Yarn Therapy

Renewal, down to the fiber of my being.....(snicker)!

Sunday, December 31, 2006

My New Year's Knitalutions

Knit-wise, I have had a productive year. I learned to master DPNs and knit socks with them and also 2 circs. I finished 6.5 pairs of socks. I learned to felt. I even finished the Einstein Coat! Pics later.
For 2007:

1. Finish UFOs (a good attempt)

2. Take time to use good finishing

3. Frog and redo, when necessary

4. Start xmas presents earlier

5. Make one thing with lace

6. Make one thing with cables

7. Make one thing with intarsia

8. Make Jaywalkers!

9. Make a vest

10. Make the Yarnplay sweater!

11. Make a shawl

12. Use circular needles whenever possible.

Have a good knit-year, everybody!

Saturday, December 30, 2006

Post-Holiday Spoilage!

I thought I would get off easy two weeks ago. DD's entire daycare was sick, including her. She had an ear-infection and a cough and recovered well with a course of antibiotics. We had to wrestle her to administer the meds, until we found out that she was willing to take it very nicely from a little med cup, like Baby Bear did in her Elmo Goes to the Doctor video. Who knew? I got a little cold, which went away in a few days and was no big deal.

Enter the in-laws, from Florida, both coughing like they were about to eject their lungs. They adore Amelia, their cutest granddaughter (my opinion) and the visit was fun. They, however, left me an extra gift. So, I was feeling pretty sorry for myself that I was spending the bulk of my VERY rare time off (own business, you know) laying around being sick and waiting for my antibiotics to work.

I had played with all my new toys (I got a pink iPod nano!) and almost finished the Einstein Coat. I started Strut from Happy Hooker and kept going, saying it would be a bag instead of a hat. I watched a lot of preschooler TV, which got really old.

This afternoon, there was a knock at the door with a package from my SP9!!! I was literally dumbfounded with the contents. Wow! The stuff for me was great, but Amelia was completely spoiled! She got two books, a letter puzzle (her letter puzzle lost some of its letters, so this is right-on!), a blanket for her baby dolls, and an adorable handmade dolly with its own bed and cover. I even noted the doll has its own little crocheted underwear.

I got a chocolate (gone, sorry), two skeins of pinky-purply yarn, a xmas-mix CD, some awesome-looking green tea in an innovative pyramid shape with tea-bag holders (and green!),Alchemic Dragon soap in Blackberry Sage (mm) some Belgian chocolates (!) and a tea-light oil infuser thingie with lavender oil.

I am pleased/sorry that the custom slip gave away the id of my generous and thoughtful SP, she is Michelle from BC, Canada. Thanks, Michelle! I love everything and Amelia ran off with her dolly and puzzle right away! What a nice surprise at just the right time.

Thursday, December 28, 2006

I'm Smilified



Friday, December 15, 2006

I've Been a Bad Girl....

Christmas being just a week away, you would expect me to possibly have several projects underway that need finishing. And you would be right. I have a pair of mittens to make, less than half a sock, and an entire hat (I started the hat, but I don't like it, so I want to redo it). Lately, however, I seem to be spending the most knitting time on, what else, a garment for me!

The Einstein Coat is growing very well. I did find out halfway through that my gauge is off, but it doesn't much matter in this oversized design. It did take more yarn than the pattern suggested, so it will be back to Webs to place another order.

I also managed to find these cute sheep buttons to use in case I don't find something more glam.

Amelia went to her first movie today. We took her to see Charlotte's Web. She was so good and sat through the entire movie. She started to get antsy toward the end, but, heck, I was getting antsy myself!

All in all, a good weekend.