Friday, December 31, 2010

OPYF Thought You Might Like This For New Years!

Happy New Year!
This is what SORRY LOOKS LIKE. 

This is what Tired Looks like. 

This is what Bad Spelling Looks like...

This is what Intimacy Looks like. 

 This is what
Courage Looks like. 
This is what 'good grief!!' Looks like. 
This is what your Tax dollars Look like. 

 This is what
'I can wait' Looks like. 
This is what Impatience looks like. 

This is what a 
Helping hand Looks like 

This is what 
Cold  Looks like.
This is what a Bad mood Looks like. 


It doesn't matter how many people you send this to.  Just remember if it made you smile, your friends will smile too!


Life's too short to wake up in the morning with regrets, so......
'Love the people who treat you right. Pray for the ones who don't.


Thursday, December 30, 2010

OPYF Thought You Might Like This - Work In Progress

I've been asked to share what I am working on right now, so here are all my wip's.
Cormo roving from Juniper Moon Farm share

Cowl Neck sweater using Cascade 220 from Knitter's Magazine

Scarf and hand warmers using Ivy Brambles 

Dog sweater from Knitting for Dogs in Encore Color

Eva Sweater from c2knits in Lanas Puras Melosa Fingering

Marvelous Mohair Shawl from Heritage Fiber using  Fleece Artist Kit in Amethyst Mo and  Curly Locks

From Cat Bordhi's Personal Footprints using Plymouth

Detail of cuff

From Cat Bordhi's Personal Footprints in  personally handspun Superwash Merino

Handspun by me using Superwash Merino plyed  with Commercial Acrylic, Nylon and Mohair yarns

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

OPYF Thought You Might Like This - Photoshop

These are wonderful images that someone emailed to me.  All have been Photoshopped and none of them are real animals.


Tuesday, December 28, 2010

OPYF- Ewe Can Knit - By Mary G - Addicted to Knitting

I spend at least part of every day knitting - even more time now that I am no longer working full time.  When I'm not knitting I'm thinking about knitting. What new pattern I want to try, what sweater I would like to try to design, what project in my queue am I going to work on today.  I also spend some time every day learning about knitting. I work on the National Knitting Guild's master knitter program. I am almost finished level one and hope to get it off for review in January. I read everything I can; new books, magazines, blogs, I even listen to knitting podcasts.  And, of course, I spend a bit of time on Ravelry. 

There is something so compelling about this craft so many of us love so much. The simple act of holding yarn, allowing  it to move through our fingers and watching  our needles move in precise ways that create wonderful fabric. The tactile nature of the yarn. The luxurious softness of a cashmere, the prickly sensation of a Shetland wool or something in between. The glorious colors or combination  of colors that form into a lovely garment?  The sense of accomplishment at finishing a project or the sense of pride at a garment well done.  Or the satisfaction of deciphering a particularly obtuse pattern or succeeding at figuring out a difficult stitch.  The joy I feel when I give a knitted gift to someone else and watch how much they appreciate my work. 

When I sit down to knit my mind slows down. I forget the stresses of the day and allow myself to think only about the stitches I'm working on at the time.  This is particularly true if I am working in a complicated lace or cable pattern.  But even when I do something else that requires my attention, like watching tv I still knit. Almost every knitter I know has a "tv watching project"- you know one, the garter stitch afghan that your hands could knit in your sleep.

So is knitting an addiction?  What do you think?  I know it is for me!

Mary G