Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Thorn In My Side Socks

Don’t you hate when finish one of those thorn in the side projects. Me, too. May I present the Thorn In My Side socks!

Also known as the Traveler’s Stockings from Knitting on the Road. I have a feeling that I am going to love wearing these socks. Please beat me if I ever contemplate socks on size 2mm needles again.

I am now officially back to knitting normalcy. There is one pair of socks on the needles and one big project. And I might just finish the big project in the next couple days. It is so nice to be finishing some long term projects.

Since summer is pretty well here, it is time to talk Christmas knitting. A month or so ago, I had a stroke of genius. I am going to finish up last year’s teddy bears and the dratted rabbit for Christmas this year. I want to start my Christmas projects this summer so I don’t find myself stressing like last year. I was such a slacker last year. It is so much better to do things like that at your leisure. Most of us get these grand delusions about what great things we will make for our near and dear. For me, it satisfies my inner planner. I love planning projects.

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Only 2 Tries

Who says third time’s a charm? Sometimes it only takes 2 tries. On my first attempt to put a picture in my header, the picture was way too small and it pushed the lettering out of the header and into my post. It wasn’t very cool looking.

We are loving our window covering. Thursday night, after much swearing, my husband got all the hooks up and I got it stretched over the window. It blocks the light very well. I had no idea how much light came in that one little window. I am amazed at the amount of light that it cut down on, and I am not sure I like that aspect of it (I love that our house is very bright). I’m surprised that one smallish window accounts for so much light. There are 3 other windows in the living room, all bigger than the one on the door. However, it is really nice that the sun won’t stream in, blinding people at supper time. My husband suggested I make them for all the windows. Smart ass.

I got some new fabric yesterday. The red and white print was amongst all the flat fold fabrics at JoAnn’s. Now I will have to decide what it is going to be. It reminds me of some of the old fabrics that were in my Grandmother’s scrap box when I was a kid. The orange print will probably be for the kids. The other stuff, who knows? I also found some bags of trim remnants. I love those little baggies. They always have some surprises in them.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Knitting and Hopefully a Header Change

Notice anything different here? I had this picture, and I have wanted to be able to put a picture in the header for a long, long time. If it’s not there, then call me Frustrated and Annoyed. We all know playing with your blog’s template can become infuriating, right? Hopefully, it works the first time.

I’ve spent a lot of time gardening recently. I think that I have pretty well got my garden planted now. However, I have many more flower seeds to plant before I call the planting season done. Last year was a pathetic year around here for flowers as well as the vegetable garden. But I did have an adorable infant as my excuse. This year I am really enjoying my gardening time.

So how about my knitting projects. I am finally getting close to finishing my February socks. I will darned if I make socks on needles that small again. Boo is still in progress. The body is all sewn together and I have the sleeve ruffles done. I am currently working on the collar. There are so many stitches because of the ruffling that it isn’t going as fast as I would like. The window covering? DONE!!!!! It would be hanging up, but my husband needs to drill some holes in our door for the hooks that will hold it in place. I can’t wait to see how it looks on the door. This is how it looks outside:

Monday, May 21, 2007

Busy Times

Since I last posted, I have done lots of sewing, plenty of knitting and way too much flower seed planting. If I do not have beautiful flowers around here in a few months, it will not be my fault. I still have a bunch of flower seed I want to plant, too. It is my dream to one day have a beautiful yard. Instead of boring and weedy looking. My main wish is to have flowers around here. A few from last year have come back, so the battle hasn’t been completely lost. Hopefully next year there will be even more that come back. I haven’t had very good luck with perennial plants, so I am going with seeds this year.

I may actually have some finished objects in the next week or so. It is such a wonderful feeling to think that I could finish all my current projects within days of each other. I could be back to one project status by the first of June. Watch me do a happy dance!

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Summer Already?

Summer is on its way. One of the blogs I read often was talking about summer knitting. I can’t believe we are talking about summer knitting already. That means summer sewing, too. Maybe I need to hop on it get some nice summery things for me done. I’ve worked on some things for the girls.

Today has been a nice day. It is odd not to have my husband here after his week of vacation. He has Mondays off, so he was home yesterday. And it was darn good thing, too. I was sick as a dog. I woke up at 3:30 am with my stomach feeling horrid. I couldn’t go back to sleep and I was pretty sure I was going to throw up. That didn’t happen until after 4, though. Fortunately, I am the only one who gave up their mushrooms. I don’t think I want any more morels this year. I am pretty sure they were what upset my stomach.

As for the window covering and the math…. My original math was good. The math I used when figuring out when I would have to start my trees was absolutely crap. Now I am just rows from starting the trees. That means I am fairly close to being done. Yay!

Before I go, another picture I took up in the mountains the other day. I thought it was so cool to see those cute little toadstools growing up in a tree. Perhaps not the best sign for the tree, though.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Our Mother's Day Outing

Happy Mother’s Day to all and many thanks for the good wishes for our anniversary. I can not believe that we have been married for 5 years already.

Today we celebrated with a trip to the mountains. The smell was so beautiful. The trees make the air up there like perfume. We’ve been to the mountains several times lately, but today we went to a different area.

We saw this hungry little guy:

Mormon Cricket

We looked for these:

lip smackin' good

And as you see, we found them. Delicious morels. After that, we drove around on the roads. I may have some more pictures of our adventures in a day or two.

