Friday, August 31, 2007
Thursday, August 30, 2007
He's one spoiled, loved dog, and he knows it. He also is my constant companion, and my knitting tester. (Please don't ever match me with someone allergic to dogs!)
Also, Amy still has a spot or two on her Pay it Forward list. I'm looking forward to knitting a surprise for her, and for Wendy and Nichole. More motivation to keep my swapping in check, so I can "spoil" my friends as they so richly deserve.
My skinny, short sock has a home! The always kind Amanda will finally have her own pair of hand-knitted socks. I am honored to make them for her, and I'm delighted that the pretty pattern and colorway will have a happy home.
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
It’s the Pay It Forward Exchange. It’s based of the concept of the movie “Pay it Forward” where acts or deeds of kindness are done without expecting something in return, just passing it on, with hope that the recipients of the acts of kindness are passed on. You all know I’m already a PIF type of person. So here’s how it works. I will make and send a handmade gift to the first 3 people who leave a comment to this post on my blog requesting to join this PIF exchange. I do not know what that gift will be yet, and it won’t be sent this month, probably not next month, but it will be sent (within 6 months) and that’s a promise! What YOU have to do in return, then, is pay it forward by making the same promise on your blog.
I'm actually more of a "practice random acts of kindness" person, but I think they're two sides of the same coin. At any rate, I look forward to creating some unexpected gifts for three of you, and watching the circle grow.
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
It's hard not to hold a very newborn baby and fall in love. Everything seems right with the world when you watch first-time new parents gush and coo, and share their precious gift and their joy with their family and friends. Thank you PoG (Parents of Grace) for bringing a little more beauty, joy, hope and love into the world.
Here is Miss Grace, showing off her first pair of socks. (Good thing I didn't knit newborn size!) There's just a bit of growing room, but they were so well received that I'll be making a couple more pairs in this size, and lots more in the next. No, the photography isn't even good, but she's barely 48 hours old, and isn't fond of light yet, much less a flash. You've seen the socks before, so just admire the Sleeping Beauty wearing them. She snoozed through most of our first visit, and her dad has a shot of my Knight cradling Grace in his left arm, while coordinating fire training with his cell phone in his right hand. Heart-warming...
Here is the young lady of the week (month, year?) enjoying her first nap with blankie. It dwarfs her, and leaves me wondering what the full 42 inch version suggested in the pattern would have done! Her auntie made sure the cute socks showed too. I'll remember that Auntie, and when you are a new mom, your baby will get handknits too. (And just to record my bet for posterity, I bet brand new Uncle that in 10.5 months, we'll be welcoming his first baby into the world...)
poopy diapers yet, and the Knight and I will sleep soundly tonight...
Pass those favorite baby girl patterns this way, will you?
So, if you pop over to Schrodinger's for the contest, tell her Chan sent you, would ya?
Monday, August 27, 2007
1. What is your favorite yarn for felting, and why?
Grins. Regular readers can answer that. Patons SWS, because it felts quickly and beautifully, comes in great colors, and is a soy-wool blend.
2. Name one person in the swap who is not from the U.S. and tell us where they are from, and link to their blog.
3. Find one person in the swap who has a dog, and let us know the name of their dog(s) and link to their blog.
Michelle has Murphy and Chewy!
4. Find one person in the swap who has a child or grandchild and link to their blog.
Mary has children and grandchildren. (Funny how that works, isn't it?)
5. And finally, tell us if you like October or November more, and why!
October holds all kinds of goodness. The dear Mugsy has a birthday. One of my brother inlaws has a birthday. Our anniversary is in October. Anne's birthday is in October. Love those changing leaves! It's cool, but not COLD yet, for the most part.
Sunday, August 26, 2007
I'm taking a break from knitting now, because Mugsy is using my skein as a pillow. Sigh. I am actually glad tomorrow's Monday. How sick is that?!
Friday, August 24, 2007
Sock it to Me contest, away!
My favorite yarn(s). Sigh. Well, that's easy-peasy... The Wick I gushed about for Cass's contest is right up there, even without the vegan limitations. I just love the stuff, and will knit more with it very soon. It's a bit bulky for daily wear socks, and I truly am hoping they'll come out with a fingering weight version. I love that it "wicks" the moisture away from the body, because my feet sweat, even when they're cold.
For socks, I haven't really knit enough to have a favorite. In fact, I haven't knit with the same yarn twice.
I must have a soy thing, because I also can't get enough of SWS! To date, I've only knitted up my trusty Sidekick in it, but there will be more. Like Wick, it is a bit splitty, but I got the hang of knitting with it quickly. I have more on hand to make another felted bag for fall, so stay tuned... It felts VERY QUICKLY. For me, that's a plus, but if you're using it for the first time, I can't emphasize enough that you must check it every couple of minutes, or you'll end up with a wee tiny version of whatever you were trying to make.
Can you help a fellow knitter/blogger out? She wants to reach 50 comments for her 1st Bloggiversary contest, so pop over and tell her I sent you, okay?
