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3 mile high club & project round up.

So I have been a busy girl, despite my best efforts to start as many projects as I have knitting needles and crochet hooks (and that is a lot believe me), and I actually managed to finish some. At the beginning of the year I did a huge de-stash and have made a concerted effort to work on projects that are already started or use only yarn I already have. In an all time personal record I have made it all the way until now with only buying a few balls of yarn mostly one’s needed to finish projects AND I am still managing to keep on that path. After finding Knitmeter.com I was curious enough to enter all of the projects I have finished this year. The only rule is that it doesn’t count as being out of the stash until it is off the needles. I have been watching the number of yards grow and grow and this week I hit the 3 mile mark! That doesn’t even count the approximately 400 yards I’ve done on the Boneyard shawl I’m almost done with or any of the multiple half done projects still sitting here staring at me.

Now to this week’s impressive bunch of finished objects (not really all that impressive because they are all small, but there is a lot of them). I love the video podcast The Knit Girllls. They have a very active group on Ravelry and host lots of KAL’s, SAL’s and even a swap. This swap is a 12″ knit block swap where you have 2 months to get your partner their swap package. Well, I was thinking the deadline for mailing was the end of the month (nothing like waiting almost 2 months until the deadline right?). Not quite a week ago figured out the deadline was that it had to be mailed today so that there is time for it to arrive by the end of the month. OMG! So, I managed to knit the block, 2 dish/washclothes (actually 5 because “the girl” stole 2 and I frogged one 90% of the way finished), a Grumpysaurus, and an angel bookmark. Here is what the package looked like before I sent it off. All in all I think not a bad weeks worth of knitting and crocheting.

All of these are free patterns and links to all of those patterns can be found from my Ravelry page: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/addknitter00

Also, I think I forgot to post the Mother’s day gift I made for my mom. The pattern is called “Fallberry Mitts” from Knitty.com. However, they look more like “Springberry Mitts” in the lighter colors and sock yarn. I hand dyed the yarn to be like Spring in a garden. It has lots of yellow, which is her favorite color.  We had a very nice visit out on the patio in gorgeous Spring weather that ended up almost being too hot to sit outside. It was so nice that I started wondering if she would be able to use the fingerless mitts before the Fall after all. Then, last weekend she texted me that they had gotten 4″ of snow and expected more. What the heck?! In the middle of May? Oh well, at least she had the mitts.

Gotta love my crooked rings. I think I’m not a very good model.

Last, but not least some sleepy kitty porn:

Yang's prayer: “Dear Lord, please make Yin quit sitting in my spot in the window, please remove screens from said window so I can go get those noisy birds, please make my parents feed me people food, please make my big brother quit ninja attacking me, please make mom give me the recliner for my very own. Amen.”

Spring is here?

Birdwatching

This has been such a weird year for Spring weather. I think that April was a real reminder of the saying “April showers bring May flowers.” Especially since all of our rose bushes seem to be exploding with buds. My dad loves to cut flowers for me when I go over there and he cut the most beautiful red roses that are now halfway opened and look like there are about 6 little rosettes within the bud. So pretty! It has been years since I have had rose bushes and am really enjoying the amount of rose bushes already planted at the new house. After watching the video podcast put out by Herbmentor.com about what to do with rose petals I can’t wait to get back on my feet and make some rose petal honey and rose petal iced tea. Lord knows we have enough rose petals to use. Right now we’ve been cutting them to have fresh flowers in the house and then feeding them to the guinea pigs a day or two later because they love them and need the vast amounts of vitamin c in roses. I guess I should be glad that we aren’t in the midwest where it probably seems more like winter than spring right now. I can’t remember the rule of thumb but I am really hoping that since we had such a wet and cold winter that the summer temps will stay a bit lower.

Tuckered out after birdwatching

I love bright socks, especially if they are crazy and bright like toe socks. When the YOSS group did the Vellamo socks for March (yes I am still catching up to the group since I finished these the last day of April). I really wanted to do them in a black or dark blue and the Opal Feelings self striping yarn but I had just used up my skein of navy blue on my dad’s Opal peacock socks. I decided to use up some of the last of the navy blue for the toes and as soon as I started the striping I found some dark blue which would have been perfect. Oh well, the bright green makes the socks very bright and cheery and makes them the perfect Spring socks. Definitely a mood elevator. I wish the colors had come out better on the picture because they are actually much brighter because I took the pic about 11 pm when there was no natural light in the room. I’m too lazy to take the pic again. I’ve been wearing the socks ever since I finished them and they really have made me feel cheery.

Finally Done!!!