Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Maple Leafs complete...

Pattern - Maple Leaf socks designed by Jeanie Townsend
Yarn - Knit Picks Memories in Morning Glory
Needles used - size 2 DPNs

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Saturday Sky on a Sunday

Today's saturday sky comes from the parking lot of Washington Square Mall in Tigard a day late. It was very foggy yesterday and I didn't get a chance to take a picture. But today we went to the mall to get my ears pierced finally. I have resisted all efforts from my the hubby to get my ears pierced and finally I just went in and got it done. It didn't even hurt as much as I had been dreading. I can't even tell that I have earrings in except when my ears itch.

We also spent some time watching the Nascar race. My all time favorite driver happens to be the driver of the 31 Cingular car - Jeff Burton. I have been a huge fan of his since he drove the 99 Exide car. So I am pretty thrilled that he is doing so well this year and actually has a shot at the championship. Jeff is currently in 4th place and 84 points behind the leader Matt Kenseth. There is still 3 races left in the season and anything can happen. But no matter how Jeff finishes the season, I will still cheer for him.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Nicholas walks

I don't recall giving lil Nicholas permission to do this.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Saturday Sky with Mt. Hood

Stop and Smell the Roses - or in this case the trees

It's hard to believe that seven months ago we departed the hustle and bustle of East Coast Industrialized living of Norfolk Virginia and the United States Navy. As my husband retired after 20 long years of service defending our country, he closed one chapter in his life and opened another by taking a job that has brought us to beautiful Oregon.

While taking the time to take care of some regular running around, we both stopped and took in the sight of the one thing is truly impressive. On clear days we can see the wonderful sight of Mount Hood. While Mount Hood is about 70 miles away, the mountain rises some 14,000 feet to show us it's majestic glory. We can see it almost daily as we drive around the area.

The seasons are changing here in Oregon as well. Even as the Northwest is known for it's forests of evergreen, there is still a sizeable amount of other trees that add the colors of autumn that we all come to know. As the temperatures begin to slowly drop, so do the leaves. But not before they provide a kaleidoscope of vibrant colors that brings back memories as a kid. The warm glows of the reds and oranges along with the crisp morning air heavy with the aroma of evergreen created an orgasmic ambrosia that tantalizes the senses and makes you feel happy that you are alive to wtiness such wonders.

So the next time you are out and about; wether going to work in the early morning to beat traffic, an afternoon jaunt to the grocery store or shuttling kids to soccer practice; stop and look around. Take in a big breath of air. Feel the autum season all around you. And remember what it feels like to be alive and witnessing such nature's wonders.

Post Script - My Husband, Phillip, asked me if he could write my entry this week. He is a former radio announcer, Instructor, and novice author. He wants to write a book one day. He asked if he could make this weeks entry, so I said - o.k.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Progress pictures and more

Here is a picture of the scarf that I received for the Funky Scarf Swap hosted by the very talented Scout. It came all the way from Maryland made by Kathy. I love the sparkly yarns that she picked and I really love the color.

This is a picture of a crocheted doily that I completed not too long ago. I have been crocheting since high school and saw no reason to stop just because I started knitting. Some things I prefer to crochet and doilies happen to be one of them. This one didn't take too long and was made with size 10 crochet thread and a size 7 crochet hook. It was the featured pattern one day at the Annie's Attic site. It is called the Prairie Star Doily and can be found at FreePatterns.com.

Here is my progress on my BBS (big black socks) for the Socks For Soldiers group. It may not seem like much but I am trying to get a pair done by the end of the month.I love how the sock is coming out though.
One Maple Leaf sock complete and the cuff on the second one completed as well. I carried the maple leaf pattern down the instep of the sock instead of just on the leg. I think when I make another pair of these socks I will be changing the cuff to a K2, P2 instead of using the K3, P3 as stated in the pattern. Other than that, I love how they are coming out and can hardly wait to wear them.
My first pair of mittens is the Hermione's cable-and-bobble mittens. The left mitten went by much faster once I remembered how to do cables without a cable needle. Hope to have the second one done shortly. I just began the thumb gussett. For this pair, I used Cascade 220 in Aran which I dyed with Kool-Aid.

And here I am preparing for Halloween.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Saturday Sky

Saturday sky from the parking lot of a Lutheran church in Tigard in the evening

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Saturday Sky and more...


It's Lime. It's Violet. What more is there to say????


Trader Joe's in Lake Oswego, Oregon


Today's Saturday Sky is brought to you from the parking lot of Trader Joe's located in Lake Oswego, Oregon. That busy road is I-5 and the other side is Tigard. Why did I have this sudden urge to go to Trader Joe's - a place I have never heard about? Well, I blame it all on the lovely and talented Scout. She had to show that ultra yummy looking Belizza™ Açaí Breakfast Bowl so I had to go get some of the sorbet to make some myself. So yes, its all her fault.


This most lovely package is from my Knitters Tea Swap 2 pal. The lovely Laura of Baby Knits. All I can say is OMG!!!!!! I took one look at the yarn and stopped breathing for a moment. I was stunned. I have Koigu!!!! I have always wanted Koigu and I have seen it at one of the LYS but haven't brought myself to actually pick one up. And now I have 2 hanks of the loveliest ocean colors. I am a Pisces so I just looooove the ocean. I also love the Celestial Seasonings tea, awww heck I love the entire package. The hand cleaner is going straight into the purse. With two boys, it comes in handy. Plus I get to play with dyeing yarn. Sigh... Thank you!!!!

