Archive for April, 2011

Can I Put my Wool Hats and Gloves Away Yet?

April 28, 2011

Can I put my turtlenecks, fleece tops and cords away?  Can I get out my shorts and sandals?  I hope so.  The last several days makes me want to do it.  But, it’s not May yet.  What to do. What to do. 

These days,  the only time I see Flo is when I get up in the morning and at suppertime.   She likes to sleep on the porch furniture at night and in the bushes during the day.  I don’t like her spending the night out, but she doesn’t care.  Don’t tell me to keep her in.  You have never been around this cat when she wants to go OUT!  And it better be NOW! 

I finished these yesterday and started another pair today.   I’ve had some blue that is boring, but I found an interesting pattern in More Sensational Socks.  I am thinking about making gloves with this leftover yarn.  They’re always fun to make.  And you don’t have to take off your shoes and socks to try them on.  This can be done at knitting group, but not on the subway.  It’s frowned upon for some reason.  When it gets too hot to knit with wool, I’ll switch to Sockotta yarn.  I’ve four skeins of the stuff and some Panda Cotton somewhere.

Cora has been trying to teach Rue back stretches, but he’s not interested.

He would rather hang out with his buddy, Gus.  And what are they looking at?

Is that Olive over there?

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Binsenkorbchen Socken

April 21, 2011

Don’t ask me how to pronounce it.  It’s another Stephanie van der Linden design.  This will be the third pair of her sock patterns that I’ve made.  And I’ve haven’t regretted any of them.  They are written for the adventurous or experienced knitter.   I am using Lorna’s Laces sock yarn which is as always a wonderful yarn to knit with.

The Best Part of Being “Tutored”

April 19, 2011

I got to go outside!  It was wonderful!  I knew it was there.  I could smell it on the Aunties whenever they came inside.  I was a little afraid at first.  Auntie Flo and Auntie Cora like to tell horror stories—-like being carried off by eagles and eaten by bugs if you lay in the grass too long.  I tried to keep busy and when I was tired, I laid on the back stoop.

After a few hours, Mom picked me up and brought me in.  I was really sleepy.

It was Fun, But….

April 11, 2011

I’m glad to be home.  I had to stay until late Friday as I had something repaired and it wasn’t finished.  Then  I didn’t leave until Saturday morning due to the rain.  It was bad enough going out in it during the day.  I didn’t relish driving in the dark in the rain for two hours.

TWO DAYS LATER

I finally made it to DMV to renew my license.  I didn’t take all that crap with me so it’s not ‘federally compliant’.  It doesn’t have to be done until 2014, but my license is good until 2016.  Maybe I’ll find it by then.  Or maybe I won’t.  Having worked for the feds for 30 some years and several administrations, I’ll wait and see.  Oh.  One more thing.  I had to pay a late fee of $1.15.  One dollar and fifteen cents!

I just finished my Mermaid Scarf.  Sorry, but there will be no picture yet.  My laptop and good camera aren’t talking again. I still need to steam it so it will look better tomorrow anyway.   And I’ve started sewing my little quilt together.  I don’t know why sewing little squares together is so enjoyable. 

Tomorrow is Rue’s big day.  He’s going to be tutored.  The girls are all laughing at him.

If It’s so Nice Outside, What am I Doing Inside?

April 4, 2011

Well, for one thing, I had to open all the windows.  Then, horror of horrors, I broke a nail.  And I’m a little tired from my walk.  It was very windy on the pier.  But I could sit and watch the waves without freezing over.  I couldn’t help but thank God for such a beautiful day.    Actually, I’m waiting for the sun to come around to the deck.  It’s rather chilly in the shade with the wind. 

I should sew.  I have 486 little squares and rectangles to put together and flowers to applique.  And there’s my son’s jeans.  I need to do it by Wednesday.  I wasn’t planning on going there until May, but my daughter bought circus tickets on/for my birthday.  I’ll stay for a few days.  I’ve been wanting to visit an old friend.

Look at what I got from Canada.  It’s fingering weight from Laines Magnifiques.  The colorway is Queen of Hearts.  She’s on etsydot com.  It’s one of those sites that is always getting me in trouble.  I plan to take a skein with me to Sheep & Wool to, hopefully, find a nice semi-solid caramel to go with it.  My daughter really liked it so I’ll make her a vest.  Originally, I was going to accent it with black, but she said it would look great with her ‘brown’ pants.  Forty-five years old and I still spoil her.  But it’s a labor of love.  And I have an excuse to create. 

Well.  The sun is starting to hit the chairs.  I’m out of  here.

We Ordered a New Desktop

April 1, 2011

It’s been five years, so it’s about time.  Luckily, most of my knitting designs are on my blog.  The thing thar scares me is all those embroidery designs.  Most are on CDs, but I have several that are strictly downloads.  And, of course, they are really nice ones.  ARRGGHH!!!

On to something happy. My next sock club came.  And, again, I love it.  And, again, I can’t decide which pattern to make.  There is only enough yarn for one pair.  Of course, I could make one of each. 

I have figured out the design for the Mermaid Scarf.  It’s not perfect, but it will do. 

 Here’s the back.

And here’s the front.

Happy Birthday, Anne.