Friday, June 23, 2006

I finally finished these!

I have finally finished my fingerless gloves. You are probably thinking why make gloves in the summer? That's because I need them to knit in the winter. It gets really cold and I want my hands to be warm. They are made with Homespun yarn by Red Heart. So furry and soft. I can't wait to knit with them. They were so easy to make to.
Boy, did I have a busy week. Not that everyone else doesn't have a busy week. I took the kids to the pool in the Sports Club. My gosh, it was so much fun. The water was nice and clean. Kids were playing. I am going to teach my kids how to swim. I am thinking since I know how to swim myself can I teach them. Or should I get a professional to do it? They are offering swimming lessons, so I am going to check it out. The air was flowing over that desert sand and we were getting cold so we had to go. I have to go to the pool again. I haven't swam in 14 years. I can't believe it been that long. My gosh.
On Sunday I found out that my dear friend from the UK is leaving. I was feeling so down that I couldn't even knit. It takes alot for me not to knit. But I cried for about three days because I don't want to see her go, but she has to leave. Oh man. It's so hard to let go of a good friend. I couldn't even go on the blog. But anyway I started to finish my 2 projects that I am currently doing. I feel I am knitting too slow. My friend is leaving next Wednesday. So I am going to try to see her many times before she leaves. I better bring tissue. Sorry if I rambled on.

Friday, June 16, 2006

Time for a new project

Now that I am finishing my last sock. I picked out an easy project. Really because I need it. Its called the Trio Tote Bag. I love tote bags. I really like this one, its perfect for me. I can put any project that I am working on in there. I can't wait until its done. I have combined two yarns two give it a bulky look. It's a cute pattern in Pattern a day calendar 2006. Its a nice seed stitch.
On a different note. I spent some time looking and reading Blogs. Most of them were very interesting. There is so much talent out there. It is so nice that everyone can come together and share their excitement about knitting. Back in Brooklyn I didn't have people close to me that knitted. Everyone wanted me to do something for them. "Teach me how to do this" they would say. But they just didn't have the time. I feel if you really want to learn something you can. There is so much information on the internet and in the library. That all you need is to have determination and take some time out and learn. I really learned how to knit all by myself (the basics) at first. I went online and found so many websites that showed me stitch by stitch with video. I bought some stuff on eBay. And little by little with the help of the internet I learned.
I didn't realize or knew that there were so many knitting blogs. It is so much fun to read and see what people all around the world are doing. Its kind of like a community, or rather it is. But it's even better when they share your passion for knitting. In my family, I taught my two daughters how to knit and crochet. I promised them that I will put their projects on the blog. They do share my passion for knitting.
I went again to that little store in the "Suq" or market. And to my surprise they had a nice selection of yarn. It seems that they were restocking when I first came. Though they don't have much but its better than nothing. Most of the yarn is bulky because it gets cold during the winter months at night. There is no heating system here. Only AC during the summer because the temperatures reach over 100 degrees. I have to remember even though its nice here its still in the middle of the desert and it gets pretty hot!
Anyway, I am trying to add blogs as much as I can. Those that I enjoy reading. So to everyone out there. Happy Knitting & Reading. Lee

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Time to get more yarn!

Here is a nice pic of Egypt.

Well, I finally found a place where to get yarn. Yippee! According to one of my Egyptian friends. It's in a city that start with an "M". I just can't remember right now. But she said it's a two-hour bus ride! Ahhhhh! Oh my gosh! Two hours! First I have to go through one City called Nasr city(1 hour)then to the city that starts with an "M"(another hour). Goodness. I better have a traveling buddy with me. I can imagine all the desert between them. I just hope they have rest stops. Oops, not really its a two hour straight bus ride. Maybe I can finish my socks! Hey, maybe I can get a ride?

Monday, June 12, 2006

Socks in progress

Okay. Here is just one of the handful of projects I have left. I just used Red Heart Viva yarn. I need to finish just one more sock. I have made socks before but none for me. I can't wait to wear these. I was thinking of slipper bottoms. I am knitting these on circular needles. I really like this method. Its easier than dpns. But I still like using dpns. I would really like to learn how to knit with two circular needles. I have the instructions I just need to think it through. Email me pics of your socks, so I can collect them on my side bar. Thanks

Morning Moon

Hi. It was still dark, just before daylight. It actually looked bigger. It was 5:30 am Egypt time. Maybe I can do a little knitting now, I think I have some time.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Stuck with no yarn! Dag!

I relocated overseas to Egypt with my family and I am absolutely stuck with no yarn stash. I am sad, but determined to figure out how I can get my hands on some yarn. I went to the local market to check out for yarn shops. I only found one place with a few different solids colors. I wanted to scream. So, I do miss the yarn shops in New York. But what the heck I am going to do? I am thinking of heading out to the local cities to search for yarn. But I am going to need some help from the locals. I know only a little arabic, so I am hoping I can get directions on where to go. I think I will take some pics of the desert while I am traveling in the bus. In the mean time I am going to finish my handful of projects that I brought. If I can just make some time to finish them. I made these needles though. I was able to take my needlemaking materials with me, yeehah.