Archive for January 2007

The Soap World

January 29, 2007

I’ve been thinking…….(no smarty comments about that ok?? ) lol  With all the drama that seems to funnel right into the knitting world, I think we should have our own soap opera.  So with that in mind I’ve come up with some possible titles.  Tell me what you think or feel free to suggest others!

 As the Knitting World Turns

 

The Purls of our Lives 

General Yarnshop

 

Knitting Obsessions

 

One Stitch to Knit

 

Guiding Needles

 

The Purls and the Knits

 

Oh and I  have another question to pose.  I was reading an article in a magazine the other day about bedding.  This article mentioned that a wool blanket is great for those who get too warm under the covers.  It also stated that wool was great for cold weather or hot weather and that it wicked moisture away from the body.  Well, that sorta makes sense if you live in Canada or up north where the constant winter weather is brutal and the summers are mild.  But my question is has anyone ever tried a wool blanket and if so did you like it?  I looked at Bed, Bath and Beyond yesterday and did not even find one on the shelves.  Again, I bet they are found in stores up north but not here. 

 This past weekend was a full weekend with lots of knitting activity and times spent with great friends.  I took a mitten class with bad girls Marjie and Karen.  🙂  As I keep reminding folks I just happen to have a front row seat so please don’t clump me in with those naughty ones.  Later, Karen and Margaret and I grabbed a bite to eat and laughed and talked for a nice while.  Sunday I was once again in Gourmet Yarn and Linen and Nina came in to see us!!!  I haven’t seen them since early November.  I don’t know who was happier to see us Linen or Nina.  lol  Linen was showing her happiness by wagging her tail and coming to soak up some lovins.  Nina was giving out good hugs.  I think every single one of Margaret’s customers in the store at that moment  left within minutes of each other to go to the January meeting of the Metro OKC Knitting Guild.  Susan taught our lesson by giving us a pattern for a round washcloth that included short rows.   After guild a few of us met for dinner and hopefully didn’t shock the neighboring diners too  much with our “wild” and a bit inappropriate conversations.    Hey….you’d never think by first glance that a group of 50 somethings…pardons to the youngsters Rosemary and Emily….that we could laugh and talk and have such a good time talking about such mundane things.   I know I was due for some good company time after the past couple of shut-in weekends. 

No pics today as I’m blogging at work.  Shock!   I’m sure Lexi is asleep in my bed as we speak.  The girl gets in some good beauty sleep and it works. 

Friday’s Eye Candy

January 26, 2007

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After reading in Wendy’s blog about the cushion for cats and how their own body heat radiates from the lining of the cushion to keep them warm, I found one for Lexi. I came home a few times these past few weeks to find her curled into a tight ball trying to keep warm. As some of you may know, cats aren’t really into change. lol Lexi was very happy sleeping in the middle of the comforter on my bed. Especially so since I got a new mattress at the end of December. Anyway, I tried to coax her onto it. She wasn’t having it as it crinkles when she walks on it. I have to pick her up and put her on it. She seems to be pretty curious then and will lay down. But she won’t stay on it at night or when she’s ready to nap. She goes back to my bed. lol Anyway, here are a few snaps of The Princess trying not to be impressed with her snazzy leopard print pleasure palace.

Knitting tomorrow and Sunday! Yippee!!!!

Update:  I did put it on my bed.  That is the first place I tried it.  She got up and moved to the other side.  I had even “spiked” the cat cushion with a teeny tiny bit of catnip.  She sniffed at it but still walked away.  She never has reacted much to catnip.  lol

Sockus Sockii?

January 23, 2007

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Isn’t that a nice looking sock?   It sure did take me awhile but I finished the first sock from Regia Silk.  What started out as a gift for one person has changed to a gift for another.  So that is why the sock looks a little big as modeled on my foot in the second picture.  It’s for a man’s foot and not mine.  lol

I discovered midway thru the sock that I did not have enough yarn.  I bought the last two skeins Margaret had at Gourmet Yarn.  After a little whining on my part she agreed to order more.  I probably only need one more skein as I have at least 2/3 of a skein left.  It takes alot of yarn to knit larger socks.  lol

I started a scarf out of Cascade 220.  I recently got a stitch pattern book called Beautiful Knitting  Patterns (thank you Rebecca for showing me your copy—I knew I had to have my own when I saw all the pretty patterns).  After several botched attempts to do a few elaborate cable designs I realized I did not enjoy doing cables.  If I can’t enjoy the knitting I’m doing I get frustrated and will not finish.  So I flipped thru the book and found a pattern of knits and purls that show a pattern of seed stitch within a border that really makes it pop.  Pictures later.

