Monday, July 30, 2007

Oh, No.... Jayda's Been Knitting Again....

Oh, yes... the little skunk somehow manages to find things that she shouldn't, and always when I'm not around! Got home yesterday to find she'd started her latest project with a ball of Rowan Felted Tweed. No cheap acrylic stuff for her... oh,no... uh uh! Not to worry, however---it only took me an hour and twelve minutes to untangle and roll it into a nice ball. We won't even think about how much knitting I could have gotten done in that amount of time!

When I packed that yarn safely into a box I "had the feeling" that I was missing a ball, but I looked and didn't see it. Obviously I didn't look well enough!! Must have rolled under something, and of course Jayda, the astute little knitter that she is, found it with no problem!

I cast on a new project over the weekend. I'm making the Knitting Tote in the teal colorway. I was even able to find the same handles in the correct size, so I'm excited to see it take shape! To top it off, I'm using addi turbos for the first time, and am finding that I like them---a lot! The cord is so fluid, and the needles are nice to work with. I bought five addi circs at the LYS going-out-of-business sale, and I'm already wishing I'd gotten more! Hmmm... you don't suppose I'll have to take a little "trip" later this week, do you??

It "looks" very nice outside today, but as you know, looks can be deceiving. The last I heard was that we're going to have a couple more days of unbearably hot weather. I did sit on the patio and have coffee and knit a few stitches this morning before the mugginess sent me scurrying for air-conditioned comfort.

Today I promised myself that I will be very disciplined and do some laundry and work at organizing my office before I do any knitting and reading of blogs. So, I best be off.... I've got laundry to do.... right after I check JUST ONE (or maybe two) of my favorite blogs.......

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Color Naming Contest~~

I just entered a contest on Anna's blog. She's looking for a color name for a beautiful skein of yarn she just dyed, and decided to make it a contest. It reminided me of flowers, freesia in particular for some reason, so the name I suggested was "Freesia Fields". Thought it would be fun to throw my hat in the ring. I was asked to post the rules on my blog, so here they are:


1. First, come up with the perfect colorway name. Jokesters might gain extra merit, as long as it's to good humor. Post on THIS post's comment page ONLY!!

2. Post these rules on your blog & your colorway idea. That way, no one will use something like it, by mere freak accident. Who ever finds out about this contest on your blog must refer you on this comment page below, before participating in the contest. (This is kind of like Lotus' Knits contest idea. But we will use a poll too...)-->If you see your name (or blog address) on my comment page below, you can add another colorway name idea! The more referals for you, the better! Good luck to you all!

3. The top 3 best names will be put on a poll, so you all can vote!

4. Contest ends: Sunday, July 29th @ midnight!So, the sooner you comment, the better chance you have of getting another go. lol

~~So many people are dying their own yarn. I'm starting to get itchy fingers, thinking I'd like to give it a try sometime. Wouldn't it be fun?!?

Friday, July 27, 2007

LOST: One Lantern Moon Needle~~

Yup, it happened yesterday. I lost one of my beautiful rosewood and ebony size 7 needles from Lantern Moon. I have many plain old needles that could have been easily replaced with a 40% off coupon at Michael's, but did I lose one of those??? Most certainly not! Nooo, not me! I lost 1/2 of the only pair of special needles that I own.

"How could you be so careless", you might ask? Well, I was being a good daughter, and had gone to Target to get some things for my mom. Going to get the shopping cart in the garage of her apartment complex seemed like too much work, so I hung about ten Target bags (as well as my own purse and "knitting") over my arms and forged ahead. They got heavy real soon--after about the first twenty or so feet--so it was a bit of a task. I even took the elevator, and actually bent over so the bags would rest on the ground and take the weight off my arms while I was waiting for it. (That had to be a pretty sight, I'm sure!!)

Well, at some point during my struggles I must have bumped one of my knitting needles out of my knitting bag. By the time I noticed it was gone, several hours had elapsed. I retraced my steps, but to no avail. There's a "Lost" sign posted at the mailboxes in mom's apartment, but so far she's had no phone call. And ya, in case you're wondering, we DID offer a reward!!!

