Saturday, January 31, 2009
So, I went and got xrays. I will find out whats going on I hope on Monday. This is so impeding on my knitting and creative life including a computer keyboard!
Current projects still are the Christening gown, haven't gotten that far really. And had to pull out at least 2 rows...................****NOTE: make sure to count your stitches BEFORE attempting your lace pattern!!! What was I thinking by NOT counting! That is my concentration project so lets just say..........not much concentrating happening in the past few days!
Still progressing slowly on my socks. Oh the socks that might not end up being mine and of course it is a now discontinued colorway of Knit Picks Felici sock yarn!!!!!!!! So I have no idea why ..........Oh wait yes I do. I have made a few pair of socks for me and they are just like one size too big. So I thought that I would cast on 56 stitches............then after several inches it looked well SMALL! I am thinking that at 9 stitches per inch and having a foot circumference of 8" that my best option would have been to cast on the 64 stitches. OH well..............worst case scenario is that these will become a very special gift to one of the two women in my life that have tiny feet!!!
Book review..........I got a couple of new knitting books. One is The essential guide to color knitting techniques by Margaret Radcliffe. This book is just great! So much information! I am not afraid of color...........or maybe I am? I have at least 3 rooms in my house of the past 9 years that still have white paint on them. (holding head in shame of commitment) But when it comes to lining purses, sewing, crafting, knitting..............color just comes to me and I feel it!
This book has a lot of stitch patterns that include more than one color. 150 color patterns. And I feel like I have to try some of them for sure! Stitches and combinations that I would have never thought of. Stuff that can take a nice knitted pattern and pump it up a notch or so with the addition of another color combined! Nice book.
Photos to come........
Monday, January 26, 2009
I bet you all want to know what pattern I have chosen? I will get back with you on that LOL. Oh yeah I remember Jill Eaton's book Minnies. There is a very simple gown pattern in that book and I plan to add some lace to the simple design to spice it up just a notch. BAM!!
So after I get that cast on I will start posting progress notes...........this is going to be a crunch knit I just know it. Shouldn't be that hard or anything but with the hat (not sure that I am making that) it calls for almost 1000 yards! Knitting fingers, body and mind get ready!!
Well that's all for now..........have to finish up at work here so I can get home to cast on!
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Day one of socks 7/8". Not too bad for a quick start project. lets see how long it takes me to finish them! Socks always seem to take me quite a while, maybe that's because I usually have one other project in the works?
I Love making them. I have only 3 pair and hubby has two. I have made a couple pairs of socks for babies because they are quick and easy and usually I get to use up left overs from adult socks. That is usually enough to get me over my 'I need to knit socks' mood. But not this time, I am going for it! Making them for me.
Well lets see if this works!! I am going to try to post my photo of the finished sweater from my cell phone!!!!
If the photo isn't that good after sending via cellphone I will get a better one later.:-D
Hey I gotta admit........Not too bad for a cell phone photo huh?
Debbie mom of the grand twins lost her job on Tuesday. This is just not good at all. They will do fine. Probably have to give up lease car and walk out on house and mortgages..................but as long as they remain a happy and healthy 'family' that's OK with me.
Finished Abygail's sweater!!! This is good. I will have to take a good photo to post after it dries.......smelled like shop. I just hope that it fits. For some reason this one seems smaller than the one I made for Madison for Christmas. hmmmmmmmmm we will see. I also made a beret, it too might be small. If it is I will just give it to her little sister to grow into.
I made myself a beret also.............yeah right! For some reason I can't make a hat to fit my head! Its way to big. But Tiffany tried it on and decided that she liked it and said that she wants one like it. I was like OHMYGOSH you gotta be kidding?!!! Its yours kid!
I should be casting on the Christening gown for Reese.......but I didn't yet. I got the yarn that I wanted and have the pattern ready, and the changes to the pattern that I want to make by adding lace inserts and patterning. Now I am just trying to decide if I should have a straight hem, picot hem or a fancy one........While my brain works on those thoughts I cast on a pair of cuff down socks for ME. I have some knit picks Felici sock yarn in 'Dakota'. Love the colors! Purple, lime green, sage green, brown and gold stripes. I am doing two at once on two circular needles on size US 1. Have about an inch done and just started this evening.
