Monday, June 04, 2007

DFW Chicks Swap

Look at how my lovely buddy spoiled me! Three absolutely gorgeous facecloths. The one that looks blue is actually a beautiful shade of purple. Drat my picture taking abilities!

There were also some of the cutest little stitch markers. The picture of them didn't do them justice at all. They are some she got from Little tiny beads that are perfect for small needles and nothing dangling to catch on your yarn.

All these wonderful things were in a Rangers Stitch and Pitch perfect! It is my new baseball project bag! That is if I can keep it out of my youngest son's hands. There were also some great knitting magazines to look through. Thank you so much sweet pal...

Our new Addition

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We have added a sweet new puppy to our family. He is a black cairn terrier. There was a great debate over his name. The boys started throwing out "Star Wars" about Luke? No. Yoda? No. Darth? NO. Cowodie offered up Clone Trooper. I was okay with Trooper, just not Clone Trooper. It was agreed upon Trooper was his name..... Until RacerDad got home. He refused to live with a Star Wars character for the next 15 years.

RacerDad took one good look at him and declared the puppy looked like Muttley from Wacky Racers. Personally, I feel we spent good money on a purebred dog why would we want to call him a mutt? But Muttley it is.

The boys and I still mess up and call him Trooper occasionally...though Smoda almost made me cry. He was sitting in the floor holding the puppy and he very softly said will always be Trooper in my heart.

Saturday, June 02, 2007

Knitting Projects

I am going to attempt this post again. Blogger is not being very friendly today and is giving me fits with the pictures. Thus the reason they are all jammed against the side!

Here are my Koigu socks that were done in the simple toe up pattern. I love these socks. The Koigu was a dream to knit with. I did not have any issues with splitting and the stitch definition is great.

The pattern was very easy to understand. I loved the Middle Eastern cast on for the toes. It took a little practice, but the finished result is quite nice. I did have a few problems with the short row heels, but once it was explained to my rather dense self I found them to be fun to do. Now I could not do them in the family room yet (must be by a quiet room), but the heel went together quickly. The only thing I will need to work on with regards to toe up socks is the bind off. I went up three needle sizes, but with my tendency to be a tight knitter it still doesn't have much stretch.

My local knitting group hosted a dishcloth (facecloth) and stitch marker swap. This is the pattern I used, Half Linen Stitch. It is from the current issue of Creative Knitting. I LOVED this pattern. The cloths went quickly and the pattern was definitely mindless. Perfect for baseball! The pattern does NOT work for variegated yarn. Ask me how I know?? I have two new cloths for my drawer. The first one I attempted had minor pooling, I figured if I just started the yarn in a different place it would take care of itself. But noooo the second cloth I began calling the "Two Faces of Eve". It was like I drew a line down the center of the cloth and said beige over here, green over there. Oh well, I needed some new dishcloths!

I decided I wanted to learn to knit lace. Not like I don't have enough projects already on the needle. I began this Scotch Thistle Lace Stole. I am using Perchance to Knit lace weight in the Peacock's Harlot colorway. The overall color is black, but in the light you see shades of purple and green. It is beautiful. I have only done 4 rows this will probably be a LONG term project.

What I did Today

Embroidered Ball cap
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I took a machine embroidery class to learn how to embroider on ball caps. RacerDad has the misguided thought that I could actually make money with Mom's sewing machines. He truly believes that with this one class I could take orders from the boys' ball teams and instead of paying for their uniforms, WE could make money off of them. It is kind of sweet that he has so much faith in my is a shame I don't have the same desires!

But I did enjoy the class and I do see the potential to make a lot of really cute hats.