Sunday, March 26, 2006


I have finished the back of the green sweater (tah dah!). And I thought I would fool myself into thinking that this is actually going faster than it is by skipping (for now) doing the 2 front panels and jumping to the sleeves. Its just a YO, P2Tog "Purse Stitch," so it would go fast. Until I realized that my gauge is off which would not effect the front and back but can make doing the arms (because they are more fitted) a real problem. I figure I need to get the body done to figure how to get the sleeves done. UGH! So I went this afternoon and picked up another set of needles (I needed the longer cord to do the edging around the neck anyway) and will begin the front 2 panels at some time (TOMORROW!!). This pattern is written in that way that really annoys me (sorry, Sally). You know, do the right front this way (all spelled out) and do the left side "to correspond to right front, reversing all shaping and pat placement." Anyone have any suggestions or tips, I'm all ears! Well, it isn't like I can't so it, its just that its a lot of thinking and I'm feeling a little overwhelmed--a little under the wire to get this done. Seriously, any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

Monday, March 20, 2006

Believe it or not...

I have pictures!!!

These are the socks I knitted for ViVi, my friend, Bethany's, little girl. I was so excited to get them to her and I think that she could only wear them for seconds...not really, but it just seemed that her feet grew that quickly!

I think I told you about knitting a chemo cap for a friend. Here it is. I really enjoyed knitting it and it was quick (mostly done in front of the TV and on a car ride) but I fear it might be too small. It does fit Bethany, though.

Here is the blanket that has plagued me for months. Well, not this blanket. When I finally settled on doing this pattern (out of Knit Baby Blankets by Gwen Steege) it didn't take long at all. The pattern did not originally call for any color changes and I would love to say that I did it with forethought. It was only because I couldn't get enough of just one color. I'm very happy with it. Somehow I think it looks more boyish--like racing stripes.

And, finally, the obligatory cat picture. Anne, I think it was, from PaperTigerKnits reminded us that she really has TWO cats but that one just did cuter things and held them longer so that she could get the picture. Same storey here. All the pictures of Bonita would just be of her rear as she runs away or of her looking sullenly at the camera. That's not near as cute as this:

Monday, March 13, 2006

So sorry...

for my absence. But I have little to report. I got sidetracked by a chemo cap. Then I started working on the Vine Lace Cardigan again--totally ignoring the baby blanket.

E.R. (my brother's son) was born this morning. 8 1/2 lbs, 20 inches.

I started yet another attempt at a different baby blanket last night. I think this one is it. I should have it done in the next day or so and it will be off in the mail. Pictures will follow.

More later...

Friday, March 03, 2006

This is so wrong its amusing!

Or is it? YES, YES, of course it is!!!

Your Birthdate: June 13

You're dominant and powerful. You always need to be in charge.
While others respect your competence, you can be a bit of a dictator.
Hard working and serious, you never let yourself down.
You are exact and accurate - and you expect others to be the same way.

Your strength: You always get the job done

Your weakness: You're a perfectionist to a fault

Your power color: Gray

Your power symbol: Checkmark

Your power month: April

Thursday, March 02, 2006

OK, ready to share pictures!

But first...this is too funny: Knitting Olympics News

OK, now...the Clapotis. I have to admit that the more time and yarn I put into this the more I was thinking, "this better be worth it!" And, boy, was it! I love this thing!

Here is showing you how long it is. I used 7 1/2 skeins of Noro Silk Garden in color 230. 4 skeins were given to me by Laura (my KR secret pal (not sure which #)

Here I am modeling it as it is pictured on the front of the pattern.

I'm afraid I really am that pale, by the way.

And it is big enough to wear as a shawl.

And, tah dah! The socks! Love 'em! This yarn, I think I mentioned, is Knit Picks Sock Landscapes. This was also a present from Laura--isn't she the best???

And I thought Marmalade had been watching me knit a little too closely.

Look what I caught under the coffee table!

I think he was making pretty good progress, but his claws kept picking the yarn. Ah, well.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

So this is what it feels like....

I couldn't wait to take pictures, download them to the computer, and then upload them to Photobucket to report that I finished Clapotis (photos to follow) AND I finished the second sock (which, by the way, looks NOTHING like sock 1--well, not completely true).

NOW will I be able to concentrate on the baby blanket? Doubtful.

Its late and I must go to bed.