Monday, July 24, 2006

Busy times

Sorry I haven't posted in a long time, my sister and family are visiting from Britain, we did all the typical tourist trap stuff last week, and are taking it easy this week.
I have been busy knitting, until they got here, and have barely lifted the needles since. I am working on the green moss shawl from simply stunning line of Heirloom knitting, in the rowan colour heavenly. My sister brought the wool over for me. It cost me 38 GBP's for 4 balls of Rowan KSH and 2 balls of heirloom knittings merino. Quite the deal. I did get a bit of Princess done before the masses arrived, but haven't touched it since. I have two green moss shawls to make first, then will gt back to that and the million other things lying on the top of my knitting basket.

Gotta go, I'm missing out on all the fun.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

My life

01. Bought everyone in the bar a drink
02. Swam with wild dolphins
03. Climbed a mountain
04. Taken a Ferrari for a test drive
05. Been inside the Great Pyramid
06. Held a tarantula
07. Taken a candlelit bath with someone
08. Said 'I love you' and meant it
09. Hugged a tree
10. Bungee jumped
11. Visited Paris
12. Watched a lightning storm at sea
13. Stayed up all night long and saw the sun rise
14. Seen the Northern Lights
15. Gone to a huge sports game
16. Walked the stairs to the top of the leaning Tower of Pisa
17. Grown and eaten your own vegetables
18. Touched an iceberg
19. Slept under the stars
20. Changed a baby's diaper
21. Taken a trip in a hot air balloon
22. Watched a meteor shower
23. Gotten drunk on champagne
24. Given more than you can afford to charity
25. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope
26. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment
27. Had a food fight
28. Bet on a winning horse
29. Asked out a stranger
30. Had a snowball fight
31. Screamed as loudly as you possibly can
32. Held a lamb
33. Seen a total eclipse
34. Ridden a roller coaster
35. Hit a home run
36. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking
37. Adopted an accent for an entire day
38. Actually felt happy about your life, even for just a moment
39. Had two hard drives for your computer
40. Visited all 50 states
41. Taken care of someone who was drunk
42. Had amazing friends
43. Danced with a stranger in a foreign country
44. Watched wild whales(I was actually so close to doing this, was supposed to be there right now, so this is on my list for next year.
45. Stolen a sign
46. Backpacked in Europe
47. Taken a road-trip
48. Gone rock climbing
49. Midnight walk on the beach
50. Gone sky diving
51. Visited Ireland
52. Been heartbroken longer then you were actually in love
53. In a restaurant, sat at a stranger's table and had a meal with them
54. Visited Japan
55. Milked a cow
56. Alphabetized your cds
57. Pretended to be a superhero
58. Sung karaoke
59. Lounged around in bed all day
60. Posed nude in front of strangers
61. Gone scuba diving
62. Kissed in the rain
63. Played in the mud
64. Played in the rain
65. Gone to a drive-in theater
66. Visited the Great Wall of China
67. Started a business
68. Fallen in love and not had your heart broken
69. Toured ancient sites
70. Taken a martial arts class
71. Played D&D for more than 6 hours straight
72. Gotten married
73. Been in a movie
74. Crashed a party
75. Gotten divorced
76. Gone without food for 5 days
77. Made cookies from scratch
78. Won first prize in a costume contest
79. Ridden a gondola in Venice
80. Gotten a tattoo
81. Rafted the Snake River
82. Been on television news programs as an "expert"
83. Got flowers for no reason
84. Performed on stage
85. Been to Las Vegas
86. Recorded music
87. Eaten shark
88. Had a one-night stand
89. Gone to Thailand
90. Bought a house
91. Been in a combat zone
92. Buried one of your parents
93. Been on a cruise ship
94. Spoken more than one language fluently
95. Performed in Rocky Horror.
96. Raised children
97. Followed your favorite band/singer on tour
98. Created and named your own constellation of stars
99. Taken an exotic bicycle tour in a foreign country
100. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over
101. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge
102. Sang loudly in the car, and didn't stop when you knew someone was looking
103. Had plastic surgery
104. Survived an illness that you shouldn't have survived
105. Wrote articles for a large publication
106. Lost over 100 pounds
107. Held someone while they were having a flashback
108. Piloted an airplane
109. Petted a stingray
110. Broken someone's heart
111. Helped an animal give birth
112. Won money on a T.V. game show
113. Broken a bone
114. Gone on an African photo safari
115. Had a body part of yours below the neck pierced
116. Fired a rifle, shotgun, or pistol
117. Eaten mushrooms that were gathered in the wild
118. Ridden a horse
119. Had major surgery
120. Had a snake as a pet
121. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
122. Slept for more than 30 hours over the course of 48 hours
123. Visited more foreign countries than U.S. states
124. Visited all 7 continents
125. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days
126. Eaten kangaroo meat
127. Eaten sushi
128. Had your picture in the newspaper
129. Changed someone's mind about something you care deeply about
130. Gone back to school
131. Parasailed
132. Petted a cockroach
133. Eaten fried green tomatoes
134. Read The Iliad - and the Odyssey
135. Selected one "important" author who you missed in school, and read
136. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
137. Skipped all your school reunions
138. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language
139. Been elected to public office
140. Written your own computer language
141. Thought to yourself that you're living your dream
142. Had to put someone you love into hospice care
143. Built your own PC from parts
144. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn't know you
145. Had a booth at a street fair
146: Dyed your hair
147: Been a DJ
148: Shaved your head
149: Caused a car accident
150: Saved someone's life

