Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Bits and Pieces

Check out the latest issue of Craft. Knitted Chucks!

I held the magazine in my hands for a good 10 minutes, trying to legitimize the $15.00 cover price for ONE pattern. But checking the website, you can now get a year’s digital only subscription for $26.95. That’s about $7.50 an issue, and it’s environmentally sound!…..(wanders off to check my credit card balance again).

I have a number of things on the verge of completion. Will do a pictorial when I get them done.

Just a taste for now.....The Diamond Brocade baby blanket is done.

Loved the pattern, hated how I finished it. A quick check on Ravelry showed that others have done what I am thinking about doing next time.....Knitting the blanket and foregoing the embroidery and lining. I would do the lining again, but I think I would do something like quilting the diamonds together with the lining, so they stay together. The embroidery? Heck no! I hate embroidering on knitting! You have seen my first and last attempt!

Had to add this bit of video loveliness. I don't know who holluwoodgrrl is, but he/she/it is an amazing video editor.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Freakin' Fantastic Big Lace - Done!

Just browsing my Blogger and noticed that I had not published the finished pictures of my Big Hemlock Ring Lapghan. I love it. I love it so much, that I'am adapting this concept to other patterns, and making a list of other projects, too. I'm within 20 rows of finishing my second lapghan. A gift for some friends getting married next month. I've already got lace lapghan #3 planned out.

This is a great way to use up the "Joan Beardsley Memorial Yarn Stash." Oops! That reminds me......gotta knit one of these beauties for her daughter. The woman who generously gave me all this yummy bulky yarn! Jennifer, you don't know it yet, but yours is in the works, too!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Big Freakin' Lace!

In my active attempt at stash reduction, I took a dive into the "Joan Beardsley Memorial Stash" to hunt for some yummy wool to try the Hemlock Ring Blanket from Brooklyn Tweed's blog. Started on Thursday June 5, ripped out to row 26 on June 8th and am on the bind-off today. The bind-off may take a couple of days, honestly. It's a lot of stitches to bind off....a LOT of stitches. But I gotta say, Big Freakin' Lace is FUN!

Here's the beginning.....

And this is the home stretch..... Only 7 more sections of the lace to do.

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Birthday Boy

The youngest boy is 11 years old today. At 2:13 pm, eleven years ago, I gave birth to our third, and final, baby. A BIG baby....9lb., 13oz.

Now, normally, I wouldn't publish pictures of my kids on the net - but let's face it......nobody is really going to notice my boy standing next to the loveliness that is "Heidi The Seagal." Heidi is one of my son's many girlfriends - he is "the Playa."

Dad is out of town at the moment, but when he is back, boy has declared that his birthday dinner must be at Hooters (I told ya he was a Playa.) I will break my picture rule for that,too, because little boys surrounded by hot girls in tight orange shorts is just hilarious!

On the knitting front, I am about 3/4 the way through a second new pair of socks for boy. Did a little stashbusting to do these, and I'm really liking my find.

I also pulled out a half-completed Diamond Fantasy shawl to finish yesterday. I forgot how fun, and EASY this pattern is! After languishing in my UFOs for months, just picked this up and started it up without any futtering about on figuring out where I was.
I mentioned that I love this shawl, right?

I'm really developing a severe shawl jones again, so I have to get a few done and try to deplete my yarn stash just a bit (yeah, right!).

Happy Birthday Boy!