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I’ve had a nice relaxing weekend. The outing on Friday was actually pretty nice and I didn’t touch my knitting once. The club was beautiful and we were only there for 3 hours. We spent most of our time on a boat ride around the lake and at lunch so I was prety well entertained. Despite my lack of knitting during the outing I managed to finish the leg of the second sock and I’m now working on the cuff. This pair will be done before you know it.

Yesterday we took Dad out for a round of golf. We had a great time but I really sucked. I’m thinking too much. All these lessons have me thinking about too many things. My swing was off, my aim was terrible and by the 16th hole I was too tired from the sun that I could barely swing the club with enough speed to be move the ball any worthwhile distance. But this was the 3rd round I ever played so I can’t expect to be Tiger Woods now can I. On the plus side, my putting is improving!

Carl and I spent the night at my Dad’s. We had lots of wine, a lovely dinner and played with the doggie. It was great. We got back to the city mid morning and Carl left for work. Since then I’ve been plugging away on his sweater. The front is finished and on holders. I need to do the shoulder shaping on the back but I don’t really want to do it right now so I started the cuff of the first sleeve. It looks like I will actually finish this beofre the wedding!!

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Yesterday morning I cast on the Heart Hat by Elizabeth Zimmerman and now it’s done!

30:365 I Heart You!

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Isn’t it adorable?! Over Christmas my soon to be SIL Jen mentioned that she wanted a really cool hat so I’ve been on a mission to find just the right pattern. I found this pattern and some leftover bits of yarn in my stash and viola — HAT! I wasn’t in the mood to start my second sock yesterday and thought this would be a nice, quick break. I just have to pop down to the post office this morning and ship it out to her. I hope she likes it as much as I do. I wonder if I have enough to make a second one for me…hmm…

Now it’s back to sock 2.

We’re off to Rhode Island for some camping this weekend but before we get there we have to take a little detour. We’re driving up to the Boston area so we can meet Mom at her sewing class Saturday morning so I can finally try on my wedding dress!!! I’m so excited to finally see the dress! I’ve tried on the muslin version but I haven’t seen it put together with all the fabrics. It’s going to be spectacular. Of course Carl will have to busy himself in the morning so I’m sending him to get the oil changed. I think that should keep him busy long enough to miss me in the dress.

Of course I’m bringing my knitting with me. I’m about halfway up the leg of the first knee sock already. Let’s see how much I can get done by Tuesday. Maybe I can even finish this thing!!! I really should bring the little baby sweater I knit for my colleague since the baby is almost here and only one sleeve is sewn in but I think I have enough time before we head out for me to get one more sleeve done. Heck, if Carl is late might be able to even sew the collar on! I’m not knitting the booties since I’ve had issues with booties in the past. For some reason they never come out right so I’ve given up on them. Instead I bought her little sheepskin booties for the baby. They’re a little warm for this time of year but come fall they’ll be perfect.

Enough yapping, it’s time for me to finish packing and get those sleeves in. Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

I spent most of yesterday trying to make up the work I didn’t get to do on Sunday. It was a very long day and frankly all I wanted to do was curl up on the couch with my knitting and veg. I guess you have to be an adult sometimes and take care of your responsibilities though. I still haven’t caught up but I’ve made some good headway which is very important. I really want to do well since this is the first BIG project I’ve had in a while and I think it’s the kind of thing that people may notice and could serve me well. I will just have to keep plugging away and hope everything gets sorted in the end.

Tonight was our last golf lesson (which means I got to work a little less today which was nice) and we finally had good weather. We’ve met some pretty cool people through these lessons and it felt a bit like summer camp at the end. Everyone was exchanging their contact information so we can meet up and play a few rounds together or just hit some balls at the range. We even talked about making Tuesday nights are beer and driving range night. We’ll see if we all follow through.

I managed to turn the heel on my knee high socks when I finally got some down time last night. So I’m on to the leg which will be pretty mindless but just what I need at the moment. I hope to finish at least one sock by the end of our upcoming camping weekend. Let’s see if I can do it.

I still need to pick up around the neck on my Corrie Vest but I haven’t had the time to really focus on it. I’m hoping things will slow down as the week goes on so I can finish all the knitting before we head out. But I guess if I don’t I can always finish it in the car on Friday. It’s not like I’ll have anything else to do right? I can’t wait till I can call this project done. It’s probably my most involved project to date and it will feel so good to finally be able to wear it. Of course I will have to promptly put it away with the rest of my winter clothes but it will still feel good even as a sweat through the picture taking process.

