Saturday, July 28, 2007

Tea and Yarn

Last week I received a package in the mail from my "Yarn in a Tea Cup" swap partner, Megan. It was a nice surprise. I tend to get so involved with the giving part of the swap that I often forget that I will also receive a gift. I loved the tea cup and the ball of yarn. I really have to get good at my sock knitting so I can put this sock yarn to good use! Thank you so much Megan!

Tomorrow, Miss Samantha is getting christened - so excited. Pictures will be posted, I promise. In the mean time, I am still working away on the blanket. Maybe it will be done in time for Christmas?

Next swap, Summer Camp Yarn Swap!

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

More Knitting Knews

My knitting time has become more consistent in the past month or so. Although I've been back home for over six months now, I finally have (at least somewhat) figured out how to manage my time. Working 9-4:30 and then having the entire evening to myself is something college students do not understand and has definitely taken some getting used to on my end.

As a result finished objects are again becoming more frequent. Two weeks ago I finished the envelope clutch. Last week, I finished the first half of my pair of socks.
This week I am finally back to working on the Hoover Blanket - although I am embarrassed at how little has been done on it.

And because I've been de-stashing my yarn collection by finishing projects, I have been awarding myself with purchasing yarn - thus continuing the never-ending cycle of a knitter's life. After my last sock class, I bought myself two skeins of Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock yarn at a one-time only 25% off discount*.
I have heard it called the Cadillac of sock yarns.

On Saturday, after a lovely day of blueberry picking, I bought three skeins of worsted weight 100% wool from the farm where we got the blueberries.I plan on using at least one of the skeins in the secret swap I have signed up for in the month of August. The shear the sheep there, and then send the wool away to be cleaned and dyed, where it is then returned to the farm so people like me can enjoy and purchase their yarn. I have some that I bought there last year which is currently a work in progress. When finished they will be felted bowls.

Lots of knitting ahead of me - as always.

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Knitting Knews

It seems like quite a while since I had a finished object... so here it is. It is called the Envelope Clutch (no, it isn't the pair of socks I had been working on). I started it on the plane ride to Seattle back in April and only got a few rows on it done. On the plane ride down to Orlando, after quickly getting frustrated with having to concentrate so hard on the Monkey socks (I am so not used to size 2 needles), I picked up the Envelope Clutch and finished it shortly after we got home on Friday. I felted it yesterday. Today I put the finishing touch on it by sewing on the button. I am in love with it already. I used one of the two skeins that my secret pal from the One Skein swap gave me last July. The button was given to me by my aunt to be used on a felted purse. I think it fits this one perfectly. (I have another button that the wonderful Holly gave me - and I have finally decided what felted purse I will make to fit that button!)

My knitting class was rescheduled for this Thursday! Yay, I will have a finished sock. Then I'll need to start (and finish) the second sock. I also need to get back to work on the Hoover Blanket. Samantha's baptism is in less than a month. I have about 6 inches completed so far.
Think I can finish it for then?

Growing Pains

I am back in good ol' Connecticut after a wonderful time in Disney World with the family. We had a lot of fun (even Dad!) and have been trying to rest in the last day and a half since we have been home. Disney World is not the type of vacation you take to revive yourself. Instead, you are most likely going to need a vacation after your vacation to the "Land of Happy Mice". I am so grateful that I have this weekend to recover before heading back to work on Monday.

Speaking of work.... although I have been working for this town full time (it was technically considered on-call part time) since January, as of July 1st I am finally considered a full time employee. And with full time employee status comes... my own insurance policy!!!!! It sounds silly, but this is one of the bigger steps towards "becoming an adult" and "being on my own".

Along with health insurance, I will also begin paying off my student loans this month - something I am not as excited about. But, like I said, it's all apart of growing up. Right?

P.S. Knitting news to come tomorrow. I have a FO and I got my assignment for my Yarn in a Tea Cup Swap. Plus, I think I just signed up for another yarn swap.