Tuesday, April 29, 2008

As promised...

Here is my exciting news: Maddie and I are going to do the MS walk this Sat at City Park and are honored to be on the MIX 100 sponsored team. They took applications from different teams participating in the walk and chose my friend Liz's sister Hannah's team "I Sold My Soul For Rock and Roll and Now I have MS" to be the official Mix 100 team. We are so excited to be a part of this event. We have done the walk previously but it has been a couple of years since the last one. We are both still $250 away from our goal of $300 in donations so if you would like to donate here is the official team page. Thank you so much to those who have already contributed to this worthy cause.

And for the perspective. Often in life we talk about the "big" things and not sweating the small stuff, and ponder what is truly important. Recently a dear friend of mine lost everything she owned in a house fire. Fortunately her family escaped with only minor injuries. These are the big things, the ones we love. Everything else we possess is fleeting, but our friends, family and loved ones are truly what matter and often we forget what our priorities should be. I can't imagine how incredibly tough it must be to lose family pictures, baby books etc, but I am so thankful that they are all unharmed. If you would like to help them out please send me an email and I can direct you on how. Give everyone you love a big hug and remember what the big things are in life.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Whew, a minute to pause

Wow it has been a busy week. Swimming lessons, ice skating lessons, ice show practices, orchestra camp, field trips, play groups....on and on it goes. But in there I have managed to fit in a bit of knitting. I am almost done with the cuff of my Sock for Veronik. I am really liking the pattern and think it does indeed look nice with the variegated yarn. I did get a bit side tracked the other night and cast on these socks after reading this tutorial. I have been wanting to do the Turkish cast on again and also try two at once on one circular, and the tutorial took advantage of both techniques. I am using some Paton's Merino given to me by Nicole. Socks sure go fast when using worsted weight yarn. I think I am going to make them knee highs, perfect for wearing with boots.
The rest of my spare time has been spent making these stitch markers to go with the newest Cat Bordhi book. I have a lot of outstanding orders to fill for them and have been trying to get them all done asap. I should have some going out Monday! Ugh, I hate falling behind.
I did take a break tonight and whipped up this jewelry set. I bought the porcelain beads at Joanne's today after the orange color grabbed my attention. I paired them with some sterling beads and I'm not sure what the black beads are but I like them.
I also found these cute little critters in the garden dept. At less than $2 a piece who could not give them a new home.
Ooh and look at this cute Atenti purse I found on ebay. It is just the right size for socks, although I have used it as a reg. ole purse for most the week.
And alas I am not the only one who is exhausted. Little A fell asleep the other night playing Xbox (and before I had the chance to make his bed w/ new clean sheets).

Next: as promised my exciting news and the perspective I mentioned earlier.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

I saw this on Nicole's blog and couldn't resist old Myer Briggs. Although I must say I am not unselfish, I want all the yarn in the world for ME ME ME!!! Oh and I would be a good politician if it not for all those skeletons. hee hee.

You Are An ENFP
The Inspirer

You love being around people, and you are deeply committed to your friends.
You are also unconventional, irreverent, and unimpressed by authority and rules.
Incredibly perceptive, you can usually sense if someone has hidden motives.
You use lots of colorful language and expressions. You're quite the storyteller!

In love, you are quite the charmer. And you are definitely willing to risk your heart.
You often don't follow through with your flirting or professed feelings. And you do break a lot of hearts.

At work, you are driven but not a workaholic. You just always seem to enjoy what you do.
You would make an excellent entrepreneur, politician, or journalist.

How you see yourself: compassionate, unselfish, and understanding

When other people don't get you, they see you as: gushy, emotional, and unfocused

Friday, April 18, 2008

Pretty in Pink!

