Friday, November 28, 2008

Carpe yarn

Note to all: when presented with the opportunity to purchase Tilli Thomas silk yarn in quite possibly the most beatiful scarlet red, one should buy it.

(I have picked up 2 more skeins of Koigu, 3 skeins of Wisdom Yarns Poems & 1 skein of Fiesta Rayon Boucle but would gladly trade the Koigu & Poems for the TT. )

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Gobble Gobble!

May each & every one of you have a safe & happy Thanksgiving!!!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Norovember project #2

I present to you, the Farrow Rib Scarf done with Silk Garden.

Finished in just over a day---I couldn't sleep last night so while I was watching Rock of Love Charm School & Coco Chanel's biopic on Lifetime's Movie Network (oh, the shame) I was feverishly knitting in hopes that I could finish the scarf & would fall asleep a satisfied knitter.

No such luck. Instead I finished just after the Wee One & I got home from school.

I love how the reverse side looks just as good as the right side! This scarf is a gift for FIL for Christmas. When I ordered the yarn from Little Knits (Silk Garden on SALE!!!! I take that as a sign from God that I was meant to buy it), I bought 6 skeins of SG----2 for FIL's scarf, 2 for BIL's mitts & the last 2 for a scarf for Hunter. I'm tempted to make the same scarf for him as it's a simple (read: not fussy, appealling to the soldier in him) pattern.

We'll see what the rest of the week brings in terms of knitting!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

My knitter-versary

I don't remember exactly which day it was but in early Nov. '04 I decided to make a hat for my then 7 month old Wee One.

I had a pattern that was in one of my baby/pregnancy magazines. I figured either my Mom or MIL would make it for us so I printed out 2 copies. After a month of looking at them I realized that I could make the hat myself.

So, off to AC Moore where I found 1 of the 2 colors it called for plus the 2 different sizes of needles. I believe Hobby Lobby privided me with the 2nd color. Easy enough pattern for a 1st project in 20 years----knit, purl, add in colors, work in stripes.

This picture isn't that first hat----for some reason, I don't have any of it on this computer so my 2nd hat will have to suffice. This was made with LB Jiffy using the same pattern.

So many projects followed--hats for the babies of friends, the obligatory "I just started to knit & am required by law to use fun fur" scarves (I sold one of them that Christmas!), and then onto baby ponchos, felted bags, socks, etc etc.

And after being a solitary knitter for a few years, I joined a knitting group in July. What a wonderful group---there is a mix of young & old, novice & expert, seriously addicted & just dabbling. And a wonderful group of personalities. We don't all share the same beliefs but we have knitting in common. Knitting is the great equalizer.

Today I started working on FIL's Christmas present----the Farrow Rib Scarf. I'm using Noro Silk Garden & love this yarn despite my dislike of Noro's Kureyon Sock & the issues I have with Felting regular Kureyon. Silk Garden is just heavenly in the hands. I'm thinking that my Marie Roget scarf might be made with Silk Garden rather than Kureyon!!

Friday, November 21, 2008

3 hours later

So a couple weeks ago I came down with a cold--moved out of my nose quickly & left me with an awful cough. Tessalon Perles helped as did lots of cough drops & water. Yesterday was my 1st day sans medication so I was thinking I was on the mend.

Yeah, right.

Today I woke up w/ tooth pain. I'm not afraid of the dentist but going isn't high on my list of fun things to do. As the day went on I began to realize that it wasn't my tooth but my sinuses. By dinner time I'm feeling really icky & Hunter does the "poke Laurie's face" test. Above my eyebrows, fine. Right cheek, fine. Left cheek leaves me screaming & jumping back about 5 feet.

So we agree he'll stay home w/ the Wee One while I go to the ER on post. I check in at 645. At 845 I have been seen, diagnosed & the NP tells me that the computer system has crashed & they're trying to figure out how to get the med orders in. Oh & the pharmacist has been called up to Labor & Delivery for a sick bebe. A crashed comp. system, I can whine about. A sick newborn? I tried not to think about it too much as it made me weepy.

My Favorite Things swap

My box arrived today from BarnyardChick!

Check out my goodies!

teas & hot cocoa (for me & the Wee One)
a candle
crocheted doily
crocheted dishcloth
yummy snacky treats
pretty purple yarn
and some chili mix (she must have known I don't feel like fixing dinner!)

Thanks so much, BarnyardChick for spoiling me & to knitpurlmama for organizing it all!!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Can't knit without yarn

Did you know this? I was looking at patterns on Ravelry yesterday & found a great *super secret project that will be a present* pattern. No problem with one of the yarns for the *super secret part of the project*---I have that & started that part of the project. But the yarn for the rest of the project? Yeah, I don't have it. Never mind the fact that I saw it at JoAnn's earlier in the day & thought, "Oh, I'll wait & see what I have at home"


So after I drop the Wee One off at school I shall make a trip to Michael's or JoAnn's for said yarn for said "duper secret project that will be a present*

Misty Garden is finished & being blocked. Photos to follow!

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Mystery of Marie Roget Scarf

The mystery has been solved---haha.

Here is the Mystery of Marie Roget scarf in it's all of it's colorful splendor. This will be a Christmas gift for someone (not sure if she reads my blog or not) so we'll just keep it all hush hush. I like it so much that I may have to make one for myself too!

And the Misty Garden Scarf which is also a gift! I love my Koigu & this is a really easy pattern so I'm hoping to get this one done quickly so I can finish my brother's socks (bad Laurie) & get started on MIL's gift.

Thursday, November 06, 2008


Jill is a fellow Army wife & a librarian out in KS. Her eloquent blog post sums up everything I've been feeling, especially the "proud to be American" paragraph. I'm guessing the people who don't have pride in their country don't tear up when their 4 year old says the Pledge of Allegiance, don't get butterflies in their stomach when they watch (either in person or on a video) soldiers coming home to their families after a long deployment, or appreciate the hardships that those who have come before us (Civil Rights leaders, Women's Rights activists) have had to endure. How could you NOT be proud???

I wasn’t sure that I’d see this in my lifetime. America has elected a black president. While I didn’t vote for Obama because I disagree fundamentally with many of his positions on everything from the Supreme Court to tax cuts, I still can appreciate the fact this is a historic time.

As for me, I’m disappointed with my party and will join others like me in helping to rebuild it. In a few days. Right now, I need a break.

For now, I’m going to enjoy the silence. No more campaign calls and no more political commercials. It’s time for Thanksgiving carols and baking. Maybe even some cooler weather…and snow? Please?

Btw, I’ve always been proud to be an American. This is a country full of good, honest, decent, hard-working people. I’m proud to work and live alongside them. I don’t understand people who can’t see that and aren’t proud of that.

That is all.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

I voted

Did you?

The Wee One & I got to our polling location shortly past 10 (she was watching Dora Saves the Snow Princess on tivo) & were out before 11.

This was the 6th Presidential election I've voted in. I know she gets bored hearing it but I always tell her that when my Memere & Grammy were born, women didn't have the right to vote & that it's one of our most imporant rights as citizens of the US.

The stinky part of the experience? No stickers!!! What gives?