Sunday, August 19, 2007

Sunday night

Night blooming cactus

These blooms are outside our house. I don't know the name of it, but I am fascinated by the fact that the cactus works and works to put out this huge bloom, it blooms one night then the blooms wither and fall off.

Night blooming Chica Bella

Today is my sister's birthday. Katy is my only sibling and means the world to me. Happy Birthday, Kate!! You're an amazing sister and person.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Folk Style

I don't know about you, but I've enjoyed the "Style" series of knitting books. Lace Style, Wrap Style, and my favorite, Scarf Style. Now, there is Folk Style, coming out either September or October. Here is a link to a preview of the patterns Folk Style preview. It looks great! There's also a Bag Style due out in November! We knitters really have an embarrassment of riches in terms of new books coming out in the next few months.

Tuesday was my birthday...

There were presents


and beautiful people.

NB-photo of my beautiful daughter removed due to death threats.

A beautiful way to start to a new year!

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Dog Days of August

Gee, my posting has really slowed down. I have several good reasons. First of all, not much has been happening, other than the HEAT. As is usual, it is hotter than hell for my and my sister's birthdays. Not unexpected, it is August after all, but annoying. We have had a pretty moderate summer thus far. Secondly, it's summer vacation! It's my job to lie around and drink iced coffees. Finally, my last whiny excuse, not much sleep. I suffer from bouts of insomnia and have been in one for about a week. The bags under my eyes have bags, big felted ones!

There has been much knitting going on. I will get the whiz kid to take some photos for me. I've been trucking along on the MS3, trying to catch up to the group. I've made it to row 250 of clue 4, have to knit to row 302, then back up and knit from row 219 through the end of clue 4. I have lengthen my stole. I think that the Habu silk is a little under gauge and I don't want to spend all this time on a scarf (or a table runner). After that, "all" I have to do is knit the 5 & 6th clues along with the 7th clue, to be released on Friday. better get back to the lace...

Monday, August 06, 2007

Magazine Madness

I've had my nose stuck in knitting magazines all weekend. I managed to acquire the Triple Play of knitting magazines and I've done the happy dance all weekend.

Vogue Knitting Fall 2007
Review: In a word, fabulous! They really did themselves proud for their 25th anniversary. I love this magazine. The remakes of the 10 most popular patterns, the new patterns, the interviews, all of it! My heart is going pitty pat for the Koigu top and the Kaffe Fassett cardigan. 25+ skeins of Kid Silk (crack) Haze? no problem.

Rowan Knitting Magazine No. 42

Interweave Knits Fall 2007

I'll write more about the new VK magazine as well as the other two tomorrow. Must go knit.

Friday, August 03, 2007

An August beginning

Happy August! August is a crazy month for my group. Birthdays: mine, my sister's, godmother, cousin (same day as mine), twin sons of godmother, father of one of my BFF's, as well as my parent's wedding date, my grandparent's anniversary, my godmother's mother's birthday, get the idea.

Where have I been and what's been happening this week? Well, it was the crazy last week of summer school for the kid. I worked madly on my Knitting for Hire project and finally mailed it off Wednesday. I so completely wrecked my hands, elbows, shoulders on this thing...Wednesday night I went to bed with every orthopedic device I possessed, plus an ice pack and Advil. As soon as "it" is published, I will post a photo of it on this site. I've also been nursing a concussion. Nothing too dramatic, I stood up into a dryer door. No, I'm not 10 inches tall, it was one of those double decker deals. Pretty much knocked myself out, saw stars, etc. Went to bed that night with an icepack and Tylenol. I still feel a little loopy, but my headache is much better. Welcome to Klutzville...I also managed to burn my shoulder with the curling iron and whacked my knee after stepping on the cat's tail. Jeez, you better stay out of my way!

Who has received their 25th Anniversary issue of Vogue Knitting??? It looks like a wonderful issue. I have been camped out by my mailbox ever since I started reading on other blogs that the issue was out. I am very tempted by the revamped Kaffe Fassett cardigan.

Finally, my thoughts goes out to the people of Minneapolis. Minnesotans hold a special place in my heart. I've always thought of them as neighbors, since my family is from North Dakota. I spent several happy summers at music camp near Duluth. Anyway, just wanted to mention that. We're here in earthquake country, I'm sure most of us can relate to the shock and loss they are feeling.