Monday, July 23, 2007

Dog Days of Summer Contest

This contest asks us to share handmade items that we enjoy using. First, this bag is one I knit without much planning, just to see what the yarns would do. It turned out sturdy and practical, and I enjoy using it as my purse every day. It was knit with one strand of Patons SWS and one strand of Lamb's Pride Worsted held together, and then felted.

This tablecloth was crocheted by my grandmother many, many years ago. I wish I knew how many; I'll have to ask my mom and see if she knows. It is made with very fine crochet cotton and has a beautiful feel and drape. It measures 55 x 86 inches, and is made up of 330 medallions. Can you imagine making all those out of that fine thread? I don't use it too often, but it is such a joy when I do! I also have a good sized runner (I believe they called them "dresser scarves" back then!) out of the same pattern.

Here's a close-up of the stitch detail.

Finally, I am supposed to show something I've seen on someone else's blog that I would like to make. Well, I have kind of a "thing" for making bags, and this is one from ITE IV that I found myself drooling over. I just think the yarn is so pretty--gorgeous colors. I've done a lot of felting, so something like this would be fun and different for me to try. Cass made it, and she has lots of fun stuff on her blog, so pop on over and check it out. Scroll down to June 16 to see more about the bag.

(I hope it's okay to use your picture, Cass!?!)

Hot and Humid and Hazy, Oh My. . . . .

The weather is absolutely oppresive! So humid you can hardly draw a breath--those of you who live in dry climates don't have a clue, and for that you should be very greatful! I finally got around to taking pics of my "going out of business LYS" sale swag yesterday, so I lugged it all into the front yard, where I thought there would still be enough shade to use my shrubs as props. WRONG!! So, from there I bagged it up again and schlepped it through the house and into the back yard, where I figured 'there might be enough shade by now'. WRONG AGAIN!!

I pressed in close to the house (must stay in the 'shade') and decided to photograph everything on the patio brick. However, just sitting on a chair made me sweat, so once again the yarn was bagged and trudged back into the house, where I settled for using the kitchen table and a chair as props. The color is never as good on inside shots, so I feel like these are second-class pictures, at best.

Here are the goods!
Some Cascade Pastaza: Maybe something felted;
a bag, or mobius bowl, perhaps.
Rowan Summer Tweed--this stuff is gorgeous!
I'm thinking a summer purse (basketweave?) out of the beige,
and a table mat out of the grayish. Yes?

What yarn sale is complete without sock yarn?

And of course, things other than socks can be made with sock yarn!!! Someone told me that Cascade Fixation is the "best ever" for dishcloths, so I'm gonna give it a whirl. And, the shaded beige is planned (at least for now!) for a shawl/wrap.

This being the pattern I bought for said wrap.....

The bright colored Collinette is for felting onto other items, and I see a bag in the future of the Rowan Big Wool.

There's a pattern for a chunky cabled bag that I'm thinking would be nice with a strand of the Soft Tweed and the Felted Tweed run together.
I Have a fun little pouch pattern for the other two.

And last, but certainly not least, I actually bought EXACTLY what the pattern called for to make the cutest bag (Imagine, ME making a BAG!!) out of these yarns. The color here is off. It's not a dull gray, but rather a beautiful softish shade of green called "Herb". That's right--don't pronounce the "H"!!!

I should have taken a pic of the pattern. Don't know why I didn't.

I also came away with some Addi circs, which I'm excited to try, as well as some straight needles in sizes I don't have. A fun time was had by me, but I keep thinking of the nursery rhyme that says...
"And when she was good, she was very, very good; but when she was bad she was AWFUL!!"

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Another Knitalong and Another Contest!

Have you been purchasing and stashing away sock yarn just because it is so beautiful..... so soft..... so dreamy..... ?? Is the thought of knitting your own socks so cozy..... so romantic..... so compelling.....?? But have you actually MADE any socks yet? If your answer to that last question is "NO", or even, "Well, I started, but....", then have I got a knitalong for you!!!!

