Archive for February, 2011

My Grandson is An Eagle Scout

February 27, 2011

Here he is with Mom and Dad.  We are so proud of him.  He hs been working on this for about a year and he is only sixteen.  How did he manage to do it along with AP courses and band?  My daughter and son-in-law are not pushy, but they are supportive.  I think that it’s just the way he is.

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Going from Disorganized to Organized

February 25, 2011

I’m trying.  Really I am.  But, it’s so hard.  It’s just not in me.  Sweetums had Frank build me a big bookcase for my books and magazines.  And it is so nice to have them all in one place.  I even have them in some kind of order.  So now it’s on to the magazines.  I all ready have an old metal case full of semi-organized magazines, but that was filled over five years ago.  Yes, I know that I should get rid of some.  I probably will one of these days, but not yet.  I have managed to dispose of some of my needles and yarn.  I should count for something.  Right?  So.  I bought eight magazine holders today.  That’s enough for one day.

 I’ve been playing with my embroidery machine.  I bought this program last month for table runners made in the hoop.  It’s been a lot of fun.  This one is for Sweetums’ night table.

And here’s the back.   I bought a few other interesting items.

And, here’s another sock.  I like the Angora accent.

Opposite Shore Beret

February 18, 2011

I like the pattern.  The hat fits well, but it’s a bit heavy.  I may sell it.  I had just enough yarn.  I did not bother with the cables at the very top.  Here again, they were very difficult to see in brown.  It wasn’t worth the effort.  I’ll probably make it again in another yarn.   It is a very good-looking hat.  It comes in three sizes and I think it would look good on anyone. 

I have started another pair of socks, but haven’t taken a picture yet.  I got a lot accomplished at the vet’s yesterday.  It was time for Rue’s next shot.  When I got there, the lot was very full.  I considered going back home, but I managed to get into a corner.  Besides, there was all that uninterrupted yarn time to think about and the other animal lovers.  There all always so many interesting stories.  These are Sussex County folks with a whole different outlook on life.  I really have a great time.  I love listening to them and sharing in their experiences.  They are wonderful.  Even the first time I came, I felt welcome.  Here are people who feel the same way that I do and are happy to hear what you have to say.  

Well I Have Died and Gone to Heaven

February 14, 2011

My first Socks That Rock kit came today.  I have been looking around for a few months for a new sock club.  I belonged to Red Bird Knits for years and I really miss getting the little surprises in the mail.  I never checked the site to see what was coming.  It was more fun not knowing.  I tried two other clubs, but I found myself giving away more socks than keeping.  I was afraid that I would never find another club as good as Red Bird.  And you know what?  I think I have.

The big skein is actually two–one is purple, the other orange, yellow, green, blue. And two patterns from designers that I know and like.  What’s not to love?  I had better finish that hat.

Starting Something Else

February 13, 2011

I finished my Komet socks last night.  My first thought was another pair of socks.  I’ve got yarn ready for three or four or maybe more.  So I’m making a hat instead.  I saw one in(or is that ‘on’ since it’s an on-line magazine) Knit Circus that I liked. Besides, I managed to poke a hole in my thumb and I keep sticking those size 1 needles in it.  The damned thing will never heal and it hurts.  Since the hat calls for size 9 and 10.5, my poor thumb is feeling a lot better.   That’s it for today.  I’ve got things to do–like find my girlfriend’s address.

Ravelry Can Make You Crazy

February 12, 2011

I had gotten several hits on my pony tail hat pattern so I thought I would add(link) my other patterns.  When I went to my page there was a list of people who had also made Komet socks so, naturally, I looked at their pages.  And, of course, this led to looking at their other stuff which, consequently, gave me all kinds of ideas.  AARRGGHH!!!  So I stopped.  I went and knit on my socks for  while.  I thought about sewing(I really need to sew).  Nothing worked.  I came back.  I read some about UFOs. That’s knitting UFOs.  I dug out my Raffia Vest and entered it on my page.  Two color on 2.5mm needles in the round takes FOREVER.  I’ve put it away twice. 

Look at it.  It’s gorgeous!   The back has a different pattern.  It takes about an hour to knit one row.  To make matters worse, I’ve lost weight so it’s too big.  At least it’s 100% wool and not superwash.  I can felt it a bit when(if?) I finish it.

I’m glad that we got our walk in early today.  It has gotten very windy.  The noise reminds me of when I lived in Nebraska.  It sounds like it is coming from a great distance.  It’s beautiful and haunting at the same time.  I sit here and look out over the water.  I think about how lucky I am.  And I thank God for putting me in this little piece of heaven.

Herky Jerky Auto Ad

February 10, 2011

Those of you in my area know who I mean.  Let me enlighten the rest of you.  A decent looking blond woman stands at the right or left of the screen and talks about whatever sale is currently going on.  I don’t really listen.  I just watch her.  I sometimes even stop knitting.   I honestly believe they use an animated mannequin.  Her mouth moves and her hands move.  No.  Once I saw her elbows move a little.  The hand movements remind me of old marionettes.  It’s kind of scary.  She would be just as believable if she had a clown face.  You know, like those horror movies.  I figure she must be related to the owner of the dealership.  I guess she thinks she looks good.  Maybe she should watch how Jenifer Hudson moves when she talks.  But, then again, she has talent–a great deal of talent. 

Is that commercial over yet?

Komet Socks

February 9, 2011

I got this yarn from yarn4socks, but I just didn’t like the pattern that came with it.  The cuff had beads in it that I didn’t bother with.  I’m a knitter, not a beader.  The pattern had a lot of little cables.  When the kit came, I assumed that the picture was very good since I could hardly see the cables.  After many hours of knitting and accomplishing only two inches of pattern, I took a hard look at my room.  And, you know what?  I still could hardly see those damned cables!  So, naturally, I did what any red-blooded knitter would do.  I ripped it all out and went looking for a better pattern.  And the rest is history.  Socks that I can truly be proud of!  Thank you, Stephanie van der Linden.  I love your book, too.

Is It Spring Yet?

February 2, 2011

When I got up this morning, the inside and outside temperatures were the same. 

These guys seemed to think so.  They’re checking out their favorite nesting spot.

The girls all went out, but Rue.  He’s too little.  Did I say little?  He weighs 5 1/2 ponds and he’s not four months old yet.  And, he hasn’t been tutored.

I Made Mittens

February 1, 2011

It is amazing what you will find when you try to get organized.  I bought this kit from Beth Brown-Reisel about twenty years ago at Stitches.  I also bought some of her yarn for a tam.  She doesn’t sell yarn anymore, which is sad because the yarn was really lovely.  I made that tam right away and wore it for several years.  But now, I could not for the life of me, remember what happened to it. 

My daughter’s GPS case is finally starting to take shape.  The faux swede is a bitch to work with, but it will make a great lining.  I want to finish it by tomorrow so I can take it with me if I decide to go to Reisterstown on Thursday.  So, I guess I had better get back to work.