Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Yarn Along

The Sock Adventures 

Sock on a plane

Sock waiting for breakfast at the pool

Sock having a cocktail by the pool

Sock and those towel animals - they are very playful

Oops - another cocktail by the pool

The sock is in the airport waiting for the flight home

The sock is complete now. There wasn't quite as much knitting as I thought there would be during the cruise. There wasn't much reading either but I am on chapter 3 of Mockingjay.

Joining Ginny for the fun.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Ten on Tuesday

I'm back.  And I have tons of vacation pictures to share once I finish getting them organized.  Let me just say that once I got into the groove and left all my stress behind, vacation was wonderful.  

In the meantime, let's have a little Ten on Tuesday, shall we?  This week Carole picked the appropriate 10 Things I Am Thankful For.  

1.  My health.  Seriously - I am healthy with the exception of a few little things that can be controlled and 3 out of 4 grandparents made it to their 90's.  My grandpa is going on 102.  With those genes I am very grateful.
2.  My family.  We aren't perfect and we may be a bit nutty but my husband adores me, my daughter is amazing and my parents are always there for me.  What else can I ask for?
3.  My job.  You can never take that for granted.  I love that I am carrying on my brother's dream.  He lived for this business and I feel honored to be a big part of it.
4.  Knitting.  What would I do without my knitting?  Those airplane rides really would have been boring!
5.  My cameras.  I have learned a lot this past year and am looking forward to delving more into photography.
6.  My pets.  Mowgli and Michaela have not left my side since we got back.  They were both a bit bummed when I left this morning for work.
7.  My niece's and nephew.  My brother left those three children behind and I am so grateful to still have that part of him.  Especially since he had no intentions of having children years ago.  
8.  My iPhone.  I know - I say it all the time.  But they just keep making them better and better.  I love my new 6 plus and the large screen makes it better for these old eyes!
9.  This vacation.  I was so close to cancelling it many times but everyone told me I needed to just go away.  And I'm glad I did.  
10.  A positive outlook on life.  So many people are just so negative.  We all have problems.  Some have more than others.  Being negative just makes it worse.  Just make the best of things!

Have a thankful day!

Friday, November 14, 2014

The Most Important Bags

I usually have my clothes packed ahead of time and my shoes and things like that. What do I agonize over when I travel?  You guessed it - which knitting projects are going to make it.

I had lots to pick from - some Christmas knitting, a sweater, the design I'm working on, socks, a new shawl. The socks obviously made the cut. So did the new cowl I'm working on. And last?  My Viajante which is still on the needles. I can't think of a better project to work on in the Caribbean - ocean blue lace weight yarn. I'll try to post when we get wifi opportunities. In the meantime stay happy. Bonvoyage! 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Yarn Along

Yay for charity but I'm back to my selfish knitting.  And it's all Janet's fault.  I saw her Inspira Cowl and fell in love.  

I dug into the stash and off we go.  I'm still trying to find my groove with the stranded knitting.  I tried the Yarn Thimble but it just doesn't work for me with the way I knit.  

Reading won't really be happening till next week while we are on vacation.  And I'm still trying to decide which book to bring.

Share with us over at Ginny's

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Ten on Tuesday

Carole's Ten on Tuesday made me think.  For about 2 minutes.  I am more of collector than I thought. So I present to you 10 Things I Have Collected Over The Years.

1.  Yarn.  Let's just get to the obvious.  
2.  Phone Cases.  I like to switch my phone case like my bags to suit my mood.  Or outfit.
3.  I'm into owls lately (in case you couldn't tell).
4.  Ducks.  Back in the 80's my kitchen was full of ducks.
5.  Precious Moments.  I have a huge box in my basement full of them.  I just have nowhere to      display them right now.  Which is kinda sad because I have some real nice pieces.
6.  Saint medals.  I have collected a bunch over the years.  Some I give away but most I have kept.
7.  Koala bears.  When I was in high school I was so into koala bears. 
8.  Stitch markers.  I have tons but I can't resist real different ones even though I don't need anymore.
9.  Alex and Ani bracelets. I have a bunch but I don't wear them often in the winter because they catch on my knitted items.
10.  Spinning wheels.  I keep that collection under control strictly due to space requirement.

So are you a collector?  

Monday, November 10, 2014

Give Unto Others Part 2

You all know my love for podcasts and how I'm always in catch-up mode in watching because there isn't time to watch them all. Sometimes by the time I actually get to watching an episode it's weeks or even months old.

Well last month I caught the latest episode of Sock Bunny. And I actually watched it the day after it was recorded. I was really glad because Kim asked for volunteers to knit socks for her daughter and the young women on her team in the Catholic Missionaries.  The winters in Chicago are pretty cold and some of these girls don't have much. So I signed up to knit a pair for Mary who happens to have the same size foot as I do. I figured it would be easy to get that size correct.  I looked through the stash and found some Stray Cat Sock Yarn. 

I guess I cheated a bit because I had half a sock on the needles. 

So I finished them up over the weekend. 

I don't usually block my socks but these felt like they needed a little soak so they are drying now. 

And they will be off to their new home this week  

Friday, November 7, 2014

Give Unto Others Part 1

Lots of sequels this week huh?

I happened to see on Karen's blog and Tracey's blog that our another dear blogging friend Anke was in need. Well, she wasn't in need, but a good friend of her's is.  It seems she has cancer and Anke thought it would be wonderful to get some hats over to her.

So as any knitter would, I dug into the stash and cast on a hat.  A Gnome Dome to be exact.

I thought this whimsical little hat might cheer her up around the holidays.  But I gotta tell ya - red is a killer to photograph!  

I love the little point at the top!  

It took no time at all.  I literally cast it on before I went to spinning group on Wednesday and went home with a finished hat 2 hours later.  That easy.

So if you find yourself with some time and a bit of spare stash (and what knitter doesn't have stash) go ahead and knit a hat.


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