Yay Spring! How I love thee let me count the ways and finish before it starts snowing again. Today is a beautiful day and I felt the need to express it on my toes. Little things like this make me happy. I went to my reg. nail salon, Elvis Nails, and lo and behold they had just purchased some new pedicure chairs. I was merely going to get a re-base, but that was just too tempting. So I broke down and indulged in a deluxe pedicure. One hour of pure heaven. So now my toes are all ready for spring. I am not even a pink person but it just fit my mood so well. And then when I arrived home this cute new Atenti bag I bought was waiting on my doorstep. I wish you could make it out a little better in the picture, but the plastic reflects the light.
Here is an up close of one of the sassy girls in the print. It also has rhinestones speckled through out.
And it pulls open to reveal a lush hot pink satin lining and a little pocket perfect for notions. I love my new bag, it's just so adorable!
Enjoy Spring!
eta: Oops I guess you caught me falling off the wagon. And all that talk on my last post about being good. Wait til you see the other one on it's way!
p.s. Some really exciting stuff is going to be coming up on my blog, as well as some perspective. Stay tuned.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Last Friday I was so lucky to get this great package in them mail from Jennifer T. She had me in the FCS3. We were having some problems with her emails landing in my junk mail folder but she still managed to do some detective work and find all sort of great goodies for me!This pencil roving is such pretty shades of orange (one of my fave. colors) and I can't wait to try it out. I had been wanting to give pencil roving a try. I also love the Aracunia and the Koigu, also a first, I would love some suggestions for the Koigu, I may have to peruse my One Skein Wonders book.
I swear, it was as if Jennifer was in my head. I have been dying to get a yarn themed stamp and also wanting to try this soak since I saw it in Buena Vista. The buttons are super cute too.
I love these note cards, so versatile. Also some great scrapbooking swag as well.

Oooh pretty beads, not sure if I will make some jewelry or stitch markers. Perhaps both.
And she definitely must of read my wine posts. Isn't this so pretty? Thank you so much Jennifer, you did awesome!
Also last week I made a trip to get Maddie some new Converse at DSW. Well I was quite fortunate to see that they were giving away a free tote with purchase. Not a bad bag for free, and a very useful size too. I had to forward the email from them to dh to ensure him that indeed I did not purchase another bag. I'm trying to be really good so I get the Atenti weekender I am coveting for Mother's Day. So good in fact that I passed on the tdf gorgeous black patent leather mary jane peep toe pumps by Ellen Tracy. I saved my money for the trip we made Sunday to Colorful Yarns. There I purchased some gorgeous Hand Maiden Sea Silk and the Interweave Holiday issue.
I just cast on this pattern "Socks for Veronik" out of the Interweave Holiday issue.

I am using the Panda silk I recently purchased. Not sure if I stitch pattern will show in the variegated, but we will see.

Knit on!

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Meanwhile in other crafty arenas...

While my Aunt Esther was visiting from Las Vegas we spent a relaxing Sat. morning creating cards. This first one is a thank you card.A jolly Happy Birthday Card.
And my favorite, a just because card.
Hee Hee, this should be my motto.
Also my mother has been making purses from placemats. Aren't they adorable?
These are the two I picked from the half dozen or so she had made.
As for my time currently, I have been quite busy making stitch markers. I'll soon post some pictures of a few of the fun ones. I also managed to add all my sock yarn to my stash in Ravelry. I can see now just how long of a process it will be to add my entire stash. I guess a little at a time and I'll slowly get it done.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Knitting Getaway Part Two

(because I have no self restraint)
I really don't think I purchased that much, I mean if you consider that sock yarn doesn't count.
Our first stop was Knit Knack, soon to be Knit Nook in Conifer. They carried this great Maizy sock yarn,a corn fiber/elastic blend, (the pinks and the khakis) which Nachaele had previously used to make some adorable socks and highly recommended. (now upon perusing Nachaele's blog and all her recent purchases I think mine look respectable). I also bought some of the Panda silk (the purple) which is a soft bamboo/merino/silk blend. I am going to use the single balls to do the toes, heels and cuffs like Nachaele did.

I also purchased this soft as butter Blue Sky Organic Cotton in a lovely rich brick color to make the tank pattern pictured. I can't wait to wear this in the summer.
On the first visit to Serendipity I found this beautiful pattern in the Louisa Harding Summer Classics Book.
Which I intend to make in this color of Louisa Harding Jasmine. A cotton/bamboo/silk/polyester blend. I love this color! I also plan on adding an inch or two so that the lace does not fall upon my belly roll.
And I finally purchased the Yarn Play book. I had bought some gorgeous yarn from Los Vigiles Living Arts Fibers for the sweater (Poppy) on the cover last year. I wish they had a website, but this is the only link I have for them. Rose Vigil the owner will be teaching and selling her beautiful fibers at the Wool Festival in Estes this coming June. This project will probably not be started until next fall or winter, but since I was in spend mode, I figured I should get the book now.
I was also thrilled to finally get to ogle/fondle the Noro sock yarn. Although it is not the softest, I have been told that washing with conditioner helps, so how could I resist the beautiful Noro colors?

