Tuesday, April 29, 2003

Just 3 days until it's off to Maryland Sheep and Wool. Veteran MSW attendees from the Guild tell me it's about 4 1/2 hours on the bus. We stop twice to pick up riders in Hampton and Williamsburg. And then a stop at McDonald's for breakfast.

Virginia Beach Spring Market was a whopping success. More people than ever stopped by to ask about the Guild and where to take knitting lessons. I met a very talented 7 year old who already designs her own knitted hats and a 74 year old who is "tired of knitting bulky cables. I want to learn how to do that color knitting".

Another event that The Tidewater Knitting Guild of Virginia will be participating in will be held May 10th. The Olde Towne History Trail Tour in Olde Town Portsmouth. Portsmouth is "home" for me. My fathers family for as far back as we can document has lived there. I grew up there. I graduated from the same school as my great grandmother, grandmother, and father. Okay, back to today.....It will be a fun day of historic tours, guilds, re-enactments and the Gosport Arts Festival.

As for knitting....the Cabled headband is completed, the tails on the Dale are neatly hidden, and Valerie & Friend Bonnet has been started.

Tuesday, April 22, 2003

In case you missed Kim's mention of this site I have to share it. Miniature sweaters! Little Stitches

Monday, April 21, 2003

Stopped by the Knitting Corner on Saturday. Purchased yarn (Mission Falls 1824 Wool) for ChickKnits Cabled Headband. Have 3 repeats done. Also bought Lambs Pride Cotton Fleece (I think) for a baby bonnet from Fiber Trends.

I've pulled out about 10 patterns to take with me to Maryland Sheep and Wool on May 1st. My plan is to only buy yarn for a pattern. And I won't bet on how long it takes me to break that plan.

Easter Sunrise Service was the right way for me to have begun my day yesterday. It was a beautiful, thought provoking, peaceful service. She knew what I was seeking.

Put the ham in the oven (tangerine and brown sugar glaze), put eggs on to boil, washed the potatoes, snapped the beans...phone rings at 10:30 a.m. ... we're not able to make it, going to a friends house for dinner instead of yours...okay, so now I have a free day what do I do with it?

Out came Dale of Norway Salt Lake City Olympic . Here's sleeve 1 incase you've forgotten what it looks like.

I still needed to do the chart work for Sleeve 2. So while the ham baked, Bailey snoozed and Justin Timberlake sang, I finished sleeve 2. And to my utter joy the two sleeves match!

So the sleeves (which still need to be bound off) and the Cable Headband will go with me to Virginia Beach Spring Market.

Bailey and I enjoyed the ham, green beans and baked potatoes!

Wednesday, April 16, 2003

Going Home is off to Coco.

I only have two projects on needles right now, Charlotte's Web which is all of 5 rows and Dale SLC which needs a second sleeve. The sock won't happen anytime soon. I"ve no interest in making socks. Maybe it will become a hat.

The back issues of Interweave Knitters that I ordered arrived. Only 4 of the 8 though...they were out of the ones I really wanted...I was too late I guess...

My plan for this Saturday afternoon is to look through patterns and make a list for Maryland Sheep and Wool. My niece will be there. Look for her in the feeder sheep barn. She's the one with the pretty smile.

And if you're in the Virginia Beach area April 25th, 26th, or 27th look for the The Knitting Guild of Virgina at the Virginia Beach Spring Market. I'll be there on Saturday. Lots of vendor selling their crafts and yummy foods.

My archives have gone to the land of the lost....I guess blogger will find them....

Monday, April 14, 2003

While sitting in the lobby of the Lexington Park Hampton Inn yesterday, I managed to get in about an hours worth of knitting while listening to the release of the 7 POW's on MSNBC and the chatter of about 100 Little League boys getting ready for their second day of the first tournament of the season.

Coco's PeaceFleece hat is off the needles. All that is left is stitching down the interface. I've named it Going Home in honor of the 6 men and 1 woman who are on their way home.

Welcome home....

Tuesday, April 08, 2003

My weekly update!

Coco's Fuzzy Feet are in the mail to her. Along with a sample of the wool for her hat. Which is completed up to the second braid. It'll go with me this weekend. My neice is getting married and I'll have a few hours in the hotel to work on it I'm sure.

Pulled out the Koigu Charlotte's Web shawl kit this past weekend. My intention was to just get the yarn in balls for knitting...couldn't resist trying the pattern. Good thing. I was a bit confused on the instructions. Took it into the Guild meeting last night and between Debbie and Bobbie, they have me on the right track.....

Now back to my socks...still on cuff number 1. I don't think I'm a sock person....

And as for the Dale sweater....don't ask!

Thursday, April 03, 2003

How many times have I heard or read when using two circulars to knit in the round, keep your working needle infront? The answer is countless!

Settled in to watch tv last night (West Wing, Roar), picked up the Regia sock and began knitting, low and behold, I was seeing the purl side.....hmmm, flipped it inside out which brought the needle I was knitting off of to the front....ta da! no more ladders.

Moral of the story: Keep your working needle in front!

Tuesday, April 01, 2003

My law student friend named her Fuzzy Feet Tweetie.

Finished Coco's Fuzzy Feet. They'll be sent to her soon.

And speaking of Coco, the yarn for her PeeceFleece hat is now in 5 nice neat balls ready to be cast on. Maybe tonight.

Began my first pair of sock....Regia Jacquard..using two circulars....having terrible ladder problems....but the ladders are very neat....Think I'll play around with moving a knit stitch to be the last stitch on a needle so I can have knit stitch as my second stitch on the next needle and perhaps when I pull the stitch it will stay tightened.I understood that did you? Could it be the yarn? I've knit many a hat with two circulars and double points and no ladders in sight. Must experiment.

Received an order from ebay..Bfuria..some nice bright red wool, a blue fingering weight, and a nice sport weight pink heather. I'd like a casual sweater from the pink heather. I'll have to do some swatching.

I placed an order with Interweave Press yesterday for a few back issue of Knitters. Thanks for the heads up on the sale Bess!