Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Some Contest Fun~~

It's not to late to enter Chan's Bloggiversary Contest! Go check it out for a chance at some great prizes!

And then hurry on over to Anne's Contest, where she's looking to find out about some new blogs that will interest her. And remember to tell her I sent you!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Who Am I, And Where Did Me Go??

My mojo is gone, I'm in a deep purple funk, and stress levels are at the 'red alert' level. I can't believe how long it's been since I blogged, but the inertia just hasn't been there. I took three huge emotional hits, two days apart for six days, that really sent me reeling. So many serious matters on my plate right now that not much seems like fun.

The third hit came when my oldest son called me late one night to tell me he'd blown his good knee. Now he has two that are a mess, and both more than likely needing surgery. He's had an ACL repair once before, but now probably needs two more. If only he'd give up all the sports and hijinks and take up knitting. It's so much safer, don'cha think?

However, I did have a day brightener over the weekend when I opened my mailbox to find this great yarn from Amanda. I was one of the winners in her PMS contest and she sent some of her own hand dyed yarn. It's soft and mooshy and will be great fun to knit up. A big "Thank You" to Amanda for her generous gift!!
Since I'm here, I might as well share a couple of FO's. I must confess I knit them up a while back, but getting around to doing the felting was the hard part. In fact, I only got it done when I was forced into it by the impending birthday gathering for a friend, and her gift needed felting. I made her a bag adorned with felted flowers, but I'll show pics of that next time. Meanwhile, here's a coster pre-felting....
And here's how they turned out. They're okay, but I'm not sure they're worth the work. I've made round ones before, and they were not only more fun to knit, but I liked the end product better, too. These aren't as thick, and the hexagonal shape isn't quite as "hexy" as I'd like it to be. I'm tempted to trim the corners to make the edges straighter, but that might be a bit risky. Probably ruin the striping, too. The yarn is Berocco Jasper, a self-striping wool. I got the six coasters out of two skeins.
Next up, a pair of gargantuan slippers, which felted down to a perfect size for my foot. I came close to felting them too long. Wouldn't that have been a blunder....
Pattern: House Slippers from Knit 2 Together
Yarn: KnitPicks Shamrock, 3 strands
I've also finished the wrap I started a few weeks back, but need to block it before I take pics. It's nice... I like the way it turned out. What to start next... Hmmm... I wonder...

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

I Got the GREATEST Doldrums Package Ever!

First of all, let me mention that Amanda is having a PMS contest over at her blog. Now doesn't that just sound like something you might want to check out!?! And, don't forget to tell her I sent you!

Ooooh-eee, did I ever have a thoughtful Winter Doldrums package waiting for me when I got home from school today! Holly was my spoiler, and let me tell you, did she ever make me feel like a queen. As you can see, even the box it arrived in was cool....
I unwrapped one fun thing after the other....
First off, since this was a dishcloth exchange and all, are two very cool dishcloths. She used fun patterns, both of which are new to me. The multi-colored one is really textured--the honey comb design is raised and gives it a 3-D look. Love 'em! Then, she sent a bunch of loverly yarn and knitting accessories. Two skeins of Cascade Quatro in a very pretty colorway, and three skeins of cotton. I can't get the Bernat Handicrafters around here, so I've been wanting to try it! I LURVE Brittany birch needles... need I say more? And, I've been yearning for the Chibi so I can have one in my "grab it and go" knitting bag and another one in my knitting basket by my chair at home. The stitch markers, which came in the cute little gold bag, are rich colors and a great size. The soap and lotion set (vanilla cream... yum!) in the little caddy is going straight into MY bathroom. There will be no sharing that with the guys! The tea will be sampled before I go to bed tonight, and I simply adore the stitch a day calendar. I've already paged through half the year and it's given me all kinds of ideas! I don't have a book like that, so it will be a great resource for me.

Thank you, Holly, for being
a great Doldrums pal!
It's been fun getting to know you,
and I thank you so much for
the great package you sent!!