Archive for April, 2006

If anything, this machine stitched, reversible quilt helped to totally clear off my work table.

I had this brainy idea yesterday morning, while shopping, that I should come home and make a reversible quilt for J’s dorm room. Starting at 10:30 a.m., completed the top by 4:30 p.m., with the binding completed on the one side. I proceeded to watch three movies in this time with the family as it was raining “buckets” of water. I finally put it down at 10:30 p.m. and got some sleep. I have about 1/3 of the binding to finish hand stitching down.

What ever possessed me to spend the day sewing is beyond me. I actually wanted to knit a bit last night, but just kept on hand sewing on the binding. I’ll finish the quilt before I pick up the knitting again.

Taking my darling children (they are in no stature the size of children or have the mentality of children) in to see their father today. Good ol’ dad is giving J a much needed haircut. DH says to hit him up for college money. I think we will just discuss the cost and where we all stand for helping J out.


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One Cable Scarf

Finally…J’s One Cable Scarf, completed. Just as we finish signing the Financial papers for college, chat about how we will pull this off and the first thing he has to comply with is that the girls and I will be visiting in October on our day off from school. He was agreeable. Oh, and he digs his scarf too.

One Cable Scarf stats:
Pattern from: One Skein by Leigh Radford
Finished Length: Approx. 53 inches
Started: April 9, 2006
Completed: April 26, 2006
Needles: US 9
Yarn: Patons Merino Wool in “Smokey Grey”
Having my son go to college and be a brave mom: Priceless

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Teabird17 wrote, including a line of “just had a piece of homemade maple walnut cake”. OMG…it sounds so heavenly. Darn diet. I will keep peddling my tricycle. LOL

FairIsle…I’m four cards ahead of the game, feeling confident that I, for once, will not be in “panic mode” come Thanksgiving weekend (US in November).

Jenni…I love my BagSmith bag. I only have one project in at this time, with a bit of this and that in the pockets for supplies always needed (seaming yarn needle, crochet hook, stitch holders, yada-yada).

My knitting is still extremely slow, at least in my book. I am capable of getting about four repeats in on the One Cable Scarf at lunch.

Along with my brussel sprout craving, I have a craving for books. I still will read the books chosen for each month over at KTC, but I have been craving small, little books, with lovely, happy endings of love and happiness. Yeah, yeah, stop snickering. I’m a romantic at heart and sometimes I just need a little surreal romance that I can’t quite obtain on my own. LOL

Saturday’s read was “Manhunt” by Janet Evanovich. You know, the author that writes mystery, with the numeric order in her titles. Well, she’s written a bit of romance…and since I love the rugged outland, it was perfect with Alaska as the scene.

Are you still there…are you still coming back to read my blog now that I have let the cat out of the bag and have admitted to being a “dime store novel trash girl”?

Next in my evening reads before bed it “The Little Dragon”. A quick read…enough to keep my mind satisfied.

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Whew…what a day!

A lot of things done, none at this time, knitting. I read Janet Evanovich’s “Manhunt” yesterday (love it when I find a book I will read in an evening), woke up and headed out with the girls to work on Mr. E’s yard, spreading out six yards of soil. Headed home to mow, but struck a deal with “A”, she didn’t want to clean the chicken coop and move the baby chicks, so I did the coop and she did the lawn. I got the better deal, at least I think so. I did a load of linens and hung them to dry, worked in the garden, walked back and forth, doing this and that. I should sleep really, really good tonight.

Here’s a couple more cards, I made them tonight, in about 15 minutes. Not much too them, very plain, but good mailers. Ok, I now have four Christmas cards done. I need to think about what I am giving or maybe making this year for gifts.

Here’s the OSW I finished yesterday. The pic probably will not show up detail too much, i.e., ribbing, it’s a ragg brown/white, in a cotton blend. Very soft and comfy. The OSW is ok…if I get my poundage down another 10 or 15 pounds, it will feel better on…I have this illusion that all my fat is hanging out from under it. Maybe this in not an illusion…LOL

I have a new knitting bag. I love my Lantern Moon Rice Basket that Debbie gave me for my birthday last year, but I am finding my knitting needles are poking through…so I purchased a BagSmith. A bit spendy for the size…but it will do everything I need it to do and I can tote it to work. I never leave home with out it (knitting that is).

Next FO soon to come, J’s One Cable Scarf…because then I have to make another for A, who thinks she needs everything. I love her so.

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My OSW is now complete, just minutes ago. The batteries in the ol’ camera said “charge me, NOW”.

I also finished one Gold Club Cover yesterday, two more to make for the Friends of the Arts Golf Tournament on May 6th. I was asked if I would knit some up as a prize.

Watched two movies last night, “My House in Umbria” with Maggie Smith…I just love her and “Last of the Dogmen” with Barbara Hershey and Tom Berringer. Both good “knitting” movies.

Off to collect clothes off the line…

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Contest at Kat Knits

Heide always finds the fun things to do…so check out Kat-Knits Contest.

Name 5 places other than your house or a knitting store where you have knit…

Post your list on your blog & put a link to it in the comments of her blog entry. Whomever has the most original place as picked by her DB will get a little knitting gift packages from me. She’ll pick a winner on Friday, April 21.

Where I’ve knitted:

1: A two hour walking tour of Fort Worden Military Bunkers (with cramps)
2: On the ferry to Victoria, BC and back
3: Movie Theater
4: Bonfire at neighbors
5: Work

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I am knitting, while I peddle along on my tricycle. Here is a quick look at J’s One Cable scarf from One Skein and my OSW…someday I will have these little items done, hoping for this weekend. Low 70’s on Sunday…wow! My garden will love it.

A parent at school asked for my help in getting her started in crocheting scrubbies for the kitchen, as a fundraiser for her daughter to go to Washington DC next year. She brought one in that she got from her Gram’s from Iowa. I can’t let a chance to help a crafter in need go by, so I headed up to JoAnn’s and purchased some netting. I should have purchased it on the roll, but I thought I would try the flat fold first. This may be a item for a portion of gift bags for my neighbors, with embroidered towels and handknit dishcloths, maybe a few cloth napkins, sound good? The Scrubbies are easy, it’s the scratchy netting that is hurting my index fingers…tensioning the fabric like I do yarn as it slips over my fingers…OUCH!

Notice the two Christmas cards in the photo? I made those last night while you were all singing the Queen song. LOL

While at JoAnn’s, I browsed the sewing catalogs and found the perfect skirt for me, me, me. I want it long for fall/winter, with pockets and quick to sew up. It lists fabrics that I would like, about a dozen different options which makes this skirt very versatile. I’m thinking a black tweed skirt, with a crisp white long sleeve buttoned down shirt and a lovely handknit cable vest over it. Gotta stay ahead of the seasons, right?

Mr. Sandman…is that you? You’re looking awfully good tonight. Wait, Mr. PMS is lurking around too. What is the deal? Ah, only two days left of school this week. Saturday morning will be here before we know it. Only 39 more school days left. Only 39 more school days plus one day and my oldest will be in the graduating Class of 2006. (sniff, sniff, snort) Whew, time flies.


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