31 October 2013

Happy Halloween! 2

Happy Halloween!

This last weekend we went to Baltimore to celebrate our friends' wedding which was a lot of fun. It can be very hard to come back to real life after such a great weekend filled with friends and celebration. On our way there we drove some of the county and state routes.

The great thing about these smaller roads is that it often leads to fantastic unexpected sights. We were driving one of these roads when Joel exclaimed, "Did you see that? It looked like a fox!" I hadn't seen it so we decided to turn around and check it out. Sure enough, it was a fox. He looked like he was sick and I'm not sure he made it through the rest of the day. But that's the sort of thing you don't get to see on an interstate.

Joel was one of the groomsmen so I got a good sneak peek of the men all getting ready for the wedding.

The wedding was held at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore which I have visited when it wasn't being used for a wedding, but it was fantastic as a wedding venue. Lots of space to dance and have a good time. Easily one of the best weddings I have ever been to!

And why not leave on a weird note: The groom sharing a roasted asparagus with one of the wedding guests.

We also got to visit our friends Patty and Chad who recently bought a house. Very cute!

And in other news: I finished this fantastic hat. It is super soft and cozy! I can hardly wait until it is cold enough for hats so I can try it out.

Tonight at work all of us are dressing up, I am bringing my camera to work so I can take photos of everyone and will post those in the near future. I am really hoping there will be kids dressed up tonight too, but it's kind of blustery outside so we may not have many people come in. We shall see!

13 October 2013

School + Work + Knit

I am procrastinating. I have homework to do that I can make neither heads nor tails of, so I am procrastinating here. I haven't posted here in ages and I have been feeling compelled to do so for a while. Lately my life has been consisting primarily of school, work, knitting. In that order. Knitting is a great thing to do whether you have a couple minutes here and there, or a large period of time.

Two months ago a friend of mine showed off a sweater that she had knit for herself. For some reason, seeing someone I know make a sweater made me feel like I could make a sweater. So I put out a message on Facebook to see if any of my friends with children would like a guinea pig sweater for free. A friend of mine said she would love one for her 2 year old toddler. So I decided to make it for a 3 year old, thinking that it would take me a long time to accomplish. However, when I started knitting it I was bound and determined to get it done as quick as possible. So I did. Here is the 2 year old that I knit it for, and her older brother (actually 3 years old) modeling it for me.

So, knowing that I could make one for a toddler I decided to make one for an adult, more specifically for myself. I am 90% of the way done with it and will post pictures of it when I am completely done. It is coming along nicely and all I have to do is finish the second sleeve and attach it and then I will be done. My next project involves all the beautiful yarn below. A big thank you to grandma Becky and aunt Karen for the birthday money to make this possible!

All of the yarn in the first photo is going to be a sweater with an Icelandic-inspired yoke, very similar to the toddler sweater. In the second photo the light green ball in the front is what I have been knitting into a wonderful cabled hat.  I am also planning on making a rabbit ear hood/cowl out of the fluffy grey yarn (a gorgeously soft silk & mohair blend). My hope was to have it done by Halloween, but I think it will have to wait til next year.

And here are some obligatory photos from my garden and from doing a hike in Mt. Airy forest.