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E Gad!

So last night I was buzzing along on my Arch-Shaped socks and I got the part where you begin the arch shaping, well actually it was the final row of the gusset… the set up row!   Round 5!!!  I read it maybe, ummm, 10 times!  Then decided to just jump in. 

OK, things seemed fine and I merrily knit away.  It wasn’t long before I realized I wasn’t making the M1 correctly (a dumb mistake that I know better than to do this) but I did WRONG!  and what happens when you do it wrong?  yep!  holes!  This picture looks like the toe of a sock, but it is the heel!

So why did I keep knitting if I knew it was looking like this?

So why did I keep knitting if I knew it was looking like this?

But Shanda just kept knitting, thinking to myself “I can fix this later”.  I tried them on anyway, and love the way they fit, however holes on the bottom of my foot in my socks is not a good thing.   Did I mention that I was so involved in making these socks I almost forgot to eat dinner… Almost, I said.  I’ll show you the rest of my beautiful sock pictures, so you can see how pretty they are.

  Leg done... still loving the sock.

 Leg Done… still loving this sock.
Inside heel flap done, still feeling the love.

Inside heel flap done, still feeling the love.

Outside heel flap, looking good, and knitting up fast!

Outside heel flap, looking good, and knitting up fast!

What a cute little heel cup!

What a cute little heel cup!

So this brings us to real time.  Time to back up and start this little cutie again at the beginning of the gusset.  One reason I think this will be easy is because I’m at the part where the pattern says I have two choices on how I continue the foot of the sock… and so I say “E GAD”. 
Rick was on duty all night last night and is sleeping so I’m off to the grocery store and then back to do some quiet knitting… or tinking, un-knitting, frogging, whatever! 

getting out of town…

Before I talk about the fact that I can knit again! I’m going to share what we did Saturday.

I don’t think I’ve been out of the county since October 2007!  Hubby and I hit the road around noon and headed toward the mountain (Mt Rainier).  I say “headed” we were not going to the mountain, we were going to Ike Kinswa State Park.  Silly as it may sound, we just enjoyed a peaceful drive (with no crazy dogs).  Reason for this trip: to find the perfect camp site!  We’ve been talking about camping a lot lately, and I want to make some of our summer reservations soon, but we wanted to make sure we got a good spot, and that it was a campground worthy of our time.  Yes, this is a beautiful place.  The whole campground is not open at this time of year, but we stopped and talked to the Campground Host, and he gave us helpful information and a map of all the sites.  It was snowing the whole time we were there. (Not sticking yet) What a beautiful place in the cold wet snow, but I can’t wait to see it in June! 

This picture was taken looking back at the bridge from the entrance, as we were leaving.  It stopped snowing for just a couple of minutes while I jumped out of the truck.

This is the bridge crossing Mayfield Lake before you get to the Ike Kinswa State Park… well now that I say that I think bridge crosses on the rivers that dumps into the lake.

After leaving the Mayfield Lake area we headed back toward Olympia, and Millersylvania State Park.  This park is located just a few miles off I-5, next to Deep Lake. 

Deep Lake – a very cold early evening shot.

Very pretty place.  I’m not sure about the Utility hook up sites.  They aren’t as nice as the primitive sites in the trees.  This will be a maybe place to go.  The nice part is that it’s so close, just under 2 hours from the beach/home.

So now that it was getting dark, and we were getting hungry we headed for home.  The weather was mostly rain, and rain mixed with snow.  So what better to have for dinner/lunch… Miso soup!  We stopped in Montesano for a big yummy bowl of Miso soup for me, and something huge for Rick.  A Bento Box with chicken, shrimp, rice, salad, and lots of California rolls.

Now it’s time to work off all that food… let’s go to Wal-Mart!  We popped into Wally-World for some organizing containers for the garage (the place I don’t go very often because I might mess it up or leave some of my yarn out there!)  I did get a cover for my ipod (did I mention that I got an after Christmas present – an ipod nano! – thank you sweet hubby).  Anyway, quick trip running around the store and then home sweet home.  I love coming home to my babies, they just go nuts barking and wiggling and licking and jumping!  They make you feel so welcome. 

That about wraps up our Saturday.  Next Saturday is the Chocolate Festival just up the beach from us, so it will be a short and tasty trip for us.

Now knitting!

Tuesday I got my soft cast off!  This picture was on the way to the doctor’s office.

