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June 28, 2004

Phew! What a busy weekend!

Well I had too much of this

yuengling

Saturday night! But it was all worth it. Our friends from Seattle were in town and played out. It was a night of Rock! See for yourself

the midget

Lot's of fun to be had

just havin a little fun

I think this was well after my 6th beer

me and Emily

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Seriously now folks....

My Dad called me up on Saturday morning, letting me know he found an ad in the paper for a garage sale and they were selling a spinning wheel! Well I high tailed it over to the place and yep, it was sold. But it was old and missing parts. Well all was not lost. I got this for $2.00

hand knit sweater

Now, who in their right mind would sell a hand knit sweater for $2.00? I asked the gal, she said her mom made it for her! Even worse! I could never sell anything like that! But she is not me, and I got a hand knit sweater.

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June 25, 2004

I really thought I saw it all......

I really wish I could make one of these and wear it! But I AM rather BUSTY. This is so cool! Amy you are a genius!! Keep up the good work!

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June 24, 2004

1 done 1 to go

Quick post today - work is kickin my ass! Any way I finished 1 sock and I now have to finish the other sock. When? Who knows.....sigh......

sock on foot

Thank god you can't tell that I need to shave my legs!

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June 21, 2004

Wow, I don't even know if I have time to post today!

I got the sock almost done. I will finish it tonight. Then start the other one. I heard that you can knit socks on 2 circular needles at the same time! I don't know how this is done. Does anyone know? Can you direct me?
I really like this yarn

almost finished sock

I joined a spinning guild this weekend and it was way cool! I bought fiber too that I can play with, I don't want to spin it yet till I get better.

to be yarn

I don't have a spinning wheel, I have a drop spindle. I think I am going to use the drop spindle for a while till I get the hang of it. Plus we bought a NEW CAR this weekend! Yippeee!!! So I don't really have extra money for a spinning wheel yet. I want to look around.

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June 18, 2004

Here it is

paris loop flat

This is the "flat shot"

Here it is modeled on me

paris loop

I am much happier with the neck line. I am pretty pleased overall.

I forgot to add that I got this yesterday

beginning of a sock

now this is the yarn that makes a pattern as you use it. It looks like fairisle knitting but its not!! My only thing with this is, as you can see I haven't gotten very far with this and I hope that it will turn out right and work into a pattern. I don't know if I cast on wrong, I don't want it to be a big mess when I look at it. I have never knit anything on size 2 needles either. I hope I don't run out of steam when I have to finish the other sock.

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June 17, 2004

The Paris Loop is finished

Yep, I finished it. I am not happy with the neck line though. The directions said to cast off with the medium size needle (US 13) but I want it a little tighter so I am going to fix it tonight. I will show a picture tomorrow. I am leaving work a 1/2 a day today, got lots of arrands to run, dentist appts. etc.... I will however in my travels go to the yarn store and buy sock yarn!! Yipeeeee!!! (I think I can fit that in) It is conveniently just down the street from where I work. (Just one of the few that I frequent)

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June 16, 2004

DJ Smithmix

My friend Craig is brilliant. We trade our Mix's. I have been trying to make a mix every month, but it is more like every 2 months. He just gave to me his winter mix. It has on it a beautiful song by a beautiful singer, Elizabeth Fraser. She was in the Cocteau Twins. This is a re-make of a song she did for This Mortal Coil and the song is "Song to the Siren". Now I loved the song she did way back when (I know it's a cover too) But this version gives me chills all over again. She is so great. LOVE HER. And Craig too. Norm's mix is brilliant too! I will put up the track listings when I can.

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June 14, 2004

The new GBV

I heard the New Guided By Voices!! It is awesome! I got so much new music this weekend, the new Loretta Lynne, Lost In Translation Soundtrack, and a couple of Mix cd's. Woo hooo! New music.

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Paris Loop

I decided Saturday to give the Paris Loop a try. I am loving this! I started on Saturday afternoon, and I am almost done! I am using the handspun yarn I bought in North Carolina years ago. I think I posted a picture of it before. I only hope it looks good on me. Check it out:

Paris Loop

Now that summer is almost here, I won't be able to wear it till fall! But it will be good for cool summer evenings.

