I heard an interesting story today. A friend of mine told me about a conversation she had with a woman from Cuba. This friend was telling the Cuban lady that she was going to join our knitting group this coming Thursday. The lady was very excited to hear about knitting. It seems when she was in Cuba, she used to knit. She said that knitting needles were very expensive and she couldn’t afford to buy any but she wanted fashionable garments to wear. You’ll never guess what she used? Sticks? Pencils? No. She said she used the spokes from a bicycle wheel, and ground the tip to make it more pointed. Talk about creative!!! She also mentioned she sometimes used a fork!!! Just goes to prove, where there is a will there is a way!
Archive for February 2006
Ok, since the html on the eye quiz isn’t working…..I thought I’d post on manners. I was surfing for blog etiquette or manners. Honestly looking for buttons that are ok to use on your blog, stuff like that. But then I ran across a blog by Dave Barry, the humorist, on manners. Bingo!!! One of my favorite topics!! So I thought I’d take my own poll, of all my many readers 😉 and ask “what is your number one pet peeve when it comes to manners”?
|Your Eyes Should Be Brown|
|Your eyes reflect: Depth and wisdom
What’s hidden behind your eyes: A tender heart
I’m in a knitting slump. I took the yarn for the baby blanket back yesterday. Margaret had other yarn from that company that had some color issues. So she is sending all of it back so they can see the problems. I’ve been playing with Koigu and a lace pattern I found in my old trusty Reader’s Digest Complete Guide to Needlework. I can tell you what I’m good at…..getting about 4 or 7 rows into the pattern and messing up. lol I think I started that pattern 4 times in the past two days and the needles are bare at this moment. I know I have yarn in the stash that needs to be knitted. I just have to get the inspiration. Does anyone else get in these kind of slumps? I know I used to sew and I’d run into several problems and then just lose my drive.
This has been one very nice day. I got up and around and was on the road by 8:45 this morning. Ran a few errands and made it to Knitty Committee. I think I counted 17 or 18 people. I took a few pictures:
And the pretty lady holding Miss Sugar is Susan, who thinks she has chubby cheeks. She and Shelly are starting a chubby cheek club. I think I belong too. It is very obvious the YI is in her most favorite spot in the whole world, her mama’s lap.
When I arrived home I think someone smelled a strange sugar scent on me.
I really feel bad for those of you who couldn’t join us tonight at Border’s. I think we had one of the best times I’ve ever had at Border’s. Karen and Jan, friends from Gourmet Yarn’s Knit In, came and joined us. If you’ve never had the pleasure of experiencing Karen and Jan, get ready. I promise they will have you laughing in no time.
Rosemary brought her beautiful Clapotis. I took pictures so she could model her Olympic championship, medal winning item. (Yes, I’d give her the Gold!!) Oh and I did overhear about three different people comment or ask if Rosemary would notice if the Clapotis disappeared. Luckily, Rosemary was last seen walking out of the building with it on.
Now about that 380…….Terri is sitting at the end of the table, I’m to her left and we are talking. Those of you who know Terri have probably never seen her not be able to talk. You’ve probably never seen her lose her thought. And I’d bet money none of you knew Terri could do a 380 with her neck!! Folks, I witnessed these very events tonight. Terri is talking and all of a sudden a Greek God comes around the corner walking towards us. I saw him at the same time but being the proper, well trained lady I am (ahem!) I returned my attention to Terri. Her mouth was hanging open and her eyes were glazed over (in lust I realize now) and then her head did the most amazing 380 as she locked her eyes on this tall, handsome gorgeous hunk of male (in shorts I might add). After he was safely out of hearing range, I could no longer contain my laughter. It took Terri a few moments to return to earth and by then I was laughing so hard at what I’d witnessed that the others at the table were turning to see what was going on. Terri had tears streaming down her face, she was laughing so hard at herself and her reaction to this fine specimen of the male species. Now let me do roll call. Terri, myself, Karen, Jan, Shelly, Rosemary, Vanessa, Janelle and Susan were present. After Terri went to see where this precious man went, I think everyone but me got up to go wander by the magazines to catch another glance as he sat in the cafe looking at a book. Me? I caught my glances when I was leaving and waiting for Terri to check out. I will verify the man has the nicest thighs and legs I’ve seen in a very long time. The last I heard, Terri was calling Mr. D to tell him to get ready. I think the blood is flowing hot tonight!!!
