Thursday, September 22, 2011

... I am exercising, finally!

The cooler weather in TN has brought on a bug to exercise. But the funny thing is that I am inside on the treadmill. I should be doing it outside with the doggies but I don't want to deal with them is the excuse. I am exercising is the important part. I noticed that I HAVE to do the 30 minute walk first thing in the morning or I procrastinate about it later in the day because I am watching TV and Knitting (very important, more than the exercise). I now set up my laptop to the TV upstairs to watch one of my knitting videocasts while I walk. It is nice to watch something while walking.
Though I do not want to walk with the doggies on leashes I do LOVE to take them to the doggie park nearby. It allows them to roam around without leashes and socializes them with other dogs. Plus a bonus is that I knit some more while enjoying some fresh TN air.
The same knitting is going on from last time with the addition of a football baby hat for a friend of a friend's child. I have it done but pictures need to be taken. I started and finished it within 3 hours or so (half a day on and off) and it is adorable. I might make one for my lil sis.
I promised a picture of the baby shower gifts and here they are.

Blankie and Monster for Baby Strohl

Also lots of spinning is going on also if not knitting for Mom G and Grandma. I loved spinning the Highland Handmades Merino/Tencel fiber in the Loki's Whim colorway. I have finished 2 of the 4 ounces and got about 205 yards.  The tencel adds a bit of sheen and helps the merino slide to allow the fiber to spin up beautifully!

The other fiber I spun up and finished a small portion of is the fleece from Mom G. I plied almost 2 ounces and got about 109 yards so I have tons more to go!!! But it came out beautiful and I can't wait to knit up something from it.

Well that is all for now and I hope all is doing well and having a good week. See you next time.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

... I am enjoying this cooler weather!

The last several days the TN weater has been rainy but the cold front that came from the northwest brought much wanted cooler temperatures. Monday was a great 69 degrees and Tuesday was even cooler at mid-60s. I thought we jumped from summer to winter but the temps will be going back up to high 80s by the end of the week. Gizmo did not like the cooler temps since she was shivering in the house and so I put on her little jacket that we got from friends at church. She was showing it off all day and hubby thought she was adorable with it on.

This temperature drop got me back in my knitting mojo and I have been loving it. Also the football season has got be back into knitting because I have atleast 4 hours to sit about and watch the TV and cheer.  So on with the knitting:

Finally finished my first stripey socks from Fibernymph Dye Works in the Marmaris colorway. I cannot wait to get more yarn from her when I can catch an update. I love the colors and how they striped. And they fit like a sock should, I have small feet and regular socks are too big at the foot and the heel hangs over. But these are custom made for me by me and I love them soooo much. The fabric is fabulous and soft that feels great on my feet.

The next one is for a baby shower this weekend and I just finished it last night. I will post pictures up soon so not to spoil the mom to be on what she will be getting for her baby.

Finally are all my WIPs or Works in Progress projects that I think I have too many of. But like I said before the weather helped out this week on getting me in the mood. =0P

First up is the Rose Lace Stole that I am naming Oofsie's Rose since it is for hubby's grandmother. I have modified it to be more of a scarf so it will not be as deep as the stole pattern. I am loving the pattern and the yarn I am knitting with Maggi Knits Linen.

Second is the Live Oak Shawlette for my MIL out of Cascade Ultra Pima in the Ice colorway which I am renaming as Frosty Live Oak. I never thought cotton yarn would be great to work with but I am liking this yarn so far. And I better since I want to knit a cardigan out of it for myself.

Lastly is my spinning. I have also gotten into the groove of spinning. Below is the homemade spindles with my current fiber that I have been spinning. The two gray fibers are of the sheep fleece that I got from Mom G and I have tons left to spin but I am almost ready to ply these two singles up soon. I cannot wait since I want to see what type of yarn I get from the fleece.
The green is from Highland Handmades, the White Spruce Top in Loki's Whim colorway. The fiber is 50% Superwash Merino and 50% Tencel. This is my first time spinning this combo and I am loving the luster of the tencel and the great softness of the fiber.
The pink is from Corgi Hill Farm in the Dahlia colorway that is BFL fiber. The next picture is of my first skein of this fiber which I got 238 yards of a fingering weight and still have a lot left to spin since I bought 12 ounces of the fiber.

Hope you enjoyed my update of what I am knitting and spinning away on. I hope to get back into the swing of blogging as did my knitting.
I hope you are having a great week and see you soon!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

... I am watching the LSU Tigers WIN!!!

I am so glad that college football season is here! It has been so long since the fun times of hanging out with friends and cheering on our favorite football team, the LSU Fighting Tigers!

A great win tonight from the Tigers, they scared me at first but the second half was awesome!

The hubby and myself and Gizmo went to a friends house to watch the game and have great food. So much fun to see friends from the old job and catch on what they are all doing. I did get some great grilled corn, roasted mushrooms, and buffalo chicken dip. Gizmo begged as did our friends dog Stewie.

I did get some crocheting done while there and I will soon get pictures on my current projects up soon, ! Promise!!! I need to get back into blogging mood!

Hope everyone has a great weekend, mine is awesome with the awesome WIN!