woah, new typepad…

So my account finally got "upgraded" here at Typepad.  SO I figured I should test run the thing before I have to post anything important like an FO. Here's a gratuitous yarn that has really nothing to do with anything but it's just always fun to look at Koigu.

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Now that I've tested that out, on to a brief knitting update!  I am a mere few yarns-to-weave-in away from finishing my Rebecca Sweater. I've been trying it on as I go and am SO excited to have it complete!

And while most of the kids I know are hitting up Staples for fresh notebooks and pens, I went over to my LYS to get some yarn for my back to school knit, the Honeycomb vest from knitty.  I'm still debating over a fantastic shade of pumpkin orange or maybe a lavender purple Rowan Felted Tweed.  The decision will have to be made tomorrow as I plan on having this be my Labor Day weekend go to knit.

I'm off to my 2nd Annual Otter Lake weekend in the Adirondacks! Nothing like sitting on a dock, drinking wine, knitting and enjoying the company of wonderful friends. Well that and there's apparently this HUGE Hardware Superstore in Old Forge that just recently added a knitting wing! Yatzee!

what gets me through the day

I am not a complainer but I must tell you that it’s been pretty rough getting back to work these past couple of days.  I think my alarm clock doesn’t know what to do with itself, either beep, or sleep, or Shut the F up.  What has been helping me out dramatically is seeing some new to me inspiring knits that helps me get through to that "5 o’clock whistle". (Which in HS admissions time is 2:30… i know i know again not complain’, just sayin’)

I shall share, in hopes to give anyone else who reads blogs at work to help pass the time, something to enjoy ;-). My new fresh knitspirations…

Lolly’s new knit, the Berroco Crotona Coat, despite all that seed stitch, I am in love!

– A new friend for me on Ravely, Abackus has made me look twice at the Slimmy Vest from Knitty – the bright color she’s making it in makes me want to make a few of these for work!

Ann Hanson, who I had the lovely pleasure to meet briefly at TNNA, has got me thinking about Socks again, which is hard to do with my sweater jones!! Her Kites socks are so pretty and simple and lovely and I just need a pair and some new cute shoes and and and… 

– Then there’s dear dear Kim Hardgraves who has two sweaters I keep clicking on to see again and again.  The first is coming out in her newest collection Thrown Together (which I think is just a "Greatest Hits" maybe, because some I’ve seen before) called Olivia and the other is from the Romantic Knits book, the Chevron Lace Top.  This last one reminds me a bit of a Eunny Jang’s Arrowhead Pullover which I loved so much!

I am doing my best to do what my mother says to be "focused and crisp" at work but you know what they say "a spoon full of sugar helps the medicine go down"!

xoxo
M

A little detour

Although my summer days are coming to an end  I am making sure that those days are spent with a BANG.

I had a fantastic time in London visiting my brother and walking around the city – taking in the old houses and apartments.  It’s slightly overwhelming to think that the USA was just a twinkle in London’s eye at one point.  There is just SO much history in her streets. 

We took a tour of the Victoria and Albert Museum.  One stop on the tour was the famous Great Bed of Ware, which allegedly had 26 men and their wives "sleeping" together in one night.  Oh those crazy Brits!  I also enjoyed seeing the V&A’s expansive fashion design collection.  (Of course the knitted sweaters is what I wanted to see the most!).

A trip to Harrods, Buckingham Palace and a small peek at Big Ben rounded out our London sightseeing before we headed off to another unexpected city on our short trip…

Amsterdam.

We only got to spend 24 hours in this great city and already  I cannot wait to go back!  We took the slight detour just for the hell of it – to take our trip "to the next level". A quick booking of flights and a short cab ride we were in the middle of the city before we knew what we were doing!  I am amazed at her beauty.  We spent the day walking around and getting lost – finding new things around every corner. (Red Light District was a bit of a shocker for these eyes! haha!)

It’s a walker’s city for sure!  The cobble stone paths and beautiful canals, there’s no other way to see Amsterdam.  One highlight of our day was going to the Van Gogh museum.  To see the beauty of Van Gogh’s Sunflowers and Irises paintings up close is breathtaking… it’s amazing to see such talent and to think he never knew or didn’t believe in his skills!

The Heineken Experience was closed, sadly, but that’s all the more reason to return!  If you’re an avid bike rider, this city is also for you.  I nearly got run over a few times but was impressed at all the bicyclers!  And the pancakes!!! oh these aren’t Aunt Jemima’s… they’re just so much better 😉

I think my final summer trip was a perfect ending – cultural, unexpected, satisfying, and seeming long! I cannot wait to go back but I have a few other important things to attend to.  Maybe a 1st year wedding anniversary present, perhaps?  ha!

In knitting news: am on the sleeves of the Rebecca sweater!  Almost done! I did find a few minor mistakes in the pattern pertaining to stitch count.  Nothing severe but I’ll make note of it in my final post!

Hope you all are enjoying the last days of August!

Cheers!

M

 

i wish i was still there

Feet

My week in the Outer Banks went way too fast.  Lots of sun, beach, dolphins, cannonballs, and wonderful friends.  I’m off again to London to visit my brother for a few days.  I will be back soon though with an almost completed cable sweater to show!! Only two arms left!

Enjoy your warm summer days if you can… poolside!