Friday, August 31, 2007

Slacker Suzy

I've been on vacation from work all week, enjoying this last bit of the official summer season. I spent a few days hanging out with some of my favorite little people, the grandkids. We took a day trip to the Aquarium, did some serious back to school shopping and indulged in ice cream and/or water ice every opportunity we got (which happened to be every evening after dinner). What can I say, sitting outside eating ice cream on a summer evening is just the perfect way to end the day.

For the most part the plan was take each day as it comes.... a vacation week with no destination other than my own zip code, in mind. And get some knitting done. I was able to squeeze in a little knitting here and there, but in reality I do my best knitting the couple of hours I spend each day commuting by train to my job in the city. At home, in the evening, there are other distractions, like this computer.

I've got several projects in various states of progress. Currently OTN are 2 separate socks, a sweater for my grandson and a shrug for his sister. And at some point today, I hope to cast on for a cabled scarf. I like to keep my options open.

The picture is my recently completed, first pair of socks. Just a basic stockinette stitch sock with a ribbed cuff in Tufutsies yarn. Love the yarn! It was very nice to work with and feels so nice on!! Since then, I've bought additional sock yarn in anticipation of knitting socks for everyone!! I picked up more Tofutsies, some self-striping yarns (Fortissima Socka and Regia) and some black Reynolds Soft Sea Wool (don't ask.... black socks??). And I've spent more hours than I like to admit to, looking at sock yarn online. I think I need some handpainted or dyed yarns or more solid colors to round out my collection.
One of my socks in progress is the Tofutsies again, this time in a pinky, orange color. The leg is a simple knit and purl pattern that looks like blocks. In fact, it's called Tumbling Blocks. I'm working my way toward the more complicated cable and lace patterns. Baby steps.
Well, back to slacking.... I've got a few other knitting blogs to check in on and some knitting to do.
Have a great holiday weekend!!

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Surfing and thinking

I am sitting here looking at other people's blogs and thinking:
"How do they come up with this stuff? More importanly, how do they find the time to do all these things? You know, like, write a blog, read several blogs, knit some things, and life in general?"

I am not on the internet evry night. I try to fit it in when I can. Like tonight I would love nothing more than to just sit and knit or surf or work on this blog, but you know the house doesn't clean itself, unfortunately. I need a maid or an assistant. Someone to work for me when I don't feel like it, and to clean my house.

Well, since that is never going to happen, I'll just have to squeeze everything in. If you only knew what everything else was :) In time I may tell. I do have to try to make this blog a little more pretty though. It's kind of boring. Pictures, I know! Working on that too!


Friday, August 24, 2007

A Little Bit About My Crazy Knitting Self

Started knitting three years ago. Always wanted to learn, so I finally took one class at AC Moore. The lady was not nice. So I went to Suzy Girl for help. Been doing on my own since. With the web and books and stuff, I think it's pretty easy to teach yourself. If I can do it, anybody can.

So far, I have made scarves for people, a baby blanket, ponchos, you know easy affordable stuff. Sorry, but I still have a problem with spending $80 for yarn for one sweater. Cheap I know, but what can I say? I'll spend it someday. In the mean time, I have a pretty big stash, which I inventoried recently and said "Oh my one can know about this." The problem is that there is two of this, one of that, and I'm not sure what to do with it. Projects will come to me eventually.

Oh I did make one short sleeved sweater. I substituted yarn and made a gauge. HOWEVER, since the yarn wasn't the same type, it draped differently. I felt like I had a blanket on. Not a pretty sight. I'll be recycling that yarn, let me tell you. Pretty color too. The only problem is that I am great at weaving, and it's hard to find those little suckers. Come here my little pretties!

Also have a WIP...poncho with sleeves. It's not far along, very pretty with cables (my first attempt). But I have discovered the joy of socks!!! Finished one and almost done the ribbing on the second. Liking the quickness of it all. I'll post a picture eventually. Suzy Girl has to help me with that.

Well, that's it for now. Have a great weekend!

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Together baby!!

Time is an issue. There's not enough hours in the day for the things I need to do, never mind what I want to do. Which is knit SOCKS!! More socks. It's all about the socks.
Jenny Girl and I just went on a field trip to our LYS at lunch and came back to the office with new sock yarn. Fun!
Pictures may follow at some point so stayed tuned.

Oh My God....I did Not Just start a Blog!!!

Yes, I have just decided to start a blog and include my girlfriend in on it, but haven't told her yet. Maybe she'll get the hint when I email her this link. I have absolutely no time to do this, but I'll try my best. Don't expect anything fancy. Just the basics for now.