knitnana: May 2008

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Saturday, May 31, 2008

Just a Short Reminder...

that the sale over on Nana Sadie Rose's blog ends at midnight tomorrow night!
(((hugs)))

Thursday, May 29, 2008

FO! Believe It Or Not!

We had a staff picnic today, and you know that means I had my socks ready...and managed to finish these!

The Bubblegum Bedsocks. The pattern is my standard toe-up, with Judy's Magic Cast On, and the mock cable pattern I use often.
Needles: size 2, 16-inch circulars by Susan Bates (Quicksilvers)
(glad I used size 2s with this yarn...they're quite snug even then. Of course, I have another pair made in this yarn, and it does tend to stretch out as they're worn.)
Yarn: Sock-it-to-Me by elann
Time to complete: April 29, 2008 to May 29, 2008 (I'm getting faster...)

And today in the mail, I received this:

1700 yards of hand-dyed lusciousness from Kim. It's laceweight merino. Her Arabian Nights colorway!

For what? If you guessed a shawl, you'd be right.

The pattern? OHHHHH...you want to know which shawl? This one.

Isis is one of the goddesses of mythology that captured my imagination as a teenager. When I saw this on Ravelry, I was blown away. I've been a member of the yahoo group for a bit now, but haven't been ready to cast on. I saved my pennies for the yarn (and Kim graciously dyed extra in a super-large skein so I would have enough). I've not made a square shawl before. I knew that, while this is an amazing shawl done in white, my "trademark" purples and plums would be best suited to this extra special shawl for me.

I won't be casting on for awhile yet. I've got two others to finish, and a third I'd like to complete (Norwegian Woods) with beading (another first).

Oh, and that sweater? Gone. I should stick to what I know is true of me - I'm a shawl grrl.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Mid-Week Blues

A short week, and for some reason they're always tough to get through, you know?

It doesn't help that I can never remember what day it is, when Monday is Tuesday! I'm off kilter all week long, are you?

I don't have a lot tonight. I started another project and almost immediately - well, after about 24 hours of knitting on it - decided to put it aside. The love isn't there. What is it? If you're on Ravelry you might see it. For a bit longer. It's my "first sweater" - except that I don't think it is. The yarn is Berroco Cotton Twist in the blue/aqua/green/yellow from about 3 years ago - I bought it for the Sunset Wrap from Knitters. Didn't have enough, and Birdsong had extra and sent it to me. Well. There wasn't any love there either. (sigh)

Maybe I really should have stuck with my second choice and made a Clapotis from that yarn (and maybe I still will!)...but it's knitting horizontal "stripes" - sporadic, but still they're stripes - and I'm a bit too wide to think that's attractive on me.

I suspect it's headed to the frog pond.

Blue. As in yarn. Blue. As in mood (it's also rained and gotten really a lot colder, is going down to 45 tonight, my shoulder is telling me the forecast is probably true!). Blue. Hmmmm...there's ONE good thing about the color blue:

She's been after me with the flash again...I hate that!

Aren't they the bluest eyes you've ever seen? Pretty ones, too! And yes, they lift my mood. Star is coming along nicely, too...And what do you know? It's blue, too!
(((hugs)))

Monday, May 26, 2008

All Good Things Must Come To An End, Right?

I hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend....we tried hard not to be sad in remembering our missing family member, but BB crops up in a lot of people's conversations, and even today was no exception. At a small get-together of just 4 of us Roanoke knitting grrls at Panera Bread, for lunch, the BB's name was mentioned. She is sorely missed.

But we did have a good time today, knitting away, even if the restaurant was a might cool! A last minute change, I got a Cafe Mocha, frozen. I wished I'd stayed with the original HOT version...my toes might not have frozen to match my drink! *wink*

The last small gathering of knit buds was at Pam's house and at the time, I promised I'd show her that I, too, collected Shawnee King Corn items. I told her then, that I also collected "Tomato Ware" from Occupied Japan. So here are a couple of shots...
This one includes the veggie salt & pepper shakes I have collected as well...
Margene was showing off her collection of pins (from another time, we both now collect yarn, needles, and patterns, I think! lol!) and I mentioned that I should share some of mine...so here ya go! Just especially for you grrls...
Yes, I did knit this weekend - here are the two socks I managed to turn the heels on (that's the second Bubblegum sock, and the first Watercolor Sock)

And I'm now through 4 repeats of Anne's Star of Evening shawl...
(You can tell where I wet blocked the first repeat, right?)

What with the festival, knitting with the grrls, laundry, a bit of cooking, and a couple of errands today, it was a good weekend.

