Monday, April 28, 2008

I'm working on some new pocket designs: One for crocheters with shorter, slimmer slots for crochet hooks and one bag with pockets inside for those who have yarns that like to tangle. I'm almost done and will post pictures!

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Sweater Update1


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Originally uploaded by ruddawg
The back is the big part and the front is the smaller part. I have realized why I don't like knitting adult-sized sweaters; they are BORING. I mean, 30" of knitting the same pattern? I want to drill a hole in my head!

I will finish this, I will finish this, I will finish this!

KIDS


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Originally uploaded by ruddawg
This is what my cat does: he treats all the kids like they are his responsibilty. Tigger feels that he must keep his children well-groomed and clean.

Yeah, I know Mimmy's flipping me off. No, I didn't notice until I was tweaking the picture.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Why do they stand up?

A prospective buyer asked; are the bags I make and sell stiffened with anything? How do they stand up like that? You know, I never really thought about it. They DO stand up don't they?!

I'm guessing it's the double layering on the inside and bottom that does it. Just to make sure they stand up, I took a skein (my trekking yarn skein) and stuck the project in a bag at my feet. 20 minutes later, it's still standing up. I never noticed that, but they do!

Now since I don't add any stiffener to them, they will still stand up by themselves after being washed. In a stiff wind, they do fall down. There were a few of the earlier bags made with thin fabric that won't stand up for long. I started backing them with fusible interfacing to make them stiffer.

Monday, April 14, 2008

another YAY

and I forgot:

7. I've not smoked for over 2 months now! The wedding and reception were a true temptation, but I did not smoke at all. YAY

Yay!

Spring is here, and I'm outside more (YAY!) and I'm working more and more with bright colors. But work cannot be the only thing out there, so what do I do after that?
1. Deal with the woes of an old, old well and pump. The pump went out about 2 weeks ago. It was replaced but the pump guy said something was still making it run a lot. Could it be a leak somewhere? No. We checked everywhere,...or so we thought.
But down in that fallen-down wreck of a barn there was a faucet. We didn't know about it until this morning when my Brother-In-Law was getting some more barnwood from the pile. He said the faucet was busted and water was spraying everywhere. Well, there's our leak! He managed to find the shut-off for that. Now we get to dig a trench and cap off that faucet. yay.

2. Stare dreamily at pictures of Halema`uma`u. Halema`uma`u is the crater-within-a-crater at Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island of Hawaii. We visited there in January of 2007. Last Month, Pele blew another hole into her home. It's now spewing out sulfur dioxide and ash. If you've ever been there, the hole is directly under the viewing area. Gosh, I wish I was there to see this! Oh well....

3. My Friend Carlyn got married last weekend. I wish her and her new husband well. The wedding was quick and our friends were well. Ok, let me say our friends were drinking well!

4. My Godson is mostly moved in. That makes 2 boys who are teenagers and one husband to feed. I've recently purchased a larger grain shovel.

5. Adding another person means cleaning out some more space for him. I've been re-evaluating how much fiber/yarn I really do need. Therefore some of it is going away. I'm trading some, selling others.

6. And lastly, wondering why I use so many hyphens!

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Now, for a moment of Zen


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Originally uploaded by ruddawg
This is my kitty Tigger. He should've been named Garfield. At the moment I took this picture, he was attempting to clean his belly. Imagine an orange-colored raccoon....that would be Tigger.

Last time I weighed him, he was 20 pounds. Do we feed him anything special? Nope. He refuses scraps, and sleeps all the time. He's just big. Usually, when a new person comes to the house, he runs and hides.

So if he shows himself when a visitor is here, we get the usual comment, "Wow, that's a BIG cat!"