Summer Socks

August 21, 2017

These aren’t summer socks.  These are socks I knit this summer.  They are for my daughter.  She saw the yarn and her eyes popped.  Not only is this her favorite color,  it sparkles.  What’s not to love?   I still need her to try them on.  Her feet are longer than mine.  More socks will be coming.

On the sewing front,  my bedroom runners are almost finished.  I still have a few squares left.  I might make a new cover for my tablet.

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They Are Not All Winners

August 19, 2017

I bought a yarn kit.  The yarn was beautiful.  I also knew the price was half as much as retail.  I made the cowl.  I tried it on and looked at myself.  It wasn’t right.  I asked a friend and my best critic, my daughter, and they agreed.

  So I took it apart and made this pretty scarf instead.  It’s completely reversible.

Lacey Sweater

August 18, 2017

I could not get a decent picture of this sweater.  I took several and I don’t like any of them.  Oh! And now, I notice this doesn’t have the buttons and it isn’t blocked.  It really is a lovely sweater.  The yarn is lace weight making it perfect for cool evenings.  It felt like I was knitting it forever.  I’ve got to make something with thick yarn on big needles.  I need a little instant gratification.

New Floor

August 17, 2017

The ugly pink plush carpeting is gone and I have a beautiful new floor.  Don says it’s too slippery so I ordered a new rug.  He’s going to have to wait a few weeks.

We managed to find queen size sleeper sofa that wasn’t ugly and was comfortable to sit on.  When I saw this floor lamp, I had to buy it.

Now I am wondering if the sofa will go with rug.

My Poor Little Maggie Pi

August 15, 2017

Maggie Pi was gone for eight days.  We didn’t think we would ever see her again.  She finally showed up late at night.  Her ear had been clipped, she had lost a lot of weight and she was coughing and sneezing.  Oh, yeah.  Her tummy was shaved and stapled.  I was very happy to see her, but very upset with what had happened to her.  I also know who did it.  Currently, there is a federally funded project that is neutering feral cats and releasing them where they were found. Now, I know that this is a good thing, but can’t they tell when a cat is not feral?  I guess not.  From my reading, they were only working in city limits.  We live two miles south.  Unfortunately, one of the volunteers lives on my lane.  Why she decided to pick up my Mags is beyond my understanding.  Maggie Pi was so sick when she came home and she had lost 24 ounces, a lot for my little girl.  I had to take her to Dr. Mike the next day for shots and meds to the tune of $75.

Maggie is getting better and gaining some weight.  She spends her day in Sweetums’ lap or in the dirty clothes basket.  She will gladly tell you all the sorted details.

I was so pissed.  Whenever I see the woman I look the other way.  I still want to smack her.

 

Happy Happy Joy Joy

August 14, 2017

My Splendid Sampler is finally finished!  I am so sick of it.  Sweetums says it’s perfect.  Flo, aka Sheena Warrior Princess, has already christened it with a hairball.  Oh well.  Since I still have about three dozen squares, I’m making covers for the bureaus and night stands.  Too tacky?  But, really, I finally feel like blogging again.  I no longer have the constant feeling that I will never finish it.

 

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.

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.