Hi! It’s been a long time since I was in this space. I was slightly shamed I haven’t been more diligent in blogging this weekend when I was honored to meet Bubblesknits from Alabama Fiber Dreams. (Hi!) Lest you think she did the shaming, let me assure you the shame was all internal. So, I have decided to try spending more time in this space. (I know I’ve said it before; but like dieting, I will continue to start anew until it takes.) I had forgotten how nice it feels to share my knitting projects and plans with like minded people. So, let me get started. Here is what I have on the needles:
Project #1: Creature Comforts Cardi
(photo credit: Madelinetosh via Ravelry)
I’m using the wonderful Madelinetosh Vintage in the Brair colorway.
(photo credit: Eat.Sleep.Knit)
I can not even begin to describe my love for this yarn. It knits up so smoothly and has a wonderful drape. Another bonus is how light it feels even though being 100% wool.
Project #2: Cecilia by Elin Berglund (Ravelry Link)
(photo credit: Elin Berglund via Ravelry)
I’m using another Madelinetosh yarn. This time, it is the Tosh Sock in composition grey.
(photo credit: Eat.Sleep.Knit)
While I know I will love this sweater and will wear it to death, I’ve had a hard time getting started. You’d think that when you start a project 4 times, it would be a breeze. I’m sure it is just me since many other people have finished it with no problems. I’ve decided to just fudge where I need to and keep going.
Project #4: Pampas by Rowan
(photo credit:Rowan Yarns)
I’m using a new yarn we have in the shop, Creative Focus Linen by Nashua in chocolate.
(photo credit: WEBS)
It is so great. I’ve been wanting to work with linen for awhile, but I find it hard on my hands. I love the way linen feels worked up, but I can’t work with it. Granted the CFL is 50% cotton, but it is going to be so light and great for summer.
Those are the only things on the needles right now. I have plans for several more, though. Maybe those projects will be motivation for me to finish these. As soon as I get my camera up and running, I’ll try to get some in progress photos up.
So, we all went to bed Friday night and woke up early to go to the festival. Luckily, we got lost and ended up coming in the back way, missing out on the long line to get in the gate, and grabbing an absurdly close parking space.
Having read experiences on Ravelry, we made our way quickly to The Fold’s booth.
Yes, there was already a line at 9:15 am! (The gates opened at 9:00 am) However, we didn’t let this stop us!
We got Socks that Rock!
I can’t wait to work with it! If it knits up half as good as it looks, I think this is my new addiction!
We saw all kinds of cuties.
We watched as a little baby sheep was sold for $975!
After several hours of shopping, we got stamped and went to the car for lunch and to drop off bags.
It was at that point that we really saw how big this event really is. I’m not sure I ever saw the end of the cars!
Once back in the gates, I ran into all the people who came in those cars. It is well documented my issues with personal space. I thought the wool fumes would help me out, but sadly, they didn’t. There were people everywhere! Several times I had to put myself in “time-out” so I did not hurt anybody. Mom & Mrs. S continued to shop and all was good.
For some reason, fall leaves are very soothing to me. So, needless to say, I made it most of the day with my temper still intact. However, excitement had me sleeping poorly for 2 days, and I hit the wall hard around 3:30 Saturday afternoon. We went back to the hotel, and I crashed (face down on the bed) for about 3 hours.
Once I joined the land of the living, we ordered pizza and hung out in our room. I taught Mom Magic Loop, and she started on her very own Podster Gloves with some yarn & needles she picked up at the festival.
Tomorrow: Day 2 at the festival & the city of Rhinebeck
I am kicking along on my Trina cardigan. I’m using the yarn I used on my first Lady February sweater attempt. It is such a lovely green. I’m happy I found a pattern I will complete. I have finished the body section. I am almost finished with the first sleeve. Once I finish the second, I will attach them all and finish up the yoke. I am using the frogged yarn on the sleeves and am finding my stitches uneven. I know this is due to the fact that I let the yarn sit in a half finished sweater for an entire year without rehanking. I also know I should have washed and dried it first, but I’m way too impatient for that. I’m hoping it will smooth out in the final block. It’s 100% wool, so I’m not worried.
