Thursday, June 28, 2007

Shawl KAL ~ Woo-Hoo!

Liz made a cute button for the Shawl KAL, that Carrie has gotten us all on. Hehe. She'd better be careful, or she'll have to start another blog for it. LOL I am going to stick it in my sidebar, when I'm not so busy.

Well, here's shawlly again. I have stuck a little pic of my cheater's lifeline in. Carrie really seemed to like the idea yesterday at our little knitting group.

Here's what I did. I threaded one row of stitches, Not the stitch markers, though, (Ergh! Yes, I did.) onto one of my knitpicks cords. I made a note to myself on what row and what repeat I put the lifeline in, so if (Lord ~ NO!) I have to rip, I can just screw the needles onto that cord, and redo.

I am on the seventh repeat of chart two. I am going to do it 10 times, then onto chart three. I am so in love with this pattern. The shawl is about 21 inches bigger than the last pic I posted. I can't wait to get done and see it all blocked out.

Well, another one of those crazy, busy days! Gotta run.

Thank you all for the nice comments and thoughts you've sent. I love this community! All y'all are the greatest!!

Friday, June 22, 2007

Here's Shawlly!

The shawl is on her way! I actually got my yarn on Monday. What a surprise. Knitpicks has always been so quick for me. I love it. I couldn't just order yarn for Shawlly, though, could I?
I got some sock yarn, too, and sock needles. LD had to have a bit of stash enhancement, also. She got the little roll of Get Away in Rafting. Hubby calls it Mystery Machine, because it looks like the van from Scooby Doo. Hehe. You can see the bracelet LD finger-knitted for me with it in one of the pics.
Wednesday, as I was knitting with Carrie, I had to rip and start over. All of the knitting that is done was done on Wednesday evening, though. I think I got to do about two rows yesterday. Urgh! Laundry and Housework. Yes, Rhoda, I forgot our rule, too. LOL
I have shared a pic of our patio to be. We are digging out the area in front of the garage and putting down cement and pretty bricks. We have to dig out the bricks we put down last summer, too. You can see the bricks piled up in front of my yarn tree. That's where I dry my yarn. I had to wash the gloss, because it smelled funny to me. I think it may have been the silk. That's what I'm telling myself any way! I washed it on Tuesday, and it was dry enough to take to knitting on Wednesday. I want to knit more! Hopefully, I'll have time to do it today. I just have to keep the rule in mind!
The tree in my shrug post is going to have a tire swing in it for LD. The boys have always played outside a lot more than she ever does, and I think that will help. I can sit on the patio and knit while she tire swings and we'll both get fresh air!
That's it for knitting right now. I usually don't get too depressing on here, but something very sad happened in our small town the other night. A young couple, that my oldest son knew, perished in a fire. I keep thinking about their families. The two of them were to be married in a couple of weeks. I'd like it if everyone could say a prayer, if you do that, or just send out some loving thoughts to them. I can't imagine the pain and heartache that must be flowing through those families. Hug your families and friends really tight, and let them know how much you love them.

Monday, June 18, 2007

While waiting for my yarn

My shawl yarn should be here this week. While waiting I dug out an old lacy project. This is my Branching Out scarf that I started a l-o-n-g time ago. I live in the house of UFOs. It is being knit with some of my kool aid dyed sock yarn.
Well, yesterday wasn't all sadness here, thinking about our Dads. We really had a very nice Father's Day. Hubby was awoken with presents and a wonderful bagel & egg sandwich, orange juice, and coffee made by his sweet little daughter. (with a little help from Mom) I think she's going to be a really good cook!
We spent a few hours at the beach, sunning, and playing in the sand and water. I took some really neat pictures on Hubby's new cell phone, and if I ever figure out how to get them onto the computer, I'll share them.
Here's a little bit about my Dad.
He was born on the 4th of July 1928. I believe that the picture I posted yesterday was from around 1945 when he was only about 17 years old! By the time I was born in 1973, he was 45! I am the youngest of 7 kids. The picture is a bit deceiving since it's old and in sepia tone, but he was pretty dark complected, being part Native American Indian. I apparently got the French, German, and Scotch Irish genes with the green eyes and lighter skin. At least I tan easily and stay that way for a while. :) He was color blind, and would argue with you about what color something was. LOL That's where MM got his color blindness from. Family ~ it's what it's all about, isn't it?
I want to say thank you to everyone for the nice comments about my shrug, and my Father's Day post. I love this community. It feels like family to me!
Now I have a Little Diva impatiently waiting for me to come play Polly Pocket Dolls with her. Hope everyone has a great week!

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Vernon G. Joslin, Sr.

