Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Here is a full length shot of her with some of the kids:
And here she is with nephews Zach and Danny, who are going to have a little sister very soon:
And here she is in her office saying "This had better not end up on your blog!" I assured her that the only reason I took off work was to get some pictures for the blog. Happy Halloween!
Monday, October 29, 2007
I emptied out the contents of the basket onto the floor, and took some photos. I kind of feel like I'm airing my dirty laundry, but I'm hoping that I can shame myself into actually finishing something from this basket in the next week or two. Or three. Or four. Certainly by Christmas. St. Patrick's Day? OK, Easter, but that's it!
Seriously, I have to stop casting on new projects. I have run out of double-pointed needles...at least until the ones I ordered arrive. Hopefully they will be here any day now, because I really want to cast on these Rainbow Socks by Susanne Kitzmann that I read about on Shelly's website.
See what I mean? I'm hopeless.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Monday, October 22, 2007
Sunday, October 21, 2007
I met Donna Lee of What You Think On Grows. How cool is that? I have been reading her blog for a while now, knew that she was going to the Harlot event, and that one of her daughters is named Emily. So I overhear a woman saying something to her daughter, calling her Emily, and absolutely contrary to how I normally behave in crowds of people, I said "Excuse me, are you Donna"? I'm so glad I did, and I'm even happier that she said yes! She and her daughters are so very nice.
These shots are courtesy of a very kind knitter named Jennifer. I didn't get her blog or Ravelry name, but she had blond hair and was sitting in the second row. I wanted shots of the crowd, but was reluctant to climb over everyone else in my row. Jennifer kindly took my camera and and got some great shots. Thanks Jennifer!
If knitters ruled the world, I have no doubt that we would all declare an International Yarn Harlot Day. Until then, my own unofficial Yarn Harlot Day was perfection. Except for the weather. And the losing of my credit card. And the blathering idiot part. Other than that, everything was perfect!
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
...on the wall above my computer. In case you can't read the post-it note, it says "The yarn harlot?".
OK, perhaps I have mentioned the upcoming Yarn Harlot event once or twice at work. Perhaps I have mentioned it more than once or twice. Perhaps I have written "Harlot Day" on October 19th on everyone's calendar. Perhaps I have been going on and on about the Harlot and how she is the rock star of the knitting world, and how every knitter within a 500,000 mile radius will surely be there to welcome the famous Harlot to New Jersey. Is that any reason to mock us knitters?
Observant readers may notice that the handwriting from this post. Yes, my boss is the culprit...again. It is one thing to make fun of my car, it's another thing to disrespect the Harlot. I know who is NOT getting warm and toasty hand-knit socks for Christmas this year.
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Why does the sock yarn get top billing (aside from the fact that I love it so much)? So I could segue into this picture of Emma:
She was "helping" me take the picture. Such a helper. What would I do without her? Tara just sat quietly by, chewing on a nylabone, wondering what all the fuss was about.
While you are visiting other blogs, go on over to Nichole's blog. She is having a contest, and the cause is near and dear to my heart - homeless pets. There are lots of ways to help homeless animals, and several ways to enter into her contest at the same time. I've cast on for a snuggle, but haven't gotten very far yet. Still quilting that baby blanket. Quilting, quilting, quilting. It's has to be done by Saturday, so I'm taking tomorrow off from work and will be quilting my fingers to the bone.
Now for some answers to questions:
Regarding Crocs, Covered In Yarn said "I love love love the little ballet slipper style, but I have an uber narrow foot. The regular crocs swallow me whole, are the ballet's the same way or do you think I may be able to swing them?"
Well, I'm not sure, as I have an average width size 8 1/2 foot, and crocs only come in whole sizes, so the ones I ordered are size 9. They do seem to be a little narrower than the "Cayman" and "Beach" style of crocs. All I can say is to try them for yourself. The advantage to http://www.zappos.com/ is that the shipping is free, both ways. I've sent shoes back before, and it was super-easy to do.
Regarding the Debbie Bliss Alphabet Blanket, silfert said, "Spectacular! I've never tried a pointed edging. Was it hard?"
It was really pretty easy to do, once the edge stitches were all picked up and ready to go. I didn't follow the instructions exactly - it said to work each of the four sides separately and seam the corners. I picked up all four sides at once and worked in the round, thus eliminating the need to seam each of the corners.
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Then I went to the Harlot's web site to check the Harlot On Tour schedule. The New Jersey date wasn't listed. The schedule ended in September with a teasing "...more to come" at the bottom. No problem. Just be patient and keep checking. And checking and checking. Sometimes several times a day. Was it just a rumor? A conspiracy? Why didn't I check the Harlot's schedule before writing "Harlot Day" on everyone's calendar at work? In ink, no less! The horror. The shame. The paranoia...
Until yesterday. The Harlot blogged about coming to New Jersey! It's true! The details are:
Borders - Marlton, NJ
515 Route 73 South
I'll be there with bells on!
Thursday, October 4, 2007
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
On a related note, before I discovered the joy of knitting socks, I used to make quilts. I would hurry through the patchwork or applique so I could get to the fun part - the hand-quilting! Well, mom made a baby quilt, and she doesn't like hand quilting, so I offered to do the fun part. I always used these leather thimble-type things that slipped over the middle finger on my right hand. Without it, I couldn't push the needle through the layers of the quilt. I know, metal thimbles have been used for generations, but I could never get the hang of them. Too clunky, too tight, too loose...whatever.
So now I have a quilt to be quilted, and I no longer use leather. What to do?
How about that cushy first aid tape that sticks to itself? Yes! Cut off about 4 inches, wrap it around the top of your finger, and you're in business. I'm happy, mom is happy, and the cows are happy. Happy, happy, happy!
Monday, October 1, 2007
Ta Dah! Here it is being blocked. (The pink is way too pink in this picture!)
Now, to give credit where credit is due: I first saw this blanket on Jenn's blog. She made one for her son before he was born. Go take a look - she has an adorable baby boy. I had a great time with this pattern, even though there were some errors in the charts. It's from Debbie Bliss' Baby Knits book. No worries though, as a fellow Raveler emailed me this link with errata for Debbie Bliss patterns. Gotta love Ravelry!