Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Finished Objects

It is amazing what one can accomplish spending the weekend knitting!

DH had a eye procedure on Friday, which led to the past 4 days of being home. As a result of this I have not one, but TWO finished objects!

First off, my Montego Bay Shawl:
CO: 99 stitches
Yarn: Handmaiden Sea Silk
Colorway: Ocean
Pattern: Montego Bay Scarf by Amy Singer
(pattern was for a scarf, I turned it into a shawl)
Length: 60 inches

Love it, LOVE IT!!

I also was able to finish my Ruffle Scarf:CO: 200 Stitches w/YO's to create 800 by the end
Yarn: Ellyn Cooper's Yarn Sonnets Silk Lace
Colorway: Dark Pine
Pattern: Aimee's Scarf by Wrypunster
Length: 54 inches (w/ruffles)

I was SO nervous that I would run out of yarn on this one. However, I have enough yarn left that would equal the size of an American quarter worth left! Talk about close call!

Like I mentioned in my previous post, it went so much easier when I had the correct needles for this yarn!

So....what did I cast off next? I'm glad you asked. One Montego Bay Scarf coming up! I told you I loved it! I love the pattern, I love the yarn, I love how it looks....

Unfortunately, the only bunny photo I have for you this week, is more of a snack. They are made of sweet-tarts and delicious! They helped to keep my hyped up on sugar so I could finish my knitting!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

It is all in the needles

I learned quite a knitting lesson this week. I'd been working on my ruffle scarf with Lantern Moon circular needles. I was getting quite frustrated that it was taking a little over 2 hours to knit a row.

Now, in my defense a row now consists of 800 stitches (CO 200, then 2 rows of YO's). I broke down and purchased some Addi Turbo Lace circular needles. That night, my row took 45 minutes!! WOO HOO!!Lesson learned: Let the yarn pick the needle, just because I have a love for wood needles doesn't mean every yarn likes wood.

I've also returned to knitting my Montego Bay Shawl. It now overlaps when I wrap it around, so I figure about 8 more inches and I'll be done.)Also, to complete my weekend I transplanted some plants, and purchased some new ones. This is now my view from my knitting chair.LOVE IT! (2 African Violets, Easter Cactus, Parsley, Hens & Chicks, Jade, Palm [bulb])

I also have a bunny that loves flowers too, she has her own flower wreath:

Monday, April 13, 2009

What kind of sweater are you?

A quiz...I haven't done one of these in a while. I think it is funny, considering I wear them all the time.

You Are a Turtleneck Sweater

You are sophisticated, streetwise, and even a little cynical.

You are quite cultured, and you don't fall for gimmicks or trends easily.

You are naturally chic. You have a urban, cosmopolitan style.

And you know that the secret to looking good is not trying too hard!

Sunday, April 12, 2009


Happy Easter to you!

DH and I spent a very quiet day at home.

I was able to cast off on my next project.CO: 200 stitches
Needles: Lantern Moon Circulars US 6, 36"
Yarn: Ellyn Cooper's Yarn Sonnets Silk Lace
Colorway: White Pine

Now here is where I feel like the Yarn Harlot. I CO the 200 stitches, completed row 2 as a YO then knit, row 3 as knit....THEN I re-read the pattern. My YO row was to be row 4 not row 2. ARGH! That would be 1000 stitches that I FROGGED!

So back to CO 200 stitches, row 2 KNIT, row 3 KNIT then YO, Knit 1, repeat. Row 4 & 5 Knit, That would be what you see the photo above.

Ms. B wanted to be in the photos today, being that it was Easter and all. So here is your bunny photos for the day...Ms. B being as she was ALL day long!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

The Easter Bunny

He came into our yard this morning to get a nice meal before his busy night:
The photo didn't come out half bad. As it was taken through both a window and storm window with extra zoom!

Here is the finished Bunny Dishcloth. I LOVE the look of it! I know it is hard to actually see in the photo with the variegated yarn, however, I will have to do another one in a plain color. I'm thinking plain navy.

I've also put out an Easter Bunny decoration in our living room. So, might as well add her to the bunnies for blog before she gets put away!Did you notice the Easter cactus in the background? Any bets on how long it will last before it passes away?

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Mail call

Oh what could it be?
The knitting needles that I won from Kerry @ Penny Dog came in! When Kerry asked me for selections, I chose blue with sparkles and black polka dot buttons. They are beautiful!

I can't wait to cast on!! Thank you Kerry!!

I've been working on my secret project. I have it about 50% done. It feels like it is creeping along. Thank goodness it is for a Christmas Present, so I still have time!

I've also been knitting up some dishcloths.CO: 4 stitches
Needles: small blue US 3 / variegated US 7
Yarn: Knit Picks / Lion Brand Cotton

I also cast off for a bunny pattern one. I should have that completed and a photo for you next time. I like the fact they knit up quickly.

Since Spring is in the air, we have a rabbit picture for that:

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

April 1

Hmmm, April Fools Day. What a day.

My boss got me REALLY good today. I had it all planned I was going to go into the boss' office and hand him and envelope and say "DH took a job across the country, so, here is my notice." However, before I had a chance to do that this took place:

I had given my boss a PTO (paid time off) slip. I'm asking for a day off in like 6 weeks. I needed him to sign off on this form that it would be approved (ie: paid!).

As he was leaving the office for a meeting, I got it handed back to me and he continues to walk away. I notice a couple of things at the same time, he signed the 'Not Approved' line and listed the following comments:

"This is INAPPROPRIATE!!!! All this time off in light of your productivity? We simply need more effort from you, 1. More knowledge!!! You need to start being more involved and not just sitting in your cubicle surfing the web!!!!!"

Needless to say I didn't know what to say as he proceeded to walk away, he turned around long enough to give me a smirk and at that point I yelled "You forgot to include the line about eating Bon-Bons!"

I HAD BEEN FOOLED BY MY OWN BOSS! I think the thing that is irking me is that he got me before I got him. Hmpf.

I understand that most of you who read this do not know what I do during the day. Let me sum it up for you. I'm a salaried employee. I had to lay off 2 staffers back in November, they have yet to be replaced. We are now in the busiest time of the year. One of my other employees had to take some personal time off - family emergency thing. This has led me to working on average 11 hours a day for the past 3 weeks! Most days I am not even taking a lunch.

So NOW you can see what my boss was referring to. As I left tonight (yes after 11 1/2 hours) he said "If you want to give me a new PTO slip I'll sign it correctly.' I replied with "Maybe now I'll ask for the entire month off!"

Since I've been working SO much, it has not left much time for knitting.

I leave you with your bunny photo. This one seems quite fitting to my life right now, feel like I'm holding on for dear life!