Apr 292010

So the baby chalice blanket has been completed with time to spare!!! Yay! I’m finally at the tail end of the baby knitting marathon. I do have some sweaters I want to knit for my niece to be, but those are going to be sized 6 months and larger and will most likely be xmas presents. So without further ado . . .

Pattern: baby chalice blanket

Yarn: Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Worsted Multi in Clara’s Garden

Cast on: 4/4/2010

Cast off: 4/27/2010

Needles: US 10 40″ Addi Turbo

Techniques: used Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind off

blanket after binding off

blanket after binding off

And of course I had a blocking assistant:

blocking baby blanket

what do you mean I'm sitting on pins?

And after blocking, I am in love with the finished project!

blocked baby blanket

Ready for snuggling

And a close up of the lace:

lace close up

lace detail

My sister-in-law is due in early June but I will deliver this next weekend when I’m home next.

I’m still working away on the Empoisonnée socks from the fall 2008 Twist Collective. I’m using Wollmeise 100% superwash merino sock in the Single Malt colorway and I am in love.

empoisonnee progress

poisonous malt sock


cable detail

cable detail

I simply love all of Marjan (or Yarnissima‘s) patterns. I am fortunate enough to be one of her many test knitters, and really, her patterns are the perfect match for the beautiful yarn that Claudia (or the Wollmeise) dyes.

Okay, so that’s all that I’ve finished/been working on. This weekend is Maryland Sheep & Wool, and I’ll be attending with Sharon, and it’s our first visit to MDS&W.  I was sick last year, and it was right before Our Jessica’s surgery, so I ended up skipping, and then the other two halves of my brain, Sharon and Jessica, ended up not going. So sad. We will only be there on Saturday and may not stay the entire day. But first! We are staying at my parents’ house in PA tomorrow evening so it takes a bit of time off of our trip and we will be avoiding the I-95 corridor completely. YAY.

And now for the family stuff, my grandmother in law, Mom-Mom, the original Sarah P (she and I have the same initials, she is Sarah Matilda where I am Sarah Maria), at age 81, was diagnosed with breast cancer this month. She will be undergoing a mastectomy on May 5, so we will be trekking back home to visit with her.  We were pleased to find out that it is not the same type of cancer that my mother-in-law had (inflammatory breast cancer), but it may have spread to her skin. So any and all good thoughts, prayers, mojo, juju, etc, is greatly appreciated at this time.  I adopted John’s grandparents when we started dating (over 10 years ago), and refer to them as Grandmom, Mom-Mom and Pop-pop, since I lost all of my grandparents before the age of 10 (and my mom’s parents passed before I was born). I love them all dearly, but Mom-Mom and I are both Sarah’s with an H.

That’s it for now, I hope to have a post after MDS&W on Sunday so stay tuned!

Apr 162010

The next couple of weekends are proving to be insane.

This weekend I’m heading to NYC with Sharon and Jessica to putz around, check out the new purl shop, figure out what bridesmaid dress I want from j.crew for my cousin Erika’s wedding, and just generally enjoy each others company.  These ladies are my closest friends I’ve made since moving to NJ and I could not say thank you to them enough.

The next weekend, my Ashbee (or Ashly) is coming from Pittsburgh for a 3 day weekend! We’ll spend Friday in NYC, Saturday in Philly, and Sunday probably in Princeton.  It’s been over a year since I got to see Ash and I could not be more excited about this visit!

May 1st is Maryland Sheep and Wool. Sharon and I are taking that Friday off, driving to my parents house in PA, then leaving at o’dark thirty on Saturday morning to drive to MD. This will be my first trip to MDS&W, and my mission is Woolee Winder bobbins.

I think after that, I’ll finally have a moment to sit and breathe!

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