Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Sasha Skirt by Louet Sales

The Sasha Skirt was an absolute joy to knit and fits great. Each ruffle a different pattern attached to a stockinette stitch underskirt. Substituted Euroflax sportweight with southwestern colors in Silky Tweed and Silky Wool by Elsebeth Lavold. To cut expenses, the underskirt was knit in brown Plymouth Wildflower cotton/acrylic. As intended, the top ruffle matches my turquoise perfectly.

Monday, December 26, 2005

Merry Xmas 2005

Had a sandwich tray, chips and dip, roaring fire Christmas Eve with my father-in-law, mom and husband. I was surprised with a Dell MP3 player (of which I can't run yet because I don't have Windows XP) and a black rhinestone Harley belt buckle -- isn't that what every girl needs?? You probably can't make it out but I also got a diamond Harley bar and shield logo necklace. Ordered a new engine for husband's bagger from our good friends @ M&M Choppers.

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Yet Another Skirt

Now that the Christmas sewing projects are complete, I can focus on my obsession with knitted skirts. My knitting coworker, Celi, and I split the cost of this peasant skirt pattern from Louet Sales we ordered online and headed to the LYS. Like always, I was drawn to the most expensive yarn in the shop for this project. For example, just the bottom ruffle is a whopping $40 bucks. I figure I'll be able to budget one ruffle every month!! More to come.....

Christmas Purses

Every year I make homemade Christmas gifts for female friends, cousins and aunts for Christmas. Just couldn't think up a good knitting project so I dusted off my (new) Pfaff sewing machine and constructed a purse pattern idea borrowed from a knitting meetup friend, Libby. Libby explained a girlfriend of hers made up the pattern and sewn them for all her friends. Of course, I had to make one for myself in cowboy boot material.

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Cruizin Hawaii Motorcycle Rentals

Husband and I rented a Harley Davidson Fat Boy for the day and rode along the North Shore of Oahu. It's famous for surfing and the winter tides from Japan were at their highest with 30 foot waves and shorebreak warnings. We stopped for a roadside shrimp lunch, got rained on momentarily in the moutains and had a iguana run across the road in front of us. It was a good ride.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Isle Knits - Honolulu

I was able to locate a knit shop in an office building in downtown Honolulu. Being in a flip flop state of mind, I purchased sock yarn with a pattern that separates for your big toe to wear with flip flops. I was told knitting isn't very popular in Hawaii but natives do knit Lei's out of eyelash yarn. It makes sense - not a great need for sweaters and wool socks with winter temperatures rising to low 80's.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Ocean Knitting

Aloha from Oahua. I started my 2nd Flirty Skirt on the 8 hour plane ride from Dallas to Honolulu. My project has carried over to the beach in Waikiki. Since it's wool, I can only work on it a couple of hours on the beach after sunrise. Knitting on the ocean has got to be my most favorite knitting experience!

Sunday, November 06, 2005

2005 Wichita Toy Run

Warm weather brought out 2,500 motorcycles to the Wichita Toy Run.

Saturday, November 05, 2005

Flirty Skirty

Good skirt patterns are hard to find. Flirty Skirty is a simple stockinette stitch in the round of mindless knitting that you can't put down. Yes, Lia, I am the "Knitting Nazi". I completed it in two days. Stayed up till 2:30 Saturday morning to get it done. Subsituted 5 skeins of Lamb's Prize superwash bulky wool to get gauge on #9 needles. It's a softer wool with plenty of stretch. For a customized fit, I decreased 10 stitches in the CO waist and added them into the hips (1stitch each side 5 times every 7th row) and extended the length to 28". The straight fit works great to sit lower on your hips. I plan to make another in black wool. Posted by Picasa

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Easy Knitting Holiday 2005

What a surprise to find the Holiday 2005 Family Circle Easy Knitting released October 11th. I got mine yesterday at Heritage Hut. You've got to check out the felted knitting bag on the cover and needle case patterns that accompany it. A must for every knitter!

Friday, October 21, 2005

Shawls for United Way

Knitted these shawls in 2 weeks for our United Way charity auction at work. I couldn't part with mine (turquiose) but the pink sold for $24, multi $35, black $32 and autumn colors for $25. All for a great cause. Cast on 108 on 15 needles, alternating yarns and tying knot at ends. To keep the cost economical, I used Yarn Bee novelty yarns from Hobby Lobby. Posted by Picasa

Saturday, October 15, 2005

Bad Brad's BBQ

Unusually warm weather led husband and I to pick a riding destination for the day so we landed at Bad Brad's BBQ in Pawhuska, OK. They claim to have the best BBQ in KS, TX and OK. My favorite are the cowboy beans. Posted by Picasa

Friday, October 07, 2005

Knitted Washcloths

Everyone in the family bathes with knitted cotton washcloths. Sheba loves to lounge in the tub. Posted by Picasa

Saturday, October 01, 2005

Blues, Bikes & BBQ Rally

Fayetteville Posted by Picasa

This was our 3rd year to ride to the Fayetteville, AR rally in October. The weather was excellent and attendance has grown to an estimated 200,000. Hanging around the main drag in Fayetteville with my good riding friend, Stacy and her daughter, Harlee.