Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Non Knitting News...

This is going to be a boring post with no knitting and no pictures, but I just have to share some news I'm very happy about!

First of all I don't think I ever mentioned that the guy who shot my husband was given 20 years by the judge. We were very happy about that. The judge said he wanted to make a point, and I'm very glad he did!

Second of all I have decided to go back part time. I was trying to think of everything I could to work out my schedule so I could be home with my son after school and at least one day during the weekend. I work retail, so it's pretty essential that I be there on the weekend. And especially essential since I was full time. Being full time meant my life was theirs and not my own. So in a way I took my life back. I changed my availability and told them I could no longer work Sundays. It will be less money, but I know I'll be happier. I'll just have to cut back on a few things each week, start cutting coupons, and buying less yarn (eek), but I'm determined to make it work. I'm also planning on putting a few things on eBay, and possibly start an eBay yarn store in the future to supplement my income. Like I said I'm determined!!! :) I said there were no pictures, but I have to post one, the reason for it all....

Bradley and Jake at the zoo

Sunday, August 28, 2005

Thank you Secret Pal!!

My Secret Pal is the best!! She sent me a great package yesterday! It couldn't have come at a better time because I had a very rough day at work, and when I came home and saw the package I almost instantly felt better! She sent the most beautiful, huge hank of Interlacements yarn - Rick Rack II. I cast on for the feather and fan shawl last night. I love how it's coming out!

Interlacements yarn from Secret Pal
The colors are charcoal gray, light gray, and purple... so pretty!

Close up of shawl
A close up of the stitch pattern.

Also included in the package was a cute candle holder and some yummy sour candies. Tied around the yarn was a gorgeous ribbon, here's a pic...

Ribbon and candle holder from secret pal

My pal also revealed to me who she was! She's Amy from Knit it Yourself. As I was reading her blog I realized she expecting! That makes everthing even more wonderful! I mean I couldn't even get off the couch during my first trimester much less put together a package and get it sent off! Thank you for everything Amy! I love it all!!!

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

So far I stink at knitting lace!

Kiri, a beautiful mohair lace shawl.. can't you tell?

I don't know what my problem is, but lace knitting has kicked my butt! I have started and restarted 3 different lace projects with 3 different types of yarn more times than I care to admit! I really want to learn, but I'm just having so much trouble! Argh! Ok, just had to vent. Maybe I'll try one more time??

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

I'm such a slacker!

A blogging slacker that is! I've been knitting, just haven't been keeping up with the blog. I think it's because I have to fight more and more for computer time with the kids! They're only 2 and 5! I can't imagine when they're teenagers. I guess we'll have to have to have a computer for each room!! :) Anyway, I finished all the regular knitting on Jenny...

Jenny Cardigan... almost finished!

I've been working on my second sock pal sock...

Sockpal2za sock #2

And I've been working on my Hourglass Sweater...

Hourglass Sweater... moving right along..

Oh! And I finished the back of my Debbie Bliss Grace Sweater. It's seemed to take forever!!

Back of Grace finished.

Sorry about the poor quality of pictures taken on my carpet at night. No creative photography here. Well, the children are fighting again. Anyone out there have a clue on how to stop little boys from fighting?? I'd better go!

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Wow!! Sorry it's been so long....

I've been having to fight the kids to use the computer lately!! I think I need to get another modem, so they can use the other computer. Well, not much has been going on really. Just working a lot lately. I finally have a day off today. Yeah! Here are some pictures of things I've finished, some yarn I've bought, and some things I'm working on...

Broadripple Koigu Socks
One Broadripple Koigu sock finished for my Sockpal2za pal.

One Skein Wonder - Front
One Skein Wonder - Knit with Debbie Bliss Cashmerino

One Skein Wonder - Back
The back of my One Skein Wonder - Unfortunately it's a little tight.

Jenny Back
The back of Rowan Jenny - Knit with Rowan Handknit DK.

Jenny Back and one side
One front of Jenny with the back - I've decided to make a short sleeve cardi.

Debbie Bliss Alpaca 2 and Artyarns Blue
I went to the The Whole Nine Yarns in Woodstock. I got Debbie Bliss Alpaca 2 book and two skeins of Artyarns Supermerino in a pretty light blue color.

Hourglass sweater
I also started The Hourglass sweater from the Last Minute Knitted Gifts book. I'm using the Purple Cashmerino I bought a while ago. I think I'm going to like it!

Well that's all for now! I'll post more pictures later of some other things I'm working on. I promise to update more often!! :)