Archive for January 2006

What three would you choose?

January 29, 2006

A male friend of mine from my “former life” (aka the job I retired from lol) asked me this question a few years ago. I found it very intriguing as I think it tells something about anyone who answers.

If you knew you were going to be sent to a deserted island and you were allowed to take three books and only three books, which three would you take?

No wiseguys with “how to build boats out of palm leaves” or “I wouldn’t go” comments please. lol


Almost TGIF!!

January 26, 2006

Of course there is a story behind these pictures. Lexi may be the only kitty on the block with her own water fountain. She had a kidney infection a few years ago and I always try to keep plenty of fresh water for her. So when I heard about these water fountains and how the oxygen level in the water enticed pets to drink more water, I had to get one. Lexi has had one for almost a year now. If you’ll notice in the pictures, there is a transparent blue resevoir to the left. In the first picture it appears Lexi is just lapping up water like she is a parched kitty. The real truth is, she is lapping up water like crazy in hopes that she’ll cause some bubbles to gurgle in the resevoir. Notice how she’s on the left side of the fountain in picture 2 and 3. She has jumped to that side trying to catch those bubbles. lol I’ll catch her drinking water and eyeing that resevoir and know she’s just drinking so she can play. Like most cats, she doesn’t want any water ON her. But she’ll bat at the water in the bowl portion in hopes that it might cause more bubbles to gurgle. It is just lots of fun to watch her. She’s a funny girl.

I went to the Thursday night Sit and Knit here in Norman tonight. We had a great time. Vanessa brought her very first sweater she ever knitted and it was knitted with intarsia designs on the front and back. It was gorgeous! Not only were we impressed that she did a fine job with the intarsia but that she also did a fantastic job on her first sweater ever! We have several sock knitters, Vanessa, Rosemary and Shanidy all were working on very colorful socks. Vanessa and Shanidy were doing Magic Loop and Rosemary was working with delicate Lantern Moon dp’s. Rebecca was working on her gorgeous pale blue cardigan. Her yarn is so pretty and has a very nice feel to it. Susan was working on her purple sweater and Denise had a fun fur scarf on the needles. I can’t believe I didn’t notice what Tandi was working on. If you read this, forgive me Tandi! Three ladies joined us late and two were Gourmet Yarn Knit-In attendees who had driven all the way from NW OKC to join us. Let me see if Jenny’s thing worked. Jello is for Jenny, Cat is for Candy and Apples for Ashley. (I hope I spelled all those names correctly!) lol Anyway, we had a great time and if any other knitters, crochet people or stitchers of any sort wish to join us, we meet there each Thursday at 7, Border’s in Norman.

Margaret is back and I’m excited. She’s going to have some new things soon and I can hardly wait. I told Susan I’d make it to Knitty Committee this Saturday. Hmmmm, I wonder if I can wake up, get around and get dressed and on the road before it ends at noon? lol

Long time no blog

January 25, 2006

This week already seems seven days long. lol I had company most of the weekend and then new company the first part of the week. I enjoyed the visit so much I didn’t even think of anything to post. I didn’t knit either until tonight. Needless to say, I haven’t gotten much done on the Market Squares Bag. I’m pretty sure I’ll attend the Norman knitting group tomorrow unless something comes up that prevents me. lol Nothing more to say, hope everyone is knitting well!

Friday Friday

January 20, 2006

This is a picture of the entrelac bag I’ve been working on. It looks alot better in that picture than it does in my lap. lol

Emily, let me know when you are coming for a Thursday evening in Norman. We’d love to have you.

Not much to say tonight….this is good cuddling weather.

*&%$)(&*& Entrelac!!!

January 19, 2006

Last night I was in an odd knitting mood. I didn’t want to pick up any project I was working on and so I picked up two different yarns and knitted a few rows on each and then frogged them as I was just “playing”. Finally I picked up the Market Squares Bag I have not touched since last summer/fall and tried to remember how to do entrelac. Since I had not finished the tier I was on, it took me about 5 minutes to remember what to do and so I worked on finishing that tier. This morning, I was here at home waiting for UPS to deliver my new computer and I decided to work on that bag again. It took me over two hours to figure out how to do the different slant rectangle!!! lol The instructions said one thing, I tried it and so on and so forth but finally just looked at two tiers previous and ultimately got it to work. I’m working on smaller rectangles so I’m on the downhill slide. Maybe I’ll get it finished before the Winter Knitting Olympics!!

New computer is great! Funny how quickly things change. My old keyboard and trackball both had PS2 connections and the new computer has only USB connections. I thought oh great! I have to go buy a new track ball and keyboard before I can use my new computer. Duh. They sent a basic keyboard and a basic mouse with the new computer. lol I had to laugh at myself because I was thinking keyboard with mute or no keyboard at all!! Trackball not a mouse, as it ultimately bothers my neck. I found my trackball at Office Max tonight but didn’t find a keyboard I like.

Went to the Border’s knitting group tonight. I think we had 12 people and one was a guy!! He was with his girlfriend and knitting! Isn’t that great? We see so few men who knit. Tonight several were working on socks, one was working a knitted teddy bear, a scarf, a sweater and some afghan squares. Rebecca brought a beautiful scarf she and her daughter had made. She wove the most beautiful fabric on a loom. A friend had given the daughter some yarn she’d brought back from another country and so they got some other yarns to make accents in the fabric and it turned out beautiful.

