Thursday, November 30, 2006


Finished Object

I finished my first mobius! I say "my first" because this will not be my last!
This was very fun to knit - the addiction is forming! I finished it just in time - it is freezing here in Colorado today! This will keep my head warm without having to wear a hat. I have never liked wearing hats, I don't know why. But I do like the mobius - alot!

MJ wearing mobius

Yarn: Bare Wool of the Andes - approx 125grams used
Needles: Knit Picks Options size 10 47"
cast on 150 stitches
worked in seed stitch
Border: handspun from the Llama store
Finished sized: 45 inches X 11 inches


I have tried to keep this blog upbeat. But I just wanted to share a little about my week. It has been very stressful. My mother was recovering from routine surgery and had some complications. She was admitted into the ICU for a few days. All is good now, but what a scare! I am sharing this because this is like a journal for me, and I did not want to forget how fragile this life is! I really thought I was going to have to hop on a plane. Mom lives in Pennsylvania, otherwise I would have been at the hospital holding her hand myself. However, she did have some wonderful friends to take care of her for me. Thank you John, Janice, and Hazel :) Mom is doing much better now! Some PT and she will be better than new!

I am looking forward to a relaxing weekend - I need to de-stress!
Maybe cast on another mobius! Or work on some fun holiday knitting!

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Three out of Four

This is day three of my four day weekend. And what better way to spend it then at knit group! The Fabulous Phoebe graciously hosted us at her wonderful house. Her man was out of town, so we had girl time! There were snacks, there was knitting and spinning, but best of all the was Scarlet O'Hara!! It was a great time!

Christy taught me how to do a mobius cast on! So I have another WIP to amuse me! I am more than halfway done with 2 out of 3 of my Secret Santa gifts, so I am allowing myself another project.
Besides, I am a Bad Ass Knitter and I can start as many projects as I like!


Yarn: Bare Wool of the Andes
Needles: Knit Picks Options size 10 47"
cast on 150 stitches
worked in seed stitch

I can see many more of these in my future! Once you get it cast on, it is mindless! Just keep going around! Of course you can make it as fancy as you want with lace patterns and all. But I wanted to keep it simple for my first time! The yarn is plain too, but I have a nice hand spun, hand dyed yarn that I got at the Llama Store for the border.

Mobius with Handspun

It will be Fabulous!

Thursday, November 23, 2006



I am happily stuffed! And thankful!
Hope you all are having a wonderful weekend!

I am doing alot of knitting, holiday knitting.
All the names have been drawn in the 3 Secret Santas that I am in! I said I wasn't going to do holiday knitting this year, but I kinda have to. The one person told me what he wanted last year if I picked his name! I got him this year. So I wonder if he remembers that he asked for helmet liners to take hunting? The other is a person from work, she asked for "purple bath accessories" so knitted washcloths and fancy soap made sense! These little knitted holiday items aren't stressful. Not like last year, when I was knitting up till midnight on Dec 24th! But I did finish my daughter's stocking and she loved it! It is unique, just like her!

Each project is started, so that is good. I will post pics later.

Let me waddle over to the couch....and knit!

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Thanks Living

Happy Holiday to all!


May your cup runneth over!

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Field Trip

Our knit group got together yesterday. Some of us went on a field trip to an Alpaca Holiday Extravaganza in Black Forest, a few blocks from the coffee shop we were meeting at. I fell in love, and his name is Rocky! He is interesting and very friendly. He had spots, like a Jacob sheep, so his fleece is multi-colored. I really liked that!


There were vendors selling all types of alpaca items. Kir scored this beautiful roving.


We met back up at the coffee shop to ooohhh and aaahhh over our acquired treasures. We did some knitting. And had lunch. Then made plans to meet in the evening again! Another coffee shop to hang out at and knit! It was too fun! Here are some more alpaca pictures. They were all so cute! But we live "in town" so Rocky had to go home to his farm.

I just finished the 5th skein on my DH raglan, he needs to try it on now. What I should be doing is holiday knitting! It is getting close and I haven't even started yet! So my other, non-holiday knitting may have to take a backseat for a little while. But that is okay, because that means I will get to start new projects! We all like that!

