Sunday, September 8, 2013

Ancient Sweater From Norway

" A 1,700-year-old sweater emerged from the melting snow in Norway’s mountains is giving researchers an insight into the daily life of the Iron Age.
The ancient pullover found in the Norwegian Lendbreen glacier is made of two dark brown wool fabrics, possibly lamb’s wool, and was originally of high quality."

To read more of this amazing find, click here.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Pin Head Beret

I'm about 75% done with the Wingspan and it's beautiful but boring to knit.  It's all garter stitch so it's knit, knit, knit, knit, knit................aaarrrgh!

I was watching old episodes of 30 Rock on Netflix and suddenly stared, transfixed, at Liz Lemon on a cold and windy March day in NYC, wearing a beautiful blue beret on her tiny little pin head.

And I NEEDED a beautiful blue beret to sit enchantingly on my own tiny little pin head.

Meet my next project (or one similar - no pattern picked out yet):

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Back to Normal Life...

I'm back from two months of vacationing in Maryland and North Carolina and visiting with my two youngest children and various relatives.

My mom is still going strong at age 96!  She's in a nursing home, but still lively and alert, and she still manages to crack us all up.  I really enjoyed spending time with her and my sister and brother-in-law.

And my two youngest girls are awesome and put up with me for a LONG time.  While I was in Maryland, I visited Woolwinders in Rockville, Maryland and bought this lush Madelintosh sock yarn:

The color is Spectrum and it is lovely.  I'm using it for a wingspan shawl.  While I was in North Carolina, I discovered that my nephew also knits!  He's 12 years younger than me and is a hiking, sports enthusiast, so I was surprised that he also loves to knit!  We decided we'd both do wingspans and compare notes.  I have the first triangle completed.

You can view my progress at Ravelry - my handle there is "altogirl."  You can see my projects and follow what I'm doing.

I had a wonderful vacation and now I'm happy to be home and back to normal life - knitting and quilting and singing.  I'll be starting a new baby quilt soon and hopefully, opening my Etsy shop.  Stay tuned!

Monday, June 10, 2013

My Needles are Smokin!

I've been doing more knitting than quilting lately because it's more portable.  My quilting projects will be on hold for a couple of months due to....vacation!  I'm going back east to see family and will be gone until about the first of August.

Meanwhile, here's a pair of socks that I recently finished:

These are knit with Knitpicks Felici fingering weight yarn in the Moonlit colorway.  I worked on these mostly during rehearsals and while watching Midsommer Murder episodes on Netflix.  I'm STILL not able to pick out the murderer!

My latest WIP (work-in-progress) is more socks:

I'm loving these!  Definitely MY Halloween socks.  Yes kids, these are mine, all mine!  This is more Felici fingering weight yarn in the colorway Spooky.  Appropriate!
And I got a great deal on this sport weight yarn from Knitpicks.  They're either discontinuing the line or making room for new colors. Each skein was only $2.75!  Score!


The skeins on top are the Kingpin colorway, the ones at the bottom are Macaroon, and the ones on the right side of the photo are the Southwest colorway.  Since these skeins are sport weight yarn, they probably won't end up as socks.  I'm thinking mittens, hats, scarves, maybe even a shawl.

I can't wait to visit all the yarn stores in Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina.  Yes, I want to see ALL the stores.  And it will be so fun to watch the reaction of Spyder and Lizzie (my daughters' cats) to the yarn.  Can I say I look forward to driving them bananas?  And yes, I'll be on a ton of antihistamines while I'm there. 

Friday, June 7, 2013

A Little Less Winter, A Little More Summer Fun

I haven't posted much lately, but I DO have things to show you.  Most of them are in the UFO stage right now.  (Unfinished Objects).  The placemats are turning out just cute as buttons.  I just need to applique the crabs and then bind them. 

I've finished some knitting that I can't show just yet and I have a baby quilt ready to ship to a friend whose daughter just had a new little one.

We had our book club meeting last night at Stella and had a great time chowing down and discussing the book Sepulchre by Kate Moss.  Afterwards, we swung by the Black Cherry Market which has some of the best Mediterranean food in Salt Lake City.

My youngest grandson's birthday was this week!  He's TWELVE years old.  I kind of still think of him as a little boy, but he's growing up too fast.  I want to get up to Centerville to see him before I leave on the 19th. 

So much to do, so little time!   And of course, I have to buy some new clothes.  Wink. 

I'll get some pictures up as soon as possible.

Saturday, May 18, 2013