Friday, May 16, 2008

Adventures in Knittyland

So, tomorrow we board a plane to fly back to Michigan for a my brother-in-law to get married. The wedding is on Sunday so that means we have a flight first thing out on Monday morning. YIKES! It is bad enough to try and get three kids out the door at 7 am to be on school on time. What was my mother-in-law thinking when she booked the tickets? She wasn't. It has been over 30 years since she had to remotely do anything of the sort. But, she is paying for the tickets. What do I care? Other than I really do.

 On to happier things. That means I should be able to get some serious knitting done. Two 1.5 hour flights. Two 1.5 hour layovers. In each direction. Hopefully, I can manage to get at least two cupcakes done. I am doing at least two in this new lime green and have a new topping to add to the frosting yarn. I am kinda sick of looking at the pink. Though I do have two done already in the pink.  I have four birthdays to knit for in the next three weeks. One of which should be going over seas (really just Canada. Hi! Amelia. I am working like a mad dog on your birthday kit. Though I think I am going to send you one of the pink ones. It is very festive. I really hope you like it. I do.)

I also started this bias shawl which I hope to have a chunk of completed by the time I'm home. 
I purchased the yarn while at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival. That was so FANTASTIC!!! I met up with a fellow housemate from the Hogwarts Sock Kit Swap 4 & now 5, terik. Here is the link to her blog if you would like to hear her story. It was really terrific to finally put a face with  a blog. Hopefully, more photos to follow about that. Though I forgot my camera, I did have my phone which doesn't take bad pictures, just not the greatest. 

I am dyeing to try and dye some sock yarn on my own. But I do think that might need to wait till we are at least in our house and not still in the hotel. Three more weeks and then we are there. YEAH!!! I am starting to know my way around here. I still hate it though. Just as I think it will be okay, I meet some really rude or nasty person or just down right hateful 'I-don't-want-you-here-in-my-state-so-I-am-going-to-make-you-moving-here-really-difficult' type person and then I have a bout of 'I just want to move back to my comfort zone' days. Then I get offered a job or I meet someone fantastic and it swings back into the 'I will keep trying to find something good about this place' spots and another couple of days go by. So, long story short, the jury is still out on it. 

On another note, on Wednesday, I received my reducio sock kit swap package. My spoilee was very thoughtful and sent me a fantastic book. I have it on audio and just love having the print version now as well. The book mark is just TOO cute. As is the sock, I am thinking I can make another and have a Dobby theme on my webkins. The girls just LOVE it and are in the process of learning how to make one for all their animals. I love it when something like this helps them in their creativity. It is truly a lost art.

Best get back to packing. Hopefully, I will have a couple of photos to post when I return on Monday. Have a wonderful weekend. 

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy Mum's Day

I hope this finds every one who is a mum or a what-to-be mum very well, happy, and remembered. For more years than I care to count, I haven't been. So this year I took it upon myself to be remembered. I bought new yarn. Then told the kids and dear hubby to scram, I was knitting all day. 

That was really yesterday. And I did. I watched P.S. I Love You. I cried, I laughed, I cried some more, and got half way through the sock. So I started the movie again, and finished the sock. 

I finished the sock. It only took a couple of hours. It was much easier than I really thought it was going to be. Why is it that we psyche ourselves out over doing something new that we think we need to take twice as long to get it done than it really turns out to be? That was the case with this last project. It was a new swap started on Ravelry. The 'Reducio Sock Swap' is suppose to be just a quick two week throw something together to kill time between the Hogwarts Sock Kit Swap 4 and 5. Just a mini-sock, a goodie, and a note saying who you are. That is it. Nothing big. Nothing outrageous. Yet, here I was procrastinating.

I finished it. Unfortunately, in my ecstatic attitude of being done, over-joyously wrapped everything up to promptly put in the mail in the morning, I forgot to take a picture of it. Maybe my soon to be recipient will snap one and post it for me.  If I had been really on top of it, I would have done it before the weekend now that the postage rates have gone up, it must be my penance for putting off something so silly. I do hope that my partner likes it. I am not as talented as she, so I am afraid she will be a bit disappointed. She showed her sock off on ravelry and did a miniature intarsia. YIKES!! It looks FANTASTIC. I wish I was receiving from her instead of sending to her. 

I also completed the socks that I showed off on my first, maybe second, blog. I was so excited with that yarn. Again, procrastinated for too long to do the socks. Now they are done. YEAH!!! Here is a photo of the finished item. I LOVE wearing them. They are a fantastic hang around the house, or in this case, the hotel, without getting your feet frozen.

The list came out today for the swap partners for HSKS 5. I have a new partner. Though I just looked at it, for the life of me I cannot remember who or what house. Booger. 

Only three more weeks in the hotel. Then we are handed keys to the rental house and hopefully a bit more settling can occur. I am still withholding judgement on this relocation. So far, not good. Good friends are still encouraging me that it is too soon to cast permanent thoughts of running away to my former glory. We shall see.  We shall see. 

Maybe another trip half way around the world is in order. I haven't seen Northern Australia yet.