Thursday, August 14, 2008


After the dye experiment the other day, I felt something I hadn't felt in a while - inspired. Suddenly the world was full of possibilities again. The day seemed brighter, the flowers fresher, books more thought provoking. Ideas blossomed in profusion and so quickly that I scribbled notes about things I love, things I want to see and do. Wish I could bottle this feeling and open it up and take a swig whenever I'm feeling "blah". So happy to have my brain buzzing with new ideas! I've seen a few gorgeous knitting patterns (have you seen "Juno" by Amanda Crawford?) and upon reading some posts by fellow Raveler, knita, I discovered this website for the Victoria and Albert Museum. It is SO cool! I spent many hours pouring over the exhibition pages and designing things on the "To Do" pages. Check it out if you are interested in design, fashion, glass, metalworking, sculpture, jewelry, even knitting! In the knitting sections, you will find vintage patterns, even a free Rowan pattern, the history of knitting, a place where you can share your knits, etc. You can even send an e-card like this one of a Dale Chihuly work.

Just one more reason to visit London someday! :)

Monday, August 11, 2008

Meme and stuff...

Well, I finished the Tangled Yoke Cardigan for my sister and its beautiful. Photos to come once its finishing blocking. All it needs now are buttons! Also finished my halter top, but the strap is wonky. Will probably tink back past the buttonholes, reknit with no buttonholes and then kitchner stitch the sucker together. That might work. Also, I decided to give up on the chevron socks. Just didn't like how they looked or felt on. Reconsidering perhaps using a feather and fan pattern instead, but while I think it over, I started the Combo Corset-T by Annie Modesitt. We had a bag of lovely soft pink Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran that we scooped up at a sale last year at Suzoo's and it would make the perfect compliment to a skirt I've had forever but never had a top to wear with. I plan to use some natural colored Optim that Jerry has spun as lace trim. Lastly, Mr. Twisted and I did another dye experiment and here is the result:

I'm calling it Pansy as it reminds me of them :)

And now, here's the meme. One word answers only please!

1. Where is your mobile phone - purse

2 .Your significant other - Jerry

3. Your hair - overgrown

4. Your mother - gone

5. Your father - Florida

6. Your favourite thing - ocean

7 . Your dream last night - weird

8. Favourite drink - margarita

9. Dream/goal - happiness

10. The room you're in - living

11. Your ex - manipulative

12. Your fear - failure

13. Where do you want to be in six years - happy

14. Where were you last night - home

15. What you're not - rich

16. Muffins - cranberry

17. One of your wish list items - kiln

18. Where you grew up - Salem

19. last thing you did - Blogged

20. What are you wearing - pjs

21. Your TV - Olympics

22. Your pets - yarn

23. Your computer - laptop

24. Your life - good

25. Your mood - creative

26. Missing someone - sisters

27. Your car - old

28. Something you're not wearing - socks

29. Favourite store – TJ Maxx

30. Your summer - quiet

31. Like (love) someone - Jerry

32. Favourite colour - purple

33. last time you laughed - today

34. last time you cried – Monday

35. Who will re post this - Denise

There we go, it's harder than you think, because you want to explain choices and you can't.

Try it yourself if you want!

Monday, August 4, 2008


Hopefully everyone is having a good summer. As for me, the knitting injury (strained shoulder/arm thing) is feeling much better and only acts up a little when I overdo. And god knows, there has been precious little "overdo" in this house lately!

I seem to have more thoughts and ideas than actual knitting content lately. Maybe that's because its summer and its hot and I'm just over it. I dunno. What I do know is that I'm feeling pretty scattered. The Tangled Yoke Cardi for my sis' birthday (8/31!) still needs sleeve extensions and I haven't touched it in three weeks. Started, and have nearly finished, the Magic Halter and it's beautiful, but it needs elastic and buttons and of course, haven't done anything about that. Also started some basic chevron socks with two different colorways of Lorna's Laces and, even though they are nice, I don't feel my usual inner push to finish.

Add to this is the fact that I keep coming up with new projects and adding stuff to my queue and thinking that I'll never do it all and I must be crazy. Yesterday, while hanging up a skirt I've never worn cause there is nothing that goes with it, I thought "hey, that pink Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran is this color! I should make a top with that to match this!" You know what happened next, I rushed to my Ravelry queue to find the perfect top to make with the amount of yarn I have and WHOOSH, new project when 3 are in the unfinished stage.

Anybody who knows me knows this is a bad sign. If I don't finish things before getting involved in something else, chances are good they will never be done! Broke my cardinal rule of finishing one thing before starting another and POOF - I've already lost interest in my three UFO's. Instead of working on said UFO's Sunday, I spent the day making a project bag for hubby's secret pal. Sometimes I forget how much fun sewing is. Then, of course, I started thinking about the skirt never finished and found the panels and started contemplating doing that. Cause you know, right now there just ain't enough unfinished stuff lying around.

I do have to give a shoutout to the one person in my life who is always there for me. He cooks great dinners, knits and spins, figures out how to add cool stuff to my blog (check out the blogroll and WIP progress bars - in PINK, no less!) and is just the greatest hubby a girl could ever have. I am truly lucky to have him in my life. Thank you Jerry for being you :)