Sunday, June 27, 2010

the weather has finally turned around (for today)

There has been some knitting progress, though.
I finished the first clue in the mystery shawl, so far, so good.

I got the needed yarn and finished and blocked johnette's christmas socks.

I also finished the medusa cascade anklets. Kind of cute, aren't they?

and visited this little guy. He's still in foster care with his momma, but I'm hoping he'll get to come home with me in a couple of weeks. There's still some hurdles to jump here with the humane society, so I'm trying not to get too attached, but, how could you resist that face. (minus the devil eyes, of course)

no guarantee of how much knitting will happen this week, I've got clue #2 on the shawl to do....depends on the weather.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

It was nearly a washout

Kit in public day was fun but it rained, rained rained. BUCKETS!
Good thing it was in a covered area.

Cinnamon brown made some new friends too.

Here's some UFO's from this week,
Johnette's gumdrop socks. Now I'm out of yarn. Seems to be a theme lately. A nice raveler from Alaska is sending me the little bit I need to finish. Good thing I don't need them until christmas.

The little sock on the top is the Medusa anklets. I needed a really simple project to knit in public, and I though these were really cute and perfect for the rest of the knitter's brewing co. yarn I won in the contest (the color is ... on the beach). There should be JUST enough to finish.

On the bottom is the first installment of the summer mystery shawl. It's coming along fine so far, in spite of being charted only. We'll see what happens when it grows to a couple hundred charted stitches. I'd like to get this clue done this week, there'll be another one next saturday. Looks like the weather's going to cooperate. It's supposed to RAIN BUCKETS some more.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Ok, so, check THIS out......

going to yard sales is kind of like that old saying "you gotta kiss a lot of frogs". But, every once in a while, you find that little gem and the voice in your head says "SCORE!" Here's mine...

It's 4 skeins of Koigu KPPM and a whole bunch of heel reinforcing thread. The price? 50 cents. A good investment, I'd say. It's even yarn I'll use. And, yes, you can come yard sale-ing with me any time. The bus leaves at 7:30, you bring the coffee. I get dibs on the yarn! (I got the shell at a yard sale too - I love sea shells, fossils and rocks, I'm such a geek)

This week brought progress on a couple of things. The shawl is about as far as it will go without more yarn. I have to say I LOVE ravelry, though. When it seemed like there was not going to be enough, I got on the "in search of" board, and had my yarn in about 20 minutes. It won't be the same dye lot, but I'm at the edging and I think I can get away with a bit of a difference. If it matches REALLY well by some chance, I'll do another row of lace, we'll see.

The sock is "goody gumdrops" from the 2008 STR sock club. My friend Johnette fell in love with mine, so little does she know, she's getting 'em for christmas. Again, thanks to rav. I bought the yarn from someone's stash, with just this project in mind.

I'm also looking forward to the first installment of the summer mystery shawl. It starts this coming saturday, which, by the way, is knit in public day for the south sound. We're going up the road a piece to hang in a park, knit, and check out the promised booths and prizes. Should be a fun day.

I was also inspired to joing the CSK this week. It's a fun project by Chrissy Gardiner, designer. She's writing a new indie sock book and had this great idea for a sock pattern club with a year's worth of patterns from her future book. It's pretty cool. All indie dyers. With the pattern club, you get the patterns in pdf in advance and the price also includes a copy of the book when it's published. Couldn't help myself, just couldn't.

Don't know how much knitting will happen this week, the weather here is turning nice again, so, out to the yard before the weeds take over.

Sunday, June 06, 2010

a little progress, a little stash enhancement

First the stash enhancement......
The newest Vogue magazine was waiting for me when I finally chased down the mailman.
Don't GET me started on the postal service. They were also hanging on to some yarn that came for me. See, now, it wouldn't have been all that bad, but there was YARN involved. NEVER come between a woman and her yarn!
L to Right, some traveller from the sanguine gryffon. This is a love-child color. I didn't get to pick it, and I'm not sure I love it. I do love the yarn base, though, and it's 560 yards, so a nice amount and good for man socks. The blue is laceweight from spinny bunny fibers. It's for the summer mystery KAL that starts june 19th. A shawl that will be my first attempt at chart knitting. We'll see how that goes. The third, light purple is a skinny bugga, also a love-child, one of a kind. It kind of reminds me of vancouver violet in the STR.

Next, the progress. This is Hamamelis, (rav link) in dream in color smooshy, gothic rose. A little early christmas knitting for my friend amy. It's going fast, or maybe it's just because it won't quit raining! The color is actually a bit darker. I just happened to catch the only 5 minutes of sun yesterday.

Speaking of rain, it's been great for the yard, in one way. It's turning into a jungle. Not so great for the yard in another way, it's turning into a jungle. I haven't been able to get out and weed for about 2 weeks now. I'm feeling like I'm going to have to start all over. The weeds are taking over!

Friday, June 04, 2010

I can't begin to say how much I love the oregon coast

Earlier this week, we packed the doggies in the car and took off for a little beach time, down on the oregon coast around Tillamook. My favorite place in the whole world.
It rained, the sun shone, and a good time was had by all.

We saw the cape mears lighthouse

and hung out on the beach, looking for agates. And, I have to say, found a whole bucketfull. I was one happy rock searcher.

On the way home, we stopped at a cool little yarn shop in portland called Twisted.
They had all their dream in color smooshy on sale 25percent off. Who can resist a good sale? This isn't really as orange as it looks. It's going to be a girasole. (some day)

And, as promised, the finished traveling sweater.....

Later, stash enhancements, Lace KAL, and Hammelies progress. (now where IS that damn mail man!?!)