Wednesday, June 30, 2010
However, on a recent walk at our local metro parks, when I said to Sweetie (in a loud, but whisper-y voice), "Yes! DEER!. . .," I meant just that! This walk had been in the evening, and there were several wildlife sightings, including 4 or 5 female deer that really didn't seem to care that we were there. One leaped out and crossed the path in front of a bicycle, helping me to better understand how they get into so many traffic accidents. This one did take notice of us, and she even stopped eating to "pose" for the camera!
I don't know if the picture adequately shows just how close we were to this doe, but after a few shots, she said, "Now one with the guy in the red shirt! Show your friends how close you were to me. . .they will be impressed!" Sweetie and I obliged. . . (note: Sweetie is standing about where I was standing when I took the first shot!)
To celebrate (how did she even know?), Flat Flora had made some cupcakes while we were gone! (Actually, College Girl made the cupcakes, but Flora was Fast to take the credit!)
In Knitting Knews, fueled by pink, Funfetti cupcakes with sprinkles on top, I got started on my July Socks! They are Basic Cabled Socks in Knit Picks Stroll, African Violet color. Despite the fact that I recently moaned and groaned to my knitting group about how much I hate to knit cables into socks. . .this is what Flora and I picked out of the sock-a-month kits for July. In defense of the pattern, there are only 2 cables every 8th row 9 times in these socks (ribs continue down the instep, but cables stop at the heel). That means there are only 36 cables total in the pair, and I am ok with that. I am even more ok with it because these (like my last pair) are Purple Socks (Hi, Donny!)!!!
Saturday, June 26, 2010
First, she met the Family! College Girl and her Best Beau made a new Friend in Flora, for sure. . .Flora is just so Flippin' Friendly!
And while Flora was settling in, getting to know the Family a little better, she noticed some tiny Forks and spoons on the jewelry table. Although she was hoping for a Fabulous, Four-course Family-style dinner, unFortunately, these Forks and spoons were part of another Pretty Knitty adventure in jewelry. . .Oh, Flora! Can you Forgive me?
Also, happening around the Feet, a Finished object! The June snow Flake socks are Finished, Finally! Yay! I think they turned out pretty well, and they look just Fabulous!
To celebrate the Finished socks, Flora and I went to see a Flebotomist this morning! (Yes, I know, that's not how you spell phlebotomist. . .it's "F" day, please just play along.) The Hubster and I Flattened our Forearms to give blood at the local bank. Flora also wanted to donate, but she had Flipped out a little earlier this morning, and her medication was Forbidden. Still, she Forged on, Framing herself in the Front of the Facility for a Foto shoot! (Again, please don't Flog me for the spelling. . .)
Later today, there was a Fine occasion, where this Fluffy pillow carried golden rings to the Front of the church. . .it was a lovely wedding! Even without an "F" in it!
In other knews, as I Finally Finish trying to Find more words that start with "F," I have made some of these beaded-ring stitch markers! I see them everywhere, so I had to try it! Not bad, you might even say that they turned out Fine!
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Mother Goose even wrote a rhyme about my most-recently Finished Object!
To market, to market, to buy a fat pig,
Home again, home again, dancing a jig;
To market, to market, to buy a fat hog,
Home again, home again, jiggety-jog;
To market, to market, to buy a plum bun,
Home again, home again, market is done!
With all that marketing, surely I will need another Market Bag. . .and here it is!
Even though I have never seen, or even heard of (other than in this song/rhyme) a "plum bun," I am sure that I could fit several in this bag! I am not sure, however, that a fat pig would fit in there. I am pretty sure that I would need more yarn for that! But, you know what DOES fit?
And, of course, this makes me happy!
Knit in Good Health!
Saturday, June 19, 2010
. . .or even
"Best Knitter in My-Neck-of-the-Woods!"
These would both be titles I might covet.
"Best Yarn in the World!" is not a title the de-stash, pink-and-green, acrylic, tape-yarn (thank you, Michelle!) will be receiving. . .yep, you read that right. Acrylic. . .tape. . .yarn. . .in pink and green (I think it's called "Strawberries and Limes"). And it is not going to be a poncho, and it is not winning any prize. As a matter of fact, I am not sure exactly what it will become. . .but it called out to me at knitting, and now, it is mine!
