Sunday, August 31, 2008

Half Finished Objects

My Ravelympics experience was a bit of a downer. I didn’t finish anything, but it was fun trying to. I have finished a sock and that is a victory around here!

I am also officially half way through my Palindrome scarf:

Last night I finally finished off the first ball of yarn I dyed for it. The second ball doesn’t have as many white specks in it. In fact, it might not have any in it.

Lately, all I want to do is knit. Maybe it is the cooler weather. It’s been great for all my languishing knitting projects. I expect to finish the Patchwork Tortoise this week. It has come to a point where I can only work on it after the kids are in bed now. The oldest is sort of a big mouth and tells people if I am making them something. The tortoise is for our youngest whose birthday is in October.

Speaking of my oldest child, we had a very big day this last week. Last Monday morning, I put her on the school bus for the very first time. Something we will be repeating a lot for close to 20 years. My babies are not supposed to grow up! Well, not when they are being good and sweet, anyway.

One of my big projects recently has been cleaning up my sewing and crafting area. I am about half way through it now. It has been so disorganized and messy that it has been hard to even sew. The kids loved when I organized their room, and they find my new project irresistible. I can’t keep Knitter #3 out of my new storage unit.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Wardrobe Refashion

This morning I was checking out the blog of a commenter when I found the Wardrobe Refashion ‘08 blog. How cool. I am taking the pledge not to buy anything new for 6 months. You can shop thrift stores and make or refashion new things. I can shop until September 1, when the new round begins.

I, Kathy Walker, pledge that I shall abstain from the purchase of "new" manufactured items of clothing, for the period of 6 months. I pledge that I shall refashion, renovate, recycle preloved items for myself with my own hands in fabric, yarn or other medium for the term of my contract. I pledge that I will share the love and post a photo of my refashioned, renovated, recycled, crafted or created item of clothing on the Wardrobe Refashion blog, so that others may share the joy that thy thriftiness brings!

Signed, Kathy Walker.

This morning it was time to trudge up to the garden and visit the bean patch. I think little bunnies may be visiting it, too. However, I am still getting plenty of beans, so I won’t complain much. Last time I didn’t get quite as many as this morning:

This is where I am with my toy tortoise:

Right now I am knitting on its head. After the head there is the top shell pieces and the shell edging to knit. I am hoping that I will be able minimize the sewing and use the edging to ‘sew’ the top and bottom together. And, hopefully, I won’t be hating myself halfway through the process…

Monday, August 18, 2008

Knitting Wrenches

Sometimes things are going great and then the proverbial wrench shows up. I had this sort of plan as to how I was going to be knitting things up for the Ravelympics and then it happened. My ball of black yarn disappeared. The children seem to have no idea where it is. I have no idea where it is. At least I have the first one done. Naturally, this is why I was looking for the black yarn…

Here it is:

Isn’t it beautiful on our newly-attached-to-the-new-porch steps? Even better, it fits! And when I find the yarn, she can get a matching mitten. I will quit whining now.

I want to thank everyone for all of the nice comments on the Happy Hen sweater. It was only taken to with once. Perhaps it was too hot for napping in August…

How about the garden? It is growing and growing. This may be our best garden yet. I hope it will be, anyway. Every year I dream that we will finally be able to get a good portion of our food from our own garden. You know gratuitous garden shots will follow.

A pumpkin:

It looks pretty wilty. Hope it’s the heat and not squash bugs.

Baby Mortgage Lifters:

A Brandywine:

This one could be our first ripe large tomato.

Little Yellow Pear Tomatoes:


One last bit of knitting news. I have started the toe decreases on one of my sock projects!

Thursday, August 07, 2008


First thing, I want to thank everyone for their nice comments on my fair ribbons. Jane has way more confidence in my knitting than I do!

Last night, instead of doing more repeats on the Palindrome scarf, I finished up my neck warmer and the Happy Hen Sweater. As I type, the sweater is being worn to bed for a nap by Knitter #3. It is supposed to be 100 today. Good thing we have central air. Here is the Happy Hen:

And the unblocked neck warmer:

Knitter #2 has requested a neck warmer of her own. I am anxious to see what it looks like after I block it. I am thinking about steam blocking rather than washing it. I don’t think I have ever steam blocked anything before. Not that I can remember, anyway.

Last night, I went to the garden and made a small harvest of zucchinis and peppers. The peppers are strangely shaped for stuffing peppers. Maybe it’s because they are the first peppers of the season. I’m worried they might be hot peppers, but they are big for Jalapenos. I picked 3 zucchinis and they were each a different color. I am most enamored with the goofy green and yellow one.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

New Porch, Old Sock

My projects are getting a bit out of control again. I have so many going, that I am ashamed. So I am not going to start anymore with the exception of my Ravelympics project. And I am going to quit thinking about what project to do first once I get all of these done. At least I am nearly done with 2 of them. I could actually finish them before the Ravelympics start.

This is what I worked on today while sitting at the computer getting really annoyed:

These are the socks for Brent that I started last winter. This December, I don’t think I will make any sock knitting resolutions. I may not even try to knit any during February. It seems to be a bad sock knitting month for me.

The picture was taken on our new front porch. It is still in progress, but Brent has gotten most of the decking on it now. We may have breakfast out there tomorrow morning.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008


I can’t believe all my entries placed! When we went to the fair last week, the only entry I saw was my shawl (third place). It was a bit of a surprise to go collect my things yesterday and find out I had 2 red second place ribbons as well. I thought my shawl would do better than the gloves (2nd place). And I really didn’t think my bread (2nd place) would place. It was in the ‘other’ category. It sounded like a pit of dispair when they told me they were putting it there. Perhaps to be chased into a corner and spanked by a bunch of zuchini breads. I am already plotting to take over the Sewing and Needlepoint division next year…

The heat of summer is apparently upon us. It is 100 out today, last week it was like 88 out. Oh so pleasant. Can’t win ‘em all. This summer has, for the most part, been much cooler than the past 7 or so. I want to know what is up with the freaky zuchini in my garden, though. I bought normal, green zuchini seed. I have freaky white ones on one plant, and another has fruits that are pale green and yellow. There is a plant with your normal run of the mill green ones. The rest haven’t produced anything yet, so I’m not sure what colors they might be. Over the years, I have had the oddest luck with zuchini. I am the only person I’ve ever heard of who can have 3 or 4 zuchini plants and get NOTHING.

Coming soon: Pictures of our new porch!