We're almost ready to start the knitalong for those of us who have yet to try our hand at making socks! I've set up the blog, and there are three of us so far who are going to take the plunge. If you are interested in joining us on our newbie sock journey, email me at: mybusyhands DOT gmail DOT com, and I'll send you an invite. Together we will measure feet, turn heels, and stitch up toes!

I just entered another contest on Donna's blog. She has fun pictures of vintage knitting patterns on her sidebar--you should stop on over and check it out.

Well, I'm happy to report that we wrapped up the painting project today. I am more than sick of the mess that's ensued while this project was going on, and I can hardly wait to put things back in order. Unfortunately, that too will be a huge task. The picture shows the colors you see over the stairs when you come in the front door. I debated long and hard over color choice because I wanted a big change, but I was very used to the all-over off-white look. I'm very happy with the end result, though. The colors are rich and relaxing. There's more of the green in the living room, as well as two walls that are sponge painted using the taupe shade along with one darker and one lighter.

My friend Kathy is a bit of a fanatic for "finishing" the inside of the closets, so today we did that. They're painted with the lightest shade, and the shelves are the medium shade--the same one as in the picture. Looks very spiffy, if I do say so myself!!

Friday, July 20, 2007

Fun Stuff in the Mail~~

I received my prize from the contest on Amanda's blog, and it was such a fun package! As you can see, she sent two skeins of sock yarn, a skein of Peaches and Cream, as well as the cutest knit bag that was just chock full of goodies: Gum, Mentos, and Creme Savers in flavors I haven't seen before. (Mango, banana, and pina colada). Thank you so much, Amanda~~I'll enjoy all of it. The best part, though, has been making a new "blogging friend". Since I'm a newbie, these things just get me all aflutter!!!

Yesterday and today I went with my husband out of town where he was taking some training classes. My ulterior motive: Same town where my LYS is. I must have spent about 7 hours there between the two days. The good news is that everything in the store was 25% off. However, the bad news is they were having the sale because the store is going out of business. Now where will I shop?? Will I have to order everything??

"What wonderful stuff did she find there", you might be wondering. Well, I'd love to post some pictures, and I will, but first I have to find just the right time to get things from the trunk of my car to inside the house. Perhaps I can make my move under the cover of darkness; or maybe when I'm home all alone. The dogs won't say anything, will they?? Hmmm, I'll have to think this through.

See the pretty bag? Well, that's from a new yarn "studio" that just opened in the same town as my previous yarn haunt. I did stop in to check it out and made one small purchase, mostly because I wanted one of their cute bags. I thought it would look quite impressive on my blog!!

This store is very open and airy, and has more of a botique feel to it! Definately a classier yarn shop than what this chicken is used to!! Time will tell~~once I get over my "loss", maybe this one can begin to feel like home to me!

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

WOO HOO!! An Awesome Present for Me!

I received my package from my secret pal in ITE IV!!! And what a package it was! Jill, you have spoiled me completely rotten. Indeed, I may be starting to stink! One of the gorgeous bags that I have been most admiring turned up on MY doorstep! Imagine! I was parading through my kitchen with it casually draped from my shoulder when a friend stopped by. Did she notice it---OH, YA!! FOR SURE!!

See for yourself............

You Like? ? ?

I know I do ! ! !

