13 August 2007

we've moved!

the stash and i have moved...and there's already a brand-spanking new post over there! update your clicky-links and join us, please. =]

The stash is getting out of control...


06 June 2007


okay, i know...but i promise there's a post coming soon. i don't know if i actually have any "readers" per se, but i'd really truly like to get around to making this blogging thing a regular occurence. unfortunately, real life has conspired against me on that front (though with me on many many others, so i won't complain) but a real, live post, with real live (and finished) knitting is coming soon. i just need to finish cleaning & planting my little terrace so that i have a place to take the photos – and a place to enjoy knitting outdoors after dinner in the evenings.

highlights to come include: a finished rusted root, finished handwarmers from lmkg, and currently-in-progress shoalwater shawl, ruffled surplice from spring 07 ik, and heel-less sleeping socks, which i just started last night.

and in case i *do* have (or still have) readers, and anyone is wondering...the wedding happened, and we're now blissfully betrothed. it wasn't without its hitches & hiccups, but one of the wonders of planning a teeny-weeny-wedding is the ability to change plans at – literally – a moment's notice – as in...when it was still raining at 5:30, we switched venues at 5:45. for a 6:00 wedding. i do love me a challenge. =]

22 January 2007

hey corey!

ooh corey!!


19 January 2007

eye candy friday

stargazer lilies

a not-so-great picture with my camera phone. stargazer lilies at my desk...i bought them yesterday as inspiration because i plan to use them as the main flowers for my wedding (peonies won't quite be in season yet). i may have to take them home over the weekend so that i don't miss them opening.

18 January 2007

hi there!

how YOU doin?!

so yeah, i've been a little bit absent lately, and no small part of that was due to a huge desire to freshen up the sidebar, get some things done & get through the holidays & whatnots. i upgraded to the blogger beta new blogger and have been having lots of fun with the new template editor. i got rid of the progress bars, since they hardly ever changed anyway, added some new sections, cleared out a few posts that were nothing more than filler and annoying me just a little, and just generally cleaned house blog. much happier. =*~_~*=

about those progress bars: it's not that progress wasn't being made, but i'm one of those knitters that loves to start something and then leave it languish while i go buy more yarn and start a couple other projects, then go back and rip out the original project and start something different. progress bars don't really work for that. plus the whole "stash tracking" attempt didn't really make sense. how do i measure my current stash? do i include past projects? current projects not finished? just unused yarn? the whole stash-tracking concept gave me a headache, so i axed it.

but...speaking of stash & buying yarn: you might notice a new section over there [joinerino] and a button featured at the very tippy-top. that's right. i'm joining knit from your stash 2007 and getting back to the entire inspiration for starting this blog in the first place. it didn't quite work the first time around, and i've acquired quite a few new additions to the stash since then. so it's time to start anew. as far as the guidelines for kfys07 go, i'm sticking to them with one exception: i am NOT allowing myself new sock yarn. i have enough sock yarn for at least 10 pairs of socks at this point, and i won't finish that many by september, so it's out. however, i am allowing myself one other exception: i may purchase yarn while on my honeymoon in amsterdam in april. as far as honeymoons are concerned, all bets are off. i think that's fair.

which brings me to another little item i had planned on mentioning and never got around to (it's been a weird few months, y'all): we didn't get married in october after all. now don't fret, nothing was wrong, but because of our small budget & changing the plans 5 billion times between deciding to get married & our original planned date, just about everything that could go wrong logistics-wise did - families not able to come, planned locations/sites not working out, being insane enough to think that my procrastination-happy ass wanted to actually MAKE my dress, budget dreams vs. realities, etc. so we postponed the date to mid-april. i have to say, i have loved this guy wholly & completely from day one, but the moment he took me by the arms and said, 4 days before our original date "sweetie, it doesn't have to be this way, we should have the nice little wedding we want, it's not that much to ask for," i fell in love with him all over again. so things are going much better now. we have the location we want all paid for & set, the magistrate booked, MY DRESS IS BOUGHT!, a REAL honeymoon booked (going back to the first place we ever vacationed together - 4 months into our relationship we took a trip overseas and didn't hate each other when it was over - true romance!), and all the other little details are falling into place. i am so much happier this time around.

okay, i think that's enough for now. i have some other projects, updates & whatnots to tell you about, and i'll get around to those tomorrow. stay tuned this time around!

