Monday, January 31, 2005

Saturday, January 29, 2005

Another Saturday

Another Saturday that flew by~~and I'm friggin exhausted!! A quick post and then I'm taking a hot bath and hitting the rack!!
Ds called first thing this morning~~I just got up~~and he was ready to start moving!! I told him "call me back in an hour or so!" . I was sooo tired~~moving was the last thing I felt like doing! After much coffee I decided I could face the day.
One of his friends brought him over so that saved me a trip which was good~~I just stood around and supervised!! I've discovered that that's what I do best!! Well after all the running back and forth we now have a small path through the garage again! I didn't realize how much stuff he had in there!! Once the weather warms up I can see that we will be able to clear more out~~finally!!
I felt bad tho at his apartment~~he needs so darn much and no $$ to get it. This is such a bad time of the year for us too that we can't really do anything right now.
When I came home I went through my food cabinets and made a big bag up for him. That made me feel so much better. Tomorrow we'll go to DD's and pick up her old microwave for him~~and a recliner.
I was making him an afghan last winter out of some camouflage yarn that he was buying~~but then he stopped so I didn't work on it anymore. I think I'll try to get some more of the yarn and surprise him with it. Hope I can remember how to do it! It's crochet and I don't do much of that! The yarn is from Walmart so it's probably not too costly.
I finished my pillow~~the knitting is really nice but I'm not to sure about the seaming it together. I think I'll look in a couple of my books and see if there's any good suggestions. I'll get a picture once it's together.
Off to a hot bath~~

Friday, January 28, 2005

Cat bed before felting

Knitting away

All I did today was knit!! Well, yes I did make Dh meat loaf for dinner~~his favorite~~not mine!
I totally forgot about the pillow I was doing for my "studio"!! I started it before Xmas and then put it aside to do gifts. I've got it almost done--just finishing up the back tonight and then I'll sew it together. I think it looks ok~~I would have liked more different textures on the front but for the first one it'll do.
Felted the cat bed and it looks pretty awesome!! I can't believe how the yarn changed tho~~I used the variegated blue wool and the dark Lamb's Pride and now it looks like a medium blue solid! Don't know what happened to the variegated?? I felted it last night and it's still really wet tonight. It's sitting on the heat vent in my bedroom drying. ewwww, the wet wool smell~~
Tomorrow I'll start my "thingalong". The book I ordered from finally came~~The Sweater Workshop by Jacqueline Fey. That should be interesting to do. Many different techniques in the one piece~~I'm hoping that I can somehow sew the "thing" together when I'm done and use it for a tote. We'll see!!
Nice and sunny again today but frigid~~stayed in all day! I hope it doesn't snow tomorrow so I can help Ds move some of his things to his apartment. I'll be glad when he's settled.
Ok~~off to finish the pillow!!

Thursday, January 27, 2005

I'm excited!!

I was so depressed this morning when I got up! I'm sick of the cold,the snow and no $$ not in that order! I checked my email and I have a secret pal!!! What fun this will be!! Something to look forward to~~I do have to remember that I'm a pal to someone too~~maybe I can cheer someone else up if they need it?
I know some of you that pop in won't care about this but "my pal" has asked me to fill out this survey ~~so here goes!!

1. Are you a yarn snob (do you prefer high-end/natural fibers)? Do you avoid
Red Heart and Lion Brand? Or is it all the same to you?
I hate to admit it but I have become the dreaded "snob"~~never thought I would but after a few trips to the yarn shops how can you help it?? Can't always get what I like but I can dream!!

2. Do you spin? Crochet?
I've tried spinning~haven't really given it much time. I do have a couple spindles and a old wheel that I was able to get last summer at a really good price. I bought it mostly for a decoration never thinking that I actually could use it!
I can crochet the basics ~~like knitting so much more!

3. Do you have any allergies? (smoke, pets, fibers, perfume, etc.)
Not really~~don't like smoke smell ~~

4. How long have you been knitting?
I was taught to knit when I was very young by my Mom-~~which is one of the memories that I cherish! When I knit I often think of her and wonder what she would think to see what I'm working on!

5. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?
no, I don't~~didn't know there was such a thing

6. What's your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products etc.)
Hmmm, I like many but I'm really liking Yankee Candle Sage and Citrus.
Lavender is a great bath scent!

7. Do you have a sweet tooth?
Goes without saying!!! Chocolate??? Hand it over!!

8. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do?
I was into rubber stamping for awhile but it got to be so expensive to try to keep up with the latest so I've stayed away from it.
I like beading and am thinking of trying to do some beaded stitch markers.
I love counted x-stitch and still do that when the mood strikes. I love the primitive samplers not cutesy. Guess I'm a snob there, too?

9. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if
you want to make her a CD)
I like country ~~light rock~~yes, I can play CD's

10. What's your favorite color? Or--do you have a color
family/season/palette you prefer?
I absolutely love fall colors!! One thing we do have here in western NY is beautiful fall seasons!! The rusts, golds,browns are stunning!

11. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?
Now it's just Dh and I at home. DD and DS are on their own. Ds has been moved for a couple months ~~pets??? Of course, what's a house without pets??? I have a retired greyhound,Ivy and a aging Shih tzu,Houston. Two Blue&Gold Macaws, a Yellow-nape Amazon and a African grey!!

12. What are your life dreams? (really stretching it here, I know)
At our ages I just wish we were financially secure~~which we are not. I want to see my kids settled and happy in their lives.

13. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with?
I can't say I have a real favorite~~I really enjoy making socks. There are quite a few yarns I would like. I do like the handspun look thick/thin~~.

14. What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?
I really don't care for all the fun furs~~the type from the craft stores

15. What is/are your current knitting obsession/s?
I'm so trying to figure out how I can get the yarn to make a Trio bag!! I saw it on here and I have to have it!!

16. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?
I like to do socks ~~just plain ones but with nice yarn. I do enjoy felting.
And I love tote bags!! You can never have enough!!

17. What are you knitting right now?
I'm just finishing a felted cat bed for my DD's cats. I can't wait to felt it!!
I'm also making a pair of socks for me~~thanks to Fibro it seems my feet are never warm any more. I have some Lamb's Pride to do a felted bag--haven't started it yet.

18. What do you think about ponchos? (this is really a curiosity question
for us)
I didn't like ponchos the first time they were popular!! Some now aren't too bad but I'm still not crazy about them!

19. Do you prefer straight or circular needles?
I use both ~~depends on the project. Use a lot of dpn's with socks. Did learn the Magic Loop method and it is faster. Now I'll have to invest in some long cable small diameter circulars.

20. How did you learn to knit?
Mom~~cause I drove her crazy when she was knitting!!

21. How old is your oldest UFO?
Right around Christmas I started a pair or socks for me that I'm just getting back to!

OK, now that's done and you know more than you wanted to!!
Off, to felt!!

Friday, January 21, 2005

Sunny day

Absolutely beautiful day today!! The sun was shining and the sky was so blue!! It was so cold tho--the high was 7!!! They say by midnight it's going to be 0 and stay that way through Sunday. We have a huge snow storm on it's way ~~should be here by morning! Course half the time the news media gets everyone all worked up over this and then we get an inch!!Maybe we'll be lucky and that'll happen this time!
I just had to get out for a little while~~went to the library and looked for some knitting books. They really don't have any good ones--most of them are so dated. I did pick out two on machine knitting~might be interesting.
When I got back I still wasn't ready to stay in so I put Ivy's coat on her and we went for a walk! She loved that!! We managed to go for about 20 minutes~~that was enough for both of us~~my face was freezing!! Ivy kept walking right against my leg--not sure if she was getting tired or trying to stay warm! She looks so cute in her coat! People look at us really weird when they drive by~you really can't miss her!!
Worked on "the scarf" on and off all afternoon~~had a couple more inches done when I noticed quite a few rows back a big mistake!! I must have got side-tracked and started following the stitches instead of the seed stitch. So of course I frogged all the way back~~what a waste of time! While watching TV tonight I knitted and got as far as I originally was~~then I quit!
Made a pot of soup and biscuits for dinner~~really good!! I love soup simmering on days like this. The biscuits are very similar to the ones at Red Lobster. I never made them before and we both like them. I'll have to remember them.
Off to soak in a hot bath and then bed to read!

Too cold~~

Way too cold for me still!! The sun was out for awhile today so at least it looked nice. The sun shining on the snow is so pretty when the snow is fresh. Doesn't make me want to go out there but it's nice to look at!!
Did do some cleaning and laundry today~~didn't finish because that darn yarn was yellin so loud I had to work with it so it would "shut up"!! After four or five starts I've got that darn Wool-ease scarf going. I don't know what the problem was but I could not get it started. Hated the pattern,cast-on was too loose, dropped a stitch~~then it dawned on me~~it's the yarn!! It doesn't want to be this scarf~~too bad ~~get over it I need a scarf and your it!! Once that was settled things went a bit smoother. By that time tho my shoulder and back were screamin "break" !! So as of right now I've only got about 6-7 inches done in seed stitch. Hopefully tomorrow I will finish it!
My minds been spinning with all the projects I want to do all of a sudden! Why do I do that when I'm starting something I really don't feel like doing? That only makes it worse! Not quitting tho--I'll definitely finish it before starting anything else!!
I tried quite a few times this afternoon to get the RAOK group blogs listed on here and I can't do it! How annoying~~sometimes I really do hate this thing!
It's late I'm going to bed to read a few minutes~~

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

No, it's not knitting!!