I signed up for a mitten class at Gourmet Yarn but it was rescheduled from last Saturday until this coming Saturday.  Sunday is guild and so it looks as if I’ll have a weekend filled with knitting.  What more could a girl want?

Lexi says:  it’s hard work posing for all these pictures.

Finished Object Number Two for 2007

January 18, 2007

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I keep forgetting to post these pictures.  I had some leftover Schaefer Miss Priss (Shirley Chisolm colorway) from the Red Scarf Project.  So I decided to knit a hat.  I think it is interesting how the colors pooled on the hat especially towards the top.  Navy on one side and red on the other.  I love this yarn, btw.  If you haven’t experienced Miss Priss by Schaefer I’d strongly recommend it.  Gourmet Yarn is where I bought this.   It has the best squishy factor.

Words

January 18, 2007

I guess I’m getting older.  Or maybe I should say old period.  I know our vernacular goes thru trendy phases.  Or maybe I should say trendy phrases float through our language like birds pass by to the south for the winter.  When I was in junior high the trendy words were “stud”, “cool” and “groovy”.  I used the word stud once and got in trouble for using that.   I never really liked using groovy.  It didn’t feel comfortable on my tongue.  I’m glad because it seems so contrived.  I’m very glad it was short lived.  Then I remember when “bad” meant “good”.  I didn’t really adopt that one either.  I knew enough to know that it did not retain its original meaning but once again it seemed to be one of those short lived trends.  I’m glad except I think it will always be on Elmer’s menu in
Tulsa.  Badwich.  It be good.  Oh how we butcher our language!!  Lol  Here of late the trendy words I’m noticing are “sweet”, “uber” and “wee”.  I don’t know how sweet went from how sugar tastes or talking about someone’s nice and adorable behavior to talking about something nice, cool or great, but it has.  Uber I understand originates from a contraction from the Latin and German languages.  I don’t think it has retained the original meaning but its use is more prolific.  And the word “wee” seems to be appearing on most of the knitting blogs I read.  It’s not a word I’ve ever used.  I may have said it while reading something from a book particularly a fairy tale but I don’t think it will be a word I pick up to use with regularity.  I think the first time I heard it used was either reading The Harlot’s blog or when she spoke to us this past July.   Maybe so many others are picking it up trying to emulate her?  That’s just pure guess on my part.  Me?  I’m stuck in the trend which seems to have come and gone and come again of saying “cool” or “neat”.  Maybe that ages me a bit.  Or maybe not but it sure rolls off my tongue much better than “uber”, “sweet” and “wee”.  (Does this sound like an Andy Rooney commentary?  It sure does feel like one!
J  )

 

