Friday, June 27, 2008

It's Friday again and I'm sitting in our boat, watching tv and writing this. I got to Cedar Point about 4:30 after a 'state patrol infested' drive I didn't get a ticket! Parker left for home shortly after I got here, after a day of (trying to) fish for walleye.

From our boat, we can see one of the BIG roller coasters. Bill noticed that the line wasn't very long, so we walked into the park so he could ride it. I grabbed my needles/yarn and sat on a bench while he got in line. Must admit, it was the 1st time I knitted in an amusement park. I later took it along with me to dinner. So...since I've gotten here, I started and completed a facecloth using KnitPicks Cotlin. I plan to use it in the shower in the morning.

Last night, being alone in the house all evening, I sat on my butt and got caught up on Days of Our Lives (had over a week's worth to watch) and knitted all evening. It really is nice to be in my house alone and be in control of the remote and be lazy!!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

I love how my KnitPicks sockblanks dyeing turned out! It really worked well to divide the design in half. Makes the cuff/heel different from the feet. I will definitely be making more. Next time I might make a baby sweater with the sockblanks.
Not much going on here. I never got the socks started that I'd planned. My car ride to Cedar Point last Friday consisted of me working on a (2-colored patterned) dishcloth, listening to KnitPicks podcast on the ipod and napping. Once there, we needed a WallyWorld trip and I picked up some cotton Peaches & Cream (worsted), which has now become my new favorite. It's sooo soft and cheap. I started (and since have completed) a Baby Kimono jacket from the Mason-Dixon Knitting book. Definitely will be making that one again. Good thing my kids' friends are having babies.

Last night I finished my 4th dishcloth since the weekend, which I really needed. My favorite pattern is CO 25, do some sort of pattern, or just garter stitch, and make it square. I love the smaller size. I usually make them in white or cream since I'm a 'bleach freak' but made these in dark colors. We'll see if I can stand NOT to bleach them!

I'm off to Cedar Point again this weekend but, unfortunately, I'll be driving up myself so no knitting on the trip. Bill and Parker are going up Thurs. afternoon and are going fishing on Friday (with my boss and his son) so I'll head up after work on Fri. Since Parker's driving home either Fri. night or Sat. he'll take my van so I'll at least get some knitting time in on the ride home. We've got friends coming up on Sat. (more fishing) but I'll have the sticks/strings not pole/line. My theory is for what a fishing license costs, I can buy that much in yarn! Weather permitting, we're going to Put In Bay for dinner Sat. night, which should be fun.


Reality has set in...I'm off to work.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Well Crap...I'm going to have to 'frog' my entire green summer top. The yarn was way too soft and flowing (seemed to stretch) and I just don't have the boobs to fill it up! My gauge was perfect, just too drapey of a finished product. Now I'll have to figure out what to do with the yarn since it was sooo nice to knit with. A new search for a different yarn, using the same pattern I just finished, since I love the pattern I did. I just knew it was going together to well!!!

I started on another top (Interweave Knits) using KnitPicks Cotlin in 'Creme Brulee' and so far, so good. It's a rather challenging pattern in that I've got to PAY ATTENTION to the pattern...not one I can aimlessly knit while in front of the tv. Definitely need lots of markers for the pattern repeat. Better luck with this one.

I'm finally making it to the boat this weekend so I'll be needing to get a pair of socks started since they are the perfect small project to carry with me everywhere. Think this time I'll do 2-at-a-time-on-1-needle. The weather forcast for Cedar Point is perfect so don't know if I'll get much done except on the car ride there. I get off work early so it will be a nice weekend getaway.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

We just got back from Athens and Parker's graduation. (pictures at end of blog) The keynote speaker was awesome! It was Peter King, writer for Sports Illustrated and Ohio University alumni. His speech was short, to the point and had everyone listening to every word. Now all Parker needs to do is take the CPA exam and find a job! It was sooo much fun moving him out of his apartment. He thought he had until tomorrow, but had to be out today. Of course, he wasn't ready but we did manage to get everything loaded up before we headed home. He'll be home tomorrow (had to have one last night partying with his friends) and will have fun unpacking everything.

I managed to get the back of my summer top done on the trip down to Athens, only to realize I forgot to switch to smaller needles for the last 5 rows. Guess I'll be busy frogging, might even do it out by the pool. Hoping to have it blocked and ready to wear to work next week. Yeah!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Ahhh...the weather is sooo nice today. Marshall came over for dinner and we sat outside and ate. I just brought the laptop out and am sitting on the deck, looking at the very inviting pool. Water temp is a nice 82 today so I might have to take a dip later.

I got the front of my 'Emerald Seas' top done and it looks awesome. Started on the back (3 times before I counted right) and it's coming along. Don't know how much I'll get done this week, but will be heading to Athens on Saturday for Parker's graduation so I'll get hours of knitting in. I am hoping to have it completed by the end of the weekend. Still haven't decided what my next project will be but I'm getting tired making socks (but they are a good car riding project to have on hand at all times). I really like knitting with the Debbie Bliss yarn and might have to order some more from for something else. Summer tops are almost like 'instant gratification' they get done so quickly.

I'm off to work on cleaning out Parker's closet so he can have room for all his stuff. I'm sure I'll make at least one trip to the 'donation box' right down the street. I'm sure he won't miss a thing!

Thursday, June 5, 2008

I got several inches of my summer top done today at the hairdresser while my hair was cooking. I found the pattern, Emerald Seas, on knitty and it's looking pretty good. I was telling David (said hairdresser) about the purses Jan & I designed on my trip to Phoenix. When I told him she was going to be selling the patterns on her website, he said we should make them...saying we could probably get $1,000-2,000 for an original design, sewn up. WOW...if anyone out there knows of someone who would like us to sew up an original bag for that...PLEASE let me know, I'll even ship it free!!

Tomorrow after work I'm heading to Athens (Ohio) to take Parker (child #3) to dinner, shop at the bookstore (don't know if I'll ever get back to Athens) and bring back a load of stuff...probably all dirty clothes! He graduates next Saturday (Ohio University) and this will enable him to fit the rest of his stash in his car when he comes home. Oh, I'm psyching myself up to having a child return home and messing up my domain. Let's hope he finds a job, saves $$ and moves into an apartment soon!! (really...I will love having him around for awhile)

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

We had a party at work today and I definitely suffered from 'sugar/carb overload! Ate waaayyy too much pizza and cake, which made me very lazy when I got home. Therefore, I didn't do much when I got home except finish a book, spend time on and eat some strawberries that DH went and picked. Better luck tomorrow!

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

I just designed another to sew up the proto-type and send pictures to my sister, Jan. She and I designed several bags while I was in Phoenix visiting her over Memorial Day. Boy, did we do good! Her website is under construction, planned to be up and running this month. Check it out and see the purses we did (my favorite was the 'Vacation Bag'), along with her other original designs.
One of my passions is knitting. I'm constantly working on numerous projects and always have at least one pair of socks on needles. I change from dpn to long circulars, doing 2-socks-a-one-time-on-1-needle (this way, both socks are the same size!).

This week I started on a lime green summer top for myself, having found the pattern on Knitty. When I'm more organized I'll post pictures.