Start of felted cat bed


Snow that is!! It hasn't stopped since early yesterday! This is payback for everyone saying we didn't get any snow this year to speak of! Turned the heat way up today and Dh and I stayed home all day~~I can't remember when we have stayed in a whole day! He worked on cleaning out his desk for the new year and I read and knitted the day away.
Wouldn't you know tho I ran out of the Lamb's Pride I'm using in the felted cat bed. How annoying is that? With this nasty weather I don't know when I'll go out and get some. I think tomorrow I will call around and see if anyone has the color I need before I go running around to all the shops looking for it. The closest lys doesn't have it~I already called them.
The bed is coming along good~~I'll get a picture on here after I'm done. I can see where these would make up really fast as long as you don't run out of yarn! I asked DD if she wanted the fun fur trim and she didn't think so but I think it would be kinda fun with it~~so you know what that means, right???? Fun fur it is!
Ok, not much more to write about when you stay in all day and knit and read~~oh yeah, the book I just finished Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz--I liked it--I never expected it to end the way it did. I must have really got into this one I felt so bad at the end!! Funny how you get so engrossed in a book~~I really can't understand someone who doesn't like to read~~must be like me and math!!
Oh, I almost forgot to mention that I'm finally finishing that other slipper sock for my friend!! I'm almost to the toes~~can't wait until that's done!! Then I just have the scarf and hat and my gifts are all caught up!!

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Chilly out there!!

I can not believe how cold it got the last couple days!! Hard to believe that just last week we had record breaking temp's in the 60's!!! It's crazy!!
Left for DD's around 3:15 and it took me a half hour just to get out of the stinking driveway!! Dh shoveled in the a.m. before he left for work and by the time I left you'd never know that he shoveled! At least it wasn't that really wet heavy stuff--this was light and fluffy!! The pretty kind~well it's pretty from the inside looking out anyway! I swear my poor ears were frozen and they really hurt when I got in the darn van. Maybe that would be a hint to wear a hat??? hmmm, seems to me that I did knit one for myself!
Had a nice dinner with dd--she's so funny--hates raw chicken--always has and there she is dipping chicken in milk and then using some coating crumbs gagging the whole time!! Really worked up your appetite watching her!! She did good tho~~
I left by 7 because I was nervous about driving home on the expressway. Once it got dark everything was freezing up. Saw one car that had slid into the ditch~~
On a knitting note~I started a felted cat bed for dd's cats. I've got quite a bit done. Tomorrow I should be able to finish it~~I may pick up some fun fur for the edge-not sure.
I'm practicing knitting on the usm--I figured out the ribbing. Does take some time to work it and I'm not entirely sure it's worth the time it takes.
Was so lazy today--can't shake this "blah" mood. I don't feel like doing anything around here~~I need to do some major cleaning and I can't get into it. Knittings more fun!!
Tomorrows another day!!

Friday, January 14, 2005

Busy week!!

I can't believe we are already half way through the month!! This week has flown by for me and I really didn't get much done! Everyday I had to go out for one reason or another so it was really nice to stay in today! The weather turned really cold so this was the perfect day to stay home.I never even got totally dressed!! Talk about staying comfy!
I worked on my magic loop sock~~I'm almost to the toes of the second sock!! Yeah!!! These are mine~~and they are turning out nice. They are going to be fraternal tho--for the longest time they were identical but after the heel decreases that changed! There's also one stripe of black that isn't anywhere else is either sock--weird!!
I'm also working on the "hound" throw--that is going to take forever!! 200 stitches per row--so slow going! If only I could get the knitting machine figured out then I could speed through the body part of the throw and then just add a crochet border to stop the curling. But the key word here is "if only" ~~I'm about ready to give up on it and return the darn thing. I hate to give in and admit defeat!
Still trying to get the "studio" cleaned up~~did make some progress~~now you can almost see the entire counter top~~maybe tomorrow!! Got DH to put a hook into the ceiling for my three tiered basket. Small yarn balls will look cute in there.
I want to start my "thing along"~~ordered The Sweater Workshop from and it should be here on the 18th~~One of the girls emailed me the cast-on amount and what the first section is so I can get started. I never knew that garter the round is done by k1 row p1 row and that stockinette is k all stitches~~I never thought about it before!! See, I learned something all ready and haven't even started yet!!
Off to work on socks~~

