Thursday, May 31, 2007

The beach, some knitting and a giveaway!

amazingly beautiful day

It was a perfect long weekend. I spent HOURS just sitting on the beach. I read, I knit, I slept, I got charbroiled. Excellent! Check out that sky - soooo blue and no clouds. I so did NOT want to come home. I just love it there.

Things near my sister's house had changed a bit since my last visit.
Summer marsh/Winter marsh

The picture on the right was taken in early April. The picture on the left was taken this past weekend. Look how crazy green everything is now! And chock full of wildlife too. I saw tons of birds, a turtle, a snake, a deer and lots of frogs. Sitting on the balcony with this view was just as pleasant as sitting on the beach.

Of course there was knitting. What else is a girl supposed to do with all that delicious free time? Last week, I started another Jaywalker. I wanted something mindless and easy to work on.

I'm using the Lorna's Laces that I got the last time I went to the beach. This is the first time I have ever used size 0 needles to make a sock. I gotta say... it's killing me. It's just so sloooow. But I tried it on larger needles, and it just wasn't working for me. The size 0's seem to work best with this yarn. And since I don't currently own a size 0 circular, I decided to forego my normal magic loop and use dpns. Despite the slowness, I really like how this yarn is working up. It's even pretty on the inside too!
Jaywalker guts
Hopefully I will stay motivated through to the second sock!

I suppose I should mention that the Obsidian socks have been frogged and the yarn sent back to the stash. They just weren't making me happy. I know exactly what I want to do, but I was having problems with the execution. So, for now, it is once again, a ball of yarn!

I also put in some time with my Doubled Bordered Scarf. This isn't the best picture, but it does show some progress.
Double Bordered Scarf progress
I'm ready to be done with this. I think it's going to be really pretty when I'm done, but I'm kinda bored with it.

Before I left for the beach, I got caught by the toy knitting bug again....
ladybug mosaic
bug... get it! hahahahah! (I'm a dork, I know!)

It's another pattern from the Crafty Alien booklet. I am just loving these patterns. They are so quick to knit. The pattern calls for the ladybug to have legs, but I decided not to add them. I kinda like it this way. I used some leftover Selkirk from the Arwen sweater and some Nature Spun I had in my stash. The Selkirk didn't felt so well. I don't like that you can still see the stitches. But the Nature Spun felted perfectly. I also chose not to embroider on the knots. I embroidered the line down the back and thought it was pretty tedious. So, I just needle felted the spots on. I used the scraps of Nature Spun leftover after the knitting was done. The eyes are also needle felted.

I'm sure I will be making the bee pretty soon. I'm going to need more shelf space in my room for all these toys!

So.... a little giveaway!

I was recently contacted by someone from Mira Books and asked to review the newest Debbie Macomber book here on my blog. Coincidentally, my housemate had just finished telling me about these books. It's a series of fiction books about a knitting shop and how knitting brought different women together. I read the second book, A Good Yarn, while I was at the beach. It was perfect beach reading and I must say, I enjoyed it.

Well, today, I received a package containing not one but TWO copies of the newest book in the series, Back on Blossom Street.
Free to good home!
Well, my good fortune is your good fortune. I will have a random drawing and give this book away. Leave me a comment between now and hmmm... let's say Monday, June 4th. All commenters will be entered into the drawing.

Bring on the comments!!


Blogger Javajem said...

Wow - I'm so impressed with all your FOs!!! Love the baby sweater and the scarf and the socks! I can't wait to see them in person!

Your collection of animals is turning into a regular zoo!! Will there be a entrance fee to see your animals? :)

2:49 PM  
Blogger maryse said...

i snorted in anticipation of your bug joke. if you're a dork so am i.

and thanks for the beach pictures.

4:12 PM  
Blogger Diane D. said...

The double bordered diamond is so pretty! Where and how are you displaying all of these animals?

5:57 PM  
Blogger Rossana said...

>>chuckle chuckle!<<

In appreciation of your toy knitting BUG comment (very cute ladybug, btw), I will share with you something that made me laugh (and it made my sister groan when I pointed it out to her--hee hee!):

the acronym for the
American College of Healthcare Executives


And yes, the person's email addy ended in

Tee hee!

6:16 PM  
Blogger soapturtle said...

oooh ooh ooh me me me!

Sorry about your obsidian socks. Their time will come. :)

6:30 PM  
Blogger Kadiddly said...

Oh, the beach!!

I love the colors in the new Jaywalker! What colorway of LL is it??

The bug is adorable!

I don't really want to be in your drawing - I've read the first two books and they didn't do much for me. I hope you enjoy it, though!

9:05 PM  
Anonymous Sarah said...

OOOH, a new beach book. I want to be in the giveaway. But I also want to say YEAH FOR THE BEACH!!! AND your jaywalker is so it gonna fit? (Mine didnt fit, I had to rip.)

9:49 PM  
Blogger Theresa said...

Cool jaywalker and beautiful scarf! Love the bug.

I like those books, but didn't know there was a new one. They are perfect beach or airplane books.

10:29 PM  
Blogger Pheelya said...

The ladybug is adorable!!

Your shawl is looking beautiful too!!

11:25 PM  
Blogger Lindsey said...

One of my really good friends has nicknamed me "ladybug," and needless to say I adore your newest knitted toy! And I agree with you about knitting socks on 0's. I've been working for a day on a simple stockinette stitch toe up sock and I'm barely to the ball of my foot. Good luck!

11:30 PM  
Blogger Stacey said...

I am so jealous. I want to be sitting on the beach with you!!!!

Cute little bug - you are going to have an army pretty soon!

8:30 AM  
Blogger Just-Chuck said...

Yo you pushy &^%$&!

How goes?

I'm still knitting, but haven't put any photos up.

Working on it.

Now working on cell phone cover, beer drinking hat, Irish hiking scarf.

Refuse to buy new wool until I use up all the crap I have now.


2:29 PM  
Blogger Amie said...

You're the prettiest person ever!!!! (just in case it's not really random. er. I mean. Really, you're the prettiest one ever!)

I went through an odd ladybug phase about ten years ago and had a pile that looked just like yours - no legs either.

5:51 PM  
Anonymous Kathy said...

I absolutely love that beach picture. It looks so peaceful: the perfect place to knit socks.

I was so happy to hear there's another 'Blossom' book. The first two were perfect summer reading.

4:05 AM  
Blogger Just-Chuck said...

Okay pushy broad, I put up some pics. Now get off my back. You're not the boss of me.

Do I get the book now?

3:31 PM  
Blogger AmyPinSeattle said...

Debbie M. lives here in WA. I haven't read any of these books because I'm so busy at work - I don't have much time...but that's all changed now! I got laid off last week, so the book would get read quickly!

7:25 PM  
Blogger Just-Chuck said...

Hey, Girly girl....

I found this link (above) for boxing buddies and thought of your bugs and dinosaurs and your other (former?) hobby.

May be a good mix?

9:08 AM  

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