Chevron Scarf

I have been oogling the Chevron scarfs on Ravelry for awhile now and finally decided to break down and order the STR to make it.  I chose Farmhouse and Watermelon Tourmaline (I know I have a plastic baggie obsession!):

Chevron Scarf - Plastic 

It is turning out fabulously if I do say so myself.  It is a super easy project and one of those ones you can just take with you anywhere and use a few minutes here and there.  Here is an in progress pic:

Chevron Scarf - WIP

Of course while I was on the STR website I couldn’t help but buy a bunch of other stuff.  3 patterns, 1 pair sock blockers and 3 skeins of sock yarn later, here I am!

STR - Complete Package

Hard Rock STR

Titiana

Fire on the Mountain STR

I have to tell you about a squeal worthy moment in my book (remember we are talking about me here).  I was in Books a Million with Hillary on Saturday browsing before dinner and I actually let out a shriek when I saw sitting on the table a Ken Follett book.  At first, I thought it was just the hard cover version of Pillars of the Earth, but upon closer inspection it is the sequel.  After reading his intro to the new version I thought it was a couple of years in the making…APPARENTLY NOT!  I was absolutely thrilled.  Then on Monday I log onto Audible to use my monthly credit and I find out there are audiobook versions of both books, read by none other than John Lee (Agent ZigZag and White Fang).  I am so buying them as well.  Can’t you just tell how much I heart this book?  If you are interested Ken Follett just gave an interesting B&N Meet the Writers interview with Steve Bertrand.

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

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.

Milo vs. the Yarn

I have introduced the 2 other furry animals that live with me (in my life you do have to classify animals vs. furry animals ;o).  The first picture is Nola.  She was found 2 winters ago on the engine block of one of the trucks outside on a bitterly cold night.  She weighs in at 4.5 pounds.  Next we have Milo…I adopted him when he was 4 months old during an adoption drive by the Humane Society.  His nickname is Fat Cat since he weighs in at about 15 pounds.

Nola   Milo - Closeup

There is something I would like to share about Milo…he adores yarn!  He can get it out of just about anything and he goes crazy with it!  Too prove my point, here is a pan out of the picture above:

Milo vs the yarn

Doesn’t that yarn look a little familiar?!?!?!?!  It should, it is my new sock yarn for my class…thank god I still have enough to finish the socks!  What is a little bit of yarn compared to the love of a cat (even if said cat acts more like a dog)?