Thursday, September 24, 2009

Broke Down - Part 3

Perfect Day Yarns 100% Superwash Merino in Crimson Queen
Purchased at The Loopy Ewe

This picture has been hanging out here waiting for the post so I thought I should get it done. The stash is no longer in danger of looking - um - depleted? Yea. Right. Look for a sweater FO soon!

Applied I-cord

Sleeve edge, neckline and bottom of pullover. Cotton-Ease.

How long should it take?


Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Burn, Burn, Burn...

Pattern: Burning Ring(s) of Fire by Kirsten Kapur (free pattern) Yarn: sKnitches Old Syncopation Self-Striping Color: Brownie Needles: Knitpicks Harmony DPN's US 1½ / 2.5 mm Started: September 12, 2009 Completed: September 20, 2009.

Note: This yarn is a bit fuzzy and quite fine - my knitting group thought it looked like an antiqued sock monkey. The socks look really cute on the sock blockers - but these socks looked a little, ahem, risque as they were coming off the needles. The finished product is nice - soft - and I like how they striped (even though they are not matchy-matchy)

The fine line between bragging and being Very Proud of the Offspring:
Did I mention that Teen is now OFFICIALLY a National Merit Scholar Semi-Finalist? Somehow, I have a smart boy. He is one of 16,000 (I think I recall that number) out of 1,500,000 US students that took the PSAT's as a Sophomore. We thought he would be one judging by the results of his test, but they make you wait over nine months for the official announcement. Now he has to keep up his grades, impress his Teachers and his Principal, do well on the SAT, fill out an application and write an essay.

I worked in Advertising for 12 years which lead to my unabashed love of Primetime TV and the Commercial.

My favorite commercial from this weekend during football? Kinko's/FedEx: "I'm sorry Dick Butkus."

Monday, September 21, 2009

Knitting Extrvaganza!

I really only finished one sock this weekend - too much yakety-yak. However, the yarn I purchased is Alpaca, Llama and Sheep! The ball in the bowl is some Crazy Zauberball - just for fun. The other two were some very soft skeins from Blackberry Hills in St. Croix Falls. I'm looking at a hat and scarf up there. Hat in the solid and a scarf in the multicolored.

It was a very enjoyable weekend - a little bit of shopping, a few classes, lots of talking and a nice lunch. DH and the kiddos were up at the cabin, so I had the house to myself when I got home on Saturday night.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Finished Agates.

Pattern: Lace Rib Socks Charlene Schurch and Beth Parrott from The Little Box of Socks Yarn: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock - Lightweight Color: Banded Agate Needles: Knitpicks DPN's US 2½ / 3.0 mm Started: September 1, 2009 Completed: September 10, 2009.

Note: Next time I will use a smaller needle with this yarn. The pattern was quick and easy.

Also? Holy cow! It's been a week since I posted! Errands have been keeping me busy during the day!

And? Go Vikes!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Broke Down - Part 2

Oh heck. I just realized there may be a Broke Down - Part 3. Yikes!

Earthly Hues - 100% Merino Wool! This colourway (must be Canadian, ay?) is called Fallen Leaves and on their label they say: "We use natural, responsibly-harvested dyes!" I just liked the colors. Purchased at The Loopy Ewe - but they've got pretty pictures and lots of information on their website. (Hmm, TLE, where I now have a credit and I can use Paypal; where I have another credit for selling excess project yarn; where they have lots of DIC of all sorts....) I digress. More Broke Down:

How can 100% Merino be spun in so many different degrees of softness? This is Superfine Merino, and it is almost spongy in it's softness. This is the Juniper colorway, and it's hard to tell in my photo, but there is a definite deep evergreen quality to this color. Yum. (Oh yea - by Alchemy.)

More Football this weekend and Lacrosse camp on Sunday for the non-football players this year. I am the carpool driver and plan on knitting while I listen to the Vikings during the Lacrosse camp!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Banded Agate

Did anyone else have the fascination with Agates that my sister and I had as kids? Outings and camping trips and summer vacations were spent looking for the coolest looking Agate. I would have bought this colorway just for the name. (I don't see the color on the website, so this may have been a sock club offering.) Now, looking at it in it's knit form, I definitely see the Agate-like tendencies.

