Wednesday, November 26, 2008


I finished my Ribs and Ruffles scarf!! It is so soft and silky and very light to wear! It still keeps my neck very warm which came in very handy today with the colder weather! I just love it!

Kara came home last night, so today, we ventured out for our first trip to the mall in a very long time. The Thousand Oaks Mall has been renovated with a brand new Nordstrom's, so couldn't resist looking around. We also visited our favorite shop Sephora and had fun testing some new Philosophy bath fragrances.

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and now that all the family logistics has been figured out, I think I can be very thankful! I hope everyone has a wonderful day and that you get to spend it with the people you love.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Finished and Starting Anew

I finished my lacy scarf and it turned out so nice. I did need to block it to get most of the curl out of it so that the lace pattern could be best seen. I also started a new scarf called the Misti Chunky Ribs and Ruffles Scarf with Misti Alpaca Hand Paint Chunky 100% Baby Alpaca yarn. Oh, is this stuff ever yummy and soft, and so far, the scarf is extremely easy and fun to knit. I have a feeling this will be like potato chips; can't make just one!

I'm much relieved that the weather is finally cooling off here in Southern California, although it's still very dry making hand lotion very necessary. I can't even begin to count the number of hand creams and lotions that I own!

I don't know when I'll be getting back to cross stitching again...knitting is just so much fun, but I am feeling the tug to take thread and needle in hand again very soon. I especially enjoy samplers, in particular the Quaker motifs and look forward to stitch a long that I joined for January called Beatrix Potter Sampler. Such a pretty design.

But in the meantime, I knit...finished one, and now have started another...does it ever end??

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Lacy Scarf miracle

I've been spending the evenings knitting and thinking about how in the world we're going to afford Christmas this year. I've decided that the most important aspect of the holiday is that we spend it together as a family and that we do as little shopping as possible. A matter-of-fact, I'm encouraging homemade items like cookies, pumpkin bread, tea cup candles, and chex mix. And these scarves...although, I think this purple one is for me. I'm enjoying this lace pattern and the tweedy yarn with its occasional specks of colour amongst the sea of purple. I'm very happy with the results and can't believe I'm actually knitting's almost as though the hands of my Oma are helping me in some way as I feel as though part of my success is through instinct, but another part is through concentration and practise. I'd like to think, though, that it's my guardian angel holding my hands.