Something else that is mine, is this bottle of wine. It may not be the "Best Bottle of Wine Ever," but the Hubster and I visited a local winery earlier today, and we thought it was pretty good, so we picked it up! Then, realizing that we are new to being "wine-people," we went out to get ourselves a corkscrew, and a bottle stopper. Oh, and wine glasses! lol I think this may be our first bottle of wine without a screw on cap! Or in a box. . .yeah, I know!
Still, this is not the Coveted Title I'm really all about today.
"Sandstone Center of the World" is also not that title, although I did read that the title was once argued in 1964. Here's a photo of the Town Hall in the Sandstone Center of the World.
Here's a picture of College Girl and Army Boy with their Daddy - many years ago! If your dad is still around, remember to call him tomorrow. I know that your relationship with your dad may be flawed, and I am not suggesting that it can be fixed in a day, but take a moment to recognize that he is just a man. Forgive what you can, and try to move past the rest. Then live your life in such a way to honor those who gave you life.
"'Honor your father and mother'—which is the first commandment with a promise— that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth." --Ephesians 6:2-3
Oh, and Knit in Good Health!
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
And so I ask you today, my Pretty Knitty readers, to please be patient with my graphic-rich post. . .I will try to make it better by using fewer words, but I don't think that will make it load any faster. . .lol!
On Sunday, a friend visiting from Japan brought me some very yummy treats, and I wanted to thank her (THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!), and show them off!:
All the way home from church (where I was "gifted"), Sweetie and I tried to figure out what flavor candies were in the green bag! All of the writing was in Japanese! Mint? Green Apple? Nope. Green-tea! The Hubster and I both tried them, and we have also shared with some friends. . .I have never tasted anything quite like them!
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Found my needles making music with some yarn. . .
But I can't wait to get Castin' On Again!
Maybe this "Pile O' Yarn" has something to do with it?. . .
So, last night, even though I have three things on the needles already (which is kinda my personal limit), I cast on yet another 5-hour sweater.This one is for a boy baby, so there are heavy modifications. . .like, no lacy holes or k2togs. . .those are replaced by some top-down, raglan shaping. . .still on 10.5 needles, tho, so it's a fast knit! I cast on last night, and finished the knitting early this afternoon. . .still need to add buttons and weave in ends, but I think I may gift it this coming week!
Aaaaand, the cone of blue yarn in the photo is the 50/50 wool/hemp blend from the Fiber Festival, and it is destined to become another Bagstopper! Super Yay!
Now, we are not master gardeners, and it took us the better part of half an hour to pick which shrub we wanted to get. We looked at Azaleas, Roses and other flowering shrubs, as well as other varieties of evergreens. . .and then we just chose a lovely boxwood.
When we got home, we saw right away that there may be a "SMALL" problem. . .since we didn't have our other shrubs with us at the gardening center (should we take them next time? they felt so left out!), we did not realize just how puny a plant we had picked! lol
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
I told you a couple weeks ago about a new craft venture, and it has now come to fruition! You see, I have a friend who has some stunning photo jewelry that uses pictures of her kids, and she wears it all the time, and I covet it. It is, however, on the pricey side of things for my Pretty Knitty budget. . .sooooo, I decided to see what I could do with some glass, some resin, some jewelry findings, and my own photos! This is what I came up with!:
A bracelet for College Girl, featuring her and the Boyfriend! She let me take some photos from her Facebook page, and I made some chain maille connectors for three charms, and I am rather proud of myself! Bonus!, she likes it, and I have even seen her wear it twice! I also did a few other picture charms, and I plan to make something(s) for someone(s) with them, maybe for Christmas?. . .more on that later.
Seven new counters for the Pretty Knitty Shop! At this point, only two are listed, but the rest will make their way over there in the next week or two. . .I am totally jazzed about them! Aaaaaand, I have also put the word out that I can even make custom counters with the knitter's personal photos for an additional $2! Yay!
In Knitting Knews, I am still working on a sweater, a shawl and a pair of socks. . .a pretty knormal knit load for Pretty Knitty! The sweater is a new project, the Harumi Cardigan from the Smart Knitter, and I have only just begun the project. The socks are a Snowflake Lace pattern that I have wanted to knit for a looooooong time, and they are the June edition of my Sock Kits! And the shawl is another of the Knit 1 Breathe 1 variety. . .this time in Wollemeise!
OH!, and I finished the Shapely, Summer Sweater! I am liking how it turned out, and I have already worn it once! Oh!, and I am going to wear it again tomorrow, because it makes me happy! See?:Knit in Good Health, you Pretty Knitty People!