Sunday, December 31, 2006
Monday, December 18, 2006
Hey, any good spellers out there? I just heard of an adult spelling bee in the Exton area that will be held this spring. I'd like to go see it, but it would be alot more fun if I knew a participant.
Friday, December 15, 2006
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
You know what is really great? There are already grape jelly stains on it! If I had a better camera, you'd see them. Hint, Santa.
Pattern: Cottage Creations, The Wonderful Wallaby, Size 4
Yarn: Rowan, All Seasons Cotton - Ravish #199
Needles : US 5 and US 7
Mods: Seed stitch instead of ribbing at cuffs, bottom edge, pouch and hood
Start Date: 10/13/06
Finish Date: 12/8/06
Thursday, November 30, 2006
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Monday, November 27, 2006
I only have to knit the hood, weave in the ends and graft a couple seams to complete it.
I remember one of the things I like so much about this pattern - there's hardly any seaming to do. Once you're done knitting, the sweater is intact, the only seams to finish are at the underarms and hood.
Sunday, November 26, 2006
So, the next time I say, "No, I can't go" or I do not pick up the phone because I think everyone else in the world is busier than me. I am going to come back and read this post.
Saturday, November 25, 2006
Pattern: Minnow Knits - Sweetie Pie
Yarn: Manos Cotton Stria - melon #205
Needles: US 5
Button: Zecca - 1 1/2" black & white swirl
Adds: Single crocheted egde around the neckline and bottom edges to give more shape.
Start date: 5/11/ 2005
Finish date: 11/25/2006
Friday, November 24, 2006
Gram is not able to follow much of a conversation these days. But today, she did smile and answer "yes" when my oldest daughter asked "Do you like to watch Mickey Mouse Clubhouse"?
Thursday, November 23, 2006
This year my pecan pie turned out beautiful. Not only did it look good, but it tasted great and none of the filling leaked through the bottom crust. I baked it at 365 degrees for 20 minutes uncovered, then I put foil around the edges and baked for another 20 minutes.
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
I'm a little Indian on the go,
Here is my arrow.
Here is my bow.
When I go a'huntin, hear me shout,
Bears and Buffalo, you better watch out!
Saturday, November 18, 2006
Direct and Indirect Objects
1. She wrote on the blackboard - "Lable the DO and IO.
The fish was swimming to the land."
Vocabulary word "vitality"
Sample sentence - The turkey was so full of vitality we weren't sure that he was dead when we ate him.
Now what do you think of that?
Friday, November 17, 2006
Thursday, November 16, 2006
Not everyone there shared my experience. One woman flung her needles down in frustration over the Moebius cast-on. The needles slid across the table towards me and just missed my jugular vein.
Thank you P & E for a great Moebius lesson.
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
This photo is from the calendar in our kitchen:
This photo is from the calendar in our office:
Now I realize how much I dislike both these photos. I'm replacing both of them in the morning!
Monday, November 13, 2006
Sunday, November 12, 2006
Here is a photo taken on our deck on October 1, 2006. I want to remember 2 things for next year's planting: 1 - this barrel looked great as late as October 1 and 2 - the mint looked so much nicer planted with the vinca, purple hyacinth vine and lemon thyme than it did when planted alone in the barrel. That hyacinth vine was my prize plant. I bought it late in the season when I went to a local nursery for some morning glory. There were just a few of these viney-type plants left on the table and I must have spent at least a half hour there untangling the vines. I bought the hyacinth vine because I felt sorry for it (my husband just rolled his eyes at me). But look at it - it was so happy on our deck!
Saturday, November 11, 2006
Thursday, November 09, 2006
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
Monday, November 06, 2006
I hope you can see it in the photo - the pouch is being knit on the bamboo straight needles (with a seed stich edge) while the main body of the sweater waits on needles (approx. 4 inches above) to be merged with the pouch.
Sunday, November 05, 2006
Saturday, November 04, 2006
The next day she walked up to me with a full size Snickers bar in her hand and says "Mommy, you go take a nap!"
Friday, November 03, 2006
Thursday, November 02, 2006
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
Monday, October 23, 2006
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Monday, October 09, 2006
My favorite yarns to knit with are soft cottons, merino wools or cotton/wool blends. I’d like to experiment with yarns of unusual fiber content. I’m not big on eyelash and fluffy yarns.
