So here is what I have been knitting * Mittens for the Mitten Fairy at the Yarnery * Felted Clogs for the teen age nieces * Socks for my son * A sweater for my daughter * A lace scarf for Grandma I only have pictures of two of the above
Mitten Fairy Mittens, I am using up all my leftover bulky acrylic and acrylic and wool blends. No set size just cast on a multiple of four, knit 2 inches of ribbing and keep going. I still have 2 pairs on the needles.
Socks for Nick, of course the knitting inspector is checking them out.
They were born in Wisconsin on a farm. Megan's friend Caitlin had a purebred Siamese who got out one day and then came Baby and Ducky. They are half siamese and half barn cat. They act more Siamese, they talk to you. I have never had a cat who talks, if you are in the bathroom longer than they think you should be they sit outside the door and let you know it. But we love them anyway, just in case you are wondering Ducky is the darker one and has a really sweet dispostion, Baby is the lighter and somewhat of a prima donna. Baby does not really like Boo so this picture may be the only one I ever get of all three together.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY GIRLS!
"They are turning out okay Mom especially since they moved in with us" according to Boo
A little knitting content....
I finished some felted clogs and a pair of half mitts. The clogs were from Stash Yarn and the mitts I started last year and finally put the thumbs on them, as soon as I can get the mitts back from Megan I will post a picture.
Tonite I went to see Crazy Aunt Purl at the MOA Barnes and Noble. I ran into some old friends I had not seen in awhile Cathy and Marcia and Nora I used to knit with them at Clickity Sticks in Minneapolis and sometimes on Saturday Mornings at Como Park in St Paul, but we are all busy and don't see each other much. So back to Crazy Aunt Purl she wrote "Drunk, Divorced and Covered in Cat Hair" I hadn't read her blog much but the title of the book caught my eye because I am always covered in Cat Hair. She was funny and had a delightful southern accent, it was a good time.
Speaking of knitting and cats
Ducky has a new job CHIEF KNITTING INSPECTOR she likes to sniff and check out my knitted items while I am trying to take pictures. I really thinks she wants her picture taken
Then there is her sister Baby who has discovered a new cat bed
She thinks my sweater drying in the sun in the porch is the perfect place for a nap oh well more cat hair....
But Grandma it is so comfy just like a hammock
I joined Ravelry and love it...It is so much fun to see what everyone is knitting and to see who is knitting what you are and what yarn they are using....My ravlery name is Louisecat25 just in case you want to see what I have been up to
I also found out tonite that I may be traveling for work again to Singapore...I should find out next week if and when it would be...stay tuned
****note I actually wrote this post from my laptop and even though I said publish post it did not and so I was able to recover them and post now****
The two pairs of socks in the previous posts took 4th place at the Minnesota state fair. The blue in the plain or ribbed category and the red in the textured category. Jeanne took first in the plain or ribbed category.
In honor of what would have been My mom's 90th birthday yesterday, I am posting a picture of the house where she was born and lived all of her life. We sold the house in April and the weekend before closing in May I took this picture.
How many of us can say we stayed in one place that long?
Finished Objects coming soon as Megan gets back with my camera.
I am posting this from Las Vegas. Bob for his Birthday wanted to go to Carmel, California and especially to the Big Sur Roadhouse for dinner....well...the airline in Minneapolis who I work for had other plans...as an employee we fly standby and could not get on a flight to San Jose or San Francisco so....we went to Los Angeles and then caught a flight on Southwest to Vegas....not quite the same ambiance but we got here now How We will get home remains to be seen....
Temperature in Las Vegas today 90 with an expected high of 106....While it is hot it is not as hot as Singapore and no humidity to speak of....Also no yarn stores within walking distance of the Strip. More to come and when I get back a post with some FO's
I am at the changi airport and for the first time since 9/11 I have no knitting to fly with, either it went into the checked bag or lose my addi's. Easy choice into the checked bag it went. They did let me keep my crochet hook though go figure.
Yes, I am still here and will be back this weekend to post pictures and some updates.
