Archive for January, 2010

Happy Birthday Jenn

January 29, 2010

OK.  It’s not until Monday,but it’s a workday for her and I wanted to go to the market on Thursday or Friday, see if there was any new sewing gadgets or software and  get my machine serviced. 

I made her a fleece dressing gown and two night-shirts.  She also got a pair of slippers and something else that I’m not going to mention.  She was really happy.

The best thing about coming to town is seeing my children.  I love them so very much.  They make me feel like it was the right thing to do.

Why Do Knitters like Cats?

January 27, 2010

They always appreciate your hard work.

No Low Tide

January 26, 2010

We had rain and wind last night.  The wind blew hard enough to send water from bay up the river and our creek.  It seemed so odd this afternoon.  The sun had come out and the tide should have been going down, but the creek waters kept rising.


Sunday Morning on the River

January 25, 2010

Sitting on the pier this morning was so peaceful.  It was so quiet.  There was no wind.  The river was perfectly smooth.  The sky was overcast, but it just added to the serenity.  I could have sat there all day.  It was  in the mid forties.  I was wearing my old ‘Map of the World’ sweater.  I made it from Peace Fleece.  It is tightly knit and really warm.  It’s great for a typical lower slower Delaware winter day.

I hope I’m not too ugly for you.

I talked to my son today.   I told him that I would be up on Thursday with Jenn’s birthday gift.   He told me his boss told him that he liked his work.  He sounds happy.  He finally has a job  in his field.  I’m certain that it helps his self-esteem.

I had a pleasant surprise the other day.  My younger brother e-mailed me.  He and his wife will be in Cambridge for a few days and wanted to come by.  It will be nice to see them.  It’s been seven years.

Hot Dog Day

January 22, 2010

About once a year, I feel like eating a hot dog.  The stuff that is in them is gross, so I bought Hebrew National to feel better about it.  We made pasta salad and got out the pickles and beets so love so much.   I chopped an onion and reached for the catsup and mustard.  They were good. 

I finished sewing this evening.  I’d like to start the embroidery tomorrow, but we’ll probably go out for supper, so I need to do a little cleaning.  You know, I should just get a cleaning lady person.  It is SO boring!  I would very much rather sew, knit and create.  Anyway, everything should be ready by Wednesday or Thursday. 

I also finished my page on making a camera case.  Yea!

I Was Frustrated

January 21, 2010

Yesterday, I decided to update the camera case page.  Every time I added a couple of sentences, I would lose the connection.  It made me crazy.  I couldn’t get anywhere.  I finally gave up and turned it off.

I finished the first night-shirt.  The other is almost done.  I should be ready for Jenn’s birthday.

Here’s my Puzzle Me This  sweater.  I removed the front panel and made it longer.  I may also take out some of the three needle bind-offs.  They look too bulky.  I’ll decide after I sew the front panel back on.   Flo doesn’t understand what the fuss is all about.

Alone At Last

January 19, 2010

It’s quiet.  Doug is fed.  The animals are fed and have gone out to play.  I figure I have about 45 minutes until Doug comes in and turns on the TV.  Sometimes days go by with no chance of this kind of peace.

I am not happy with my sweater.  I finished the front band and attached it.  I held it up and didn’t like the way it hung.  I tried it on and stood in front of the big bathroom mirror.  Nope.  I still didn’t like it.  So I took the band off.  It needs the band so I am re-making it.  I think I will re-attach it differently, too.  I won’t give up on it.  I’ll get it right.  All this effort is not going to waste.

Yesterday was knitting group.  I had a birthday gift for Maria.  She is determined to make gloves.  I gave her some sock yarn, which is also good for gloves, and my old ball winder.  I had her make a swatch and told her to start the ribbing.  She’s going to try and come one day soon her help.  She’s trying to get Leslie to do it, too.  We have such a great time together.

Cora is doing very well with the swift.  She is so helpful!

My sewing is going well.  One robe is almost finished.  I need to do some embroidery on it before sewing the side seams.  It’s much easier that way.  I plan to complete the first night-shirt tomorrow and hopefully get halfway through the second.  Everything should be ready by the time I cross the bay.

I talked to my son yesterday.  He tried to get me to volunteer to pick a doctor for him.  He complained that it was hard to call anybody since he was at work.  I suggested he call one each day at lunch time with his questions.  ‘Are your accepting new patients?  What are your hours?  Etc.’  I had all ready knocked the list down to four for him.  Sometimes you just have to make your kid do things for himself.

Flo Wants a Goose

January 17, 2010

I Meant to Blog

January 15, 2010

Two days ago, yesterday and today, but I’ve been busy.   I’ve started two night-shirts and a fleece robe for my daughter and a robe for me.  I have also decided on my sweater.  I’m making the front bands out of a small loop brioche in a rusty brown.  It looks good.  More next time.

Yarn & Co, Easton MD and Frivolous Fibers, St Michaels MD

January 11, 2010

Maria called Saturday morning asking about going to the yarn shop in Easton.  About two hours later, we were finally ready to go.  Leslie came too.  We were not impressed, but Maria did buy a few things.   There was  nothing exciting there.  The owner was not helpful or friendly.  She was more interested in her dog and her knitting.  The was another woman there giving a lesson.  I thought it was strange that she only wanted the student to do things her way–that there was no other way to do it.  Another thing that bothered me was when we asked about other shops, she said there were no others in the area.

Fifteen minutes later, we were at Frivolous Fibers in St. Michael’s.  What a difference eight  miles makes.  In the front of the shop there are various items from local artisans.  I bought some of the soap and I was interested in some salt and pepper shakers.  The back 2/3’s was filled with yarn.  And was it ever eye candy!!  We had a grand time.  It was almost 5PM by the time we left.  It was hard to figure out at first who were the customers ans who were the workers.  Everyone was having such a good time.  Maria went crazy and had a really hard time making up her mind.  I also found it interesting that they had a very large supply of Blue Heron yarns and none in Easton where it is made.

Sunday, I made myself a camera case.   I need to get my revised notes on this and update the page.   Gotta go!