The way they are “knitting” is too funny!
Monday, June 29, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Update on the finch family. This is a picture I took around the 18th I think... They are so tiny!
This is a picture I took yesterday afternoon. They are getting so big! In no time I am going to go water the fern and they will be gone. They grow up so fast...
Friday, June 26, 2009
This is a bit overdue, but I like to give credit when I buy something really nice! I special ordered some really beautiful copper stitch markers from Spindle Cat Studio on Etsy. She responded quickly to my special request, which was for size 9 hand hammered copper markers that I wanted to use for the Clapotis I was making at the time. They came attached to a cute little card shown here.
They were hanging on the inside all on a cute handmade safety pin like holder. They are really beautiful and I have really enjoyed using them. If you order some I would recommend going up one size from the needles you are using to ensure a proper fit.
Another more recent purchase is this neat little project bag I picked up through Custom Threads at Etsy. This is the perfect size to throw a ball of sock yarn and your project in to carry around. The bag is really well made and has little yarn feeders, one on each side, that snap into the inside so the yarn doesn't pull out of the bag. Love it!
Speaking of socks... this is the project that I have been using as my on the go knitting. My first toe up socks and I switched from DPN's to two circs on Tuesday and I am loving it! Sometimes those DPN's can get a bit unwieldy and now I don't feel like I am going to stab myself or others with the five steel pointy sticks I was carrying around.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Saturday, June 20, 2009
My brother and I drove up to WV last night to visit the family for the weekend. Today a few of us decided to try out Geocaching. If you haven’t tried it you really should. It was tons of fun trying to figure it all out and it requires a bit of thinking outside the box to find them. Here is my niece and I with the very first one!
Been doing a lot of knitting while here as well. I spent the morning knitting on Cozy until I RAN OUT OF YARN. I knew I was near the end of a skein, but still failed to bring another one so I could continue. The worst part is that I was totally in the groove. Working on it seemed so effortless. So, what’s a girl to do? Why, knit the back up project of course. I hadn’t completely lost my mind. I brought socks. The best backup project evah!
These are the Inside Out Socks from the 2007 Rockin’ Sock Club. I thought it was about time I got to work on these considering they were the first installment of that year. Yes, that means that I have had them since January 2007.
Ever since Missy Lamb met Wendy and started reading her blog she has been a bit miffed that she has not had an appearance in mine. She may be a bit jealous of Bear over there… I’m just sayin.
Alright, that’s it for the night. I will attempt to get a decent picture of Cozy sometime soon. Night!
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
After work I headed over to J-beans baby shower. The momma to be is not exactly fond of pictures, but I snapped a few anyway. Here she is in her best pouty cause peoples keep taking pictures of me pose.
It was really nice to get together with everyone... it had been a while since I had seen a few of the attendees. Baby Sprout is due in the beginning of July which means I have little time to finish the baby blanket I started. Yeah, I know. Typical. Little Sprout could possibly be 23 before it is finished.
What is almost better than a baby shower? New yarn! I joined the Rubber Ducky Club at The Unique Sheep and came home to find this super soft and squishy cotton yarn waiting for me in, wait for it, my favorite color, blue! It also arrived with a really great smelling bar of soap and some salt scrub, both in Lilac. Can't wait to knit up the yarn and scrub away with the lovely soap.
What a way to end a lovely day!
Friday, June 12, 2009
a really great knitter, blogger, and pattern creator visited us at Charlotte Yarn. On Saturday she held a class on toe up socks of which I had not yet attempted. Well, that’s not completely correct. I do have one sock that I started a while back with the crochet cast-on. Said cast-on was supposed to easily unzip once the toe was complete, this did not happen and much picking out of said cast-on ensued. I was not amused. Note to self: the technique I learned Saturday was MUCH EASIER.
So here is my new lambie, who has no name, posing with a practice toe. Isn’t she cute!
So by now, you’re like, who is this mystery person you are alluding to? It was Wendy Johnson of WendyKnits! She was a blast! And I learned a couple really useful techniques for socks that I will be sure to implement soon. If you knit, you should totally buy her new book “Socks from the Toe Up”. Cute patterns, but most important some interesting techniques for the different parts of the sock with nice diagrams. Here I am with Wendy. Seriously, she was a lot of fun!
Here is a photo of socks that were knit from her new book… if you look closely there are no matching socks to be found. She is one smart cookie.
And now for something completely different.
We have a nest in the hanging ferns again this year with five teensy tiny eggs. I will keep you updated on their progress as they hatch and grow. Not sure what the parents are. They are reddish little finches. That’s the best I can do at the moment.
Then this morning while I was putting out some clothes for charity I found this little guy sunning himself on the walk. He is tiny! I know a lot of people aren’t big fans of snakes, but I don’t mind them. He looks about the right size to eat those horrible spiders that have been invading my home lately. Get ‘em little guy! Get ‘em all!
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Still working on getting all the pictures of our trip to Europe organized, so I will just hit the high notes here.
We visited a lot of different cities or "villages" as my family liked to call them. After we left Paris we went to Bellagio, Lucerne, Tasch (near Zermatt at the Matterhorn), Rothenburg, and Munich. All of them were beautiful and terrific to visit!
On to the more exciting part of my journey, which was the last night in Munich. Apparently this is how they celebrate bachelor parties there...
A bunch of guys dress up in crazy outfits and go get hammered. Here are some friends of the pink bunny hi-tailing it out of there.
Here are some golfers that my brothers and I hung out with the rest of the evening.
Fast forward to the following morning. It's Monday and we are up early packing everything so we can get on the plane. Well, everyone except me. You see, I realized that I have managed to lose my passport in a foreign country. Awesome!
So, let's just say that I am one crazy lucky foreigner and I was able to locate my passport (it was at a restaurant from the night before) the next day. This was especially fortuitous since Monday was a holiday and everything was closed and by everything I mean the embassy. My brother was kind enough to stay behind with me so we had an extra day to see the town. After I found my passport that is, up until then I was a crazy ball of anxiety.
This brings me to coffee. I drank coffee every single day while I was there. I am in love with coffee. This was my last coffee in Europe. It even has a heart on it... coffee loves me.
Now I seem to be chasing the ghost of the beanie goodness.