Just a place where I can sit and write my thoughts on my newest passion. . . . . knitting. Hopefully, I will better document my progress throughout knitting and get in touch with others as obsessed as I am!

Saturday, October 22, 2005

Happy blogversary to me!

Well, it's my blogversary. Yeah! 1 year and I am still here. Unfortunately, no one took up my offer for the contest. Bummer. Oh well, I still want to celebrate so let's say that anyone who writes to me will be entered into a random drawing for the prize previously discussed, ok? Good. Now back to our regularly scheduled blog.

So although you may not know it from reading, I HAVE been up to quite a bit of knitting. I have been very proactive with my Carpal tunnel though. I am wearing my braces (I have one for both wrists now) whenever I am not knitting of asleep. Take THAT you lousy nerve endings! It's actually been helping. So here comes the knitting.

Ok, so for Lolly's Socktoberfest I am finishing up the second sock on my pair of socks. Yeah!
Tee hee, as I previewed this post I noticed that not only am I obsessive about matching up the striping as much as possible but that I laid the socks out so that the striping matched. Yikes! I am vowing at this very moment that my next pair of striped socks will not be identical. PERIOD. END OF DISCUSSION. (well, they ARE going to be for my DS and not me, but that's besides the point, right?) Hoo boy, I need to be less of a perfectionist with my knitting. DH finds it hard to believe since I am NOT that way around the house. Really. I'd show you pictures but then I would have to kill you.

So, from socktoberfest heaven, we turn out attention to ZARA. This is really turning out to be a quick and fun knit. I altered the pattern so that I did the body up to the neckline in the round. I didn't want any seams on this one. I have the body (up to the neckline and 1 1/2 sleeves done). Love the Reynolds Blizzard also. Very nice knitting.
Here we have the sleeves. Not too far to go now before I can seam and attach them to the body then do the neckline. When I originally saw this done, it was made in chocolate brown with black eyelash accent in the neckline. I wanted the pink but can't decide. Eyelash or no? Black, brown, pink or iridescent? What do you all think?

Now, we also have the newest WIP. Just started it on Tuesday at sit 'n knit. It's a beaded scarf from Lily Chin's Book Knit and Crochet with Beads. Great book by the way. Anywhooo, here is what I have so far:

And here is a close up of it. I just love the edge on this. The beads just "float" on the edge. Very Very Very cool! I know that's a louse picture of the edge but trust me, it's very cool. I am using Blue Heron rayon metallic and some very awesome coppery metallic beads. I can't wait to finish this one up either.

So, last but definitely NOT least, I went out tonight for a field trip sit 'n knit to Starbucks with my knitting pals. It was the first time we have met outside of the shop for our regular sit 'n knit. Here we are:Right to left is Caroline, Cheri (my sensei), Lauren, Tammy, Amy and then little ole' me! We had a GREAT night and it was a fabulous way to end the celebration of my blogversary. Thanks girls. I love you all!

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

When in Rome. . . . . .

You Belong in Rome

You're a big city girl with a small town heart which is why you're attracted to the romance of Rome strolling down picture perfect streets, cappuccino in hand and gorgeous Italian men - could life get any better?

What City Do You Belong in? Take This Quiz :-)

Aah, now if I could move my life there I would be all set. I don't even think that my Hubbie would mind it at all (well, except for the gorgeous italian men part). Any suggestions on how to move your entire LIFE???? tee hee

Monday, October 17, 2005

It's been almost a YEAR!

Well, my blogversary is just around the corner. October 29th will mark 1 year of the blog. Seems to have gone by way faster than I expected it too. Huh, well, in honor of this date, I am having a contest! What I would like is for all you WAY MORE TALENTED people out there to come up with a button for my site (sad 1 year and no cutesy button for moi!). Winner will be drawn randomly from all entries and I will ask for your permission to blazonly plaster your button all over!!! tee hee (really, if I had any clue on how to do that I would but, I am so NOT computer design saavy at all!).

Winner will have some yarn and goodies sent for their efforts and good wishes. Gotta go look and see what goodies I have. hummmmmmm,

On the knitting front, I have the body of Kara and 1 & 1/2 sleeves done! I need to pull out the camera and show the progress. Maybe tonight while DS is at PSR. I am also now working on a HiP scarf which I am PRAYING will be ready for the premiere of GOF! UGH! I wanted to do a sweater but these past few months have been CRAZY!!! Again, I will try to post pix.

I also need to post pix of my socks for Lolly's Socktoberfest. I REALLY need to get that camera out!

Lastly, on the Red Cross volunteering front, I have had 4 of the 5 recommended/required vaccinations and I getting the last one today. I also am completing the last session of training on Wednesday, October 19th. All my papers will be complete and handed in at that session and then. . . . . . . . I wait. Our hospital is sponsoring 40 employees to go with full salary and benefits paid by the hospital but there can only be 4 of us gone at a time. Well, there are 4 down there already and I don't know where I will end up on the waiting list. I'll keep everyone posted. In the meantime, I have to go and get my 'stuff' (sleeping bag, bug spray, antibacterial hand gel, etc., etc.). I have to figure out what knitting to take with me as well. My husband thought I was NUTS when I said that but I am actually even thinking of taking some extra needles, yarn and basic knitting instructions. If I am in a shelter and I can give someone in need the gift of knitting, hey, I am all OVER it! I am thinking that my best bet (for myself) is going to be socks, portable and take up very little room (I have to carry my gear y'know). I'll have to see what socks to take with.

"see" ya all later!