Saturday, January 28, 2012

Final One Legal

The Princess turns 21 today.  She lives in Vegas, so I'm sure it wasn't hard to find something to do to celebrate!  The first legal trip into the casino happened after midnight last night.  

I must sound like a broken record, but I can't believe my baby is all grown up.

I met this tiny girl with all the black hair on a Monday morning in late January, 1991.  She grew into a beautiful little lady with huge brown eyes and gorgeous dark curls.  She was bright, funny, and opinionated from day one. 

Our Mother-Daughter trips mostly involved shopping, but here's an adventure that I'll always remember.

 The coming year will bring college graduation and possibly marriage.  We look forward to welcoming Prince Charming into the family and seeing what the next chapter will bring.

We wish you health, happiness, and love in the coming days, months, and years.  You are our Princess and we love you immensely.  Happy Birthday, Baby!

Sunday, January 22, 2012


It doesn't take much to impress me, but look at the size of the lemon I picked off one of the trees in our complex today.  It's as big as my hand!

The lemons and grapefruits are ripe and delicious, but the oranges are still sour.  I have trouble getting a good orange here; either they're dried out from last year, or not ripe yet.  My quest for the perfect orange from a tree continues...

In other news, I finished spinning a pretty skein of yarn.  I had a batt from Butterfly Girl Designs that was merino, bamboo, and firestar that had been languishing in my fiber stash for quite awhile.

 I brought some of my stash and a spinning wheel down here to the desert (can't live in a place without a selection of yarn and fiber, ya know) and started spinning this pretty batt the last time I was here.  It was only 3.2 ounces, so I wasn't sure how much yardage I'd get.  I didn't split it before starting, so I decided to just spin the whole thing and see if perhaps it would suffice as a single.  It's pretty fine, but not too thready and I wound it into a ball and then onto my tabletop swift and it held together fine and didn't look too uneven.  The colors are really pretty, too. I counted about 825 yards, it straightened out a lot when I washed it and I think I'm going to find a lacy pattern for a shawl and use it as is.  Always fun to experiment!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

I Know I'm Crazy

but I really wanted to be home in Seattle today to see this

We don't get snow every year and if we do, it doesn't usually amount to much.  Without anywhere important to go, I love being warm and dry and looking out as our big fir trees are covered with white.

On the other hand, it's not too bad where I am now.

News!  I finished the first knitted object of 2012.  DH managed to wear holes through his favorite bed socks, so I searched the stash for some heavy yarn and started another pair.  I just make a standard top down sock with a short cuff.  I found two skeins of Mission Falls 1824 wool, which I think is discontinued.  Each skein is only 85 yards, so I wasn't sure if I'd have enough.  Sure enough, I ran out right where I needed to start the toe, so I found some leftover Wollmeise Twin in the colorway Zenzi.  I held it doubled and made bright toes.

Even though there's no snow here, we can still pretend that it's winter.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Everything Old Is New Again

The great thing about knitting is that you can put something away for a few weeks years, get it out and finish it, and no one knows the history.  I guess if it was some trendy pattern or fad of the moment it would be different, but in this case it isn't.

On January 1, 2008, I cast on a sweater as part of a Knitalong with my then (and now sadly closed) LYS, Village Yarn and Tea.  We ordered a bunch of Peace Fleece yarn into the shop, everyone chose colors, and we started the Everyday Cardigan.

I didn't get very far on my sweater.  At that time I was having trouble with my purling.  It was too loose so the stockinette fabric didn't look smooth, it had obvious lines of looser knitting in it.  I ripped it out and tried again using some type of combination knitting, but it still looked funny.  So into the plastic bag went my red yarn and the first page of the pattern.

Lately I've been obsessed with sweater knitting, so I determined to get that yarn out and make it into something.  I've also been trying to use up some of my stash, but somehow everytime I cast on something with a yarn I have I buy a sweater's worth (or two...Miss Babs was on sale!).  But the stash isn't growing as fast as it would if I hadn't started something, right?  Anyway, back to the story.

I looked at tons of patterns and decided to make a new pattern from Knitty, a plain raglan cardigan with some shaping.  Of course, after I thought about it for awhile, I decided that I don't really like raglans, so back to the drawing board.  I eventually decided to make the cardigan that I had started all those years ago, even though it's just plain and boxy.  It should be nice to wear as a casual sweater and the yarn is fairly heavy and will be warm.

I cast on the new sweater yesterday and I'm alternating the plain knitting with the more involved sweater knitting that I cast on the day before.  The blue one is the sweater I don't think I have enough yarn for, but I'm working on that problem.

So hopefully I'll have two new sweaters within the next couple of months and then I can start obsessing about the next one.

In the meantime, I'm going to cast on the January Mystery Sock in the Ravelry Sock Knitters' Anonymous group as soon as I can find some suitable semi-solid yarn.  Why is it that no matter how much yarn you have, you never can find the perfect skein you want?  I guess that's what keeps yarn stores in business.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

I'm On Hannah Fettig's Blog!

Hannah has been posting galleries of her patterns lately and I noticed the one for the Rocky Coast Cardigan yesterday.  She takes the Ravelry photos of the completed patterns and puts them on her blog.  If you scroll down towards the bottom, there I am in my red sweater!  Kind of fun!