Friday, January 26, 2007

Promised Pictures

Let me start off with a picture for Saturday Sky on Friday.....I've been lax with my SS pics lately and with this day so clear and crisp (just the way I like it), I thought the clouds were lovely. I've been knitting away on the Aran baby blanket and I know I said it was almost completed but did you ever knit something from a yarn that just DOES NOT want to end? That seems to be the case with this wonderfully soft and supple Shelridge Farms merino. I will continue it until the yarn runs out or until my new granddaughter is born, whichever comes first. If you look closely you can see the skein of yarn peeking out from the side of the blanket.

Ohhhh, and I got some good news to report......I won the contest that
Bernie was running to "name her Amigurumi monkey! He is just so cute, so stop by and see him. It's so much fun to be picked as the winner...thanks, Bernie for the fun contest and say hello to "Mel" for me.

Above is the sock I'm knitting using the Magic Loop method. I've never tried it before and wanted to learn so I signed up for classes at my local yarn shop. The owner, Jackie, is one of the sweetest women you could ever hope to meet. She is fun to be around and very encouraging to everyone who walks through her shop door. We decided on a picot edging while I was at it since I never did one of those either and I really like the way it looks. I've just turned the heel (another first, eye of the partridge), using Melenweit yarn which is very nice to knit with.

That's about it for now, but I wish all of you many happy hours of fiber fun and a great weekend as well!

"I am an old man, and I have known many problems in my life,
Most of which never happened."

Mark Twain

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Getting Organized

Is it just me or is life getting busier and busier? In this age of computer technology and all the 'easier' things we're supposed to be able to do with it, I'm finding that there just aren't enough hours in the day to get the half of what I need to do completed. I've been remiss with my blog posting because there just isn't enough time in most days to keep up with it the way I'd like to. Our age is a very stressful one in my humble opinion and there always seems like more to do, not less. That said, I am posting today whether or not I've had time to take and upload pictures of my WIP's. I figure if I wait until I have my pictures uploaded to post, it'll be at least another week, so here I am, sans pictures!

I've been working on a few projects such as the Rowan crocheted afghan and I've completed ab out 25" with another 40 or so to go and I've even done quite a few rows of the 1824 multi-colored cotton afghan in the ripple stitch which is looking very cute. As for knitting, I signed up for 2 classes in the Magic Loop, which is the only method of knitting socks that I can't quite grasp. I've had one class with one to go and so far so good. I've knitted about 7" down the leg and did the picot edge on my cuff (no, naturally I couldn't make it easy on myself and just do a basic rib cuff).
It sure is confusing to get cast on and for the first 6 or so rounds but once you're going you do get a feel for what has to be done to manipulate the long 40" circular needle correctly. However, completing the heel will be the real challenge, so I'll post a pic with my next post and let you know how it went.

I'll even post a completed picture of the 'long awaited' Aran baby blanket. Yes, it''s coming down to the wire now and frankly, I'm thrilled to be nearing the end....not because I haven't enjoyed knitting it but because I'm anxious to have it all ready for my new granddaughter due the end of February, especially since I originally planned it for my first granddaughter 2 years ago! Ahh well, better late than never, isn't that what they say?

On that note, I'll say bye for now and wish all of you joy and peace in the new year!