Wednesday, November 28, 2007

One scarf, two scarves, three...

Some FO Pic's of Dad's Scarf while it's blocking and straightening...


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Originally uploaded by ponyknit

Pattern: Multi-directional Diagonal Scarf by Karen Baumer
Yarn: Paton's SWS in Natural Blues, used under 3 skeins
Weapons: US9 Knitpicks' circular's
Start: October 2007
Finish: November 2007


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Originally uploaded by ponyknit

I casted on for Airy Scarf from Last-Minute Knitted Gifts by Joelle Hoverson on Friday over the holiday. I had picked up some Crystal Palace Kid Merino from morethanyarn.com a few weeks ago and I thought it would be the perfect gift. I had initially thought of making the Gossamer Shell Scarf from One Skein Wonders for this recipient, but I changed my mind when I saw this pattern. I have two skeins of this Crystal Palace Kid Merino, and the pattern states that one skein makes two scarves, so I may be making more Airy Scarves, a Gossamer Shell Scarf, or something else afterward. A solid color would be better to use for this pattern, but I like the flowing pattern and varied colors. I could use one needle size smaller (US10) instead of the 10 1/2 that I'm using, but I wanted to use Bamboo's and I do not have any in a size 10.


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WWCS Topic of the Week and Some Gingerbread

This week's Winter Wonderland Coffee Swap Topic;
What is the ideal setting for enjoying the perfect cup of coffee? Who would be there - or would you be alone? Inside or out? Morning or night? With food or just the steaming cup of joe?


Like most of the responses I've read this far, it would be in silence. A perfect cup of coffee would be a quiet and still moment in the morning. Outside if it is warm, inside of it is cool. I'm not picky ;) Food would be a bonus. A nice piece of warm banana bread or a biscotti would hit the spot.

I love decorating Gingerbread Houses. If your the same, you have to see this site. Jenny Harris made a virtual house to decorate without the calories and mess ;) Wheee!

Monday, November 26, 2007

Yarn Cake and Mud Pie

Now that I'm recovering from 4 days off from work and the holiday... I should be back to speed with my posting and hopefully overtime with my knitting! I have finished dad's scarf, I will be blocking tonight. I have barely been home long enough to block since I finished it on Wed!
On Friday I went to visit (blog-free) Enid with the lovely Moriah. We had too much fun winding her yarn into cakes, I now really need to invest in a winder. I thought I had upgraded with the Nostepinde that I won, but when you have a lot of winding to do a winder is sooo worth it. Yes, I love the old-school beauty of the Nostepinde, but when I have multiple hanks to wind, I'll be calling up Enid, or better yet, buying my own winder thank-you-very-much. I also casted on for the next gift on my list, the Purl Scarf from Last-Minute Knitted Gifts (Joelle Hoverson). I thought a US size 13 would work, but my gauge turned out to be too tight and I will need to pick up some bigger needles.

Also, here's a cute idea that I found last week for a homemade Thanksgiving... On The Purl Bee Whit's Knits Felted Thanksgiving Knit. It's totally going on my list for NEXT year.

Quick Quiz; Couldn't resist... Can you?

You Are Mud Pie

You're the perfect combo of flavor and depth.
You are overpowering and dominant - and that's what people like about you.
You bring energy and a new direction to most interactions.
People crave you in a serious way. You're that important to them.

Those who like you give into their impulses.
You don't represent reason. You represent pure temptation.
People get addicted to you rather easily.
You offer people a dark side that is very hard to resist.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Thankful

OK ok, I agree my posting has slowed, but my knitting has picked up! I was going to finish my Dad's scarf the other night and I decided to make it just a tad longer. I have the yarn, so why not? I should be binding off tonight. I hope to post soon, and have more progress on my Christmas to-do list over the holiday. I anticipate a few long-ish drives. (Eeek, you all started freaking me out with your mentions of that C-word with mention to some sort of line. Panic ensues... Hopefully that means that I will have good progress to be showing soon!)

