Monday, November 20, 2006

Soccer is over, yeah!!! I finally will have time to knit. Soccer consumed about 6 hours of VITAL knitting time every week. Although I am deluding myself that I am just going to sit around and knit for all those hours now. I have many Christmas presents I need to get to work on right away. I am making my kids some Star Wars pjs, with some cute Star Wars flannel I found at Joanns. I also have a Yoda blanket in the queue with some comforter covers that have waited a LONG time. Then there are 2 more pairs of pjs as well as 2 blankets that need to be done by 12/9 for a charity project at the kids school. So yeah... sure I'm going to be knitting all the time now, right? Ha ha.

I will just keep telling myself that I will be knitting soon. I think I miss knitting so much my hands are going through the motions while I sleep....

Friday, November 17, 2006

Time has really gotten away from me. My DD had a birthday party last week that went very nicely. It was at a gymnastics place and I had on my spiffy handknit socks to wander around without shoes on. We had 15 wonderful children running around like lunatics for an hour and 45 minutes. Yaye fun! Between the schools book faire and soccer this week has flown by with me having all of 5 minutes at a time on my computer.

I have squeezed in some knitting on the swallowtail shawl, I have completed 3 out of 5 sections of the pattern. The Belissa cashmere is very nice and soft, but MAN does it REEK like a goat. While I am sitting in a room knitting, I could swear there was a goat sitting next to me breathing on me. I am wondering if that smell is going to go away when I wash it to block it. Other wise my mom's neck is going to be scented with Eau de Chevre that perhaps only mountain men or shepherds will find attractive. The colors are quite nice and the pattern looks great. I am thinking if I finish it in time I will make a few more for Christmas presents out of Alpaca or Merino. It goes along fairly quickly. With out all that soccer taking up my knitting time they should practically fly off the needles.

I have also started a sock for DS in a nifty self striping yellow, black, white and grey that is very soft. I find it humorous that I am making it from and extra skein and leftover I have from making the very first sock I ever made that I made for him. I hope there is enough yarn. I ought to find that sock and reuse the yarn, hmmm.

Hopefully next post will be full of pictures right?

Friday, November 03, 2006

Wow, I have had a SERIOUS lack of time lately and have gotten almost NO knitting done, I am shaking from the withdrawls. I had to finish a 4 page scrapbook layout for a workshop I am doing on Saturday night, and I procrastinated on sewing together DD's Halloween Costume so I was very busy finishing that. It took me 2 hours to sew hair extensions and felt and hairclips into some lovely cinnamon rolls easily applied to the sides of her head. DS went as Darth Vader. They can be seen here together. The Thing is a friend of ours. I have been trying to finish sewing some duvets together, the woman I am doing it for bought the wrong size cuts of material, making this a very interesting process to sew it together. I worked an extra 5 hours at the school this week as well for all the Halloween activities and Red Ribbon Week stuff, plus I had HUGE stack of correcting to do for the teacher in the evenings.

I was SO desperate for some knitting that I finally cast on yesterday in desperation. In my desperate stupor, I used the MOST precious skein in my stash. I started the "SwallowTail Shawl" pattern in Interweave Knits Fall Mag, using that amazing cashmere I won at Full Thread Ahead. It is coming out very pretty and very soft (all 25 rows I have made so far.) I can hardly wait to devote some real time to it and crank it out.

I was happy to recieve my Lacy Knitter's Guild Newsletter. It had a pattern in it I thought was very pretty and just lauds some kind of adaptation into something larger than a doily. Fun fun fun.