Friday, November 30, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Last year at CAL Pals we had a Christmas square exchange swap. Each participant made 12 squares to send and in return received 12 squares. Unfortunately there are unscrupulous folks out there who have no conscience. One of the participants wasn't a "Pal" and did not send any squares out. This particular person received 12 squares plus yarn was sent to her by one of the ladies because she lives overseas and couldn't find it. By the time we realized that this person wasn't going to send out squares the holidays were almost over. I did crochet one to complete the ghan but ended up putting the project aside. As this was a long weekend for me, I decided to finally put the squares together. Here's my CAL Pal Christmas afghan. Many thanks to my pals: Sue, Theresa, Julie, Renee, Linda, Andrea, Claire, Marlene, Pam, Norma and Nancy.
Monday, November 26, 2007
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You appear to be a Knitting Guru. You love knitting and do it all the time. While finishing a piece is the plan, you still love the process, and can't imagine a day going by without giving some time to your yarn. Packing for vacation involves leaving ample space for the stash and supplies. It can be hard to tell where the yarn ends and you begin.http://marniemaclean.com
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Thursday, November 22, 2007
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Today I had to put my beloved dog to sleep. He's been my buddy, protector and faithful companion for over 15 years. I knew a few months ago that this day was fast approaching, so I started to prepare myself so I thought. Well I thought wrong. I didn't think it would hurt this bad but it does, it hurts like hell. My only comfort is that he is no longer suffering and is free of pain. Rest in peace Mac. Thank you for so many years of joy, happiness and faithful service.
I love you buddy!
My son Thomas went with me today to the vet. He took this picture of Mac and me, then stayed with Mac through the end when I couldn't.
I knew it wasn't easy for him either. Thank you Thomas!
Sunday, September 16, 2007
In July my aunt died. She was the last sibling of my father. I took a quick trip down to
On July 30 I flew down to
Anyway the next day (August 2) I drop Tina off at the airport and head towards
I’m home for two weeks, back at work. What a long two weeks this was.
Then September 1, my friend Gail and I head to
The first night on board we didn’t go to the sit down dinner, we had the seating, which was to us. We needed to get caught up with the time change so it was an early night for us.
September 2 was spent cruising the
September 3 we arrived in
To be continued tomorrow. Meanwhile here are some pictures from my vacations.
Myrtle Beach & Charleston
Friday, July 27, 2007
Yarn: SWTC Tofutsies
Needles: Addi Turbo 12" circulars and KnitPicks Classic Circulars, both size 0
This yarn was a pleasure to knit with. It was a bit splitty but pretty easy to use with the KnitPicks Classic Circulars.
Sunday, July 22, 2007
The majority are for knitting but there are a few for crocheting and spinning. Slowly I'm finding and listening to these casts.
A few favorites are:
Lime and Violet - These two yarn obsessed ladies are a hoot. The show is focused on knitting but they talk about everything else. A hint if you're listening with earplugs - keep the volume low because their laughter is loud, very loud.
Inspirational Wednesday - This podcast is ran by Adrienne and Toya and focuses on crafts in general. Very interesting listening.
Socks in the City - A podcast about socks, sock yarns, etc.
Friday, July 20, 2007
Yarn: Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock Yarn, color 64 Gold Hill
Needles: Addi Turbos, size 1
The class was a lot of fun and I picked up quite a few tips from Jessica who is a wonderful teacher. She posted a picture of the other sock students and myself on her Flickr site.
Now I'm working on finished the Tidal Wave Socks that I started weeks ago. Summer of Socks is well underway. I'm not doing as well as I wanted to but hopefully I can get a few more pairs completed.
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
So to make it very easy, I'm going to tag my CALPals who have blogs. They are a great bunch of ladies:
Sue at Good Yarns.
Andrea at Annie's Craft Corner.
Theresa at Theresa's Corner.
Nancy at Life's a Stitch for Nancy.
Lisa at Compulsive Hooker.
So there. Now all you gotta do is nothing or grab the button and tag five others who you think ar Rockin' Girl Bloggers.
