Sunday, December 31, 2006

Happy New Year's Eve!

Okay, my final post for 2006. I have had a very pleasant day, knitting on the mate to my Leaves of Grass sock. Did I mention I had to save it from Flea? I was so mad at her. During the night she got it off my table and dragged it under the bed. She took both needles out and chewed one of them up. I just wanted to beat her little butt, but dog's can look so sweet, pitiful, and innocent all at the same time. So I had to get my needles back into the sock, and when I did that I discovered a mistake, so I had to rip out the heel flap. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. But now I'm at the gusset decreases and making good progress.

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

Happy New Year's Weekend :o)

I have had another lovely start to another lovely holiday weekend! Again, we got off work early. And even better, I got to have lunch with Rissa, Cynthia, and Roger. I really enjoyed visiting with them. I wish Cynthia lived closer, and that we all had more time to spend together doing girlie stuff, stitching, knitting, and belly dancing. And they brought me presents, which was so sweet! I didn't have one for them, which made me feel bad. But I loved my presents, and I really appreciated them! Thank you!!! I love you guys!

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

Leaves of Grass Sock Finish

Woohoo! A sock finish! I finished one of my Leaves of Grass Socks. I know I should have worked on Summer's Dream, because I have to send it in next week, but I was just so close to finishing the sock. I don't think I'll finish Summer's Dream, so one evening's stitching time just wouldn't matter. Or that's what I told myself anyway. It just feels so good to finish something!



(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

Christmas Mouse

A mouse had taken up residence in my kitchen, a not-very-mouse-friendly place to live as it is also home to Honey Bear, the ferocious mouse huntress, Flea, always up for a game of chase, and the apex hunter, Evil Kitty Baby. Mark put a live trap under my stove drawer, and we caught him this afternoon. I was ecstatic! Mark and I took him out by the pond on the other side of the run off stream (in hopes that he won't come back) and let him go. He was so cute. He scooted under the leaves by a tree, and we looked at each other for a minute. I explained to him that he was really better off outside. I'm not sure he believed me, as it is cold and rainy out tonight. I hope the little fellow has a nice long mousey life.

Christmas Holiday Weekend Fun

I love holiday weekends. It is such a treat to have extra time off from work. I have been stitching very hard on Summer Dream, a stumpwork course I am pilot-stitching for EGA. It is a beautiful piece, and I am enjoying it very much. It is a companion piece to Fantasy Remembered, which I am also working on. I'm running up against my deadline though. I need to be finished by next weekend. But even if I don't totally finish, I still have been able to make some (I hope) helpful comments in the text.

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. Downtown Richmond was disappointing because it was as dirty and icky as downtown Jackson. I don't know why I expected it to be more than it was, I guess Richmond just conjurs Gentile South in my mind. But the rest of the town is gorgeous, and the hotel was nice. All the people I met were very nice too.

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

Walking through the clouds

I just got back from my morning walk, and it is a beautiful, misty, magickal morning. There is a very dense fog around our pond. I took my glasses off because they were getting too wet to see through, and it made no difference. As I walked through the densest parts, I could feel the tiny water droplets floating in the air, prickling my face. I could hear the ducks quack-quacking, but I couldn't see them, and I couldn't even tell from which direction the sound was coming from. I have never experienced a cloud in such an intimate way before. Of course, we have had foggy mornings before, but I've never walked through one like this. It was very cool!

Monday, December 11, 2006

You know its been way too long....

...since your last post when you can't even remember your user name! I was beginning to wonder if I was going to be able to get into my own blog. But finally, I cracked the code. :o)

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.