Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Blooming Socks

While I generally frown on blogs that post every nano-meter of progress on knitted objects, I wanted to share some of the blooms in my yard. Since this is a knitting blog, I thought I would place the socks I am working on with the flowers to demonstrate how they have grown in the past couple of days. These are my second Griffindor Stripe sock and my Sockotta sock. I think they look beautiful with my rhododendron.

Every year, my back yard is a riot of roses. It smells so wonderful right now.

One single beauty all by herself. While the bush is burden with blooms, they are each lovely on their own.

My red bush blooms a bit latter than the pink, but there is a single rose to admire right now.

We also got down to getting our RV ready for the season. It should have been done a week or so ago, but we have been lazy. I plan to take it up to the Michigan Fiber Festival this August!

My Stitch n Bitch group will be going along with me, we should be very cozy!

Monday, May 29, 2006

WIPs and SnB

I have been lazy, so I have a lot of catching up to do in BlogLand. It's not that I don't want to post, but you see, it is the end of the TV season. There were so many end of season shows to catch. Actually, not really. I don't watch that much TV. I even lost interest in American Idol and didn't watch the last show.

I'll start with some sock WIPs.

Here is one sock that will soon be a pair of Griffindor Strips from Sunshine Yarns. I love how it is turning out. The blue stripe is Fortissima Colori, and there is a little bit of a Sockotta sock in there somewhere.

I have started my Bombshell Sweater from Big Girl Knits for the KAL. I am doing this out of Debbie Bliss Cotton Angora. It is so soft! Should be great for summer. See my little Scrabble stitch marker? I got that from Jen over at Piddleloop.

Erin at last Thursday's Stitch n Bitch. Next, meet Jen! She is ALWAYS putting photos of me on her blog, so it is payback time!

So, hope you all have a great Memorial Day! I am enjoying the thuderstorms, but it gives me time to knit.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Harry Potter Yarn is Here!

Today I got my Mother's Day yarn from Sunshine Yarns! I am so excited to start making Gryfindor socks. Isn't it pretty? It was such a nice day, I thought I would take pictures outside. Too bad my legs are white as sheets.

These are my Trekking socks. I really am not thrilled with the yarn. It is fussy. It splits a lot, and I was dropping stitches like crazy. It is, however, a lovely yarn. I just don't think I'll be working with it again.

Monday, May 22, 2006

I wish I had written this!

I love Noro. I love the colors, texture, and feel of Noro. I have to say, it is one of my top three yarns.

I think this story really sums up my feelings for Noro. I wish I had written it.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Discovering Fire

In me thou see'st the glowing of such fire
That on the ashes of his youth doth lie,
As the death-bed whereon it must expire
Consumed with that which it was nourish'd by.

from Sonnet 73 William Shakespeare

I love camp fires. Every time I sit by a fire, I think of those lines from Shakespeare, and I think of how important fire is to the survival of human beings. Without fire, hot meals, warmth and light would have been impossible for early people. It was the a primal element of life and evolution. Fire nourished and protected early man, since animals avoid fire, the night was no longer a fearful place. With the protection of fire, humans could relax just a bit and they could begin to dream.

Sly and I enjoyed the cool spring evening by building a fire. My mind wondered, and I started to dream. May you all have the time to dream.

This is me. I wear a lot of purple.

My dear husband, Sylvester

No knitting news. Enjoy your dreams. I dream of yarn; what do you dream of?

Monday, May 15, 2006

Totally steeling a meme from Steph

Six years and 2 days ago, I finished my BA! Just wanted to remember.

I sleepy from being lost in Indiana
I want....time to do whatever I want
I wish....that there was no suffering in the world
I hate....stupid people
I grandmother
I fear....spiders
I hear....Sly yelling at the TV, 24 is on
I wonder....what it all means
I regret....not having more children
I am to count
I gunpoint
I sing....all the F***ing time!
I cry....for no reason
I am not always....happy
I make....the best chicken soup you ever ate!
I live.
I confuse...students
I be debt free
I should....finish my certification
I start....conversations, then I sit back and watch
I finish....Sly's sentences
I tag....anyone who happens to read this.