And now - as someone said to me via email today ... tomorrow it's back to reality.
(sigh)
(((hugs)))

Sunday, May 25, 2008

A Sunday Meme

**Don't forget the sale at Nana Sadie Rose**

Jocelyn posted this meme and offered it to those who were interested...so I haven't done one in awhile, I thought I'd play:

The rules of the game get posted at the beginning. Each player answers the questions about themselves. At the end of the post, the player then tags 5-6 people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know they’ve been tagged and asking them to read your blog. Let the person who tagged you know when you’ve posted your answer.

1. What was I doing 10 years ago?
I was working for my local opera company and teaching accounting at night, piecing together an existence through 2 part-time jobs. I was 2 years out from my mom's death, living alone for the first time in my life. DD had moved on to her life. I had a cute apartment and I even ran the vacuum cleaner every weekend! And I had a huge patio garden full of vegetables - good sunlight!

2. What are 5 things on my to-do list for today (not in any particular order):
(1) Recover from the Sedalia Fiber Festival, (2) grocery shop, (3) do clothing laundry, (4) wash the tablecloths I use at these festival shows - 2 loads of laundry! (5) knit on Star of Evening!

3. Snacks I enjoy:
crackers & cheese, chocolate chip cookies, grape tomatoes, berries, Cheetos - oh yeah!

4. Things I would do if I were a billionaire:
Aside from buying a reasonable-sized home with space for growing veggies, the home I'd buy would allow me to have foster care space for rescued siamese. The next critical factor would be ensuring a sound retirement, buying a new fuel-efficient car, but being able to keep my Forester, too!, paying off debt...other than that, financing my grandsons' educations, and helping my city create a viable and successful mass transit system. Our bus service is pathetic, stopping at 8:30 at night (how do second-shift workers get home?) and currently if I wanted to ride to work? I'd have to leave more than an hour early to get the 5 miles to my office on time. There has to be a better way. So I'd help them redesign the system they have to include electric buses, and to include long (or even 24-hour service), more frequent runs so that travel time doesn't take quite so long.

5. Places I have lived:
Roanoke VA, McLean, VA, Manassas VA, Alexandria VA, Salem, VA.

6. Jobs I have had:
Cocktail waittress, college accounting teacher, corporate accountant, non-profit accountant, proofreader, newsletter editor, secretary, data entry operator, business owner.

I'm supposed to tag the next round of people, but, like Jocelyn, almost everyone I can think of has done it. Feel free to copy it if you want to, and let me know so I can come and see your answers.

Nana Sadie Rose is Having A SALE!

Because I have part-time, donated help on my website...(what can I say, I operate a small business that relies on the kindness of friends and family!) I've posted a sale on my Nana Sadie Rose blog! (I can update a blog, but the website seems to be beyond me, what can I say?) *wink*

These are one of a kind items. When they're gone, they're gone! But let me tell you, I had to do something! I make samples only to find that folks really love the idea of having me create something special just for them. So...my storage space is limited and some of these just have to go! YOU can benefit.

Stop by, make your choice, and then email me. I'll send you a PayPal invoice!

Sale ends June 1.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Sedalia!

Of course, those of you who remember last year remember what a TERRIBLE day we had - cold and rainy and windy! Just miserable....

Well, as bad as that was? Today was 180 degrees in the opposite direction - sunny, warm, not the least bit humid! Just a gorgeous day.

And I had an inside booth (per my request!):

We had a long wall to set up against...along a walkway just inside the door from the back of the building. A good space, and we stretched out...

DD came along and brought her lovely bejeweled stitch markers.

We're debating, I think she's going to start a blog to sell these online, so I'll be linking to her. She does very nice designs (why, yes, I did buy some for my collection, why do you ask? lolol!) and I know they'll be something you'd enjoy using.

(And I'm not just saying that because she's related! Promise!)

I only bought one thing (it's all I had time to purchase!)...

Cherry Blossom colorway in Superwash wool/bamboo from Rock Creek Yarn...It's very pastel, very pretty...and let me tell you, I had seen it on Ravelry, and hunted them down first thing this morning so it didn't get away!
lolol

Now. No knitting. No sewing. I'm heading to bed! Whew!

Friday, May 23, 2008

Sedalia!

Hope to see you there - tomorrow!

You Guys ROCK!!!

Best possible outcome!!! Procedure went smoothly, friend "A" is okay!
THANKYOU!
(((((hugs)))))

Thursday, May 22, 2008

A Special Request...