Here's this weeks Winter Wonderland Coffee Swap Topic:
The Thursday upcoming is Thanksgiving in the U.S., so let's all - American and not alike! - just share a post with what it is we're thankful for. A wonderful thing to do any time of year, I thought it'd be a nice thing to share for this week with the group!

I am thankful for my friends and family. Without them, I'm not sure what hole I would be in, but I'm not, and I'm thankful these days for that. I've said this before, but I have had a *really* tough few months, and I can't imagine picking my pieces up one by one, without their help. Thank you to each and every one of you, you know who you all are ;)
I am also thankful for the new friends I have made through this blog, the way they have brightened so many tough days, and I look forward to developing those friendships and making new friends throughout the year.

Happy Thanksgiving!!! (Here is a little Animal Science humor)



and last but NOT least, YEAH Lowell!!! Boston IS your home!




Tuesday, November 13, 2007

WWCS Topic of the Week

Winter Wonderland Coffee Swap Topic:

As the cold of winter approaches, do you change the projects you work on? Yes, more geared for "warm" knitting, and especially Christmas gifts. Hopefully I'll get a chance to make something warm for myself after the holidays!

Do you work on gifts for others or do you continue working on projects for yourself? I switched from things for me mixed in with gifts, to exclusively gifts for Christmas.

OTN: Dad's Scarf. Hopefully FO or blocking photo's soon, almost done! Too much traveling/weddings to get some serious knitting time in lately!

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

WWCSQ, Contests and KAL!

WWCS Topic of The Week:
The Winter Wonderland Coffee Swap is having a weekly topic for participants to post. I think it's a great idea. It will get everyone posting and excited about the swap.
Here's this week's topic;

When did you first start drinking coffee? High School, but could only take it with cream and sugar.
What age were you? I'd say right when I started driving, 16.
Was it about the caffeine, or do you love the taste and smell? I loved the smell, and I also wanted the caffeine. (Too much homework and extra-curricular stuff= up late studying)
Tell us how your passion began: Most New Englanders can agree with this one.
Hot weather + Dunking Donuts Large iced coffee= hooked! Nuff said :)

Contests!!!
Stop by and enter, mention you found it here, and we both win!

Cass is having a #333 Post contest. (Ends Sunday Nov 11th)

Knit with KT One Year Later contest (Ends today, 11/7)

Anne at the Bag Lady and The Pro November Contest (Ends Nov. 15th)

KAL: The Christmas KAL
Anna from Knitting Up A Storm started this one, and it' s perfect timing! I'm organizing
last of my Christmas knitting and buying the some more stuff now. (Just found a sale at morethanyarn.com via a link on Ravelry and ordered last night (10% discount from Ravelry also!)) I'm trying to be realistic, and some of it may not be ready right on time for Christmas, but I don't think the recipients will mind a little wait! This is the first year I am gifting knitted gifts, I hope I wasn't too ambitious!

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Postman 2: Me 0

Still at war with the postman, but I got Halloween goodies from my SP! (this time he didn't leave the package at the wrong address, but he just kept the package at the post office and took his time telling me it was there)
I received the package on Halloween, but it took me a little time to post the goodies, I had an out of town wedding this weekend. My SP sent me the usually adorably wrapped gifts, but I wasn't patient enough to take pictures before opening :) Here are some pic's of what was inside; Two adorable hand knitted cloths, one with a skull, the other with a pumpkin.


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She also packed some yummy treats, one skein of P&C, a chocolate skull, ghost notepad, ring pop, and pumpkin PEZ.


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Originally uploaded by ponyknit
Thanks so much SP! I can't wait for you to reveal yourself! Thank you for the Halloween treats! You rock! I am going to keep using the cloths for a little while longer, they're too cute to put away for next year!

Here's a beautiful foliage shot from my commute this weekend. This bridge in Connecticut was called "Hero's bridge."

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Originally uploaded by ponyknit