Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Big Honkin' Post

(picture-wise anyway)

Pattern: #21 Poppy Socks by Cookie A. from Spring/Summer 2009 Knit1 Yarn: The Unique Sheep Verve Color: Poppy Bush Needles: Knitpicks DPN's US 1/2.25 mm Started: June 20, 2009 Completed: June 29, 2009.

Note: This was Empoisonee, somewhere after I finished the toe when I was “moving six stitches” the pattern started to look very, very wrong. In the meantime, Poppy is looking just fine. I can always be happy with a Cookie A. pattern, even if I REALLY, REALLY don't like toe-up construction.

So, doesn't Thor sound like a very testosteriffic name? I decided my young men would go nuts over Thor's contribution to winter-wear:

Also? Thor is the new name of my little companion sheep. This is Whippoorwill Hollow Farm Black Spotted Lambs Wool, handspun Lopi-style. The label says it is "Blended with Thor's brothers to create this beautiful rich and varied, soft grey lambs wool." I purchased this at the Pine Needle up in Cable, Wisconsin last weekend. David is also an artist and I can think of a few people that would love this Corgi painting. Spinners - they also sell fiber.

This is how the boys would like to spend the weekend. If only their dad would let them. We are off again tomorrow afternoon so I will be looking for you all after the Holiday!

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Pick a Peony for Me

Since I haven't any in my garden this year, this will have to do. (Hah! Too bad I didn't have any little plastic ants to put on there!)

Thursday, June 25, 2009

ABC...easy as 123...simple as DO RE ME

Rest easy little Michael Jackson. We've missed you for a long time.


FO Friday.

Diminishing Rib Cardi

Pattern: Diminishing Rib Cardi by Andrea Pomerantz from Spring 2009 IK Yarn: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Peru Color: Spinel Needles: Knitpicks Options US 8/5.0 mm Started: May 4, 2009 Completed: June 23, 2009.

Note: I learned a new cast-on and bind-off for this sweater, (yay learning new things)! I believe I made it one size too large, however this is too comfy not to wear. I used around 1250 yards so I'll have to come up with a hat to make with the leftovers. This completes my sixth sweater for NaKniSweMoDo. Now the Copine needs some sleeves...

Cabin in the morning so I'm working on the other pink sock this weekend.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009


Heat Index is off the charts. I really do hate this weather. Look at these beautiful projects. They are just crawling along. I can only bring myself to do a row or two, then I have to go get a glass of sun tea.

Well, Empoisonee was marching right along, I got that little toe finished and started to go, "Huh, wha....move six stitches again?" No way to check for errata. Rrrrrrip. Luckily I had my Spring/Summer '09 Knit1 with four sock patterns in it. I'll try Empoisonee again at a later date, when I can give it my full attention. This is cookie A.'s poppy socks. Another toe up, but somehow, an easier pattern to follow.

We are home a few more days and then it's off to the cabin, again. I did manage to get the Diminishing Rib Cardi finished this afternoon - hopefully I can get some photos tomorrow morning after the AC guys are here. In the meantime, I am off to sweat through watching Lacrosse!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Dog Tired!

They'd have to be to be this close together, peacefully. (Kona on the left, and Ozzie on the right).

At least at the cabin I'm less than 60 feet from the water - it stinks bein' here at home with only half an a/c system.

I have knitting news, but no pictures to go along yet. Look for sock news tomorrow....

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Sleeve Purgatory

Why yes, I went to Catholic grade school, why do you ask? (heh.) I'm just sayin'.

Wikipedia, referring to the colloquial use of the word "purgatory" says this: The word "purgatory" has come to refer also to a wide range of historical and modern conceptions of postmortem suffering short of everlasting damnation,[1] and is used, in a non-specific sense, to mean any place or condition of suffering or torment, especially one that is temporary.

They say a lot more, but this is the use I was looking for. The temporary torment of sleeves!

Copine is waiting patiently for hers - see her up there on Cherie. I'm about 1/6 done with her sleeves. Diminishing Rib Cardi is moving along quite a bit faster (mostly because I just had to pick up stitches to knit those sleeves). DRC will come visit later.

We had a much better week of Lacrosse, even though we played in a deluge on Tuesday and had several injured kids. Puck landed on his hip in camp and had to work through back spasms, we had the "bent" collarbone, and sprained thumb and tonight we had a possible broken hand. That's what happens when you give teens and pre-teens sticks and tell them to get the ball away from the other guy. Tuesday night they tied a Bloomington team 5-5 and tonight they beat Chaska 7-5. Tonight's game was awesome and they played like a bunch of all-stars.

In the meantime, Teen and DH are off to the cabin tonight. Puck and I are rolling out in the morning. Cabin knitting has been declared Empoisonee (now I've the knack of those short-row toes!) I've got some new yarn to show you and hopefully an FO next week so look for me later!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Hey Look!

That's Empoisonee!
(at least, that's the plan.)

Also? I'm quite sad as I just realized it's been a whole week since I posted and I have absolutely no excuse.

I have projects underway and I've been knitting. Promise! I'll even show you progress pictures later in the week!

I've also been at Lacrosse games. Puck's team won their first game, lost their second.

Quick Lacrosse Sportsmanship rant:

1. It is against the rules for the Defensive players to make grunting noises or roar at the Attack players to try to scare/startle them into dropping the balls. It is called UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT!

