Friday, November 30, 2007

Stocking disaster

It was stocking disaster this morning - okay disaster may be a bit of a stretch....

While I was finishing the third band of colorwork this morning, I looked at my stocking and realized that it was quite long - then I set it with the other stockings and realized that somehow it was REALLY long - longer then any of the other stockings and I haven't even gotten to turning the heel! YIKES!! I realized that if I ripped out the last band of color work, that it would be about the right size, so I did. Now I don't like the way that it looks.... So I have decided to set the stocking aside and start another one for myself. When all the stockings are done, stuffed and sent and my two paid stockings are finished, I will then go back to this one and figure out what to do to make it right... And who to gift it to.... The sucky part is it was almost done and I loved the way it was looking, the good part, I have plenty of yarn to make another in the same colors and slightly modify the pattern to something I think I will like even better... The glass is always half full, right?

I love the way all the stockings look together - so even though, you can't see the freakishly long length of the stocking - I leave you with the pretty fair isle all stacked...

Happy Knitting!!

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Santa Hats are done!

Grabbed this pattern from someone else who did them on Ravelry - its the HoHoHat from Cider Moon. They were so fun, so fast and so soft made out of stash alpaca and cashmerino chunky!
Hopefully, there will be a good photo of me and mr.sunneshine in them finding our tree!!

Happy KNitting!!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Land of the unfinished - v.2

Here are two more of the stockings - that are almost finished. When I am done with mine by the end of the week, it will be all weaving and blocking. Then one photo of all of them together! Then we get to stuff them and send the three off to the Grandbaby and his parents... and hang ours and our guests, so Santa can easily find them.

Then there will be two more stockings to do... more on that one later...

Happy Knitting!!

Monday, November 26, 2007

Living in the land of the unfinshed

So I am living in the land of only mostly finished projects. Here are two of the newest - Santa Hats for our photos during Christmas Tree Hunting on Sunday and the the cuff of my stocking. The upside is within the next ten days - all my holiday knitting should be complete!!

Happy Knitting!!

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Go Cougs!!

Apple Cup 2007
Washington State - 42
Washington - 35

Go Cougs!!

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!!
There are so many people, I am thankful for - including all the knitter and knit bloggers who have inspired me with inspiration, ideas, tips, and friendship!!
Much Love to you all!!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Chocolate Covered Cherry Box!!

This last week has been crazy stressful - and we are just getting into the holidays... Then I got this great box from KnitKat!! It is so well thought out - Thanks again Kat!!

It is comprised of the Little Miss Sunshine messenger bag, the Daily Stitch and Bitch Calendar, two skeins of SWS by Patons with a pattern suggestion :) a skein of C*EYE*BER Fiber sock yarn, a cherry card and Cherry Hershey's Kisses (devoured mostly by mr.sunneshine). I LOVE all of it and now get to use my new Favorite Socks book after I finish my Christmas knitting!!

Thanks so much Kat!! You were a great pal and I really appreciate everything that you sent!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

One more stocking and some progress...

One more stocking down! I finished the stocking for my SIL. With a few modifications, it is the Scandinavian Stocking from IK holiday 2006. I have to admit I got a little bored at the end. I do like the color and think it turned out well and he will be happy.

The grandbaby's stocking is coming along. I was really nervous about the colors, but I think its turning out really well. Now that I am back to the fair isle, it should go quickly...

Finally, there is Emma's stocking - she is my dad's girlfriends dog. I wanted to do a colorful stocking that used up my scraps. She was the one designated to get it, since I was unsure about how it would turn out... However, its great! There is a little 70's vibe with the heel (and soon to be the toe), but I am really happy with it! And I made it smaller then the giant people stockings, so its going really quick.

Now I am closing in on the end of the stockings - I would like to do 5 more, but really only HAVE to do one - mine, which I haven't written the pattern for yet... Of course, once they are all knit, I have to weave all the ends and block all of them except three... Oh the excitement...

Happy Knitting!!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Catching up again....

So mr.sunneshine and I spent three lovely fall days in NYC. Now I am paying the price catching up.... Our trip was for mr.sunneshine's birthday - which is actually in a couple weeks, but both of us working retail - its hard to properly celebrate. It felt so good to have the weather be in the 40's. We got to see the Rockafeller Plaza Tree when it was raised off the truck, we shopped and ate well. There was very little knitting... I leave you with the photos of the view from our balcony (yes, we had a balcony!! Granted it was 3'x4' and looked out onto a LOT of construction, but it looked great at night...) and mr.sunneshine with the RP tree in his knit wear!

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Coffee swap winnings....

I want to send a huge thank you out of Knittymama J (great swap hostess) and Knittindiva (check out her etsy site) for my coffee swap contest prize! Its beautiful mostly solid dark brown sock yarn in a colorway called coffee bean... Thank you both so much!!

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

a little bit of everything...

So, while things have been super busy around here.... I have apparently needed some retail therapy. And yarn shopping in my world doesn't count if (a) you are also buying for your swap pal and (b) you can pay with the paypal balance. I think I need to re-think this doesn't count thing, I seem to be accumulating a lot of yarn... Today I spent an hour cataloging the new yarns that I have purchased. I did leave out the Noro cashmere that I bought for my short row scarf - oops...

So while going through this much larger then anticipated job. I think Ravelry should allow you to copy your yarn entries - so after you enter it once you can have some in the used section and some in the stash section. Since I know that I have used more then 4 balls of yarn since I stashed everything, but I haven't used up all that yarn, so it is still sitting in my stash section. And at the same time, if you could use the stashed yarn when entering projects, so everything doesn't have to be double entered... That's just my rant...

I did want to share some pretty yarn pictures... The brown and purple are my alpaca from a local farm in Morrison, it is softer then cashmere.... mmmm.....

Then there has been some knitting - of course its mostly stockings but I am closing in on my stocking count of 12 - there are one small, two big and three partial left! Yippee!!

Monday, November 05, 2007

I just have a sec...

I just have a sec.... So I thought I would share some photos from my last trip. The LA part was work - enough said. The Washington part was glorious! Seattle was amazing, as always. And this trip more then most, made me want to move to Eastern Washington - beautiful scenery, great fall weather, a wonderful visit with my 88 year old grandma who I adore, and WSU beat UCLA and we were at the game! Here are some photos of our trip...

ps - Mubs loved the Hemlock Ring Blanket, she curled up in it while we watch the Rockies lose in the World Series...

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Thank You!!

I am still here - really!! Just spread a little too thin at the moment... Hopefully, I will get back regular posting next week...

I do want to send a HUGE THANK YOU!! out to Laura, my coffee swap pal! She rocks!! My box had tons of chocolate - and yes, some of it is already missing, two kinds of coffee, two little Soak packets and YARN! There is local JR Alpaca, beautiful purple Cabin Cove Merchantile sock yarn and - the best - yarn that she dyed using coffee and tea!! So beautiful and thoughtful! Thanks Laura!!

Happy Knitting!!