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More Mystery…

I have to say this first… I, like millions of other people, I can’t believe that 10 years has gone by since the terrorist attacks.

Yes, I do remember where I was, and more than that I remember thinking “I need to call my dad.”  I always called my dad when things got scary.  I was thinking when is this going to stop and are they going to come here.  Silly as is sounds, I was driving to work and couldn’t get there fast enough.  I needed to be around other people to feel safe.

OK, I’m going to move on with what’s on the needles!

Mystery Shawl - Susanna IC

Yes, yes I did join another Mystery Shawl KAL!!!  I loved the last one so much I couldn’t wait to do another one.  This one is being done because Susanna IC on Ravelry has 1000 members (a lot more now).  We received our first clue Saturday and we will receive 4 more clues, 1 every 10 days.  This is a crescent-shaped shawl (my favorite shape) and I am getting to use the beads I bought for a KAL a few years ago.  The yarn is called Moo & Ewe by Miss Babs – the colorway is Blue Leg Mushroom.  We cast on 361 sts on size 10 needles, and then the shawl is knit on size 7’s.    The color of the yarn is difficult to describe, it has a bit on khaki in it and maybe a touch of brown-gray.

yarn for my newest mystery shawl

The Westknits Mystery Shawl was the very first time that I finished on time and was able to post pictures for the random drawings.  I may not have won, but I do have a wonderful shawl!

iphone picture of me at work

In order to eligible to win prizes you had to post a picture of your finished shawl on Thursday the 1st of September.  I only had my iphone that I could use to download pictures from… so the next two pictures were also taken with my phone.

Hanging from my cabinets in my office space.

I can’t wait for the weather to get cooler so I can wear it.

And let me not forget that my Mystery Shawl with Wendy is all done and blocked too!  I didn’t stay true to the pattern because I wanted to try to make it be a crescent shape.  Not the greatest shape, but I still love it and I will wear it.

Not the greatest picture, the color is so much more beautiful.

Yarn: Pagewood Farm Yukon (sock yarn)
Colorway: Seabreeze

up close edge

I have a couple other projects on my needles right now, and I haven’t given up on my RV blanket in the happy Lucy colors.  I even started the pillow to go with the blanket, but I do not have pictures yet.  That will have to wait until another day.
Other things that have gone on this month are…
The Sock Blanket reveal!  On September 1, we had a knit night like no other.  The sock blanket we have all been working on was completed and pictures taken.  The big secret… well, the blanket was not really for Friendship house, but for our much-loved friend (and LYS owner) Sherri Hughes.  She had no idea that all along this was being made for her.
Friendship Blanket – Knit Night @ Tully’s – 09/01/2011

She worked on weaving in the ends, and commented to Linda that she wished she could buy the blanket because she loved it so much.  I wish you could have seen the look on her face when we folded up the blanket and handed it to her with a card.  I think we all had tears in our eyes.  Sherri has come through so much with over a full year of breast cancer treatments.  She is one of the strongest people I know.  I am so glad that she loves it as much as we loved knitted it for her.  So much love and fun went into this blanket.

Sherri opening her card.

 In the picture of the blanket in the chair you can see the I-Cord edging, it’s a perfect finish to this blanket.

Don't you just want to wrap up in this blanket!

OK, I leave you now with a picture of my baby girl Cassie.

She loves to lay in the sunshine and look out the window.

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Athena in periwinkle…

Another weekend is drawing to an end.  They just seem to go so quickly. 

This is what I am NOT supposed to be doing!

 

The yarn looks a little like it’s fuzzy in the pictures, but it really isn’t.  It does have a little bit of a sheen to it.

 

Athena tank top begins!

Pattern: Athena Tank designed by Helene Rush (Pattern No. 1740)
Yarn: Knit One, Crochet Too – Babyboo – 45% Bamboo/55% Nylon
Color: Periwinkle #653
5 balls – making size 32
I got gauge on size 5 needles just like the pattern calls for – love it!  This yarn is very nice so far and it feels very soft.  I was worried a little about it being splitty because so often bamboo yarn is.  It was just a little at the beginning of the ball, but not after that.

