Thursday, December 27, 2007

Yeah, yeah

So, yeah, it's been a while. Call it the usual fall craziness, but throw in a good dose of bad internet connection too. It's hard to blog on dial up. We had another good studio tour again. I've enjoyed having some time off from the pottery work this month. Especially since someone has decided to nap much less during the day.

Who Me?

This was our Christmas card image. Thanks to his Aunt Elaine for the outfit.

There has been lots of gift knitting which I couldn't show anyway. I won a bag of yarn (10 balls of Berroco Lavish) in a contest from Amy. It was not something I could imagine using myself, so I vowed to use it all up for a gift. My aunt Patti won it in our gift exchange, and immediately perpetuated every stereotype about shawls.


I also knit a pair of Fetching fingerless gloves for Kevin's niece. More of these to come. This pair is made from one ball of Debbie Bliss Cotton Angora.


I'm working on several projects, one more gift with a deadline, a couple pairs of socks, and still my poor Rogue sweater that hasn't had a stitch added in at least 6 weeks. So hopefully after the last holiday knit is done, and the last celebration completed this weekend I can get in some more regular posts.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Time Change

Am I the only one who HATES the time change? The sun wakes us up in the morning and it's dark before dinner. Let's just stay on Daylight savings all year.
Yeah, Ok I'm a little late, but I've had sketchy internet for over a week and I did start this post when it was a little more timely.

The boy is looking lots different these days. Lots of hair has fallen out, but what's left is really long. He's making lots of noises, often starting at 6am.


He's been practicing the rolling thing, but he hasn't quite gotten there yet. He still can't figure out how to get that bottom arm out of the way.

And finally I'm working on my Christmas presents. This is the first of a pair of Fetching fingerless gloves. I have since finished this pair and the first of a second.

It's pretty nice to do a few small projects, instant gratification.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Lucas

My brother Lucas was featured in the Raleigh News and Observer this weekend!
Read the article here.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Busy Times

First, I did promise some knitting content. I finished up my blue socks. They were a great traveling project and I did most of the second sock in the car at various times. And of course I had to do a matching pair, right?


Yarn: Interlacements Tiny Toes
Pattern: Toe up with Gusset from Wendy

Uncle Lucas and Aunt Elaine came to visit this weekend! It was great to have some extra hands at the Potters Market to help keep us all occupied on Sunday. The show went really well with lots of people and lots of sales.


Saturday, September 29, 2007

3 months

I didn't even know video was possible until tonight. How cool is this?

video

Knitting content in the next post, promise.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Mark your Calendars

Mark your calendars for the 2nd annual
Spruce Pine Potters Market
October 13 and 14th

This was a great show last year and I'm really excited to be doing it again this year, take a look at the list of participants, it's an honor to have my name among some of the best known potters in North Carolina and beyond. I've been working as much as I can and will fire a fresh load of pots for the show.

Looking ahead, the studio tour is December 1-2 this year. I'll keep reminding you, don't worry. Lucas will be joining us again this time.


And because it's really all about one thing around here.




11 weeks old today
over 12lbs
smiling and just a little giggling
and lots of friends already even if none of them really know it yet

Friday, August 17, 2007

Seven Weeks


Seven weeks old today! We had our first official play date where the four babies completely ignored each other. Although there was one minor crying jag that broke out collectively. On the highly unscientific bathroom scale he's almost 12 pounds and has grown out of a few clothes already.


Friday, August 10, 2007

Progress Report

Gotta start with a picture of course. Brandy came to visit this week from LA by way of Kentucky. You know a good friend who will not only wash your dishes but also is willing to hold a screaming gassy baby.


Sock progress!
I finished the Pomatomus Socks! Yarn I dyed in the Summer of Socks color. I followed the pattern right up until the toes. Then I continued the pattern all the way to the end. Don't you like the cardboard sock blockers I cut out last night for the photo shoot?

Also finished the first blue sock!


I will start my Rogue soon, but I couldn't resist this yarn from Knitpicks. Probably Jaywalkers since it's striping.

It's the new Felici yarn in the Hummingbird color.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

What Else??

Babies and Knitting what else have I got to talk about these days?

First of course a picture, taken today. The Monkey was a pre-birth Christmas present. We knew it would be bigger than the baby, but he's a month old and it's still huge! Things are going very well, he's a really happy baby most of the time.


Sock progress! This is the first picture of the blue socks that has come anywhere close to the real color.


