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October 31, 2005

Happy Halloween


Eat lots and lots of candy

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October 24, 2005

Yarn and Books, What's not to love?

Seeing as how I didn't make it to Rhinebeck..... I went to an Alpaca Show on Saturday instead.


Just look at them all! They are the cutest things! It was all I could do not to just take one home. I mean look at this guy


I think he was smiling at me! I couldn't leave home empty handed so I picked up some yarn


I'll say it is A Little Bit of Heaven as the label implies. I also bought some roving but my picture came out too dark! It was dyed roving. Pinks, purples blues, natural colors. YUM!

Then Sunday it was off to Ithaca New York to the Book Sale. 10 cent a book day. There was something for everyone there. Here is a picture of my haul


There are some beauties there! I am not as funny as Ms McYarnpants. But a few stand out


Nothing says "dork" like a complete hand knit outfit! He will be beat up for sure.


I guess we know what Laurie Partridge was doing in between gigs.


God I hope these never come back in style!

I finished 1 sock!


Now to finish the other 2.......

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October 20, 2005

Second Sock Syndrome


Everyone goes through it. Why am I any different? I started this pair of socks in July (end of) I finished up 1 sock a week and a half ago and immediately cast on for the second. Why am I having trouble finishing this pair of socks? I love the color. The yarn is okay, I wouldn't get it again though. It is Knit Picks Dancing yarn. Am I bored with the pattern? Nope Wanna know why?


Vesper Sock Yarn that's why. I am even using the same pattern! What's not to love right?

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October 17, 2005

I wish...

I wish I could have gone to Rhinebeck! Sigh..............Well I couldn't make it and I would really love to live vicariously through all of you who have. So please tell me who went so I can check out your pictures!!!! (Note: this is not a whoreing for comments)

Well I can't show fabulous pictures of things from Rhinebeck I can show my kool aid dyed yarn. I know, it's not the same. But look, I got nothing okay?



Yes, all achived with kool aide!!!

Here is what you get when you let an 8 year old boy loose with yarn and kool aide (is there an e on aide???? don't know...)


We are calling it the monster colors. Neat huh?

Thank you to all on my "Inspirational" post last week. I am glad it got you thinking. It was more serious than I usually get or am. Wait until New Years! I may even get you to cry!

Posted by beth at 12:08 PM | Comments (14)

October 13, 2005


1. To animate the mind or emotions of.
2. To stimulate and influence.
3. To elicit; create.
4. To inhale.
This is from the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language

This is from the Scholastic Children’s Dictionary:

1. To fill someone with an emotion, an idea, or an attitude.
2. To influence and encourage someone to do something.

I read Rachel’s blog entry from October 6th. I really thought a lot about this for a long time because it had a big impact on me. What inspires me?

I get totally excited when a new knitting magazine comes in the mail! Nobody eats dinner or can interrupt me if I am looking at it. I always go through every page, then go back when I have some quiet time and look at every ad, story, article, pattern. I guess you could say that knitting and fiber are my passion right now. I believe it will always be my passion and I would eventually like to make a living at it. I am still trying to find out what my niche in all this will be.

I also get inspired by color. I love color! As you know I have been doing a lot of dying with Kool Aid lately. That is exciting to me. Seeing what new colors I can come up with. I know I will branch out someday and try food coloring and other dyes. But for now it is Kool Aid. It makes my kitchen smell good.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE seeing all my knitting blog friends creating and sharing in their excitement of finally finishing a sweater, a sock or a hand bag. Figuring out a new stitch, how to do a yarn over! I love the fact everyone and their mother made a Clapotis! What a fantastic pattern! I know it seems like everyone is making the same thing, but I really think that is cool. That means it’s a good pattern. What are the chances I may see another Clapotis or waving lace sock on someone? Well, in Syracuse, I may see a couple. But haven’t yet.

Music inspires me. Hearing a new cd or a new artist that I have never heard of and liking it right away excites me. If I really like something I will play it until I am sick of it. My family will be sick of it first then me. I like to rediscover cd’s that I bought years ago. I feel like they are brand new when I pull them out again. I love it when friends give me mixed cd’s or their new obsession. (I may or may not like it, but I give it a shot)

I love this time of year too. The colors of Autumn totally inspire me. The crispness in the air the smells even the cold damp rainy days. I love the dramatic skies we have this time of year. The dark ominous clouds. Love it!

My family inspires me. Well they encourage me too. I love them. I don’t know why I am being so serious right now. I guess it’s a little more about me that you can get to know. It certainly doesn’t mean I don’t have any knitting content. I finished a sock, I am still working on the turtle neck shrug, I have kool aid dyed yarn to show! It’s just so dark by the time I think to take pictures. So there you have it. Chew on that for a while.

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October 11, 2005

If you can't beat them,

Join them. I think that is what Smudge is thinking. What do you think? Either this or he can't wait until I leave the house before he rips every thing to shreads.

The face only a mother could love


Well Cheryl came over to claim her sweater! I told her if she didn't that I would keep it. That got her moving!

Here she is:


Ain't she the cutest? She looks great in it too!

Now I swear she had her arm when she came over, but she is so clever. You never know what tricks she will do!


I have moved on to another project YAY!!! I am using the yarn I dyed with Kool Aid. To be specific, the orange and blue yarn. I have decided to be like everyone else and make the same thing! Teva Durham's Turtleneck Shrug! How original of me huh?


I like this! I don't know if I will ever model it for you. Boobs. Remember? We will see........ Here is a close up shot of how the colors are blending. Neat huh?


I did some spinning too! I am a busy gal! I am getting better with it I think. It is not where I want to be yet, but I am getting the hang of it

green handspun_25.jpg

The only part of this time of year I don't like is that I don't have much time with day light. I wish my pictures where better.

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October 06, 2005

I got her done!!!!




I did it! I finished it a day early too! I would have modeled it but it isn't mine to model. God I am glad that is over!

Here is a close up of the neck


Over all, it came out nice! I wouldn't do this again though. Too many ends to weave in and I (obviously) hate finishing work. Oh and I also hate "get her done" but I thought it was appropriate.

Notice the actual spinning on the spinning wheel too! I see that I have a fixation with the color green and blue............(note the yarn in the background.... oh and yellow.......) All the purple is hidden.

What a weight of my shoulders. Done. Sigh....

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October 04, 2005

They are done!

waving lace socks.jpg

waving lace 2_25.jpg

waving lace 3_25.jpg

O'course one is bigger than the other! Perhaps I shouldn't have used the sexy new addi's on one and the cheap old Inox on the other! The addi's made one sock bigger.

Waving Lace Socks - Interweave Knits
Needles: US 1 Addi Turbo and Inox (I think)
Yarn: Lorna's Laces Shepard Sock in Wisteria

Love em!

Tammy update:
All most finished! I have just 1 sleeve to go and then weave in all the ends! I will do it, I will do it, I think I can, I think I can!

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