Work has kept me busy but I have managed to find 2 yarn stores, I wanted to go to a third but am running out of time.
While I was gone Boo gained a roommate Baby, Ducky's sister and also Megan moved home. Bob says the house is covered in cat hair but they are all getting along. Baby has taken over the cat house and growls when Ducky tries to go in with her.
What can I say about Singapore...will I come back. Yes possibly for work in September but also maybe on vacation or holiday as they say here. The city and people are wonderful, safe and clean. The food is exceptional I have had food cooked in Banana Leaves, Curries, Chili Crabs and so much more. Today is multicultural day at work and it is a festival of all the nationalities employed here, so lots of variety of foods to try. yarn stores not many but the Singapore Knitters are a great group and adopted me as a member see Lois' blog www.peesnkays.blogspot.com for a picture of the group.
It was a long flight and I tried not to sleep to avoid Jet Lag. I arrived on Sunday in the middle of the nite and was met by a car at the airport. Went to the apartment with the most beautiful pool and slept for about 3 hours. Then I got up and started my adventures by meeting with a group of Singapore knitters. Pictures will come when I get home. One of the knitters was from Roseville Mn and teaches at the International School here..... 29April: all of that happened a week ago and all I have been doing in between until this past weekend is working....Saturday my husband came and we spent the day familarizing ourselves with the local MRT system as all I know how to do is get to work, then we went to dinner at an Indonesian Restaurant and Sunday I met again with the Singapore knitting group. They gave me some really beautiful self striping yarn as a gift. Then back to work on Monday while Bob is out having fun....see you all soon
I have been really busy getting a training manual written, finishing up my training and organizing my life before I go to Singapore.
Yes, I did attend the Yarn Harlot gathering at William Mitchell. Funny thing she remembered me from California. Who would of thought she would remember anyone, after all the knitters she meets. Her talk was just as good here as it was there and while I waited in line to get my book signed I won a door prize. It was...a toe up sock pattern, now how perfect is that? Thank You Yarnery for sponsoring such a fun evening.
I also hosted a rescheduled retreat at the end of March and it was cold and rainy so perfect weather to be inside with your good friends.
Currently I am knitting C3 from Knitty and some socks out of Lucy Neatby's Celestial Merino yarn. I can't wait to see the yarn available in Singapore.
I have been so busy since the last post that until someone pointed out to me that it had been over 6 weeks I did not realize. So lets get up to speed...On January 29 I started a training for a newly created department at Northwest. It involves about 12 weeks of training, I am just finishing up week 8. I am learning how to price and ticket reservations,in addition to my old job functions and also WorldPerks functions. Besides that I am helping to edit and write training manuals for my previous position and they will be used to train the new agents in our Singapore office. The big news I am in the end of April traveling to Singapore to train the new agents for 2 weeks. I can hardly wait to see a part of the world I have not seen.
So on to knitting I finished my son's Garter Stitch Beanie from Never Knit your Man a Sweater
I made a flying trip out to see my sister and attend Stitches West the last weekend in February, and I do mean flying out on Friday night to San Jose and home on the red eye on Sunday morning. We took an all day sock class from Lucy Neatby and shopped the market. While at the market I met Lu she was my spoiler for Sockret Pal. Although, I confess I knew who she was before because Full Thread Ahead is one of the stores my sister and I go to when I am in California. Visit the link to see the picture of us together and the wonderful socks she made me.
So what did I buy at stitches? No Socks that Rock, the booth was completely out of sock yarn by time we got there, I did pick up some of Cookie's Patterns and some Lisa Souza yarn, some Ellen's Half Pint Yarn, a skein of Opal Huntwasser and cashmere and merino blend sock yarn from JoJoLand Yarns of Texas. It was a great buy at $10.00 per skein and oh so soft to touch. Of which I took no pictures sorry...
I also delivered this sweater to Colin
Colin is my great nephew and has decided that hats are it...my sister (his grandma) made him this hat and it reminds me of an old mechanics hat my dad used to wear. Colin is just too cute for words.
So since I have been back from California I finished my Sockret Pal's socks
I have not really been doing much else, maybe next time I will be posting from Singapore.