I really dislike dealing with any corporate institution. Whenever you call the 1-800 number, you are generally speaking with someone with no power who handles people’s complaints all day long. Even when you are nice and polite, rarely do they seem to work up the energy to even pretend like they care about your problem. I found a charge on my account that should not be there. I called customer service twice. Neither person I talked with was very helpful with their suggestions. They advised me they could not really do anything for me until tomorrow. Now, I know I could have pushed and asked for a manager; but honestly, I really don’t feel like dealing with the hassle. I think I’ll give them until tomorrow and call back. I have followed their “suggestion,” and they will fix it by tomorrow. End of story.
I will impart some free advice about your money. I have experience researching stolen credit cards, check cards, debit cards and checks. I have picked up some ways to keep your money safer. Note, I did not say completely safe. I believe these things will cut down your risk; however, there is always a chance something will happen. Also, if for some reason someone does gets access to your cards/checks, it may cut down on the time it takes to straighten everything out.
1. If you use checks, only put your first and last name on your check. However, when you sign, sign with the initial. For Example:
The thief looks at the name on the check to determine how he/she should sign it. If there is no indication of an initial, they leave it out. Or, if you normally sign without an initial, place one on your check. This allows you and your bank to distinguish quickly the difference in signatures.
2. Do not make online purchases with your debit card. This leaves you open for a thief to wipe out your account. There is more protection with a credit card. Most banks carry a credit card’s emblem on check cards and claim the same protection; but I would rather be safe than sorry.
Right now, I have an unauthorized charge on my account. When the customer service rep suggested I may have made an online purchase, I was able to quickly tell him my check card is not used for online purchases. Period. I always use a credit card.
3. Check your accounts frequently. Keep up with what is going on with your money.
Even with any and all precautions, things happen. People make mistakes. It is understandable. The frustration comes with having to deal with so much red tape to get it fixed. Sigh.
I totally admit that I have been a lame friend. Mrs. S came into town last Saturday. All of last week, I failed to blog about how wonderful our visit was. We went to several yarn shops. Mrs. S gifted me with a hank of Laural in color way Catherine the Great. I think it is destined to become a beautiful summer shawl. I have not found the perfect one yet, but I’m sure it is out there somewhere. We went clothes shopping and had lunch at The Cheesecake Factory. Both are extra special to me because I LOVE both and rarely have anyone to share them. It was a full exciting day and I can not adequately describe how exciting it is to find a friend you can have so much fun with. Oh! And she gave me a hand knit sweater, too! I couldn’t believe it. She knit a lovely linen sweater for herself. She brought it over to show it off. When it ended up looking better on me, she said take it! Yum! I wore it the next day to church. Love! Unfortunately, temperatures have surpassed 90º F, so sweaters were put away for awhile. Thanks Mrs. S!
I ordered myself a brand new sewing machine this weekend. I decided on the Brother CS-6000i. Thanks to credit card rewards points and Amazon’s free shipping, I was able to get it for $19.95! I could not believe it! I am so excited I can’t stand it. It has the ability for free hand quilting. This is something I have wanted to try it for weeks, but my current machine can’t handle it. I want to sew something in the worst way! My plan was to hank quilt my first quilt for the decorative stitching on the back. I think I may try to use the free hand leg to outline the patterns. I hope it will work because knitting has taken over my time.
I ran into my LYS this Saturday. We were nearby having lunch, so I decided to pop in. I picked up a pair of needles I needed for the sleeves of my Trina cardigan. I also picked up a pattern that will allow me to reclaim my yarn from the tragic London Calling jacket. If you remember, I was getting 11.5 sts per 4”. Well, it has been difficult to find an attractive pattern that fits that gauge. While the one I found is not perfect, it is close enough that I snatched it up right quick.
Ta dah! The Sidecar Jacket from Spud and Chloe! This will be cast on soon. Since Trina is knitting up so quickly, I think I can squeeze Sidecar out by the end of August. I will finish up my lingering Sweet Pea jacket, and I will be ahead of the game. I may attempt the Uptown/Downtown jacket before Rhinebeck; but now that school is starting, I hear the call of Christmas knits.
Our state has a tax free weekend right before school starts every year. This allows parents to purchase clothing, books and school supplies without paying sales tax. Let me tell you! It is tiring to be out in the Alabama summer heat with thousands of other people buying stuff. Boy Child was a trouper, though. He tried on endless pants, jeans, shirts and shoes without complaint. He even let me peruse stuff for myself. We had lunch together. Over all it was a great time. I can’t get over how much I enjoy his company. He really is growing up and can hold interesting, funny and intelligent conversations. I had the best time! Though I will admit he faired better than his mom. I was pooped after day one, not to mention day two! Luckily, Hubby did not get called away for day two, so we had some company.