OK, now I’m really going to put this project aside and get back to my mom’s sweater.  I am enjoying working on the sweater, maybe because it’s been such a long time since I worked on it, it almost feels like a new project!  LOL

Friendship Blanket III

Look who has come back to visit me!  It’s the Friendship III blanket.

We started this blanket last year.  I was the first one to knit on it and I’d have to say that I would love to start my own.  It’s from the pattern Ten Stitch Blanket and we are doing it with 25 stitches wide. 

Knitting outside in the sunshine in March!

This blanket has been to Arizona and California and I’m not sure how many places in between, but it is well-traveled.

OK, knitting outside didn’t last long.  The wind is just too much for me today… brrrrrrrrrrrrrrr! 

the wind wants the blanket to fly

I’m glad I came in when I did, because those sneaky clouds that were just drifting around sent a few little tiny sprinkles of water down on me. 

Time to get knitting!

Sunflowers…

Today is the first day of Spring!

I have a quick project to share with you.  I adore quick projects for instant gratification in between big projects.  And this is it…

Sunflowers!

I found this pattern (free pattern) while browsing on Ravelry Saturday morning.  It’s called Sunflower Dish or Wash cloth on Ravelry.  It’s super fast and fun to make because it’s so easy.  I made mine for in the RV, I’ll use it to sit hot things on, or maybe my ice-water pitcher, to keep it front dripping on the table.  I made the first one using a “J” hook.  I think the pattern called for an “I” hook – but I don’t think I have one.  So then about an hour later I decided to make it again with the “G” hook!  And then there was no stopping me… they are so addictive because they are so quick.  Great for while watching a boring movie with your husband! 

Flowers on a cloudy day.

The next thing I knew I was jumping off the deep end and using other colors.  I know this isn’t the end of them… I’m sure I’ll be making more.  I just can’t help myself. LOL

A flower pile up

I wasn’t super thrilled with the orange centered one, but I will keep playing with the colors of Sugar n Cream yarn that I can find.  I didn’t have any green so I used Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece. 

Flowers on my cluttered table.

I’m still working on my RV Ripple blanket too…

On the counter at work!

I think I have added two more color changes since the picture above was taken.  My goal is to have this blanket done by 4th of July.  I’m doing pretty good so far and I’m sure not loosing interest in working on yet either! 

I have a banana cake cooling and it smells soooooooo good in here.  I love cozy Sundays.  Time for another movie with hubby and then a short walk with the dogs.  I hope you all had a great weekend and that a great week is in store for us all.  I have Knit Night at Tully’s Coffee House in Hoquiam on Tuesday night.  I can’t wait.  This will be the first time we have ever met there.  It’s newly opened and they are only open until 7:00 pm so it will be an early evening. 

Cheers!

RV Blanket Love!

The sun is shining now!  It figures, I just came in from the RV and it was windy and rainy. 

Cassie decided she wanted to feel the blanket love too!

Well funny thing, and I can’t believe I didn’t do this sooner.  Today when I was out in the RV was the first time I’ve stretched the blanket out.  I mean it didn’t even occur to me to spread out the blanket and see how big it really is getting to be.  It is WAY wider than I thought it was going to be. 

This is in the RV, queen size bed.

Don’t get me wrong, I love, love, love how big (wide) it is, it just surprised me.  I guess I’m going to be very glad later that I have a second Lucy Pack of yarn.  I just started the 21st wave in Shrimp.  So that’s 40 rows done!  Maybe a quarter of the way done? 

Look, I have flowers... and they are still alive after one week!

If I stayed out in the RV much longer I think Thor and Cassie would have gone nuts.  They just didn’t understand why we were not going somewhere.  I would have been happy to listen to my book and sit out there and work on my blanket!  Cassie found the bag of treats and was happy for about 2 minutes, until I found out what she was in to and took them away from her.

