Thursday, October 18, 2007

It's raining, it's pouring...still

I'm not complaining mind you, I realize there are lots of places suffering with terrible drought right now and rain is certainly WAY preferable to the big "H"!

During the rainy season, it does rain here every day but it's usually just a brief sprinkle (most often during rush hour traffic, of course!) For the last month we've had torrential rain for a good portion of every day.

While rain can be an inconvenience, it's beauty and it's usefulness is unquestionable.

I love to watch the storms rolling in from my balcony....I can see the thunderheads and watch the rain falling in thick grey curtains in the distance...

Isn't it beautiful?

Onto the knitting...

Since holiday time draws near, thoughts turn to gift knitting and one of my favorite knitted gifts is fingerless mitts or wristers.

To that end I've posted a link on my sidebar that is super easy, super cute, easy to size up or down, unisex and takes less than one skein of koigu! I did post about it once before but it was way at the bottom of a very long post so I thought I'd be a sport and chat it up again :)

In addition, if you're into mitts, there's a great new KAL in town!

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It's the Fall Fingerless Mitts KAL and Keri is the lovely hostess!

There's lots of pretty mitt eye candy, lots of free patterns and lots of sharing and companionship - the things knitters do best!

So if you have chilly hands or know anyone that does, come join us and knit some fall mitts!

As for me, I'm still working on my Flamingo Stripe socks but there's nothing exciting to see. It's my "grab and go - hurry up and wait" project so I'm not knitting on it all that much.

I am excited about this new WIP tho, look....

It's a new cotton tank I'm making as a gift...isn't the color yummy? At least something around here is bright and sunny!

I'm only showing this little bit because altho it is a gift and the recipient doesn't read FKD, I'm actually finished with the back and well into the front so I'll have an FO soon and I'll show y'all the whole enchilada then :)

Remember that big, fluffy, luxurious bed the P-Man has been enjoying? Well as we all know, explaining why a cat does what he does is an exercise in futility!

I had my blocking board on my bed to block the Esprit Tank and seems my P-Man likes a firm "mattress" too!

I can't get him off the thing and when I fold it up to put away, he meows and paces until I bring it out again! Silly kitty man!

To those that are off to Rhinebeck this weekend once again, bite me have a wonderful time! To my hapless fellow non-attendees, have a great weekend and knit lots!


Carole Knits said...

I just started a pair of Sally Melville's Elegant Gauntlets with some Cherry Tree Hill. I love fingerless mitts and gloves!

Beth said...

Silly girl - that's not a mattress. It's a throne for His Royal Highness. Or maybe more of a dais. Anyway, he can sure tell where the middle is, eh? :)

Jes said...

Ah, the life and times of the every day kitty. Sunshine had taken up residence on Jordan's bed, but she seems to be over it now. Glad I didn't buy her one of her own, I'm sure it would get ignored on principle.
When you get a chance, you can send some of that rain up here. I'm tired of watering the plants!

Anonymous said...

We have had sooo much rain the last couple of days, but we desperately needed it. So I won't complain either.

La Cabeza Grande said...

What a lovely pattern! And Pumpkin? What a kitty wants, what a kitty needs is what a kitty gets!

WandaWoman said...

We've had some rain here over the past weekend and whatnot, but not the daily drizzle or torrential storms that you've had. The new tank looks beautiful. Can't wait to see it!

Opal said...

I'm so envious of your rain! Summertime conditions are sticking like glue here.

The P-Man looks like a king on his new throne. :)

Wendee said...

We have rain here too - but the big story is the wind! I'm praying we don't lose power. I've got a lot of yarn to dye!

I can't wait to see what you do with the fingerless mitts - I'm in the KAL too and was thinking of doing a modification of the HOORAY FOR ME gloves. Sock yarn, of course :).

I'm liking that stitch pattern on your cotton!

Anonymous said...

oh, please,
may I borrow a bucket of
We are in SUCH a desperate drought this year.
Not going to Rhinebeck, either,
Perhaps I'll surf on over and get some
ideas for MITTS!

Agnes said...

Absolutely agree with you about rain ... inconvenience but it is something essential to life! Though I do prefer to stay indoors and watch the rain rather than being in the outside. LOL!

My Little Room In The Corner said...

The rain is wonderful. We are in the windy season now and snow is soon to follow. Pumpkin is so cute! The Guard of the Blocking Board! As far as Rhinebeck, I'm right there with you in wishing them well...just wishing.

Nana Sadie said...

I so envy you the rain. I think we're down 10 inches or more's sad. We're supposed to have showers tomorrow (yeah, should have today a bit, too! But NOT!).
What is it about these silly cats, huh?
And hmm...I just might have a pair of mitts to make for the holiday I might join up. Let's see how the next weekend or two goes? I'm getting stressed about other deadlines. But I'm glad to see the KAL!
Will check out your "generic" mitts...
And what a pretty coral tank!

Carol said...

That looks like a pretty knit! I have to join this fingerless mitt along, I have an urge to make some! Thanks:) That sky looks awfully familiar;)Wasn't that 3 days ago? So, how long DO you block a P-Man for?

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful pattern you made and such a great idea - 1 skein of koigu? What a lovely and luxurious gift for hands! =)

Send more of that water our way will you? It's rained a bit today but we're still very dry in NC.

Anonymous said...

Love the rain picture. What a great view you have. I grew up in Pensacola and we used to get rain every day at 4 pm for a half hour then it was all over until the next day.

Zarzuela said...

Silly kitty! He just wants to lay on it because he wouldn't want you to get to play with something that he doesn't get to play with. ;) Can't wait to see the tank. Very pretty so far. :)


Cookie said...

Encourage him to nap on it and he'll be done with your board before you know it. ;^)

Happy Weekend!

Kristi aka Fiber Fool said...

Probably not knitting lots, but I'll be doing lots of spinning while pouting about those who went to SOAR and Stitches and Rhinebeck! LOL!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the heads-up about the fingerless mitts KAL - I really need to make some and soon.

Lorette said...

Thanks for the link to the mitts! Now that I've done one pair, I want to do more.
Silly kitty, maybe you need to knit him his own bed.

Karen said...

I have been watching the fingerless mitts KAL myself, but I would like to try a pair with knucks. I am a bit timid yet. ; )
Part of the charm of cats is they like what they like and do what they do. No explanations offered. I just got a puppy and love him, and he has personality, but he is predictable. Cats are more individuals I think. I'll be watching to see the finished tank. It is a beautiful color!

Madge said...

Koigu sighting! Thanks for the wristers pattern and the fingerless gloves KAL link. I love fingerless gloves and have only made one pair. Time to remedy that, eh?

I'll trade you some rain for some sunshine! Happy weekend!

Knittinreed said...

Beautiful lace - I can't wait to see the FO. Someone is very lucky to be receiving that item knit with love.

P-man is inded the king of the castle :-)

Batty said...

I like gloomy weather... and cats.

Meg Wolff said...

Rain is wonderful!

Rhinebeck, NY? Omega, by chance. Is there a zen knitting class ??? Or am I way off? :-)

Anonymous said...

Maybe P-man was checking to see if he needed to go on a diet or had grown taller!

He sure is a cute cat!

That's some rain!!! We haven't had any in awhile and sure could use some (and the cooler weather it might bring).

Angie said...

Love it, Love it.