Happy Easter!

April 4, 2010

Not much going on here.   I’m working on some secret knitting that I’m not ready to talk about or show.   lol   I know…not fair to mention it and then not talk about it but it is the only way I can get it done before Marjie or Karen.  🙂   I find the patterns, share them and then everyone else knits it before I get a chance (or have the time).   lol   Anyway, I am hoping this will be the cutest hat ever.   There I told you that much.   lol

I met Marjie at Borders today to knit.   Miss Karen decided she had better things to do.  😉   It was all last minute anyway…..the knitting time flew by.   We went to Outback to eat and I was shocked at how few people were there.  

I cast on and started my Lacy Baktus.  I’m using Madeline Tosh Sock in the Grasshopper colorway.   It is almost neon in color but I love my green!  

Not much to talk about today.   Hope you’ve had a good day filled with family, friends and lots of knitting.



March 28, 2010

I think I lost my knitting mojo.   If anyone has seen it out there would you let me know?


March 21, 2010

Blink your eye and the weather changes in Oklahoma.   We went from near 70 degree weather to blizzard conditions all within about 24 hours.   Fortunately, the weather people got it wrong for our part of the world and we did not have much accumulation.   The wind blew hard enough the streets are clear.  Yay!

I did my taxes this morning.   Another Yay!   For the first time in five years I get back both Federal and State.   That is a nice change.  

I came home Friday and had the bug to sew.   I used to sew a lot.  I made my clothes, clothes for other people, craft items, I sewed for years.   Then I got tired of it.   Sewing isn’t portable (unless you want to be a pack mule).   Sewing is messy.   Sewing takes a lot of room.   One thing I realized this weekend is I love the smell of sewing machine oil.   Yeah….every time I walked by the machine I caught a whiff of that old familiar smell and realized I like it!   lol   So what did I sew on all weekend?   Project bags.   No pictures yet.   I haven’t found the right drawstrings yet.   I even ran out to the local fabric store earlier.   Nothing enticed me.   I’ll keep looking until I find something I like.  

I haven’t knitted a stitch since Tuesday.   I know, weird.   Oh well….maybe tonight while I watch tv.

Hope you have had some good knitting time this weekend.

The deal…..

March 14, 2010

This is how it went down.   It was a bright, sunny but chilly Saturday morning.   The drop spot:  an empty concrete parking lot.   I had circled by earlier but did a run through downtown and came back.   I parked in a side lot, easier to get in and out.   It was 10:04, surely the store was open.   There was a gray car parked in the formerly empty lot.   I noticed there were two occupants in the car.   I got out to go check the store door.   The gray car’s door opens and a voice calls out,  “Come sit in the back seat.”   I know these gals.   I try to tell them the store is open but I get a hand gesture rushing me over to the car.   I slip into the back seat.   Manna!!   Two bags of the beloved, elusive and hard to get Wollmeise Yarn!!!  And it is for sale.    (Can you sense the drool sliding down my chin?)   This is what I scored:

The pictures were taken on a bright sunny table at the Norman Panera.   It washed out the variegated skein.   The yellow is a lovely cantelope yellow, soft with a drop of orange.   The other is a gorgeous skein filled with plummy goodness.   I am DELIGHTED beyond relief that I was able to score these two skeins of yarn.   I also want to thank Kathy of KC and Ellen of OKC for enabling us so nicely!   lol 

Poor Marjie missed out on the box of yarn a week ago and the Wollmeise deal also.   She really sounded so pathetic yesterday (froggy, croaky sick) that I scored a skein of Wollmeise for her also.   

Today I did a bit of spring cleaning.   I pulled clothes from the closet that I’ll never wear, old purses, and various books, gadgets that are sitting around cluttering things up and took them to Goodwill.   I had enough to fill my car trunk and the floorboard and front seat, passenger side.   It feels good to get rid of extra stuff!  

Still haven’t gotten the dryer fixed.   I think that is what prompted me to gather for Goodwill, I had some bags in the laundry room already filled.   So I just gathered some more from the closets and made a run.  

On the knitting front:  I’ve been working on Multnomah.   I skipped a row or added one a second time and spent most of yesterday tinking back.   Ugh.   I’m glad I love the yarn I’m using, Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock in the Gold Hill colorway, because it is so pretty it keeps me from throwing it down in frustration.  

