Friday, November 4, 2011

Long time, no post

I've been super busy all week preparing for the two sets of in-laws that will be visiting us starting this afternoon - Hubby's sister and her husband are coming from Turkey, and his brother, his wife and baby  are coming from New York.  It's going to be a family-filled week!

I spent Monday through Wednesday cleaning and grocery shopping (much of Monday was spent getting my sewing stuff out of the guest room and reorganizing), and yesterday I went out to one of the west suburbs to see my aunt and uncle and one of my cousins.  They were in town doing a craft show there; they make and sell Cherry Pit Pacs - an indispensable item in our household!  And today, before heading up to the airport this afternoon, I'll be doing a bunch of cooking and laundry - whew!

But in between all the housework, I did manage to finish the front of the Wavy Line Sweater.  I'm still in love with this knit - it is so much fun to do!  Here's how the unblocked front looks next to the blocked back:

Yes, that's a ray of sunshine in the upper left corner!  Hurray!

I also did a quick stamping on my nails this morning, with the hope it will help my mani last through all my cooking today:

The base color was China Glaze Concrete Catwalk from the fall Metro collection - a deep, blue-toned grey.  I stamped it with the argyle image from Konad plate m60 using China Glaze Admire from the Romantique collection.  I'm kind of wishing I hadn't though - this is one instance where the photo looks better than real life!  Oh well, maybe I'll have time to do something new tomorrow!

And look how long my nails are getting, thanks to the Qtica Natural Nail Growth Stimulator basecoat!  I really do feel it has helped my nails become a lot stronger.  I've been using it about 90% of the time for the last two months.  My nails are actually too long for my liking now - it's very hard for me to type quickly because they're getting in the way!  I'll be cutting them down soon, but I just had to say how impressed I am with this product!


  1. Sounds like you've been on the go, Gail.
    Hope you have time to take a breath and re-group.
    Your sweater, what can I say, it a WowzeR ! ! ! Hope those wavy rows are keeping you off balance :*)

    Have a great time with family and, yes, l♥ve your nails.


  2. You sound like the ultimate host -- your family will love being around you and it sounds like you're going to have a great weekend.

    Now to the wavy lines sweater: I am in complete awe. I'm going to have to look at your projects page to read your notes! And now to your nails ... I can't believe you did your own manicure. They're are stunning!

  3. Thanks, Evelyn! Afraid you won't find too many notes on my projects though - it's one of the reasons I started the blog!

  4. I got tired just reading those first few paragraphs! I'm sure you'll have a fabulous time with your family.

    I love that sweater! I knit Liesl, which is a feather and fan cardigan, and absolutely loved it. Rhythmic enough to knit without a ton of thinking, but not boring stockinette stitch either.

    Your nails look fabulous! I'm trying out Seche Vite's Rebuild base coat as my nails peel horribly. That manicure looks like one of the Sally Hansen Holiday Salon Effects stick-on polishes... the Prep's Cool pattern. Look at me ramble... :)

    Enjoy your time with your family!

  5. I am CRAZY about your wavy sweater, I have knitting envy and also have manicure envy. My nails are in sorry shape right now, boo hoo. Yours look beautiful.

  6. Thanks, Pam & Kristen!

    I tried the Liesl sweater, but no matter what I did, I couldn't get the gauge to work out for me and I finally gave up in frustration!

  7. Ooh, I love the colors you chose for your wavy line sweater! Mine has been in hibernation for approximately forever. :)

  8. Thanks, Tasha! I find this pattern to be completely addictive! I can't imagine putting it down! Of course, you have a lot of lovely fair isle work going on ;-)


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