It was a very snowing morning, and I fell in the parking lot, landing on my left wrist (the side I had surgery on).  Good thing I had all that padding on my wrist and my backside. 🙂

No damage done, just sore.  After leaving this appointment I headed for home for a short break before my dental appointment.  So what did I do? KNIT!!!  I started working on my sots ii.  I love this stole so far.  I’m really enjoying knitting this first hint.  I’m not stressed that hint number 3 came out on Friday, I’m just really enjoying knitting.  On my breaks at work I’m knitting on a pair of socks that I started last year in April!  I have less than one sock left to knit. I thought they were done, but one of the socks was just not right, the toe didn’t match up and it didn’t fit right so it’s a “do-over”.  It’s like working on a brand new project and yet it’s over half done!  I am making an effort to finish up some old projects while knitting on new ones.

I have no pictures of my knitting yet.  But I’ll post some very soon.  I close with a couple more pictures of the lake last Sunday, it was starting to form a thin layer of ice.

 

hail storm
Hail storm!
Brrrrrrrrrr!
Thor watching the ducks land on the lake.  Just a little hail coming down.

A New Year, Old Projects, and Fried Rice…

Here we are in 2008! 

My, doesn’t time pass quickly when you get old! 🙂  This morning I’ve started reviewing all the 2007 projects that I began and haven’t finished.  Some of them I’m excited to get busy on again.  I even started looking at all the patterns I purchased last year and had forgotten about.  Some I may get to this year. 

My big plans for today… to find all my knitting needles, and log them in my Ravelry.  Then to start working on the Mr. Greenjeans sweater. A little napping and cooking and then to bed. 

I stayed up last night to watch the fireworks go off on the Space Needle in Seattle (on tv).  9 years ago I spent New Years at the Needle in the biter cold and rain with about a dozen friends.  So I can say “been there, done that”.  Anyway, last night was kind of funny, and sad… The music started and no fireworks.  Then there was fireworks – not in time with the music just random crazy fireworks.  Come to find out afterwards, they had a computer problem and had to reboot a time or two (not sure) and then they decided to just manually fire off the fireworks.  Hope their new year gets going better today.  I haven’t watched the news to find out what people are saying about it yet.  But I’m sure words have been said.  At any rate, I liked the fireworks and we had some going off here at the beach too.  Not that I could hardly hear them over the hubby snores!  Thor hates fireworks.  It’s the loud noise he hates.  He just snuggled in with his daddy, and did really well.  Cassie didn’t even lift her head, she just stayed curled up in front of the fireplace.

Looks like no rain today, just clouds and lots of cold wind.  A typical day at the beach.  I think if I get out of my lazy mode I’ll take the dogs to the beach… but only if I get out of my lazy mode!

I’ve been chopping and dicing veggies this morning and cooking rice.  I’m going to make my wonderful giant batch of shrimp fried rice today.  It’s great food for being lazy, it heats up quick and has tons of stuff in it… all the veggies that are about to go south in the refrigerator.  Green onions, yellow squash, carrots, green peas, cabbage, etc.  Scramble a couple of eggs and some of that yummy garlic herb shrimp from Schwans.  One box of Rice a roni fried rice and some left over white rice and seasonings from a dip mix.  Bam… you have lunch/dinner.

Well I’m off to enjoy my blackberry cobbler iced latte, and some Law and Order reruns while I knit.  I hope you enjoy your first day of the new year and I’ll be back to post pictures later this week.

Stay safe, warm and dry… and get knitting!

i’m knitting!

Today I went to the doctor’s to have my soft cast taken off… add this day to the “one of my happiest days of my life” list.  Dr. May is wonderful, he said to wear the brace for the next 4 weeks while doing tasks, and if my wrist starts hurting, stop doing what makes it hurt!  How simple can this be to do? 

So what did I do tonight?  I made a felted cover for my RIO (it’s like an ipod).  It’s put up now to dry. I needed to do a small project that I could complete.   And I finished knitting the sleeves on my Block Sweater.  Now I just need to block and sew it up, and do the i-cord cable that goes around it.  So close and yet so far… I don’t have enough navy yarn to finish!  Guess this means another trip to the LYS!!!

