Thursday, August 31, 2006

Finally, a picture

I had a little time this morning to take a shot of the ends and beaded fringe of the Garden Party Scarf from the Knitting Zone KAL. It is my first attempt at beads and at lace.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Back in Chicago

This has been a frustrating day for knitting.

While we were driving home from Galena I started on the second back panel for the Ample-Knitters Sandy KAL. I find it quite relaxing to knit in the car. *Progress happened, found an error, ripped*. Repeat from * to * until you think you are knitting a 40 stitch diagonal strip. Knit some more. Count again. Rip until you get back to 40. Knit, count, knit, count, etc. Stop to admire the work and discover that somewhere along the way things go turned around and instead of a diagonal strip, I made something shaped like home plate. I gave up on that skein, grabbed another and started over, correctly this time. Oh well, I'm ahead of where I was before I started.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Galena, Illinois

Today has been a relaxed, though busy day.

Last night we drove from Chicago to Galena, (that is from the upper right corner of the state to the upper left corner) arrived late and crashed at our hotel.

Today was a memorial service and scattering of the ashes for our friend Terry Brown (Terrance Brown, MD to be formal). Many of his friends gathered at the farm in Galena to remember Terry. He died in a car crash a year ago. The shock and immediate grief were all expressed last summer, today we read some poetry, ate epanadas and drank wine in his honor and memory. If you're interested, here is a link to a memorial for him. He had an amazing life and had friends all around the world.

After much talk and some wine, we returned to the hotel and I finished the Sarum Tunic. Okay, okay, it still needs blocking.

That done, we decided to grab some dinner. Guess what, most of Galena closes at 10 PM. It is now 10:10. Bah, where is Chicago when I need it?

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Progress progresses

The end is in sight for my Sarum Tunic. I'm doing it in Cascade 128 Tweed in a burgundy tone. Four more inches of sleeve/cuff and it is done.

Between the time I started it and now, I have done the Knitting Zone Garden Party Scarf KAL, and finished one (of four) panels for the Ample-Knitter Sandy KAL. Sandy is a diagonally knit cardigan from "Big Girl Knits". The scarf was a double, make that triple, initiation. First, the first Knit-Along, second, my first lacy thing and third, the first time I knit with beads. All three proved to be
intriguing and fun.

I'll get around to pictures when the tunic is done.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Let's get started...

Well, I did it. As you can see, I've started my blog. What's to say? An introduction would be nice.

My name is Sue and as the profile says, I'm a life-long Chicagoan. Always on the northside. Senn class of 1964.

Skip forward 40+ years, through marriage (two actually, the first was just a very short-term beta version, the second, to Gene, 39 years and going strong.), one kid (Abraham, all grown up, out in the exciting world of programming and game design), lots of jobs at the beginning but at the current one for over 25 years, Hadassah, Mensa, book club, investment club, needlepoint, a wonderful period of woodworking (pictures to follow), long time participation in a monthly dinner group, knitting then and again now, living with a Nanday Conure named Squerk. What more can a girl ask for?