Monday, July 28, 2008

Going to the Fair...

Thanks for nice comments on the snake. I was sorry to hear someone was in trouble for viewing it. Sometimes you have to be sneaky about viewing blogs in front of your kids…

Wow, I can’t believe the TDF Kal is already over. I didn’t finish my third project. I didn’t finish my project last year, either. A trend! When the kal comes back next year (I hope!) I will no doubt not finish my project then. Consistency, if nothing else!

Anyway, here is what I have done on my Palindrome Scarf:



I think it is coming out beautifully. I have a feeling I am going to love this scarf. It may not be Clapotis, but it sure as heck is prettier. My Clapotis is NOT very pretty. Maybe I should dye it rather than making a new one. I’ve thought about making another one, but I can never decide what yarn to use. (I find it funny that I’ve never considered dyeing it)

Today I am baking bread in hopes of having a fine looking loaf to take to the county fair tomorrow. I am also going to take my Luna Moth shawl and possibly my Evangeline mitts. If I can find them. I think the judging is on Wednesday. As long as no one else enters any knitting, I can be assured of a win…

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Yarny Fun

I shipped my guests off last weekend, and now we are back to regular, boring, every day life. Except that this morning we had a particularly nasty thunder storm that knocked the power out for 3 hours. It had already killed off our satellite signal off in the middle of my yoga show. That was annoyingly inconvenient. What was really unpleasant was that lightning was striking really close all around us and it scared the daylights out of the girls. The one that knocked the power out struck really close to our neighbor’s house.

The good news was that I was done dying my yarn for my Palindrome scarf:



I may have found my perfect shade of red here. Naturally, I will have to experiment more just to be sure.

In the duration between this post and my last one, I have finished some things. The first finished project was my second Tour de France project, Foliage:



I love her. She can snuggle my head all winter this year.

The second finished project is this Slithery Snake:



The girls love their snake. There was no putting it back for a birthday or Christmas. The oldest stood by waiting for me to finish, she liked it so much. So far, they are sharing nicely. It was first named Ringo the Snake, but today I heard one of them calling it Wormy, so who knows.

How about some bread I made last week? This loaf came out very nice looking, unlike the loaf I made yesterday. I suspect I didn’t set the oven temp. high enough, because it was beautifully browned like this one:



They all taste great, though. I love home made bread. The girls will come running for fresh sourdough. Last weekend I made muffins for breakfast one morning. They were delicious. They could become my new baking obsession.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

First Finished TDF Project!

The TDF Kal always provides lots of excitement, somehow. I present my first of 3 projects for the kal:



These mitts were a lot of fun to knit. I will definitely make them again and I might even try out different knot work patterns in them. I think I might change the thumb to a gusset because they are bit tight in that area. I love them and can’t wait for cold weather so I can wear them. Or maybe I will wear them to dig around in the freezer.

Next up is my Foliage hat:



I was sort of delusional when I thought the needles I was going to need for it were in use. I read the instructions for the bulky yarn, not the worsted. Oh well. I needed those mitts first. I can see that I am going to enjoy this hat, too.

On to The Beast. It may stay away for a while because it returned Saturday night and got shot at. Sadly, we missed getting it. Perhaps it will stay gone this time. I doubt it, but a girl can dream. My husband got the new motion light we bought last fall put up on Sunday. All the excitement was just in time for my bother and niece to show up. My niece got all wound up with the yelling and the shooting. For a city girl, she’s kinda blood thirsty. I did not expect her to be so hot for her uncle to shoot a cat, wild or not. Did I call my brother a bother? Funny that.

We are having lots of fun, and I should mention that my niece is 12 , knits, AND crochets. Cool, huh?

Saturday, July 05, 2008

Return of The Beast

This was going to be a happy-go-lucky post, until we went outside this morning. The Beast has returned. It killed a young rooster and ate it through the fence. No joke. I would have never believed that such a thing was possible. I guess we will be on the hunt again. People dashing about in the yard with guns again. In the night. Just in time for my niece from Seattle to come for a visit. I had really hoped that The Beast would stay away.

Today is the beginning of the TDF Kal. I had hoped to start with Foliage, but it turns out the needles I need for it are currently in use on my neck warmer. I’ll have to finish it before doing the hat. I am almost done, so that shouldn’t be a problem. Instead of the hat, I am starting with Evangeline, the mitts. I am using a ball of pumpkin orange Merino Style that I used for the BSU Sweater last year. I think they may have discontinued the color, but I’m not positive. So far, I love the pattern and it seems to be really quick. Well, of course it’s quick, it’s fingerless mitts, but I think you all know what I mean. I could end up making a lot more of these if they continue being as enjoyable as they have been this afternoon.

I want to thank everyone for the nice birthday wishes! This year’s birthday was really fun even though I didn’t get to have a family outing. Last year we drove around the mountains on my birthday. This year I hung out with my girls.

I don’t know if I shared my bad sourdough starter experience here. I’ve had a starter going since early this spring and it was just starting to get really, really good. And that’s when I found mold in the jar. I’ve had to start all over again. I made the first loaf with it on Friday. When it gets a couple months old, I am going to save a cup of it in the refrigerator. I don’t want to have to start from scratch all over again.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

36

Happy Birthday to me! This morning I got this fabulous present from my girls:



Knitter #2 helped me make these this afternoon:



AND I am getting pizza for supper. Pizza that I don’t have to make!

After telling you all about the fat riddled goodies I am having for my birthday, how about a weight loss report? So far, I’ve lost 5 lbs. I am ecstatic to break the 140lb barrier. I haven’t weighed less than 140 since I got pregnant the first time. If I’m lucky, maybe I’ll be breaking into the old jeans a month from now.

The Tour de France KAL is starting on Saturday, so I thought it was high time I show everyone what my 3 projects are going to be:



They are hats, fingerless mitts, and and a scarf. How does this tie in with the Tour de France or France in general? If you are going to go on a bike ride in French Alps, I think you need to dress warmly. The nice thing about these projects is that I can use up some left over balls of yarn. The scarf is Palindrome, the mitts are called Evangeline, and the hat is Foliage. They are hiding out in our new fire pit that Brent finished over the weekend.