Ho Hum

February 21, 2015

place mats winhat slippers snow cats 005  Sweetums was nice enough to clear a path for the cats.

I’m not a fan of winter.  It wouldn’t be so bad if it weren’t for ice and snow.  And cold.  My hundred and forty year old knees make it  very hard to get around.  Other than the supermarket, I haven’t gone anywhere.  Not even a doggie walk.  It’s the only disadvantage to living on a little tree-lined road.

place mats winhat slippers snow cats 004  Even my sewing has suffered.  Here’s something I could have made when I was eight.  Maybe I did make something like this.  It’s been over sixty years since I first learned to sew.  I can’t remember everything.  I do remember Nannie drawing flowers on a handkerchief and showing me how to embroider them.  It was before I learned to read and write.  I had the BEST grandmother.

My knitting is suffering also.  These are all no-brainers.

place mats winhat slippers snow cats 011  A hat for my big headed son.

place mats winhat slippers snow cats 013  Slippers for my daughter.  Currently, I am making cat  pods.  Then I’ll throw them all in the washer to felt.  Whoopee.

There’s Nothing like a New Pair of Socks

February 8, 2015

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I tried to make them both the same.  Honest I did.  But I just couldn’t help myself.  Look at this yarn.  It’s super!  Jaala Spiro is a genius at dyeing yarn.  I think this is the third time I have joined one of her yarn clubs and I have never been disappointed.  She plies her wares on Etsy under the name Knitcircus.  If I weren’t so lazy, I’d put in a link.  Just type in Knitcircus.  You’ll find it.

Oh, yeah.  The pattern.  It’s from Curiosity Cabinet 3 again.  My socks are longer, have a cuff and there are no slip stitches on the heel back.  Otherwise, it’s the same.

I Found One

February 7, 2015

socks fabirc box 009  And here it is! I have a place to put all those coupons I keep cutting out of the paper.  Sometimes I even use them.  It makes Sweetums happy.

When You Don’t Know What to Do Next

January 29, 2015

I’ve done all the mending I care to do for a while.  I still have those seersucker pants to fix.  I removed three rows of stitches holding down the two-inch wide heavy-duty elastic.  I need to get over to JoAnn’s or equivalent for the right elastic.  So the pants will sit for a while.

I had three packs of two and a half-inch squares, so I made two fabric baskets.  They were fun to make and didn’t take much time.  I really don’t have any use for them, so I’ll probably give them away.

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So I Made This Hat

January 25, 2015

sock white hat 012  Stupid looking.  Right?  It doesn’t look bad on my head.  Not so much my glass head.  But it is about two inches smaller than mine.  I don’t know why I bought this yarn.  I guess I wanted to see how it looked knitted.  It needs more balls.  A shrug or pullover might look nice.   But what do you do if a ball winds up in your armpit?  Or those two places on your chest?

The Ravens Gloves

January 18, 2015

gloves 001  The things I do for my children.  What a pain in the butt were these gloves!  Originally, I had thoughts of just sewing up the holes, but the voices in my head started screaming, NOOO!!!  So I gave in and took the whole @#$%^&* thing apart.  Well, down to the bottom of the holes anyway.  I saved the thumb and upper hand.  I had visions of grafting them back on.  Yeah.  Right.  I can barely tolerate grafting a dozen stitches at the top of a sock.  Was I really going to graft sixty stitches?  Delusions of grandeur I guess.  What was I thinking?  So I re-knit the rest of the glove using as much of the yarn I had un-knit. And that’s why the stripes aren’t right.  You can’t have everything.

Happy Socks Happy Feet

January 12, 2015

happy 001   I bought the yarn at Knitters Day Out last Fall.  It has all my favorite colors.  The pattern is from Curiosity Cabinet 3.  I should say patterns.  I couldn’t make up my mind so they are different.  They have the rounded toe that I like rather than what the patterns wanted.

Since Christmas, I have been in repair mode.  I shortened my new pants, mended a hole in an old shirt that I can’t get rid of, and removed the elastic from two pairs of capris. I need to get some more elastic to finish them.

glove 001  This is a glove that I made my daughter last year.  Somehow they were caught in a hinge.  I’ve got my work cut out for me.

My Daughter’s Sweater

January 4, 2015

jenn sweater 008  I was very happy to complete this in time for Christmas. I just wish I had taken a picture of her wearing it.  Sometimes I wonder where I keep my brain.  Anyway, it fits very well and she was very happy with it.

This is a free Cascade pattern #W423.  I even used the same yarn and almost the same color.  I had trouble getting gauge so I tried using size 6.  That worked, but I didn’t like the look.  I stayed with size 7.  After calculating, I realized that I could follow the instructions for one size smaller than my original plan.  That worked perfectly.

Cascade Yarn has a great pattern selection.  I’ve made several over the years.  And they keep it up-to-date.  I had no trouble downloading it to my phone making it so convenient to carry with me.


Scrubs for Jasmine

December 20, 2014


My daughter wanted to get Jasmine some scrubs for Christmas.  She is my son’s boarder and she went to school with my grandson.  We didn’t see much of anything so I volunteered to make her something.  The fabric we found is Marvel cartoon characters which she loves.  There were several interesting fabrics at the store.  She’s a nice person and I would be happy to make her some more.

This isn’t much of a post, but I’m still knitting a sweater for my daughter!

My Nativity is on display.  The tree can wait.

Lunch at the Bel-Loc Diner

December 6, 2014

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Monday was ‘Christmas Organizational Day’.  My daughter came over in the morning.  We got out our phones and notebooks.  Even though we can use our phones to keep track of everything, there is something about having a ‘notebook-that-tells-me-when-to-breathe’ to leaf through.  Our sons just look at us and roll their eyes.  We sat at my big old kitchen table(now my son’s) to hash things out and plan our day.  We decided on Towson, then Parkville, to shop this year.  Three stores were practically next to each other and the other two were close.  After a pretty successful shopping experience, we decided to get some lunch.

We were only a few blocks from the Bel-Loc Diner.  We hadn’t been for a couple of years, so we were ready for some good old diner food.  We were not disappointed.  They’ve had the same menu for a good fifty years.  I would imagine that some items have been added over the years and some have been removed, and, of course, prices have changed, but does that really matter?  Jenn got a fried ham and cheese sandwich and I got an egg salad sandwich.  Both came with a pile and ruffled potato chips and a pickle spear.  And the coffee was absolutely Perfect!


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