2. It is against the rules (not to mention common sense), to plow a kid into the grass after the whistle has blown. You will get a penalty. (ALSO? If he's 15 inches shorter than you? Unnecessary.)

3. It is also Unsportsmanlike Conduct to throw a Lacrosse ball into that kid's chest after you have been given a penalty.

4. It is against the rules to bring your stick down onto a player's back when he is on the ground - that is slashing. After the whistle it is unnecessary roughness.

5. When you broke our Middie's clavicle you should have had to forfeit the game.

Those were just the lowlights of our Thursday night game. I don't know what's going to happen to this team, but I know some of the Coaches are taking action in the background. I would actually like to email that coach directly, but I think it would bounce off of a thick head. The kids only act like the adults teach them....

The boys are at camp this week and I've been meeting with CenterPoint Energy getting A/C quotes. Wheee! In the meantime the boys have another game tonight so it's looking like minimal knitting at my house, again! Sigh. I'll get you those pics. Promise.

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Make Sure You Set the Alarm....

Do you ever get out of bed in the morning ready to go right back to bed?


Then you remember; today is the last day of school.

Suddenly, all I want to do is curl up in my chair with my needles and my yarn. I love my boys, but herding them around their Summer tasks is much more exhausting than tending to my own Wintertime tasks. (Sigh.)

At least I had a wonderful sock kit in the mail last week with lots of goodies to play with:

Zen String in "Over the Rainbow"

This is the Oz Sock Club from Woolgirl. There were a few more goodies in the bag (some stickers and a wooden rainbow ornament, but some of those have found homes already.) I forgot to stick the pattern in the photo - It's adorable with a garter ridge toe - but not sure it's what I'll use for this yarn. I may actually dig into my Knitting Socks with Handpainted Yarn book for a pattern to use this yarn.


Copine has headed into sleeve land, it's been perfect for TV time, but there has not been a whole lot of TV this week. The Diminishing Rib cardigan has reached the last six inches of the body, and NOW it is starting to eat up the yarn (and I am still loving this yarn). Acer is on hiatus until one of the other two sweaters is finished up. I have no socks currently on the needles, but Empoisonee is next in line.

Miscellaneous Life Stuff:

Well, the HS boys had their banquet last night, put that season to bed. Today, Puck's team has their first game of the Summer. Teen is reffing (not Puck's game), so we are off for the Youth Lacrosse season. I really wish it wasn't so chilly and damp, but I am grateful for the rain (as is my lawn).

Teen is taking the ACT for reals this weekend and then we are heading to the cabin for a brief weekend stint (back Monday!) I plan on sleeping late with all of the windows open so I can hear the Loons in the morning.

Friday, June 05, 2009


How did I miss this sweater, heck, how did I miss the Summer edition of Knotions!

Now, what is in my stash that would make this sweater?

How quickly do you think I can get this whipped up? Really, really love this.

There was some nasty stuff on my computer this morning. I downloaded a Malware cleaner from malwarebytes.org and it took care of a lot of it. Regardless, I have a lovely tech from Chipheads coming out to make sure there are no lurking problems here. If you type that address in manually, make sure you go to .org and NOT .com because there is more nastiness at the .com address! (The guys at Chiphead made sure to tell me that. Nice guys.)

Thursday, June 04, 2009

It's Sock Innovation For Me!

Pattern: eunice from sock innovation by cookie A. Yarn: Emily Parson Sophie's Toes Color: Rustic Cabin Needles: Knitpicks Harmony DPN's US 1/2.25mm Started: May 7, 2009 Completed: June 3, 2009.

Note: There is errata at the IK web site for this pattern for the heel flap, but I find if I simply reverse the purls and knits on the center panel of the heel pattern chart, and add the purls back into the left-hand panel, it works perfectly. The solution provided by the errata page makes the cables all off-kilter.

Shall we take a closer look:

More like a sculpture than a sock!

Fourth game of the Stanley Cup tonight (go Pens!) and tomorrow evening the EP Girls battle Blake for the state title, and for the boys, Tonka and Eastview will battle it out. (Though I predict EP and Tonka will bring home the titles.)

Now, if my boys can somehow make it through the next few days of Finals, we will have Summer.

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Aw, heck.

I am lucky if I get over here to post once a week!

Well, I promised stash enhancement. It's been absolutely weeks since I've added new sock yarn to the stash.

I was wishing for some Vesper, and this pretty blue-green spoke to me. I got a little Over the Rainbow package today - I'll try to get some pictures tomorrow. Actually, I'll have an FO tomorrow as well!

The 7/8 Lacrosse team has been practicing all week and they have their first game of the season next Tuesday. I'm looking forward to relaxing on the sidelines on these lovely Summer evenings. Teen gets to ref, I don't envy him (it gets REALLY hot on those turf fields in July).

I hadn't mentioned it earlier, but we had some good news about Kona this week (that's our lovely older Chocolate Lab). He had a growth removed from his lower eyelid about a month ago and developed a scratch on his cornea from a piece of suture that got loose in his eye. I was terrified he was going to lose his eye, but the new (very expensive) eyedrop medicine is finally working! We have a big graduation party for my nephew on Saturday, after that, it's cabin time on the weekends!

I'll be the photo queen tomorrow so I'll have a few new posts lined up! (yay!)

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