Bronchitis Sucks

May 26, 2017

I am currently on my second course of medication for bronchitis.  I am completely wiped out.  About all I have accomplished is sock knitting .  I have not worked on my quilt at all!  I can’t stand it!  I need to block my new sweater!  Sweetums needs some shirts fixed!  I want to make myself a new summer dress!  I want to bake something delicious!

Here’s a little something I did before I got sick.  My favorite tote was falling apart.  The orange fabric is new.  It also, now, has a strong bottom.

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Christmas is Over

May 19, 2017

Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival.  Christmas.  I don’t know which I enjoy more.

On Thursday, I took two classes with Lily Chin.  What did I learn?  I’m still wondering.  I took her class on the advise of a friend.  I found her to be quite unprofessional.  I think she thought she was being “cute”.  Even though she was reminded several times by students that there was a child in class, she continued to speak inappropriately.  I kept thinking, “I came two days early for this?”

Franklin Habit was a completely different story.  He was one of the best teachers I’ve ever had.  I learned something new.  I got some great ideas.  It was over long before I wanted. That evening I made a swatch of the chart I made and I really like it.  And, now, I can’t find it.

The afternoon class was on garters and I-cord.  That one caused me to look at things differently.  It was so nice to really learn something.  He also discussed some pocket applications. I hope he comes back.

After class, I walked down to the main  hall.  I needed some DK yarn and Shelridge always has a wide range of colors.  I’ve bought yarn from them several times and never been disappointed.

  I realize that these look bland for me, but I have some animals to make.

I also visited my favorite broche person, Liz Printz.  One of mine needed some work and she was happy to comply.

  And I just had to buy a new one.

Getting Ready for MD Sheep & Wool

April 27, 2017

I’m taking two classes each on Thursday and Saturday with Lily Chin and Franklin Habit respectively.  It should be interesting and, hopefully, fun.  I believe that I should never stop learning. Otherwise, I might as well curl up into a ball and vegetate.  I have done my homework and gotten all my supplies together.  I needed several balls of worsted weight in solid or semi-solid colors, mainly light.  It wasn’t easy.  I like to work with finer yarns.  Currently, I making a sweater using lace weight.

I also made a list of the DK yarn I need to get from Shellridge Farm.  They have great yarn.  I few years ago, they moved their booth.  I almost fainted.+

Still Raining

April 25, 2017

Even though it was raining, Sweet Baby Rue had to check on the geese.  I didn’t think there was that much room in our little pump house.

At least he had enough sense to seek shelter.

I found backing for my Splendid Sampler.  The print is 104″ by 88″ and my quilt is 106.5 by 106.5 so I had to get the orange to add a border.

It was time for my machine to have a check-up.  It was getting a little laud.  Time to get out my embroidery machine and make a label.

The goose babies hatched early this year.  The warm winter was probably the cause. I don’t think I will ever tire watching them.

On the knitting front, I decided to try this mitten kit.  I liked not having to weave all the ends.  I didn’t like having to constantly watch where the colors changed and trying to adjust my tension.  They are knit on size 2 and I would have preferred size 0 or even 00 with this yarn.  My daughter said the little kids on her bus will get a kick out of them, so she was happy.  Isn’t it all that  really matters.  I also bought a sock kit that will quite different when finished.  There is no way that I am going to use size 2 needles for socks.

Quilt Top is Finished

April 3, 2017

I didn’t think it would take this long.  Originally, I was going to make two, but Sweetums talked  me into one.  It’s really big.  Now I can take my machine to the shop.  I’m so glad I have two.  It deserves a special label.

Trying to get the whole into one picture was impossible, so I took two.  Maybe I’ll get Sweetums to help me hang it up outside.

Lunch and a Movie

January 20, 2017

Instead of getting together to knit and bitch, we decided on lunch and a movie.

Okay.  This was started last Friday, but life got in the way again.

The week before, I mentioned how much I had enjoyed ‘La La Land’.  We met for lunch at a nearby chain restaurant.  It was okay.  The other two seemed to be very happy with theirs.  I guess that I expected something more interesting.

Not Much

January 10, 2017

With the snow and below freezing temperatures, I haven’t been outside since Friday.  Yeah.  I know. I’m a big chicken.  I took some bird pictures.

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We also got the cats drunk.  We have to get some more kitty nip soon.

I sewed some.

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So….It Snowed

January 8, 2017

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No walks for Don.  All he got was a short trip out to the mailbox.  He had to ‘make do’ with the front yard.  He is not happy at all.  We tried to explain that we were old farts and could easily fall, but I don’t think he was listening.

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I finished some blocks.  There are still many more waiting.

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Sweet Baby Rue had the best solution.

Home All Day

January 7, 2017

I was hoping to get some sewing accomplished today,  but I did  cut a few squares.  Baking a pie was more to my liking.  I still have apples and maybe enough for two more.  Sweetums was so happy!  I  also made biscuits to go with supper.  Sweetums was in heaven!  As far as he’s concerned, there is nothing better than biscuits and pie.

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Thrusday Afternoon with Friends

January 6, 2017

Some knitting is accomplished.  But mostly we bitch about everything under the sun.  We had a great time.  It’s so nice to have friends of like minds.