Wednesday, July 31, 2013

What's On The Needles Wednesday?

It's Wednesday.  I am bidding my time until I can leave the office to catch the next train home (in an hour) so I can go get in my bed and die.  (Not really-it's probably just a cold and not the flu or plague, although come to think of it, I did get close to some California squirrels last week...)

I've got several projects on the needles.  First is my Channel Tee.  I am loving this pattern so far.  Even though I flipped one page too many and started the joining and shoulders way way too early and had to rip out 5 or 10 rows (who counted).  Not the patterns fault-that one was operator error.  I'm so close to the shoulders though.  Maybe this week.

I've also got a pair of owl fingerless mitts on the needles for a friend and in trade for some other things she's made me.  They are giving me fits.  The first pattern sucked.  Absolutely sucked!  I made adjustments but it still sucked.  So I am on pattern number 3 (the second was discarded after the ribbing section when I realized it was knit flat (who wants a seam on the edge of their hand?  Not me.).  No pic yet.  Maybe when there's some progress.

I've still got the second sock going in my stripped socks.  Time to do two at a time.  Second sock syndrome gets me every time and I've got oodles of pairs of socks to make.

And to finish out my group I haven't yet begun but need to cast on for a baby blanket.  The Chevron Graphically Gray.  Baby due to arrive in November.  (Not mine!).

Have a great hump day.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Still here-Yay it's Friday!

It's been awhile since I've posted.  I'm still here.  And YAY it's FRIDAY!!!  I started a new job with a longer commute and that's just about sucked every last available second and drop of energy from me.  I've found my groove and will be commuting via train shortly and should be back to normal soon.

I have to say, I LOVE the train!!!!  Absolutely.  I took it this morning to work, as a trial run, because I'm attending the Stitch N Pitch at Dodger's Stadium tonight.  We'll be knitting or crocheting while watching the Dodger's play the Reds (of Cincinnati).  I'm not entirely sure if my LOVE for the train is because I spent the 40 minute ride into downtown LA knitting or if it's because I didn't have to sit through road rage inducing mind numbing hellish traffic.  So this could just be first date lust, as it were, and not true LOVE, but for now, I am going with LOVE.  I LOVE the train.

So over the next few posts, I will try and catch up on what's been going on.  There was the Fiber retreat-which was great.  I learned how to use a drop spindle and several different types of spinning wheels, how to use natural dyes, and tons of other stuff.  I've got pictures and will dedicate an entire post to the event.

Last weekend, my Twisted Stitchers group had a beach day.  It was a very unusual beach day for a southern California July Saturday.  Cloudy and in the low 70's.  But we enjoyed it anyway.

This is Crystal Cove State Park Beach, down by the Beachcomber Cafe.  We trekked down the beach to the cafe for lunch.  It is an EXTREMELY popular spot.  At 1:30 in the afternoon the waiting time for a table was an hour and forty five minutes!  So we went to their take out section instead and lunched picnic style. Good food.

When we arrived back at our spot, we found a small furry friend had invaded and was going through our bags:

Luckily he didn't get away with any one's project or yarn.

That's all I've got for now, but I will leave you with a picture of the owl sleep mask Alisa made for me.  It's so cute (It's teal which you can't really see because of the horrible lighting in this bad picture, but It's what I've got with me-so it's all you get.)