Archive for March 2010

Hmmmm

March 28, 2010

I think I lost my knitting mojo.   If anyone has seen it out there would you let me know?

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Blink…

March 21, 2010

Blink your eye and the weather changes in Oklahoma.   We went from near 70 degree weather to blizzard conditions all within about 24 hours.   Fortunately, the weather people got it wrong for our part of the world and we did not have much accumulation.   The wind blew hard enough the streets are clear.  Yay!

I did my taxes this morning.   Another Yay!   For the first time in five years I get back both Federal and State.   That is a nice change.  

I came home Friday and had the bug to sew.   I used to sew a lot.  I made my clothes, clothes for other people, craft items, I sewed for years.   Then I got tired of it.   Sewing isn’t portable (unless you want to be a pack mule).   Sewing is messy.   Sewing takes a lot of room.   One thing I realized this weekend is I love the smell of sewing machine oil.   Yeah….every time I walked by the machine I caught a whiff of that old familiar smell and realized I like it!   lol   So what did I sew on all weekend?   Project bags.   No pictures yet.   I haven’t found the right drawstrings yet.   I even ran out to the local fabric store earlier.   Nothing enticed me.   I’ll keep looking until I find something I like.  

I haven’t knitted a stitch since Tuesday.   I know, weird.   Oh well….maybe tonight while I watch tv.

Hope you have had some good knitting time this weekend.

The deal…..

March 14, 2010

This is how it went down.   It was a bright, sunny but chilly Saturday morning.   The drop spot:  an empty concrete parking lot.   I had circled by earlier but did a run through downtown and came back.   I parked in a side lot, easier to get in and out.   It was 10:04, surely the store was open.   There was a gray car parked in the formerly empty lot.   I noticed there were two occupants in the car.   I got out to go check the store door.   The gray car’s door opens and a voice calls out,  “Come sit in the back seat.”   I know these gals.   I try to tell them the store is open but I get a hand gesture rushing me over to the car.   I slip into the back seat.   Manna!!   Two bags of the beloved, elusive and hard to get Wollmeise Yarn!!!  And it is for sale.    (Can you sense the drool sliding down my chin?)   This is what I scored:

The pictures were taken on a bright sunny table at the Norman Panera.   It washed out the variegated skein.   The yellow is a lovely cantelope yellow, soft with a drop of orange.   The other is a gorgeous skein filled with plummy goodness.   I am DELIGHTED beyond relief that I was able to score these two skeins of yarn.   I also want to thank Kathy of KC and Ellen of OKC for enabling us so nicely!   lol 

Poor Marjie missed out on the box of yarn a week ago and the Wollmeise deal also.   She really sounded so pathetic yesterday (froggy, croaky sick) that I scored a skein of Wollmeise for her also.   

Today I did a bit of spring cleaning.   I pulled clothes from the closet that I’ll never wear, old purses, and various books, gadgets that are sitting around cluttering things up and took them to Goodwill.   I had enough to fill my car trunk and the floorboard and front seat, passenger side.   It feels good to get rid of extra stuff!  

Still haven’t gotten the dryer fixed.   I think that is what prompted me to gather for Goodwill, I had some bags in the laundry room already filled.   So I just gathered some more from the closets and made a run.  

On the knitting front:  I’ve been working on Multnomah.   I skipped a row or added one a second time and spent most of yesterday tinking back.   Ugh.   I’m glad I love the yarn I’m using, Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock in the Gold Hill colorway, because it is so pretty it keeps me from throwing it down in frustration.  

I see some interesting sights from my 2nd story view on Main Street.   I know this isn’t a very good picture but I saw this vehicle on Friday:

There is some ‘small building’ like fixture in the bed of the pickup.   It had OSU Cowboys and Dodger memorabilia on it.   Every surface of that pickup had bumper stickers or poster-like signs all over it.   And every item was mentioning a sports team.   There were baseball helmets on the hood.  Literally.   About 4 if I remember right.   Can you imagine driving a vehicle like that?   Not me.   lol  

I haven’t taken any pictures of Charlie in awhile.   I caught him ‘napping’ in the leaves of this silk plant the other day. 