So on my 2nd trip to Serendipity I picked up some On Line yarn to make this fabulous scarf that Karlene had shared with us during show and tell. It was so much fun to knit. I started it Sat. evening and had it done Sunday. I wish I had learned German from my father so I could find the link to the pattern.
I also bought some in purple for Maddie to make one for herself, and if she doesn't do it soon I may have to knit it for her because it was so fun.
From Marilyn, who sells Black Water Abbey Yarns, I purchased this gorgeous pattern which I intend to knit using a pretty wool/cashmere blend in shades of red.
I also got this cute sock pattern from her.
And these gorgeous buttons for the Kerry sweater kit I had previously purchased and intend to knit at some point in time. She really has some of the most beautiful patterns and shades of yarn.

And finally we returned to Knit Nook for one last shopping fix in which I purchased this pretty Happy Feet yarn. I am going to make the Chevron scarf with the two different shades and then socks to match.

I have noticed that often the color of sock yarns I purchase are not necessarily the colors I wear. So with that in mind I bought the following two skeins of Jitterbug.
I wish I could capture the true colors of this skein, it is mainly black with some rich colored accents.
These skeins were only $.50 so I figured I could use them to make baby socks since they are only 200 yards a piece and they were orphans.
And lastly I was so kindly gifted this gorgeous Lorna's Laces in Tuscany from Leanne which I had been eyeing for quite some time. Thank you Leanne. :)
And as you can see, I managed to fill my sock yarn basket to the brim. So I either need to learn self restraint or buy myself a bigger basket. Which do you think will happen?

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Knitting Getaway Part One

Ahh the joys of escaping it all and spending a weekend knitting the time away amidst the company of distinguished women. Yes this is how I spent the past weekend, at a lovely B&B called Liar's Lodge. I arrived Thurs afternoon, having carpooled with my friends Leanne and Nachelle, and having made a stop at a new LYS in Conifer. It was a lovely store with a great selection and I of course was able to find some wonderful yarns to purchase. I was also fortunate to add the store as a customer and they now carry Creative Process stitch markers! Yay!
After settling in we dined in town at a local Mexican restaurant. Mmm I must say the shrimp enchiladas were quite tasty and Connie the owner of the Lodge did inform us that calories only count as half at that altitude. A fact that I indeed took advantage over the weekend.

Friday was spent knitting and shopping at Serendipity ( I will post later about all my purchases). We also had a lovely lunch at Mother's and then enjoyed a tasty dinner made by Connie. That evening we participated in a gift exchange that was an enormous amount of fun. I received a beautiful scarf kit in vibrant oranges from Barb. It was as if it were picked just for me. I guess wrapping isn't everything since I picked the present in the trash bag! I was pleased for Judy to receive the present I provided. I hope she like the goodies I selected. There were some really wonderful gifts, I think everyone made out quite well. We were also the recipients of an adorable sheep pin and knitting mints from Judy.

Through out the weekend we were not alone. Often mule deer could be found roaming the property. They were most plentiful in the evening hours, when we would see as many as thirty grazing at a time.

Although, a one did make an appearance at breakfast, dining along the river banks.

The views and weather were lovely and seasonal. Although I waited to take pictures of the scenery until Sunday, just as a storm was moving in.

I slept in the loft of one of the bedrooms and directly above my bed was a large window with these beautiful views. At night I could look up and see the star filled sky above my head.
We were just on the edge of the Arkansas river, which stirred in me a desire to go rafting this summer. I think a long weekend at the lodge with the family will be a great escape this coming season.
But beyond the shopping, the food, the view and the presents, the greatest part of the trip was truly the people. Reuniting with old friends and making new ones was a joy. These are some of the greatest women I am proud to know.
We had such a wonderful time sharing stories, skills, projects and laughter. The great fellowship is what will always entice me to return.
We wrapped it up on Sunday and headed back home and to the reality of daily life, but not with out one more stop in Conifer for a last fix.
So in Part II I will share all the goodies acquired on the trip!