Showing posts from March, 2012

well, hello Eye Candy Friday...

Image's been a week!  I've had a ton of work and very little time to breathe!  I did manage to take some eye candy pictures this morning.

The sunrise:

The fava beans are starting up again:

and the cherry tree went wild with blossoms:

A week ago, I bought myself a dozen tulips and kept them on my desk at work. Here's the last of them:

Up this weekend: Our company holiday party is tomorrow. For the comfort food theme, I'm making pineapple upside down cake. I need to track down a couple of white elephant gifts to take, too.It should be a lot of fun. Most of our employees work from home or at client sites, so company parties are one of the few chances we get to see each other.

On Sunday, I'd love to do something crafty. It's been such a busy week that I've been late getting home every night and I haven't knit at all. I even skipped craft night on Tuesday because of work.

Sleep would be good, too!

Blog and run...

...because I'm working on a big client deadline. 

Yes, I know I missed Eye Candy Friday.  If you're a Facebook friend, you saw my pictures posted there. You can also see them in my Flickr photostream.

Gotta jet!

WIP-it and run...

...cuz this day got totally away from me!

Here are the two Muir Woods Moss bobbins, ready to ply:

I'm not sure when I'll be able to ply them. They might have to wait until the weekend.

I didn't have enough time today to take pictures of the Carousel socks, or anything else for that matter. By the time I get home, the light will be gone.

Oh, well...

a host of golden daffodils...

...if a "host" is two!

This is all that have bloomed so far, but we planted many more. I hope they all bloom!

Spin-In was great, as usual. I ended up making Pistachio-Lime Biscotti. I frosted half with white chocolate and left the other half plain. I hadn't tried this particular combination before and I liked how they turned out. As an added bonus, the Husband took most of the leftover biscotti to his running partner the next day. No biscotti staring me in the face is a good thing!

In honor of the day, I started spinning some Royale Hare top called Muir Woods Moss. It is shades of green that turned out to be a lot more neon vibrant than I expected. I spun 1 bobbin at Spin-In using about 2 ounces and spinning it just as it came out of the braid. I split the other two ounces into smaller strips and spun the second bobbin on Sunday. I'm going to make this a two-ply and hope that the plying will tone down the colors.

I started spinning the second bobbin of Occidental Or…

Eye Candy Friday...

Image let's get right to it.

I have the greatest husband in the world. Seriously. This man goes out of his way to stock the garden with colorful plants and flowers just so I have something to photograph for Eye Candy Friday. How cool is that!

Here are pictures of some of the new things he's added in the last week. First up, pear tree blossoms:

I didn't even know he'd bought a pear tree until he asked me whether I'd taken a picture of it yet! And he knows I love pears... Heart him!

A gold pansy with very pronounced veins:

A pale yellow pansy with lavender edges:


and Shooting Stars (nemesia cheiranthus)

Up this weekend: Spin-In tomorrow!  I need to come up with something suitably green to make for St. Pat's day. I could always make scones and lime curd or zucchini bread, but neither choice is compelling at the moment.  Maybe something with pistachios...

Before I leave for Spin-In, I'll  get the corned beef into the crock pot to cook while I'm …

WIP-it Wednesday...

...this time a spinning WIP.

Last month I started spinning Occidental Orchids at Spin-In. I finished the first half of the bump:

but haven't touched the second half at all.  I guess I can finish spinning it at March's Spin-In on Saturday. I really should find something green to spin because Saturday is St. Patrick's Day. We'll see if I change my mind before then!

Rainy Tuesday...

...we really need the rain, but it made for a slow drive into work this morning.

I'd forgotten about the time change until Saturday night, so I spent a good deal of Sunday checking and re-checking the time. Sunday flew by so fast!  And then I couldn't get to sleep Sunday night. I was kind of a zombie yesterday.

Over the weekend, I started the Carousel socks using my beautiful skein of Wollmeise. I knit the first 9.5 inches as indicated in the pattern and started questioning my yarn choice. The Husband said it looked like something Tim Burton would create right about the time I was thinking that it looked like something out of "Beetlejuice."  It was not something I wanted in my socks.


I really wanted to see how this sock construction was going to work. I looked in Ravelry to see what others had chosen for their socks to get some ideas. Then I did another stash dive. The Loopy Club gave me a second option.  One club installments was a skein of Paca-Peds H-T from …

It's Eye Candy Friday...

...where the most important part is the word "Friday!" Yay!

Only one picture today as the garden is in an in between stage again. Some blossoms falling off and the trees are setting leaves and fruit buds.

I solved my dilemma of what project to start. I did a quick stash dive last night to see what I had and came up with a skein of Wollmeise sock yarn from one of the Club Loopy installments.

