Friday, May 23, 2008

Madison and I wish you a.....

Memorial Weekend!!!!!!
I could not resist this but want to share it with you all. My student got a new puppy named Madison for her graduation gift from her parents. She showed to my friend, Jerri Lyn. Jerri Lyn immediately told her to see me as she knew how much I really love mini-schauzher. I saw the student with her puppy. My heart MELTED and was almost dognapping from the student! I convinced the student to let me dogsitting on her graduation day. Madison was so joyful and I really enjoyed having her staying in my office all day long. She slept on my lap all morning. She was so playful for two hours then went back to sleep on my lap till her mama came and picked her up. Madison is 12 weeks old. I miss her already!!!!! *sniffling* Someday I will adopt two puppies!!!
I realized that I will be gone to Philadelphia next week for the conference. I will be back on Thursday night.
Have a GREAT weekend!!!!
Happy Knitting!!!

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Now I can breath....

I'm so happy that the spring semester is over two weeks ago and the commencement was over last Friday. I finally wrapped up and turned in all paperwork to offices. Summer is here!! Few students are here on campus taking summer school. Few residence halls are closed for two weeks till summer programs start. It will be busy summer for me at work.

I was alone for five nights last week while my DH rode Harley to Myrtle Beach, SC with his friend for the bike week. I thought I would have plenty of time knitting and do nothing but read and update blogs. I was wrong!! I spent all afternoon shopping at Baltimore and stopped new yarn shop - Lovelyarns. The store is really cute. When I arrive there, I could see two ladies sitting and knitting at the front porch and there were four men and two women knitting inside the store. They have Malabrigo yarns that I'm really in love with! I left the store empty hands. I went to Fiberworks in Ashton, Maryland on Sunday and found the yarn I need for my next project - Printed Silk Cardigan. That store is REALLY messy and so unorganized but the owner was very helpful. I was so tempted to take over the store and organize the yarn to make it more friendly.

Elsabeth Lavold - Hemopathy

I was so happy to my DH again last Sunday. He arrived home at 9:15 pm. He was soooo exhausted from riding 12 hours (through windy and rainy day). I'm relieved that he got home safe. He had a great time there!!!

Tangled Yoke Cardigan in progress

I did finish the body and one sleeve of the Tangled Yoke Cardigan. And, I'm almost done with second sleeve. I can't wait to put these pieces together and make the yoke. I hope it will turn out beautiful as I'm hoping for.

Secret Book /Yarn Swap Strikes Again....
The package arrived today and I was sooooo lucky that Denise from Albama spoiled me with many stuff. Ain't I spoiled? Thanks, Denise!!!!!!

2 Burgundy Gloss Yarn, 2 Cocoa Gloss Yarn, 1 Shimmer "Spice" Yarn, 1 Gossamer "Trail" Yarn, Handspun Blue/Purple Yarn, Bottle of Woolwash, Books "The Guilty" by Jason Pinter and "Slatewiper" by Lewis Perdue, Two Collections - classic prints of leaves and shells, Four patterns - Lemonade sock, One Skein Sockettes, Summer Wheat Tank and Broken Cable Socks, Organic Tea bags and Dreamcatcher key chain

Memorial Weekend is coming up real soon. More likely we will go to camping this weekend. We have not decided where to camp but definitely want to get out of our house. I would rather be knitting than doing the housecleaning!!! The weather should be very NICE this weekend.

Hopefully, I will post the finished sweater next week and start new project - Printed Silk Cardigan.

Happy Knitting, Happy Memorial Weekend and Have a GREAT weekend!!!!

Monday, May 05, 2008

MDSW Recap

Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival is over already!!!! Waaahhhh!!! Seems that the weekend went too fast after waiting for one year since I was there.

I went there last Saturday all myself although I wish my friends could join with me. One had paper dues for her classes and one participated in Avon Walk weekend. Two had prior commitments and could not come this year. I left at 9:30 am knowing that it would take me 15 minutes to get there but I was wrong. There was a long line of vechiles on Route 32 and it took me an hour to get there! Good thing I had Venti Starbuck coffee with me.

Whoa..... there were FULL vehicles parking on the fairground at 10:30 am!!! The weather was gloomy and cool. I had an opportunity to wear my favorite Central Park Hoodie that I knitted.

The sun finally came out and it was soooo perfect!! Dry and warm weather! Really crowded of people there!!! I don't know if it is my imagination but there were so many people there growing bigger and bigger than last four years that I attended.

I really enjoyed looking at the animals!!!

I walked and browsed through carefully on each booth and saw many familiar faces through blogs and ravelry. I didn't have any courages to meet them and introduced myself with them. I'm pretty shy around hearing people but I know myself that I'm not shy around with deaf people. I guess it's my comfort zone where I can communicate with people through sign language. I hope someday I would get more courages to meet people - maybe in Stitches East conference in the fall.

Although I have so many stash yarns at home, I'm proud of myself that I didn't buy any yarns in 2008. I made a few list that I really want to make this year. I brought some yarns.

Louet Gems (tan and brown) to make Endpaper Mitts

Two Wullenstudio Designer Yarns for socks that I joined the Summer of Socks 2008. I have not decided what sock patterns that I plan to knit.

This sock that I could NOT resist and don't plan to buy but I did!!!! Green Mountain Spinnery Sock Art (Meadow). The yarn is so incredible SOFT!!!!! I could not keep my hands away from it but fondling it on my face!!! I'm still WEAK!! This definitely will be my special gift to someone that I would like to knit.

This one was on my list for a while - Green Mountain Spinnery Maine Organic

to make that sock - Tyrolean Stockings from Interwearve Knits - Fall 2007

(Sorry for crabby pix- I will try to get better photo outside tomorrow)
Yesterday I started knitting the sock. Let me tell you.... it's an ADDICTIVE!!!! I want to make short leg sock instead of long one. I could not believe that I actually knit it all afternoon non-stop and finally turned into heels and gusset. My right wrist is little sore from knitting it nonstop last night.
I thought I would finish it tonight but I want to take easy on my wrist. I'm going back and knit Tangled Yoke Cardigan tonight.
I hope my friends can come with me next year!!!!
Happy Knitting!!!