July 2005

This week at knitting we were treated to quite a surprise! Not only was most of the group there for the first time in weeks, but there were also a few new members as well as a small gaggle of knitters who belong to the Arborland Borders knitting group! It was loud, fun, & exciting (as you can see from all the exclamation points)! 😉 I took several pics, but alas these are the only ones that weren’t too horendous to post.. not even photoshop could help those puppies! friggin camera.. grrrr

Here is Denise modeling her first finished sock! It even has sparklies! ;p

And I actually got a fair amount done on my tank, see…

In other news, Lynne hosted our first ever monthly spinning group. It was just three of us & was very nice. Lynne even made me a pair of lurvley stitch markers, but my friggin camera doesn’t seem to be able to take a pic of them that isn’t insanely fuzzy! (deep breathes…find your happy place)
Have quite a busy weekend ahead.. we are driving to Chicago tomorrow to have our anniversary dinner (9yrs as of wednesday) at the Russian Tea Room & see a concert. We are driving back Saturday morning & have plans for dinner on Saturday night. We also have something we have to do on Sunday but I can’t remember what the heck it is right now. At least I will get plenty of knitting done during the drive. 🙂

Sooo, what do ya think of this one?

I agreed with Kate that the green was all clash-y, and not in a good “Train in Vain” sorta way.

I’m totally bored with my blog template. I have changed the pic & the color, but I’m not sure this completely satisfies me.

What do y’all think?

I knew all this friggin rain would yeild somethin good!

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Ok, granted there are only 2 of them now, but lookie…

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Soon there will be more & they shall be all mine.. mmmmmmm What do purple beans taste of? Green beans. They’re just purtier! I got the plain ole greeny beans popping up too! See…

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Oh! And, um, Elisha? Remember how you said I planted my peppers a little too close together?

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Before & After

Dude, you were totally right! But, at least they are thriving! LOL

And speaking of Elisha, here is a pic of her adorable sock! I love the cables & the toe is done in a unique way.
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Oh, so ya wanna see my billionth project I just cast on?

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This is a scarf I am making out of Classic Elite’s Premiere in #5226 Tidal Wave. I know I said I didn’t want to make a scarf out if it, but I saw this trellis lace stitch in my stitch book & just knew it would be perfect.

Hey, maybe I’ll even finish this one!

So I have been a little neglectful of my blog. Granted, it was mostly because my internet connection kept crapping out, but still…
Just so you know I haven’t been laying on the couch doing nothing, here are a few pics.

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angora, silk, corriedale roving that I got from Spinner’s Flock

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the first finished skein (about dk weight)

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finally a use for the O2 yarn I got months ago

I have gotten quite a bit done on the shawl as well, but didn’t get a good pic of it yet. The daffodil & pumpkin yarns are knitting up very nicely together. My only concern is that they are not colors I would normal wear, but I will mostly be wearing this at home so it should be ok.
The knit pic is the beginning of the Boudouir Slippers from Erika Knights Simple knits with a twist. She used satin ribbon, but I figured the O2 would work just as well and be a little more comfy to wear. I should probably go up a couple of sizes on the needle though as it is a little stiff on the 10s.
Oh, and I’m up to chapter 20 on HP6. Whee! :p

Lynne let me tag along today to the monthly Spinner’s Flock meeting. Great fun! I have been wanting to go for about, um 5? 6? years… yep, I’m a big wussie!

Anywho, there were LOTS of people there

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I got to meet Fabulous Knitty Designer Jillian Moreno. She designed such lovelies as Bella, Boo, & the BOOBIE SCARF! She told me that Knitty was going to start printing some spinning stuff AND she offered to teach me continental knitting! (squee!)

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I found a Lendrum dealer in Michigan & Lynne got to try one out…

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Look how beautiful & consistent that single she’s spinning is!

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So, big question. Am I joining? Don’t know yet. It’s such a large guild that I felt a little overwhelmed. If I had come alone I probably would have skedadled after a few minutes. Also, once the “business” part of the meeting started I quickly lost interest. I just wish there was a small spinning group in Ann Arbor.

But, on the plus side I met some simple wonderful women, got info on finally buying a lendrum & had a good time.

Thanks Lynne! 🙂

I seem to be in this weird phase. I can’t seem to finish anything lately! I have been knitting, honestly!

I have the Cathay tank.. but I need to get bamboo or birch needles to work with cause it is just too slippery on the aluminum. I have another Princess tank.. but I’m kinda bored with it. And I have started, ripped out & restarted a sock about 50 billion times in the past 2 weeks. sigh.

In attempt to get over this hump I started a shawl the other day & it seems to be coming along nicely, although I did have to tink back a few rows last night due to miscalculation.
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Fiber Trends pattern: Landscape Shawl & Scarf

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yarns to be used: Knit Picks Wool
of the Andes in Pumpkin & Daffodil

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progress so far

I really like the pattern so far. Its very versatile in that it can be made with any weight yarn in just about any width & length. The pattern alternates between garter & seed stitch w/picot edging. I really like the combo of daffodil & pumpkin in the skeins, can’t wait to see what it looks like knit up together. These aren’t colors I would normally use.. much more drawn to blues, greens, & purples. Hopefully the excitement will sustain me through this big wooly project during the heat of summer… and I won’t be seduced by some other bit of fluff before I finish. 😉

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