I ask things of my readers once in awhile (oh, and no, The Meezer didn't come close in the voting last week - tho' not because her adoring fans didn't try their best - there was another kitty who's votes were staggeringly high!!)...

Tonight is one of those time when I am hoping you'll forgive me for this extra special request.

I have a good friend, I'll call "A" who tomorrow is facing a medical procedure that is scary, and, as most are, somewhat dangerous. If you're the praying sort, would you say a prayer for "A?" If you're not, would you hold her in your thoughts gently?

I feel very strongly that all will be well. But sometimes what we want "well" to be, isn't really what "well" turns out to be.

I'm hoping and praying for an outcome of success in the procedure, and ability to continue her life as she knows it now, as comfortably as possible.

You know I work with people with disabilities. I could ask you this almost every day because of the work I do, but I don't.

I'm asking now because I'm concerned, and because I know the power of prayer.

"A" needs that power for tomorrow morning. And my knit bloggers are the selfless needle clickers to give it!
TIA
(((hugs)))

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Experiments in Lace, Part 1

Here it is...blocked and unpinned:
And here's what I found...I was remiss in measuring the swatch pre-pinning to block. :(

So...Pinned the width of the swatch is 14.25 inches and the height to the point is 7 inches. This is through the first repeat of 24 rows of the body chart. I had 14 stitches over 4 inches (knit on size 3 Addi Lace needles).

Now. When I unpinned, here is what I had: 13.75 inches wide and 6.5 inches high. Hmm...Unpinned there was a "bounce-back factor" that was 1/2 an inch in each direction. I've seen that happen with natural merino, tho' I have to admit I didn't measure the difference. But 1/2 an inch doesn't seem unusual in my mind...what do you think?

I'm really pleased with the results of this little test. I adore the pattern - isn't Anne's pattern just gorgeous? (ok...nothing she does is anything less than gorgeous, I know!).

And I love The Meezer colorway. I think I'm going to continue on with this as is.

And, last night and today, I knit a second swatch of lace done in Socks That Rock. I used the Traveling Vines pattern from Dogs Steal Yarn. She's moved her blog and the pattern isn't there any longer...but I did find the lace pattern in the first Barbara Walker Treasury - just add 3 garter stitches on each side to keep the scarf from curling, and edge top and bottom with 5 garter rows. I hope she puts her pattern back up soon! It's a lovely one...

I did two repeats of the pattern (and shortened the garter border top and bottom to 3 rows. It's blocking now. I've measured it, too - 22 stitches over 4 inches on size 5 Knitpicks Harmony needles...

I'll show that to you later in the week and see what I think of the "bounce-back" on that one!

This is interesting...I can't wait to see what Judy finds in her results!
(((hugs)))

Monday, May 19, 2008

Detour on the Road to Another Shawl!

I was merrily knitting along last night when I came to the end of the first repeat of the body of Star of Evening. And I read the instructions for how many times to knit the 24 rows of pattern depending on the size shawl I wanted to make. Well. I thought, Hmm...how many yards of this Meezer yarn do I have, anyway?

And pulled out the un-caked skein to look at the tag. There was no problem with the yardage. But. I read the label a bit more carefully for the "first" time (I say that because I've had this yarn at least 2 years...I'm sure I looked at it before, or should have looked at it before, right? sigh).

It read: "SUPERWASH Merino."

My heart skipped a beat (this isn't a good thing, mind you, it scares me - I've survived a heart attack).

Superwash? Really? Surely I knew when I ordered over 1000 yards of this yarn that I was planning to make a lace shawl (of some pattern or another) with it! How could I have missed that this was superwash?

Some of you may be wondering why I worried? Well. Superwash merino, I thought, can't be blocked. LACE, to truly look delicate and light and airy, is BLOCKED.

Emails passed back and forth between me and several folks: Opal who knits some of the most amazing shawls I've ever seen; Jocelyn who test-knits for Anne; Jane (tho' I know that Jane mostly knits acrylics, she holds my hand when I panic); Roxie who hand-dyed The Meezer colorway, and assures me that superwash can be blocked; Ruinwen, knitting teacher extraordinaire, and Reiki master; Judy who shares my compulsion for multiple projects of both lace and socks.

By afternoon, I'd made a decision: I would damp block the Star of Evening to this point. But...I had early on succumbed to order laceweight merino from Kim in the Seascapes colorway (perfect for a Star of Evening, I think!), and the wondrous Meezer colorway will become another sock-weight Clapotis which looks extra fabulous UN-blocked! (Kate even begged me - via Ravelry group - NOT to block my previous one, and I haven't!)

