Saturday, April 29, 2006

April's Socks!!!

I finally finished two pairs of socks and completed one sock - perfect timing for

Pattern: Fleece Artist Basic Socks
Design: Fleece Artist
Yarn: 100% Washable Merino Wool
Color: Saffron
Needles: Size One DPN and 12" circular needle

Pattern: Blue Sky Alpacas Sweater Socks
Yarn: RY Cashsoft Baby DK
Fiber: 57% extra fine merino, 33% microfibre, 10% cashmere
Color: Pale Yellow
Needles: Size Five -DPN and 12" circular needle

Pattern: Sheri's Lace Socks (Sock Bug)
Yarn Source: Mama-E
Fiber: C-Eye-Ber Fiber100% Merino Wool
Color: Lollygirl
Needles: Size One DPN and 12" circular needle

Progress on second "Sheri's Lace Sock" is going slowly. I'm ready for new socks for Project Spectrum - May! Guess what, it's GREEN for May!! Yay!! My FAVORITE color!!

Friday, April 28, 2006

Okay...okay....I'm back!!

I admit that I'm slacking at blogging!! Last two weeks have been really so insane for me!!

Two weeks ago, I was so sick with secondary bacterial infections (sinusitis) for a week and it took me 14 days to recover from bad cough!!! The fever was just like a roller coaster for four days. I was so frustrated that I was not able to do anything but sleep, cough, blow nose, sleep, sleep and sleep!!! No knitting at all for 5 days and I was so antsy for knitting!!! I missed four days of work!! Not fun when I got back to work - stress caught me up so badly!! Pollens and I are not getting along lately!!!

**Warning **** This is non-knitting news.....

Ever since my DH, the proud owner of 2006 Honda S2006 is obsessed with his new car. He became a newest member of S2K International Club. There was a big rally called 4th Annual "Wake the Dragon" last weekend in Tennessee that my DH really wants to go where all drivers of S2000 driving together in the Tail of the Dragon road in Cherohala Skyway - 11 miles with 318 curves!!!! I was so thrilled as I really want to have a mini-vacation!!!

We left early morning on Friday. The weather was so nasty all the way to North Carolina - rainy and cloudy!! Poor DH, it was hard on his eyes from driving wet roads! I enjoyed knitting the sock!!

We arrived very late night at Fontana Village Inn in Fontana Dams, North Carolina where many owners of S2000 vehicles stayed. The place was awesome!! Real beautiful and newly renovation place. My jaw dropped when we got in our room..... real huge room with California King Sized bed!!! I was in love with the place. The view of this place was from our bedroom. Wish the weather was warm enough for us to swim in the pool. We missed the first social event but we got the event schedule and t-shirts for the event. There were several S2000 cars parking around the area.

We met with many owners and their spouses at the resort for breakfast. We were told to bring our car to meet at the parking lot. We were so surprised that there were a very long line of S2000 parked on the driveway. The drivers were asked to meet at the lot to discuss over the day's schedules. We were not able to follow what the person explaining to the group but decided to follow the groups.
It rained for a bit in the morning but the weather was cleared up at noon.

The event was so much for us. Some drivers drove very fast that my DH could not keep up with them. I was so terrifed when he drove very fast in the curves to keep up with other drivers. We drove around the Great Smokey Mountains from North Carolina to Tennesse all day. So much fun and relaxing day for us.

I read Stephanie Pearl-McPhee book "Knitting Rules" all the way back from the place to home. I really love the book so much.

We want to go back there next year!!!

I'm going to post more photos of my completed knitting projects tomorrow!!

Oh oh oh....8 more days until MARYLAND Sheep and Wool FESTIVAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

A Quick Note

I'm one of allergies sufferers who staying home and battling with colds, sneezing, nasty sore throat and high fever today!! I didn't feel so great last night and went to bed early. I woke up at 3 am sweating with 101 degrees fever!!! Poor DH, he was worried and stayed up nursing me with hot tea, cold water, popiscle and soup this morning. I can't believe this is my second times this year!!! No fun at all cuz very very very little time knitting! I know I'm whinning!!!

