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Sunday, May 14, 2006

Mason-Dixon yarn plans

I went to Hobby Lobby and bought some el cheapo Sugar and Cream yarn that we all love so much. Here are the colors that I got combined with what I already had in my stash. You can click on the pictures to see them up close and personal.

First the bib colors:

Next the ballband dishcloth colors:

At about a dollar a ball, there's a whole lot of cheap fun in that pile! I'm already on my second repeat of my first ballband dishcloth. I'm really loving the colors.

I've only got about 3 1/2 rounds left on the star baby blanket that I'm crocheting for my principal's baby. Their shower is this Wednesday so I really have to get some work done on it. These rounds are getting longer and longer. Of course, it would have helped if I had not spilled Diet Dr. Pepper on it and had to rinse it to keep it from staining. It wasn't much, just about 1/3 of one of the points, but now I'm waiting for it to dry so that I can go back to work on it. I was afraid of stretching it if I worked on it while it was damp. Here's a preview of it taken last night at 2.5 rounds of the blue. I'm thinking that six or seven rounds would be just about right color and size-wise.

Tom our "missing" cat came home yesterday and we're very glad he's back. I hope he enjoyed his "vacation". While Tom was away, I let Bob come back inside for a bit. He did alright, but he went back out as soon Tom showed back up. They were sooo happy to see each other, it was really cute to watch. Here's a little picture of Bob napping in the big chair.

Saturday, May 06, 2006

Mason-Dixon Knit Along and some other stuff

How much fun is this going to be? I can't wait! You can join here: Mason-Dixon KAL. I've been reading the posts and this is going to be a really fun group. I hope to get my book very soon. Our local Barnes & Noble doesn't have it yet.

I am so disgusted with the cotton sock I was working. I knew it was a bad idea but the colors were just perfect...the yarn?....NOT for socks! the ribbing section stretched out beyond belief and the rest of the sock didn't fit either. I hated it. So I ripped it out and rewound the yarn and decided maybe it's meant for something else, one day.

I am making quick progress on the Lotorp bag from Cornelia Tuttle Hamilton's Noro Revisited. I'm making this bag in Noro Iro Color 18. I'm already finished with 1/3 of the bag. It's looking good so far. I'm thinking about making one of the Kuryeon version. It's a bit smaller than the Iro size but I'm thinking it would make a nice gift. It only takes two balls of Kuryeon so it'll be an affordable gift too.

We went to the War Eagle Craft Fair today in the rain. It wasn't much fun. I love War Eagle so much and look forward to it for months. But today? Today I watched the weather and waited. At noon the forecast was still saying 70% chance of thunderstorms for tomorrow. So we decided that since it was just drizzle today we'd go on and go. No sooner had we gotten there and walked across the bridge did it start to rain. I mean really rain. We had to go for cover for a few minutes. Fortunately for me we took cover in a booth of handmade baskets! I bought a really cute basket from a very nice man from Branson, MO. He showed me how he shaves the wood and how it's dyed and also how they've been making them for years. He talked to me about his father who taught him how to make the baskets and then his father came walking up. They were such a neat family. They make all of their baskets from oak that he harvests himself.

I bought another basket from a local lady. Her name was Candace Katz and she has a really neat website for people who are looking for basket making supplies. I soooo do not need another addiction, I mean um, HOBBY. I am thinking it would be fun to learn to make baskets though. I may check to see when her next beginner class is. The thing I really love about this basket is that it has a solid base. The base is very smooth and I don't think it will grab my yarn at all. The inside of the basket is also very smooth and I don't feel any grabby bits to snag either. I am going to be using this for my intarsia project coming up next week.

And speaking of Intarsia, I'm going to be taking a class at the LYS for a couple of Saturdays on Intarsia knitting. I'm really looking forward to it. We're going to be making the Wobbly Circles tote from Interweave's Spring 2006 mag. Here's the pattern pick and the colors that I've chosen.

I almost forgot to show y'all the really cute bag I got today. I think it'll make a really great knitting bag/purse. It's made from oilcloth by Tatermash bags. They had some really great bags today. This bag has six large pockets on the inside and one on the outside. It also came with a matching zip pouch which already has my traveling stitch markers, and small knitting supplies in it. They had one thing that I wish I had turned around and gone back for. It was an oilcloth placemat on one side and a chalk board covering on the other. They were so neat! If I go back out there tomorrow since we didn't get to see much today, I'm going to get one for Savannah. She loves to draw and color now so I think it would be a neat thing to carry in my bag for her to have something fun to do when we're out and about.

That's all the time I have now for updating. Hopefully I'll have more progress to report soon!

Friday, May 05, 2006

Cinderella left her shoe behind...

At the scene of the CRIME! This post should probably be titled "Why can't turn my back on my daughter to even go to the bathroom." They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but let me give you 3 to sum this up: bread + couch + Savannah......enough said.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Sizzling Summer Socks

I've been busy already this week! Over the weekend, I finished the heel on the pink STR socks, and started an akle sock that's mostly my own pattern. I'm really enjoying these socks. I've finished finished the gussett and am now working my way down the foot. Here's a picture of the sock as of last night.