Knit Lit

Friday Fill-ins and Knitting Deadlines

1.    Good times: horseback riding, tickle fights on the couch, stories at bedtime, messes in the kitchen while baking treats, snorkling on the island.

2.    My sanctuary is my home.

3.    Sleigh bells ring incessantly at my house.

4.    People had more respect for other people when I was little.

5.     Once more, there are other people in this world beside you!  Please learn some manners people!

6.    When is this day going to end?

7.    And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to finishing up Christmas knitting project 2/5, tomorrow my plans include making Christmas candy and Sunday, I want to finish up Christmas sewing projects 1, 2, 3, & 4!

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Most days at work, I can get my actual work knocked out before lunch.  That leaves the remainder of the day to knit, read, balance my checkbook and pay bills.  I admit that I often wish I had more work to do; however, I’m pretty content listening to my audiobooks and knitting.  Now, in keeping whith my luck in the past few months, I am getting a little behind in my knitting/sewing projects.  I’ve realized that Christmas knitting project #5 will not be the original new pattern I was hoping it would be.  Instead, I will just finish up a project that has been put on hold since October. 

That is fine.  It’s okay.  The real problem is that I’ve been counting on all the knitting time I usually have during the day.  This week, I have only been able to knit at home after work, after I make dinner, after I clean up the house, after I get onto Boy Child for not doing homework in a timely fashion, after nagging Boy Child into the shower, after visiting with Hubby.  Needless to say, this has been a very knitting light week, and I’m behind. 

I am scheduled to finish KP #3 tomorrow.  Technically, it is still possible if I do nothing today and tomorrow but knit.  That, however,  is not goinging to happen.  I am looking at 4 huge stacks of papers that I need to go through, organize and file.  Nope.  There will be no knitting today.  Sigh.  I’m sure everything will be okay.  Santa knits, right?

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December 11, 2009 Posted by | 101 in 1001, Cooking, Family, Friday Fill-in, Holiday, Knitting, Sewing, Work | 1 Comment

Friday Fill-in

1.    Wait! Wait, don’t forget you knitting bag or you will have nothing to do while waiting in the parking lot of Toys-R-Us.

2.    Slamming on my breaks followed at once by hitting the horn because yet another person was too busy talking on the cell phone to pay attention to driving is my daily norm.

3.    The trouble is my mind is usually 3 thoughts ahead of my mouth.

4.    It makes me happy that everyone that works with me is many miles away. (It is just me & the other assistant today! Yea!)

5.    With a faint pop, the small bubble of hope bursts that Boy Child will be getting a cell phone for Christmas. (Sorry, baby! You know the rules. No driver’s license = no cell phone.)

6.    Going to work is more often than not shadowy and ominous. (…but not today!)

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to finishing up the Chinese food & knitting, tomorrow my plans include cleaning the house & sewing Christmas gifts and Sunday, I want to go to church & make good headway on Christmas knitting!

December 4, 2009 Posted by | Family, Friday Fill-in, Work | Leave a comment

Plans

Friday Wednesday Fill-ins

 

1.   We need to pack for our trip.

2.   My boss gave me an owl and it made me smile.

3.   If you want to make me angry, try to take advantage of me and attempt to make me think it is my fault.

4.   I knit because it keeps me from killing people. (I know you’ve heard it before, but it is sooooo true!)

5.   Massachusetts has a proposed 5% sales tax on elective cosmetic surgery; I think that if you can afford elective cosmetic surgery, you can afford the extra 5%.

6.   Family makes for a happy holiday.

7.   And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to finishing up a Christmas knitting project, tomorrow my plans include leaving for NC to spend Thanksgiving with the family and Sunday Friday, I want to go shopping!

I’m on track to finish up a large knitting project today.  That means I am keeping to my schedule.  Yea!  I hope I can keep it up!  I’ve also finished many hats for the church’s homeless ministry.  There has been a lot of knitting going on.  Now, I’m off to do some laundry, clean the house, pack for the trip, and knit.

November 25, 2009 Posted by | Friday Fill-in | 2 Comments

Sock it to me!

Why, yes, I do remember watching reruns of Laugh In.

I have been working on so many super secret projects, I’ve had to be a little quiet on the blogging front.  I started a new project that I can share.  I wanted to knit knee-high socks for my trip, but it looks like I’m not going to have enough time to finish any using fingering weight yarn.  So, I got to thinking.  I have 5 random skeins of worsted weight (Knit Picks Wool of the Andes) that has been sitting in my stash for about five years.  I love toe up socks.  The two thoughts collided and I decided to work up a basic pattern for worsted weight boot socks. 