More pictures of tonight’s group:
The blanket is frogged. Margaret said I could use the yarn as an excuse but I made a mistake and was becoming disenchanted with the pattern and the yarn was about third on the list. I started looking over the third skein and it too is very light like the first. Sounds like the mill may have had a problem when producing that lot. AND…Emily doesn’t realize this, but she gave me permission. 😉 Ok, enough with the excuses.
Well, it’s taken me over an hour to get this far….interruptions!!! lol I don’t really have anything much else to say tonight. Hope everyone is knitting well!!
How cool is this???
Look very closely, if you are linked to my blog or have made comments your name is probably in there!
I’ve been surfing obviously, but did run across something interesting, Southern Knit Bloggers. I have long felt a strong association with the South. After all, I do say ya’ll and I love okra. I’ve had more than one person attempt to convince me that Oklahoma is not considered “south”. I just smile as I know better. Oklahoma is considered to be part of the SOUTHERN Great Plains. And many of the Indian tribes of what was then Oklahoma, alligned themselves with the Confederacy during the Civil War. As most true Okies do, I have two tribes I can trace in my family lineage, Choctaw and Cherokee. And if anyone cares to look, pick up any Southern Living Magazine and look up events and see where Oklahoma is listed…..South. Need I say more? lol I’ve always been drawn to movies, books etc. associated with the South. I used to work with a guy who taught writing classes. He was always looking for recently released books to use as assigned reading. I suggested The Secret Life of Bees. And some how that started our conversation on the many novels about The South. I even suggested a title for his next book, Tales of the South as Told on the Porch. Oh well, all of that to try to explain why I was so tickled to see the Southern Knit Bloggers. I have joined and am now a proud member!!
Unlike so many others, I am at work today. It is very quiet and the phones are not ringing off the hook like so many other Mondays. It does seem rather odd though as this is the first President’s Day I’ve worked in over thirty years!! I hope “ya’ll” are enjoying your day off. I must get back to the grindstone.
I don’t know how many waffle fans read this blog, but if you’ve never had Grandma’s Boy Raising Waffles out of the Gourmet My Way cookbook, you are missing out. I don’t make these very often but a friend of mine is snowed in here and they are a special item to make from scratch.
The Knitting Olympics are half over and only one week is left. I may be in serious trouble getting my blanket completed. I’ve taken two pictures of the blanket. If you’ll notice the color varies a lot when I started the second skein. It shows the peach more so than the first skein. Yes, I double checked the dye lots and all four skeins are from the same batch. Weird, huh?
Confession, I feel like I pulled a Lindsey Jacobellis yesterday. I decided to switch to continental style on the blanket! I can knit in continental style just fine but purling has always been a source of major frustration, so much so that I will give up. But something magical happened and I purled with ease in continental style yesterday. After I completed the 3rd row in continental style I noticed how the stitches looked very different from all the rows I knitted in English style. Guess that is what happens when I try to showboat. lol
Has anyone been out on the roads yet?? I’m too far off a main road to see how traffic is getting around. I hope to make it to Guild meeting today. But if more snow is coming, I will have to miss. I’m posting a couple of snow pictures also. Not much in the snow department here but lots of ice under the snow.
Just got home and it’s coming down. Can’t quite tell if its sleet or rain. Probably both. I sure do hope it gets in here and leaves before Sunday afternoon. I want to go to guild!!!
Had a great time at Border’s Thursday evening. A lady came and I did not catch her name. I just saw the beautiful garments she made. She had a gorgeous shawl/triangle scarf tied on her shoulders, it was beautiful. Then she showed a gray cable cardigan. That really caught my attention. Then she brought out a lace christening gown knitted out of cashmere. Ok, I’m in the beginners beginning section. lol No, I didn’t think to get the camera out for pictures. Next time I’ll do better. But, for your viewing pleasure I did get pictures of Shelly and her beautiful shawl she knitted for her grandmother even though she had to go through the torture of a poorly written set of instructions. I would never have figured it out, way to go Shelly!! AND the gorgeous sweater Susan knitted with the great fit but too wide of a neckline for her. I think it still looks great but I understand problems like falling off shoulders.
Knitting blanket is calling my name. Hope everyone stays safe and warm inside tonight.