Last Friday Tiffany highlighted my hair with a cap. Well it really sucks! LOL. So on Saturday she came home early and I used her car to go get my usual hair cut. Short and spiky. Thank goodness too I feel so much better.
Today (Sunday) Hubby and I went to Plymouth to the ice festival. Okay so the whole ice stuff wasn't that great but there were a TON of people there! So people watching was at its best! Then a quick stop at Starbucks. On the way out we ran into a couple that had a Rhodesian Ridgeback male dog. We used to have one his name was Buk. Timbuktu. Anyhow we got to talking and it seems that their dog likes to eat things other than food too! Our dog had to be put to sleep after several surgeries for stopped up intestines. He ate whole one too many socks. Yes, socks whole! Their dog has eaten pens, a jar of wood putty and many other items too! He had to have a surgery also and while in there the Dr. found more non-food items! Sheesh and all this many years later I thought that had I watched him closer maybe it wouldn't have happened. Yeah NO! They said that their dog was sneaky too and they hardly ever have seen him actually eat the non-food items! My mind and heart are a bit more at ease now.......of course it has been about 10 years! I guess I should be over it don'tcha think?
On that note.........probably not over it as my mama lovebird of 17 years just passed away. Of old age I am convinced. She was practically blind from cataracts in both eyes and possibly even a stroke or two. Her name was Chiquita Maria Lolita Consuelo. Her mate was Chi Chi like Rodriguez the golfer.
Okay that should do it for catching up for the day...I have so much more to say. But I really want to knit a bit. Tomorrow at work will just be another long day of podcasts, movies, ebooks and audio books to get through the day. I have a very boring job standing behind an automatic machine that I have to do something to keep my brain stimulated! At some point I will also write about all that too.
But good night for now!
Monday, January 19, 2009
So much has happened in the past week! I can't believe that a whole week has gone by already.............sheesh next thing you know it will be Christmas?
First a photo of some knitting progress on the sweater for Abygial's 5th birthday.
Actually...........I am farther along than this now.........I have about 1/2 of the sleeves finished, then to do the cuff and I will have to find some cool buttons. And then it will be finished! Next on the list of knitting is to make a christening gown for Reese. I think I can get one finished in about 4 weeks. I have it all designed in my head. Probably should jot it down and plan it out but first I have to get just the right yarn.
Next thing that went sorta wrong last week, it was below freezing and we drive a Volkswagen Jetta Diesel. Diesel.........that's what happened. Fuel jelled and car was towed to the dealership as we were already in Ann Arbor returning the rental van. Of course when all this happened the rental places were now closed!! So I had to call Tiffany and have her pick us up on her way home from work. She works in Livonia, we were in Ann Arbor and we live in Brighton! Couple extra miles on her car that night! Then to top things off, we called to have car rental place pick us up so that we would rent a car until ours was fixed. Dealership didn't look at it until today.
Backing up some the car rental place was supposed to be there to get us at 9:30 am so we could get to work. After having to call them 4 times finally someone showed up at 11:30!
Saturday was spent sitting around............didn't feel good. He was supposed to go to work, didn't. I don't know why but I just can't clean house when he is home! I love to clean when he is outta my hair. But when he is home, he just sits there.............doing nothing. Not helping and it really doesn't motivate me to want to do anything either! Ah enough about that.
Sunday went to see grandchildren, Abygail and the twins! OHMYGOSH they are growing so much and getting so big! They are 6 months old already! Hard to believe. Abygail and I had a bit of arts and crafts (that's what she calls it) time. I brought over some yarn and a knitting spool. Taught her how to use it and we made some hats and scarves for her barbies. I really think that she could learn to knit with two needles! I figure that if I can expose her to a few good things she will have something to choose from. Something that will work to keep her creative.
