Saturday, April 25, 2015

Unscheduled Lazy Day

Now that the shawl is complete and delivered, the next few knitting projects are for me, maybe.  I started a pair of socks.   I'm using this pattern from Knitty.  The pattern is interesting without being complicated.  It is allowing me to practice a travelling stitch technique I learned a few years ago.  I'm crossing the stitches without using a cable needle.  It makes the knitting much faster.  It is my intention that these are for me, but if they end up being snug, and I'm beginning to think they will, I'll give them to one of my daughters.  Their feet are smaller than mine.  If that happens, I'll make myself a pair, but use a larger needle.

Speaking of needles, I am using a set of Karbonz double-pointed needles for this project.  I love them!!!  I bought them last fall at Fiber Optics in Milford, Ohio.  The brick and mortar shop opened last fall.  It is a really lovely store with all kinds of fabulous yarns and fibers.  Recognizing that there are many spinners out there, the shop has a wide selection of dyed and undyed fiber.  The center of the shop features clear drawers of different fibers to buy by the ounce.  Some of the fibers are so dreamy I wish I could shrink myself and jump inside of the drawer.

Today was supposed to be a travel day for me.  I was scheduled to visit my mom again, but something came up at home which changed my plans.  So now I have an entire day at home with no particular plans. It is cold and rainy outside.  I guess I'll just have to suffer through a day of sitting inside, knitting, spinning and watching movies.  [How dreadful!! ( ;-p)]  I guess I better be off to start my lazy day.  Yippee!!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

It's a Wrap

Pun intended.  It's a wrap.  It's a shawl.  It's finished.

The knitting was over last weekend.  I think I wove in the ends last Sunday evening.

I had to wait until my daughter Kristin went back to college to block it.  Her bedroom is the best for blocking large items.

It is very drapey and light.  I am very pleased with how it turned out.

Finished measurements are 72 in x 24 in.  The definition of the stitches really thrill me.  It is now all boxed up and ready to take to the recipient.  I've really enjoyed this project, much more than I thought I would.  

Now on to other projects.  Something for me is in order.

Now that the weather is getting better, I'll probably be outside more.  Unless it is raining.  This past week was filled with an incredible amount of rain and thunderstorms.  This rainbow was from Thursday night.  We could use a little sun now to dry things out.

Part of my day today was spent at a quilting event.  A local organization provides quilts for patients at the Ohio State James Cancer Hospital.  Several friends and I spend the day sewing.  Here is the one quilt top I finished.  I have another mostly done.  It was a lot of fun.  You would think after a full day of sewing, I'd be sick of it.  Nope! It just made me want to do more sewing.

Too bad I have a day job and housework to do.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Offer It Up

I'm nearing the end of the shawl for my niece.  A few more evenings of knitting and this puppy will be ready to take a soak and get blocked.  I have about a third of the border left.  It has taken me two weeks to get this point.
After this project is over, I'll pick back up on my basic cardi.  I need to do something for me.  Maybe I'll make a pair of socks also.  I certainly have a stash of fingering weight yarn waiting for me.
In non-knitting news, my life is still very much consumed by my mom's health and my children.  Blake and I went on another college visit Friday.  This time to the University of Cincinnati.  Unlike his sisters, he really liked the campus and can see himself going there.  We have a few more campuses to visit.  We'll see next year where he ends up.
While in Cincinnati for the campus tour, Blake and I stayed in town to visit my mom.   I probably won't get down there again until mid-April.  I had hoped to get down for Easter, but the plans for Easter with my mom are too early in the day for my family and I to attend.  We would have to get up way too early and possibly miss church.  It upsets me that things couldn't have been arranged to be a little more accommodating for us since this may very well be the last Easter for my mom.  I'll stop complaining now.  Since we are going to be staying home, I'll just focus on making it nice for my family.  As my mom would say "Offer it up."

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Road Trip

Kristin had her spring break this past week.  Instead of heading to a warm climate, she and I went to Milwaukee and Chicago to check out a couple dental schools.  Wednesday was spent in Milwaukee touring Marquette University.  Thursday and Friday were spent in Chicago.  On Friday, after a quick tour of Midwestern University, we headed downtown to check out the Art Institute of Chicago.  I wished we had had more time.  You could spend days in that museum.  We did a fairly quick walk-through and hit most of the galleries.  We skipped the modern art ones since that genre doesn't appeal to us.  Here are some highlights.

A seated Buddha

The Spinner (my personal favorite!)

American Gothic 

One of Monet's Waterlilies 

St. George Slaying the Dragon 

After the museum, we headed out into the cold to find the bean.  We didn't realize it until we found it that we walked right past is as we went from the parking garage to the Art Institute.  Like true tourists, we took a picture of ourselves reflected in it.  We sort of look like 'Umpa-loompas' because of the angle of reflection.

The sky was clear on Friday which made for some great photos of the Chicago skyline reflected in the Bean.

After that we trekked up Michigan Avenue.  We didn't buy anything but I did see an outfit I'd like to recreate.  I'm not that skinny, but I think I could still pull it off.

After that we headed up Lake Shore Dr to visit one of Kristin's friends from college who went home to Chicago for Spring Break.  Kristin took this picture as we passed Navy Pier.

We'll have to make another trip there in the summer when the weather is warmer.  There is a lot more to explore.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Polar Bear Snow Dance

This winter has not been as severe as last winter.  January was actually quite mild.  February, however, is making up for it.  Last year was the Polar Vortex.  This year is the Siberian Express.  Temperatures have been near or below 0 deg F this week.  I don't completely mind.  I have a warm hat and gloves.  And my new car has heated seats (Oh! Why hadn't I had those before?)  But if it going to be cold, I prefer to also have snow.  My polar bear flag has been out front since the Christmas decorations came down.  (Yes, those are Christmas lights in the background.  They are staying there until spring and the ground is thawed.)

The polar bear snow dance finally worked.  About 4 inches fell overnight and another couple inches are due our way through the day.  My plans are to hibernate inside and occupy my time with spinning and knitting. 

One project I'm not sure I have the patience to deal with is fixing this shawl.  I wore it to work yesterday.  While rearranging it I discovered a couple moth holes.  While darning them I discovered a few more.  My darning skills are not the best and seeing more holes has just made me very disheartened.  I will repair it.  It just won't look as nice anymore.

I am in the 7th of the eight center repeats on my niece's shawl.  This will be my main project this weekend.  With any luck I'll be starting the edging with two weeks.

My basic cardi is slowly moving along.  The back is done and I'm on one of the front panels.  I'll get back to this after the center panel of the shawl is complete.

Time now to reheat my tea and get to knitting.  Stay warm!