24 February 2007

Some finished items.

Do you remember a while back, when I mentioned intarsia knitting? Well, this is the first intarsia square.
I'm knitting the Mod on Mod Afghan, from Yarn Play by Lisa Shobhana Mason. I have some other squares finished by now, but haven't taken pictures of them yet. There are five yarn colors in this afghan. I'm using 4 - Mission Falls 1824 Cotton colors, and 1 - Wool in the Woods Cotton color (which is the varigated color you see in these pictures).
I love this afghan! There are 4 square patterns. The afghan consists of these 4 squares, in 5 rows. There are 5 colors of yarn, and each square has a different color combination. The squares knit up fast - they are 39 stitches wide and about 72 (I think) rows long. The intarsia keeps the stockinette interesting. I love using the cotton yarn, too. I can't wait to see all the squares put together!

Maybe 10 years ago, I bought this bedding set. Blue comforter, green flat sheet & pillow sham, purple fitted sheet and pillow sham. I love these three colors together.

I recently won this yarn from Pippi Knee Socks. The colors she put together for me almost exactly match my bed set (which means that I love them!). It took me a while to realize this. In fact, this is how much I knit before I realized the colors matched:

This is a Moebius scarf. It's my own pattern of knitting & purling.
Last Saturday, I happened to catch the Knitty Gritty episode that featured Cat Bordhi. I loved the lace pattern she showed for a scarf. So I ripped this scarf out (frogging a Moebius is not fun!), re-wound the yarn, & Sunday, cast on for the lace scarf. As I'm writing this, I am about 8 rows shy of finishing the scarf. So I'll have the FO picture in my next post. It's so pretty - I just love it, and can't wait to wear it!
A month or so ago, I signed up to knit chemo caps for kids with cancer. The kids love the eyelash yarn. This is a picture of the first hat I finished. I mailed all of the hats today & didn't get a picture of them. :-(
I ended up finishing 5 hats, my Mom did one, & two of the Nutty Knitters each did one - for a total of 8 hats.
The hats are a quick knit. Keeping in mind that they're for kids with cancer makes them knit up even faster. :-)

A local radio station is collecting Preemie hats for Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center/ Penn State Children's Hospital this month (February must be hat month!), so some of the Nutty Knitters & I knit some of those as well. We made 8 Preemie hats. I made 2 and two other women made the rest. I dropped them off today. They will be going here. I forgot to take pictures of these, too.
I think that's about all I have for today. It's still below freezing here. And the forecast is for more snow tomorrow. Hopefully, it'll be a little bit, and won't cause any problems with the morning commute on Monday.
MAKE it a great day!

21 February 2007

My winter wonderland.

Tuesday, February 13th, it snowed here. It snowed all day. The schools closed early. Evening events were cancelled. It kept snowing.

Then came the freezing rain. About 3 inches of it. On top of the snow.

Then it snowed some more and there was also sleet. Schools were closed on Wednesday (Valentine's Day). It kept snowing.

The temperature dropped (to less than 20 degrees - usually around 16 degrees, with a wind chill of negative numbers). The snow finally stopped (maybe Wednesday night). Schools ended up being closed all week. Two of the major highways had major problems and were closed. There was even part of a day that a section of the PA Turnpike was closed due to a wreck.

It was crazy. So we stayed home. We played in the snow. We shoveled the icy snow. I took alot of Advil (I basically was shoveling boulders - icy snow boulders!).

The picture above shows the start of a fort/igloo thing for the QP. That's as far as it got.

This picture shows the "mountains" (as the QP & the two neighbor girls called them) that were formed by the snowplow plowing the parking lot of the church that's next door to us.

See those deep footprints? I made those Tuesday or Wednesday, when I walked through the snow. See those footprints that are barely there? Those are the ones I made the day I took these pictures (it was so cold that you could walk on top of the snow - it was all frozen).

A picture of the side yard. You can see the "mountains" (on the right hand side of the picture)that are alongside the church parking lot.

The house. This picture is the view of the back of the house.

It's hard to believe that the sky was this blue and this pretty but the temperature was below 20 degrees!
Because of the cold temperatures and the ice on top of the snow, road crews had a tough time clearing the roads. The city of Lancaster had these awful, bumpy, ice chunk covered streets. It was actually easier to get around on the "country" roads than it was to drive on the city streets (which is unusual).
The QP finally went back to school on Tuesday (they had off for President's Day). This made us both happy. :-)
Yesterday, the temperature was almost up to 50 degrees - so there was alot of melting snow. Today it was pretty warm, too - in the mid 40's. That helped out alot with the city streets. We can no longer walk on top of the snow - the snow's pretty slushy.
MAKE it a great day!

19 February 2007

My SP9 Rocks!

On Saturday (I think), a package arrived for me in the mail. It was my final package from my Secret Pal!

The picture above, shows most of what the package contained. There was a cute dish towel (if you look closely, you'll see the sheep on it), some hot cocoa packets, a small package of some flavored coffee, a cute little tape measure (which I needed), some stitch markers (I LOVE stitch markers!), some house socks (they are soooo soft), some Opal sock yarn, a needle case for dpn's (I needed one of these, too!) and some novelty yarn (this may end up being a hat for the QP - she loves this yarn!).

My secret pal also sent some goodies for the QP. I didn't get a picture of them, because the QP took all of her goodies. She sent a Valentine's Pez dispenser (the QP loves Pez!), a coloring/sticker book, and some Hello Kitty candy. Thank you, from the QP. She was so excited to get stuff, and she had to open everything right away (I think the candy is gone by now).

All of those things were great.

But what REALLY thrilled me was this:


I have lusted after STR yarn for about a year. I have never bought and/or used any. I wasn't able to join the STR club last year or this year & have been sad because I really wanted to . But now I have my very own STR yarn!!!

This is my very first STR yarn! I'm sooo excited! I keep fondeling it. I haven't wound it into a ball yet because I like to look at it as it is in this picture. I keep it on the nightstand by my bed. It is soo soft, and smooth and beautiful! I have an idea of what sock pattern I want to use this on, but I won't tell you just yet.

Thank you SP!!

It's been an incredibly long week (lots of snow & ice here - and school was closed early last Tuesday & then cancelled Wed-Fri). Then the kids had off today for the holiday - it was a very long week! and this package arrived at the perfect time!

I'll have knitting updates for you tomorrow (I have the pictures taken, uploaded into my computer and everything).

MAKE it a great day!