Christmas in July

My LNS is having a Christmas In July contest.  You pick a project and have to start and finish in the month of July.  If you complete your project then you are entered into a drawing for a gift certificate.  I picked the Mac and Me shawl in Laines du Nord Mulberry Silk for my project.  Shoot me now, but I have that long trip to Branson to work on it during.  Here is a pic of the pattern and yarn:

Mac & Me Shawl

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Socks For the Feet and Club

I have decided that starting with my mom in August everyone will receive a pair of socks for their birthday.  I love knitting socks and most people love them once they are on.  I have one of the socks for my mother finished (the other is a Branson project through and through), but I was waiting for the Blue Sky Alpaca DPN’s to come in, so I started on the pattern for my sister in Koigu.

 I used the Knitty pattern Crusoe.  It is a stranded sock pattern, get it?!?!?!?!  Unfortunately I did not swatch until I was thinking wow this looks really small and then I found I was getting 7 stitches to the inch instead of 6.  So, now I am rooting around trying to find size 2s in the Blue Sky Alpaca and will probably have to end up ordering them online…doh!  They were turning out beautiful and they were a true pleasure to knit, so it will not be a problem to cast back on for them.

Koigu - Crusoe Pattern

I also went on a sock yarn buying binge online (dang those Lime and Violet girls) and I order Koigu, Socks that Rock (why hasn’t USPS delivered them to me yet?) and some fabulous Lisa Souza Yarn (www.lisasouza.com) .  Here are the pics of the Souza yarn:

Lisa Souza Sock Yarn

For years I have been trying to find a good gift for my dad that he will actually use and not just put in a drawer and never think of, i.e. the golf ball monagrammer, the plain, initialed money clip, etc.  I think I may have found the pattern though:

Golf Club Pattern

I am going to even ask him colors and if he wants the number of the iron on his clubs.  My aunt, whose husband also plays golf, said no way, the big thing now is to have your initial on them.  Will do what he asks, because I am going for usage, not surprise.

Mario, Sweet Mario

I have been dogsitting my cousin Julie’s dog, Mario, this week.  He is a black cockapoo and is completely adorable.  When we had our first adventure in dogsitting with Mario for just a night he came to the house scared to death of dogs and by the next morning he was sitting on his heels like a trained circus poodle and batting Calvin in the face.  Needless to say he has come a long way!

 Mario

He has been a great dog for me and he is loving coming to the office.  He has taken the Taco Bell dogs hostage and is refusing to let anyone else play with them and he loves it when they talk to him.  May have to end up giving those to Julie.

Dishcloth Swap – Received

I received 2 beautious dishcloths from Miss Vicki for a Dishcloth swap we participated in at Craftster. 

It was funny enough to open the package and find out that we both made the same slipped stitch dishcloth, but it was even funnier when this was mentioned to Miss Vicki, she said that she had planned on making Criminy Jickets’ Gaterlac dishcloth as well.  The one she made instead is absolutely awesome! 

It is a gorgeous circular dishcloth that is now gracing my coaster at the office.  Everyon who sees it comments on the color and design.  This is a swap that I was happy to participate in and thrilled with the partner I received.  Miss Vicki and I seem to have a lot of the same interests and I love swapping with people from other countries (she lives in Australia). 

Behold these beauties:

Both Dishcloths

Detailed view of the individual dishcloths:

Slip Stitch Dishcloth     Circular Dishcloth 

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE DISHCLOTHS MISS VICKI!

Do I Remember How to Do This?

I have been away from blogging for a really long time and I need to get back to it, so I am renewing my commitment to blogging at least 2x a week, not counting fun posts. 

 Here is a video of talent night at Gordon College.  This guy does a live action performance of the first level of the original Super Mario Brothers game.  Awesome and nostalgic, could it get any better?