Friday, March 23, 2007

Grins and giggles

Yes, I finally ironed a white shirt and took my vest to work with me. The colors are very nice together - 2 different colors of Briar Rose Earth Song worked well together.

One last picture of me with my braces...after 3 L O N G years, they come off on Monday!

Chris will begin her summer tour soon - be sure to check her schedule for an opportunity to appreciate her work in person. I am working on a plan to get to one of the shows myself. She has ruined me for all other fiber and I can't get enough!

My shawl was bound off and the edging is coming along nicely. Honestly, this is my first knit on lace edging for a shawl and I did not feel much like doing math to figure out how to get around the corners. The first corner has been accomplished and will block out nicely. I made notes so the other corners should be fine. For projects in the future I will probably take the time to figure it all out beforehand if only to relieve the stress around wondering.

Bugg's camera has been spending more time with me than with her. A new camera has been on my list for quite awhile, but there is always one feature or another that seems to be missing. When downloading my photos, I found this last shot of her and her Pop. The picture makes me smile whenever I see it and it needs to be shared.

We have wacky senses of humor and the grins are welcomed daily - the things the kids come up with are priceless!

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

When friends knit you socks

What does it take for someone to knit something for you?

This picture was taken from my favorite knitting spot on our couch. I'd been feeling under the weather and was feeling extremely pitiful for myself when I looked up and realized that I must be very lucky. My friend, Mitzi, knit me these socks that I call 'good-n-plenty'. I loved those socks from the moment she cast-on...and they ended up being for me!

I'm going out on a limb here, but I can only remember two people ever knitting something for me - Kristy, my ISE3 knit pal, knit me an incredible scarf - and Mitzi knit me these socks.
Knowing how much effort and time go into handcrafting such wonderful gifts make them even more precious to receive.
So, there I was, with my feet up, in front of a fire, candles lit, happy thoughts, knitting in my hands, and a smile on my face to think of how lucky I am to have a friend who cares enough to knit something just for me!

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Finished Legend sweater

I struggled to finish the sleeves...the front and back progressed quickly, but knitting both sleeves at the same time has positive points and negative. The negative being that it seems to take so dang long to finish and see results. Not to worry, I am SO pleased with this sweater and it is one of my most favorites!

After beginning to knit this with Legend, I worried that I may not have enough and ordered another batch...I've joked that I have enough of this yarn to make an entire wardrobe. So, I've started my shawl which was my original intention for this yarn.

Everyone was out of the house this morning, but I was able to take a few shots with the camera on timer.
My first Socks That Rock shipment came last week. The colorway is Monsoon and has greys, greens, and browns -VERY nice!
Negligence on my part posting the FABULOUS socks that Mitzi made me for Christmas! This is a teaser because the photos were taken on Bugg's camera and I haven't downloaded the files yet...a little something to look forward to for my next post!

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Multidirectional scarf

This yarn hasn't been in stash long. A few months ago, Corinne knocked my socks off with a posting of her version on her blog. I've been reading her blog for a few months now and love the way she chooses to use color.
As luck would have it, I have the EXACT same yarn and colorway she used which is fabulous. I wanted to experiment first with this Rowan Tapestry that seems to be a colorway that my mom will absolutely love - shade 171 which they call Rainbow.
This will be a FO before I know it!

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Earth Song Lace Vest

This pattern came from Louisa Harding's Modern Classics. I love this book because the patterns are timeless and are arranged by yarn weight. I adapted the neckline and length a bit because I plan to wear it over a crisp, white shirt (if I ever get one ironed...the dry cleaner never gets the collar right!) Anyway, once I iron the shirt - I will, I promise - and get someone to snap the photo, I will post the picture.

Thank goodness I finished something!

For my next amazing feat, I will be finishing the sleeves to my 'v' neck sweater knit out of Briar Rose Legend...remember? (I know, it looks blurry)

I've also procured some of Chris' fabulous Grace. Once again, she amazes me! 60% superwash, merino, 30% bamboo, 10% nylon. I have the perfect shawl pattern chosen.