Another thing or two that is keeping me busy is my ipod touch, facebook this blog and Ravelry! I think that I spend too much time online and not enough time knitting! Ok I should get some work done...........going out into the shop to run an Acme Gridley Screw machine.
Bye for now.
Monday, January 12, 2009
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Needless to say I didn't get much done all weekend!! Didn't even knit until today after Reese was picked up. I am hoping to get the bottom edge of the bolero finished tonight!
Tomorrow its back to work. It will be a tough month! I don't think that we will have any baby sitting Saturdays for a while! Have to ship those parts! But I am ready.........well at least I am starting with positive thinking. LOL! I have the new ipod charged and filled with lots of pod casts, an audio book that I would like to finish, a couple video pod casts, a few videos too! Put that battery to a real full day test of use!
I made soup. Its my spin on an Italian Wedding soup. And boy is it good! Ok I will share the recipe here.........and now. Ready? The following is the shopping list and also the order I put things in the pot.
1 Big soup or stock pot
1 large or 32 oz. of chicken stock
64 oz of water (might need a bit more after filling the pot with ingredients)
1/2 package celery hearts washed and sliced
1 package small carrots (sliced)
1/2 large onion chopped
Put pot on medium heat
cut 4 half chicken breasts into cubes add to pot, stir to separate
1 package Jennie O turkey sausage in hot or sweet Italian flavoring. Remove skin, cut in half lengthwise and then cross wise into cubes. Roll each cube into a small meat ball and drop into soup.
Now that you have the majority of the ingredients in the pot you might add a bit more water you want equal parts broth and soup stuff. Salt and Pepper to taste.
Put a lid on turn to LOW heat and simmer for a few hours.
When almost ready to serve, add 1/3 box orzo pasta, stir then add spinach leaves rolled and then sliced into 'ribbons'.
There you have it! When orzo is soft or cooked about 7 minutes serve soup! It is 10 times better the next day too!!!
I decided to change the look and feel of my blog today. Just wanted a knitting feeling and pretty pink colors. What do you think?
Friday, January 9, 2009
Monday, January 5, 2009
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Its a baby sling! I found this pattern online some time ago in preparation for all these babies! This is the site for the pattern. Be sure to book mark it as I have tried to just get there from the home page with no luck.
It is very easy to make. I used two fabrics to make it reversible. With one heavier fabric you only need two yards, with 2 fabrics you will need 2 of each fabric and you will get 2 slings with both methods.
Photo to come.................
It is however another finished project! I am on a roll for 2009!
Have fun with this one!
Project finished: 2 stockings for the twins.
The first one was of course dad Robbie's stocking. I tried my hand at some colorwork, cheated some with self patterning yarn too! But the results are awesome!
Second was mom Debbie's stocking. Again some hot pink fair isle snowflakes on black.
And third Miss Abygail's stocking. My thought here was to be able to re-decorate it each year. I purchased some stiffened craft felt and cut shapes for a princess or diva. Star, diamond ring, high heel shoe etc. Just cut a slit for a button hole and ta Da! Next year we can make some new shapes together when they are ready to decorate for Christmas! Cool Huh?
But......yes there is always a but! I had also planned on making each of the bigger girls Abby and Madison a bolero sweater. Now of course that part did not happen! Madison got a sweater (her first from me) and since I knew that I would not have time for another one before Christmas I was able to knit Abby a stocking so that she did get something knitted also. Whew! Yes her stocking is with the photo of the parents stockings........
As for the rest of my Christmas knitting, I made Tiffany a pair of fingerless mitts pattern and yarn from knit picks. Pattern called 2-needle fingerless mitts . I used a knit picks yarn but for the life of me I can't remember the name or colorway! And it was purchased 1-2 years ago just for this purpose..................so..................it may be lost forever. Once she opened the box she was so thrilled that I haven't seen them since! So, no photo at this point. The only change to the pattern I made was to knit them two at a time and make the cuff, thumb and finger area a bit longer. At the cuff you can wear them long or cuff them for a shorter mitt. Very quick and easy to make, I might try them again knitting in the round two at a time.