March 10, 2014
I’m not perfect. Really. Who wants to be? I like my knitting to be tidy. But it doesn’t have to be perfect. Tidy is not another meaning for perfect. Take this sweater.
It is tidy, but it’s not perfect.
Look at this.
For some reason, I did not make all the decreases called for at the left front neck. Did I fix it? Obviously not. I sewed the shoulder seams together taking in the consideration that I had those extra stitches. And when I picked up stitches for the ribbed collar, I just picked up along where the edge should have been. Did it matter?
Even with the front open, the excess stitches cannot be seen.
I may be a tidyist, but it doesn’t mean I am a perfectionist.
March 9, 2014
OK. I know that it’s been while. But there’s been a lot of hand holding going on here. It all started when Sweetums’ desktop got sick. What to do? What to do? After a bunch of to-ing and fro-ing, he decided a new unit was in order. So he ordered one. It came. He set it up. It did strange things. He sent it back. (It’s a good thing there’s an UPS store in town.) Now what? He found instructions to completely clear a computer. So he did that. But he still doesn’t trust it. He’s thinking about a new one, but he doesn’t want a touch screen. ARG!
And what did I do? Why I made him a new hat. What else is a knitter to do?
February 24, 2014
Yea. I know. It’s not even March yet. How can it be Spring? Simple. Yesterday, at 3:07PM, I signed up for classes at MD Sheep & Wool. To me, that means that Spring is right around the corner. Sooooo. Today is the first day of Spring. And I don’t care that it’s twenty degrees colder today than it was yesterday. Or, that it’s supposed to snow Tuesday or Wednesday. I’m taking three day long classes with one of my favorite designers, Beth Brown-Reisel. I’m so happy! Smiley face!
The sign-up time was 2PM, but I kind of forgot until 2:30. I decided to use my new-to-me laptop. When I finally found the website, I didn’t see any place to go to on-line application. Did I panic? Well, of course. My first thought was that everything was already filled. NOooo. Fortunately, I said to myself, that can’t be right. I walked off, then came back. And there was the application icon. Happy. Joy. It was 3:04. Interesting. When I finished, the time on the application website said 3:07 and the time on MDS&W said 2:07. I assume the company is in another time zone. Or maybe, the one who was supposed to push the button at 2PM fell asleep.
February 21, 2014
I had no idea that I had so many!
Olive loves the entrelac baby blanket.
Sweet Baby Rue with his old shale blankie. He likes to make dough on it and purr.
Flo is a bit greedy and commandeers two of my favorite sweaters.
And here is Sheena Warrior Princess upon her wool hat throne.
February 13, 2014
Dot has been working hard at pinning down the pieces. She holds the T pins between her toes and pushes them in place with her nose. She is very talented. She does, however, require a full pot of coffee in order to complete this task within a reasonable about of time.
As you can see, she is very good. What would I do without her? She even knew to block the back and fronts first. I’ll be able to work on the collar and button bands while the sleeves are still drying. With this cold wet weather, it’s taking two days.
February 7, 2014
I’ve been wanting to knit myself a sweater from this book. Now that I’ve completed all my mandates, I can make something for me. The yarn I chose is a silk wool blend, loose single ply and slightly thicker than worsted weight. I had to go up one size needle to get gauge. Oddly, I don’t have much in a size ten. I had to settle for a much longer needle than I would have liked. If it weren’t Winter, I probably would have gone shopping. Sometimes, I like to knit on big needles.
February 5, 2014
I finally decide that I must sit down and say something and the internet keeps coming and going. Why? It may be this older than dirt laptop. The desktop is fine. But I like sitting in the corner with my laptop. And I like being able to look out at the creek.
I am glad that the ice is gone.
So I decided to make hamburger soup. I found mushrooms, carrots, celery, onions, corn and, of course, ground beef in the refrigerator. I got out the barley, cans of diced tomatoes and Rotell, Worcestershire, basil, garlic, and what ever else looked good. Currently, it is bubbling nicely and in about half an hour, I’ll throw in the barley and corn. If Sweetums doesn’t think to ask for biscuits, I’m all set.
January 23, 2014
I cut three yards of fabric into two and one half-inch strips and now I don’t know where the picture that I took has gone. Pictured here is about ten of those strips sewn end to end. When I saw this fabric, I knew it was THE ONE. I had been agonizing as to the color to use to border the squares. Black is the common choice, but I don’t like black and I have trouble with ‘common’ in general. I was thinking about a brown. It’s an unobtrusive color, but it is a color. I also thought about red. And what about a red/brown? Then I saw the green and brown–something that I never thought of. Sometimes, you just have to wonder through a few fabric stores before you know what you want.
I have finally gotten all the squares sewn together. And I think that the strips are just the right color. I need to sew a final outside border strip and I’ll be able to start quilting. (Insert Happy Dance here.) Do you have any idea how happy I will be when this baby is finished?
January 16, 2014
I’m sitting here looking at the phrase, ‘Too Manny’, and thinking how odd it looks. What are its origins? I should do some research. But not now. I also realize that it’s been a long time since I blogged. Blogged! Another interesting word appears. Where does that come from? It’s a squishing together of two words—web and log. OK. Now, just where does web and log come from? Stop it! Just stop it! Too much thinking going on here. I don’t have to think anymore. I’m retired. Not that I had to think much when I was working. All those laws, regulations, manuals, circulars. Ugh. Someone said they were going to raid my area when I left, so I spent the last few days shredding every little thing that I wrote anything on. That included three steno pads of notes and at least two binders worth of pages with highlights or clarifying notes. Those last few days were more fun than I had had in years. And now I wonder. Have I turned into a warm brown turd? I hope not. I try to learn something every day. Even if it is, ’I'd better not do that again’. And what did I learn today? Selfies aren’t easy to take. I might even post one. If I’m feeling froggy. I love words. OK. Enough. I gotta sew.
January 6, 2014
It was the last piece. It sat there in all its redness, cranberriness, appleness and crusty goodness. What’s an innocent body to do? I ate it. And it was delicious!