Archive for March 2009

What do you think?

March 14, 2009

The Blooming Cotton Scarf in Interweave’s Spring 2009 issue caught my attention.   I received an email today from Knitting Daily that discussed the process Eunny Jang used.   It was not stranded nor intarsia but simply a slip stitch technique!   How cool is that?   Anyway, although the color choices are striking and they gave 3 other color choices, I knew none of those were exactly what I wanted.   So this morning it occurred to me that I have a bin full of Mission Falls Cotton and that surely out of all that Mission Falls I could come up with a seven color combo that would be striking to the eye.   This is what I came up with:

Mission Falls Cotton

Mission Falls Cotton

Oh I didn’t find all seven colors in the stash.   I did have four of the above but I ran up to L & B while out running errands and grabbed the darker green, the lavender and the pink.   Yeah I know….I don’t like pink but I think in this instance it is necessary.   So now to cast on 300+ stitches.   Ugh!  Wish me luck.

Oh I did finish the knitting on the fez.   That was truly an enjoyable knit and I gained more confidence in knitting continental style.   I need to finish the braids and tassels and attach and it is complete!

The Tasseled Fez in Hats On!

The Tasseled Fez in Hats On!

I spent $70 today I had not planned on spending.   Lexi’s water fountain bit the dust.   I have replaced the pump once on this fountain.   I am disgusted by all the nooks and crannies on this thing that I can’t clean with a brush or washcloth.   So with that in mind, I knew I was going water fountain shopping today.    I bought the Drinkwell Platinum fountain for my kitty.    It is a bit different than the old fountain.   Water flows free from a spout down to a ramp/slide in the bowl.   The old fountain had the water spilling down a slide/ramp into the bowl.   That is where Lexi would drink, on the ramp.   On this model if she drinks on the ramp her head is going to take a shower.  lol   So she has to figure out how she wants to approach this.   So far all I’ve seen is her batting at the water stream and sniffing it all around trying to check it out.   She’ll come around eventually but in the meantime:

Lexi checking out the waterflow.

Lexi checking out the waterflow.

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My Texas Roots or What are the Odds?

March 8, 2009

All my life I knew two facts.   My mother’s people were Texans and my father’s people were in Oklahoma and Missouri.   Introduce two geneology books:  Maryland Catholics on the Frontier and Nathan and Sarah All Our Children and I could see where our line came from for several generations.   I’m going to focus on one line of the family tree in this post and that is of my grandmother and great grandmother’s side.  Because I recently met some of my mother’s family I’d never met at my grandmother’s funeral a week ago the family tree was a big topic.  My great, great, great grandfather was Zachariah Martin Wells.  When I moved to the OKC area in 2000 my mother told me we’d have to go search the cemeteries in Moore and try to find his grave.   We never did but at the funeral, my mother’s cousin (who is very active in the geneology search) mentioned his possible grave site to me.   I told him I’d go check it out.   To shorten the story a bit I found http://www.findagrave.com/index.html.   I kept focusing on cemeteries in Moore.   One thing kept popping into my head based on this article, and that was Norman would be another possibility.  So with that in mind, I plugged in his last name for a search of the IOOF Cemetery in Norman.   All I found was a listing for Elo’Z M Wells.   Hmmmmm   Year of birth the same, year of death the same.   M and Wells was a match but not Elo’Z.   Although the Z certainly was a great clue.   I was typing an email to my mother’s cousin when an email arrived from him and he was sending me the same link.   lol   He is the one who said that “O” is probably a “D” and that the marker said “ELD Z M WELLS”.   ELD was short for Elder.    He was a Baptist preacher who had a circuit ministry in Texas but came to the Oklahoma Territory during the landrush.   He started Baptist churches in Moore and Norman.   I am so elated to find that website.   What is even better yet is some one has taken pictures of the headstones in this cemetery and entered them on this site.   Thank God!   I don’t know how long ago those pictures were taken, but today I went out to the cemetery myself and found the grave.   I can barely make out the words on the stone.   I took my own pictures but the are poor at best.  So all of that to end with this:   What are the odds that after five generations I end up living in the same area as my Texas great great great grandparents and find their grave in Norman, Oklahoma?

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March 3, 2009

I have knitting content!   (about time you say?)   lol   I started the Tasseled Fez from the Hats On! book a couple of weeks ago.   I first used Cascade Quattro in Lime and Aqua.   I realized pretty quick that two things were wrong:  1.  there wasn’t enough contrast so the pattern wasn’t going to pop and 2. I had 2 less stitches than required.   I frogged that effort and grabbed a skein of 220 in solid purple.   Wow!  Was that a mistake made in heaven!   It made all the difference in the world.   This pattern required 2 handed knitting and after knitting for nearly 6 solid hours on a car trip, I think knitting knit stitches continental feels much more natural to me now.   (Sorry! Can’t say the same for purl stitches.)   I’m knitting this hat for my nephew in Colorado.    His mother assures me that the brighter the colors the better.   It seems to be the ‘thing’ in his school.   Anyway here are some pictures on my glass model.   And please take my word for it……pictures do not do it justice, including those in the book.  

Tassled Fez from Hats On!   80% complete

Tassled Fez from Hats On! 80% complete

Closer shot of the pattern on Tassled Fez

Closer shot of the pattern on Tassled Fez

I can’t tell you how pleased I am with this hat.   I love the detail of the herringbone braid.   Now to finish the 1.5 inches I have left to do and add the tassles!