Sunday, September 17, 2006

Alpaca Farm Day

I have been very very bad about having photos, but this one will have some, I promise (assuming blogger lets me. )

Last sunday, a local alpaca farm had a Farm Family day. It was an open house where we could go and play with alpacas, and of course, buy some amazing alpaca yarn. It was really cool.... We got to go in and walk around in a barn filled with alpacas... Not just walk along the penned in areas, but acutally go in and walk among the alpacas.....

So here are just a few of the photos from that day....
This girl waas a real "ham' she loved having her picture taken. She would stand there and wait for me to take close ups of her......

Some of these photos make it look like the pens that the alpacas in where small. But they really weren't.... Just camera angle. And all had outside access. But it was raining, and most (but not all) the alpacas were smart enough to come in durring the rain. Blogger won't let me load in some from Matt's flickr account so go see the photos matt took here. (Including the ones that won't come in when it was raining. )

Socks and other fun stuff

Well, I've come to the conclusion that I just won't have time to blog durring the week. I read a bunch of blogs every night after work. (You gotta love Bloglines! ) But, I just don't have the energy for blogging. After work, dinner, dishes, and whatever other things need to be done each night. So, you all are going to have to settle for some long weekend posts. Sorry...

First off, I have to say that I love my new IPOD. It so nice to have at work. And with 4 GB of space, there is room to put music on it for whatever mood I'm in. Though, lattely I've really been getting back into classical music. It's the best background music ever. Of course, I have to be careful not to get the stuff that's to caliming, or I'll fall asleep. But I've always been a fan of the more "thunderous" stuff... I'll take some Tchaikovsky over Mozart any day....


This week has been a bit boaring ... I've been under the weather from allergis all week... At least I know it will be better in a while since when we were out here house hunting in Oct, my allergies improved SO much over what they were back east.... And this is the first realy allergie attack I've had since we moved here.... All and all, much better off out here than back east.....


I'm very excited. I made a knitting "friend" this week at work. I was on my lunch break knitting matt's socks (almost done with them), and someone ran into the break room for something. She saw that I was knitting and stoped by and introducted herself. And told me about all the wonderful knitters at work. All the non-knitters kept telling me that there was a lot of knitters at work, but I hadn't really met any. I'm excited.


And for every up there is a down. I am working on a pair of socks for me. And, of course, I don't make many for me so I have been forced to do some frogging.... I put the heal where I thought it should go. After the heal and about a 1/2 inch of leg, I tired them on to see how they would fit. They fit, but they were really really streached out.... So I knew I would have to frog back and add some more length onto foot befor starting the heal. Of course, I knew this might happon so thankfully I put in a life line.... It's just annoying redoing the same work over again.


Speaking of socks, durring my blog reading this week, I came accross something called Socktoberfest. It sounds really cool. I'm very excited about it !!! You should go and check it out.





Thursday, September 07, 2006

A week of good stuff

If this week was my husband's birthday, than why do I keep geting presents ??

So, first off on Wensday, a box of yarn and needles arrived from my mother. A whole bunch of WW Wool of the A
ndies from Knit Picks. It's in a beautful Heather Green that I picked out. I can't wait to get started on a nice sweater for me with it. Of course, I've got the Silky wool that mom sent me last week that I should use first (since it's for my husband's sweater, and it's been awhile since I made him something big). It doesn't show here (I keep saying I will do better pics instead of relying on matt's camera phone, but I never get around to it), but there are 21 skeins of the yarn..... Plenty to make a nice cabled sweater.... Plus, there were many many sets of knit picks needles. Ya, needles and yarn all at the same time....

Sounds like the perfect week... But wait, there's more....


Today (it was supposed to be yesterday, darn signature required deliveries durring the day), my IPOD nano arrived !!! Yes, my wonder and amazing husband got me a IPOD Nano for my birthday
(and he's not makeing me wait until my b-day to use it!). At my new job, music is a very, very, very good thing, and I didn't have an mp3 player. (I know I must be the last person on the planet to get one... BUt.....) So we started pricing differnt brands of MP3 players (I told him I didn't want to pay a lot more for just the IPOD name....) Then, he found a good deal on an Apple Reconditioned IPod (comes with the normal warranty and everything)... I'm super excited... I was getting really board with CDs at work (and going though a lot batteries for the CD player.......


And just when you think there can't possbely be any more, I give you: Herbert the friendly
desk hedghoge.... Yup, we were out tea shopping today at my wonderful local Tea Shop, Brits!, when we found the most adorable Hedghoge stuffed anniamls on sale... Of course one had to come home with us (along with a lot of tea). Isn't Herbert cute ? Tomorrow he's going to work with me to be my cubical Hedgehog.




Well, I'm off to create some playlists for my nano...

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Wonderful package in the mail


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So Thursday evening I get home from work to find a package on my door step from my parents. The box looks like it's about to explode becuase it's so over stuffed. So, I have to open it up right away. (Plus, I knew that there would be yarn inside so...).

So, I cut open the tape (which I have to say, that was really strong tape), and first thing I pull out are three differnt colors of sock yarns. A nice green, a light cream and a nice light brown. All wonderful colors that I could knit up and Matt would have no problem wearing to work. Which makes me supper happy beucase I am having a hard time finding sock yarns that are good for work.

Next, I see some lovely reddish-orange Silky Wool. It's so pretty. So I start pulling out skeins..... And I keep pulling and pulling...... When mom said she sent me a sweater's worth, she wasn't kidding. I pulled out 18 skeins of them. I should get a sweater for matt and a hat or socks or something out of it. (But, now I can do just about any pattern and not have to worry about having enough. ) I know matt will love a sweater from it, and I'm gonna love makeing it.

Then I find a book included. It's a Vikinging Knitting book..... Amazing cableing just like the other Viking knitting book I have by Elsebeth Lavold. (Both are by the same women, just differnt pattern.) Matt's already picked the pattern out of the new book that he wants me to make with the Silky Wool. And, I can't wait to get started. (I just have to finish a WIP first. )

After all this, there is more. Birthday present for Matt and me. I see some burn orange in the box right as matt walks in so I ask him to pull the next item out. ( Afterall, if it's burnt orange, it's for him. ) And it's an amazing cabled scarf for him. He loves it. It's a mix of a burnt orange yarn and some mohair yarn. Amazingly soft and wonderful to touch. Then, I find a burnt orange mobis (spelling ???) strip scarf/head wrap for me. It's made from the same yarn as Matt's scarf. It's wonderful. A wonderful birthday present.

I wish I had better pictures of it all to show everyone. But, I've been to bussy drolling over the yarn to take pictures of it so I only have the one Matt took.... Hopefully, over the long weekend, I will take some more pictures......