January 31, 2007
After checking in with Gail ......... kinda odd when you know everyone at a rather large dental office by first name and visa versa ............. I took off my coat, sat down, and pulled out my knitting. Craptastic day today so I was looking forward to 5 or 10 minutes of relaxing knitting when all of a sudden the door opens and they call me in. Sandi says, "No time for knitting today. We're too fast. No knitting for you."
All I could think of was the Seinfeld episode with the Soup Nazi and the soup cook's line of "No soup for you." The things that crack you up with you watch way too much tv.
On a lighter note, I won an exercise bike in a drawing. How cool is that? I can't wait. Think I'll have to try knitting and cycling at the same time.
January 29, 2007
And these are a pair of socks that will be put away until next christmas. The yarn is Opal Rodeo and yes I actually set out to make these match. The colors were so strong that I wanted to match the purples.
And last but not least I started a sweater for CIC. I don't have access to the pattern info right now but I'll make sure I add it as this progresses along.
Yup, a tear in the plastic mailing packet. Nothing was wrong with the yarn at all so I worried for no reason.
Most of this will be socks for me. I have a goal for 12 pr of socks for me and I've done 3 so far. Each one will be a different pattern so I just have to figure out which patterns work well with which yarns.
January 25, 2007
Anyone have any other interest kid sweater patterns size 2, 4 or 6?
January 24, 2007
Now my kids know I'm repeating myself. In fact I start off with, "It's raining in the fall so I have to give my slippery leaves speech now. I don't want to but it's in my Mother contract."
My husband has his own endless loop of things he tells the kids. His big one is, "Never let your gas get below a quarter tank. It's not good for the car." Of course this is met with rolling eyes from everyone.
Yesterday morning hubby comes home after his morning run (school bus driver) asking if I can run him back to the car. "I ran out of gas on the way to work this morning. Another driver saw me walking, picked me up, and drove me to work. He dropped me off here just now."
I drove him to the car with a gas can in the back seat without saying a word. Unfortunately that was the only silence he's heard from any family member. All 4 of the kids have been teasing him terribly. I told him not to worry because after 2 or 3 yrs they'll probably stop.
January 22, 2007
And another pair of socks for me. Regia brasil in shades of blue. Fluted bannister pattern on these.
I did a pair of socks for N last month but couldn't give them to him because I didn't have the pair for W finished. N and W slept over Friday night so of course W saw his sock in progress. "I just need to finish this second one for you and then you'll be able to wear them," I explained. To which the little man chimed in, "Well you'd better get to work now." I did as I was told and finished them Sunday morning.
Cute story from the sleep over. W is almost 4 and is very interested in knitting. He saw a package of unopened double points.
W "Could these be for me?"
Me "Well when you get a little older I can teach you to knit and then yes they could be your needles."
W "You can teach me to knit just like you knit."
Me "Yes and when you get very good at it you can make socks for me."
W "No you can make your own socks."
Second story: W pushed his brother and ended up with a time out in the corner. After about a minutes he asked to come out. "You can come out and say sorry to N for pushing." The minute N saw his brother coming towards him he ran off. "Gram, I can't say sorry to my brother because he's running away. He must think I'm going to hurt him again." "Why would he think that?" "Because I do it all the time. He's smart."
January 19, 2007
I was at the Washington Monument on George Washington's birthday last year and they didn't mention that George Washington would have been 274 if he hadn't died. That leads me to believe there is some unspoken cut off.
So this has been a topic of discussion around here. Some people think 90 should be it. Others 80. What do you think?
January 16, 2007
"Honey, what's Fred's wife's name?"
"His daughter is?"
"Jim. And remember to ask to see pictures of their new great grandson Evan."
"They have a great grandson?"
"Yes they have 2. Gavin is about 3 yrs and Evan 4 months."
"Joan and Jim's grandsons. Fred and Doris's great grandsons. They are really cute so ask to see their pictures."
"How do you remember all this stuff?"
"Someone has to."
January 15, 2007
Stitch markers hand made by Ruth herself.
