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A knitterly weekend

After a little episode with a smoking cookie sheet under the broiler, I decided that I need some new pot holders. And, I wanted them to match my kitchen, which would require dyeing the yarn. The Fire King jadite color is one of my all-time favorites; but I can't wear that color, so I painted my kitchen that color instead. I was so excited to try out dyeing in my new, dedicated dye pot. I followed Melissa's excellent advice from her… Continue

Added by Tina on April 29, 2008 at 8:37am — 7 Comments

Raiding my stash

Another day is rapidly passing by -- but at least the sun is out today. That should help my emotional balance; I'm one of those folk with serious Seasonal Affective Disorder so the last couple of days have kept me pretty well in the dumps. Today should be much better.



Of course, I had to start it off paying a couple of bills which ruined it for a while. Maybe I can wipe that thought out of my mind (others seem to disappear easily enough!) Business is done for the day. Now I can… Continue

Added by EO_Mason on April 29, 2008 at 7:09am — No Comments

The Lambies that Bloom in the Spring, Tra La!

Lambing is in full swing and hubby has started to move them to the pasture below the house. Most are still at that awkward, boney-looking stage, but soon enough they will fill out and look huggable. Then the fun begins, where they stand on their snoozing mothers (who are laying down) to get a better view of heaven knows what, and start to band together. They gather in a group, one runs off about 25 -50 yards, looks around as the rest follow, then pretty soon one runs back to where they started… Continue

Added by MTAnnie on April 28, 2008 at 11:15pm — No Comments

Sara's Gone...

She did pretty well over the weekend, but started vomiting again last night. I wasn't going to put her through any more just to make myself feel better, so I made the decision and we euthanized her this morning.



My husband was very supportive and he was the one who said "you've done all that you can". It helped.



I'm okay with it...I get a little weepy now and then, but it was for the best. She just wasn't meant to stay with me any longer.



Thanks all of you for… Continue

Added by katwmn1 on April 28, 2008 at 6:21pm — No Comments

4/28/08 Catching Up

We had an awesome weekend. DS's 7th B-day party on Saturday was a big success. LEGO theme: Building, racing, tossing, and then some t-shirt making and go kart riding thrown in for good measure. It was fast and fun and I'm glad we did it even though the kitchen is at a very beginning renovation stage...perfect, you can't see the old ugly walls and no new stuff to make the current blank wall board look too bad. :) I've got to remain positive! I'm still trying to make decisions on colors.… Continue

Added by PurlGirl on April 28, 2008 at 4:56pm — No Comments

I wanted to be on vacation last week

I wanted to be on vacation last week but had to settle for this week. Last week the weather was great and you barely needed a jacket. This week is not starting out too good as it is rainy dreary and a mere 44 degrees. On the bright side it’s great knitting weather.



Off the needles today is a baby blanket for my boss’ wife who is expecting a baby boy. It went pretty quick and is called Encore 8 Hour Baby Afghan P274. It was only cast on April 23 and I finished it up this morning. The… Continue

Added by NettieKnits on April 28, 2008 at 2:12pm — 2 Comments

A bit chilly today!

Well, I was so busy this weekend that I forgot to blog so I'm playing catchup today instead.



Saturday was beautiful! PHilip & I went to a wine tasting here in Bartlesville. It was a nice gathering, not too many people there when we went, but you could tell there had been quite a few there previously. We got to try a few new wines from some of the vendors that we had been customers of before and also tried a few new wineries as well. There were soe interesting varieties as well,… Continue

Added by newknitter on April 28, 2008 at 1:13pm — No Comments

Magical Blocking

I finished my curved shawl over the weekend. I was worried it would be more of a scarf than a shawl while I was knitting. Blocking really opened it up to a reasonable size, so I'm pretty happy with it.



Now I'm working on the Knitty Laminaria shawl in some copper Zephyr.

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Added by Teri on April 28, 2008 at 12:53pm — No Comments

All things green

Earth Day might be over, but the spirit of it is still alive here!



Humbolt, our friendly Swedish office Sheep, loved to sit and admire the garden here.



So, I suggested to him - hey, why not try to start your own little garden? It being Earth Day, he enthusiastically began preparing pots and seeds. But, as a professional model, he didn't want to get his hooves dirty - and he made me do the actual planting!…

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Added by Kerin on April 28, 2008 at 8:03am — No Comments

Another rainy morning

I was right about yesterday. It was a great knitting day!! Two baseball games for noise (it surely wasn't for the quality of some of the baseball) followed by rain on the roof all evening. I could get into a real habit of just knitting my days away.



I did find a pattern and cast on for another shawl. This time I'm working from Victorian Lace Today -- the Myrtle Leaf Shawl on p 142. I'm using KP's Alpaca Cloud in Sand color. It should go with absolutely everything. Don't know… Continue

Added by EO_Mason on April 28, 2008 at 6:42am — No Comments

Finished Pretty Petal Socks!