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Now I know they look a little boring, but sometimes you need a basic knit that goes with everything.  Like my plans for a basic knee-high pattern for fingering weight yarn, I hope the worsted pattern works out.

Friday Fill-in

1.   I have a history of making decisions very quickly.

2.   What the weather is going to be like in Rhinebeck is something I wish I knew.
 
3.   I’m eating (or recently ate) Fuji Apple Chicken Salad from Panara Bread.

4.   I can’t wait to get on the road, again.

5.   So that’s it, that’s all the time I have left to knit for our trip?

6.   A little knitting is better than nothing!

7.   And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to finishing one sock, tomorrow my plans include trying to finish sewing a lap blanket and Sunday, I want to go to church!

October 2, 2009 Posted by | Friday Fill-in, Knitting, Stash, Yarn | 1 Comment

Friday Fill-in

1.     My car is broke. It’s nothing serious. I just need to get a new battery. It’s been 6 years, so it is time.  

2.     Rhineback is coming up next.  I try not to think about this often.  I get so excited I can’t concentrate on anythign else.

3.     Lately, things seem to be going way faster than normal  This is a good thing at work but bad at night and on the weekends.

4.     My car is one of my favorite ‘hiding’ places.

5.     What happened to personal space? – Seriously, when did we, as a whole, decide that it is acceptable behavior to stand so close to strangers? Three feet people! Give people three feet of personal space! I promise the line will not go faster by standing closer.

6.     Being nice to Loathsome Lady at work is not impossible! – It’s just very, very hard!

7.     And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to finish cutting out triangles for the zig-zag quilt, tomorrow my plans include getting a new battery for my car and grocery shopping and Sunday, I want to finish up a knitted cowl for my needle worker’s group at church!

September 18, 2009 Posted by | Friday Fill-in | 3 Comments

Friday on Saturday and a FO

Friday Fill-ins, Saturday edition:

1.   I feel like this day never happened.

2.   Reading is always fun.

3.   Right now, I can hear these things: Hubby typing away on the computer and the rain blowing stuff onto the roof.

4.   It’s a three day weekend and I’m glad I had today to catch up on sleep.

5.   The last time I cut my hair short was a disaster.

6.   I have no plans for this Labor day weekend.

7.   And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to knitting, tomorrow my plans include church, sewing & grocery shopping and Sunday Monday, I want to spend time with Hubby!

Finished project #2:

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This is the Branching Cable Cardigan from Loop-d-Loop by Teva Durham Volume 5 SIGNATURE STYLE Collection. I used the yarn called for in the pattern, Granite by Loop-d-Loop.  The yarn really is remarkable.  It’s soft and light and fluffy just like a knitting with a cloud.

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The pattern is very well written and easy to follow.  The only problem I had was with fitting the sleeves into the body.  The sleeve shaping is supposed to form a small saddle shoulder inset; however, my row gauge must have been way off, because the caps of my sleeves were too short.  I really did not feel like pulling out the sleeves (you know having sewn them most of the way in), so I just added a couple more rows to the top before I sewed them in.  This kinda fixed it.  When I put it on, my shoulders kinda pull at the saddle.  It is not the most flattering thing, but I’m going to try to live with it for awhile.  I can always fix it later if it truly bothers me.

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It needs a good blocking.  I’m hoping it will relax a little once it has a bath.  On the other hand, I’m really scared to do it.  I’m afraid the yarn will loose its fluffy lightness if I do it.  Sigh. Maybe I can wait for a braver knitter to try it first. I just hope they work quickly.  I want to wear it to Rhinebeck.

September 5, 2009 Posted by | Finished, Friday Fill-in, Knitting, Yarn | 1 Comment

Friday Fill-in

1.   He was a ninja for Halloween for the past several years.

2.   Crisp fall breezes, changing leaves and pumpkins are what I look forward to most this time of year.

3.   My best friend is the one I married.

4.   I do not like BBQ to be honest with you.

5.   Appearances can be a hindrance no matter what you look like.

6.   The last person I gave a hug to was Hubby.

7.   And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to “Monk”, tomorrow my plans include finally trying out my new sewing machine and Sunday, I want to go to church!

August 28, 2009 Posted by | Friday Fill-in | Leave a comment

Friday Fill-in

1.   Watermelon is my favorite summertime food.

2.   My favorite John Hughes movies is The Breakfast Club.

3.   Cashmere is something I love to touch.

4.   The full moon at night is big and bright deep in the heart of Texas.

5.   I am watching Whale Wars right now.

6.    When daylight fades I get happy, because it is time to go home.

7.   And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to relaxing from school shopping, tomorrow my plans include school shopping again and Sunday, I want to relax!

