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November 30, 2004

What I did on my "vacation" part 2

Thanks for tuning in! Are you ready for part 2?
I think I hinted that I went to an Alpaca Farm right? Well I did. And aren't they the cutest?

alpaca farm

The name of the farm is River Bend Alpacas
We had a great time. My mother-in-law heard about them so we trecked up there. Me, my son and my mother-in-law. It was cold but productive.

Here is Dan with the Alpacas

danny and the alpacas

This guy is my favorite

my favorite

Of course I couldn't leave with out buying anything.

carmel apple yarn

roving

I am determined to learn to spin. so I bought the roving. I hope "Maxy" is my favorite face above!

Moving right along......... I did start a few things and frogged a few things too.

new projects

I don't know what's wrong with me. Well I do, but I don't know how to stop. I don't want to really. It will all get done eventually. Except the mitten that I thought I could handle. It was the white thing with the cables on the left. That got frogged. I am liking the curly cue scarf. It is from the Scarf Book.

On a side note. I really am getting very annoyed by the amount of spam I am getting in my comments section! NO I DON'T WANT TO PLAY POKER, BUY DRUGS AND LOOK AT PORN! I am trying to get rid of it every chance I get but it is becoming a losing battle. I may have to ditch some of my archived stuff. I just can't keep up!

ARGHHHHH! What if we (all of us knitters) slammed them with yarn, and knitting needle patterns and stuff! How would they like it? Well the porn sites would probably use it for some sort of fetish...

Sigh.....

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November 29, 2004

Is everyone stuffed?

I am! I don't think I even want to look at pie, turkey or stuffing again until..... Christmas!
I hope everyone had a great holiday! I certainly did my capitalistic best to spend spend spend! On yarn of course! I did get a little tiny tiny bit of christmas shopping done. Where to start? I may have to do this in 2 parts! I went to my favorite yarn store in Skaneateles (pronounced Skinny Atlas) New York on Tuesday. This is the yarn store with the 3 dollar sale bin. Wanna see?

stash 1

Here is a close up of the tweedy yarn

close up

I am thinking mittens with this.

I also bought this (not in the sale bin)

stash 2

Love the new Lopi colors!

Now I really went there to buy this book

rowan book

I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!!! I already made the hat from it. I didn't use "Cork" yarn, I used some left over from my poncho. I don't really know what it is but it worked! Here see for yourself

finished hat

I bought a couple of other books last week too

new books

Really, I am a dork, I have way too much on my hands! SIGH......... the week was just not long enough. Please stay tuned tomorrow for part II "The Trip to the Alpaca farm"

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November 19, 2004

Happy Thanksgiving

I would like to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving!

I am going to be on VACATION for all of next week. Working my fingers to the bone on Christmas projects! Ha! I will check up on you all but I probably won't post!

Virtual hug to everyone!

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November 18, 2004

Well I am glad I am not the only one

So there are more dumb asses out there! Phew! It is good to know!

I finished my neck warmer!

flat neck warmer

I did modify the pattern. I must say I am quite pleased! I added a horizontal button hole and a big ass chunky button.

You want to see what it looks like on me? You know I don't like to do this. It won't happen very often..... Here goes:

jaunty neck warmer

I am calling it the "Jaunty" Neck Warmer.
See, it hides my many chins. Or maybe it makes it worse, whatever. I don't have Audrey Hepburn's neck. I share her birthday, but not her neck. Sigh......

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November 15, 2004

Dumb Ass

Yes I am a D U M B A S S! Why? Well cause I am. Do you know when you read a pattern and you think, I can do this. I am smart. I can figure it out. And it doesn’t work? Well then you think, who wrote this stupid pattern? They are wrong, I am right, and you throw your knitting across the room? You don’t do that? Oh, uh, well I don’t either.
Where am I going with this? Yarn overs. I GET IT NOW! I have been doing them wrong for a long time! Thanks to the Flower Basket Shawl I now understand. They count as 1 stitch! Who knew? Obviously everyone but me. Okay, I shouldn’t be so hard on my self. I have let it go. I can now show you my scarf. I am making it for my mother-in-law for Christmas. It is made out of 100% Alpaca. I love Alpaca. It is the new black.

jmom scarf

I have made this scarf 4 times. I want to apologize to the following people because the scarf you have is wrong! Mom, Pegi, Theresa, Missa. I won’t be fixing it. You will never know the difference.

I am making the neck warmer from the Knit 1 magazine. This by the way is not very inspiring. Lion Brand Yarns are used through the entire book. Not that there is anything wrong with that. I think Alison at Brainy Lady summed it up good. This is where I am at with it

neck warmer

I don’t think I am going to add the buttons. I had an epiphany this morning on the way to work and I am going to try that this evening. I won’t share until I get it right. Oh yeah, the yarn I am using is Brown Sheep Bulky in a royal blue. It may be too itchy for the neck.

