Friday, February 29, 2008
Because there's a lot of snow left, and we got three more inches overnight, Paulette, her sister and I are going snowshoeing in Peninsula State Park in Door County. And then to lunch in Fish Creek and in search of yarn shops after that. Gotta find the yarn stores.
My headband is finished:
To keep the cast off edge stretchy, I used a sewn bind off. Every other bind off stitch, I picked up a stitch from the back of the Noro part of the headband, to keep the lining and outside together. It sure feels warm! It'll probably get a test drive tomorrow.
I started the pink Lorna's Laces Shepherd Worsted mittens on my break:
I was going to use a pattern with a cable up the back of the hand, but decided this yarn was too busy for that and went with a plain mitten.
I sure am cranking the knitted items out. No wonder I'm tired.
Jeffy has the right idea--when in doubt, nap!
Thursday, February 28, 2008
The lining is not original to the pattern. It sure made it nice and warm.
I started on the headband last night at Knit Night.
I made up the pattern. It is heavily borrowed from the Spiral Rib hat I made in 2006. I just stopped it at headband size. When it got to as big as ear-covering size, I purled one row to use as a turning row and I dropped the Noro and started using Debbie Bliss Cashmerino. I am doing 2X2 ribbing on the inside lining so that it is as stretchy as the outside.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
I got the Wavy Gravy hat done last night. I'm working on the lining now. It should be done this week. If I didn't have a meeting this evening, I could finish it. I normally would knit during a meeting, but since I am the secretary of the Labor Council, I suppose that would be frowned upon, since I'm supposed to be taking notes. Darn it.
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Then I started this hat:
It's a pattern called Noro Wavy Gravy one skein Kureyon--except I'm making it in Silk garden to go with the scarf above. I'm going to line it in light pink Nashua Handknits Creative Focus Worsted. Hey, it's cold here.
Here are pics of the yarn from yesterday:
The yarn on the left is the Handmaiden Sea Silk and the yarn on the right is the Noro Kureyon. I also found enough leftover lavender Debbie Bliss Cashmerino in my stash to line the headband with.
Here are a couple of views of the giant snow piles in Copps grocery store parking lot:
It makes my car look really teeny. I hope we won't be adding too much more to it. I hear we're only supposed to get about an inch or so tomorrow.
Saturday, February 23, 2008
It was a warm day of snowshoeing. I wished I had a headband instead of a hat. Soooooo, being the knitterly person I am, I bought a skein of Noro Kureyon at the yarn store to make one. I even made up a pattern in the car on the way home. It's going to be based on the spiral rib hat I made and I am going to line it with Debbie Bliss Cashmerino, to ward off the Noro scratchiness and to make it a little warmer in the ear area.
I also bought a skein of Handmaiden Sea Silk in the rose garden colorway. I love, love, love this yarn and have been secretly lusting after it for a while. I am going to make myself a lovely lace scarf with it. For those of you who are on Ravelry, check my queue for what pattern I am going to use for it. Will post pics of the new purchases tomorrow if I have time. I have slacked off enough today and really need to clean the house before I go to bed. So, ta ta for now!
Friday, February 22, 2008
Thursday, February 21, 2008
This is my office in the Music Library:
I am taking an hour of vacation at the end of today to go up to Iris Fine Yarns in Appleton. Must. Buy. More. Yarn. Like I really need more. What I'm going up there for is to see if they have one more skein of Noro Silk Garden to make a hat with. And DPNs to make mittens. Wish me luck that they have 1 more skein in color no. 233.
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
On top of everything, my back hurts something fierce today from all the snow shoveling. I stayed home from work because of it (except to leave the house to vote and, of course, get a mocha). When I could find a comfortable way to sit, I got lots of knitting done:
The scarf is currently 41 inches long. I'm shooting for around 66-70 inches.
I got a yarn ball winder for Valentine's Day from Paulette. I put it to it's first use this evening.
This sure beats winding by hand! Woo hoo. The yarn is Lorna's Laces Shepherd Worsted Multi, soon to be mittens for me. I'm making them to go with the above scarf and the hat I mentioned a couple of days ago.
Welcome to the tunnel of snow AKA our driveway:
Our driveway is about 100 feet long. We've had 65 inches of snow since Dec. 1. No wonder my back hurts.
Monday, February 18, 2008
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Saturday, February 16, 2008
The winter storm watch is now a warning for 10-12 inches of snow tomorrow. I'm staying home all day, except to go out for church and a mocha.
