Archive for May, 2009

Busy Week

May 30, 2009

The plan was to go to Reisterstown for a few days, visit and maybe ride up to Pennsylvania to shop.  But it didn’t happen.  Wednesday morning, I noticed the tag on Win’s car was about to expire.  I wound up driving it back that evening since it had to be inspected by Friday.  We took it to DMV Thursday morning.   It passed and we bought a two year sticker.  Win drove my car back Thursday afternoon. 

Don't believe anything she says

Don't believe anything she says

This morning around 6AM, Olive and Zip decided to play king and queen of the clothes basket.  After they settled down, Gus started snoring.  I finally gave up and got up at 7Am.  I read for a while, then cooked sausage for breakfast.  When Win got up, I made pancakes.  He wanted to go to the Beach.  Luckily, he didn’t care if I went with him.  I think that if I had had a good night’s sleep, I would have liked to have gone also.

Well, Friday evening is finally here.  Things are back to normal.  We went out to eat with the neighbors, then Win went home.  Maybe, I’ll o again in a few weeks, and, hopefully, the sunhat will be finished.

On the knitting front, I’ve started another pair of gloves.  I’m using Noro sock yarn.  I’m up to the little finger all ready.  Gloves are instant gratification.  I’ll post a picture when I find my camera.

An Enjoyable Day

May 29, 2009

I made a fresh fruit cobbler this morning. A friend was coming over.  We spent a pleasant afternoon together, chatting, knitting and surfing the ‘net.   I started a pair of gloves to go with socks I made last year.  I’m using

I’m going to Reisterstown tomorrow.  Hopefully, I’ll only be there a couple of days.  It’s supposed to rain for the next five days and I want to sew the sunhat.  I made the bias tape.  I would have liked to have finished it before going.   Oh, well.

I originally worte this on Monday and for got to publish it.

Knots and Crosses Socks

May 25, 2009

I finished my socks from Red Bird this evening.  I love the way they look.

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Sunhat for Maddie

May 22, 2009

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When cutting bias strips, know where your coffee is.  I managed to get not one, but two strips in my coffee. 

I had a light yellow piece of Laurel Burch fabric to cut out  which will be good for a sunhat.  Most of the LB fabric I have is too dark or Christmas.  I couldn’t find my bias tape so I make some more.  I could buy some,but I really like making my own.  It gives my things a personal touch.  I had to get some more interfacing.  All I have is very light weight and I like a light medium weight for these hats.  Luckily, the local Walmart still sells fabric so I didn’t have to go very far.  I caught the worker just as she was about to go on break.  She wasn’t too happy.  But there were a couple of times when I had to go through half the store looking for someone.  So, anyway, I bought ten yards.  You can never have enough.

I started this post two days ago, but the Internet went down.  At least word-press automatically saves your draft every few minutes.  Thanks, guys.  With all the absolutely beautiful weather we have been having, it’s really hard to blog.  I am only inside now because I am talking to a girlfriend on the phone.

Olive caught a Mole

May 19, 2009

She was so proud of herself, she wanted to bring it in to show everyone.  We wouldn’t let her in, so she played with it for a while on the sandpile.  I don’t think she ate it.  Too much fur. 

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I managed to get about half of my flowers planted on Saturday.  Yesterday, it rained, and I had knitting group.  I’ve been working on my Red Bird socks.  As usual,   I am thoroughly enjoying these socks.

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Scarf for Bella Mittens

May 17, 2009

For those of you who are looking for a food critique, we didn’t go anywhere new last night.   We went to Smith’s again.  As always, the food was wonderful.  Three of us had stuffed scallops and Paul had stuffed chicken.  He always has to be different.  The spinach, asparagus, Cole slaw and macaroni and cheese were perfect.  And s o were the rolls.

I made this to go with the Bella Mittens.  I had most of a skein left and I was still able to make a four foot scarf.  The cable pattern made it possible to slip one end into the other at any position.  I cast on 18 stitches.  I knit three stitches, did the cable, knit three stitches.   It was simple.  I used a size ten needle. 