I see some interesting sights from my 2nd story view on Main Street.   I know this isn’t a very good picture but I saw this vehicle on Friday:

There is some ‘small building’ like fixture in the bed of the pickup.   It had OSU Cowboys and Dodger memorabilia on it.   Every surface of that pickup had bumper stickers or poster-like signs all over it.   And every item was mentioning a sports team.   There were baseball helmets on the hood.  Literally.   About 4 if I remember right.   Can you imagine driving a vehicle like that?   Not me.   lol  

I haven’t taken any pictures of Charlie in awhile.   I caught him ‘napping’ in the leaves of this silk plant the other day. 

And Miss Lexi is doing fine.   She’s taking a nap right now.   About 20 minutes ago I heard this ‘sucking’ noise and looked at her.   She was curled up, nose covered with paws…..sucking like she was nursing!   lol   And she was sound asleep.   Bless her little kitty heart.  

This is spring break week and I know many are off on destinations.   Me, I’ll be right here….working.   Hope you have lots of knitting time this week!

Soggy Sunday Coming Up!

March 7, 2010

Rain is coming.   I’d much rather have rain than snow.   I saw sprinkles on the patio earlier but it has stopped for now.  

I feel like I’ve had a raincloud over my head this past week.   Work was the usual work combined with dysfunction.   The one person officially assigned to this one type of case quit.   What does that mean?   It means it falls on me and one other person.   Both of us already have more than four people could handle….thus the dysfunction.   Ah well….I’ll  stop now before I get myself fired up.  🙂

On the way back to the office on Thursday my Check Engine light came on…..again.   I didn’t even get upset.   The last time this happened I went to the local auto parts store and had them hook up their diagnostic computer only to be told to put some gas cleaner in the tank.   It worked.   Now every time I get low on gas it will come back on and when I fill it the light goes off.   It is time to start looking for a new car.   Ten years old and 118k, I think I have gotten my money out of it.  

Yesterday, I was getting ready to meet a group of friends to knit when I discovered my dryer was not heating.   Arrrgggg!!   I guess I should be thankful my jeans were near dry.   I did have to use the hair dryer to dry the front and crotch so I could wear them.   Ugh!   Nothing like a cold wet pair of jeans to make you feel uncomfy!   lol 

What is this?

This is me halfway through the process of picking up 301 stitches!   Yikes!!   This is how I ended up doing this tedious process.   I was knitting along and started the Fan and Feather portion of the shawl.   I got to Row 3 and it didn’t really make sense to me.   I called Marjie and asked her to look at her copy and tell me how she processed that row.   She read it/understood it the same way I did.   So I knitted four rows and started my next four rows and I noticed my eyelet holes were few and not really lining up.   I also had one extra stitch at the end of the row.   I counted and recounted and could not find my mistake.   Then I went back on Rav and looked up Multnomah again and guess what?   The pattern was written differently.  Arrrgggggg again!!!!    The exact part that I called Marjie over the first time was not written clearly.   So if you printed/saved a copy early on, better go check and see if your copy matches the latest version on Rav.   While picking up those 301 stitched I messed up somewhere along the ‘spine’ of Multnomah.   I tried to drop down to fix it but picking up stitches in garter stitch whipped my behind.   I finally used a safety pin stitch marker to hold the stitch and called Marjie.   She said she could fix it no problem.   And she did!   Yay Marjie!!!   Now I’m working on the Fan and Feather portion and it truly looks like Fan and Feather:

I didn’t buy any yarn this week.   I know, you are shocked….but don’t be.   I did manage to ‘acquire’ several lovely skeins of yarn.   How did I do this?  lol  Ellen was kind enough to pass on her good fortune.   Her mother sent her a HUGE box of  yarn that she knew she’d never knit.   Ellen claims to have yarn spilling out of bins, closets etc.    So she brought the huge box of yarn yesterday and we dove in!    These are just a few of the skeins I picked up:

Believe me, I picked up more than these skeins.   For some reason my phone is blurring some of the pictures.   I guess I need to bite the bullet and start  using my digital camera again.  

