I forgot to say that my uncle has his computer and DSL up here so I am good to go! Woo!!!
Talk to ya later!
We made it to Breckenridge just fine. Whew! I am always a nervous flyer. But we made it. I had my "Transderm" patch on (for motion sickness) and it worked GREAT. We flew into Denver, picked up our Suburban, and drive to our friend's house (the Neeley's- thanks guys!) for some pizza, then drove up the hill to Breck. My patch worked GREAT driving up those windy hills.
Anyway, Byron and the kids have already taken off this morning at 8:00 to get them off to ski-school and I am sitting here next to the fire, sipping my coffee. I'll be breaking out my knitting soon! My dream may come true after all! I don't do to well with altitude the first few days of being up on the hill, so I always take it easy. I feel like I need to double my heart medication as my heart is just going crazy!
Today, I've decided to shop and knit. There is a local knitting store here which is a combo quilt store. Mmmmm dreamy. I'm going in there to fix my first problem on my Vogue.
Yes, Wendy, that is a UPC code font. Isn't it cool!!!
Ok, more on the knit store later...
Ok, folks, I have all my knitting ready, a few books on my iPod, my ski clothes packed (oh yeah, that) and I'm ready to go.
Here is what I'm imagining will happen. I will get to the hill, and ski my little (big) legs off, come home and be to tired to knit or anything productive, because I will also be cooking and such, gotta bathe the kiddos, do homework with them (yes, the teachers sent home AMAZING AMOUNTS OF H.W., STINK!) and then I'll need to crash myself after a long hot shower.
Here is what I WANT to happen. I will get to the hill, dressed in my new ski clothes I got for Christmas because of this very trip. I will ski to my hearts content (about 3 runs - lets see at a cost of $80.00 a day - that makes each run about $27.00). I will then glide into the warming hut, where there will be a roaring fire, and an incredible big cushy chair just waiting for me. I will sit and right away be served by a cute young waiter a piping hot Starbucks Grande Cinnamon Latte, with just two pumps of cinnamon. I pull off my ski-boots and criss-cross-applesause my legs, open my backpack which I've worn all 3 runs, and pull out my KNITTING (da da da DAAAAAA).
And, I knit.
And, I knit.
And, I knit.
Oh yeah, and I listen to my iPod books.
After about 20 minutes of this I notice that other knitters are gathering around me, even some spindle spnners. And, we are having a little "Knit In"
And, we knit.
And, we spin.
And, we knit.
Just to be social, I've removed my iPod.
After lunch, my new friends and I decide we need to make another 3 runs to make our husbands happy. We decide to meet, same time, same place, tomorrow.
I pick up the kids in Ski-School, head home and they tell me they had a GREAT day of skiing, and that tomorrow they will meet me up top and ski the blacks with me. Oh yeah, baby. They tell me that they are going to go shower (by themselves). And, get dressed, and don't worry, they will even put the "soft stuff" in their hair and brush it themselves. What ?! Then since it is NOT my night to cook or clean dinner, I get to sit with my Aunt Billie (who also knits) by the roaring fire and Knit.
And, we knit.
And, we knit.
And, we knit.
Byron puts the kids to bed and then the whole family sits around and talks while Aunt Billie and I knit.
And, we knit.
And, we knit.
And, we knit.
The same thing happens all week long. And, I get my new Vogue wrap/sweater completely done.
Wow, now that is a vacation if you ask me.
Reality is that I will get a LOT of skiing in, lots of cooking, lots of watching the kids have fun in the snow, all of that I am sooooooo excited to do. But, I would really like to get a LOT of knitting in. I have a week. I'll post what I have finished when I get back!
In case any of you think you might come and raid my yarn stash, and anything else that might be left behind in my house. You'll have to deal with a very LARGE Rottwieler who isn't too keen on strangers. Even worse is my 20 lb. cat who is HUGE and mean. He bites. He bites hard. And, a family of banshees. I got the Banshees down the street to house-sit.
Ok folks, last post here until next Monday. No computer - now that will drive me crazy....
That's all she wrote!
Background story here. I started knitting in mid-September 2005. I took classes and made hats and a few scarves. As you can see I am obsessed. I decided that I was going to make myself a sweater in November, got it all knit up, all the parts I mean. Then when it was time to start putting it together I got distracted by stuff to knit for Christmas. Then I thought that it wasn't knit right. I thought I'd have to rip out the sleeves since they didn't seem to be joining right. Blah, Blah, Blah. So, I put it in a zip-lock bag, and let it sit for awhile. Sunday we are leaving for Breckenridge, CO for some fun skiing and that sweater just kept sitting there staring at me. Haunting me. Driving me batty....