Today, I think I need to rest!

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Yarn Love Thursday

I can home from work today and found Lots of yarn love from Knit Picks!
In addition to the yarn, I got this book.

One Skein Wonders

This is really good! I flipped thru it and found at least a dozen things that I want to make already. You know how sometimes (ok alot of times) you find a skein of yarn that you have to have. You don't know what you are going to make with it, but you get it anyway. It sits in your stash wanting to be knit. You want to knit it, but what to make. Consider this book full of ideas. All projects are one skein. Different weights and fibers. Perfect!

Now, to the yarn....

Yarn Love

Starting at the bottom left, there is Essential in Cocoa, Wool of the Andes in Forest Heather, Wool of the Andes Bulky Hand dye in Impatiens and Yukon, Palette in Nutmeg, Wood, Bark, Black, Cream, and White, and Bare - Superwash/Nylon/Donegal Fingering Weight. Not pictured is more Sapphire for DH's raglan sweater and two more sets of Options dpns.

More Cute Dog Pics

Majc Portrait


This is Majc saying,"Can I have a french fry PLEASE!! Look at how cute I am! I see the fries......I smell the fries......PLEASE!!!!!"

More cute Majc pictures here.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Balancing Act

I know what it is I like about knitting washcloths:
1. They are quick to make. Talk about instant gratification!
2. You can practice new stitches or techniques without committing to a large project.
3. Cotton yarn comes in alot of cute colors and is inexpensive.
4. Dogs can balance washcloths on their head!

Genius Face Cloths
This pattern is so easy! It is from Mason Dixon Knitting page 133. The Baby Genius burpcloth. I used Sugar 'n Cream Hot Green and Over the Rainbow. I knit two rows of each color alternately. Look at how quick you can see the pattern. Nothing to it really.

Genius Face Cloths

After watching Breakfast at Tiffany's last night. See how fast it goes. And I was watching the movie too. Good movie BTW.

Genius Face Cloths
I finished the first one on my lunch break at work today. I cast on 50 stitches and knit until it looked square. I had about half the yarn left I think, so I started another one!

Balancing Act

Majc said that she hasn't been on the blog in a while. So I had get her to model. How does a dog model a face cloth? On her head of course. She held it for quite a while! But treats were involved as always! She is such a good girl!

Saturday, November 11, 2006

A Day With the Girls

I met with the girls today for knit group.

Knit Group

We had a great time!
Hung out, drank coffee, chatted, and even knitted!! Imagine that! Actual knitting was done at knit group, what a concept! haha!

Christy brought this lovely yarn that she carded and spun up. The Fabulous Phoebe knit up a couple swatches of it there on the spot. It is shetland and a touch of Angelina (sparkly bits). The pictures do not do it justice at all! It was so soft and yummy!! Like cotton candy that you can knit. Like clouds that you can touch!

Shetland and Angelina roving


Chery was working on this colorful log cabin:

Chery's Log Cabin

Linda wore her newly knit Trekking sweater and was casting on for a cable sweater:


I made some progress on a neck warmer:

Jeans Neck Warmer

It is Brooks Farm Four Play yarn in Jeans Old and New. A nice wool/silk blend. Very soft! Something mindless to knit for knit group, since knitting in public can be a challenge! Especially when the conversation gets good! I did bring the DH's raglan along and knit a few rows on that too.

Of course there were stash enhancements!

Yarn Crack

The hot pink in this picture (bottom left) will be socks for a very nice lady at work who is worthy of my knitting :) She stood up for me and did what was right! She deserves a pair!

2nd Time Cotton and Trekking

Lisa picked up this 2nd Time Cotton for me and my DH drove across town to get me the Trekking! I feel so loved!

Some of us went out to lunch afterwards.


MMMMMmmmmmmm SUSHI :)
Ok, some had actual cooked food, but what fun is that!

What a wonderful to spend a day!

Lest we forget it is Veteran's Day.
Please read this story then click "video"

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Actual Knitting Content

There has been knitting, really.
And I have the pictures to prove it!

