Archive for June, 2006

Today, I would like to announce…schools out for summer….schools out forever…ok, not forever, but almost a full six weeks of summer vacation for moi. How will I make it until 2 pm? What will I do with myself once 2pm hits…let’s see.

1. Go to the library
2. Stop at Safeway for my no cook Friday family meal (Chinese takeout or chicken wings from deli)
3. Work on Remembering Honey
4. Read Full Bloom by Janet Evanovich while knitting on Remembering Honey
5. Take a bit of time to work on Satchel
6. Stay up late
7. Sleep in tomorrow
8. Play with Bloglines some more…I’m always behind the times
9. Catch up at the Knitty Coffeeshop
10. Read tons of blogs, getting absolutely no knitting done…but leaving comments for all those great knitters out there to know how much fun I have and enjoy reading about their projects and what’s happening in their lives
11. Tell DD#1 to study some more for her written drivers license test
12. Have lunch with Mary next Friday
13. Go to Fibers Etc. after said lunch with Mary
14. Have lunch with Cindy and pickup seedling heating pad for my greenhouse she scored for me…free too.
and so on and so on and so on.
Happy Friday to you all.


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Five days into Remembering Honey and I’m getting the back done. Yeah. I managed a few inches last night while finishing off yet another Janet Evanovich book. She’s a light hearted, quick to read author that keeps me laughing and highly entertained. Picked up another one of her books today at the library and will start reading it tonight while I also start another project…the Satchel pattern from Knitty.com. I love my BagSmith…it’s lovely, but at times I love a messanger style bag too…to hold just my wallet, cell phone and knitting. I never carry my checkbook with me…so I don’t need much. I have two skeins each of a dark green, a rusty orange and one skein of dark red of Paton’s Merino Wool to knit this up in. I LOVE fall colors, so this bag will reflect that. I’ll just do some interesting stripes or something to incorporate all the yarn.

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Blue buyou….

After a practice top two nights ago, here is a much better attempt. I’ve read you should do a mock up in muslin…I just did it in a $1 a yard calico. Well, the mock up has come and gone and I’m ready to sew this little top up in the Japanese Linen Print next.

I love the button closure on this top…easy to do and I get to use up my antique buttons to boot.

It’s nice to sew up a little top to go with a sweater or shrug, don’t you think?

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Getting up at 4:30 a.m. after DH leaves for work, being ready for work myself by 5:00 a.m. affords me time to surf the web and go through magazines…and lookie what I found.

From IK Spring 2006, these will, fingers crossed, be my enteries for the Pierce County Fair. The Trellis Scarf by Evelyn A. Clark (I see every year at Ft. Worden Knitting Retreat in November) and the Simply Lovely Lace Socks by Karen Baumer.

I have enough laceweight KnitPicks to make…oh, let’s say, a dozen of the Trellis Scarves, so I might as well make one for myself. Lots of sock yarn in the stash too…so the lace socks should be a kick. (yes, punn intented).

Didn’t knit much yesterday, but I did sew up a practice shirt last night…made the mistakes one makes when one does not read the pattern carefully. I did cut out another shirt and will start on that tonight. I have some beautiful japanese print linen that I purchased for this pattern, but need perfection on the fitting before I cut into my $10 a yard purchase.

When I did knit, it was between 10 – 10:30 pm last night. It was too hot to sleep, even with the AC going, I wasn’t ready to shut down the ol’ body. Probably an inch of St St was turned out…today is Ortho for K, so I should get another inch or so done before the decreasing for the waist.

Off to work…yep…only four days left.

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Here I go…my next project on the needles. Remembering Honey by Leigh Radford from the Interweave Knits Spring 2003 issue. Elizabeth from A Mingled Yarn knit this beauty up and I thought I would follow suit. The lace edging of the sleeves are done and I plan to start on the back, knit the front and then finish off the sleeves last. Stitches are picked up from the lace cuff, so I’ll wait till the end. Doing the lace cuffs first gave me a feeling that I am making progress…I get so annoyed that I knit so slow compared to others…probaby because I throw instead of pick when doing straight knitting. I pick and throw when doing Fair Isle…it’s goes so quick.

I am using a cotton in a “honey” color I purchased from Elann.com. I love the yarns I have purchased from them so far and the cotton has been a lovely fiber to work with on the very warm day here in Washington State.

Speaking of hot, I decided to make two pumpkin pies and a terriyaki roast w/rice for dinnner. Not the best day for baking, but since I did all of my chores this morning, I can sit and stay cool while I knit.

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Project Stats:
Pattern: Veste Everest by Veronik Avery, Interweave Knits Fall 2005 (pg. 64)
Yarn: Peruvian Collection Highland Wool, 8 skeins
Needles Used: Size 4 & 7 US
Started: May 26, 2006
Finished: June 24, 2006

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Having finished making up the Cherry-Strawberry Jam today, laundry washed and hung up on the line, time to go finish the armhole ribbing on my vest.

Finished the neck ribbing, had to rip back after bindoff when I noticed a few stitches were off (those ktbl, ptbl stitches getcha every time). The woodsmoke from the bonfire and the darkness did not help to get it all done last night…but I’m good to go now.

Turkey breast w/orange cranberry sauce, carrots, yams and biscuits w/fresh jam for dinner tonight. Yum.

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