Friday, August 31, 2007

I Can Go!

The nursing instructor gave us the clinical dates on Wednesday night, and I am NOT scheduled the weekend of the KR Retreat!

Now, what knitting projects do I plan on completing for the Friday night Show and Tell?

(Thanks to for the clip art.)

Monday, August 27, 2007


Why oh why didn't I sign up when Tanya first mentioned it? Or when Jane listed the link on her blog? (Oh that's right, I was studying and ignoring my knitting life!)

Now I am way back of the line. There are 16,257 people who will get invites ahead of me. The only people I feel more sorry for are the 2,243 people who will have to wait longer than me. (And the number is getting bigger everyday.)

Hopefully the floodgates will be opening soon as the website will be taken out of beta. Then, about 5,000 invites a week are expected to go out. That means I should be able to get on the site sometime in late September?

I want my oompa loompa, and I want it NOW!

(Unbelievable, I had left a post on the ravelry blog just a few minutes ago, asking for any little bit of update info for us starving people in line, and Casey already responded to me via email!)

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Ready to be Wrapped

With tissue paper and pretty baby wrapping paper!

Friday, August 24, 2007

Crochet is Complete!

The "Heirloom Baby Blanket" is in the hand wash as I write this post. The pattern came from the premiere issue of "crochet today"

I was given a free copy of this magazine at Stitches East 2006. My friend Tanya had made the blanket the previous summer, and I loved it from the start. The fact that the pattern was thrust into my hands for free was a sign that this project had to go on my "to do" list. I waited (with my fingers crossed) to find out if my niece was having a baby girl as this lacy number is very feminine. Then I rushed to my LYS to buy the yarn. I decided on Plymouth Encore DK in a ballerina pink. I am a believer in using yarn that is machine washable when making something for little ones. I wouldn't want to add "hand wash only" responsibilities to a busy new mom's life.

I will post pictures after the shower on Sunday.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Knitting Retreat 2007

Will I be able to go? I hope to find out next week.
I received the email from Clara about this fall's KR retreat last week while on vacation. The information on the retreat can be found here.
I have been able to get away to the retreat for the last 3 years and have always enjoyed the weekend with fellow knitters and KR members
Nursing school may interfere this year. I have clinical (training in the hospital) every OTHER weekend this semester. As of yet, I don't know if my training weekend will be the same as the retreat weekend. Hopefully I will know soon. Classes start Monday (August 27).

Until then I will dream of the Berkshires and the Seven Hills Inn.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

It's a Good Day for a Nap!

Or some knitting.

The rainy weather is a perfect excuse to sit and relax before going back to work tomorrow.
I have spent the day catching up on the blogs I read and watching "Wedding Crashers". I have been icing my left hand as it hurts from the work I've been doing on the baby blanket. (The baby shower is next weekend - only 4 more rounds to go!) Do I dare try to complete another round today? Maybe if I knit something, rather than crochet, I will not be using the same (painful) muscle/joint.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

I Almost Forgot

How hard it is to go into a yarn shop and not buy anything!
This morning's walk included a premeditated visit to the LYS here at the beach, Knitty Gritty.
While the shop carried quite a few yarns available elsewhere, (i.e. Plymouth Encore and Cascade 220) I did manage to find one or 2 things (oops, just looked into the bag, there are 4 items!) that I could use.

Sock yarn still doesn't count as stash, right? I bought a skein of Cherry Tree Hill Supersock yarn in Earth. I have enough sock yarn to make a pair for just about all my relatives, but I'm sure I don't have yarn in this pretty red/brick/blue colorway!

(Day 2 of writing this post - my eldest daughter and her little brother arrived to visit yesterday and we went to the beach and the boardwalk. )

I also found a basket full of Lantern Moon Sox Stix in a basket at the checkout counter. Clara (from KR) had written a review on these needles ( go here to read). Who could resist these rosewood DPN's in the pretty bag?

Well, that's about it, except for the Size 1 Addi Turbo Lace needles, and the darning needles in the clever container (I did need something to hold my needles - they were always getting away from me.)

It's a beautiful sunny day here at the beach. A little warmer than the last few days, but there is always the ocean to cool me off. Have a great day!

Monday, August 13, 2007

Morning Walk - Part III

The thought crossed my mind that I should create a collage - "Doors of Rehoboth". This garden door would certainly be included!

Summer Vacation - Day 3

Morning Walk - Part II

Do you know that the sounds of a bagpipe drift down the beach over the noise of the ocean?

This gentlemen willingly turned around for me to take his picture.
No, I'm not in Ireland!

What I Did on Summer Vacation - Day 3

Don't look, there aren't posts for Day 1 and Day 2.
Synopsis : Day 1 - Get There. Day 2 - Settle In.

To me, one of the best parts about being at the beach is a morning walk by the ocean. It acts as a salve on all of the stress points in your mind and body.

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Almost Done - 2 Nights and 2 Tests To Go

Tomorrow night is my Physiology final. Tonight is the lab practical exam. So while all of my knitting friends are thinking "knit, purl" my mind is considering the wonders of pulmonary ventilation, gastric digestion and how our bodies produce urine.

After one summer of class, words and phrases like lumen, adenosine triphosphate, myenteric plexus and nonkeritanized stratified squamous epithelial cell don't cause me to stop in my tracks to remember their meaning. Isn't that amazing? I didn't get to celebrate the summer of socks, but I have learned a whole new vocabulary.

And, if I can remember back that far, I think there are a couple skeins of new sock yarn in my closet, just waiting to be knit into comfy covers for feet this winter.

Almost done, two more nights!