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Two to go! The knee socks are done!

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46:365 Socks Done!

Just in time for a 90 degree day…woo! Ok time to get ready for work. Tonight I start to tackle the Bog Jacket (again).

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.

It’s finally Friday which means I finally have some time to myself. By some time I mean about 10 minutes before I have to rush out of the house to meet a friend of ours at his new apartment. Camping was glorious. We spent 4 days in the woods with nothing to do but feed ourselves, read, knit and play scrabble. I don’t know why we ever left.

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As promised I worked on my knee sock and finally finished the first one on Thursday night. I would have finished sooner had I not been distract all all the books I was reading over the weekend. I finished the first three Lady Emily Mysteries which were fun but not serious. Which is the perfect kind of camp reading.

After looking at all the books I’ve devoured in the last couple weeks and all the other books we have lying around the apartment I realized it was time for me to finally break down and buy myself a Kindle. I’ve been decidely anti-Kindle since it came out. To me there is nothing better than the feel and smell of a book. But at some point we all have to be a little practical and frankly we have no more room for books. I feel like I’ve betrayed myself a little but really it’s for the best…right?

Since we’ve been back things have been busy. Just missing one day of work has really put us both behind but I’ve managed to finish at least one project this week. May I present the most adorbale baby sweater EVER!

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I gave it to the mommy this morning and she loved it!! I can’t wait for the baby to get here so she can wear it.

Ooo I’m going to late! I have to run…

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.

At about 11:30 this morning the worst nausea I’ve experienced in a long time hit me like a ton of bricks. Luckily I had just finished the big project for the day and was about to start on the next project. I left work so I could vomit in peace at home. I’m feeling a bit better now and even managed some soup. I don’t know what that was but it was awful.

I’ve been watching (or listening to) The Vicar of Dibley most the afternoon. And I slowly managed to finish the baby hat for my colleague. I definitely needs to be washed but it’s done and it’s cute.

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It’s really cute and I can’t wait till the whole set is done and I can give this to the mommy. I still want to make her a little pinwheel blanket with some pink chenille I have in the stash but I need to dig it out. To that though, I need Carl’s help. He placed a couple boxes of books on top of my yarn box and I can’t lift them.

Well I’m going to lay back down and wait for Carl to get home with my saltines and ginger ale. Yum!

Many many many months ago I spun this lovely black, blue, pink and green superwash merino roving and it was the first time I spun a fine-ish yarn that was almost completely consistant. I was really happy about it and I started to plan projects while I was spinning it. Then it sat on the bobbin staring at me from our bookshelf. This morning I decided enough was enough and I took the yarn off the bobbin and it felt goooood.

When I got home I tied up my new skein of handspun and it’s now soaking in some hot water to set the twist, if there’s any twist left after all those months sitting on the bobbin. I snapped this shot before dunking it in the sink:

Ok it’s not a completed WIP but it is the completion of something that’s been sitting on the shelf (literally) for months. It still feels good. Now do I finish spinning the targhee from yesterday or do I work on the baby sweater? I’m thinking baby sweater. It was so nice spinning and listening to The Outlander yesterday and with Carl here I can’t really do that. I think I’ll pack the wheel up and finish the targhee on Monday. We really need a bigger place so I can have a little craft den (are you reading this honey? Bigger place :)).

I never showed you the finished shrug!

This would be the bridal shower outfit

I actually don’t hate it and I think it looks great with the bridal shower dress. Actually, I bought the dress for Argentina in case we did a fake wedding reception down there with the family that might not be able to make it to the real wedding. We had a party but it was more informal than I thought. It was a great time though and I ate parts of a cow I never thought were edible. And they were surprisingly  yummy. Anyway, I think this outfit will be perfect for whatever my bridesmaids come up with! Now what shoes to wear? I want fabulous high heels since I can’t wear them to the wedding, Carl’s not tall enough (or I’m too tall if you want to look at it that way).

I do have another show and tell item. I recently bought Carl and I matching dork shirts.

It Came Outta Nowhere!

Isn’t it awesome!!! I keep telling Carl it should be our gym wear. He doesn’t find that as funny as I do.

I have a new (to me) designer to share with you all thanks to So KnitPicky. Ori Ami Knits designs are so cool and modern. I really dig them. I think the Airfoil Skirt is my favorite! I have to add it to my queue so I can find it again. I wonder if I have anything in the stash that will work? hmmm…

I finished my third hexagon for joyella yesterday so I think I’m on target to have all the hexagons done by next week so I can seam and knit the sleeves. Sadly, the weather is warming up so I probably won’t be able to wear this until the fall. I can’t wait to see the finish product though. I think it’s going to be really cool.

OOO dinner just arrived…time to eat!