Today is Friday and it is my knitting class with Kristi Porter at Knitting in La Jolla. So I grabbed the zip-lock, and ran up there for some help in putting it together. Since there was so much easing I had to do to get the darn sleeve in there Kristi actually did the hard part and I just sewed down the arms. Done. That took about 1 hour total. Man, I could have been wearing this for so much longer! Ah, well.
Meanwhile walking around the store I was soooo tempted by all of the cool yarns on sale. Suzanne (the owner of KLJ) has put some great yarns on sale. I've never seen a sale like this one girls so run over there. She is making more room for all the new yarns to come in and let me tell you....the amount of boxes that are in there of NEW stuff is outrageous. This coming Tuesday she is getting in 250 lbs of yarns shipped. HELLOWWWWWAAAA!!!! Anyway, the sale goes through Tuesday of next week. And, it is a GOOD one. By the way, she is open her normal Saturday, and has added in SUNDAY and MONDAY until 5:00. Normally, she is closed on those days. And, if you go in tell her Mary-Kay sent ya! (smile)
Ok, now for the unveiling of my new sweater. A little Photoshop here, a little Photoshop there and wa-la. A new sweater! What do ya think????
Ok, here you go, the re-skeined yarns in all thier beauty. My mistakes turned out not too bad. Here and there I see so places that are too light, but when I re-skeined them, they don't look that bad. I had fun doing it, but can I even try to duplicated what I did? Not a chance. That is why I think I made MORE than what I needed for this sweater/wrap. So here ya go..
And, this is the pattern I was talking about. Sooooo dang pretty. And, I think it'll be really cool in my new yarn.
Stay tuned tonight for a finished sweater, it's story, and it's picture.
Chat ya later!!!
Today the girls had a 1/2 day at school so I had to hurry and get all things done in 3 hours. I called my friend Wendy Black (Wendy Spin) from the cool web-site http://lanasdelibelula.com/
and bought 9 skeins of 50% Merino/50% Silk, so that I can dye them up for the new Vogue Knitting Mag. pattern by Adrienne Vittadini, pg. 77. For those of you who don't have the mag. Go look at the Vogue Knitting site and look under "designer attitude". It is the brown wrap with sleeves in a really pretty lacy looking cable pattern. BUT, I have to to my own thing. I knew that I could buy the already dyed full silk in a deep violet/purple from Kristine from Curious Creek Fibers, but I wanted my own color, and I wanted to be able to take it with me to Breckenridge, CO because my Aunt Billie is a GREAT knitter. I chose a lighter violet and orange to do it in, so we'll see how it turned out.
All that being said I picked up the yarn, shopped at Costco, came home, threw the yarn in a bucket to soak and unpacked from Costco (whew, sweaty). The kids came home, I made lunch, cleaned up, started laundry, and started dyeing. During Homework and laundry and dinner, I got this done. I know I'm doing it all wrong, but I think it turned out pretty. Once I have it re-skeined, I'll show that as well.
Ok, more tomorrow!
Hey San Diego knitters and spinners,
Want to head over to my house and hang out on Thursday, February 9th for some fun? I'll provide the pizza (from Venetian - the BEST!) and the place to play and you guys bring the drinks. We can start around 4:30 PM and end whenever. Come when you can.
Let me know if you're in. Should be fun.
Ok, I have finally survived the weekend and am ready to post some pics from the weekend. TNNA doesn't allow pictures at all so I couldn't take any pictures in there. Bummer. But, I got a lot of pictures of Kristine Brooks' party on Saturday night. She had a killer open house and invited some very cool people to come and hang out. She was totally in her element. It was fun to watch her in action with everyone. She is so dang outgoing and generous with all her stuff. She was handing out yarn and silk left and right to everyone and they all loved it!
Anyway, TNNA for those of you who doin't know is the National Needle Arts Association. http://www.tnna.org/ So, yarn companies and all things associated with knitting and crocheting are there. There was also Needlepoint people there, but I hate to say it, NOBODY was buying from them. It was awful. Part of that is that their stuff is AWFUL! Country designs from the 80's, giant florals, little bunnies and bears. Anyway, I think that needlepoint is in a slump right now, but it'll come back if they can get some cool artists in there. Who knows. It'll be like knitting is now - big in ten years, and then maybe knitting will be out. (NO WAY!)
