Thursday, August 30, 2007

A New Toy

"beep, beep"

I always, always, always have wanted a convertible - totally impractical for Michigan weather MOST of the time, but lately...

My convertible is cruising around most every day with whichever family member will indulge me and come along - fun - definitely more fun that I imagined. The feel of wind through your hair and the 'oneness' with the outdoors appeals to me - an outdoors girl at heart (ok, just warm weather outdoors).


The Briar Rose Retro Cardigan out of Tuscany is finished...well, the ends need to be woven in and some sweet buttons are being hunted. An original thought was to use the buttons pictured above, but I need 10 and only have 6 of these. I need to get some other projects finished and then beg Chris to dye something to use with these buttons.

Of course, a pair of socks are in the works - the Smores colorway of Knit Pick's Memories is knitting up much nicer than I would have thought. I can imagine the smell of chocolate, marshmallow, and graham crackers drifting through the room when knitting these socks. As usual, everyone in the family is trying to position themselves as the recipient.

Other thoughts

With school coming into session, work again looms at my door. I've had a couple of meetings in the past few weeks, but the things they have for me to work on will take a lot more time. It is good to have knowledge that can help - I will try to maintain my focus on that aspect and not let the schedule rule my life.

A parting photo of Miss Kitty. She was adopted, but must be close to 13 years old now. She still finds the energy to chase the dogs and was stalking one of them via the stairway last week.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Finally finished Tilly Shawl

My Tilly has been in the works for quite awhile. Ultimately, it took two blocks to get this where I wanted it. There are a couple of other edgings and techniques that will work better than the knitted on border this Tilly ended up with. Soon, I will be re-doing some aspects to this pattern and I plan to swatch many of my ideas to see how they work out.

Tilly's Garden Shawl from Briar Rose Fibers
Finished measurements:58" across the top and 37" long
Yarn: Briar Rose Fibers Legend
Yardage: ? I had two hanks to begin with and have finished this as well as my 'V' neck pullover. Enough yardage remains for another project.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Yarn de-stash sale - Manos del Uruguay

I am de-stashing a little at a time. If you are interested in any of these items, please e-mail me at kniterellacomcastnet or comment and let me know which item.
If the yarn has been sold, I will mark it on the original post.
All Manos is handspun pure kettle dyed. Approx 138 yds/skein. This yarn felts beautifully.

4 Skeins SOLD

4 Skeins Not available

5 Skeins SOLD
3 Skeins SOLD

5 Skeins $40.00

5 Skeins SOLD

Sock yarn de-stash sale

I am de-stashing a little at a time. If you are interested in any of these items, please e-mail me at kniterellacomcastnet or comment and let me know which item.

1 Skein Color #14 45% Cotton, 40% superwash wool, 15% nylon

2 Skeins Koigu SOLD

2 Skeins Koigu SOLD

3 Skeins Koigu SOLD

1 Skein 100g 45% cotton, 42% virgin wool, 13% polyamid - machine washable sock yarn!

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Swallowtail Shawl, more vacation, and upcoming yarn sale

One week ago today I woke up here. It is hard to remember the water being so blue and it beckons me. Now that our vacation is over, we think through what we did and what we wish we had done. Our friends came to visit one weekend from Florida and it was the second time we've seen them (Savannah in April). We had fabulous Thai food that night and were longing to pop over and have dinner there last night. Dining choices of that nature are non-existent here.

I didn't take many photos this vacation and that is one thing I wish was different.

...on to the shawl...

Swallowtail Shawl

Yarn: Zephyr Silk/Wool - Marine Blue

Size 4 needles

Note: Mine is a tad smaller than the pattern states. I should have used 5 needles

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this shawl. It is the perfect size to use for work (once/if I return) and the color is amazing. The softness is indescribable.

Other Knitting

Mom's pink top is drying (still). I will take pictures before mailing, but am pretty certain this is one garment that will not look right unless modeled and those photos may take awhile to get.

Remember my Tilly Garden Shawl? The one with the knit on border? The border I winged without the math? Well, everyone knew that wasn't going to work but I charged forth. It wouldn't block and the border was removed. Some fancy math and swatching was done and the new and improved border is moving right along. Again, photos to come soon.