Yesterday we had a couple of different people stop by and talk to us about knitting.   Two ladies stopped who were tap dancers.   One used to knit years ago and we gladly showed some of our projects.   They were quite taken with our group and our knitted items.   Nothing like some positive reinforcement, huh?    Then about an hour later a man came up and told us that he just wanted us to  know he thought it was great we were keeping a ‘dying art’ going.   He said his mother used to knit and it made him happy to see us knitting.   I told him knitting was enjoying a resurgence in popularity but I don’t know if he really ‘heard’ me.   lol 

Ok, Multnomah is calling to me…..I think the rest of this should fly by….at least more quickly than the garter part….that gets tedious.   I hope your weekend is good and filled with lots of knitting!

Is it Sunday already?

February 28, 2010

I don’t know where the week has gone.   Work is so crazy that while the days seem long they do just fly by.   Maybe next week…….

Yesterday, my friend Karen asked me if I wanted to run up to GY.   Sure did!   I was anxious to see the Lorna’s Laces Sheperd Sock.   They sure did have some pretty colors.   I even took a few skeins to the table to see if I could bond with them.   Then I took them back and picked out two skeins of the new worsted weight Mountain Colors.   I thought that would make a great Baktus scarf.   But I didn’t want to spend $45 on yarn.   Darn it….I put those two skeins back.   (They are still calling to me. )   So what did I end up with?   One lovely skein of Prism Saki in the Thunderclap colorway:

I’m going to knit a lacy Baktus with this lovely skein.

Last weekend Karen showed us her beautiful Spring Leaves she had knitted out of Ella Rae Lace Merino.   It was so soft and felt warm and light.  (I was chilly so I wrapped it around my shoulders and it kept me warm.)  If you’ve seen the picture on the pattern, you know the original was knitted with Pagewood Willow Creek (lace weight 2 ply) in the Golden colorway.  I fell in love with that color and tracked it down online.   That lovely skein arrived this week:

If you read The Rainey Sister’s blog you saw this several days ago.   I fell in LOVE with the yarn she used.   So, as you have probably guessed, I tracked that down on the net and this arrived this week also:

(I don’t know why I got more picture of the tag than of the yarn….)

That is the kind of red I love, rich, warm with no blue undertones.   The Damson (Rav link) by Ysolda Teague Susan knitted with this yarn is so beautiful.   I had to have it!

I thought this was one moment of clear truth:   Yesterday when Karen and I were talking about buying yarn for another gorgeous project we saw she said something about knitting the item.   To which I replied:   Knitting?   Who said we are buying this yarn to knit with?   We COLLECT yarn!  

And that my folks, is the honest to goodness truth.   🙂

Sleepy Sunday

February 21, 2010

It was a long week at work.   I have a fairly new co-worker who wants to visit a real yarn shop.   So far she’s only purchased Hobby Lobby and WalMart yarn.   She sits beside me during our docket meetings and most often drools over whatever project I knit on during the meetings.   We tried to get to L & B Wednesday or Thursday last week and it didn’t happen.   So maybe this week………

I had a fantastic time knitting with a great group of friends on Saturday.   I love the show-n-tell!   Between the group we have finished objects, new projects, patterns and bunches of gorgeous yarn to show off.   There was a mother and adult daughter sitting by us yesterday.   Turns out the mother is a new knitter and was treating her daughter to a knitting lesson at a local yarn shop.   The mother already knew about Ravelry….so we told them about L & B and GY.   It is always so much fun to talk to new knitters.  

I finished Michael’s gaiter this morning.   I was about to bind off while knitting with the gals yesterday but realized the regular ole bind off was not stretchy enough.  I asked around and Ellen recommended Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Sewn Cast Off.   When I got home I looked it up and it’s easy peasy!

First, cut your yarn leaving a tail about 3 times the width of your knitting.   Thread it on a tapestry  needle.   Then with the tapestry needle slide the tip through two stitches on the left needle as if to purl:

Pull your yarn through, then reinsert your needle tip through the first stitch on your needles as if to knit and pull through.   Slip that stitch off the needle.   It made a very nice and stretchy bind off.  

Now to get these off in the mail before the next snow storm comes.  

I decided to start a drop stitch scarf yesterday.   I bought Claudia’s Hand Paint Fingering 55 a few years ago for this project in the John B colorway.   I cast on for that last night.   It will be my take-along project that I can knit on and not have to give it much thought.  

