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Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Half Done

I finished the back of Dylan in the store today. I remembered at 5:15 that I needed to take a picture which explains why I didn't hide the ends or try to make it lie flat.

The front is started-about 15 rows up.

I should be able to get it done for the Knitters Fair since I completed half in one week.

Gotta run. Big Brother and then Rock Star.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Dylan update and Lantern Moon Circulars

After I finished the sleeve I decided that I wanted to get Dylan done for the Knitters Fair. Not sure it is going to happen but you never know. If I don't get it done for that weekend I really need it done for the next weekend which is our Gone Stitchin' Weekend. There is a fashion show on Friday night where we preview close to 50 garments for the upcoming season. So far we have garments coming from Trendsetter, Nashua, Berroco, Naturally, Fiber Trends plus some that we have knit over the summer.

I forgot to mention that the Lantern Moon circular needles arrived. I usually knit with Addi Turbos but am using the new needles on the second half of Tempest. They are really nice to knit with. The join is great and the yarn slides easily over it.

I am in the process of deciding what to take to the Knitters Fair. This is always a tough decision because you don't want to take what everyone else has in their booth. I can tell you that we will definitely have the Knit Lites, Lantern Moon needles, Namaste Knitting bags plus some very exciting finished garments showing new yarns for fall.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

I left at 7:45 this morning for a quick run to Toronto to pick up the latest Rowan and RYC magazines. Not sure how people fight that traffic everyday. Waiting for me was the new Rowan yarns Tapestry and Country. I spent most of the day helping customers and putting away yarn but I couldn't stop myself from starting Dylan from the new Country Escape magazine. The yarn is great to knit with. It is similar to Lopi in that it isn't twisted but much, much softer. The strands of yarn are different colours giving the tweed effect. You can't beat the 9mm needles either.

Here is one half of my Tempest. The chocolate brown doesn't show off the lace pattern at the bottom very well.

Big Brother and Rock Star tonight-can't beat that!!

Monday, August 21, 2006

Finally a picture

Here is a picture of Bettna finished. I did all the sewing myself, no help from Jane, Rhonda or Wannietta.

No, Beth did not get the battery charger yet. I figured out how to download from my phone. Eventhough there is a memory card in the phone, pictures aren't saved to that memory card. You have to upload them to the card and then you can download them to computer.

I mentioned that there were problems with my Expedition. I just returned home from thedealership and have ordered a 2007 that should be here in about 3 weeks. It is no longer blue but white chocolate. There are a couple of new options (Sirius satellite radio and a power liftgate) that are really cool so I am happy to be getting the new model. I am also getting the navigation system (I don't get lost very often but Beth does). Apparently it gives voice directions and can tell if you didn't follow them correctly. If you make a mistake it will take that into account and adjust the directions.

I am back to working on Tempest. I have 15 of the 30 inches completed on the second half.

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Another quiz

This one came from Rhonda. Interesting since I don't knit with or wear mohair!!!







What kind of yarn are you?




You are Mohair.You are a warm and fuzzy type who works well with others, doing your share without being too weighty. You can be stubborn and absolutely refuse to change your position once it is set, but that's okay since you are good at covering up your mistakes.
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Saturday, August 19, 2006

From Wannietta

Your Birthdate: December 1

You are a natural born leader, even if those leadership talents haven't been developed yet.
You have the power and self confidence to succeed in life, and your power grows daily.
Besides power, you also have a great deal of creativity that enables you to innovate instead of fail.
You are a visionary, seeing the big picture instead of all of the trivial little details.

Your strength: Your supreme genius

Your weakness: Your inappropriate sensitivity

Your power color: Gold

Your power symbol: Star

Your power month: January

Friday, August 18, 2006

Bettna is done

I finished the sewing this afternoon. Unfortunately I can't transfer the pictures from my phone to the computer. I will have to read the book that came with my phone. Rhonda was in the store and saw that it was finished!!

I don't have my new truck yet. The one that has been sitting on the lot will not be coming to my house. There are major problems with the engine so now they are trying to find me a new one.