The random cat generator has a cold so was moving kind of slow, but at last results.
Ducky who is my cat that loves crumpled paper had her choice of 9 correct answers and chose Julie. The funny thing is Julie was my partner for the first swap I ever did the Knitters Tea Swap I. BUT to prove it was legitmate here are some pictures of Ducky in action.
The names waiting for the cat generator to appear
Ducky and her supervisor Boo checking them out
Finally, she has made her choice you can see it in her paws
So Julie from Maine if you send your Address to me I will send out your prize.
Other news, I have been knitting on sockret pal socks and I have been knitting on mittens and half mittens ...Pictures to follow of the mittens my memory card on my camera seems to be full.
Rebecca and I had a great time in NYC. Rebecca thought I was never going to buy any yarn but I finally managed to buy 5 skeins, and she bought 5 skeins for a grand total of 10, so that means LimeDragon won the Birthday contest.
Now here is a second contest guess which picture below is Rebecca's yarn and which is my yarn purchased in NYC and a skein of yarn will be on its way to you. You have until midnite on Friday Feb 1 to guess....
Picture #1 to the left
Picture #2 to the right
So we went to 7 or so shops, we started at The Yarn Store on the upper west side, it is on the second floor up a steep flight of stairs. Personally an ok shop we have better here in Minneapolis. Then we went to The Point and Purl, in Greenwich Village and SoHo, both are cute little shops and both carry just a little bit of different stock from the other, The Point also has a coffee bar with soups and sandwiches and treats.
The next day we went to Seaport Yarns this one is my favorite. So much yarn that I am sure we missed some. It is at 135 William Street and on the fifth floor, it is one I visit almost everytime I am in NYC. Then we stopped at Habu, Stitches East and School House Products. We also went to the Radical Lace and Subversive Knitting exhibit at MAD (Mueseum of Art and Design) It was not your typical knitting, there are lace sculptures made from porcelain, a dress knitted of shredded dollar bills and some teeny tiny greek gloves. Check out the link above.
Next a preemie hat update I am finishing up number 12 and then I will be done
I told you red is my color, thanks Meg for letting me ride in your hood...D
And for the final one here it is . . . The Bow Tie Hat
First tomorrow I am going to NYC with my friend Rebecca to celebrate our birthdays. So I decided to have a small contest. The person who comments with the correct number of skeins of yarn we purchase while in NYC will get some yarn what else. I will be gone until Sunday so you have until midnite on Sunday to guess. Winner will be announced on Monday evening or Tuesday in the morning.
So for a preemie hat update...I am up to 10 and here with my son Nick are two of being modeled by Boo and Ducky.
Nick I think mom has really lost it this is a girls hat....Boo
and I really like the red one better so why am I in this one..Ducky
They both survived the ordeal and to prove it here is Ducky hard at work supervising my blog writing
It is so hard to get a nap in around here all I do is work work work..D
The cold weather has finally arrived in Minnesota, but still no snow.
After reading on many blogs about Knitting from your stash all year I decided I agree with Charris that moderation in yarn purchases is better than none at all. So I am not going to purchase any yarn until Stitches West in February, but I have two exceptions
1) The skein of Jitterbug I just purchased for my birthday present to me shown to your left in Mardi Gras colorway.
2) If I find some in New York next week for socks or mitten or a scarf
I am also in the midst of preemie hats, they are being collected by Michelle and Jeanne and will be taken to United and Children's Hospital in St Paul. I set a personal goal of 10 and am at number 9 almost there.
Today I received my Knit Mitt Kit Swap package
Grandma look it has your name on it and it smells like chocolate
Here is what was inside
Some Lorna's Laces in nearly solid a skein of Claudia's handpaints in the carousel colorway, those were meant to be for Lucy Neatby's Fiesta Mitten pattern that came too, two kinds of dark chocolate, a really neat index card holder to carry in my knitting bag and a great small red project bag for my mittens when I start them. Although when I emailed Sarah to say thank you I did tell her that as a sock knitter it will be hard for me to use the Lorna's Laces for mittens.