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Archive for May, 2007

FO: Camo Footies

Love these.  My first Koigu socks.   Koigu….. mmmmmm.  It’s everything everyone said it was.Pattern:  my own, just a basic 64 stitch sock, top down, with a regular heel flap.  Size 2 DPNs.

Yarn:  Koigu KPPPM, the green is P325, and the gray is P312.  the gray seems much softer than the green for some reason.And, just for you, Sis –  Is this sock/shoe combo any better than yesterday’s?  Before you say anything, let’s just remember who gave me these Crocs!  (come on, you know you want some!)

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Oh Yes I Did!

Life is too short.  Besides, it just made me happy.  And, sometimes just knowing it will make certain people twitch is reason enough :o)

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Sing With Me…

ala Sesame Street, “One of these things is not like the other….“Two of these things are kind-of the same….”

Go ahead and laugh.   Kaity’s still laughing at me.  Even worse, I didn’t even notice my heel was knit on sideways until I was about 1″ from being finished with the socks.  So much for my first toe-up socks.

Oy.

But you have to admit – the stripes match superbly.

I’m a knitiot.  I should keep these sock stuffed in my purse and whip them out anytime anyone sees me wearing something I’ve knit and gushes with the inevitable, “Oh, I could NEVER knit anything like that!”  I’m always telling people, seriously, it’s not that hard – If I can knit, anyone can knit.

Proof positive.  And, well, maybe it is a little hard, for me anyway :o(

(Oh – and BTW, I LOVE this yarn.  On-Line Supersocke 100, colorway 931)

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(door slam) “Oh man!  It’s SO great to come home to homemade cookies after a day of school like today … thanks Mom!!” – my son, age 21.

I’m so glad I made cookies today.

See, I’ve been enjoying all the Mother’s Day posts, but I’ve especially enjoying the ones written by moms of very young kids, and how much they love the fact that, in their kid’s eyes, they are perfect, they are their everything, they can do no wrong.

I remember those days – so fondly.  I LOVED knowing my kids only knew me as love, – the be all and end all… but those don’t last.  Kids wise up.

I’m not saying that’s bad….it’s just different.  I’m not always the good guy anymore.  Sometimes they think I’m the bad guy.   But, that’s our job, to bring them up, to let them learn, to help them learn, to help them discern right from wrong, to teach them what is right….  But, part of that is learning that Mom is not perfect.    And sometimes I miss the days then they thought I was.

I may not be perfect, they may not always like me, but they still love me, and I am still their soft place to land. 

I am blessed, my kids love me, still… even when they know the “real” me, faults and all.  They know I love them and do my best.

But I’m still glad I made cookies today.

—Train  child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.  Proverbs 22:6

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Happiness is…

…learning something new.

My first short row heel!

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…if a knitter were on a cruise???Well, she’d start and finish a Koigu footie (started on the car ride to the cruise ship, and finished on the bus trip to the SeaTac Airport to go home… how’s that for cutting it close!)  Yes, it’s just one sock so far.Here it is with our cutie-pie waiter, Shon. 

I’d also finish my Clapotis!!  (also finished on the bus to SeaTac… to the cheers  of my fellow SeaSocks buddies who had watched me work in it ALL week!)

And, I’d start a new sock on the plane ride home.  See… I did learn something – this is my first toe up sock!

Thanks to Patricia – our fearless leader, and avid sock knitter, who kept 89 knitters happy and on track for five days.  I will always remember these five days on the high seas with Kaity and my mom and our friend Jacquie, and 84 of my new friends, including Laura and Abigail, also cruising with her mom!

We had the time of our lives!!

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Lovin’ Victoria

After a rough Wednesday and Wednes-night at sea, we arrive in beautiful Victoria, Canada.  Silly me, I didn’t even know it was an island until we got there.  SUCH a beautiful place.  We decided not to join the organized tour of Victoria and decided to tour the city on our own.  We we looked up the address of Beehive Wool Shop and got in a cab. This is easily the nicest yarn store I have ever been in! 

They had the biggest selection of Fleece Artist I have ever seen.  Everyone who worked there was so nice and helpful – and on top of the 10% discount they were offering to those of us on the Seasocks cruise, along with the favorable exchange rate – it was VERY easy to splurge.Me?  I splurged on 600+ yards of Handmaiden 100% cashmere.  I have been bonding with this yarn ever since… mmmmm.  I still have no idea what it will become.  I also picked up some very cool OnLine sock yarn. 

