Monday, September 15, 2014

Knitting Blues

I finished this shawl during my long delayed layover in Mexico City this summer. I just managed to block it during my week of ailing. I couldn't knit all week for feeling crap. On Saturday as I began to feel more human, I stuck Antarktis for a soak and a pin.

I had a hard time fitting it on the ottoman which is my makeshift blocking station. (good thing I bought blocking pads with no wear in a small apartment to put them!) It did open, but since it's asymmetrical, I question the size, the wearability for most etc. but I do like it. I just have a tendency to pick at things sometimes.

When I went to visit my parents out in the East Bay for a family BBQ, I took these photos in their backyard. Yay for natural light! Yay for a backyard!

Sigh, I really do love this pattern. Very easy peasy. As you can see, from the detail, it's truly lovely with the different textures. I saw it knit in a variety of colors and even an ombre yarn on Ravelry. So pretty. I will knit it again. Maybe in the spring...

But now, it's time for fall knits. I picked up the baby sweater for my cousin. I hope she likes this blue and gray combination. At this slow rate, I might have an FO in 2 weeks.

Afterall, I have to get back to my pumpkin sock knitting.

ps: I just want to thank all of you for the nice words about my snotty situation last week. I know it was just a cold, but I really appreciate the kindness.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Wyoming Winner!

The random number generator gave us 6! Nancy of Wyoming Breezes is our winner for the Indian Summer yarn and pencil case tool kit!

If you aren't familiar with Nancy's blog you should go visit. Crafts and charity and lots of interesting looks at life. She does the Quilts for Valor that are so beautiful. Foreign Fridays are always interesting and I love her old photos and commentary on farm life, well really life in general. But the farm life is so far from my own life experience. 

Nancy ping me on ravelry, I'm elns and give me your mailing address!

Meanwhile back at my "ranch", I can tell you I am trying to ride out a crappy back to school cold - yeah (groans a little). I woke up in the middle of Monday night with a horrible sore throat. The kind where your ears hurt. The next day I stayed home stuffed up. I made it into work the next day, but I tell you, congestion was just overwhelming. And if you're still not grossed out, today the "stuff" is finally working it's way out, but I'm drowning. I'm tired, b/c I can't laydown without the pressure building or the nasal drip drowning.

I have knit a bit on a baby sweater, my pumpkin socks are not growing, but I'm hoping that the weekend will allow me some health and time to knit a bit and I will finally show you a blocked shawl I finished this summer.

Lemme get healthy and focused and I'll be with you all shortly. Hopefully I'll be amusing.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Indian Summer Give Away!

Hello Yarnies,

I realize, I missed a month in my year to make a give away every month. Le sigh.

But I'm back here to offer you something that might compliment the change of the seasons.

Here is a ball of the Jawoll Color including a little reinforcement yarn. I do not know the actual name of this colorway, but I call it Indian Summer, cause that is what it reminds me of. Is it a sunset or sunrise? You tell me.

If you're interested in this little bit of fiber please leave a comment and a way to contact you i.e. Ravelry handle etc. by Wednesday, September, 10th. I'll even throw in a "Tool Kit".

Which is basically a fun pencil pouch, but definitely the type of thing I use for my portable kits. It can hold tapestry needles, double point needles, markets etc.

Thanks for visiting.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

So Quickly Comes September

August was fun-filled and social.

This weekend was too much busy bodying to actually knit, but that's okay. With September here, I feel there will be many clicking needles during soccer match warm-ups and parent organization meetings, orthodontist appointments and homework revisions (ugh) ... ( I love my kid, but sometimes some of the things we deal with take such over compensation to get over my instinctive  "No, I don't want to" feelings.)

This weekend my phone died so there weren't as many snaps as I would've liked to share with you. But that's the story sometimes. Highlights:

Dinner with Mrs Canada and her fabulous family. Such good people, fun people. The littlest Canadian likes the frosted tea cake cookies so she pretty much showed her decorative skills off here.

