Sunday, August 31, 2008
I received my box from Robin of the "Phaster than Phelps" team on Friday when I got home from work.
Inside was a lovely dishrag,
a yummy smelling handmade soap, and the yarn for my dishrag, plus the secret pattern of course.
I knit up the cloth and back in the box it goes along with some hidden goodies.
Back on it's way to Grace in New Jersey!
Run Phelps, Run!!!! (Run?? As Kathy so aptly pointed out that should read)
SWIM PHELPS, SWIM!!!!
Yup swim right down the coast under the GW Bridge and then start running like H***.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Did you see the photo I posted for "Wordless Wednesday"? That's the type of scenery I have to look at as I drive to work in the morning - tough, huh? Oh, sometimes it's foggy, and sometimes in the winter there is sea smoke rising off the water - but it's always a breathtaking scene!
In the meantime, I'm anxiously awaiting the 'box' for the dishrag tag. I'm hoping to get it tomorrow so I can get it back out by Saturday - otherwise, it's the long weekend, and no mail until Tuesday. I'm also working on my Special Olympics scarf - almost finished with the first one and will have plenty of that good old RH Supersaver to make another.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Saturday, August 23, 2008
My prize package from Scout's contest arrived today.
The yarn is really yummy! With my gift certificate I decided on the Pattern Tamers and the pattern for the Elizabeth Bag. The pattern tamers are really neat and just in time! I have this thing about charts, maps, etc. For directions I need - "turn right, drive for 20 miles, turn left, etc." Maps just don't make any sense to me and my phobia carried over to charts. If I saw a pattern with a chart - and no written directions - forget it - not doing it! But I'm trying to get over that - using a chart now to knit my Branching Out scarf, and just cast on for the Clementine Shawl - another chart project. These tamers are going to help out a lot - I'll be trying them out today.
I'm using Knitpicks Elegance - baby alpaca and silk for my Clementine in Cornflower blue - a much prettier color than it looks in this picture.
The Elizabeth bag pattern is a bigger version of the Sophie bag, which I have made many times, so I thought I'd try out her big sister! The scarf version is really cute.
So - thank you again Scout!
If you haven't been to her store you should go on over and browse. the button is on my sidebar. Oh, and the red scarf project that won me this great prize is almost finished and ready to mail out by Sept. 1.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Did you know that you can send a post to your blog right from Flickr? I didn't know that! The more I learn about blogging the more I find out I don't know anything! So anyway this is my practice swatch for the MS4 KAL (what am I thinking?) One thing I know already is that I bind off too tightly. I'll have to use a bigger needle to bind off (if I ever get that far). I only did two repeats and I was supposed to do 3 I think, and I haven't blocked it, so it looks like a bunch of holes, but the yarn seems to work with the #4 needles I am using. I guess I should try another one and work some beads into it so I can practice doing that and see how they look. I have knit using beads before but never using such thin yarn and such tiny beads.
Have you see this Hat Attack Swap? It looks like a lot of fun. If it had been going on during the summer I would have joined - but September is hard enough without having to worry about being killed by a hat. And the other thing is - and get this - they expect you to get the right gauge when you knit the hat and if you don't it's a 'misfire'. I guess they don't use my technique of knitting a hat and then giving it to whoever it fits. I really can't do it! School will be starting and for the first month I usually stumble in my front door, brain dead, and only able to concentrate on the most mindless of knitting projects. Those little kids can really zap the energy right out of you! And this year's class promises to be especially challenging! However....just because I can't do it, there is nothing to stop YOU from doing it. Then you can tell me how much fun I am missing! Let me know if you sign up. And if you see my name on the list of participants - you can call me crazy! Oh - did I tell you the prize is $500 worth of yarn from South West Trading Co. I think that goes to the last person still alive at the end.
I did join the Inspired to Knit Knitalong and Mood Board - even though I don't have the book I think the mood board is a very interesting concept and would fit in with my other hobby - scrapbooking.
She had a beach party last Saturday with 7 of her friends at their lake house.