So, back to Kristine's Party. What a total blast. We came back from the convention center here in San Diego around 3:30 PM (she is 4 miles away, and my house is about 5 in the other direction). Right away her MIL and SIL started cooking the soups, along with her totally awesome husband-to-be. I started decorating the house with all her knitted garments and TONS of yarn placed here and there. I tell you, it was all I could do to not throw all of that stuff in my car and drive away. Except, Kristine knows where to find me. Dang!
People started arriving around 6:00 PM and the party started! Here are some pics........
Here is Amy Singer, editor of Kintty, and the author of "Knit Wit" .
Jillian Moreno, also of Knitty fame, and author of "Big Girl Knits," (written with Amy).
And, my favorite knitter, Kritsi Porter, my knitting teacher, and author of "Knitting for Dogs," Knitty contributor, and also had something to do with the book,"Big Girl Knits" but I don't remember what- but I know it was really important!
This is Kristine telling about her dye process. She does not do "space dying", but does something totally different. You can't tell in this photo, but the party actually STOPPED, and all gathered all around to hear her tell about what she does. It was at this moment that I looked over and saw Suzanne Pineau (sp), owner of Knitting in La Jolla who Kristine has worked for for a number of years, smiling large, and she whispered to me how excited she was for Kristine and how proud she is of her. She and Kirstine have a little Mother/Daughter relationship. Very Special moment for both of them right there.
These are the cool girls who are the owners of the VERY cool Crochet web-site called Crochet Me. They also wrote the book called "Visually Teach Yourself to Crochet". I'm sorry if I got that title totally wrong. They are so dang hip and cool - What is funny is that I bought that very book on Friday and met them on Saturday. Gotta love that.
This is me with the owner of Manos del Uruguay. I was facinated by her. She started the company 30 years ago. Very nice lady and fun to talk to. Kristine, you've gotta help me out with some names here.
And, last but not least. Spinning Pictures. Amy gave us lessons on spinning silk hankies. Jillian and I kept spinning and I got a good lesson from her as well. She is so smooth. I'm much better on my wheel, that is for sure...
Well, hope you like it!
Hey, come out of the wood work, you readers and sound off! I'd love to hear who is here. Maybe it is nobody. I guess that is ok, because I really write this for my scrapbooking purposes, but it is fun to see who is here.
Have a GREAT day everyone!
I have had a most AMAZING time this weekend at TNNA. I came home with sooooo many new release books (free) signed by the authors and last night partied with some big names in the knitting world at Kristine Brooks' Open House party (Owner of Curious Creek Fibers)
I am still riding high from that and I am back for more today for another round of book signings! Shoot, you guys I am really lucky to be able to do this... I'll have pictures posted later, but it is now time for church and then back to TNNA. I'll give a full report in my next posting.
Talk to ya later!
I never posted some of my New Year's Resolutions. That is because I didn't really make any. My problem is keeping them, so I try not to make any promises to myself so I don't disappoint me. (remember you lurking readers - Barbie, I know you are one of them - I CANNOT SPELL!). I already disappoint myself in other ways, I don't want to add to the pile! (that sounds like I am down on myself, no, I am just oblivious to the fact that something is not getting done until it is to late)
I digress. Knitting news and resolutions. I have decided to make ONE resolution. Here it is. I am going to knit on ONE item, as seen below, until it is FINISHED. The end. Finito. Done. Basta. Maccaroni and Cheese. Ok, you get the picture. I have something known in the knitting world as un-finish-itis. I see new yarn, I see a new pattern, I see something shiny and I'm off in that direction. Talk about a short attention span. What if I sold off all my yarn and cast-on's that I've cast-off? I know - I'll go to ebay and list them like this:
Mary-Kay's Cast-on Cast off's
You are bidding on a beautiful concept sweater. In this auction you will receive all the yarn needed to make a lg/xl sweater in the beautiful color-way as seen in the pictures. You will also receive the needles and my one day cast-on and knitting for as far as my attention span could hold. I will not remove the needles for you, as you will need them to continue my beautiful knitting concept. Besides, I can (and will ) always buy more.
How does that sound? Well, back to my resolution. Below you will find the sweater that I WILL finish. This concept sweater will not be UN-done. I will not be listing this one on ebay.... I am knitting it in Noro's stunningly soft and beautiful Silver Thaw, color #2, Lot B. A wool, angora, nylon blend.
Now, the title says "Simple" in it. We shall see. So far some things listed as simple, simply AREN'T.