Presidential Election Politics also has its moments of personal interest. My oldest DS works at Ole Miss, and he and family attended the first debate on Sep 26. You can see just how interesting it was for them from this photo posted at some political website:
Monday, October 13, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
DD#1 came for the weekend, and I showed (off). Looks great, right?
Fabulous detail, too. She was impressed. I was smug.
Then I took a closer look and found this, right at the beginning of the cable pattern:
The first and third rows of the center cable are twisted the wrong way. Nothing for it but to rip out the entire back. No one will notice, you say? Yeah, right, in the same way no one noticed the "little boo boo" on that cabled sweater on the cover of Vogue Knitting a few years back.
I have been thinking that this yarn is not really right, either. A little too thin. The back will be a little too small. I will save up and buy a different yarn for this. (Oooh, new yarn!)
In the meantime, I ripped out the jacket and started the Urban Aran from the same Paton's pattern book. I am up to the armholes on the back and really love the cables. Goooorgeous! Classy. A keeper.
A little detail to show the cables off:
On the non-knitting side of life, one of my oldest friends passed away two weeks ago. So sad. We had known each other for more than 30 years, had our babies at the same time, raised them together. Her son and my oldest daughter have been best friends since birth. Her husband died 2 years ago, and she was confined to a care facility because of severe MS. She was once a great knitter, and when her illness became too severe, she brought me a partially-knit Norwegian sweater and asked me to finish it. Which I did, with pleasure. And I had the pleasure of seeing her wear it many times.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Made some headway on the Must Have Cardigan
This is a lovely and fun pattern, by the way, from Patons Street Smart pattern book. Thanks to Yarn Harlot, finding a copy of this baby was really hard. Patons does not sell their stuff direct to public from their website. They do have a store finder. There are several stores in my area that carry Patons products, but did anyone have it? Nooooooo. I ordered it on line from Yarn and Thread by Lisa . Of course, Lisa had had a run on it, too, and was totally out of stock, but she emailed me a copy of the pattern (since I had already paid for it) so that I could get started, and she kept me updated by email and made sure that I knew that she mailed it when her shipment came in. FYI -- shipping cost almost as much as the booklet itself, but when I think of how much it costs to run my car to hunt for things, paying $9.40 with shipping and handling is a bargain. I highly recommend Lisa and her company for the excellent service.
This booklet has some nice, nice patterns. I am sick unto death of the Devonshire jacket (monochrome looks elegant but has become mind-numbingly boring, and I don't think that the yarn is the right weight, either) and am thinking of frogging and using the yarn to make the Urban Aran. Brooklyn Tweed made this as a jacket, so I will probably do the same, as his looks just totally cool.
Also finished are two Ball Band Washcloths
My yoga mat bag (free pattern from Lily Sugar & Cream)
A Pawprint Washcloth from Knitting Nonsense (I highly recommend these free patterns, such imagination!)
Thursday, February 28, 2008
The Annual Passing of Another Year came and went. I am now 58 years old. Emphasis on old. This is the first time I have felt this way. No enthusiasm, no energy, vim & vigor are in hibernation. Little to say and less desire to make the effort. I feel like an old, old woman.
This, too, shall pass. At least I hope so.
Part of this, I am sure, is a result of inactivity due to a cracked rib (how this happened is too embarrassing to relate). Not much one can do about this besides just letting it heal on its own. And try not to sneeze.
On the other hand, I have a little knitting to report.
-- 2 Ball Band Dishcloths in Lily Sugar N Cream
-- Carrying bag for my yoga mat in Moda Dea Tweedle Dee Cinnamon Twist (this stuff stretches like crazy, so the bag now also holds the yoga strap and the yoga block).
In process are the following
-- "Devonshire" from Jean Frost's Jackets, using Ramwool aran in a lovely brown heather from stash. This design was originally done in three colors, but I think it will be lovely in the one. Very elegant.
-- Man's Dickey from Paton's "Men" in Woolease from stash.
Plans to start the Paton's Must Have cardigan as soon as I check for possible candidates in the stash area. Like thousands of other people, I was very taken by Yarn Harlot's posts on this sweater, and now I Must Have It.
I really admire knitters who have their stash organized, boxed, and available. I have seriously thought of doing this, it would make a lot of sense and would save me much pain and suffering. But it just isn't me. For me, it's the thrill of the hunt.
Monday, January 28, 2008
Well, I was talking on the phone to my Aunt Dinah not long ago and asked whether she remembered such a thing. There was a long silence, and then she asked if I knew who gave it to my grandparents.
Of course not.
It seems that my dad's cousin June (aka Claud, Junior) and his wife had a small pottery business in Dallas or Plano or someplace like that in the late 1940's, and they made decorative wall plates. This was one design that they produced.
The plate now in my possession may have been made by them ... or not.
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Thursday, January 03, 2008
Here is some detail
When (if?) I block it, I will photograph it in all of its glory.
Here is the final tally for the 2007 knitting.
- Faux Russian Shawl in Knitpicks Shadow from Stash
- Socks in Wildfoot from stash
- Solaris jacket in Caron Simply Soft Shadows
- 2 IPod cases in stash yarn
- Baby Booties in Mexican Wave from Stash
- Oregon Vest in Passport Dublin from stash
- Secondpair of socks in Regia from stash
- Pair of socks in Regia from stash
- 2 wash cloths in Sugar & Cream
- Beach Bands Bag from in Sugar & Cream from stash
- Shapely Tank in Royale Quick Crochet Thread from stash
- Shapely Tank in Lionbrand Microspun
- Diagonal dishcloth in Sugar & Cream from stash
- Amanda's Squatty Sidekick in Colinette Skye from stash
- Tote bag in Philosohpers Wool from stash
- Roundabouts in Philosophers Wool from Stash
- Another Circular Dishcloth in Sugar & Cream from stash
- Curve of Pursuit in Philosophers Wool from stash
- Circular dishcloth in Sugar & Cream from stash
- Another baby hat in Mexican Wave from stash
- Tweed hat in Bernat Denim from Stash
- Two baby hats in Mexican Wave from stash
- Lace scarf in Baruffa Bollicina from stash
- Baby Hat from stash
- Raglan Pullover in Bernat Denim from stash
I was pretty good about Knitting From My Stash for 2007, and have made significant inroads into the pile. I may continue a modified version of this for 2008.
Now...what to knit next.....
At around10 PM we put out a snack for Santa and the reindeer
and in the blink of an eye we found this --
Santa made this an entertainment Christmas
And he also reminded me that I need to put in a little more effort into my housekeeping by bringing me a new mop (I am not making this up, it was under the tree).
We intended to go to Midnight Mass at our parish church but, instead, attended Midnight Mass at the Vatican. Christmas Day DD#1 came and ...well, let's just say that I intend to spend Christmas Day someplace else in the future. Like Arizona. Or Texas. Or Baghdad. Somewhere peaceful with no recriminations, no bad feelings, no frosty silences.
On New Year's Eve we went to a friend's house and drank champagne with them at 10 PM (they correctly figured that we would probably not make it to midnight).
I hope to make 2008 a better year than the last one.