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.

Well. Just Take Me Out and Shoot Me

September 13, 2015

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I fell.  In the  street.  Face first.  Broke my new sunglasses.  My favorite hat is soaked with blood.  I’m just walking along, enjoying the day, when the macadam jumped up and hit me.  Sweetums is trying to help and not turn green.  A very nice neighbor was driving home and she stopped to help.  She even volunteered to take me to the hospital.  (Maybe she noticed how green Sweetums was.)  And me.  I was pissed.  I was planning to finish my dress!  I didn’t have time for this!  Four stitches and three hours later, I’m back home.  Nice hospital.  And, you know what?  It’s now three days later and I still haven’t finished that dress!  But I’ve gotten lots of knitting done.


Sewing Stuff

September 4, 2015

fabric 002  I really really really want to make this  raincoat.  I spent about six hours looking over laminated fabric.  When I saw that yellow, I knew I found what I wanted.  The lining fabric was some I all ready had.  It complements the yellow so well.

The thing is—-I have a dress to put together.  When I saw the dress required bias tape, I felt much better.  I got out my cutter and went to town.

fabric 005  Naturally, I made too much.

fabric 006  I have some leftover, but I’ll use it on something else, sooner or later.

Ruthie Update

September 2, 2015

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As you can see, she is growing nicely.  It’s very hard to take pictures of her when awake.  She is very active.  It is very hard to believe her leg is broken.  You should see her run when Sweetums clinks the can of cat food.  She loves to pester the other animals, bite toes from under the bed, help sort the clean clothes and rearrange my yarn.

At first, when I pushed and prodded her injured leg, I got no reaction.  Now, she pushes and kicks back.  And she does NOT likes those toes tickled!  She goes outside and manages to climb the deck railing, but doesn’t walk it much.  She loves to bring in acorns and leaves and crickets and even a cicada to play with.  She is absolutely the worse color and has been stepped on a few times.  I can’t wait for Dr. Mike to see her and the progress she has made.

Time for a New Raincoat

August 24, 2015

My old one went ‘somewhere’ when we moved.  I thought, I really don’t need one anymore.  Then, last week, while getting my hair done, the rain came down in buckets.  Even though I was parked right outside the door, I didn’t want to chance it.  A hooded raincoat would have been nice.  My favorite quilt shop was having a sale.  I bought Amy Butler’s raincoat pattern, but I didn’t like any of their laminated fabric.  I started looking elsewhere.  I had no idea there were so many.  I spent about two hours looking yesterday and another hour today and I still haven’t made up my mind.  You know it can’t be ordinary.  Totally bizarre is probably my best bet—less likely to get run over.  I don’t know.  I don’t know.  I think I’ll go knit.

cardi 003  Out on the deck, of course.

Shell Cardigan

August 21, 2015

A friend gave me several skeins of Tufutsie yarn.  She said she got it at a flood sale on impulse.  She knew that I had made socks with it, but I really didn’t think I’d be making another eight or ten pair.  What wanted was a light weight cardigan.  I have lots and lots of tiny balls of leftover sock yarn.  This extra yarn was really inspiring me.  I was considering entrelac or mitered squares and I played with different needles and made samples.  I finally realized that this wasn’t what I wanted.  While flipping through books and magazines, It came to me.  Shells.  It’s been years.  I knew I had some patterns somewhere.  So I went on-line.  I found four places.  Lucky for me, I had three.  I pulled them out, knit samples and made up my mind.

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cardi 005  Nice.

Some Things are Just Fun to Make

August 14, 2015


007  All you need is a package of mini-charms and an 8 by 10″ piece of batting.


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