A beautiful mid-November weekend and some productive knitting time

The weather these last 3-4 days has been absolutley beautiful. It's been in the mid-70's, how can you beat that for mid-November?

Before knit night on Thursday, I took a little drive down beautiful Belle Meade Boulevard. Belle Meade Blvd is a divided boulevard, a carefully monitored speed limit of 35 mph, and houses that range from a low $2 million and up. It's been a long time since I drove down that lane, which ends at Percy Warner Park. There are 2 parks side by side, Percy Warner and Edwin Warner, only separated by Old Hickory Blvd. These parks cover nearly 2700 acres. (Wiki link here) It was a cool day on Thursday but the drive through the park was nice. Here are some photos of that drive. I only drove through Percy Warner this particular day.

This view is as you enter the park from Belle Meade Blvd. Those are stone steps you see going up.

A side angle view of those same steps.

This is the view from the top looking down towards the steps and Belle Meade Blvd.

On the drive through that park, all these trees in yellow, just pleasing to the eye.

It was a peaceful day.

I have been knitting like crazy and I have some finished objects to take off of my ongoing task list. The Baktus, this one knit with sock yarn on size 4 needles.

This Baktus was knit with Nashua Equinox Stripe (chunky yarn) on size US 19 needles. BIG NEEDLES = very fast knit. I knit it in a little over 1 day and it only took 2 skeins.

This is for Show n Tell. The pattern was in the Creative Knitting Magazine and the concept is to knit strips and then you weave them together. I should have done it in a solid blue and a solid white, but all I had was the variegated white which won't look as cool, but wanted to document it anyway. While this was fun on a small scale, I don't see doing this for a set of placemats. too tedious. I would rather break out my Cricket Loom and learn to use it. (I'm close to getting it out of the box)
These little cuties are little sachets filled with Lavender! I'm going to make some with rosemary too. These are knit with Sirdar Flirty on size 4 needles using double knitting which makes its own little pocket. Very easy to do!

Who says there has to be a title

Yeah, couldn't come up with one. Maybe I will by the time I finish this post. If not, I can always go back and edit the post and add a title. Maybe you guys can give me some ideas. :-)

Anyway, I am now officially unemployed. Friday went off without too many tears and we were out of there by 10:20. I said good-bye to downtown with a wave. I met 2 knitsibs from my Wed knit group for lunch and we actually sat outside. It was a beautiful mid to upper 70's and the sun was bright. Can you believe that we were able to sit outside in mid-November? Does that mean that we will have a mild winter and no bugs will die? which in turn means a horribly hot summer with lots of bugs? Who the heck knows, the weathermen sure don't. I digress, sorry. I do have an interview on Monday, and if nothing else, it will give me some interviewing practice again.

Meanwhile, my task list for my time off is growing. I know I want to get some knitting done, but I also want to do some sewing, which means I need to get in my hobby room and finish cleaning my sewing table off so that I can get to my sewing machine.

I do have some updates on my knitting projects. No FO's yet, but I'm getting close on a couple. I cast-on for the Baktus a little while back and yesterday got to the decreasing part. It's coming along nicely and it's fun to knit. The yarn is Knit One Crochet Too Crock-o-Dye sock yarn on size US4 needles. I like the way it's striping too.

A finished project is the Storm Cloud Shawlette #1. The pattern calls for a fingering yarn for the shawlette and I thought I would use a chunkier yarn and get a shawl size. It worked and I love it. I get lots of compliments on it. I used South American Cotton Space Dyed from Punta Yarns on size US10.75 needles.

A view of the front......
A view of the back:

Still on the needles:

~Multnomah shawl
~Lace Ribbon Scarf
~Storm Cloud Shawlette # 2
~Simple Cardigan
~Charity Lapghan

Broken Internet links, are they really gone?

You know how you peruse the internet and add links to your Favorites so that you can find them again? Then one day (probably years later) you go back to click on that link and the resulting web page comes back as unknown or no longer active. Time for panic, because maybe it was a free pattern or a tutorial that you forgot to print. What do you do now??

