Wednesday, October 29, 2008

The Cutest Little Man In The Universe

I couldn't resist posting a photo of my nephew in one of the sweaters I knit for him. It's a little big, but he's still so stylish. I manipulated Fran's Hooded Baby Sweater...this one has no hood, and I changed just a few things about the layout of the body. I could've used a burlap sack and it would still look so stinkin' cute on this little guy...

I had a marvelous time visiting my nephew, sister, and brother-in-law. I didn't get hardly any knitting done, and therefore fell behind in my fair isle class..... It was worth it, though. That sweet little boy was more thereapuetic than any knitting I could have done. Except when his diaper leaked in my lap.....

He's going to be so spoiled....and I'm going to love every minute of spoiling him. Look at that sweet little face....

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Weekend Update weekend updates aren't as funny as the ones on Saturday Night Live. This is a report on my weekend in the cabin!!

October 10th thru 12th I was tucked away in the woods at a lakeside cabin in Minnesota. I still don't know really where it was, and had I not had step-by-step instructions, I might still be trying to find my way there. The drive there, though a bit rainy, was gorgeous. So many fall colors, a few rolling was pristine!

There were 12 women who attended this retreat. Eleven scrapbookers and me - the sole knitter/crocheter. Well, there were other women who do knit and/or crochet, but this weekend I was the only one not scrapbooking. Can I just say, that if my husband ever tries to tell me knitting is an expensive hobby - I will threaten to start scrapbooking! Good grief there are a lot of gizmos and doo-dads and supplies!!

Friday evening was the first evening there. Everyone was introduced and started crafting right away. I was recovering from a busy week at work, so I called it a night at about 11:00. There were four bedrooms, and three twin beds to a room. My bed happened to be in the middle of the other two. At some point during the night, I was having this odd dream. This super annoying man was this.....really monotone.....stopping and starting.....and it was so annoying.....In my dream, I put my hands over my ears and yelled, "SHUT UP!" because I couldn't take his talking any longer. I woke myself up. I was lying in bed, awake, and I heard his voice. The monotone, rhythmic, annoying voice. I was one of the gals in my room ~ snoring. Her snoring was playing in to my dream as the most annoying voice on the planet. I had a hard time falling back asleep.......because of......the snoring........ugh.

About 7:00 a.m. Saturday, I couldn't take it any longer and got up. I was the first one to shower, and the first one awake. I decided to throw some shoes on and take a little nature walk. It was so peaceful, so calm, and such a beautiful morning. Check out the view across the lake when I walked down to the dock!

Saturday was a productive day. I spent nine hours on this jacket and am almost finished with it. I have the matching hat and booties to make yet and oh how I despise fuzzy yarn now.....

After midnight, as I was working on a hat and knitting quietly in the living room of the cabin, the retreat organized asked to have everyone's attention. Then she started and everyone else joined in - to sing Happy Birthday to me. It was Sunday, after all, and Sunday was my birthday. They presented me with a beautiful card that everyone signed and it was so very sweet, and I was so grateful!!

In the wee hours of Sunday morning, after everyone had gone to bed, there was a ridiculous thunder storm. Thunder, lightning, hard rain - it was lovely. Something about a thunderstorm while you're snuggled in a cabin is just so neat. I didn't mind that it had interrupted my sleep.

All in all it was a fabulous time, I got a lot of knitting and crocheting done, and I met lots of wonderful, beautiful women! And they are serious about their scrapbooking!

Friday, October 3, 2008

Weekend Get-Away

I am becoming more and more excited about next weekend. Next Friday after work, I will hop in my car, drive about an hour from here, and seclude myself in a cabin for an entire weekend where the only thing required of me will be - that I knit. I am crashing a scrapbooking retreat so I can hunker down and make some headway on the many projects I have started, or need to start, so I can hopefully finish before Christmas.

The following Sunday is also my birthday, so the chance to get away to a lakeside cabin, knit to my heart's content, and mostly have no other responsibilities, has me in stitches. (I couldn't resist....) It's a gift I'm very happy about giving myself.

I have to work on a project for a fair isle knitting class I'm taking, work on the Christmas gifts of four family members, and start making items to sell at a local holiday craft fair in November.

That may sound like a lot, but I say, "Bring it on!"

And let the knitting dedicated weekend begin. Happy birthday to meeeeee!!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Different Direction

I took a different direction today.

I felt it necessary to create a separate spot for it.

If you feel compelled to check out more ramblings of mine....they're here:

Whispers in the world. It will make sense. Hopefully. One day. :o)