A Letter

April 26, 2021

I found a letter that my Father wrote to my mother when they were teens. He had gone to a stamp show in New York.

May 12, 1936

Dear Dawfie:

I received your letter at 8 A.M., Saturday. It took me up to today to complete this letter and its some mess. You know, as I have told you before, I’ve been missing you terrible and going hungry for just a itsy-bitsy kiss. I can lie in bed and thing of the things we have done together, and it certainly makes me wish I was back with my honey.

We left home last Tuesday at 10 P.M. and this is what got me, we boarded the train and went to bed and when I woked up we were still in the station, but the station had moved to New York. Tch, tch, I can’t get over it. And what a thing they gave me to sleep in. I thought we made some mistake and had walked into a hay loft. Well, they cramped me into this 2X4 bunk, I didn’t have any room for my legs. But I solved this, by sticking them through the ventilator and out on the roof. But, as you know, there are a few tunnels on the way up to N.Y.. So after I had my shins knicked a few times, I pulled them in and out through the curtain into the aisle, but that didn’t work either, for the porter must have thought they were the electric light cord for every once in a while he pulled me out of the upper deck and into the aisle. I haven’t been doing much up here. I don’t know, I can’t a kick out of anything up here. I saw a picture called “Things To Come” at the Rivoli Thursday night. It’s a picture of the future, it was a fantastic picture, but it had a fairly good plot, which made it an all-around good picture.

The exhibit is marvelous and can’t be beat. There isn’t thing they have missed. It makes me feel like throwing my junk away. People may say they have this stamp and that one, but they can’t say they have in sheets as they are here.

I’m missing a chance to go up to Cornell with some of the fellows from over school. The’re going up this Friday coming.

Say, you want to see something huge, you should see the airship, von Hindenburg. I saw it Monday midnight. It’s a beauty, immense! You could put any of the others inside of it.

I guess I’ll be closing now. Don’t forget to write me again and I’ll write you and let you know when I’m coming home. Don’t forget to kiss the mirrow for me.

Love, Binny.

I tried to type this exactly as it was written. I left out a couple of sentences. They were too personal. I hope you enjoyed it as much as me. It contains so much I never knew.

A Quilt for Sweetums

January 15, 2021

He wanted a small quilt for napping in his recliner. He picked a Jim Shore cat BOM that had been sitting on a shelf for a while. It was supposed to have four more blocks, but they were boring. Plus, the twelve squares fit his chair nicely. I had two twin battings, some leftovers and a few yards left from a ten yard roll. None of the leftovers were big enough so I was going to cut some off the roll. Sweetums said, “why not make it a twin?” So I went stash diving and came up with plenty more JS cats.

Tony inspecting the quilt

The quilt is entirely machine made on my Sapphire. Nothing is done by hand. Hand work is for knitting.

The back
And here’s the top before the border.

You can see where the original quilt was on the back. I rather like it. Now I can get some mending accomplished and fix some of our face masks.

Crazy Cat Woman

January 4, 2021

She’s done it again. This time she stole the neighbors cat. They could hear their cat crying inside the house. CCW said it was her cat, Mr. Wiggles. Police and Animal Control were called. They found six dead cats besides Mr. Wiggles and the neighbors cat. Animal Control scanned the cat and returned it the the neighbors. CCW kept protesting, but who is going to believe someone with six dead cats in their house? Six dead cats! I wish I didn’t have such a vivant imagination. I think I have to puke!

I must get Tony chipped!!

Santa Hats and Christmas Gnome

January 3, 2021

My grandson wanted three Santa hats for figures that he had. He said they should be about three inches in diameter. He has his own place now and wanted to decorate for Christmas.

Santa Hats

Luckily, I had everything I needed. I did buy some tiny bells to put in the pompoms. Kevin was very happy with them. The little doll on the left is at least seventy years old. She is wearing a green velvet coat and hat that my grandmother made for her. It matched the hooded coat she made for me. The hood had a leopard print lining. I loved it. Nanny was the best! I always had plenty of doll clothes. She taught me how to sew and embroider. I miss her.

I also made a Christmas gnome. It’s an Alan Dart pattern. I put a pipe cleaner in the tip of the hat. It was easier than using hairspray to put in the kinks.

Child’s Sweater

November 6, 2020

I’ve been working on a child’s sweater off and on for awhile. It was supposed to have an attached hood, but it was so boring. Then I thought, is it really useful? I ripped it out and did two by two ribbing instead. Now I have a skein left. I can knit a hat, mittens and/or scarf to match.

I’m not certain with the front band. I may take it out and try again.

I really like the cables. They were fun to knit and small enough to not need a cable needle.

New Sweater

October 31, 2020
That’s me

I asked Sweetums to take a picture of my sweater. I showed him how to use the zoom, but was all I could get from him. And I thought I was lousy. As you can see, I’m wearing my good shoes.

The pattern is from a Noro magazine. The yard is a DK fade from Hedgehog Fibers. The yarn called for in the pattern was worsted, but I wanted a lighter sweater. I had to change some numbers and needle size to get the right size. I had to make a few gauge swatches. Yes, I swatch! I think it was worth it. It fits perfectly. That’s Don checking my hand for food.

She Had to Go Out!

October 30, 2020
Maggie Pi

It was raining hard. She cried to go out. She has a biggest mouth of any cat I have ever had. So I let her out. She just sat there. After a few minutes, the wind changed and she was blown off her perch. She screamed to come in. And it was all my fault.

Warm Weather Socks

October 26, 2020
Noro Taiyo

I’ve been working on these since June. There’re not the only thing. I knit four others at the same time. Socks are something to carry when I sit and wait. That way I don’t bite anyone. The pattern is from a kit. I made other socks with the yarn in it. I’ve knit five pairs of sox with Taiyo. I make them a little big since they shrink a bit.

Cold and Rain

October 25, 2020
A good time for ‘Hide and Seek’
Or nap on the sofa
There’s always sewing
Or not

Blue Skies, Dead Leaves

October 24, 2020

It’s starting to feel like Autumn. The sun no longer hits the deck in the afternoon. My lovely aqua umbrella has been put away until Spring. With the cooler weather and frenzied neighbors, there are very few days that I want to sit out there anyway. The dreaded Winter is coming.

Mushrooms

These are in a low spot in my side yard. They pop up just about every year. I should look them up. They cover a large area and are quite pretty. The flowers may be dying, but I still have mushrooms to look at.