Saturday, August 28, 2010
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Sunday, April 4, 2010
We had a fun day today. We celebrated Easter and my birthday together. Mom and Dad drove up and we all went to Mass together and then to the Metropolitan Club for a lavish buffet. I totally pigged out on cold shrimp and crab and eggs benedict and roast beef. Then we drove up to Devue Park to enjoy the view over the city for a little while. When we got home, we topped off our dinner with a fabulous birthday cake Kate made for me. It was four layers of chocolate with strawberry filling in between and chocolate poured over the top. Totally sinful! We could hardly eat it after the buffet, but somehow we managed. The picture above is of Daddy with the two girls, who are wearing their Easter bunny ears.
Now to catch up on some knitting. Annette requested a picture of my angora key fob. I just made it up as I went along. The little random number generator is so small, I was afraid I'd lose it if I didn't have something attached to it. So I grabbed a small skein of Andy fur and knitted a square and then a strap to attach it to the thingie. It's silky soft and it helps to remind me of fibery goodness while I'm working.
Here's a picture of my work scarf. It's plain garter stitch so I can work on it during telephone conferences (Shhhh! Don't tell on me!). The alpaca and silk in it really give it a beautiful sheen. The color is called hyacinth, but it really looks like a purplish navy.
Last, but not least, I finished Ally's Centre scarf. It's double knitted so it's two thickness of material and in her college colors, gold and black. I was a little disappointed that it doesn't look very difficult, but I found it to be a challenging project. You have to knit each row twice and you have to keep straight which color to use at any given time. I've done color work before that looked a lot more impressive, but this was hard.I started on a fair isle tam yesterday. I've just been doing the ribbing, so there isn't anything really to show yet. In fact, I'm still picking the pattern. More later on that. It may be slow going since I have so little time for knitting now.
Hope everyone had a wonderful Easter and that you were able to share it with your family and friends.
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
I've taken a great job with Lexis doing legal research from home. On the one hand, it's great because I can do it when I want to -- and in my pajamas! On the other hand, it's challenging to get in 40 hours a week without letting it take over your entire life. Even though I work hard all day, I often find myself working after dinner to squeeze in eight hours each day. Consequently, I haven't been doing much knitting and no spinning.
I finished the Centre scarf for Ally and I made an angora key fob for my Lexis random number generator (that allows me to get on the system). It's undoubtedly the fanciest random number generator there is. I started a plain garter stitch scarf out of alpaca and silk to keep me busy during long meetings. And that's about it.
I just ordered some yarn to finish off the plain scarf and maybe make a hat to match. I'm also thinking about making another fair isle tam with some variegated yarn I picked up at a fiber festival last year. ... just THINKING at the moment.
Spring fiber festivals? I don't know whether I'll make it this year or not. I'll have to see whether Lynne wants to go with me and when they are. It's hard to have all your time taken up after 18 years of "flex time" at home with the girls. Still, I'm grateful to have a paying job in this economy.
I'll post pictures of my projects when I get a few minutes. Gotta go!
Monday, February 15, 2010
Saturday, January 23, 2010
December and January were busy months for knitting projects. I made Stephanie Pearl-McPhee's Pretty Thing neck warmer out of some beautiful angora blend yarn that Lynne gave me. The colors don't show up very well in the picture, but it's a gentle lavender and pale green. I had so much yarn left over that I made a headband to go with it.
I also made another neckwarmer. I decided that my pet skein of yarn, 50% silk and 50% merino in ocean shades, needed to finally be knit into something. It used to live by my desk and get petted a lot. Now it's become a neckwarmer. I used the Meine Kalte Liebe pattern that I've used before and liked.
When I was in Florida with nothing to do but knit, read and relax, I made three hats for felting and I felted them when I got home. The first one was red, the second one was purple and the last was is a wee beanie made out of the leftovers from the red and purple hats.
Last, but not least, my current project is a little baby hat for Maria and Eric's new baby, Caroline. I finally found the lost skein of pastel yarn and I started making a little hat from this pattern. After knitting about three inches of ribbing, I took a good hard look at it and realized that the hat would hardly fit a Barbie doll. Then I looked at the pattern more closely and realized it was for preemies. So, that hat took a visit to the frog pond. I started again with this pattern and it looks closer to the right size now, but the colors are pooling pretty badly. I'm officially taking the position that it doesn't matter.
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
We loaded up the car to celebrate "Presents Day" with my extended family. "Presents Day" originated through the wisdom of my mother who didn't want to fight for Christmas Day with all of our conflicting schedules and so each year we designate a day for all the family to get together and exchange presents. This year, we celebrated fairly late -- on the 23rd-- because three of our four college students weren't getting out of school until late.
Amy and Frank, my sister-in-law and brother, hosted us this year because Frank was on call and couldn't leave Louisville. Amy had the house decorated beautifully and was all set up to present a holiday feast for all of us. We brought dishes to help out, but Amy really did the lion's share of work and it was lovely.
Everyone but Kathryn's husband, John, was able to come. Here is a picture of Kathryn, my sister and her son, William.
Here, my brother Frank watches my daughter Kate opening a present. Frank is sporting a yellow bow tie that I gave him belatedly for his October birthday.
My daughter, Ally, is sitting on the couch with my husband Jeff and my Dad.
Ally was tickled when she received a canvas bag for transporting her stuff to and from college. The surprise was that it was filled with her favorite snack foods!
Here's a pretty good picture of my Mom, enjoying the day and having everyone together.
Kate, my daughter, was eager to unwrap her gifts, which turned out to be some terrific cooking implements to foster her passion for cooking. She was especially thrilled with the "pinch bowls," just like on her favorite cooking shows.
Here's a group picture showing (from left to right) my nephew John, my sister-in-law Amy, my niece Mary Beth and my sister Kathryn.
Monday, January 4, 2010
The sun is shining brightly, but the weather is cold -- and is predicted to remain cold all week. It's beautiful, but it's not swimming weather, or even weather to sit outside in the sunshine. Fortunately, I have a lot of fun things to do indoors. I'm listening to an audiobook, taking a DVD course in Impressionist Art, reading a novel and knitting a hat.
I wanted to post a picture of my most recent finished object, but I guess that will have to wait until I get home. I knitted Stephanie Pearl-McPhee's "Pretty Thing," a lacy neck warmer, out of some beautiful angora/merino fingering yarn that Lynne gave me. It's a lovely lavender and green and turned out pretty well. Kate has been looking at it with a longing eye.
When I learned I would be staying here in Florida, my primary concern :) was that I didn't have any more yarn or a project to work on. After a lengthy search (Florida doesn't seem to be big on knitting), I found some wool yarn and I'm knitting a red hat for felting. It's going quickly; I may need to buy more yarn before I leave on Saturday!
I'm looking forward to starting a new class when I get home. I'll be working on a Masters Degree in CIT and taking a course on Scripting. I'll be finding out more about it, hopefully, when the class gets started. At the moment, I'm completely in the dark.
Since I don't have any pictures to share, I'll use the pictures I have. In the next blog entry, I'll be reporting on my Christmas with my extended family and my nuclear family and my first week at Vero -- I have pictures of all of that. See you soon!