Monday, December 24, 2007
Here's hoping that your knitting projects were done in time, here's hoping that your holiday festivities are fun and full of friends and family, and here's hoping that your holiday season has a few moments to remind you of why we celebrate all of this in the first place.
My projects are done, except for the socks. Mom's not going anywhere in the future; her socks will be given when they're done. The shawl and stole turned out lovely. Pictures will ensue which will show the receipients in their new presents.
Now, we knitters get to start planning for next year. My biggest goal is to spin enough cotton for a shawl for my sister. She is allergic to wool.
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
For those of you who have never had to kick a habit; first of all I congratulate you on not having a stupid moment and starting one. Next, let me give you a hint on how it feels to be in nicotine withdrawl. Take one of those days that you've had a bad day: Things not working, stuff breaking, nothing going your way, people constantly butting in front of you, cars cutting in front of you then stopping suddenly. Now take that bad day, and DOUBLE it.
Now remember, keep your patience! Don't snap at others for their stupidity, don't show any impatience at all. Remember: you're the evil one for smoking in the first place, and this is your penance!
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
15 years ago today, I had this boy. Now, he's a teenager 100%. Mom and Dad are freaks, and he's terribly cool. He's grown 6" this year, and his voice has changed. Yep, he looks like me but in a male form. How weird is that?
Happy Birthday Son!!!!
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
We got hitched in a church for 1/4 of what many people spend on their weddings. I made the bridesmaid's dresses, the flowers, my veil, the decorations and left the making of the dress and invitation to professionals.
Before we got married, we did agree on a few things: to consult each other before purchases made over a set amount. We would also have respect for each other no matter if we were angry with each other. On issues of dealing with the kid, we'd provide a united front. Any disagreement is done later and in private.
Here's to another 80 years of marriage!
Monday, November 5, 2007
I think I've made the perfect sized medium bag. What you see, is the big bag I made last week on the bottom and KIP's sister on the top. I LOVE this batik! The size is about 16" wide by 14" tall.
They're available on ebay.
ETA: Removal of photbucket pics that were deleted years ago 11/17/11
Thursday, November 1, 2007
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Yeah, blogger and I got into a fight and it won. I deleted some older pictures in order to put up MORE pictures. This is my son in his samurai costume last night. He refused to lift his head; he said that I had shamed him by putting his obi-belt up too high. These kids these days have been brainwashed into thinking their hips ARE their waist. No matter how many times I tell him that it isn't so, he refuses to listen.
I've also created a French-Maid costume for me for Halloween, but there is no way on God's green earth that I will post a picture of it!
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Friday, October 5, 2007
There were two fabrics that I wanted to buy for the Halloween Season, or what I like to call Dios De Los Muertos. I like that, it rolls of the tongue and sounds so much more ......mysterious.
So, let me show you the fabrics:
I may have to pry the flame/skull fabric out of the grip of my son, who will find it tooo coooooool!
I also made an attempt to re-dye mystery stole 3. Well, it didn't work out like I had hoped. Instead of being one shade, it's now 4 shades of pink. I will try again.
DH says it's time to get out of town for a bit, so we'll be up at his folks' for the weekend. He says I need to get outta town. I think he's right!
Thursday, October 4, 2007
Today would've been the next class in the program, as I used to have Monday's and Wednesday's off. I'm not myself; I keep feeling the urge that I must be studying, but there is nothing to study! I should be in class, but there's no class for me to go to. What will I do now?
Being a faithful sort; I am sure that there is a divine reason for this failure. My life is not supposed to go in this direction. I feel adrift on a raft, not seeing an island nearby. It is my hope that I will see land soon.
Sunday, September 23, 2007
That is 30 bags going to a fiber festival. I'm not going ~sigh~ but look for them. I missed this years' Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival due to school. I was studying for my first big test. Last night I had a dream where I was at the festival, talking spinning wheels with a lady. The festival was one of my only times to mix with other fiber enthusiasts and I do miss that.
I've been sneaking a bit of spinning or knitting while waiting for Alex to get out of school or right before bedtime. I find it relaxing not to think of either sewing or school for that short time before bed.
Monday, September 17, 2007
The bags have more pockets! I was thinking and sewing at the same time and thought: what if I just have one loooong pocket divided into sections for stuff?