BUT...Judy and I were curious - just what would happen if you block superwash sock yarn? So, across the continent from each other, with different patterns, and superwash yarns, we're conducting an experiment and taking notes - You, dear readers, will be the beneficiaries of our combined experiences!

My first sample is The Meezer yarn - fingering weight superwash merino from Zen Yarn Garden, knit on size 3 Addi Lace needles...
please excuse the waterspots on my ironing board - it's "damp blocked" on the needles (as I didn't want to cast off and create a swatch (which Judy has said she will do!).

I'll fill you in on my success (or not!) tomorrow when it's dry.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Shawl Infidelity...OR...Two Many WIPs?

I know...Google is going to go nuts with that title, right?
:)
Today - Saturday - after a crazy week (one evening I actually had 5 things to do, including a Red Hats dinner and Knit Night!). Well, today my sis-in-law and I had a yard sale...I know, just shoot me, right? Well, it might as well have rained for all the people we had stop by (and it was just totally a gorgeous day - not a cloud in the sky, no humidity, a bit breezier than it should have been and clothing racks went skating across the driveway, but hey, I will NOT complain!). I have no idea - Maybe it was because it was the first good Saturday we've had in weeks, and tomorrow is supposed to be rainy. Anyway, not a good yard sale. But I knit on the second Bubblegum Bedsock!

Then I dropped by my LYS - Knitter's Knook...drooled over some lucious Kidlin...yes, THAT's going to be following me home sometime soon - when I decide on a lace pattern (I promise, Becky, I just gotta find the right lace, and then decide between the cranberry and the purple!).

But I got home, unloaded the car, did some routine clean-up around the apartment that had been put off since mid-week in my frenzy to do everything between Thursday and today. And then headed off to dinner with Lynette! (Just too tired to cook and we hadn't done dinner in weeks)

Finally, home. And I pulled out...well...
Remember my Tebaldi DFS? I had to tink a week ago (is it humanly possible for me to knit lace with doing so? I don't think so...), and had set it aside. So now I got another good four rows under my belt and I'm feeling better about it - starting the 4th repeat of 11...

And then it hit me.

Star of Evening! I knew when I saw this pattern that the Meezer Yarn would work up beautifully in it - as it just wasn't right for the VLT Trinity Shawl I'd started out with...

So. I couldn't stand it. I was completely seduced. (Anne's patterns do that.) DFS went back in it's bag, and out came the Meezer yarn. And away I went...Thru the point rows, the setup rows, and here all the way thru the first row of the body (so I could show you the two bound-off sides that form the edging...):

ISN'T it perfect? I am so happy with the yarn in this pattern (ok...it's not a lot of lace to show yet, but I really think it's going to be perfect!)...

And then...
I noticed someone else's interest!
But, I'm not sure it's the shawl...
Nope...it appears that The Meezer has excellent taste in needles!
Addi Lace needles to be exact!

Oh!! Fun!! These taste good, Mommie!

I promise, I rescued them...immediately after this shot.

No Addis were harmed during the creation of this post...

And now, I guess I've admitted my worst, and possibly fatal, flaw...I'm a promiscuous lace addict. *wink*
(((hugs)))

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Miracles

I told you last week about my friend, Rae, whose house was destroyed by fire. I told you her kitty, Floozie was lost in that fire.

Tonight? Floozie appeared at a neighbor's door.

Rae & Floozie are spending some special time together tonight.

And I'm saying some very, very special prayers to Bast (Bastet) & Sekhmet.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Important Milestone...

I've been busy...and I wanted to share a couple of things...below? This is an extra special set - a friend asked me to make a Posy from vintage kitchen curtains she'd found...I don't normally like to work in such fabrics, as you can't guarantee the results the way you can with quilting cottons. But I agreed, especially when I saw this fabric!

Not sure, but I think this was known as "hopsacking" and it's not in the least substantial being a loose evenweave material. Still...with a bit of stabilizing, I think it turned out really well...so well that I emailed and asked if she'd like an Oressa to match her Posy, and she said yes! So the set is complete!

Then, after last week's aqua Yin Yang Kitties Glady case that I showed you, I created this Posy in the same print, but in the red colorway! Isn't it great? I'm getting ready for Sedalia, can you tell?

Now...on a serious note? Today is a milestone for me: eight years ago today, I had a heart attack. And I survived. I didn't know the signs, which are different from men's symptoms. Do you? The WomenHeart site is one of my favorites and is an organization near and dear to my heart *wink* so you might want to surf around there and learn a thing or two that's new?

