Thursday, August 31, 2006


Taking a little roadtrip to see the fam this weekend. Actually I'm going to a family reunion on my father's side. My mother says it should be illegal for that many West's to be in one place at one time. Did I mention they have been divorced since I was 4??

My dad has 12 or 13 siblings, I can never keep track. A couple have passed on and now they are all starting to get older so it's time for another reunion. I'm going alone; I think my husband is afraid they'll string him up for being a "Damn Yankee." I don't mind so much, we've been getting on each other's nerves lately so a little break will be a nice. Although, I can't knit when I drive by myself so that kind of stinks.

I'm trying to design my first pattern. Keep your fingers crossed. I'll keep you posted on the progress. Have a great holiday weekend everyone!

Sunday, August 27, 2006

I knit therefore I am

Okay, so I didn't knit a lot but at least I got back into the groove. I made my DH a couple of dishcloths, Grandma's favorite and a Missouri one.

I decided to attend a local knitting group that I had seen posted a few times on Knitter's Review forums in a town a little north of me. I popped into the Starbucks there and there were 2 knitters already present (Hi Holly!.) They made me feel very welcome and it was really nice to knit with someone again and be able to just hang our and knitspeak for a couple of hours. The group usually meets every other Thursday night but won't meet for another month due to vacation plans. I am definately going to try and go again. No word yet on if my other knitting group is going to reconvene after Labor Day.

Thursday night I was able to finish up the leg of my second sock on circs and have begun the heel flap. Once again, my socks don't match. (he he) They are a gift for my mom so I hope she doesn't care that much.

I still have yet to finish my OSSP knitted item. It was supposed to be there by the end of August; I have a feeling I am going to miss that deadline. I never heard if she even received my second package so I doubt she's waiting by the door for the third. I haven't joined any more swaps and I'm not sure if I will. I liked this one, but I just don't have time to knit as much as some others so I feel bad when I can't make a deadline.

Sunday, August 20, 2006

No Knitting in Progress

I haven't been knitting. It's too hot, I'm too tired. I hope to knit again soon. I need to finish something. Hopefully I will post a FO in the near future.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Warning - Picture heavy post

What have I been doing this week? Some knitting, some shopping, and making stitch markers.

A couple of years ago I jumped on the beading bandwagon. I made several things but since I'm not a big jewelery wearer, they just kind of sat around my house. After seeing a lot of cute stitch markers on knitting blogs, I thought, hey, I can do that! So I broke out the ol' bead stash and set to work. I had never wrapped wire before because believe it or not, I am a 29 yo woman without pierced ears and had never made earrings before. My first wire wrapping is not great as you can see (or not with the crappy pics) with the purple stitch markers but by the time I got to the blue ones, I think I got better.

Purple Stitch markers

Blue Heart Stitch markers

Blue Stitch markers

I still have castonitis as well. I have continued to make progress on the second sock for my mom on the circs but have also started some socks for me on my new Crystal Palace Bamboo needles size 2.

As well as a hat for me...

And a scarf. I ripped the scarf out and redid it bc I swear that the pattern was only for 1 skein but was much longer. I think I am still casting on too many stitches or using too large of needles so I think it will be frogged again in the near future.

Since it has been over 100 degrees F here everyday, I have also managed to clean out my makeup drawer (some of that stuff has been in there since college I think) and do a little shopping during our tax free weekend. Wouldn't you know that the AC at the mall was on the fritz and everyone around here has been hot tempered including DH and myself. I can't wait for cool weather. I'm dreaming of sweaters and wool socks.