Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Happy Birthday Christina.....it will actually be your birthday when these make it out to Blogland!

Once again....so much food!

I think this is a great picture of Christina! I think she might have had some fun!

Some form of adornment....which of course is necessary.

I think Tonia was doing something to the cake???

Friday, October 27, 2006

That tape says almost 40 cm. how about that? These pictures do not do this sweater any justice. It is nice. I want to meet Jo Sharp. I will go to Australia to meet Jo. I wonder if she would mind? I must converse with Jo.
Hubby's sweater is just flowing right off the needles, I love constant repeats over and over. I just whip right along. Watching with great admiration as Jo, once again, rolls off my needles. I imagine hubby wearing it and how wonderful it will be. Oh that glorious day!
Never mind my middle finger on my right hand that is dangling. Or the wrists that lies limp.
Jo is coming right along.

Look what I scored....the brand new cookbook from Paula Deen. I love Paula lots too. She is my most favorite place to search for recipes. She knows food. Any kind of food. I'm very excited to nestle in with my new book. I love to read her stories about each recipe. This book has "pearls of wisdom", just little tidbits dashed throughout. I want to meet Paula too. I really don't think she would mind. She would probably cook for me, no we would cook together, and it would be big, huge fun! The yarn in the photo with the book is Mountain Colors new "Twizzle" in "Gold Rush" colorway. It looks great in person with Ms. Paula's shirt. Lots of oranges! Nice fall colors!

Well, I'm off. I have plans to knit to 43 cm. tonight. It is already like 1:30 a.m.
I will so be sorry when my little love says "Up Mommy!" at the crack of daylight. I just can't seem to stop. I'm obsessed. I must knit, knit, knit. I must take ibuprofen so I may continue knitting. Will this phase pass?

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

This is Hubby's sweater. It is the Cabled Tweed Sweater. I'm moving right along with it. I want Gatsby and this one done. I don't like pressure knitting. I want these done, the sooner the better. I think time could get away with these two. I don't have any to waste.
I still love Jo Sharp. I love her patterns so much. They are well written. Her styles are very classic. I like that too. Hubby will wear this sweater forever more. It's a great man sweater.

This is Boy...with my most favorite tree blazing in the background.

Look at these colors. Imagine what they look like in person. This is a Japanese Maple. It's variety is called "Waterfalls". This is it's first year in the bed and I must say it is simply stunning. I want yarn the colors of Waterfalls!

So pretty :O

Friday, October 20, 2006

Here is my Brioche coming along nicely. Thanks to Christina. Somehow she made it click. I've got it now. Look out! It's very fun to do once you get the hang of it. I'm contemplating another if I like the fit. I love the wool so much. It is a constant suprise.

This is my Great Aunt doing a mosaic tray, which was part of our trip. They broke plates and used the pieces to make picture frames, bird houses, trays, and trinket boxes. I opted to knit. Go figure.

This is my Mama.

This was just captured. My aunt who knits, in the sun by a window. : ) This one, she's a wise old owl.
There is nothing quite like quality family time. There were times my knitting was just lying in my lap. It was that kind of family time. The stories were the same ones I've heard a million times, but I always find myself hanging on every word. I love to hear them. I love to ask questions to get them going again. I'm always the one that wants to plan the next gathering before the one we're having even ends. I love my family.

