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a little late, but here's Eye Candy Friday...

...I stayed home sick today, trying to get rid of a bad cold. So far, it's not working. Needless to say, I didn't get out to take any pictures today.

So here's a picture from our trip to Bandon, Oregon last summer. I love the beach and this picture makes me wish I was there instead of camped on my couch.

I also wish I felt good enough to knit. Maybe tomorrow...

Yes, there was knitting this weekend...

...but no quilting. I have pictures of my progress, but they are at work and I'm at home. When I tried to update my blog this morning, I couldn't get into Blogger at all, so I'll post them tomorrow. (Not a happy blogger today.) Edited to include pictures.

I continued working on my Hydrangea socks. They are going slowly, but I'm loving the lacy pattern. In fact, I love it so much, I started a new scarf using the same pattern.

I'm making the scarf in some purple chunky Misti Alpaca that I've had in my stash for a while. I tried a couple of other patterns (the linen stitch from the Rock & Weave sock pattern...garter stitch) before settling on the Hydrangea lace pattern with size 15 needles. It's a narrow scarf, so it shouldn't take too long to finish.

I also cast on the Central Air socks from the Rockin' Sock Club, using the Peaseblossom yarn from a previous month. I'm not very far yet, but I love the pattern.

Pause for a moment of reflection and Eye Candy Friday

I'd like to take a moment to pay tribute to my father. 45 years ago today he passed away from stomach cancer - he was 45 years old. He left behind a wife and three kids (ages 11, 9, and 5), plus many friends and relatives. His passing left an enormous hole in our lives and I know my mother still loves him after all these years. He was a devoted family man and a great father to us three kids. We miss you, Daddy!

On to Eye Candy Friday:

This is the fountain outside of our offices. Didn't the water turn out strange? This was taken without a flash. With the flash the picture was too dark, but the water looked "real."

My plans this weekend are to get some sleep and make progress on the Hydrangea socks. Maybe I'll even work on my quilt!

Silly kitty...

Here's what happens when you put your yogurt bowl down for one second while you finish up an email. (Gotta get that last bit under the spoon!)

What's that on your nose? Silly, silly Tica!

So, lots of work is happening, but not a lot of knitting. However, I did pick up my Rockin' Socks Club package from the office and got to pet my new Titania yarn.

I love the two patterns included in this installment. I'll probably use Cookie's Titania's Revenge pattern for this yarn and use the Central Air pattern for the Peaseblossom yarn instead of Hippy Crunchy. While the Hippy Crunchy pattern looks interesting, it wasn't something I was dying to knit, plus I figured one challenging pattern at a time was enough. I think it's a good choice for me, especially since I have the Hydrangea socks still on the needles.

Just a quick post...

...I've been working at a client site, so my Internet access is limited for most of the day. (Sorry, no pictures today.)

I spent Saturday doing house cleaning. I didn't finish everything I wanted, but I did find tables under the dust and vacuumed up a lot of cat fur.

I did go to the Sew and Quilt show on Sunday...very disappointing! There weren't nearly as many vendors as there usually are. Some of my favorite quilt shops weren't there and there was a proliferation of doll booths (patterns to make dolls, doll displays, etc.). The packaging people did have a nice sized booth so I bought all the packaging materials that I needed. If it wasn't for them, I would have been really miffed to pay $7.00 for parking and $6.00 for entry.

Not much knitting got done, unless you count my surfing the Internet drooling over lace shawl patterns! I did get my Hydrangea socks set up to be knit two at once.

Since I didn't get into my own office today, I didn't get to see my ne…

Not Your Typical Eye Candy Friday...

...but it's been a long week and this made me smile.

This wooden cat sits on the window ledge in my office. He guards all of the toys on my bookshelf. (Yes, I have toys in my office...)

Not much knitting or other crafty stuff has happened since last Sunday - my brain has been worn out by work.

This Sunday, I hope to get to the Sew and Quilt Festival in San Mateo. I usually go every February and September. I sometimes find some interesting quilt books and fabric to buy, but in September, I buy the cellophane and craft paper bags I use for my Christmas baking and gifts. My sister and her husband will be in the area this weekend, so I want to make sure I'm there when she visits!

What a crafty weekend!

First off, I made another Knit-2 bag, this time in copper colored fabrics. I used a Fairy Frost black and copper fabric for the outside and a Fairy Frost copper on the inside, with a contrasting blue and copper print fabric (that I bought a long time ago and have no idea who manufactured it).

Here are pictures of the outside and a close-up of the inside. (That's my Hydrangea yarn from Sundara's Petals Collection.)

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Then there was the Yarn Harlot talk at Full Thread Ahead. After picking up my signing ticket earlier in the day, I arrived around 4PM for the 5:30 talk. Wow, I'm glad I didn't wait much longer than that - there were already a lot of people there (they estimated that there were around 300 people) . Along with everyone else, I sat and knitted while I waited. It was fun seeing the shawls and recognizing knitted items from things I'd read on blogs, or seen in Knitty.

Anyway, Stephanie was incredibly funny. She, of course, took a few pictures of the "…

Looking forward to tomorrow...

...but first:

Today's eye candy is an old picture of my baby, Sombra. In September five years ago, a co-worker found a box full of abandoned kittens and their mom. She brought them into the office the next day (Sept. 10th), hoping that someone would take them in because she couldn't. Our boss decided to keep them in the office until they were ready to give away. The next day was 9/11.

Whenever we needed a little comfort, there was always a kitten to cuddle or play with. When they were old enough, the kittens all found homes with our staff. I took Sombra - this is what she looked like when she went home with me:

She is still adorable, but quite a bit larger!

Anyway, why am I looking forward to tomorrow? Because Yarn Harlot will be at Full Thread Ahead and I'm going! They say that 400 knitters RSVP'd, so it should be interesting. I'll have to get there early to make sure I don't have to park in the lower 40...

I've got to remember to take the camera and extra batt…

Long weekends are never long enough...

...but then, neither are vacations!

Lately, I've had a lot of ideas floating in my head about things to make and things I want to do. (I really think I need a sabbatical, but that's not going to happen!) I had an idea for a new sock knitting bag, but there were a couple of things I had to work out first.

While I thought through these design issues, I made a few more stitch markers. (I know, how many more do I need!) I found these cute crochet-covered beads that just cried out to be stitch markers. And I just thought the other beads were pretty.

Then I worked on my knitting bag prototype. I wanted to make a bag that would keep two balls of yarn separated when knitting two socks at once on two circulars, and keep things from getting as tangled up.

First, I tried using pattern paper for the prototype. After putting a paper one together with pins and scotch tape, I quickly discarded a couple of ideas that didn't work. I also discovered that I really couldn't get the "feel…

Eye Candy Friday and August Recap

More pictures from our courtyard:

A very small sample of the tomatoes my husband has grown this summer:

The August Recap:

Sister Moon quilt for my sister5 gift baskets for the family reunion: 6 bars of Grapefruit Cassis soap, 6 bars Papaya-Coconut Soap, 6 bars Pina Colada soap, 5 jars of Grapefruit Sugar-Salt Scrub, 5 jars of Lavender Bath Salts, 1 knitted washclothStitch MarkersWorked on:
Calla Lily socksCascade Fixation ankletsKitty Pi bedPaint it Black quilt (for me!)Started:
Hydrangea socks from the Petals CollectionThat's not too bad!! I'm looking forward to a productive September (my birthday month!)