These are things I have seen/read/found in the past couple of days that I think are cool/neat/amazing.
1. From Glenna How awesome is it to meet someone who invented something so prevalent in your life?!? No words!
3. I’ve been wearing Alima Pure mineral make-up for about 6 months now. I can’t tell you how much I love it. You should try it. They let you order small samples, so there is no big investment if it doesn’t work out. As much as I wanted to love BareMinerals, they irritated my skin. This foundation does not. I also believe it is a factor in the clearing of my skin.
4. I really want to see this movie.
5. I found a GREAT quilt binding tutorial. I seriously can not wait to try this one with my new machine.
I am still working on the Harry Potter socks for Boy Child. They are coming along swimmingly. I should also finish Blue Sahara tonight. I’ll try to get pictures up soon. I haven’t had a chance to try it on, so I hope it will work out. I think after this one, Im going to transfer to winter knits for our trip to Rhineback.
A week or so ago, I came across the greatest fabric I have ever seen. It is a collection called Lantern Bloomby Laura Gunn. I ordered a yard of several of the prints so I can make a quilt. Once I saw how much extra fabric I was going to have, I decided to make a lap blanket for the couch. I know I said on my 101 in 1,001 I wanted to knit one, but I think I’m going to sub this sewn one. Here is what I’ve got so far.
This was me pinning everything together. I machine sewed where each different fabric meets. Instead of matching quilting the remainder of the quilt, I am planning on hand quilting along the designs. I’m going to change the thread color depending on the fabric. That way, there will be a design on both sides. I love it! I lay it across my lap as I’m quilting, so it keeps the chill off at the same time.
I’ve also discovered a new fitness blog, Oh She Glows. Today, she is starting a one month boot camp. I think I’m going to try it. I need something to kick me back into gear with a healthy lifestyle. She talks often about her “Green Monsters.” They are smoothies using greens (spinach, kale, ect) and fruit. There is thought that the nutrients get lost when they are cooked and are too difficult for out bodies to extract just through chewing. During the process of liquefying for a smoothie, the cell walls are broken down for better absorption. This morning, I had my first one – spinach, banana, strawberries and soy milk. It was pretty good. I did not have to add any sweetener. It kept me full for 4 hours and fulfilled 3 servings of fruit & vegetables. I think I will probably stick with this one. I’m hoping it will get me in the mood to stay healthy all day. We’ll see.
Nothing and everything has been happening lately, so for ease of reading (and writing), I’m totally going list style. I also fully admit that Crazy Aunt Purl gave me the idea. Thanks Laurie!
1. Today at work the “Office Manager” hired a receptionist. (Yes, I did mean to put those quotes around office manager. That story is for another day, though.) I do not have high hopes this hire is going to create a better atmosphere. The thing that stuck out is that the new receptionist is a giggler. I could hear her all the way down the hall! Giggle. Giggle. First off, this is a professional office. Second, who giggles at an interview? I understand if the interviewer makes a joke, you laugh politely. You do not giggle. Why, oh why, would you hire a giggler to work as a receptionist?
I was talking to one of my bosses. He is not too fond of her in this position either. He got the impression that this girl was looking for an easy job and that we probably are not going to get much from her. He is probably right. She is a college student. College students are not known to be the most reliable nor the most diligent employee. Sigh. This does not look good. I think I’m going to have to up my dosage of St. Johns Wort.
2. I am being tested. I know I need to learn patience. I know this. I also know that I have gotten better. Shouldn’t I be rewarded for my efforts? Why, no, Heather, instead, you are going to have to deal with the most inconsiderate and simple people day after day (though it feels like minute after minute).
Example: Today I went to Wal-mart. Now, I know what you are thinking. Wal-mart is not the place to be if you want to avoid stupid people. I had to go, though. I was making returns (you’ll see why below). Several months ago, I saw that the stores in my area had put on clearance Lion Brand Wool. Since there are like 10 stores within 20 miles of my house, I would alternate which one I went to and pick up this clearance yarn. All in all, I think I bought around 30 skeins. I have never once used them, so I decided to go through my receipts and return them today. I was able to find 4 of the 5 receipts. I carefully separated the skeins by receipt and put them in separate bags. For anyone who has ever returned something to Wal-mart, you know things will go quicker the easier you make it for the cashier. So anyway, I take my bags into the store and stop at the “people greeter” to get my ticket. Here is the dialog from that conversation:
Me: Hello, I have a bunch of yarn to return.
