Monday, March 26, 2007

Yarn Sale Day Two

The 25% off all yarn, yarn sale was from Friday until Sunday. So having limited myself on Friday. I got up early Saturday morning and went back for more. This time I got tons of sock yarn! And the cutest little tin box. They are decorated with old advertising photos for various sewing companies. I bought with an old Coates ad, featuring a little girl dressing up her dog. Who could resister. It is the perfect size to carry around a sock project without it getting jumbled in my purse.
I finished that darned scarf! Whoohooo! Dancing in circles here! I am going to wait a while before doing the matching hat. I'm just tired of looking at it. I started the socks for my friend in PA. I hope to get them done by mid week next. I would like to have them done by this weekend but I think that is asking alot of myself. Especially, since I have a test on Saturday morning to upgrade my HAM license. And I HAVE to pass it. So all this week I will be using some of my knitting time to take practice tests.
I have opted to take tomorrow off. I had an appointment in the morning anyway, so I decided to make it a day! I hope to get some knitting done and I need to take one of the girls over to the nursing home for a little visit.
I also scored a nice used 10 meter radio this weekend. Pretty excited about that.

I am very anxious to start the baby bog jacket class. I bought yarn to do other springy things for my other little cousins. I think I will start them before the class I think.
I found some wonderful deep purple yarn and some red to make a nice Red Hat Society hat and scarf set for a friend as well.
Lots of fun projects and I want to do them all at once!

Friday, March 23, 2007

Yarn Sale!

Yep folks thats right, the fabric store in town which sells some yarn is having a sale all weekend!
They hubby told me to go on my lunch break today and stock up. He thought it would be best to give me yarn fix at sale prices! LOL. So I did. I used one of those hand baskets rather than a shopping cart because I was determined not to spend more than $50. I ran out of room and didn't even touch my limit. I might have to go back tomorrow. I bought some baby soft yarn for upcoming Baby Bog Jacket projects for all my cousins little ones and a nice spring sweater for the not so little ones.
Some more scarf and hat yarn for more Christmas presents.
I started to clean them out on sock yarn but controlled myself. But I have room on my self imposed limit so I might go back tomorrow. I had the largest shopping bag filled to the brim. It felt good.
I was having a semi crappy day at work, nut cases calling and treatening to sue and all sorts of nonsense, so buying gobs of yarn made me feel much better.

Rosie Update:
She is still doing pretty good. She is feeling very energetic today, so it is making her restricted activity level requirements harder to impose. She is mad because she had found a hard chew toy stashed somewhere and we had to take it away from her. She is mad because she wants to run and chase Molly and we won't let her and she is super mad because she can't play with her basketball in the back yard.
So currently she is here keeping me company in my little office at home. She still wheezes but it isn't has bad as it was and it isn't the hard snorting that she used to do. Also, no more snoring at night. Which I was so used to I keep waking up at night when I can't hear her breathing to check on her.
Thank you for the well wishes for Rosie, we need all of them we can collect.

Cross-stitching:
Lucy, I have been cross-stitching for over 20 years. I have a ton of stuff I have stiched and haven't framed yet. I love working on uneven weave linens and other fabrics. I have don't mostly things to be framed, but also Christmas stockings.
I'll try to post some pics this weekend. I really really need to get some stuff framed.
I love doing houses, villages and doorway patterns. I also have a love affair with those big complicated patterns that take me a year to stitch. Ones with lots of colors. Although I have to say doing varigated is not my idea of fun. I did a pattern of the Governors Palace in Colonial Williamsburg and all the brick work was done in varigated thread. I nearly lost my mind! That was 90% of the pattern!

It is supposed to be a nice weekend here this weekend before it rains and turns cool again. I am hoping to get some early yard work done and my bed reading for planting. I don't have a lot of space for gardening but I do usually manage tomatos, peppers adn cucumbers each year. Last year we had more cukes than we could use, which was nice to give away.

I am 90% done with the scarf from hell. It is turning out nice, but I will be glad to have it done. I think I will take a break before starting the matching hat. I have time. Christmas is months away.

Well, off for more knitting.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Spring!

