It is cold this morning! I love wearing all my hand knit items, but I am ready for this cold to go away!!!! It rarely gets this cold here and I want it gone!
What have I been up to? Well, before this blast of cold came to SA, I was warm and toasty in Rockport, TX. It it was Jaime's oldest son's 20th birthday (Jacob).....so we rented a house and it was me, Jaime, Jacob, Arran (Jaime's youngest), Robert and Antonio (these are two good friends of Jacob's and like son's to me as they almost always go on family outings)......
It was nirvana! The weather was great...the view was wonderful, Jaime spoiled me all weekend by cooking for me and all I had to do was sit and knit and look at this view...
I also decided to start a new sock KAL with Hiya Hiya....the Diamondoid KAL. Hiya Hiya also has a Peach Leaves sock KAL at the same time. Qianer decided to do a little contest to see which one has the most participants finish.....so an extra gift to give away.....I can only do one sock KAL at a time (because I have other knitting craziness going on) and I chose the Diamondoid one....I am using Wollmeise Twin 80/20 in Möhren (gorgeous orange)....and use my sock sack that Darlene made me....she is doing the KAL too. I started these while at rockport on the back porch (where I stayed almost the whole time).
I think I have also mentioned the Waves Scarf KAL I am hostessing for Hiya Hiya....well, I started mine on size 8's and the yarn was pretty dense...so I also started one on size 10's to see which one I like better...I really like the one on 10's better....but I do not have any size 10's circular needle in Hiya Hiya brand, so I had to put on my Dyakcraft wood needles.....which I am also falling in love with.
On our way to Rockport, we passed over the bridge to Portland...I used to go on this bridge all the time (my mother had some apartments in Portland we rented out and went to almost every year for 10 years)...well, since my mom retired, I have not been on this bridge in years....it now lights up in all different colors...I thought I was at the old strip in Vegas with all the colors....it was pretty cool.
Well, there is my mini vacation.....oh, and in great news....Paige finished Barber College! Yup! She has 3 classes this week to prepare her for her boards exam, and then the boards exam is the 11th of March! I am soooooooo proud of her! For my birthday she sent me a text message telling me that it was picture day for Antonio....and she sent me a picture of Antonio.....well, I started to cry immediately....a good cry.....you see, she took a picture of Antonio standing by a tree in the front yard of the house we just moved back into....I used to take pictures of my kids in front of that tree on the first day of school every year from 1997 to 2007 (when we moved out).....so for her to take a picture of Antonio in front of that same tree was soooooo awesome to me...she even said "Look, it's our tree". This is my favorite picture!!!
I have a couple of stash enhancements.....a good friend of mine who reads this blog religiously, Ruby, is a great customer of The Loopy Ewe, and when you reach a certain spending level, you get a skein of yarn dyed and named after you....her skein is "Nana Ruby's Jewels". Another lady on LSSK got a skein of this and is making Martina Behm's 22 Clouds Pattern with it....I can't wait to see hers...and I may make the same thing with my skein....or a cute shawl pattern of some sort....
Then.....because I did not want to pay $5.95 for shipping, I decided to spend an extra $59.50 and get two skeins of the Dream in Color Smooshy with Cashmere colorway for February. It is exclusively dyed for The Loopy Ewe and it is called "In Celebration of the Games".....I love the orange in Ruby's yarn and the orange in this yarn.
I have told you pretty much everything I have knit on (socks and scarf above) during this past week except HyperCrazy......yup, I am still plugging away at my HyperCrazy in the Perfectly Wreckless colorway.....I got a lot of it done, but can you believe I am not even 1/2 way done....I have done a stitch count spreadsheet to help be figure out how many rows I need to do each day to finish this by the end of March...there are 92,712 stitches total for this shawl....and I am only at about 38,681...still have 54,031 to go.....argh!
But it is looking good (I cannot help but remind myself that I have a second one of these to make in the Biker Chick colorway).
Lastly I want to share some cute sayings that all apply to me....I hope they apply to you too!
Now....Happy Happy Partying!