And look at the bottom! Even the bottom is gorgeous! THANK YOU JILL, SO VERY MUCH!
I just love it, and will have great fun using it.
Besides the great bag, my package was stuffed with other wonderful goodies. There was chocolate (natch!!), some Necco candy, Lobster Eggs bubble gum and a package of "Girlfriends" tea. Also a skein of Sugar & Cream yarn in rich, dark variegated shades and a bar of Orange Blossom Honey soap that smells heavenly. And, as if that weren't enough, she sent me the book, Knitting on the Road, Sock Patterns for the Travelling Knitter. "Somebody" has been
snooping around on my blog and found out that
I wanted to learn how to knit socks!! The book not only has fun sock patterns, but also lots of other useful information. Now I'm really anxious to try my hand at some socks.
Thank you again, Jill. You have made my first tote exchange a very special one. You might enjoy visiting Jill's blog, Two Sticks and Yarn.
Is it just me, or do some of the rest of you also have a horrible time getting your text and pictures where you want them to be when you do your posts? I spend more time trying to get things lined up than doing the typing and uploading the pictures, only to have it scrambled when I post. Very frustrating, to say the least! Does Blogger have a mind of it's own, or is it me? Right now I have everything right where I want it, but my money says it won't look anything the same after I post. I'll be ticked, oh yes; ticked I will be!
Have finally got things somewhat back in shape after my painting project. Got the carpet cleaned yesterday morning, and then last evening put most of the furniture back. Very nice to have things starting to get back to where they belong. We still have two closets to paint, and some small things do finish up, but it's lookin' good. Hopefully I can string together some before and after pictures soon.
Mailed the package to my secret pal today. I hope she enjoys it as much as I'll enjoy mine. I've had so much fun with ITE IV. I would definately do it again.

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Should We Knit Some Socks??

I found out the other day that there are a number of us knitters who love (and buy!!) sock yarn, but have never knit a sock. Hmmm....... Got me to thinking, and I was wondering if we should do a KAL for first-time sock knitters. I mentioned it to Cass, and she liked the idea. If you, or anyone you know, might be interested in working through your first pair of socks together with a few other first -time sock knitters, let me know. Maybe we'll give it a whirl!
I am so ready to be done painting. Our whole house is on end because of this project. You find out how much space livingroom furniture takes up when you start shoving it into every other room of the house. I did finally settle on a faux technique for the two walls, though. After trying four or five styles that I thought might be 'elegant' and 'sophisticated', I've decided to sponge. Ya, sponge. Who'd uv thunk? I got the first color on today, and tomorrow I do the other one.
This evening I was able to sneak a little knitting (or should I say "un-knitting) time out on my patio. It was a perfect day for it. I did the goofiest thing---frogged a dishcloth that was only a few rows from being finished! "Why?", you may ask. Well, because it was too big. It was going to end up being 11-1/2 inches square, and that's kinda over-big and hard to wring out. The pattern said 8-1/2 inches, so I was way off from that. I am going to make it again, though, because I liked the way it was turning out. It was made with "bee stitch" which was fun and easy to do, and gives a nice texture. Who knows, maybe I'll even send it to my Dog Days of Summer spoilee!!!
I don't know how I happened to notice it now, but a couple of posts ago I was describing some yarn and used the word "textile" instead of "tactile" in my description. Finding that made me feel like everyone in blogdom must be saying, "Tee hee; that poor girl is as dumb as a box of rocks. She fancies herself a fiber enthusiast and doesn't even know her textile from her tactile." Well, of course I know that's not the case (is it?), but I couldn't get in there fast enough to edit that post!! :o)

Friday, July 13, 2007

I Won A Contest ~~ Yippee Skippee!!!

I'm so excited, I can hardly believe it! I won the contest on Amanda's blog! When I found out I was just beside myself with glee:o) I'm fairly new to this blogging thing, so to win this contest was special. Amanda posted pics of the swag on her blog, but I can hardly wait to touch and smell the yarn. Oh ya, I'm another one of those hapless yarn-smellers.

Well, winning the contest made my day. Painting, on the other hand, was a pain in the neck. I spent much time both Wednesday and Thursday doing what I knew to be just the perfect faux finish for two large walls in my livingroom. Well, last night I came to the realization that what I'd done was not at all the effect I was looking for, so we painted over it. Back to square one!

I trekked on over to Lowe's and laid down $28 for a stippling brush. This would be the answer I was looking for. How can a painter go wrong when armed with the right tools? Well, I stippled (wiped it off) and re-stippled (wiped it off) and stippled again (wiped it off) until I feared I was wearing a hole in my freshly painted wall. Frustration is starting to build here. Genuine angst.