Another very late post today but it’s been a long day. I woke up really early for no particular reason today and then I passed out again a few hours later and I woke up for good I was in a daze. After that I had to hit the ground running. Carl spent the day cleaning the apartment which is great except that we usually fight when he’s cleaning so I left and went to mom’s so I could mail out our save the dates and sew in the zipper on Grandpa’s vest. My grandfather lives down the street from my mom and he keeps a P.O. at the post office so when I go there I usually run into him. I arrived at the post office and surprisingly he wasn’t there. While mailing out our save the dates to our foreign guests I struck up a conversation with the post office lady about my grandfather and my grandmother. I love talking to people who knew my grandma. She was such a great lady and it’s so nice to hear that people outside the family loved her and miss her as well.
Who pulled into the parking lot as I was leaving? Gramps of course. We said hello and had a little chat and then I quickly ran to mom’s so I could finish his vest. I sewed in my first EVER zipper (go me!) and drove over to Gramps’ to give him is gift. He was shocked to see me again and was very happy about the warm wooly vest!!! And it fit!!!

He wouldn't let me take a picture of his face.

I snuck one picture. I’m sad that I couldn’t get a shot of the knot detail on the back but what can you do?

Normally when you visit Grandpa you’re never allowed outside the kitchen but once he saw me taking a picture he asked if I could take a couple pictures of some portraits of my great great (maybe a few more greats) Grandparents from Italy without using flash. I said of course I could and Mom and I were escorted upstairs! I never knew these portraits were of family members. He lives in an old Victorian that’s filled with antiques and beautiful prints and paintings. I always thought they were just portraits that he or my Grandmother liked. So I now I have photographic proof of my Italian heritage.

Great Great....Grandma

 

Great Great...Grandpa

For most of my life my Grandfather denied he was Italian. I think he did this because back in the 30’s it wasn’t so “cool” to be Italian and this side of the family was and is all about keeping up appearances so to speak. But with a name like Carbone how can you deny it! After Carl and I met with Gramps to tell him we were engaged he shook Carl’s hand, looked him square in the eye and said “Remember Son, Ginnys have long memories.” That was the first time I ever heard him admit he was Italian and I’m so happy he’s starting to open up (ok it’s just a little bit but it’s something) about our family. There’s so much I want to know about who we are as a family. Maybe I can stop by for lunch one of these days and grill him for information. It’s only fair after the grilling he gave Carl, right?

Now for the sad part the day (well that depends on how you look at things). Mom and I went to Pearl River after visiting Gramps so we could have lunch and we sort of went to The Stitchery and Adam sort of enabled me. There was this beautiful Norah Gaughan sweater in the store and I just had to have it so I bought the yarn…and the pattern and some yarn and a pattern for a baby sweater for a colleague. I was bad. I know. I’m sorry. But to remedy the situation I’m going to knit both of these things really fast so they don’t really become stash. And then I swear I will be good. When I told Adam I was on a diet and he was a bad bad man he said “a yarn diet!?” like I was insane. Am I insane? No, this is a good thing. I guess this is like the recovering alcoholic having a drink. I just have to get back on the wagon. Baby steps Bob, baby steps.

After shopping and lunch I had to run back to the city to pick up Carl from and appointment and then we had to get ready for dinner with friends (known as Family Dinner) and now we’re very stuffed and lounging around the house. Since it’s nearly bed time I’m going to sign off. I’m sorry I failed miserably told be it won’t happen I again…promise!

I went to M&J yesterday and found some wonderful things to finish off the negligee. My mom is coming over tonight to have her haircut (it’s actually cheaper to have my guy come here…whoda thunk it?) and I’m going to rope her into helping me determine the right length for the shoulder straps. Anyway, this is what I got.

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Beautiful silky ribbon for the waist.

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Some beaded trim for the shoulder straps.

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And one sparkly pearl bottom for the back.

I spent way too much money (of course) but I had a great time. I bought a bunch of paillettes to make this skirt from Knit.1 (but I’d make it longer to preserve my modesty).

I know it's flashy and short but I love it!

I even walked down to Lion Brand Yarn Studio (it’s about 20 blocks south of M&J) to get extra yarn to combine with what was already in my stash so I could make the skirt. I was so excited that I rushed home to swatch it however when I got there I realized that the holes on the paillettes were way too small. I threaded them onto some black thread and tried to carry them with the yarn and that was a mess. So now I have more yarn than I need and thousands of useless paillettes. So I can either return the yarn and the unopened paillettes OR I can find a small hole punch and make the holes bigger. What do you think? Return or make do?

I also found these lovely sketch books for fashion flats. After failing at the sequined skirt I pulled out my stitch books  and my pencils and designed a nice little vest for some orange mohair yarn I bought in Argentina.

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The new Shirely Paden design book is great by the way.

Maybe I’ll even knit this one! I will certainly be warm.

I’m feeling a little under the weather again but I don’t think I’m actually sick. I’m wondering if it’s just from the change in weather or the dryness of the air but I just feel yuck. My throat hurts a bit and my heads a little congested. It didn’t help that I was so hot in the office today that I was actually getting dizzy. In fact I’m still a little foggy. I’m going to stop here before I start to ramble and make no sense. Maybe I just need some really bad food. Hmm…off to hunt for grease and fat.

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