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Jeff’s Nursery in Bethel

May 14, 2009

Yesterday, we went down to Jeff’s for ‘Spring is finally here.  I need to buy flowers .’   I tried to be rational and keep to a plan, but it didn’t work.  I picked up whatever I liked.  I figure if Jeff can start it, I can keep it going.  I wasn’t going to buy any hanging plants, but these two were too super to leave behind.

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They may not look like much now, but wait until they are in full bloom.  Doug wanted tomato plants and marigolds and he had to have one of these.

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This bunch of twigs cost me nearly half of what I spent.  It’s a new kind of hydrangea that he has been wanting. 

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Now, I’ve got to get them planted!  Just seeing them makes me all fuzzy inside.

Elvis is Making Me Crazy

May 13, 2009

He decided to go on a field trip sometime in the afternoon and didn’t come back until around 6AM.  We had looked for him, but had no luck.  Since he’s deaf, calling does no good.   He needs one of those electronic devises they put on criminals and nursing home patients that wander.  Do they come in cat size?

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Happy Mothers Day to All You Mothers Out THere

May 10, 2009

OK.  That’s taken care of.  Did I end that sentence with a preposition?  Sorry.  I worked with a woman many years ago who could rattle off prepositions in alphabetical order at will.  Her third grade teacher made her memorize them and she never forgot.  It was something to do when work was slow or boring or for whatever other reason you could come with.   Oops.  I did it again. 

Query.  Why is oops in my spell check, but not blog? 

I don’t think that I mentioned MD Sheep & Wool.  I got there Saturday morning around 8:15.  I went to the women’s room, bought nasturtiums and took them back to he car.  They hold them for you, but I was afraid that I would have too much to carry or I would forget them.   Besides, it wasn’t far at all to my van.  It pays to come early.  It sprinkled in the afternoon, but not enough to warrant rain gear.  I didn’t buy much, but I probably mentioned that I have enough yarn to last a lifetime.  Maybe when I think I’m going to kick over, I’ll have a contest with the winner getting all my yarn and related paraphernalia. 

I found some pink and gray sock yarn to go with my poncho, but lately I have been thinking about taking it apart and making it into a sweater.  I never wear the stupid poncho, but the yarn is so nice that it deserves something better.  I also have some pink and gray skeins in other yarns, so I’m good.  I was supposed to make a scarf with them, but I never did.   

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Sunday, it rained all day.  But we went anyway.  My sister-in-law can’t go on Saturday.  Maybe, when she retires, she’ll get to see what the real mob looks like.   We still had a good time.  I bought size 3 and 4 needles from Signature Art Needles especially for making mitered squares.  They are amazingly light.  The person that I have been buying pins form for YEARS wasn’t there.  Neither was the Bohus kits from Poems of Color book.
Excuse me.  I have to find something for Douglass.

Glad to be Home

May 7, 2009

I came back Tuesday afternoon, but I’ve been busy so I’m only now getting around to writing.  Jenn came over Tuesday morning with John’s truck and we put stuff in it to take to the dump.  Getting rid of stuff when Doug isn’t around is the best way to do it.  Even so, there were a few things that Win kept that we rolled our eyes over.  Like father, like son.  Last night, she sent me pictures of the house.  It looks like a brighter blue than it was.  Guy’s guys are doing a great job.  They scraped, sanded and caulked before painting.


Yesterday, I had shopping and cleaning to do.  By the time evening rolled around, I was too tired to think of anything to say, so I knit and watched TV.  I had gotten my sock club from Red Bird before going to Reisterstown and only did a little bit before coming home.  I am only changing this one a little bit, but I don’t want to show them until they are finished.  Here’s a picture of the kit for your enjoyment.  Can you see that the black is actually a very dark green?  I am enjoying the way the colors are changing.   


I should post something on Ravelry.  I get so lazy with that.  I also need to work on Flickr.  It has been so long since I used it and I can’t find the passwords.  I keep them all in a little book, but Flickr isn’t there.  I’m making myself crazy again.