Goals

Hello Everyone!

It is Monday afternoon and I am sitting at home.  Happy Memorial Day everybody.  Alas, this has been a busy holiday weekend.  Saturday I got my hair done and did a little errand running (shopping) and then my husband and I were off to the mountains!  Yes, Wichita Mountains about 2 hours away in Lawton, Oklahoma. We got there Saturday afternoon, drove around the mountain which is actually a wildlife preserve.  It was so pretty and there were free range buffalo, longhorn, elk and prairie dogs, not to mention birds, bugs and beautiful wildflowers.  Sunday morning we hiked 8 miles and 2 and a half hours and it was beautiful. We went in the morning so it wasn’t to hot and it was a great easy hike and beautiful scenery.  Including wild buffalo just roaming and eating.

As for knitting, on the way up I made Hexi-puffs.  I have 4 so far, they are so easy and fast to make, I finished and made another one on the 2 hour car ride and made one while watching tv in the hotel that night.  I didn’t make any on the way home, I slept.  I also finally finished my Butterfly socks on Tuesday night and am now finishing my Ebbtide shawl.  I am  just about to start the sand dollar edging.  It is coming along beautifully.  I love knitting.  Have I mentioned that?

While I was finishing my Butterfly Socks I was thinking, I have been wanting to finish these socks for so long, and I did.  That was my goal, to finish those socks that week and I did.  I always notice that whenever I set goals for myself, no matter how big or small, knitting related or not, it always feels good to accomplish them, even to see my progress on them.  Currently another goal I have is running a 5K.  I am “running” the Color Run this June in Tulsa and I am currently training for it with the Couch to 5K program and app on my phone.  I am going to start week 3 this week and I am not a runner and very proud of my progress so far.  Being not a runner, I am glad the Color Run is a fun run so I don’t have to run the whole thing, but I am doing this with some friends who are runners so my goal is to run at least half of it and of course to complete the Couch to 5K program.

It is the end of the weekend and once again I am in desperate need of a mani and pedi, and yes I do them myself.  If I really feel like treating myself I will go someplace but for the most part, I do them myself.  I’m thinking either blue or purple?  What do you think?  I will let you all know what I choose.  So not sure how much knitting I will get done tonight.  We are also grilling teriyki chicken and Hawaiian rice for dinner (rice with spam, pineapple and cilantro) Did I mention the cilantro is from my garden, I harvested some today along with basil, dill and thyme.

Ok, I better go now and clean the cat box and people bathrooms. so I can feel really good about sneaking in some knitting time later.

Talk to you all soon.

P.S. I wanted to upload some photos from my hike I need to figure out how to put them from my snapfish to here.  So check out my twitter (knitterbf) to see them.  Bye!

Lessons Relearned

Hello again,

How is everybody?  I am doing just fine thank you.  I am taking a little break from cleaning on the beautiful Sunday afternoon. I have already cleaned the kitchen and bathrooms, taken out the trash and cleaned the litter box.  All I have left to do is clean off the kitchen table.  Does anybody use their kitchen table to eat anymore?  Or are you all like me and use it just to dump mail and stuff and only clean it off when you are having dinner?  At the table?  Most of the time my husband and I eat at the coffee table in front of the TV.

As for knitting this week, I am still monogamous on my sock, getting it done, but alas, an important knitting lesson has been re-learned this week. Don’t drink and knit!  That is what I did on Wednesday.  My husband was out-of-town on business so I had a few glasses of wine and then decided to knit.  Thursday at knit group I had to end up taking the sock all out to the heel.  So unless you are doing stockinette or garter, DON’T drink and knit!  It will not turn out well and you will have to frog it back the next day anyway.

Last week I got a comment to post pictures of my Acer Cardigan, so here they are.  It’s dry by the way it took almost a week but I got the signal the other night it was dry.  What is my signal you may ask?  Well, my cat lies on it.  Yes, I lay my sweaters and knitted items out to dry on the floor in my office and when they are dry, my cat lies on it.  Of course, as soon I see this, I kick the cat off and put the sweater away.  Hopefully free of cat hair.  But who am I kidding, I have 2 cats, everything I own has cat hair.

Oh, did I ever tell you, I’m addicted to Ravelry?  I play on it at on my phone while I’m at work and somehow the items in my que and favorites list just keep going up and up and up.  Oooh, I just want to knit everything.  Do you ever feel that way.  Just cast on everything you see?  One thing at a time, even if you are not a monogamous knitter, you realistically can only work on one thing at a time.  I finally found the Clapotis, by Kate Gilbert, that Brenda Dayne from the Podcast “Cast On” has been talking about and I love it.  It’s a very chic wide scarf perfect for any occasion.  And the pattern was free. I love free patterns, but of course, I have been known to hit that PayPal button if I love the pattern.

