Sunday, March 29, 2009

Prospect Harbor Light

I've got nothing for you today! So, I'll borrow an idea from Aunt Kathy and show you what I'm looking at on my desktop. (click on it to see the full size photo) The sky today is not nearly that blue - in fact it's pretty gray with a promise of rain for the next couple of days. Which will bring us, not to spring, we really don't have that season here, but to "Mud Season". This photo was taken by a friend of a friend and he gave her permission to share it - so feel free to save it to your own computer!

Saturday, March 28, 2009

To Bind Off or Not to Bind Off & Other Mysteries

This is Day 13 of the Mystery KAL on Rachel's Knitting Room Yahoo Group.
Today we have a choice. We can finish it off by knitting 4 more rows of garter and binding off - or continue on...forever and ever, I think, since it called for a whole cone of cotton yarn.
It would make a really large dishcloth, but I'm tempted to keep on going - what do you think?

I received my Mystery Yarn Ball from the Whoduknit swap. It's from Robbie and the yarn is Paton's Decor in very pretty colors and the pattern is for a cabled cup cozy. There are little goodies sticking out of it and I'm anxious to see what mysterious objects will fall out as I knit.
I checked out the first season of Knitting Daily on CDs from the library since it's not being shown in this area, so I think I may settle down and watch it while I knit up my cup cozy, and see what falls out of the ball!

Monday, March 23, 2009

A Little bit of Knitting to relieve the stress

Last week at school was stressful and this week is starting out the same way - involving DHS (Department of Human Services), and bad parenting, and kids suffering because of it. It's really heartbreaking.

And so, on to the knitting.............

Above is the first 8 days of the mystery KAL on Rachel's Knitting Group. This group usually knits dishcloths - but this mystery KAL calls for a whole cone of Peaches & Cream cotton. It's a very interesting pattern. I think it must be a runner and will take a very long time to complete!

I finally finished the booties to go with the hat for a baby shower I am going to next week. Notice the booties are fraternal twins? After three tries to get them to match using the self-striping yarn, I finally gave up and decided it would be more fun if they didn't match. Hope the new mommy feels the same way!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Where is your cell phone?

My blogging mind has been pretty blank lately - so here is a one word meme for you. This weekend I'll have some blog awards to give out so come back!

Where is your cell phone? charging
spouse? sleeping
Your hair? graying
Your mother? Heaven
Your favorite thing? knitting
Your favorite drink? merlot
Your dream/goal? retirement
What room are you in? addition
Where do you want to be in 6 years? alive
Something that you aren't? young
Muffins? blueberry
Wish list item? yarn
Where you grew up? Clifton
Last thing you did? eat
What are you wearing? clothes
TV? Knitting
Your pets? none
Friends? good
life? hard
Your mood? tired
Your car? outback
Something you're not wearing? glasses
Your favorite store? acmoore
When is the last time you laughed? today
Last time you cried? yesterday
Where do you go to over and over? work
Favorite place to eat? Chippers
Favorite place you'd like to be at right now? bed

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Knit Something Green Today!

Here is my 'green'. I knit a skinny scarf with the leftover Plymouth Happy Feet yarn from my Old Shale Smoke Ring. It knit it in the Old Shale pattern (so simple!) CO 22 stitches, Row 1: K Row 2: K2,P18,K2
Row 3: K2, (K2tog) 3x (YO,K1)6x (K2tog)3x Row 4: K
Repeat these 4 rows until it is as long as you want or you run out of yarn.
I had enough yarn left over for Vickie Howell's shamrock (the link for the pattern is in the post below). I just glued the beads on it.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Irish Blessings

May you always have

Walls for the wind

A roof for the rain

Walls for the wind,

A roof for the rain,

Fine yarn to knit

A good book to read

Tea beside the fire,

Laughter to cheer you

Those you love near you,

And all your heart might desire

And... It's not too late to whip up some

of Vickie Howell's bejeweled shamrocks in your home with walls and a roof, with fine yarn, by the fire, drinking tea,while reading a book, with good friends near you and laughter to cheer you!

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Spring Ahead

Daylight savings time begins today and spring is in the air this weekend, in spite of the snow still on the ground. We've had weather in the 40s, and sunny skies. To celebrate I knit this springy hat. True, it's being modeled by a snowman, and he really needs to be put away, but he's so cute I'll probably let him stick around awhile - at least until the snow melts! The hat will be gifted to our school secretary who is expecting her first baby in April. It's made with sock yarn (I think it's Lion Brand). The pattern is a Ravelry pattern called Baby Beanie and was really fun to knit. What was not fun to knit was the baby sock I tried for two hours this morning to figure out. I've been wanting to try toe-up socks and thought this would be an easy way - NOT. After 5 tries I did figure out the cast on and it was going great until I got to the heel. I have no problem turning a heel on a top down sock - but going the other way with all the wrap & turns drove me crazy and to the frog pond the sock went.
I think I'll make booties instead.

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

What's Your Word?

My Word is "Peace"
You see life as precious, and you wish everyone was safe, happy, and taken care of.
Social justice, human rights, and peace for all nations are all important to you.

While you can't stop war, you try to be as calm and compassionate as possible in your everyday life.
You promote harmony and cooperation. You're always willing to meet someone a little more than halfway.

Monday, March 02, 2009

Greening it up

I decided to go with the green theme today - probably with the hope we would be seeing some soon! One of my favorite instant gratification projects - The Clutch You'll Never Give Up from One Skein. I've actually given quite a few of these up - but maybe I'll keep this one! I knit it with two strands of Patons Classic Merino in Heather Green.

And I felted Jeanne's bag - from this to this. I love felting - it's like magic!

Do You Like Green Eggs and Ham?

The kids in my 2nd grade class do! We celebrate 'Cat in the Hat Day' every year with a Reading Cafe, where the older students serve the younger students Dr. Seuss books and green eggs and ham - they love it!
And I have no problem taking this pledge right along with them. Take it along with me!

Read Across America Reading Pledge

I promise to read
Each day and each night.
I know it's the key
To growing up right.
I'll read to myself,
I'll read to a crowd.
If silent or loud.
I'll read at my desk,
At home and at school,
On my bean bag or bed,
By the fire or pool.
Each book that I read
Puts smarts in my head,'
Cause brains grow more thoughts
The more they are fed.
So I take this oath
To make reading my way
Of feeding my brain
What it needs everyday

In fact - I would take the same pledge changing the word read to knit. And since school has been cancelled once again, I might celebrate the day by knitting some Dr. Seusseque wrist warmers by Susan Flockhart Designs. Or my own version of this fun Dr. Seuss scarf by Not Martha. Or maybe going with the green theme and knitting one of these St. Paddy's Day patterns from Moorehouse Farms?
And, did you know that today is also Cat Bordhi's birthday? So maybe I'll CO for a Moebius Cowl or a Denise Bag or some Socks that Soar on Two Circular Needles. While all the while, reading the March Whoduknit book - Winter Study by Nevada Barr.
But, I will not be eating Green Eggs and Ham!

Sunday, March 01, 2009

In Like A Lion

Another storm on the way - snow, ice, power outages, school closings........

Take me Away!!!!!

This is my friend Dot who sent me the bear. She is wearing the red hat I sent her. It doesn't sing That's What Friends are For - but it was made with love!

And my manikin friend modeling my Smoke Ring made with the Happy Feet Plymouth yarn I won in BJ's contest. I just love this color! I have enough left to make a skinny scarf that I can wear in warmer weather (see - I'm being optomistic - it IS going to get warmer!) The smoke ring will probably be perfect for St. Patrick's day.
I'm going to hit 'escape' now!!!