Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Ten on Tuesday

I will have to start taking some random pictures to use on Tuesdays.

The Ten on Tuesday topic for 6/29 is 10 Books on Your Summer Reading List.

1) The Lost Quilter by Jennifer Chiaverini

2) A Quilter's Holiday by Jennifer Chiaverini

3) Aloha Quilt by Jennifer Chiaverini

4) Dead and Gone by Charlaine Harris (and eventually the latest one once as I get it)

5) The Help by Kathryn Stockett

6) Julie and Julia by Julie Powell

7) The Beach Street Knitting Society and Yarn Club by Gil McNeil

8) Needles and Purls by Gil McNeil

9) Lark & Termite by Jayne Anne Phillips

10) Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

Hope to get to all of them, depends if some other books grab my attention. The three quilter ones are from the library so they will be done by mid July. I have read every book in the series and they are a quick, entertaining read.  I don't quilt but they are fun to read. 

I own number's 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9, so those will be read in between other library books. There are more I want to read but I have to organize and start putting them on hold at the library.

This was fun.  I love to read and read about a half hour every weeknight.  I read a little more on weekends.  I recently joined Good Reads and have been finding books on there to add to my list.  I also get suggestions from blogs I read and the YarnWords group on Ravelry.

Happy reading!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Seed Stitch Yoke Cardigan FO

The color is more like the top picture but the second is better for the buttons.  They feel like glass but weren't so expensive so I am not sure what they are made of.  The pattern is the Seed Stitch Yoke Cardigan by Helene Rush.  I think I am done with adult top down sweaters for a few months though I am going to cast on a sweater for my mother that does all the body stitches at once.  It has a lacy pattern so won't be too bad.

I am still working on my two projects.  Multnomah has more to go, not sure exactly how many, less than 20.   Lady Bertram has 8 rows then the bind off row.  Yeah, I will be so glad to be done with it.  The Berroco Ultra Alpaca Fine is a little splitty for me.  I still have to make an Annis out of another skein for an Xmas gift.  These two shawls should both be done by Friday so they can be blocked for camp.

I joined the 10 Shawls in 2010 group on Ravelry yesterday.  Figured I already have 2 Citon's done, plus these two in a few days.  I have been searching Ravelry and made a list of shawls I want to knit.  They add up to way more than 10 but I will weed out what I want to knit first and then the extras will go into next year.  Annis is going to be a gift so that will probably get started after Hamamelis which is still planned as camp knitting.  There are so many pretty shawls out there, just wish I enjoyed wearing them.  I keep thinking I will wear the shawlettes as they can just go over a tshirt or turtleneck depending on the season but I don't wear them.  May have to make that a goal for next year.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Ten on Tuesday

A little late, but I am only on the computer after work.  Tonight we celebrated my father's birthday (it's really tomorrow) so I am on a little later than usual.

Here's my ten. I don't have children so this is based on my niece (21) and nephew (19).

Topic is 10 Ways to Entertain a Child
1) Teach them to knit - did this with the niece, didn't work.

2) Read to them - did this though neither is that fond of reading now though my niece has started to read more recently.

3) Take them the park - did this with them.

4) Take them to the movies - took them both to a Disney movie when they were younger (3 and 5 or so), they both fell asleep and I finally gave up on waking them up and just watched it myself.

5) Take them for ice cream - we have a local spot open in the summer that is kind of like a Dairy Queen but privately owned. We know the owner and she always liked to see the kids.

6) Do puzzles - we loved puzzles in our house and my sister and I used to give them to each other at Xmas and then we would start them after dinner. Continued with the kids when they were little.

7) Play in the back yard - we bought my nephew a boomarang and other outside toys and would play on holidays. It lasted till the boomarang ended up in a tree.

8 Play jewelry store - my niece liked this when she was little with Grandma's jewelry.

9) Wash dishes - my niece liked to do that when she was in elementary school and younger.

10) Wow made it to 10, I used to take my niece to Mystic Aquarium every year on her bithday or around her birthday until she was around 6. It would be just us and we would go out to eat and then look at that fish.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Citron number 2

Here's Citron number 2.  This one is for my mother.  The ruffle is a little short, but it is fine.  So glad to be done with it.  I think that is it for me, 2 Citron's was enough. 

The Seed Stitch Cardigan (vest) is done and will have pictures in a few days. 