I also keep meaning to finally learn how to make hexipuffs for the Beekeeper’s Quilt by Tiny Owl Knits, I have a ton of sock yarn that is just begging to become a hexipuff.  Let’s make it a goal to at least cast one on this week.  In fact, as soon as I post this I am going to print that pattern. Yes, I have it on my phone, but I do like it on paper, bigger print and I can write on it.

In other areas, I have been cooking, gardening and shopping.  We have three wedding coming up and yesterday I got gifts for all of them.  I did not want to take the gift card route, instead I went local. I went to my favorite store here in Ardmore, The 9, and got gifts for everyone.  This store is awesome, it has everything from all different vendors, they rent space in the store and you can get anything from clothing to house stuff.  I love it.

Cooking, I made risotto last night.  It was a lot easier than I thought and delicious!  I used Anne Burell’s recipe and put some frozen peas in it.  It was so good, I had it for dinner last night and breakfast and lunch this today. My garden is growing well, I keep taking care of it.  I could have weeded a bit more this morning but I didn’t.  oh well.

 

No Rest!

Wow, what a week!  I came home from Omaha Sunday evening and was exhausted.  I got home about 7ish, ate dinner watched my shows, (Desperate Housewives and GCB) and went to bed.  This 4 days of non-stop travel and wedding dress shopping for my cousin made for an exhausting week.  Really, I was tired and struggling every day.  I was even a struggle to get to knit.  Although I knit everyday it was difficult some days I was so tired.  So really, this entry is going to be short as I really didn’t get a lot of time to knit.

That saying “no rest for the weary” rang true for me this week, as tired I was, the Universe didn’t care.  I go some time in but really, more than an hour a night of knitting would have been wonderful.  I am however about to turn the heel of my sock so that does make me happy and I did realize one thing, no matter how busy, tired or stressed out I am, once I get to sit down and knit, all is right with the world.  I am once again calm, I am re-energized and I am happy.  So take a deep breath and pick up those pointy sticks and that string and go.

In other news, I am training for a 5K. Its the Color Run and is in Tulsa in June.  It’s just a fun run so I can walk if I want to but all the gals in my team are runners and I want to see what I can do, I today I went to the gym and started training with the Couch Potato to 5K program.  That kicks my but, but I am going to keep it up.  I do feel good that I have done it.  Also, yesterday, my husband ran in a mud run with his friends wife and her friend.  I think I may need to do that next year.  If they can do it, (who am I kidding the one gal runs every day) I can do it.  But all sorts of types of people were there, not just the uber-athletes.

Ok, well, I better check on the sweater that I have soaking in Soak.  No, I didn’t sneak a finished project in. Its my Acer Cardigan by Amy Christoffers, I finished a while ago and LOVE it, its my new favorite cardigan.  I wore all over CampKIP and decided it needed a wash.

Anyway, I will talk to you all later.  Happy knitting!

Layover

So here it is Sunday and I am on my way home.  Sitting in Wonderful, Glorious Colorado!  My home state.  I am at DIA (Denver International Airport) waiting for my flight to OKC where I will hit Target and then head home.  It will be nice to be home.

First, an homage to Colorado, although I was born and grew up 4 hours west of Denver on the other side of the Rockies in Grand Junction. It was so nice to see Colorado soil from the plane and see the Rockies in the distance.  The minute I stepped off the plane, of course I took a deep breath of that fresh, crisp, Colorado mountain air.  Ok, fresh crisp airport air with a hit of jet fuel.  But it was still home.  I have a four-hour layover here and have seriously been blissfully wandering around the airport. Did a little shopping, got some souviners and presents.  And then had lunch.

Ok, so KNITTING!  I finished one sock yesterday while riding through South Dakota, and I managed to cast-on the second this morning at the Omaha airport.  I am still working on the toe but almost done with that. So yes, that is the extent of my knitting since Thursday when we last talked.  I think when I get home I will continue to work on that sock until I am finished and then finish the Ebbtide Shawl and Cabaret Sweater.  OOOh, Have I mentioned I love knitting?

Anyway, since I have been knitting in public at the airport, on the plane and around people who I don’t see that much (my wonderful family in South Dakota and Nebraska) I do get a lot of questions, but surprisingly, I don’t mind.  I am a Knitter, that is what I am and I am fine with that.  Knitting makes me happy and keeps me occupied.  Of course the main question I have been getting is “What are you working on”  To which I hold up my sock and happily reply, “a sock.”  Not to bad at all, in fact, usually breaks the ice for other conversations.

Well, my plane is about to board so I better make my way to my gate. I will talk to you all soon.

 

Nebraska Bound

So I am sitting at the bar in the OKC airport working.  Well, not really working, writing this blog.  It seems that everyone in here (all middle-aged business men) are on their computers so it really seems professional of me to enjoy my pre-flight beer and southwest   with my computer instead of my knitting or my Kindle.  Oh well, I can write you guys.  First of all can I just bitch that the OKC airport will give you 20 free minutes of wi-fi and then expect you to pay.  Not just pay $20 bucks or so or by the minute but sign up for a monthly service.  BS!  Anyway, this nice gentleman let me use his wi-fi card.  Hope he’s not hacking into my computer.  I’ve decided not to do any online shipping just incase.

