I've been shopping. I've been wanting to try out the Knit Picks Options Interchangeable set, so I bought them. Just three words...I LOVE them!!. The set comes with (from top-left to right): knitting needles sizes (U. S.) 4 - 11, a set of bags (3 bags with 2 in each one), a case to keep everything in and 24 inch and 32 inch cables (two per bag). The cable bags also has the key thingy to secure the cable to the needle and some rounds things that you can screw into the ends of the cables if you wanted to use them as straight needles.

I also bought the 40 inch and 60 inch cables. Again, there are two cables per bag.

This is a new afghan/throw that I'm making for a friend. I'm using my new options needles (40 inch one) and they're working like a charm. This is a Chevron pattern. It's king of hard to see the zig-zag effect until you add a contrasting yarn. I'll show another picture of the progress once that is added. It's going to be done in blocks of this color and the contrasting color shown in the last picture.

It's kind of hard to see the actual colors of the variegated yarn in this picture. The pictures were taken at night, using a flash. The two sets of colors remind me of fall colors.
I may be going out to dinner this evening at Red Robin with a couple of friends and then working on the throw later this evening. The weather is nice in the evenings and mornings now. Fall is on it's way and I'm really looking forward to it. This summer was horrible with the 106 degree(F) weather for a couple of weeks. Add the humidity to that and it was around 110. The rest of the summer was in the 90's. Enjoy your weekend.



These are some dishclothes that I've worked on over the past several months. I've read on some blogs that the writers think that knitting dishclothes are a waste of time. I TOTALLY disagree. Not only do I knit sweaters, etc., but I also enjoy knitting dishclothes. Not only are they fun, but they're practical by way of washing dishes or general cleaning. That's my two cents on that.

This is a close-up of the previous picture (bottom, right one). I love this pattern. I think that it would look nice as the front panel of a sweater. My camera doesn't have a micro-zoom, so sorry that the close-up is not clearer.

This is another "Warshcloth" from the Mason-Dixon book.

My favorite is the Martini (big surprise) cloth in this set.

I like the top, right one here. The only thing about it is, the pattern causes the top part not to be straight across. The bottom, left one reminds me of a pie chart. I was trying to use up left-over yarn. Same thing with the one next to it.

I like the top, left one here. It's an "illusion" pattern that can be seen if looking at it side ways. The next picture shows what's hiding in there.

The AIDS cure ribbon.

This one has another wavy (top, left) pattern that I like. The bottom, left on was knit diagonally and yes, I was using up more left-over yarn. The bottom, right one was crocheted using the single stitch and then a single stitch around the outside. Guess why it's two colors? Yes, you're right.

This is the Five-Hour Baby Sweater that I like to do from time-to-time. It's done in the round with and quite fun to do. I haven't added the ribbon to this one yet. There's no seaming to do except for the sleeves.

This last picture is me looking silly at the camera. I'm holding the "Warshcloth" from the third photo.

Let's see. What else? Saturday, I'm riding up to Charlotte with a friend to shop. Sunday, I'm going to the art house cinema here in town to see "La Vie En Rose". I'm sure that some of you have heard of it or seen it by now. It's a movie based on the life of Edith Piaf. I can't wait to see it as I really like the music by her. Melissa Manchester did a wonderful cover of the above song on her "Tribute" CD several years ago. Check it out. I think that you'll enjoy it. She does other covers of some classic songs by other great female recording artists.

It's T.G.I.F. tomorrow. Enjoy your weekend, y'all!!

P. S. Just so you know, none of the dishclothes (or the baby sweater) were blocked. Sometimes I will do it to the ones that become a present.



Hey, guys. Yes, it's me. I'm back. Sorry for the long, long break in blogging. I hope that some of you are checking back from time to time. If not, I totally understand. As my heading says, this is a mixed bag of a post.

First, this is my baby Tiger. He doesn't like having his picture taken, but he's such a sweet and loving cat.

I LOVE Indian food. On this night I had an Onion Nan and Biriani with a few Bass Ales. Very nice dinner.

This is a hat that I knitted several months ago just to have something to knit.

This is my mom and the top down, in the round sweater that I knitted for her a while ago. It has a pattern panel in the front, but it's hard to tell in the photo. I don't think I've shown this before. If so, my apologies.

This is a picture I took in Paris when I was there last year. It was taken from one of the many bridges that cross the Seine. Of course, you can see Notre Dame in the background. I have many more that I will share with you once they're scanned and ready. I took them with my 35m film camera.

This is the hotel that I stayed in. It's in the Marais (means swamp) arrondissement of Paris. It used to be a Convent years and years ago. The Marais is also known as the gay section of Paris and most of the gay bars/clubs/restaurants are located there.

This is one of the hotel clerks. I won't give his name to respect his privacy. He's a very nice fellow with a very sexy French accent. I also think he's a sister because he knew exactly where all the gay clubs/bars are in Paris when I inquired with him about them.

This is just some things that I've purchased in the recent past. I love the sock yarn, but haven't made any socks with them yet. I've used the sock blockers already and they really work well. I haven't made anything yet out of the Knitter's Almanac.

This is a pair of toe-up socks that I made for myself. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to wear them because I couldn't get them up my calf far enough. It was okay though, because I gave them as a gift to a friend (a girl) of mine. They fit her perfectly. she wore them one day with a pair of jeans and they looked fabulous!

This is another pair of toe-up socks I did on two circulars. This pair was knitted with a wool-blend, worsted weight yarn for a male friend of mine. I made with with worsted weight so that they could be worn as house socks with bedroom slippers during the winter.

Well, that's it for this post. I will post another one soon. I promise. I hope everyone is enjoying their long, Labor Day weekend.