Yarn for Agata

Agata got the best of me and I had to order yarn for it.  Who really thought I might hold off?  Yes . . I was the only one who had the idea that there was enough self-control somewhere deep within that might overcome my desire to buy yarn for this project!

Last night, I kept looking at the yarn online.  I knew I was going to order Knitwhits Freia Fine Handpaints Ombre Sport and Knitwhits Freia fine Handpaints Flux Sport, which were used in the pattern, but choosing the colors of yarn was getting me so confused.  I wrote an email to the Knitwhits folks last night at 11:oo p.m. my time, thinking I might get a response back sometime today, but not really expecting to hear from them til Monday.  When I checked email this morning, I had a response from them that came in at about 12:30 a.m. this morning.  Tina gave me lots of options!  I had asked her which ones go with vertigo or dusk and she gave me way more info than I requested. I’m copying her response, with her permission, here so that if any of you want to make that sweater.

  • Tapestry goes well with both vertigo and dusk and dusk’s colors were rooted in tapestry so they definitely coordinate together.  I think Byzantine could work with vertigo as well.
  • Coastline to go with either Denim or River – personally I would lean to River – actually Maple would work nicely too with coastline.
  • Dartmoor and Cloud or Lichen
  • Ultraviolet and blue velvet
  • Byzantine and Grapevine
  • Big Top and Hard Candy
  • Punk Rock with either Tijuana teal, cochinilla or Oro Azteca
  • Purpleheart with Cloud
  • Tapestry with maple, or vertigo, or dusk
  • Seaglass with lichen (this is on my short list!)
  • Metal earth would work well with cloud

I love the Tapestry but since the pattern was made using that, I didn’t want to copy.  I almost got Byzantine and Grapevine.  I really almost got Coastal and River. Metal earth and cloud were in the cart at one time.  I ended up with:

Seaglass

Seaglass

and

Lichen

Lichen

I figured since almost everything I’ve made for this winter has been in the limey green family, I’ll just make Winter, 2013 the year of lime green!

This project may jump right ahead in my queue and be the next thing I work on after Guernsey Wrap for The Loopy Ewe 4th Quarter Challenge, which is after I finish Dreambird, but somewhere in there . . I feel a bunny being knitted.

So many projects, so little time!

 

 

Writing

Writing is something I love to do.  Bet that’s a surprise . . that I love to write!  :)  I write a whole lot more than what gets published here on the blog .. never anything really worthy of being published but I seriously love to write.

Several weeks ago I noticed there was going to be a writing seminar here in town so I told Vince I wanted to go and he said he would like to go too.  I was kind of apprehensive because Vince can be real critical and, not knowing the quality of the presentation, I didn’t want him feeling like he had wasted a Saturday morning.  After all, there is a water line to fix, a chicken coop to be cleaned, a garden to be tilled, an irrigation system to be finished and a kitty to be held!

We attended the writing seminar this morning.

Writing Seminar

Writing Seminar

The instructor is a local guy and he was very knowledgeable and he was a great speaker.  He’s a Ph.D. in education I’m assuming because he was a school principal, has written dozens of books, and now has a publishing company for either homeschool or Christian schools . . maybe both . . maybe it’s all just one thing. As soon as he began speaking, he reminded me of my uncle, both in appearance, mannerisms and in the way he spoke.  My uncle is also a Ph.D. in education.  As soon as there was a break, I told Vince that the guy reminds me of my uncle and Vince said . . I was just going to tell you that he reminds me of your uncle.

So many things he pointed out really hit home with me.  One of the things he said was something like . . if you’re a writer, there’s always a story. I’m not saying I’m a “writer” because I am not . . I believe there’s a difference in loving to write and being a writer but when I’m outside especially, everything seems like a story to me.  A grasshopper eating a fig leaf, a roadrunner taking a dust bath in the front yard . . whatever I see is the beginning of a story that develops in my head.  Some stories are long, some stories are short and a particular story usually ends when something catches my eye and another story begins. Maybe that’s just how I entertain myself being here alone all the time.

Certificate

Certificate

Vince and I have been having a little “issue” lately because sometimes I’m writing . . mostly when he’s reading or watching something on Netflix, and then he’s done with whatever he’s doing and I’m still immersed in my writing and he’ll say something to me. I never even hear him, even though I’m sitting just across the room.  Then he’ll gruffly say something like “Are you too busy to even answer me?”  Then I say “Sorry, I didn’t hear you.” and that is never the right thing to say but heck, I don’t have a clue what he said so it’s kinda hard to hold up my end of the conversation when I don’t know what he said.

The instructor mentioned today that it’s sometimes difficult living with a writer because they get so involved in their writing, they tune out everything and every one.  Vince was poking me in the ribs and saying . . that’s YOU!!  Then the instructor said . . sometimes when you’re writing, you lose track of your senses and you buy too much yarn!  No . . he didn’t really say that but he might have been thinking it!  :)

It was an excellent class and Vince said he was glad he went . . which is saying a lot coming from him. Now, I’m even more enthusiastic about my writing but . . there’s laundry to be done and a garden to be watered . .

Agata Cardigan

Yesterday I came across this pattern and love it! I’ve told myself . . no more yarn! So, for now, the pattern is in my “Favorites” and may end up in my Queue. It’s the Agata Cardigan.  It’s a free pattern so there’s no reason I shouldn’t grab it, huh?

Agata Cardigan

Agata Cardigan

The model is made using Freia Ombre Sport and Freia Handpaints Flux Sport.  The pattern says it’s good for a first sweater project.  Here in central Texas, where we so rarely have really cold temps, I could see this being so useful.  It looks like it’s a bit of a jacket/sweater.  I could wear it with jeans and a solid shirt or knit top and it would go with just about everything.

I’m not ordering yarn today but I am going to think about it!

Friday Night Lights

High School Football

High School Football

Have you seen the Friday Night Lights series?  That series could have been written about any small town in Texas.  High school football is about the most important thing that happens around these parts.  We had not been to a football game and went to our first one last night.  Vince and I had never been to a high school football game together and the last time I went to a high school game was in 1979 and my house burned while I was at the game so I was hoping this would be a totally different experience. I’m very happy to say that my house is fine!  :)

High School Football

High School Football

The stadium is amazing . . not like any high school stadiums I remember, but I think that’s indicative of the importance of high school football in Texas.  They do share a stadium with Howard Payne University so that helps I’m sure. HPU happens to have just been named one of the best regional colleges in the west.

Last night was our homecoming game.  Last year’s homecoming queen is the daughter of my favorite UPS driver.  He was by the house last night just before we left and he said “Maybe I’ll see you at the game!” We didn’t see him but the home side was packed . . also pretty typical.

The game could not have been more exciting!  Brownwood won . . 46 – 43 but it was right down to the last few seconds.  The guy doing the recap on the radio said “What a wild, wild second half!” and he was right!  I think most of the spectators were standing up at least the whole 4th quarter.  It was our first win this year and I can only guess how happy the new head coach was with the in. I’m pretty happy about it too because his wife is my dentist and I want them to stay here til all my teeth fall out.  I like her a lot!

It was a great game and I’m thinking we might go to a few more this year.