Thursday, March 27, 2008

So excited!

i am so excited i almost can't stand it! it is so hard sitting here at work thinking about this weekend. tomorrow begins what i hope will be a wonderful weekend! friday morning i am going to run and work out early then a friend of mine from church is coming to get me to go to something called Threadfest. there is an article about it here. i can't wait to see what we will discover there. could be great could be nothing but it will be fun! then i am going to get out of town no later than noon and head to Johnson City to meet up with 2 of my most favorite people in the whole world (both blogless). almost immediately after getting into town we are going to a carrie underwood concert at my old college! cheap tickets and good friends will make for tons of fun! after that there will most likely be some food intake and probably some shopping. satrday morning i am going to get up and go work out then we are going to shop and prepare for a surprise party for another friend we are throwing that evening. it is one of our now famous flamingo parties! so fun! cake baking and decorating will commence. after everything is put together we are headed to starbucks to chill and take some time to catch up. dinner will be at our old standard: Cheddars for some spinach dip and other wonderful foods! yum! my mouth is watering just thinking about it! after dinner the surprise party will commence! who knows what all will go on...good times. sunday i will get up and go to my favorite church in the world then hit the road. my knitting group meets sunday at 5pm so i am hoping to make it back for that! it is going to be a great weekend! pictures to come when i get back!

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Happy Easter!

Oh how i have always loved Easter time: the spring time weather trying to sneak its way in, the beautiful blue skies, spring break, the easter egg hunts, a new dress or outfit, new shoes, and sometimes we even curled my hair for the holiday! what a fun time! i used to love my parents easter egg hunts because there was always money in the eggs instead of candy! i would get plenty of candy at the church egg hunt...the money was awesome! it was and still is such a special holiday at church. everyone is so excited and happy and sometimes you see people that you might not have seen in years! there is such a stir in the air because: HE IS RISEN! what glorious news!

there is also a funny side of easter found in comics and online in various places. i leave you with a few holiday funnies that i found today:

With Apologies to Blondes comes an Easter joke:

Three blondes died and are at the pearly gates of heaven. St. Peter tells them that they can enter the gates if they can answer one simple question. St. Peter asks the first blonde, "What is Easter?" The blonde replies, "Oh, that's easy! It's the holiday in November when everyone gets together, eats turkey, and are thankful and stuff..." "Wrong!," replies St. Peter, and proceeds to ask the second blonde the same question, "What is Easter?" The second blonde replies, "Easter is the holiday in December when we put up a nice tree, exchange presents, and drink eggnog." St. Peter looks at the second blonde, shakes his head in disgust, tells her she's wrong, and then peers over his glasses at the third blonde and asks, "What is Easter?" The third blonde smiles confidently and looks St. Peter in the eyes, "I know what Easter is." "Oh?" says St. Peter, incredulously. "Easter is the Christian holiday, that coincides with the Jewish celebration of Passover. Jesus and his disciples were eating at the last supper. Then the Romans took him to be crucified and he was stabbed in the side, made to wear a crown of thorns, and was hung on a cross with nails through his hands. He was buried in a nearby cave which was sealed off by a large boulder." St. Peter smiles broadly with delight. Then the third blonde continues, "Every year the boulder is moved aside so that Jesus can come out...and, if he sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter."

Both of these funnies were found here. Happy Easter to you all!!!

i promise knittng content next time!

Friday, March 21, 2008

Happy Spring - Belated!

Happy Spring everyone! i can't believe it is officially spring time! part of me is glad the warmer weather is kind of a welcome site but then that also means that the horrors of a tennessee summer is just around the corner. one thing that i have always dearly loved about spring time is the spring flowers that are bloming everywhere. Here the trees are bloming, the daffodils are blooming, and the Easter Lilies are in the stores! I love love love fresh flowers! so today, the day after the first day of spring, i leave you with daffodils (or buttercups) in bloom:

Monday, March 17, 2008

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Just taking a moment to wish you all a Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Be careful out there tonight if you plan on spending the evening drinking green alcohlic beverages! more knitting/crafting news to come soon! stay tuned!

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Picture of my FIRST sweater!

ok just as i latest finished object:


Pattern: Reynolds Utopia #82260, Yoked Cardigan
Yarn: Caron Simply Soft, color: Soft Blue
Needles: US 8s, 13 inch straights
Made for: I don't know yet, just wanted to make it
Timeline: February 21, 2008-March 8, 2008

Saturday, March 08, 2008

FO but no pics...yet!

i have exciting news! i finished my first garment this week! i can't believe it! it is a baby sweater and i used stash yarn! i know everyone is proud...haha! well, it lacks one button and that special button has not been chosen yet. i am hoping to make it over to jo-anns on my way home from work tonight to pick something out. i can't wait to show it off. i will take pics tomorrow! maybe there will be enough snow left over to get some cute ones in the snow.

so i only needed a little help with the sweater, and it makes me mad. i got the whole thing done...attached the sleeves, everythingand got to the yoke and just couldn't figure it out. i went to my closest local yarn shop to beg for help (begging because i didn't buy the yarn or the pattern there). one of the shop owners has been coming to the monthly knitting meeting at the library so she has gotten to know me and graciously said she would help me. she knew what was wrong before i even explained what was going on. you see, i guess i had never had to yo when going from a kint to a purl stitch. well when doing this you have to wrap the yarn twice. here is a better explaination from here:

Single Yarn Over Going from Knitting to Purling

When you're knitting along and come to a spot where a YO is to be inserted, and the next stitch is a purl, you bring the yarn to the front of the work between the needle points as before, then wrap it over the needle once more to make the hole. Sort of a combination technique.

i just couldn't figure this out on my own. i knew i was doing somethng wrong but i had no idea how to fix it. she said this was something they see in the store a lot. that made me feel a bit better. i really wanted to finish the sweater without any help just to prove that i could do it but oh well. at least i did it and i am itching to start another!

i promise to post pics tomorrow! it is so cute!