Friday, June 29, 2007
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Well, first they new people tried to over charge us by $50! We finally get that resolved and then proceed to set them up on automatic payments. That is not working either. Because they are "Your Entertainment Company" they are are not able to deal with my no cable or internet or long distance or cell phone, just a basic land line please, plan. The punch line? They disconnected our phone! Without so much as a "you might want to stop what you are doing and take a look at this" notice.
I can only imagine what people are thinking when they call and get a disconnect message. I am off to deal with that now.
Knitting and fiber pics later.
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
a pair of plain socks for Husband to wear to work. While I have made him many socks with all manner of patterns and cables, this time he wanted plain ol plain ol. That is fine. I am using Dream In Color Smooshy in Jungle Cloud. I love the colors. They are subtle and downright beautiful next to each other. I will be trying more of this yarn.
STR Firebird. This is the yarn from the June club shipment. You know I love the colors. I have more pairs of socks that include these colors than I can count. I have followed the pattern that came with the kit for the leg but I am thinking I will do the foot plain. I am anxious to see how these colors knit up without patterning. So pretty!
The club pattern calls for cables. I did mine without a cable needle and they look great! Let me know if you want specifics.
A long orthodontist appointment today = lots of knitting time.
Friday, June 22, 2007
Also, look what fell off my needles yesterday afternoon
I am not even sure how it happened, it was so fast.
All Things Heather, Bamboo, knit with #2 bamboo needles. This yarn began as a different sock with Knit Picks needles. No to both. Stick with the wood so you do not have to deal with the yarn's splity nature and this is a fine soft, satisfyingly squishy yarn.
Yesterday evening I was at Oldest Son's baseball practice. Coach was trying to collect paperwork and looked to be in eminent danger of pulling a groin, when I stepped in to help. He looked much more at ease out on the field. I was sitting on the bench, checking this and that when my phone rings. It is Oldest Daughter. She is concerned because there are 2 people drag racing up and down our side street. Our side street is 12 feet wide, so this is not an everyday occurrence. I told her to keep everyone inside and that it was certain the neighbors had called the police, just hang tight. We live in a neighborhood where we have been reported for having a toilet and tarp in the backyard during a construction project. Having this knowledge I knew that every neighbor on the street had speed-dialed in to request immediate Police action.
Later in the evening, the girls pointed out one of the cars that had been racing, it was turning onto our side street. I of course hot footed it outside to give the driver the stink eye. He pulled over to talk to me, acknowledged that what he had been doing was scaring the kids and apologized. I thanked him. Nicely even. Even welcomed him to the neighborhood. They are renting the house that is slated to become a 16 unit condo project. While I am not planning to bake cookies, I certainly hope we will be able to all get along. He is WAY old enough to know better.
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Friday night we went to a friends, drank champagne and played cards until very late.
Saturday I gardened, er, pulled weeds. Something that has not been done around here in earnest since 2005.
This morning I lay in bed thinking about the day and I actually had a thought to do more weeding. Youngest Son came in and asked if I would make him Rye Bread. "Yes, I am happy to make Rye Bread." Took my mind right off that whole outside sweating thing. Once the bread was rising, then what? I usually fall asleep at night and wake up in the morning thinking about the most efficient way to get everything on the list done. While I am pretty good at it, it is all consuming. Earlier in the day you could actually find me standing in the living room wondering what to do. Very strange indeed.
So, I ironed shirts and took a walk and knit. Here I am blogging in the middle of the day! Yes Sir, it is going to take some getting used to.
Thursday, June 14, 2007
We had planned to be camping this weekend, but Husband's job said, "this may not the best time". So we have pushed that back to the end of the month. We will still be out and about.
Friday is a picnic with Youngest Son and Daughter and their friends at. The link is not exciting. There is a train that runs around this funky old shopping place that my kids friends own and operate. It is next to a large open area with bunnies and chickens, they love it. There used to be a yarn shop, I hear they have closed. But I also see that there is a different yarn shop listed, maybe they just changed their name. I am all over it.
After the picnic is of course Girl Scouts. I have been invited to a friend's house to play cards. I am not sure if I will make it. Such a busy week.
Saturday is the Solstice Parade. Only the lilly-whitest of the tight assed republicans would miss this. -May have lost a few readers there, sorry.
Sunday is, of course, Father's Day. This is what is waiting in the garage. Except I think ours is orange. At least the bag is orange, I have not had time to take the thing out of the bag.
You will notice not a single picture of knitting. Nothing to report, it has been that kind of week.
Sunday, June 10, 2007
Because Toothy was cold!
The design juices have been flowing hard the past few weeks. I can not finish one project before I am grabbing the Moleskin to sketch out a new one. Feels GREAT!
Here I had planned to show you an item in progress. Just this evening I learned that if I am planning to submit to Knitty, which I am, then it could not have made an appearance on my blog. SO, pretend I am showing you something wonderful. Really, take my word for it.
All of my recent inspiration has come from the stash. This has been terrific for two reasons. One, because I am able to grab it and cast right on. Two, because it means that I really need to do some stash enhancement to keep those juices flowing. As you all know my stash is puny and may be suffering from a complex.
I have been reading ALL of the spinning books. So far my favorites are High Whorling by Priscilla Gibson-Roberts and Spin to Knit by Shannon Okey. The High Whorling is no longer available, but she has a newer one Spinning in the Old Way that sounds like the same book updated. In addition to those 2 books I have also ordered Hand Spindle Treasury. My library did not have a copy for me to preview, I am hoping all the good reviews are correct.
What are your favorite spinning books?
Monday, June 4, 2007
A folding knitting bag,
a wild, bird house
and a gift card to the local yarn shop. I guess they know me. Friday is my exit interview and I am feeling good!
Here is sock progress.
The yarn is a tiny bit splitty. I hear that is to be expected with bamboo. When knitting each stitch it has a nice sheen, that sheen is totally lost when you look at the whole sock. I am not sure why this happens. The picture on the patten shows the yarn nicely variegated. I am getting stripes, bigger stripes,as I go along, so I suppose the pattern sock was made alternating 2, or more balls of yarn.
I was just thinking, as I poured another glass of wine,
that I would sleep in tomorrow. No, we have orthodontist appointments in the early afternoon. Husband wants to be at these, so I will need to drive to his office to pick him up. While I am down that I way I should stop into the Girl Scout office and take care of a few things. Maybe I can sleep in a little. Maybe he could take the car in? I will need to be awake enough when the alarm goes off to ask these questions.
Sunday, June 3, 2007
are the extent of it.
From right to left:
The big balls on top are STR Sunstone and Fire On The Mountain.
Under them are 2 skeins of Lorna's Laces color Lucky Strike
The green and purple, er, lime and violet, is from rubyshapire yarn
Claudia Carousel, 2 skeins
Under and beside Claudia are 4 skeins of Louet Gems, 2 blue, 2 green
Barely visible is STR Pink Granite
STR Knitty Rocks
This is the rest of the yarn for the Russian Stole.
Progress on the stole.
Progress also on the Airy Scarf. This is the doctor's waiting room and baseball game watching scarf. I took this pic a few days ago, it is already much longer. Even though it knits up very fast it may take forever to knit the 400 yards. STR Downpour.
The picture is right side up in my computer, but I can not figure out how to flip it for Blogger. Lean to the left.
Current Socks. Summ using All things Heather. This is the Loopy Ewe sock club that I traded with Tan for a no longer availbale Yarn Pirate.
It is downright electric.
Not what I was expecting, but coming along nicely.