I haven't started the Jelly Bean socks yet but will before I go to camp.  Think I will make them my camp knitting socks.  I am still planning what to bring to camp.  I am going to start a sweater for my mother so that will be one thing, plus the socks and then a shawl.  My plan all along has been to bring Hamamelis to camp, the yarn has been sitting in my room for a few months.  Three is enough though I may throw something else in the car as a just in case I don't like anything I am kniting and need to have something else there to knit.

Work knitting is still Multnomah, I am on the lace part now and have about 38 rows to go.  The Lady Bertram I am still on the plain section but have about 9 rows till I get to the lace on that one.  I think I will just work on these two so that I can have them ready for camp.  Well, Multnomah will be done by camp, Lady Bertram maybe depending on how it goes.  Have to get them done with enough to block which is what may hold me back. 

Seems strange to only have 2 things on the needle though I would like to go back to just having one item of each category on the needles that I had started doing before.  That was one small item, one gift, one sweater, one shawl so that I could get things finished up.  I may have to pull out my Silk Diamond Scarf from a class I took a few years ago and work on that this summer.  I have been thinking about it and if I didn't rip it out (have to find it) I think I will pull it out to work on over the summer.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Dolomite Socks

These are the Dolomite Socks by Knitspot.  I used Koigu that I had originally purchased for the Chevron Scarf that was going around a few years ago.  I didn't like the two yarns together that I had so they have been ripped out and waiting for a new project.  They have been sitting next to my computer for years.  The other 2 from the failed scarf are still sitting there taunting me but I haven't decided what they will become yet.  This pattern was fun and was my first try at a short row heel.  The second one came out much better than the first. 

My work project is now Multnomah out of Noro Kureyon Sock.  I had a little Citron emergency on Thursday night when I ran out of yarn on the bind off.  I knew from Ravelry that I wouldn't have enough for the full ruffle but I tried to make it to 6 or 7 and thought it would be close on the bind off and I ended up running out.  I went to the LYS Saturday as I remember seeing a skein in that color there and it was and even the same dyelot.  That was luck as I don't remember where I bought it and I have had the skein for probably a year.  It is now blocking.  Multnomah was a quick decision when I was trying to figure out what yarn I had around and what pattern was handy.  I have also started a Lady Betram Shawlette from WendyKnits out of the new skein from Citron as I only used a small amount to finish up the bind off.

My next socks will be the Jelly Bean socks from the 99 Yarns and Counting book by Green Mountain Spinnery.  They are going to be out of some Plymouth Happy Feet yarn.  I do plan to finish up my top down sweater/vest this week.  I think I have about 2 inches to go.  It has been a little cooler this weekend so I plan to work on it tonight.

Still planning my camp knitting.  Now with two shawls on the needles, it is changing my plans a little.  I really wanted to start the Hamamelis shawl at camp but may bring the other two shawls to finish up instead.  I plan to work on a sweater for my mother also.  I have to talk with her about sizing and then I can get that ready to go.  I will also bring the socks which should be the Jelly Bean ones as I don't think I will finish them before July.  I think I am back in shawl mode as I have about 5 skeins of sock yarn in my room and the patterns are either with the yarn or here next to the computer.  They are all lined up waiting to go.

Sunday, June 06, 2010

I'm Kayla and I am now two!

I'm Kayla and I am 2 this week.  She came from a rescue group that works with the one I got my other kitty from and from what they can figure, she was born the first week of June.  She likes to be petted and doesn't play as much as her sister.  I bought a laser pointer toy at the pet store for her but she doesn't even see it.  Her sister goes crazy chasing it around.  Kayla would rather play in the bathtub or sink.  She likes dripping water.

Citron is still the work project.  I think it should be finished in about 2 weeks.  I should finish section 5 by next weekend and then the ruffle I hope I can finish in a little over a week.  I tried figuring out how many rows I could knit at lunch every day so I hope I can get it done so I can block it.

Sock one of my Dolomite Socks by Knitspot is done and I am on the foot of sock two.  These socks have a short row heel which I have never done before and sock 2 looks better than sock one which is fine as I consider it a learning experience trying out the different types of heels.  I am starting to plan the next pair of socks now and have an idea but just need to look through the yarn stash for a suitable yarn.  I haven't touched the top down sweater at all.

Camp is coming up and I am trying to plan my projects out.  I think I will have a pair of socks and a shawl with me but maybe also a sweater for my mother.  It depends on the weather and how hot or cold it will be.  Last year it was more on the chilly side.  I think just about 80 with a breeze and low humidity would be perfect.