Monday, June 29, 2009

And another one done

Well it is finished, washed, blocked and drying.

After I took the pic I had to repin the points. I looked for buttons today but I couldn't find what I wanted. What a bummer.

Perhaps I'll try another store later this week.

This was a nice quick and fun knit!
Yarn is Jo Sharp Silkroad DK in Boheme on a size 3.25mm needle.

Otherwise nothing is new here. It's been a lovely Monday, if Mondays can actually be lovely.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

WOW - a double header!

This morning I put my knitting aside, got in my car and drove north a LONG way. My father's family (his mother's family) was having a reunion. So I figured - heck why not - I've never met any of them before, but it could be fun.

The drive was beautiful. Alas I couldn't find the farm. I saw two farms that looked promising - one had 6 cars in the yard (it seemed odd - I thought the family was larger - but okay) however there were only two people in the yard standing about talking. Hmm - I didn't see the promised sign, in fact the only sign was a No Trespassing sign on the gate. Best drive on! The next farm look more likely - there were about 60 people in the yard, children ran about everywhere. Only one problem. They were all Amish. I believe my mother would have mentioned when she suggested I attend the reunion.

I drove up and down the stretch mentioned in the directions for about 45 minutes and then gave up the ghost and headed for home. I tried to salvage the trip with a stop at yarn store on the way home. This was not to be. Apparently all the yarn stores in Indiana are closed on Sunday.

Oh well - At least it was a lovely day for a lovely drive.

Maybe I'll have better luck next time!

Two forward, one back

The Honeycomb vest is no more. I wasn't going to have enough yarn and I wasn't happy with it anyway. If I have to buy more yarn I'm going to try to find what I wanted in the first place. So instead I ripped back and started Pudorosa. So far a very calming knit. I have the first one almost done. The FIRST ONE you many very well ask. Why yes.

Everyone, being all interested in what I was knitting, asked; I sent the link. They liked. They said they wanted one too - please!? Now they are all knitters and COULD make their own. But, I have 4 balls of this yarn.

If I had my library from home I could make these but I don't (and I could buy the pattern, but I already have it - in MN). So why not. It's a pleasant knit, I have the yarn and the time. (lots of time) And they are all knitters and will appreciate the gift. Two birds, one stone. (Well three but who, besides me, is counting.)

Saturday, June 27, 2009

And for our next adventure!

I have cast on for the Honeycomb Vest not that I have finished anything to justify starting something new. I have about 1/2 the back completed. So far it is an interesting knit. I'm looking forward to wearing it.

I am also nearly finished with a pair of socks. I have only half the foot of a second sock to finish. This is a pair that had been suffering from second sock syndrome since last fall. The 52 Pair Plunge and commute knitting have really been useful for getting projects off the UFO pile.

After I finish the vest I will have to get back to the Anniversary Mystery Shawl. I think two more weeks of steady work would finish that.

And then the second sleeve on Steve's sweater. Can sweaters suffer from second sleeve syndrome? I believe mine do.

Looks like an agenda to me!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Another week bites the dust

Sunday was a mixed blessing. Saturday we got new internet, which was win, but that meant that Saturday's agenda got pushed back to Sunday and Sunday's agenda got round filed.

There was knitting, where I discovered that I must have snagged the needles from a sock UFO for something else and put a different set in to hold the stitches. Of course I didn't notice this for 5 inches of sock leg. (rip rip rip)

Drove to West Chester (OH) to the IKEA, bought a bed and mattress. Yay for bed! Four hours driving and two hours shopping. Had fun, and saved about $800 over anything I saw in Indy (and that was just the mattress!). I think that covers gas.

So now we start a new week.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Lace, Socks and Sweaters, Oh My!

The internet has been out - but there has been knitting!

Finally finished Clue 3:

I think it's turning out pretty well. The pattern requires attention but is not to difficult. A really lovely knit.

And two pairs of socks for the 52 Pair Plunge:

What I've been calling my Raspberry Swirl sock are finally finished. I started these a LONG time ago and then more than once.

Baby socks knit in sets of three. Why? Who knows but mother's who have them like it.

And there is progress on Steve's sweater - One sleeve down and one to go!

Thursday, June 18, 2009


Internet access should reappear on Saturday! I just scheduled a new provider to come and do the install.

And boy to I have some knitting to show you! I have socks and lace and sweaters (oh my!)

I hope you all are as excited as I am (both of you!)

Monday, June 15, 2009

Still no internet at the house. Really annoying. And makes it very hard to do my paying job. VERY HARD, like as in nearly impossible.

