Friday, August 27, 2010


It’s been a long few weeks, but I’m still kicking, folks!

First, can you believe it’s almost the end of August? My parents are celebrating their 40th anniversary today and the weather couldn’t be better for the occasion.  They’ve taught me that not everything will be smooth sailing, but love, patience, and understanding can help you get through anything. Thanks, mom and dad!

It seems like not much and everything has been happening in the three weeks since I last wrote.  I had a birthday at the beginning of the month(happy birthday to me!), and as always seems to happen with birthdays, we celebrated it over a week. A few days after my birthday, my mom went under the knife for total knee replacement surgery. The family’s been chipping in to help her out. Two weeks later, she is recovering nicely and her spirits are good, but it’s difficult to watch someone so strong and vibrant slowed down. We have to think on the bright side: once her knee heals, we won’t even be able to keep up with her!

In knitting news, I’m finishing up some projects, making some mitts for a bride, and planning out holiday projects. I also ordered a beginner’s spinning kit and am a little scared but mostly excited.  I’ll let you know how that goes…

I haven’t posted any photos for a while, but I’m working on it. Hopefully I’ll have something in the next few days.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

More on Striping

I'm sure I've mentioned it before, but it's been hot here. Hot! Work's been keeping me busy, and that along with the incessant heat have made it so that all I want to do is eat, knit, and sleep when I get home. Here's to hoping that things cool down soon, weather-wise and work-wise.

This past weekend did grant us somewhat of a reprieve: mid-80s weather and low humidity allowed J and I to spend a day with some friends walking about the city on Saturday. We had some incredible frozen yogurt at TangySweet during one of our rest stops, and I am certainly looking for another opportunity to visit again!

The blanket has been put on hold; I've decided to wait and see if my friend has a boy or a girl before continuing. Truth be told, I have horribly dry hands and using the yarn I was using turned into a complete snag-o-rama so I think I'm going to end up making a hat, baby mitts, and baby leg warmers (striped of course) for a series of smaller projects my poor construction worker feeling hands might be able to take more. The green-blue-teal color scheme doesn't quite work so well for baby girl clothing though, hence the wait. In any case, my nephews may be getting some embarassingly matched hats and mittens for Christmas this year. ;)

I've got a lot of projects to keep me occupied in the meantime. I need to finish up my pair of socks as well as the scarf I mentioned earlier, plus a wrap for a future wedding. Then comes all the holiday gift knitting, which I am really looking forward to!

One last little tidbit--I found another neat tool for striping while perusing some message boards. Check out the Random Stripe Generator for your next "freeform" striped project. I've had so much fun making different color combinations and seeing what the computer spits out.