Friday, January 30, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
The Sloanie Secret Valentine Fling has kicked off! Have 35 players this go around and it should be a blast!
DIANE CHAMBERLAIN! LOL Diane is one of my new favorite authors. Friday night I started reading "The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes" and I've been extremely hard pressed to put it down (or shut off my reader) since I started reading it! Talk about a series of twists and turns in CeeCee/Eve's life. Oh my world! Diane is an excellent author and gets you into the head of the main character so deeply you wonder if you are reading or actually thinking the thoughts yourself! Excellent, excellent read!
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Those of you who know me know I seldom if ever get myself anything. Well I did! LOL A friend of mine mentioned that I really shouldn't be wearing the jewelry I still do and for a change I had to agree with him. I have two sets of rings that I've worn for 20 years, my wedding set and my Dad's birthstone. I got to thinking one evening, yup it is time to put that jewelry away as it doesn't represent the person I am now. I got a set of blue sapphires that I absolutely love and then had my nails airbrushed and gel coated so my hands were kind of pretty for my new ring! LOL So here is the set and what the ring looks like on. The blue in the image really doesn't do the stones any justice as the real pieces have a much deeper blue stone.
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Thursday Morning - 5 a.m. - Foot Finally Done, now onto the toe!
I am finally to the toe of my death by sock of sock #1! That work, it sure gets in the way of a challenge. LOL I should have this one done tonight and move on to sock #2.
Monday Morning - 5 a.m. - Foot Rolling Along!
I worked on the foot of the sock a little after working a bit yesterday afternoon and picked it up again this morning while babysitting systems (you know, the job that keeps me in yarn LOL) I opted to seperate the instep stitches across two needles as having 34 stitches on one small DPN was really slowing me down and killing my hands and wrists. So I have gone from a 3 needle sock to a 4 needle sock for the foot. My victims foot is 9.5 inches and the foot is 7.5 inches, I have 4 inches from the back of the heel on so far! Not bad. I'm no speed knitter but doing OK with my work schedule the way it is.
I'm not sure what took me so long to finish the gussets, seems to have taken forever but they are done. Have to work this afternoon for a bit so won't be working on the foot until later this evening or tomorrow morning.
This is my favorite way to pick up gusset stitches - shows with needle and with crochet hook, I prefer crochet hook method.
and to be sure I have no gusset holes!
Sunday 8 a.m. update - Heel Turned!
Sunday 7:30 a.m. update - Leg and Heel Flap done!
I was thwarted by work yesterday afternoon and didn't get to knitting as much as I wanted. I did get the leg done tho so I'm going to try again today!
Saturday Noon Update
I have to head into work as there are issues between my sites and servers but wanted to post a couple of videos for how I did specific stitches for the sock.
K1F&B (K1 through front and back loop) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILcTB5hc0XM
M1 (Make 1 increase - between cuff and leg) - I opted for the M1A (Make 1 Away) so there wasn't a hole left, although it would be small and unnoticeable to all probably I would know it was there. LOL http://www.knittinghelp.com/videos/increases ( I knit English style so click that link for how I did it).
Saturday 8:05 a.m Update
Chose a ball of Lion Brand Sock-Ease in Rock Candy colorway and size 1 Harmony Wood DPNs as my weapons of choice.
First repeast of leg pattern done, a version of feathers and fan and real easy to work up!
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
The Horcrux socks are turning out even better than expected and I love them and then Sunday I started another hat from Knitting for Peace as I love this swirl hat. Did it in the large size this time and I think it will almost fit an adult, we'll see. Used the Red Heart Stratta yarn so I didn't have to change colors and it worked up awesome. Started the brim this morning.
Friday, January 16, 2009
I started reading a new to me author the other evening and I am so in love with her writing style. The author is Casey Daniels and I started with her first book Don of the Dead. She has a way of writing that makes it real, a lot of the things that Pepper (main character) says I find myself laughing because I'd have probably said the exact same thing in a situation. Just a good fun read, I will definitely be downloading and reading the rest of her books.
Have a great weekend, we're at -22 wind chill, -5 air temp, and 5 inches of snow on the way. Needless to say, I will be inside most of the weekend.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
I've resolved to steer clear of pathological liars as well, but then again being a narcissist and being a pathological liar pretty much go hand in hand. For more info read what WikiAnswers has to say on it!
On top of everything else, I'm not enjoying my snow as much as I should! mmmm, but then again it might actually bring out Brutus with the snowblower! WOOOO HOOO! Gotta love that idea! I'll have to take a pic the next time I catch him snowblowing for me at 10 p.m. Tricky buddy of mine!
Monday, January 12, 2009
So let's see what the girls have been up to since the holidays have are over and college has started again, still thinking they have too much time on their hands. Both are artists and both feel their body is the perfect canvas. I will leave my opinion out of all that business and just show you their latest artwork
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Main Group Sign Up: Pat-Sloan-Quiltsemail@example.com
RR and Swap Group Sign Up: Pat-Sloan-RR-Swapsfirstname.lastname@example.org
http://ph.groups.yahoo.com/group/Pat-Sloan-RR-Swaps/photos 09 Valentine Fling Photos
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Pat-Sloan-RR-Swaps/files/ 09 Valentine Fling Files
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Pat-Sloan-RR-Swaps/database 09 Valentine Fling Participant Database
Join us for this Secret Valentine Fling. This will be a one on one SECRET swap. A moderator will email each person privately with the name and address of the individual you will send your Secret Valentine packie to. Keep your mystery person a secret until the swap is over.
The theme of the swap package is a “Valentine Fling, in a good way". So what is IN the packie you ask? Some how I KNEW you'd ask!
You'll include one decorated and finished t-towel or set of 4 fabric coasters that you make.
The database will have a place for each person to answer a question or two about themselves so you know what color they like and that kind of thing.
Applique the t-towel with something VALENTINE like. Hearts, cupids, etc. that kind of thing. If you are making coasters, use VALENTINE or RED/PINK/WHITE fabrics.
THEN add in some additional goodies to the package that are VALENTINE like. Shop the $1.00 store. Shop the bargains. Put in a FQ of VALENTINE like fabric, buttons, stickers, a notepad, VALENTINE color candies... etc. The total cost of the goodies and t-towel should be $10.00, no more.. no less.
Deadline for signing up for the swap is January 24, 2009.
The Secret Valentine Fling needs to be mailed to your secret friend no later than February 6, 2009 for arrival on or before February 14.
HOW TO MAKE COASTERS:
IDEAS FOR TEA TOWELS:
XOXO (with hearts)
Basket of heart shaped flowers
For more information be sure to sign up at both group sites and then the Fling itself.
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Sunday, January 4, 2009
Maybe this morning after getting back from the airport!
I'm hoping that by the time this post actually posts I'll have a couple of "Party Bags" aka "Grab Bags" from Pat Sloan's sEw AloNG done, the pattern can be found here APQ "Grab Bag".
I did get a pair of short socks done so they can wing their way out to Bryan's Mom in Arizona. I really love this pattern, the cuff is so stretchy and so soft that it makes you just want to put them on! LOL