Monday, April 28, 2008

Just for fun!

Have I been in the kitchen too long?

A final look at the Paws to Remember scarf - time to box it up and send it out. Oh, and I've got another, secret project on my needles too! Remember that fabulous blue yarn? Look for it in the not-so-distant future!

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Sliding in sideways, with a cup of coffee in one hand and knitting in the other . . .

This has been one heck of a weekend - not actually busy but very full. From early on Saturday morning to late Sunday night, from snow to sunny, kids working, driving places - jampacked is the only word.

I finally fought my way through the button bands on Baby Alban's sweater. My advice to you is don't do the extra six stitches in the ribbing and just do regular picked up button bands. I ended up knitting the button bands about six times total and ended up stretching the one side - the left, button hole side - out. I think that this will fix up in the blocking. Tomorrow, blocking and sewing on buttons.

Not too crazy about the buttonholes, either. By the way, my daughter picked these bluebells on the way home from the park today - right after it began to snow again.

I finished the lace border on the Paws to Remember scarf. I think it will be more of a "Paws to Remember" shawl when it is blocked but, luckily, the recipient is tall!

The Saturday Seven was all sock related. My husband finally gave up four pairs plus my Halloween socks and two pairs of Ironman socks I got in goodie bags at races. I hate these socks - they are slippery and feel very artificial. Give me a plain old cotton pair any day! I have one more week to get things over to Saint John the Evangelist for their big sale. I recommend it.

I also recommend attending "Stitch, bitch and die!" over at the Bryant Lake Bowl. It was very silly - but fun is fun and the beer was great. Try "It's Greek to Me!" for dinner - it's great, too.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Go Faster, Mommy!

Courtesy of high gas prices, I've been biking with Youngest Child to his school every morning. Usually, I bike pulling our old Burley bike trailer and he rides his two wheeler with training wheels. It takes us 45 minutes to get to school! After walking him into his class, I put his bike in the Burley and take it home. Then, he rides the bus home at lunchtime.

Today I said, "Please, will you ride in the Burley?" and he agreed although he worried that his friends would think he was a baby.

He changed his mind when I was able to go at a normal biking rate of speed - nothing too fast and helmets all around! - and he got a taste for speed . . .

All I heard on the way to school was, "Faster, Mom, faster! Go faster!" Oh, and it took five minutes. We were at school EARLY!

I foresee more morning bike rides in my future. Although, I really wish the older ones could bike to school. Oldest Daughter does every once and a while but she can't take her backpack (panniers help but there are a lot of hills!) and it takes an hour and 15 minutes each way. Her one trip isn't really saving us any gas money - but she does sleep well that night!

The Burley is a double child version and it is old! I got it originally for walking with all three daughters in there and it must be 16 years old by now. The bike is my old (14 years old?) hybrid-around-town bike and it's just fine for running errands. I even biked to the yarn store yesterday!

In this picture, you can really tell how cruddy the Burley is. Plenty of room for three little girls and a passel of Barbies! The bikes behind it are Oldest Daughter's Specialized Sequoia road bike and Mr. Daisy's Nova Satellite road bike.

My real bike (sister bike to A's: a female version of the Nova Satellite) is still down in the basement on my trainer. I have to change its tires before riding outside and I've been putting that off. Kind of like my husband's sports cars - I'm saving it for really good occasions!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

My eyes! My eyes!

Your eyes may be watering right now - this is three skeins of brilliant color! I've been searching for a lovely deep rose or red but this blue caught my attention. Luckily, The Yarnery is having a sale and it wasn't too dear. It should look nice next to a blue coat, don't you think? Now, back to your regularly scheduled viewing . . .

Saturday, April 19, 2008

I'll be slowing down later . . .

Once again, cleaning out Youngest Child's room leads to seven sad items that need a new home. Tomorrow, I'll have more time to discuss knitting and the latest projects . . .

In the meantime, try checking out this great interview with Evelyn A. Clark over at Franklin's The Panopticon . . .

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Traveling music with Jeanne Rylander

I hope you can watch this - Jeanne is a lovely person and a beautiful musician. She is a member of my church and we have been very fortunate to have her play during services. Perhaps I can get her to post some "knitting music" . . .

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Socks for the New Year - a little late!

Dobby's Socks from Charmed Knits - I thought they would be easy but the short row heels and toes were a big pain. Youngest Child will be wearing them next year - the short row toe wraps around the foot and makes it longer than I would have thought. That Darn Row Gauge again!

The book is the one I won on Saturday - I only have one or two books about stitches so I am looking forward to browsing through it.

On to the eggs!

