Myrtle Beach was awesome!!! No knitting got done, but I did get to spend some quality time with the family. We spent most of the time at the beach or just hanging in the pool at our condo. My nieces spent some time body boarding in the ocean.
You'll notice that in the above pictures the girls aren't out very far, but they were so darn cute riding the waves! My sis and I got into the action, too, but no photographs are going to make it to blog with me (or her) in a swim suit.
The hat made it down to the beach, though it mostly got worn by my nieces.
And on the day I had to come home... I woke up with strep throat. I guess all the excitement wore me out. So I'm home now, and I'm fairly miserable. But I'm knitting! The summer sweater is on hold because of the lack of yarn. Plus, my cats kind of got hold of it while I was away. So the yarn is a little tangly. And I'm in no mood to untangle. So I'm working on a seed stitch scarf.
This was supposed to be a scarf for my best friend Rhonda, but alas, I loved it so much, I'm keeping it for myself. Granted, I started it before Christmas last year, but I'm on a yarn diet, and there's no making anything new til I finish up the WIPs. Or at least work on them a little bit...
Vacation... had to get away...
If anyone knows who sings that, wonderful! We need to get together and share CDs.
I'm still awake, and I need to be sleeping, because tomorrow morning, I'm hauling myself out of bed earlier than normal and hitting the road. I heard from someone that the I-95/Beltway interchange was down to one lane this weekend. This could be a total rumore, but I'm not taking any chances. Sure, I could take time out of my busy life to look the truth up, or possibly call the proper authorities and ask if that is, in fact, true. However, being the lazy person that I am, I'm getting my butt up early. Plus, who doesn't want to get to the beach in time for prime sunshine? I mean, really...
I finished the decreases for my armhole. And they don't look as bad as the back. How do you do nice looking bind offs? I still have NOT mastered that. I'm thinking of frogging the back down to the beginning of the decreases and attempting to get them to look nicer. There are two reasons for this:
A. The armholes for the back seem HUGE.
B. I'm going to run out of yarn.
Yes, I know... always buy an extra skein. Well, I thought I had PLENTY. The pattern called for less than 600 yards. I have 620 yards. Granted, the pattern was also written for Lion Brand Cotton-Ease, on a smaller needle. But I really thought that I'd have enough. I think that I'll have just enough to do the mock turtleneck (rather than a full-blown turtleneck) which is exactly what I want. I mean, really, a shell with a turtle neck. Are you cold or hot? Hot or cold? Make up your mind! But... since I have the wonky bind offs on the back, I also wanted to put a ribbed border on the sleeves. I know I don't got enough yarn for that. Soo... to Woolwinders I went, looking for the beloved cotton fleece in Nymph (Brown Sheep's Name, not mine). And what color does Woolwinders not have in stock? And what brand of yarn is Woolwinders going to stop carrying? Yup, Nymph. Yup, Brown Sheep. So I'm out of luck as far as getting more goes. I'm going to search for yarn shops in Myrtle Beach, and see if they have the color I need. If not, I have a few options, but I'm not giving up! I will search the entire Eastern seaboard for this yarn! Well... maybe I'll drive down to Springwater next weekend if I don't find it at the beach.
The laptop is coming on vacation with me. They say there's no better way for two individuals to determine if they should truly be together than to travel together. Laptop has been bad lately. Laptop and I need to break up, so I'm giving him this one last shot. If he doesn't behave on vacation, he's going back to the IT department. I'm swapping him for a new one.
Well... almost. I still have to sew the bottom support into place. Taking a cue from Stitch N' Bitch Nation's Saucy Tote, I decided to use plastic canvas as the support for the bag bottom. The pattern called for cardboard, however, I think that would have slid around a bit. With the plastic canvas, I can use the holes in the canvas, along with some thread, to hold the canvas in place. Good call to the designer of the Saucy Tote. I think I might be adventurous and attempt to embroider something on the bag while I'm tacking the plastic canvas. That way, I'll have a saucy beach bag. By the way, the pattern for my beach bag can be found here.
In knitting news, I finally did some work on the summer sweater. Just more mindless stockinette stitch. It was so nice to sit down and knit tonight, though. The past few weeks have been pretty crazy. I finally caught up on some shows tonight, while knitting... then purling... then knitting... then purling. The cats decided that they'd had enough of me running around, too, so they camped out on my lap tonight. When the knitting... then purling... then knitting... got to be too much for them, they cuddled up on the couch for a nice nap.
And I don't even have to pose them like that!
***A little disclaimer... I took that picture a few weeks ago, however, they were in that exact same position tonight. I swear! My camera is apparently seeking emancipation from my computer, so no downloading pics to this PC. The work computer is the only one my camera is speaking to, and I'm not going to work just to download pics from the camera. More kitty pictures to come, though. I promise
Hi. My name is Amy. Its been a week since I last picked up the needles. I'm starting to feel anxious, like I don't quite know how to fit into society any more. I'm hoping that soon, someone intervenes and puts those sticks back in my hands. Someone needs to lead me to a yarn store, so I can fondle the angora and mohair blends. I feel empty without yarn and knitting needles. Its a pain that goes deeper than anything I've ever felt before.
OK, enough of that... I think you get the drift that I haven't been knitting. And it IS NOT a good thing. I've been so busy! I just got assigned to a big ol' project at work, and I have NO idea how to use the software, so I've had to work late in order to get myself up to par. I'm also attempting to make a beach bag for vacation, which happens in less than two weeks (Look out Myrtle, here I come!). The beach bag will be cute, but... I'm sewing it. Not knitting. I wish I were knitting the Kitchen Sink bag from knitty. I just don't have the time to do it. I should finish the beach bag by Thursday, though, so pictures will follow. I didn't get to work on anything this weekend, as I travelled to Ohio in order to spend the holiday with my family.
The Ohio trip was AWESOME!!!! Friday night I drove home. I dealt with this for three hours, then decided to go a "new" way back. What a trip that was! It took me over 8 hours to travel what normally takes me six. I was headed to Todd's 30th birthday party, so the trip seemed endless. Saturday, I got to spend time with my sister and the nieces and my brother-in-law. Rachel ended up losing one of her front teeth.
The other one is on the way out. On Sunday, my parents and I spent the day lounging in my sister's pool.
And on Monday, I went to a picnic at my sister's... again, with the pool. Rhonda and Todd came to the party, as well.
All in all, a good time was had by all. It is now time to get back to the crafty grindstone and finish that summer sweater. But first, I gotta get to beach bagging...