I got a little distracted from the socks in the last couple of days. First I got that itch and had to start thinking about my next sweater project. Yesterday I downloaded Rogue (all 19 pages of it, Gulp!)and bought the yarn, hopefully I'll finish the Pomatomous socks while I wait for the right needles to arrive.

And second, I finally managed to open an Etsy store to sell my yarn.
Potterknitter.etsy.com
I've got 9 skeins listed at the moment, and also my yarn bowls are there. Pass the word!

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

July 18


Today was my actual due date. I must say the lack of sleep and overall craziness of our lives is a great improvement over being very pregnant. K was 8lbs as of Monday, up from his birth weight of 6lbs 15oz. He definitely knows how to eat. Now if only I could predict when and how long it will take! As for sleeping, also very random. Yesterday he slept most of the day. Today he's been asleep about two hours since we got up this morning. I hope that's a good thing for our night. It didn't get much accomplished around here today. I had a few goals for today. Baths and nail clipping for both of us, this blog post, Wow, now I can't even remember what the other thing was. All in all, only his bath has happened from that list. Oh well, who cares?

There has been some knitting! My Pomatomus sock is making progress while we're nursing.

And my other sock has passed the heel during car rides.


Sunday, July 01, 2007

Introducing...


It's a boy!
Born Friday June 29 1:55 am

We're home, sleepy but happy!

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

37

I've been released! Today marks 37 weeks of my pregnancy so while I do have to take it easy I don't have to be flat in bed. So 5 days wasn't bad. I did lots of reading and lots of knitting, about a dozen Killer Sudokus, wrote some thank you notes. Knowing how little of that kind of thing will happen after the baby comes I've been kind of thankful to have some down time. The only thing I'm doing differently today is a little more time at the computer and hopefully I'll finish a project or two with the sewing machine.

I have made great progress on both my current socks. The blue ones don't look much different from last week since it's a plain pattern and dark yarn, but the Pomatomus socks are coming along great. Finally a pattern that's strong enough to carry a variegated yarn! I'm about 1 inch from starting the heel flap.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Day 4

Day 4 of bedrest and boredom sets in.....
Thank goodness for knitting and novels. And weekend NPR radio. For the first time I wish I had a laptop and could do my surfing from bed as well. As it is, I can squeeze in a few minutes of computer time before my belly gets a little swirly.
I've made good progress on the socks, I've written a few thank you notes, I've counted dots on the wall. We did have a wonderful community baby shower yesterday, I was on the couch the whole time, but everyone was willing to hand me food off the table behind me, so all was well.
My mom is coming over in the evenings after work, and I've got several friends promising to visit in the next few days. The iPod is full of podcasts, and I've got a few more good books to read and our meager DVD collection is at the ready, I'm all set!

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Summer of Socks Day 1

First, my finished Monkey socks. I was determined to get them done and out of the way before SOS began.


Pattern is from Knitty.
Yarn is my own hand dyed. They feel a little snug right now, but I'm sure when my ankles go back to a normal they'll fit just fine.

Now on to Summer of Socks!
This morning 500 some knitters began a giant knit-a-long that will last from solstice to equinox.

I started two pairs today, one with a pattern for home when I can concentration, and one easy and plain for every other time.

On top is Pomatomus
also from Knitty and Cookie A in another of my own hand dyed yarns in my
Summer of Socks Colorway. Another skein is one of the prizes for the KAL. I hope it goes well with the pattern. I like it a lot, it's all grass and sky and flowers.

The bottom sock is a basic toe up sort of following a pattern(pdf) by Wendy.
Yarn is Interlacements Tiny Toes, in color 28606

At this point my SOS goals might just have to be finishing these two pairs. My body is letting me know that I can't count on the 4 more weeks until my due date. At this point I'm taking it one baby shower at a time.

Monday, June 04, 2007

Studio Tour Time

This weekend June 9-10 is the Spring Toe River Studio Tour. If you've been up for a tour before you know the routine. If you've never done a tour before you're in for a treat as always. Over 100 artists in 75 locations. It's a great time to visit and meet the artists and see their work spaces. Maps are available at each studio, other places all over the two county region, and you can view it online.

There is an exhibit in Spruce Pine at the ToeRiverArtsCouncil center so that you can see what interests you and plan your route. And on Friday the 8th there is also a reception there from 5-8 with lots of great food. It's a great chance to view the exhibit and meet many of the artists ahead of time.
If you'd like any more details, let me know or contact TRAC at 828-765-0520.

