Tuesday, May 29, 2007

MONSOON!!




Finished!!!!



I was not impressed with the sock pattern that came with my first STR sock kit.



I may try the pattern at a later date, but I felt for me it was too complicated.





The pattern that I used for these socks is the Fluted Bannister sock pattern, yarn is Blue Moon Fiber Arts, Socks That Rock, colorway: Monsoon. This yarn is their medium weight yarn and is VERY thick!!

It REALLY bugs me that the yarn pools the way it does!! I love the way the yarn stripes but just don't know how to assure that both socks will stripe rather than pool.





Oh Well....ANOTHER Finished Project!!!




This is a pattern that I got from Lis...of Life's A Stitch

I'm not sure when Lis wrote the pattern but I have had it for quite some time.

I wasn't able to get the colors to show up as they truly are (the yellowish green is in fact a celery green) here is a color swatch from the internet .....but I LOVE the way the pattern creates a reversible pattern!! Knit with Arte by Needful Yarns, Colorway: # 402.

Lis is very sweet to share her pattern, all you need to do is send her an EM and she will send a copy......be sure to check out her sidebar for a gallery of pics of the Herringbone!!! Lot's of pretty variations!!! I will be making this scarf again most definitely!!!

Friday, May 25, 2007

Eye Candy Friday

As My DH took my camera to work today I decided to dig through some old pics to find something suitable for Eye Candy Friday!

This picture was taken a couple of years ago in Cozumel. A boat had just pulled away and I loved the way the colors and lines of the wet stairs looked against the water.....the most intense turquoise!!!

AND.....I chose this pic for today's post because it is dry as a bone here....grass is dying and the trees are showing signs of distress.......doesn't this just make you want to jump in and cool off???

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Holy Cow, It's HUGE!!!!!

I had to run to Michael's yesterday to pick up some candles for a graduation party and I saw THIS!!















And just how BIG is IT?????




Yep.....THAT BIG!!!


I'll have to see how many "warshrags" I can get out of this ball of yarn!!












Saturday, May 19, 2007

Strike THREE...You're OUT!!!

I may need to ammend # 6 on my Seven Things MeMe List:

Exhibit A: I was enjoying time on the porch knitting while doing laundry....upon returning from hanging/folding clothes and putting on load number 3 I encountered THIS:

As both dog and cat were on said porch so I wasn't able to determine which one was the culprit, no recourse.....let's move on to Exhibit B shall we?







Exhibit B: Repeat the laundy scene as above, return to discover partial sock in chair and yarn across the porch. ( I left knitting and yarn in chair, put a book over it to discourage pillaging): Again, no proof of guilt....so no punishment could be given....after tinking back to where I could add in the good yarn I ended up with something like this:












Notice there are FOUR strands of yarn!!

Exhibit C: Phone rings, this time I leave my knitting on the TABLE.....with a book on it (cat doesn't like the glass table)......return to this:



MAX, who has NEVER shown any interest in actually EATING yarn is trying to look very innocent...what ME????? I was sitting here, guarding your sock till you could return....Yeah...RIGHT!!!



If you look close you will see the yarn is still in his mouth....I guess I know why when I gave him the command to "drop it" he wasn't able to.

I won't EVEN show you the pile of yarn that was left over after I pulled what was in his mouth....or shall I say what was in his stomach......EWWWWW GROSS!!

So Emily, if you are reading this....see....there ARE worse things than your dog eating his bed!! LOL!!

I must have a bit of time to mourn the loss of my precious Blue Moon yarn, will start again when I am feeling stronger.









Friday, May 18, 2007

TAG....You're IT!!

Hmmm....seems Miss Elizabeth (spinning goddess) has tagged me for the Seven Things Meme....so here goes!!

1. I have an addiction to yarn...to buying yarn....to hoarding yarn! Some is so darn PURDY......I have a hard time actually knitting with it (Blue Moon to name one).....I just enjoy petting them!!!

2. I could be PERFECTLY happy to never leave home!! (As long as I have the internet and UPS could deliver!)

3. I have an incredible sense of smell.

4. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE...little Debbie Cakes....gross to some I know...but i love them!!

5. I drink a diet coke while the coffee perks in the morning!! No matter HOW cold it is...I can NOT drink a hot beverage first thing in the morning...must be a diet coke and THEN 2-3 cups of coffee.

