Priorities

30 04 2009

You know you’re a knitter when less than 24 hours before leaving for a week’s vacation, the only thing that’s packed is your knitting.

Knitting

Knitting, packed

I’m bringing the Chamomile baby hat to work on the plane, the herringbone rib sock and the spring forward sock. I think that should be enough! I would love to bring my Ishbel with me but I’m weary of losing it if my suitcase happened to get lost.

Suitcases

Suitcases, not packed

Tomorrow evening DH and I are flying down to Orlando, having breakfast with Alyson and Travis the next morning and then making our way to Cape Canaveral to board the Disney Magic for a cruise to the Western Caribbean. We’ll be heading to Key West, Grand Cayman, Nassau, Casteway Cay (Disney Island) and then back. We were supposed to stop in Cozumel but due to the swine flu our stop has been changed to Nassau.

In a couple days this is where I'll be!

This is our first cruise so we don’t quite know what to expect. But we’ve heard only good things about Disney cruises so it will be fun no matter what! The only excursion we have planned is snorkeling in Sting Ray City in the Caymans (my snorkeling gear is the only thing already in my suitcase!).

I’ve seen that there was internet access on the boat so I’ll definitely try to get on the internet a couple times. Maybe I’ll even be able to post about how my trip is going on! If not, I hope to be able to show you some FO’s when I come back!

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NaKniMitMo

13 01 2009

Have you heard about the NaKnitMitMo KAL yet?  The group was created off of a crazy idea my friend Carol had. She wanted to knit mittens in January and get other people to do the same. It started on her blog and before she knew it it grew into a Ravelry group with over 300 members. If you haven’t checked it out yet, make sure to do so!

I’ve been wanting to knit mittens and mitts and thought this would be the perfect excuse to knit distract myself with from my current projects with a pair of mitts. I picked something really easy, so as not to require too much attention. The pattern is Toast/ Toasty from A Friend to Knit With. It’s a plain tube with a thumb in the Toasty version. I haven’t decided yet if I’m going to do a thumb yet, although I probably will. I really like Dogged Knits’ version with a gusset thumb, so I’ll probably do it like that if I do a thumbed version.

I picked a slightly thinner yarn than the recommended yarn, Madelinetosh Tosh Worsted in Tern. It’s a beautiful silver gray that is coming out beautiful in plain stockinette.

Hand wound

I wanted to cast on so badly that I hand wound the yarn in the car on my way to Webs over the weekend. After a false start I ended up casting on 40 stitches and now it is smooth sailing. At least until I reach the thumb!

Toasty arm warmer

I’m halfway done the first one already, although I would be further along if I had been able to knit even a stitch yesterday or today. But I have a long weekend coming up so maybe I’ll be able to finish one mitt : )

Oh yeah, you might be curious to know what I bought at  Webs. I hope you won’t be too disappointed but I was very, very good.  I was going to buy a skein of this yarn I’ve been wanting to get my hands on; Rio de la Plata Merino sock and a pattern. I thought the particular skein (sp38) I wanted was on sale but when I got to the registers I found out it wasn’t, so I put it back and ended up buying only this pattern:

New pattern

It’s really a beautiful blanket and I hope to knit it one day!

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For all my friends who’ve helped by knitting a sock yarn square, please click here to see what we made with it! Thank you again to all of you who’ve knitted a square, Michele was really, really happy and she loves it!





Trip to Québec

8 12 2008

(To the tune of The Twelve Days of Christmas)

On our trip to Québec there was:

  • 12 moose

Yes, 12. I’d never seen a moose before that and it was a real treat to see so many. We had to be really careful driving because it was night time and with all the moose on the side of the road we didn’t want to risk hitting one. Because it was night time I didn’t get to take a picture and on our way back we didn’t see any. Maybe next time!

  • 11, 10, 9° F, temperatures in the mountains of Maine as we were driving up
  • Only 8 rows knit on my Herringbone Rib sock
  • 7 long hours of driving (each way)
  • 6 family members

We spent the weekend with my parents, my brother, his girlfriend and my two lovely nieces.

  • 5 inches knit on my sock yarn square
  • 4, the birthday my niece Naomi celebrated
  • 3 skeins of sock yarn

Sundara Artist Choice - Cools

I picked these up at the post office as we were leaving, so they kind of count, right! This is the yarn I received for the Sundara Artist’s Choice sock club.