Knitting for this trip is solely the Butterfly sock. I’ve put it down the last few days so I don’t get in a position of needing a new when I am flying. Honestly, toes and heels are something best left for my couch not for the airplane.  I did however take my extra ball of yarn just incase. Toes are easier than heels.

I must say however, I am a bit nervous about bringing these socks with me, last time I brought socks on a plane, at some point during my vacation, one of the needle tips broke off.  No more socks for the rest of my trip.  I was actually semi thinking of stopping at my LYS and getting a set of Addi’s however, I’m not sure how well medal needles and the TSA get along so I decided against it.  If the needle breaks, the needle breaks. Dang it.

In the meantime, the past 2 days, between Yoga, training for a 5K and laundry. I have been working on my Ebbtide shawl.  It is coming along beautifully!  It really is so pretty and it is really going to look gorgeous on.  And seriously, I wasn’t sure because I am not much of a blue person or for that colorway (Persia) that is in, but with the variations of the blues, turquoise and grays and browns, it  is simply gorgeous!  I am really excited to see the finished product.  I just finished the second feather and fan last night and should have it done soon.

Well, anyway, I think I am going to sit back and enjoy by beer.  Maybe not my egg rolls so much because they are a bit spicy and I can already see a trip to the newstand to get some Tums.

Talk to you all later.

P.S. If you want to see my other projects I am on Ravelry as Lexikate81.

Welcome to my world

Hello everyone!

Welcome to my world, my addiction.  First a bit about me, I have been knitting for about 12 years, I started in college, put it down for a tiny bit but quickly picked it back up and the needles have not yet left my hands. Along with that came my addiction to yarn.

That is what this blog is about, knitting, yarn and all things fiber, and maybe one or two other things just you know I’m not completely obsessed. Only slightly.

So why did I name this site Butterfly Knit? Well, I like butterflies, I have a fascination with them, they are just so pretty, I guess its kind of like my passion for knitting.

I just got back from CampKIP.  A fabulous knitting retreat in Missouri just outside St. Louis. I had so much fun and met so many great people who are as obsessed with knitting as I was.  It’s so nice to know I’m not the only one, and it so nice to be among them for a solid 4 days.  Did I also tell you I learned to spin? I even carded the fiber.  One of these day’s I will get a wheel but maybe when I get a bit more money.

While I was was there I brought 3 projects.  Now I am a monogamous knitter so this was a little difficult, I brought the Butterfly Socks (surprise) from Wendy D. Johnson’s book Socks from the Toe Up.  They are in being done in Crystal Palace Yarns Mini Mochi in the colorway Strawberry.  They are knitting up fabulously and I love the colors in the yarn, beautiful transitions of neon green, neon pink and neon orange.  I have a few other skeins Mochi in other colorways because I was so attracted to their color.  I also brought with me the Ebbtide Shawl from Elizabeth Doherty, I am doing this with the “Knit Knit Cafe” podcast knit-along although I have to admit I haven’t been keeping up on the boards.  I am knitting the shawl in Malabrigo Sock yarn in the colorway Persia, gorgeous greens and blues and greys.  I am past my first feather and fan on the shawl and it is going to be so pretty when it is done.  I also brought with me the Cabaret Raglan sweater by Norah Gaughan as seen in The Best of Interweave Knits: Our Best Designs from the First Ten Years.  I am knitting this in MadelineTosh DK in the colorway Blackcurrant, a lush deep purple.  This sweater is mostly stockinette with was perfect in the evenings at camp when I had been imbibing in adult beverages.

As I mentioned I am a monogomus knitter so now that I am back from camp, I am really just working on the Butterfly Socks, I am almost done with the first one, and I would like to have the second one cast on by this Wednesday so I can be knitting on it on my flight to Nebraska to visit my cousin.  We shall see.  If not I have other projects I can bring, but since socks are small, they are perfect travel and airplane knitting.

Don’t worry, there will be pictures of all my knitting.

I usually knit every night but tonight I am slowly trying to deal with the fact that I may not be able to.  I am in desperate need of a manicure and a pedicure and a facial so my evening my be used up with that.  Hopefully I can do a few rows once my nails dry.  And of course I’m sure my cats will help me too.  My one cat Suki, loves to ask for loving right when I am knitting and my hands are busy elsewhere.  Of course I stop to love on her and scratch her head but then she sits right on my pattern or my yarn.  I just want to say “Sweetie, knitting makes me happy, just like tuna and naps make you happy, so please don’t sit on my yarn and I won’t sit on your tuna or your bed.”  Anyway, she is the princess and my cats are my babies so really, what can I do?

Oh my gosh, I have so much to say but I am going to leave it at that and bring you some more yarn and knitting stories next week.