6. If I could clone my dog, complete with personality I would clone Max so I could have him with me forever!

7. I will NOT jump into any body water...not a pool, not a lake, not the ocean....I will ease in....but NEVER jump in.

O.K....now I have to tag 7 folks......hmmm

Tonni

Laura

Bibby

Ginger

Emily

Rhonda

Paula




Eye Candy Friday!

A dear friend of mine Bibby came by yesterday and brought me a spider plant and these BEAUTIFUL Dahlia's from her garden!!

We had plans to work on her blog but I'm afraid that I talked her ear off and we never got around to it.....ohhh...hate that....guess we'll have to do it again!! LOL!!

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Hurricane Sock Swap and SPRING!!





I have finished my Hurricane Sock!! YIPPEE!!!! Ahead of time at that!!


I am not particularly crazy about the way it striped....but if there is a way to control this I don't have a clue what it is....so please, feel free to share!


I have one item on order, picked up a few "goodies" yesterday....will hopefully have my package all wrapped up this weekend!! I hope my sock recipient will be happy!!




AND......Spring is HERE....It's OFFICIAL....time to shed off the Old and ON WITH THE NEW!!!!



Of course....this isn't exactly what I had in mind!!! YUCK!!! About 2 feet long!!!

I had just walked Max and this wasn't there......a few minutes later ran out to the mailbox and THERE IT WAS!!! I do NOT like snakes!!!

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

A contest..Summer Knitting Goals

Check out this great blog contest. Ali of Skeins Her Way is the hostess AND the aurthor!! I found Ali via Kaki's blog! AND...be sure to let Ali know that you found her contest via my blog and provide the link for an extra chance to be entered.

My knitting goals for the summer:

Socks....of course socks!
I have a baby gift to knit for a dear friend as well as my nephew's wife.
Clapotis.
I have three different cabled scarf patterns I have been dying to try!
OHH...and I have several lace projects I have been looking at!!

CHOCOLATE!!!


Today is National CHOCOLATE CHIP DAY!!! Woo Hoo!!!
Go Eat Some Chocolate!!!!

Friday, May 11, 2007

First Eye Candy Friday


My first Eye Candy Friday!

Not much going on in our yard as we are currently in a drought situation here in my part of Alabama. We are currently 19-20 inches behind on rain!! There have been numerous forest fires and no rain anywhere in the near future!!

I did have a few Lenten roses left in my pathetic little flower bed....that is pretty much it in the way of flowers!! Lot's of dead, brown grass and blowing brown leaves on the ground!!
A few Hostas came up this year...but not all.
Despite the drought...there are a few hardy weeds...at least they are flowering weeds!! LOL!!

Saturday, May 05, 2007

Late Post and Hurricane Sock Update

I realized yesterday that I had not posted a picture and a big thank you to Amanda for spinning some yarn for me and I am sending out a big apology in addition to an even bigger thank-you!!



It has been a crazy two weeks, one week for vacation (now don't go picturing a beach and little umbrella drinks).....NO.....we were working....for SIX days straight!! Trying to tackle the rather large list of things that need doing around the house! THEN....to add insult to injury, the day we finished our porch (Day 6 of said vacation) and got everything settled with the intentions of enjoying a Sunday of doing ABSOLUTELY nothing.........I got sick and was sick all last week.....SOOOOO...I am a bit behind!!

I bring you Yarny Goodness!!



The color is not great as it is cloudy today...but isn't this yarn BEAUTIFUL??? The yarn on the left is It Takes Two Baby. I saw this yarn on Amanda's blog and absolutely fell in love with the color!! Amanda graciously offered to spin some for me!! So I not only have some awesome yarn....but it was spun just for me!!!!


Upon receiving the pkg. I not only had a skein of the yarn but a little center pull ball which Amanda included so I could swatch!! AND....if that wasn't enough she added in a skein of Moondance....which my camera did NOT do justice to EITHER skein of yarn....but it reminds me of grape Kool-aid!!


Amanda, thank you SOOOO much for your time and generosity!! I can only imagine how hectic life must be for you yet you took the time for me and I am most appreciative!!!!!! Words can't express!!!!


ALSO......I am down to the foot of my Hurricane Sock Party sock.


Again, the colors don't show up great....but I hope my sock mate will be happy with the colors....I know the brand yarn is one that she likes.....that's all I'll say now....don't want my sock pal to guess I'm her mate!!

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Bella Update






Bella tends to sleep in several different spots around the house....depending on the time of day and where the "sunshine pool" is located. Apparently she has discovered another "sunhine pool".This is the plant shelf, behind my kitchen sink!!

AND.....the porch.

Extreme Close Up!