Saturday, July 26, 2008
I have enough spun yarn in the blue green to plan a hat/mitten combo, but can't narrow it down to a pattern choice. I will use the bulky skein for the hat and the 2nd thinner skein for the mittens. My spinning on this fiber is getting close to the end, and I should have enough yarn for sure with a 3rd and possibly a 4th skein to finish up.
I have put my self on a self imposed Yarn Diet and I won't buy any new yarn till September at the earliest. There, I have said it out loud, told my readers, and the world wide web (exaggerating, yes!) and now I have to stick with it. If you look at my Ravelry page (for Ravelry members), you will see I do have a stash that will last far beyond the New Year. I haven't totaled my yardage in my stash but I am sure it would add up to A LOT. Maybe not as much as some who have to hide their stash in every nook and cranny of the house, but the bookshelves in the craft room upstairs are getting full. I have at least two whole sweater projects to start from scratch and a heavy weight pullover that just needs finishing.....for the last 2 years! There is a Sunrise Circle Jacket in which I have finished the back, not to mention many pairs of socks-to-be. These don't show up in my projects page, because I have not yet photographed them or added them to my Ravelry page. Now that I look over this posting, I have to chuckle because September is only 5 weeks away.. That is like saying I am going on a very serious weight loss diet and I will stay on til Monday! I guess I will just try to be good and thrifty and knit from the stash.....for as long as I can.
There were two bright spots today, however. I went to a 95th birthday party for the father of a friend of mine. Even though Homer is not a relative, we were all family as we shared a luncheon, stories, memories and laughter. It is so nice to be able to tell the stories with the honoree and family and friends present, instead of after they pass on. Hear Hear! L'Chaim: To Life and raise a glass to Homer!
After I got home in the early afternoon (95 year olds do NOT party at night!) I quickly changed clothes and ran down to my LYS to knit a bit on the World's Biggest Sock. Darn I forgot my camera, but the sock will be there about a month and I will go back to add photos to the blog. The sock started originally in the UK and sock arrived from Rochester NY. The box was 23 lbs in weight and as a top down sock, it is aiming for 12' (that's 12 feet!!) for the cuff before the heel. There is about 4 feet done in worsted weight mostly of all colors and texture, with a few novelties thrown in for good measure. I couldn't really tell exactly, but there are about 6 circular needles which you knit on one set at a time for as long as you want. I heard that a few men learned to knit and added a few stitches each, and some knitted a whole round. Quite a feat, as there is probably a 12 foot circumference to the top of the sock. I knit about 100 stitches, but didn't even get to the end of my set of needles. If you have ever knit socks on two circular needles, it is the same technique, but with multiple sets of needles. After it finishes up its stay in Littleton, it travels on to Anchorage Alaska.
Sunday, July 20, 2008
I have enough fiber for another skein or two, so I thinks a couple of hats and mittens are in its future. Now just to decide on a pattern.
The BSJ is coming along. Using the extra notes, along with the pattern it is starting to make sense, but I better not get cocky. The yarn is very soft but I am disappointed that it is getting a little fuzzy from handling as knitting.
Finished one sock and am almost to the heel of the second on Mom's socks. Love this yarn and I know they will be nice and warm in the winter. It is hard to think about winter when it reached 100 degrees today.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
We then went to Target to buy baby gifts for her friend from high school who is due next month. Back home, it was time for her to get ready for her 10th High School Reunion. To me, she still looks the same as high school, but she had grown up so much inside and I really enjoyed our visiting. Before she left, we took photos, just like she was going to the Prom!
Friday, July 11, 2008
Hopefully we will find some time to go over and visit with Mom as she really enjoys the kids around. How lucky we are that my folks moved here when they were young enough to make a new life (after 35 years in CT) and to really have a good relationship with my kids. I was the rebel who moved away from the east coast at 23 to Colorado and never went home, except for visits. Once I married and the kids were here, I was at such a loss not having any of my family here. When you are young you don't think about those things the same way you do when the kids move away themselves. We are now scattered again, and Dad is gone. The family is shrinking and I now know how my parents must have felt with me being so far away. Now one is in New York, and the other in Kansas City. At least we have cell phones and the Verizon family network. But it is not the same.
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Fortunately I cannot see the holes in the leaves from my window. I may have to drown a few slugs in beer. :-)
Colorado's state flower is the blue columbine, but the color didn't photograph very well for some reason.
This is a nice long post with knitting accomplishments, future projects, and gardening. If only I could afford to be on "vacation" permanently. Unfortunately, my stash would run out eventually, and I would be restless to travel again.......So back to work tomorrow.