Saturday, March 31, 2007

Saturday Sky

Was looking like rain, but cleared up later in the day.


and the March winner is....

We had the drawing for the silk velour celtic scarf the other dayHe was very careful to keep his eyes closed....
Marsha Campbell from Hanover, PA !

Marsha, if you are out there please contact me to verify your snail mail addy (cbast25 at yahoo dot com)

Stay tuned for Saturday Sky pics and tomorrow I will post the prize for April!

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Friday, March 30, 2007

You just gotta laugh...

Too Funny!

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Thursday, March 29, 2007

Can't talk now

Here is the Moncia top with Tulip skirt on the model at the shop. The felted ballet slippers are missing buttons in this picture.
The Ballet slippers with buttons-
3 squares test knit for Susan at
2 pairs of Ruby Slippers crocheted fora pre-k friend and a hockey friend.
The Mr. is sick (again) and the week has been crazed (again or as usual). I have tons more to show and even more to knit (knit boss loaded me up with jobs). If you sent me an email this week, I'm really sorry I will get back to you. eventually.
Stay tuned for the March drawing winner and the April prize announcement! (Spare Squares, remember?)
Luv U, buh-bye

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Monday, March 26, 2007

Birthday Shrug

In a mad rush, I "designed" a shrug to go with GEM's birthday Tulip Skirt. I finally realized earlier in the week that the Bernat pink camo yarn was not coming in time for me to make a 2nd skirt so why not make her a little matchy something?

After much talking , consulting and web searches I came up with this:
She looks thrilled, right? (end of party and tired of Auntie RC dragging her around for pics) I was still knitting it as she was unwrapping her other gifts. doh!

Still, it came out just like I wanted.. a little fitted so its not too fiddley. The same easy care yarn and its pink. There ya go.

If I can decipher my notes and get a bit more time, I'll post the recipe.

Coming Soon- even more FO's !

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Sunday, March 25, 2007

Obituary of the late Mr Common Sense

Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape.

He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as:

Knowing when to come in out of the rain;

Why the early bird gets the worm;

Life isn't always fair; and

Maybe it was my fault.

Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge).

His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6-year old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.

Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children. It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer Tylenol, sun lotion or a band-aid to a student; but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.

Common Sense lost the will to live as the Ten Commandments became contraband; churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims.

Common Sense took a beating when you couldn't defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault.

Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.

Common Sense was preceded in death by his parents , Truth and Trust; his wife, Discretion; his daughter, Responsibility; and his son, Reason.

He is survived by his 3 stepbrothers; I Know My Rights, Someone Else Is To Blame, and I'm A Victim.

Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone.

We will return to our regurlarly scheduled knitting tomorrow.


Saturday, March 24, 2007

Saturday Sky

Lookit those rainy clouds! It was actually warm and a bit muggy yesterday!

I have much to show and little time to post. We had a boatload of company this week, including 5- 5yr old boys yesterday afternoon! (I actually had to do very little just stay out of the way and occasionally keep the peace)

I did finish a little ripple blanket and knit a pair of ballerina slippers (to be felted) and am working on a shrug to go with GEM's birthday tulip skirt (since the pink camo yarn never came in).

Oh and I'm coming up on the 3 month mark of my Picture a Day. I've been making a huge effort not to let more than 3 days pass before I upload to Flickr. Check them out in my sidebar!

Have a great weekend!


Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Mid- March Squares

Here are my mid-March Kal squares. Both are designated for afghan squares. The top is Bernat Denim- Wethered Rose, the other is Wool Ease - Caramel. I did 2 at a time on my Knitpicks size 7s and got nice 8" squares, unblocked. Remember my Spare a Square project! You still have till the end of the month to get in for the March drawing. If not, don't worry, I'll have a drawing EACH MONTH.


Monday, March 19, 2007

Spring Cuteness

I've been a little quiet, but that just means I'm knitting & crocheting LOTS!

I finished up the Monica Top from I can't wait to put it on the manequin at the shop!
I used Cotton Fleece (pink-a-boo color) and Evita (yellow) on Denise 7's .
But before I had finished that I did another one of these-

Tulip Skirt (Creative Magazine March 07) in Cotton Fleece (wisteria color) on Denise 7's. It came out with a smaller gauge (knew this) and I figured it would match the smallest top (size 2) at about 20 inches around the waist.

Here they are together:

I'll post more pics once we change out the window (so you can see on the manequin)

I've cast on for the felted Ballerina slippers (Fiber Trends) to go with the outfit.... Lion brand web site has a cute crocheted tulip purse or flower purse I may do too... Plus my monthly KAL for squares (and a spare) and the Ripple along.... again with the too many projects.

Remember to get you squares in! The first prize drawing is going to be sometime next week.

Has anybody noticed my picture a day flickr badge? I'm up to day 78!
Back to knitting.....

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Saturday, March 17, 2007

Saturday Sky

Good Morning Sunshine!
Now to chip the ice off the car....


Wednesday, March 14, 2007


figured out the button and linking thingy! Yeah me!
But so sad since I am former IT and should be better at this. Snif.