Thursday, January 06, 2005

Lousy day

I'm so bummed today~~yesterday I thought I may be getting Vertigo again but kept telling myself it was my imagination but guess what????? I was wrong!!! I am so friggin dizzy it's not even funny~~dam~~feels like when you've been drinking and it's time to stop! This is really nasty today~~if I could just keep my head straight~~really straight and not turn it at all it wouldn't be so bad. They need to make a vice type thing to hold your head straight~~can you imagine that?? lol~~
What really infuriated me was I needed to put $$ in my checking account so I called dh at work to see if he could run over and do it for me so I wouldn't have to go out~~of course not!! He had a customer coming in~~which I'll bet they didn't because we have an ice storm to top it off. I was so annoyed I hung up and burst into tears!! How pathetic is that?? So that meant I had to get dressed which I had no plans on doing today ~~let my van thaw out--it was literally a sheet of ice~~and drive over there.
Since I was out and Walmart is right next door I ran in(not literally) thank god I didn't see anyone I knew~~I never even combed my hair--that's pretty scary in itself! I grabbed a set of size 8 circulars so I can start the blankets for the greyhounds. I tried last night on 10's but they were just too big. The stitches were too loose and I was worried they'd get their nails caught.
Now I'm going to make something to eat~~just a sandwich and maybe some soup and curl up on my bed with the needles and some of the donated yarn and get started. Hope I can keep my eyes open long enough to accomplish something!!
I called the new lys and it just happens she has one skein left of the Lamb's Pride I need for the felted slipper~~what luck!! She's holding it for me until Sat. --I should be fine to drive that far by then!
Off to knit~~~

Tuesday, January 04, 2005

New Knitting Machine amongst the chaos!!

First Sock of the New Year!

It's early

and I'm here already!! Weird!! I'm in a horrid mood today~~I'm annoying myself! Now you know you're bad when you can't stand yourself!!
I need to start a new project to perk me up~~and nothing that has anything to do with cleaning! I've still got xmas stuff to put away--which means getting the boxes out of the attic~~and I hate doing that! Just pulling those steps down is a pain!
I did finish my first pair of socks for the New Year last night and they are for ME!!! kewl~~I'm working away on that last felted slipper I need by Thursday---I think I'll make it!!
I'm going to get going on the greyhound project!! That will be nice because it will be mindless knitting at night in front of the TV. I think I'll do some of the throws in plain old garter stitch--no pattern to worry about. The "seniors" won't care!!
Barnes&Noble just called me and the Knitting calendar I ordered is in~~yeah!! Maybe tomorrow dh and I will run up there and pick it up.
I took a picture of the chaos in my "studio" ~~I think I'll post it and embarrass myself into cleaning it up! That's for another day~~
I'm off to watch a movie with dh and ds~~~

Monday, January 03, 2005

Cayman Showing Off!!

Happy New Year!!

Better late than never~~"Happy New Year"!! Ours started out rather quietly which is a good thing! Played cards and ate all evening~~drank too but straight Pepsi!!
How exciting is that?? No one feels well~~coughing,hacking sneezing~~ewwww~~~stay away from me!! No one can believe it~~I'm not sick ~~that's weird!!
My gift certificate to Barnes&Noble was crying out to be used --so I did!! DH and I went and had coffee and sat by the fireplace~~put my feet up and almost fell asleep!!
I finally got the felting book that I've been wanting and wouldn't buy for myself! I like a lot of the projects in it so maybe that will be incentive to actually do them!
I also picked up a new Dean Koontz book I've been eyeing up. I'm trying to save it for a snowy,nasty day but it looks really good and I'm having trouble waiting!!
This house is totally out of control~~what a friggin mess!! I have got to get that tree down today no matter what!! I took all the other xmas stuff and put it in the "den"~at least it doesn't look so bad all in one spot. I hate the thought of having to go up in that attic to get the boxes--what a pain!
It's raining again--this is strange--we should have feet of snow by now! The temperature was 55 yesterday and it's 49 right now!! Wish all winter was like this minus the rain tho~~this dampness is my downfall.
I'm not motivated today~~It's already after 3 and nothing is done~~what the heck??
I'll be running around here like mad before dh gets home trying to finish up. I waste so much time some days.
I should be practicing on the USM so I can get going on the blankets for the hounds.
The "studio" is still so messy I don't even want to go in there either!!
After reading many posts on the USM I'm thinking it's a lot more complicated that I originally thought. It also does more than I thought~~if you can master the darn thing!! One woman had photos of socks she did and they are really nice~~made the first one in two hours!! I can't imagine having a sock done that quickly!! I am going to keep trying it. Hey, I've got all winter!!
Ok~~that's it--I'm off to do the tree~~and coffee
Oh yeah, take some pictures too of f/o's~~