I’m so tired and it’s not even 10pm. I guess I should sign off and find some comfy clothes to relax in before I pass out for the night. It’s been a long week and it’s only Tuesday. Wish me luck with the rest of the week. Pictures of my sock soon!

Yesterday was super busy after work. I had a baby shower for a colleague and then a house party for a friend of Carl’s and then we had my brother’s 31 birthday party. Needless to say I never had the chance to knit let alone reinforce my steeks and cut! But today is a very different matter.

I woke up late (8:30am) and spend the morning finishing Silent In The Sanctuary and procrastinating. The plan for the day was to clean a bit and for me to finally cut the steeks. Eventually I had to be good and get to the steeks. So I went down to my desk and dusted off my sewing machine. I never use it because frankly I have no idea how to sew but I can sew a fairly straight seam and that’s all I needed for this. My heart was racing as I put knitting to machine. The cutting didn’t worry so much as the sewing. I kept telling myself to remember to put the foot down so my knitting didn’t slide everywhere and get ruined. And after several agonizing minutes my knitting was reinforced and the steeks we ready for cutting.

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18:365 Cutting The Steeks

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The cutting was odd but definitely not scary. After watching Meg Swanson cut dozens of steeks I knew it would work as long as I stayed between the lines. I have to say I’m really proud of myself.

I finished the ribbing on one of the arm holes while we watch Tarzan. Unfortunately, I have to do more cleaning before we have to head out for yet another birthday party. When did I get a social life?

And I just realized this is my 100th day (sadly not post, bad blogger). I couldn’t have picked a better thing to do on my 100th day.

As of this morning I am officially done with the colorwork on the Corrie Vest!!!!

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I’m so excited! But also a little nervous because this means I have cut the steeks this weekend. EEEK!

In the meantime I’m starting a simple stockinette pair of knee highs with some yummy Zauberball from  Schoppel Wolle colorway Charisma. It’s super relaxing and easy after the vest. I’m using Streets and YOs’ basic knee high toe-up sock pattern. It’s straightforard and the yarn is gorgeous! Plus they’re perfect for our camping trip that’s coming up.

So tonight I’m just going to kick back, relax and work on my socks. I will worry about the steeks tomorrow or maybe Saturday.

One month ago I started my Corrie Vest and now it’s nearly done! Who knew it would only take a little over a month to finish this project. I know it’s not done but it’s so close it must be a matter of days/ a week before it’s finished (and quickly put back in the closet for when fall comes around again). I thought I would be working on it this all summer. I’m pleased it’s gone as smoothly as it has. And I hope I didn’t just jinx myself. I finished all the neck and armhole decreases and now I have about 10 rows of short rows to shape the shoulders and the colorwork is DONE! Who knows, maybe I’ll finish tonight.

I’m so excited!! Back to work.

My tank is officially done.

Hey Now!!

And it’s a sexy one. After knitting what’s now my future maternity sweater I needed a little sexy. I think I hit the nail on the head. I have a couple ends to weave in still but it’s done to me. I have to say I really like it. I’m going to block it over the weekend and hopefully the yarn will bloom a little more.

The only problem with finishing something is deciding what to work on next. I guess I will be WIP-diving in the morning. Maybe one of the shawls? I wish I had some socks in there. I really want to knit some socks but I can’t get distracted from my goal of stash busting and WIP finishing.

On a different note, I’m now on the hunt for yummy, healthy recipes that will fit into my nutritionists plan. Tonight I pulled out my copy of  You Are What You Eat and decided to try the chickpea burgers with some avocado sauce. They looked great when they came out of the oven and then we ate them…yuck…so bland. Even with the avocado!! I guess I just have to try again tomorrow with a different recipe. Do you have any suggestions? It can’t contain processed foods or sugar. Other than that I can basically eat whatever I want. Cooking is going to be hard without pounds of cheese and butter. And I miss baking…sugar is so good. Ok can’t think about this. I will kick that sugar habit.

I think I’m about 3 stashes behind so here we go…

First up is this lovely fingering weight llama yarn I purchased in…can you guess?…Argentina.


