Dreary Weekends and a CONTEST!

Hello Everyone! It is Saturday and it is still raining! We saw a rainbow last weekend, so I knot that the flood is not coming – but I am sure it has been raining for almost 40 days! It has been cool and damp – good weather to have a fire in the fireplace (if you have one) and get your knit on!
I have been working on my scarf for my scarf pal – it is gaining in length s-l-o-w-l-y but surely. I love the yarn I chose – Alpaca with a Twist Baby Alpaca. This yarn is a dream to knit with. I am seeing some socks in my future using this yarn!
Socks seem to be the theme for fall – from Socktoberfest to Hot Socks the blog world is filled with sock themes. I have read about sock knitter casualties from Sock Wars to Toasty Toe Knitters working on their socks for their pals. If this does not get your fingers itching to cast on some socks – I don’t know what will!! I am teaching another sock class in October as well – I love new sock knitters!
I did some “Stash Enhancement” yesterday – I tried so hard to resist, but I found a skein of Schaefer Andrea yarn (100% silk) in the Indira Gandhi colorway. Before I knew it I was shelling out some money and driving away with this treasure. There are 1093 yards of this beautiful silk – I am going to look for a lace pattern to knit this up into. I will welcome any and all suggestions for patterns. I think I can even have a contest around this – the winning suggestion will get a skein of Shaefer Anne for a pair of socks! Leave your posts as to your suggestions – I am excited to see what your ideas are!
Have a good weekend everyone – stay warm and dry!

Autumn is here!

Are you ready for some knitting? Socktoberfest is right around the corner!! What could be more fun than knitting socks on an Autumn day! Get on over to Lolly’s and sign up!

I am so ready – I have my sock patterns and have been looking for some fun yarns! I want to do Widdershins from Knitty in some lovely Mountain Colors Barefoot – in a gorgeous fall colorway. And – some Jaywalkers, I think in some Koigu I recently acquired. And – I have some awesome Lorna’s Laces that I got from Judy that I am itching to knit. So many fun things to do! Get your knit on people! It’s Socktoberfest!

Rainy days and Mondays….

Hello there, it is a rainy, cool Monday here and I have come down with a heck of a cold. Can a Monday get better than this?

I am working from home today so I won’t infect my entire office – although I am sure that is where I got this cold!

It was a quiet week and weekend – I worked most of it, but I had yesterday off – I slept most of the day and I knit a little. So much for a productive day of knitting!

I have a beginning knitting class to teach this week – that should be fun! But, I have decided to not teach classes next month. I have to work on a fundraiser for school and I can see that it is going to require some extra time to get it done correctly.

The new season of television is here! Are you all excited for Grey’s Anatomy to start on Thursday night??? Okay, I know – I admit – I am BORING!!! 🙂

Well, I better get back to work – have a great day everyone!

16 Candles!

16 Years ago, I gave birth to the most amazing baby – she was a gift from heaven. A sweet, adorable, sleeping through the night at 5 weeks of age miracle. Miss Heidi was a joy – the sweetest toddler – inspite of temper tantrums! And, she has turned out to be the most lovely young lady. Here she is with her best friend – my “other daughter” Shaina – my Heidi is on the right. She is 16 today and I could not be more proud of her. She is truly an awesome person – and I am blessed to call her daughter. God was smiling on me the day he sent her to me. I give thanks daily for this precious gift. 16 is a great age – she is 14 hours away from her permit – drive on, Miss Heidi-Lou-Who! I love you!

On the knitting front – I finished the socks from “Greetings from the Knit Cafe'” Wow – are they comfortable! Blue Sky Alpaca Silk – mmmmmmmmmmmmmm, are they a treat. These socks scream – put me on and relax! They are the first socks I have knit for me! What a treat they are!

I love them!!

Hope you all had an amazing weekend – I know I did!

Oooh Laaa La!

Hello everyone! Happy Friday. I wanted to be the first to let you all know that Becky http://www.kniftyknitter.blogspot.com/ – my spoiler from SP8 – has started a KAL!!! Wooo Hoo Becky! Come on and join us in the Oooh Laaa La KAL http://www.lalaknitalong.blogspot.com/. It will be loads of fun – we are knitting the “La La Scarf”

Looks like fun? Go get the book – it has amazing patterns in it – you will want to knit them all! Or, maybe all of them 😉 Get some Kidsilk Haze and get your knit on! Join us and make this gorgeous creation for fall!

And, when you stop by to say ‘hello’ to Becky – congratulate her on her new job!!

Thanks everyone – and have an awesome weekend!!

Laboring on Labor Day

Hello Everyone! Did you all have a great weekend? It was not bad here – I got all the furniture moved on Friday with the help of my friend. We unloaded the truck on Saturday morning with help from a couple of friends – so my garage is packed to the gills with furniture. I worked today on unpacking the boxes – putting things away and moving some furniture around. I moved in the kitchen (photo’s later) a “sideboard” that has some excellent storage – it replaced a smaller cabinet that I moved downstairs for the stereo that came home from Clare – now the kids can have music (can you call what teenager’s listen to music?) downstairs – thus saving my sanity. Smart mom, huh? I moved my bedroom around – but I am waiting to finish up until Kyle gets his dressers out of here. Then I will move in a couple more pieces from the garage.

I have been trying to diet – emphasis on trying – but it is not easy working 2 jobs and dieting! I am figuring that I have done some good exercise this weekend moving all that stuff around! That is a bonus – I am in the http://chub-club.blogspot.com/ and I am not happy to admit that I have only lost 1 lb. since signing up. I am hoping that stress keeps me from loosing weight – sounds good, doesn’t it? 🙂

I did get some knitting done last night and this afternoon – I worked on my socks from Knit Cafe – I am close to (within 10 rows) to my toe decreases! Woo Hoo – and just in time – the weather has been decidedly nippy at night – sock weather is knocking on the door. Photo’s of these great socks are coming – stay posted.

Have a great evening everyone – school and work tomorrow.

Ushering in September

Hello Everyone. Well, it is Friday and September 1st! Welcome September! I am ready for a new season – school to start – life to get back to normal (is there such a thing?).

As Labor Day weekend unfolds – I am heading to Clare today – moving furniture out of the cottage. A friend is helping me – and I am eternally grateful for his help. My challenge for the day is biting my tongue and saying nothing to my husband – wish me luck, or better yet – say a prayer for me!

The remainder of the weekend, I am cleaning the house and moving my bedroom furniture around. A new perspective all around.

On a positive note – SP8 ended yesterday and sign ups for http://secretpal9.blogspot.com/ start today. Get on over there and sign up – it is 3 months of fun.

Have a great long weekend everyone!