Well, check out my ripply button under my flickr badges!
(ps I'm still doing the picture a day... are you tired of seeing my dog yet?)

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Catch the wave

Have you seen these? I lovelovelove them. Really. So many variations, so classic.

While waiting for my official KAL join up, I started 2 ripples. Yup 2. The first will be primary colors-blue, red, green & yellow. Small size for display at the shop (and hopefully enough to do a ripple in knit too)
The next is a bit larger and done in Caron Brights, seven colors! So.Much.Fun. It just makes me smile each time I work on these fun colors. It will eventually go into the AI duPont charity bag. I'm using the pattern from 200 Ripple Stitch Patterns book called "Smartie" and an H hook for both.
I finished the Tulip Skirt in Cotton Fleece and started the Monica top too! I need to get these clothing items done by the end of the month when we change the window display. The ripples will by my AI knitting.

BTW, has anyone ever done/participated in a yarn swap? How does it work? We are thinking of doing something similar at the shop and wanted a better idea of how it works.

**Mindy makes good points... maybe we should do this "live" at the shop instead of shipping stuff. That could be a fun event! Just a swap table type of thing? More ideas?

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Monday, March 12, 2007

Tulip Skirt

I noticed this skirt when Trish over at Knittin' and Lovin' It knit one for her daughter. Of course I could NOT get any of the Bernat Pink Camo yarn like she did, anywhere locally or on the web (all on back order. Pink camo is HOT now. Who knew?)So, instead of waiting for my back ordered yarn to come in I knit one up in Bernat Denim Stlye for GEM's bday (daughter of good friend JEN) at the end of this month. Just in case the camouflage does not come in time.

Pattern: Tulip Skirt Creative Knitting - March 07
Needles: Denise 8's 24" & bamboo 6's 16"
Yarn: Bernat Denim Style - Wethered Rose

This is so cute an quick I'm knitting another out of Cotton Fleece for the spring window display! I'm going to do the Monica top in Knitty to go with and maybe some felted ballet slippers.
What do you think?

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Saturday, March 10, 2007

Saturday Sky

Overcast and rain tonight, but warming up!


Friday, March 09, 2007

1 sock plus some more stuff

I have been meaning to post these pictures all week, but it just got away from me. That and the Mr. had 2 days of working from home, so that threw off my schedule!

Here are my Red, White & Blue socks, finally a pair. I started these September of last year and just finished the mate. Yikes! I thought I'd wear these Memorial Day, 4Th of July & Labor Day, but Hey! they look good so I'm wearing them now.
The pattern is the basic sock done on 60 stitches with size 1's. The yarn is Schoeller & Stahl- Fortissima Colori Socka Color.

Then I finally broke down and purchased the pattern for the Leaf Border round cloth by Rhonda White. I have seen this cloth all over blogland and it just looked so pretty! I love the round cloths.
I used my Knit Picks 6's and some Patons Cotton Colors yarn that was given to me in a bag with a bunch of other yarns.

Finally, the Monthly Dishcloth KAL. Or what it was. I loved how it was done starting in the corner, but realized 1. the pattern is on an angle. 2. I made a few mistakes and it looked goofy. 3. since it was done on the angle the squares were unlikely to match with anything else for the "spare squares".So I ripped it all out and will try for the mid-month kal. Can't knit them all !

OTN: the 2nd Aran braid sock, a tulip skirt for GEM, and plans for the spring window....(plus the secret project)

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Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Vote For Me! Da-Feets

scroll down to the Combo Pack #4 (Colleen's Flock) and VOTE FOR ME!

Don't make me come over there.

Really, I'll try to update knitting tomorrow.


Saturday, March 03, 2007

Saturday Sky - March!

Wow its March already! I can hardly believe it. The weather is so mild , I'm tempted to open the windows and air out the place (the cats will be happy). After the big rain yesterday, everything cleared up and there are only a few patches of snow left. Speaking of the big rain, check out yesterday's picture of the day. I stopped by the grist mill and took a few pictures of the run off. Neat, but very muddy so I didn't hang out.
On the knitting front, I finished one Aran braid sock and cast on for the 2nd. I'm knitting my square & spare for the monthly dishcloth kal and have cast on for a Tulip skirt for a birthday gift at the end of the month. I'm hoping to finally cast on for my Pure & Simple cardigan soon.
Have a great weekend!


Friday, March 02, 2007

Da Feets

La over at JenLa is having a contest, she wants to see the feet of the house.
Maeve has sweet little feet.... and enough of my picture taking.
Yodie has some feet under there somewhere

Close up-Gunnar has really great feet........And the sweetest feet in the house belong to....The Mayor

knitting content later.....

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Thursday, March 01, 2007

Spare Squares - March Prize

Here is the March prize for the spare square drawing. Its a beautiful silk velour long scarf with celtic designs (appropriate for St Patrick's Day). I'll have the Mayor pick a ticket at the end of the month and announce the winner. There is still plenty of time to get your spare squares to me if you want a chance on this scarf! But don't panic! I'll be holding monthly drawings, and every square gets a ticket in the fish bowl! There will be plenty of chances and more great prizes.

Tell your friends! (please, its for AI duPont hospital for children)

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