2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in?
My needles are currently a mess. See previous post.
3. How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced?
I have been knitting for about 35 years. I first learned English knitting from my mother and later my aunt taught me the Continental style of knitting. I consider my skill level to be intermediate.
4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?
No, but if you need ideas, I could give you some via an e-mail message.
5. What's your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products, etc.)
I like lemon and lavender scented products.
6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy?
Yes, I have a sweet tooth. My favorite candies these days are malted milk balls and Belgium Chocolate.
7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin?
Though I haven’t made one for a long time, I like to make Ukrainian Eggs. I do not spin.
8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)
Joan Armatrading, Joni Mitchell, The Indigo Girls, John Prine and Cowboy Junkies are some of my favorites. I like being introduced to new artists, so go ahead and send some if you’d like - my computer can play MP3s.
9. What's your favorite color(s)? Any colors you just can't stand?
My favortie color is green. Hey, I like purples and oranges too. I really can’t stand teal.
10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?
I am happily married to a great guy and have 2 amazing daughters. We have a dog, he is a big Akita who is 13 years old.
11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos?
I can feel the chill in the air now and I’m loving it. I do like to wear hats and mittens and an occasional warm scarf. Ponchos? No.
12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?
I really enjoy knitting socks - the turning of the heel seems like magic to me.
13. What are you knitting right now?
Ann’s Scarf by Two Old Bags in Frog Tree Alpaca.
The Wonderful Walllaby by Cottage Creations in Rowan, All Seasons Cotton.
Afghan in Colinette, Isis.
14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts? Oh, yes.
15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?
I prefer to knit on bamboo needles, straight or circular are fine.
16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift? No
17. How old is your oldest UFO?
A child’s sweater in need of repair – I knitted it 20 years ago and 5 years ago it resurfaced in need of repair.
18. What is your favorite holiday?
I enjoy Thanksgiving and Christmas very much. But as for a favorite, I’d have to say Groundhog Day. I like that you don’t see Ground Hog Day displays in the stores. On that day, I like to bake spicy ground hog cookies and watch the movie, Ground Hog Day. Some day I’d like to have a GroundHog Day Party – would you like to come?
19. Is there anything that you collect?
I have a collection of cookie cutters – some old, some new, some metal, some plastic and all fun!
20. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?
I'd like to add both of Cat Bordhi’s Magical Knitting books to my collection. I subscribe to Interweave Knits.
21. Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn?
I’d like to learn to make a mobieus scarf.22. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements?
Yes, I knit socks. My shoe size is US 8.5 with medium width.
23. When is your birthday? (mm/dd) 03/17 St Patrick’s Day!
Friday, October 06, 2006
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Monday, September 18, 2006
You can't see the buttons too well in the photo, but they are there and they are not sewn on! Another cool thing about this hat is that I forgot to bring yarn to class (duh) so... I ran to the swap table, pulled out some yarn odds and ends and put them together - I love the result!
Saturday, September 16, 2006
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Monday, September 11, 2006
Pattern: snowman sock, red oak designs
Yarn: Frog Tree Alpaca Sport Wt, red, green, off white, gray #009, orange #20, black
Needles: US3 and US4 straight
Specs: I followed the pattern as written even though it called for heavy worsted
Sunday, September 10, 2006
Saturday, September 09, 2006
pattern: the new little red riding hood, mon tricot Oct 1980
yarn: who knows?
Friday, September 08, 2006
It will be joined with other squares of various colors, same design at the October meeting of our local knitting group. The afghan will be donated to a needy family this December.
All the yarn for the afghan came from J (a good friend of our knitting goup's organizer) who passed away and left a stash of yarn. Our organizer kindly let us go through the stash and choose what we wanted. We also decided to knit some charity projects with some of the stash because that is what J would have wanted.
No, not all my knitting is charity knitting. It's just that I have a few charity projects going right now.
Thursday, September 07, 2006
Monday, September 04, 2006
My chicken measuring tape - a gift from a great friend, I like thinking of her when I use it.
My fancy stitch markers - from my brother-in-law, any project looks great while using these.
Here are two reasons I should not be blogging:
Thanks for stopping by.