The only bummer now is my camera… we have 3 batteries.  All are dead and I have been searching for the charger for over a week.  So last night I stopped at Wal-Mart to get a new one, but oh no, that would be to simple.  They do not carry them, you have to order it on-line.  But wait, they are out of stock.  It just keeps getting better.  So fine, I’ll go to the Kodak web site (like the nice girl at Wal-Mart told me to do.)  Bingo!  They have them on sale and with shipping and tax it will be less than at Wal-Mart!  It should be here by Friday.  Who knew I would miss my camera so much.  As soon as you can’t use something, you seem to want to use it even more!

Well enough for tonight. 

still knitting?

Yes I’m still knitting… and camping… and geocaching… and working… and not sleeping much.

I’ll back track just a little here to catch myself up…

…last month we went to the Stitch and Pitch in Seattle and had a grand time. 

Bought a little yarn for Christmas presents (sock yarn – STR in Mariners colors, and yarn that I can’t even remember what it’s called in bright pink and lime greens). 

…Saturday, July 28th Rick and I went in search of a pop up camper.  Bought one from Baydo’s in Fife and went back on the 31st (Rick’s Birthday) to pick it up!

…each day I am still knitting at breaks and at lunch.  It used to be my routine to knit on my MS3 stole each day at lunch… now my stole is being punished for not having the correct number of stitches.

…finished my very cute little Peapod Sweater.

…making a couple of the Heatbreakingly Cute Baby Kimono’s from my Mason Dixon Knitting book.  I’m using the self striping Sugar n Cream.  I have yarn enough to make 4 of them!  The blue one is just over half done, ran out of yarn and started a pink one.  The pink one is now just over half done.  Now that I have more blue yarn I will hurry and finish the pink one.  I’m making each one just a little bit different.

…new favorite knitting project is the beautiful Diamond Fantasy shawl.  This is what I’m working on at lunch time these days. (while the stole is being punished).

…and my pink Sausilto sweater has been waiting in my cute pink knitting purse.

… and yes there are many socks on all my needles!

So I guess I am up to date now, knid of. 

I also have another blog that I’m keeping as a journal of our camping/geocaching adventures. I just got it started so I can keep track of where we have been with family and friends.  I’ll try not to let my knitting over flow into this blog!  It’s at: http://geocacheandcamping.wordpress.com/

That’s it for now. 

the lake, geocaching, and a little knitting…

It was a good weekend.  Saturday we took the boat out and the dogs went with us.  They are always a challenge to hang on to when they see ducks, seagulls, deer, dogs, and anything moving!  This happens enough to make me almost wish we left them at home.  But then I see how much fun they are having with the wind at their little faces. 

 

 (or the wind on their backsides! – the silly dogs kept standing with their little butts in the wind facing me.  What’s up with that?  This was a first and we couldn’t stop laughing at them.)

The whole reason for being on the lake was to hide our second cache.  The place we ended up hiding our cache is on city property, you can only get to by boat.  Well, now I stand corrected… you can get to it with lots of determination too.  And you better be packing bandages and a machete.   Someone posted a note to us that they found it the hard way – by land!  If you have a GPS you should be out Geocaching!!!   Sunday, we went out again and found 4 more.  A few scratches from random sticks and lots of fun memories.  I will need to remember bug spray and gloves next time.  Oh, and maybe extra socks.

Now for the knitting… I finished tinking back about 15 rows from that cute little blue Peapod Sweater! 

 

I’m just about an hour away from finishing the sweaters fronts and back, and I can start on the sleeves.  I like the way both sides are knit at the same time as the back, you just put the back and left side on holders finish the right side, then move to the back, finish it, and move to the left side.

Now let me think…  what else was I knitting on…?  Oh yes, MS3!!!!! 

 

Have you seen the new Frequent Frogger MS3 button on my sidebar?  Well that just about says it all.  I’m on row 70 and back about 10 plus rows ago I came up one stitch short. 

 

Can you see the HUGE mistake in the upper left section? (how can you not!)

I said to myself, that’s OK, I’ll just slip a stitch in here and it’ll be fine.  IT’S NOT FINE!!! Bigger than life today at lunch it jumped out me!  Sorry Patty, but yes everyone WILL see it.  It’s not one of those things that “I’ll be the only one that knows it’s there!”  When I showed it to her to prove it,  she stuck her finger on it immediately!  “Yep, there it is!” she says to me.  My only reply is “ribit”!  I didn’t work on this beautiful project over the weekend because I didn’t want to mess it up, and as it turns out it’s already messed up!  Oh well, I wasn’t happy with the very first 3 beads anyway.  (This makes me feel better to say this to myself.)  It’s not like a race or anything, I want to keep enjoying this, so it’ll be OK.   And yes, I will put in life lines this time! 

