Friday, June 29, 2007
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Monday, June 25, 2007
Sunday, June 24, 2007
The weather is about perfect this weekend so I am going to get the rest of the weekend chores done and sit outside with my socks and knit.
PS I almost forgot--I won a drawing on Sheepish Annie's blog. I sponsored her efforts in a relay to raise money for cancer research and I won one of the prizes. It is a gift certificate to a very cool store. The prize is just gravy, the real thrill is helping someone raise money for research. There are cancers running through both my husband's and my family and every bit of money that helps find cures is appreciated. Thanks Anne!
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Kate, Emily and I are signing up for the Tour de France knit along. It sounds like fun. I think I will find a pattern for my yellow/orange sock yarn and challenge myself to finish during the tour. Kate is thinking about making a beret and we found an easy pattern for her to try. Em is thinking about a wip that she wants to challenge herself to finish. The cool part is while it is competitive, it is mostly competing with yourself. Let the bontemps roule!
Sunday, June 17, 2007
Happy Father's Day to all the fathers out there (and mothers who fill in for absent fathers).
PS Thanks Bells for showing me how to set up the links!
Saturday, June 16, 2007
Do you see this? Do you know what it is? It is sock no. 1 of the waving laces pattern. It took forever and I didn't make it as long in the leg as the pattern calls for because Emily doesn't like tall socks. Its sibling sock is in the starter stages. I cast on earlier and have finished the cuff and am ready to start the leg pattern. This was the first time I used the kitchener stitch toe and I really like the way it looks when it is done. I finished the sock at night and was trying to get the colors right because they are so pretty. I think these are pretty close but I had to put the sock on top of my clock radio right under the bed lamp to get enough light! From now on, photos get taken during the daylight hours. The important thing is that Em likes her sock.
Tomorrow we are going to the Smithville Inn for brunch for Dad's Day. Peter Kevin likes the place and it is his day. He and I went there last October for our 25th anniversary. It is a restored Inn and shops. You can buy local wines and foods and other crafty goodies. I am looking forward to it. Unfortunately, it is supposed to be in the 90's tomorrow. I'll take my camera and try to get some photos of the beautiful grounds.
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Over at A Few Stitches Short (afewstitchesshort.blogspot.com) Susan had an interesting post about editing blogs and the honesty of it all. Do people really want to read blogs and see warts and all or do they want to be entertained? And can't warts be entertaining? I know I edit my speech to spare people's feelings and I try to be aware of my audience but life is sometimes nasty and dirty and that's just reality. Do we want our blogs to reflect what life is or what we would like it to be? If we focus on the positive in life, will we eventually have a positive impact on the world? I like to think so (thus the title, what you think on grows!).
Enough profundity for the day. And now for a yarn shot. This is a picture of the grey yarn someone gave to me this week and two colorways from my sock yarn of the month club (castleman fibers on etsy). The orange one is so pretty and vibrant. I am not sure which sock pattern will speak to it but I will wait for inspiration. I also have to finish the waving laces socks. Yes, I am still working on them. I am on the toe of the first one and then I have to start number 2. Hopefully it will go quicker than sock one!
I know I take awful photos. I will have to practice more. I also can't figure out how to make the blogs I mentioned links so you can just click on them. My daughter tried to show me but it didn't work. I need to work on my technical skills!
Monday, June 11, 2007
Saturday, June 9, 2007
Thursday, June 7, 2007
The week has flown by and I have very little to show for it. No real progress on any wip and once again I ripped out the waving lace sock. After my daughter broke the bamboo needle, I started the socks on slightly larger metal needles and I think this is finally it. They look good and I don't think they will be so tight. The yarn is superwash wool but it feels like there is more than a little bit of cotton in it. There is very little stretch in it.
I am excited! I am an official member of nj knitters. Woot! Hopefully, I will be able to do some actual knitting this weekend and see some progress. Peter Kevin (my husband) and Kate are planning to ride their bicycles down to Batsto (the photo at the top is the Batsto mansion) and I will be in the clean up vehicle. I will drive down and meet them there with a picnic. The area is a state park. It is a partially restored mining village and it is really beautiful. It sits in the middle of the Pinelands. I think I will drive down and set up a chair and knit while I wait. I love to sit outside and knit. The natural light brings out the colors in the yarns and I like working with them more. Sometimes at night inside, the yarn looks dark.
I have decided that I am a process person and not necessarily a product person. The soothing process of feeling the needles in my hands and the yarn sliding through my fingers gives me more pleasure than seeing a finished item. Although, truth be told, finished objects are nice, too.
Monday, June 4, 2007
Saturday, June 2, 2007
Yea! We finally got the pool opened and with the hot and humid weather we have been enjoying(?) lately, it is welcome and refreshing.
Friday, June 1, 2007
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