Yesterday marked Dan’s first day of vacation, so good on that. we’ve been taking it real easy – getting ready for our little trip out to Hershey, PA tomorrow. Jackson is already at the breeder’s for his vacation as well. I’ve got to start thinking about packing – it’s maybe a 5 hour road trip… we’re only staying for 3 days so I’m not worried about clothes – it’s the knitting! Do I bring the socks? hats? hope-and-donald scarf? Something completely different? Do I bring 1 project? What if I get bored? Do I bring more projects? Still need to think it over.
Thursday was supposed to be “hat day” – I was going to work on a pixie hat using bulky yarn from my stash, a second baby hat and a chemo hat for my gram. Well, I didn’t wind the yarn for gram’s hat because I’m not sure about the color. I didn’t start the second baby hat because I didn’t print out all the pages of the pattern. And I didn’t read the pattern / yarn label carefully on the pixie hat and ran short on the yardage (pattern called for 80 yards. my skein had 35 yards. groan). So it was kind of a bust, but I pushed onward and dug out the berrypatch pattern (I printed out in 2004!). I have gotten through the crust brim, and am about ready to start on the filling, but the pattern is somewhat confusing to me. I started to sift through it and then got distracted by putting the knitting all over the dog. He is such a good sport.
“Good Sport Sorta-Sunflower”
There’s a real post coming, but can I just say how cool it is to be mentioned on LimeNViolet?! Especially when you have a knitting friend here and I just finished telling her that I sent Violet a birthday card… and then Miss V herself mentions it! And Alcariel was in the podcast too and also gave me a shoutout as she was my kick-ass magic yarn ball swap pal.
We immediately spooked the dog shouting to Dan to come in here to listen as well.
That really just made my day! 🙂
It’s been a busy weekend here. After the fun adventures of waiting in traffic on Friday and going to the ultrasound appointment (by the way – we didn’t find out the sex of the baby. We’re having a baby!) we went out to a great restaurant – Cafe Goodfellas – so delicious! Scarface was playing while we were there – i want to watch Goodfellas now! On saturday we got the garden started (marigolds, carrots, garden beans, sunflowers, zinnia, poppies) and then had company over.
Today we finished the garden (already started tomato, cucumber, bell pepper, and planted seeds for cucumbers, cosmos, marigolds, corn, nasturtium) and I’m pooped. Kinda feel like working on the sock, but I don’t know how much more I can push my fingers 🙂
In my blog-reading, I’ve come across a great site: 5 Minutes for Mom – they’ve got some great prizes coming up to win… It may be a little early for some of the items, but an ice cream maker? Dude! I’m already in love with my sno-cone machine.
I started my Go with the Flow Socks – so far they seem to be moving along well, I think I’m only going to do 15 repeats on the leg, not the 20 in the pattern. I am really enjoying working with the Reynolds Soft Sea Wool too.
As far as my other work-in-project (aka I’m so crafty I make people! great stuff!) we sat in 2 hours of traffic today on the way to the ultrasound appointment – for nothing! I didn’t see any emergency road work being done. Sheesh. Anyway this is cool:
Doesn’t this little foot need a sock? or booties? 🙂
Having a birthday is a pretty good way to start off a vacation (or retirement, however you want to look at it). Yesterday I turned 29, which I’m still trying to wrap my brain around – I don’t feel 29, I don’t look 29 (so I hear), but I’m okay with being 29 so I suppose that’s all that counts. I spent the day getting a whole lot of peace and quiet – I played with my yarn, read a bit, knit a bit, watched some dumb tv shows, did whatever I wanted when I wanted, went out for sushi (only veggie rolls for me) and then for ice cream. A very good birthday indeed. And I have the best husband ever – he and Betsy tried to plan a surprise visit for me, but life happens and she couldn’t make it – next time! He also surprised me with presents:
T-shirt from noisebot.com – feels so soft!
Drop spindle kit from Flawful Fibers on etsy!!! eeeeeeee!! I’m so excited! he was a bit annoyed with me for buying that other one on monday – I truly forgot I sent him the link to etsy and it was a total impulse buy!! I’m hoping to try it out today….
I’ve started my sock for Summer of Socks – I’m using Reynolds Sea Wool that I bought on Monday (love this yarn BTW) and I *think* it’s the “Go with the Flow” socks from the Favorite Socks book (I don’t have the book in front of me to confirm that) – I’ve got the cuff done and I’m starting on the leg. After lunch I’m thinking I’ll pop in a Muppet Movie dvd and keep at it.
I am excited to start a new pair of socks (even though I do still have to finish Dan’s socks…) because I finally finished my Sock Madness pair!! That only took several months. They were hibernating. Oh well. They were my first pair with a short row heel and I think I liked the making of that sort of heel, but fit wise I like the heel flap. I put them on this morning for photo ops and then forgot to take them off – very comfy!
Oof, and what a day. I don’t know why kids think that just because it’s the last day of school means they can do whatever they want. Oh wait – that’s what they did all year, why should they bother to show a bit of respect today? Ugh. But it’s done! And I’m done!! And I wasn’t told off (or hit!) they are all bark, no bite. Let the relaxing and knitting begin!!
I went to The Yarn Barn to treat myself – the end of school / my career there and it’s almost my birthday.
I decided to try out some Soft Sea Wool – in the “Dark Pink” colorway – I think it looks like a Kool-Aid color. I also picked up a skein of Blue Sky Alpaca Organic Cotton in a natural color to make a baby bolero from the One Skein book. And I splurged to get myself a skein of Lobster Pot Yarn in Salt Rose to make maybe a hat for me – I’ve lusted after that for a while now.
I also decided to open up a new addiction for myself this summer (along with learning crochet, embroidery, cooking, photography and getting ready for baby.) Louet’s Drop Spindle Kit – oh baby!
There’s a beautiful navy, aqua / teal, and copper fibers inside…
That’s all positive. There is negative though:
Those kids and their nonstop talking during the movie and then my having to look up and redirect them to stop talking. Somehow I missed the cast on for the next square – so my scarf went from 5 squares across to 4 squares across. Not a huge deal, but if this is going to be a potential Christmas gift, I want it perfect. I was only 6 repeats in (out of 26) so I will frog it and start over. I’ve got the time.