Posted by beth at 12:11 PM | Comments (8)

Dumb Ass

Yes I am a D U M B A S S! Why? Well cause I am. Do you know when you read a pattern and you think, I can do this. I am smart. I can figure it out. And it doesn’t work? Well then you think, who wrote this stupid pattern? They are wrong, I am right, and you throw your knitting across the room? You don’t do that? Oh, uh, well I don’t either.
Where am I going with this? Yarn overs. I GET IT NOW! I have been doing them wrong for a long time! Thanks to the Flower Basket Shawl I now understand. They count as 1 stitch! Who knew? Obviously everyone but me. Okay, I shouldn’t be so hard on my self. I have let it go. I can now show you my scarf. I am making it for my mother-in-law for Christmas. It is made out of 100% Alpaca. I love Alpaca. It is the new black.

jmom scarf

I have made this scarf 4 times. I want to apologize to the following people because the scarf you have is wrong! Mom, Pegi, Theresa, Missa. I won’t be fixing it. You will never know the difference.

I am making the neck warmer from the Knit 1 magazine. This by the way is not very inspiring. Lion Brand Yarns are used through the entire book. Not that there is anything wrong with that. I think Alison at Brainy Lady summed it up good. This is where I am at with it

neck warmer

I don’t think I am going to add the buttons. I had an epiphany this morning on the way to work and I am going to try that this evening. I won’t share until I get it right. Oh yeah, the yarn I am using is Brown Sheep Bulky in a royal blue. It may be too itchy for the neck.

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November 10, 2004

I did it!

I finished what I started! I can do it! I knew I could. I present the Flower Basket Shawl

finished but not blocked

Yeah Yeah, It's a crappy photo and yeah yeah I didn't block the damn thing. I will. Oh yeah, I didn't weave in the ends either! Oh and I forgot to mention, I didn't take time and check my gauge! Wow! How devilish of me! I feel like a rebel.

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November 08, 2004

Something Wicked This Way Comes

something wicked

Something wicked this way comes alright. I took this picture Friday Morning at about 7:30 am. WOW look at that sky. It didn’t snow until today though. Yes. SNOW. Well at least I got to wear my Pink Thing. If you want to know what my Pink Thing is look in the finished gallery photos. If you don’t wanna look, it’s a big friggin scarf.

I am almost done with my flower basket shawl!
Here is the progress so far

almost done flower basket

Here is a detail

detail of flower basket

Georgia has finished hers and so did Kris
Both are beautiful. I wished I made mine in a different color! Oh well, I can always make another one right? The yarn I used is a 2 ply 100% wool from Finger Lakes something or other, I will dig out the label if you really want to know (I don’t think you do) It is a cream color. I know the picture makes it look yellow. Picture an Irish fisherman’s sweater. That is the color. I don’t know why I chose that color. I am a dirt magnet. So it will get dirty.

The new Stitch and Bitch Nation is out!! Yipiee! Go here to see pictures of the projects from the book. They look great! I can’t wait to get a copy.

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November 04, 2004

I really have a problem

I think it's called "Finish What You Start"

But I can't! Not when the Flower Basket Shawl beckons! So, with that, I leave with this

start of the flower basket

I know, I know, a lot of people (okay 2) will be pissed off. I can't help it. It is fun and I need a shawl. By the way, this is very easy! It sorta looks like a moth.

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November 01, 2004

Happy Halloween!

pumpkin

A little late but, hey. Yes it did rain where I was so it made for a miserable night of trick or treating. I had a nice glass of wine when I got home to warm me up.

Once again, Kristine comes through! I think we are both liking this little exchange we got going on here! If you can’t read the cd it is The Kings Of Convenience “Quite Is The New Loud”. It is really good (I love it) And the yarn, WOW! I love this too. THANK YOU KRIS – YOU’RE THE BEST

gifts from Kristine

I met some great gals on Saturday morning. I have been chatting it up with Erin at Skein Street and she and I are both from the Syracuse, New York area. She told me about a knitting group that get together every Saturday at the coffee shop downtown and they knit! Well Julia and I thought we would check it out and it was great! I think I will be going from now on! Cool huh? I forgot to take a picture (dumb ass)

I made a purchase over the weekend, it wasn’t yarn related but I thought it was worth sharing. It is appropriate for the season….. I suppose. It brought out my inner goth. What can I say, I am a teenager in an almost 40 year old body.

casket shot

She came with her own casket!

noose

And noose!! How cool?

living dead doll

Maybe I should have turned on the “red eye” on my camera, it would have taken care of that. Perhaps not! She is scary huh?

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