January 18, 2016

DSCF1010  Little Ruthie has caught the elusive Tiger Snake.

Can’t Sew Today

December 19, 2015


Maggie Pi said so.  Maybe tomorrow.  I still need to finish the door draft thingy.  I finally found tiny locking bags to put the poly-pellets in.  I need to fill eighteen of those little suckers.  I hope I have enough.  Then, there’s the hand sewing.  Will they be ready for Christmas?  Not if I get any more cat help.

ruth gus gloves 011  My new gloves.  I love to knit gloves.  It’s the only way I can get them to fit.  And, of course, switching colors like these if so much fun.


There was just enough yarn left to make a hat.  The main part of the hat is reverse stockinet with changing yarns every row.  I used the last of the yarn to make a few worms.  I’m very happy with it.  I should write down the pattern before I forget.

My Son and ‘The Magic Flute’

December 12, 2015

We went to see a re-broadcast of Mozart’s, The Magic Flute, this afternoon at the cinema.  It was my son’s first time.  This one was song in English, making it easier to follow.  It was also abridged, so it was only two hours long.  A good first time opera.

As the opera was starting, I got a little weepy.  I couldn’t help but be reminded of my old opera buddy, Ray.  We got season tickets in the first balcony of the Lyric for several years.  And here I was now, sitting next to this six and almost one half-foot tall young man doing it again.   It didn’t seem that long ago that I was tucking him into bed, giving Sweetums a kiss and driving down to meet Ray at the theatre.

Afterward, we went out for pancakes and we talked about it.  He really loved it.  I’m so happy.  It’s (almost) like old times.


I’m Busy

November 30, 2015

It amazes how quickly the days pass when you’re busy.   I was in a rut and I needed, wanted to get out.  The past few months were fairly disastrous  for me.  I was better, but I needed more.  So I asked my rheumatologist if I could get physical therapy.  So now I am off to PT three times a week for six weeks.  I am starting to feel better and I even exercise on my off days.

I couldn’t believe all the work I accomplished today which included baking anise cookies.  My house smell wonderful!

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I finally finished my raincoat.

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These gloves are finished.  I need to take a final picture.

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I got out my crèche.  It’s ready for the birth.

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Here’s the gloves I made for a friend of mine.  There are three because she will still have two to wear when she gets a hole.  She needs them for her job.

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I made Sweetums some rolls for breakfast.

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Next project: a draft dodger for my daughter’s side door.

See you Soon.

I Should Sew, But I Just Did My Nails

October 26, 2015

And, No, I’m not going to show you.  You see I had kitten help and now, they need some work.

My WIPs:

014  Raincoat.  I thought attaching the hood was bad, but the sleeve caps were worse.

007  Cardigan.  I’m ready to start the sleeves.

001  Gloves.  I’ll probably make the other three fingers orange and black.

I still need to make my little wall hanging for November and a friend needs a new pair of gloves for work.  I’ve got some stash diving to do.  Nails are dry.  Back to the raincoat.







Apple Pie and Hallowe’en Socks

October 17, 2015

Last week, I crossed the bridge to visit my children.  It was also an opportunity to buy apples for pie and shop.

I have decided to use Velcro rather than buttons for my raincoat.  I seem to have every color but yellow.   Well, so did the stores.  After three stores, I decided to go with pink with white hearts.  If it’s going to show, it might as well stand out, n’est pas?  The raincoat is coming along nicely.  The pattern is whole written with lots of  diagrams.  I can’t wait to show it.  Of course, now we’ll probably have a drought.

My first pie of the season is in the oven.  I can hardly wait.  Do I have pie with supper or for supper?

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No. I did not cheat!  I knit mostly at night and trying to pick up stitches along the sides in black was giving me a headache.  So, I decided, one was enough.  It’s not the first time my socks haven’t matched.  It’s more like the tenth or twelfth time.  When knitting the second sock, I purled the black whenever there was two rows to help it stand out.  I did Partridge stitch heels using both yarns.  It’s a great look.


Quiet Around Here

October 5, 2015

Ruthless Ruthie is at the vet’s getting her hysterectomy.  The others are getting some much needed rest and relaxation.

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My Hallowe’en socks are coming along.  I’ve finished the entrelac cuff and started on the heal.  The cuff was slow work and all the black slowed me down.  The rest should go quickly.

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And I would like to thank Jaala Spiro at Knitcircus for making this yarn for me.  And she didn’t even want extra for it.  I’m so happy.

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Why Knitters Have Cats

October 2, 2015

I never get rid of an old  sweater.  First of all, I’ll mend it.  But one can only do so much mending.  And, let’s face it, sometimes you get sick and tired of it.  It happens.  At my house I have what I call the sweater chair.  It’s high and sits next to the glass door and a heat duct.  It’s the perfect spot for kitties.

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Socks for Hallowe’en

September 23, 2015

yarn cardi 003  When I saw it, I had to have it.  Miss Babs makes great sock yarn so I know I can knit anything and I’ll be happy with the results.  At first I thought, ‘a pair for me and a pair for Jenn’.  Then it was,’ who gets orange and who gets bile green?’  Then, ‘how about one of each color?  This is stupid.  Just use both skeins in each sock’.  OK.  So that’s settled.  Next.  What pattern?  I knit a swatch.  (Yes.  I swatch!)  I could knit one round before the color changes.  Hmmm.  I’ve got to think about this.

socks wall 005  There’s always entrelac.  Eight rows of seven stitches was about as close as I could get.  I think nine diamonds around should be about right.  Also the first round should be in garter stitch so it will lay flat.  Or maybe reverse stockinet.  I don’t know yet.  I’m still playing.  I knit this with size one needles and I want to try  zeros.  I bought an eight inch circular and I haven’t tried it yet.


Finally! Dress is Finished

September 17, 2015

window babs dress 005I feel that I spent entirely too much time on this dress.  It sat for a few days because I couldn’t comfortably sit at my sewing table.  Also, I had to tweak it. I’m too big in some places and too small in others.  At least now I know what to do next time.  And the best part.  There are no buttons or buttonholes, no zipper, no hand sewing.  So it’s on to my raincoat.  Well.  No.  I have to make my little wall hanging for October.  Then it’s on to my raincoat.

I went to get my stitches out this morning, but doctor said no.  Now I have to wait until Monday.  He also wanted blood work and chest x-rays.  While out, I stopped at the Amish market and loaded up.  Sweetums’ eyes glazed over when he saw the bags.  He is such a Sweetums.


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