I'm healthier today than I was eight years ago, though of course, I could always improve...Still, I'm really happy to be here, a heart attack survivor.

And in honor of the day, these arrived in the mail - I did not plan it that way!

BMFA Pink Granite STR.

And I've coveted the Hot Flash colorway for about 2 years now...and never had seen it EXCEPT on blogs. But - suddenly there it was. And that seemed like an omen. So...I couldn't buy just one - instead I bought the two of them!! (Blame it on late night web browsing, okay?)

But they both make me happy which is exactly how I feel today!
(((hugs)))

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy Mother's Day!

I'm hoping all the mother's in knitblogland have had a lovely day! I received exactly what I asked for about mid-day (right before the heavens opened up and dropped about 2 inches of rain into my lovely potted veggies) - marigolds! I add them to my tomatoes to help with natural pest repellent! Unfortunately, they're NOT in the pots right now...I have to wait for everything to dry out a bit, and that isn't going to be a bit before Tuesday at the earliest. LOTS of rain today - storms and more on the way tonight and tomorrow, too.

But we need it. Yes. We do.

Anyway, I promised you a photo of the newest sock - this is more Roxie yarn - that's right, more Zen Yarn Garden, I just love this yarn! This is the softest 100% Superwash Merino I've seen. The colors are the most delicate, almost pastel watercolor, so that's going to be the name of the socks! And I'll do my favorite Feather & Fan pattern on the cuff a la Wendy...

I've been sewing today mostly, spent a little time on Rae's squares, and also on the Tebaldi Diamond Fantasy Shawl - you know, if I weren't so A.D.D. when it comes to knitting I might finish more things more quickly! lol!

Mom...it would be nice if you'd walk away from the computer long enough to feed me - it's dinner time!
...The Meezer

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Saturday - An Early Mom's Day for Me!

Over on Nana Sadie's Place you can see what I did for myself for Mom's Day - this is tradition...I always consider this event my gift to myself...

And I wanted to show you the Trekking 176 socks - Rae loves them, I think, if only because they're the only pair of handknit socks she currently ownes.
She had them on today when I stopped by to gather the two skeins of yarn I'd taken over on Thursday...
Why?
Well, because it suddenly dawned on me last night that Rae doesn't have a swift and ball winder anymore. And I'd taken the skeins to her uncaked. (Not the brightest thing I've ever done, but then, I admit to being a touch harried the past few days - nothing like what Rae's been through, but still...). So they're back with me to be wound!

The Roanoke Valley Spinners and Knitters group are making squares to create a blanket for Rae (she knows about this, because she CAN read the forums on Ravelry with her phone). We're doing 6-inch squares knitted of sock yarns on size 1 or 2 needles, in the manner of MDK's beautiful blanket for Oliver. I've had a time getting going on these larger ones, the 4-inch squares that Kay had us knit before go much more quickly!

Still this is going to be gorgeous. I think Rae will be delighted with it!

I have to admit that I bought a few patterns from Anne today...I might have bought This, and perhaps This, and even possibly THIS! Not starting all of them yet, tho. I think the first might work nicely in The Meezer yarn that is awaiting a new pattern...since the last one (VLT Trinity Stitch Triangle) failed so miserably...

OH. And come back tomorrow - I've started another sock!

Friday, May 09, 2008

Ok. Goodies, Two! (Too?)

While my brain still isn't quite in gear after yesterday's events - and oh my stars, I had no idea so many of you all knew Rae! (Tho' running NoSo Knit here in Roanoke all those years, I shouldn't be surprised! Not to mention all the other knitting events she attends.) I'm feeling a tad overwhelmed by the generosity of knitters - again, I really shouldn't have been surprised, given Stephanie's Knitters Without Borders milestones and Wendy's ability to fundraise for Heiffer, International, too...But you folks have just blown me away!

I can't update you much tonight, as I've not heard from Rae. I didn't expect to, as I think they're very involved in making arrangements for the basic necessities of life.

Still...I wanted to touch base tonight and let you all know how much this means (Rae was bowled over last night when I saw her, and very, very tired).

So...with that said, I had to come fulfill a promise I made last night! I have postponed discussing this wondrous gift that appeared this week in my mail. I didn't want it to get much later before a public thank-you appeared here, so here goes!

Some time ago, I was quite taken with a mobius wrap that Karen made. I don't completely remember the particulars, but apparently she promised me her copy of Cat Bordhi's book. I forgot about it, and Karen's been tied up with her own concerns, but about a week ago, she emailed to say that I should expect it...(she had to jog my memory of all this, too! lol). Well, she didn't just send along the first book, she sent the second one, too!