I hear the shower calling my name!! G’night!

Knitting Articles

January 18, 2006

The sock above was knitted by the lady in the picture. Please forgive me if I remembered this incorrectly, but I believe her name is Sherry. She was at the guild meeting this past Sunday. I love blues and greens ( as Terri will verify) and I fell in love with her socks. Pretty! Pretty!

I believe Terri is responsible for this next item also. If you go to Google there is a way to notify Google to send you emails whenever your “topic” appears on the net. I can’t recall exactly how to do this, but, I get 3 or 4 emails a week notifying me of knitting articles. This is where I learned the word cognoscenti. And another email brought this phrase: Ribs, purls and beer. I thought the articles were very interesting and I need to thank Terri for bringing that Google feature to my attention.

Tomorrow night is the weekly knit meeting at Border’s here in Norman. I’m looking forward to it. I just get excited when I am going to sit amongst other knitters and see their projects.

Good news!! UPS attempted to deliver my new computer today. I wasn’t home, but at work, so I’ll be home during the delivery window tomorrow and ultimately be FREE of the blue screen of death!! lol

Shelly, the lambs are some logo items my sister created for our guild. While we chose another logo, we wanted to use the lambs as part of our guild. We are going to get them trademarked so they belong to our guild. Susan downloaded the logo to the OKC Metro Knitter’s Guild Yahoo Group site, but I don’t think the lambs are on there yet. Anyway, there are 4 or 5 and Susan decided they needed names and that would be a perfect excuse for a contest! lol I have the originals and if I remember I’ll bring them Thursday evening and show them to you.

Camera Ducking

January 17, 2006

I’ve been thinking all day of the Knitting Olympics. My yarn came in for the baby blanket. So I could do that but I’m also dying to start socks. I just don’t know what to knit. Is anyone else jumping in the ring besides Emily?

I submitted my name suggestions for the lambs for our guild. I have to confess I had two names I wanted before Susan announced the contest. They are darling lambs if I do say so myself. I knew when I volunteered my sister to do the logo (previous to asking her!! I might add) that she’d do some great looking stuff.

I tried to load two pictures of Margaret and Jennifer doing a fine job of ducking my camera the other day. But blogspot is apparently having some problems. I’ll try once more and if it doesn’t work I may have to post them at another time.

I’m watching American Idol. Sometimes I wonder why some people ever thought they had great voices?? lol Unless they secretly hope to be the next William Hung! lol

Not much to say today.

Anyone watch Ellen today?

January 16, 2006

If you did then you know what I’m getting ready to tell. Ellen’s Mama moved out to the country. So Ellen called her to get the Farm Report. Mama proceeded to tell Ellen about the new knitting group she had joined called the Crafty Bitches. lol She said they were fine women and not to think otherwise because of the name of the group. lol And of course being daytime television they bleeped the bitches part. But I thought it was neat. It seems everyone is being bit by the knitting bug!!

I finally got around to looking at my Southern Living Magazine that has been here for over two weeks and there is an article about relaxing etc. and they have a few pictures of women in a group knitting. It’s just EVERYWHERE!!!

I used my day to do chores and to make my all day recipe of a True Bowl of Red. I ate a small bowl tonight but it won’t be really good until it sets in the fridge all night. I think the last time I made this recipe was well over 15 years ago. I have to confess, spending a whole day simmering and pureeing and simmering some more is usually more time than I want to commit to. Usually I just grab a package of William’s Chili seasoning and let it go at that. But then I “pay” for it later when the tomato ingredients start talking to me! lol

I’m posting some pictures taken at guild yesterday of some socks that I am DYING to make. Remember the old phrase “he’s got a dollar burning a hole in his pocket”? Well I’ve got some yarn burning a hole in mine….just screaming to be knit into socks. lol This is the Jaywalker pattern and is available online free. I guess I’d better get some of those tiny needles and enroll in that next Saturday sock class! lol This is the talented lady’s blog site who knitted those socks. Her name is Rosemary and she is the one who told me about the Thursday evening group in Norman at Borders.

If you missed the guild meeting yesterday, you missed a great time. I love learning how to do new things in knitting and the list of scheduled events over the next several months is really exciting! We will have someone come in and talk about lace knitting, swatches and different cast-on methods. (cast-on methods was something I thought about suggesting but that Susan beat me to it!! lol)

Emily, I keep looking for those pictures of your sweater and then remember I took those with YOUR camera and not mine. lol

More pictures

January 15, 2006

Super Sunday Guild Meeting!

January 15, 2006

I think we had a GREAT guild meeting today. I counted heads and wouldn’t you know it, I can’t remember how many now! lol Susan did a fantastic job and is so organized I think I’m jealous. She also taught us how to make cables without needles. Here are a few examples from ladies at the meeting today and a few pictures of the group. Please excuse the slight blur on the one picture, I just wanted to make sure I showed everyone!

Don’t have much to say, the pictures speak for themselves!