First up is a finished thing!
I finished the Socktoberfest yarn swap socks.

Flower Power socks

Flower Power Closeup

Flower Power socks
Yarn: Knit Picks Memories Flower Power from Shannon
Needles: Knit Picks #1 (2.5mm)
60 stitches 4X1 seed stitch ribbing

I really like these socks. The yarn is so bright and cheerful, the pattern was interesting. They will be happy on my feet!
Thank you Shannon :)

Marble Grey socks

I have been working on the Marble Grey socks for my DH off and on. A little progress I guess. I like the effect with the mixing of the yarn.

Sapphire Raglan

And progress on the raglan, also for my DH. I like making top down raglans - too easy! The cable adds a little bit of interest. He likes the color and how nicely it is coming along.

I guess that's all for tonight. Maybe a longer post this weekend.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006



Monday, November 06, 2006



Sunday, November 05, 2006

Busy Weekend

I went to knit group on Saturday and hung out with the girls. Funny, I was the first one there and the last to leave! But the DH had to work, so where else would I be! Christy brought some of her yummy yarn. I went home with 2 skeins of sockweight.

Crazy Monkey Yarn

I guess green was my color yesterday. Not the usual color I go for, but I liked it! It just popped. And my sweetie likes green too, so that works out. Christy brought some homespun she was working on - can't wait to see it with "the sparkly bits" mixed in!

I actually got some knitting done at knit group too. Shocking, I know. I made some progress on DH's top down raglan. I couldn't get a really good pic, sorry, the color was just not coming out right. Whatever, you get the idea.

Sapphire Cable Sweater

Sapphire Cable Sweater Closeup

Did you notice that if you click on a link in my blog it opens in a new window now. Anne showed me that trick. It is just a piece of HTML that you add to your template in Blogger. If you want it, let me know and I'll send it along. Thank you, Anne!

This afternoon, the ladies in our fellowship are giving our pastor's wife a surprise birthday party. That should be fun! So I better go get ready.

Enjoy what's left of your weekend!

Friday, November 03, 2006

Feastless Friday


The table is set, but dinner is not being served.
Sadly, there will be no Friday's Feast today.

Restocking the Pantry
There's some exciting stuff going on here in the kitchen at Friday's Feast!The chef will be on vacation until November 17th. Please don't cry; your tears might fall into the soup and make it too salty. ;)

They are having a contest, so stop by if you want to contribute to the Feast.

I finished Christmas Letters today. It was an easy read. I liked it, although it was not what I thought it was going to be. It was not a sequel to the previous books and did not mention knitting until page 203. And then only breifly. But it was cute and funny, a romantic comedy.

Thursday, November 02, 2006


Look what came in the mail today.

IK winter 2006

Just thought it was funny, since I bought the Holiday issue yesterday.


Halfway done with Christmas Letters. It is good, but had nothing to do with the other Shop on Blossom Street books. Except that it is set in the same town. Still a good read. Very funny. I actually laughed out loud as I read it on my lunch break today!

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

All Good Things...

All good things must come to an end. Or so the saying goes I guess. Socktoberfest is over. I finished six pairs of socks in October. Not too shabby. I have two pairs still on the needles. I will continue to make socks. Especially now that I have two more feet to knit socks for. My DH really likes his handknit socks. But I think he will like this even more.

Sapphire Raglan

I started his raglan sweater! I am using the Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in Sapphire Heather that I got him for his birthday. The hardest part is done - the counting! Knitting math, gotta love it! He wants a plain sweater with one cable down each sleeve and one down the middle. I can do that! I am going to throw in a little contrasting color trim too! I am looking forward to a bigger project and a little break from socks.

I picked this up today:
IK holiday

I was waiting for it in the mail. But it is not part of the subscription to Interweave Knits Magazine. Oh well, glad I checked it out before it was all gone from the stores. I know that some of the patterns are reprints. But I have not subcribed for long, so I don't have all the patterns anyway. And I am a sucker for knitter eye-candy! The pears on the cover are so cute! And I just like having a new knitting mag to flip thru and get inspired. New patterns, pretty colors, it doesn't take much to amuse me I guess!