Archive for February, 2009

And The Walls Came Tumbling Down

February 12, 2009

It is amazing how much better it looks without that dark, dated panelling.  One look at the sheet rock and I knew we  would be going with a warm color paint.  Whatever it is, it won’t be dark!

It was in the upper 60’s today so I sat outside and knit.  The bag is coming along.  I’m going to need another skein of the teal.  I’m also going to use more lime and less yellow.  I think it will be a better overall look.  p1010785

Don’t Expect Much

February 10, 2009

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Here is today’s progress on the bag.  I don’t know why I bothered.  I also took pictures of some things to send to my girlfriend, but now I don’t think I will have the time.  Frank is coming tomorrow to start tearing out the ugly old panelling in the family room and part of a wall in the kitchen.  I’ve got to get as much of my crap as possible out of there tonight.

An Even Nicer Day

February 8, 2009

p10107512We sat out on the porch for a couple of hours this afternoon and I worked on the bag while Doug read the newspaper.  I finished the bottom and am just starting to come up the sides.  The one end needs to be tidied, but that’s not a problem.  This is a good, sturdy bottom.  I try to keep it in mind next time I make something like this.  Beth was kind enough to include knitting in the round and doing each side separately.  The fewer seams the better.

I forgot to show you what I got in the mail.  I don’t know when I’ll get around to making them, but I couldn’t pass them up.

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A Nice Day

February 7, 2009

p1010744I actually got to sit outside and do some knitting.  I finished my black socks last night so I started on a bag for my daughter.  The bag is from Beth and the yarn is from Knit Picks.  It is called Telemark, 100% Peruvian wool.  It is tightly spun which is good for a bag, but I don’t think I would want to make a sweater with it.

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Here’s Elvis checking on the neighbors.

Washed Mitts

February 5, 2009

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Here are my washed mitts.  Do you notice something odd?  It has nothing to do with the camera angle.  The left mitten is definitely shorter than the right.  I didn’t notice it last night.  I don’t think I can get the right one on my left hand, so I’ll use it as a washcloth.  I’m fixing baked salmon, roasted red potatoes and asparagus with something.  I haven’t rummaged in the refrigerator yet so see what I have lurking there.  You may ask if I have a dishwasher.  Well, I do, but I like to wash dishes.  It’s quiet thinking time.  I also worry about my pre dishwasher era dishes and my sterling silver.  What’s the reasoning behind having nice things and not using them?  If you come to my home for lunch or a big dinner, you’ll see the same plates and utensils.  Well, the tablecloth will be different.

The Mitts are Finished

February 5, 2009

Notice I said “finished”, not “done” as in baked in the oven.  Actually, they could stand some heat.  They are a little big.  So I put them on and washed the dishes and gave them a good scrubbing.  The cuffs are the right size so I had to be careful.  Here they are pre-wash.

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Can you see the difference in the thumbs?  The left thumb (bottom) was knit with the main color in my left hand and the right with contrasting color in my right hand. Also, the left cuff is two rows shorter than the right.  I’m glad they are finished.  Now I can go back to my black socks.  When they are finished, I’m starting on these.

Red Bird Kit

Red Bird Kit

It’s mosaic which I haven’t done in a long long time.  Somewhere in this house, I have the Barbara Walker  book.  It must be forty years old.  Am I that old?  It works with one color at a time and every pattern round is worked twice.  The yarn is wool, silk, poly amide and cashmere and it’s machine washable.  That’s why I like Red Bird.  They always send great yarn and interesting patterns.
King of all he surveys

King of all he surveys

Pretend You’re a Pig

February 1, 2009

It was really cold today.  And the wind didn’t help matters any.  We didn’t even get to the end of the road.  Gus was glad to turn back also. 

In an ongoing effort to combat boredom, Maude has been trying to invent new  games.  Today, it was “Pretend you’re a Pig”.  p10106951

She had a lot of fun with this one until she forgot how to get down.  She shamed herself by crying.

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