Face lift

Decided to change the template here. I think it looks better than the previous.

I've stuck to my goal of working on Nancy at least every dat this week, however limited it is.

Gotta go and knit.


Hot Hot Hot!

Have I complained enough about the weather? Sorry, I can't stop. It's not like I didn't spend three years in wretched urban summer heat and humidity and that I was born in a tropical climate zone. Really, it's because of the lack of ventilation in our place. Yes, all the windows are open but we face the alley so air is not circulating through.

Spent some of the weekend watching movies. What's your opinion of Legally Blonde 2? At first I was hesitant to see it, you know, the whole sequal thing. Rented Laurel Canyon and 24 Hour Party People. Saw the first one, need to watch the second. Not sure what Laurel Canyon was all about. I can't give it a fair assessment since I was sewing while the movie was playing. Hopefully, 24 Hour Party People will be worth the time. I have heard good things about this movie.

Anyhoo, I am trying to finish Nancy. I only have the plackets and collar to knit. Goal for this week is to work on it everyday even if it's only a couple of rows a day.

Here's something else from my productive weekend.

Booties for the little nephew.


Sew, what did I do this weekend?

Went on a garage sale excursion. Didn't find anything worth going to the bank to get cash for. There were lots of sales. I was hoping somebody was selling a decent dresser to replace the one we have. Didn't see much furniture at the sales I hit.

Then went to the eastside to visit a yarn store I heard about, and after much aimless driving (I didn't have the exat address) around an unfamiliar area I located the address...low and behold it has been closed down. That's right, out of business. On the way home I went to the fabric store to rummage around and got sewing fever. I was inspired to sew myself a summery top. Something quick and simple, or so I thought. The pattern looked simple enough. Took me all night and a couple of hours this morning to complete it. I had to shorten the top portion this morning which meant ripping apart the top and bottom portion, cut to correct length, re-sew the gather and sew back the pieces. Wish I realized last night that the top portion was too long and that's why it looked baggy on me. And the armhole was a two-hour ordeal! Should have trusted the instructions...I thought their method would make it look too "home-made" so I attempted to sew the armhole like the neckline and it was a disaster! So, this morning I ripped it out and followed instructions. Very satisfied with the results. Take a look.

Pattern & Cut pieces

Top portion & Almost finished top

Finished! & Me and top

More photos! I updated my project gallery.



Okay, so I just needed to do a little reading and searching to figure out how to create a comment box for my blog. I'm now connected. Let's hear from you.


How did they get that in the lake?

Look at what landed in the lake this weekend. On Saturday driving home we passed by the state ferrry renovation site, which is a couple blocks from us, and there she was. Sort caught me by surprise I had to do a double take. It wasn't there Friday night. We had walked down to the Thai restaurant that is practically across the street from the renovation site and definitely did not see there that night.

Here she is, Empress of the North, up close.

As I was flipping through the new issue of Sunset Monday night I saw an ad for this paddle boat in the travel section. She travels along the Columbia and was advertised as a Lewis and Clark scenic cruise. It's kind of neat to see her in our neighborhood. A change from the ferries that are usually docked there.

Knitting news. Well, not much progress. It's been pretty warm this week and I haven't felt like knitting. I know, I know, I should have the urge regardless of temperature! Also, the weekend was busy with my parents here and my brother's family in town. I've slated tomorrow night for some work. My thursday tv line-up will be Amazing Race, Will & Grace, and that new show where six gay guys make over a straight guy. That will be two hours I can catch up on knitting.


Gallery page

I've set up a gallery for my projects
here. Anyone interested in free photo hosting should check photonavy.

Hot! The weather has been warm lately that I'm missing the usual overcast skies. Am I insane? Maybe it's the lack of an air conditioner. True, there's no need for one if you live in these parts but when the weather is like this for over a month you start wishing you had one. Or at least a deck. I miss the deck at our old place.



Sorry, no knitting pictures yet. I was playing around with the camera yesterday but have not had time to install the software to get the pictures up. Possibly by the end of this weekend.

I did get pictures of my nephews this week from my brother. Cuties!!!

Little Nicholas. He's just over two months old. He's been nicknamed Little Bhudha.

Big brother Alex.

Can you believe these two are brothers? They look nothing alike. You can't see it in this picture but Alex has the cutest curls under the hat.



My camera was delivered toningt. Airborne Express came back in the evening to deliver it. It's pretty nifty. Pictures are coming soon, I promise.

On the knitting front I'm done with one bootie and about to start the next. It took a few tries to get going. Lots of pulling out an starting over and after the third time I got the pattern I wanted. Just hope it will fit one of my nephews. The magic loop is working nicely on the Denise needles.

I've been pretty busy with work that I hardly have time to read my regular knitting blogs. Hopefully things will improve next week but I think things are just gearing up and may not slow down until the end of August. Speaking of August my work is having a craft fair that month. Ten percent of the vendor's sales go to the school for the child patients. There's usually one or two knitters selling there FOs. I sold my pottery last year and made a killing even with the 10% going to the kids. Since then I haven't had time or resources to throw any pottery. It's been about eight months since I've sat at a wheel. But I have knitting now and this hobby I can do in the comfort of my home. No driving to the studio. Though, I miss getting muddy and dusty (when the clay dries).

I'm going back to play with my new toy.


Margarita Monday

One strong margarita on the rocks for me, please. Rough day! At least busy days does make time fly. Too many things to do this month I can't think about it all. Stop asking me to do so many things!! I'm only one person. That was what I was thinking after I turned on my computer this morning. Well, eventhough it's been a stressful Monday my needles did come in the mail. Happy, happy, happy. Everything is there except for one of the short extension which I can live without. If need be I can probably order it from the company. All is left is my camera for the postman to deliver.

I can't motivate myself to finish Shaker, which is from A Treasury of Rowan Knits, only 2 1/2 inches left to go on the back piece. No more shaping to do and I still can't finish it. So I started working on some booties last night. Will try the magic loop method with the needles with this pattern.

Here's to a better day tomorrow.


Footwear completed!

Finished a pair of slippers today. Feeling very accomplished considering that I have been starting projects left and right. The slippers were a cinch, I started last night and was able to complete them today. Will get some pics up soon.

Since I won't be wearing the slippers any time soon check out the sandals I bought this week. Strappy, yes. Sexy, not really...but very comfy.

I won a bid on Ebay last week for the Denise Interchangeable Needles and have been anxiously waiting for them to arrive all this week. Where are they?! They didn't come to day, darn it. So next week the postman will deliver for me the needles and my new camera. Yeah, two packages in one week.