Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Did she fall off the face of the Earth?

Or was she sucked up by the great oboe vortex in the sky?

Neither - she was on a road trip.

First off, let me say thank you to everyone who commented on the baby items. I really enjoyed knitting the beanie and booties but found the blanket to be tedious. Not because the pattern was dull - I liked that - but because it was the same over and over. I like the variation of increasing, decreasing, short rows, etc.

And I wasn't the good time manager you might believe - the baby shower was June 16 (they were in town for father's Day) and I actually finished in the nick of time!

We left June 17 for Little Switzerland, NC to stop in at Wildacres for a day at the John Mack Oboe Camp. As you may remember, camp was cancelled last year because my beloved Mr. Mack fell ill and passed away. This one is the Legacy Camp - taught by his former students from CIM and who hold principal oboe positions in the Cleveland Orchestra. I had 2 students attend and it was a good experience for them. For me it was bittersweet...

Then we headed to Louisville to visit Jim's sister and family. Here are Jim and Lisa:

They live in the Highlands area that boasts the largest number of Victorian homes in any city. It was great to see them and their beautiful home.

Leaving their town, our route took us to Nashville and Memphis. I didn't know what the road was called until I saw this:
I had to pull over and jump out and take this shot! We also saw lots of this:

It was difficult to knit on the road because we drove so many miles (2270 in 6 days) and were *really* tired at night. I tried to knit while riding but it made me dizzy. It was when we returned home I was able to get some knitting done.

Here are the Almost Argyle socks from KnitPicks I began a while ago. I kind of like this pattern. It is nice but probably not one I would knit again - I prefer lacy. I do like the Eye of the Partridge heel, though. I think these will be finished by the weekend.

Remember Cece from ChicKnits? She has morphed into Soleil from Knitty. I liked the lace in the CeCe cardi, but not the band in front. I could not get the two sides to match the way I wanted. I may try it again at some point. Here is Soleil in KP Shine Sport:

That's about it for now - I hope the rest of your week is grand.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Blankie, Booties and Beanie

I began it on May 26 and finished June 11. The pattern is from Filatura di Crosa Baby and I used some Hobby Lobby acrylic/nylon "baby Bee" called Sweet Delight with #6 needles. It took 2 3/4 skeins (about 850 yards) of yarn.

Here is a close up of the diamond pattern:

I had yarn left over, so here are some booties I did. The pattern was on, I think it is just called lacy baby booties. I used #4 needles for these.

And then I thought, why not a beanie as well - I liked the pinwheel decreases so chose this pattern:

And the side view:

So here is the ensemble:

I think this will keep that little Indiana baby (due in October) warm.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Beauty in the Burbs

Last night's view.

Friday, June 01, 2007

Yeah, Baby

The baby blanket is coming along.
Here we are at 19".
Only 20 more inches to go..... can she hang in there being monogomus to the blanket?

Ummmmm, well no.
I actually cast on the Argosy scarf tonight.
Change is good!

Here is a bit of eye candy outside my front door:

I don't know if I prefer pinky pink

Or crayon red

What do you think?

As I was walking this morning, I passed this tree. If my tree guy had even discussed topping a tree, I would fire him. But to do this is just a travesty.

I had to take a photo because it is unbelievable to me someone actually did this and got paid for it!

I can't believe the homeowner knew what he was in for. That tree service needs to be uprooted.

The poor tree.