Saturday, June 24, 2006
Last night, I co-hosted a 10th anniversary party for our Blue Ash Bees group. What fun! There was a trivia game, a costume contest and a bee-themed gift exchange. The two smaller group pictures show the original group ten years ago (I'm the one squatting down with the red sweater in the old photo) and then again, last night. We arranged everyone in the same order. We haven't aged a bit!!
The other group picture includes some of the newer members. Check out the bee cake. The felted purse is what I gave in the exchange. I took home some adorable tea towels (which I stole from someone else in the Chinese gift exchange!) Also pictured are my friends Linda and Nina who were the other hosts.
Thursday, June 22, 2006
I posted Cap 1 and Cap 3 but forgot about poor little Cap 2. And it turned out so cute!!!
Pattern: Cable Knit Cap
Yarn: Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece in Caramel (LOVE this yarn!)
Once I get number 4 finished, I will send them to the cancer center featured in Caps for a Cure. (Do join! It's a chance to put your creativity to good use.)
These socks took forever. I'm embarrassed to admit that I started this pair on June 1st, 2005. That's not a typo. Over a year ago, peeps. I finished the first one and the dreaded "second sock syndrome" hit. I had little interest in finishing the second one. But I've been trying to finish up projects so I made myself work on these.
They are kind of cute but I still get the dreaded ladders when using DPNs. Any hints?
Pattern: Knitty Broadripple
Yarn: Cascade Fixation in varigated purple
Needles: 1 1/2
Monday, June 19, 2006
I had the opportunity to go on a last minute getaway weekend with my friend. We went to Vegas to celebrate our friends' 10 year wedding. They had a vow renewal ceremony. It was gorgeous and the whole weekend was a blast. We stayed at the Bellagio and went to a very cool club called MIX at Mandalay Bay as well as enjoyed a fabulous dinner at Il Mulino in the Caesars Forum Shops. The ceremony itself was on a balcony at the Bellagio with the fountain show in the background. The rest of the weekend was spent lounging at the pool. It was nice to get away and relax for a weekend. Oh, and I only lost $20!
Doesn't my friend look beautiful!!!! The other two pictures are of me and my other friend - one with the Bellagio found behind us and the other is overlooking the Strip, looking down towards the Stratosphere end of the Strip. I think you can see the Venetian across the street from us and the Wynn down a bit.
After being away for the last two weekends, I was looking forward to a leisurely weekend this past weekend. I figured I'd make my husband a nice dinner for father's day. But NOOOOO, at 11 am on Saturday, my mother (who lives 10 hours away from me) calls me and says, "Dad and I are planning on stopping in tomorrow. Is that ok? Oh and your aunt and uncle are with us." GULP. "Of course, Mom!" Don't get me wrong, I miss my parents and welcome any opportunity to see them but my house was a WRECK and I panicked at the thought of getting ready. But I rallied the troops and we all worked furiously cooking, shopping, cleaning, crafting, laundry, etc. And when they pulled in at noon on Sunday, we were ready!!!
I will be seeing my parents in a few days so I planned on a belated Father's day gift. i.e. I had not even started the BBQ apron that I was going to make him (sort of a joke.) Well, I couldn't very well have my dad show up and not have a gift so I quickly sewed his apron in the crab fabric! Then I thought my uncle is a dad, too. Quick, go in the stash, find some flag fabric... poof... another apron! Well, shoot, what about my husband? YES! I find jalapeno fabric. So I was stitching the straps on the last apron when my parents and aunt/uncle pulled in. We had a great visit and as you can see, the manly men LOVED their aprons (not!) LOL!
I finished a third hat in the Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece. This one is a 2 x 2 rib knit in which I knit some contrast stripes. One more to go and I can send the four hats off to this month's cancer treatment center. I think the final one is going to be a simple rolled brim hat; main color will be the caramel with a contrast stripe in lavender.