Hello everyone – I am happy to report that we here in Michigan are going to be experiencing a cooling off – of the weather that is! It is supposed to be nice this week, in the 70’s during the day and even cooler than that in the evenings!! I can only say – hurray! I am ready for 90+ degree weather to go away – my LYS – Lizzie Ann’s Wool Company – has gotten lots of yummy yarns in for fall. I am resisting until I get my UFO’s finished for the UFO KAL http://ufoaugust.blogspot.com/ If you have not joined – you should, it might get you motivated to get stuff of the needles and finished.
I took a class in Clare, Michigan last weekend – a great beading class. So, yes I cast on a new item – but the teacher – Deanna from Deanna’s Vintage Styles – came in from Detroit to teach this class. It was fun and I will post photo’s as I progress. I love learning new techniques and Deanna was an awesome teacher. The techniques she taught will really add some sparkle to Christmas gifts – I have been working on a list to start as soon as August is over.
My friend, Ramona, had her 30 year class renunion this weekend – fun was had by all. I helped her out by taking tickets so the reunion committee could mingle with their class mates. Here’s to Ramona and her class – who for the most part looked awesome!
Well, lunch break is over – back to work for me! Have a great week everyone!
Well, it’s been a heck of a week – and I promised you all that I would show you what I got this week from my SP – she is so awesome. I opened the box and you’ll notice that the tissue paper and the paper crinkles match! She had a lovely note inside – and inside I began unwrapping and found some wonderful items!
I found not 1 but 3 skeins of Nature’s Spun – in AWESOME colors! I love how this felts and it knits up beautifully. I have some plans for this yarn – I am thinking about knitting some socks for the “Sock-A-Month 2” KAL I have joined. Can you see them? Purple socks with green cuffs, heels, and toes? Umhmm, I can see them! Next was some really nice novelty yarn – good for my stash, my pal told me – and I am happy to say that this yarn fits in beautifully. One of the gals at my LYS was knitting a very gorgeous scarf – I am thinking that gorgeous lace weight yarn she sent me earlier and the Trendsetter Eyelash will be a nice take on the scarf my friend is doing. She is knitting hers out of a novelty yarn and Kidsilk Haze – 6 rows of the novelty yarn, then knit with the scarf body color, adding rows of the novelty yarn sporadically in the scarf and ending with 6 rows and bind off. I shall keep you all posted. Next, was some awesome hand creams, in yummy fragrances! They will keep my hands, heels and elbows soft as summer winds down! Now, the absolute BEST part was Knitting Rules – AUTOGRAPHED by the Harlot. MY PAL is amazing! I am in possession of a personalized autographed copy! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, Thank you Pal – your gifts brought tears of joy to my eyes. In a week of chaos, your gifts brought me such joy. Thank you!
Now, here are those socks I knit for daughter #2 – They are the lace socks from the Spring IK. What a great knit – and I had such fun knitting them. I am working on another pair for my daughters friend! If you have not cast on these socks – there is still warm weather as August is just beginning! You can count them in the “Sock-A-Month 2” KAL also!
Hope you are all having a great week!
…can someone please turn it down???? Okay, I know that this will come back to bite me mid February when it is 12 degree’s outside, the wind howling, and there is 4 feet of snow over the ground – but, it is HOT outside, I am MORE than ready for a break from the heat. A cool breeze would be welcomed – immensely! Now that I have that out of my system – sort of, LOL, on to other things.
I have joined UFO August! Woo Hoo, a contest is involved – I have brought my sock to work (#1 on my list) I want this sock done by next week! It could be done, although I have a class to teach on Wednesday night and a GROJ (Get rid of junk) Sale coming up next weekend that I am working on getting ready for.
I also wanted to send a HUGE thanks to my SP from SP8, SHE ROCKS – yet another box of goodies arrived at my house on Saturday. My daughter took some great pictures which I will post later today. She is absolutely the most amazing SP ever! Her box brought tears of joy to my eyes… Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you!
I have to get back to work – have a great Monday everyone!
I wanted to update you all on my fun day at Thread Bear in Lansing. There was a great group of bloggers there knitting for the day. It was so much fun! Lynne was there from http://iwasknittogetherinmymotherswomb.typepad.com/
and Laurie from http://abitsheepish.blogspot.com/ and Susie from http://toknitperchancetodream.net/ and Laura from West Michigan and Sharon from Lansing – I am sure I am missing someone, so forgive me in advance! It was a wonderful day, we knit and laughed and talked and ooohhh’d and aaahhhhhh’d over ALL the YARN at Thread Bear. Here is the best part, for knitting a swatch – they give their customers 10% off a purchase! Is that awesome or not. I have found another reason for the Harlot to recommend knitting a swatch! 😉 BTW, I heard that she is going to be in Ann Arbor on Sunday – not sure where, but that is what I heard!
The downer of the day was arriving home to discover my lower level (read finished basement) had flooded again. It was not a great way to end the day. Lynne and Laura – thanks for your listening ears on the way home. I sat down at 11:30PM and did what you suggested Lynne – I gave thanks for all that happened and felt like I was surely at the bottom with no where to go but up!
Here is the second perk – I am going to get to knit with Lynne and Laura again on Thursday. See – it is getting better already.
I went today to pick out new floor coverings, but I am most excited for the plumber to arrive tomorrow morning – I am not putting ANYTHING back until he GUARANTEES me that this won’t happen again! I know, I am not asking for much!
Well, my break better be over – my tea is finished – back to work for me! Have a great afternoon all!
I arrived home yesterday after a LONG day at work, topping off a LONG week to find on my door step a PACKAGE! My awesome Flip Flop Swap Pal, Sheri http://kaleidoscoptic.blogspot.com/ sent me a wonderful package of goodies! First off, a really cute pair of lime green (my favorite color!) flip flops. They are beaded and have a rattan sole! They ROCK! Next off, she included not one, but TWO pairs of Ann Taylor Loft socks. WOW! She also included TWO skeins of Sugar and Cream yarn – one in Hot Green colorway and one in Summer Splash colorway (could this be more perfect for the Flip Flop Swap??) To top it all off, she included a GREAT tote bag that I can put my knitting in and head to the beach in my stylish flip flops! Sheri, THANK YOU! You are awesome!
Have a great weekend everyone!
…and all of it is in my basement! Yikes, bloggers – we got rain. And, I – unlike Noah, was not prepared! So the rains came down and the waters came up – all in my finished lower level (see how we can alter the name of the basement?) So, the water sucking up people – better known as Service Master – just left after ripping out all my carpet and padding.
Am I having fun yet, you ask? Heck NO! The only thing I am truly grateful for is that my kiddo’s were not home – they are at their dad’s this week. Now, imagine my joy (or not as the case may be) when I got to clean my teenage children’s rooms today! If any of you out there are mothers, then you all understand that this is something I ask of them daily – you know, like a broken record – “did you clean up your room?” Begging, pleading, and bribery have not been successful in inspiring them to clean up their rooms! Well, water in the basement and only me and my hubby home did a bang up job on cleaning those rooms! When the kids get back home on Friday listen for their screams of agony as they see their rooms!
Say a prayer for me – more rain is on it’s way tomorrow! If any of you know the rain, rain go away dance email me the steps!
Oh – and it is only 6 days until my knitting road trip to Thread Bear with some bloggers. It won’t go fast enough!! Have a great Tuesday everyone!