Picnicking and swimming in the Bay. We were invited to hang out with a couple of families at the South End Rowing Club  (not to be confused with the Dolphin Club next door hehe) and see if we could brave the Bay waters. It was warm, air and water -- not the usual year round temps. I'm so impressed with open water swimming, it frightens me a little bit. I did a few lengths between the pier and the first buoy that marks the entrance to the big round laps of Aquatic Park, but I'm not ready for that big circuit, maybe one day! Regardless, super fun. Friends, Sunshine and Guacamole!

Afterwards we went to a cocktail party for one of my husband's former bosses. We managed to clean up a bit first, it was a tight turn around, but we made it.

 It was good and fun and an early night.  We took a taxi to pick up our son from our friends' that were watching him, and took another friend's  boy home with us. Pals are the best on 3 day weekends.

Ebelskeivers and sausages for breakfast.

There were a handful of other happy things. But I feel summer is slipping away. I have been obsessing over this song lately, maybe in preparation?

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Knit Night

Last night was Elementary School Knit Night. Yeah, I know The Kid has moved on to Middle School but you know, I like these ladies, and well, I like knitting ! Who doesn't love an excuse for knit night in good company? They were starting this group at the end of the school year and were nice enough to invite me, and so we gathered for our third meeting at Mrs. L's homestead with her in-house Fiber Brigade. Daughters #2 & #3 make excellent ball winders. I will be sure to utilize their skills at the next meeting with them.

It was good times indeed. My fellow Manchester City Fan and friend Ms. K. Got herself up to modifying a handwarmer pattern into an American Girl doll dress. This was after a narrowly avoided cat pee yarn incident and the dislike of an attempt at a black doll dress on the magic loop from an earlier meeting. Doll got a dress and Ms.K got an FO. Now, these big life dolls kinda creep me out (not as much as say, clowns -- I blame Pee Wee Herman's Big Adventure and It by Stephen King) but I love this photo. ha!

I didn't get a lot of project photos, because we got down to it. There was some snacking and wine. Some people found us less than entertaining initially.

But by the end we had 3 new members.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Definition of a lazy knitter ... or is it finisher?

Yes, this is the sweater I finished knitting in May. My co-worker who this is for, his wife had the baby literally that day.

Then I let it languish. I asked for his mailing address, thinking I would mail it.

I didn't.

I think I weaved the ends in around July.

I just put buttons on it last weekend.

Well, it's done. I had it ready for him on Monday. His leave was extended another week.

I hope the kid can still wear it when he finally gets it ;)

The funniest thing is I knit one of these for another woman last year and she liked it so much, she asked me to knit her son a larger size, so I'm casting on for this sucker again this weekend. Let's hope I'm a little more timely in my delivery this go around.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Hey, I ate that!: Birthday Dining Edition

Yesterday we celebrated the Manfriend's birthday with a lovely early meal out at new place he specifically requested, Monsieur Benjamin. A fun, easy family night. First week of school, so homework was quick and done with just a little bit to fix when we got home.

Here are a few things we tucked into:

Butter lettuce salad, always a crowd-pleaser.


Whipped chicken liver with gaufrettes.  There was a whole cylinder of potatoes but this was easier to photo.

The Kid's hamburger. He exclaimed over how good the pickle was 3 times, as well.

Arctic char almondine.

Potato and artichoke gratin.

Tongue. (I am not really a tongue person, but I found this preparation/presentation very interesting. Almost like a chipped beef on toast, non?)

There were a few other smalls, but I wasn't as photo crazy this time.

The place was very modern and charming. There are many fun things on the menu. We hope to return soon, maybe bringing Auntie Anne with us.
cute custom tableware

paper plane tests on the way home
I spent the past two evenings at 2 hours at a time untangling sock yarn. Can you imagine how many rows of my sock I could have completed by now? Hopefully tonight after the first PTA meeting of the year, I can get an hour of sock knitting in:)