Yes, it is here the first official day of spring! Naturally it is cold and cloudy today but the weekend is promising to be in the 70s! Yes! I can't wait so many plans so little time.
I signed up for a class at the yarn shop. An Elizabeth Zimmerman class and the project is the Baby Bog Jacket. I am so excited. I went out yesterday and scooped up some pretty spring yarn for it. I plan to give it to my cousin who has a new baby (she's almost 6months old) It is one of those baby soft yarns with varigated pinks, greens, blues and white. I can't wait to get started.
I bought all they had on the shelf just to make sure I had enough. And there is apparently going to be a big yarn sale this weekend. But they ran out of flyers so I didn't know about the sale so the nice lady gave me the weekend discount ahead of time because I was buying so much yarn and because I had no way of knowing about the up coming sale. Plus she gave me a coupon to come back this weekend and get 25% off all yarn!
My lucky day!
No luck yet on my gray sock yarn. I am beginning to plan how to get this done with what I have. I am thinking of frogging both socks and then doing the heel toe in a different color so that I can use the gray I have for the body and foot. I hate to start them all over again, but it seems like the only way I will get them finished.
Plus I am starting more, I am halfway through this darned scarf well okay maybe a little more than half way through. I had a very productive lunch break at work today.

I've also had a sudden urge to cross stitch lately. Not sure why. I don't have a particular pattern in mind or anything. Maybe because floss will be on sale this weekend. Not that I need any but you should never pass up a good deal.

Best news of all, is that Rosie came through her surgery yesterday with flying colors and was able to eat dinner last night and breakfast this morning. Always a good sign. She still has a two week recovery period though.
The vet says her larynx is still soft, but it is not any worse than it was before so hopefully we have slowed the process down quite a bit.

Well Happy Knitting from the land of gray clouds and tomato soup today!

Sunday, March 18, 2007

The Dog Ate My Yarn....and other misadventures.

Hope springs eternal on weekends you think you have two whole days and you make big plans for all the things you will get accomplished over the weekend and then there are my weekends......

I got up at 7am on Saturday morning to head off to HAM radio class. Not something I was in the mood for at all, but it was the last week of the book sessions so I felt compelled to go. It was sunny and in the 40s and I thought hmm could be a nice day. I bounced out of the house with books and coffee and a heavy sweater (no coat) because I thought, it is so warm in the sun now just wait until this afternoon at 1pm when I get out of class it will be awesome!
WRONG!
I came bouncing out of class thinking I might actually pass the test in two weeks and stopped dead outside the door leading to the parking lot. It was cold! The sun was gone nothing but a solid mass of gray clouds. I ran to my truck and cranked on the heat, as I pulled out of the parking lot onto the four lane road, ice pellets started bouncing off my windshield!
ICE? What is going on? It was 82 this week, and while 40s are definitely colder no one said anything about a wintery mix! As I traveled home it would start and stop. I had errands to run today and my mood for that task was vanishing quickly.
I got home wondering if my hubby will think we can make due with the food we have and skip the store today. But before I can begin to convince him that grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup would be fine for dinner later, he proceeds to show me the yarn my sweet Lily found and thought it was in the shape of a ball therefore it must be a ball! Which of course is now in the shape of one very large knot! That happened to the the wonderful purple sock yarn I had just bought and yes, I'm a knot head for leaving it on the table where she could get it when she crawled up into my chair. So the obvious solution is that I need to untangle it and rewind it but it will be in now known shape or form like a hank so... I must have a ball winder and if I am going to buy a ball winder, I might as well buy a swift and if I have to go to the yarn store today and yes I must, then I might as well go to the grocery store. Seemed like a fair trade off, really. I could get knitting supplies, my hubby could get food.
So off we go, the yarn store is in Williamsburg 25 miles from my house, but a small trek when faced with such an emergency. I had been meaning to put a ball winder and swift anyway. So off we go, I stop at one craft store, not exclusive to fiber arts but who had a ball winder $20 cheaper than the one at my yarn store, but no swift so I get that one (as it is nearly identical) Then I notice a new shipment of needle cases. Hmmmmm. needle cases, my saga with trying to make my own with my sewing machine will be discussed a little later. So I grab a needle case, the latest knitting magazine I hadn't seen yet and we are again on our way to the yarn store.
We pull in the parking lot and the hubby begins to plead, you know I support your hobbies 100% but please please try to control yourself in here. I have no idea what he means! I am not on a yarn mission today in fact I have plenty of yarn at home in a heap! The mission is to unravel the heap and I need tools! As we approach the store I am reminded that it is St. Patrick's Day because there is a sign announcing all green yarn is on sale! All green yarn? Even the hand painted? My hubby groans.
Once inside I find they are also having two truck shows! Well this could be fun! I immediately head for the tools and notions section. And easily diverted by sweater buttons (I have yet to make a sweater, but the buttons are so pretty, ooh theres another shiny object) My poor hubby in a vain attempt to get me out of there as quickly and with little damage to the checkbook, grabs up a swift and says "isn't this what you need?" "huh?" "oh yes, I do need one of those, thanks sweety can you hold that while I check out the trunk shows" Knowing he has been quickly defeated sighs and smiles and tags along behind me. I manage to control myself and not by any yarn, but I did sign up for a sweater class, an Elizabeth Zimmerman sweater class! My husband happy that I wasn't buying more yarn agreed to the class, my husband who has five degrees is big on education so I tell him it is like continuing Ed. classes. I think he knows it isn't but pretends anyway and smiles as I write the check.