When I originally received the package, I immediately fell in love with the yarn. However, the club pattern didn't inspire me so I tucked it away. When I pulled it out of the stash, I immediately thought of the Carousel socks. I wound the yarn and started them...I can't wait to see how they shape up!

Up this weekend: I need to go to the library tomorrow and pick up my library card. I haven't had a library card since I stopped taking the Daughter to do research before she could drive herself...15+ years ago! Now that you can check-out eBooks, this will save me some money. For e…

need-a-new-WIP Wednesday...

...and I still can't decide what to start.

Should I
Start the Celaeno Shawl by Romi [Ravelry]. I bought the yarn, beads and pattern at Stitches West. The big question is whether I really want to knit a another shawl. I just finished a shawl...I don;t want to get "shawled" out.Start a pair of the Cookie A socks from the club yarn. I love the color of the yarn and both of the patterns. Start the Carousel socks that I just saw in the new Knitty. The construction is  intriguing.Start Wingspan [Ravelry], another intriguing pattern, but also another shawl-like item.Start a quilt using some Citron Gray fabrics (by Michael Miller) I that I got at The Granary.Warp my loom and use some of my handspun to make a table runner.Add the double-heddle kit to my loom and learn how to warp the loom to use two heddle. Or I could just finish one of my existing WIPs?
Finish the Laurel Burch Jungle Songs quilt (see the pattern here). The top is finished, the back is ready, and I have the batting…

Monday already...

...and it's already more than half gone!

The weather over the weekend was beautiful. It was nice not to be wearing a sweater and go barefoot!

I did some of my chores and then concentrated on crafting. First off, I figured out the yardage and WPI for the Sedona handspun I finished in February.  Here are the pictures (finally).

and the close up:

Started 1/14/2012
Finished 2/12/2012
50% merino, 25% bamboo, 25% silk by Lisa Souza
346.2 yds, 2 ply, 15-16 WPI

After I finished the crochet bind-off for the Nefertem shawl, I washed and blocked it. Here it is still on the blocking board:

and a close up:

Started 10/01/2011
Finished 3/4/2012
Yarn: Madelinetosh Tosh Sock in Midnight Rendevous (sic)
Pattern: Nefertem Shawl by Kristen Kapur

Now that the shawl is done, I'm having a hard time deciding what to do next. There are just too many things in my queue!

Eye Candy Friday, first one in March...

...after a couple of rainy days, it looks like it will be a nice weekend. That should encourage more things to bloom in the garden! Here are a few things that I saw this morning.

An apricot blossom that fell into the grass:

 very fine spider webs in the sea lavender:

and Linaria reticulata, "Crown Jewels":

Up this weekend: A lot of chores. I completely ignored my house during Stitches West and it needs some attention. Some of my Stitches West treasures are still in the living room and need to find homes.

My main craft goal is to finish the Nefertem Shawl. I started working on the crochet (ick) bind-off last night and am finding it very fiddly. The d@mn hook keeps falling out of the loop or catching on places it shouldn't. I think I'm going to go up a size because the stitches seem to be a bit tight. Could it be because my tension is a bit tight from the stress of it?? Right...there's a reason I don;t crochet and this bind off reminded me.

The other thing I'd …

February 2012 recap...

...and not too late this time!


2/12 Sedona Zen handspun (spinning) [Ravelry]
50% merino, 25% bamboo, 25% silk) by Lisa Souza; 200+ yards, 12WPI
(I just realized that I hadn't documented the specs on this yarn yet or taken its final picture. Oops!)Books: Mark of the Demon, Diana RowlandDark Lover, JR Ward Blood of the Demon, Diana RowlandSecrets of the Demon, Diana RowlandSins of the Demon, Diana RowlandHunters of the Moon, Marion Zimmer BradleyAngel's Blood, Nalini Singh Archangel's Kiss, Nalini Singh Celebrity in Death, JD Robb Started:
2/18 Cazadero Mist handspun (spinning) [Ravelry]2/25 Color and Weave Mini-tote Bag, Stitches West class (weaving) [Ravelry]
Worked on:
Anasazi by Susan Protra (needlepoint)Nefertem Shawl (knitting) [Ravelry]
Works In Progress, did not work on:
Seaweed Cardigan (knitting)  [Ravelry]Happy Pumpkin Scissor Fob by Shepherd's Bush (cross stitch)Isonzo Merino-Bamboo top (spinning) [Ravelry] Jungle Songs quiltNatural Dyes batts from Yarn Wen…

Happy March and the 1,000th post...

Image One thousand posts! When I started the blog, I didn't think I had that much to post about.

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Happy March!