Happy Black Friday!

No, I wouldn’t dream of going shopping today – that would have been the death of me. Apparently, it was the death of some people (literally). A Walmart door greeter was trampled to death this morning by a throng of early birds and there was a shooting at a Toys R Us store between fighting customers. Nice.

In happier news, I had a lovely, small family Thanksgiving with my parents and 4 border collies (two theirs, two borrowed). This Thanksgiving I am very thankful for the recent election results – Yes we did!
It’s not good to be outnumbered by the neurotic, crazy, psycho pups, but it was so much fun.

*Bronwyn's paws can be seen at the top of photo

*Bronwyn's paws can be seen at the top, center of photo

Being with the dogs has inspired a new Haiku.

Four Border Collies
Two Tennis Balls, One Frisbee
Never Satisfied

I spent Thanksgiving evening with my great dane niece, Eily, as Sister Catherine had to work. I thought it would be a good time for some great dane cuddle-on-the-couch time (as the Border Collies don’t believe in snuggling on the couch), but Eily wasn’t in the mood. Oh well, it was good being with the goofy girl anyway.

I finally got around to taking some photos of my latest completed knitting projects. I’m most proud of the blanket (a/k/a my burial shroud). This blanket took about 100 hours to knit and was my most ambitious project ever. I am thrilled with the results. (Note – click on image for larger photos).

Lizard Ridge Blanket

Lizard Ridge Blanket

Eden Scarf

Eden Scarf

Cowl/Neck Warmer (mom stole this from me)

Cowl/Neck Warmer (mom stole this from me)

Cowl/Neck Warmer/Scarf

Bainbridge Neck Warmer/Scarf

That’s it for now. Enjoying the long Thanksgiving weekend and will spend the rest of it working on my Christmas Cards – got a real late start – uh oh!

Published in: on November 29, 2008 at 4:59 am  Leave a Comment  

Why yes, that is a hot pink sock monkey

Once upon a time
a sock monkey was born pink
and very stripe-y

Published in: on July 29, 2008 at 2:59 am  Comments (2)  

Super secret knitting gift revealed.

So, here’s a picture of that secret knitted gift I talked about in an earlier post.

Yep, it’s a knit thong. I made this thong for a fellow knitter/coworker for her co-ed bridal shower at work. She was many shades of red when she saw it and wanted to hid it in the package for no one to see. That wasn’t going to happen and I proudly showed it off to everyone and it was passed around the room for further inspection.

When I told people that I was making a knit thong before the big reveal, the first reaction was “ewwwwwww”, but when they saw it in real life, they were totally down with it and I actually was offered money to make more. Sorry folks, I’m only knitting one thong in my life.

The lucky bride-to-be is getting married this weekend in Minnesota – Congrat’s Val!

Published in: on July 24, 2008 at 12:57 am  Leave a Comment  

Burst of Creativity & Living Room Update

I’ve been very busy with several different craft/knitting projects. I’m having a creative spurt right now and don’t feel like there is enough time in the day to get all my crafts done – poor me!

I’m just finished square #12 for my barn raising quilt (pic above – only about a million more squares to go). I haven’t decided if I’m going to make the full quilt or if I will make it a table runner for my dining room table. Decisions, decisions.

I’ve finished square #4 for my Lizard Ridge Blanket (with about a million more squares to go too!). My colors are more subdued than the original pattern (my squares above), but still very interesting.

I’m also knitting a super secret gift for a friend. Details to be posted after gift is given.

I also got inspiration from this blog to make a yo-yo garland to drape over my super cool headboard that Bill made for me out of an old door. Above is a picture of the 12 that I have done already. Below is a pic of said headboard. The yo-yos are fun and quick to make.

In decorating news… I sold my Lillian August couch (too cushy for knitting purposes) and replaced it with a more FIRM, clean lined couch I picked up at the Crate & Barrel outlet in Maine (who would have thought that vacation would lead to new furniture?). Since my old coffee table was too tall for the new couch, my lights were too gold tone and my side tables were also too tall, I was forced **ok, not so much forced** to buy a new ottoman/coffee table, lamps and side table. I ordered the ottoman/coffee table/storage bench and the side tables online and they haven’t come in yet. Below are pics of the couch and the items I have on order. Yay for makeovers!

Next week is my b-day – yikes. I’m getting old, but not as old as my friend since 1st grade, JoAnna. Sister Catherine & I are going to celebrate my birth by going out to our favorite crepe/breakfast place and then getting massages and facials. JoAnna is throwing a little b-day party for me on the 4th – yahoo! The 5th will bring me to the annual Eric/Jason (formerly Jayne/Steve) picnic. Fun things to look forward too.

I’ve also been getting much dog love in my life. Between Nando, Eily, Sadie & Bailey, there is so much love to go around. Catherine & I took Eily to the dog park for the first time recently and I think I may have had even a better time than the dog. If I had my own dog, I think I’d be there every day – so much fun!

That’s it for now…

Published in: on June 27, 2008 at 1:10 am  Leave a Comment  

My new favorite baby sweater

Made this for my cousin’s daughter’s first birthday. I’m so in love with the pattern. It’s called “Baby Sweater on Two Needles” from an old-school knitting book titled “Knitter’s Almanac”.

I changed up the pattern to make it in a short sleeves version to go with the summer dress I bought her. At show-and-tell at work today (doesn’t everyone have show-and-tell at work?), it was a big hit.

I can’t wait to see a pic of the baby in it!

Published in: on May 20, 2008 at 3:06 am  Leave a Comment  

My 2nd pair of socks – Done!


So I finally finished my 2nd pair of knit socks ever. I LOVE the way they came out (although *shockingly* they are a tad bit big on my humongous size 10 feet, so I’m going to have to shrink them in the dryer a little bit).

Pattern is called Jaywalker and they were a lot of fun to knit.

The yarn was hand-dyed by StashUpYarns on etsy.com. She has beautiful yarn.

Now I’m a little sock obsessed and can’t wait to start on the next pair.

Published in: on March 20, 2008 at 11:43 pm  Leave a Comment  

Arrrggggghhh! Pirate Cupcakes


Went to a lovely, pirate-themed, pre-cruise party (cruising in mid-April) at Sue’s house tonight with Jayne, Steve, Eric, Jason & Becca. Sue has a really cute condo in Ellington. She went all out with decorations and such. Met her neighbor’s beagle/golden retriever cross named Scooby (looks mostly like a beagle but is all tan with some white on his paws and chest). Scooby was a love. Sue has 3 cats, but only one of them was sociable.

I brought some pirate cupcakes to the event – I got the idea from http://cupcakestakethecake.blogspot.com/2007/10/pirate-cupcakes.html. Check out the cool pirate I put on the middle cupcake.

We also played Mexican Train dominos – I kicked butt for the second time in a row… I ROCK! Becca was in the lead for most of the game, but I pulled out the win in the end.

The party was lots of fun and now I’m sad that we have to move the clocks ahead 1 hour. 1 hour of less sleep for me (but I don’t have to go to work until 2pm tomorrow so that’s not too bad! – Yay for Spring Break hours at the library).

I also saw my mom and Bailey before I went to the party (Bill was working). Got lots of Bailey love and I gave mom the first pair of socks that I knit – she loved them.
I can’t wait to finish the pair that I’m working on for me. Oh, and I also stopped at the yarn store before I went to mom’s and bought some more yarn and tiny needles for knitting socks – bad, Lisa, bad!

Published in: on March 9, 2008 at 6:02 am  Leave a Comment