Saturday, March 25, 2006

Car Hat and Sweater finished

I finished the hat and sweater set for my co-worker's baby. I used Cotton Ease yarn - candy blue, licorice, vanilla and red - and merged the Lion Brand Jester pattern and MagKnits hat pattern together. I'm very pleased with how the set turned out. I haven't been back in to the office since I sent it home with my co-worker so I don't know how they liked it.

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Backyard fieldtrip

Here are two shots from the step of my back door. One shot looks across the patio to our pergola. In the summer, there is wisteria growing across the top of it. It is our favorite place to be on summer and autumn evenings. The other shots looks towards our backyard. To the right of the steps leading to the grassy area is a waterfall. We have it turned off now but the sound of it is wonderful when it is running - so peaceful. We can't wait to see some green again. In the summer, the entire back is filled with flowers - perenniels and annuals - so colorful.

It's sunny this morning and 30 degrees.

Saturday, March 04, 2006

Lambikins Sale

My friend Linda and I just returned from the Lambikins sale. I didn't go looking for anything in particular but look what yarn just JUMPED into my arms!! I bought 18 skeins of Blizzard (14 in a gorgeous purple and 4 cream) by Reynolds. It is a chunky/bulky yarn that will make a great sweater. I bought enough to also make a hat and some fingerless gloves. Did I mention it was 1/2 off????? Approx. $4.50 per skein!

The other yarn is Cascade 109 that I plan to make some little felted Easter baskets out of. The blueish looking yarn on the left is actually purple.

As usual, my Lambikins experience was superior. One of the employees stopped to help me before I even asked and the owner, Christine, also stopped by and was just as sweet and helpful as ever! This LYS remains my favorite shop in the city for its selection and service.

Saipan Knitting

I just returned from Saipan, which is the largest island in the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas islands (a U.S. Commonwealth.) It is in the Western Pacific Ocean, the Philipines Sea to be exact and is off the coast of the Philipines. Took a long time to get there (20 hours in the air, 48 hours total - each way.) It's a beautiful island with very friendly people. I didn't take many pictures while I was there but here is a shot from the balcony of my hotel room.

The bonus to that much flying time is - you guessed it - lots of knitting time. The second picture is all the knitting I did while I was gone. I finish all the pieces to the baby sweater done in Cottonease (I had the hat done before I left, I just included it in the photo so you can see what the finished sweater will look like). I also quickly knit up the back of a Rowan Biggie Print Penny cardigan (colorway Pool Party - lovely shades of blue with magenta woven in.) The darker purply pink triangular thing is the start of a poncho sweater (pattern name is Thunder) done in Rowan Plaid (colorway Bramble). I also started a lace scarf (Fiber Trends Falling In Love Pattern in Fleece Artist Kasula Ruby Red colorway) - only an inch done on that!