Saturday, September 29, 2007

Many Thanks!

Thank you all who left comments regarding the Swan Lake MS3 shawl/stole. We're not real good about taking pictures here but we love showing off the knitting to you. Your comments were very much appreciated!

I got my invitation to Ravelry this week so I've been busy trying to figure that out. Trying real hard not to spend so much time on the computer but shoot, that website doesn't help at all! For those of you on there already my screen name is ScrappyKnitter (all one word), so stop by and say hello. I'll try to figure out how to read it.
Just cause she's so dang cute!

Have a wonderful weekend and Happy Knitting!

Friday, September 28, 2007

Introducing Swan Lake

Stats: Yarn: Zephyr Wool Silk, color suede, about 1 -1/4 skeins
Beads: Beadwrangler, #217 (clear with copper center) size 8 Seed Beads
Needles: Size 5 addi turbo (the old ones, I don't have the new lace ones)
Started: June 29, 2007 , finished it on Tuesday, September 25th, 2007
Pattern: Mystery Stole 3 by Melanie, named Swan Lake Stole
For: Me

I really enjoyed knitting this stole and was amazed at the beautiful pattern that emerged as I went from chart to chart. This is the first time I've knit lace with this tiny, tiny yarn. I usually use fingering weight. I loved working with it and can't wait to find another lace project since I have another hank of it in a pale pinky/mauve color.

I am HOOKED on putting beads on lace. This new way of doing it is so much better than stringing 2000 beads onto your yarn before you even start knitting. I had a great time with my Great Grandmother's crochet hooks. I had ordered some to use for this KAL but half way thru I looked to see if Nannie ever used hooks that little and sure enough, she used some really small ones, so I used one of hers. Made it all the more special.

I've only been knitting lace with charts and lace weight/fingering weight yarn for about 2 years! My very first blog entry, all the way back to 2005, last entry, is my first lace shawl. I never thought I'd be able to figure out all those little symbols. Now, I can't do it any other way. I'm so glad I took that class from Needlecraft University and that shawl pattern was their lace class. I've been hooked since.

Now, without further adieu, Swan Lake. (You can click on picture for closer inspection)

My little helpers
Happy Knitting!

Tuesday, September 25, 2007


Get it? LOL
After the bath.
The wing. See the Baby Girls hedgehog at the end? He got to stay home with me this year.
Close up of those gorgeous beads.
MS3, a finished object.
I will get "glamour" shots tomorrow when it's all dry and ready for the public view. BTB was putting up the trim on the stairs so I had to use the Baby Girls room, which is still jam packed with her things, instead of the hallway as I usually do, so the pictures aren't as clear. This gives you an idea of what it looks like. More pictures later.

And, I'd like to thank the following for all their help in the knitting and blocking of my MS3. I couldn't have done it without them. Thanks guys! (see Maggi over pugs back? she helped, too)
Not one taker for the Rebecca magazine! Jeesh, what is it with you guys? I have stuff to get rid of, I have to get my house cleaned and I can't even GIVE stuff away! One more try - first one to say they want it in the comments gets it. My 2 daughters don't count.

Happy Knitting!

Friday, September 21, 2007

I Held Her Travel Sock!

I had such a good time! Stephanie Pearl McPhee is the best speaker I've ever heard and she had me in stitches thru her entire hour and a 1/2 talk. She tells the funniest stories about knitters, knitting, people related to knitters and strangers and the tears are running down my face and she never EVER cracks a smile. She is amazing.

The Welcome sign on stage. It was put on by Knitch, a yarn shop in Atlanta that is AWESOME and has a huge selection of yarn.

The Yarn Harlot! And yes, she kept her smile thru about 2 1/2 hours of signing her name!
The Scrappy Knitter and The Yarn Harlot. I got to hold her sock! Ha! I'd like to thank BTB for taking the picture. He got to come in after she spoke and hang out with me while we waited in line for her to sign my book. Thanks Darlin'!
The stash! I am trying to be very careful about buying more yarn. My closet has no more room for anything. I did buy some Fino (alpaca and silk) in a beautiful plum color, some Louet kid mohair and linen called KidLin in a pinkish color (really soft), a skein of Noro Daria in a multi color to make the pug a leash (yes, she's a little spoiled, but it's a beautiful leash), 2 Brittany crochet hooks, Brittany double points, size 6, for the leash, an SSK magnet for my car, a Rebecca magazine which I do not like and probably will not buy again (if you want it, leave an e-mail, be the first and I'll mail it out to you), coilless pins, a pad, a kit to learn entrelac and, are you ready? AND, a BLACK SHEEP measuring tape! Yippy! Finally.
Here's the pug, in her "traveling outfit." We all had a great time, enjoyed Atlanta (but NOT the traffic) and I loved the 2 yarn shops. Oh, we went to Macon on Thursday and found a yarn shop there. It's called Creative Yarns and is another must see yarn shop. Nice people, LOTS of beautiful yarn, fiber for you spinners and several kits. I love kits.
I am now onto clue 7 of my MS3 stole so hope to have that done by the end of the weekend. I sat outside with the pug all day Wednesday and knit in the sunshine and cool breezes while BTB and the Baby Boy and his 2 friends went to a Sporting Clay club. Camping is a relaxing passtime that our family has enjoyed from the beginning of time. It's great for a day of knitting!

Happy Knitting!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

See Ya!

Going to see the Yarn Harlot. Decided to make a trip out of it so we're taking the camper and puppies and spending 5 days in the Big, Big city. Get to see the Baby Boy too. I'll try to blog when we get back. Do I need to say I'M EXCITED? It's like going to see an old friend and she doesn't know me from Adam!
Happy Knitting!
I'm Maggi. I get to go camping! We have to take that little spoiled bratt too, but that's okay, she likes to take walks with me around the campground. See Ya!

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Birthday Weekend

Happy Birthday Lyssa Cirrie!
She was 10 yesterday.

Happy Birthday Oldest Daughter!
She is 30 today!

I don't have any pictures in this computer of either of them. I also don't have any of my knitting today but I'm working on it. I've been making lots of progress and will hopefully have a FO report on something soon. I keep running out of yarn, or need further directions on something and then have to wait. So, soon.

I didn't sell one single book, so, I guess that's not the way to get rid of knitting books. Some people are really good at it (and have a ton of readers) and some, like me, aren't.

Hope you all had a great holiday weekend and Happy Knitting!