1928 - 1997
Happy Father's Day. Miss you, Daddy.

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Stick a fork in it ....

it's done!

You know, I hate that saying, but my shrug is all done! I finished it Wednesday night. (Late) Then, on a long car ride today, I wove the yarn ends in.

I look so tired and dorky in these pictures, but I guess that's how I just look. I never know what to do with my hands when I'm posing. I tried a catalog pose, but really looked goofy!

I used the one skein wonder shrug pattern, and added some sleeves knit in the round to it. I love, love, love it. Of course it's too hot to wear right now, but you know I'm not complaining!

One more UFO down. Countless others to go.

My yarn shipped from knitpicks on Friday, so as soon as it gets here, I am starting my shawl! I have been trying out the chart on some left over wool, and I think it's going to be so fun to knit. We'll see how many mistakes I make while knitting with the girls on Wednesdays. I get to chatting, and you know how that goes.

Carrie has a progress photo of a really pretty shawl another knitter is doing for our Summer Shawl Along. I wonder if she'll have to start another blog for all of us. I don't know how many people she has enticed into knitting encourage to knit shawls.

I'll post all of the stats on my FO Blog, along with the hat and bootie set soon!

Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend. I sure am! Knit On!

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Knitting pictures

Here are the promised pictures! We have a little bootie and hat set. If you click, you can see the patterns I used. If you click the pic, you get a bigger pic. :-) I'm not sure what baby will be getting these yet. Pretty soon I will add them to my finished objects blog, with all of the stats.
The other pictures are my shrug! I got the first sleeve done. The second sleeve is coming along nicely, and then the ribbing around the neck, back, and front of the shrug, and it's done!
I told myself when I finished the first sleeve I would order yarn for my shawl. So that's just what I did. (Even though we're broke) I chose Gloss from KnitPicks. The color I chose is Dusk. I think it will go with lots of things, and I can't wait to get started. As soon as I finish the shrug, and get my yarn, of course.
I just want to say "Thanks for all of the great comments you leave!"
I have stuff to do, and I get to meet the girls for knitting tomorrow! Yay!

Thursday, June 07, 2007

See the little froggies!

I started this poor shrug a few years ago! If that doesn't work for the UFO Along, I don't know what would! It is a one skein wonder with long sleeves. Apparently, I decided I didn't want to seam sleeves, and left it in a bag for a l-o-n-g time. I have decided that I must finish it before starting a lace shawl. There are some before and after shots. There's my little yarn ball winder helping, too.

My friend Carrie has chosen her shawl, and I think she got the yarn yesterday. I know she was patiently waiting. Yeah, patiently ~ hehe. I think I have found the shawl I want to do. I love this pattern. It's called the Sagittaria Shawl, and if anyone has knitted it and has advice please let me know! I have done lots of lace knitting, just no shawl lace knitting. ;)

I restarted my shrug, and it is a few inches long now. It is such an easy pattern, if I find some knitting time, it'll be done in a snap. Then, I am going to knit long sleeves on it (in the round!) I don't feel like seaming them up, and it's my knitting, so I can do it my way! LOL

I did finish another pair of booties and a little matching hat. Pics next time! Sorry my posting is so erratic. With the kids home for Summer, (and the rainy days we've been having) I haven't gotten this machine much!

Time to run! Hope everyone has enjoyed their week! I can't wait for the weekend, myself! :)
Knit On!

Friday, June 01, 2007

School's Out For Summer!

Well, it's the last day of school, and I have a pizza party to get to. This school year flew by! I can't believe when September rolls around again that I'll have a 12th grader, a 9th grader, and a 3rd grader!

Today is a half a day, then I take LD off to a night at girl scout camp. Pick her up, and the day after that she goes off for a sleep over at a friend's house. I think it'll be a really busy summer.

We had our annual trip to the Sleeping Bear Dunes yesterday. I cheated and put some pics from a couple of years ago on here. That's only because I didn't climb the dunes! I went up far enough to snap some photos and that was it!

I sat on the blanket and knitted some more booties. You can see how dangerously close some ice cream got to my yarn in one of the photos. Carrie was there, and so was our other knitting buddy.

LD had a blast, and so did I. It was really hard to find some pics of LD that I could show off, because she was surrounded by friends. Isn't that how it should be, though?

I have a pic of Melanie the other knitter, and Carrie. A pic looking up the dunes, and a view from the top are also hanging around. The pics bordered in orange are from yesterday.

Sorry for such a quick post, but like I said: "Yay, it's Summer!" I have to rush back to that pizza party, and get moving.

I hope everyone has a spectacular summer. I plan to, and I also plan to get those UFOs in order!