Monday, July 31, 2006

Monday Again

My husband actually had both days off this weekend, and now I am lonely. It was nice having him home Saturday and Sunday. Now he has gone off to work and all I want to do is mope around the house.

I got fabric over the weekend, so now I can sew something fun for me. I am still working on the little reversible dress for knitter #3. I had to give up the work table to the blocking and drying sweater for a few days. I've got all my pieces cut out and some of them are pinned and ready to sew. I have to wind a bobbin by hand because my bobbins won't fit on the sewing machine to wind. What a pain. I am definitely going to get the Singer fixed. I love it and it used to be my mother's. Storage was not kind to it, mice got in and chewed the electrical wires.

The weather has cooled off the past 2 days now. It feels like fall because it has only been in the 80's. Feels like sock knittin' weather. I plan on posting a picture of the finished Rose here today (if blogger will let me). It is sans buttons because I keep forgetting to get some. Both of the little knitters have worn buttonless cardies, so I am sure she will manage until I get them.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

A New Project

The old project is done, washed, drying/blocking since yesterday afternoon. I did not wait to start the next one. I couldn't hold myself back. It is called Marihone. However, I have been working on my sock. Just more boring old knitting news, heh heh.

We are getting neighbors all around us, it seems. I have nearly always lived in the country and lately it feels as if walls are closing in. There is a new house going to the south of the neighbors we already have to the south. People brought the property to the north of us and have drilled a well and moved their 5th wheel onto the property. I grew up in a place where the nearest neighbor lived a mile away. That is not counting my grandmother's house or the aunt and uncle across the road. They were part of the family farm. I am beginning to feel like I live in the city or something. That is silly, of course. The neighbors aren't 20 feet away, after all. For the first time, though, I need blinds or curtains on my bedroom window. Yeah, yeah, what do I have to whine about...

My good news? It was less than 100 here yesterday.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

The End in Sight!!!

I am literally a few rows from being done with the last sleeve of Rose. After that, there is very little to do to finish it up. And to think, I wanted to have it done a month ago... I nearly salivate at the thought of starting the next kiddo sweater. I must not have liked myself very much the day I mapped out all these knitting projects last winter. I am enjoying them, though. What would I do if I hadn't decided to do them? Knit myself socks? The girl who hasn't very many socks. Hmm. I really do NEED socks. Maybe I should go back to sock knitting for a while. It is legal to have more than one knitting project at a time. As long as I work on both of them. I bet I could finish that sleeve tonight. And then I could knit on a sock the rest of the night....

Gratuitous Yarn Shot

Friday, July 21, 2006

Some Promised Pictures

Today we have pictures. First is the second sleeve on Rose. I didn't get very much done yesterday due to my sewing marathon. Today I will not get much done because I am very busy with domestic work. You know, otherwise known as housekeeping. I predict that I can be done with Rose a week from now. But will I be done????

My second picture is fabric for a reversible dress and hat for knitter #3. It is Butterick #6033. I think she will look fabulous in it with her brilliant orange hair. I have had the pattern for so long, that I doubt it is available anymore.

Let's talk about the weather. It seems to be unbelievably hot every where right about now. They have predicted 110 for tomorrow. I hope not. It has been that hot in Britain lately, so I am not holding out hopes that it will pass by the inland Pacific Northwest. Heck, they are predicting temperatures over 100 in Portland. Eek. My poor chickens just suffer in really hot weather. Poor things.

Thursday, July 20, 2006


Well, I finally pulled the sewing machine out and made my skirt. I am not sure I am happy with it, though. It is more of a square with a drawstring than the a-line I thought it would be. I may tear out some seams and tweak them. It makes me feel like I am wearing a flour sack...

The knitting has been going well. I am on the last sleeve of Rose now. The end is in sight. After it is finished, I can start on the coveted and drooled over ladybug sweater. It is from the same Dale book as Rose. I don't remember the name of it just now. Tomorrow I will post some pictures.

I would do a happy dance over having done some sewing, but my foot aches from standing at my work table much of the day. Maybe if I hadn't done it barefoot, my foot would feel better. Next time I will wear my boots.

Yesterday when I was out on my shopping spree (yeah, right) I got a new pedometer. This time I got the cheap pedometer rather than the ultra cheap one. Hopefully it will last longer. It's always interesting to know how many miles you walked in a day.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Artistic Endeavors

That Silvia is always making me envious with her sewing projects. I must really get sewing or I am going to be completely green with envy at all the great projects she has been doing the past few months. I love sewing things.

Yesterday, I got a helping hand from knitter #2. She was coloring with her markers and offered to let me use them. I was sketching for a watercolor. Markers are so much prettier than pencil, you know. I was sketching on my water color paper, too. When I came back from making supper, I found that she had created a masterpiece for me. How fortunate I am to have a child that not only knits, but creates wonderful works of art as well.

I am still knitting on the sleeve of Rose. I am enjoying it, but I haven't had loads of knitting time the past few days. At least the boredom I was consumed with the other day has faded away.

Monday, July 10, 2006

The Summer Blahs

I finished the body of Rose. Now I am working on a sleeve. I have had a busy week. And the summer will get more so when the garden starts producing. We didn't plant as much of a garden this year. The past 2 years we had more things it seems like. This year we planted some different things.

Soon the summer boredom is going to set in. Maybe it is beginning already. I have so many mosquito bites on my ankles, I may never go outside again. The weather was so nice a month ago. Now it is HOT. It's so much nicer indoors with the AC on.

Monday, July 03, 2006

Pre-Fourth Fireworks

Last night, Mother Nature provided an early show. An unpleasant show, I might add. Lightning started a fire on the other side of our rather narrow valley and burned a goodly chunk of it. There is a creek and irrigated ground between here and there, so even with the wind roaring like it was, we weren't in much danger over here. Our neighbors had the fire come very close, but the fire dept. was there with equipment, men and a water truck or two. This morning they were there with a dozer reinforcing the fire line so it didn't start back up. And in my world, all the little baby animals and their parents escaped the fire.

In nicer news, much progress on Rose over the birthday weekend. Strangely, I don't feel a whole year older, but I guess I am. Anyway, I am nearly to the point on the back that I do the shaping for the neckline. THAT means I am nearly done with the back. And, when you are done with the back, that means you don't have much left to do. Just finish the fronts, make sleeves, do the neck, and sew it together. And voila! baby sweater finito. I love being finished with things.....