Archive for July, 2008

WIP Wrestling

There is a new event happening on Ravelry – Ravelympics. The challenge is to finish knitting something before the conclusion of the Olympics. Start time to be the opening ceremonies in Beijing on 8/8/08 at 8 pm. There are events such as: Itsy Bitsy Bikini Breaststroke, the Cable Steeplechase, the Bag-n-Tote Backstroke, etc. I am entered in the Shawl Relay where I hope to start and finish my Seascape Shawl from Knitty. It was a KAL with my group from the shop, but after frogging two or three times (I lost count), I gave it up. Hopefully a deadline will help to motivate me because I know it will be worth the effort. I’m doing a heavier version in Summer by Spunky Eclectic, a dk weight with a lovely sheen and drape.

One of the more popular events in the Ravelympics is the WIPs Wrestling. I have been doing my own mini-version lately. I finished the Soleil tank (see previous post) and the following:

Herringbone Lace Socks from Getting Started Knitting Socks by Ann Budd in Cascade Fixation

Azure Socks by Debbie Barnhill for Knitty.com in Artyarns Ultramerino4. This yarn was fantastic to work with and the color gradations and fabulous. The pattern was perfectly written and a joy to stitch!

I also finished the button band on my Sprout and completed my Blizzard Stole – pictures to be taken when the sun comes back out.

Now my WIPs have all be completed! So I need to cast on for something NOW. This morning I wound some Arucania Ranco. Yes, I put my yarn on a pedestal. Isn’t is gorgeous? I’m either going to do the Master Coriolis by Cat Bordhi or the River Rapids Socks by Sockbug.


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Field Trip

Max and I recently went on a field trip to Longwoods Alpaca Farm in Cumberland, ME.  We had such a nice time!  There was supposed to be a picnic lunch as well, but the weather did not permit.  The owner’s friend was also there to give a spinning demonstration on her Ladybug, but Max was not too interested in that.  I think he knows it leads to knitting, and this was about HIM.  And dumb me didn’t even think to ask if they had yarn for sale.  Duh.

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Yay!  We survived Max’s 1 week vacation from pre-school.  We spent 4 days in Mass., visiting Nana, Grandma, and everyone else we could think of.  We visited the fabulous Look Park in Florence, Mass. We went on the train, the bumper boats (but not the pedal boats), the water spray park, the playground and visited the zoo!  AND we went 2 days in a row.

Here are Max and Nana, running barefoot through the grass after an excellent breakfast at Sylvester’s in Northampton.

Here is Nana modeling the Moutonne (Soleil) tank that I made for her.  Well, I made it for me, but because I didn’t know at the time that bust size is not the same as bra size, it was too small for me.  But it’s perfect on her, so it was meant to be!

I even made it to Webs (twice)!  On Thursday, we headed for home and stopped in North Hampton, NH to visit Yankee Cross Stitch and I picked up a thing or two.  Now to find time for some stitching!

On Friday, we had our neighbors over for a celebration of the 4th.  I have no idea of what we did on Saturday.  But yesterday we spent the entire day out by the pool.  And my friend Madeline and her 3 yo son Sammy visited us as well.  It was a perfect end to a great week!

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Here are some other things I have finished since last (gasp) November!

Strawberry Socks - gift for Aunt Gail\'s birthday June 2008

Socks for Aunt Gail’s birthday in June, 2008.

Pattern: Bamboozle from Crystal Palace (free on their website)

Yarn: Panda Cotton

Baby Eyelet Socks - gift for a friend

Baby Eyelet Socks

Finished in May, gift for a former co-worker

Coronet hat for Sam\'s Christmas

Coronet by Alexandra Virgiel

Yarn:  Malabrigo worsted – LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!

Lisa\'s Birthday Socks - January 2008

Socks for Lisa for her birthday in January 2008

Pattern from Getting Started Knitting Socks.  These were my first and only socks on 2 circs.  I loved the method, but then I learned Magic Loop and never looked back!

Yarn:  Lorna’s Laces in Watercolor

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Dear Diary

Dear Diary, it’s been seven months since my last post. It’s been a busy seven months. Let’s recap.


The job I was so excited about last summer didn’t work out at all. After 21 years, I’d come to the realization that I did not want to be a legal secretary any longer. That thought was hidden in the fringes of my subconscious when I took the job. But I seem to have less tolerance for things than I used to. I’m an adult now and I resent being treated like a child or a less-deserving human being. I should have seen the signs when the administator took me around the firm on my first day and informed me that the firm had a separate lunchroom for the attorneys. And the closed the door at 11:30 and the secretaries were not allowed to enter until after they deigned to open it around 1:00. So if you wanted a soda or something from the snack machine, you’d better have the foresight to get it before the door was closed. But I had my blinders on. I’d just come off a bad co-worker experience that caused me to quit a job after 4 months. But in hindsight, everything happens for a reason. I quit about 7 weeks ago and have been studying court reporting (stenography). I am loving it. I am pretty certain I’ll be done by the end of the year, as it’s a study at-your-own-pace program and I study and practice all day. I’m at about 50wpm, and I need to be at 225 to graduate. And the best part? I don’t have to work all summer!


There has been a lot of knitting going on at Chez Bruel. Here are 2 projects I finished in the last week or so.

Renamed at Moutonne, a gift for Nana

A wee gift for one of Sam's friends

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