Sunday, August 15, 2010

So Far, So Good

We started our vacation a little crazy. We decided to drop Don's van off Friday night to get serviced while we were gone. On the way there, my low tire pressure light came on. So when we got back home, Don went to pump it up and discovered a screw in the tire, YIKES!!! So we drove back to get his van and dropped my van off at the tire shop to be patched. So, the next morning, I walked and picked up the van (only a 30 minute walk and I am no speed demon by any means). When Don got home from work, we were off to Sleeping Bear Dunes. We made great time and met his sister and her husband while we were there. The weather was fabulous and we enjoyed a picnic under the trees. All in all, a pretty great first day of vacation.

While we were driving, I couldn't work on the petunia tote since reading in the car makes me car sick and you really need the charts for that one, so I picked up the mulberry tote and started knitting on that again after quite a long hiatus. I might just finish that project yet!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Vacation is Here!!!

Good Harbor Bay, Sleeping Bear DunesImage via Wikipedia
Tomorrow we leave for Traverse City and then onto Mackinac City and the island. While in Traverse City, we want to hit Sleeping Bear Dunes. We haven't been there since my son was just a baby. I am hopeful we will have good weather and no car troubles (hopefully I didn't just jinx us). The kids have never been to Mackinac Island, so we think they will enjoy the carriage rides and fudge and the fort, of course. Maybe we will stop at Petosky during the trip, who knows? One thing I know for certain, the knitting will be coming along for the ride.
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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Bottoms Up

Finished the bottom of the petunia tote yesterday and started up the sides, it is kind of neat to work your way up and helps you determine just how big you want your tote to be. My fingers were SO TIRED from picking up 184 stitches all around the perimeter of the bottom. I am also finding that the cotton is not moving nicely on these plastic circulars so I am seriously considering switching to my aluminum needles to see if that helps at all. Maybe I am just knitting too tightly, not sure, but I finally was getting into my grove about bedtime

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Petunia Tote

Surprise, surprise, I just started another project. I am working on the Petunia Tote by Katie Himmelberg. It was featured in the spring 2007 issue of Interweave Knits. I scoured my magazine selection and wouldn't you know that happened to be the one I don't have (and I have a lot of them, believe me). I love the floral damask pattern created by purl stitches, how easy and fun is that? While she went with pink, not one of my favorite colors, I decided to go BOLD with red. My yarn is Patons Pure 100% Organic Cotton. It is incredibly soft and easy to work with, but using size 6 needles, is not a quick knit I will admit.

Looking forward to vacation up north in just a few days now. I have been watching the weather and hoping it doesn't rain. The kids are looking forward to it as well since they have never been to Mackinac Island before. Wish us luck!!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Crazy Days of Summer

Finally got my act together (or maybe my focus) and made the shrug I kept saying I was going to knit to match the hyacinth tank. I don't really like the arm seams, but I will live with them because I was too stupid to just knit in the round like I had originally intended. Regardless, I now have the ability to wear my tank year around. Boy does ribbing really s-l-o-w you down........

Cooked some marshmallows on the grill today, I bet the neighbors were thinking,

"What are those crazy Pauls doing now????"

Monday, August 2, 2010

Lettuce Sweater Pix

I am finally getting my act together and posting pictures of my latest finished object, the lettuce jacket, named because of the colorway of the yarn. I personally think it more resembles pea soup, but who really wants to name a jacket pea soup? Sounds a little murky to me....

I have moved onto a shrug for the hyacinth tank. I was so taken with the hyacinth tank that I did not stop to realize that I need something to cover my arms while at work, which is where I spend the majority of my time (with the exception of sleeping). I am loosely following a pattern of another shrug and modifying as I go along. We will see what results that yields.....

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Photo Shoot

Yesterday I got my daughter to take photos of some of my knittng projects since I wasn't happy with some that I had posted out on Ravely earlier. Really, how are you going to inspire someone to make something when they a) can't really see it or b) see it only partially completed. Hence the photo shoot. It was during this time that I really finally realized that the lighting in my family room stinks. I am going to do something about this, but not exactly sure what yet. But I'm on it.

So, as I mentioned, I finished the Shalom sweater and the Lettuce Jacket, I did not get final pix on the Lettuce Jacket yet, so I guess that will be tomorrow's post.

I finally started on a shrug to match the hyacinth tank, I am about 2 inches in and a L-O-N-G way to go yet.