Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Again and again . . .

the knitting remains the same. Yep, the knitting is almost the same. Just more rows, more cables, more hard to photograph sweater.

I did get out of the town this weekend visiting relatives. On the way back, I turned around to see 

a smiling, sleeping boy with his hand in the lego box. Sweet!

I did have seven things (already given away) for the Saturday Seven.

Two pairs of shoes, a string bag, a sweater, a t-ball hat, a pair of shorts and a blouse.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Just some boring old knitting . . .

I read a blog recently where the author said she regretted taking so much time off from her blog. I really don't regret anything but not knitting.

Life is just rolling along here and my Turn of The Glass cardigan is also inching along with me. It's a bit too large to carry everywhere and if I knit it at home in the evening, it is a given that I will have to rip something out.

So, just to recap:

Saturday Seven on 5/21/11:

Seven pairs of shorts and pants. Some mine and some are Middle Daughter's. They've already gone over to the neighborhood rummage sale.

Turn of the Glass Cardigan:

This photo shows the design increases and decreases. I'm just above the waistline here.

This photo is the right color - but you can see why I don't knit this at night!

Move along now - nothing to see here!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Finally, the sun!

We had a busy weekend at Chez Daisy. Some garage painting and some yard work really ate up the available time. But, at least we made room for . . .

Mexican Food!

We took a Mexican food cooking class at Cooks of Crocus Hill and it was delicious! Excuse my terrible photos - the lighting was very bright where we were sitting.

My favorite part was the Avocado Soup. 

My knitting has not been so successful - just rows and rows of the Turn of the Glass cardigan. Not enough, though, to take a good picture. 

My Saturday Seven (shirts, shorts and socks) already went over to GFMelissa's house. Her Youngest Child is now enjoying the fruits of my closet cleaning.

Sunday, May 08, 2011

Sun and showers

This darling annual called "Flirtation" came home with me from the Friends School of Minnesota Plant Sale.

The sun stayed out one more day for my Saturday trip to Shepherd's Harvest Sheep and Wool Festival. This is one of our family's favorite Mother's Day trips. I went out on Saturday to work at the Minnesota Knitters' Guild Knitting Help table but I got to visit again on Sunday with the rest of the family. No sunshine but there still was a lot to see . . .

I've been coveting Angora Rabbits for a while but Mr. Daisy is not so keen on the idea.

Youngest Child is absolutely sure he could take care of one. He even offered to help clean up the poop! 

Oldest Daughter was admiring the spinning wheels for sale.

Although we mostly did "window shopping", I picked up two lovely skeins of Opulence sock yarn from All for Love of Yarn

Perhaps a little hipster scarf (as Oldest Daughter calls them) from this lovely 80% Superwash Merino Wool 10% Cashmere 10% Nylon in the Freesia colorway.

I also hunted down the Ewetopia Fiber Shop booth and bought a skein of hand dyed brushed mohair in the conifer colorway.

I'd seen this yarn at Yarnover last week and loved it. There is also a very cute "Fern" shrug pattern that came with the yarn. 

I had a little time this week to clean out my own closet. I have to admit this is the Saturday Seven of failure for me. Seven items that I bought over the years and kept - hoping against hope that I would want to wear them or that they would someday look better on me - until admitting defeat.

Four pairs of pants, two pullovers and a cardigan - except for one I gave to Oldest Daughter - are all going to a rummage sale. Sigh.

Sunday, May 01, 2011

We love the knitting goodies

Whether they are bright like these skeins from Little Gidding Farm Suri Alpacas

or muted like these skeins of Briar Rose Fibers.

Saturday's Minnesota Knitters' Guild's Yarnover was entirely satisfying. I got to help some teachers as a "Teacher Angel", learn how to make the better buttonhole and sew on zippers using a rug hook. I really spent the most amount of my time simply visiting, knitting and people watching. 

There was a little bit of purchasing as well. 

This pattern is also available from the Ewetopia Fiber Online Shop

I bought this lovely top down cardigan pattern and five skeins of naturally brown worsted weight from Ewetopia Fiber Shop.  This was a really nice vendor at Yarnover and I'm looking forward to seeing what they are bringing to Shepherd's Harvest.  I'm not taking any classes but I am working at the MKG Knitting Help table on Saturday morning.

I also bought these wonderful antique buttons for the sweater . . .

GFMelissa said that I was being surprisingly original because none of the buttons match each other. I was really just trying to not give myself a reason to jump into the project!

Looking ahead, next weekend is once again the perfect storm of Spring Formal/Friends School Plant Sale/Shepherd's Harvest . . . oh, what the heck. 

Be there or Be Square! 

This week's Saturday Seven was really more of a Sunday Seven. I was cleaning out the CD drawer - putting lost cds away in their cases and I managed to clean out seven less than favorite cds. Off to the rummage sale!