Work is keeping me insanely busy, once again. I have been working on a red scarf during lunch daily. I had only purchased one skein of yarn, and now realize the scarf is on the short side and I only have about a yard left of the yarn. I am going to try to find the same color/dye lot tomorrow. I am using a garter rib pattern and it is turning out nicely.
Socktoberfest is almost over, and I sadly will be knitting socks into sockvember and probably socember. My only excuse is that I have been doing some secret holiday projects and working full time. :-)
Last weekend we visited with some of Chris' relatives from out of town. We all met in a tiny little town near Bloomsburg, PA. The ride there was nice, as the trees in PA were at their peak of change. The second photo is the entrance to the Lehigh Tunnel on the PA turnpike. It always amazes me how engineers were able to develop and build a hole through a mountain. The last photo is of the back of a church at the Unityville cemetary.
Happy Fall! Daylight Savings Time ends tonight. Don't forget to change your clocks!
My SP9 tagged me to complete this meme. It really made me think!
Five things that feminism has done for me:
1.I am independent.I earn my own money, own property, travel where and when I want and alone if I like.I didn’t have to get married to be happy or self-sufficient.
2. I am able to keep my own name and be married.I am not property, but part of a partnership that is equal.My husband supports me as much as I support him.We can both wear aprons!He cleans better than I do and is way more organized and that doesn’t make me less of a woman.
3. I am educated and employed in a career of my choosing.I was able to earn both my Bachelor’s degree and my Master’s degree at co-ed schools.My parents encouraged me to go as far as I wanted and not settle for less than what I wanted.
4. I can enjoy cooking, baking, knitting, crafting, fixing broken things around the house, change the windshield wipers on my car, and use electronic equipment equally.While I don’t know how to change the oil in my car, I could learn if I wanted to really do it. I do not feel limited in the things I can do because of my sex, nor do I feel guilty for wanting to be “domestic” some days.I can be all pink and girly girl one day and in jeans or sweats the next.
5. I have reproductive rights and I VOTE!
What has feminism done for you? If you feel like completing this meme--leave me a comment so I can check out your answers.
Our trip to Florida was fantastic. The weather was perfect-sunny every day, mid-80s temperatures, and clear skies. The green/safe flag was out everyday but the last one, so lots of swimming and sunbathing occured. Chris was able to use the body-board he bought on our NJ beach trip that had been rained out. The view from our hotel balcony was the beach and we slept with the door open so that we could hear the sound of the waves at night. I knit just a little on a sock, because yarn and sand did not mix well for me. Instead I read an entire book on the beach, finishing up on the plane ride home. Tan and relaxed, we returned home to colder, rainy and foggy weather--yuck! We decided that someday it would be nice to be "snowbirds" in Sarasota--those who live in the north for six months and spend the other six months of the year in Florida. I found some beautiful properties, but since I don't have three million dollars, it will be a while before that snowbird dream comes true!!
The sunset over the gulf was stunning. We had dinner on the beach one night and were able to watch it set while a flock of pelicans were diving and fishing for their dinner.
So now I am home and have a couple more days off before I head back to that stress filled world of work. Today I spent the day being domestic, baking pumpkin bread, chocolate peanut butter lovers cookies and sugar cookies. I also got to visit the dentist to replace some old fillings--I just love having my head drilled--not! Thankfully it was more annoying than painful and my new fillings are white and not visible.
I realized that Christmas will be here way too soon and I have started stressing about it. I really hate the panic I create for myself trying to find the perfect gift for everyone. I also hate having to create wish lists for myself for the relatives (and husband) who mean well. I usually host Christmas every year, but I am thinking of taking this year off and trying to be less stressed about it. I love Thanksgiving and want to host that holiday for the family--it is my favorite meal to eat and make, I actually like the leftovers, and there is no gift giving, which means no shopping!
I have begun some Christmas knitting, but nothing that can be shared just yet. I want to make some Christmas stockings, but I am thinking of sewing them instead of knitting--I just need to find the right fabric. I want blue velvet ones, but I haven't really spent the time looking for velvet.
My secret pal 9 sent me a pretty postcard, all the way from England! She also tagged me to do a meme on feminism. I will save that for my next post, when I have more time to compose something meaningful. Thanks SP9!
My Knitter's Tea Swap pal was Jenny Raye. She sent me a great package of goodies, all wrapped up in pretty paper. Inside I found some great treats! The teas are each assortments--all sound like great flavors. The koigu yarn is beautiful! I love the colors. Thanks Jenny!
Today is my anniversary. Chris sent me a beautiful orchid bouquet to work. It reminded me of our honeymoon in Hawaii. Eight years has gone by fast!
Knitting has not been happening lately. Being sick is no fun. I had to work today, despite sounding horrible, but I sounded worse than I felt. Those zinc lozenges seem to be helping. I am planning to take my sock knitting to Florida with me and hope that I don't have any problems getting needles on the plane. If I am lucky and the weather holds out I plan to knit by the pool on Friday!
Saturday night was the annual ball for my company. I work for a non-profit that does this yearly dinner/dance as a fund-raiser. I usually volunteer to help out, which gets staff in for gratis. This year the gala was at the Ritz Carlton in town, quite a swanky place. I used my knitted evening bag and managed to cram in my camera, phone, and other junk. Of course being completly forgetful lately I forgot to check my camera before leaving and left my battery plugged into the charger at home! A coworker took some photos for me, but it isn't the same. There were some dancers there to set the mood. It was a fun night! Of course I was coming down with a cold, so my head was fuzzy even before I had a cosmo! Now I am suffering big time with a nasty cold. Hopefully it will be gone by Thursday when I have to fly south!
