Thursday, December 28, 2006

Warning!!!! Heavy picture post ahead!

Hi, guys! It's been a while, hasn't it? After my long Christmas rush I settled in for a long winter's nap...but instead I immediately got nasty sick. Or nasty and sick....whatever! :0) Anyhow, it happens every year at this time, and you'd think I would learn not to burn the candle at both ends, BUT! No. I like my routine. heh So, I have spent the past couple of weeks trying to repair myself. Good news, I was able to get some knitting and spinning done in the meantime. Bad news, all the yarn stores are having sales and I haven't been yet!!! I need to get my last stash enhancement in as I think I may join Wendy's Knit From Your stash 2007.
Knit From Your Stash
I THINK. Honest to God, I don't know if I have the willpower.
Sock Yarns Don't Count!
Note: sock yarns do not count.

On an even brighter note, I received a package from my SP!!! She is the BEST!!! She went above and beyond. Thanks, SP!Look at this stuff. I have been admiring Arctic Lace online and here it is!!!
Arctic Lace
It is a very interesting read, I might add. And look at the Alpaca! Can't wait to spin this!

Bath and Body, my fave!

One of the best gifts was for my two pals Fritz and Mia. It squeaks like a mouse and Mia will play with it forever. It has been hilarious.
Mia and mouse
And last but not least. Truffles!!!!!! Homemade truffles. I can't show you because we ate them the gluttons we are. But, believe me, they were amazing. The peppermint truffles were to die for. My mouth is watering again just thinking of them! Thanks again, SP!!!! REALLY! I can't wait to find out who you are.

Here is the platinum from Mama-E all spun and plied.
Platinum plied
It is 50/50 merino and tencel. I am thinking of a lace shawl or scarf with this depending on my yardage. The sheen on this is just stunning.

And socks, socks, socks. This is the heel on some socks I should be finishing this weekend.
Sock heel
Notice the needles?
Celtic Swan Needles

They are Celtic Swan Needles made of sterling in size 0. They are a dream to knit with. Yes, they do bend a little if you aren't careful. I am a super tight knitter with a death grip on my needles, so it has helped me lessen the mongo-grip a little to knit with these. Amazingly, it is a little more comfortable to knit. Imagine that.
;0) I also received some in the bronze that she makes, but I have yet to try them. They are gorgeous as well!

I haven't cast on for the Zauberflote, yet. Surprised? Yeah, me, too. I am still working on my SoDaWL and Elizabeth I. and Luskentyre.....and the list goes on and on............but now that I have a little taste for finished objects...I think I may finish one or two more before the cast-on. :0) Maybe.

And in closing, here is a little shot I found as we headed out to my family for Christmas. heh I couldn't resist it, you know me.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

I scream, you scream...

We all scream for ice cream! :0) She loves it. Who would have thought it? They are supposedly lactose intolerant, so quantities are severely limited, but she fights for it.
Ice Cream

Here are my shots of the Rheingold as promised. Blocking and modeled for Brigitte. :0) I still need to go back and block the cuffs and neck smaller, but I am happy overall. I blocked it a bit larger, but I can't stand tight fitting pullovers! Ugh! Makes me clausterphobic.
blocking Rheingold


Question for all you Fair Islers....when you finish the steeks inside, do you only grab the floats or a little of the stitch underneath, too?

Here is a little more of the Latvian sock. Things are getting really busy, so I am still knitting on the fly. It's ok. Need more practice time, huh, Ceci??? heh heh I am about to tackle that 6/8 lick.......

Latvian sock 1

Oh! And the Platinum. Finished one bobbin and am on to the next. I am dying to see this finished. I think I may order more for a shawl or something else. Lovely sheen on this, isn't it?


Sunday, December 03, 2006

Two days late.......but ...ahhhwell.....

Here is the finished Rheingold unblocked. I will post more pics as I block it tomorrow or the next day. I am so thrilled to have her done, done, DONE!!!!

Lots of updates and pics to come this week. Marina, I hope you are feeling better! I am worried about you.