Archive for September, 2014

Knitters Day Out Market

September 30, 2014

I had completely forgotten about KDO.  It’s held every September in the Harrisburg PA area.  I had not been there for several years.  Part of the reason was probably because twice  I signed up for classes and twice I had to cancel.  Was somebody trying to tell me something?

When I got Beth Brown-Reinsel’s monthly newsletter, I had an urge to go.  It was too late to get into any classes, but the market had several dealers that I did not recognize.  I told myself that I had already  taken Beth’s classes, but Nancy Bush had one that I would have liked to take.  Oh well.  I would have to be happy with the market.

The trip would take an hour and a half from Reisterstown.  A companion would be nice.  I immediately thought of my friend Diana.  After a few e-mails and a phone call, we were all set.  She showed up  about 15 minutes.  I just knew that was going to happen, but I still didn’t manage to get myself ready on time.  I reminded myself that we were just going to the market.

The trip up was a bit of a headache.  US83 was had more tractor-trailers than anything else.  You’ve got to watch them.  There’s no telling when they will fall over on you.  We managed to get to our exit without being flattened.  And it was closed.  CLOSED??!!  Thank goodness for GPS. We made so many turns that I had no idea which direction I was going.  The rest of the trip was uneventful.  I am so glad Diane was with me.

The whole market took less than an hour.  It was fun.  Except for Manning’s, the dealers were all new.  We both found something to buy so the trip was successful.

KDO 001  I had to buy sock yarn.  I also got some alpaca/silk from Blue Sky.  Diana found some pretty fleece.  She likes to spin and weave.

 

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The Mitered Vest

September 20, 2014

OK.  Well, I’m still working on it.  There were a few days I had to bash my head against the wall and do some screaming.  It happens.  So I changed yarn.  Right in the middle of a miter.  I  just cut it off and started using some bumpy brown old Noro.  I also changed the miter itself.  Now it’s all garter and only 27 stitches at the base.  I had to do that to fit it in the same space.  And what do you know?  I finished the miters in no time at all.  Well, that ‘s the way it felt.  I need to sew the shoulders and edge.  I hope I left enough yarn ends to do it so I won’t have as much to weave in.  I haven’t decided on the edging yet, but I’ve got three in mind.

blouse 004  Yeah.  I know. Crappy picture.

Sometimes Trying New Things can Really Suck

September 16, 2014

I just wanted some new patterns.  I had two lovely pieces of linen for blouses.  The closest fabric store is about fifteen miles from here.  I thought I would look on-line.  I found BurdaStyle.  I saw several blouses that I really liked.  If I could, I would have ordered physical patterns.  They were only $5.99.  It was a simple pattern, but still had over twenty pages.  I printed out the first half, flipped them, and printed out the rest in an effort to save paper.  I laid them out on my cutting table and traced them on Do Sew.  Then I had to add seams and hems before cutting.  All this took days due to my arthritis.  I was ready to scream.  Putting it all together was no laughing matter either.  It would have been all right if they were like their printed patterns with which I have no problem.  But they weren’t.  As a matter of fact, they were so poor that I pretty much it together on my own.  This really upset me.  I really like Burda patterns.  I have several.  Needless to say, I won’t be downloading any more patterns.  It really saddens me because there were so many more available on-line then hard copy patterns.

The Blouse From Hell

The Blouse From Hell

I Don’t Think I Will Ever Tire of Watching Herons

September 8, 2014

herons 007

herons 009

white heron 005

herons 001

 

Sweetums jr Stopped In

September 6, 2014

He had been at Bethany Beach for the week.  A couple of weeks ago, he said he’d be bringing Liz and Chris.  Well.  It was Liz and Chris and Chris2 and Erin.  My first thought was, ‘Damn.  I’m going to have to clear off the dining room table.’  Yeah.  I know.  It is something I’ve been wanting to do for months.  Just not right now.  They being young and healthy, I put them to work and it was finished in no time.  Of course, now I have to clear my cutting table, my sewing cabinet and my buffet.  It was a lot of stuff.  I threw the quilt down the stairs as it was Cora’s favorite napping place.  What?  You don’t keep a quilt on your dining room table?

Fortunately, I had bought a pork shoulder a few days earlier and two  packages of rolls.  It had been slowly falling apart in the slow cooker since the night before.  In the morning, I skimmed off the fat and added ingredients for barbeque and let it simmer for a few more hours.   A little sample told me it was really good.

When the herd showed up, I sliced onion and tomato, got out cheese, pickles, hot sauce, and anything else that looked good in the refrigerator.  Oh, yeah.  And two big cans of baked beans.  Half an later, it was all gone.  I asked if anyone wanted dessert.  And there went the chocolate dipped ice cream cones.  Silly me for thinking there would be some left for our supper.

And did I mind?  Not in the least.  These were a great group of people.  We sat around and chatted for a couple hours.  We were very happy to  see our son so happy and completely at ease.  When they left, my son gave me a big hug, then so did the rest of them.  What fun.