How about Big Brother last night? It is getting better with every episode.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Home Again

After a great time in Myrtle Beach I am home again working. Dad was surprised when he arrived at the airport to pick up Rob and I was there too!! The trip was much longer than expected. We had a 4 hour delay in Charlotte for thunder storms-the power even went out in the airport.

I golfed 5 times in 5 days. My game wasn't as good as it usually is but you can't complain when you are on the course and not working. I did not pick up knitting needles while there-no time.

Since returning home I have been working on Bettna. I just have the back seam to do and under the arms. Hopefully it will be done today. Still no battery recharger for the camera but I have a new cell phone that takes pictures. Hopefully they will come out okay.

My BMW is going back tonight. What a pain. Someone came out do to an appraisal and there was a crack in the windshield-I have never noticed it. My security deposit is going towards a new windshield. I guess I should be happy that there is a deposit and it isn't coming out of my pocket. It has been a very different experience than dealing with Ford. I usually just take the vehicle back, hand over the keys and done.

The new Rowan yarns and remaining magazines should be here by Tuesday. They were to leave England last week but because of the heightened security the shipment was delayed.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Beth blew the surprise

I am not sure what order my posts are going to come in so you will have to read both to make any sense of this.

Mom called last night that she forgot to take some pills with her to Myrtle Beach. She was going to have someone take them for her but when she called this morning they had already left. She called someone else who is going tomorrow and they were going to leave work and drive 30 minutes to pick them up. Beth didn't want that to happen so she spilled the beans that I am going!!

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

I am in Myrtle Beach

It is almost midnight on Wednesday night but you won't be reading this until Thursday night.

I am flying to Myrtle Beach Thursday afternoon to surprise my parents. There will be 9 guests (not really family but we spend every holiday with them) staying in the house next week. Beth and I said that we couldn't go because of work but this morning Mom called that Adam (one of my favourite cousins) was coming along. I was in Toronto so Beth booked me a plane ticket. It turns out that I am on the same flight as another cousin Rob. Dad is picking Rob up at the airport and surprise-I am going to be there too. Dad made 2 phone calls tonight trying to get us to come but we both said sorry, can't, too much work.

Now the dilemma-what do I take to knit? I won't have much time but just need to have something with me. Bettna is almost done and I am about to start the second half of Tempest. I have a phobia that I won't get both pieces the same so I would have to pack the part already done-too much room in the suitcase. I found a project on Berroco's website. 2 skeins of Ultra Alpaca which is easy to carry.

I will be arriving back in Buffalo late Tuesday night so you won't be hearing from me again until Wednesday.

The finishing has started

You won't see pictures here for a bit. Beth left the battery recharger on the cruise ship so now she has to go out and buy another one!!

I have started the finishing on Bettna. One front is done, the other is picked up. The band should be done tomorrow (I am off to Toronto today to get bags for the store and maybe shoes for me.) Then I just have to do the last of the sewing.

For the Big Brother fans
Last night was great! When this season started I didn't really like anyone who was in the house but the last couple of episodes have kept me laughing. The vote on Thursday is going to be interesting.

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Knitting Progress

I finally have some knitting progress to announce.
Bettna is at the sewing stage. Hopefully I can motivate myself to do that this week-I really, really hate finishing. It's not that I can't do it but I just hate to do it.
Tempest from Berroco is half knit. The shrug is 2 pieces, each 30" long, that are seamed for the back. From there I need to pick up 580 stitches and work 6" in ribbing.

The Knitter's Fair in Kitchener is coming up on Saturday, September 9. If you haven't been before, it is a must. Over 40 vendors selling anything and everything knitting related. Take a look at the new KW Knitter's Guild website.

Have a good weekend-it a long one here in Canada.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

www.needleemporium.com

The new website for The Needle Emporium has been launched. The new yarns aren't on it yet-the old site was such a mess it took this long just to get it updated. I think that the changes will be easy to make now.

How about Will on Big Brother? He is totally running the game again!!! The next couple of weeks are going to be fun to watch.