Wednesday, June 27, 2007


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

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!