Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Sunset on Summer

O M G !!!!
This is the sunset coming thru my craft room window, check out the awesome glow !!!

So naturally I had to run outside and catch a few photos for you. This one is on the front porch.
This is just seconds later, as long as it took me to walk to the front yard and the sun has dropped out of site. Can you believe all these colors?? Phenomenal.

Ran thru the house to the back yard..... no more purple, turning to black now.

And I couldn't let the day go by without showing off the new crazy sock!!
Isn't it the cutest thing?! The pattern says this part is like doing a hat with ear flaps!
Can you see that?

Here is how it fits the heel.
Next step is picking up stitches to do the foot, then pick up stitches on other side and work the leg. This way is great because you can finish out the skein of yarn making the cuff as long as the yarn will let you, no more second guessing and no more left over sock yarn !! win win

For those of you that know me well....YES, those are my real nails!! For some reason they are growing and I am not chewing them. Savor the moment :)

Autumn has fallen.....

The closing of the Pool..........may we bow our heads in prayer........that Spring will find its way back SOON !!
I do not like this day, and every year I push the closing date closer and closer to October. On the knitting front, I have finished and blocked a sweater that was left for about a year and a half!!! I know, awful huh? Part of the reason was because I had tried it on and the arms and armholes were on the tight side,,, surely the yarn did not shrink as it sat waiting, surely my arms have not gained in circumference....
Well, I decided to suck it up and I washed it and blocked the $#@)(#$*&)@*)&)@(!#*)($ out of it (it's cotton, will it continue to grow?) The color is a pretty turquoise, it's this dang Fall lighting (or lack there of) that made these pictures look grey... ANYway, i tried it on and WOW!! it fits!

I haven't got up the nerve to start the sleeves of my striped sweater yet.....I should do both sleeves at once and I can't wrap my head around that yet.....so I started a new sock pattern instead....I know 'that doesn't make sense', cause the sock took more brain power, anyway the sock is going ok, on this pattern you start at the heel!! check it out over at knitty.com

I made a necklace, its full of everything, Sterling Silver findings, wire, charms and tons of stones that only my brother can name ! :)

I am very happy with it

It felt very good to sit and create such a wild piece....I think a matching bracelet might be next!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

If Sneezing could kill ya.......

I'd be DEAD today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

My allergies are %?@Q$%">#Q#%%$#?#@>%?@Q$% killing me today. I'll admit I was sitting outside earlier, enjoying the awesome weather, (sneezing) and finishing the right front of my striped sweater. The first allergy pill I took, just kinda gave me a little energy to accomplish a few things around the house, but the sneezing and watery eyes were still going strong.

So now I've closed myself in the house, shut all the windows, killed all the flies, turned the air conditioning back on and Popped a different allergy pill !!!

Purl is not bothered by a bloomin thing!!

So I thought I would show you what I see as I am trapped in my house, hoping for relief from the snot gods !!! (sorry, had to say that :)

This one is cool, out in the field on a mound of dirt and weeds, sits Mr. Hearts, looking down on the next poor mouse that will become his play thing !
My cats have the good life, don't they? Sleeping and hunting for sport, earlier a mouse was trapped on the pool cover, trying to jump up six inches to get free.....that was quite entertaining! After jumping up, he would fall into the water, but was able to get right back on the cover. I tried several times to catch him by the tail, but he would get away. So after several dunkings he was starting to slow down and I was able to then scoop him up and put him back on the concrete, where he proceeded to ruuuun like the wind into a nearby bush, only to be spotted by Purl and a new game ensued.
I leave you with one last look of the side yarn....er I mean yard (maybe the new drug is starting to work!)
sniff ya later!!!!!!!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Recent Purchases

I thought today I would present you with some of my latest purchases!!!
Remember the fav LYS that is going out of business?
Well I shopped there....2 days in a row...
it was sad shopping too,
I benefited only by saving some bucks, but...
I think I would rather have the cozy shop back......:(

Here is the first purchase, A lovely vibrant green, half wool, half silk! smells so delicious!! Yes I smell yarn and silk is my all time absolute favorite smell, EVER !!! I can smell it a mile away !!! LOVE, LOVe, LOve, Love, love it.
ummm, any way, ummm where was I.....?
Oh, hopefully this yarn will grow up to become this flirty little number, kinda flared to hide all the sweets I like to eat :)

This yarn is the softest ever, Baby Alpaca!!! Bless the little darlings for their first hair cut, so that I can knit up a casual cardigan!

