Archive for January, 2009

Nordic Mitts

January 31, 2009

I had planned to have both finished by this time, but it’s been a weird week.  And I’ve been especially grumpy.  It happens.  I haven’t even spent much time on the computer and really have things that I need to do.








After I took these pictures, I realized that you can’t see the designs up the sides.  These mittens are so beautiful that I may actually wear them.  After all, I am a glove person.  I learned some new techniques and I hope to make another pair using my own design.  I was looking at Beth’s patterns today and I found something I think my daughter would like.  The only things is I don’t have the right yarn.  I found something I could use at Knit Picks so I ordered two books too.   They are having a 40% off books sale, but they didn’t have everything I wanted.

Stupid Snow

January 28, 2009





















I’m making ham and bean soup so this is it for today.

Weekend with Beth Brown-Reinsel

January 26, 2009

I had a great time.  No.  We ALL had a great time.  It was a marvelous weekend.   But, alas and alack, I forgot my camera so there won’t be any pictures.  And, I am not going to show you my project until it’s finished.  It was held at Beth’s mother’s bed and breakfast, Be My Guest, in Forest Hill, MD.  It took me about 50 minutes to get there from my house in Reisterstown.  It was mostly country roads that were familiar to me which made for a pleasant drive.  Beth’s mother, Edith, is a lovely hostess.  When we got there, she had bagels, sticky buns, fruit, tea and coffee ready for us.  She made a delicious lunch for us both days.  Saturday, four of us went out to dinner at a local restaurant.  I probably gained five pounds.  I can’t say enough about the marvelous weekend I had.  I just wish I had the nerve to go on the cruise with her and Nancy Bush this summer.


January 23, 2009

I’m going to Reisterstown for a few days.  I’ll be attending a workshop over the weekend.

On Line Shopping

January 22, 2009

Normally, this is the best way to find what I want.  Not today.  The scissors, the book and the needles I wanted were out of stock.  I finally found the book elsewhere, but I didn’t want to pay the price.  I had no luck with the scissors.  My day went downhill from there.

p1010628Maude still likes me.  She even posed for me.

It Snowed Yesterday

January 21, 2009

You’d never know it, now.  It snowed all day and an hour later, it was all gone.  It was in the upper twenties when we went for a walk.  I stayed on the road and turned back early because I was so stiff.  Usually, by the time I get to the end of the road, I’m limber, but not today.  It’s a good thing we went out early, because the wind started blowing hard and I hate wind.  God.  This is so lame.

Knitting:  Second black sock:  half a leg

Sewing:  Working on fourth nightshirt, then embroidery

Cats:p1010637  An ironing lessonp1010642 p1010643

Pretend It’s Saturday

January 19, 2009

I was going to blog yesterday.  Really.  I was all set.  I had new pictures.  But the internet said no.  I don’t know why.  It’s really been a nice Internet.  Maybe it knew that I was still being grumpy and it didn’t want to have anything to do with that.

p1010619For the second day, the creek iced over.  It was so cold, I didn’t even go out to walk the dog.  I did get a lot of sewing done and the finished the baby socks.p10106141





I had plenty of help.p1010587  Olive pinned.  Maude sewed.   Zippo ironed.



p1010623And the Sacred Wiener Dog supervised.


Goodbye Colette

January 15, 2009

A lovely person has died.  She had ALS.  I can’t talk.

Gloomy All Day

January 13, 2009

I hate days like this.  We walked down the road past the horse farm and followed the path to the river.  It was perfectly still.  The sky was gray.  The river was gray.  And very quiet.  It was eerie.  Even the dog was subdued.  I stood at the water’s edge and looked down the river.  Any second now an enormous whale will fly out of the water.  Yeah.  Right. Like that’s going to happen.  It was an exciting thought.  I walked home thinking I should wash the kitchen floor.  When the Christmas crap is put away, I usually go into cleaning mode.  It hasn’t happened yet.  I seem to be in more of a sewing mode, but I’m not quite there yet.  When I got home, I put away fabric and turned on the iron.  I ironed some of the facings to interfacing and then realized I needed to sew some together before ironing.  I looked at my sewing cabinet.  Neither machine was set up and where in the hell was my little wall lamp?   It must be time to get out the knitting.  I started an entrelac scarf.  What do you think?

p1010592I always use a circular needle for entrelac. The added flexibility really helps.  I may change to bigger needles.  I got bored with it and tried out some sock yarn.   It doesn’t do anything for me either.p1010593  But, it makes for a good sample.





Excuse me.  I’ve got to go let a cat out of the basement.

Looking Out the Window

January 12, 2009