Many years ago my mom made the most incredible jean blanket for us.  She put our names on it and the year (2001).  We always keep it on the sofa so the dogs don’t make a mess of the light-colored fabric.  Funny thing, the year on the blanket is also the same year of our RV.  It has bandana fabric on the back, and is very heavy.  I had been giving her worn out jeans for years and now she has made us a second one, (much smaller) and we keep it on the foot of our bed in the RV. 

OK mom, let's go!

Now for a word about Daylight Saving Time…. I HATE IT!  Well, maybe not hate, but it’s just so difficult for me to get used to.  I know by next weekend I will be fine, and I do love the light (even if it is seems pretty dark with all the clouds and rain right now).  It seems like it came very early this year.  I guess it’s the first thing to me that starts to make me feel like spring is on the way!

Ready or not here comes Monday, hope you all had a great weekend.

no tsunami here

Color spot on my RV ripple blanket

Thank you God.  Yesterday we woke up to a tsunami advisory.  It was hard to watch what was happening in Japan.  I can’t imagine what an earthquake like that would feel like, and I don’t ever really want to experience it.  They keep telling us that the “big one” is coming to our area.  I remember the earthquake from 2001 and that was big enough for me.   They closed all the beaches here and even a couple of the schools.  You would not believe how many cRaZy people headed first thing to the beach – because after all, they told us all to stay away!  I’ll be spending the weekend at home, a little work on my blanket and reading the blogs I love!

Tomorrow I need to get some pictures of my progress on my blanket and I’ll post more after I do. 

A basket of color!

Enjoy your weekend, hug the ones you love and be thankful and safe.

It’s Here… It’s Here…

Yes, that’s right. My Stylecraft Special DK Lucy Pack yarn is here! It sounds like something that should come with a Special Secret Decoder Ring too doesn’t it? (OK, now that’s showing my age.)

Happy Valentine's Day to me!

I said “It’s Here” twice, because I received it twice!  Here’s the story…  On January 10th I ordered my yarn from Mason’s and on Feb 10th I emailed to let them know that my co-worker received her yarn and she ordered it 9 days AFTER me.  So Simon (@Mason’s) sent me another package on Friday the 11th of February.  He said that he had received a package back in the mail because it did not have enough postage on it and maybe that is what happened to my package.  So on that Friday I thought I would be receiving a package in a couple of weeks.  And poof! on Monday the 14th my 1st package arrived.  I was thrilled, what a wonderful Valentine’s gift for me!

Then… yesterday, Friday the 18th I received the second package!  WOW, is that some kind of speed record?  He shipped it last Friday and I received it the very next Friday!  Now, to decide what to do.  I sent another email to Simon to let him know that I have them both now.  It really isn’t in my budget for more yarn right now, but I really hate to send it back.  I’ll wait to hear from Simon to know what to do.  In the meantime, here is my happy yarn…

Happy Yarn

 

yarn in my UNLINED Lucy Bag

 

I know I said I would finish my cute little brown vest, but it’s so hard to look at my happy yarn and not work on my blanket.  So I started hooking away…

just started color 4

 

Thursday at work…

Lunch time hooking, color 5 waiting!

I made a list of the order that I will put the colors and I am really enjoying the flow of the pattern and how soft the yarn is to work with. 

This is a 3 day weekend for us and I want to finish the brown vest, and work on my blanket.  Rick and I are going to town today to get my oil changed and his tires rotated, so during the waiting time I hope to get a little knitting or hooking done!

It’s a beautiful sunny, frosty cold morning here – Happy Saturday.

Where’s the bag?

Here it is Sunday and I was going to post pictures of my Lucy Bag all done.  Guess what?  It’s not done.  So no “Ta-Dah” moment for me and the bag.  Well let me just say this… the bag, flowers, leaves, and handles are all done.  It’s the lining that isn’t even cut out yet. 

Finding the right place for the straps

I need to sew the handles on my bag and the flowers and leaves to the handles. 

Flowers are done... and my first heart too!

