June 2008

June 24th, 2008 - Storm

On Sunday night we had a ridiculous storm in our end of Roanoke. Earlier in the day TJ and I had to helplessly watch from a hardware store as our car got pelted by quarter sized hail (luckily there was no damage, although I don't know how that was possible). Sunday night we heard the storm coming over the mountain, so I decided to get out the camera and do a little filming.

After watching the 100 or so lightning bugs in the yard, and unknowingly scaring away the pack of deer that were hanging out in the dark, the rain, hail, lightning and thunder got pretty intense. I managed to capture this from the back door.

Nuts eh? It hit the power line post right behind the house. I had to edit out the sound at the end of the video because there *might* have been an explicative. The noise was so loud and rumbling, that is shook all of the dishes in our cupboards. And it continued for a good 40 minutes. I have lots more video, but I haven't had time to go through it get.

This is one of the few times I am happy that we live in a new neighbourhood that only has really tiny trees in the yards.

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June 23rd, 2008 - Putting the Past Behind Us

I have now finished every in progress knitting project that I had started in Toronto. I actually, for a few moments, have nothing on the needles. This pair of socks was the last remaining thing.

This yarn was from Grandma Z at Christmas a few years ago, and I am glad to have them knit up.

I also recently coordinated a project to create a comfort afghan for a knitter in our group who lost her home and all it's contents to a fire. The story is here on Ravelry if you wish to read about the project. I had everyone knit 6" mitred squares and then I crocheted them all together and put a border around them all. Rae, we hope this blanket keeps you warm and comforted for many years to come, and especially over the next while as you rebuild your home.

So, now that I am done all of these projects, what next? I have a few knitting and non-knitting gift projects that I am working on, all of which should be finished in the next couple of weeks. I am assuming that there is going to be a knitting Olympics this year, and I am tossing around what sweater I would like to knit for that. I am going to have three sets of visitors over the month of July, all of whom are staying for a week give or take, so whatever I am working on will need to be something I don't need to pay too much attention to. Off to check the Ravelry queue....

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June 21st, 2008 - Events

The Roanoke Valley Knitters and Spinners are a very active group, much more so then any other knitting group I have been involved with. It is great to be able to have so many events to go out to, and great people to share them with. It is especially great right now, when I spend a lot of time at home by myself.

Last Saturday was WWKIP day, and our group met at a local park. I didn't get a whole lot of pictures, but we were in the local paper which was neat. While we were there, Catie so kindly took the time to show a very curious little girl how to spin.

Then, this past Tuesday Nikki, Pam and Stephanie came over to keep me company while I worked on a blanket project (more on that tomorrow). At the end of the night I asked if I could try out Steph's wheel.

I wouldn't call it a success, but it certainly was fun. While I certainly didn't make any useable yarn, I did have fun laughing at myself while doing it.

And finally, this past Thursday was our local Stitch and Pitch. We don't have a MLB team here, but we do have the farm team for the Houston Astros.

TJ came with me and thankfully there were a few other husbands there as well.

Nikki and Laura - Check out Nikki's awesome shirt

There may have even been some fun with Dippin' Dots

Our fearless leader Robin organized both the WWKIP day and the Stitch and Pitch - thanks so much lady! Robin also has some great pictures worth checking out over at her blog.

Thanks ladies for welcoming me into your group. I feel like I have known you forever already!

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June 19th, 2008 - Fuzzy

My formal boot bag, from Bag Style, is done.

I wouldn't say it is my favourite finished item ever, but I am happy with it. It felted a lot more in width than length, so it is a slightly different shape from the one in the book.

I really like the strap I used. A belt, found in the clearance rack.

And I like the mix of felted and non felted parts.

I haven't found the right buttons to use down the side of the unfelted panel, and I am not sure that I will. I think I like it on it's own.

And with that, I only have one remaining knitting project on the go. Just one last sock and I have finished everything I brought with me in progress from Toronto. Maybe I can actually cast on something new!

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June 14th, 2008 - Stitchy

In the time that we lived in our old house in Aurora, we became good friends with our neighbours (which is a good thing, because their house was attached to ours). They are fantastic people, and they have a great little boy who is about to turn two.

I decided that I would try something new for his birthday, as well as go with a favourite. One of the first things I remember J saying was "Dude", so I thought he needed a shirt to declare that.

I did a bit of reading here and there about how to do satin stitch embroidery, and the result was this.

I printed out the lettering on regular paper, cut out the letters with an exacto, and then spray glued it to the shirt. I traced the letters with a pencil onto the shirt and removed the paper. Then I spray glued the tear off stabilizer to the back and stitched away. When I was done, I tore away the stabilizer and gave it a wash. I am really happy with how it came out, and it didn't take as long as I expected it would (although still not the quickest craft I have tried).

I also decided to make him a sock monkey, because these have been a hit with every recipient so far.

These are just fun things to make, and I am sure that there will be more in the future. I like this guy with his big funky ears. J liked him too, so that completes the fun.

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June 10th, 2008 - Stripy Goodness

We are back from Toronto and holy heck is it hot in Roanoke. Well over 40C with the humidity. Thank goodness for moving into a house with A/C, and for the storm that is supposed to cool things off tonight.

Thank you everyone for your great comments on Lady Eleanor. I am really glad I was able to get the photo shoot done when I did, because there is no way I would be putting that shawl on in this heat. And yes, for those of you that asked, that is the view off my back deck. Yes, I am very lucky.

I finished off my Roanoke Socks just before I left for TO. I bought this yarn the weekend we came down to buy our house, cast on during our trip to MDSW, worked on them at my first cookout, while applying for my social security card, and at home. So they have lots of new Roanoke memories attached.

Pattern: Generic Toe Up Socks
Needles: Addi Turbo US 3
Yarn: Austermann Step, Colourway 0029

This was a nice yarn to work with, and it did leave my hands feeling soft while I knit it. I really bought it for the colours though - how fun are they?

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