Monday, May 26, 2008

For Home and Hearth........

For home and hearth, I thank all who serve. May I be as stead-fast in service and never forget those who have sacrificed themselves for us. As a nation, we may not be perfect, but we have the heart, strength and courage to always strive to be better. As American's we sometimes forget, that fighting for freedom is often easier than the responsibility of using that freedom appropriately.
Freedom is neither free, nor without responsibility.

Have a great day.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

My Morning Walks

Each morning I haul myself out of bed for this:

And walk along the shore/rocks to this:

then across the street for this:

Needless to say, mornings are my favorite time of day.

Have a great day!

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Liza's Cup Sleeve with Stopper Holder

"What" you say? Well I have a little pattern for you, but first, pictures:

One Venti Soy Hazelnut Steamer with a new tapered Sweater, accessorized with the
ever-elusive green Starbuck's stopper.
This multi-function garment, not only keeps your drinks warm, but helps you keep track of that ever-elusive Starbuck's stopper.

They are great with cold drinks too. Keeps the condensation away and the drink cold longer.

Liza’s Stopper Cup Sleeve

Gauge 21 = 4 inches ( this needs to be a firm fabric, or your cup will slip out of the holder when full)

Needles = US size 4 DPN

Yarn = Echo Yarn Worsted Weight Superwash Wool (wool will felt from extended use, so chose a superwash and knit it tight. One ball will make three, easily.

CO 36 (Longtail is best) join to knit in the round.
Rows 1 thru 7 - work in 1x1 ribbing
Row 8 - increase 1 (closed increase) in the first stitch, then knit the remainder of the row.
Rows 9 thru 11 – knit all
Rows 12 thru 19 - Repeat rows 8 thru 11, two more times (you will have a total of 19 rows)
Row 20 - increase 1 (closed increase) in the first stitch, then knit the remainder of the row.
Row 21 – BO 1 stitch, knit to end of row
Row 22 – CO 1 stitch, knit to end of row
Rows 23 thru 27 – knit all
Row 28 – Repeat row 21
Row 29 – Repeat row 22
Rows 30 thru 32 – knit all
Rows 33 thru 39 – work in 1x1 ribbing
BO loosely
Weave in ends

Keep in mind this has only been knitt by me, with no official test knitting. If you find errors in the pattern.....................................good for you!

Have a great day!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Monterey Memory Shawl

I've decided to knit something from each place I am in this year. Each city will be three weeks (at least) so why not have something to remember it by.

Started 5-5-08
Yarn: Organic 50%wool/50%cotton
Needles: US 8 Addi Lace Turbos
Pattern: My own, with fishtail lace stitch pattern.

The entire shawl reminds me of Monterey.

Have a great day!

Monday, May 12, 2008

My hotel room

I am back in Monterey for the next 4 weeks. Fortunately, for me, the only rooms left were suites........................................Sweet!

I have made some friends here over the last 2.5 months and have enjoyed getting to know them. The best knitting shop around is Monarch Knits in Pacific Grove.
To my friends at Knitique...........................come knit on my balcony!
Have a great day!

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Well hello there.................

I have been in Monterey/Carmel for the last 2.5 months.
If you have to get stuck somewhere for that long, Monterey is the place to be. Great people and fabulous scenery.

Not much knitting going on, but I am going to try to blog more. *Note to self* bring the damn camera next time.
Have a great day!