We were roaming around San Telmo which is one of the oldest parts of Buenos Aires. It’s also the antique shopping center of the city. There were GORGEOUS things everywhere. I bought tons of old buttons, ribbon and lace from one shop and then we just strolled around till we found a giant antique mall off one of the side streets. We spent a few hours looking at things and talking to shop owners and then we turned a corner and there was this tiny stall selling yarn. Now this was our last day of vacation so you can imagine how much new yarn I already purchased before this. I tried to be good. We decided to stop in and buy some lovely wool and silk yarn for Carl’s aunt who lent us her apartment for the 2 weeks we were in BA. She’s a knitter so yarn was the perfect gift. While Carl worked out the details of the sale I just fell in love with this tiny skein of llama yarn. I figured one little skein wouldn’t hurt, plus I can make fingerless and who doesn’t love fingerless gloves?

Next up…some lovely lace weight from Rhinebeck.

This yarn came as part of kit to make the River Run Shawl from a company called Just Our Yarn. I loved the pattern and the colors. But what I loved more was the challenge. This is a beaded lace pattern and I’ve never done this. The fact that I still haven’t cast-on shocks me. Normally, I would have cast-on when we got back to the room. I guess I do have will power sometimes. I think one of the best things about this purchase was that I thought it was about $30 more than I actually paid so when we got back to the room and I went through my receipts I was super excited because I actually had a little bit more in the budget to spend the next day. (I really am bad).

And finally…

Beautiful Queensland Haze which is actually made with CORN! I bought this maybe a year ago at a little shop in Cornwall, NY cleverly named Cornwall Yarn Shop. I bought this yarn to make a little cardigan from Queensland Collection Book 10.

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My mom and I went to Cornwall on a whim. We’d been to all the yarn shops in our neighborhood and I think it was a Sunday so we were also limited since most shops are closed. I went online and searched for yarn shops within a comfortable distance and this is what we found. It was a great shop with some really interesting yarns that I’d never seen before like this corn yarn. They also had some sugar cane yarn which has a wonderful hand. The more I think about it we really need to go back there. Maybe this summer.

Geez…that was a lot of flashing…now for my FO.

Joyella is done and it’s not terribly awful. Ok it’s way too big under the arms and in the shoulders but it looks ok. I think I can keep this sweater for myself and when I am preggers I think this will be my go-to sweater for the first few months. But that’s a long time coming so I’ve got to keep this sweater in good shape. I”m sure it will be a pilly mess by then.

I’m waiting for Carl to get home from work so he can take a picture of me in it. I tried to take one of myself this morning and it was bad…very bad. I promise to update this post later today, cross my heart.

So what do I work on next? I sort of want to cast on for that little pink cardigan but I don’t think I should. I guess I should dive into the WIP container and see what I have. Maybe I can finish something small and then  I can start the cardigan. Before I do that I think I need to finish plying the targhee before Carl turns my wheel into kindling. The deal is that I can have my wheel but I have to put it away at the end of the day. The only problem with that is when I’m plying. I can’t put it away when I’m in the middle like I can when I’m just spinning. He’s been very understanding but I think I”m starting to push it. I guess I must ply and then knit.

AS PROMISED:

Giant Hexagon Sweater

It is huge and it makes me look heavier than I am but it’s comfortable and not completely hideous.

I finished seaming the back this morning and it’s officially too big.

But it’s very pretty. I’m not sure how it will look once it’s all finished and on but I will push on and see what comes of it. If it doesn’t fit me I guess I can find someone who will fit in it. Though I hate the idea of giving this one away. I really wanted to make this sweater. Maybe this is knitting gods punishing me for buying yarn while on a yarn diet. 

I managed to make it to my knitting group tonight which was great! I haven’t been in a really long time and it was nice to catch up with old friends. I was late because my appointment with my nutritionist ran late so I spent more time chatting than knitting BUT I managed to work on Carl’s sweater while I waited for the nutritionist to finish with the person before me. God that person was annoying. She did stop asking questions and you could tell the nutritionist wanted to be nice but also wanted to end the appointment. I wanted to scream “EAT YOUR VEG AND SHUT UP ALREADY!” I guess I shouldn’t complain since I still made it to my knitting night.  It was rather rude though.

Anyway, I’m enjoying a nice vodka tonic but don’t tell the nutritionist. Vodka didn’t have a mother or come straight from the ground so she wouldn’t like it. I have tomorrow off so I’m going to finish seaming Joyella tomorrow so I guess we’ll see just how big it truly is. And if I have enough time I want to finish piling the targhee. It’s look much better as a piled yarn but it still isn’t balanced. Oh well, practice makes perfect right? When I’m done with all my projects, we’re off to the suburbs to have dinner at our potential rehearsal dinner place. It should be a good day and I really need a day off (at least one where I’m not puking). Happy (early) Friday!

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