Thursday, August 23, 2007
This is also my first effort at taking a dpn pattern and knitting it on two circs. I find it easier to travel with circs. I can just push the working portion off the needles, and it rests safely on the cord(s) until I pick it up again. No waiting until the end of a needle, no shoving the little pointies into a keeper of some sort, etc. Yeah Anne, gloat. (I'm rolling my eyes, okay?) I can't see ever giving dpns up entirely, but I think I am headed towards being a two circs gal, with dpns in second place, and Magic Loop remains a very distant, non-ribbon-worthy third.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
So thanks again, my long-lost twin and Paula, who nominated me first. So, my nominees, and why I picked 'em:
Betty-Jean - Because getting to know her is fun!
Holly - Because she's truly a good, kind person and she makes me remember to count my blessings.
So, there ya' go. Rockin' down, igging to go.
Anne is busting my chops, right in the midst of blogland, about "igging." If she hasn't heard it before, it's only because we type more than we talk. Igging is in the dictionary, here in my part of the world. So, my defense/explanation will also be tossed out right in the midst of blogland, so that anyone else who cares (or has the discipline to keep reading) can understand.
Many of you realize that our volunteer firehouse isn't just a hobby for us, or even simply the non-profit where we spend a lot of our time. The folks there are truly like family to us, especially since the Knight and I both grew up in and around said station. Well, a family friend was the chief a while back, and he is famous for just ignoring people who are clearly talking to him. One of the characters around the station shouted at the chief's back, "Well just ig me then!" and igging was born. It might have origins elsewhere, but that's how it found its way into our vocabulary. Said chief emeritus is a close family friend, and my father inlaw (and the Knight once in a while) is know to "ig" too, so the word gets used a lot. I still can't believe Anne didn't hear it while she was here.
86 years young today. He's the Knight's paternal grandfather. He sits in a chair near my desk every day at work, for a little while anyway. You can't tell it from this photo, but he is a tough cookie. He still mows his own grass, cuts up firewood, etc. He's had bypass heart surgery, a knee replacement, and more, but he refuses to slow down and behave. We love him for it. He comes from a generation that doesn't seem to want to stop and take it easy, and most of the time, that's part of his "charm." It might mean he isn't around another decade, but he's lived life on his terms this long, so I can't see trying to change him now.
Happy Birthday, and many more! Not that he'll ever see this, but that's not the point...
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Invitations are in the mail, so to speak. If you're on the guest list, you should receive yours sometime today. If not, check your spam folder, and then let us know. If you're not on the guest list this time, there will most likely be a next time, and we hope you'll join us then!
Monday, August 20, 2007
Happier days are coming.
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Evidently, the Knight knows of what he demands. The baby's father has said that if the blankie's ready, all of the hospital photos will be taken with blankie showing. I guess that means I should stop blogging and return to knitting. That, and the roll of thunder that just boomed.
Least you think I've forsaken the sock or something, I have picked out the yarn and pattern for my Sock it to Me pal's socks. Yeah, yeah, I'm going to start more than a month before they're due. Get this - I've even ordered the yarn I'm going to include in her package. (I do require breaks from blankie, thank you.) I also ordered the yarn for a Christmas present, and I'm re-doing my Christmas knitting list.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to order the pattern for said Christmas present too. Of course, if anything else jumps in the virtual cart, that just can't be helped, can it?
Saturday, August 18, 2007
You very nearly had no photos. I don't know what's wrong with the HP Photosmart program, but it has a seizure when I try to upload. Corel Photos had no problem, so I guess I'll be using that until I am inclined to dig deep and figure out what troubles HP. I did have a frantic moment though, until my gooblette noggin' recalled that Corel existed!
'Tis better to have loved and lost
Alfred Lord Tennyson, In Memoriam, 1850, line 27, stanza 4English poet (1809 - 1892)
(Thanks, The Quotation Page!)
Pop over to Paula's and check out her new short story writing plan, and sign up if you're so inclined.
Friday, August 17, 2007
Well, we're up to about nine months right now of serious knitting. I learned as a youngster, but never did a single project, save a dog blanket that was too small for any of our dogs. Anne piqued my interest last Thanksgiving, and the rest is history.
What was your first felted object, and why did you decide to try felting?
My felted needle case. You can see my first felting projects (and Mugsy) here.
What are your favorite colors? Any you hate?
I'd love to go back and see how this changes from one questionnaire to another, but I really don't have time right now. At this moment, I'm blue, so a sharp turquoise or a Williamsburg blue would be my favorite. (Sniff. Dang. I'm such an emotional sap.)
In general, reds, pinks, blues, greens, browns, teals... Heck, let's just say anything but orange and road sign yellow, okay?
What are your favorite styles\types of bags? (Long straps? Short handles? Handbags? Totes? Embellished? Plain? Include links to patterns or photos if you’d like – give your pal an idea of what you enjoy!)