1/2 of SSSP is complete. Rather nicely too, if you ask me.

Also finished a pair of baby socks. Cute with a capital Q.

Must make phone calls to internet providers today. TDS is full of fail. They will call us in 24 - 48 hours if they fix it, and we should be home during those times in case they stop by and need to come in, cause we don't work - right? Apparently this means they will call Saturday afternoon on the house phone, to ask us to do more 'troubleshooting' even though they were given cell numbers since we wouldn't be home. UHM WTF!? More trouble shooting? We have been doing that for weeks. This does not give me warm fuzzies.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Perhaps a little demented?!

Is it a little off center that I am thinking I should learn to knit in German? Maybe, but I think I have to have this book so I can make these socks. Or even these.

I learned to knit in French so I could use patterns from Phildar, because not so long ago (okay 15 years ago) you couldn't get all the cool patterns in English.

This is one of those days when I really question my sanity.

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

SSSP* - update!

The SSSP has moved along quite fabulously. I am now at the interesting part. WOOT!

I have let it take knitting time away from the Anniversary Mystery Shawl. This will put me even further behind, but I'm too excited to care.

There is also future project planning - I gave my Rogue sweater to my daughter so I think I will make another one for me.

I also really like the Honeycomb Vest from Spring 2008 Knitty.

First I have Steve's sweater and the SSSP to finish though.

* sooper sekret skirrel projekt

Sunday, June 07, 2009

And - Pictures!

I finally finished Clue 2 of the Anniversary Mystery Shawl.
The side panel:

The center panel:I planned to have this much done yesterday - but the fridge was out in the morning which resulted in trips for ice, packing of coolers, waiting for the service guy, getting the new (used) fridge and emergency cooking. Still have to make jelly with the strawberries that were in the freezer.

I stayed up until after midnight trying to finish up but went to bed with two rows left. I thought that it would be better to call it a night rather than having to frog back mistakes in the morning.
After a bit of breakfast today I will start clue three. Maybe I will finish clue three before clue 5 is released.

I also need to knit a couple pair of socks this week.

Friday, June 05, 2009

Still knitting lace

I still have rows and rows to go before I finish the second clue.

It is turning out very well - but I am not dedicated enough to catch up.

I have too many things I NEED to work on and too little time.

Tomorrow I hope there will be pictures here. I can't guarantee knitting pictures - but some pictures.

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Dinner with friends

Is fun.

I am very lucky - my coworker with whom I car pool doesn't mind driving so I get to knit on the way to and from work. I get quite a bit of boring knitting done. All this leads to -

Today on the way home I reached a happy place in my sooper sekret skirrel projekt (SSSP). I'm very pleased with it. Soon I will be at the interesting part of this project.

There will be no pictures of the SSSP here though - since that sort of defeats the purpose. I am taking pictures and I will put them up just as soon as the secret is broken. Something to look forward to, and perhaps to keep you coming back?!

Once I get the SSSP to the not boring part I will start knitting socks on my commute. Socks for the 52 Pair Plunge. There shall be much knitting.

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

More Lace - well - not so much

Knitting should be happening right now - instead I give you - PIE!

It was a decent trade off for knitting - the smell is lovely and I'm sure it will taste delish!

I'm still waiting to hear if I get to be one of the 100 official 52 Pair Plunge participants. I am not patient, but heaven knows I'm trying.

So now - the pie is nearly done, the kitchen is clean and I am going to try to get a few rows done on my shawl. The only way I'm going to finish the second clue before the fourth clue is released is to stay up all night Friday night and anyone who knows me knows that is not going to happen.

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Getting back in the groove

Starting to get back into the groove. Woohoo.

I need to get busy and finish some knitting. I am focusing on the Anniversary Shawl for now at least until I catch up. Then I have to pick up and knit the last sleeve on Steve's sweater. And socks - if I'm going to do the 52 Pair Plunge I'm going to have to get busy and finish some socks. I have many pair in progress. Hopefully I'll manage to focus and get some of these things done.

If I work really steadily tonight I could finish clue 2 of the shawl, maybe. And maybe I'm just delusional.

We shall see - Stay tuned for the next exciting episode of Adventures in Knitting!

Monday, June 01, 2009

Clue one - done!

Finally finished clue one for the Anniversary Mystery Shawl. I'm only two clues behind!
I have made progress on a couple of other projects and joined the 52 Pair Plunge. Unlikely I'll manage to do that, but I'm going to try.