Monday, June 06, 2011

Getting Back on Track

So there was little to no knitting info on the last post so here we go. I have realized I have TOO MUCH yarn, I am slowly and gently destashing and deciding what I can actually knit and what will always be in the wings. Reality sets in when you spread it out and calculate time to knit, etc. SO..I am hopefully going to gain some space i n closets during the rest of this year. I will post links here from here out when I have added to destash list.

I am working on an Aestlight Shawlette for DDIL, I was knitting bags for her attendants and just ran out of time to complete the 6 I had hoped for. So I will finish a small yellow and a large green and present to DDIL to do what she likes with and with the rest of yarn have almost completed the Aestlight. Interesting knit, I will likely make another. I am at the edging which is somewhat tedious, 28 repeats of a 16 row pattern. Both of the young women my sons have coupled with are scarf wearers and they do it well. The yarns I chose are cotton/bamboo blends so great for summer and the colors are the colors of the wedding. I will add pictures this afternoon.

I have also started another February Lady, which I have retitled February 21 Lady as it is for my DM and that is her birthday. She is not a wearer of wool and cotton is not always easy care so I found Berroco Remix. It is an amazing delightful yarn and I am trying hard to fight the urge to add to stash and acquire all the colors. Lovely to knit with, a wonderful hand and an interesting texture. DM recently said she no longer shows her arms but doesn't like long sleeves so the 3/4 will be great!!. I have just completed the oh so uninspiring garter yoke, lol and am looking forward to the lace. So these will be he first two CO of the summer.

The Loopy Ewe has started Camp Loopy and it is such a neat concept I will be joining in and finishing three things during the summer time. The first assignment is a two color something to keep us warm at the camp fire. I have decided to do Sedna but in three colors.

I have chosen these, the blue is Louet and the other two Lorna, they are sport weight.

If you order the yarn from Sheri there is a 20% discount and if the project is completed with a picture posted within the allotted time there is a reward. It is all quite fun...I will post a picture of the yarns when they arrive.

I am still hopeful of completing old UFOs this year also as I have many wonderful projects lined. So for now I will get these three things done, hopefully by July 4 and then move on to the next three. I am figuring one old and two new each time over a two month period should put me in great shape.

Speaking of shape I have lost 51 pounds and have been a regular at the gym. I should be there now but am typing, lol. I have downloaded music to my Iphone and nearly kill myself as I get carried away and start dancing on the elliptical machine. I have another 30 to go and some more toning up but I am hopeful. November is my 10th wedding anniversary and we are going to Washington DC for a short trip. We both adore DC and it will be fun. We have not travelled since acquiring the house and dogs so it has been a while.

DOGS!! After a long time Oliver and Nickolas were caught relaxing together. Oliver has developed a true Alpha attitude and Nickolas is frequently leary of him. But Nick was napping, having a puppy dream and squealing a bit, so Oliver, ever the protector, came over and made sure he was fine then hopped up beside Nick and there they napped. It was great!! Oliver is now 3 1/2 (YIKES) and Nickolas is 20 months.

Oliver and Nickolas
Sir Phineas is happy for the warm weather but does not like the heat. He always digs several little resting areas under the deck where he loves to sit and keep an eye on the yard. Luckily the deck is hug and on the high end of the land so he has a perfect view. Unfortunately he gets more ticks this way, but we check them all several times a day so we find them.
Phineas is now just three years old. It is funny as we got each of the pups when they were 10-12 weeks old. I would love more but it is not feasible as they require attention and it is difficult to walk them all at once. Kitty update in next post.

Work also continues on the house. I had been on hold for a bit because time was given to other wonderful things but this summer, painting will be completed and the barn painting will be started, the dentil will continue to be hung and the ginger bread has been ordered, in small amounts due to costs. The destash monies will likely go to home projects and stash enhancement. Last year we replaced the entire upstairs bath room and the master b ath downstairs will start slowly hopefully in the fall...not a time critical thing so less stressful, I am hoping for a 6 month window for that. I will add pictures this afternoon/evening of the progress.
All the animals are sleeping so I will finish this up and knit for an hour. then food shopping, gym,some postal errands, an hour of closet cleaning and then it will be evening and time for more knitting. I may sneak in an hour of painting in DS2s room as hat was started last July and has been on hold. We have been here three years and have done so much so it should be winding down. DH and I have to replace he stairs leading to the basement in the next few weeks and will start replacing the fence surrounding the yard.

Thought I would include some pictures of the Blob that became my wedding jacket. It was lovely to knit with the silk lace fiber from Hedgehog Yarn. There are several hundred beads knitted in so I would sparkle. I must have received 20 compliments on the jacket, the dress at the wedding. I will wear the jacket again, but not sure about the dress as it is definitely wedding attire.

Had to add one kitty picture. Annabel is on the left and Artemus is on the right, they have recently turned 2 and are so sweet. unfortunately Artemus is sick and we so not know how long we will have him. More in next post.

Thanks for stopping by and tell your children you love them.

Hi MOM!!!


Lorraine said...

Cheryl- I've missed you so much. I hope you post more often with your adventures, and animal pictures.

Cheryl said...

Aww...thanks Lorraine...I have missed you as well. Amazing how busy a wedding makes you. I am back in full force at least til the next one, I would imagine 3-4 years, lol. I hope you are well...