And since I am at home today and could possibly focus on more than mindless knitting….I decided to pick up Multnomah and work on it.   My plan is to knit it larger since I have 600 yards of the yarn.   I am in a finishing mode!   And that is rare for me……  anyway I am near the end of the first skein of yarn.   Then I realized I have no idea where the other two skeins of yarn are located.   That meant I had to stash dive.   Oh my gosh…..I busted out the new pop up hampers and started emptying bins.   That was way more effort than I wanted to invest but I got the majority of it sorted.   Problem is I don’t have enough hampers!   Yikes!!  The hamper for fingering weight and worsted weight are overflowing.   I managed to squeeze them enough to zip the tops though.   I just can’t get anymore in either one of them.   Ugh.   The aran hamper is to the top…..I could squeeze a bit more into that hamper.   The DK/sport weight is about 3/4 full.    Whew.  

Anyway, I did find the other two skeins of Gold Hill/Lorna’s Laces.   Most of my yarn is sorted into the approprite hamper.   Now to get the rest of that closet sorted/cleaned.   Ugh.   Wish me luck.

ETA:  Carolyn, I’m using Gold Hill Shepard Sock from Lorna’s Laces on the Mulnomah….I have it posted on Ravelry under my projects.   I love that colorway……     I’ve tried several yarns for the drop stitch also…..the color repeats have to be long enough but not too long……I had to frog a few also…lol   Color repeats too short.   Ugh.

Happy Valentine’s Day Or Single Awareness Day…..

February 14, 2010

I was shocked this morning to see the weather gal showing some place that was receiving some pretty good snow….then it clicked…this is a LOCAL station and I got up to look out the window.   Snow, again!   It didn’t last very long but now all the grass is covered in a blanket of white.  

This week I finished the Marsan Watch Cap for my son.   It was an easy knit but I have to wonder if I’ll ever knit a knit stitch the correct way again.   lol   Why?   The watch cap is knitted in a twisted rib stitch.   All the knit stitches are knitted through the back loop.   I’m also knitting a neck gaiter to match in the same pattern.  

As you can see the neck gaiter is only a couple of inches along.   I think it will be nice and toasty warm though.  

There were no yarn acquisitions this week.   Yay!   I did however, get two new knitting books,  Norwegian Handknits and Mostly Mittens.   I also picked up another pop up hamper for the yarn stash.  I’m hoping that will be enough to contain the stash. 

Today is the perfect soup day.   I’m trying a new recipe:  Cabbage Roll Soup.   It smells pretty good…..a whole head of cabbage, 1 bl of ground beef, one onion, some garlic, Worchestershire, white vinegar, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, brown rice …..and some Allspice….

Here’s hoping you have a Valentine to curl up with (two legged or four legged variety whichever you prefer) and lots of knitting to keep you happy!


February 7, 2010

It has been a very long week….just when I thought work couldn’t get any more crazy it did.   I worked late Monday, Thursday and went in for several hours yesterday.   And while the work isn’t all that physical it drains me more than anything.  

So what does a gal need when she has a closet bulging with yarn?   Buy more yarn of course!   I guess because of all the stress at work I needed some yarn therapy.   Big time.   Last Sunday I picked up two skeins of Cascade 220 Superwash at GY in OKC.   My son has a job now where he is working out in the weather a big part of the day.   He said the wind gets biting and his neck and chin feel like they are going to fall off.   Say no more!   Mom will knit for you!   lol  Like I need an excuse.   I found The Marson Watchcap on Ravelry and loved the swirl it makes on the decrease rounds.   So I decided to knit that hat along with a simple gaiter in the same stitch pattern.   Hat is well on it’s way and gaiter is waiting in the wings:

Funny how cloudy days affect the color of a picture.   This is a nice teal which the picture barely gives a hint of…..this is a twisted rib pattern.   What is different about it is you knit 25 rows or so and then you flip your work so that what was outside is now inside.   That is why you see a sort of line of demarcation.   The bottom half is the cuff, which when folded up will look just like the top part that is now the outside.   Cool, huh?   I will make a gaiter out of the same yarn and same stitch pattern to go with his hat.

I had a very nice Loopy credit that accumulated from my frequent shopping at The Loopy Ewe.   I decided to spend some of it earlier this week.   Before I show you my purchases I do want to say I wish other online merchants took their cues from The Loopy Ewe.   Let me explain:   I buy many things online from books to yarn to clothes, phones and shoes.   I do take advantage of ‘free shipping’ because shipping rates are pretty pricey to me.   With that in mind, it takes a week plus to get items from some of these places.   I ordered my yarn from The Loopy Ewe on Tuesday and had it in my hands on Thursday!!   Sheri’s customer service is outstanding.   Why can’t the book sellers and *ahemm*  knitting needle sellers get it right?   When I use the free shipping perk I think it goes into a bin marked:  Slow Boat to China.   Unreal.   Anyway back to my yarn!!   I bought two skeins of each, first sKNITches Bebop Sock:

I LOVE these colors together.    No way would I knit socks out of this.   I bought two skeins with a shawl/wrap/scarf in mind.   880 yards total, what would you suggest?