On to the next project.....jeez I need to clone myself already....another soft wool, that is very squishy (yes, that is a very important character to have). And another green hue, love the green. It's a cabled scarf with attached hood....yum!

These two balls I bought for my Hubby !!!!
For to make him a scarf.
Get your mind out of the gutter.
he he he

And lastly, 2 skeins of a cotton/SILK blend ! I usually never buy reds or purples, but this one spoke to me. It's got sooo many other little colors in it too. I don't know what it will grow up to be yet, but I've got 400yds of it. Any idea's ?????????????

Saturday, September 19, 2009

FINE.....The camera isn't as lame as I thought...

oh, say it isn't so......
my camera has made a liar out of me!! My husband showed me that it DOES indeed have a way to shoot close-ups of my jewelry.......so.........
Ta da.....Here is a nice picture of 3 bracelets that I made!!! The two bottom ones are thread together with 6ft of tiny string with a flexible needle at each end. A bunch of us took a class from our New Bead Store, right here in little Star!!!! And then we got together again on our own and did another bracelet, just to see if we remembered how. I believe we all passed with flying colors. The top bracelet is a totally different technique, wire wrap. I use lots of head pins and attach them to the chain of the bracelet. My dream is to only use sterling silver and gold fixin's !!!! But money doesn't grow on trees..... just ornamental pears!!!!!!!!

Now in this picture, you may have to click on it and make it bigger...

do you see what I saw??

Two cute little mule deers, they were eating the flowers out of the flower pots at the condos I stayed at this weekend in McCall. I also saw a frisky little ground squirrel and a precious fox, but wasn't quick enough with a camera for them. I love wildlife :)

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

You think you're tired.......

Poor Mr Hearts is plum tuckerd out.......its a lotta work laying on the leather couch all day......

Look at the snazzy flowers my husband brought home for me !

He also bought me a pair of earrings that are dipped leaves in 24k gold..........wowsers!!!
He was on a 3 day trip out of town and thought of me a lot!
Now I leave tomorrow for a one night stay in McCall with some friends...
wonder what I should get for him???

Don't ya wish your Fishy was cool like mine!!!

Look at the cool home my new
Betta has !!!!
His name is Blusher
(cause of his color).

An Artist in Hollywood, California designed this awesome vase. Hubby and I found it at Art in the Park, an annual festivity that Boise, Idaho hosts that over 250 vendors come and sell their handmade designs.

I tried to take a picture of the new jewelry I have been creating........but.......my stupid camera is not fancy enough to get a close-up view without making it all blurry. Not happy about that.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Slowly is never fast enough

I'm making some progress on this number, finally finished the left front, can you see it pinned on top of the back??
Isn't it pretty how the colors match up so lovely.?.? Well it didn't start out that way..... half way thru the left front I had put a wrong color in and didn't realize it till way past.....so I had to rippp out three color blocks and redo it.... that was fun..... then my count got off and I had to put the project in TimeOut!!
SO, needless to say, I am very pleased to see that front piece done.....
On to the right front now.
Here is the promised finished photo of what my sweater is gonna grow up to become!!
I would never have chosen to knit this type of garment for myself, but the LYS had one hanging up and I was told to try it on (by my knitting friends).
I changed the yarn, so I had to pick out different colors, which of course was the fun part!

Monday, September 7, 2009

Say it isn't soooo

The most SAD news came
during this Labor Day Weekend...
one of my fav yarn stores is closing its doors.....
This damn rotten economy is to blame for ruining a beautiful fiber heaven !!!

So here I sit,
pondering some future projects, because the fav yarn shop is going out with a bang
and having a huge $ale....
Its hard to be happy about saving money at a time like this...

I have finished the back of the new sweater (that you don't know what will look like when its finished)(cause I haven't posted the picture yet....)(sorry)
But aren't you taken with the fun colors?

And are you noticing the foam puzzle pieces underneath the sweater?? I bought those from KnitPicks. Very nice to have, now I can block things on my table instead of sticking pins into my carpet!