Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Happy V Day!

Happy Valentine's!
I'll share my roses with you--celebrate the love in your life today!
If you want a new way to say it, say Tha gaol agam ort, pronounced ha goo(ee)l akahm orsht--to your loved one!
(That's as close as I can get to that ao sound--our teacher said to say oo mixed with ee, but with your lips flat against your front teeth. Gosh, saying I love you shouldn't be so hard!)
Have a lovely day!

Monday, February 05, 2007

Yarn Play

Happy Monday! I hope you had a good weekend and are feeling refreshed for the week ahead. I had a good time this weekend--I'll start with the last and go on back from there. Last evening, just before Fred and I settled in for dinner (chicken breasts in lemon-caper sauce concocted by
Fred) and a movie (The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada) I made myself a little knitted ring
out of some leftover Lorna's Laces Jungle Stripe and a couple of 0's (dpn's, that is).


Just before that, I finished up a sample of a headband to go with the fingerless mitts sample of an upcoming Figheadh pattern, and they will go to Emily (the crazy Spanish student recently heard from in the comments section). That's my girl--often nuts & always fabulous. Hopefully, I will get her goodie box out to her today (especially since she's sent mine! Yike!)
I've been experimenting with a few headbands lately...

and some entrelac with leftover Brown Sheep worsted...

...another sample of Mairead, except this time in Cascade 220 Quatro in a lovely orange mix...

...and of course, the sweaters and a project for Creative Knitting. What? Me? All over the place?
Just a little, but what fun!

In case you need a little inspiration today, I suggest you head on over to
windowsill and then wish jar. Very essential stuff.

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Feasgar Math!

That's good afternoon! (trying to get back to my neglected Gaelic studies)

We were finally released from the snow and ice and it's been a little like Springtime around here--well, at least we've had sunshine and a bit warmer temps. The thing about sunshine is that it highlights all the dust in the house, so we've been doing some housekeeping lately. Actually, it's more like houseridding. I've got two big bags and a full box in the car to take to Goodwill, and there will be more. That was just the basement. I spent all day last Saturday dealing with paperwork (kind of) to get ready for tax time. There were papers from 2004 that needed filing, for Pete's sake!

All this, along with the return of subbing (mostly with 5th-8th graders--whew!), has had me mostly shunning the computer. It will take me hours to get caught up with blog reading--I'm so behind! I think I was just in hibernation mode for the whole past month, to tell you the truth. Get up, go to work, come home, knit some, go to bed--all without much brain matter firing. Well, now it's February and something clicked! Time to get busy!

My knitting has consisted of dipping into the "snack basket" between working on Sara and Mimi's sweater. There are more socks than anything in there, but in the past two days I finished a fingerless mitt, a cabled headband, and a pair of socks with the cotton (denim) DMC Senso thread.
Here's Mimi's (my mom's) as of now. I'm now up about 10 inches. It's a pretty cool stitch pattern--turning into a cable/seed stitch basketweave. Pictured with it is the Senso sock. I can't show the cuff yet--it has a cute boxy stitch pattern. I'll show it when I'm ready to release it. I'm anxious to see how this stuff wears, 'cause this is my first try with it. I am also trying their cotton/wool blend. I hope it is functional for socks, because it's fun to work with.
Sara has most of her first sleeve, but there's a sailor collar and some pretty daunting finishing work for her when I'm done with the second sleeve. In other words, it'll be a little while until she's unveiled.
My man's vest design is in the March Creative Knitting--have a look next time you're in a store that carries it--heck, buy a copy! There's lots of cute stuff in there. They are also publishing a scarf design of mine in the fall! Yippee!
Figheadh Sona Dhut!
Happy Knitting!