Returned the brush...........

Okay, so now what irresistable technique will I use? Don't know. I've tried dry-brushing, stippling, frottage and sponging. I want interesting, yet subtle and elegant. Am I asking too much? Apparently I am. As I stumble through the livingroom on the way to get my coffee tomorrow morning, the walls will still be plain and I will probably still be in the dark as to what I should do. I must think (and work) fast. I have the carpet cleaners scheduled for Monday. Oh, dear!!!!!

Don't you just love the Lily??

The color on these is breath-taking!

I'm going to bed--I need to be at my creative best tomorrow!!!!!

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Boxed Up & Ready to Ship.....

Today I finished the shopping and got my bag and goodies ready to ship to my ITE IV partner. I can send it off just as soon as I've written a note that I want to include. One of the things I'm including is this little accessory bag. I crocheted it with Cotton Twist yarn using a pattern from the One Skein book. It's done in popcorn stitch, so it has lots of texture. I decided to add a lining with some fun batiky style fabric. It was quick and easy to make, and turned out to be a generous 5 x 7 inches.

What do you think of a friend who calls one day and says she's got some yarn she'd like to give me if I want it?


How very funny is THAT?!?

IF I want it------ya right.....

She gave me boxes full of yarn! I couldn't believe my eyes. There was wool, silk, cotton, and the list goes on and on. Included in the booty were two little bags from a store up along the North Shore of Lake Superior in Minnesota. (Oooh, would I like to visit that store!!!) Anyhoo, each bag contained two balls of exquisite coordinating yarn.

Exhibit A:

The one on the left is called "Ariel", and the one on the right is "Baby Loop". Ariel has a cotton/lineny feel to it. It's very tactile and has a nice weight.

Exhibit B:

This is a ball of "Oceania" with another of "Baby Loop". The color didn't photograph well on this one. It's not at all pink, but more of a winey color--very rich looking. There's even a teeny fleck of gold metallic here and there.

The problem: What do I make with these lovelies? Any suggestions from you wild and crazy knitters out there?? I'd love to hear them. There are about 350 yards per ball.

Oh, Oh, Oh, . . . . . . . and as if that weren't enough . . . . . . . she also gave me a loom. A real live loom that I can weave things.on. If I actually knew how to weave, that is. Which I don't. But let me tell you right here and now: I WILL weave something on that loom someday, and it will be beautiful. Or maybe not. But either way, it will be fun!!

Would ya look at the time. My wild and crazy painting friend will be here at 7:30 tomorrow (this) morning, and once again she will be perky and chipper and I will be groggy and tired. Oh, the woes of being a "night owl" . . . . . . .

Monday, July 9, 2007

We Had a Visitor ~~ A BIG Visitor!!!

Meet Samson.................

He belongs to my oldest son, who's been out of town, and I guess you know what that means. It means, of course, that mom, dad, and little brother are responsible to check on Sammy and be sure that he has food, water, and gets let outside. This dog is so gentle, with the sweetest disposition, but there is one problem: He's HUGE . . . . an absolute behemoth!! Mark (my son) believes Sammy weighs somewhere in the vicinity of 240 pounds, but he's chicken to sit on the scale at the vet, so we're not sure. All I know is that he's big--TOO BIG--and for anyone who may be wondering, he's an English Mastiff. If he walks near the kitchen table and happens to be wagging his tail, he sweeps things right off onto the floor!! Let's put things into perspective here.

My dark brindled Jayda weighs about 65 pounds, and Flex (fawn color) weighs 78 pounds. So they're not exactlly small, but look at them beside Samson. Flex looks almost puny!!!

Today was one of those wonderful summer days that you can't have too many of. I sat on the patio, drank coffee, and worked on a dishcloth I'm knitting. It's going to end up taking more that one skein of yarn, so I need to get another. Grrrrr. Since when can't you get a simple dishcloth out of one skein of Peaches and Cream??!!??

