Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Where Has October Gone????

I cannot believe it is the end of Oct. already. This year has just flown by. It is finally starting to feel like Fall here. It was a brisk 30 degrees here this morning, and there are hints of snow flurries Friday morning.... I am so happy. I love this weather!!!! I don't think there is anything prettier than a clear blue October sky and the changing leaves. Soon this tree will be a beautiful yellow and orange, it is always one of the last to change colors. I wish the colors of Fall would last longer.

There seems to be something in the water again at work. Several of the gals I work with are pregnant. Here is the current baby blanket in progress. I am knitting this one in Bernat Baby Softee. One of the other girls is expecting twins in April and will find out the gender, (hopefully they will cooperate) in a couple weeks. I was commissioned to make a blanket for her first child and it was eaten by the puppies of the person I actually did the knitting for, so she never got it. So, I am thinking I will make some thing for the big brother too. I am hesitant to make anything with wool again though , since the puppy incident. And I will be bringing my own water to work :)

My sister, Y, has been taking care of her elderly mother in law. She is approaching the end of her time here on earth. Y asked me if I would make a pair of mitts for her since her hands are so cold all the time. She has lost so much weight and just seems to always be chilled. I had some left over Lorna's Laces in the Devon colorway, so I knit a pair. I ran out of yarn just before I finished the second one. Thankfully, Karen had some left over in the same color (thanks Karen) and she was able to drop it in the mail. I finished these yesterday. Y says her MIL likes them and they fit really well.

I started another pair of mitts. I need to finish typing up the pattern. I am knitting these in Louet Gems fingering wt. in the Aqua color. I have another design in mind and have the yarn wound, so I just need to finish this pattern and then I will start on the other one. These fingerless mitts are such quick knits. It is almost instant gratification.

I started another pair of socks too, but they are going to the frog pond to be tweaked. There is just way too much bias in these. They will be similar, but different enough to eliminate the excessive twist.

Oh, and I almost forgot, I was awarded the "I Love Your Blog Award" by both Jennifer and Missy
I love their blogs also, go on and check them out, I will wait for you.
Here are the instructions: 1. Post the award on your blog 2. Post a link to the person who awarded it to you. 3. Nominate four other bloggers 4. Add links to the bloggers 5. Notify the recipients

OK, well I already told you I like Jennifer's and Missy's so here are the other 4, I know that is cheating, I should do 8 but this post has been way too long already.

Well of course Karen, it is a great way to see all the stuff she is making, we talk all the time on the phone or online, but without her blog, I wouldn't get to see pictures of all the stuff.

Deb of Wound too Tight, I love that name for a blog. Anyway, she just cracks me up. I love to read her blog, and see what she is knitting, and now spinning. And her blog always makes me smile and laugh.

Beth I met Beth online about a year or two ago and we have become friends. We live in the same state, but at opposite ends of the state. She makes beautiful knitted and crochet items. Go and look at the lovely afghan she just finished. I never would have had the stick-to- it-iveness to finish that.

Helen is another fellow knitter/blogger I have met online and consider a friend. She knits beautiful lace, and socks and sweaters.

I really could go on and on, there are so many blogs I love to read, but I will stop with these 4.
I hope you all have a fantastic week and get to enjoy the beautiful Fall weather, and wear all your hand knit goodies. Until next time.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Thank you(s) and a little this and that

First of all, I want to thank all of you for sending your thoughts and prayers to our family. Karen and her children are doing as well as can be expected and greatly appreciate all the prayers and well wishes. I forwarded all the responses to her, and they mean so much to her. Thank you all again.

And thank you to Helen. Helen was my partner in the first Hot Socks swap. She was the person I sent to. We have stayed in touch with emails and by leaving comments on each others blogs. She lives in Australia. It amazes me that through the Internet you can develop friendships with people you have never met in person. Helen is one of those people, and I am so happy that knitting and the Internet have allowed us to meet. I was surprised to receive a package in the mail last week from Australia. And a lovely package it was. I love Jo Sharp designs and The Knittery yarns. The Merino Slim Sock 3 ply is a yarn base I have not knit with and it feels lovely. I will soon wind it and decide what to make with it. And, I have found several designs in the book that are calling to me. Thank you again Helen, for your kindness, friendship, and generosity.

It seems like it has been so long since I have blogged, I can't remember what I have shared, or even finished since the last post. I knit a Ballband Tote for DDK. I knit it with Cascade 220 in Navy and Schaefer Miss Priss in (what I believe is a discontinued colorway) Mr. Funny. She loves this bag and has been putting it to good use. I think it has (for right now anyway) replaced all her other bags. With what was left over from the tote, I knit a cabled hat for her. Her younger sister is modeling it and would also like one. Apparently K gets all the "cool" hats. I will have to find something in the stash to knit a "cool" hat for her.

I was lucky, and was able to get a skein of Wollmeise in the last Wollmeise restock at TLE The color is Dornroschen. I also got some of the CTH in the Burnished Berries color. Both are lovely and I must think of what to knit with each of them. And I haven't taken pictures of either of them , but I purchased some Louet Gems in Aqua and and CrabApple Blossom. They will become fingerless mitts.
I am working on a shawl for Karen. It was originally intended for her Birthday, but she has seen me knitting on it and knows it is for her. I am knitting this pattern in Dream in Color Baby in the Deep Sea Flower color. No pictures of it as I can't spread it out to get a good picture, but I am close to finishing it. It just seems to take for....ever to get across a row now. I have also been working on another pair of socks for CIC, pictures of those when they are finished. And I hope to start on some Christmas knitting soon. Can you believe it is October. It is hard to believe with the 80 degree temps we have been having here, but I am sure sock weather will be here soon.
I think that is about it. I hope you all have a wonderful week and Happy Knitting!!