Wednesday, August 27, 2008

New stuff's a brewin'

After finishing the blanket I decided I wanted to do another large project so I finally cast on for the Cardigan for Arwen in luscious Noro Cash Iroha. I had to frog about 6 inches because the gauge was off, but now I'm on a slow but steady roll. It's actually a pretty rust color but it looks a little washed out in this photo.

More excitingly though, this time last week I was surprised with a new baby bird! Basically after carefully candling the eggs of three female birds for over five years one slipped passed me. I realized last Tuesday night that one looked awfully dark which either meant it had gone bad or something was growing inside. By the next night I had my answer. So now I have SIX cockatiels. SIX! But you know what, I don't care, s/he's so ugo that s/he's cute and really, what's one more bird?

Just born!

Feeding at less than two days old

And here's tonight at one week - look at how quickly it grew! It looks like some weird little fluffy dinosaur or something doesn't it? Yes, you will be seeing a lot more bird pictures, I just can't help myself!

Monday, August 18, 2008

Tis Done!

The Lion Brand Artful Afghan was finally finished on Saturday! It's not as a big as I would like but it's still a great great throw and I can't wait to see if the blocking helped at all. It's supposed to be 64" at it's biggest point which seems to be diagonal - mine's about 60ish. I would definitely do this pattern again with a heavier weight and bigger needle or do it in the same yarn as a child's blanket. Either way I'm so happy with the colors I picked - a big worry of mine in the beginning. As previously mentioned, one of the Knit Picks cables broke during the making of the blanket but they decided to replace the cable after-all even though it was out of warranty - I actually already received it, can you believe that?
On a gardening note, my first two Morning Glory flowers FINALLY bloomed. I've never had a problem with the in all these years but for the first time ever I was thinking I was just not going to see a single flower this summer even though they grew all the way up to the rain gutters. Hopefully this is only the beginning in the blooming to come.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Oh for knits sake!

The blanket is very near done and I couldn't be happier. However there was a small glitch this weekend which really hindered my progress... Uhh yeah, the cable broke on one of my needles mid-knit! Of course this decides to happen while I'm away at my friends lake house (perfect knitting venue) so now I'm sitting there scrambling to put the stitches back on the cord and tie it shut so they don't slip off again. I even tried my most favorite of products, Krazy Glue, but that didn't work either. Sadness. The only saving grace is that I had a second cable at home so things should be good from here on out (fingers crossed).
I know, it's hard to get an idea of what it's going to look like (should have taken a picture when I was switching the cables out) but I think it's gonna be a new favorite of mine. I'm not sure what to work on next, but I'm inspired by large items so I may start a sweater. Of course after this weekend I got orders from all the girls for Fetchings, Pantas and pulse warmers so a sweater might have to wait. Oh and a funny hat. And a scarf. They're going to turn me into a one woman sweat-shop! (not that I mind in the least)
Lastly, in knitting news, I had to give away the Monkeys to my size 5&1/2 footed friend because I apparently felted them in the wash and they have no more give to get them over the heel. I mean, technically I got into them, but if you break a sweat putting on socks it's time to release them into the wild. I guess that means I'll just have to make another pair one of these days.

Nikki's happy feet

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