I also finished one of the goodies I've been working on for my ITE IV spoilee. It took a lot longer than I thought it would, but it turned out cute and I'm anxious to send it to her. All I have left to do now is buy a couple more things I want to include, and then I can mail the package. I'm getting excited--can't wait for her to get it! I could really get hooked on these swap thingys, that's for sure. I'm getting such a kick out of putting together the stuff for my pal--there are those who would see a disorder of some sort lurking beneath the surface here, but oh well.......... :o)

Strong Coffee, Chirping Birds, and a Fragrant Tree...

It is a glorious morning and it would be just wrong for me to let it go to waste. Therefore, I am outside on the patio enjoying the morning beautifulness. (Yes, I KNOW that's not a word, but it should be!) See this rather ordinary, unassuming tree full of clumps of waxy little flowers?

Well, it may not look spectacular, but the fragrance is heavenly. Sometimes I can even smell it on the other side of the house. This one blooms later than most, so I've been cherishing it's wonderful summer gift for the last few days. This morning I noticed that many (billions, in fact!) of little petals are on the ground, so my olfactory reverie is about to come to an end for this year.

I have the day off from painting until about 5:00. Oh, darn! Kathy is babysitting until then, so I can catch up on a few of the thousands of other things that are needing my attention. And yes, knitting is one of them! As soon as I finish this post, I'm running in to get my needles and I will sit out here and knit for a while. Heaven forbid that I should actually do any painting on my own before Kathy gets here!! I'm afraid that would make her feel bad. Ya, right!!!!!!!
There's steam rising from my mug of coffee. I was hoping to capture that in my pic, but I don't know if I did or not. It's too bright out here for me to tell. If you can't see it, then just imagine it there, because it is.
Well, before that annoying "low battery" warning comes up and I have to stumble all over myself rushing in to get the power cord (Um hm, I should have brought it out with me), I'm going to turn this thing off and get to knitting. There's a perfect morning to be enjoyed!

I Can't Stand Living Here Right Now!!

My house is a disaster. All this painting has caused such a disruption to normal everyday life that I wonder if things will ever be the same again! Of course I know that they will, in fact, they'll be even better because I'll have fresh paint on the walls!! But right now it seems overwhelming. My living room is where I sit and knit, and for now, there is no livingroom. All that's left is a piano and a loveseat, both of which are covered with layers of slippery plastic and paint splattered sheets. Everything else is jammed into the family room and one of the bedrooms. Even my dogs look at me as if to say, "Have you gone nuts?" (Yes, I think so.)

Of course, my MOST favorite knitting spot is out on my patio, which is also out of the question right now. The (two or three) perfect days I enjoyed only recently have been replaced by heat and humidity that make you wonder where your next breath is coming from. Yuck! The good news is, my mom tells me that they are predicting a cool-down this week, and that will be loverly. Now let's just see if that can happen without also getting a return of the monsoon season that has been plagueing us this summer.

Enough with the whining and complaining. Time to move on..........

If you don't already know, KnitPicks has 40% off all their books right now. It doesn't get much better than that. I spent quite a bit of time perusing their wares this afternoon. I might have even found a few things I couldn't live without!

I also stumbled onto a fun blog contest. I had to do a little hunting to find the answers to her questions, but it was fun. Lots of interesting stuff and great photos in her blog. Check it out here.

My sweet son has had a tough couple of days. One of his classmates died on Friday, and it's been very hard on him. They weren't good friends, but they were friends. I wish I could make him feel better, but I guess it's just going to take some time. The young man died at home, and it looks as though it was drug related. I get so angry when I think about all the wonderful young lives that are destroyed by drugs. I worked with troubled middle school age kids for 6-1/2 years, so I've seen the hurt and the pain first hand. It is absolutely frightening.

Saturday, July 7, 2007

It's Dishcloth Knittin' Time~~~Yippee!!

