Archive for August, 2011

I’m Really Getting Tired of Knitting Hats

August 31, 2011

I decided that all the hats should have a flower.

This one didn’t look like anything without the flower.

I think I’ll change the flower on this one.  Too busy.

I’m not certain if I like this one at all.

Irene! Why Did You Do This?

August 29, 2011

Three trees went down on our tiny island.  I hope that it doesn’t discourage the geese couple next year.


Other than leaves and branches everywhere, there wasn’t much damage around here.  The creek overflowed into some yards, but that’s typical of any storm. 

One of the advantages of a hurricane is being able to leave the western windows open.  The girls loved sitting in the window, especially Cora.

Sunday morning, she was the first one out.  Here she is, trotting toward me.  It’s a wonder I was able to take this before she was on me for a back scratch.  It’s also a wonder my camera isn’t covered in cat hair.

“What twelve-foot drop?”  “I need to scratch my face!”  She is fearless!

Not to be outdone, Miss Olive gave it a try.  She said it was wet.  She doesn’t like wet.

Flo (aka Princess) stayed in and finished Olive’s breakfast.  Then she had, au lait sans cafe.   Thank you, Miss Kraft.  Some things you never forget.

Where was that boy during all this?

Watching rain and wind is really hard work!

Sweetums Needed New Shoes

August 25, 2011

So we drove over to the Rehoboth outlets.  I wanted to look into the Dooney Bourke and, of course, Fossil.  We were on Route 9 to get to Route 1, when we came upon signs that said Detour and Shoulder Work Ahead.  Only it wasn’t.  It was Extreme Makeover.  I was surprised at how much work had been accomplished and how well organized eveything looked.  I believe they started on Monday.  That’s a really big soup kitchen.  It was a little slow due to rubber neckers.  But what do you expect?  This is LSD you know.  Around here, when a workman says he’ll have it done by Christmas, you need to ask which Christmas. 

Further on down the road, we stopped at the dairy farm and got chocolate shkes with black raspberry ice cream.  It was so good that I got brain freeze.  It’s a good thing I wasn’t driving. 

Sweetums only likes one kind of Reeboks.  Yeah.  I know.  Boring.  But I can’t point the finger.  I only wear Haflingers.  He parked by Fossil and walked over to Reeboks.  He was finshed by the time I came out of Fossil.  I bought a change puse.  I didn’t see anything else interesting.  I went to Dooney & Bourke and he followed me.  Here, again, I saw several things,but that was ‘just right’.  Sweetums liked a red suede, but it wasn’t quite right.    He is now looking at purses on-line for me.  That’s why I call him Sweetums.

New Stuff

August 20, 2011

We just finished dragging in new furniture and rearranging the old.  We’re taking a break before the final placement.  Sweetums got out a beer and I got out a yogurt and a Seagrams flavored beer.  That’s a good lunch.  Right?

Sweetums has been belly aching for months over my worn recliner.  I’ve been belly aching about him sitting in it so much.  So.  We went shopping.  And this is what I bought.

I’m ready to sit and knit.  Doesn’t look like a recliner, does it?  That’s the best part.  Most of them are so bulky and down right ugly.  I can’t see how anyone would want one in their home.  And where’s my old one going?  Into the sitting area in our bedroom where Sweetums can read and no one can see it.  If he gets lonely, he can his own d**n recliner and join me. 

We started our search at their bargain store.  No recliners of interest, but I did find a nice container for my sewing supplies.  So I bought two.  Hey.  I know a good thing when I see it.   They are jewelry armoires.  Does anyone have that much jewelry?  I tried taking a picture, but it turned out crappy.  Usually, these things look, well, tacky.  These are Mission style– an unassuming clean look.  I now have sixteen drawers to fill.  Can I do it?  Considering that I have fifteen filled little plastic drawers, I believe I can.

Hobby Lobby in Salisbury

August 17, 2011

I went expecting it to be like the store in Bismarck.  Well, it wasn’t.  The center half(or more) was home decor.  Is that a hobby?  The best thing to do was walk to the left edge and look through the aisles that skirted the store.  Even then, I was a bit disappointed.  Drawing pencils were sparse.  I can get better quality at Staples.  They did have Wilton baking supplies, but not what I needed.  There was one small rack of knitting pamphlets that one would expect to see at Woolworth’s and just a coupe of aisles of mediocre yarn. 

I came mainly for fabric.  I was expecting to see many aisles of fabric.  But, here again, I was sadly disappointed.  This store does not have a quarter of what I saw last Fall.  I wish now that I had bought then and shipped it back.  All I wanted was to make some summer blouses.  A few weeks ago, I pulled out all my old boring ones from work and put them in a Good Will bag. 

 This isn’t exactly Summer blouse material, but it’s the only thing of interest that I could find.

Paulies Socks from Knitcircus

August 13, 2011

I picked this pattern for my next pair of summer socks because it was pretty much a no brainer.  Knit 2, purl 2 with a little twist stitch every eight rows.  But I read the directions anyway.  It felt like the writer was trying to make something simple sound difficult.  When I got to the heel I had to read it over a few times before I could “see” what she was talking about.  I went with an Eye of Partridge heel instead.  It’s a good look on variegated yarn.  Next came a shaped arch sole which I have done a few times.  Here again, the directions were weird.  At first, I thought it was me.  I am dyslexic, you know.  I got out one of my Charlene Schurch books (I wish I had remembered to take them to MDSWF) and read what she had to say.  I felt much better.  Thanks Charlene.  I didn’t bother with the shaped arch after all that.  I was tired of thinking.

I made mittens to go with the hat.  I like these so much that I may not sell them.

Weeds: There’s an APP for That

August 8, 2011

After hitting END, wait about an hour.  A vehicle appears in your driveway.  Late the next day, all the weeds are gone.  It’s a miracle.  There was one little problem.  Sweetums programmed it to remove the ferns.  I didn’t discover it until it was too late.  What do I do?  Is there an app for butt boils? 

It even weeded around the volunteer Impatiens.


And whatever these are.






I still have to chop at some bushes.  They’re blocking my view of the water.  I attacked them three or four years ago.  Sweetums almost had a heart attack.  Well, they grew back.  And I’m going to do it again.

Blogging When Grumpy—-Not A Good Idea

August 6, 2011

Is it the arthritis?  Is it the weather?  Is it the cataract?  Is it natural?  Well.  Yes.  Actually, it’s good to rant and rave.  It feels good to put it all into words.  It feels real good.  Just don’t publish it.  You’ll regret it later.  Enough!

I’ve been making hats.  I have several single skeins of lovely yarn.  I have had about six thousand hits on Victoria’s Cloche so it made sense to use that pattern. 


I loosely followed the slouchy tam on the other two.  I saw a hat with a cabled brim so I tried it.  I’m not certain that I like it.  It’s too hard to see for the work involved.  There’s a couple more to go, then I’m back to socks.  I’m three pair behind schedule.

I also want to thank Sweetums for being —- sweet through all my grumpiness.