Saturday was spent running those errands that you can’t seem to get done during the week and then we bought pillows at Crate & Barrel. It’s the little things, you know? Like freshening up your living room with
with giant flowers. It is spring after all…
Sunday was the best though. I spent over two hours that morning at Imagiknit
listening to Amy of MadelineTosh talk about color theory. Yeah, I know that may not sound like all that, but she was amazing. You could feel her energy and her love for color came through with every word and every bit of dyed yarn she picked up and spoke about. She made the history of color and dye come to life and was able to connect it with the fashionable colors of today. I was amazed at how a few simple rules could change how I look at and combine colors in everyday life… something I’m really not that great at. This, of course, means that I see a pocket color wheel
and a gray scale
in my future to be carried about wherever I go. I wonder if this means I might actually add a bit more color to my wardrobe?
So much knitting has been happening around here. So much! I was able to finish this super cute shawl in the first few days of January. I even washed and blocked it.
OK, I didn’t knit the entire shawl in two days, but I buckled down and powered through the last rows of over 400 stitches so that I could start on a fresh new project in the new year. I believe this is what we call follow-through, right?
This second picture is a bit more true to color. It’s a beautiful grey with bits of blue and purple. MadelineTosh creates such amazing colors. I’ll definitely be knitting with more of this soon. The shawl is called Sugar is Sweet and it’s officially my new fave!
Next I decided to knit up this super quick cowl that should have taken me a small portion of an evening, but instead took me four days of ridiculousness to finish. This ball of yarn right here… it taught me a life lesson. I know, so cliche, but true.
What I realized after knitting, ripping out, being unhappy, knitting again, ripping back, being unhappy, and on and on… is that when my mind is a mess my knitting is a mess. The chaos in my head translates into my knitting. Now I know why several of my projects over the past few months have been practically non-starters or better yet, projects that I knit on and on knowing there were major issues. It’s amazing where you can glean bits of knowledge from, especially when you are open to them. It took me a while, but I finally caught on.
The cowl is finished, but I need good daylight so I’ll get some pics this weekend. Hopefully I’ll have found some buttons by then.
I’m going to leave you with this pic of Joe and Leeloo. I really love it. I was fooling around with my camera after taking a photography class. Took me a few tries to get the settings right, but I think it’s a winner!
I swear she looks like an old man sometime…
So many things this past weekend… maybe that’s why it took me an extra few days to get it all in writing. Or maybe I’m just lazy. You pick.
So let’s start with Friday. Day off from work and spent most of it
working cleaning up around the house. Typical. However, there was pizza making, which I’m getting better at bit by bit. Friday’s pizza making challenge? Rain. Pouring drenching rain. No rain all day until I have everything ready to go and need to get the grill on. Yeah. So despite the obstacles and the soaking of me and not too much of the ingredients I made a pretty fab dinner. The recipe is from Grilled Pizzas & Piadinas. Delish!
Saturday was one of those all around great days. The morning was spent in a techniques class with Ysolda Teague and her new book Little Red in the City. I learned So Much! I am so ready to get started on some sweater/cardigan knitting that to date has not turned out all that well. I really feel like I learned some valuable lessons and well, I was able to meet Ysolda in person as well. FTW!
If you don’t have a chance to take her class definitely check out the book. So much information and really well laid out. It’s a winner!
PS: I love that she talks with her hands!
So, after class and hanging out at A Verb for Keeping Warm for a bit (hope you didn’t miss that spectacular sale!) Joe and Leeloo picked me up and we were off to get the car washed. I know, not much excitement there, but we did stop and take some amazing pictures of the Golden Gate Bridge on our way home.
We took a ton of pictures so I’ll spare you the duplicity, but it was an amazingly clear evening!
So that was my long weekend… Oh wait, Sunday you say? Sunday was a nice lazy day of do nothingness. Or well, more like a day of knitting while watching television and snuggling with Leeloo. A great way to end.
Thought this nice rainy Friday morning would be a good time to catch up on ye olde blog posts. Plus, I’m super caffeinated from drinking like an entire pot of coffee. Whoops.
Leeloo wanted to say hello to the internets this morning…
I’ve started on my to do list and it’s becoming very lengthy today. Of course, if I had been keeping up with things during the week that wouldn’t be the case, but what’s the fun in doing things in a timely manner? A lot, apparently. Note to self: to do list should actually be done, not just looked at while I watch television.
One of the agenda items today is completely ripping back my Safire cardigan. Yeah, only one sleeve left and I’m just now realizing the it’s too small and I’ll never wear it. Actually, that’s not quite true. I’ve known for a while it was too small, but didn’t want to admit it to myself. The result? More unnecessary knitting. I know I’m not the only one that does this, but why? Why do we do this to ourselves?
So, it’s already mid-morning and I’ve wasted enough time on the internets and various other activities for the time being. Now, now is time for cleaning. Whee!