Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Contest Giveaway!

As I stated in an earlier post, I've had a lot to celebrate this month including my birthday and my second blogiversary. In light of these fun things, I've decided to share the wealth and have a contest! I wasn't sure what type to have but Patrick asked that I have a joke contest again. He really loved reading all the jokes last time so once again I'll ask that you comment on this blog post with a joke for Patrick. Keep in mind that he's thirteen and a boy so funky bathroom and booger jokes will be greatly appreciated. By him, not me. And he'll be judging the winner.
Oh what will you win, you ask? Well here they are:



It's a skein of Noro Silk Garden sock yarn and a copy of Knit Lit. A lovely yarn and a sweet book to read when you're not knitting.
Contest will end on Friday, September 10th at midnight. One comment per email address please.
Good luck!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Barn Quilts of Neversink

While on vacation in upstate NY, we always look for local fairs and events to attend and take the kids to see. This year we noticed the Neversink Barn Quilts. The Barn Quilts of Neversink is a project of Neversink Renaissance — a beautification and community development program principally funded by Sullivan Renaissance and the Gerry Foundation. Since its inception in the fall of 2006, the “Barn Quilts” concept has yielded a total of 75 barn quilt panels which have been placed on historic barns,outbuildings, freestanding displays and area businesses in the Town of Neversink. The colorful 8x8- and 4x4-foot quilt panels were designed and painted by local volunteers and
barn owners. Our thanks to the hundreds of local residents whose pride in their community and spirit of volunteerism can be seen across the Township.
I just thought it was gorgeous and a fun thing to do on a rainy day. The brochure gave you three different maps so you could drive around the area to see the various quilts. Of course the boys had no interest but Glenn and I did so we took a drive around and here are some of the photos we got:



Aren't they all lovely? This is just a quick look at this fun and beautiful craft display in Sullivan County. Glenn and I had a fun time driving around hunting for these. Some of them were a bit off the beaten track but that was part of the fun of it. I think he found more than I did but who's counting?
Here's the pdf for the trails to follow in case you'll be in the area.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Vacation Knitting

We've just gotten home from vacation. Three wonderful weeks in the country was just enough. Ok maybe I could have stayed another week but a month would be my limit without my city. Maybe.
I did get some knitting done though. I finished a pair of Lacy Mock Cable socks and here they are:





Gorgeous, if I do say so myself, fun and easy. Again using BMFA medium weight yarn which is truly spoiling me for all other sock yarn. Not that it stopped me from purchasing yarn at my favorite Catskill LYS mind you.
Here's a pair of socks that I'm working on now. Well here's the first of the pair:



This is from the Big Book Of Socks and it's the Easy Lace sock. I apparently have a type because this strongly resembles the Lacy Mock Cable Sock.
I started this sock then came to the heel. The pattern calls for a short row heel which I'd never done before but I decided to give it a go and here was the result:



It wasn't great but I left it and pushed on. The more I knit, the more that heel got under my skin. I was almost at the toe and decided to frog it back and do a flap and gusset which turned out, as you can see, much better. I'm going to have to practice the short row heel because I don't want to be married to the flap and gusset. I don't mind dating it but I want to see other heels.
Those were the only things I got done because we were so busy with other things this vacation. I'll soon post non-knitting stuff and I want to a contest soon to celebrate my second blogiversary! I should have a contest up and running this week. Now I have to get things in order around the house but I'll be posting again soon!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Home Soon!

We're still on vacation but we came to the library for a bit of internet time. Yes I know it's cheating but we needed to get information online that we couldn't get elsewhere. What did we ever do before the internet???
Well here's a bit of a sneak preview of what I'll be blogging about soon:



Three words - Neversink Barn Quilts.
Been a lot of fun and relaxing. Hope you're all enjoying your summer as much as we are. Be back soon!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

ZigZag

I just finished my ZigZag socks which I got from the Vogue Knitting Ultimate Sock Book. As I said before, and as you can see, this is the exact same pattern, other than the toe, as the River Rapids Socks. I didn't do the star toe as the pattern described but did a regular toe which was a bit more mindless. I like mindless sometimes. Here they are:





Aren't they lovely? I used The Plucky Knitter's yarn called Saturday Jeans. Love the quality of the yarn and love the color of the yarn. I made these for a friend who fell in love with the yarn. She'll be getting them in the mail soon and I hope she loves them as much as I do!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Packing

We're leaving for vacation this week. Three uninterrupted weeks of fun in the sun. I've begun packing. Actually I started getting things together about a week ago. Here's what I have packed so far:

Last 2 issues of KnitScene
Vogue Knitting
Interweave Knits
My Namaste needle bag
4 balls of Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock
2 project bags
The Big Book of Socks
Knitted Socks East & West

I may have more by the time we leave since today is my birthday. Can't wait to see what my boyos got me!
There are two lys near our house. One has a Weds evening meet up and the other has a Thursday evening meet up. I hope to attend at least one at each store so I can meet some upstate knitters.
I have KnitMap on my iPod just in case I need to find another store because two may not be enough.
Think that's enough to keep me busy for a few weeks? I sure as hell hope so.
As for clothes and stuff, that'll wait till the last moment. The important stuff comes first.
Al is also going to be away at her country house so I'm hoping we'll be able to meet up and maybe go berry picking and get our knit on.
Hope you enjoy the rest of your summer. I'll try to post but I may be a bit busy and not able to hunt down a connection.