Sunday, December 31, 2006
I watched Wicker Man with Nicholas Cage in it last night. It was very suspenseful and kept my attention the whole way through, but the ending was bleh. It was a strange movie. I also have Celestine Prophecy to watch. I'll probably watch that in the morning.
We are going to Gwen and Danny's house tonight. I enjoy them and the group that gets together every Saturday night. So I'm looking forward to tonight. I hope everyone has a blessed and happy new year's eve!
Friday, December 29, 2006
I finished a sock this evening (see the post below). And now I have three whole days to spend stitching and/or knitting! I don't have to go anywhere like last weekend, so all the time is mine, mine, mine. :o)
We are replacing the flooring in the house, and the installers called this afternoon. They will be coming next Thursday and Friday to install the floor. We are putting down wood laminate stuff, and I am looking forward to getting all this dirty, nasty carpet up. Carpet doesn't do well with three dogs, a man, and teenagers tromping on it. Of course, the carpet is seven years old too. I love the look of wood floors, so I will be glad to get this done, even though it means totally tearing up and disrupting my nest. I really hate for my nest to be disturbed, it tends to make me very cranky. But it should only take them a couple of days, so hopefully I won't get too evil. Poor Mark, pray for him! LOL
(Please excuse the mess in the background, housework is just not on the agenda right now. Okay, if I'm honest, it's never on the agenda.)
These socks are knitted out of Knit Picks Parade - Daffodil color. I ran out of the yarn right as I reached the toe, so the toe is Cascade Fixation - Yellow (left over from another pair of socks). The yellow doesn't match, I know, but I don't care. I love my sock anyway. And Evil Kitty Baby approves of it too.
Or maybe he is just tolerating it because my picture taking space is his laying space on my desk. You can never tell if a cat is approving or just tolerating. :o)
Sunday, December 24, 2006
My weekend started off at 12:00 Friday, because we got half a day off on that day. Woo hoo! Then there was a goodie in the mail - the final kit of the 2006 Socks that Rock Club. And I got a bonus hank too! I have enjoyed receiving all the pretty kits to add to my collection. At some point, I do plan to knit them all! I am thinking about joining the 2007 STR club too. I am such a stasher. LOL
This is the yarn for the final kit, called Mustang Sally:
And this is the beautiful bonus hank that I got. Its called Rare Gem, and I love the colors!
And since I have some extra time this weekend, I wanted to post about the 2006 EGA seminar I went to back in October. I really meant to post about this earlier, but I just haven't had the energy. Life has been a tad difficult these past several months, with Mark's problems. He hasn't worked since the middle of September, actually his birthday 9/20, but he does seem to be getting better. But I don't want to post about depressing things, so how did I get sidetracked on that topic? On to seminar 2006!
We drove to Richmond VA from Jackson MS, and let me tell you, that was a LOOONNNGGGG ride! Cynthia and Rissa rode with me and Mark, and I am impressed that we got all our stuff in my car. It took a Master Packer (Rissa) and a Man (Mark), but we managed to get it all in without the Man getting hurt.
My classes were great! The first one was A Main Course with Jette Roy Finlay. She is just a lovely woman and a fantastic teacher. She is Danish, and the course was on Danish Whitework. Her husband was with her, and he was so funny. He is a professional magician, and he wowed us with some of his tricks. At the closing banquet, he went around with his little weasel puppet that he made look very real, and you could tell where he was by the screams that surrounded him. LOL
Here is my piece, just as I left it at the close of the class (you didn't expect me to actually work on it some more, did you?) ;o)
And here is a picuture of what it WILL look like one day:
My second class was a crewel class with Canby Robertson. She is a very good teacher too. Since this was a class for advanced stitchers, she gave us just a guideline on how she stitched her piece and encouraged us to follow our own instincts. She talked to us about design and balancing the picture, about colors, and that kind of stuff, all of which was very helpful to me. The piece is called Tide Line, and it is very pretty. Here is what I got done during the seminar:
I know, doesn't look like much progress for two days of stitching, does it? But let me tell you, those two little shells took lots of stitches! And you can't tell from the photo, but the little white one puffs out. I like him. :o) Here is what it will look like one day:
Pretty, isn't it? And the best thing about this class is Canby made me feel like I could go out in my back yard, draw something, and turn it into a realistic crewel embroidery piece. It was a wonderful class, and she is a wonderful teacher!
I had such a good time, I went ahead and pre-registered for next year, in Chicago. I don't believe we will be driving though! LOL
Now, back to stitching on Summer Dream....
I hope everyone has a good holiday weekend!
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Monday, December 11, 2006
Let's see, what has happened since mid-October? My husband is doing much better, although still not working. I'm getting just a tad bit stressed over the no-income thing, but I'm hiding it well I think. The EGA seminar in Richmond VA was wonderful! Both of my classes were superb, and I promise to post more about them later, along with pictures of the projects (which haven't changed ANY hee hee). I did nothing for Halloween/Samhein, most unlike me since that is really my favorite holiday and time of the year. I didn't even change up my alter, probably had something to do with my worry about Mark. Thanksgiving was good, ate too much as usual. I got my tree up last weekend, and that brings my blog up to date.
I had a good weekend, as it was my embroidery guild meeting weekend. I enjoyed seeing everyone who came, and it is always lots of fun to go out to eat with Cynthia, Rissa, and the husbands. Although Roger didn't come this weekend, and he was missed. But I did get to meet Cynthia's sister, and that was nice.
Well, that's it for now. I'm going to stitch for a while before bed.