I get to spend the rest of my day knitting. When we were on our way home, I told my sweetie that’s what I was going to do. I’ve been knitting the ruffles onto Boo’s sleeves. When I am done, I will post a picture. Sadly, I had short lived knitting thrill today. I thought I had gotten to the point on my window covering where I could start some more color work. Then I counted markers and realized I have another 50 rows to go. I might check it against the window tonight, because it just seems like I should be getting there. How often do you hope that your math is wrong this ardently? I can’t wait to finish that thing and start a new sweater.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Porch Knitting

Ah, what weather! Makes it hard to knit. Unless, of course, you take your knitting outdoors for some action shots. I like knitting out on the porch, too. Anyway, this is my action shot:

The window covering has grown since you last saw it. There are still what seems like miles to go on it. I even had to get into another one of those Red Heart Supersaver skeins. That is good news in a way. It means I’m using up lots of that dreaded acrylic that I’ve been trying to get rid of the past few years. I had lots of this dark red stuff because it got lost. I had bought it for an afghan that it took me a couple years to get around to. Acrylic has its place in the world. It is great for toys because you can just throw it in the washer when it gets dirty. It isn’t as soft as wool, though. The acrylic stuff that is soft has other problems. Not to mention that it is made with oil. I decided to go natural about a year before I started the blog. Since then, I have bought some acrylic, but I’ve tried to go with natural fibers.

Other news. This is a special week at our house. Not just because my husband is on vacation this week. Friday is our 5th anniversary. I can’t believe we have been married for 5 years. Time flies by and gets away from you. It is amazing. It reminds me of a book I read in high school, With a Lantern in Her Hand . It’s about a girl named Abigail back in the pioneer days in Nebraska. Really, it is about her entire life. What I remember is that in one part, she is getting married and says she wishes she could make time stop just for a minute. I don’t remember the author’s name but that book has stuck in my mind for 20 years. Maybe I should go look it up someplace.

MMMMM. I smell popcorn. Made on the stovetop in a pan popcorn. Yummy.

Thursday, May 03, 2007


Today is a cupcake day. Our oldest is having her birthday today. And without her Daddy. He’s been gone all week for work. She doesn’t know it, but he is going to be coming home tonight. He might not get here until really late, though. Anyway, no party today. But we ARE having cupcakes. They are even from an actual cupcake recipe I found in one of my Grandmother’s cookbooks. I think it is just a smaller recipe than a regular cake. It makes 18 cupcakes. In the past I have just made cake batter and made loads of cupcakes. They are chocolate with maple frosting. (my personal favorite is chocolate cake with vanilla frosting). You can barely have cupcakes without sprinkles. You know, if sprinkles are just unavailable, you can have a cupcake without. But that is the only way. Just ask my 4 year old. Anyway, this is the before and after.

I wonder what it is that makes cupcakes so much better than regular cake. When I was a kid, I would get so excited when my mom made cupcakes. My daughter is the same. Somehow, cupcakes are just better. Maybe it is because they are finger food. I’m going to go eat my cupcake with sprinkles now.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

A Review and Some Mangling

Last week a reader said they wanted to know what I thought of KNITTING GANSEYS by Beth Brown-Reinsel. I got mine for less than $10 and I think I got an amazing buy. There are patterns in the book, but they aren’t what I bought the book for. Half the patterns are for kids, which is nice for me since I have a couple. I wanted the book for a reference when I design sweaters. The sampler sweater that the author instructs you with through the chapters will make a great baby doll sweater. ( It just occurred to me that the percentage system could work for dolls, too…) In my opinion the best section of the book is the chapter on planning and designing your own. There is a page of regular graph paper and KNITTERS GRAPH PAPER that I intend to make copies of when I need graph paper for projects. That chapter also has some charts giving measurements for sizes from 6 months on up. Running close seconds after the knitters graph paper, the design chapter has 2 pages you can copy and put in the numbers for your project. It is a great book. I bought mine through amazon and it took a while to get, but is well worth it.

Anyway, I have my husband’s sweater all figured out, so now I need something else to think over. This sweater designing is very addictive. I am going to design myself a Scandinavian sweater. Last night and this morning I did some reading up on it, and I’ve decided I will use fingering weight yarn rather than worsted. I am going to try to be as traditional about it as I can. One of my books said that the sweaters used to be knit at a much finer gauge. AND I will get to steek again.

Just for fun, I thought I would show you how I mangled, I mean altered some pants last weekend. I am the model. They are some used jeans from Seattle’s Value Village that I acquired last summer. They were those ill fitting beasts called “Mom Jeans”. Now they are cool jeans.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Happy May Day

Happy May Day!

I’ve been doing lots of gardening lately. I love it. In spring, your garden (flower or vegetable) has endless possibilities. This could be the year you have that outstanding garden. Unlike mid-July when you pretty much know this thing and that thing are not going look beautiful this year. Or that your tomatoes don’t seem like they are going to give you as much fruit as you wanted. Right now I am still envisioning my garden packed with all sorts of delicious goodies. Later, I intend to go harvest some rhubarb and make a rhubarb brown betty. Or maybe a pie.

How about some knitting? I don’t really have anything to show. I’ve been knitting, but acres of stockinette stitch are pretty darn boring. It almost makes me want to start a new project, but it would just take me longer to get things done. I’ve always prided myself on being a one project at a time girl. I will be happy when I get back to that status. The way Boo has been coming along, I may not be too far away from my goal.

Yesterday, we went to the mountains. It was fun. Unfortunately, I didn’t bring spare batteries for the camera, so there were no fabulous wildflower shots. The camera refused to take any shots after our picnic. Next weekend, I am taking the car charger and spare batteries. I did get to paint, so that was nice. Of course, I did take my new sock knitting bag along and did some knitting on the way up. Who goes on a car ride without their knitting?