Archive for September 2007

I’m in love…..

September 26, 2007

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Please click on the picture so you can see them up close.

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Sorry this is a tad blurry but see all those beautiful colors?   Those are MULTI-colored needles.  (Do NOT listen to anything Shelly has to say about the colors….listen to ME)  Ok, I feel better now.   But see why I’m in love?

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That is why one set was missing in the picture above.  I’ve already cast on a new project.   As I was knitting I couldn’t tell which was more delicious the butter smooth Harmony needles or the super soft Dream in Color yarn.   It was sheer sensory overload.   Yum.

Guess what?   I do have a Finished Object!   About time, huh?   lol

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This is my Seaman’s Scarf.   Knitted in Cascade 220 Tweed (not that Quattro stuff so many sites say is tweed but the real deal).  I found this stitch pattern in a stitch dictionary and set out to knit it up.  I think it’s quite a handsome scarf if I do say so myself.

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Lexi says:  I’m her first love and I know it.

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Sorry…yes, another one!

September 26, 2007

Your Brain’s Pattern


Your brain is always looking for the connections in life.
You always amaze your friends by figuring out things first.
You’re also good at connecting people – and often play match maker.
You see the world in fluid, flexible terms. Nothing is black or white.

September 20, 2007

Your Career Type: Enterprising


You are engertic, ambitious, and sociable.

Your talents lie in politics, leading people, and selling things or ideas.You would make an excellent:

Auctioneer – Bank President – Camp Director

City Manager – Judge – Lawyer

Recreation Leader – Real Estate Agent – Sales Person

School Principal – Travel Agent – TV Newscaster

The worst career options for your are investigative careers, like mathematician or architect.

What’s Your Ideal Career?

Christmas in August

September 16, 2007

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I have a bunch of good friends. Would you look at that stuff? I felt like it was Christmas last month.

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This is Lucy. Isn’t she cute? See that bit of wash cloth? Isn’t it pretty?

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This is a scissors fob. I had to buy scissors to fit it but hey…i love my scissors fob. Look at that bag. I love my knitting bag. It’s perfect for a small project like socks or the beginning of a baby blanket. It has pockets and a zipper too.

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Lexi has a new trick. The picture above is how the rug is normally positioned in the hall. But after Lexi does her new trick, it looks like this:

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I haven’t seen exactly how she does it. But she does it in one swift move. I hear it happen but by the time I look she is zooming into the living room like a runner crossing the finish line.
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This is Lexi pretending she doesn’t know what I’m talking about.

Not much knitting to talk about. I’ve been knitting but I’ve been to the frog pond too. I’ve had car issues and after an $800 bill the check engine light has come on again. Ugh. Cross your fingers for me.

Vintage Knitting Pictures

September 9, 2007

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I found these pictures on the net several weeks back.  The first picture is a very young Debbie Reynolds.

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Here is Katharine Hepburn.

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And this is Judy Garland knitting while singing with Mickey Rooney.

Today I watched an episode of Twilight Zone I had recorded and there was a scene where a woman was knitting.  I noticed she was a thrower, like me.   I think it is so cool to see knitting in pictures like these.   To me, it’s interesting to see how the craft has remained as the years have gone by.

Last night was the September Knit In at Gourmet Yarn.  We had a great time and played knitting bingo.  That was a lot of fun.

And for my big news…..I’m going to Stitches East next month!  I’ve never been to Baltimore or that part of the country before.  It will be very exciting.

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This is a close up of the back of the bee hat I’m knitting.  I used the technique in “Knitting” by Meg Swansen.   It was very easy and if I didn’t point it out I don’t think you could tell where I joined the new color.

(Shelly….do my fingers pass inspection?)

Observations in a grocery store…..

September 7, 2007

This post has been simmering in my mind for quite awhile now.  I’ve made these observations in the grocery store for several years and decided to write a post about it. 

Has anyone else noticed the “different” shopping style of men in a grocery store?  I’ve noticed the following:

1.  The male shopper who parks his cart in the middle of the aisle while trying to find an item thus blocking any other shoppers from passing by without moving his cart.

2.  The male shopper who darts to various points within the grocery store like a ping pong ball gone wild.  No obvious intent of what he is shopping for but zooming wildly ( and beyond normal speed limits) inside the store bouncing from the produce to the milk to the meats to the front and back to the cheese section.  Obviously not well versed in the layout of the store and also putting off the hostile angry vibe of “having” to do this shopping. 

3.  There is the male shopper who walks beside the shopping cart with his hand on it like it is his partner. 

4.  There is the male shopper who walks in FRONT of the cart and pulls it behind him like it’s a wagon.  I often wonder if he is afraid it isn’t manly to walk behind the cart with his hands on the bar made to push and manuever said cart? 

5.  There is the male shopper who stands in a daze, eyes glazed over looking for some item on the shelf.  You know someone sent him there and he has no clue how to find the item.  I think it must be in the same category of asking for directions and that is why he will stand and search forever instead of asking for help. 

I know there are annoying female shoppers also.   I think female shoppers are more likely to invade someone’s personal space than a male shopper. 

And last night while stopping at the dismal former Alber*sons for a few items I was rather surprised to see my first female shopper walking beside the cart holding the side like I’ve only seen men do before. 

Anyway, this is a rambling post about nothing except my observations.  Anyone else notice these things also?

Marjie’s Mission Falls Hola Blankie!!!!

September 2, 2007

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Isn’t this gorgeous? This is Marjie’s Hola Blankie and she did a fantastic job. She’s blogless so I asked her if I could do a post on her blanket. Several of us went to Fort Worth last March and visited several yarn shops. When we walked into Yarns Ewenique the first thing we saw was a display of every color available of Mission Falls 1824 Cotton and Wool!! I can’t describe how beautiful it was to see all 30 color options. Mission Falls is known for their beautiful and colorful patterns and to find the whole colorline available! Wow!! Unfortunately for me, I was feeling the money pinch by the time we visited this shop and did not want to spend that much money to get all the colors for this blanket. Now I really regret it. Of the two shops in this area that carry Mission Falls neither of them have the necessary colors. 😦 I have about half of the colors required but will have to surf the net I guess to get the others. Oh wait. That wasn’t what this post was supposed to be about. lol Marjie jumped in and started knitting this as soon as we returned from Fort Worth. She had one “bump” in the road after getting a nice portion of the blanket completed but she repaired that nicely and since I’m not telling the exact “bump” you’ll never be able to tell. Another problem was the pattern was not written correctly for the chevron two color section. Marjie put pen to paper and figured out how it should be and viola! it worked. Now the website has the errata for that section. Anyway, she did a beautiful job and it looks fantastic. So it’s on my list of things to do someday.

I seem to be in a knit it- frog it cycle. I started a baby blanket for a coworker who is due in January. Plenty of time to get the blanket done IF I could make headway. I think I’ve started that blanket over at least 6 times now. I stuffed it in the bag and haven’t looked at it in several days now. I’m using Classic Elite Provence in the softest buttercup yellow. I was going to knit the tilted blocks pattern from Barbara Walker but I am not having much success. Last night I came up with another idea and I think I will knit a stockinette blanket and pickup stitches around the edges and put some nice lacy edging around it. It’s a good thing I have Barbara Walker’s first two books! I’ve thumbed through them before but I am still amazed at what I see each time I pick one up again.

Lexi says it’s nap time.

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