Musings from the Happily Unemployed

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Here is the "To The Point Cardigan" I made for my grandma's b-day. I used Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece in Wysteria.

I have almost two skeins of Wysteria left and one skein of a green color which look really good together. I think I might make a tank for myself!

A few friends and I are going up to Castle Rock tomorrow afternoon to visit the Red Wheel Yarn Shop since they are getting rid of all their yarns and concentrating on weaving and spinning. Who knows, maybe we'll get good deals!

Here are some random pictures I've taken recently, lest you think that all I do is knit... ;-)

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Intarsia class and Mystery Knit

Hi Everyone!

I took an intarsia class at my LYS last Saturday. We can either make a bag or a pillow if we take the Fair Isle class next Saturday. I'm going to make a pillow! Here is the finished class project and my first intarsia project. I love it! It's so much fun (once you learn not to fill up the bobbins too much!).
Last Saturday was also Mystery Knit night at the LYS. That was a blast!! This is the purse we made (but didn't know until the very end of the evening, even though we had figured out it was purse since the supply list on the instruction sheet called for handles and lining).

I added lining from my quilting fabric stash because the bag was too droopy otherwise. I love the way it turned out, even though it was my first attempt at lining a purse.

Aside from that, nothing much new is going on. We're just enjoying the nice weather (thunderstorms included). Our washing machine (rented from our apt. management co.) croaked yesterday while I was doing a load of laundry, and upon trying to empty the water from it to determine the problem, we had a bit of a mess! We did manage to clean it up nicely, since it was only soapy water. The maintenance guy came and fixed it today, so we're back up and running, but it was a mess for awhile. Thank goodness we managed to catch the water before it flooded onto the carpet! Posted by Picasa

Monday, May 15, 2006

Green Gable - FO!

I finished my Green Gable top yesterday afternoon. This is it after blocking. I love it!
Before blocking, I wasn't too sure I liked it... and then I read on the Green Gable KAL (which I didn't join, by the way. :-( ) that some people's sweater stretched while blocking. Luckily, mine didn't. If anything, the stitches are a bit tighter, which is fine with me. If I make another one, I might just go for the medium or add another couple rows of waist shaping to the large. In any case, I think it turned out great and it's something I'll definitely wear.

I'm really happy and a little sad today... LOL Confusing, huh? I'm really happy because we had an orthopedic surgeon appt and a physical therapy appt for Colorado (our dog) today. Both of them don't want to see us anymore! That's a good thing, believe me, after everything we've been through, but these people have been so good to us, it feels like we are losing friends. But, they would love for us to just stop by to say hi without having to have to an appt. Dr. Bauer is really happy with Colorado's knee, even though he's still limps a little and still has some inflammation in the knee. If he's happy, then I'm happy too! We can go back to normal activity now. Yippee! Yesterday, we actually did our first short hike with him up to the Stratton Lower Reservoir and he did really, really well! We spent about an hour and a half on the trails and he didn't have any more lameness than he normally does after walks. He even played and spashed in the water (yes, the city does allow dogs to swim in the reservoir!).

My mom still hasn't received her Mother's Day Package (see previous post), but she will tomorrow. I'm excited to hear her reaction when she opens it. :-) I'm currently working on some basic socks for me and a cardigan for my grandma's birthday. I'm using Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece in Wysteria. Beautiful color!

I'll update tomorrow after my mom gets all her goodies! Posted by Picasa

Friday, May 12, 2006

New projects

I've been spending so much time at my LYS lately! I've spent some time there the last 3 days and I'm going to Sat. knit group. Susan, Mary, or Kate, if you are reading this, you won't kick me out, will you?? Hey, if I didn't have fun, I wouldn't keep coming in, would I? ;-)

I'm still working on my Green Gable summer top but I hope to finish it by the end of the weekend. I know I'll be knitting away during the season finale of Survivor. (Go Cirie, go!) While I was at the LYS, I bought a pattern and yarn to make my grandma a cardigan for her birthday. I got Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece, which I love, in Wysteria (a lavendery color)! I want to make her a light sweater she can wear in the summer or fall. But, I need to cast on ASAP, since her b-day is fast approaching on June 18. I can do it! ;-)

My mom called me today with some rather distressing news. Don't worry, nothing's wrong with her, but she's going through an upheaval in her life. Now, I feel bad that her Mother's Day package (see post below) won't be there until Monday or Tuesday. :-( Well, I'm sure that when it gets there, it'll put a smile on her face.

I finally made a new belt for my Starsky cardigan, and it looks good! I'll post an updated picture soon. Too bad the weather is warm now, huh? ;-)

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Mother's Day Package!

Yay! I got all 6 of the felted lambs done for my mom! Here's the flock:

They are cute, aren't they? I'm also including a few other things in package for her. This is a modified Booga Bag. I added a knitted on i-cord trip on the top and bottom and I made the straps short. I also felted it down to a tiny size, so it's more like a tiny handbag. I think she'll like it.

This is the entire content of the Mother's Day package! There is a Hermione hat in Lamb's Pride, Fiber Trends felted clogs and a little feather and fan dishcloth in Sugar n Cream.
You think she'll like it? I'm hoping so! She might not get it until Monday, though... I'll go to the UPS store tomorrow and see if they can get it there by Friday for a good rate. If not, then she'll just get it on Monday. :-)

I'm still working on the Green Gable summer top for me and I finally got around to ordering another hank of KnitPicks Sierra in Cranberry to make another belt for my Starsky. If I have enough left over, I'm going to take out the bound off edge on the collar and add a couple more rows. We'll see! Posted by Picasa

Monday, May 08, 2006

Where does time go??

How in the world did I run so short on time?? I was supposed to have sent my mom a package a week ago and I'm still not done with the felted lambs that are supposed to go in it. I'm including her Mother's Day present in the package so I better hurry up!! Hopefully, I'll be felting the last of the lambs tomorrow and send it on it's way by Thursday. Yikes!

I'm sending my mom felted clogs, a knitted hat, and a little booga bag (and of course, 6 felted lambs at her request). I'll post pictures of everything before I send it off.

Today at doggie physical therapy, I asked Kim (the therapist) if it was ok to take Colorado up to the reservoirs in Stratton Open Space and she said YES! She's quite familiar with the trails and said it was definitely ok. I'm so excited! This used to be our favorite short hike/walk before the two surgeries. The general consensus of everyone that sees Colorado on a regular basis says that he's doing so well! He's getting stronger everyday and despite a bit of increased soreness, due to cutting his pain meds in half, he's steadily progressing towards "normalcy". Maybe we can take a road trip to Cali soon, although with the price of gas, it seems insane! ;-)