Thursday, July 06, 2006

oops i did it again...

sorry to all reading this, now you have that awful brittney song in your head.
ha ha.
okay--so what did i do again??
went to rosehaven!!!

my sister is here for the week camping and we stole my cousin to come with us. (i say steal because she has 5 children ranging in age from 6-15 so she is need of some girl time and some "yarning").
it's funny--didn't really know that she was such a knitter. her mom doesn't knit, my mom only knit once in a blue moon (i still have the sweater she started for me when i was 5--not finished).
yet, the 3 of us went to yarn shops and spent the morning and then the evening talking knitting.
she reads some of the same blogs i do, she knows some of the same techniques i know.
we all worked on our different projects and admired eachothers handiworks.

she knits fair isle--with two hands!! okay, for those of you who do fair isle, it's not a big deal--but to watch someone knit with right and left hands at the same time, is amazing for me.
she taught herself to knit continental from a book and then just started doing fair isle.
i actually own one of the first fair isle projects she ever did--a baby hat and booties that she made for princess b, 3 years ago!

i went home tuesday night and googled some stuff and found this video on the philosopher's wool site. the video makes it look so easy!
i have been admiring, ogling the sweater kits from philosophers wool, and might get one someday to do a sweater. they are going to be at bingemans in september and i want to go. tried to go last year, but my sister couldn't meet up with me, and it's no fun to go on your own.

my cousin started with using fine gauge yarn (dale baby ull and sisu) and has made sweaters, socks, hats and is now working on a gorgeous hat for one of her sons.

so, we went to rosehaven and i got to see "studly" again--the ram who donated his fleece for the Toronto spiders to use for the back to back wool challenge.
saw some gorgeous sheep. friends of our help w/ the farm and their kids have sheep for 4-H club that they "work". saw a gorgeous brown sheep named "Olivia".

as i mentioned before, the owner is selling the farm and will open a yarn store, likely in the fall. she is looking at a location that already has counter space, so she could serve coffee. she actually said "knit cafe" and i almost hugged her.
my sister found some nice wool to make a hat and a kit for a sweater. the owner is such a dear and didn't' make her pay PST since she doesn't live in Ontario. even knocked some $$ of the kit because it was "dusty". what??

okay, enough writing, time for some pictures.
since i already have a stash that my sister calls "obscene" i didn't want to buy much.
so i bought some nice mission falls yarn to make baby hats, that the harlot asked for.

i think they are going to be an apple hat and a pumpkin hat.
i think i can get them done before kenya (t-minus 8 days!!!)

so, back to knitting. my sister is working on an entrelac blanket, she started with some boucle, but it was yucky. i now loathe boucle after my knitting Olympics project.
we bought some more yarn in nice baby girl colours and she's just zipping along making a beautiful blanket.
i have done some more work on little mans' baby-jays. they have taken me this long because i don't' work on them much. my yarn (of course) was tangled and i messed up the heel a few times.
i'm back on track now:

sorry about the nasty lighting in the picture, the weather can't decide what it wants to do. it started raining then the sun chases the rain away, then it's dark. so, my house is sunny on one side and dark on the other. i hope i get these socks done before he grows again.
since he is better from his Easter sickness fiasco, we are back to him having feet so fat we can't find shoes to fit..

oh, and i bought some cheap yarn and cast on for this:
The Mason-Dixon Ball Band Washrag

and closer:

the colours are "hot green" and "hot blue". the store we went to apparently is supposed to carry sugar n creme, but doesn't, so i got some handicrafters cotton instead. i quite like it. i had to cast one to try out the pattern.
then i remembered that i didn't need to buy more cotton as i have a sweater sitting in the frog pile, made of handicrafters cotton. yes, i made a whole sweater in handicrafters cotton. no wonder my wrists hate me.
i have only worn the sweater in public twice and that was one time too many.
it's completely shapeless and screams of "my first sweater". yucky--it is destined to become washrags or kimono's or something else from the Mason Dixon book.

whew, long post. need to go and maybe actually finish something!!!


Anne-Ruth said...

I don't understand how you manage to knit two socks at the same time... I've never learned that. The socks are looking great :)

Bossygirl said...

Sounds like you had some great "girl" time! I love my husband and boys, but my trips with my sister and my buddies are the BEST! The little baby J's are cute, cute, cute!