Aug 12, 2006

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Completed Projects

Okay here are the hats I was finished with late last night over the next episode of Upstairs, Downstairs:
(There is also the casting on of the next one)

Lovely colors, aren't they?

I was thinking of giving these to my neices for Christmas gifts.

Next, my son wanted desperately for me to include him in this blog, in all his sweater glory. Out of the kindness of my heart, I took pity on him and decided to show you a sweater I finished several months ago...not a new one. But for him, I include it. (This has nothing to do with the fact that I want to brag....really!) LOL

This sweater is made of Karabella Aurora Melange in a pattern from Knitting Pure and Simple. What a joy to knit with. This is my very favorite yarn so far. Try it!

Lastly, lest you think I knitted all three of those hats last night, let me assure you that they each took me several hours, and two of them were completed weeks ago. I just work on them for a few minutes at a time when I need a break from other projects.
Do you see the filled-to-the-brim bookcase? Can you help me find room for more?

Late nights

Here I am, up late at night and doing two of my favorite things. Re-arranging the bookshelves to see if they just might hold more (Nope, no room; what can I get rid of?) and casting on for another hat. Oh, and watching "Upstairs and Downstairs" on DVD because I missed it in the early seventies when it first appeared. I guess that's three.

Boxes come to our house every day. Boxes (and boxes and boxes) of books for this school year. Two more boxes came today and I even graciously let my daughter open the boxes for me. This time, a beautiful book on animals of all kinds called "Zoo Guide" and a stunning and easy lesson book on watercolor called "The Days of Creation" both by AIG. The other box held "The Children's Homer: The Adventures of Odysseus and the Tale of Troy" from I think the UPS man knows us by now, and I couldn't be more delighted. I feel like a kid in a candy store. I've even kept up on my own reading. More Gene Stratton-Porter (my favorite new author find) and Esther Estes' "Ginger Pye" which is a book I am reading for my daughters. They want it for our Girls Book Club and I've got to pre-read it before I send 15 girls out to read this book! Has anymore read any John Piper? What a man! His perspective is so true and straightforward. I've been listening to him with my own husband John on a Family Life radio recording. I think we need to find his "Don't Waste Your Life" book and read it now. We are also reading his "Desiring God" book together. Very worthwhile.

Next, I got to sit in front of the TV and knit (and watch) and knit. I finished one hat and did a good beginning on another. I'll have to take a picture and show you all. This will make four cute hats when I am done. It's an easy pattern from the LYS (local yarn shop) and knits upwith a skein of Noro silk garden. The silk garden changes color slowly throught the piece so you get a nice slow wavy stripe of perfectly blended color. I'll take a pic tomorrow.

Can you tell I have had more than my share of coffee this evening? It makes me even more likely to enthuse about my adventures. Can you also tell I am feeling better?

Oh, and happy birthday mom!

Aug 9, 2006

The World Starts to SPIN

No, I don't mean spinning, as in spinning wool or alpaca. I mean spinning fast.

How did we begin such a flurry with four weeks left of summer?! Seriously, the last two weeks have defied rational explanation. Now I KNOW that summer has not really ended... but how, then, did our days get so very filled with paperwork and appointments? No pool, or beach, or even play dates for the kids. The lazy summer schedule of fun in the sun has eluded us poor souls.
Now, as fate would have it, our household has gotten a nasty bug. My son Mark has a 101 temp and I am dragging myself with the same thing. Two of my three other daughters are showing signs as well. Here we go...

PS I would very much like to learn to spin, as in wool or alpaca.