Archive for January, 2010

Camera Case is Finished

January 9, 2010

Isn’t it pretty?

And the camera fits in nicely.

Now I have to make one for me.

Ham Today

January 8, 2010

I finally got out the ham and cooked it.  Now my kitchen smells, and so does my refrigerator.  It was good, but I could only eat so much of it.  Now I have all this leftover.  I am going to be so sick of it.  I’ll freeze some of it.  I could make ham salad, but it’s so messy.  The one thing I really like about ham is making bean soup so I guess I’ll have to buy some soup beans.  Even then, I won’t be able eat it until the day after I make it.  I’ll make some cornbread, too.  I have a good recipe that I’ve developed over the years. 

I’ve been putting my Puzzle Me This sweater together.  There is a lot of three needle bind-offs that make it slow.  The yarn is a bit rough and uneven.  After I finish, there is the front band to make.  I hope it’s worth the aggravation.

I’ve been sewing, too.  I patched my husband’s and son’s jeans.  I was a bit surprised at the way they smelled.  The jeans were clean, but washed in different machines with different detergents.  It was like the “man” smell was permanently saturated in them.  I also worked on Win’s camera case.  I sewed the pieces to the stabilizer.  If it snows tomorrow,  I may get it completed.  I have been jotting down notes and taking pictures that I will be putting on my camera case page.

There’s nothing like cat help.

Ice on the Creek

January 5, 2010

It’s been too cold lately.  I have had to wear my jacket and hat and scarf and gloves or mittens when I go for a walk.  It also makes picture-taking difficult.  I really like having a little camera to slip into my pocket, but I still have to pull my gloves off to use it.  It has its short comings that I probably would not notice if it was my only camera.  Don’t get me wrong.  I really do like it.  It’s very handy.  It’s nice to have something that I can carry anywhere.

We didn’t get out until 11AM today.  It was the first day in several that we did the horse farm and the pier on the river.  It was so windy Saturday and Sunday, we only walked our street.  Even Gus was ready to go home.

I thought I should include a picture of the ice on the creek.  There’s ice on the river, too.

I have started making camera cases again.  Since I get hits on the case I made last year, I decided to make a new page.  I copied my old entry into it and will be adding pictures and more directions.  I even had the sense to put a note on my old entry.   Here’s what I have so far.  Hopefully, I’ll start sewing later today.

I’ve Been Thinking

January 3, 2010

Another year has started.  Should I make resolutions?  I don’t normally get off on this sort of thing.  But I’ve been thinking.  Maybe this year I should give it a try.  

  1. I shouldn’t buy any fabric this year.   A couple of weeks ago, I bought a lot of fabric at 50%.  I probably have enough to last a few years.
  2. I shouldn’t buy any more yarn.  This may be extremely difficult when I go to Sheep & Wool.  This does not include my sock club.  And, this does not include knitting accessories.  Right now, I have about half a dozen books on my wish list.
  3. Next, I thought about unfinished projects.  I have two sweaters that need to be completed.  I could use these sweaters.  Two of my favorites are really starting to look bad. 
  4. I also have a vest to finish.  It is knit in the round on 2.5mm needles and I’m carrying two colors on every row.  One round takes about an hour.  I’m about half way up to the armpits.  The patterns are beautiful.  I can’t work on it for a long time.  It can make me crazy.  I am not certain that I should be putting this on the list. 
  5. Then I thought about my weight.  Maybe I can lose twenty pounds this year instead of the ten pounds a year I have been losing.  It might work.  But, I’m lazy.

I even thought about taking off from blogging.  I certainly haven’t been doing a very good job of it lately.  I have also gotten away from trying to concentrate on one subject .  I should keep to knitting.  But let’s be real here.  I am not a single-minded person.  I have other interests.  I also like to know about other people’s interests.  I need to read more. 

I made a cap to go with the Heritage Booties in IK Holiday Gifts.  I cast on 27 stitches and followed rows 2-9 until it was 16 inches long, then sewed it into a tube.  I picked up 116 stitches along the side and knit in the round for about two inches.  Then I started to decrease.

 R1- k2, k2tog.  R2- knit.  R3- k1, k2tog. R4- knit.  R5-  k2tog.  Continue to knit two together until there are three or four stitches left, then I-cord for about one inch.  Cut a four-inch tail and run through the last stitches, then down through the cord. 

I’m sitting here looking at it and I’m thinking that I need to put a tie on it.  I hope I have enough yarn left to do it.  I’d prefer it to ribbon.

I thought I would show you my gadget.  it has what I use the most.  Very handy.