Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Excess Fur All Around

I couldn't do it. Even for her, I just couldn't do it. I am hoping it's the pattern, but the wrap I was making was just too heavy and furry and fake. When I told my mom I was frogging the "dead dog shawl" she laughed and said, "I dont' know why, she would have given you the dead dog". HA! Go Mom with the funny joke. I am going to try to do a more open pattern and hope that does it. Any suggestions are welcomed, right now I am thinking of a feather and fan sort of thing. If that doesn't work, I'll scrap the idea and think of something else. Hey maybe a cute little felted bag...okay gotta go shopping now. See how these things spiral out of control?

I did try to sneak in a little project in between...

My girlfriend just had a little girl, and last Thursday we made plans to see her on Sunday. I decided to see if I could knit the infamous Baby Kimono from Mason Dixon Knitting in 3 days. I bought two balls of SugarnCream in Strawberry and set to work. I didn't make it. I did end up getting her something else, so once this is finished, I will decide if I will give it to her or keep it for myself. But I am convinced that if I buy girl things, I'll end up with a boy or vice versa. Anyway, I didn't have enough yarn, I guess with the SugarnCream (as opposed to the Peaches nCream) you need 3 balls, so again, need to go shopping!

Oh and look at this :
Is it some great new roving just waiting to be dyed?? Have I lost my mind and decided to learn to spin? Well.....no.. In reality, I just didn't brush my cat in forever. I know it's kind of icky, but it looked so much like roving I had to take a picture. I could make a whole 'nother kitten out of that! So she's all sleek and pretty again, probably wondering what took me so long to take off her winter coat, now that it's almost July! See how nice?

Okay, now I really AM going shopping because my friend just called and offered to pick me up! Happy Knitting!

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

I have an excuse...

This is what I am knitting right now:

This is the "Elegant Wrap", a free Patons pattern using Brilliant and Divine. This stuff is God awful to knit with. It feels like I'm knitting with dead shitzu hair (and I'm no yarn snob either). I am hoping that after it's washed and fluffed it will be a little better. But I kind of have an excuse for doing this...

On Father's Day, we were at my in-laws having lunch. My SIL comes strolling in un-announced and everyone exclaims "Happy Birthday!"...everyone, that is, except me because I HAD NO IDEA. My IDIOT husband and I have this unwritten rule that we keep track of our own families birthdays, and remind the other accordingly. He apparently forgot this rule, and not only didn't tell me, but didn't get a gift or anything...how embarrassing. But I couldn't feel too bad, because my SIL, well, she's kind of special. She's basically a good hearted person, but she's very, well, self-centered and well, CHEAP when it comes to gift giving. My first Christmas with them I got a periwinkle blue fleece scarf and matching baseball hat beanie thing. DH and I still crack up over that gift, and how he wore it around the house just to make me laugh. The best story though, is the birthday story.

For her birthday a few years ago, I bought her a gift certificate to Kohl's department store. It came in a little cardboard sleeve thingie on which I wrote in pen, something like "$50; Happy Birthday M, Love me and DH". My birthday is about a month later, but for whatever reason we didn't see her for it. Every time I spoke to her on the phone she would say she had my present waiting for me. Finally she said she would put it in the mail because she wasn't sure when we would see each other next. I get a card in the mail, and in it was - can you believe it - the SAME Kohl's gift card, in the SAME envelope, with big black magic marker writing over my writing. You could see my words if you held it at the right angle. I didn't even acknowledge the gift...that may be rude, but I knew I couldn't hold my tongue about it. Don't get me wrong, I am not greedy, I would rather have NO gift than a thoughtless one. So, for her gift, I thought I would make her something, but nothing that required too muchmoney or too much time. This project is cheap and is done on size 17 needles - fits the bill nicely.

It's just the way she is though, and after almost 15 years with that family, I've learned to laugh about it. I mean, we couldn't get her to commit to plans on Father's Day because she wanted to "play her life by ear for one day". Her kids are exactly the same. Neither one could spare more than 5 minutes to spend with their grandfather on Father's Day. Oh well, all we can do is learn what NOT to do with our kids.

Anyway, in happier news, my crazy insane SP sent me a ball winder! Woo Hoo! I will wait to post a picture until I actually attempt to wind a skein. She also included two more addis for magic loop! She is the best!

My first set of socks are finished and are drying as we speak. I hope to have them wrapped and mailed tomorrow. Once they are received I can post the pics!

So, What's your worst gift story??

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

A quick little update....

Nothing much new to report. I've been recovering from a little personal issue this week, so there hasn't been much knitting. I am finishing a pair of socks for my sock project, but I can't show them here because they haven't been gifted yet. My Secret Pal has been a big support, sending me my second package a little early for me to enjoy while I am going through my ordeal. As usual, she has been incredibly generous. I hope to have some more exciting knitting stuff to report soon. Lord knows I have enough gorgeous yarn to knit with now! I can't even explain how soft and beautiful these yarns are! Not to mention sinfully deliciously smelling soaps and a peppermint cocoa candle! Great note cards (I love crabs!), body lotion and scrub (DH already stole the scrub) and stitch markers already in use on my 2 circ socks! I have the best SP!

Be back soon!