Maybe I'll make a lot of progress on the scarf.
Friday, February 15, 2008
Of course, I had time after the meeting to find a yarn store down there. I went to Prairie Junction in Sun Prairie and bought this:
Gotta love the sock yarn.
I made good progress during the meeting on the mosaic scarf:
I gave up VIP passes to see Barack Obama to go to my meeting. :( But, I get paid mileage for going to my meeting and don't have to use vacation. Greed comes first, I guess. I hear it was quite the crowd--6000 people were crammed into our sports center.
We are waiting for the next winter storm--there's a winter storm watch for Sunday. The forecast is for 7 inches this time.
I am going snowshoeing someplace tomorrow. I need to talk to Paulette's sister about it yet. Paulette is not well enough from her cold to go out snowshoeing.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Which I am proudly wearing today.
There's a heavy snow warning for today--the snow is never going to stop here. With Easter so early, I better start knitting woolies for Easter and not put my boots too far away.
Yesterday when I came into work, I looked at the trees on the way into the building. In one of them was hung a rope swing. Apparently the students were busy the evening before. I took a picture of it, but you can't really see it very well. Always the party pooper, I called Facilities Management to have it removed. It's bad for the tree and some little kid could get hurt on University property. Hey, I'm on the Health and Safety committee at work and that's a dangerous risk.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
This is in the Copps grocery store parking lot. It's on the way to one of the driveways (and to Starbucks). This picture doesn't do it any justice at all--it's forkin huge. It's about half the size of my Cavalier. It sure took them long enough to rope this and it's friends off.
My niece, Melissa, was complaining that I don't give Churchill enough face time on my blog. Here's a picture of him sleeping on Paulette's bed:
Don't disturb the sleeping beast.
Paulette and I spent the evening at church weeding out books from the library--like we don't get enough library action at our actual jobs. But I digress. Anyhow, we got it down to two tubs of books--from about 9 or so. It's amazing the amount of junk there was. Does a church library really need a book on how to fold paper airplanes? I don't think so. And really, how many Bishop Sheen books do we really need? We threw them all out. Like, get with the times here. I also don't think we need almost the entire "Chicken soup for blah blah blah" series. I could use a double mocha after doing all that. On the up side, it only took us two hours. I thought it would take a lot longer. Now we just have to go the St. Mary's worship site and do the same thing. Three of our parishes have been consolidated into one, so there's alot of work to do to make us all one big happy family.
Paulette's amaryllis is blooming.
Sorry it's blurry. I'm tired.
I finished one half of the patriotic scarf at lunch today. I have to string about eleventy-million more beads on the yarn again, which isn't happening tonight any more. So, I started the next scarf in the lineup. It's another mosaic scarf made with pink Nashua Creative Focus Worsted and variegated Noro Silk Garden yarn. Didn't take a picture of it yet. Maybe tomorrow.
Monday, February 11, 2008
Sunday, February 10, 2008
I started knitting a new scarf yesterday:
Friday, February 8, 2008
Tomorrow I am: going snowshoeing in the morning, coming home and changing clothes, going to yarn stores with Paulette's sister and niece and knitting. My kind of day!!
It's supposed to be really cold on Sunday. I am knitting and going to the mall in Appleton on Sunday, so that I can stay indoors.
Thursday, February 7, 2008
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
All that snow would have significantly interfered with Knit Night tonight and we just can't have that. My sock is coming along swimmingly.
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
I'm supposed to go to a meeting at church this evening, but that may not be happening. Oh well, if I don't go, there's more time for knitting.
I began the heel on sock #2 at lunchtime. Oh boy!
Happy Mardi Gras!
Monday, February 4, 2008
I am very happy the Giants won the Superbowl. I didn't want the Patriots to go out with a perfect season, because no one is perfect. It was a good game. We had ribs and football cookies during the game--nummy.
The cats just hate football. They especially hate it when you start yelling at the television. Funny, they don't hate political stuff as much and I probably do just as much yelling at the television then. Go figure.
Saturday, February 2, 2008
Now I can move on to the socks I began for me in November, before I started the Christmas knitting.
It's different knitting socks for me. I mean, I can try them on and make sure they fit.
Other than the knitting, nothing much exciting is happening here. Jeffy and Churchill are happy their mommies are both home. It's snowing out. A perfect day for knitting!