From Sheep to Sweaters 'n Socks

Mostly knitting related comments on my life.

Saturday, September 24, 2005

I wasn't going to post today...

but there was a box waiting for me when I got home... I was a bit surprised as I knew nothing from Europe was on it's way, and mail from the US only gets here Mon-Wed. I looked at the box and this said it all...

This is tape from the Customs and Duty authority. So it WAS a box from the US after all :) Gotten here in Lux. on Wednesday, inspected by the authority yesterday and delivered by my adorable mailman (he has to be adorable as he keeps bringing me all these "gifts" LOL) today.

I then flipped the box over to see who it was from (several ebay goodies are also still on the road). It was from Colleen. On Saturday she posted about having puppies up for adoption. I e-mailed her and told her that I'd adopt any that she didn't have a home for yet. Turns out that none had been adopted :) So I got them all. I'm not one for breaking up happy families.

I rushed up the stairs and decided to blog the "real" way, using my camera to show y'all what was in that box... This is what I saw when I finally got the box open (that tape sure is heavy "duty" tape LOL). Isn’t it gorgetastic??? Funnily enough those colors are the closest to the real thing. Sure is hard to get colors to photograph correctly. I tried fiddling around in Photoshop and so on, but I haven’t got a clue what I’m supposed to do and as I can only save them as photoshop files. Those files were all 20.000 kb or bigger LOL.

Next I decided to free my new puppies from their plastic traveling suit. And as you can see, one actually tried to climb out of the box.
The colors are a bit darker in reality. Guess I’ll have to take a few classes in correcting pictures… (if anyone knows about an online tutorial, please point me in the right direction :))

And suddenly I saw something else at the bottom of the box… a postcard from Colleen!! (I opened the box upside down, so that’s why I missed it LOL.)

Here you can see a picture of Boston nestling between the pups.

And now I’ll have something to do tonight… nothing I like more than feeling yarn rushing between my fingers while winding them into balls on my yarn winder :)

Cheers y’all

A little PS: getting this post done was like going to h*ll and back... for some reason blogger wouldn't allow me to add pictures to the original post (that I started friday evening). I tried to get it written and online for 2 hours last night and another 3 hours this morning. Finally I decided to start a new post, add the pictures first (miracle miracle, they posted) and then copy/paste the text from the other post and delete that other post... Tada... looks like it worked. I just hope I won't have to do it that way every single time.

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Snotter Snotter Snotter...

Here it is!!!! My first cold of the season. It started yesterday afternoon with the telltale scratchy throat. But as I hadn't had a cold in, like, 3 months I didn't take my beloved Tylenol Cold medication. Well this morning I felt as if a truck had hit me... my head was feeling all stuffed up although my nose was (is) running like a faucet, my throat feels swollen and I feel bones/joins aching in places I didn't even know existed.

Luckily I keep a big stash of aforementionned beloved medication in the office and I'm starting to feel a wee bit better after the first dose of it. I'll keep you updated on how I feel :)

Cheers Eva

Wednesday, September 21, 2005


Finally some "good/nice" news: I've got my month's leave without pay!!!! Me likes that!!! AND my request for a 4-day work week was accepted too... and I got my requested wednesday off!!! So there are advantages to having moved teams. In the french team it would have been impossible to get the wednesday off (in France a lot of schools are off on wednesday, so parents of kids in those schools have priority to getting that day off) and I would've had to take the fridays off. Although it sounds nice to have a 3-day weekend, I'd rather have to work 2 days, have 1 day off, work 2 days and have 2 days off.
Wednesdays are anyways my "blah-me-wanna-stays-in-bed"-days. I don't know yet if it will be from December or January on, but that's okay as I'll be off from Oct. 18th until Dec. 1st. Yep, I know that's more than 1 month, but I still had to take 9.5 days of paid leave too :)
This weekend I'll get my plane ticket to Portland, Oregon to visit my friend Cheryl who just moved back there from being stationed in Japan for years (8 I think). Oh, and I've found a class at a LYS that I'll be able to take too!!!
Me happy this morning, even though it's wednesday :)

Monday, September 19, 2005



I'm sorry but I need to vent... The place I work sometimes is a bit bizarre. On Friday, at 4 pm, they told me that from today onwards I'd be working in the english language department (I'm a proofreader and my working languages are dutch, french and english) as they're having such a lot of work... When we have a lot of work that means that we have to proofread between 200 and 250-300 pages a day. Well, I moved my stuff to my new desk and so on, logged on to the system and then I had only 1.5 pages to do... all day long!!!!
So I asked my boss if I could help out in the dutch or french team as they're literally drowning in work and the answer was no, there's no need.
Okay, fine with me, and out came my scarf done in Lana Grossa Rainbow (the color I have is a burgundy with brown, green and royal blue). It is a simple garter stitch scarf done with a 7 mm / US 11, 20 stitches wide. I did 20 inches of that and then I also knit several rows on my cardigan (I'm knitting the sides and the back in 1 go... me do not do seams :)).

I hope there'll be more work tomorrow because I feel horribly useless this way.

Cheers Eva

Friday, September 16, 2005


once again I seem to have forgotten about this blog thing :) I have been planning on adding a post for a while, but when I sit down to do so I'm not inspired.

I have finished my Mystery Shawl 1. It is blocking, but I didn't manage to do it the way it is supposed to be done. It is still at my dad's (had to use one of his rooms as my rooms aren't big enough LOL). I'll make a couple of pictures soon.

What else have I finished lately... Oh a sock!!! I made a sock!!! the only problem... it's got not mate. I still need to knit that. I finally managed to do a sock and I'm so proud of myself. The thing is that I don't use those pesky dpns (I bet it was a man who invented those LOL). I use 2 circular needles. Here's a great tutorial on how to use 2 circs to do small diameter knitting in the round. I'm going to use it for sleeves on sweaters too!!!

I also made a moebius scarf. It was just something I wanted to try. I used some Lana Grossa Sock yarn. I'm going to rip it because it is too long and so is of no use at all. I'll make it again using only 200 instead of 300 stitches. I don't have the pattern anymore. My puter ate all my bookmarks a few days ago. If I manage to find it again, I'll put it up here!

I'm working on the Rosy Fingered Dawn shawl by Hazel Carter, the Mystery Shawl 1 in Zephyr, a Lace Sampler Scarf by Sandy Terp in ebony Zephyr (I got the kit at Sandy Terp's shop).

I've joined the following KAL's: Mystery Shawl 2, Rosy Fingered Dawn and Frost Flowers and Leaves. Those are yahoo groups and we're a very chatty bunch (just warning those of y'all who don't like chatty groups :)).

I now also belong to a sock knitting group: Townsend Sock Knit Along and a lace group where we also laugh and chat a LOT :) It is fun to belong to all these groups as I don't know any knitters close by.

Well, this is it for the "mini update". I'll try and get back to y'all over the weekend and talk a bit more and share some pictures.

Cheers Eva