Tuesday, July 15, 2008

My Kaleidoscope Life

Last night my night blooming cereus blossomed. I always hoped that life would become less complicated as I got older and my daughters left the nest. However, it becomes more and more crazy and I feel that I am caught in a swirling kaleidoscope. I’m tired and beginning to feel like my night blooming cereus whose bloom lasts one night and then it is gone.

Let me describe my day. So I got up at 6:00 and ran around the house taking care of odds and ends until I left at 7:15. Through July I am teaching summer school from 7:45 until 12:15. Then I left work and did errands for an hour. Came home and cleaned one of the family room couches and the stairs. Made a cake to take to my daughter's apartment this weekend. Froze the cake. Then did more laundry and paid bills. I repaired the soap dispenser in the kitchen with the part that Grohe sent. Then went to the basement and exercised. Then cooked Chinese beef and vegetables stir fry. I have just cleaned up about half the dinner mess….and this is my break…….When I finish checking my e-mail on the computer, I will go back to cleaning the kitchen, making lunches for tomorrow, and cleaning the bird cage. Then I will probably go upstairs and iron clothes. If I am lucky I will watch TV and knit for an hour.

The scarf was knit in Noro Kujaku in color 5. The pattern is "Multidirectional Diagonal Scarf", which is a free download. The scarf was done on with 46 stitches on a size seven needle. I used five skeins of Kujaku. It reminds me of a kaleidoscope.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Monkeys in Spain

Number 2 Daughter is back in the United States from Spain. These are no purl monkey socks, knitted in Socks that Rock, Philosopher's Stone in Mediumweight. It was great fun watching the colors stripe.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Monkey Socks

These Monkey Socks were knit from Socks that Rock Medium Weight in Philospher's Stone. It was really nice how the colors stripped and pooled.

An aside, my favorite goldfish died ten days after I posted his picture. Sort of reminds me of when we visited the Pandas at the National Zoo and the male died the next day.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Volcano Socks

This is a bonus shot of my favorite goldfish. He is at least ten years old. He was a feeder fish I bought for a nickel.

These socks are knit from stash. Unknown light weight Socks that Rock. If you look carefully in the pattern you can see little volcanoes. The pattern reminds me of Hawaii.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Blue Moon Fiber Arts: Serendipity

I am so proud of my self. I indulged myself and joined the Blue Moon Fiber Arts Sock Club. I played and played with needle size and sock size to get the yarn to strip and not pool. I did it. I finished the project within a reasonable period of time....only two months behind at this time. Not only was the stripping cool, but I really loved the star toe and the method of shortrowing the heel.

The Maryland Sheep fesital is this weekend, a very dangerous development for me; but the most fun! http://www.sheepandwool.org/

Friday, April 11, 2008

Rhonda Meets the Yarn Harlot

Last Monday the Yarn Harlot spoke in Annapolis. Lou and I made the journey. This is picture of me and Stephanie Pearl-McPhee. She is holding my Rainbow Socks and I am holding the sock that she photographs through her book tour and my autographed copy of her latest book.

Stephanie got very excited about the Rainbow Socks that I finished. She is going to make a pair for her friend. However, she will not publish the yarn on her blog until she purchases it, because everybody else will buy and the yarn will be sold out before she can buy it. This is a picture of me and the socks that appeared on her blog. I am now famous!!!!!!

Saturday, March 1, 2008

The Super Long Scarf

This wonderful scarf/wrap was made by casting on 160 stitches onto a 10 1/2 needles and knitting a garter stitch until out of yarn. At the beginning of each row I cut the old yarn, leaving an 8 inch tail and tied on the new yarn, leaving an 8 inch tail. It was great not having to attach fringe and I love the slanted ends. The scarf is about 7 feet long and 13 inches wide....and soft as a cloud.

The Scarf Series Continues: Super Long Scarf Wrap

This is a close-up of a Super Long Scarf Wrap made from a Multi-colored kit in the Pansy Colorway that I bought from Three Waters Farm at the 2007 Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival. It consisted of three different yarns: Alpaca wool, alpaca boucle, and mohair boucle. I colors are blues, purples, and yellows.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Pictures that make me happy.

Where did the time go?

Where did the time go? I have not posted in a month. Today is primary day in Maryland so I have a bit more time.

One of my goals this year is to knit a sock a month. However, I had to rip out my half completed February socks because of a fatal error. I misread a cast on chart. I have not yet had the energy to begin another pair. Hopefully I will get it together within the next few days.

This is a picture of a scarf that I knit using a Mistake Stitch. It is made of Kureyon colors 194 and 154, which I switched every other row. I love how the colors move.

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Second Project of the New Year

Another scarf. This one was alot of fun. It was made from a novelty yarn in my stash on size 15 needles. It is slinky and I love the color.

First Project of the New Year

My first project of the year was this pair of Jaywalkers in Opal Yarn called "In Variation nach Hunderwassers Werk (637A): Wartede Hauser. The colors and pattern are based ona painting by Wolfgang Zwerger and Frederic Zwerger. The repeats are so long, it was impossible to make them identical. The socks were done on two circular, double point needles. My daughter is the proud owner.