Monday, August 27, 2007

Waning Days of Summer

Still busy around the Digit household but found time to enjoy a little summer fun. Filled up the pool for The Incredible Digit Girl and Boy. They loved it and I loved taking pictures of them.

And summer is not complete without a game of "baseball".

I have found time to work on a few knitting projects. I've got a sweater I'm working on using Manos del Uruguay Cotton Stria (pics to follow soon). I got the yarn in the 50% off sale bin at The Knitting Bee (a great yarn shop that is less than three miles from my home - see link below). Also, I saw a good friend yesterday and remembered that she will become an aunt for the first time in September. So I went back to The Knitting Bee and got this:

A hank of Lorna's Laces Shepherds Sock yarn in the Sherbet colorway. Perfect for a newborn baby girl. I also got a free pattern with my purchase for a cute baby hat. Yeah for me! I don't have to hunt around looking for a project. Gotta love a full service yarn store.

The Knitting Bee

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Busy Little Bees

The whole Digit clan is busy getting the home ready for the upcoming arrival of parents and siblings from both sides. We're really looking forward to the visit and have been sprucing up the abode. The backyard has been the focus so far and it's coming out great.
We found a swing that was 40% off the already low clearance price so it was a steal. The kids (and us parents) just love it.

We've also been adding and re-arranging some plants for a better flow around the lawn.

And, last but not least, we finally came up with a lighting solution that was inexpensive and created a relaxed garden feeling. The flash on the camera kind of washed out one of the pics but you get the idea.

We don't get to see our family that often so being able to have so many here at once is going to be a treat.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Surprise Part Two

Shockingly, I have finished a knitting project in record time. I started the Baby Surprise Jacket last week and definitely "surprised" myself by finishing it so soon. I did get a little confused by the pattern and found a cheat-sheet on the web to help me along. In my haste I forgot to take a picture of it before I sewed up the seams. I used two hanks of Lorna's Laces Superwash Shepherds Worsted yarn in Watercolor. When I say used, I really mean it. Check out the pic that shows how much I had left after all was said and done.

It will be bound for my lovely niece once I convince the Incredible Digit Girl that she really is too big for the sweater.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Surprise, Surprise, Surprise

Isn't that what Gomer Pyle used to say? Guess I'm showing my age. Anyway, I finally broke down and got Knitting Workshop by Elizabeth Zimmerman. I've started the (popular, phenomenal, genius - pick a word) Baby Surprise Jacket. For those of you not aware of the pattern - this is a little jacket that looks like some kind of wadded up dishcloth when knitting and miraculously turns into the cutest sweater ever after a few origami-type folds/seams. I was a little intimidated to try it because the pattern is written in a more intuitive, rather than descriptive, style. But ...... so far, so good.

Since it seems like I'm forever starting new knitting projects, here's finally a few pics of the multi-color sweater vest that I've posted about previously. It came out better than I had hoped.

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

A Little Effort, A Big Payoff

I've been looking to buy a yarn swift lately and have been really discouraged by how much they cost. Even eBay listings were out of my budget range. I started looking online to make one and hit paydirt at the Crafty Diversions blog (link below). The instructions and pics were so helpful and easy to understand that I was able to finish the project in one afternoon. I'll need a little more practice lining up the adjustable peg holes for the next one. It's not fancy but it sure does the job. Once it was done, I wound two hanks of yarn in a matter of minutes. What a relief to not pay retail!

Crafty Diversions Yarn Swift

Friday, August 3, 2007

Germs & Sleep

Germs have set up camp in our home. Unfortunately, both the Incredible Digit Girl and Digit Boy have been sick this week. We've been taking it easy and taking lots of naps. Hopefully, they'll both feel better for the weekend.

With all this going on, my Digits have not been as Busy as I would have liked. I'll have new projects to discuss and new pics to post next week. For now, I'll leave you with a bit of Eye Candy for Friday. A great family we know just recently went to Hawaii (their first trip!). They had a great time and we've been daydreaming about our own trip there a few years back. Since I have no project progress to show, let's enjoy some "island time". Aloha!