It is a wonderful bag!  Big, and colorful.  Did I already tell you that I started making this bag so that I would have something to carry the yarn in for my next project “The Granny Stripe” blanket.  I ordered the yarn from Masons, on the 10th of January and I was hoping to have it arrive by the end of the month… that’s tomorrow!  My fingers are crossed.  If I don’t receive it tomorrow it will not be the end of the world for me, because after all, I haven’t even finished the bag!

Other things that took up time in my life this weekend…

H E A R T S!!!! 

WOW these colors look bad in this picture, but you get the idea.

I’m obsessing over all the cute and wonderous hearts on Ravelry.  So I made 5 up from 3 different patterns.  I wanted to try them out to see how big they would turn out using the leftover yarn from my bag.  They are adorable!  I want to make a heart bunting for here at the house and one for work.  And now I want to have lots of hearts to give away to friends on Valentine’s Day.  I saw on Ravelry there was a lady (Hookchick) that made 100 hearts last year, and went around town placing them in random places.  I would love to do this at work.  It’s a nice thought, but I know it isn’t going to happen, but I will keep making hearts!

A Blue Birdie in the beginning

Yes, a Birdie… a Blue Birdie!  I also started another Birdie using the leftover yarn from the bag.  Sure it’s smaller, but it is turning out pretty nice so far. This one should be done this week.  So I’ll try to get better pictures.  All of the photos in this post were taken at night, and the colors look so OFF.  I will try to take better pictures tomorrow during the daylight hours.

Other fun things I did this weekend… I gave Thor a haircut yesterday and today!  It took two sessions to get him done.  He is not the easiest dog in the world to clip.  But he is oh so soft now, and he knows how cute he is too!  I would show you a picture but he has gone to bed now.

OK, Think I’ll work on a couple more hearts before I call it a night .  Monday is just a few hours away now… and it’s payday… and maybe my yarn will arrive!!!  Praying for a good Monday. 

another day at the office…

Monday, it just rolls around so quickly.  I really would have loved it if I could have stayed home today and just worked on my bag… but oh no, someone has to make the money to buy the yarn!  So off to work I go!  But my bag goes with me…

hooking at my desk during lunch!

 Funny how my knitting and now crocheting seem to creep into my work life too…

My "IN" basket greeter/guard

Have you seen the Knitting Lady Calendars?

This was a gift from my Office Space Mate - a fellow knitter!

And on my Office Space Mate’s side of the office…

Don't you love her Knitting Fairy! It was a gift from her daughter.

So that was a brief glance at my day at work… without the emails, phone calls, and problems!  Back to the bag… I must get crocheting.  Giving thanks for a Monday almost all done.  Bring on Tuesday!!!

a bag, fishes, bird & frogs

Here is my beautiful strap for my Lucy Bag – I’ve decided to add a sc row to the other side of my chain row… to add some stiffness and even it out… and it’s taking F O R E V E R, very slow going to crochet in the back of the chain. 

First strap in progress

I finished both straps and I’m pretty happy, not super duper thrilled, but pretty happy, and loving the colors.  I’ll take more pictures later.

Saturday I went to the local fabric store and got the fabric for the inside of my bag… are you ready for this?

i LOVE these fish!

Yes, they are fish… aren’t they wonderful?!  I know you can’t see how beautifully bright and alive this fabric looks, and it feels really nice too.  I had no idea how much to get so I asked the lady there and she said a half yard should be enough… so I bought a full yard!  I’m thinking pockets inside would be nice and then I’m sure my mom can use the leftovers for something.  Oh and I bought some more buttons too.

I love buttons, and how cute are theses!

Not sure if these buttons will be used on my bag or not, but I just had to have them.

Lucy Bag in the making!

Something else to share with you today. 

big bird in a tree

Tonight just before it was getting dark I took the dogs out in the backyard and saw this big crane-like bird in a tree across the lake and had to get a couple of pictures of him.

he looks weird in this picture, but he was so so so still.

And lastly here are my totally awesome new frog slippers. 

FROGS!

 The dogs thought they were toys for each of them at first, I set them straight immediately.

OK, I’m off to continue working on my bag.  I need to finish it this week, just in case my yarn comes in for my blanket!  (That’s called positive thinking!)