I learned about this website years ago and realized I had to use it this morning. I am very thankful for its existence and decided I would share it with my knitsibs, in case you didn't already know about it. The Wayback Machine.

Once there, you copy and paste your "broken link" into their search box and it will find your old webpage. My suggestion at this point is to print what you failed to do before so you don't have to look for it again. :-)

Let me know if you have any questions!

Neil and Amigurumi fun

I crocheted this little guy (Happy Frog link) for a co-worker. Most all of my other amigurumi family members were given to co-workers and since next Friday is our last day at work together, one of my co-workers who didn't have one of my creations, asked for something special from me. So, I made the Happy Frog. Said co-worker decided to call him Neil. I didn't get it at first but then she started humming the tune I Am, I Said by Neil Diamond. (We both love Neil Diamond) If you recall the lyrics in that song......."Did you ever read about a frog who dreamed of being a king....And then became one", that's why she named him Neil.

Now, I love crocheting the little individual pieces.......but I abhor putting them together. UGH!!!!!!

So, this.........
turned in to this!
I put 3 bb's in each foot and hand to give him a little weight. He won't sit up on his own though because his head is bigger than his body, but he's adorable leaning against something anyway.

Happenings in my life

Things are changing, as they always do in life. For me, it's my employment, not of my choice this time. In mid-October, our department was notified that the Nashville and Charlotte office are closing and that our functions would be handled out of the home office. Now, that is only displacing 9 people in Nashville and probably about the same number in Charlotte. Part of me is happy about leaving because I haven't been happy there for awhile, but then I like leaving a company on my own terms, when I'm ready. In March I would have been there 3 years, which is when I would have been vested in my 401k. The company has refused to acknowledge that I am not leaving of my own volition and will not let me keep their matching funds. I think that's wrong but it appears that I can do nothing about it. So, moving that aside, my countdown to the last day has started, 7 days left counting today, Nov 12 is the last day and the 11th is a holiday. I have put some feelers out there for something new, but haven't pushed too hard because I think taking the holidays off would be nice, not normally something I can do in my line of work.

On a good note, that should allow me more time for knitting, exercising and getting some personal things done that I've put on the backburner.

I took a drive in my "neighborhood" (the countryside) with a knitsib on Sunday. Other than the floods we had in May, Tennessee has been very dry this year and that affected our fall colors tremendously. By early October when our leaves start to change, the leaves were already brownish and falling off the trees when a little gust of wind would come up. So, a lot of our trees are already bare. I was able to get a few good photos and we came upon a covered bridge which was a great photo opportunity.

Now, on to some yarn acquisitions.

This multi-colored blue is for the Baktus. It is called Crock-O-Dye by Knit One Crochet Too -

This beautiful blue/purple/green one is 400 yards of corriedale, hand-dyed and handspun and given to me by said knitsib that went on the country drive with me. She purchased it in Vermont and it was so gracious of her to give it to me. Thanks so much Christina. It hasn't spoken to me about what it wants to be just yet, but 400 yards, please I can come up with something great!

As for some finished projects, I finally finished the first potato chip scarf I started back in January. Seriously, it doesn't take that long to do, I just got tired of working on it and did many new and finished projects in between. I think it came out lovely and it will go in the gift box.

Below are 2 preemie blankets made with Jeannie by Plymouth yarn. They are done in Tunisian Crochet and the stitch used was the corded knit stitch. It gives a drapier look from the plain Tunisian knit stitch.

Close up of the Tunisian corded knit stitch.

Otherwise, I am crocheting the Happy Frog pattern as a going away gift for a co-worker. I am using Cascade 220, yes, in boring green. Picture to be posted later. I'm still working on the Multnomah shawl, I'm on the feather and fan section now and I'm still LOVING the Malabrigo sock yarn. The lapghan for Alive Hospice is coming along nicely and is almost done. I think that's it for now.