I haven’t gotten much knitting done this week.  Between the weather and my smoke alarm fiasco, I haven’t gotten much sleep or been able to meet my knitting friends as I’d like.  I’m really aggravated about the smoke alarm thing.  I am not an idiot where basic mechanical things are concerned but this one took the cake.  I have five (that I know of) smoke alarms in my house.   I never did really understand why I have two that are 3 foot apart, but I do.  One is in the small hall outside my bedroom and the 2nd is inside my bedroom on a vaulted ceiling.  The others are in each of the other two bedrooms and one in the long hall.  If there are more, and I would not be surprised!!, I haven’t noticed them yet.  Lol  Anyway, the one in the small hall started chirping last Friday night shortly after midnight.   I can’t reach this by stretching as it’s installed on the ceiling.  So I drag a chair and try to remove it and remember I had checked one of the others before to see if it was battery operated or hardwired into the electric.  There is no cover to pop off.  The unit is installed onto a plate attached to the ceiling and there are several electrical wires attaching it to unknown other electrical wires inside the ceiling.  I looked the back over to see if there was a recessed area or a clip or something to indicate a battery was present.  I didn’t notice one.  So thinking there is no battery and seeing the wires and how the unit is attached to these wires, I’m thinking hardwired into the electricity and there has to be a short.  I push one of the two buttons and the chirping stops.  I went back to bed and hoped it was “over”.  Skip forward to Sunday night and shortly after 1 in the morning the chirping starts again.  I get up and drag the chair over again and hit the button a couple of times and am lucky it stops again.  I popped the unit off and look again…..puzzled as to why only this one chirps.  I can’t pull it far as the wires are not long and I’m not tall enough even on the chair to read anything on the back.  Oh well…it stopped chirping so I put it back.  Well, I guess you may know where this is going by now.  Monday night rolls around and at 3 in the morning the chirping starts up.  This time I can’t get it to stop.  I won’t go thru all the steps I took trying to get it to stop but I was up for an hour.  I finally went back to bed and shut the door, put cotton in my ear, tried to cover my ear with a pillow and there’s no blocking that piercing sound.  At 8:30 I’m calling the management company and telling the lady who answered what is going on.  First thing she says is remove the battery.  I tell her I cannot find a battery anywhere plus there are electrical wires and that tells me it’s hardwired into the electricity.  She is puzzled, says she’ll have to talk to the maintenance man when he gets in.  We hang up.  So I think…. I know what she said makes sense and I drag the chair over once again and pop the unit off the plate in the ceiling.  I run my finger all around trying to feel for a crack to indicate a cover of some type.  I can’t feel one.  Then I notice a small piece of tape.  When I first noticed it several nights before I thought it was accidentally stuck to the unit.  So this time I pull on it.  Nothing happens.  I pull again this time harder.  A bit of plastic bulges.  There IS a battery cover!!  I pull harder and this time the plastic cover which is flush with the unit pops open.  There is no clip, no recess, no anything to indicate this is a cover.  The tape runs under the battery and it pops out.  Again it starts to chirp.  Argh!!!!!!!!   I felt like a complete idiot.  I rummage thru every hidey-hole I have trying to find a 9 volt battery.  I start looking at electronic devices and I have no 9 volt.  After a quick run to A*e Hardware where I buy 2 batteries for about $4 more than I could at Wal-*art, I come home and try to install the battery.  I did but there is now a plastic “arm” standing up.  So I try to pull the battery out and do and drop it.  I can’t remember which way I had it turned so I push it in making sure the plastic arm is beneath and the tape.  Close the cover and it CHIRPS!!!   This time the tape isn’t showing.  Oh no!!  So I go dig for a very small screw driver and about tear the damned thing up trying to pry open an invisible plastic cover.  About the 6th try I succeed.  I pry the battery out and turn it around making sure the tape is smoothed out correctly and press the cover home.  No chirp.  I stand on the chair waiting.  No chirp.  I’m afraid to get down.  I know it’s going to chirp.  No chirp.  Finally I realize I can get down.  From 3 AM until 10:30 AM, that’s how long this fiasco lasted.  Needless to say I felt like an idiot at the same time cussing whoever designed a battery operated smoke alarm in this fashion.  This morning I bought 4 extra 9 volts.  I’m going to be changing batteries in all the units except one.  So the first tall person who comes through my door and can reach that one in my bedroom from the chair, gets the honor of replacing that battery!  Fair warning!!!   Lol  

Canning Yarn

January 15, 2007

As my grandmother used to say I’ve put up 133 quarts of yarn today.  Thank God I didn’t have to prepare, peel, cut, slice, dice and blanch it!!  lol  Ok, what I’m referring to is the Rubbermaid containers I used to organize my stash.  They are 19 qt. containers.  So I put up seven of those at 19 qts each to total 133 quarts.  Now that sounds like alot of yarn!!  But as you can see in the pictures below it really isn’t all that much.  I’ve seen lots worse when other people have posted their stash pictures.  I did have a mini-revelation.  I honestly think I could vow not to buy anymore cotton yarn for the rest of the year.  lol  Well wait a second…dishcloth cotton.  Let me be very precise.  lol  I tried to put all my cotton yarn in one container and I sort of succeeded.  I put the GOOD cotton in the container.  The rest is in a large canvas knitting bag!  lol

I don’t know what was so special about the vitamin I took this morning but I sure did have alot of energy today.  I worked up a true sweat several times emptying this closet in this room.  The bad/sad thing about it all is that I made a real mess in the rest of the house.  I found stuff that was stashed in that closet that had never really been unpacked.  I also found some stuff that I could trash too.

Margaret called me from San Diego today.  She sure is going to have some neat surprises coming in.  That’s all I’ll say as I don’t want to steal her thunder but she’s having a great time and Gourmet Yarn is going to have some new additions you’ll want to see!

