Sunday, October 28, 2007

Charity Update

Last weekend I received a big box of afghan squares in the mail from Laura, who has organized Rebuilding Greensburg - Block by Block. I've mentioned before that I sent some squares to her during the summer, then volunteered to seam a blanket when it looked like she was having trouble finding people to complete them. So we went from this, to this, then this, and finally this, a finished blanket. It was very cozy, warm, and colorful, and I hope it will bring a little speck of comfort to a family who can use a blanket. I count my blessings frequently and am so thankful to be able to help others, even in a small way.

I also finished my ISE5 scarf, and it's all ready to send to my pal, once I pack up a few more goodies. This scarf was a lot more trouble than I had anticipated, but I think it came out nicely. I don't know why I kept messing up the simple lace pattern, but I did and always ended up ripping back many rows to get back on track. It's the Peaks and Valleys pattern from Heatstrings and I used Cherry Tree Hill Supersock in the Fall Foliage colorway. I love how the purple pops out. I think I noticed it every time I came to that section of the yarn. Doesn't take much to entertain me! A Major Award!

My Dishrag Tag buddy and intrepid blogger, Cathy-Cate, has chosen me for a "Nice Matters" award. She says: This award is to be given to "those bloggers who are nice people; good blog friends and those who inspire good feelings and inspiration. Also for those who are a positive influence on our blogging world." I appreciate the compliment and will strive to continue to uphold the virtures of niceness. I will proudly display the award logo. Thanks, Cathy. I'll consider carefully and then pass this award on to others.

And now I think I'll go outside and plant my garlic and tulip bulbs. We are having a dry, mild, day and you can't take that for granted around here at the end of October!

Saturday, October 20, 2007

A new career?

Last night I attended a Louet trunk show at my LYS, Village Yarn & Tea. Not only were there great yarns and patterns to see and touch, wine, cheese, and friendly people, but I got to be a model! My garment was a lovely knitted tee made from Euroflax linen. I liked the style, but the fabric was still a little bit scratchy from probably not having been washed enough yet. Here's the pattern and what I'd look like wearing it if I was a little (lot) younger and had long, beautiful hair. It was fun; we walked around and people touched, petted, and questioned us about the lovely items we wore.

October sock club items so far:

Yarn Pirate - Killer Bees superwash merino and two pretty fuschia-colored circular needles.I understand that the cables on these are 24" (not including the needles themselves) so they'd be long enough to use for Magic Loop if you were so inclined. I might give it another try, although I prefer two circs in general. But I could save some money by only buying one needle in each size and maybe have enough left for more yarn?

The other yarn I received so far this month is from the Simply Socks Yarn Company sock club. It's Dream in Color Smooshy and the colorway is Brouhaha. I've ordered some other colors of this yarn after hearing how great it was to work with, but I haven't used it yet.

I've also been spending too much time on Ravelry since I received my invitation a couple of weeks ago. It's very cool. Look me up - I'm LaurieB.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

It's a good day

because YP Booty Club sock yarn (and cool circular needles) just arrived in the mail! Very fun color.

And a good time was had by all

at the big party! It's time to get a post on here with a few more photos of Mom's Birthday Bash. The party was fun; it was great to see old friends and neighbors, lots of relatives, and Mom looking so great and happy. Above is the immediate family, and cousins who came from California and Nevada - we were really pleased to have them here.

My sister and I have been having parties for Mom every five years since age 75, so this is the third one. I think it might have been the most enjoyable, too, since we finally wised up and got some teenage girls to help us in the kitchen.Yes, we're not the center of attention, but it's nice not to have to be doing all the work during the actual event. The preparation and clean up are enough. I actually enjoyed preparing the house for the party and am appreciating the (hopefully not temporary) lack of clutter I achieved in a few rooms. We won't talk about the rooms to which I moved the aforementioned clutter.

Even though we don't have any good "crowd" shots, we probably had 60 people over the course of three hours, and much food, wine, coffee, and cake was enjoyed. One nice thing was that all three kids were here, and we got a nice photo of the five of us, which we'll use for our holiday cards this year.

In other news, I finished my afghans for Afghans knitting and my red scarf and sent them off. Here's Buddy modeling one pair of mittens I made. He thinks they're yummy! I also sent this vest, four baby/children's hats, and two little pairs of mittens. You can see them here. And this is my red scarf. (Linking directly to flickr sometimes is a good idea when Blogger isn't cooperating.) I was congratulating myself on being finished with charity knitting for awhile, but then I volunteered to seam an afghan for a family in Greensburg, KS. I made some squares and have been following their progress on Laura's blog. It looked like she needed help assembling these blankets, so I volunteered to do one. I'm waiting for the pieces to come in the mail and then I'll get started.

I'm also going to try some two color knitting on the hats I said I'd make and donate to the Senior Center where my mom volunteers. And that leaves a lot of time to make the scarf for my ISE secret pal, finish the Socktoberfest socks, make the Spindle sock a mate, finish the throw I've been working on for three years, and make a couple of sweaters and a bag. I guess I'd better get busy.

Monday, October 8, 2007

Happy Birthday, Mom

I couldn't let the day pass by without wishing a very happy 85th birthday to my wonderful mother. We had a great party for her on Saturday, but today is the actual day. I'll put some more photos in a later post, but I just wanted to say thank you for being the kind, caring, loving mother and grandmother that we all cherish. You are the best, and we are so lucky to have you.

Lots and lots of love from all of us.

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Finished at last!

Mystery Stole 3 is currently blocking. It's been a long process, but I've learned so much from participating. No, it's not perfect, no it doesn't have any beads (I'll tackle that next time) but I think it looks pretty darn good for a first major lace project. When I announced my intention of finishing it today, my DD said "Are you still working on that? You've been doing it since, like, July." Yes I have, and yes I'm proud of myself for finishing it in October.