August 7, 2009 Posted by | Friday Fill-in | Leave a comment

Lists

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1.   It’s time for me to buy a new sewing machine! ( I already have it picked out, too! I’m hoping I have enough reward points on my credit card to pay for most of it.)

2.   Yarn shops; it’s not a bad place for meeting really great friends.

3.   I must be crazy to take on any more crafty endeavors.

 
4.   My Heavenly Father’s love is the best thing I have ever known. (Sorry to swipe your answer Mrs. S, but it’s true!  I didn’t think you would mind.)

5.   My husband is simply my best friend in the whole world.

6.   The last time I laughed really loudly was the last time I accidentally stabbed Hubby with a knitting needle. (Not sure why I found this so funny, but I almost wet myself.)

7.   And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to knitting on the couch, tomorrow my plans include visiting with Mrs. S and Sunday, I want to rest!

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1.   I started a new knitting project.  Since I decided my last cardigan was just not working for me (even though it was about 1/3 complete), I needed a quick knit garment to stay in contention for my 12 in 12 group.  I decided on the London Cardigan.  I’m working mine up in Cascade 128 in an aubergine color.  I knew this was going to be a chunky knit, but it really is working up more as a jacket than a cardigan.  This is fine with me.  I plan to take it to Rhinebeck, so it may end up taking the place of my wool coat which is quite heavy.   So far, this one is surprisingly light for the warmth it will provide.  The best part is that I got the yarn on sale at WEBS!

2.  I really want to be working on a different project.  The other day when I was shopping with Mrs. S at our LYS, I found a great pattern by Spud & Chloe.  It was their Uptown Downtowncoat.   Oh my! This coat is gorgeous!  I bought the pattern without a thought.  The yarn on the other hand was a little too rich for my pocketbook.  Luckily, I have several hanks of Cascade 220 in that rich brown sitting in my stash.  I was able to match two of the colors with the Cascade they had on hand.  I’ve ordered the third from the Loopy Ewe (GREAT prices, yarn & people!), and hope it will be in next week.  Yes, I know I could start on the back, now.  I also know I need to keep on track, so it will be London Calling until it’s done.   Though it will make me knit faster just so I can get to this one quicker!

3.  I have a low tolerance for “stupid” people.  I have been this way as long as I can remember.  I think people have reached a point that everything is handed to them on a platter, and they no longer feel the need to think for themselves.  Think, people! Think before you speak! While we are at it, there is no need to speak all the time.  It is okay to be both silent and let others speak.  Shhhh. It might even help you think.

4.  For some reason, by past obsession with Big Brother has come back in full force.  Seriously!  I can not stop watching it.  I don’t even like reality TV!

5.  Yarn.  While I was ordering the last hank of Cascade for the Up/Down town cardigan, I also slipped into my order enough skeins to whip up the Every Way Wrap I mentioned in the last post.  I went home and found my IK sitting on the couch waiting for me.  Thank you Hubby! (smack!) I couldn’t resist.  I’m planning on working it up in a muted burnt ginger. Yum!

 

That’s all for now. Hope you guys have a great weekend.

July 31, 2009 Posted by | Friday Fill-in, Friends, Gripes, Knitters, Knitting, Magazines, Random, Uncategorized, Yarn | 2 Comments

I did it!

1.   Obama is not the end of the world. (I hope.)

2.   Sitting here, listening to the sound of rain falling, I feel like I’m in a cocoon of oneness.

3.   A big green monster tastes so good!

4.   Sometimes, putting others first is easier than you think it will be.

5.   Having and raising a child is breathtaking, really.

6.   Well, maybe there is a way to have your cake and eat it, too.

7.   And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to the family arriving, tomorrow my plans include Boy Child’s birthday party and Sunday, I want to go to church with my family!

 

I found it! I found the dress for graduation!

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I saw it on-line this morning and ran to Anthropologie at lunch to see if my store had it.  They did!  It fits so well, too!  People who know me might think it a strange choice.  I am not one to wear lace; however, this one is so elegant and ladylike.  I love it!  It is  a lovely shade of charcoal brown.  On me, it hits a couple of inches above the knee which, I think, makes it more youthful.  Now, all I have to find shoes.

July 24, 2009 Posted by | Events, Friday Fill-in | 1 Comment