Sunday, December 23, 2007
The tree, set up last Saturday finally has lights and some decorations. We still have quite a ways to go with the ornaments although I'm kind of liking the economy of decoration.
Each ornament is special to me. You probably can't see it too well but there is a llama near the very bottom of the tree, a present from my MIL.
And one of the many ornaments made by my mother over the years is here.
And then there are the ornaments commemorating special events, like the trip my brother and SIL and my husband and I made with my 7 year old nephew to the Empire State Building last February. Nephew had the BEST time ever on that trip, and I'll remember it each year when I see this on my tree. (Don't tell him but he's getting one as a present too!!)
So what's been happening since my last post? Life, I guess. Let's see, in no particular order I saw the Yarn Harlot in Marlton, NJ in the fall. Here are photo: me with the Harlot, and the Skein Mavens, my SnB knitting group, in the audience, waiting for action!
Sunday, October 7, 2007
I work at a university...probably the only university in the US that starts the fall term after Labor Day. So it's summer, la de dah, I have all the time in the world, and then it's Labor Day, and it must STILL be summer because school hasn't started yet so it's more la de dah, time time time, and then school finally started....WITH A VENGEANCE!! So for the last three weeks I've been working crazy. We'll get a break at the end of October but until then...work work work!
But I do have some knitting to show. First, my Monkey socks.
Long ago, in a galaxy far, far away...wait, that's another story. Sometime during the summer (who can remember summer!) I started my Monkey socks in a little coffee shop in Hopewell.
Here's my bagel, coffee, and Monkey recipe.
Soon, Monkey socks began to emerge.
And then one day, SOCKS!
I also worked on a scarf for the Red Scarf Project. What do you think?
Friends and I get together at least once a month to quilt. We 'took the summer off' but decided that we missed each other too much and so had a quilting day, inspite of the weather being totally 'unquiltlike' (hot and humid...in October!!)
What you are looking at here is the quilt I'm making for my daughter and son-in-law (wedding present...and they will be celebrating their 4th anniversary later this week....) and my friend's cat Sonya, snuggled in for a nap!
Monday, August 20, 2007
Sunday, August 5, 2007
My wonderful sockpal sent me the most incredible Sockapalooza box. Here, take a look:
What's in that box, you're asking? Well, first are these gorgeous socks! The yarn is Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in colorway "Flames." An apt name for this colorway if ever there was one. The pattern is Lava Sock from the Sock Bug website. Perfect in every way. Thanks so much, Socks 4 U (the nom-de-knit of my pal).
But what ELSE is in the box???Chocolate, chocolate, and chocolate!! All from See's Candy Shops. There is a lovely bag of dark chocolate foil balls (still intact but the day is still young!!), a dark chocolate bar with almonds (yum), and a box of assorted chocolate delights. Oh, so delicious!!
And what else is in the box? The cutest notecards in three colorways with a ball of yarn and needles on each (no picture just yet); a sweater key ring (picture coming soon), and a knitting quickie cutter (picture....) Socks 4 U, if I have overlooked anything please forgive me. I'm totally blown away with your generosity.
That was the first box I opened on Friday. What about the second one? Well, if you read Gathering Wool you know that she had a party recently and Alotta.Knittin was the lucky person selected by the totally impartial Jack the Cat! So get a load of what was in the package:
The most beautiful Cherry Tree Hill yarn, colorway Champlain Sunset. Can't wait to get my needles into that stuff!! Green Mountain Coffee: Vermont Country Blend and FT Raspberry Rhapsody. I can almost smell the coffee brewing as I type! A jar of maple butter...which my husband coveted just as soon as I showed it to him. I have a funny feeling I may not get even a taste of it!! Two of the cutest stitch markers that will come in handy with the Cherry Tree Hill yarn, and Vermont postcards. Gathering Wool, you are the greatest!!!!
My downstream sockpal's package is on the way and should reach her on Monday or Tuesday. I'll post pictures after I'm sure she's received the box. I hope she likes the socks!!
And last but not least, although I think I am the absolutely LAST person in the world to make Monkey socks, here they are.
Colorway? Claudia Hand Painted Yarn, colorway Donna's Favorite.
I've made some progress since this photo was taken. I'm turning the heel and am trying a new heel with only limited success to date. I have confidence that I'll work through my problems.
Saturday, July 21, 2007
The dewy pix were taken from the porch of our cottage. That's right, right on the rocks on the water. The two other pix are taken from the rocks at the water's edge. The place is heaven on earth for the time we're there. We get breakfast and dinner cooked for us in the farmhouse, eating family style for these two meals.
I may not have gone anywhere for two weeks but I DID knit. Of course, no pictures to back that up, but I did! My Sockapalooza socks are about 3 inches from completion (tick...tick...) and I hope to get those done this weekend and then soaked and blocked. Also spent a LOT of time on Mystery Stole 3! I'm really enjoying it and will post a photo soon. I'm only on clue 3 but hey, it's not a contest.
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Closeup showinhg the quilting in the white blocks. Each large block has an animal in it: elephant, butterfly, rabbit, squirrel, cat, etc. There are three repeats of each animal.
This shows you the back of the quilt. I just LOVE this fabric.
The quilt is machine pieced and hand quilted. I still need to put a label on it but I think I'll wait until there's a baby on the way!
Monday, June 11, 2007
All photos were taken by faithful daughter, The Home Cook. You can check out her musings at Taste of Homecooking
Sock and sock in training
Sunday, May 27, 2007
We gathered yesterday for a day of quilting (and a brief trip to #1's LYS). It was a glorious day. Friends, yarn, catching up, beautiful weather, lunch alfresco (and a delicious lunch it was!!), and of course, quilting. And here are, without futher ado, the Friendship quilts.
These photos don't really do justice to any of these quilts. Remember, each quilt has identical blocks, with the exception of one that is unique to each quilt. We each chose a different lattice, and #1 and I chose to use setting squares while #2 did not. Each is beautiful; I love all of them. And each is so different, thanks to the lattice, I think. We were going to set up all three quilts on a frame outside yesterday but the day got away from us. Hopefully you can get an idea of their beauty (if I DO say so myself :-) ) from these photos.
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Sockapalooza sock in the making
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
And now I'm thinking about making Snowflake Lace Socks, Pattern available from Mag Knits, September 2006. Do you think the pattern and the wool are a good fit? I hope so.
Another pattern I was thinking about is Hedera by Cookie A. How is a girl supposed to decide when there are so many beautiful patterns out there?? This sock calls for Rowan soft. Does anyone know if I can substitute the Lorna's Lace Shepherd soft?
Sunday, May 13, 2007
In an earlier post I mentioned the orange baby blanket I learned to knit on (bad grammar, sorry). Well, here it is in all it's glory. This thing has been through a lot! Went to college with me as a little something to keep me warm, went to preschool with my daughter as something to keep HER warm, and now it lives in my office to once again keep me warm. I wonder if I'll pass it on to my eventual grandchild to keep her/him warm too!! It will probably be the only day-glo baby blanket at preschool!