Goodness, it's been a very long time since I did one of these! Today's sky is just unfortunate! Gray, rainy, and 52º at the moment.:
I have been trying to get some knitting done. There's yet another scarf I'd like to finish before I start a sweater of some sort with the yarn I got at Rhinebeck a couple of weeks ago. Here is the scarf as of yesterday afternoon:
And a close up:
The yarn is Noro Silk Garden Lite, and those are indeed Knitpicks Harmony needles, which I like a lot. The colors in the top picture are a little truer to life (and yes, it IS that same pattern I keep doing over and over again! LOL! Maybe it should become an art installation called "That Same Damned Scarf: 800 scarves of the same pattern with different yarns"...).
I know I've not posted much lately. The knitting mode has been very sporatic, and I've been trying to spend a little less time on the internet and more time with friends at home. I'm not sure how successful I've been, but I have been getting out more and doing things. When I first started blogging about 2 and a half years ago, my entire social life was on the internet (I know, kinda sad, but justified at the time). There were several people that I e-mailed back and forth with several times a day, which was a lot of fun. And little by little, we all started to get wrapped up in our own lives, started new jobs, or moving to new places, or becoming obsessed with new crafts or art forms. Very cool to see the changes that have happened over the last couple of years. I continue to teach, conduct and direct plays, and the day to day routine really doesn't change all that much. And yes, there is someone very special to me right now (who unfortunately is quite a distance away), and that has been such a very good thing for me (and a very big surprise - and I've been told frequently "When you least expect it...") But I also think that the distance is a good thing, for the time being. And even with the distance, it's very cool knowing that someone out there really cares and thinks I'm special. I've not had that for a very long time. And I DO really appreciate that. :-)
So, that's it for my world at the moment. I hope your sky isn't as gray as mine is at the moment!
These hooks are absolutely gorgeous! The link above is his Etsy shop. Click to make the pic bigger.
That's all I've got for today. The urge to knit again is starting to hit me again, and I'd like to have maybe a scarf done to wear to Rhinebeck. Maybe sometime this weekend I'll pull put the scarf I started with Nashua Wooly Tweed Stripes.... Have a great weekend!
I decided not to do a Saturday Sky pic because it's dark and cloudy and who the hell wants to see that?? Not me, and I'm sure not you. Boring! BUT, I have been working on a new scarf, finally finished the scarf for my Mom (which I'll be taking to Pa. tomorrow for her Birthday), and, because I don't have enough yarn, I HAD to get some of Dave's Cabin Cove Yarn while the gettin' was good (You KNOW you can't wait when he has an update to the Mercatile. The yarn is gone almost instantly!)
Below: Nashua Wooly Stripes Tweed and new scarf, the new Dave yarn, Mom's finished scarf (100% merino, hand spun & dyed - no, not by me...), and my green scarf I made last year in Reynold's Lopi.
Contemplating the Dave Yarn (Sunflowers, Forest Floor, Golden Meadow) and a flower:
Yeah, I guess I'm into the earth tones at the moment. Have a great day!
It looks like it's going to be a lovely day. Sun, warmer temps. Just lovely.
This past week was a vacation from school - Spring Break. I had a little trip to Pennsylvania to see a concert last weekend, visit with brothers I don't see as much as I should, and attend a cultural event all at the same time. Way cool.
The rest of the week was spent at home doing some spring cleaning, and of course, a couple of day trips to shop. Well, to add to the yarn stash more than anything else. Hey, I didn't take a trip, so I figured I could spend a little money on yarn. I know you knitters/crocheters understand that thinking... I've also started collecting old knitting pattern books (1930's/'40's) and found some very cool little books. And a tatting shuttle. I always wanted to try that, so now begins the search for some tatting resources. Like I need something else to do when it takes FOREVER to finish a knitting project. (And no, we won't discuss the Trekking XXL socks I started last summer......)
My friend Maggie and I made a little trip to Skaneateles, NY to a shop I visited last year, called Elegant Needles. On the way, we passed a HUGE fabric store (called Patchwork - I think??), and hanging under the main sign was a smaller sign that said YARN. We knew we had to stop there on the way home. Skaneateles was fun. I picked up a few balls of NASHUA Wooly Stripes Tweed (Autumn Tweed colorway). Then walking aroud the town, shopping, having lunch, and starting the trek home.
About 5 miles outside of Skaneateles was the patchwork shop which we planned on stopping at. Well, it's freaking HUGE! And LOTS of yarn. I came home with some NORO Kochoran (25% off - the sale ended the day before, but she let me have it at sale price!!!), and some Patagonia Nature Cotton (clearance!!!). This will be added to the Manos del Uruguay (which I have balled and did a little swatch) and Ironstone Yarn I got earlier in the week at a new shop near Syracuse. Hey, it's my vacation.....
From left to right: Nashua Wooly Stripes Tweed (yep, it's all the same colorway), Ironstone, Patagonia, Noro, and Manos del Uruguay. Are there projects planned for them? Well, yeah. Kinda... *grin*
School on Monday. Maybe that's a good thing. I won't have time to find new yarn shops..... Have a great weekend!
Beautiful day in CNY. Temp was in the upper 20's, maybe even in the lower 30's - it felt like a heatwave and the sun was just brilliant all day.
We also hosted a Project Linus event today at school. Overall, we had about 30 adults and students making blankets for children who are ill and in need of a little comfort. By the end of the day we had 25 blankets, and a few more to be finished and delivered in the next week or so. So, it was a very busy day, and once I've organized all the pics I took of the blankets and the fun we had making them, I'll post some of them and a little more about the day's event. Have a great night!
It's sunny, the sky is clear and blue, and it's 16º.
And that's really all I have at the moment. Progress on the Dave hat has slowed down considerably in the last week. Rehearsals and school have been keeping me busy and exhausted, so hardly any knitting this past week. Oh, since a couple of you have asked, we're rehearsing "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" for the annual high school musical. The kids are liking it, they're getting the music (which is really pretty difficult, in the scheme of things), and the blocking and choreography are coming together as well. But, I'm not home a lot at the moment, which means there's a little bit of cleaning and organizing that needs to happen sometime in the near future. Tuesday may be a "mental health day". Shhhh.... Don't tell anyone....
Ok, I'm off to rehearsal. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
Yesterday turned out to be an interesting day. It was sunny, it was cloudy, it was sunny it was... Well, you get the picture. And the temp was in the mid 50's, if I remember correctly (maybe not that warm, but nice enough to walk around with a hoodie and no coat). I was out with several students helping with a bottle/can drvie to raise money for the freshman class, and I took my camera along, since it was pretty sunny when I left my home. These are a few pics from the morning:
Kinda hard to believe it's January in Upstate New York... Have a great day.