The beads I’m using are size 6 seed beads.  A bit larger than the size 8, but them seem to be OK.

Now back tracking a little.  I didn’t tell ya that I went to the best knit-nite last Tuesday.  Met a new knitter, well she isn’t a new knitter, she is new to the area.  Aren’t knitters the best people ever!  It was a good night out for the girls that wanna have fun.

 

 

Red, White and Blue Knitting…

OK, maybe not white.  It was pink, I finished the back of my Sausilto sweater! 

Blue Knitting…     Instead of casting on to begin the front sides of my pink sweater I started something new!  I am finally getting started on the Peapod Baby Set.  I picked up the yarn on Tuesday.  It’s Sirdar Snuggly DK in a denim blue color.  This yarn is so soft.   At first I wasn’t really sure about the pattern.  I mean it seemed like maybe I wasn’t doing something right.  But I decided to just trust the pattern, and guess what?  It looks great!  I love new projects, and this one seems to be cooking right along.  I’m going to work on it at lunch and break today at work.  We have 2 babies coming in our families, one in September (not sure if it’s a girl or boy) and a boy in October.    I’m not sure who will get this sweater and hat. 

Red Knitting…         I mentioned that I started the MS3 project in a beautiful dark red.  Well on Sunday when we were dropping off the boys I talked my sweet husband into stopping at Shipwreak Beads.  I picked up beads for the indigo blue and the red yarn!  I had already started knitting it without beads with the red yarn while I waited for my indigo yarn to come in.  Now I want to see what beads will look like, so I frogged the whole thing.  Well now I get an email from the yarn people that I ordered the indigo from that it may be another week or longer, so I just changed the color to Suede and it will be shipped today.  I’m sure I will find something to do with the beads I got for the indigo.  Now I’ll have to check out Tsunami Beads in Ocean Shores as soon as I get the suede colored yarn.   When I started knitting with the red I used size 3 needles.  The yarn is so fine.  I think it looks good, and not to tight at all.  I can tell the difference between the different stitches.   So now I was ready to test drive those beads…  Then the issue became the crochet hook… I searched high and low and found the one that I thought would work and it turned out to be a size 10.  Too big!  While I was picking up my lunch on Tuesday at Thriftway in Montesano (of all places) I found a #13 crochet hook!  So now I’m at last ready to try knitting it with beads.  To be honest I’m a little worried about the theme of this mystery knit.  I’m really hoping it’s not monkeys!  Have you read some of the guesses?  Scarey!  So I think I’ll wait and see what happens after clue #2.  So far I love the pictures I’ve seen posted.  And Sheri’s is beautiful too.  Maybe I’ll just practice with the red until I get the other yarn, and then again maybe I’ll love the red so much that I use the Suede yarn for something else.  Maybe MS4!!!

Well the other events that took place on 4th of July in my world…  We went out Geocaching again.  This time we placed our 1st cache!  We went up to the beach we got married at last year.  It was such a beautiful day to be beach bumming and there are not so many people at Roosevelt Beach, not like in Ocean Shores.  Wow… I can’t believe how many people were in town.  It’s best to just stay home when it gets like this.  When we got home we fired up the old (actually new) BBQ.  We had a great relaxing evening, grilling, eating and me knitting!

Pictures…  I took a few and I’ll post them later tonight to go with this blog.

something new to do…

Because I don’t have enough on my plate just yet… I’ve joined the Mystery Stole 3!  I’m pretty excited about this one.  (See the button on the side of my blog, in the KAL section.) I’ll have to make a trip in to my LYS soon to buy yarn for this project because I want to get started on making my gauge swatch sample.  Right now I’m thinking Ivory for a color, but we’ll see when I get there!

And I have some more exciting news… my 2 nephews are going to spend the next week with us!  They live about two and half hours from us in Maple Valley.  We are going to leave early Saturday morning to go get them. (yeah, car knitting)  The boys are 10 and 8 and such cuties.  This weekend there is a lot going on in town so I’m hoping we get back in time to see all the sand sculptures.  The weather sounds like it will be iffy at best, but that’s life at the beach, you never know.  We have plans to take them swimming at the community pool next week and several trips to the beach.  I’m really looking forward to just spoiling them… a little!  I think Rick is just looking forward to eating all the fun foods I bought. 

