Saturday, February 24, 2007

Sweet Georgia is HERE!

Yes, this is my new skein of Sweet Georgia in the Orchid colorway. Pretty, and soft as butter! My kids are STILL shaking their heads as I look for good lighting in the house to photograph the colors. :) Silly kids! I've already sent the Viola SGY to Stariel, my swap-bot sock yarn pal.
Time to banter on about knitting...I'm enjoying the heel turn knitting process on my sock...why didn't I "get it" before? It's easy now. I find knitting more mentally stimulating than crosswords, puzzles, and other such cranial exercises...and yet, it's calming and mind-clearing as well. Millions of knitters can't be wrong, huh? Also, it's cheaper than therapy and such. I also use knitting time to pray for my family, church family, and those whom the Lord puts on my heart at the time.
Now, don't get me wrong...when I spent an hour frogging a mistake and fixing it, it can be exasperating, but at the same time, the "eureka!" factor of correcting it and seeing the results is worth the effort! Usually.
P.S. The son heading to NU in the Fall is mortified that I posted the previous pic of him, and even mentioned his college plans. I can't help it...I'm delighted about his choice in NU and what path he's chosen.

Friday, February 23, 2007

New Yarn has arrived!

My package of yarn from Blue Mountain Fiber Arts! It feels like Christmas, and that's due to only 2 skeins! I bought the Puck's Mischief colorway, and Fire On The Mountain, shown here on the left. See how my wee stash of sock yarn grows! On progress of the sock: I'm turning the heel!

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

College Acceptance Letter and Progress on Sock

This is an informative post regarding my son and socks...however, these subjects aren't related.
First...the "child" on the right is my 18 yr old son. He received his acceptance from Norwich University today. WooHoo! Can you see him at PT at 5 am? (It's a military college)...He's planning to study Criminal Justice. Where did all the years go? I won't get emotional...yet. :)
I am so proud of him, and I look forward to all that he accomplishes at NU.

Next...THE SOCK. I'm finally onto the heel of my first know...the same one I've been blogging about on those blasted size 0 needles. Oh, by the way, it's easier now, after knitting a gazillion rows of 88 stitches round and round...

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Justine, The Fire Department, and Her Pics

This is Justine, a family be exact...she's a friend's 15 yr old daughter. Bright, witty, funny, and I've known her since she was in Kindergarten. Yes, the stories I have on her! And, a black belt. She also wins at tag. However, she's a teenager...a GIRL teenager...the ONLY girl teenager that I remotely even know. Quite a different species from the teenage sons that I have. :) Justine "visits" twice a week at the homeschool group...just to hang out with the old moms and to see what crazy craft we're working on next, and why we moms even BOTHER to blog, since we obviously don't
have much to say! :) Only other creative people would understand these knitty blogs. Enough said.
So, this post is in honor of inspiration to blog...BECAUSE ONE DAY SHE'LL BE JUST LIKE HER MOM...GRANDMOM...ETC...SHE'LL BE WEARING LOUD BLUE AND PURPLE LIKE ME (MRS. W TO HER). :) Ha ha...I can't wait! Enjoy life Justine...the best is yet to come!

Justine and the local fire department crew at her home...saving their house from a flu fire.

OK, now that I've embarassed my friend, Justine...back to the knitty world. Tonight I went to C's house (Justine's mother and my good friend)...we knit...wound knotted eyelash yarn, knitted coin purses for felting, worked on socks, watched CSI and Glenn Beck...oh, and had the most wonderful homemade apple crisp with vanilla ice cream. A true girl's evening. Oh, and I learned that a lamp/lampshade makes a wonderful swift. I never knew that before. Justine is going to join us yet!

Monday, February 19, 2007

Why Do I Knit SO slow?

I began this sock a week or so ago. Yes, there is a story behind it, too. This is my first sock on size 0 dpn... the only other thing I had knit on this size needle was a bookmark with crochet thread. So...I hard can a sock be with o's? Ha ha. My bifocal lenses are either too weak at times, or I'm just plain getting old. :)
I'm using the skein of Austermann Step, and saving my luscious STR yarn after my trial and error pair. Call me chicken. The K2Ps rib is easy enough, I know...but I have trouble SEEING where to place my needle. Oh, and while talking? I pull out the next row's needle instead of the empty needle. Yeah, that's me. However, I do find the size o's relaxing, or is it the feel of the wool in my hands. I can't decide...but at this rate, I'll be working on these babies till Kingdom come.
Forgetting that the USPS doesn't deliver on this holiday, I eagerly awaited my BMFA shipment and my Sweet Georgia yarn. Sigh. Tomorrow my goodies will be here.
In other is my youngest son's 8th birthday. Hooray for Sam! :) He and Daddy went snowtubing with friends. I knit and baked the birthday cake.
I'll be blogging about my dear friend Justine tomorrow...she's my inspiration for knitting and spending money on yarns and craft supplies in general. It's therapy.