Monday, August 31, 2009

Weekend Fun

There was a lot going on this past weekend, besides working both Saturday and Sunday. To start it all off, C and I got tickets to attend a Washington Redskins preseason game at FedEx field. It was a fun experience since neither one of us had been to a professional football game before and didn't know where we were going, anything about where we were sitting, how to get there on the metro, or how to get home. The other boys, when finding out where we were, were really jealous and wished they could be with us.

We left the house at 6 pm and got home at 1:30 in the morning!!!! I had to be at work at 8 am, so didn't get very much sleep. I did go to bed early on Saturday night, though.

C's comment when I took this picture: "Mom, you're weird. Why do you need a picture of me at the game?" Why for the blog, of course. Silly boy!

Sunday, after work and dinner, it was so nice outside (no humidity) that I spent an hour on the balcony with the Scholar and some merino roving in the Coral Bells colorway from Misty Mountain. I have four ounces and am hoping to spin enough for a scarf or shawlette. I don't know which one I want just yet, so will wait until the fiber is spun and plied before I decide. Then I can see how much yardage I will get, before deciding. It is turning out mostly orange, with the purple and yellow and a splash of gold peeking through. I am thinking of someone specifically as the intended recipient, but haven't decided for sure. I might decide to keep it for myself.

There was a small amount of knitting, this weekend. I completed and knit another baby bib, while at the game and on the metro. Started a third bib on the way home and have that one almost finished. It is my stuck in traffic knitting, so will be finished today.

To top off the weekend, I got to see this beautiful sunset as I was heading inside last night. Now that makes for a good weekend, even if I did have to work the both days of the weekend.

Happy knitting and spinning.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

One Bib Coming Up

Just a little bib. It didn't take very long to make. I should get busy and make it some of my car knitting. I'd like to get a few done for the new babies and as baby gifts for friends. There is always someone around me expecting or just had a little one. And I have quite a few balls of Sugar n Cream just sitting in a stash. I could free up some stash room and have gifts.

Not much else going on around here, just work, getting C ready for school, some spinning and a lot of knitting. Happy knitting and spinning.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Second Circular Baby Afghan

Here are pictures of the second circular baby afghan I made for one of the babies due in October. I really had fun with this pattern. The main body of the circle was done in Plymouth Encore yarn and the outside edge was done in a stash yarn. I didn't make the afghan to scale, my row gauge was off. But I think it turned out good anyways.

There are many more projects in the que. They are getting completed, slowly.

Off to have dinner with ES and C, for C's birthday (yesterday). Happy knitting and spinning.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

My Baby is Not a Baby Anymore

My baby is 18 today!!

Not the best picture, but he took it (or a friend took it) and it is recent.

It's hard to believe that all my boys are now old enough to vote, old enough to be responsible legally for their own actions, and to be on their own. C will be with us for this his final year in high school, then who knows what will happen.

The past 18 years have just flown by, C isn't really that old, but the calendar doesn't lie.

Happy Birthday C!!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

One of Two

I have finished two circular afghans for the new babies of the family, due in October. I know who I am giving which one too. But we will see if the kids pick the same ones for each of them. The good thing about both of these is, I was able to use some stash yarn in both. The stash is slowly getting smaller.

As I worked on this project, I kept stopping to admire how the colors were going together and how it all looked.
The first picture shows the size, kind of, and the second picture shows the texture. It is also truer to the real color. I like the swirl in the middle and how it adds some interest to the design. I found the basic pattern on Ravelry and then added my own elements to it. I like how it turned out.

The root canal went well, but I have to go back in a couple of weeks to get it finished up. Off to work this morning.

Happy knitting and spinning.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Red Scarf

I have been busy working on many projects. The finishing and photography are taking a little longer. Last night while waiting for knitter, I decided it was finishing time. This is the finished scarf for the Red Scarf Project. I realized this morning that the donation place is just up the road from me. I thought that was "cool", because usually it is somewhere clear across the country from me. I might even get this to the right place on time.

I used some stashed yarn for this project. It is Red Heart Soft Yarn which worked up fairly well and about as quickly as I wanted it to. The pattern I used was the Currugated which has been used a number of times by many different people. It seems to be the 'go to' pattern for this project. I don't know that I will do this pattern any time soon, but it was fast and easy.

Stay tuned, I have more things finished and pictures taken. They are even on the computer, so I don't have to worry about getting them downloaded next time I want to post. But right now it's time to go get ready for my root canal on the tooth I broke a few months ago.

Happy knitting and spinning.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Spinning and Tomatoes

This past Summer has been a busy one. So many things to do, along with work, and places to go, people (A-b) visiting and going places with him.

We've had fresh tomatoes from my garden, the planters on the balcony. I also have had a cucumber and lettuce. There have been plenty of pumpkin blossoms, but no little pumpkins yet.

I finally completed the spinning of 8 ozs. of a merino wool that I picked up last October at the Montpelier fiber festival. It seemed to take f-o-r-e-v-e-r to spin this fiber. I have had it on the Scholar since November.

This is what the yarn turned out like, it's a little washed out in this photo. I am not too pleased with the plying job, but the yarn is knitting into a really nice shawl, so far. There are color changes from purple to green with a little blue and white thrown in there also. I really do like how the shawl is turning out. I hope the intended recipient will like it also. I ended up with 1038 yards of a 2-ply fingering/lace-weight yarn. I think there is enough to finish the shawl I'm working on and then some fingerless mitts or some other small thing.

I am hoping to do better at posting on the blog. School will start the 8th of September, so I need a schedule worked out by then and with a schedule I think I will post better.

Well, off to get something done before work. Happy knitting and spinning.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

It's Been Too Long

Just a quick note to let you know, I am still around. I have been busy knitting. No pictures, no time to shut the computer down to upload the pictures. We have done some traveling. Went to Minnesota last weekend and back home. Great seeing family!

I have a plan to get back to blogging! See ya soon.