Saturday, January 30, 2010

Another Snowy Day....

Late January snow

That means lots of couch time watching movies, staying warm in front of the fireplace, and knitting on this:
In this photo, I'm a little upset with the project, so it's on time out in the basket. It's The Enchanted Woods KAL shawl beginning at Clue 2. I have been fighting with it for a week now, but thanks to the magic of several dozen stitch markers, things seem to be going a little better. I'll not give up just yet.

In other knitting news, I've been gathering yarn for other 10 Shawls in 2010 projects.
This is Tosh Lace in Iris. It's for the Evenstar KAL that's coming up in February.
Tosh Lace- iris

This is No Two Snowflakes merino, silk, & cashmere in Spicy Foods. It will be for a Citron shawl and will be my project for the opening ceremonies of the Raveylmpics/Winter Olympics in 13 more days.
No Two SNowflakes

There's a little more yarn pron to share. I kept reading about these Zauberballs and just had to see what all the fuss was about.
Crazy ZAuberball

Oh - so that's what all the fuss is about! Lovely, aren't they? I can't wait to pair them with a project.
My break from knitting is over. It's time to head back to the warm of my knitting - and hopefully even more progress!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Half a Century

....yep - that's me. I've crawled, walked, sung, played, performed, shucked, jived, taught, knitted, spun, and loved my way through 50 years of life. Here's hoping for many more years of fun....however, I hope we can delete the 'crawling' from the list!

Many friends helped me mark the B-I-G day:
  • last week, Janice & Ken cooked a wonderful dinner for me and another January b'day friend, Larry.
  • all of my 4th graders made me cards.
  • Janice & Kim took me to lunch....(there was an ant in my soup - lol).
  • I enjoyed reading 40+ Facebook greetings :) - thank you all!
  • DH & I enjoyed a nice lunch together.
  • ...and today, we have a day off from school due to heavy rains and flooding. :)
There were nice gifts, too and I'm only posingt the fiber-related photos. Last year's vacuum cleaner was an

Here's a yummy thing - a Ken Ledbetter spindle. It's made of purple heart wood and lacewood and has an inlay of some sort of crushed stone and a metallic wafer or disc. It's very lovely and spins well, too - so it's functional art and a gift from DH.
Ken Ledbetter Spindle

There was one frustration on my big b'day. It involved and still involves this.
TEW-starting clue 2-gaaa

This is the beginning of Clue 2 of The Enchanted Wood KAL. I'm now starting row 9 - after knitting-tinking-knitting-tinking-knitting-tinking all day yesterday....and it's not even a hard pattern! After getting off to a rocky start due to errors with the charted pattern, I started following both the corrected chart AND written clues -double checking my numbers with every little section - carefully marking through each section I knitted...and I've still ended up with a shortage or overage of 1-2 stitches on each's making me crazy! I will NOT trips to the pond b/c it's too cold for a swim! It's just going to be what it will be. When I post the final blocked shawl photo, please don't look too closely!

Monday, January 18, 2010

2010 Thus Far

For one reason or another (travel, sports, laziness, etc...) I have not yet blogged this year. Time to get to it because there's a lot of exciting knitting news going on.

First of all, I joined a Ravelry group called 10 Shawls in 2010. I figured it would be a good way to knit down my yarn stash a little and learn a lot more about lace knitting. I have completed one shawl thus far - so I'm on track! I used Wollmeise WD 80/20 in Der Letze Versuch to make the Traveling Woman shawlette. Here are the results:

Traveling Woman in the snow

The colors in the yarn are amazing - all different shades of purple. Here's a closer look.

Traveling Woman-WM der letz WD

Traveling Woman is a really easy lace pattern. It was very predictable and I enjoyed knitting it very much!

In other Ravelry-related news, I'm also knitting in The Unique Sheep's Enchanted Wood shawl KAL. I just finished the first clue this morning. Here it is in their Luxe yarn, custom-dyed for me by Kelly. The color is called Winter Sunset.

TEW -clue 1 beads

This yarn came in a set of six skeins in a gradient colorway which The Unique Sheep ladies call Gradience. My next skein will be mostly apricot with a little brown and lavender. Lovely!

...and because life isn't exciting enough, I'm also getting ready for the Ravelympics' events with Team Cindy....see?


I'm planning to work on finishing some WIPs - one in particular which I will not mention because I've mentioned it enough before.....really....enough said.

(many of the above hyperlinks access Ravelry pages. If you are not a Ravelry member will you not be able to see them....sorry. :( )

As you can see, 18 days into 2010, there's been lots of knitting going on. Here's hoping that holds true for the rest of the year!