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Socktober Fest

When did you start making socks? Did you teach yourself or were you taught by a friend or relative? or in a class? I started my first pair of socks around the beginning of last year. I finished that first pair this year. It got set aside and forgotten about. I made that pair with a tutorial from AlexSandy Thompson of the KnittingMadeEasy4U Yahoo Group. We will be doing a 2 circular tutorial shortly.

What was your first pair? My first pair was a pair of anklet socks made with Lion Brand Woolease with size 3 DPNs. How have they "held up" over time? They have held up pretty good. They are nice and soft and still fit great.

What would you have done differently? Practiced the kitchener stitch before I made the first one. I ended up with a lil hole in one of them.

What yarns have you particularly enjoyed? Right now I have some handpainted sock yarn that I look forward to using. So far I have Knit Picks yarn, a hank of Appletini from Scout, and some Lisa Souza yarn on order in the LimeNViolet colorway. I would love some of the Emerald City colorway. Plus I scored some Socks that Rock while at the Oregon Flock & Fiber Festival this year.

Do you like to crochet your socks? or knit them on DPNs, 2 circulars, or using the Magic Loop method? Crochet socks?!? Is there such a creature? So far I have used DPNs only but would love to learn how to use 2 circulars.

Which kind of heel do you prefer? (flap? or short-row?) So far heel flap.

How many pairs have you made? Currently, I am on my third pair - a pair of Maple Leaf socks made with Knit Picks Memories in Morning Glory. I am on the foot part of the first sock. My second pair was anklet socks with Moda Dea Sassy Stripes for the hubby.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Chocolate Swap

Another successful swap!!! Today I received a box full of chocolate yummys from Valerie of Yarn Needles Twist. The yarn is really soft and there was all that chocolate. Can we say to heck with the diet plans. But it is a sacrifice that I am willing to make. I don't know which chocolates to try first. Nathan has already had one of the lil chocolates. And then there was the yarn - 3 hanks of handpainted, soft, yummy, chocolaty yarn. There was one from Fearless Fibers (another Oregon gal so of course I am gonna be looking at her other yarns) and the other two came from Spindle Cat Studio. I just noticed that she has a shade called "Zombie". Reminds me of Halloween - my favorite holiday. Anyway, thank you soooo much Valerie and thanks to Abigail for coming up with this great swap. Now off to the chocolates.

From left to right: Fearless Fibers (Thoroughbred Colorway) ; Spindle Cat Studio (Goldilocks Colorway) ; Spindle Cat Studio (Black Walnut Colorway)

Here is what I sent Valerie. Since I forgot to take a picture of what I sent her before I packed the box- I borrowed the picture she posted at the Chocolate Swap blog. The bag was my second sock bag that I made. Not bad. I thought it came out good. I have some more fabric that I will be using to make some more sock bags.

Monday, October 02, 2006

Secret Pal 9

Welcome to SP9!Below is the questionnaire for this round. Please post your answers to your blog before October 15th. Be sure you post the questionnaire where your pal can easily find it. :-)

1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?
I use all yarn for something. No fiber snobbery here.

2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in?
Right now they don't have a container which is why I am constantly misplacing them. In fact I just found a size 2 crochet hook under the sofa.

3. How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced?
about 2 years. i taught myself starting with a harry potter scarf. I consider myself an adventurous beginner.

4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?
Yes - Amazon

5. What's your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products, etc.)
lavendar, strawberry

6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy?
yes, i like lemonheads and those pumpkin mellowcremes that come out around Halloween and of course chocolate. But nothing with coconut in it.

7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin? crochet, sewing mostly. i haven't learned how to spin yet.

8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)
all types except rap - most sound like bad poetry put to music. yes, the computer/stereo - even the one in the car - can play MP3s

9. What's your favorite color(s)? Any colors you just can't stand?
blues, greens, reds, purple sometimes. I absolutely don't like neon colors as they hurt my eyes.

10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?
I have a husband and two small boys (Nathan -4 years and Nicholas -10 months going on 1 in November)

11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos? yes

12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit? right now socks and baby items (for boys)

13. What are you knitting right now? socks & Clapotis

14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts? yes

15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic? straight needles mostly although I have 3 circular needles and just ordered size 1 from Knit Picks. Right now I use aluminum since they cost less but would love to try bamboo.

16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift? yes, I have both

17. How old is your oldest UFO? about 6 years - its a crocheted afghan I started back when I was in the Navy

18. What is your favorite holiday? Halloween

19. Is there anything that you collect? fairies, pegasus, wizards, teddy bears

20. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?
books I would love - Queen Kahuna's Crazy Toes & Heels, Socks Soar on Two Circular Needles. would love some lisa souza yarn. currently have subscriptions to Interweave Knits and Creative Knitting

21. Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn? 2 socks on 2 circs

22. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements? yes, size 9 shoes.

23. When is your birthday? (mm/dd) March 14 (Pisces)