Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Mental health day

I took a mental health day from work today. My weekend is going to be so busy with working at our team's soccer tournament. Sat and Sunday will be spent working the tounament. Checking in teams, field patrol and restroom duty. So, today was my relaxation day. Although I didn't do much resting. I made the trek to the not so local yarn store. I wanted to get some self patterning sock yarn so I could concentrate on 2 socks on 2 circs without worrying about following a stitch pattern. I plan to knit these up on my lunch hour and during the tournament if I have free time.
Of course I couldn't walk out without picking up something else.
I also pick up the Mason Dixon book. I didn't realise it was such a big book. It's gorgeous, the colors, the prints, the stories and the patterns are wonderful. I started a little project from it as well. My daughter saw this page and immediately requested some to hang in her room. Believe it or not, these are the colors on her wall. VERY VERY bright blue and green.
My focus for the next few weeks will be small projects.

A new body

Here's a better photo of my blue gables on my new body. I got her on sale 50% off from Joanne's.I was able to get the measurements perfectly, although, her boobs are a little, um alot perkier than mine. Overall I'm pleased.

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Sleep positions

According to this
website, this is my sleep pose. It couldn't be more wrong.

I am a excalibur!
Find your own pose!

This is my true sleep position, at least we start out this way.

I am a toboggan!
Find your own pose!

What's yours, take the test yourself.

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Competing hobbies

I feel as if I'm cheating on my knitting. I love to read and I love to knit. I find myself each day trying to decide which I'll do if I have a moment of free time. Lately, I've tried doing both. Read in the morning and knit in the evening. Doing both has slowed down the productivity, not that I've been very fast in my knitting, but this has slowed me down even more. But today, I finally have a finished object and I love it. Presenting, blue gables, forgive the bad mirror shot, all of my photographers are out today. I still have to block it, but the ends are weaved in.

Green Gables
3 skeins cotton fleece, Malibu blue
size 7 and 5 addi turbos
added 1 inch to length

Up next, a trip to sleeve island and seaming of the shawl collar sweater.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Halfway point

I've decided after I finish my gables, I'll work on some of the small projects my family has requested. I think by doing this, (they will get off my back),they will be very happy and I can concentrate on me again. First the scarf for my daughter.
My youngest 2 are on spring break, unfortunately they think mom and dad are on spring break as well. The minute we reach the door after work, they have our evening planned. Monday it was the to the park for 3 friggin hours. Tues, movie night, which worked out for me, mindless knitting. Wed off, cause mom and dad were TIRED. Tonight it's skate depot, ouch. Friday, speed zone. Saturday.... Who knows if I'll make it to Sat.
I hope to sneak some knitting time in to finish this.

Monday, April 10, 2006

Who do you knit for?

Or what do you knit? I've been accused of being a selfish knitter. You see,after the first couple of months of knitting for my youngest daughter, who was very eager and accepting of my knitting, I've primarily knit for myself. I consider myself so new at knitting, so for the last year I have knit things in an effort to learn something. A new technique, a different garment, socks, shrugs, pullovers, shawls. Also to learn a different fiber, laceweight, dk, worsted weight, all in an effort to learn. So yesterday, my eldest daughter, who has asked me to knit her a scarf hmmmm about two months ago, asked when her scarf would be ready. Now I must admit, I did start a scarf for her, but it hasn't been a priority. It's a simple knit 2 purl 2 blah scarf. I'm probably half done. But, I have no motivation to finish it. Sad, I'm such a bad mom. It really won't take that long, but in my defense, I don't have a lot of time to knit. When I do, I want to enjoy it. I want to work on finishing the marble sweater, or green gables. I want to start 2 socks on circulars or toe up socks. I want to knit things that I can wear and feel proud about.
I know my knitting has improved because my family has started asking me to knit items for them. The eldest wants the scarf, a cap, and Lelah. The youngest wants felted clogs, wrist warmers, and a whole pattern book of sweaters. My son wants a pullover vest, and my husband wants socks. How am I to cope with the pressure. I can't possibly add all of these things to my to knit list, and continue to knit for myself. I'm really torn with how to accomplish all of this.
How do you do this?? Any help would be appreciated.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Good news

It fits, whew.... So saying, Bad news, I'm still going to frog, after I finish the sleeves and sew it together. Once you see it, you'll agree. Surprisingly, I'm not that heart broken about it. It's the right thing to do, otherwise I won't be satisfied with the end result.
Here's a flash of my stash project. I like it very much.

Back to knitting!!

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Slightly Worried

I'm nervous about the marble sweater. First you know about the different color skein issue, second, I think it's too big. The front and back are on the blocking board now. As soon as it's dry, I'm going to pin it together for a test fit. The thing is, I love the pattern, and it knits up fast, but I really hate to think about frogging it. I really committed to doing a project that needs to be seamed. I want to improve my knitting, and as Linda said in one of her post, go for the extra spicey. I know the way to improve is to move away from the safe projects, to make mistakes that need to be fixed. We learn from our mistakes, but darn it, I will always hate frogging.
So, instead of starting the sleeves of the marble top, I started a new project.

One good reason to have stash yarn. You're always prepared.

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Awe Inspiring

Check this Stashout.
Be prepared to drool.