Tuesday, October 17, 2006

It is sooo good

to have my very OWN laptop back! Last week my power cord literally melted down before my very eyes. Leaving me holding a useless cord with wires, ends popping, totally exposed. Thankfully a replacment was to be found with not too much difficulty. There were other laptops available and I used one- for email and work, but I wanted MINE! with MY bookmarks and favorites and easlily accessible Bloglines. All the little things that I take for granted. AND the big thing- like having all my pictures and many of my knitting patterns being held hostage by the computer with no power. BACK UP BACK UP BACK UP. I cannot say it enough BACK UP. Had I done that in the last hundred or so years? noooooo. MUST. BACK. UP.

OK! I have tried to upload pictures to Blogger about SIX or more times!! I have had this post written for TWO weeks. I have much more to post about and so I am sending this on without the pictures. It tells me that they are loaded but yet they are not here. So I now have to apologize that the pictures I refer to are not there! Sorry.

In an effort to finish up some very important business. Namely some swaps that I have been involved with I wanted to post some finishing pictures. I don't know if my Knit Socks Kit Swap partner has received hers yet. I was late getting it out to her so I kept adding to it in an effort to make it worth the wait. I knit and felted her knit bag and I was ever so fortunate to obtain some VESPER sock yarn in The Strange Little Mama colorway. This took a bit of time because "vesper girl" was vacationing. She got it right to me just as soon as she could. Here are some pictures of the day I was putting the finishing touches on the kit and getting it all boxed up.

I was also involved in the "Funky Scarf Swap". This was fun and I kept changing my scarf. When I went back and read that my pal was not a fan of pastels I went back and made her a potato chip scarf using Schaeffer "Miss Priss" yarn. A very very soft yarn I must add. Really nice to work with. It was a fun knit but when it was done it was too late to add more. I would knit again with 110 stitches rather than the 90 the pattern specified.

And finally I got out the camera and took some Saturday Sky pictures. It was a bright sunny day, crisp and cool. There was a touch of color in the leaves at the lake. I had thought there would have been more- but no.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

FFF or Better Known as....

The "Fantastic" Fall Fiber Festival. I look forward to this event all year. It was only my second but boy was the anticipation high! The weather around here in Va. not so good. But we took off on Sunday having decided on Friday night NOT to try it on Saturday. It was still drizzling in our little part of Va when we left heading west and then north. The weather improved but the mud at the festival did not. Many thanks to the folks at Knitters Review that had braved the festival on Saturday and gave reports of the mud so I had on old old tennis shoes. If you were there then I probably missed seeing you because I had my head down the whole time watching every step I placed. I was so proud because my shoes were not so bad. The mud was not over the top ruining my socks! But then...I looked at my jeans. I had mud splatters all the way up to my knees. So much for being proud. Some vendors were not there and I was sorry for that. But I did not blame them. We all know what they have invested in their wares. Now even though two of the main ones I had interest in were not there I managed to make some NEW friends and find some lovely yarns and patterns and even a Christmas gift or two. I did manage to see a few blogging knitters that I read and I believe I missed seeing some as well.

The one thing that I missed the most was MY CAMERA!! It was back in the car at home! I had the extra battery and the memory card but no camera. I guess I will have to take pictures of all the wonderful things that I bought and share those with you.

Hang on until tomorrow and there will be more.....

Sunday, October 01, 2006

It's October Y'all

I cannot believe it! It was just May. I don't know where the summer has gone, it certainly flew by that is for sure. Here it is OCTOBER! and we all know that means. Christmas is around the corner. The stores will soon push all the Halloween goodies aside and bring out the trees and the trimmings.

October also is a fun month because it is This is a pretty relaxed KAL with not really any rules other than to have fun knitting socks. You can start new ones, finish up some that have been hanging out on your needles, you can knit up some for a swap or a charity. It is just SOCK FUN all month long. My plans are to work on finishing some socks. I have been counting and I have on needles the following SIP ( Socks In Progress):

*Koigu Jaywalkers ~ on the foot of sock 1

*Blueberry Waffle~ somewhere on the cuff, it's been awhile

*Claudia's Handpainted Red Wagon socks~ All I have done is cast on

*Mountain Colors something that I can't remember ~it's been so long

*Baby socks in Candy

*NONO Kitty Socks~ So close These are in the yarn I got from NoNO Kitty right before she quit selling her hand dyed yarn. The color and the feel are superb and I am getting close to finishing them. I love the colors in this yarn and they are matching up pretty well. They won't be identical but for sure they are fraternal. Here they are when I first started them back at the beginning of the summer er...spring.

One more thing before I go tonight. I had joined the "Funky Scarf" swap and the scarves are to all be mailed out around October 14th. There have been about 5 different plans I have had for the scarf. Indecision was killing me and wasting valuable time. My partner is not much for novelty yarn and likes a skinny long scarf. My question is "What is long?" Is it 60" or 70" or longer? Here is the scarf all in a tangle ..... I used three different yarns and I think it is looking pretty good. I WOULD wear it. As a matter of fact I will probably have a hard time sending it off. I like it a lot!!

But please give me an idea of a good length for a long skinny scarf. Here it is being held aloft by my 6'4" tall son. It looks pretty long to me but it only measures out to 45". I know blocking will lengthen it but I want it to be right. I have yarn to go another 10 -20 inches or so.....
Wishing all of you happy knitting this week. This week's blog will feature a dishcloth in progress (DIP) HEY! I like that one! and a post about where I knit. and Maybe a Fall Fiber Festival Update. How does that sound?

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