Archive for February, 2009

One Sock is Finished

February 28, 2009

p1010891It fits perfectly.  The pattern was easy to follow and went fast.  I’ve all ready got about two inches on the second.  It’s going to be a little different.  I’ll show you later.  I’m not certain that I like it yet. 

It was actually warm enough yesterday to sit outside for a while.  Today, it must be about 20 degrees cooler and the forecast is calling for snow on Monday.  Just as long as it doesn’t snow tomorrow.  I’ve got knitting group and I don’t want to miss it.  I don’t do snow.  

When I was working, the big boss tried to tell me how he was on his way to work one morning and how beautiful the snowflakes were.  I knew what he was really saying.  “I don’t want you staying home whenever there’s a little snow”.  I rolled my eyes at him, got up and left his office.  He was not happy with me anyway.  When he tried to make me work mandatory overtime , I got a note from my doctor.  Several months later, they said they had “lost” it and needed a new one.  I said, “tell me exactly what it needs to say and I’ll have my doctor fax you a new one.”  Boy, I certainly don’t miss all that bull crap.

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I Made Muffins

February 26, 2009

p10108841I had a couple of very ripe bananas that I wasn’t going to eat so I got out two more from the freezer.   There were some cashews whose age I did not know and I had about four bags of bittersweet chocolate.  I was trying for a dozen, but I think the chocolate chips took up too much room.  This is definitely the best recipe I have come with so I will write it up and put it on a page. 

I was loading some upgrades to my embroidery software to my laptop, but they took a long time and playing with food seemed like a good idea.  Besides, Frank was here all day installing the molding and I didn’t have a decent place to sit and knit. 

Ip1010880 am about to decrease for the toe which I hope to finish tonight.  Then, I can start the second.  Here’s yesterday’s progress.  This isn’t yesterday’s.  This is two days ago.  I thought I had taken a picture, but I couldn’t find it.  Even though I don’t have big feet, I had to add about an inch.  I made a design similar to the ankle trim.

Slow No Wake

February 26, 2009

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If the water ever got this high, the whole Delmarva peninsula would be under water. 

022109-011Usually it’s too windy to walk along the river in the winter.    It was only 30 degrees, but the sun was shining.  This is one of the reasons I like living here.

Look What I Got

February 24, 2009

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“How Sweaters Are Really Made”

Nancy sent me this picture for Christmas.  I just love it.  It is getting hung on the wall as soon as the family room is finished.  We finished the painting and Frank will be back when he finishes working on some body’s bathroom.  As a matter of fact, I like it so much, it’s my current wallpaper.   It’ll also look good on the craft room wall if and when it gets made.

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It took foreverto load this sock picture.  The first one didn’t take any time.  I almost gave up, but my knitting was handy.  The foot is about half done.  It should be finished in a couple of days.

Red and Brown Socks

February 22, 2009

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Here is last night’s progress on my socks.  I really like the design for the heel flap.  And, now, I am going to try and find something to watch and work on the instep.

I’ve been working this laptop all afternoon and I am tired.

Coming to You

February 21, 2009

The router set up went pretty well.  Doug put the disk in the wrong computer.  I said I think it should go in the other, but he had to try everything else first.  Argh!  It is so nice to be able to use it whenever I want.  I get tired of  asking and waiting. 

022009-0051 I loaded a few pictures so let’s see how long that takes.  So far, this one is faster, but it may just be because there is not much on it.

Downloading this picture took about the same amount of time.  I’m just glad it worked.  I took this picture this morning.  It made nice wallpaper.

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The second picture loaded more quickly.  Maybe it’s getting the idea.

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Here’s my latest sock club from Red Bird.  The pattern is quick and easy and I’m enjoying making them.  I finished the ankle and the heel flap this evening.  I should have more pictures tomorrow.

Laptop

February 18, 2009

So I bit the bullet and bought one.  I have to go buy a router.  I hope Walmart has one.  Otherwise, I’ll have to drive down to Salisbury and pay their 6% sales tax which I hate having to do.  I have been wanting to inventory my stash and this will make it so much easier.  As usual, I went with a refurbished one from Dell.  I knew what I needed and what Iwanted.  I had looked at several at various stores and was pleasantly surprised with what I could get through Dell.  Also, the new ones had Vista and this one has XP Pro.  My mini mouse on my sewing machine works very nicely on it, but I will probably get another one anyway.  I guess I had better add a picture so here you go.

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Cats Who Paint

February 17, 2009

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It has taken them two days and they still aren’t finished.  We had to move all the furniture, get out the ladder and open the can.  They are also not very good at pouring and we had to clean up a lot of footprints.  Doug had to hold up Zip so he could reach the high spots.

I think he’s satisfied.

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Bella Mittens

February 16, 2009

p1010796The finished the Bella Mittens this morning.  It’s a free pattern.  They went up fast.  I’d say it took me about three movies to finish.  The pattern calls for the one long circular needle method.  I have tried that, but it wasn’t for me.  I did it on double points.  It’s what I’m used to working on.   The pattern itself was well written and easy to follow.  I’d recommend it to anyone.  The yarn is 100% wool that I bought at MD Sheep & Wool one year.  She comes every year and all her  yarn is like this.  I believe she is from Vermont, but I can’t for the life of me remember the name.

Doug painted the ceiling this afternoon while I was at knitting group.  Tomorrow, we are going to look at wall paint.  Onece we are finished painting, Frank will come back and do the framing.  I’ll be so glad when it’s all finished and we can put everything back the way it belongs.

I hope there’s something interesting on tonight.  I would really like to sit and knit for a while.

Interweave Knits

February 13, 2009

p1010788Here it is, folks.  This is the last IK that I will ever receive.  Look at that cover sweater!  Could they have picked anything worse?  It looks like something my mother would have worn to putter around the house.  Not my Grandmother though, who had better taste.  There were two things in this issue that I might consider making, but there are no real garments.  For over a year now, this magazine has been a big waste of my money.  I think the only reason I kept getting it was because I have gotten it since it’s inception.  For years, I enjoyed it.  The designs and articles were great.  There were always several things I wanted to make.  And now, Iam ashamed to say I still get it.  The patterns are boring, boring, boring.  There is nothing of any interest anymore.  It is very sad that such a good magazine could sink to such mediocrity.

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I am very pleased with my bag.  I have gone as far as I can because I ran out of the teal.  It’s my own fault.  I didn’t decide to knit it in the round until after I got the yarn.  I’ll order another skein next week.  There are a few other things that I need anyway.  I also need to look through my stash for some pretty fabric to use for lining and pockets.

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It is amazing how much bigger the kitchen and family room feels with this one foot of wall removed.  We are going to look at paint this weekend.