The ball winder:
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The swift:
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The needle case:
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This is what a yarn eating basset hound looks like:
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And Rosie who claims to have seen nothing, nothing at all:
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The Sewing Machine.....is completely possessed by some sort of gremlin or something. I have oiled greased, dusted, and replaced the needle (one I dropped down into the bottomless pit under where the needle goes and it won't come back out). I have have tried stitches at all tension levels, I am still getting birds nest on the back of the sewn item. I just don't get it! I have unplugged the beast and set it in the corner for now. I guess I am going to have to read the danged users manual that came with it, that I couldn't find and then had to download off the Singer website. Thank you Singer for making those available!

The saga of my freaking yarn!.....
Sorry I am starting to get a little annoyed at the whole yarn situation. Apparently, dark grey argyle is a thing of the past, something that seems to have gone the way of the dodo! Kathy, the wonderful lady at Knitting Sisters is trying desperately to find me one more ball of it. I only really need about a 1/3 of a ball to finish the last four inches of this sock. She had tried the company, various list serves and has now stated she thinks she might have some in her personal stash and is willing to bring it in. I really would feel bad taking from another knitters stash! I mean giving up stash is like giving up platelets or something. But, she is still trying other sources.
So if any of you have a little Australian argyle in dark gray that you can part with please let me know! I'd be willing to trade the following for it: cash, check, money order, one yarn eating basset hound, or something from my stash.

Happy Knitting!

Friday, March 16, 2007

Rainy, Cold and Pot Luck

It was 82 yesterday and today barely 50 and raining, whats up with that? I know its March what do I expect right? I was so thrilled yesterday it was sunny and warm and I sat by the water knitting and listening to a baseball game on the radio how perfect is that?! What a lovely spring day! Today it is more like winter again, but perfect weather for knitting. I wish I could. But it is Friday and we are having a pot luck lunch in the office today in honor of St. Patricks Day. I brought cabbage and potatoes. We also have corned beef, Irish soda bread, cheesy potatoes and two crock pots of chili. Don't know why or how chili got involved but it was a festive event nonetheless.
I got my Web yarn catalog yesterday. They have a ball winder and swift combo I think I am going to have to order.
I bought some more sock yarn day before yesterday too, yes in addition to the cotton plus I bought. This is DMC cotton wool. It looked like the right weight for socks. I found some in purple, which is a favorite color of a friend of mine who is re cuperating at home from surgery. I think they will cheer her up. I started the swatch last night and put that foresaken scarf to the side for the moment. It was really starting to get on my nerves last night.
This weekend is going to be wintery nasty too and I have class tomorrow morning for four hours that I do not feel like going. I need to go but I just do not feel like it.
I want to stay indoors and toasty warm and knit knit knit. Okay maybe a few other things but basically knit.
I'd like to get at least one sock done this weekend.
Also spend some quality time with Rosie, she is going for her second surgery on Tuesday. While the doctor feels better about this surgery than the last. There is always risk. But we are keeping good thoughts. More on that later.