The back of Gatsby is done. Now to do another just like it. Then sleeves. Having the back done is a good feeling. It didn't take to long. The pattern is simple once you get going. I love it still. I love how it feels. This yarn, Rowan Cashsoft, has a great drape and feel to it. It is delightfully soft. It is a great choice for next to your skin. Babies too! I can't wait to see this finished. I hope it is everything I'm expecting it to be.
Hubby has picked out a sweater and hat....all out of Contempory Knitting.....Jo Sharp! This makes me EXTREMELY happy!!! I can let go of my guilt now. He has finally picked something that I can knit and allow him to wear. He still demands a Dale, but will make an exception....this time. I'm glad that he wants to wear something I've made, but that kind of puts the pressure on. These both must be done completely by the end of November. I better go knit now.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Brioche Smrioche. I have frogged this about five times now. I'm not so much having trouble with the stitch pattern, actually that's not it at all. I have done everything that I know not to do! I've turned it inside out and knitted two rows, I've cast on and knit three inches and discover that ohhh it's twisted. Darn. I have forgotten the ridiculous purl at the end of the row. I have dropped yarn overs. YO I've done it all. I love it still though. My pretty Naturwolle looks like it had an encounter with electricity. Aye Aye Aye! I will master this and I will Brioche all over the place. You'll see.
I'm off to the lake in the morning. No internet. No civilization. Knitting is plentiful. Other knitters will be there. Lots of knitting going on. OOOHH I can't wait. Lots of knitting talk too! A gathering of my family, women only, on my Mom's side. Big fun. Lots of food. Maybe I'll share pics. Of our cabin too. I've neglected it lately. I'm rekindling my love for it. I do love it. I love what it means to me too.
No news from me until Monday. Sorry kids. All of the maybe five of you who read my mindless chatter.

Saturday, October 7, 2006

Don't hate me because my yarn is beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This is Naturewolle in colorway "Chicago". Isn't it so much fun? I like to call it Good and Plenty. It reminds me of the box the candies came in. Yucky candies too. :p

Here is what I have planned for "Good and Plenty"......... this is the Bulky Brioche Sweater from last fall Interweave Knits. The pattern calls for this yarn. Christina, at my LYS, has this started in this yarn. It's so fuzzy soft. Love it! Imagine that. My fickle, fickle heart. I believe brioche may beat Malabrigo. We'll see!

Gatsby is coming along, I'm into the lace pattern. I've also discovered why I don't like lace. It is because I have no idea what it is supposed to look like. I have an idea, but I don't know for sure. That drives me crazy. Count, count count! That also drives me crazy. I have to concentrate. I can't just go to town like I usually do when I knit. I must devote every little bit of attention. Strong urges to sling Gatsby into a bag, pick up something mindless. Something new. Something that is fun! I'm trying hard to resist the urges. I can't keep my hands off Naturewolle.

Look at this will ya! This is Dale of Norway's new Norwegian Ski Team sweater for 2007. This is looking great for hubby. I'm playing with the idea. It doesn't look quite as daunting as St. Moritz for some reason. I love the style of this new one too. I think the black would look great on hubby. I may get this started soon.

Thursday, October 5, 2006

Here is my newest love. The Gatsby Girl from this fall's Interweave Knits! I love Gatsby like I loved Jo-Jo. It's a pure, true love. I haven't strayed from her since we started our little romance, but let me tell you the fruits have been tempting.............I have big, big plans for Gatsby. I do hope she serves me honorably! : )

This is my that little bird thingy is a link to my LYS. I can not figure this out right now. Sorry.
Anyhow, for October they are doing a Malabrigo knitalong. Not that you really need an excuse to knit with this. It is great yarn. It has been a while since I've done anything with it. I have it in my stash. Christina found this great pattern. I had the book. I'm totally into cables right now. This sweater is gorgeous. The color of my yarn is perfect for this. How could I possibly NOT do the knitalong? The name of the pattern is The Frost Jacket. It is from Norah Gaughan's Knitting Nature book. Great book as well. I'm going to swatch this weekend. Maybe tomorrow???

Now, back to Gatsby. I love her. Oh you already know that. Well, she's coming along quite nicely. Quickly too. I'm about ten rows from starting the lace pattern on the back. The cables have really made it go alot faster than just plain work. I'm really enjoying doing them. They are fun! The yarn is Rowan Cashsoft. It's very lovely. Machine washable too. That's nice. Even though it will probably never meet the washer. I have a hard time washing handknit socks....a sweater? Nah. I plan on getting this done. I have other things awaiting.

I'm considering crafting a knitted boat at the moment. It has rained so much that my creek is overflowing our little bridge, the water is up on our gazebo, almost into the flowerbed by our house. I haven't seen the water this high in a very long time. Years. We don't live in a flood area, so that doesn't concern me. It just really reeks havoc on the yard and beds. I will take pictures in the morning if it is still bad. Or of the damage. It can really stop raining now.