And Miss Lexi is doing fine.   She’s taking a nap right now.   About 20 minutes ago I heard this ‘sucking’ noise and looked at her.   She was curled up, nose covered with paws…..sucking like she was nursing!   lol   And she was sound asleep.   Bless her little kitty heart.  

This is spring break week and I know many are off on destinations.   Me, I’ll be right here….working.   Hope you have lots of knitting time this week!

Soggy Sunday Coming Up!

March 7, 2010

Rain is coming.   I’d much rather have rain than snow.   I saw sprinkles on the patio earlier but it has stopped for now.  

I feel like I’ve had a raincloud over my head this past week.   Work was the usual work combined with dysfunction.   The one person officially assigned to this one type of case quit.   What does that mean?   It means it falls on me and one other person.   Both of us already have more than four people could handle….thus the dysfunction.   Ah well….I’ll  stop now before I get myself fired up.  🙂

On the way back to the office on Thursday my Check Engine light came on…..again.   I didn’t even get upset.   The last time this happened I went to the local auto parts store and had them hook up their diagnostic computer only to be told to put some gas cleaner in the tank.   It worked.   Now every time I get low on gas it will come back on and when I fill it the light goes off.   It is time to start looking for a new car.   Ten years old and 118k, I think I have gotten my money out of it.  

Yesterday, I was getting ready to meet a group of friends to knit when I discovered my dryer was not heating.   Arrrgggg!!   I guess I should be thankful my jeans were near dry.   I did have to use the hair dryer to dry the front and crotch so I could wear them.   Ugh!   Nothing like a cold wet pair of jeans to make you feel uncomfy!   lol 

What is this?

This is me halfway through the process of picking up 301 stitches!   Yikes!!   This is how I ended up doing this tedious process.   I was knitting along and started the Fan and Feather portion of the shawl.   I got to Row 3 and it didn’t really make sense to me.   I called Marjie and asked her to look at her copy and tell me how she processed that row.   She read it/understood it the same way I did.   So I knitted four rows and started my next four rows and I noticed my eyelet holes were few and not really lining up.   I also had one extra stitch at the end of the row.   I counted and recounted and could not find my mistake.   Then I went back on Rav and looked up Multnomah again and guess what?   The pattern was written differently.  Arrrgggggg again!!!!    The exact part that I called Marjie over the first time was not written clearly.   So if you printed/saved a copy early on, better go check and see if your copy matches the latest version on Rav.   While picking up those 301 stitched I messed up somewhere along the ‘spine’ of Multnomah.   I tried to drop down to fix it but picking up stitches in garter stitch whipped my behind.   I finally used a safety pin stitch marker to hold the stitch and called Marjie.   She said she could fix it no problem.   And she did!   Yay Marjie!!!   Now I’m working on the Fan and Feather portion and it truly looks like Fan and Feather:

I didn’t buy any yarn this week.   I know, you are shocked….but don’t be.   I did manage to ‘acquire’ several lovely skeins of yarn.   How did I do this?  lol  Ellen was kind enough to pass on her good fortune.   Her mother sent her a HUGE box of  yarn that she knew she’d never knit.   Ellen claims to have yarn spilling out of bins, closets etc.    So she brought the huge box of yarn yesterday and we dove in!    These are just a few of the skeins I picked up:

Believe me, I picked up more than these skeins.   For some reason my phone is blurring some of the pictures.   I guess I need to bite the bullet and start  using my digital camera again.  

Yesterday we had a couple of different people stop by and talk to us about knitting.   Two ladies stopped who were tap dancers.   One used to knit years ago and we gladly showed some of our projects.   They were quite taken with our group and our knitted items.   Nothing like some positive reinforcement, huh?    Then about an hour later a man came up and told us that he just wanted us to  know he thought it was great we were keeping a ‘dying art’ going.   He said his mother used to knit and it made him happy to see us knitting.   I told him knitting was enjoying a resurgence in popularity but I don’t know if he really ‘heard’ me.   lol 

Ok, Multnomah is calling to me…..I think the rest of this should fly by….at least more quickly than the garter part….that gets tedious.   I hope your weekend is good and filled with lots of knitting!