Friday, August 22, 2008

Adventures in Dishcloths

I've been knitting dishcloths lately. The first three I made were for a washcloth & handmade soap swap on Ravelry. My partner is in Australia. So I opted to make her three washcloths instead of one. These have been finished for awhile. I'm just really slow on posting anything about it. The only bad thing about swaps is when people flake out which seemed to happen to a few people and kind of put a damper on the whole swap thing for the group.

I don't believe that my swap partner has received these yet or the other goodies that I included in her package. I just hope she likes everything and enjoys it.

This blue variegated dishcloth is part of Dish Rag Tag organized by Emily Ivey aka Yarn Miracle. I'm on a team of 12 knitters that are racing 20 something other teams of 12 knitters each. The team captain for our team received the box earlier this week and then it arrived yesterday at my house. I knit, knit knit and then rushed to the post office to get it out the same day. I hope it makes it out to CA quickly so we can keeping moving! Go team Rag-Taggers!

This pink beauty of a washcloth was knit for me by a very nice lady in CA. She bought the soap on her vacation to Washington. I haven't had a chance to use the soap yet but it is a lovely scent of vanilla. My favorite. My nose is so sensitive it's hard to find scents that agree with it. I love the Altoids too. What a nice gift to receive!

This dishcloth is what I received from the Dish Rag Tag. The deal is, you receive a box. Inside the box is a ball of cotton yarn, a finished dishcloth, the rules of the game, the pattern for the dishcloth you are required to knit and goodies put in the box from your team member that sent the box. Anyway, I received this dishcloth and I like it very much. Knit very well.

Today in the mail, my team captain who sent me the above dishcloth had sent the goodies for me separate since the box we had was so tiny. The book was immediately snatched up by my little one. We read it a couple of times outside.

The team captain also sent me these beautiful cards that she handmade! How awesome is that?

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Can you help a psycho out?

a knitting psycho that is.

Manda is walking in the San Francisco walk coming up very soon! Currently, she is at $1310 she is still needing $890 to reach her minimum so that she can walk. She has a bunch of knitting goodness that she will be giving away in a contest. $10 per entry So go over and check out her blog with all the goodies and be sure to donate big. Be sure to read over her blog about the contest to make sure that you are entered.

We train very hard for this walk and fundraising is an added stress we have to deal with. It's not fun and it's not easy but we do it. We do it so that we can put an end to Breast Cancer. If you have $10 to spare can you help a psycho out and get her to her goal?

Knitting Psychos need love too.

Last day of summer

Well for the most part today is officially the last day of summer for my oldest daughter. She starts back to school tomorrow. She'll be in second grade. It's quite unbelievable that she is old enough to be a second grader. I hope that she'll have a wonderful year full of challenges, learning and new friends.

Life around here will be quieter but only as much as a one year old and two year old will allow it to be. I'm anxious for the cooler weather of fall to arrive. I know I'll probably have to wait till late October to feel it. Luckily this past week the weather has been cooler and only in the high eighties to mid-nineties. It's been more bearable than the 106F temperatures we've had this entire month.

I've been working on some of my knitting for the Ravelympics. I have been working on the Endpaper mitts designed by Eunny Jang. I was making good progress until miss v decided to get a hold of them and rip out all the needles and pull some of the yarn. I was really upset to find this discovery and I haven't sat down yet to try to correct it. Here is what it looked like in the early stages:

I had made it through the 3 repeats and had moved on to the second chart. I was finally working out a rhythm and then a 2 year old happened. Oh well. It will be fixed. Hopefully before the Olympics is over so I can say that I at the very least finished.

Fundraising and training has been going well for the Breast Cancer 3 Day walk. I have met my first personal goal of $3,000 which would not have been possible without the help of my family and friends. I'm going to try for $5,000 but if I don't make it, I'll be happy with what we've done. Tuesday through Saturday last week I walked 31 miles. It felt good and I only wish that my body would take a notice of all the working it's done and drop the extra pounds I'm carrying around.

Chris and I will be doing a fundraiser this weekend at the grocery store near my house to try to get her to the $2,200 mark. This is the minimum amount that you have to raise in order to walk. She only has $550 more to go. I think we'll easily be able to reach that by October. I've been training with her since March and I can't imagine going through the walk without her. Failure is not an option. She will walk. We will raise $550 so that she can walk.