PG: Are they all the same kind.
Me: No, they are different.
She, without a word, walks across the lobby and get a buggy.
PG: I’m going to have to separate them.
Me: Well, I have them separated so they match the receipt.
PG: It doesn’t matter.
Me: I don’t think you understand. They are seperated to match the receipt.
PG: It doesn’t matter.
She then proceeds to take the bags from my hand and dump them out into the buggy. When she comes across a receipt that had been matched with the yarn she is now dumping into the buggy, she grabs it and holds it up in my general direction without ever looking at me. She separates each skein by color and begins scanning them – slowly.
PG: Do you remember what store you got these from?
Me: No. (Now, by this time I am truly perturbed and don’t want to say anything unkind, so I stick to one word responses.)
I cannot tell you how many times she had to count the skeins. I was praying for patience at that point. When she finally gets the tickets how she likes them, she holds them out to me without another word.
Now that my yarn is in a buggy and my receipts are in my pocket, I now have to actually go to Customer Service and return them. Now, they cannot just scan all the receipts and scan all the yarn. No. They have to scan the first receipt then scan the yarn that corresponds to that receipt. This is why I separated them in the first place. The cashier and I have to separate them, AGAIN! I know I could have let her do it on her own, but by this time, I had no faith that she could get it right. Sigh. I tell you, my lot in life is to have no patience for stupid people!
3. The reason I needed to return the yarn today: the WEBS 35th Anniversary sale. With the gift card from the parents, birthday money, and the cash from the return of the yarn, I was able to get a goodly amount of yarn for a very small amount of money. And yes, I do mean a small amount, not the I-spent-too-much-money-but-everything-was-on-sale-so-that-counts-as-small amount. I’m talking under $100 for several sweaters worth of yarn. Yea! I cannot wait until get my package!
I had some Sublime Soya Cotton in my stash already, but it was not enough to make the Swiss Miss Cardigan I really, really want to make. I ordered the remaining amount today. I know the dye lots will probably be different, but I will use one batch to make the upper half and the other batch to make the lace lower portion. It will be fine. I really want to start it. The color, nettle, is this really awesome shade of dusty green that will go with every one of my knit dresses and skirts. Yum-me!
4. I’m still working on the rib portion of the Hug-me-tight shrug. Needless to say, it is not going very fast, but the same need to always be knitting is just not there right now. Don’t get me wrong. It is coming back but very slowly.
5. I have been spending a lot of time on the Wii fit lately. You know, I want to get my Wii Fit age down to my real age. I am having a blast. I really like the step aerobics and the boxing. I have unlocked the advanced games of each and they are a pretty good workout. Now, I realize that I could get a better one at a real gym, but with a 9 year old, I really don’t have the time. Besides, it is fun and an hour goes by like a flash. I’m also doing the yoga poses. They are hard! Eventually I will attend a real yoga class, but again, I have to figure out the schedule with 2 soccer practices a week plus, more often than not, 2 games a week. It may have to wait until after soccer season.
That is about as interesting as it’s been lately. Oh, tomorrow we are going to see, get this, dinosaurs! I have feeling I’m going to get a bigger kick out of it than Boy Child. We’ll see.
Nothing big happened today. Leisl is coming along. I misread the directions when seperating for the sleeves which lead to 2 1/2 hours of counting, knitting, counting, frogging and counting more. It’s all worked out now, and I’m knitting right along. So, because my life is boring, I will direct you to other blog posts that for today are more interesting than mine.
- This is why I won’t be buying Vogue Sewing any time soon.
- OMG! That is so cool!
- I’ve never heard of crochet button loops (scroll down), but I have a feeling this will come in handy. I’m always forgetting to make button holes.
Also, these are things I want to make:
- The new Knitty is up and I want to make this, this, and this.
- See this dress? I want to make it so bad, I can not stand it. In more recent posts, it has been revealed that a pattern is being worked up for it. It’s planned release is “early summer.” I couldn’t wait that long. I already ordered the fabric. It is lovely. I will also have enough left over to make a bunch of other stuff. (Another post will reveal what.)
- I think this will be my project over spring break.
- I want to make these. I am so tired of never being able to find any long enough. Problem solved. I will make my own.
- I found this dress today. I really have fallen in love. I think I might have to try making it my very own, sans pattern.
I’m hoping to have made more progress on Liesl by tomorrow. Regardless, I will post photos.