Monday, March 31, 2008

Last week

So last week, I followed Washington State to Charlotte for the sweet 16 basketball tournament. It was a father/daughter trip - and no I don't care how old you are, there can always be father/daughter trips.

Charlotte was beautiful, we went to the Mint Museum of Arts and Crafts - which was really cool - no knitting, though. And Charlotte was a really nice city. I was a little worried though - in two days of walking through downtown, by the courthouse, jail, and city/county buildings, I did not see one homeless person. I realize that working with the homeless makes me more sensitive to this. But a city of 600,000 probably has homeless somewhere...

Most of these photos are from the green in the center of the city - very nice public art! And a photo of me, my dad, my godfather and an old friend. The sign is for a dear family friend who we missed on the trip - he has bone marrow cancer - he was with us in spirit!

I made a pair of mittens in the last two weeks to remember this sweet 16 run - far better then any t-shirt. The right says Cougs and the left 2008. They are made with NatureSpun on size one needles. The design was from Latvian Mittens - graph 96, the pattern was improvised.

The socks are finally finished - they are fearless fiber yarn with a pattern from Favorite Socks. I love the socks and the pattern. For whatever reason, it took my forever to weave the ends in and finish them!

Okay, that is all for this post - more soon!
Happy Knitting!!

Saturday, March 29, 2008

I am still knitting...

...but the batteries on my camera are dead! So here is a bad camera phone photo of my bucaneer booty socks that I started this morning. They are going really quick - gotta love sock knitting with a size 2 needle!!

There will be more to show tomorrow - I made a really cool pair of mittens while I was gone. Oh, yeah, gone...

My dad called on Monday, and we decided to go to Charlotte, NC to cheer on Washington State in the Sweet 16 basketball tournament. More details on that tomorrow when I can actually post the photos :)

There are a couple other pairs of socks that have been started or finished in the last few days, too... Sorry for the teaser, but I have to make dinner for Mr.Sunneshine now...

Happy Knitting!!

Thursday, March 20, 2008


Mr.sunneshine and I just got back from the first round of the NCAA tournament in Denver, watching the Cougars pummel Winthrop in the second half of the game. While this picture is not the best, it was taken from our second row seats. I was so proud, they played a good game, they played with sportsmanship and they won!! I can't wait till Saturday for round 2!



Okay, my pal gave me rockin' songs for the PRGE contest, so it required some thought to pair them with the right patterns...

I wanna be your boyfriend by the Ramones

I picked the classic Seamless Hybrid Sweater - a classic pattern to go with a classic song (this one is from tigerlillith on Ravelry.

Radio, Radio by Elvis Costello

I saw this in Craft Magazine a few months back. Of course I would change the plush animal to this one (and I can't get the picture over - so here's the link)

Its not quite a radio - but it has the right feel for the words, I think...

Finally, there is Welcome to Paradise by GreenDay

This song reminds me of work - people struggling to make ends meet - so the two things that the women ask to be taught to knit most often are bags and hats -
There are both pdf patterns and I couldn't lift the photos so follow the links (sorry!!)...

Thanks for playing

Friday, March 14, 2008

Seven Deadly Spins

I just had to show this off - I joined the Seven Deadly Spins club with WoolGirl. Could this be any cuter!! Its gluttony - complete with four different sock yarns, and one mini sock blocker keychain kit, jelly bellies and sock point covers for needles - I Love It! Now to go cast on...
Thanks so much - Jenny and WoolGirl!!

Sunday, March 09, 2008

prge questionnaire

1. Why did you join PRGE?
I love this swap - everyone is so good to their pals!!

2. What are your five favorite things? (these don't have to be knit related)
creating, a good bottle of wine, wearing an outfit that feels great, having someone understand a concept that I have been trying to teach, being with my husband

3. What are your three favorite things that you have made with knitting/crochet?
My christmas stocking series, my new black and gray handwarmers, a simple black cashmere hat.

4. What five things would you love to see in a swap box someday?
yarn with a corresponding pattern, chocolate, knitpicks harmony needles, thought by my pal, anything with skulls

5. What are your three favorite yarns? What are your three least favorite yarns?
favorites - sock yarn - especially dark solid colors, any natural fibers (or organics) from lace weight to worsted...
not favorites - acryllic, recycled silk, fuzzy, itchy, bulky

6. What are your five favorite delicacies?
cashmere, handmade, pectin jelly beans, artisan cheese, home made cinnamon rolls

7. What are your three favorite guilty pleasures?
chocolate, steak, bad 80's tv

8. What are the five things you look forward to every week?
My Name is Earl, friday knitting class, making Sunday dinner, completing one craft project, Sunday's phone calls

9. What do you collect?
I am trying to get rid of some of my collections, though, yarn, wine, art and skulls don't seem to be leaving

10. When is your birthday?
July 31st
11. Do you have any wishlists?
there are a couple on the sidebar of my blog - I will make sure they are updated this week..

12. Do you have any allergies or health related conditions that your pal should know about?
I am allergic to wheat, but its really not a big deal - with moderation its always fine...

13. What do you do for work and what do you do for fun?
I am the Director of Programs at a shelter for homeless and low income women and children - I coordinate art, health and education programs and seminars for those trying to rebuild their lives.
For fun, I cook, knit, garden, ride my bike occasionally, and hang out with my husband.

14. What would you like your pal to know that is not covered here?
Thank you for joining this swap! I am not hard to please, and really appreciate all your efforts!!

Thursday, March 06, 2008

More tiny hats

I finished this hat forever ago, finally blocked it and mailed them yesterday.

Just thought I would share quickly!
Happy Knitting!