I picked up two skeins of String Theory, Caper Sock.   Never heard of it before.  It had cashmere in it and I loved the color, an Aegean Sea blue……

This yarn is soooooo soft!!   I hate to downplay the sKNITches but when I ‘pet’ this skein the comparison is over.   lol   Not fair to Bebop Sock since it has no cashmere but wow.   Again, I had a shawl/wrap/scarf in mind for this yarn.   800 yards, what would you knit with this yarn? 

I don’t get it.   I took the picture above of the String Theory and then took this picture within the same minute:

You wouldn’t know it was the same yarn.   I did move the camera closer but geeez….this is way off.   lol

L & B Yarn has this gorgeous Linen Stitch Scarf on display knitted from Manos Silk Blend.   I have had a Jones for the Linen Stitch going all the way back to when I first learned to knit.   I played with it a time or two but never really got into it.   Fast forward to 6 years ago and I dug out my book with the instructions and this time I got it!   I never really completed anything in this pattern but I am still very attracted to it.   Anyway, I bought some Manos Silk Blend:

I think this will make a beautiful Linen Stitch Scarf. 

Stash Management:  I was in *al-Mart Friday evening and they have my pop-up hampers back in stock!   I picked up three more.   I haven’t started sorting yet but at least I have the bins.   Yay! 

Sorry, I don’t have any pictures to show of this but Charlie’s tank was becoming a problem.  We had an algae bloom going on.   Yuck.   My fish expert told me it was not harmful to Charlie but it looked nasty and yucky to me plus it was an embarrassment for anyone who came into my office to see.   I decided to get some snails.   I picked some up on Thursday at noon.   I bought 6 although only 5 made it.   By Friday morning it was unreal how much those snails had cleaned up that tank!   Charlie wasn’t terribly upset although he did seem to ‘focus’ on one snail more than the others.   One did get on the wall of the tank by one of Charlie’s narrow paths…..he flared a bit over that but the snail eventually moved so all was well.   lol   Yesterday when I went to work the tank was even more clear than it had been on Friday.   Problem was only 3 snails were visable.   I checked the floor and didn’t see two wandering snails.   Plus there is a cover…although it does have a couple of openings I guess a snail could escape from…..anyway I’m hoping they were burrowed in the rock and will come out eventually.   My fish expert told me the snails will not last as long as the fish will….so with that in mind….I decided not to name them.   lol   Yeah….I’m a softee…..(edited to show Charlie in a previous picture)

Charlie....pre-luxury tank days.....

We are supposed to get some snow tonight/tomorrow.   I hope it is nothing compared to what we’ve had……I hope all of you stay warm and cozy and spend lots of time knitting.

Cluck Cluck Cluck

January 28, 2010

Ok, call me chicken but I’m not getting out in this stuff.   My driveway is less than flat although not a mountain but still yet…it gets very slick.   My sidewalk out front is not flat either…imagine that!   It has a slight slope to it in spots and then there is the yard….enough said.   I’m barracaded in the house….with plenty of drinking water, grub and a nice warm kitty cat.   I can work from home via VPN so it isn’t like I’m sitting here knitting all day….darn it.  

If you know about our lovely yarn shop here in Norman, L & B Yarn Co., please check out their new group on Ravelry.   It will be a lot of fun!

I’m knitting away on the Bob-ette Blankie.   I’ve got a long ways to go…but here is the current pic:

To me, it has that rag rug effect and Marjie said it reminded her of Cabbage roses….that is good!   I’ll keep plugging along….there are miles to go……..

My co-worker’s daughter, Miss Berkeley, is a knitter.   She was very busy around Christmas and this is what she knitted for her mother:

Yes, I know her head is cut off..it was at her request.  🙂   But didn’t Berkeley do a great job?   Her mama wears it every day.   What a lovely gift!

And Miss Lexi is settled in for a warm winter’s nap….

I hope you stay warm and safe!