Sunday, January 18, 2009

Okay, This One Got to Me

I opened up my email to find this little note today:

lorrwill has left a new comment on your post "Still Alive!":

are u gonna update your poor bloggy?

I can't stop giggling. Yes..."lorrwill"...I have been neglecting my poor, poor bloggy something awful, haven't I? Thanks to all of you who have sent emails of concern. And thanks to "lorwill" for making me laugh and making me finally post something! I'm doing fine, and I think I'll be explaining my absence a bit if you stay with me and be patient. I can't blog every day like I used to, but perhaps I can tell you what's been going on in my life.

But first, I have to show you what I finished today!!

My first sweater!! This is the "Must Have Cardigan." It's from a Patons booklet called "Street Smart." The yarn is Patons Classic Wool Merino.

Yes, I said WOOL sweater. In Hawaii. Okay, I'll wait until you stop laughing.

I love the cables that go down the arms. You can find the specs on Ravelry--I followed the instructions exactly, right down to the color and type of yarn. I made a medium and it fits me perfectly!

It was quite a coincidence that I happened to finish it completely on the coldest day EVER in our backyard. The temperature gauge read 51 degrees and boy, is my husband ever playing it up. He's got fleece-lined jeans on, a black fleece jacket, fur lined slippers, wool socks, and a watch cap.
Me? I think the cold feels good. It must be menopause.


A sassy pose in my cozy sweater. My FIRST sweater...EVER. I'm very proud I finished this!

Well...you knew this was gonna happen.


An action shot.
See you again...soon? I hope? My poor bloggy....







38 comments:

mau said...

Yippy you are back at least for a bit. Love your sweater...would never believe you made that, it is perfect. Thanks for blogging some.

Catherine said...

I am SO glad to see a blog post from you!! A wool sweater in Hawaii really gives me a giggle. We've just had a week of -25 to -30 wind chill values, so 51 sounds quite warm to me!

yarndork said...

I thought this one would have been called "Still alive again". And I still think that you must have a sweater somewhere that is really your first one. Your first one is really not supposed to be wearable. I guess no one told you.

Patchwork Penguin said...

51??????? That is a major heat wave compared to the negative temps we started out the day with yesterday.

The sweater is lovely.... oh to be so crafty. Knitting is on my list of things to do, in my spare time, between 2 and 4 in the morning LOL

Salem Stitcher said...

Your sweater is GORGEOUS! You should be proud and sassy.

It's good to hear from you. The bloggy world has missed you!

Howdy said...

I was just poking around here last night wondering how you were... even thought about calling the quilt shop to make sure nothing dire had happened to you out in paradise. So imagine my surprise to see your blog come up on my reader list... I thought at first I might have poked a button wrong and messed up my settings.

So happy to see ya - and nobody expects daily posts... geez at this point I think we'd be happy with a monthly update... although weekly would be better... LOL But we are all happy to know you are still around.

Nice sweater! I've got my first knitting class tonight... toe up socks! I haven't quite figured out what I'll be doing with 5 DPN's... LOL my goal is to just not hurt myself.

Happy to see ya back... now I have to go finish shoveling our little snow fall from last night... 51 would be a heat wave here. Although I'll admit it's not been as cold as others.

holly said...

What a beautiful sweater. Great job.

Clare Mansell said...

51c? I think I need to move to Hawaii! It got to -2c yesterday and we were so excited we sat out in the garden. Jumper is fantastic and it's great to see you back.

Clare (longtime lurker!)

anne from finland said...

What a great sweater!!! It is so wonderful to hear about you! Love to mr. B too!!!!

Quiltersal said...

Welcome back! I have that pattern, along with the alterations for larger women...It's in my queue but not at the top yet...fantastic work, Lisa! Today, our weather is 27° and snow flurries!

Jeanne said...

Your sweater is absolutely gorgeous! I'm sure there is an occasional cool breeze in Hawaii? Thanks for sharing.

Gnat said...

Your sweater looks great!! Glad you posted!!

Dionne said...

Your sweater is wonderful, and perfect for your chilly days! For our chilly days... not so much. But it's beautiful, and considering this is your first sweater? You are a knitting genious! Need I say more? apparantly not!
Cheers,
Dionne

tina said...

WILD APPLAUSE------- the sweater looks great you did such a great job!!! YAY! So, what is the NEXT sweater on the needles???

susan said...

i hit your blog down my list by accident, i kind of got tired of the same ol' "im alive" and lo and behold.....and on my birthday too. arent you the sweetest lisa! i wasnt sure if you were reading your email, glad you are/did. i talked to cynthia about a week or so ago but i havent seen her update her blog...maybe she will now that you have. the sweater is absolutely awesome. one thing i do not own here...a wool sweater. maybe i will go to st. vinnie's tomarrow and see what they have. i have a $15 coupon for clothing there so maybe i can come up with something nice. i started working on my WOW quilt again today and it really feels good. how long did it take you to knit that sweater? it really did turn out lovely and the cables are great! take care and keep posting, i missed you! i found the photos of my going away lunch in my sewing room today and made me a little teary eyed, i miss all you guys so much!