Lucas and Mom will be joining me at the tour again this time. Both have lots of new work in progress right up until the last minute. And Lucas's new website is up and running, check it out at http://www.ironhouseforge.com

Friday, June 01, 2007

It was 40 years ago today...

It was 40 years ago today
That Sgt Pepper taught the band to play.


I finished the blue baby sweater today!


I'll make more of these, but I'm taking a break for now.
Back to socks!

Monday, May 28, 2007

Yellow


Child's Placket Neck Sweater, from Joelle Hoverson's Last-Minute Knitted Gifts

I think the pattern intends for the opening to be along the shoulder, but I put in the middle, not sure if it's the front or back, probably will depend on the baby and mother's preference. When I finished it I decided that I liked the way it looked and that it probably didn't even need the buttons or beads that the pattern calls for. I'm going to cast on a blue one next.

I got a great knitted baby present this weekend! You can see it here. I was very excited, I'd seen the blog about it last week, but didn't know it was for us! There was more, I'll take a picture for my next post.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Socks, Flowers, Vacation


Combination belly and vacation shot. We spent the weekend on Ocracoke Island on the Outer Banks of NC. I had pots to deliver to a gallery there, so we decided to drive instead of ship. It was great! Very relaxing, not too crowded. The village is small, so we did a lot of walking. The beach was beautiful and we spent over an hour there walking without seeing another human, just dolphins! The photo was taken on the Windfall as we took a sunset cruise.


I got lots of knitting done on the drive. These are toe up from Wendy's pattern (pdf). Made from Mama-E sock yarn that we traded for last fall. It was very nice to do a toe up without a short row toe and heel. I'll be trying that again. It was also my first picot edging for the top. Anyway I can avoid ribbing is fine with me. Too bad that my internal thermostat is set on pregnant, there's no way I can wear them until fall.


Although what I really need is another mindless project for carrying around, I started yet another project that requires some concentration. At least in this stage. Monkey socks from Knitty. I really like them so far. Yarn is more of my own hand dyed.


Flower shot. This was a fish bowl until this morning. Flush, snip, now it's a vase. There is definitely a color trend in my yard right now. There are 6 types of flower in that vase. The purples are columbine, false indigo, and iris. The pinks are bleeding heart, dianthus and cheddar pink (also a dianthus)

Thursday, May 03, 2007

In Progress

I've got three projects going this week, the first is the Candle Flame Shawl from Knitpicks. I'm using the hand dyed merino from my LnV magic yarn ball swap. Progress so far, the border and half a repeat! It's one of those turn off everything and concentrate, pattern in my lap the whole time kind of things. Yikes, but no deadlines at least.


Second, here is half a baby sweater. It's taking a little concentration too, at least until I finish the second sleeve and join it all up. Then it will be smooth going all the way up to the neck. (I hope)


And since I needed something mindless for in front of the computer and in the car I started a pretty basic sock. This is some yarn I received in a trade with Mama-E last fall. The color is Koi. The stripes are actually spiraling up the sock. Not my usual colors, but that's why I like it.


Today is a firing day in the pottery life. Usually that makes for a very late night, but I got a good early start, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed. Hope I get a nap! I've got a little more glazing to do for the next loads. But so far everything is on schedule.

Friday, April 27, 2007

Magic Yarn Ball

So this month I've participated in a Magic Yarn Ball Swap. You choose lots of cool goodies and wrap them up in a ball of yarn to send off to someone else. I think originally one was expected to unwrap as they knit with the yarn, but who can wait to see what's inside. Here's a link to the one I sent . It was not round to say the least. I stuffed in anything I could think of. Here's the one I received:


It's round, I'm not sure how she managed to make it round. Except that it's lace weight yarn. That's a lot of wrapping. What was I thinking, asking for lace weight? What was she thinking, offering it? But I love it, I've already cast it on the needles for a scarf.