And as if that wasn't enough? This gorgeous Blue Sky Alpaca/Merino - this stuff is sooooo soft, and the perfect grayed-out amethyst! (I just love it...and have not been able to stop petting it!)

And...

then she put in Claudia Handpaint Linen in Summer Rose (3 sks)!!! The colors in this are just amazing - like a rose garden (and we're just beginning to see the roses burst out around here, so I'm being reminded daily how stunning those colors truly are! This yarn is a perfect match!)

And finally? This ball of Regia Cotton sock yarn - I've not knit socks with cotton yet, so this will be a treat to try!

Karen had said she'd tucked in some yarn with the books. I had no idea what she meant by that till I opened the box.

This was a completely unexpected and delightful surprise, a gift that will keep me knitting a long time! I'm working on coming up with a shawl pattern to use the linen in, and a scarf pattern for the Blue Sky - perhaps with a cable?

Karen, what can I say? You're such a sweetie...Thank you a hundred times over! (((hugs)))

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Hardly Seems Right...

to run on about a largesse tonight...

My Sock Guru, Rae lost everything she owned in a house fire today, including her beloved kitty. She and her husband escaped with their lives and not a lot else. The house has been demolished.

The Roanoke Valley Spinners & Knitters have been on high alert via phone, email, and Ravelry Group Forum today, passing information. The community has stepped up to the plate, and Rae and her husband are safe, dry, and not quite ready to look to the future (tomorrow will be soon enough).

So if you don't mind? I'm going to turn off the computer tonight. We've a threat of tornadoes and heavy t-storms anyway. I'm going to go knit on a sock. The Trekking 176 socks are done, and adorning Rae's feet. Thank heaven we wear the same size.

I promise, tomorrow I'll come back with the second part of my goodies. But tonight? I'm going to go knit a sock and cuddle a certain Siamese, and a Calico who isn't too hep on cuddling.

She's gonna get some, anyway.
(((Hugs)))

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Goodies!

It's been a bit like Christmas around Chez Knitnana this week. I mentioned in an earlier post that I was helping to kick-start the economy all on my own (are you participating?)...

First I did mention I think that I'd ordered a couple of lace books?

Lacis is an excellent alternative source (to Amazon) for knitting (and other needlework) books and more esoteric supplies, as well. I've found them wonderful to deal with...

The books are two I've had on my wishlist for some time. At present, I've only had a short time to review Evelyn Clark's Knitting Lace Triangles but I'm fascinated, and of course, ready to cast on immediately - forget that there's already one shawl OTN and another planned and purchased for!! lolol

I'm going to be good however. The book is fabulous in helping you use 4 lace patterns and transition rows to create your own triangular shawl (which we all know is my favorite style, right?) It offers charts to help you decide on size, how much yarn to estimate for each of the patterns, and so on. I know I'm going to have fun with it, even if I just decide to create one of the shawls EC has already offered inside the covers and don't create my own version. But who knows? I might get brave!

I didn't realize, till I read the Special Thanks at the back of the book that Ms. Clark is associated (somewhat at least) with the Voluntary Simplicity folks in the Pacific Northwest...all those folks who wrote eloquently on their experiences and philosophies during the 1990s and early 2000s. She mentions Jacque Blix, whom I immediately recognized from her book co-authored with her husband, David Heitmeiler, Getting A Life. I had no idea that Ms. Blix was also a knitter! Sometimes, the connections we find over time just boggle the mind, you know? It's just one more example of that 6-degrees of separation phenomenon!

The Margaret Stove book is a reference that I've coveted since reading about it on Franklin's blog some time ago. When I saw that Lacis had it as well, I justified the purchase as a bit of "savings" with regard to the shipping charges! *wink* I'll be perusing it over the next few weeks, and will attempt to offer something about it - eventually! :)

Then...today?

My latest Knitpicks order. The new longer (40 inch, and 47 inch) fixed circulars in my favorite sock needle size 1s so I can perhaps learn the Magic Loop method, additional cables (in 24, 47, and 60 inch lengths) for my Harmony interchangeables set, Harmony dpns in size 10.5 for hats, a needle sizer (Oh, KP, PLEASE consider putting the sizes ON the needles?) and a yarn guide for two-color knitting...oh! And that's three skeins of the new Gloss laceweight in Aegean. While I apologize for the darkness in the photo, I'd hoped the real color would be a touch lighter so that I'd think this a true ocean-hued yarn for Seascape Shawl by Evelyn Clark - but this yarn is definitely a dark teal. Only a tad bit darker in the photo that in reality...