I watched Titans and Steelers play football last night and I knit half a sock. (Umm, in between flipping over to Project Runway - how about those Minnesota boys?) Now that NaKniSweMoDo is winding down, I'm definitely picking up the sock mojo again. I think my family is expecting a basket of socks again at Thanksgiving - I may need to ramp up the sock knitting into high gear.

By the way, SIL has made a full recovery from her ER visit two weeks ago and was very happy to receive her new socks. She is going to visit a specialist today to see if she is eligible for an allergy shot program.

Monday, September 07, 2009

I Broke Down. Part 1

After a couple months of only receiving sock club yarn in the mail, I broke down and ransacked the Loopy Ewe.

Some lovely pink and brown Sknitches Original Tones - this is 100% merino and it is soooo soft.

This is Sugar Bunny Boulevard, again, 100% merino. Again, so soft. This one is hanging on the yarn winder because I can't wait to knit this stuff up.

Tune in later this week for part 2!

In the meantime - I spent the evening doing the travel agent thing last week. Teen insists he does not want to go to college in the Midwest so he and I are taking a trip out to Oregon, Washington and Vancouver over MEA this weekend. Can I help it if I encourage him a little bit? I LOVE it out there. I have not, however, scoped out the yarn stores yet. Do you think I'll have time?

Sunday, September 06, 2009

Just Waiting for my Sixteen Buttons...

Another happy cardigan! Still waiting for a good steam and some buttons. The kids are at school this week and I am going to be a finishing maniac - Copine and Siesta!

Saturday, September 05, 2009


Stickers and magnets and stitchmarkers, oh my!Magnets and pens and a bookmark!

A pattern, a notecard and a luggagetag

A corduroy bag, lined with Dorothy Gail flannel and the best part, of course, Dashing Dachs' Dorothy colorway sock yarn!

I received this almost a month ago, but I never got around to taking photos! This is the second shipment of Woolgirl's Oz Sock Club!

Thursday, September 03, 2009

FO for the SIL!

I can't think of anybody who deserves a treat more than she does right now!

Last weekend DH, SIL, SIL's partner, Teen and I were out 4-wheeling on trails in Northern Wisconsin. After a couple hours riding, we decided to go for one last spin, and after a bit we turned around to head back to the cars and trailers. SIL was riding in front of me and she pulled up to tell me that she had just been stung by an unidentified insect. (She was diagnosed in the ER as allergic to wasp/yellowjacket stings last Autumn and has carried an Epipen ever since.)

So, SIL has never used the Epipen in an emergency situation, and since we were not sure what stung her - we decided to haul butt back to the cars. Upon arrival at the cars, she was already becoming disoriented and said she was "seeing spots". We had her sit in the back seat of the car while her partner tried to figure out how to use the Epipen - it only took a minute so we got that medicine into her. SIL was still very disoriented and tried to get out of the car, I tried to grab her and turn her around into the backseat of the SUV and she collapsed in a dead faint at my feet!

People! I was terrified - and my poor DH was in tears! She was wheezing and I could not lift her on my own! I held her and tried to keep her calm and make sure she was breathing. Eventually, the guys had gotten one of the cars turned around and the two men and I had to carry her and maneuver her into the back seat again! Partner and I drove the 25 miles to the nearest hospital - she was awake but very groggy and disoriented the whole way. As a society, we hear Anaphylactic Shock all the time nowadays, I always just thought, well you just need to carry an Epipen! Well, I can tell you that the Epipen is only the beginning! She had an IV with Benadryl, steroids and some sort of blocker at the hospital. (Also? We should have popped her with the Epipen IMMEDIATELY, waiting until we got to the car could have been that life and death decision.) The hospital sent her home after a couple hours, but there were moments during that evening that I was so frightened I thought I was going to throw up.

SO ANYWAY! Socks for the SIL! Shock Socks, as it were:

Pattern: TTL Mystery Sock by Kristin Kapur Yarn: Knit One Crochet Too Ty-Dy Socks from Yarn4Socks Color: #1289 Red Orange Needles: Knitpicks Harmony DPN's US 1 1/2 /2.5 mm Started: July 24, 2009 Completed: August 30, 2009.

Note: My SIL loves this sock pattern, squishy and warm for her cold Wisconsin feet (especially in the ER!)

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