Archive for January, 2009

The Bag is Getting There

This is the way our winter is looking. Very very very snowy. With some ice thrown in for good measure. It’s snowing again today. Spring is just around the corner – right??

These are the icicles on our back porch. One of them almost connected with the pile of ice on the deck. We keep knocking them down but back they come.

A little spinning has been done in between shoveling. I’m not as happy about the green/cream mix as I thought I’d be. The green is losing some of its distinctive colors. They seem to be washing away next to the cream. I won’t have enough cream to finish plying with the green, so I think I’ll make a small skein at the end plying the green with itself to see how it looks.

The Market Bag is almost done! This is such a fun pattern! I’m so happy to have revisited it and especially happy that it’s going to a very thankful recipient. I just made a deal to barter the bag for two delicious cheescakes that will more than compensate for the cost of the yarn. Sam is a terrific cook and I can’t wait! Besides, I’ve had way too much fun knitting this!

The Rowing Cat had an epiphany last week and decided that she wanted bangs! So bangs it is! She looks fantastic! (Do you know how hard it is to get a 15 yr. old to smile for the camera???) She went to a sleepover last weekend and got to surprise her girlfriends with the new “do”! We were going to go skiing on Sunday, but Mark hurt a muscle in his neck, so we had to postpone till next Sunday. I took the girls to see Bride Wars instead. It was cute!

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Oh Yes! There’s going to be a new Dr. Who! What do you think? Don’t know who he is??? You should! (The Rowing Cat thinks he’s kind of cute!)


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It’s been a great vacation from work! And having several snow storms made staying in and spinning and knitting even easier!

I did make one purchase this week. I’m going to be showing two co-workers the Magic Loop method for knitting socks and I needed to get some new yarn to use for demonstration purposes!

It’s Sockin’ Sox by Plymouth Yarns. I love the color. I think it will make a great pair of vanilla socks!

I finished spinning up the green merino. Now I’ve started on this beautiful cream merino fiber. I plan on plying the two together – can’t wait to see how it turns out!

I’m on Tier 6 of the Market Bag – I’m just flying through this project – it is tons of fun!

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January 1

New Year’s has dawned sunny and cold cold cold. Mark is off to Gore again today for ski school. He’ll probably get lots of kids today . . .

The Rowing Cat and I will be staying snug and warm at home today. Maybe I can get her to cast on for the hat she’s been making noises about . . .

I’m working on an entrelac Market Basket bag for a friend. She’s been admiring mine and asked if I’d make one for her. She chose chocolate brown and turquoise! I think the colors look great together. I think I made my original Market Bag back in 2000, so it’s been fun to revisit entrelac. A co-worker of mine has even been inspired to knit her own! She has never done entrelac before, so it was a leap of faith. You just have to do exactly what the instructions tell you to and then magic happens!

I’m also working on my favorite sweater pattern once again. It’s called the Cabled Yoke Pullover and it’s by Lidia Karabinech from an old issue of Interweave Knits. It’s great TV knitting – just knit one round, purl one round around and around and around.

And here’s a glimpse of my spinning this week! So much fiber goodness can be had when I get a week off from work! It’s Merino from Theytoldmesew, an Etsy shop.

And here’s a picture of our cat – using my shawl during her nap . . .

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