Monday, June 23, 2008

Very PRODUCTIVE wekend!!

I'm so sad that the weekend was over and it was so hard to go back to work this morning!!!!

I had a great weekend with a lot of things done (almost!!!) but nothing is related to knitting!!!! :(

Went to Stitch n' Pitch night with my hubby and my friend Paul on Friday night. It was perfect night!!! The Washington Nationals was hosting the Texas Rangers, and the game went overtime to 14 innings. We left at 12 innings as we were so exhausted from hard week. I found out that Nationals won!! Yay!!! The game was officially the longest in Nationals’ history. I received the freebies/bag. There were many familiar faces that I recognized scattering around five sections on fifth floor of the stadium and it was so much fun watching some people knitting and watching the game.

knitting sock while watching game

Free bag

along with free yarns, patterns and brochures.

There was a touching tribute to Tim Russert at the beginning of the game. It made me cry again!!

On Saturday, my hubby went out riding harley all day with his friends. I got up early morning ready for the day. I was supposed to do the laundry but instead I caught up reading Ravelry forum with few cups of coffee. Thanks to Ravelry forum, I found out there are two new yarn shops in Virginia. I decided to go there as I was planning to stop two quilt stores and checked them out!!! With Yarn in Front store just opened last Monday and I met the owner. At first I had trouble understanding her but later found out that she is the owner of the store. She was very warm and helpful. Not very many yarns there but the owner told me that more yarns will come in later this week. I could not resist but brought yarns and pattern.

Jojoland Swirl Shawl Pattern along with 5 skeins of yarn

I went over to The Artful Quilter as it was only 1 mile away from the new store. I really love that store and was so thrilled that they carry Amy Bulter fabric and patterns. I was drooling over the several beautiful quilts that displays on the wall. I know I'm WEAK person but brought fabrics with the pattern!

After lunch, I stopped over the Nature's Yarn and was so impressive with that store. They carry many natural, organic, and hypoallergenic yarns. I signed up to get their mailing list so I can get discounts for my birthday. They will take half of my age percent off my purchases for one day during the week of my birth!! How cool is that?

Lastly, I stopped over The Quilt Patch and shopped around for a while. Not much changes since I was there last time.

As soon as I got home, I did a lot of laundry and housecleaning all afternoon. I spent all night and all day non-stop working on secret projects for 12th annual craft gathering. Some of you recall my stories about my crazy friends, and you may even remember last year's gathering. My visit this year will be on July 17-21st at Sue's house near Frederick. Every year we make each other pins, ornaments and gifts. They have to be handmade. I'm done with the ornaments and almost done with pins. I'm half way finished with the gifts. I need to prepare my two hour project for the ladies. I wish I could show you but I know my crazy friends read my blog. I promise I will post the photos after the gathering next month. I can not wait!!!

Tonight I'm going up to my craft room trying to finish the pins and start working the projects. Fun fun fun!!!!!

Happy Knitting!

Saturday, June 14, 2008

It's All About Memememe!!

The rules:
a. Type your answer to each of the questions below into Flickr Search.
b. Using only the first page, pick an image.
c. Copy and paste each of the URLs for the images into fd’s mosaic maker.

1. What is your first name?
2. What is your favorite food?
3. What high school did you go to?
4. What is your favorite color?
5. Who is your celebrity crush?
6. Favorite drink?
7. Dream vacation?
8. Favorite dessert?
9. What you want to be when you grow up?
10. What do you love most in life?
11. One Word to describe you.
12. Your flickr name.
I’m not going to tag anyone for this meme, so if you’d like to play, consider yourself tagged.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Great Escape

We really need break from stressful working environment and escaped to fanasty place at Raystown, PA. last weekend. We survived through heat waves!!! Bless my DH for bringing the fan along to keep us really cool under the trees.

That was our little home....we slept in the trailer and set up little tent to make a real home for two nights.

Ohhh...I really love with Coleman Coffee Maker!!!!! I can't live with it in the morning!!!! My DH knows me that I MUST MUST MUST have coffee ready before we start making breakfast.

My DH was the chef for the day. He made a nice hot breakfast while I enjoyed sitting and drinking coffee.

We spent all day riding harley through several national parks and old towns.

I brought knitting project with me but realized it was soooooooooo HOT to knit and the bugs kept bothering me!!! I spent two nights reading book - Sacajawea. I used to read that book when I was in High School. This is one of my all time favorite historical fictions. I lost track of my original book over the years lending it out but saw it in a bookstore and quickly brought another one.

My DH built up the bonfire to prepare for dinner while I could not put the book down reading!

We were so sad packing up and have to go back to real world!!! Goodbye to our campsite!

Beautiful view driving back home.
So peaceful and sooo green!!!
We love camping so much and hope to go back there real soon.
No knitting news as I have not touched them for days!!! I don't have any energy to pick up my knitting projects. Blame the weather for exhausting my energy!!!
Stay tuned for update knitting projects soon!
Stay cooooool!!!!! Happy Knitting!

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

No wonder why.....

how much I really love Starbuck coffee..... I like black coffee.... that's it! No milk or sweet thing added in my coffee....just bold and black one!!! Yummy!!!

The Caffeine Click Test - How Caffeinated Are You?
OnePlusYou Quizzes and Widgets

OnePlusYou Quizzes and Widgets

Monday, June 02, 2008

No Changes in WIP but socks!!!

Sock addiction haunts me lately!!! I ain't complain!!! I lovelovelove it!!

I brought my knitting bag to Philadelphia for the conference last week and FORGET to bring smaller needle and extra skeins for the Printed Silk Cardigan. I could not believe it as I thought I was fully prepared for the short trip!!! I was so discouraged as I thought I would finish the back piece!! Good thing I found the sock yarn in the bottom of my knitting bag. I spent whole time during the trip, lunch break and after workshop knitting socks!!!

Lorna's Lace Shepherd Sock Yarn - Squall pattern

I used size 0 - 12" circular and it's really hard on my hand to knit very small stitches I'm almost done with one sock and second needs to do the kitchener stitch. I need to get break before my sore hand gets worse.

I got back home last Thursday and didn't feel up to go back to work on Friday. I really wish I could stay in Philly one more day to stroll few yarn shops. I wish the stores open late. The conference ended at 5:30 pm and the stores close at 6 pm, too.

What did I do on Friday? I decided to try the new yarn that I brought from the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival. Wullenstudio yarn is soooooooo lovely to knit with. So yummy and soft!!! It took me 2 days to finish one sock. I started the second one last night. Seems that I'm really obsessed with cable things.

Update on Printed Silk Cardigan

I started knitting the back piece during the Memorial Weekend. I finally switched to smaller needle this morning and knitted few rows from the chart. I have no deadline although I'm determined to finish it before July.

I didn't finish the Tangled Yoke Cardigan at all. I have trouble understanding how to get two sleeves together on the body piece. I will hold it till I ask someone for help. I don't have any patience if I screw it up badly.

Happy Monday!! Happy Knitting!!!