Oh my. For daily use, a wee handbag, with a strap just short enough to shove my shoulder through, but for totes, anything goes! If you peruse my blog, you'll see quite an assortment. I'd say the one thing they all have in common is that they're colorful. (By the way, my Booga, which turned out to be smaller than I thought and WAY too orange is now enjoying life in Alaska, with Anne's fabulous mom, who sincerely liked it!) Basically, I like wee bags for regular and out on the town use, and big bags of any shape for toting projects and more around.
What handbag or bag are you carrying today? Do you use a separate bag to carry your knitting?
I'm still carrying my Sidekick. I used my bag from the first exchange to carry my books and knitting to the beach, and it's perfect for my baby blankie in progress at the moment. I also have my new Total Tote, and that's loaded with my next sock project, ready for wherever I ride next.
What other things do you enjoy knitting or crocheting?
Socks. Small projects. I just found a sweater I want to do though, and while I'm not very far along, I'm enjoying the baby blanket I just started.
What sort of needles do you enjoy working with? (straights vs circs, bamboo vs aluminum)
Metal circs., although it depends on the project. I don't mind dpns at all, but they too must be metal. I do use my Bryspun straights for dishcloths though. No bamboo or plastic. Snap, crackle, pop!
What’s one project you’ve not yet tried but are dying to make?
Felted bag or otherwise? Bag, I want to do the B4 bag, but have to get a better grip on bobbles first. Then there's the Bar Harbor Shell bag... Projects in general? I have several sweaters, a yoga mat bag (or is that a bag?), a baby kimono, and so much more.
What’s one yarn you’ve not yet tried but are dying to work with?
Again, felting or otherwise? Felting, my life won't be complete until I try Malabrigo. Otherwise? Bamboozle is my big desire at the moment, but check my blog, because I'm likely to buy some post-haste.
What other hobbies do you have? Do you spin? Sew? Garden?
Yoga, stamping, scrapbooking, my dogs... I do not spin and have no inclination. I wish I could sew, but Anne won't stay long enough to teach me. I used to garden, but my back doesn't like the bending and such.
Besides yarn, do you collect anything?
Roosters. Bags. Stitchmarkers...
What kind of goodies do you enjoy? Sweets? Salty? Anything you hate or are allergic to?
I'm much more inclined towards sweet than salty. I don't care for hard candies, except for mints. And I mean mint mints.
Do you have any kiddos? (Furry kind count!)
Indeed, there's Mugsy the Jack Russell Terror, aka: the Crup, and Fred the Basset Hound. Our home revolves around keeping the princes happy.
What kind of project best personifies you and why?
As cheesy as it sounds, a sock. I love diversity, and knitted socks definitely personify diversity. They're portable, adaptable, functional and sometimes warm and cute. (Hey, I have my moments!)
What is your favorite part of Autumn? You can also share a special Autumn memory if you'd prefer!
Well, as each season arrives, it is my favorite, but Autumn means cooler weather, beautiful leaves, more walks with Mugsy, and this year, our 10th anniversary. There are also lots of birthdays and anniversaries for friends and family, and that's special too. I love pumpkin and fresh cranberries, and they're much easier to find in fall and winter...
Tell us 3 things you would do if you won 10 million dollars in the lottery.
Just three? Well, there's the somewhat standard bit about the perfect yarn shop with some friends, but I'm going to give you three new things this time, not that hanging out with my favorite knitters every day wouldn't be heaven.
Buy a BIG farm somewhere, maybe in the Northern Neck, near my aunt and uncle's big farm. Mark and I both love the country, and he'd be happy as a pig in poop on a tractor...
Travel. I'm talking yarn crawls with you guys, at your favorite spots, mine, and those must-sees. Nascar races galore, a knitters cruise, seeing Europe with my favorite cousin, Africa with a couple of special folks, etc.
I'd also set up a foundation for training and educating fire fighters, especially volunteers. The world is changing, and training and knowledge will keep them safe, and allow them to perform more efficiently. Mark and I both have invested a lot of time in training, both our own and in training others, and it's something I'm passionate about.
But such a tide as moving seems asleep,
Twilight and evening bell,
For tho’ from out our bourne of Time and Place
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
We'll get back to the bag, but friends are much more important. I remember reading somewhere once that the average person has a single digit number of TRUE friends in a lifetime. (It was long ago, and the details and source are long gone from this mind.) This person made a distinction between acquaintances and real, see you through it all friends, and that's a point well-taken. Maybe I'm deluded, but I'm sure I have more than single digit real friends at this very moment. I'd do a roll call, but this is a knitting blog. I just needed to take a moment to note how lucky I am to have some phenomenal women (and a couple of men) to call my dearest and best friends.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Monday, August 13, 2007
See those darling little dpns at work? I'm glad there are lots of babies around right now, because guess what they're all getting for Christmas?!
I'm also betting that on a larger scale, this yarn really makes some nice stripes. I downloaded a pattern Knitpicks suggested for this yarn, back in the spring when I ordered it, but I wouldn't wear 'em. No one on my Christmas sock list would either. Sigh. Anyone love this color?