  • 2 turkeys crossing the road
  • 1 fabric store

The Fabric Garden, really nice quilting shop, much bigger than my LQS. I made a few purchases…
From The Fabric Garden, Madison ME

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Random Monday

22 09 2008

Sewing:

I tried a new free pattern I found over at Show Your Workings. It is a pattern for the Japanese knot bag. I ended up sewing up two bags because I wasn’t sure I’d understood everything properly the first time around. I still haven’t quite figured out what to do with the handles but here’s the second bag I made.

Japanese knot bag - try #2

The bag is reversible and you can see the other side here. The first bag was made with a Japanese print and you can see it here and here.

Shopping:

This weekend, DH and I went to stART on the Street in Worcester. My friend Karen from Simply June had a booth there. I just had to purchase this cute little pouch, especially since this button came with it!

Stitched mushroom button

Hiking:

Also this weekend, I hiked up Mt Monadnock, NH. It was quite the hike and I have to say that I am quite sore. The view from the top was really awesome and well worth the hardship to make it there.

Knitting

You can see a lot more pictures in this Flickr set. I managed to knit a couple rows on my Knitterly Things stripy sock and you can see that I’m wearing my finished Stacked Eyelet Cowl.

Knitting:

I just had to. I couldn’t resist. We just got in this new yarn for the store and I had to have some. And I had to cast on, right away… The yarn is K1C2 Ty-Dy Socks and the colors were screaming my name. So I guess I have yet another sock on the needles and I have absolutely no will-power!

Ty-Dy sock!

BTW, before anyone freaks out, this is not my foot but a plastic foot model that was a bit too small,  I added tape to make it bigger, which is why you can see tape on the foot.





Newport, RI – Cliff Walk

24 08 2008

A few days ago, after reading Javajem‘s post about the Cliff Walk, I was inspired to go there and enjoy the beautiful weather that we were having.

After a quick picnic along the harbor we parked the car at the Easton Beach and headed to the the Cliff Walk. The Cliff Walk takes you along the shore, on a path between the ocean and the beautiful mansions along the coast.

The Breakers is one of the grandest mansions there next to Salve Regina University.

Newport, RI Cliff Walk

Here are some additional pictures I took along our walk:

Newport, RI Cliff Walk

Newport, RI Cliff Walk

Newport, RI Cliff Walk

Newport, RI Cliff Walk

Newport, RI Cliff Walk

If you are interested, you can see the rest of my photos on my Flickr account.

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Views from Weirs Beach, New Hampshire

18 08 2008

Since I didn’t take any pictures while in the Adirondacks 2 weeks ago, I made sure to take a bunch this weekend in Weirs Beach, NH.

Crazy cool architectural details

Fancy scroll work

Make sure to click on the picture to get to the bigger size

View on Lake Winnepesaukee

Lake Winnepesaukee NH

Lovely colors

Plant leaves

Funny looking arcade game

Big Bertha

There are both of yarn store and a quilting store in Weirs Beach although I didn’t learn about the yarn store until it was already past closing time. I did manage to buy a couple fat quarters at “The Quilted Frog” though.





WIP Wednesday

13 08 2008

I’m back from vacation. Our stay in the Adirondacks was fun. There was rafting, hiking, visiting and a bit of shopping too. Although I did take my camera with me I didn’t end up taking any pictures. So you’ll have to make do with pictures of my knitting!

The evening before we took off I cast on for a new project… I am afraid that I am suffering from castonitis, hopefully it wont last too long!

This new project is Pixie Purls’ Country Kiddie in Jojoland Melody Superwash in the colorway 18.

Country Kiddie by Pixie Purls

I really love this cute pattern and will be making more of them. It is written for sock yarn and would look great in almost any yarn. I just have one ball of the Melody so I’m hoping that it will be enough to make a short top.

If I hadn’t worked so much on this little top I would probably be much further along on my Marigolds. They’re just waiting for a heel now.

Marigold ready for a heel

I did work quite a bit on my Vesper self-striping sock though and am now much further than this:

Clown sock ready for a heel

The sock now looks like a long tube as I will be knitting an afterthought heel on it. I hope it works out!

I did not work on my Tipsy Socks at all so they look exactly like they did before I left.

And I won’t even mention my 4 other single socks…

Another big WIP is my 1930’s Pinwheel quilt top. It was sandwiched together the day before I left and I tried my hand at hand-quilting while on vacation. I didn’t get very far on it but I hope to be able to work a bit on it every week.

Sandwiched and ready to go!

Maybe I will have it done in 2015!