Lansing, FO's, and Friends!

Hello everyone!  How is your summer going?  I hope as well as mine – I spent yesterday in lovely Lansing at Mecca surrounded by a multitude of yarns.  What was I doing there, you ask?  Well, I went over with Lynne and Laura.  Laura was kind enough to drive.  We were all amazed that we remembered the way there from last year – personally, I believe it is the “knitter’s homing device” that can detect yarn in any city, town, or village!!  We got to Threadbear and we had much to look at  – I had on my newly completed “Indigo Great Green Ripples Skirt” – I knit this with some Silky Wool from my stash – as soon as I find the camera cord I will post some photo’s!  I have to tell you, I love this flirty little skirt!  It held up well to the day’s activities!!  No bagging at the seat with all the sitting and knitting I did!  I inspired Lynne as well – she is knitting another of Kat Coyle’s skirts – the bobbled one from IK Lace Style book.  Lynne scoured the shop for the perfect yarn to knit it – and she found the perfect red yarn!  I must admit to some stash enhancement enabling yesterday!  Although, I managed to hold firm and not acquire any new yarn. 

Shortly, after our arrival -I heard a familiar voice – Sarah had arrived!!  Sarah is one of the most amazing knitter’s I know.  Her skills are truly incredible.  There will soon be an announcement from Sarah of GINORMOUS proportions.  Stay tuned to her blog for the details.  Sarah is not only a great knitter, but a great story teller!!  She kindly invited us all to “Knit In” in East Lansing that evening.  I was thrilled to find Nancy’s shop Woven Art – it was filled with wonderful yarns – as well as wonderful people.  Sharon was there and some new friends that I had not yet met.  There was food and laughter and lots of knitting.  It was truly an amazing day!!

 Make sure you stop back later for some fun filled pictures from the days adventures!!

Oh, and if you have been hankering for Victorian Lace Today – stop over to The Heathen Housewife – Shelly is having a contest and if you leave a comment, you could win this and a skein of lace weight yarn!!  Get on over there!!

The Postman Rings Twice!

The Postman Rings Twice!

Hello Everyone! As you may know, work for me has been insanely busy this past week. Therefore, I headed in to work bright and early on Saturday morning! I could not sleep as the looming work was swirling around in my head! So, I headed in to work in the quiet that Saturday’s are – I was amazingly productive – and by the time I headed out, I felt back in control and ready for the weekend!! When I arrived home on Friday, there was a lovely box waiting for me, but I did not open it that evening – the kids arrived back home and there was an abundance of activity swirling around the house. When I arrived home from work on Saturday – Mr. Postman had left ANOTHER package on my doorstep!! I did what any good knitter would do – I poured myself a nice frosty glass of iced tea and headed out to my deck with my knitting and a scissors to open my packages!!

The first box was from my Special Swap buddy – Liz. It was a box filled with lovely treasures patterned around the theme – Garden Swap! She did an outstanding job – all kinds of beautiful things!! Not only did the package smell amazing – thanks to a Lily of the Valley scented “sachet”. Liz, this is my favorite flower!! I went on to discover some incredible treats! From Mint Milano cookies to a sunflower scented candle, from some amazing, yummy sock yarn to some incredible handmade “hand knit by” cards and some handmade “thank you” cards! She also included a gorgeous photo album in my favorite color – green!! Liz, you out did yourself!! Thank you for being such a great swap partner!!


The next box was filled with more treats! It was my package from my Coffee Swap 2 pal Wanda did an awesome job, as well on my package!!


As you can see, she sent some great goodies!! From my favorite coffee – Starbucks Sumatra – to some incredible, yarny goodness!! My very own “sheepy’ mug!! I love it all! She even included some awesome biscotti to pair with my cup of joe! I see some Jaywalker socks coming from the Opal yarn she sent – and I am just in awe of the color and softness of the fingering weight Kaalund yarn! I am thinking “Swallowtail” people! The most amazing part was the card that Wanda picked out – check it out gang!!


