Friday, November 28, 2008

Our tree is up!

Thanksgiving is over...and that means our tree is up! Presenting the Sturgill Family Holiday 2008 tree:

It was so nice decorating it together as a family. We have a tradition where we get 2 ornaments every year to add to the tree. Last year it was Hallmark's Spiderman and a gingerbread boy. This year, we chose a little glass snowman and a globe with a present inside. We also got a little snowglobe ornament with our son's name on it. It's nice to decorate the tree every year and remember where and when we got each ornament. We also like to get one if we go on vacation or to somewhere special.

Thanksgiving was really husband was feeling under the weather, so we went to my sister-in-law's house and had some leftovers. We made our turkey roast and all the trimmings the day after Thanksgiving.

Looking forward to a restful weekend and wishing all my readers the same!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Yarny goodness and project updates!!

Super excited, because the yarn I never knew I wanted so much has finally arrived!!! An early anniversary gift from my hubby (we've been married 3 years), Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in Amy's Vintage Office colorway!!! It combines all of my favorite colors, and stripes well, according to the pics I looked at on Ravelry. The picture doesn't do the colors justice.

I've been knitting away on my son's Christmas blanket. I added a stripe of plum Cashmerino to it
and it looks really nice, IMHO. Also posted a picture of the Heart and Sole(Red Heart) socks.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Christmas time is almost here!!!

Up here in central Ohio, we had our first snow this week, along with an entire week of freeze. I taught my son to say "snow". He says "No." He's 2 1/2, and its so cute! Also, when I say Obama, he says "Mamama." Too cute.

For his Christmas present, I'm making him a blanket out of Araucania Nature Wool Chunky. The pattern is the same as the blanket I made for my soon-to-be-born niece. I absolutely did not want to use the Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Chunky because I had a bad experience with that yarn (knots, thin parts, etc). I'm a little disheartened that the Nature Wool Chunky is more like a heavy worsted. I just don't see this blanket having the same length and "blanket-ness" that the other blanket had. Oh well....guess I will just have to wait and see. The colors are awesome, though.

I bought the yarn at my favorite LYS in Columbus, OH. The woman who wound the 5 skeins I bought commented on the fact that the yarn was kettle-dyed and that I might want to knit 2 rows from skein A and then 2 rows from skein B if the color changes bothered me. I really liked the advice, but I don't care if my colors pool or change...I think that the pieces I knit are my own artwork! I am the painter...well, not really, since I don't like to dye my own, but the knitwear I make is my canvas!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Mulberry Socks Finished!!!

I finished my Mulberry Socks this afternoon! I've been working on these since May...major SSS, what can I say?
I used MySmallWonders(from Etsy) superwash sock yarn, in the Burgundy Bliss colorway. It is a squishy yarn, and though the yardage seemed a little skimpy, it was perfect for my socks(and would have made even longer socks).

Next up for me is finishing my Lorna's Laces socks in the Motherlode colorway. And working on my sweater too.....but I will probably end up casting on for my Victory Monkey socks I've been wanting to knit up!

Friday, November 7, 2008

History has been made!!

As the entire world knows, Barack Obama has been elected the 44th president of the USA. When I found out, I almost started crying. I volunteered long hours, called hundreds of people, and knocked on a bunch of doors, all because I believe in Obama's message of change, which this nation painfully needs. History has been made this week and barriers were broken. I feel that this is a president that I can relate to, out of all the presidents who have been in office since I became of age to vote. I feel he will make an enormous impact....there is more that I can say but just getting the words out is really hard because I feel so strongly about this man and his beliefs! I am so proud to be an American today!

Malabrigo Yarns just released Malabrigo sock yarn. From the pics I have seen on Ravelry and The Loopy Ewe, it is really soft and yummy when squished, touched, petted, and of course knit up! I can't wait to get me hands on some...

Mulberry Socks almost finished--Have a wonderful Friday!!!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

I can't wait for the election to be over!

I am really excited that the election will be taking place on Tuesday of this coming week, but I am more excited that it will finally be over. I have been volunteering for Barack Obama's campaign for the last few weeks, and I recieved a bumper sticker from the Democratic Party headquarters in my city. My family and I were at a gas station yesterday, and someone threw a tomato at our car because they saw the bumper sticker. There is so much passion on both sides and that is why I hope that no matter what the outcome, people just remember to keep their feelings under control.

In knitting news: I am still working on my Mulberry Socks(1/2 of the second sock to go), Dad's birthday socks, my sweater, and have queued my first pair of Monkeys (AKA Victory Monkeys in my Ravelry notebook)set to be done in Schaefer Yarns' "Anne" in Michelle(part of the Sock the Vote collection).

My hubby is going out of town this week for a business trip, so that leaves me plenty of time to play with my little son, knit, watch tv, read, and relax for a few days! Hope everyone has a good rest of the weekend