Wednesday, July 04, 2007
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Monday, June 25, 2007
But it feels good to be done and as a reward I treated myself to this luscious Cherry Tree Hill Lace Weight Yarn. What I'll make with it, I have no idea. I saw it, loved it and bought it. Okay I admit I bought it before completing the 100 miles. But I knew I'd finish and I did.
Sunday, June 24, 2007
Here are a few pictures with my family:
My youngest son Thomas, my mom Ann, me and my oldest son Jamal.
My mom with her 4 of her 5 grandkids - my sons and my nieces Dashawn and Latreesha. My daughter Taneka didn't go to the wedding. She didn't have a babysitter. It was just as well because my grandkids went to a birthday party.
My sister Gail, my mom and me!
For more wedding pictures click here.
It was only a two hour drive up to the wedding and what made it really nice was that I drove my new car. I got it onThursday and I love it!
It's a 2007 Toyota Rav4. I've been wanting this vehicle for awhile. What I really like about it, is that it has third row seats, just perfect for Teon & Naseem.
Unfortunately though I have done basically no knitting or crocheting these past few days. But I'm about to head to Woolbearers for the 2nd toe up sock class.
Sunday, June 17, 2007
Here is a close up of my toe. I do need to practice a bit on short rows, my wraps and pick ups aren't as neat as I want them to be.
As much as I want to continue with these socks I got to get back to the shawlette, I'm almost there. But I will be ready to continue on at next week's class.
Saturday, June 16, 2007
Yarn: Trekking XXL
Needles: Size 2 Addi Turbo 12" circulars, Size 2 Brittany dpn's
Pattern: Yarnharlot's Basic Sock Recipe
I saw the show on Knitty Gritty with guest Stephanie Pearl-McPhee aka Yarn Harlot and decided to give it a go. This was a very easy pattern to do. I'm not crazy about the Trekking XXL yarn. The yarn is sort of rough. On the other hand these are really sturdy socks.
Yarn: Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock Yarn, color 203 Seaside
Pattern: Cider Moon Saucy Pattern
Needles: Size 0 Addi Turbo 12" circulars, Size 1 Brittany dpn's
I love this yarn and will definitely use it again. I didn't get a good shot of the stitch definition. I'm still playing with my new camera and don't have the technique down yet. Please bear with me.
Next up: Tidal Wave Socks
Yarn: Soy Silk's TOFUtsies
I'm loving this yarn so far. I haven't done much work on them because I'm trying to get the shawlette done. Afterwards though I plan to knock these out.
I'm gearing up for Summer of Socks 2007 hosted by Jessica. While browsing her blog I came across these sock blockers that she got. So I hopped over to this site and ordered a pair. My spinning wheel blockers are fabulous.
I also noticed she's teaching a toe up sock class at Woolbearers. As I'm still new to sock knitting, I decided to take the class. I'm a horrible student so wish me luck!! Class begins tomorrow.
Friday, June 15, 2007
Here's a picture of the the yarn I'm using. The name is S&M's Atelier Yarn a signature yarn of Woolbearers, my LYS. The yarn is a blend of silk, rayon, cotton and lurex. I'm thinking S&M stands for Suzie and Myra, the owners of Woolbearers.
Monday, June 04, 2007
Okay I finally get in the mood to take pictures and update this blog. And I find my camera is acting up. It's taking really horrible pictures. I guess I'm going to have to go camera shopping. My camera is pretty old so it's time for a new one. Anyway here are some of my recent FO's.
I promised to take individual pictures and detail the projects as soon as I can. That will give me plenty of practice with the new camera.
Sunday, June 03, 2007
Saturday, May 19, 2007
I went to a book signing event for one of my favorite authors, Debbie Macomber.
Coincidentally she is also a knitter and had displays of two projects at the signing: Knit Triangular Prayer Shawl and Alix's Lace Prayer Shawl. These two patterns are in her book, Back on Blossom Street. This book is number 3 of her series "The Knitting Books". The first two books in the series, The Shop on Blossom Street and A Good Yarn also have patterns in them.
Sunday, May 06, 2007
Saturday, May 05, 2007
Friday, May 04, 2007
I decided to start off with a small lapghan using up some KnitPicks Palette that I had in the stash.
Here's a quick round ripple that I did a few weeks ago to use up some Simply Soft Mill Ends.
Ripples are fast and a great way to stash bust.