So I sewed a few and the pockets turned out great! They're on ebay now. I think I made about 5 of them Saturday.
The wedding went great, and I got to see some friends I hadn't seen since last year. We had our usual wild time. Angie was radiant, and so was Scott. Her Mom thanked me for giving her the wedding stole, and complemented me on how talented I am. You know, sometimes you are just running around so fast that you don't really think you're being talented as much as you're getting things done. It's a bit hard to explain...
We have a new addition to the family: My Neice had another baby girl last Monday. We had a welcome baby party at the house yesterday. She's so small!!
Sunday, September 9, 2007
Isn't it the most hideously colored piece of lace you've ever seen???The pattern's great, but my selection of yarn meant that I had to grab all of one type of yarn that I had spun regardless of what the color was. I will attempt to dye it one color, perhaps a bright pink or black.
Meanwhile, my Sister's granddaughter turned 2. She was in her typical mood (both Sister and Granddaughter) Someone did put her in a sundress that I had sewed for her about 4 months ago. Isn't it cute? That was one perk with working at a fabric store. We were allowed to pick out a current pattern, and make it from fabrics that were new also. After 6 weeks, we got to take the item home, no charge! I made a skirt, a dress and this dress in the year that I was there. Oh and there was one night when it was snowing and no one came in. I proceeded to knit a fashion scarf in an hour and display it. I think it was in Lion Brand Fettucini. Interesting stuff.
This week is my first exam at school, and next weekend Angie is getting married! For all of us who have known Angie for years, we were quite suprised when she announced her Engagement. Kinda like when I announced that I was getting married; lots of relatives said, "Brenda's getting married?!?! I gotta see THIS!"
Friday, September 7, 2007
(She's going to kill me for this but....)
I told her that you only get married for the first time once, you need an heirloom for it!
My hideously colored shawl is sulking on the loveseat, almost done. School started for both Rudd Jr. and I this week. Well, actually I started last week, but who's counting! The course I am taking is an intensive one that gives the students lectures and lab time to become a Physical Therapist Assistant. Well, at the youthful age of 37, learning new things takes a bit bigger hammer than it did before.
I learned how to take a patient's vitals this last week: along with a test on all that I've learned. Also being tested, was our ability to wash our hands, and converse with patients in a way that they know what is going on and why. That's something you don't normally get in a doctor's visit, and it's a shame. I'd like to be one of those that tells you why you are getting said tests done.
This weekend it is off to my Sister's for her granddaughter's birthday party. She'll be a big 2. Perhaps on the way up I can finish off the stole and study, study, study.
Friday, August 24, 2007
Now the left side was the easiest: I picked up 100 stitches from the middle and just utilized the wing chart from the Mystery Stole3. The right side took some canoodling. I figured out that if I read the wing chart from the left to the right instead of the 'usual' way it would work. The last stitch was not a slip stitch, but a k2tog stitch. I then slipped that stitch and purled all the way back to the edge of the wing. It worked out well.
The total knitting time was 2 weeks. I knitted like a fiend. Last Thursday I realized that I had to start school this Thursday. I knitted faster and faster. I finished it during the Packer game last night and blocked it on my son's bedroom floor.
Monday, August 20, 2007
Doba.com is still trying to squeeze 80 bucks out of me for 3 hours of perusing their overpriced crap on their website. Yeah, that's going to be disputed.
I went up to the In-Laws' for the weekend. Their was something hinky in the air: I went upstairs to take a nap at about 3 and slept through dinner. I've never done that! They got much more rain in NW Wisconsin than we did. The flood warnings started Saturday and they still have more rain coming.
There are 18 new bags to show you. I'll post them in a second. I pulled out some of my most favorite fabrics for the bags. As you will see: I like color.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Place is a dropshipper, and they promise 'big profits' for those who sign up. I got suckered into paying $250.00 for a premium account, only to find that their wholesale prices were TWICE what others were charging for their goods. How can I get a profit out of that? That's the scam: to get you to pay for their account and then overcharge for items. I don't have that kind of money to throw down a hole.
Their response was, 'did you take our education program?" Dude, I don't need a class to know that your prices won't get me a profit. Let me think back to my econ class, Supply-Demand stuff: If someone wants product A and business 1 has it for $10 and business 2 has it for $20...consumer will buy it for 10. Oh that is SO HARD TO CONCEIVE!