And here's the rest. All of this stuff was wrapped up inside. Well there may have been more candy, but it took a while to unwrap. Lots of good smells. A strawberry masque that will have to wait until the fall, I don't think my stomach will withstand that intensity of smell for 10 minutes. Some Burt's Bees cuticle cream, lip balm, post-its, a mini sheep! and stitch markers. Since she asked what knitting gadgets I might like I admitted that I have no stitch markers. Now I do, 4 each of two different colors. They are standing by for the pattern part of the lace. What fun! I can't wait to do another one.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Baby Sweater

Yeah! two finished objects in one week. This is a raglan baby sweater. I dyed the yarn myself. The stitch pattern is the same as the socks from the previous post, the pattern itself was made up as I went along. I still need a button for the collar. There's probably one in the stash.
The next baby knit is on the needles, yellow this time. I'm waiting for the next Sock Madness pattern to see if I want to cast on pattern 4 or skip that one for now and do pattern 5 with the rest of the pack.
For tonight though I made too many pots and my fingers are tired, no knitting for me.
I thought I had a good belly shot to post, but my husband took a batch of really bad pictures the other day. Maybe later.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Flowers!


No one has ever sent me flowers before. Thank you dear C !
Wouldn't you know that the delivery man got lost IN my driveway. I could hear the van going back and forth when the phone rang.

And I finished a pair of socks this morning! The pattern is completely obsured by the fun yarn colors, but I like them a lot. The yarn is Lisa Souza's Emerald City color. This is the round two pattern from the Sock Madness competition. If you want to try it out, it's available to buy here. I'm using the same spiral pattern for the sweater that I pictured before, it looks lots better on a semi-solid yarn.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

You say it's your birthday???

Well it's my birthday too, yeah!


It's somewhat of a tradition in our family lately to make ones own birthday cake. I certainly don't mind. I got to try out this new recipe for a steamed cake. I purposely undercooked it a bit, the doughnut hole in the middle is all just undercooked fudginess. YUM! With vanilla ice cream of course.

It's an interesting week to have a birthday with so many national tragedies (and some personal ones) both old and new. I was wrapped up in high school life in '95 for the Oklahoma City bombing. I certainly knew it was happening, but it was a long way away, physically and mentally. Not having a TV for the last 10 or so years changes your prospective. I was in school at Haywood when the Columbine shooting took place, so lots of NPR coverage. And I guess that's where I've been this week as well listening to the coverage of the VT shooting. Paying attention, but it's all pretty abstract. What a mess. Here is the Wiki list of April 19 happenings there are some interesting things on this date.

In a happier note this is my front flower bed. Samuel's Garden. We dutifully covered everything up for 9 days of cold weather, the plants thought it was death by squishing, but they're all standing up nicely now. After thunderstorms tonight it should be bright and sunny for at least the next week.



The columbines will bloom in the next week or so.



The purple one (pulminaria I think) has been blooming since the end of January and it just keeps getting bigger.

We thought the lilac's were surely lost to the cold, they are 12 feet tall and way too large to cover, but it looks like though some leaves got singed the blooms must have been just small enough. I think they'll bloom in the next week as well. Yipee. Mom and Dad did suffer a major garden loss this week though. After covering their blueberries for the cold, a massive tree fell and managed to flatten the whole row in the wind storms this week. Oh well, we just have to hope those roots are strong and ready to pop up more canes.

Knitting pictures next time. Both the green socks and the purple baby sweater are nearing completion.

Monday, April 09, 2007

Snow Cream!!!


I don't see many sunrises. I'd rather sleep most mornings, but two inches of snow was enough to get me out of bed just after 7 on Saturday morning. Especially since that was the most snow we've had at one time all winter.


We faithfully have been covering the flower beds every night for now 7 nights in a row. The daffodils have to fend for themselves though. So far they are still perking up every morning. It's almost the end of their season anyway. It will be a few more days before the fate of the lilacs and azalias is known. And of course the flowers in the beds are looking pretty flat from the sheets, but they still have blooms, so I think they are doing fine.


I have learned from years of experience that waiting for a reasonable time of day to eat your snow cream is futile, so after eating a bowl of cereal I made snow cream for breakfast.


Usually it's not quite this mucky tan color, but I added a shot of chocolate syrup just to be totally decadent.
Never made snow cream? It's a tradition in my Dad's family along with banana pudding and oyster stew.
5oz can of evaporated milk
a few heaping teaspoons of sugar
half a cap full of vanilla
mix it up until the sugar is less gritty then dump in the snow and stir until it's pretty stiff. That bowl in the first picture, I used about half of it. It takes a lot of snow to make a little snow cream.

Seven years ago the weekend was bitter cold, windy and snowing, but Sunday April 9th turned out to be beautiful and only a little cold!