I don’t think Lexi was extremely tickled to see me dragging all the stuff out of the closet like I was but I do think she’ll be happier with the outcome.  She now has a closet she can walk into with ease and lay down and STRETCH out!  lol

I’ll leave you with some pics of the freshly organized closet.  God only knows how long I can keep it this way but I’m gonna try.  Wish me luck!!

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Lexi says “I’m the Good Kitty, my bowl says so.”

Time slips by……

January 13, 2007

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I could have sworn I posted Gourmet Yarn Knit-In pics but I checked my blog and I was wrong.  Here are a few.  New camera, I do not know why the two group shots have such a different tone.  I snapped them within seconds of each other.  Weird.  The middle pic is of Margaret getting her DUE REWARD!!!  Problem Child for the month of January.   We turned the tables on her and before she could close her mouth it was a done deal.  Such a deserving person.  🙂

If you’ve never attended a Knit-In at GY, you need to.  We have such a great time.  There were some new faces as there are each time.  It’s gotten so large Margaret is often trying to find extra chairs.  I keep telling her it’s time to elbow the business next door out of their space.  We need it!  lol  Many of you MIGHT remember Emily.  She hasn’t been seen at a knit-in since hmmmmm last summer???  Some excuses like vacation, work, anniversaries ….things such as that.  She did a DRIVE-BY Saturday.  She dropped in long enough to sit and visit a few minutes then out the door she went.  It was very nice seeing her even if for only a few minutes.  

I think this last knit-in had a slow cooker theme.  I think I counted 5.  We have some GREAT food at our knit-ins.  I really love that people take the time to cook something.  Of course, the fact that Margaret gives away gift certificates for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place might have something to do with it.  Anyway, it works!! 

I’m very tickled to say I won first place for my Potatoes Supreme.  I’ve had several people ask me for the recipe and so I decided to post it here.  This recipe was given to me by a Tulsa friend years ago.  It states to bake it in an oven.  Out of necessity I cooked it in a slow cooker for a holiday dinner at my old job, and that is what I recommend.  I made it and baked it in the oven the first time I made it.  It was dry and not all that tasty.  I thought what a waste of time.  So when I was asked to make a potato dish for a holiday dinner I tried the slow cooker.  WOW!!  It makes all the difference in the world.  I’ve never in my life been asked for a recipe as much as I have been asked for this one.  I haven’t made it in 2 years since I retired.  The new job never has dinners like a potluck so I’ve had no need.  Anyway, here goes.

Potatoes Supreme

6 large baking potatoes

1 pint of sour cream

1 stick melted butter

4 cups shredded cheddar cheese

green onions, chopped

salt and pepper to taste

Cook the potatoes whole, unpeeled, in a pot of water until almost done.  Cool enough to handle and then peel.  Run potatoes thru a food processor to grate.  Add grated potatoes to a large bowl and add the rest of the ingredients.  Place the mixture in a slow cooker and cover.  Cook for 4 hours on high or 6 hours on low.  Very simple and easy to make.  I sometimes cook the potatoes a night ahead.  Sometimes I get as far as putting the mixture in the slow cooker and then refrigerate overnight.  Take out and cook the next day.  It sure is a crowd pleaser!!  Enjoy!!

Well, Lexi and I are still in our jammies.  I considered going in this morning but decided to wait one hour and I’m glad I did.  Talked to my boss at 9:15 and he said it wasn’t bad but was coming down worse.  I stayed home.  The car is in the garage.  I finished my homemade noodles and they are drying.  The turkey drumettes are in the pot with onions, carrots and celery making some stock for turkey noodle soup.  Mmmmm, doesn’t that sound good?  I’ve not made it from scratch before so we’ll see how it goes.

I ran up to Gourmet Yarn on Wednesday knowing  this weekend would be no-driving weather.  I got a couple of skeins of Cascade 220 Tweed for a cabled scarf I’m going to make.  I’ve had to start over two times now.  The reason?  Something about me trying to read charts and not realizing the rule changes every other row.  Geeez!!  Anyway, I think I’m on the right track now.  We’ll see.  This is probably the most intricate pattern I’ve attempted so far.  Well, I dunno…socks are still pretty intimidating.  lol  

I’m also working on a rolled brim hat out the leftover Miss Priss from the Red Scarf Project 2007.  I’m on the decreases now.  Should finish it over this weekend.  