This is pretty cool, I was amazed at how many I had done. I go this from momcast

There are so many things on the list I would love to do, I hope at some later date in my life I can check off more than I did this time.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

In a very bored state.

Just got news that I can't go to my usual club tonight, we were on our way out the door as we got the call.
This has left me in a very bored state! I don't want to work on any of my knitting for some reason, usually this is a chance to get ahead. I have on lily of the valley repeat to do on the wrap, then the edging, I could have that done real quick, if only I could be bothered.
I have done quite a lot on my fair isle cardi the past few days, but can't be bothered working on that right now either, maybe this is sock time.

Just the blah's, that will soon pass I guess.

My mind has been reeling with the thought of being free from all KAL's and the FIFA world cup finishing tomorrow.

What will I do? what to do, what to do, I have a list as long as my arm, starting on a mohair shawl I think is the first thing, some spinning, lots of new things, I mean LOTS!

I have yarn to start the wedding ring shawl, but would rather finish Princess first before I start that, I also have Unst's edging to finish. Most of the items I will be making in the next few months are Heirloom knitting pieces. All that mohair in the height of summer, wonderful. I swore last year I wouldn't attempt it again.

I have some beautiful pink hand dyed tencel that I would love to work with, but don't know what to make with it. It was from Ann's sale, she handdyed it, so I really want to make something great from it, special you know.

Hmm, like I said, my mind is reeling.

Friday, July 07, 2006

Kodak moments

Ok, so I have finished the peacock, some photo's to follow, the wrap is almost done, I started the second border last night, it won't take long to do. I have made a top, part of a crocheted blanket, part of a sock, and knitted about a sleeve on a fair isle cardi, some of the shrug and some of the Pi shawl, all in a month. It's hard to believe that month ends on Sunday, Englands out, France and Italy in the final, I hope France wins, but I think that Italy might actually pull it off.
Oh well, that's my football interests for 4 years over with, maybe Scotland will qualify for 2010.

To the peacock anyway.

Look at that lovely green water, it got a lot darker, and just went from bad to worse.

This is the result of that washing, note the lack of any green hue on the shawl.

Add more blue....

To get this.

Not quite dark enough, but getting there. I will dye it a deeper blue, and hopefully that will be it, of course my biggest problem is remembering to buy dye.

The Estonian wrap is just gorgeous, what a pleasure that has been to make.
I have pictures of this too, this is it off the needle, before I started the second border.

You just can't leave knitted items lying around in this house, not even to grab the camera from the desk.

Knitting in public. Note the Timmies

Spinning in public.

I took the girls to the park yesterday, what a lovely day, we popped into the guild first to card a bag of guild fleece that a lady had passed onto me. Lovely wool, so I though spinning would be nice, had to pop home to get a drop spindle, but had fun doing it. I forgot how nice it was to use a drop spindle. I haven't used one in a long time. I also haven't done any spinning in months, so got the wheel out last night and spun a bobbin, then navajo plied it. It turned out really nice.

Anyway, week one of the school hols hasn't been to bad as of yet, we had a kodak moment last night, if the moment could even have been captured, I think the photo would have been the look of shock on my face when the girls BOTH asked for seconds with dinner! It's usually a fight just to keep them at the table.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Peacock done.

Off the needles, washed, dye running, pale blue/purple/dark blue. *SOB*

Drying, preparing to re-dye....

Did I say *SOB*

Saturday, July 01, 2006

In the last week

Of the football, with England in their 1/4 game going on right now, not winning, but not losing either, I am nearing the end of peacock. I have 23 rows to go, about 17%. I will be done soon. Then I can continue on the Estonian stole. I ordered more yarn to finish my Kyoapi knit-your-own-adventure-pi, after the stole is finished I have two other things to finish, then I will let myself cast on something new. Maybe some socks, probably another lace piece, and will get back to working on Unst and Princess, for a few weeks at least.

Piccies later.