Sunday, April 24, 2005

Whitby is done, done, done. I started it in May of 2003 and finished it today. I made the sleeve cuffs and the neck collar shorter than the pattern but I love the way it looks. I did learn that I need new lighting in the den to knit with dark purple.

The second Dale baby hat is done and delivered to the Grandma who delivered it to the baby's parents. It is for next winter and I made it in the largest size. Fun project on number 3 needles. I still have to start the baby sweater on those tiny needles but haven't yet.

I got my pictures back on Friday with a picture disk so I will be adding my niece's sweater to my web page probably next weekend when I get around to up loading the disk and playing with all the pictures. None of Whitby yet, though.

I still have to order the computer so I can get the new digital working. I am now debating a cheap desktop and a laptop. I keep talking to people who say it might be cheaper to get a new laptop than to get the old one fixed and updated. If I do get two new ones, I will load all my nephew's games on the old laptop and they (the niece and nephew) can just play games on it and type reports, then they would just need a cheap printer to print them out. Their mother has a new laptop and they fight over it and my nephew usually just uses it for games. Such a waste of money as it only worked for a year and then no longer let me go online. I can sometimes get online with juno but not for long and not with any other provider. Decision, decisions. The desktop is going into the cellar for my nephew to use plus I don't feel like moving everything I have saved onto something else. This way it will still be available and if I don't bother with it in 2 years, I can just empty the old desktop and get rid of it.

Today I started the Bolero and the sweater for my nephew. Just cast on for the Bolero and have knit a few rows on my nephews. I still have my mothers scarf on the needles for lunch knitting but another two weeks and that will be all done.

Sunday, April 10, 2005

I went to my favorite yarn shop, Yarns Down Under yestday to shop and hang out. I try to go about once a month as it is about 30 minutes away from me. I sometimes go more in the summer as it is a tiny bit out of the way to my parents cottage.
I bought a skein of Koigu to make my mother a summer scarf and then I bought another scarf kit using some Noro yarn. Plus, I bought a Manos book to use with some Mission Falls Cotton that I have.

I started the second sleeve on my gansey. The first sleeve is down to the cuffs but I am not sure how long I want to make the ribbing so I am waiting till they are both the same length and then I will try it on. A few more weeks and it should be done.

Projects on the needles right now (or tomorrow at work) are my Gansey sweater, a baby hat out of Dale Baby Ull for a co-worker who just became a grandma (it's for the baby for next winter), a summer Koigu scarf for my mother, this will be my work project till I get it done. The flower basket is on hold for a few weeks.

I have startitis bad and am planning to start a bunch of projects:

1) A summer Bolero sweater for me out of some yarn my Secret Pal from the first Secret Pal thing sent me. I have yarn in the stash that will make a second one if I like it.

2) A sweater for my nephew for his birthday in September or Xmas (depends when I get it done).

3) A cotton sweater for my niece for her November Birthday or Xmas (depending on when it gets finished).

4) A Cotton Fleece poncho if I get around to it.

5) A short sleeve cotton sweater for me.

6) The Dale baby sweater, I found another Dale baby book so the sweater is still up in the air.

I am in the mood for cotton though my nephews sweater is a wood/acrylic blend.

No new computer yet, still have to order it. Spring is here, I haven't been feeling good so I will be exercising more, eating better and tests will follow if I don't feel better. The dr. isn't that concerned right now so I am trying not to be too stressed out about it. All the knitting I am planning will help.