Sunday, December 30, 2007

super fast

Wow! This is some super fast knitting! I cast on this fetching at 4pm yesterday, and was finished by 10pm! My arm hurts from all that knitting. Or maybe it was the break that I took to play Wii Carnival Games???
UPDATE: Finished the mate for this fetching at 8:30pm tonight, I see many more pairs in my future, super quick and a great stash buster.

Here is son #2 with a belated Christmas gift, a real goalie mask for playing mini sticks in the basement! So help me! They have already broken a clock (must get new one) and put numerous dings and what-not in the walls.

Oh well, such is the life of a hockey mom/family.
Oh yea, son #1 is in a Christmas tournament, we have a game at 3 today, I'll update more later on that.

Friday, December 28, 2007

rush is over

Well, Christmas is over (we are taking down the tree soon) and the presents must be put away. Not much of anything is being accomplished on this vacation, knitting on the branching out scarf has increased to about 75% finished, if ( and that's a big IF) I do any knitting today, I could finish it, but the boys are hounding me to see "Alvin and the Chipmunks". And why all of this non-knitting you ask?? Why, that would be because of the Wii that Santa brought to our house!


Here is the finished (but unblocked) Branching Out scarf.
I was able to finish it, even with the following distractions:

Alvin & The Chipmunks movie
partial clean up of Christmas items
Wii playing
football watching

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Branching out

Here is my branching out lace scarf (courtesy of ravelry and It is a very quick and easy knit (just cast on Saturday night and this is how much is done, about 1/2). I am using Rowan Felted Tweed and it looks gorgeous! I think I will make fetchings from the other skein; gotta love ravelry! Just search for yarn, then search for pattern and you can see what everyone is making.

Snow day yesterday, so kids are back to school today, not very happy about it, but they only have 4 more days of school, then Christmas vacation.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

go figure.....they were right

We got LOTS of snow. Hubby and boys were out at 8am shoveling the drive, because, you know we have hockey today! Son #1 game at 10 (just called, they arrived safely) and son #2 practice at 11:15. Hubby says main roads are fine, it's getting there that is the problem; our sub is bad and I shouldn't even attempt to get out with the van (hubby has 4 wheel drive) so I am house-bound this morning.

Son #2 has hockey Christmas party this afternoon and I am in Target-withdrawl....must go shopping! Great day to stay home, do laundry and knit! I have nothing on the needles. I finished the clogs yesterday, they are drying. I had some socks on the needles, but frogged them last night. So, maybe a fancy scarf?? We'll have to see what happens!

Saturday, December 15, 2007

OH BOY!!! says a big snowstorm is coming our way :) 12+ inches of snow?!?! I'll have to wait and see if it is true; I hope so, it would be so nice to have a white Christmas.

still secret, secret pal

Oh bother, here I've been in a tizzy for 2 weeks because my sp11 pal had emailed to say she sent my package and I NEVER EVER received it!! I've been running to the mailbox everyday checking, and nothing ever came for me; she has been waiting for me to post on the blog for 2 1/2 weeks!!

I finally received 5 emails this morning from her; there must have been a glitch with the wowway server, as I check everyday and there are a few emails, but this morning there were about 20, all dated Tues-Friday, where were they on those days?? HHHMMMM. Anyway, there were 4, yes 4, patterns to keep me happy until the replacement package arrives:

Gretel, which is a very cute beret
Malabrigo laofers, which I've seen all over Ravelry, I'll have to make these when I am finished with the Fiber Trends clogs
Beefields shawl, GORGEOUS!!!
XS firestarter socks, cannot wait to make these, they look very interesting.

Thank you so much, I look forward (again) to receiving a package :) how frustrating for both of us.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Oh My Golly!!!

Here is a package I received in the mail today from my GREAT friend BetteM! What could be inside?? Look at that cute knit tree, and her with a busted up hand and everything :)

First, yummy monster-type cookies and ooey-gooey caramel chocolate almond candy! I quickly ran out to the mailbox to offer some to the mailman. He is ever so patient with me and my constant "any packages for me today??" Today, he saw me outside, stopped the mail truck and delivered the package FIRST!! Then went to do all the other mail. What a guy.

Inside the wrapping paper...this great roomy GREEN knitting bag...she had mentioned earlier "don't forget to check ALL the pockets!"

Here is a peak inside the bag...look at all the great stuff hiding inside...

And here, finally, is all the great stuff!!

THANK YOU SO MUCH BETTE!!! This made my day and everything is wonderful.


Here is our decorated tree.....

....and here is the finished felted fair isle bag. Should have handles soon.

Sunday, December 09, 2007

All the loose ends

Here is the fair isle tote! It has been felt (felted?) and is drying. One wash was not enought, two was too many :( oh well, it is smaller than I would like, but it is gorgeous!! I will need get to the LYS this week to purchase leather handles.

Here is the first felted clog (unfelted; it is HUGE) kids want to know who it is for. Will get the mate made this week. I am using the leftover yarn from the fair isle tote. You can't really see the hot pink/green inner sole, or the orange in the gray cuff, but they are there. This one is really periwinkle in color, the mate will be ORANGE!

And here are my potato latkes!!! YUMMMMMM My friend's husband brought them over tonight, still warm from dinner!! I had one, but am saving the rest for tomorrow, I like them COLD with sour cream!

Friday, December 07, 2007

Home stretch

I am in the home stretch! The felted fair isle tote will be finished SOON!!! I have 1 more row to knit, then bind off, then make the 4 loops, felt it and purchase (NO MORE I-CORD for me) 2 purse handles and it is finished :) yea!!!! Then on to bigger and better things...maybe those felted clogs? as the socks I cast on last week have not progressed at all.

SP11 has been over and done for a week now; yet I am still waiting on a final package. I have gotten all worked up everyday this week, thinking "Today is the day", only to be disappointed everytime the mailman drives off and leaves nothing for me :( only bills and junk mail (a few Christmas cards).

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Portable knitting

The felted fair isle tote does not travel well.

I have resolved to finish the tote before starting any other project; I took the tote to tennis yesterday. UUUGGGHHH it is so big and bulky and hard to manage all the colors while sitting in a straight back chair. Today I have 2 hours of hockey practice and cannot deal with that stress & mess!

Oh well, I guess I'll have to cast on for a pair of socks (just to keep my sanity).