Mokihana said...

Oh my gosh! You ARE alive!! I have missed you and your photos from home.

Your sweater... it's PERFECT! What a fabulous job you did!

I used to wear wool back home. When you're used to temps in the 80's and they get down below 70, it's sweater time!

momma_donna said...

Yea!! She's alive AND kickin'!! It's so great to hear from you. You've been soooo missed!

Your "first" sweater (wink, wink) looks awesome. You must have been practicing before you dove into that project? It looks incredible nonetheless.

Glad to see you back.

Fiona @ Dragonfly-Crafts said...

Nice to see you back but I'll never wonder where people have gone as we all need bloggy breaks.
Love your new creation.

Anonymous said...

This is absolutely incredible!!!!!! I have the pattern and your example has made me want to begin knitting this!

Great job!

hunnybunny said...

What a wonderful sweater, seriously your first? I'm sorry I'm still laughing at the cold you're having but that's ok.
I meant to email you and say thank you for your wonderful books, I bought my grandmother a copy of your first one for Christmas. She LOVES it! I love that she isn't terrified of binding like myslef.
Good to read a post, an occasional I'm alive is awesome.

carolann said...

Hi Lisa: I have really missed your blog! You are so talented and I love your sense of humor. Thanks for posting and your sweater is gorgeous. Hope to hear more from you soon. I was in Kauai last February and bought your Baby Honu quilt pattern which I hope to make soon. Sincerely, Carol Broughton

Pieceful Jane said...

Welcome back to blogland! you have been missed! Your sweater is beautiful. I never got the hang of knitting. Too bad, as I really love that sweater.

Kristin said...

Nice to see you and your bloggy. I just made my travel arrangements for a "business" trip my husband and I are taking to Kauai in April and I scrolled back through your blog as a travel guide! Can't wait to get a frosty at Banana Joe's!!

Anonymous said...

I actually Googled "Lisa Boyer obituary" just to make sure you were STILL still alive. Glad you are!

Anonymous said...

What a surprise - maybe you should have called this one "ta dah"!Wonderful to hear from you again, glad all is well. Love the handknit - not only finished but it looks great on you (doesn't always work like that).

Sally

Joan said...

Woo Hoo! Glad to see you're doing OK and being productive. What a great sweater! You (and your blog!) have been missed.

Amanda said...

Lisa, You're Back!!!

It's so great to see you! I always check on you. Although it was great to see that you were "still alive", I just knew one day you would post on your blog...and I missed it! Oh, well. I'm here, you're here, and I can't wait to see what you've been up to.

I love the sweater. It's beautiful.

sewstylish said...

So glad you're back. I LOVE the sweater. I just did a first sweater around thanksgiving and mine was very simple. Good for you to tackle the cables on your sweater they look great. Hope that adorable kitty doesn't pick it with his claws.

Brenda@Spareminute cottage said...

Gald to see you back,I usely check about once a week to see if you have posted.When I found your blog I rembered the a artical I had read years ago that you had wrote and after a little searching I found it still in my bookcase in my sewingroom,the name of the artical is Oh Well,No One Will Notice.Your story in this magizne is one that has helped me in my process to become a quilter.I now know that homemade is better than perfect.
Thank You
Brenda

julieQ said...

Yahoo, you are still among the live and kickin'! Speaking of kickin'...your sweater is gorgeous!

Red Geranium Cottage said...

OMG have you turned into an itsy bitsy person?? Now I can never be photographed next to you. You are TINY!!! You already were tiny but.........YOUR REALLY TINY!!! That sweater wouldnt fit on my right hand let alone my body!!
You are quite the cutie though in your new fancy sweater. Even in Hawaii. Where you do not need wool. lolol

Kat said...

Wow, beautiful sweater!!!!
Great job!

BetsyE said...

So glad to see you back! I've missed your blogging. I actually just used the Hawaiian squares you sent in my order in a charm quilt this weekend, and was telling my quilt retreat buddies about your fun blog. I'll send you a pic of the quilt when it gets done... thanks for all your inspiration!

Opal said...

that sweater came out beautifully! you look fabulous in it!

ladydi said...

Lisa, that was a very ambitious project for your first sweater. It is gorgeous!! I have a very similar one that my mom knit for me 25 years ago, still an important part of my wardrobe for cold winter days. Those hand knit sweaters hold up extraordinarily well.

Kellie said...

Add me to the "Glad you're back!' list :) I've missed the field trips, I must admit. You're sweater is beautiful!

jacquie said...

i'm on the glad to see you bandwagon too...i have a bit of reading to do.

The Calico Cat said...

Welcome back to blogging.
(I had a baby while you were away!)