Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Keepin' Cool in Summer Topic #2

This week I'm asked to share what makes me feel like summer has really arrived. Well, just like the kids, since I'm in school nine months of the year, I do feel like summer is here when school lets out. However, we do get out quite early in these parts (May 23 this year), so sometimes the weather is summery then, but often times it's not. This year we had a few nice days sprinkled here and there, but mostly we've had a long, cold, and lately very rainy, spring. Last week I actually ran the heater in my car a couple of times because my toes were so cold!

Another thing that makes me have that summer kind of feeling is when I've got my planters filled and looking purdy out on my patio. I try to wait until most danger of frost is passed, which they "say" is the end of May. Who knows??

Even when it's cold out, if the sun pounds through my south sunroom window, my doggies think it's got to be warm and inviting outside. I tell them it's cold, but they're not satisfied until I let them out to discover for themselves that they indeed cannot lay on the cold, frozen brick. After about thirty seconds, they're woofing to come back in. However. . . .

When I see THIS. . . .
. . . I KNOW it's summer, cause this is no cold-weather doggie I have here. When my hounds lay down on the warm patio brick and bask, I know it's time to grab my knitting and a cup of coffee and join them.

And this big guy may LOOK tough and vicious (yeah, right!!), but he's a big baby that cries to be in the sun. (And to sit on his mommy's lap--all 78 pounds of him.) He finds even the smallest sunbeam shining through a window unto the carpet and lays himself down in it.
As you can see, it's a tough job being the family dogs, but it's gotta be done!!

Monday, June 9, 2008

Keepin' Cool in Summer Topic #1

This week I'm asked to share a favorite dishcloth. Well, it's hard to choose just one, but I do love so many of the designs by Sue over at Harvest Moon. I have a number of them, and those that I've tried have all turned out just fantastic. Fun designs and great directions--you can't do any better than that!! The one pictured below is one of Sue's designs, titled My Favorite Dishcloth. I've made several and really like the pattern. The yarn is Bernat Handicrafters in the color Jewels, and I used my size 7 Lantern Moon needles. I'm actually working on another one of these right now in a different colorway.
Here's another dishcloth I finished recently. It's the Lacy Round Cloth by Rhonda K. White, and you can find it here. I've made a couple of these as well, and they're fun and easy. The yarn on this one is hand dyed that I purchased on ebay last summer. Sorry, but I don't know where it came from. (I know, *sigh*) It's a little finer yarn, and I used my Clover Bamboo size 6 needles. Very cute, if I do say so myself!!
In other knitting news, I spent some serious time at the frog pond tonight. I'll blog about that later. My grandma used to have a saying, "As you sew, so you rip". Well, I guess we knitters have our own version of that same saying: "As you knit, so you frog.!"

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Keepin' Cool in Summer Questionnaire~~

It's been a little while since I've been in a swap, so I'm looking forward to being a part of the Keepin' Cool in Summer Dishcloth Exchange. Here is my questionnaire:

1. Do you Knit or Crochet? Both, but lately it's been all about knitting. For how long? My grandma taught me both when I was just a little girl, so for a L O N G time!!

2. Do you enjoy using metal, wooden, or some other kind of needle\hook? I have a variety of wood straights and dpns, and I really like them. I have both wood and metal (addi) circs.

3. What are your favorite types of yarn? There are so many wonderful yarns, how's a girl to choose? I like nice wool, cotton, and whatever looks "fun" or catches my eye. Any you just can't stand? Don't care for novelty yarns much. Eyelash and other similar types are out for me!

4. When it comes to cotton, are there any brands you'd love to try and haven't? I'm curious about the new skinny cotton from Blue Sky.

5. When you make Dishcloths, do you use them yourself, or tend to give them as gifts? Both.

6. Do you have a favorite color? I love rich, saturated shades and jewel tones. Teal, navy, berry shades. Any that you dislike? I'm not a big fan of pure shades of yellow, orange, kelly green.

7. What color(s) (if any!) are your kitchen and bath decorated in? My kitchen is pale shades of teal with some beige. One bathroom is teal and taupe, and mine is white and soft rose with the occassional shot of beige and soft blue.

8. What are your favorite scents around the house? Vanilla, almond, and clean "water" and "air" scents.

9. What is your very favorite thing about summer? Being able to sit outside on my patio. I'll take pretty much anything I need to get done out there to work on: bills and paperwork, computer stuff, and of course, knitting!

10. What is your least favorite thing about summer? Humidity.

11. Do you use soap or body wash in the shower? Body wash.

12. What scents do you enjoy in the bath? Vanilla, almond, and fresh outdoor scents.

13. What is your favorite dishcloth pattern? How do I choose just one? The last two I've made have been "My Favorite Dishcloth" from Harvest Moon Designs, so I guess that's my current fave.

14. What sort of treats do you enjoy? When it comes to treats, I am most easy to please. I like chocolate (duh!), and I really enjoy Lindt white chocolate truffles. Sweet or Salty? Either/Or/Both!!

15. Imagine today is one of the hottest days of the year - what do you do to keep cool? Or are you one of those folks who loves the hot weather? I stay inside and appreciate my air conditioning. I might french press some coffee to sip with a biscotti, or maybe a glass of iced tea. Then I'll sit in my favorite chair and enjoy my beverage while I knit and look out the window into my backyard. I can enjoy some of the beauty of nature without the heat.

16. What sort of hobbies do you enjoy besides knitting or crocheting? I haven't been doing much other than knitting lately, but I do also enjoy beading and working with polymer clay.

17. Do you collect anything (besides yarn!) Not really. I have a couple of Willow Tree Angels, as well as a couple of this or that, but no big collections.

18. Are you on Ravelry? I am, but I have done absolutely nothing with it. If so, share your ID! alanaR

19. Do you have any allergies? No.

20. Do you have any pets? Two dogs (Boxers) that I love way too much and spoil shamelessly.