1. My Man! I love him dearly and cherish his presence. We celebrate 30 years tonight.
2. My family, especially my brother. He has such a generous and giving nature. He gives his time away more than any one person I know. I admire that quality in him and it makes me realize how selfish I am with my own time.
3. My health.
4. Where I live......my own slice of heaven. I love the seclusion, I'm such a hermit.
5. My knitting. Since I have been knitting consistently for the last 4 years, I feel that it has truly grounded me. It has given me more patience than I already had. I love to knit and I am constantly thinking about knitting. What project I'm working on, what project I can work on next, what yarn will I use, etc.
For 2008, I've set a few goals. No deadlines, but goals. I'd like to start a walking regimen (not sure when I'll fit it in my schedule yet) and I'd like to do more charity knitting. I'd like to see my Dad more often, I need to make that effort. I am just so eager to get home after work, that I don't take the time. Then on weekends because of the distance back into Nashville, I stay home. So, I know I need to meet up with him after work, I just need to do it.
I also FINALLY bought the pattern for the Fiber Trends felted clogs. I had knit the Fuzzy Feet from Knitty last year (more like a bootie) and when my brother was here at Thanksgiving, he wore them and liked them so well I gave them to him. These were mine.
Also finished is a lace scarf that I started quite a while back. I hadn't quite decided whether I was keeping this one for myself or giving it away and I have decided. As you can see by the next few pictures that I am blocking the scarf. I bought these blocks on ebay for $4.50 plus a little shipping. Well worth the cost. It's a great movable blocking board.
50% fine grade merino wool50% chinese tussah silk5,040 yards per poundThis yarn is sold in 2 ounce hand wound ball increments. Each ball has 630 yds. average triangular shawl takes about 4 oz. Dry clean or hand wash
In my attempts at organizing and eliminating, I came across my passport picture from 1965. At that time, my brother and I had a passport together. With the advent of Social Security numbers being issued at birth now, I seriously doubt they would do this anymore. But I love this picture. I remember, quite fondly actually, that my mother was always putting my hair up in a bun. It suited me rather well. :-)) My Dad was in the Army and my mother was French, so we traveled overseas a lot when I was young, hence the need for a passport.
I also opened an early gift on Sunday............a PMC3 HotPot starter kit. You ask, "what on earth is it and what does it do?" PMC3 is a moldable clay that will turn into 99% pure silver once it's fired. In comparison to sterling silver which is only 92.3% silver. The small kiln that comes with the kit uses gelled ethanol for firing and it fires at a low 1290 F.
My favorite sister-in-law and I took a class on silver clay 2 years ago and we each made a bracelet and some earrings. This will be lots of fun to play with and get some new jewelry to boot. (maybe even some knitting charms) These are my results from the class.
I also received 2 Lucy Neatby DVD's. Knitting Essentials 1 and 2. I can't wait to sit on the couch later to knit and watch one of them.
Also received was this new ColdHeat Glue Gun. This is a serious glue gun. I used a little mini crafter glue gun when I worked on my cork bulletin board, so I'm already planning in my head how I want to use this one. :-)
The last thing I received was a Digital Caliper. It measures in both inches and millimeters. I love measuring tools!
One of the items I knit last night was a Tribble. Free Pattern here. This is a scrubbie and a fun quick knit that could accompany a dishcloth set if you were making one as a gift.
Pretty cool huh? I'm trying to talk her into establishing her own blog to show her work, so we'll see.
I took some beautiful fall pictures from my office window on Friday. This is a view of the Parthenon in Nashville. Yes, it is a replica of the Parthenon in Greece, we are the sister city. The Parthenon holds beautiful art and sculpture and is a definite "must see" on a visit to Nashville.
We have an outside cat that we allow inside sometimes on the weekend and he's been lying on a flat piece of knitted fabric. When I saw the pattern for the Snug Harbor, I knew I just had to make it for him. It is knit in the round and then decreased similar to a hat and that's what makes it spiral in the middle. You then take some quilt batting to make a nice rounded padding around the sides which helps snuggle the cat (or small dog if you prefer) and it even gives them a little pillow to lay their head.
I used Lion Brand Homespun in the Tudor colorway, it took a little over 1 skein. The pattern suggests that you stripe it with a darker color, but I decided just to make it one color and the yarn striped on its own. This was easily a weekend project even with the seaming and the padding.
As you can see, Bosephus already loves it and he snuggles in it.
As for knitting, I completed the navy socks, pattern from Sensational Knitted Socks. I had to frog it a little bit on sock #1, and I rarely frog anything, so it delayed me a little bit. Otherwise, I have been working on the holiday gift, baby bibs and I made a snuggly cat bed. Pics to come soon.
Recommended needle is size 6 US. Care: Gentle hand wash, dry flat in shade. Do not tumble dry and do not dry clean.
The Moda Dea dream poncho is coming along nicely as well as the Crayon bathrobe. So many projects I want to be working on but work always gets in the way. :-)
The other thing I need to show you is my traveling knit kit. I'm going to put a knitting pic on top of this and then glaze it, but for now, you know what it is.
I say all this to get to my point.........yesterday I "helped" pick up rocks around the farm by driving the tractor while DH picked up the rocks and tossed them into the front loader, and yes I had my small project knitting with me, as you can see here. We went from having tornado warnings on Thursday evening to having beautiful weather on Fri, Sat and today as well.
As you can see by this serene scene on my driveway.....
heeeheeee, here I am with my knitting as I drive the tractor!
I'm debating whether I want to drive into Nashville today to the LYS because Cheryl Schaefer is in town. Do I want to drive 60+ miles one way on a day off? mmm, gotta think about that one.
UPDATE: Nope, decided not to leave the peace of the farm.