Thursday, February 14, 2008

Happy VD!

Happy Valentine's Day!

I got a Nostipinne from my hubby--a gift only a knitter could love or even know what to do with it. I'm posting in a rush--testing the new modem & waiting for hubby to show so we can get to our dinner reservation on time. We're having sushi!!!!!!

Why do I have a new modem???? Well, the phone in was so staticy over the past few weeks I couldn't use our land line at all. I got a new cordless phone & still had static. Swapped to a different phone jack & still had static. Burned sage & still had static (ok, I realy didn't burn sage but I though about it when I heard how much it would cost if the phone guys diagnosed the problem was in our house). So today was buy & install a new modem....still had static. Re-plugged the phone line filter into the new phone....static gone.

Pictures next post...I promise. And maybe even a finished sweater!

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Tainted yarn, sparkly wool, & much knitting

So much has happened since my last post, I hope that I can remember it all.

Two Saturdays ago, I went to a toe up sock class. This process has been on my list of things to tackle & so far things are fairly straighforward. There is always the unfounded FEAR followed by the realization that "it's just knitting & I can rip it out". As a matter of fact the yarn that I'm using for the toe-up sock was originally for a cable sock that wasn't working. I'm sure the yarn is thankful it has a new destiny besides the stash trunk. The yarn has been dubbed "tainted yarn" (yes, I want you to have the one hit wonder "Tainted Love" recycling in your head...if I must suffer than so must you) by the girls at the Wed night knitting group at the local Barnes & Noble.

This past weekend I went to a Nutmeg Spinners meeting. I nearly finished the blue merino (the wonderful apaca that arrived in the mail is in the que next, but more on that later....). I only bought $20 of purple & sparkly white wool batts. Yes, the white has sparkles in it. After the people next to me saw what I got there was a buying frenzy.

Now for the true confession....I GOT HEMP IN THE MAIL (ok, ok, it was really hemp yarn) for my hubby's sweater. Hemp is the only material that he probably can't destroy by "forgetting" the care instructions. I have a really nice boiled wool sweater destined for a tote bag 'cause it doesn't fit DH, me or any of the dogs after improper laundering.

As of this date I have completed 3 of 4 booties needed for 1 year old twins. Their birthday party was on Sunday. Only one bootie was presented as a gift (while the grandparents were still awake) the second bootie was completed by the end of the "stupidbowl". I completed a 3rd today & cast on for the final bootie today as well.

I bound off the shoulder of the red sweater (this picture is from Jan 26th & resulted in the name "Calamari sweater") & tormented the brown sweater by working a few rounds at SnB last Wed. Oh, I'm up to the instep of the lace toe-up sock.