I hope everyone is using good sense and staying in where it’s warm and safe.  While we may know how to drive on ice, there are many others who don’t exercise the caution we do.  Those are the ones who kill.  Stay safe!!  Hope your electricity stays on!!!   

 

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Ten Strange Things about Me

January 8, 2007

Ok, since I’m at work and don’t have access to the pictures I took over the weekend, I’m going to do this meme.  I’ve seen it floating around the net in versions with 6 items and 10 items.  I had more than 6 so I chose to do the 10 although I had to really dig to come up with 10.  Just saying.   lol 

 1.  When using a public restroom, I don’t like to touch the door.  I’ll either rush out when someone else opens it or I have a folded DRY papertowel in my hands and I’ll grab the handle with that.  I HATE restrooms with only dryers to dry our hands.  (A wet papertowel does not protect you from germs.  Viruses transmit thru the wet towel like you grabbed the door with your bare hand. Just FYI) 

2.  Newspapers, I read the front page then flip to the back page and work my way from back to front. 

3.  I can’t lay down in bed (I’m a side sleeper) and stay on that side and go to sleep.  I have to lay there for a minute or 15 and then turn over to the other side and go to sleep.   

4.  I love cottage cheese on a baked potato instead of butter and sour cream. 

5.  When making a sandwich and using mustard and cheese, the mustard goes on the side where the cheese does not touch.  (I passed this on to my son and didn’t realize that until a couple of years ago.  Lol) 

6.  I can’t stand open cabinet doors.  If I need something from the cabinet I open it, grab the item and then close the door.  I think this came from too many blows to the head in my younger years from leaving the cabinet door open and lifting up or turning around and hitting it! 

 

7.  I have to have my laundry folded a certain way.  If someone helps me, I either have to refold the items or I show them how I need it folded. 

 

8.  When hand washing dishes, the items have to be rinsed and free of food particles before being put into the wash water.  I remember before we had a dishwasher when I was a kid, my mother would clean the table and slide dishes with food particles on them into my water.  I would get so mad!  I’d empty the sink and refill it to get the particles out of the water. 

 

9.  When I get up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom, I do not turn on any light.  If I do it wakes me up too much and I have trouble going back to sleep. 

 

10.   Ok, before I tell this one I have to say I’ve gotten over this.   But, when taking vitamins or pills, I’d shake one from the bottle into my palm.  If more than one fell into my hand, I’d have to take the one that fell out FIRST.  Why?  Because it wasn’t fair to the first pill if I took the 2nd or 3rd instead of the first.  Lol  

 

I loved reading the comments on other blogs about other people’s weird/strange things.  So if you have a blog, I’m tagging you.  If you don’t have a blog feel free to list yours on the comment section here. 

 

 

OMG! I think she’s got it!!

January 5, 2007

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At last, I think Rosemary gave me the answer. I downloaded Adobe Photo and it refused to let me register so I could use the bells and whistles. Something about an invalid address and I couldn’t change it. Grrrrrrr So Rosemary mentioned I could always try Paint. Hey, Paint works. I have to go thru about 4 or 5 extra steps but it works. So now if I can figure out how to “arrange” the page as I want.

I’m seriously considering returning to blogspot. I don’t consider myself inept when it comes to following instructions but this WordPress is kicking my behind. What do you think? Should I stay? Or go back?

Ok, just in case I can’t arrange the pics on the page as I want. Here is the scoop on each one. The picture of Lexi was taken on top of my armoire. I was in the living room taking pictures of my scarf when I noticed her eyeing this office chair I’d moved into the room temporarily. There was bedding piled in it just an hour earlier and I had put all of that up. The little scoot decided she saw her path. She jumps into the chair then onto the tall back then she jumps over to the top of the armoire. Mom had camera ready and took several pictures. This happens to be the one where she’s facing the camera. Needless to say I helped her down and moved the chair so she wouldn’t jump from so high to get down.

The picture of the scarf is a pic of my scarf for the Red Scarf Project 2007. I finished a couple of days ago, printed out my care tag today and will get it in the mail soon. If you have an inclination it’s a worthwhile project and needs to be completed and mailed by the end of January.

The pic of the beautiful yarn happens to be the Bluegrass colorway of Blue Heron Mercerized Cotton. Margaret of Gourmet Yarn so graciously ordered it for me. I love those colors. If you have a copy of Scarf Style, I plan to use this to make Midwest Moonlight. Don’t know when I’ll get it started as I have socks to finish but it will get there.