Perhaps the Aegean is that shade? I've never been there. But I think this shawl calls for a lighter shade of blue/green.
(sigh)
Not sure what I'll do with the Gloss - it's a stunning shade, and yes, Jane has already suggested I stash it and wait till another pattern comes along...no problem, except that I've already got so much stashed for that reason!!
lol

There's more. But I think I'll save a bit for later, okay? A fabulous gift deserves it's own day's blog post, doncha think? So...come back tomorrow for "Goodies, Part Deux!"

EDITED TO ADD The voting on The Meezer continues through the weekend - by all means, if you haven't voted and would like to support my darling girl's cause, we'd both be delighted to have you included...just click the "Meezer" link in the post below - only one vote per computer...but if you happen to vote from work and from home, who's to know? Thank you all so much for your support!
(((hugs)))

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

The Meezer Would Appreciate Your Vote...

If you're so inclined?
Meezer had to join in the fun with this photo -

(They only allow one vote per computer)
Thank you in advance - if she makes it to the finals, I'll let you know!

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Sunday? AGAIN? How?

I remember my mom telling me that life speeds up enormously the older you get, and I thought, "yeah, sure, we all get 24 hours each day, Mom!"

Hmm..
Mom?
I'm so sorry. You were RIGHT!

Slow down the careening train, okay? Someone? I can't believe it's Sunday AGAIN!

I need a little less week and a bit more weekend, whatcha think?

Ok...don't think that's really gonna happen, but we do try to make the most of our short days off around here in Knitnana-land...

Yesterday, as I told you, we had a "We Get to Stay HOME from MDS&W and have a Par-tay!" party...It's such a cool group of gals I get to knit with regularly! Here are a few of them (yes, some got to go to Maryland...hope you gals had fun!)

This is Stephanie, Pam (our hostess), Catie, and Christie, and I'm behind the camera. We enjoyed Pam's husband's grilled chicken, rice and a ton of munchies (oh yummy!) and quality girl-talk and knitting...I took my blue Trekking Second Sock and put about 4 inches on the foot! (sorry a photo will have to come later, as I don't have one right now). Thank you so much Pam for inviting us into your home and for such a fun evening!

Afterwards, I had an errand to run and ran into more friends while doing that, so it was after dark when I got in...I'd put Advantage on the girls before I left...neither one likes it, but I take no chances...I spend too much time at the vet's and those pesky fleas will ride my jeans like a freight-train straight into Knitnana Station. Doesn't often happen that we have problems, but that's why we keep up with the Advantage! lol

I can smell it, and I've cleaned and cleaned but it's still there...can't figure out where it's coming from and now I'm exhausted! What IS that nasty stuff?
The Meezer

(Poor baby...I hate to tell her, but I do this as much to give her a bit of exercise as for anything else! You should see the contortions she gets into trying to reach the back of her neck with her tongue!!! ROFLOL!)

Saturday, May 03, 2008

Everyone's At MD S&W

I don't live so far that it would be a hardship to go, and in fact a bunch of gals from my knit group did...I even had an offer of a place to stay! But you know, with my own show season beginning, that's just not an easy decision to make - take an entire weekend at the first of May to go and spend a lot? Okay, it would have been just a lot of fun to see everyone. And I'd have loved to have gone to a Ravelry event. But...well, there's a show on the 25th at Sedalia, there's a show the first weekend in July (cats, of course!) and that means...Nana Sadie Rose has to sew!

I finished this last night and mailed it off this morning with the other needle cases you saw earlier this week:

Open!

And rolled to hold everything together (no they don't slide out!)...

But just because I didn't go to MD S&W doesn't mean I'm not going to enjoy fibery pursuits!

Here's one of the nice things I did for myself this week...see that black yarn?

It's Zephyr laceweight in ebony for THIS and those metallic beads on top of the yarn? Yes, those will be in this black lace shawl. The other beads are for fun. Don't know what I'll do with them yet. But I couldn't resist them...They're from Beadaholique which was highly recommended by my friend Karen. And what great service they provided! As did Sarah of Sarah's Yarns for the Zephyr.

I have a few other things on the way, just doing my part to help kick-start the economy, doncha know? lol But the tax stimulus check is going on bills...

(oh...and that's the new IK that arrived Thursday, too, but I'm not so sure there's much in there that called to me - I tend to be less interested in spring and summer knits anyway.)

