Thursday, August 28, 2008

Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme

Last weekend, we took the boys to the Renaissance Fair in Sterling Forest. It was there first and I haven't gone since before I met David - the three of us had a blast, but David definitely prefers the 20th century, a rocket or a submarine would have made him much happier!

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A game of Chess

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Birds of Prey

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It was not for sale.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

I've got a girl and she likes to shop

ssshhh - actually it is me, I like to shop...look see what I just bought:

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don't tell anyone, I am supposed to be on a budget, ssshhhh.....

Sunday, August 17, 2008

You've got to spend some time, love

Another Sunday, another day to spend quietly playing with yarn and beads, another day to post some updates to this blog.

I am in a swap on Ravely, one of the things we needed to send in our packages was stitch markers, so I made these yesterday to add to the rest of the goodies I am sending out:

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I really like them, I bought that cheapy key holder to put them on so they don't get loose in the package. I also bought this yarn to send:

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It is 100% wool and I bought a booklet of felted bag patterns to go with it.

I signed up for the Ravelympics, the Lace Longjump - here is my entry:

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Zetor by Jatta Saukko in lace color Hydrangea. I am really liking how this is knitting up, the yarn has a homepun feel and the color is lovely. I have until the closing ceremonies to finish.

I am still working on the Goddess Mystery Shawl, here is the last update:
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I really love this yarn - it is Zephyr color Copper.

Of course since I still didn't finish that KAL, I had to join another, Mystery Stole 4 - I originally was going to knit this is the silver gray Colourmart silk I have, but the diameter on the stole, according to the designer is only 16", that silk is so fine, I would be lucky to get 10", so I decided to use the cone of Jaggerspun Main Line I bought from Sarah's Yarns last year. Here is the swatch I did:

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The top is done on size 5 needles the bottom on size 3, I like the top better. The beada are from Beadaholique , the color is Witch's Brew, these are 8/0 that I ordered for the silk - I just ordered them in 6/0 so they will show up better on the thicker yarn.

Here is the yarn and the beads:
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I have to run to the nursing home now - hopefully I will remember to finish updating this page.


Ok, I'm back

I found the perfect beads to match that Claudia Handpainted Silk I bought at Garden City Stitches, look:

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They pick up all the colors in this yarn! I am thinking about designing a stole with this yarn and beads using the Japanese Knitting Patterns Book 300 I bought online from a SaucyLouise's Esty shop. This book is phenomenal! There are patterns in here I have never seen anywhere else before, and even though the text is in Japanese, the charts and diagrams are clearly written and suprisingly easy to follow.
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That is just a small sample! I am hooked on Japanese knitting and crochet patterns, one weekend soon I am planning a trip to Kinokuniya Bookstore
to browse through and pick up a few more. There is Japanese Knitting and Crochet group on Ravelry that is really helpful with working out the patterns.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

The angels want to wear my red shoes

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Last night I went to Jones Beach to see Elvis Costello and the Police in concert - It was an amazing show. Elvis was awesome, he really sounded great and the Police sounded so good, they looked like they were having a blast on stage. Elvis was the opening act, he did some songs off the new album and a lot of old songs.

Today my girlfriend and I took a mental health day and went shopping, I went to the concert with her and her husband and spent the night there so we decided to take the day and spend it having fun and spending money. We went to Garden City for lunch and stopped at Garden City Stitches and I bought this:

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Isn't it pretty?