I picked up some lovely Handmaiden Sea Silk, Jade Sapphire Cashmere-Silk, and Prism Lace Wool - all in various colors of the sea. I find myself nearly content and almost overwhelmed by my staggering amounts of stash yarn. There are only two things I still long for 1) Handmaiden Silken and 2) ANYTHING that comes from Chris' shop. So....I've decided to perform a little de-stash and will be posting the yarn here on my blog first. It will take awhile to get through all of it, but there will be some good yarn - I promise! My goal is to get some posted mid-week.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Vacation knitting

How things stack up when a person goes away from home! The e-mail and postal mail has been tackled, work e-mail remains. The house needs a light cleaning and I haven't managed to unpack everything.
All in all, this was a great crafting vacation. My swallowtail shawl is finished and should be blocked today. My mom traveled with us and purchased yarn for a top on the way to the beach and it is nearly finished (pictures coming soon). Bugg has been working on cross stitch month blocks to be transformed into a quilt - mom finished one block, Bugg nearly has two under her belt and I...nearly finished one (honest, it is almost finished - I promise!). There was not time to knit up any of the other yarn that traveled from my stash, but new yarn did come home with me. Chris, being the sweetheart that she is, had two bundles waiting when we finally came back home - which made going through the postal mail a lot more enjoyable. There are projects assigned to both bundles!!!
My mom learned how to knit and is nearly finished with a garter stitch scarf. She has even tension that is pleasing to the eye. She may be addicted to knitting - time will tell. If she had a dropped stitch or an unknit stitch from the previous row, her scarf would magically appear on top of my project and be waiting for me when I returned from wherever I had gone. The mistake would get fixed and mom would happily take of knitting again...until the next one. Truthfully, she didn't have many mistakes and she was a trooper, counting the stitches at every row to make sure they were all present and accounted for. When we left her house to come home, she was beginning her final 12".

Bugg is a natural at knitting (keep it a secret she is a semi-closet knitter). Her stitches are very even and she picks up techniques quickly. She is working on two projects - a sock using Socks That Rock and a small shawl. She didn't get the 'finishing gene' from me, but is working pretty diligently on both projects.

It seems this post is growing a bit long, I will leave you with a couple of photos which makes me smile - Bugg and my Youngest!

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Another holiday almost finished

How lucky are we? Getting to spend 3 weeks at the beach has been fabulous. I would have bet the feelings of being ready to go home would have set in by the end of the first week. You know-'ahhh, this has been a nice break but there will be two tons of mail (including yarn) waiting along with inches of dust and it is time to tackle those things' feelings. Instead, I find myself checking lottery numbers to see if we can schedule time with a realtor to pick out our multi-million dollar beach front home.

All of my friends know that the weather in Michigan is a struggle for me. The humidity of the South is welcoming and I embrace it readily. There are cold-weather people and beach people - I am a beach people! Encouragement exists in knowing that we won't always be in Michigan, yet after nearly 5 years I find myself restless. So, as I contemplate the return to Michigan (and Bugg's Senior year), the knowing thoughts of 5 months of cold weather and snow make me cringe. Snow and cold weather are not very functional for a beach person.

Cut to yesterday:

The boys went deep sea fishing yesterday and the youngest son reeled in a 4ft. nurse shark weighing approx. 180 lbs. He also caught a few miscellaneous other fish, but his shark was the largest of the day. Hubs snared one miscellaneous fish and was satisfied to see our son's catch.

Us girls drove to Charleston, SC for some sightseeing and shopping. It was the hottest day of the year and we went through bottled water quickly. Weather reports had the water temp in the Charleston Harbor around 86 degrees. We aimed for a horse-drawn tour, but the weather was too extreme for the horses to come out and play so walking was our mode of transportation. We really needed a couple of days in Charleston to go to a plantation and to visit Ft. Sumter.

---The lottery numbers were not in our favor and we'll be off to the beach in a few minutes.

Thursday, August 02, 2007

...We interrupt this vacation...

Being half-way into the vacation, a sense of peace surrounds me. No worry about trying to unwind after the long drive or anxiousness because the break is nearly over and it will be time to return to all that waits exists yet. My youngest son said it best today:

ME: (to hubs) What would you like to do today?
HUBS: I don't know, whatever you'd like.
SON: Let's just do more of the same.

Same= eat, go to the pool, go to the beach, eat

As predicted, we hit a couple of yarn shops along the way. Pictures will follow, but some lovely laceweight and Jade Sapphire cashmere followed me. My mom (not a knitter) decided to knit scarves for her friend's Christmas presents and is flying along on a garter stitch scarf. She also picked up some lovely yarn for a summer top...on which I am nearing completion. She chose a rose color of Cathay by Debbie Bliss. Youngest son tried to wrangle a pair of socks out of me yesterday, but changed his mind when told it would be a 'very long time' before those socks would fly off of my needles. Needless to say, little progress has been made on any of the projects which originally travelled with me.


A few weeks ago a drop spindle was calling my name. I've wanted to learn to spin for awhile and am mesmerized by the whirr of a spinning wheel. Not needing another expensive toy, I opted for the drop spindle. A very kind spinner (insert name later) helped get me started and I walked away with about a foot of spun fiber - that was spun by me! Once we return home, I think the waiting Romney will be spun away!