Archive for March, 2011

Over 450 Hits on Victoria’s Cloche

March 31, 2011

How cool is that?  That is definitely where the fun in all this is!  It really makes all the time that I spent writing these patterns worth it.

Mermaid Hat is Finished

March 30, 2011

I am very happy with the results.  I was a little worried about the decreases.  Basically, I followed Lucy Neatby’s instructions for the sock toe, but with several more repeats.  It wasn’t hard at all.  On the last row, I kept knitting two together until there were four stitches left.  Then, I made a short I-cord.  I’ve already started a little scarf.  I’m still fooling around with it.  The diagonal stripes should be on both sides of the scarf.  That’s the problem!

I signed up for two classes at MD Sheep & Wool.  Now, it’s ‘wait and see’ if I get in or not.  I had forgotten to look earlier.  I had to print out the application and MAIL it in with TWO CHECKS.  Jeez!

Still in Reisterstown

March 25, 2011

I was going to leave this morning, but my son wanted me to go shopping with him.  So I went to the Amish market.  I bought a stuffed pork chop for supper.  They are really big, so one if enough for two people.  I picked up some creamed spinach to go with it.  I also got ham spread, macaroni salad, cheese and cheese bread for Sweetums. 

Since it’s so cold out, I went on down to Jo Ann’s and bought a Lucy Neatby DVD.  I got ribbon feet from Viking.  They look like fun.  Darn.  Now I am thinking about sewing and wishing I had brought a machine with me.  I had just cut out a bunch of squares for a little quilt before I left home and I really want to get back to it. 

I do have my knitting.  I forgot to bring extra needles for the hat.  I am working on the decreases and finally had to stop.  So I am working on the mitered sweater.  Miters are fun to do and I’m about 3/4 finished on the body.  The pattern that I’m ‘kinda’ using has the sleeves worked separately, but I think I will work them from the shoulders down.  That will eliminate the seams.    

Still reading?  Well, I’m surprised.  I know this has been a pretty boring post so I’ll add some random pictures for you.

Spoiled cat.

Hanover Road, 2/2010.

My son’s girlfriend.

I Haven’t Opened My Laptop in Days

March 22, 2011

I am definitely out of Standard mode and into Daylight Saving mode.  I wasn’t so sure it would happen last week.  I took me a few days to get cranked up.  I think Friday really did it for me.  It was in the upper 70s and I could sit outside and look over the water.  Even though it has cooled down and rained, I still feel good. 

I made two of these for our bedside tables.  Sweetums had asked for something for his, so I made a matching set.  It was a lot of fun, but it used a lot of embroidery thread, almost a 1000 meter spool.  I made these from a fat quarter bundle.  There’s still a lot left.  I could make runners for our dressers.  It would look better than what is there now.  Maybe.  The thing is– I’ve all ready started a small quilt.  It should cover the dining room table.

 This hat is going well.  I am almost ready to start decreasing which may get a little tricky.  I don’t want the decreases to look too obvious and still keep the same look.  I am going to need some quiet time.  I’m going to Reisterstown for a few days, so maybe then when my son is at work.  Who am I kidding?  I’ll probably go shopping.  I’ve all ready printed out the JoAnn’s coupon and am thinking about which yarn shops to visit.

I’ve Been Kind of Busy

March 16, 2011

And I’ve been having these little anxiety attacks.  Spending money on home improvement and doing the taxes hasn’t helped any.  Last week I spent the afternoon entering figures and hollering  at Sweetums to bring me stuff.  See.  That’s how we do it.  He spends weeks hollering at me to do the taxes.  I spends weeks coming up with all kinds of excuses.  Then, when one day, I pop in the CD and get to work.  I crunch the numbers and Sweetums runs around getting the information I need.  Now.  It seems to me that I said ‘holler’ too much.   We don’t fight or even argue much.  It’s all part of a big game we play.  We really do get along quite well considering how independent we are.  OK.  Wait a minute.  How did I get here?  Anyway, after spending a few hours on the taxes, I had to stop.  The numbers were not coming up like I thought they should.  I shut it all down and walked away for a few days.  Saturday, it came to me.  I had forgotten to check something.  How the h**l did I manage to do that?  By just walking away for a few days, I saved us about a thousand dollars.  I was so happy.  And so was Sweetums.

I remembered to take my little camera when we went for our walk on Saturday.  After all the rain on Friday, the tide was really high.  This was the only pier under water at that time, but you could where the water had at least splashed over the others enough to leave debris, including a duck decoy.

Owls and Geese

March 10, 2011

My neighbor put out one of those plastic owls to scare the geese.  I thought they were vegetable gardens.  But, what do I know? 

Those geese really look scared.

Purls and Janet’s Cafe Onancock VA

March 5, 2011

We hadn’t been to Purls for about a year and a half.  I liked it then.   I like it even more now.  They carry a variety of good quality yarns.  The staff is fun, caring and very helpful.  We stayed for almost three hours and had a great time.  I have been to enough shops where the owner only carried what she liked and was not really interested in your desires. 

We had a very nice lunch at Janet’s Cafe.  They are open for breakfast and lunch until 2PM.  Janet seemed unconcerned that we came in at 1:30.  I saw several things on the menu that looked good, but one member of my group didn’t see anything.  Everything is made fresh and nothing is fried.  Also, I don’t think there was any beef  which is fine with me.  After Janet related the specials, two out of three wanted to stay.  That one was able to order an omelet.  My other friend got a wonderful chicken cranberry walnut salad with lettuce and fresh fruits and a very tasty house dressing.  I opted for creamy chicken noodle soup with vegetables and a half tuna sandwich.  It also came with really good cole slaw.  I ate every bit and had two cups of very good coffee.  Of course, I was very hungry.  I only had a banana for breakfast.  Even including a tip, I spent less than ten dollars.

Is Downsizing Part of Organizing?

March 4, 2011

I hope so because I promised myself I’d work on organization once a day.  Today I put 36 necklaces in the Good Will bag.  I still have about 15 that are too nice to donate.  I’ll sell most of them.  I still have bracelets, earrings and pins to go through.  I wear a pin everyday so I’ll be keeping most of them.  And they are where the real value is.  Sometimes I think about what will happen to it all after I die.  We threw so much junk out when my mother died.  I don’t want my children to have to do that.  Is this my occupation for the rest of my life?  It’s a scary thought.  You know.  This is bullcrap.  How did I get on this line of thought?  I’ll probably have as much junk as my mother when I die.  Why should I care?   I’ll be dead.  Tomorrow. I’m going down to Onancock with my crazy, silly girlfriends.  And, you what?  I’ll get something that I don’t need.  Does it really matter?  What matters is we’ll all have a good time.

It was great seeing this in use.  I did the embroidery a few years ago.