Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Mittens and Gloves, Oh My!

There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged
to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.
- Nelson Mandela

Earthquake? What earthquake? Seriously - I had to be told that we had one. Granted, I was on call in the ICU yesterday and we had a code going on at the same time. I was a little occupied. . . Regardless, there's been a goodly bit of knitting.

I promised a parade of FOs, and here I am to deliver. For good measure, and to prove that I'm not resting on any laurels that may or may not exist, I'll throw in a UFO at the bottom for good measure.

Back in mitten month, I raided my entire stash for suitable mitten yarns and cast on for this pair. Then my colorwork frenzy was completely taken over by Salt Lake City and these fell by the wayside. I'm happy to finally add them to the Christmas pile.

Kalev's Mittens
Pattern: (rav link) from Nancy Bush's Knitting in Estonia
Yarn: KnitPicks Gloss, less than one skein each color
Needles: US 1
Notes: My two-color braid could be much much neater.
Best Thing About This Project: Finishing me got my mitten mojo back.

Remember the alpaca I was wanting to use? I had started the teddy bear from the Holiday IK, but it was a fiddly sort of project and I quickly lost interest. Until I finished those mittens. So I turned back to my alpaca, and my trusty Selbuvotter and started a special pair of . . . gloves. Aren't they lovely? And not nearly so fiddly as I feared.

The only problem is that these won't touch the quantity of alpaca that I have . . . Guess I'll have to make more pairs!

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Monday, July 28, 2008

And . . . She's Back

Happiness consists of living each day as if it were
the first day of your honeymoon and the last day of your vacation.

So, where have I been?



(use your imagination)

And Knitting
All that knitting leads to lots of FOs. Expect a veritable parade to celebrate my return.

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Friday, July 04, 2008


I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending
too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.

-Thomas Jefferson

Whatever America hopes to bring to pass in the world must first
come to pass in the heart of America.

-Dwight David Eisenhower

In the spirit of Independence Day, I'll share some photos (distant flag included) of a lovely beach spot across the country on my favorite Jersey shore.

My folks and many friends are there this weekend. In fact, this time last year we were there getting married on that very beach. I (almost) wish I could join them. Almost, because tomorrow my lovely husband and I are off for our honeymoon/first anniversary/vacation to a beach far off in the pacific. A little place called Hawaii.

I have my knitting for the plane, my beach reading, and a hat to keep my hair contained in the convertible. We'll see how much knitting gets done, but that's not quite the point.

Plus, I've been making great progress on my stash reduction - check out the sidebar!

See you in a week!

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