Ok, that’s a wrap for me today.  Now back to work.  More to follow on the yarn choice.

getting back to knitting…

I’m feeling better and I’m looking forward to knitting at lunch time tomorrow at work!  I went in to work for half a day today, and then came home to sleep.  I think I have taken too many cold/flu drugs, because now I can’t sleep.

Well I should have some progress to show soon on both my sweater and shawl.  (all socks are on hold for a little while – Oh, on my way home I stopped and bought more Tofutsie- it’s lime green and white.  And now I think I need to get the hot pink and white to go with it – but remember all socks are on hold, not the buying of more sock yarn!)

I’m going to leave you with this…

Hearts to give, and to keep!

Hearts

It was a great day…

Saturday we had rain, and yet it didn’t seem to make any difference.  W.W.K.I.P. Day was a success.  Our location was the best ever.  Celia and her staff at the Coffee Bean Cafe were wonderful.  The brought us bowls of Chicago Carmel popcorn (very addictive).  First thing I did was get my iced White Chocolate Blackberry Non Fat Latte!!!  (the peanutbutter cookie came later in the day).  Lucky Julie arrived just as the scones were coming out of the oven, can it get any better. 

Now for the not so good news… I had my camera in my tote bag and didn’t realize that the settings had gotten changed.  So my pictures didn’t turn out very well.  I didn’t even notice it until I went outside at the end of the day to get a picture of the sign.  Oh well here is our happy group…

 Bunni Sherri Patty

Bunni, Sherri and Patty

June 9, 2007

This is our ‘knitting front room’ at the Coffee Bean Cafe!

Celia the owner of the Cafe

This is Celia the wonderful owner of the Coffee Bean Cafe!  (she doesn’t always stand on a chair behind the counter – only when taking pictures for us!)

sign outside

I told you it was rainy day! (we were sitting just on the other side of these balloons inside on the cozy sofa, eating popcorn and knitting) I forgot about the ballons, and left them there… I meant to have Sherri take them back to her shop for her son… I think to much knitting (and caffine) can turn your brain to mush, but good mush!

I should have gotten a picture of one of the best things that happened.  On Friday, Patty frogged a whole sweater (too big)  we were discussing how off the gauge was and the size didn’t seem to match the pattern at all.  On Saturday she brought the yarn and pattern and began to knit a new gauge.  Then Sherri called in for back up… and Linda came running over asking if she need to bring her calculator!  Right away she showed how to measure the best way to get the true gauge and looked at the pattern to determine what she would need to do this time for the perfect sweater!  This is what I love about knitting.  Everyone always seems so helpful, and willing to teach you the correct way to do something, or a better way.  This is also one of things that keeps me excited about knitting, that there is always someone out there that is willing to teach from their experiences.  I think knitting friends are the greatest!

I can’t believe that I stayed from 9 in the morning until 4 in the afternoon.  The day just went by so quickly.  I knit on my sweater and I’ll have to say that I did have a couple of laugh attacks that caused me to make an oops twice.  But all is well now. 

This is my sweater so far… (can you tell that I love my knitting purse almost as much as my knitting? and yes for some reason I am really getting in to pink now.)

Sausalito Sweater

This is what the bottom will look like after it has been folded up and sewn in place.

Sweater back bottom

And then we have the birth of a new sock… the Tofutsie Sock Club June 2007 yarn!

june 2007 tofutsie yarn

Tidal Wave socks

I think it will be a long time before we see any more pictures of this sock, as we have lots to do on the sweater and shawl!  I decided on the Tidal Wave sock pattern instead of the Wild Kats sock pattern, and I will make that one up in one of the new Tofutsie sock colors that will be coming in soon at The Yarn Corner!

Now I must get some laundry done, and clean the kitchen so I can justify sitting and knitting for several hours!  I simply must talk to the husband about a maid, it would free up much more time to knit and I would be forever happy about a clean house! 

Oh my, I just got the wet nose to my foot that my princess Cassie wants to go out.  Maybe we should run down to the beach to see what the storm last night blew in, my dogs love to run on the beach, and it’s been awhile. I think knitting may have to wait.