Not In The Stars

I did not get as far as I would have liked over the weekend.  But I did finish both sleeves and I made a start on the body.  So that is good.  I have to pause at the end of each section since I’m knitting both sides at the same time.  This is a first for me, so I have to remind myself not to start the next row until I’ve finished the other half.  I’ll get used to it.  Of course, about the time I get the hang of it, I’ll be knitting in the round. :-P

The Best Laid Plans…

Well, my schedule has fallen by the wayside a bit over the last couple of weeks, but I’m going to jump right back in and get it knocked out.  Today’s goal?  2 sleeves (they’re cap sleeves, completely doable) and the beginning of the body.  It starts off with the two sides being knit at the same time, then combined in the round for most of the piece, then flat from arm holes on.  I don’t want to say that I think it will be an “easy” piece, that is just asking for trouble, but I’m hoping that it will move quickly.

Once I actually get started on it…maybe…

How are your goals progressing?

Welcome Back, Kotter

On the 24th of last month, I got up early, got ready, and went to see my sister.

Las Vegas Blvd

That’s right, I got to spend over a week in Vegas.  And it was a blast, as usual.  Originally, I had made the plan last spring to go out and visit my sister for her birthday (which was the 25th).  At first, it was just going to be me.  Then Mum decided she wanted to go, followed by my brother and his girlfriend.  My poor BIL was inundated with the In-Laws; we somewhat overran their house.  (My father and his wife will be headed out today as well, but they will be staying in a hotel.)  At least we were a bit spread out so there were only 2 days where everyone was at the house at the same time.  It worked out.

We went to Springs Preserve for a little bit and saw the butterfly exhibit.

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From the roof we got to see a wonderful view.  Including a crazy storm as it slowly made it’s way across the valley.

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We had some great food and drinks,

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Tooled around with the top down,

Paris

Went shopping, and had some all around good times.

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I even got my knit on and some reading in.

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I think I'm going to rip this back, go with something smaller.

I think I’m going to rip this back, go with something smaller.

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(Of course, I often forgot to take pictures of things and even forgot the camera upon occasion.  That’s usually how I roll.)

Overall it was a wonderful trip and I’m so glad I got to go.  I didn’t really want to come back home and to work.  I hope to be able to visit again soon.

Maybe February. :)

(It took me way longer than it should to post this, but I finally got it done. :))

Just Like Indiana Jones…But Not

This weekend I went on a fabulous adventure.  Danger, excitement, booby traps, volatile natives, and digging for forgotten treasure…  

Not really, except for the “digging for forgotten treasure” part.  I went through my stash this weekend and found quite a bit of yarn that I had completely forgotten about.  It’s almost like Christmas.  I may have even found some for a Christmas present which would save quite a bit of money if it works out.  I’ll let you know soon.  So I guess technically, I have now started a Christmas present a couple of weeks ahead of schedule.  Yay Woo!

I also found this lovely skein of a DK weight yarn in these beautiful purples.  I have no idea what it is because the band is missing, but I do know it’s about 200 yards and one of the softest yarns I’ve ever felt.  There was also a hidden 200 yard ball of Cashmere-blend DK weight in gray that I was going to used for a present a couple of years ago, but decided to go with something else.  I can’t wait to get started with them.  I think I’ve even figured out what to do with them.

If you haven’t been through your stash lately, now is definitely the time if you need to come up with something as a last minute Christmas present.

I Love It When a Plan Comes Together

Here is an update on how my schedule is fairing: very well, if I do say so myself :)  I’ve almost finished another present, one that isn’t on my schedule to be completed until next month.  My To Do list has both grown and shrunk for the month, but all of the items left have been taken care of.  I only removed 3 items from the list and that was because they either didn’t fit into the budget this month, or I didn’t really need to buy them.  (Luxury items can be removed from the To Do list at any time without repercussions.)  For obvious reasons, I cannot post any pictures, as yet.  But there will be plenty when it is “safe” to do so.

2 months down, 2.5 to go.  Next month, buying more yarn and making more presents.

Here is a sneak peek at one of the presents:

Yarn

 

I really like that color combo.

Jupiter Must Currently Be Aligned With Mars

I actually did a swatch this weekend.  I know!  Craziness.  But since I am embarking on a new project, that is lace and requires beads, it seemed the prudent thing to do.  So I got the swatch all knitted up with the beads, which were pretty easy to incorporate and pulled out the blocking mat.

Fiori without flash

Fiori swatch without flash

I’m not sure if you can see it, but over on the far right of that picture is a rather large hole that is not supposed to be there.  I accidentally snapped the yarn in that one spot while I was blocking it.  That is the first time that has happened to me, and I can only be thankful that it was the swatch and not the actual shawl.  The beads are somewhat hard to see in this picture, there are only 2 different types.

close up of beads

I ended up choosing the bottom five.  They are lighter, metallic looking, and when you look at them a certain way, they have a slight blue cast to them.  I really like them and I think they will work out well.  Once that was decided I got it started.

Beginning

For this pattern, Romi has you do a belly button cast on.  It’s interesting.  I think I prefer Emily Ocker’s.  It is less of a hassle, at least to me.  But it’s better to have tried it and find out, than never try new things.

So, off I go to continue my new project.  At least until the new yarn arrives.  Some of it should be there when I get home :)

Who Wouldn’t Be Excited?

So, I’ve ordered some yarn recently (shocking, I know).  Some of it is for presents, some of it is not.  (The “not” is yarn that I purchased as a birthday present to me.  My birthday was last month.)  I need to work on presents right now, so of course, the first bit of yarn I receive is the yarn not for presents.  But it is very exciting all the same.  You get home, find the package waiting for you and it’s like Christmas, even though you bought it yourself.  It’s still something fun and exciting that you get to open.  So I open up my package and there was this:

Miss Babs

 

Isn’t it lovely?  It is 1250 yards of hand dyed 100% Tussah silk yarn from Miss Babs.  It’s more than I ever spent on one hank of yarn since I started knitting, but I think it’s wonderful.  It’s a little more purple than I expected, but I think it will look lovely as this.  All I need are the proper beads and I’m ready to start.  I mean, I don’t have the other yarn for the presents yet.  Might as well fill my time with something new.  Right?