2008

A FO and a couple of books

This week I decided to make An Unoriginal Hat, a pattern by the Yarn Harlot. Quick knit! I decided to do this for the transitional KAL in The Bunker group on Ravelry. I was going to make it for DH but ended up keeping it for myself. Naturally I have *one* mistake in it. It's my first cabling pattern. I enjoyed it for the most part and can definitaly see myself making another one. However, it is a bit snug. I made it on U.S. 10.5 DPNs and used Debbie Bliss cashmerino chunky. Oh it is so soft! I know she said that to make it bigger use bigger needles. Would that work?

I got "Dewey" the library cat book from the library this week. I haven't had a chance to really get into it. I've read the first chapter. I can't wait to finish it though.

I have also started listening to "Twilight." I'm on chapter 9; end of disc four on the audio books. I'm waiting for something *big* to happen in this book. So far the main guy has rescued the girl twice and confessed to an ability. *sigh* The book is very descriptive though. And the main guy is sooooo beautiful, lol. My boss is already tired of hearing me mumble about this book and I just started listening to it yesterday.

I'm still working on the Seascape stole. I'm about halfway through the last repeat.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Progress ~ Seascape stole

Okay, there's a little bit of drama to this project. I was going full tilt on this when I realized that I had messed something up. I set it down cause I didn't have the brain power to think on it. When things cooled down I went back to it and realized that I had no clue where I was in the repeat. I fretted. I put it back down. I worked on something else. I picked it up, ripped it back a bit. Set it down. Pondered what I should do. I didn't want to rip it all the way back, especially once I realized had more than half of it done.

I figured "I can do this." So I sat down for a couple hours with it one night last week and worked it all out. And I did it! I figured out where I was in the pattern. Once I finished the 4th repeat I stuck a lifeline in there and haven't looked back.

I am now on row 15 of the 5th repeat. This project has been a treat for sure. I kind of wish now I hadn't made it in acrylic yarn, but it makes it easier for me to give as a gift since I know someone can wash it and not shrink it or ruin it.

Here is a horribly exposed image that shows the detail of the design. I was looking at the designers patterns on Ravelry and he has designed some really gorgeous stuff. His Web site is here.

FO ~ Bellatrix socks

One of my dear friends asked me to make her a pair of socks. She chose Bellatrix socks. It took me a lot longer than I anticipated but my friend was a good sport about the whole thing. She's an artist so she knows good things take time.

I was a good girl and I swatched for gauge first. I got gauge on the bigger U.S. 1 DPN's

The drop stitch took me a little bit to get. Since I have never done a pattern on two circs the pattern "recipe" kind of stumped me. But I made some adjustments and made it work. Now that I feel comfortable doing that to a pattern there are a few things I would do differently next time to a pattern that is not set up for DPN's. Oh process of learning :-)

I used trekking xxl sock yarn UPC# 172927. I had the ball band stashed away. DS got into my knitting stuff and now I can't find it. You can find this at Webs.

Yikes it's November

Where is the time going? As I sit here it's foggy outside and supposed to rain. Most of the leaves have fallen off the trees and any nice day I try to get out with DS and enjoy it.

No snow yet, thankfully. I'm not ready for that.

A lot of stuff has gone on. Work stuff I should say. But in the end it's the same.

Home life is still great.

I'm still plodding along on the same few things. I'm making a list for Christmas knitting. Hopefully will get it all done. :-)