Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Sunday, May 27, 2007
After much knitting and then subsequent ripping , I think I've found my sock pattern for Sockapalooza . After doing one and a half repeats of the crosshatch lace pattern from More SKS , I'm satisfied that this yarn isn't pooling as with all my previous attempts . The pattern isn't getting completely lost in the colour . My sock pal likes hot colours ; hoping that this " Tickled Pink " colour from Lorna's Laces qualifies.
I had my breakfast outside this morning . It was a little cool yet , but a good start to the day . Birds singing , good cup of tea and a little knitting . What more can you ask !
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Monday, May 21, 2007
Not much new on the knitting front . I'm feeling a little scattered these days . I can't seem to finish anything . I picked up some gorgeous yarn last week . I'd had to go into town to try and find a dress to wear to Casey and Chantal's wedding in January . Of course there was a pit stop at a yarn shop along the way . I treated myself to a skein of Fleece Artist sea wool , Some Colinette Jitterbug and another Fleece Artist sock yarn . No luck on the dress , but my yarn purchases made my day. I still haven't decided on the pattern for my sock pal . Keep starting a sock , not liking how it's working out , then ripping it . I think I'll try and focus on getting some of the WIP off the needles this week .
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Yesterday I took advantage of the gorgeous weather we're having to get some yard work done . I foolishly decided to expand the perennial bed in front of the house. I have quite a few flowers that need dividing; I'd like to clear out the ones I don't like anymore or aren't in the right spot . One thing leads to another and before you know it you're buying more plants , earth , fertilizer etc. What started out as a small project has taken on a life of it's own. Mike is not a gardener , he cuts the grass , that's it ; he regards it a danger sign when I start to dig out the gardening books and plant guides. Today my back and arms are telling me to give it a rest , Rome wasn't built in a day , and my perfect garden won't be built in that time span either . Lucky for my back it's raining today .
While out running a few errands this morning I picked up the latest edition Of Interweave Knits. There are quite a few nice projects in this issue , but I have to say that the article on how to knit toe up socks made my day . I'm a self-taught knitter and never even attempted cuff down socks until a couple of years ago. I now never wear anything but hand knit socks . I'm currently knitting Mike some socks from Lorna's Laces shepherd sock . Looking at how much yarn I have left and I still have quite a few inches to knit till the toe decreases . I wish that I seen that article sooner . If I should run out I might just go with a contrasting solid colour toe , or might just rip it completely .
Friday, May 11, 2007
Introducing Alaska . Doesn't he look ever so comfortable ! Don't we know he's special and so deserves the couch ? He's the younger of our two dogs , actually he's not really ours , he's our son Max's dog . He spends his days here with me , where he can get the run of the back yard , go for walks with me and keep Bingo company . I love him to bits , so does Bingo , even though there's such a big difference in size . Bingo's a shit-zu . We kind've inherited him from my MIL . Mike had bought him for her because she was on her own and missed having company in the house. She was suffering from cancer at the time and really had a difficult time taking care of him , so I "inherited" him .He is my first ever dog and we've had him for 10 years. I think he thought he was a cat when he first came here , because he was the same size. They quickly showed him his place . No regrets on my part ; not so sure about the cats.
Ordered yarn today for my Sockapalooza pal . Step one done, now to decide what to knit . Better get going - have to make about 10lbs of potato salad for tomorrow . Get a break on Sunday for Mother's day as Chantal and the girls are doing a lunch for all the moms .
Thursday, May 10, 2007
Monday, May 7, 2007
In between meal preparation I had a chance to go over to my good friend Shirley's to celebrate her grand-daughters 2nd birthday . Emma is such a sweetie and a real smart cookie . She loved her gifts and it was a joy to see her and share part the day with them. We are a very small family , as my parents emigrated to Canada , all my relatives are in Austria . My husbands' parents are originally from New Brunswick , so he has a lot of family still there . Actually he has a lot of relatives spread throughout the US , as many of them went to the States for work years ago. We're the Quebec branch of the Canadian cousins . All this is by way of explanation , to say that Shirley is not just a good friend , but really more like a sister .
I did find a few minutes here and there to cast on and finish a child's sock for Dulaan . Quick and easy is what I'm about right now.
Wednesday, May 2, 2007
The exciting news is that Casey and Chantal (my future DIL) are finally starting to build their house . This will be a family project ; a real do it yourself. Chantal's family have experience doing this as they've all helped build at least four homes for various relatives . Guess what we'll be doing on the week-ends for the next couple of months . Should be interesting !
I haven't done very much on the knitting front . I'm stalled on the Spring Things shawl , made a mistake on row 5 of Chart B . I don't really have the patience to try and figure out where I went wrong at the moment. I did finish April's socks for the SAM3KAL . I cast on for a child's sock in worsted weight . This will count for the Magic 28 charity knitting .
I'm slowly figuring out how this blogging business works , (with some help from Casey) and enjoying myself hugely . Which just goes to show that you're never too old to learn something new .