Last week was the busiest week at work. I had to stay up till 4:30 am last Saturday to monitor the campus event that I was required to attend. Maybe that's why I'm OLD lady that my immune system is not strong enough for the pollen seasons.

Be back soon when I feel better! Have some photos to share with you .... my new glasses, socks and on the needles progress.

Saturday, April 01, 2006

The FLASH!!!

Flashin' the Stash!!!! Today is the day of many knitters have decided to "FLASH their stashes". I'm doing it because I need a reality check!!! It is time for me to clean the drawers, closets, and baskets, find missing yarns, make priorities on what to make and weed out of yarns.

Mom and Jerri Lyn , please do not drop your jaw and scream "Susan!!!". I'm coming out of the Hall of Shame. My dear DH is very much aware of my deepest dark secret and keep telling me "Why????". I always give him many good reasons!!! Wink!!! There's so much promise, yet so little time to actually do anything.

So brace yourself and enjoy looking at my stash!!!

Remember this picture of my sock yarns I showed you two days ago, I decided to sort them out on my bed.... so there they are!!!!
I counted the sock yarns to make 45 pairs!!!! Sighs!!! I admit that I'm really out of control!!!

Stroll down to the yarnland.......

Not pretty sight!!! My DH is not too happy to see them on the floor in my craft room!!!
These yarns are found in the closet.
Another stash are found in other closet.
More yarns are in the drawers.
Karabella Aurora 8 (10 of them) I got from my dear colleague for X-mas. I have not decided what pattern should I make with.
Designated for a project but not yet started!!!

From top row at left to right-
Schoelle and Stahl: Hobby mit Merino yarn - secret gift to someone
Rowan All Season Cotton - secret gift to someone
Elsebeth Lavold Silky Tweed - secret gift to someone
Noro - Kureyon - which will be a Gloria.
From middle row
Green Mountain Spinnery 2 ply yarn (light grey)- which will be a Slip-Stitch cardigan
Green Mountain Spinnery 2 ply yarns (brown) - which will be "The Spinnery Jacket"
Peace Fleece - which will be another Everyday Cardigan
Last Row
Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran - which will be a Hourglass Sweater.
Colinette Giotto - which will be a Cate Wrap Cardigan
Green Mountain Spinnery 2 ply yarn (neutral) - secret gift to someone

Dalegarn: Dale Sisik yarns which will be a Balmoral sweater
Dalegarn: Dale Sisik yarns which will be a Aberdeen sweater
Casade Yarns - Ecological Wool - which will be Sport Zippered Pullover sweater

Four cones of yarns that I ordered through E-bay two years ago. Chenille yarn, Varigated Bounce yarn, two tweedy wool yarns. I'm thinking to use this to make shawls.
My favorite yarns - Manos del Uruguay One is I'm working on So Called Scarf.
Four clean bags: that I got from E-bay: Rowan Summer Tweed, Berroco Softtwist, Rowan Calmer, Rowan Magpie Tweed. I have not decided to what to knit yet.
Circle of Colorful Cotton Chenille yarns!!! I brought some yarns from Sandy two weeks ago and got them two nights ago. Sugar N' Cream and Lion Brand Kitchen Cotton yarns are in the middle. I plan to make more washcloths and dishcloths.

Why did I buy these yarns??? Don't ask me!! I will sell these yarns in the near future. I told you I had a problem!

Thank you for stopping to see my stash, now please show me your stash! Happy International Flash the Stash 2006!!!!

Three more things I want to show you..... I got three packages from the mailman yesterday!

Awwww...... my mom sent me a beautiful preemie cap. She wanted to contribute it with few preemie caps I'm working to give to the hospital. Thank you, Mom!!! Sighs...what am I doing? I brought two BEEEEEE-AAAA-UUUIIITFUL yarns from Mama-E.
I've been getting ready for April's Project Spectrum... love orange and yellow!!

I got the wooden sock blockers that I ordered from the Chappywoman.

Now, I have to do the spring cleaning!!! It's 76 degrees outside!!! So beautiful but windy!

Happy Knitting!!!!