Well, Happy St. Patricks day! Happy knitting!

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

How the Brain Responds with no Yarn.

Okay, I'm not complaining mind you but it has been almost a week since the very nice lady at the yarn shop told me it should only take two days to get my much needed Australian Argyle dark gray yarn in.
I called on Friday to check the status and was assured it had been ordered and that I would be called the minute it arrived! Do they not understand the damage they are causing here. I have had a migraine since Friday and I'm sure it is from wool deprivation! I was so sick with it yesterday I slept from 7:30pm until this morning! I wasn't able to function much less knit! Do they not understand the physical ramification of not being able to complete the last four inches of a sock! Seriously!
I tried buying other yarn this weekend. I found some really cute cotton plus that would make fabulous summer sockies and an extra set of #2 needles to knit them with, but I can't do it. I have to finish those other socks first.
I do not think they understand the damage they are causing here.
I'm feeling weak, must have Australian Argyle yarn......

But as I said, I did buy some more yarn this weekend. Four balls of cotton plus. One is an off white with denim and the other is a pale blue and pink. I am looking forward to them really. I have added them to my stash of other sock yarn. I am starting to build a little stash!

I am still working on this abominable scarf for my nieces husband!

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Sewing Machines

Now I know why I am into the "hand" crafts. I learned what little sewing technique I know from sewing reproduction hats while working in Colonial Williamsburg ages ago. I learned to cross stitch at an early age. I recently tackled knitting and love it. So naturally any attempt at some sort of mechanical sewing was doomed from the start.
My darling hubby years ago bought me a sewing machine. I can't remember if I thought it was a good at idea at the time or if he was his vain attempt to domesticate me, but needless to say it has been in the attic since that time.
Recently I had a fit of creativity and thought I would make purses! That was a year ago Christmas, not one purse of made or fabric bought for it. And the sewing machine has sat in the corner of my office since.
Today I decide that I would make my own needle case. It certainly didn't look too difficult. I looked at a few instructions on-line. I have examine closely those they sell at the yarn shop and thought I can do that.

So today....I dust off (literally) the sewing machine, plug it in. Prepare the fabric that I have cut measured and recut. I thread the thread through all the little loops and holes that it could go through.

Turn it on the needle goes up and down, rather slowly but from a safety point of view I don't mind. Then I have gone a couple of inches and feeling pretty good about myself I look at the back of it!!!!! Birds nest! I don't even know where all that thread came from!
So I make some adjustments the needle goes up and down faster this time, same result.
I turn every freaking knob make more adjustments, faster, slower, less tension, more tension. Still a complete birds nest on the back! Furious I think fine, I'll do it by hand.
Did I mention that some of the fabric being used is denim? Not thick denim like in 501 jeans but denim, so I say okay maybe it is the fabric so I get something thinner, and try that, still birds nest in the back!
Okay, so now I am really going to do this by hand, so I get out a needle and my thread and start by hand. Okay I did mention the denim right? So my enthusiasm for hand sewing this lasted about four inches and I stopped. Okay so maybe it isn't as easy as it looks, but if I could just figure out this damn sewing machine I could have it done in an hour, I just know it!

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

It is a simple scarf. A scarf for a man. In a wonderful colorway called grapevine. But I have frogged it back to nothing five times. I just can't seem to find a stitch pattern I like for it. I tried basketweave, didn't want to do garter stitch, tried ribbed and frogged it. Tried something else and then frogged it. And back to ribbed again.
It shouldn't be this complicated.