January 12, 2007
On the left is a pair of socks I made last year. Beautiful Opal yarn, beautiful colors, didn't fit anyone!!! After crying a bit I lovingly took them, shoved them in a knitting bag and moved onto another project.
I found them on Tuesday and decided to reknit them into my second pair of Diane socks for 2007 so the pair on the right is my in progress pair. I figure the stitches will straightened out in the first washing so no problem.
In cleaning out the drawer under the old oven I pulled out pie plates from a bakery that went out of business 8 yrs ago. I did what any logical homemaker would do with them ...... lovely tucked them in the drawer of my new oven to be seen again in 12 yrs. LOL
January 10, 2007
Fortissima Mexiko 9504
Meilenweit Multi-Effekt 3070 and 3122
Trekking 12 , 187, and 100
D3 asked last week how much money I spend in yarn every year. I guessed $600.00. This year I'll keep track .... bet I wasn't even close. LOL. I don't drink, smoke, or do drugs .... I do yarn.
January 08, 2007
Don't even look like they are from the same ball of yarn do they! First sock muted greys, greens, creams. Second sock had bits of brown and lines of black. Why?
Because of this friggin knot of yarn I found about an inch into the leg of the second sock. Wouldn't have been bad except the colorways was backwards after the knot and the dye quality didn't match.
I was sooooo pissed!!! Friggin' $18.00 yarn with this crappy quality?!?!?! WTF! Can't remeber the vendor for this yarn because I have so much in the stash. And then I remembered .... gee I've knit 50+ pr of socks with Opal and this was the first knot I've ever seen. Makes it a unique skein. Plus my socks never match so really I don't care. So here are my first "Diane socks" knit by Diane for Diane. How exciting!
**Just a note you can take your defective Opal yarn back to the store you bought it from and they will exchange it and return the defective skein to PT Yarns. Unfortunately I can't remember which vender I bought this particular yarn from. One defective skein out of 50 is ok with me. After all if I was knitting with noro I'd be saying "Gee only one knot in this 50 gram ball. Better than the normal 3 I usually find."
January 05, 2007
You know how sometimes you are knitting along and you can't figure out if you like what you are making? I call it "knitting denial". You trick yourself into truely believeing that somehow when completed you'll just look at the item and declare it the bestest most perfect knit item ever.
Well that's me with these socks. Got through the first sock and couldn't figure out if I liked the colorways. Half way through the second one I decided that I really didn't. But hubby loves them and since they are his socks I finished them. I think they would have looked better without the blue stripes and that band of cream/light green.
January 04, 2007
My friend's mom is about the same age and when she claimed to hear voices they put her in a nursing home under constant supervision. Pat's family puts him on TV. Go figure.
January 02, 2007
Here are 2 more scarves for the red scarf project. The pink one looks like bamboo. It's not red but the website says they'll accept things that aren't unisex so I'll send it off. The red is a really deep red done is a split rib stitch. If anyone wants the patterns to any of the scarves just email me and I'll send it out.
And I guess the box rule should have been clarified sooner because Joey decided to sleep there too. Cats and boxes .... such an interesting combination.
January 01, 2007
January 1st we always go over to my parents house at 2:00 for lunch. I decided to make cheese cake and jello to take along today. My phone rings this morning and it's W (he's got a cold too) asking if I'm going to great grandma's and papa's house.
G "Well yes I'm planning to be there. Guess what? I made jello."
W "What color did you make?"
G "I made red jello and orange jello."
W "Did you make green?"
G "No I didn't make green. Just red and orange today."
W "Because you know it comes in different colors. You can make green. There's yellow too. They make blue. Blue is my favorite color but I like green jello."
G "It comes it that many different colors, babe?"
And then I hear it; the sigh. Goes like this ..... HUGE sigh as if to say 'I can't believe she manages to get through a day by herself' W says, "Yes Gram, they make jello in different colors because not everyone likes the same thing. They are different colors because they all taste different. Next time you make jello make the green because that's the best."
G "Ok I will. So are you going to have any of my red and orange jello?"
W "Well since you didn't know about the colors I guess I will."