Friday, September 26, 2008

Lunch with ES

On Wednesday I went into DC to have lunch with ES. After lunch I had the chance to wander around a couple of the museums by myself. I wandered where I wanted and stayed as long as I wanted in any one place. I think my favorite place that day was this waterfall on the mall side of the building. I hadn't seen this when the boys and I were there in March. I took the time to listen to the water rushing over the rocks. It was a quiet sound when compared to the people and the traffic. Wednesday was also my first time getting out of the metro in the wrong spot too. ES had to come find me. Luckily I was only a few blocks away from where I was supposed to be and I probably could have found my way around, but I just kind of froze and had to call. The lunch was outside the Hirshhorn building where it was really windy. We had hamburgers, chips, pop, and dessert. Not the best of lunches, but the company was good.

My shawl project is almost done. Only about three more rows and then the bind off. The next project is planned and ready for the needles. I bought the yarn for it Wednesday night at Knit night.

"C" had his first accident since moving here and consequently the first trip to a doctor here. He either broke his thumb or has a very bad sprang. We took x-rays yesterday, so we will know in a couple of days whether it is broken or not. For right now it is in a splint and wrapped pretty good. Not too bad, six weeks or so in between visits to the doc. Pretty good for him.

Off to finish the shawl. Happy knitting & spinning.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Surprise in the Mail

Friday in the mail, I received a package from Catherine. It is 236 yards of 2-ply Monadale which she hand-painted and submitted at the fair. She received a third place ribbon on it! It is so pretty. I will have to find a project which will show off all the colors and what a nice job she did on the spinning.
When "C" saw this he said, "I thought you weren't buying anymore wool." I told him I didn't buy it and that it was a gift. He just rolled his eyes and walked out of the room. He doesn't care for all the yarn in the house, although he likes the items he gets when I
make something for him out of that wool.

The other project that I wanted to show you were the prayer flags I bought from Linda Wolfe during the past two seasons. The colored ones had been hanging up between my entry and livingroom at the old house. When we moved to the new house I also wanted to display them and found the perfect place for them in the kitchen. The colored ones hang above my sink and greet me each time I walk into the kitchen. The white flags are above the stove and can be seen from the balcony when I look in through the kitchen window. I am glad I have the flags where I can see them and brighten my day each time I see them.

Not much else is going on. There is progress on the shawl for the wedding and I have half a pair of booties done for Master "B's" blessing outfit. "Au" called and asked if I would make a pair to go along with his little tuxedo which she is making for him. I hope they will be what she wants.

Happy knitting & spinning.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Spinning is Happening

Spinning is happening again. I couldn't stand it anymore and dug out some fiber I ordered from Zarzuela just before leaving Idaho Falls. It is in the Thinking of Fall color which I don't see on her etsy shop right now. It spun up really fast and beautifully, I think. This skein ended up with about 160 yards of navajo plied fiber. I am thinking of making a cowl with this, but my mind could be swayed in other directions.

These are just my colors.

I couldn't let the Lendrum stay empty for very long. So the same day I plied Thinking of Fall I rummaged around in the stash. I started spinning this fiber which is five ounces of a merino/columbia blend. I bought this blend at the Idaho Falls fiber festival in 2007 from the Going to the Sun Fiber Mill vendor. It is spinning up very nicely, but has a little bit of a greasy feel to the fiber. It has been prepared as a pencil roving which is very nice as I don't have to do very much pre-drafting. I already have one of the three bumps spun and just need to take some time daily to do some more spinning. It has felt good to be doing some spinning daily again.

Happy knitting & spinning.

Friday, September 12, 2008

What Color are You

So I couldn't resist taking this quiz when I say it on Terri's blog. I didn't know I would be Black.

You are most like:


You are bold with a dark side. You make clear lines wherever you go, though you color outside of the lines. Many people may just see the surface of you and think you are merely plain, but you have a lot of depth to you as well.

Take this quiz: Which Crayola Box of 8 Color Are You?

Not much progress here. Still just plugging away on my current shawl and take along socks. When I get the current pair of socks done, I'll take pictures.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Progress on Ravelry's Library

I have been knitting, but most of my time has been taken up with putting books and magazines away. I have also been entering my library on Ravelry. It has taken quite a bit of time, as I have a lot of magazines. Not all the magazines are in the library, because they are not listed in the library yet.

I'm guessing that many of you have read about Hannah. We felt the effects on Saturday. There was a lot of rain which caused flooding in the creek down the hill from our home. No worries of flooding our house, but we did have a leak around one door which we found out about during the storm. ES had to go to DC Saturday for a fire test so missed most of the rain here. He did have to take some detours to get home. Quite a few roads were flooded.

My pile of empty boxes is getting taller. It seems like I will never get rid of all the boxes though, I am seeing progress which helps with the feeling settled now.

Next time some pictures. Happy knitting & spinning.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Finally Getting Things Together

Yesterday I had the house to myself. Some projects that have been waiting around finally got to me. I hung pictures down the staircase. Don't look at them too closely, I don't think all of them are hung evenly. This isn't all the pictures, just the ones I have unpacked so far.

"C" put together the bookcase on the left yesterday afternoon after school. Today I put the one on the right together. I had to wait until "C" got home to be able to stand it up though. They are really heavy bookcases. And yes, those are boxes in front of the bookcases. We put these downstairs in the family room. We also put together two bookcases in the living room and one in "C's" room. I think we may have enough bookcases now! In our home in IF we had built in bookcases, so we never had to worry about where to put books. Now we have to worry about it.
It will be good when all the books and magazines are put away!

Yesterday afternoon, I went to the knitter's group again. I even kind of knew where I was going and didn't need the GPS when it told me to go straight, I knew I could get there faster if I turned. It was really nice to get together and just work on some things around other people. I worked on a pair of socks. They have only been on the needles since July and I needed to get them done. Since the socks are now done, today's knitting has been all about the shawl I started on Tuesday.

Next time knitting pictures. Happy knitting & spinning.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Lazy Labor Day

This morning ES, C and I went to a run/walk that was put on by our ward. It was a fun way to go and enjoy the morning and get to know people in the neighborhood. The run/walk was held at the Sully Plantation. This is one area I would like to go back to and wander around without "C" and even ES, mainly because then I could spend as much time as I wanted without having to worry about them wanting to leave.

I also thought I would share the picture "C" took of himself. This was taken on our trip to Virginia and shows a portion of the plants we came out here with. All of the plants made it ok and seem to be doing well in their new home. Although one plant doesn't like the air conditioner and I have had to move it a couple of times hoping to find a place it does like. I think I found the place for it and we will see if it starts to grow again.

I finished the orange shawl. It isn't blocked yet, but it won't be long until it is. I also started the second shawl and we will see how it goes. So far so good, but I'm only into it by about 15 rows.

So far it has been a quiet day, but there is still this afternoon. We still have a lot of boxes to unpack!! And I hope to get some of them done today.

Happy knitting & spinning.