Then on the way to work this morning. I usually have a nice drive to work even though it is a 25 mile drive. The traffic is usually fairly light and uneventful. Today, there was a two car accident off to the side of the road. One car was pretty mashed up but no one appeared hurt and there was one state trooper at the scene, this accident had traffic back up for miles in both directions, because people were being Lookie Lu's about the whole thing. I turn on the terrestrial radio for a traffic report. I knew as I was doing it, it would be a mistake. The traffic report comes on and nothing absolutely nothing is said about what has to be at least a 10 mile back up on the interstate. I should have known the traffic reports around stink!I turn on my trusty HAM radio and call to see if anyone out there as heard or seen what the problem is. Sure enough HAMs come through again, a guy traveling from Williamsburg to Hampton and seen the situation as he drove by and alerted me to the problem. Unfortunately, I was not in a position to be able to exit the interstate and take a back road. So I'm sitting in traffic grinding my teeth because I was actually going to be early this morning. While I am sitting there is started to hail!

I should have taken this as a sign of things to come. Work is a little hectic today. Last week it was in the 60s and low 70s today it is dark cloudy and hail. Go figure.

With weather like this it will be a good day to sit in the office and knit rather than going out somewhere.

Lily's look here says it all. This is how I feel today. And it is not just me, several of us in the office this morning were commenting on how long this week has felt and it is only Wednesday. It is strange because we all love our jobs.

Lily's expression just sort of says it all!

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Things have gotten quiet in the office all of a sudden. Perhaps there will be a lull during lunch.

Okay I frogged the scarf again. I have decided that double seed stitch looks best with this yarn.

I'm still waiting for my sock yarn to come in so I can hopefully finish my sock this weekend.

Monday, March 5, 2007

Yarn Blues

I knitted all day yesterday. Pausing long enough to switch loads of laundry. I am four inches away from finishing my sock and I need more yarn. It is only supposed to take two balls but apparently my gauge is such that I require 2 1/4 balls of yarn.
So happy to have an excuse to go to the yarn store on my lunch break today I hop in my car and zip on over there.
Inventory stated they had two in stock, but they were no where to be found in the store. So the very nice lady took my information and will see if they are hiding themselves somewhere trembling at the thought of being worn on my hubby's feet. Or she may have to order me some. If she has to order it, it could be here by Friday.
But, I'm depressed about it. I was looking forward to getting them done.

On a lighter note it will give me a chance to frog than darn scarf that I started and totally hate the way it looks. I might try my hand at cables for this scarf. I need something different. A different look to the scarf.

Oh well, the silver lining is I can work on other things. I might buy myself a second pair of #2 needles and start "my" socks.

Nearly Happy Knitting

Friday, March 2, 2007

I'm having a day!

It's Friday, I should be having a great day, but I'm not. It started when I went out to the truck to go to work, the passenger side seat was soaked. We had a hard rain last night and for some reason it leaked. I don't know if the door wasn't shut properly or if I have another problem with the seal around the door. I will have to give it a closer inspection tonight when I get home. So I was a little miffed about that. Then, I came to work and four or five site plans had been left from the day before for me to check in this morning. A co-worker in the office kept hanging over my shoulder trying to tell me how to do my job. A job for which this person has no training. I was getting more and more miffed by the minute. So now I have a grumpy mood about everything, which makes me grumpy because I don't like feeling that way.
I have class tomorrow which is going to take up the whole morning and part of the afternoon and I am dreading it because the material tomorrow is not my strongest area and so I know the class is going to be tough, plus it is my hubby's birthday and I will miss spending half the day with him.

Today, I am going to go see my boss in the hospital, we don't know how long he will be there so we are all taking turns going to see him and take him things that he needs or wants.

I had to frog part of the heel on the sock I am working on because I couldn't remember how to do the heel gusset and made a mess of it. But, I got it straight last night. I'm making pretty good progress on it now. Hopefully, I will have time tonight to work on it some more.

Today, at work it is my turn along with another person to go and visit our boss. I haven't seen him since he has been in, but have talked to him on the phone a couple of times. He has sounded in good spirits each time. Not quite sure all that is wrong, but suspect a lot of it is heart related.

It has warmed up here, 62F today, a huge change from last week, but frankly I would welcome an early spring. It will probably snow next week. LOL.

Tomorrow is hubby's birthday, I am trying to find just the right place to take him to dinner. It is proving more difficult than I thought it would be. Wish me luck.

Happy Knitting!