Saturday, April 12, 2008

The Egg and I

I had a great time at Yarnover today and learned a lot about Bohus Stickning from Susanna Hansson. I feel exhausted despite just sitting in a chair all day. Outside of class, I won a book, met some bloggers and saw some lovely knitted goods. Just about a perfect weekend!

The colors are just lovely - really rich and deep. I am seriously thinking about one of these on my "to do" list.

After we worked on our wristlets, we got a chance to show them off and see how different needles gave different gauge.

This Saturday Seven was a simple bookcase purge. Two book club books, some gifts and a school book from Youngest Daughter - I need the room for other things. Bye!

My favorite thing I worked on this weekend - however - wasn't the wristlet but this . . .

A Happy Egg from Amigurumi World by Ana Paula Rimoli.

Friday, April 11, 2008

And watch out for Bambi!

Stephanie Pearl McPhee and I discussing the merits of April snow and socks.

This year, we managed to get to the Harlot before she melted into puddles of tiredness. She was an awesome speaker - I'll be reading her book this weekend - and Very Funny. Her story about walking through the wilderness for Beer and Toilet Paper was even better than reading it on her blog. Some people have a fear of Bambi . . .

Of course, we drove through a slush/snow storm to get there and Oldest Daughter's track meet was cancelled just after she succumbed to the Dread Flu. Coughing kept her up all last night - and me, too. When you hear someone clanking through your kitchen at 3 a.m. - let's just say that I wasn't thinking it my daughter. Lucky for her I didn't have my baseball bat handy!

Unfortunately, the bummer of the day was that I lost the pendant I am wearing in the picture above. When I got home, I had the broken chain around my neck but no pendant. I have no idea where I lost it and, with the snow, never may find it. Rats! The necklace was silver and Roman glass - I got it as a present and loved it.

Just an FYI - the online knitting magazine - Mag Knits - has gone out of business and their patterns are in server limbo. I had someone contact me today about whether I still had one of the patterns and I've been searching online for some of the ones I wanted. Try searching Ravelry for some of the links - what a bummer for all involved!

Thursday, April 10, 2008

The Name is Harlot, Yarn Harlot that is!

She's back! And with a new book! Ooh! Of course, I'll be dashing though the snow (in April? She'll never come back again, now!) but GF Melissa and I are off to see the Harlot.

I may take along the Paws to Remember Scarf as I am officially on the edging right now. Last night I wound it around my neck and took a good look. It's not narrow enough to loop at the neck so I think I'll just make it long enough to tuck inside a dress coat. And the intended recipient is tall, so what's too long for my neck will be just right for hers.

More likely, I'll take along the second Dobby Sock. I'm on the mindless foot knitting right now - I did the short row heel on Tuesday while waiting at track practice for Oldest Daughter - and I wouldn't get to the toe in just one evening. That will require another long thinking session - I absolutely do not agree that this is an easier sock heel or toe. I don't think it's prettier or even neater. I also have on large hole at the instep that I never get anymore since I've started making Evelyn A. Clark's sock patterns. Grrr.

It's also going to be a big knitting weekend again as this is the Minnesota Knitters' Guild annual Yarnover. I am taking a class about Bohus Stickning and I am really looking forward to it! I love the Bohus patterns and look - but not the fuzzy yarn. And there will be shopping, of course! The location is at Hopkins High School in Minnetonka, Mn. All though Western Suburban knitters out there (you know who you are!) need to stop by Yarnover marketplace which will be open to all - even if you don't take a class!

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Saving the world, one box of cookies at a time!

Naruto Uzumaki - my son's favorite character!

No pictures of knitting today - my phone camera is in need of changing. I did meet this young fellow today.

My daughters' Girl Scout Troop spent the day selling cookies at a booth sale at Anime Detour, a Minnesota convention dedicated to Anime, Manga, and Japanese culture. We sold nearly everything we brought and had a great time but, am I beat!

This Saturday Seven is really only a Saturday Three in this picture. The red sweater tee, a black knitted scarf and a tie all came from Oldest Daughter when she actually cleaned her room! The missing items are all in the wash right now - a red backback, a boy's shirt, underwear and socks. I found this bag of clothes (I suspect it was an "extras" bag for Youngest Child) out in the garage but it had a few up-close encounters with mice and now it's getting washed. Everything is too small now, of course.

Friday, April 04, 2008

Looking for sheep in all the wrong places . . .

When I pulled out my completed Dobby Sock (I am already on sock two, neverfear!), I found this little guy nestled in for a nap.

I think he must have wandered over from This Boy Knits. Michael has been having an infestation of Wee Ones over there.

I wouldn't have minded except he decided to start munching on the merchandise.

After gently shooing him away, here is Sock #1. I did do the short row toe as well - it wasn't as bad as the heel but it made the whole sock much longer. I'm a row gauge failure, you know.