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February 24, 2013

From Susan — “And the award goes to…”

Filed under: Updates — lv2knit @ 9:12 pm

…My hubby for his 30th Birkebeiner Cross Country Ski Race!!  This year was the 40th year of the American Birkebeiner.

Here you see him after the Award Ceremony in his couture look!!  John had his best Birkie finish at 62 years old.  I could not be more proud!  He broke into the top 500 (out of 10,000 skiers in all), and placed 8th in his age group.  Yes, they are oldies, but they came in only 40-50 minutes behind the winners.

I will be watching the greatest show on earth tonight (The Osc&rs) — my middle-age female self will win out this time against my adolescent male self (the part of me that is addicted to The Walking Dead!!).  I can catch TWD with On Demand :) .

Edited to add an action photo:


John is in the Snow Leopard Print — Bib 2018!!

February 21, 2013

From Susan — Take it From the Top

Filed under: Updates — lv2knit @ 4:25 pm

Sally and I are taking part in a mini-knitalong.  We are both starting Snowbird by Heidi Kirrmaier.  We love Heidi’s designs (such as Summer Solstice and Vitamin D) and this one is no exception.

I am knitting with the most wonderful yarn I have used in ages.  LOVE it.  Acadia by The Fibre Company: 60% merino, 20% silk, 20% alpaca.  Wow.  What a combination.  Sally used it for her Summer Surly.

This is truly fabulous yarn.  I love the feel, I love the nubs, I love the color.  And Sally gave it to me out of her stash!  Yay for me!!  She thought it would be too close to her Summer Solstice to make another sweater with it.

Yep.  That’s all I have done so far — LOTS more to go!

Sally – feel free to add a picture of your Snowbird.  It will be a slow knit, but I hope it will be very wearable when done.

February 15, 2013

From Susan — It’s a Special Day!!

Filed under: Updates — lv2knit @ 8:07 am

It is Surly’s birthday!  Yay!  In honor of my favorite sister’s birthday, here’s a short stroll down memory lane.

You can see at a glance that these two are going places:


On the Tarmac

Yes, we were Air Force Brats.  The little one is Sally, of course.  And notice the cute matching outfits.  I’m sure our grandma had something to do with that!! :)

This next photo captures Surly as a sweet young thing – in her early college years:


Great Hair!!

Few would suspect that Sally and I once dabbled in the cinema 😉 .  Here is our only “starring role”: in the blockbuster Jurrassic Park:


The Rainey Sisters in a Faux-to Op at Universal Studios

We were told to look “fierce.”  We told the guy that there is no way we would be anything but scared out of our wits!!  That trip to L.A. was one of our first “road trips” and really, really fun.

Have a fantastic birthday, Surly — there are many great memories to come!!

February 14, 2013

From Both of Us — Happy Valentine’s Day…

Filed under: Updates — Both Sisters @ 10:15 am

…from The Monkey Sisters!

You are not seeing double!  Susan made a second Sock Monkey Project Bag for sister Surly.

February 11, 2013

From Susan — Worth Its Weight in Gold

Filed under: Updates — lv2knit @ 9:00 am

We are finally getting the snow that we deserve!  It is a winter wonderland here and out east, but makes it a hassle for a lot of people (we have a parking ticket to contend with as DD’s car was on the street when they plowed :( ).

I have been working on a humongous and very slow project for the last month+ (to be revealed later), but take a break from time to time to knit up something fast.  I made an impulse buy from Webs for a very expensive Noro yarn: Nadeshiko in the “red-denim” colorway.  $25 per skein!!!  I bought two.  As luck would have it,  someone in my knitting group was wearing a beautiful cowl called Seyfert – the perfect pattern for this yarn.  And free (thank goodness!!).

So, here is my $50 cowl!

I really love it and have worn it often!  I had part of a skein leftover so I knit up a matching hat:

The hat is a little tight but kind of cute.  About the yarn: it was full of knots – three in each skein!!  For that kind of money, you would expect better.

Hope you all get to work on time today – drive safely!!

February 3, 2013

From Sally — Pinning My Hopes on Buttons (again)

Filed under: Iolanthe — surly @ 1:58 pm

Well, my beautiful glass buttons didn’t work out for my Burr Cardigan.  But I never learn, so now I am again trying to pair some beautiful buttons I found with some yarn.  This time, I am fairly confident.  (Of course, I was confident before, but let’s just ignore history.)

The sweater: Iolanthe designed by Mary Annarella.

The yarn: Madelinetosh Merino Light in Well Water.

The buttons: a set of seven vintage buttons purchased last year at Yarnover.

This is a top down cardigan. The lace collar is knitted (it’s really a miniature shawl) and sewn on later. I haven’t gotten very far yet, but I thought I’d post a first photo with a couple of the buttons pinned on. I think they’ll work in part because the buttons are tonal with a little color variegation as is the yarn.

Here is a photo of the back with a few more buttons randomly pinned on to look at the color. There are one or two buttons that are darker than the rest (I swear it’s just like buying skeins of these hand-dyed yarns). But one of the great things about this pattern is that you choose how many buttons you want, and you can do it at the last minute because the buttonholes are already there as part of the edging pattern. I love this kind of flexibility. There are several sleeve options for the pattern; I plan on making full length sleeves.

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