31 October 2006

Dear Kristen,

I am back to work after a VERY long weekend of work with a Monday off for good measure, so in an effort to remind myself that a one day weekend really is enough I thought I would list Tuesday's finer points for you.

1) It's Halloween!
2) I have a jack 'o lantern in my house.
3) My car is getting an oil change.
4) Tonight is the student knitting group at my house which means I will hopefully finish the socks I am working on!
5) Our Director of Student Activities is dressed up as a Witch with green and black stripped tights and all.

Alas there are still no pictures...I've been too lazy.

Happy Halloween!


17 October 2006

Pastoral Provocation

Dear Kristen,

The muse 0f blog maintainance has not been kind to me and refuses to allow me to put up any of my FO or UFO images so instead we must be content with this particularly pastoral photograph which torments me.

When I visited CT for my ordination Simon and I took his parents to Old Surbridge Village. It was wool dying day and I fell in love with a small skein of yarn (photographed in the basket - it's on the far left) dyed this incredible melony-peachy color. It was subtle and vibrant at the same time, so completely different from anything I had ever admired before. I lusted after it. I visited it 4 times while I was there. And I was DENIED... They sell charming fabric squares, miniature spindles with miniature fleces, cable needles, and learn-to-knit kits but NO YARN! Are they INSANE????

In other knitting news...
I've completed the first in a pair of socks for my sister for christmas.
I finished a miniature shawl for the International Scarf Exchange and it is now on it's way to Singapore.
In order to complete the shawl in style I also made about 14 beaded stitch markers, two of which are accompanying the shawl on it's trans-atlantic journey.
My first shawl made for me is also complete - I wore it to work yesterday!
I'm about 3/4 of the way finished with the back of my Sabbath Sweater.
I haven't touched the cabled summer sweater in ages but I'll get back to it soon...

And I have fantabulous photos of all of it! But the muses are not on my side.

I can't wait to see the photos of your completed Christmas knitting! Especially the Cambridge sweater. I'd really like to make one for Simon but I'm not sure about my sweater knitting skills yet (actually it's the seaming that scares me). Your ideas sounds really incredible and I'm sure they will be much loved.

It's been great to hear from you! Sorry I've missed the updating boat. It keeps leaving port when I'm in the middle of a crisis at work. Are we surprised???


10 October 2006

one skein pal strikes again!

oh my word, i just got the coolest package from my one skein pal! he knit me a pretty noro tea cozy and just had to send it complete with tea pot, mug, and some tea! i'm soooo excited. i'm pretty sure you already know how much i love tea, but if not, I LOVE TEA. and i've never tried the stuff he sent, so i'm uber-excited about it!

isn't it all gorgeous! i can't wait to use it. today's the perfect day, too, as i have a nasty cold and need some hot beverages. :) i'm also going to add his blog to our little list over there (now that i know who he is) - he seems like a really cool knitter and besides, he gave me awesome gifts!

in fact, i don't know whether i ever posted pics of the last gift - i think it came while my internet wasn't working. anyway, i got some noro and a cute little garden gnome and a copy of a tale of two cities. i made the noro into a felted hat:

ok, that's all for now. i'm pretty tired and sick-feeling, but i just had to share my new awesome stuff! i'll post pics soon of dan's scarf, dad's sweater, and my grandmother's sweater. (i haven't started her sweater yet, but it'll go quick - it's manos on size 9s or 10s. much faster than dad's - sport weight on size 4s!) i hope you're doing well! i can't wait to hear what you're working on and how we're doing!