Friday, October 19, 2007

I'll be there in spirit

No Rhinebeck for me this year. For personal reasons, it would just be a little too emotional for me to be there. But I will be thinking about it this weekend (hard not too) and wearing my 2006 Rhinebeck t-shirt. And wishing good weather and fun times for all of you there.

In the meantime, I offer you a nice fall picture:

and what our Brownie troop did with their pumpkins.

We won first prize at the harvest festival for our ghoul scout troop!

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Working Through the WIPs

Finally, pictures of finished objects!

Keeping with the idea of finishing up a project and not starting a new one and given the fact that it is Breast Cancer Awareness month and Socktoberfest, I thought I'd work on these socks.

Not really pink, but shades of red and pink. The first sock is finished and the second one is now almost at the heel. The pattern is the Cable Rib socks from Interweave Knits Favorite Socks and the yarn is Sleeping Dragon in the Candy Apple colorway. And although I really want to start something new, I need to work on these - they are a Christmas gift for my dad so they need to get done. Basic sock with ribbing on the leg in Duet yarn.
I also picked up my Ariann sweater and am working on that for me. So we are trying to finish some projects around here. But I am so itching to start a new pair of socks - maybe a really pink pair from this yarn or one in fall colors with this yarn. Oh the choices! What's a grrl to do??!

Thursday, October 11, 2007

The pictures will be coming in the next post...

Is anyone else as shocked as I am when they look at the calendar and realize that it is October already??!! I can't believe how quickly the time goes. Remember when you were a kid and the days stretched out endlessly. And your parents would be complaining at how quickly the time was flying by and you thought that they had no clue what they were talking about. Well, it looks like they had more than a clue! Unless there is some truth to the idea that the time actually does pass faster as you get older - in which case, I'm in a load of trouble!!

By the way, Cassie's idea of project monogamy is a good one (which I had discussed previously) and works rather well. Since finishing the red scarf, I have finished my daughter's sweater which is the Child's Placket Pullover from Last Minute Knitted Gifts (make sure you get the corrected version) and a pair of socks (my Trekking socks which I am ashamed to say I started last summer (2006) and just finished the second sock). The one major flaw to the plan is that while I might be able to ignore the callings of various other projects that are already on the needles or ones where the yarn is as yet untouched but sitting somewhere in my vicinity, I am totally unable to ignore the calls (or whining as a good friend of mine recently called it) of new yarn when I venture into a yarn shop. And maybe that's my fault in the first place - ever going into a yarn store at all. But then there is Internet shopping and even though I have my speakers turned off, those skeins call out my name. Let's face it - I'm doomed.

When I was visiting in New Jersey this past weekend, I was very lucky to get to visit a new to me yarn store. Knit Knacks in Maplewood has only been open since February (if I remember correctly what the owner said) and they have some really awesome fiber. Add to that some really nice owners and I will definitely be visiting it again when I can. And I think anyone in the area (hello Risa and Ina) would like to visit also. I had called the store in the morning to get directions and after a long day of doing stuff for the kids, I didn't think we would make it there. At 5:15, my oldest niece and my sister insisted that we would go and we ended up getting there about 5:45 - the store closed at 6. The owner was there and kept the store open while we shopped. She has some really nice lines and I personally took advantage of the Fleece Artist, the Dream in Color and the Lobster Pot. My sister picked up some beautiful Lorna's Laces worsted to make the Child's Placket Pullover for her daughter since she loved the one I had just finished. By the way, I will be writing some changes that I made to the pattern when I have a chance to visit Ravelry. One major change was increasing the sleeve length by like 4 inches (and it's not like my daughter has freakishly long arms or anything...).

By the way, my daughter put her sweater on even before all the ends were woven in and wore it that way until she went to sleep and I was able to get it off of her. She's worn it almost every day since except for the few days that it rained because, as she told me, she didn't want it to get wet. I love this child and will gladly keep making her knitted gifts while that attitude continues.

Now, one of the last posts showed the Norma elf and Carole was the only one who attempted to guess where the elf lived. Even though her initial guess was wrong, after some emails back and forth, she guessed correctly and will be receiving a prize in the mail. The elf is one of 26 alphabet elves and is part of a game/activity at Santa's Village in Jefferson, New Hampshire. For this game, each participant receives a card with each letter of the alphabet on it. You then must find each elf and punch your card with this punching tool that each elf holds (it punches out the corresponding letter for each elf). Norma was the elf for the letter N. When you have found all 26 elves, you can turn the card in for a prize.