Sunday, June 25, 2006

Rain Rain Go Away

Geez, all it does is rain. It's not April, it's June! Well, let it rain this week, but it better be nice next week cause I have off.

I have to go to Baltimore this week for meetings. It should be fun. We are going to John Hopkins University for three days. I have been so organized that I can't stand it. I have already started packing. We went shopping this morning and I found a mini super soaker squirt gun. So, I have my ammunition in case I need it. The plan is to get someone wet. What a great stress reliever!

I have been progressing on my half-pi shawl. I really like knitting with the Zephr yarn. The pattern is not difficult so I haven't been having trouble with it. What a relief. I had a couple of close calls with dropped stitches, but I recovered quickly and easily.

My shrug is also getting bigger. Luckily I haven't been having any problems and I'm now past the point where I began to frog. Maybe it stopped giving me trouble since I started using lifelines. I just hope that I have enough yarn.

Check this out:

I got this from the Mason Dixon website. It's my blog address in graphic format. You can find how do this here . I think it's cool!

Well, time to start thinking about bedtime as I have to get up at 5:30 in the morning. Five days until vacation. Yippee!

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Amazing Lace Challenge #2

Amazing Lace #2

Yeah, i finally got this started after many failed tries. A very nice sista from Dishclothsrus gave me the tip to use bamboo needles. What a difference! I finished row 16 of 121 rows. I still have a long way to go, but I am really enjoying knitting this with the zephr yarn. So much so that I am starting to look for my next lace project. There are so many nice lace projects that I am so overwhelmed. After I pick the project I will have to choose between either using the zephr again or I found a Silk Seaweed yarn that looks yummy. See what joining the Amazing Lace has done to's made me a lace addict!

Ocean City MD

Ocean City MD

Boy, could would I have loved to be here today. It was over 90 degrees today. It was even too hot to sit outside. So, I stayed indoors to read and knit.

I finished the book ManEater by Gigi Levangie Grazer this week. It wasn't a bad book, but it wasn't the best. The story was about a girl looking to marry a rich man and got duped thinking that the guy she found was rich. She landed out loving him anyway and he did make a lot of money in the end.

I am currently reading, of all things, Gabriel's Angel by Nora Roberts. It's really a Christmas book, but it is a short read and a good read. I will probably finish the book tomorrow.

I am working on my Black Shrug using Berrocco's Softy yarn. So far so good. I'm almost back to where I had to rip it out and start over again. I have to look at every stitch I knit to make sure that I'm knitting or purling the right stitch. I will post pictures later this week. But I'm glad I'm not ripping anymore. I am using lifelines this time.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

It's Sunday Again!

What happened? The week went so fast that we are back to Sunday!

I did get through my early Monday morning trek to Ocean City, Maryland. Other than the weather (it was not nice until later in the week), it was a productive meeting and we even had a little fun.

Ripple Stripe Dishcloth

While we drove home from Maryland I worked on this dishcloth. I really liked the pattern and it was easy to do. If you don't know it yet, I am a dishcloth fanatic. They are quick projects, easy to do and allow you to learn new stitches.

I did recently purchase these two new Dishcloth books. One is by Rhonda White who has a great dishcloth site called KnittingKnonsense and the other is by Melissa Bergland burnham who has the dishcloth site Melissa's Knit Dishcloths . Both of these are great sites for dishcloths.

I have to get back to my Amazing Lace project. I did purchase some bamboo circular needles. Hopefully this will make my life a little easier and get me started on this project.

At least I have a four day week this week. I am off on Friday and I'm looking forward to that.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Sunday Night Blues

The weekend is over. I'm leaving for a meeting in Ocean City, Maryland bright and early in the morning. Like about 6:15 AM from work. Ugh! And, to top it off, I am not having a good Sunday.

First, I am printing out something I needed for the meeting and found out that the numbering was incorrect after I was half way through. I have to start all over again. I'm printing in color too and that does go slower.

Second, I was trying to start my half pi shawl and was having trouble working with the yarn. The zephyr yarn is thin and it's difficult getting started. I was almost on my way and messed it up. I was trying to work on this in between printing and after that didn't work out, I figured I better stop while I was ahead.

I will be gone the whole week returning Friday, so the shawl will have to wait until next weekend when I'm less stressed.

Hope everyone has a great week.

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Amazing Lace Challenge #1

Meet Team Karin

I have been green with envy over the lace projects I have seen on other blogs and decided to take the plunge into it as well. I had subscribed to the Knitty D and the City podcast and viewed Knitty D's and Wendy's sites (yes you gals do make a difference) and was so impressed. So, I called Rosies Yarn Cellar in Philadelphia and ordered the Half Pi Shawl pattern (I will be making Grace's version). I ordered Zephr yarn in agean blue. This weekend I will cast on and it will be the start of the summer of lace.

Of course if I was going to do this I had to join Amazing Lace. This will give me the encouragement I need to complete the shawl. Thanks to Rachel and Theresa for making this happen!