I tried to cancel my contract within 12 hours of making it. They said that in the state of Utah that is not true. Um, yeah...its a FEDERAL LAW. Anyone has the right to cancel a contract without financial reparations within 24 hours of making it. It was 12 hours...could'a been 3 if they were open last night.
So, they want to charge me $250.00? Nice try if my credit card has a 'fraud block' on it....keeps me from using it for anything else, but keeps these blood, sucking bastards from trying to charge me.
Remember, DOBA.com they suck and they don't want to give your money back.
Friday, August 3, 2007
This is what my mystery stole looks like through Clue 4. I did a bad thing: I did not dye enough yarn to complete the whole thing in one hue. When it came to the darker pink, I tried to replicate the hue found in the middle. Oh, I didn't even come close!
Now that I have an idea of what Clue 5 is, I'm considering what to do. The end of the stole becomes a wing. Now on this one, I don't think it will make much of a difference. I will knit the wing. But there's the one that I've started for a gift:
This one shows up on a photograph as being striped. That's because I didn't wash the white wool well enough before starting. I am hoping...crossing my fingers....that it will be white when I wash it after I am done knitting. This one will be knitted in symmetry. I will knit it to the 'frog line' and then knit another one and attach them. This will need to be done before September.
Saturday, July 28, 2007
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
That's my Sister in the front and my Nephew and My Son in the back, riding up from the Barn with some more boards. About 45 minutes after she left we get a call; her truck blew a rod. My husband took the call and got directions to where she was. We took off without a thought to bringing a cell phone, or anything like that. This is probably where we should've started using brain cells.
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Since that time I have had issues with what they call Nominal Aphasia. I can be talking about some object and cannot bring the name of it up. It's easy stuff: like refridgerator, door, radio...and today Clothes Basket. I needed my son to fill the basket up with clothes from the dryer but I couldn't remember the word "clothes basket." Out of frustration, I just pointed and said, "THAT thing, fill it up."
Why do I put this on a blog? There's got to be another young person out there who has had the same thing happen to them. The good thing about this is that it does become less and less frequent over the subsequent years. BUT, if you start feeling all out of sorts like I did, for crying out loud...Go To The Emergency Room. Man, I could've had a massive stroke and kicked it right there and then...........In my Sister's house on one of her kids' bed. She'd never forgive me for that!
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
I'm done with Chart A and B. I've been working on Chart C but it's been uncooperative. That's the stole in pink. I've been selling my bags on ebay again, so I thought it would look nice next to them.
Pink is not my color either so why am I knitting in it? Not a clue. I picked up a ball of yarn out of the stash and started with it out of simple frustration. The other tries at the mystery stole
Monday, July 9, 2007
The next thing to do is to put a tie around the channel by the head and send it off for Cliffy to try. If it passes muster, it will be made up repeatedly, but in silk.
Monday, July 2, 2007
It's the lineup of bags:There's about 8 bags done total, but one of them is holding my Mystery Stole in progress. The ones above are about 8 1/2" tall and 6" in diameter. Each have an inner pocket divided into 5 slots for dpns. Ok, well here let me show you:
It's a nice pattern so far. The main concern with knitting from a chart is to use the lifeline. See the white yarns going through it? When you get done knitting a row, the yarn is slipped through the stitches with a yarn needle. The idea is if you screw up, you only have to frog down to that line. After doing this with a new yarn, I've only had to frog once. That makes it much less frustrating!
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Well let me say that I've had a blog elsewhere ~cough~ livejournal ~cough~ but I think that many of my friends have no real wish to hear about my inane trials of trying to knit stuff. They think it's 'old fashioned' and 'quaint'. Well I like old fashioned!
My current projects are the knitting bags, 7 pairs of black socks as a commission, and a Knit-Along for a stole. I've been working on improving upon a design that came to me after using a small drawstring bag that a parafoil kite came in. It was handy. I could put the string over my wrist and leave the yarn in the bag knitting while I walked.
Working in a fabric store, I got a LOT of fabric at a discount. So here is what I've come up with:
Made from a bit of fabric, it is reversible and looks better than the kite bag. This one is holding my kip...the sock. It's oh, about 6 1/2" tall and about 4" in diameter. Not too big to throw into my bigger knitting bag.
Today I gave this bag 6 more friends in other colors. I'll show you what they look like tomorrow.