Saturday, July 28, 2012

Those Summer Blahs

It's continued to be hot, and humid with a good chance of multiple scary thunderstorms these past couple of weeks.  That time of year when you are a bit chilly inside in the A/C and go outside to get warm and it takes less than 5 minutes to have your skin feel like it will melt right off you.  Ick.  I'm starting to get in that fall mindset.  And then, there is some vacation time to finally get to look forward to.  Last year's vacation time was nixed by a little suprise appendectomy and my vacation time was used as recovery time.  Not quite as fun and relaxing.  So, I'm really (REALLY!) looking forward to this year's time away from work.  I have no particular plans other than to not have to think too hard about anything, lol.  Now on to the stitching updates.

Nature's Little Helper is progressing at it's usual snail's pace:

The Holden Shawlette almost has the stockinette section done (only 8 more rows).  Then I get to move on to the lace border.  Praying for the Knitting Gods to help me through that. 

Let's just say I'm very happy for lifelines.

The socks, hopefully, will be done in the next week or so.  I'm turning the heel tonight, then it's all downhill from there.  I'm so sick of looking at this same pair for the past two months.  So, of course, I had to go and plump up the sock yarn stash. 

That's Trekking XXL color 43 on the right and Green Dragon Yarns Tonal Lavendar on the left.  The Green Dragon Yarn was quite pricey, but there was no way I was leaving that purple behind.  I have no idea if it will end up as socks or something else yet. 

The good part about summer is the vegetables.  Frying up some squash and onions today.  Yum. 

During the mind-numbingly quiet times at work this week, I have been reading through GlennaC's blog Knitting to Stay Sane and I love, love, love these socks and I think I will soon have to figure out how to knit with more than one color of yarn.  But, I gotta have those socks or something very similar (ie maybe not knee highs). 

But I must, I must first finish the Monkeys and the ribbed socks I started and knit up some of the other stash.  Oh, and there is a hat I am going to try to get to this fall, too.  And it's gotta be in that green.  Well, not THAT green because apparently, they are no longer making that yarn, but I think I can find a good substitute. 

So, I'm off to watch some Olympics (Thanks, NBC for spoiling the swimming you will be showing in prime time with who won...and who lost, which was the bigger news, apparently) and turn the heel on this sock.  Stay cool!


Thursday, July 19, 2012

Catching Up

Welcome to my new followers!  I have a couple of finishes today, finally. 

Here is Nature's Little Helper:  I think this is 6/28 pages now.

And the one sock of the Monkey pair is finally done! 

Hopefully, the mate will go much faster. 

I have been spending more time at the computer these last two weeks and not picking up needles as much.  I'm looking into my family's genealogy.  It's so fascinating to look back on one's ancestor's lives, isn't it?  People you never knew, but because of them, you exist. 

Ok, enough deep thoughts.  I've got to go start that other Monkey. 

Happy Stitching,

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy Independence Day! (and a page finish)

Welcome to my new follower and Happy 4th of July!

I was planning to get several things done or well progressed, but, of course, I always have more goals than I have ambition or time.  I finished another page on Sanctuary last night (yay!).

HAED Santuary of Knowledge
R Spangler

I think this is 16/77 pages complete.  Since I'm no longer doing them in order, I'm not sure and I'm too lazy to research it right now.  And there is a fairy now! 

I spent a few hours unraveling my shawl to correct a mistake and re-knitting.  I'm back to where I was and I just have to figure out how to keep track of my center stitch.  The yarn-over keeps migrating over the stitch marker and messing me up.  So, I'll be trying a few ideas I saw on Ravelry. 

The monkey (sock) is still on my back.  I'm halfway through the foot and I was hoping to have it finished today or tomorrow, but the shawl sucked up a bit more time than I expected it to.  And now I want to get working on Nature's Little Helper because I also wanted to get a page finish done on it.  I'm soooo close. 

I'm also hoping for no more nasty storms like we've had this past week.  I'm really over those and the 90+ temps. 

Happy Stitching,