I feel the urge to knit a dishcloth coming on!! Maybe it's because I got the name of my spoilee for the Dog Days of Summer Dishcloth Exchange yesterday. I've checked out her blog and gone over her questionnaire, and am ready to go!!!! I already have two dishcloths in the works, so should I finish them first or start yet another? Decisions, decisions......

I did just receive 6 new patterns from Harvest Moon Designs and can hardly wait to try some of them. I had some very quality, late night (early morning??) fun going through all the patterns they offer. Thank you, Cass, for putting me on to them:o)

Like the Pic?? That's my friend Kathy's daughter working on the ceiling line in my foyer. And yes, the photo was taken looking UP the at soles of her shoes. There's a very good reason it's not my shoes you're seeing in this picture. Plain and simple: I'M CHICKEN! That corner must be about 18 feet up over a stairway, and just standing guard and handing her things made me hold my breath. It's not that I'm afraid of heights, it's just that I like to feel secure and firmly planted. Just another reason to be a teacher and not a house builder!!

The good news is, the foyer is done, except for a few last-minute details, and it looks great! I went for a big change, and I'm gonna love it! As I type, I can hear the sound of DH running his sander as he prepares the woodwork. Some is being refinished, and some is being replaced--it will be beauteous!!!!

My "morning person" friend gave me until noon today until we start painting, and I am relishing every moment of it! We were both worn out and lacking in vision and energy yesterday, so we accomplished very little. Today, however, WILL be different--the rollers and brushes will be flying and progress will be made.......

Dog Days of Summer Contest

Someone who crochets: Pheelya D., for 20 years!

Someone who's never made a dishcloth: Megan C.

Someone who has been knitting/crocheting for less than 2 years: For Val D., it's been less than one year!

Someone who has been knitting/crocheting for more than 5 years: Stephanie L. has been doing both for what seems like forever!!

Someone who is from a non-U.S. country: Jodie W. is from New South Wales, AU!

Thursday, July 5, 2007

I Stumbled Across an Old Treasure

I knew I had this, but I wasn't sure where it was until yesterday when I came across the metal can my grandma used for holding her ball of yarn when she was doing handwork. Isn't it just the cutest thing??? I'm going to use it when I make dishcloths.

Got a good shot of my sweet boy Flex with a little snaggle-tooth action going on! He's such a goof ball--weighs 78 pounds, but still likes to sit on his mommy's lap! Lays his chin on my thigh as if to ask permission, and when I tell him it's okay, up he climbs. When the back feet come up I have to grab his rump and twist it around so he can fit! Once in place, I think we're both pretty comfy:o)

The painting is coming along pretty well. The foyer, which includes that dreadfully "tall" wall is almost done. That was going to be the biggest challenge, so getting it done was a relief. We returned the nifty Little Giant ladder that we rented. That is one great little helper when you have to paint over a horrific stair well. The two sides of the ladder adjust to different heights so it stands on stairs. It's also very sturdy and stable, according to my friend Kathy. She's the ladder climber--not me! When she was at the top, I could stand on the lower level floor, look up about three feet, and see the soles of her shoes!!! Woo-Hoo!!

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

I Could Have Been Knitting . . . . . .

. . . . . but I wasn't. Not so much as one stitch today. Got the painting project well underway, though. We moved almost everything out of the living room so we'd have a neat, orderly area in which to work. Wrong!! Two hours later it's was a big mess, and that's more than likely what it will be until we've finished.

We got a lot of wallpaper stripped. The paper came down without too much trouble, which is a blessing. I can't tell you how many times I've removed wallpaper one itsy bitsy shred at a time. This one had a real plasticy top layer which peeled off easily. Then I'd spray water on the paper backing that was left on the wall, and after about three good sprayings and plenty of time for the water to soak in, off it came. Tomorrow I'll finish taking down the paper and do the rest of the taping. My friend, Kathy, has already started putting primer on the foyer walls.

I am so tired, and I hurt all over! My feet are throbbing. I never feel like this after a long day of knitting:o) Kathy will be working me hard--she just loves to paint, and especially likes to do ceilings. How fortunate for me! She'll be here about 6:30 tomorrow morning to start again. The very thought makes me feel faint! But, we have lots of ground to cover, and the fact that it will be the 4th of July will have no effect on us.

