Archive for April, 2008

Baby Geese

April 30, 2008

We have four new babies born on the island this year. They had seven last year. Does that mean anything? I’ll have to look.

I haven’t been able to get close enough yet. They are very protective and my cats don’t help matters any.

I have been working on the purse. I hope that it turns out the way I want it.

I only did two rows of this navy blue. It started getting really thin so I backtracked to where it was still thick and changed yarn.

I finished cutting the pieces for clue#3, but I couldn’t sew them together. Maybe tomorrow.


A New Purse

April 29, 2008

I decided that I needed a new purse. Should I knit it or sew it? My sewing cabinet is closed and both machines are on the floor. Besides, I need to work on clue #3 first. Fortunately, I usually have three knitting projects going a the same time. I looked through several books, but I didn’t see what I wanted so I am knitting something I hope will look all right. I didn’t have any trouble finding yarn. Here’s what I pulled out.

The tan and grey stuff is from an Einstein jacket that I made as a sample for someone. The sweater was boring and so was the color so I dressed it up using Nicky Epstein’s embellishment book. I’ll dig it out one of these days and cut off about a foot of the bottom. I don’t like wearing anything that long. I also need to take that stupid hat at the bottom of the picture apart.

We have about two and a half walls painted. Yea. I helped. It rained all day. What else was I going to do? Elvis helped too.

Maude went out when the rain had stopped, but we had a downpour while she was gone. I don’t know where she was, but when she finally showed up four hours later, she was soaked.

Strawberry Banana Muffins

April 27, 2008

I had this banana that was a lot more ripe than I would even consider eating and some strawberries that I was getting really sick of. Et Viola! Strawberry Banana Muffins. And they are really good, too.

I actually worked on my blog a little today. It’s rainy. At least it isn’t snow! Doug has been painting and I have been ignoring him. I think I am going to have to paint around the windows, but I woke up with my knees aching so I have been trying to maintain a low profile.

The cats are not happy about the rain. They have been going in and out all day.

I took this through the window that I am probably going to have to paint around. Later, she decided to help with the painting.


Clue #2 Finished

April 27, 2008

I finally finished them around 8PM. I did a few at a time. It’s not that I am losing interest, it’s more like there is so much that I want to do.

And now, Doug wants me to help paint. Ugh. I know that it has to be done, but I am always stuck with the detailing. Standing in one spot is so boring. I am glad he took all the wallpaper trim down. It was so ugly and she hadn’t even cleaned the wall before hand. You could see where she had something diferent before. Now the walls are completely smooth and what has been done so far looks good. It’s a happy color. When we are done, our neighbor Frank is going to install a simple crown molding. We don’t want to detract from the view out the windows. Not that much of anything would.

We are still waiting for goose babies. There has also been a fair number of shore birds at low tide lately. They like those baby fishies. I like watching them dash about on their long skinny yellow legs.

I also got the ribbing done on the second sleeve of my sweater.

Sleeve Done

April 25, 2008

I have finished the first sleeve. It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. I haven’t decided whether to make a cardigan or pullover yet. I’ll make the other sleeve first. We’ll see how far I get with this one until it gets too hot to knit on it. There are plenty of other things that I can do.

At least you’ll see me coming in this one.

The sock is coming along. I like the way it spirals. I am not looking forward to making another cuff. Maybe I’ll make a different kind. These socks are so strange that nobody will notice anyway.

That’s it for now. I’ve got things to do.

Unhappy Zippo

April 25, 2008

I let the cats out around 8AM. A few minutes later, they were back and Zip was growling. Linda and Paul had their picture window gutted due to rot and mold. That happens living on the water. Maude came in, too, but only because Zip was growling. She went back out in a little while, but Zip stayed in unto after the carpenter left.

He went back to bed.

This gave him the fright of his life.

We had a great day. The weather was perfect and we had a nice long walk. Gus’s tail was dragging be the time we got back. I got a lot of knitting done on my sock. I couldn’t stay in. I had to sit out on the deck and enjoy the day. It was too perfect.

This is a great looking heel.

My Little Girl

April 24, 2008

There are times when I wish that I really didn’t like animals. And last night was definitely one of them. Maude was gone from 1PM until 6AM. I didn’t get to sleep until after 1AM. We left the back door to the garage open a few inches and locked the door to the house. At 3:30, she still had not come home. Finally, at 6AM, she came bounding in from the garage and headed for the chow. I opened a fresh can of chicken for her. She was really hungry. I was so glad to see her and so mad at her. I told her she was a very bad girl in a very sweet voice. I didn’t want her to get the wrong idea, but I needed to say it. She does like to wander, but she always heads home when it gets dark. I bought her for her “A” personality. She does not let Zip run over her. She thinks she weights thirty pounds. I could never keep her in. She doesn’t like to be held, but she will get in your lap and she likes to petted and scratched. She’s a pistol.

Now she’s catching up on her sleep.

It was such a nice day that I sat out back and worked on my socks. I am starting the heel. I have done this heel before, but it has been a long time. Thanks to Lucy’s excellent instructions, the heel is now finished.

Here is how it looked this afternoon.

I also started sewing together my little squares and triangles.

And now, I think I’ll take my book and go to bed.


April 23, 2008

I can’t do this now.

The Cats are NOT Happy

April 21, 2008

It rained quite heavily during the night and the ground is entirely too wet for little cat feet. They go out. They come in. They go out. They come in. Elvis looked out and decided to sleep on the settee. Maude and Zip decided to play hit and run. Maude hides behind or gets on top of the dog chair/bed. It’s a big old overstuffed chair that would probably be long gone if it weren’t for Gus. He satisfies his need to get on the furniture. I even made him a blanket out of left over fleece. Anyway, Zip lays on the floor and calls Maude. She ignores until he forgets she is there. Then she springs out on her hind legs with her front legs held out . She gives Zip a few good whacks and takes off for the other end of the house. By the time Zip realizes what has happened, she is long gone. Fifteen minutes later, they are doing it again.

Sorry, but I just couldn’t get a good picture. She was too fast for me.

Cooler Today

April 21, 2008

After our walk, I showered and got ready to go to knitting group. I am glad I thought to wash my hair and wear something decent because someone was taking pictures. My socks are coming along. It’s a Lucy Neatby pattern.

My yarn came yesterday. I don’t know when I will get to make something with it. I have about six different patterns in mind. I know it won’t be the cardigan that seems to be so popular currently.

I seem to be a bit grouchy so I will stop now.