From Sheep to Sweaters 'n Socks

Mostly knitting related comments on my life.

Monday, April 25, 2005

knit knit knit...

okay, I've about had it with the plain stockinette stitch of this piece, but I keep plugging on. My original plan was to have it finished this weekend, but that's not going to happen. Just hope that I'll get it all done before leaving next saturday. I will also have to decide what I'm going to take with me to knit on the plane. It might be my second Soleil. I ripped what I'd started last night as this yarn's got some elastan in it and so it stretches :) I will be able to go down a size or 2 and it will still look great, so that's what I'm going to do.
Not much else happened today. Did my work I took home on thursday, am running some loads of laundry and tomorrow I need to go to the bank to pick up my traveler's checks.
The airport shuttle will be here at 5.20 am on Saturday morning to pick me up... with my plane leaving at 7 I find that a bit close, but hey, they're the professionals. The ride to the airport only takes about 15 minutes, but check-ins for the US always take a lot of time. I'll be hanging around Heathrow for close to 6 hours though. Hope the tranfer area's comfortable and that I'll be able to knit a lot, because those are a lot of hours to fill. And then I'll be flying for about 9 hours. I'll be in the US at 16.00 local time (22.00 for me...) and then get through luggage/customs/immigration, which will take another hour at least. Then it is a 60-mile or so trip back to Jenn's place. Oh, boy, I'll be sooooo tired and cranky LOL.

That's all for tonight... sweet dreams...

Sunday, April 24, 2005

Oops... forgot about having a blog :)

Guess I have to start getting used to keeping up with this blogging stuff :) What happened since the last time? Oh, last week I was in Antwerp (Belgium) as we (dad, brother, aunt, uncle, cousins & grandma) went to a restaurant together for my grandma's birthday. It was the first time we got together since my mom passed away so it was a very bittersweet celebration. The weather was awful... lots of rain, but we (Dad & I) did go into town for about an hour. I got some simple (cheap) cotton yarn in a gorgeous periwinkle blue. I'm knitting Soleil from the Knitty site with it. I've knitted the bottom lace part about 20 times so far and know it by heart LOL. I think I could even knit it with my eyes closed by now.

I also picked up a couple of DVDs while at the FNAC (big book/DVD/CD/computer stuff store). 2 movies I already know: Enemy of the State with Gene Hackman & Will Smith and How to make an American quilt with Wynonna Ryder. And 2 I haven't seen yet, Moulin Rouge with Nicole Kidman and a french movie called Les Choristes which has had a tremendous success in France. Tonight I watched the Enemy of the State movie. I'm normally not into action movies like that, but that is one I really like. I was looking for the CD by Morcheeba, but they were out of it. It has this absolutely gorgeous song on it called Undress me (with your eyes)... am totally in love with it hahahaha.

I just realised... this time next week I'll be in the US, probably struggling to get my luggage on a cart or trying not to loose my patience while going through immigration :) It will be great to be on american soil again, do some great shopping, laze around, spend time with friends,... Just hope the weather's nice cos me wants a tan... if not I hope they'll have a fake-'n-bake (solarium) hahaha.

Well, off to knit some more on my Soleil. Will post a picture soon.

Cheers y'all, Eva

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Another week's started...

The weather's crazy again... Saturday and Sunday we had snow and today we have about 70 degrees F (20 degrees C). It is very sunny which is nice, but also very very windy which isn't so nice.
I started a test sock last night and so far I'm liking what I'm doing. Then I'm knitting some swatches with different yarns I have and writing down the gauge in an excel file on my ppc. That way, when I want to use the yarn, I have the info handy.
I also found some funky knitting software. It does all the thinking for you :) If you need to change your pattern as your sizing/gauge is different, all you need to do is fill in the blanks and puter does all the work for you. It's called Sweater Wizard and it isn't free, but it sure looks great. The lady seems to have some interesting knitting books too.
Well, that's it for now... off to nuke something to eat for dinner.

Sunday, April 10, 2005

See... it's happening already :)

I'm no good at these kind of things :) Keep forgetting I started a blog hahahaha. Oh, well, I'll try and remember from now on.

Nothing much happened this week except a LOT of work, but I plodded through it dilligently and so next week it should be less.

On Saturday I went to the mall with a friend and I got some "sexy" shoes... I bet most of you think they're pretty regular looking, but for someone like me who lives in sneakers and oxfords these are sexy hahahaha. I'm going to add a few pictures of them, IF I find how to do it :)

My friend and I (I've known her for 30 years... scary thought to be old enough to have had a friend for 30 years) went to a clothes shop next as I wanted to get some capris... found 4 pairs and a nice red tshirt too. And I was smart enough to try them while wearing the sexy shoes... they look great with all of the capris except the red ones LOL... the red's different and most people wouldn't notice, but I do and it bugs me.

I wanted to finish Donna for saturday next week, but that is not going to happen, so I put her aside for the moment. Will finish her before going to the US. I started knitting Soleil from the Spring issue of Knitty. I first started it in dark blue Toccata by Lana Grossa. My problem is that my knitting gets soooooo loose that I have to knit with needles 3 sizes smaller than the smallest size suggested. I'd done a few rows and was not liking it at all, so I ripped it and then started it over again, using 2 strands and a US size 6 needles... okay, it will be a bit thicker, but at least it looks as if I'm making some progress here hahahaha.
Will probably make a pic of what I have soon.

Here a few pictures of The Shoes
This first one is a sideview of the shoes... so that you can see they've got a HEEL hahahaha.

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Next is a topview without my foot in them.

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And last, but not least... my foot in them... love the way I have to wrap those laces around my ankles :)

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Well... guess this is all for now. My sunday barely started, so nothing much happened yet.

Tuesday, April 05, 2005


Today I went back to work after being ill for 2 weeks and having 1 week of vacation. It was strange and hard and there was a LOT of work waiting for me.
After work I went to the travel agency and got my ticket to go to Maryland at the end of the month.
I have been knitting a bit on my Donna sweater for the past hour or so. It's coming along nicely. Will post a pic of what I have so far soon.