We've rented a ladder that adjusts to be used on stairs, so we want to finish that area tomorrow in order to return the ladder by 8:30 on Thursday. That wall that goes all the way from the ceiling of the main level to the floor of the lower level gives me the heebie jeebies. Way too high for me. Kathy is crazy excited to use that ladder, and can hardly wait to do that long wall. I fear there must be something wrong with her that makes her like this!!!

We'll work hard, but will have great fun. We'll chatter, laugh, poke fun at each other, and maybe even sing a little. (Scary, I know!) And before long, this job that seems so huge and insurmountable will be almost done! At least I hope so!!!!

Monday, July 2, 2007

A Wonderful Package from Far, Far Away . . .

I was working in my office this morning when a yellow van stopped in front of my house. A lady carrying a lumpy plastic bag emerged and headed up my drive. I didn't get too excited, because I wasn't expecting anything--figured it was something for DH. However, it wasn't long before I was not only excited, but downright foolish with giddiness. (Is that a word? It should be!) It WAS for me, and it got here from Uruguay faster than packages can get here from two states away. It hadn't even been a week since I'd ordered the luscious, hand-dyed wool from the ladies in Uruguay. I will admit, I wasn't sure what I'd be getting, but I decided to give it a try. Well, see for yourself!! The soft peachy bulky yarn looks like cotton candy, and the mulberry/winey color is indescribable! The mulberry is for the Doctor's Bag from the Knit 2 Together book. I'm not sure about the peach. I just wanted to see what it looked like:o) Maybe a mobius bowl. Think??

SO, CHECK IT OUT . . . . . . . . . . .

I just want to keep touching and smelling it. In my mind, it smells like the far away place it came from, and it's wonderful!

And, last Friday I also got my package from WEBS, and I've had fun going through and putting it all away. Everything is safely tucked inside a nice drawer---my little Jayda dog will not be knitting with any of this yarn, oh no!!
Here are my WEBS goodies . . . . . . . . I have all sorts of wonderful plans for these yarns. As you can tell by the Trekking XXL, I'm going to venture into the world of sock making. I haven't made socks yet, and I'm anxious to try. The Suede is for the Knitting Tote; pattern is free at the Berocco website. I thought I'd maybe try a little mobius basket with the Granito. And the variegated --I'm not quite sure. Perhaps a mobius bowl, we'll see. I want to make the Anthricite Shawl (page 38 - ponchos & wraps, a Knitter's dozen) with the Noro Aurora. It calls for Silk Garden, which I know would feel wonderful, but the deal I got on the Aurora was hard to pass up. Regularly $12 a skein, I got it for $5.50. I'm going to try a little piece to see how it works up. I'm hoping it will be wonderful. If not, I have 13 (or14) more balls of yarn in my stash.

I talk like I'm really into this mobius thing, but the truth is I haven't even tried it yet. I've got the book, and the needles, but have yet to actually TRY the "mobius cast on". A sensible person, I understand, would learn the mobius technique by making the scarf thingy you wear around your neck. That's the "prescribed" first project. But not me, oh no! I don't want the scarf; therefore I will not make the scarf! I will jump in with both feet and go straight to the bowl or the basket!

I have a dear friend who is willing to help me paint my livingroom, foyer, hall, and ceilings. In fact, I think she's more motivated to do it than I am. Well, the paint is bought, and the painting is scheduled to commence at 8 tomorrow morning. She will come busting through my door, all perky and looking for a cup of coffee as I stagger toward the kitchen, bleary-eyed and maybe even still in my jammies. No, I can't do that. I have to get up and get dressed; make-up even. Oh, bother! Yes, big changes are on the horizon. My walls are off-white wallpaper with a texture striping pattern. I'm going with darker, richer colors for a whole new look. I should take before and after pictures. Maybe I will . . . . . . .