It has knitting on it!! Attached to very tiny knitting needles! Is this cute or what???!  What an awesome card!!  Wanda, I love it!

Thank you to both of you for sending me such greatly appreciated, beautiful, inspired swap packages!

Well, I am off to enjoy my treats – and to sit and knit a bit.  Have a great Sunday everyone!

And so it begins….

Hello Everyone!  Well, July has most certainly begun!  Why is it that when it rains, it pours?  No measurable rain as of yet, but it is certainly raining in my life right now!  I am looking for the rainbow desperately! 

Work was slow in June – so I put in my request for more work in July – you know that old adage, be careful what you ask for?  Well, here it is the second work day of July and can you say drowning???  I cannot see my desk for all the paperwork on it!  I ate lunch at my desk yesterday, and I ate lunch today in my vehicle traveling from one office to another!  I needed a moment of calm, so I thought I’d come chat with you all and try and re-organize my poor befuddled brain a bit!  I will more than likely work tomorrow for a bit, because my Thursday and Friday (which I thought would be slow due to the holiday) are jam packed with appointments!

In my personal life, it is raining as well – monsoon rains!  I am having some issues with Ex #1.  I am not sure how to solve the issues – but they require legal assistance.  So, my attorney is certainly getting a work out this year!  How sad to have your attorney on speed dial, is it not?  Now I know why the term “EX” has such a poor connotation!  Wonder if they sell one way tickets to Mars!!  It might be a worthwhile investment! 

I know I had promised photo’s, they are coming!! 

On to a knitting update!  Indigo Waves – which I am renaming Verdigris Waves –  is flowing along nicely!  I have about 30 rows to complete –  and my desire is that I have many uninterupted hours of knitting tomorrow to finish it!  I am going to have yarn left over as well!!  I am still waiting for my beads to arrive for the Mystery Stole 3 – I am itching to start that!  My poor Monkey sock has not been knit on in over a week!  Too busy at work to knit at lunch time!  I will get back to them after I have my skirt finished!

My kiddo’s get back home on Friday – it has been a nice 2 week break, but I am ready for them to be home again!  Imagine missing teenage conversation!! 

Alright, my brain seems less scattered – back to work for me!  Have a fabulous 4th everyone!

Friday, oops, Sunday Follies

Okay, how on earth did June whiz by so quickly? Is anyone else as baffled by this as me? I am stunned that today brings the last working day in June! today is the first day of July! I am even more stunned that Sunday will have July marching in! I did not get this posted Friday, the afternoon got a way from me!  My June was a bit hectic – schools end, my daughters graduation, graduation parties, and work kept me busy! I am really longing for a span of time when things go at a slower pace! A snail’s crawl sounds incredibly inviting!

My garden is looking so nice – although I need to move a few things around – there is alot blooming right now. I will get some photo’s this weekend and share them with you all.

Speaking of photo’s – my daughter is still trying to get a snap shot of her sister in the Chapeau – but with little success. She also will make an effort this weekend to get a picture and email it to me!

I have been knitting away on my Indigo Waves skirt – I am 9 rows into the lace work and enjoying it very much! And, because I have cast-on-itis – I joined the Mystery Stole 3 – and pulled some lace weight yarn from my stash out. I even think I might have some beads that will work! If you too suffer from the itch to cast on – you can head over to Melanie’s site and sign up!

** Update Sunday July 1st – the beads don’t work, but I ordered some online and hopefully they will arrive soon!

It was a glorious day yesteday – the sun was out, no humidity, it was an amazing day!  It looks like we have more of the same for today!  I sat in the sun and knit yesterday for a good space of time!  I am well into the “ripples” of the Indigo Ripples Skirt – it is an easy pattern to memorize and it changes often enough to keep boredom at bay!  I hope to have the skirt finished this weekend!!  I am envisioning wearing it with a white linen blouse and some flat sandals – the perfect summer outfit!