I finished my socks this past Monday. They turned out so cute.I started on another pair of socks this past week as well. I bought some yarn by Tiny Toes. These socks are for my honey. They are coming right along. For this months' sock club I'm going to try Fair Isle. Never done Fair Isle on socks. Also Friday I started my drop spindle class. It will take alot of practice. I do enjoy a challange. Getting ready for all the derby partys. Also looking forward to spinning at the river for the steam… Continue

Added by yarnaholic on April 27, 2008 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Fetching gloves are done! Woohoo!

I finished the "Fetching" gloves. They turned out really nice. I'll post a picture as soon as I can. Now that its spring though its no longer glove weather - sigh. Oh well they'll be great come October. (Five months)



I've started a scarf made of ribbon yarn. Its a blend of dark purple to dark blue to dark teal and back again with a stripe of gold running down the center. Luckily I bought two skeins of it cause it looks like it will take that much to make a respectable scarf. The… Continue

Added by Wild Rose on April 27, 2008 at 11:03am — No Comments

Final catch-up entry -- WIP or recently finished

Well, hello.



This will be another good knitting day (like yesterday was). I just checked the dish programming guide for baseball today and the Braves vs Mets is on at 1 pm. An afternoon of sitting in front of the tube watching the guys play. Possibly even followed by another game at 4!! Besides, it's cloudy out and possibly going to rain again today. Why not knit?



First of all on the catch-up, I mentioned earlier that I had never been an adventurous knitter when I knit… Continue

Added by EO_Mason on April 27, 2008 at 6:53am — No Comments

April Showers

Well April is almost over. The weather has been pretty nice. I got my garden started. I planted onions and I added some more asparagus plants and strawberries.



I did not keep my blog updated last month. Hopefully I will this month. I have been busy finishing Mystery Shawl #6. I usually

do not do the KAL's when they are posted. Instead I copy them and the print them so I can do them at a later date.



There have been a lot of KAL's posted in April. I have been working on… Continue

Added by dfosnight on April 27, 2008 at 6:30am — No Comments

Baby Blanket Finished

FINALLY finished the Crayon (Pinki and Buttermilk) baby blanket for my niece. Photo to follow tomorrow morning.

Next project - top down hoody for my husband using a pattern from Son of Stitch n Bitch. Started last night, and I'm about 3/4 finished with the hood portion. This should be a faster knit than the blanket... I hope. Many projects waiting in the wings. .

Added by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on April 26, 2008 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Kool Aid Dyeing

This week I tried Kool Aid dyeing for the first time. How much fun!! I used two skeins of Bare sock yarn. The first one I used 4 packages of pink lemonade in my 8-cup glass measuring bowl. I zapped it twice, waiting 5 minutes between zaps. I wasn't real happy with the color so after the second zap I mixed up a package of strawberry and added that to the mix. I zapped it for another 2 minutes and that was all it needed. I then let it sit for a hour or so… Continue

Added by Silas' Mom on April 26, 2008 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

Sweater Notes

Swatching is so very important. It will make the difference as to whether your sweater will fit or not. Knit that swatch. Be sure you get gauge. I would rather have the sweater fit instead of finding someone to fit the sweater. Did I mention to swatch?



Beginners and some experienced knitters will ask “Why swatch?” The answer is simple. Your chosen yarn may not be appropriate to the pattern. The tension of the knitter may be too loose resulting in a garment that is too big. Or the… Continue

Added by Domestic Arts on April 26, 2008 at 1:06pm — No Comments

Review of 2007's knitting

Hello, again. Since it's decided to rain off and on this morning in south Georgia, I'll keep going on my historical chapter of my knitting.



In late 2006 I started an afghan for my niece's dorm room (she was off to college in 2007). This was one of the few things I've used acrylic yarn for since returning to knitting -- I'm having too much fun buying wonderful natural fibers that weren't available when I was knitting before. Anyway, I had more yarn than I needed when I finally stopped… Continue

Added by EO_Mason on April 26, 2008 at 8:29am — No Comments

Returning to knitting and crochet

Since I'm just now beginning to blog, I'm going to do a couple of entries to catch up on what I recall of the last few years' knitting projects.



When I first returned to knitting it was to make a scarf from a Jackie E-S pattern (Reversible Lace Cables Scarf). I found out that the yarn displayed on the pattern was no longer available (silk/rayon) so I called Margaret Pittman at Heritage Yarns to get her recommendation. She recommended a cotton/rayon in the same… Continue

Added by EO_Mason on April 26, 2008 at 7:30am — No Comments

Egads, I've done it!

I knit a finished, wearable piece of clothing that's not a scarf!



I can't believe it! I wish I wasn't wearing black tights today so that you could see them better, but you get the idea.



Here's how it happened. I'd been stalling on the second legwarmer, but I got a good 6 inches of knitting done on Tuesday evening when I went to listen to the Yarn… Continue

Added by Angela on April 25, 2008 at 1:00pm — 4 Comments

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