Monday, April 28, 2008

The Dark Side of Knitting

Oh Hello there darling. You....are.....GORGEOUS. I want to drape you over my shoulders and wear you day after day after day you sexy thang.

Um, oh, wow, this is awkward, wait...oh dear, I think you've caught yourself on something, have a little snag..oh dear...

OH dear....OH DEAR!!!!!!!! What HAPPENED to you? This is dreadful. What's that you say? Your Mum saw your injury and then locked you in a cupboard for 3 weeks? That's terrible lovey. But you know, your Mum is known for being a bit flighty and she is notorious for abandoning things when the going gets tough. Don't you worry though. Give her time and she'll come back to you.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Tales From The Road Trip

My dear hubby surprised me with a little overnight trip for our 3rd wedding anniversary. We went to Benson, AZ and visited the Kartchner Caverns. Kartchner Caverns is a live cave that was discovered in 1974. It is absolutely amazing.

We took the guided tour with approximately 10 other people. While we were touring, we kept hearing a squeaking noise. Over and over I said out loud, "Oh my god, is that a bat? Are there bats in here? Am I going to get rabies?". My hubby thought this was very amusing. He thought it even more amusing when we realized that it wasn't a bat at all. One of the people on the tour had a squeaky shoe. eheheh.

After the tour, we drove down to Tombstone for a little sightseeing. I've always found the history of this town interesting. Yes, I must admit, the only history I know of it was learned from watching the movie Tombstone. Gotta love Val Kilmer as Doc Holliday. I was a little disappointed. On every corner, people very badly dressed as cowboys and what not, were harassing us with flyers for gun battles and restaurants. I know they have to generate revenue but it was TOO much. The best part was the tour of the Bird Cage Theater. They have created a museum inside and it was very eerie but also interesting. These are the actual 'bird cages' inside. These little cribs were used by the prostitutes to "entertain" their patrons for $25 a night. Interestingly enough, that's $5 more than it cost to buy a steak for dinner from a nearby saloon. Pretty sad when your goodies are worth about the same as a steak dinner.

Not much knitting news to share. I did a little car knitting on my Karaoke Cable scarf but not enough to enjoy much progress.
Now that we're home I'm looking forward to finishing at least one project. We'll see how much I really do accomplish over the weekend. I always have such high hopes for myself but usually come Monday morning I still have the same 12 unfinished projects surrounding me. So is the life of a multi-project knitter. One of these days maybe I'll explore the benefits of monogamy.

Saturday, April 19, 2008


I've been bit by the scarf bug. Not the most practical knitting for April in Phoenix. The temperatures have already started climbing into the nineties so it's not like I'm going to be able to wear the fruits of my labour. It is however, very relaxing knitting, and is helping me to remember one of the most important aspects of why I became a knitter in the first place. Stress relief. To aid in my quest for serenity, I have recently acquired my very first pair of Lantern Moon needles. I had been wondering for quite some time what the draw was to these needles. Now I know. I got the US 8-10 inch Rosewood straight needles with Ebony points. They're bloody fantastic. I'm knitting an Irish Hiking Scarf with them. My tension is so much better and they are like a dream on my hands.
I'm knitting the Karaoke cable scarf with a pair of Brittany straights and the difference between them and the Lantern Moon's is huge. The Brittany's feel a little like they're catching on each other and my tension is nearing strangulation. The Lantern Moon's slide through each stitch with ease and there is not a death grip in sight. Lovely. Just absolutely lovely.

Friday, April 11, 2008's Finally Friday!

Friday fill-in

1. I love springtime in my mum's garden.
2. Hashbrowns with a1 sauce and sausage links are foods I love to eat for breakfast.
3. It seems I'm always searching for the perfect knitting project.
4. Fresh clean sheets is a great way to end the day.
5. I think I am addicted to knitting!
6. My very own clapotis is what I've been craving lately.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to spending time with mum and meggie, tomorrow my plans include going to my mum's lys (yesss!!) and Sunday, I want to knit til the cows come home!

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Sure Boss, I'll get right on that!!

Ssh...I brought my knitting to work. Tee hee hee.

Monday, April 07, 2008

Is It Tea Time Yet? Clap-o-TEA time that is.....

I don't think my Sister knows I have a knitting blog. I hope she doesn't know. If she does, the cat's out of the bag in a big way. If you do find this blog, Sissy, you need to know that I loved, loved, LOVED making this for you. This was so incredibly fun to knit. I am absolutely making one for myself. Soon. To my fellow knitters, if you haven't made one yet, you really, REALLY should. Seriously. It may be my favourite finished object to date.
Happy Birthday Big Sister. I love you.

Pattern: Clapotis by Kate Gilbert
Yarn: Lion Brand Microspun, Sterling (4 skeins)
Modifications: None (Are you kidding? I'm too chicken to make modifications to a pattern!)

Friday, April 04, 2008

Oh You Are Wicked Aren't You?

Finally. I didn't think I'd ever get around to finish this one. It had a serious case of sleeveitis for a couple of months. I would add 1-2 inches to the bottom if I made it again though because I was pulling and tugging on it all day long. Other than that I'm pretty happy with it.

Pattern: Wicked by Zephyrstyle
Yarn: Cascade 220 Heathers
Used 3 skeins?

Friday Fill-In

1. Tonight I saw the first 10 minutes of Sweeney Todd (I'll watch the rest later)

2. America's Dance Crew makes me wanna dance!

3. Splitting a few appetizers between friends is a great way to try different things

4. Hugh Grant is someone I'd like to get to know better (sigh).

5. The smell of cut grass reminds me so much of springtime!

6. Then I hugged my husband and that made it all better.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to progress on my Hexacomb Cardi, tomorrow my plans include finishing my sister's Clapotis and Sunday, I want to veg!