Here is my questionnaire for this next round of Secret Pal. I am really looking forward to this one, since I skipped round eight.
1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely *not* like? I like a variety of yarns--merino, alpaca, cashmere, wool blends. Hand dyed/painted yarns are beautiful. I have purchased a great deal of Tess' Designer Yarns at wool festivals--her colors are so pretty! Koigu is beautiful, as is Lorna's Laces. I don't really have a favorite "brand" of yarn. Pretty colors and nice texture appeals to me. I am not very fond of 100% acrylic or raw silk. Silk always smells funny to me, so I don't like to use it. In a blend with wool, it is okay. I don't like yarns that hurt my hands--itchy, scratchy, squeaky, etc. The softer, the better.
2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in? I have several handmade needle cases made for me by knitting friends.
3. How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced? I learned to knit in 1995, I think, by a co-worker who knit an Aran sweater in between clients at work. It was summertime and we were bored, so she taught a few of us to knit using pencils and dental floss. We all liked it, so we bought needles and some cheap acrylic yarn and my first baby sweater was created. My Vermont teddy bear wears it proudly. Since then, I have taken a number of techniques classes. The best one was probably sock knitting, which I have since taught several other knitters. I suppose I am an advanced-intermediate level knitter. I have yet to knit multi-colored faire isle sweater--all those color changes frighten me. One of these days I am going to tackle that skill. I have knit intarsia patterns and lots of cables, but that faire isle just freaks me out!
4. Do you have an Amazon or other on-line wish list? My Amazon link is on my sidebar.
5. What's your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products, etc.) I like fruit scents--citrus, berry, apple, grape--but not melon. I also like vanilla and peppermint scents. Peppermint seems to work wonders for me when I feel stressed or have a headache.
6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy? I have too many sweet teeth. I like chocolate (milk and dark,) Swedish fish, and licorice all sorts to name a few.
7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin? Rubber stamping was my obsession before knitting--I still dabble in it a bit. I am trying to learn to sew better and maybe make a quilt. I learned to spin on a drop spindle, which I own. I wanted to buy a wheel, but I just don't have enough time to dedicate to spinning. When I have free time, I enjoy baking, especially cupcakes, cakes, and cookies. I like to try new recipes.
8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD) I like all sorts of music, except rap/urban genres. Lately I've been into music that is relaxing. My favorite group is U2.
9. What's your favorite color(s)? Any colors you just can't stand? Purple--all shades, pink, greens, blues. Think of Monet's palette. I am not a fan of orange, although mixed in with shades of pink and yellow it works for me.
10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets? My husband and I live with my dust bunnies. They multiply too frequently to name them all. My dyson is their enemy! We have no "real" pets, as he is highly allergic to animals. (although all the yarn lying around here hasn't created a negative reaction so maybe I should keep some sheep!)
11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos? I like scarves and mittens. Hats if they don't crush my hair. I have worn ponchos, but would never knit one. I would like to knit a shawl, but haven't been successful with lace knitting.
12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit? Socks, baby clothes.
13. What are you knitting right now? Socks for Socktoberfest and a sweater.
14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts? Yes, love them!
15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic? I tend to use circulars the most, although it really does vary depending upon the project. I tend to use either bamboo or addi turbos.
16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift? Yes, both.
17. How old is your oldest UFO? Maybe eight years? An abandoned baby sweater.
18. What is your favorite holiday? Thanksgiving. It is the least stressful of the family holidays--no gift shopping involved!
19. Is there anything that you collect? Besides yarn and knitting related things? I used to collect Mary Engelbriet items, but have subsided that in trying to reduce clutter. I have a number of hand blown glass bottles/vases from my Grandmother. They are very colorful and pretty. I have a large collection of cookbooks. I like to buy them when I am away on vacation to learn about recipes from different regions.
20. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have? I subscribe to Interweave Knits and Simply Knitting (formerly Family Circle Easy Knitting.) I think I have a few books on my amazon wishlist.
21. Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn? I'd really like to knit a log cabin blanket and there is that faire isle technique that I need to learn!
22. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements? Yes, I love to knit socks--such a portable project. I wear a US size 9 women's shoe.
Since it is October, I have to accept that summer is really over and fall is here. I feel like I missed this past summer because I spent too much time working and not enough time relaxing. Hopefully Chris and I will make up for it in two weeks with our mini-trip to Florida. Hopefully the vacation curse that we have will not follow us and there will be no eventful weather occurrances.
I do love autumn for lots of reasons--I'll even make a list:
I began my socks for socktoberfest early, since it takes me forever and a day to finish a pair of socks. I am using Brooklyn Handspun sock yarn in the chocolate covered cherries colorway. This yarn is beautiful! The pattern is easy to knit, but it has to be the most unusual heel I've ever knit, as it stays in pattern, minus the cable twist.
My secret project was a hat for my brother in law. We celebrated his birthday early this weekend, so now he has his new hat that matches his kids' hats. This was the earflap hat from Last Minute Knitted Gifts. My nephew wore his new knitted sweater this weekend--thankfully it fits. He is loving being two!