After Beehive shopping, we decided to get some lunch, do some souvenir shopping, and walk a bit through town.  It was a gorgeous day.I may very well have to come back and vacation here some day!

Ok – that pretty much covers our day in Victoria – and the last of my yarn purchases.  Tomorrow if you want to come back I’ll finish up with the friends, the knitting, and you don’t want to miss our cutie-pie waiter, Shon.

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to show you what was waiting for me when I got home!!

I participated in Lynne‘s Special Swap – and look what goodies my swap partner, Emily, me!

The theme of the swap was to send your swap partner on a mini-vacation anywhere in the world, and Emily sent me to Japan with this beautiful and amazingly soft Habu textiles wool – 960 yards of it!

She also sent some delicious Japanese goodies- a beautiful rice bowl, and some chopsticks.  She had even scattered in some cute little oragami birds!

Thanks Emily – what a treat to come home to!

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Where To Start?!

I guess I’ll just start with the first few days!  I’m pretty sure when Royal Caribbean agreed to sign on 89 knitters for a cruise – we were not what they were expecting.  By the end of the cruise we were pretty famous.  “Oh – you’re one of the knitters! – Oh, look honey… she’s knitting!”  I suppose it’s odd enough to run across one person knitting in public… but in groups of 30 or more!?  At times we felt like zoo exhibits!  We were recognized all over the ship.

It was heaven to get up in the morning, know all you were expected to do was knit, meet fun new knitters… wearing all spectrums of knitted garb, and gushing over whatever you may be wearing, knit some more, maybe take a knitting class, eat, go yarn shopping, eat, maybe take in a show, and then knit until the wee hours of the evening.  All the while with people in the background cooking your meals, cleaning your room, and catering to your every whim.  It was sweet, to say the least!

Some of our classes were taught by Erin, who also hand-dyed one of the sock yarns in our goodie bag.  I just love Erin –   Here’s Erin posing with Kaity, and the sock she knit with the yarn from our goodie bag, in the “Seasick” colorway!

Another teacher was Eunny – who is a hoot!  That girl is smart, funny, very unassuming, and can eat anyone under the table!  She also sings a mean karaoke I hear, although I’m sorry to say I didn’t stay up long enough the first night to see that.  She was at our dinner table every night and it was fun to get to know her and pick her brain.

And, that’s just the first day…. as we sailed to San Francisco.  (And, I’m happy to saw I was never seasick – with the miracles of modern medicine!)  Here we are going under the Golden Gate Bridge (at 6:00 AM, mind you).  It was totally worth getting up early for this view.  We had wonderful weather in San Francisco, very clear, which was such a treat for those who had never been there before.

After we docked, we got on a tour bus and headed for Marin Fiber Arts.  About 80 knitters packed themselves into this little store!  Actually, it was so crowded, most everyone made a few quick purchases, then walked around and had some lunch, sat around and knit, and then made 3 or 4 more trips back into the store to see what we missed the first time….

 or pick up something we just noticed someone else had bought and we had to have.  Here I am with Kaity and my Mom, and our friend Jacquie, and the damage…. one store :o)  Yes – those are more goodie bags, which we quickly filled with our purchases!

Nice bag, eh?  There’s also some Trekking Natura in there, two skeins of Pastimes soy silk from their Music collection in the 8-track colorway, one gorgeous skein of Claudia’s Handpainted 100% silk (to die for!!!) in the Blue Terra Cotta colorway, and a couple of skeins of Nature’s Palette sock yarn.

Not bad for the first two days!

Next post, more yarn shopping, more new friends, beautiful Victoria Canada, and some knitting progress and FO’s!

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We’re back!   The cruise was AMAZING.  If only for the 5 days of sittting around and knitting with friends it would have been wonderful, but then there was…

the food, 

the beautiful ship,

and check out the freebies from just the first day!

But wait, there’s more!  No, really, you have to wait.  As soon as I catch up on “real life” and go through my pictures (100’s of them) I’ll show you the new friends, talk about the classes, etc, and of course, show you the YARN!!

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