Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Euroflax Lacey Stole

This stole was knit from 4 skeins Euroflax linen. Knitting with linen is just weird. It's like jute and very stiff to work with but once you wash and dry it, something very magical happens. It gets really soft and slinky - just perfect for a shawl or stole. They say it even gets softer with time and use.

Gee, it matches my felted cowboy hat!

DIY: Hankerchief Quilt Blocks

Now that my stole is complete, I can focus on my next project in line. I'm using old floral hankerchiefs cut in half to form into butterflies and then blanket stitching onto 13" cotton squares with embroidery floss. Then will sew the blocks to floral panels and hand quilt. I'll be under the gun to get this birthday gift quilt finished by mid August but no worries.

Isn't a box of organized floss inviting?

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Never Enough Bags

A new shipment of Lantern Moon bags have arrived at Twist and you know a girl can never have too many knitting bags! Jackie got hers with blue lining and I got mine with green. It's a huge bag that has a cell phone holder, zippered pocket and four divided sections surrounded by a roomy interior. It's the kind of bag you can stuff with several projects for a weekend getaway.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Squirrel Whisperer

Half of the fun of golf is the outdoors and being one with nature. I could talk about the temperature reaching 100 degrees today and how hot it was but the highlight of today's game was one friendly squirrel that was hanging around the tee box. I always carry (survival food) snacks and reached into my bag for the peanut butter crackers. I'm pretty sure she's done this before and was playing me and took me for not one but two of my crackers. It was such and ahhhhh moment.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

M&M Choppers Open House

We rode to Galva, KS today to celebrate the open house of our good friends, M&M Choppers. The estrogen level was high and husband was a good sport riding around town with my friends, Sharon and Jana. On the way out of town we stopped by Alef's HD anniversary party (found some new bling!) and Cracker Barrel. M&M had a huge showing for such a little town. There was good friends, beer, live music, dyno runs, bikini girls and a bike show. Just about everything you could want from biker party.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Love Thy Neighbor

Love thy neighbor even more when she comes home with her first Harley! I'm so happy for my next door neighbor, Shawndra, who got her rider's license this year with hopes of getting her own Harley. That dream came true this week when my friend, Jaz, offered to sell her an extra bike she had on hand. She's already talking about getting louder pipes and mini-apes -- there goes the neighborhood!!

A Slouch for all Seasons

This slouch hat from Classic Elite yarns can we be worn year round when knit from cotton. I chose Crystal Palace Bamboozle from Twist Yarn Shop.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Road Trip: Blackwell, OK

Mom and I haven't been able to travel anywhere lately so I thought we'd make a quick day trip to some antique malls in Blackwell, OK. It was only about an hour's drive and the two things I found made the trip worthwhile. Coincidentally, Antique Roadshow is in town this weekend so antiques are in the air. Don't know what it's called but found this metal string cone holder that will be a decorative addition to my sewing room. I've seen this chicken pincushion with tape measurer and thimble holder at other sales priced up to $100. This one's in great condition and a steal for $12!

Friday, July 11, 2008

Road Trip: Knit n Golf

Today was filled with some pretty fun things: a day off of work, good friends, knitting and golf as Pattie, Laurie and I made our way to Manhattan for a yarn stop, chips & beer and 18 holes of golf in Manhattan, KS. Let's start with the yarn. I always find inspiration from

Kenita's samples and designs at Wildflower. You can see my loot right there on the counter in front of her -- I can't wait to start the linen fan shawl pictured. Then a quick stop for the mandatory Mexican food fuel up for an afternoon of golf at the #1 (and most challenging!) golf course in Kansas, Colbert Hills. It winds through hills and valleys with some pretty spectacular views of the Flint Hills and started out to be very intimidating.

But, it wasn't long until we got our groove on and finished with some surprisingly low scores....considering.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Double Knit

Tonight, for fun and instant gratification, I took a class at Twist to learn double knitting instructed by Kris. Our project was this super easy soap bag from cotton. You knit with two colored yarns at once and wrap the sides to form a tube. You can also wrap the yarns to produce a two sided piece of work. It's like the ultimate in mult-tasking! I inserted a very fat and fragrant english rose moisturizing soap bar.

Check out Becca's sporty and oh-so portable spinning wheel. She's really getting this stuff mastered! And Ingrid, girl, isn't it about time for you to pop out that baby?!?

Santa Fe Shawl

Just finished this shawl from the alpaca I purchased on my latest trip to Santa Fe. Vibrant colors always makes me think of my love for New Mexico. I started to make the Landscape shawl and decided against the various stitch patterns, instead opting to knit the whole thing in seed stitch with the flirty picot edging. I'll be sure to take it along for my next trip and those cool summer nights in Santa Fe.