The week is supposed to bring rain – much needed rain!  It is sad that we are supposed to have rain for the 4th, but it is so dry here the several days of precipitation will be welcome.

Have a safe Sunday everyone –

Blue Mornings, Blue Days

Hello everyone!  Am I blue?  Nope!  But, the skies here sure are – blue in the morning, blue at noon, and blue as the sun goes down!  All this glorious, cloud-free, weather is causing West Michigan to become a bit parched!  I am watering up a storm – I will post some photos soon of my blooming hibiscus, my sunny yellow yarrow, my golden lilies, and my coral-colored begonias!  We have got color and LOTS of it!!  How does my garden grow?  Very rapidly with all this sunshine!! 

Well, with all this sunshine and great weather – you would wonder what I have been knitting, right?  Oh, yes – there has been knitting!!  I finished Chapeau Marnier – wow, what a great pattern!!!  I shall have my daughter take a photo of the hat on Rachel – I did not have my camera upon completion to get a quick shot off before the hat was enroute to Northern Michigan to daughter #1.  Let me tell you, if you have not stopped over to to see their summer lovelies, go right now!  I knit the Chapeau with Louet Gems – in an awesome brown color, and with a pale blue ribbon with some matching shades of brown spots – it was adorable!

 I am also working along on my Monkey socks – although, I have not been able to put down the Elspeth Lavold Silky Wool that I am knitting into the Indigo Waves Skirt from an earlier issue of IK.  I am through the “hip” increases for my “hippy-ness” and I am about an inch from starting the lace work!  I love this yarn!!!  It is the perfect summer yarn – it is light weight, it feels so good, and the colorway – this amazing green – has worked its way into my heart.  I want this done and soon! 

 Oh… speaking of done… You all need to stop over and see Judy’s Clapotis!  Holy cow, it is gorgeous!!  Okay, now she has me wanting a “denimy” Clapotis to wrap around me!  I promise you – she will inspire you to cast on this great pattern!  She did it with 3 ** 8 (**new note, Judy let me know of my error, she kindly corrected me.  Thanks, Judy!!) skeins of Elspeth Lavold Silky Tweed – mmmm, mmmm, mmmmm!  If you have already knit a Clapotis, this will invigorate you to cast on again!  Great job, Judy!

See how easy it is to ‘fall off’ the yarn wagon?  All it takes is a fellow knitter’s finished object!  I will be keeping my eyes open for some Silky Tweed on sale!

I have been enjoying “Knitting Daily” – the new thing from Interweave Press – there are some great patterns out there.  There was a lovely sweater from Wendy Bernard yesterday – yes, that is calling to me with it’s siren song as well!  I will be heading to my stash this weekend to see if I have anything that will work for this sweater! 

July is looming on the doorstep, pushing out June as she comes – can you all believe that June is almost over?  Where did the month go?  I can assure you that my head is spinning with how quickly this month has been flying by!

This weekend I went up to some friends “cabin in the woods” with Ken – okay, now I am using “cabin in the woods” loosely here folks!  Get this – no running water, no indoor plumbing!  AACCKKKK!  Am I nuts?  Oh, there is a brilliant idea – head up to the north woods with a guy you want to continue to be interested in you – and not have a shower to remove “bed head” in the morning!!  Oh. My. Gosh.  Can I tell you about the bugs?????  They have the corner on the ‘eepy-creepy’ market there in the northwoods, I can definately assure you of that!  There were some high points – I dazzled everyone with my “birding” skills!  And, sitting around the campfire on Friday night was fun!  At least it was until I realized there was no shower to remove the “campfire aroma”!!  In spite of all the negative odds – Ken seems still interested!  LOL, maybe my “bed head” is not so bad after all!  The other plus was 4 hours of knitting time in the vehicle going up and coming home!

 Well, it seems the work day is over – I could certainly be busier at work.  Think some good thoughts for me about the job front – and remember, I am thinking good thoughts about all of you!  Have a great Monday night, I shall try and be more faithful about blogging!! 

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