Monday, April 28, 2008

I Have Been Remiss...

Much to my dismay, I just realized that I did not give proper on-line THANKS and Boy Am I Lucky to Have Friends Like This Greetings to Viv and Rachael.

Both of these most marvelous individuals took the time to make me socks. Yes, this is a case of knitters knitting for knitters, but in the big picture, who better to appreciate the time effort and love that goes into knitting socks.

So first we have in a very most scrumptious rich color of Compari and Orange from Wollmeise are the Nutkin socks that Viv knit for me. I must admit, it was in return for getting her some Chewy Spaghetti Yarn from the Loopy Ewe, but I digress....

Then we have my Lovely Purple Lace Cuff Socks from Rachael. Infact these are the inspiration for my current Peaks and Valley Cuff Sock that I am working on. I might add that I think I may be able to start doing my toe decreases tonight and maybe even finish the first sock... wooo hoooo!!!

Thank You so very much my Most Wonderful Knitterly Friends!!! I promise one day I shall get caught up enough to return the favor. :D

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Here Are the Pics to Prove It

Here we have Clessidra. I was quite intimidated by this pattern, and was a year with the yarn before I finally cast on. Now that I am working it, it really is an enjoyable pattern to work. I had to make some needle adjustments as my calves are a bit larger than the pattern calls for. Since I am not one to mess with changing stitch counts and such, I chose to simply start on a larger than called for needle, and will change in the middle of the calf decreases to the called for needle size.

Feel free to click on any of the photos to see better detail.

Next we have the Diamond Pullover, the jury is still out on this one. Not sure I won't end up sending it to the frog pond for a restart. There are several lessons learned thus far on this one. Particularly about using stitch markers for cables that are simply diagonal lines and have to continue being diagonal lines.

Here we have my Peaks and Valley Cuff cotton sock. I really like how these have turned out. Plus they are super easy and all in all a bit mindless. This is a very good thing in my world these days.

Last but not least is Rick's Blueberry Waffle Sock. Yes, it is on an extra large sock blocker, and No, you can't see the top of the sock blocker because he wanted said socks to be long.
So, see, I really have been knitting. I have also been organizing my yarn (boy do I have ALOT of socks to knit), and contemplating a baking business, and trying to plan the projects I want to do around the house - in hopes of having more home time.

I will try to stay a bit more on the ball, but no promises. In my world of strange shift hours, and odd bits of kid time, and so on, one never knows how much time I will take to update. Trust me though I do come and check you all out almost every day.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

I Have Been Knitting - really I have...

I just have not been spending as much time on the computer. I am trying to get my computer time under control, so as to have more time to knit. I must admit though, I am still not at the place I really want to be. I never stop being amazed at how much time the computer can suck up. It really is like it calls to you, and "...resistance is futile" (if I remember the quote correctly).

I know that I could get so much more done, if every time I have a ? or a thought I did say to myself "... I could just check that quick on the computer" and then lo and behold, an hour later I realize I have once again been sucked in.

I guess like any good plan I need to create goals, write them down, make them do-able, and be accountable. I must admit this may take a bit of thought and work. So I guess that will be my next post. Along with pics of my current WIPs. Since as of right now there is one sock that isn't even on my progress bars, and I have made significant progress on Rick's sock and my sweater, which believe it or not I am contemplating frogging for the simple fact there are too many mistakes thus far, and I am still not far enough along to for it to be too ugly.

I hope everyone is well, and please feel free to drop a note when you get the chance. After all, email reads are totally legal in the world of time spent on the computer.....

BTW - does anyone out there do baking as a small business?? If so, could you drop me a comment, I have some questions (yes, there is a potential plan brewing) :)

Thursday, April 03, 2008

I'mmmmm Baaaaaacccckkkk!!

Hi All. Yep, I did manage to make it through these past 3wks and live to tell about it.

I have just returned from my trip to see Rachael, Viv, and Susan in Germany. Many, many adventures there.... (oh boy were there - those stories to follow after I have dug out from under the house, laundry and yarn)

Yep, I bought yarn. You know, even with an absolutely obscene exchange rate, I can still get a heck of alot more yarn in Europe for the equivalent of $100 than I can here in the States. That is as long as we are not talking Red Heart, or No Name yarn. Yes, I am a bit of a snob. I know what I don't like, and so most (not all) of the really cheap stuff, does not really excite me.

Anyway, I am looking forward to regaling you with tales and photos, but first I must sleep. Since I arrived back in the country at 6:30 last evening, and was back working by 11:00pm. So now I am really messed up and need to sleep.

Catch you all soon, and hope Everyone is well, and knitting like fiends. :)