Friday, August 31, 2012

Okay. Lost the last post so let's try it again. Sorry about the abbreviated posting yesterday but was feeling kind of cruddy with a nasty sinus headache and allergies from the stupid goldenrod which is starting to bloom. Ick.
Finished sewing together my Kilmory sweater and here it is. Sorry about the blurry photos but mom's not good with the cell phone camera.
 Here's the Ravelry link if you want:  I think I like it though. At least it's wearable, which is more than I can say for my last sweater. It's acrylic but I thought it would be good to just throw on when it was chilly. (If it ever gets chilly, which I'm having a hard time picturing!)
This is a felted messanger bag for Amanda that I put together this week. I knit it and she felts it and then I sew it up. Team work.

Not the best picture but you get the idea. The yarn is KnitPicks Wool of the Andes and the colors are really pretty. Amanda colors for sure.
Have gotten some great produce at the farmers' market these past couple of trips. I cooked some heirloom Jacobs' Cattle beans in the slow cooker and then made maple baked beans and they are delicious! Too bad we probably won't be going this Sunday as we are getting the remnants of hurricane Isaac. We really desperately need the rain but I'm glad that we are only going to get 1-3". It will be a great weekend to stay inside and knit and maybe do some cooking.
 I am so ready for fall. I want to wear my handknit socks and clothes and have hot cider and smell the falling leaves and feel the lovely, crisp air. And I am so tired of wearing shorts! Hopefully it will be soon. I am ready for some Cranberry Autumn tea from Harney and Sons. It seems to be just the perfect tea for fall. And pumpkin-cranberry scones. Well, maybe I'll make those this weekend.
No plans for the holiday. Just a nice,quiet weekend with maybe a trip to Starbucks for a soy latte. Sounds like a holiday trip to me!
Okay, going to take some ibuprophen and lie down for a little while. Hope you all have a great, safe holiday with lots of knitting!!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

No excuse for not posting other than I just couldn't make myself sit down and do it. But I did finish my Kilmory sweater so that's something. Also finished these.
So I will post tomorrow because have a few things to do tonight.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Yes, yes. I know. It's been over a week. But I really do have a good (well, good to me) excuse. I was participating in a kal. Didn't win the pattern collection but did win some stitch markers.  Have gotten some from this person before and they are beautiful so I can't wait to see them. The socks are "Gollum" from ClaireEllen Designs and like all of her patterns, I love them.
The yarn was a great choice for them.

I was having so much fun watching the pattern that I kept knitting them. I wish it were cool enough to wear them. And it would be nice if I could wear more than one pair at a time!
Went to Glenwood Gardens the other day for a farmers' market/environmental "fair" they were having. They opened up the Highland Discovery Garden for free for the day and here are some fun photos.

You can't see it very well but the picture with the pot of flowers and the sculpture was enveloped in mist and looked very mystical and secretive. Plus it was fun to walk through.

This was also the "tunnel of mist" that you could walk through. And the fun little houses they had tucked all over.
Just a wild shot photo of some of the park.

More of the little houses by the train tracks that ran around some of it. And a view going in.
This is the cool tree that kids can climb around and in and over. It reminds me of the Weeble house....weebles wobble but they don't fall dowwwwnnnnn.

Just some of the fun bits that were all over the tree. A cool place for kids to play. And not too shabby for adults either.
Knitting some more socks for kals that I need to have finished by the end of August. I'm working on a pair called "Winter Games" that are moving right along.
So I need to get off here now since it's storming and who needs to be on the ''box'' at that time. See you soon.

Saturday, August 04, 2012

Where,oh,where did July go to so fast? Last time I checked it was the third week of July and I can't believe it's August already. Although, I must admit, I am sick of summer. I would like to have cooler weather and wouldn't even care if it wasn't quite cool enough for handknits. I occasionally open the sock drawer to admire all of the lovely socks and imagine how pretty they will look.
Been busy with kals and trying to finish a sweater. I'm knitting Kilmory from "Aran Knits" by Martin Storey and I really like it. I made it a bigger than my size because I thought it would be nice to wear over turtlenecks or even a tee.
I have half a sleeve and the front to knit and then I'm finished. I'm using Loops and Thread yarn...only acrylic but it's nice and it was on sale and sometimes a girl's gotta do what she's gotta do! I'm still trying to get up the nerve to knit "Holly" from Rowan 50. I think it's just that the yarn was so much that it's making me nervous. Still and all, it's only yarn. The worst that happens is I end up with a pile of yarn.
Also doing another kal with the Solidsockknitters (Ravelry) and the theme is winter. I'm using Cascade Heritage Sock yarn (which I really enjoy knitting) in the color "Anis" and the pattern is "Winter Games" A fun knit but obviously several people had the same idea because at least 3 of us are knitting this pattern.
 The sock is closer to the true color than the skein. It's a very pretty blue and reminds me of glaciers.
Been cooking from "Vegan Sandwiches Save the Day" and Wow! what a great cookbook. I've made several things and this is the Two Tomato tango, made with fried green tomatoes and a slice of regular tomato with a lovely, tangy sauce mixed with spinach. So good.

Got to go to the park the other day for the first time in a long time. Finally bearable for at least a little while. But everything looked so pretty.
Okay, I am off to finish a pair of baby booties. One of the baristas at my local Starbucks just became a daddy and every baby should have a pair of hand knitted booties. Right? Keep cool and see you soon.