The day began with rain, but that didn't stop the girls from swimming - after all, they were going to get wet anyway. It did clear up and the sun came out, and it was hard to bribe the girls to come out of the water and do the crafts and games we had planned.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Rules are posted at the beginning. At the end of the post, the player tags 6 people and posts their names. Then the player goes to each of the “named” people’s blogs and leaves a comment, letting them know they’ve been tagged and asking them to read your blog. If you’ve been tagged, you do the same, letting the person who tagged you know when you’ve posted your answer. Your answer, of course, is the answer to the following questions. Here we go!
1. What was I doing 10 years ago?
Hmmm - well I was living right here in Maine. At the end of August we would have been planning the twins 5th birthday party and getting ready for school to start. I was teaching in K-1 that year and the twins were starting school and going to be in MY class! I was a little bit nervous about how that would go - but it turned out to be an experience I wouldn't have missed for anything.
2. 5 things on my to-do list today?
1. Get my hair cut
2. Knit My swatch for the MS4 KAL
3. Watch the rain fall
5. Food shopping
3. Snacks I enjoy:
Everything bad! potato chips, chocolate, ice cream
4. Places I’ve lived:
Clifton, New Jersey
Newport, Rhode Island
Sabana Seca, Puerto Rico
5. Things I would do if I were a billionaire:
Buy a huge house on the ocean - complete with maid, cook, etc.
Make sure my kids and grandkids were secure for life.
Donate a million or two to our school building fund.
Share some with my sisters.
Share some with my friends.
Donate some to charity.
(I think I'm broke - it wouldn't take long I'm sure!)
I don't play by the rules so if you are reading this - you are tagged! And if you decide to do this, leave me a comment so that I can read your answers.
Monday, August 18, 2008
Look what he brought today! My lace yarn for my MS4 . It's Knitpicks Shadow in Snorkel, and the Beads arrived from EarthFaire - they are size 08 Seafoam (Snorkel and Seafoam have to go together, don't they?) I love the yarn and love the beads and think they look just great the way they are. The yarn has just a bit of heather in it and the beads pick up the subtle colors beautifully. I'm not sure I want to mess them up by knitting with them!
I started my scarf for the Red Scarf Project - I'm using some red superwash worsted weight wool that I had in my stash and Stephanie Pearl -McPhee's pattern. It's a simple pattern, but I think it looks good -
CO 26 sts. K2, K2 through the back, P1, repeat to the last two sts. and K2
That's it - just repeat that row until your scarf is as long as you want it to be (or you run out of yarn.) I'm hoping to get a 60" scarf out of my yarn - I'm about half way there now.
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Saturday, August 16, 2008
I received my Medal for the bag-n-tote backstroke. What a proud moment that was, standing up on the Podium receiving my medal from Bob! (see the video of the race below!)
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Tori came over and spent the day with me yesterday while her mom, and brother & sister went out on the twins lobster boat to haul their traps.
A fun way to spend a rainy day!
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Patience, a quiet, undisturbed place to knit with something> relaxing, and non-alchoholic- -wine and lace knitting do not mix until> you are way more experienced with it."
Friday, August 08, 2008
In case you don't recognize me over on Ravelry - I've temporarily changed my adavar in honor of my Ravelympics team.
Thursday, August 07, 2008
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
Monday, August 04, 2008
Sunday, August 03, 2008
me remember when to cast on for the Ravelympics. Are you competing? I'm entering the Bag 'n Backstroke event and the Shawl Relay. I'll be making Turtle Girl's It Felt Random Bag. Yes, I've made it many times before, but I think if you are competing in the Olympics you should do something you know you are good at! For the Shawl Relay I'm leaning towards the My Blue Jeans crochet shawl by Knottie by Nature. That will probably be more of a challenge. The real challenge will be finishing both projects by the end of the games!
There is a new on line knitting magazine called Twist Collective ? It looks pretty interesting. I think I am spending more time reading on-line knitting magazines than I am actually knitting.
Hope you all had a great weekend - Monday morning comes all too soon!