Saturday, January 31, 2009

I owe you photos

Finally, some natural sunlight around here that I can catch you up on this past week.

Here is the finished Cowl:
Mission Falls 1824 Lush Cowl Jan 2009 WEB

Of course, since I finished that one in 3 days I just HAD to start another one.
Yarn: Mission Falls 1824 Cotton
Colorway: Chicory #401
CO: 88 stitches
Pattern: Darkside Cowl
Needles: Lantern Moon 16" Circular US 7 (4.5mm)

Here in New England we have been dealing with snow, ice, snow, ice then rain and I believe it then went back to ice - all just this week. Anyway, I snapped this photo on my way out the door one morning.
This was the scene out the back door:I think we are ready for Spring! Even the bunnies around the house are hiding from this weather:

Monday, January 26, 2009

What type of reader?

What Kind of Reader Are You?
Your Result: Dedicated Reader

You are always trying to find the time to get back to your book. You are convinced that the world would be a much better place if only everyone read more.

Literate Good Citizen
Book Snob
Obsessive-Compulsive Bookworm
Fad Reader
What Kind of Reader Are You?
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Bunny photos back tomorrow. I've been too busy knitting to take another photo tonight....must finish cowl....gotta finish cowl.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Actual Knitting in Progress Photo

I decided that my fingerless mitts were really taking me so long since they are not something I can wear right now. The temperature outside is currently 0 degrees! That is correct, big ole ZERO! That isn't counting the wind chill.

I haven't given up on them, just put them away for the time being. So, I brought out the ever faithful US 7 circulars and started a cowl for me.

CO: 112 Stitches
Yarn: Mission Falls 1824 Cotton
Colorway: 774 Lush
Needles: US 7 Lantern Moon 16# Circulars

I LOVE how this is coming out! I'm thinking if I keep this up all day I may have it ready to wear tomorrow.

I'm also multi-tasking, I have my mp3 playing my next insurance exam overview. This is my last one for my third designation and by far the hardest! I've created additional stress for me in wanting to pass it on my first try, as I've accomplished with my other 5 tests.

As I mentioned in my previous blog, we have taken down our Christmas decorations. However, when I took this photo last week we had yet to put away my 'Christmas Singers'. Enjoy!The rabbit dish is from The Potting Shed. They make reproductions of the original Dedham Pottery Company. I really LOVE the items that they create (hint, hint, they make GREAT GIFTS!)! My grandmother got me this piece 2 years ago for my birthday. This is the only piece I have and I cherish it tremendously!

Now I must get back to studying and knitting - yes in that order!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Annual Tradition

I have an annual tradition that I've been doing for years now and I thought I'd share. Each year after we celebrate Thanksgiving, we get out our Christmas things. I just love how our house looks for the Christmas season, so bright and festive!

So, after the first of the year, when we take down all the decorations, the house just looks so plain until we readjust to it.

However, I keep one Christmas decoration out all year long. This 'item' changes from year to year. This year I've kept out Christmas Light Bunny!
I know each time I pass my Christmas item when the temperature hits over 90 degrees I smile!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Ice and more ice

You would think that we got our share of ice last month. This is my little tree.

I transplanted this little seedling last year. It was originally in our back acreage and looked worse than the Charlie Brown Christmas Tree. I'm glad to see that it is holding up well to the recent ice we have received. (also note that I didn't crop the bottom of the photo, it was under the snow)

I've decided to get back to knit my fingerless mitts. I've been getting home too late to snap a photo of where I am, so I'll share that with you this weekend. It was quite an adjustment the other night going from the size 5 needles I had been using down to the 2's for the mitts. I made the comment to DH last night that it felt that I was knitting with toothpicks!

This is another bunny from the tree, and we each got one attached to a present one year from my Aunt. Too cute!

Sunday, January 4, 2009

First FO of 2009

My orange scarf!

Pattern: K2, P2 repeat and alternative on each row
Needles: 5mm DPN
CO: 26 Stitches
Yarn: Rowan Cotton Rope, 2 skeins
Color: Orange 061

I chose to start decreasing and add a button hole. I'm not sure if this button is going to always be the one on this scarf, as I'm thinking I would like a wood one. However, this button was handy and doesn't look bad at all!

I'm trying to decide what to knit next. Do I start a new project or finish the two WIP's that I have still on needles? One is the Shawl I'm making out of seasilk (WIP from August 2007) or the more recently started fingerless mitts. I could also go with an entirely new project, as I could always use a new pair of socks.

Decisions, decisions. Well, I guess we will see what mood strikes me this week.

In the meantime, another bunny from the tree. This was from my MIL.