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Lost in Indiana -- non Knitting post, almost

You know what the problem with being lost in Indiana is? The whole damn state looks like every other part of the damn state! Red barn, cows, corn, cute white farm house. It all looks the same.

My sister wanted me to take her to our parents house. My parents live about 60 miles due south of me, and my sister lives 40 miles due east. It never occured to me that my sister didn't know how to get to mom and dad's from her house, and I sure didn't know how to get there. But, Indiana has that lovely grid state road system, and I knew that I wanted to be on SR 16. Too bad there were 8 billion detors. But we did get there, eventually.

Anyway, I went to my mom's house for Mother's Day. She was pleased with her dishcloths. While she admits that they would be wonderful dishcloths, she isn't sure
she can use them as dishcloths.

Dad made us all lunch, which was really nice. Grilled hamburgers, yum oh!

Here are my niece Jessica and her brother Jimmy. I call them Booger and Snot (Jimmy is Booger).

I made my sister a red pair of Sweet Mary Jane's for her birthday. I forgot to take a picture then, so here they are now.

I took several pictures of my mom, but she really hates having her photo taken, so you all will have to look over dad's shoulder to get a glimpse of her. She is a wonderful mother, and I am a lucky daughter. Happy Mother's Day Mom!

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Dishcloth Blitz and a Sock

Thought I would share a bit of my version of Jen's tradmarked "Mother's Day Dishcloth Blitz."

The Love to Knit Dishcloths book was on sale at Wally World (Wal-Mart) for $2, and that is what helped me to decide to do a Dishcloth Blitz (TM).

The heart motifs do not show up well on the two blue ones or the neutral one, but the pattern book has about a dozen patterns for dishcloths with hearts on them. Pretty cool for mom!

I started a new sock last week during Tony's audition at IUSB. He wants to be a Music major in school, so getting accepted is only half of his worries.

It is done in Fortissima Colori I bought the yarn a while back on sale at Erica's in South Bend. I don't know why I waited so long to make the sock. I LOVE it!

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Hey, I am here!

Thought I would do a short post to let you all know that I am alive and well. I have been working a lot the past few days, and I have even been doing real teaching! I will be with the same students for a whole week this week. It is very exciting. The Lit 10 class is reading Julius Caesar, which is great for a Shakespeare nut like me.

I am knitting. I have decided to do Jen's trademark "Mother's Day Dishcloth Blitz." I got started this Saturday, and I already have 6 done. The 7th is coming along well.

Well, I have to actually PLAN A LESSON! Can you tell I am happy about this week? See ya all soon.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

The Ugly Sock

Not much to say about these really. They are made from an old ball of Lion Brand Magic Stripes I had in my stash. The color is called Jelly Bean, and it is really ugLEE. I was more concerned with technique then beauty. They are really great socks; I am just not sure if I can wear them out of the house!

Hey, that is 2 FO this week! Go me!

Monday, May 01, 2006

Bad blogger, Bad

Yes, I know! You are all asking, "where the hell have you been?" I don't have a good answer. Working, sleeping, and farting on the sofa! I have been very dull the past week. Nothing much going on.

I did get my new copy of Big Girl Knits! I am totally jazzed about that. Started a Yahoo group for people working on patterns from the book.

The only knitting I have been doing is socks. Socks, socks, and socks. The yellow and pink stripped pair is a little stretch because I took them off for the photo. They were made with Strapaz Cotton Effects. The crazy strip pair, well, they are ugly. I was more concerned with

technique then the color. They are made with a ball of Magic Stripes from Lion Brand. It is not a bad sock yarn, but it sure does come in some ugLEE colors. The purple pair is Trekking. It is a very fine yarn that I am doing on size 1 DPNs. The yarn is fussy, so they are taking a long time.

I guess that is it for now. I'll try and post more regularly.