16 October 2006

little quickie

just a quick update today. my apologies for the extended absence, but i have had a hellacious last couple of months. lots of changes at work have kept me very busy, plus what with the plans for getting married this saturday & all. FYI, don't ever let anyone lie to you: attempting to plan a wee little wedding can get just a stressful as planning a big one. at least with a big one, you can just throw a hunka cash at a wedding planner and make them do the legwork. oi vey. the wedding industry is a racket, and i will have no part of their nefarious plans to punish anyone considering betrothment with years worth of debt. where else can you expect a cake that would normally cost $100 to suddenly cost $300, and that's WITH the free top layer as a "gift" to the couple. yeah, some gift. how about a $200 discount...now THAT's a gift! =]

anyway, i digress. the point is, i've been busy, y'all. (did i mention that i'm making my dress, or that i just started it last night? clearly i'm insane) and that means not much time for knitting and definitely no time for blogging, though i've been happily reading everyone elses. i did manage to finish one project that was neither for me nor from my stash. i took a picture of it, like to see it? here it is:

the conwy sock by nancy bush, from knitting on the road

knit with one skein of lorna's laces shepherd sock in "irving park." and i say one skein loosely, because this thing has a 9 inch leg and lots of ease, and i STILL had at least a quarter of a skein left over.

close-up of the twining stitch pattern

the best thing about this sock? it's a sample for dunwoody yarn, so i only had to knit one. no SSS! yay! it's also my very first actually finished sock, so i am very proud of it. i have started a huge number of socks, but never made it all the way to completion for a number of reasons, the biggest being that the cuffs were always too tight. i started this baby with a german twisted cast-on for elasticity and i adore it! now to just work through the 12-more-pairs-worth of other sock yarn i have...yikes!

so that's it for today. i still have a couple finished objects that i never got around to sharing, and i promise there will be a return to more regular bloggings post-honeymoon. we're taking a road trip along the gulf coast next week, planning to make it as far as we can (possibly even to texas) before we turn around and head back home. FUN! =] later taters!

30 August 2006

for seriously!

no really! my apologies for the lack of teh blogging lately. every time i think i'm going to have time to take photos of my recent FO's & WIP's, reality interrupts. rest assured knitting, stash-busting and a wee bit of stash-enhancing is still occuring on a regular basis. when it comes to make a decision between knitting or blogging, knitting wins every time! =]

whoah, i got all for serious down there on that last post for a minute. guess what? no one else is actually talking about it or even really cares. who knew?!

lastly (for this post anyway), a couple weeks ago, julie of dunwoody yarn and i had the pleasure of driving out to gilliland's heritage alpacas in hoschton, georgia to visit and learn a little more about alpacas and fiber farming. omGOSH we had so much fun!! angela and jim were so very gracious and seemed to really enjoy having visitors that they could lure into the wonderful realm of alpaca farming. we met all of the alpacas, and also met their new llama, who they were working with since she had gone down due to heat stroke a week earlier. we watched them put her into a sling that rasies her up, helping her stand up for the necessary 8 hours a day. you could tell that these guys really love their animals. and if you think alpaca fiber is soft in yarn, you should pet an alpaca! SO! SOFT! they are also very shy and prefer to approach you, so after trying and failing to approach them slowly enough to let us pet them, we turned our backs to them so that we could chat more with angie about their traits and all the things that go into the business. every time we would look back behind us, they'd be sneaking up on us, trying to nibble on our clothes or catch a whiff. it was so cute! before we left for the day, angela took us to her office where she showed us the yarn she had spun from her flock. i picked up a ball of 210 yds of fingering weight that had a bit of blue-grey dye scattered here and there on an otherwise natural cream color, and a skein of worted natural cream. both of them are destined to become the softest hats on the planet.

more soon, with photos....no, really!