Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Thanks to everyone who participated in the contest!
Sunday, November 26, 2006
"The world is full of obvious things which nobody by any chance ever observes" Sherlock declares in chapter three of The Hound of the Baskervilles. Observe the common dishcloth.
Now - take a closer look -
Elementary my dear Watson, elementary!
You can find the pattern here
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
My granddaughter was helping me organize my books and magazines today. We were sorting them into piles and she was trying to guess how many were in a pile, and then count them to see if she was right. I had to come up with prizes for when she guess correctly! It was so much fun, I decided to invite you to play. This is my pile of knitting magazines. Guess how many magazines are in this pile and e-mail your guess to firstname.lastname@example.org. by midnight PST on Monday, November 27. In case of ties, Tori will do the honors of picking the winner.
The prize - something that everyone needs, especially at this time of year - More "Time to Knit".
I have always loved Thanksgiving.
I have loved the idea of having family near.
I love the smell of roasting turkey.
I enjoy the good food and the remembering of grand childhood.
I love the eating and laughter (and we laugh a lot).
I love the fact that we are not only joining together to break bread
but to join together in prayer.
We pray for the food and our health.
We pray for those we love who are gone never to return.
We pray for our family members who are not joining us on this day.
We pray that they return safely to us soon.
I thank you for this internet, knitting, mystery friendship.
And, I wish for you my friends, a joyous Thanksgiving.
May you and those you love be blessed with a wonderful day.
Saturday, November 18, 2006
She has also promised me that it will not require a lot of time or money - something we are all in short supply of at this time of year. I will pass along the details as she reveals them to me!
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Saturday, November 11, 2006
Here is my Alpaca scarf for my Needled to Death project. I used Knitpicks Decadence 100% Alpaca in the Spring Leaf colorway. The pattern is the Super Yak Scarf from One Skein Wonders (I love that book!)
I doubt if there were any Yaks on Vickie Claymore's alpaca farm, but I suppose there could have been. I worked the pattern from a chart which was a new experience for me. Charts have always been a mystery to me - what in the world do all those dots, slanted lines, etc. mean. But after unraveling (frogging) several times, the pattern became clear and I have solved the mystery of working with charts! Of course my scarf has lots of twists and turns like the book, including a "make 7" stitch in which you make 7 stitches out of one. I think that this scarf was as much of a challenge to me as solving the case of Vickie Claymore's murder was to Kelly.....and I didn't have Maggie Sefton to help me!
Don't forget to post your projects by November 15 to win 2 skeins of Shelly's own handspun alpaca!!!!
Friday, November 10, 2006
I haven't yet finished the project as it was a lovely felted bag and I am awaiting the sewing skills of my mum so she can line it for me. I promise that when it is 100% complete I will show all.
I am afraid that the excitment of the mystery over took me and I forgot to take a picture before any unravelling began,
My ball after aboout 1/3 of the yarn was unravelled.
These were the first two items to be revealed.
Here is the loot contained within the yarn, except the chocolate bar (very nice dark chocolate)and the glow in the dark vampire teeth (quickly swiped by karl, 24 going on 4! who had a whale of time with them) and the sugar and cream cotton. Also pictured is the ball of yarn once items were removed. I had great fun unwinding the yarn and loved the book - i have read it now nad it was really good, just shame that the series is not available in the UK. I also really liked the bunjy bookmark - which can be seen in use on the book. I am always loosing bookmarks because they fall out of the pages but this is brilliant. An excellent idea and I use it all the time!
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
I'll try working on it this weekend - but I'm almost afraid to tempt fate!
I just received my mystery yarn ball package today. Beautiful yarn, flower pattern washcloth to knit, Hershey's kisses popping out, which hubby kept snitching. Plus a stich holder popped out too! I will need to get the correct needles (something I need to start buying up) and will be starting to knit soon, of course with hubby's help. Thanks to my mystery lady.
Just a quick thank you to Shell for my package. Simple deduction and some blogging and my mystery was solved, (at least I hope it was). I love your yarns. Hubby loved the kisses.
Sunday, November 05, 2006
The deadline for posting is midnight PST on November 15 - so you still have time to enter your project.