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June 11, 2004

Snow Bird Cape

Snowbird cape

I kinda like this one to, but the hairdo will have to go. I don't know.... this is almost on the edge of bad.......

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June 10, 2004

I'm back

I went away for 2 days for work to a paper mill in lovely Lake George, NY. It was really fun and fascinating! Now I know how paper is made. It was HOT as a dog's ass, but there was cold beer at the end, so it was all worth it. I brought my feather and fan scarf along but I get car sick so I didn't do any knitting. I am going to take Missa's advice on the "star circles" and square them off. I just don't know when.......

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Yarn balls.......

I can't throw anything away. Especially very small amounts of yarn. So what does one do with various shades of green wool? Any suggestions?

green yarn balls

I thought I would show the above shot first then this one:

sea of yarn balls

See! I have them everywhere! And that isn't even them all.

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June 07, 2004

Lots went on this weekend!

I scored some great books at a Library sale this weekend.

new books

Check out the "afghans" pattern book! There is one about spinning, and weaving, and 3 of them are all stitch pattern books!! The other book "Exicting things to make with wool" is for kids, but it is totally 70's!! Very chunky.

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UFO's?????????

Does anyone know how I could make these into an afghan?
crochet stars

Should I square them off? Should I make a square motif that goes in between them? I found these in my stash bin, I knew they were there, I did them a long time ago.... I just don't know what to do with them!

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I promised SOMEBODY I wouldn't do this.......

still life with yarn

But he is too damn cute! He is using the yarn for a pillow! His name is Smudge, he is 8 years old and he aspires to be a Walmart greeter when he grows up.

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June 04, 2004

I was all set to make fun of this.....

Orange? Is it really orange?

But I kinda like it.

This however we can all make fun of:

Lopi Jumper

I do like her boots. She looks like a Swedish streetwalker.
These are from and old Reynolds Pattern magazine. So I could actually create and wear these. They are truly beautiful. I am sure that Knitter's Magazine would like some of these, they have such lovely patterns in their magazine! (Right Rock Chick?) So stay tuned for more......

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June 03, 2004

Flower Power

Aren't these the best?

close up of flower

If you can crochet, you must try these! You can find them over at Missa's site: Midnight Knitter They are so easy and quick!

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June 02, 2004

Things that make you go hmmmmmm

So I am knitting along on the feather and fan scarf, it is muy bueno, by the way. And I am remembering a scarf that my husband's Aunt gave me for Christmas one year. It is very similar to the feather and fan. I will figure it out. Take a look

Curlycue scarf

curlycue 2

I especially like the crocheted "curlycue's"

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June 01, 2004

ENNUI - I believe it's over

I do believe it is finally over. Yes I have started knitting again. Amazing huh? I think my knitting ďblockĒ has been lifted. It was a nice long Memorial Day weekend, We were invited to 3 cookouts (thatís what we call them in my neck of the woods) and Monday my son and husband marched in the parade (it didnít rain hooray!) . Then the rain came, I announced that I was going to knit. Everyone left me alone. I needed a new project. Something to get me excited again. So I browsed through my old Interweave Knit Magazines and found a shawl pattern that looked easy enough. I thought I would use my handspun yarn (see below for the picture) and I read the pattern, it didnít look like I needed to follow a specific gauge, so I gave it a shot. I think that every pattern I do, there is a mistake, or I am not at the correct stitches I am supposed to be at. So I put that aside. Itís a conspiracy really.

I have been wanting to try the Feather and Fan Scarf I saw over at Brainy Lady's blog I have this really pretty varigated yarn

Ball O Yarn

This picture does not do it justice. It is hot pink and orange, and purple. Here is what I have so far

Feather Fan Scarf

Detail

I know I know, I got the fancy camera, I should be able to take a better picture! I didn't want to make it as wide as the pattern called for so I made it a little skinnier. It is a cotton yarn so I don't think it is going to drape really well. I only have 3 skeins of this yarn, I hope it will be long enough.

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Memorial Day weekend

Like I said below, we got invited to 3 cookouts! Here is a picture of me at the first one.

Me with a sparkler

There were some fireworks at this one and of course I had my camera, and what fun did I have? Well look at those trails!!! Way cool huh?

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