And the other thing that's happening for those of us in our knit group who stayed behind from MD S&W? A knitting backyard picnic at Pam's tonight...I'm planning to take the camera and will hope for good photos and good weather, too, because the rain? It's on it's way, but is supposed to be t-storms tonight, and just cloudy for our little Par-TAY! (Keep your fingers crossed!)

Friday, May 02, 2008

TGIF-Lists and Such...

I'll start with something new in my "commitments" for the upcoming months (and once again, I can blame it on Margene!) This is getting to be a regular Friday feature - Blame It All on Margene! lolol! (hugs, grrl, I'm only joking! but you do find the neatest stuff to do!)

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I figure that since sock yarns are floating around my space like no tomorrow (and I know, sock yarn doesn't count as stash - a good thing since there are a few odd skeins en route to me as we speak...) this is the best possible use of my knitting time this summer - ok...except for the lace projects that will take center stage in my quiet at home hours...And I'll be more than happy to enable you right into the KAL along with Margene and me!
lolol

A Friday List? Well, okay...again, It's All About Me - and this has a decided theme to it, I think:
1. I'm an incurable romantic who remains loyal and trusting long after it's probably healthy for me.
2. I should have been born in Victorian times. With a wealthy husband. {giggle} I might have been able to afford the luxury of staying home and knitting all day! And crazy quilting...
3. I'd rather wear lace. (no surprise, huh?)
4. Velvets, silks, lace, beads, vintage buttons are some of my favorite playthings.
5. I like my men older, smolderingly dark and handsome, but just under 6 feet tall (I'm really short), serious, intellectual, and deeply loyal (to God, country, and me!).
6. Obviously, such men have been difficult for me to find. *wink* Mr. Darcy is already spoken for. *wink*

ok...maybe I'll try to angle this off in a slightly different direction:
7. When I was a toddler, there was a lady (my mom would question the use of that term) who lived up the street from us. She was a "spinster" who had worked for the city all her life. I was incredibly drawn to her, wandering up the street every day and standing on her front porch, even tho' I could not yet talk. In later years, she became a confidante, and we spent many happy Saturdays wandering downtown (we rode the BUS! which was obviously an adventure for me) and capping off the excursions with lunch at the Miller & Rhoads Tea Room where we enjoyed the Missouri Club (a club sandwich smothered in cheese sauce - yes, it was sinfully wonderful!) and Chocolate Silk Pie (Or sometimes, their Lemon Chess Pie). She was the person who introduced me to The Virginia Room in our main library, the source of the historical records and reference materials for our city - fascinating! That love became the source of many high school afternoons spent researching the "haunted mansions" in our city...yes, there are a few!
8. The woman's name was Lena, she had violently-colored red hair and wore too much makeup, and she had a very chubby black Scotty dog. Her entire house was decorated in ornate marble-topped Victorian furniture and roses, her kitchen sported an original 1950s Kit Cat Clock.
9. Years later, as an adult, I learned of Lena's death - she'd moved back to her hometown after she retired, but the funeral was to be held locally. I attended to find an open casket event (not something I prefer...). Someone had failed to ensure that Lena's hair would be colored her preferred violent red before she was buried. It seemed the ultimate affront. I have yet to reconcile that sad fact in my mind. And publicly? I'd like to thank Lena for caring about a little girl enough to give her an education into some of the more fascinating and fun things about the town I live in. And ensuring a lifelong love of everything Victorian and "lady-like."
10. Whenever I pour tea into a rose-tinged china cup, I think of Lena!

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Knit Night!

And I forgot my camera, can you believe?

But Pam remembered the prize I won on her blog a couple of weeks ago...


You know what's funny? I'm knitting the Bubblegum Socks in this yarn. But Pam & I both held one ball of each (the pink and the gorgeous purple above) hand and decided that they cannot possibly be the same yarn. The purple is soooo soft. The pink is harsh and somewhat scratchy.

I don't get it.

And I'm really sorry, but that's all I got - one really cool prize! Thank you so much, Pam!

(I left Knit Night early, as I was really tired. It was payroll at the vet's again tonight, so that's probably why...TGIF tomorrow!)
(((Hugs)))

WHOOHOOO!!! I Cannot Wait!

Wendy is doing a toe-up sock book! Sign me up! Pre-order for me!
(Pardon me...I must go do my Happy Happy Dance now...)

I wish it weren't a publish date of April 2009, but I can wait. Yeah. Right. I.Can.Wait.
Sure...stop laughing - STOP!

Namaste

I honor the place in you,

which is of love, truth, light, and peace.

When you are centered in that place in you,

and I am centered in that place in me,

we are one.

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