Monday, December 31, 2007

A Knitting Year in Review

Here is my version of a year of my knitting review. It is more enjoyable if your speakers are on. :-)


Saturday, December 29, 2007

Just Leafing Through

I got up this morning to take Lily outside and to my surprise it was 70 degrees outside! What in the world? I check the thermometer, but yep I was right spring time!
So not to miss an opportunity such as this, the hubby and I decided to rake leaves in the front yard while the weather was cooperating.
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It was a nice morning, warm, southerly breeze. Then half way through our leafing, the winds change and started coming from the north, bring with it cooler breezes and the promise of a front!
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Well, we decided to shift it into high gear and we were finishing up just as the first rain drops started to fall. Now it is a gray sort of dreary day outside only 53 degrees and an excellent day for knitting. I am about 80% finished with a hat for my neighbor. He is out of town, and the weather will be even colder when he gets home so a nice warm hat and scarf will be a welcomed, welcome home gift. (I hope).

But, before I can finishe the hat I need to go to the store and luckily there is a Borders on the way so I will be stopping there first.

But then whats for dinner? Hmmm I know!
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Happy Knitting!

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Dogs On Thursday

Well, Lily has expressed her interest in yarn on more than one occassion but she has finally decided that I wasn't listening to her pleas to learn to knit so this morning she decided to make her wish very well known.

I was not a first hand witness to her intentions but she relayed the message to the hubby by waltzing into the den with a hank of Lorna's Lace in her mouth! A new hank, recently purchased on my yarn shopping spree!

Now I admit that I am sometimes guilty of missing subtle hints but I think this message was extreme!

The Lorna's was safely retrieved by dear hubby and resting in a very high location when I entered the room. Lily was laying in the floor looking very guilty and very sad that she thought her attempts and telling us she wanted to learn to knit had gone unnoticed yet again. I assured her that I got the message and would start teaching her tonight, but not with the pretty blue varigated Lorna's but maybe something a little easier for a basset with no thumbs.

She seemed happy with that and went off to play and seemed to ignore the rest of the Lorna's Lace, the Noro and the wooden sock blockers!

We will begin basset knitting tonight, to prevent any future yarn destruction in Lily's attempt to teach herself!

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Need Help Finding a Pattern

Hi Everyone,
I was hoping someone out there might be able to help. I friend of mine,
Lori found an ad for a pattern called: Leaflet # Z-123189 Quick-as-a-Wink Vest.
Put out by Pat Trexler Crafts. But it seem that Pat Trexler Crafts may have gone out of business. It is for a ladies vest.

If you know of where she might be able to obtain a copy of the pattern please let me know and I will pass it along. Thanks!

Email me at mlwstoryATgmailDotcom

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Mystery Shopper

Today was a wonderful day. We decided this morning that the weather was not cooperating with our plans to do yard work, so they hubby and I decided it would be a good day to go for a drive and oh while we are out I could spend my gift certificate to Knitting Sisters So we headed out about noon and I drove to historic Yorktown to show the hubby some projects I am working on down there, and we walked around the Riverwalk Landing It was a little chilly on the river and the tourist have all gone home and we had lots of room for walking around. We just happened to walk into Colonial Fiber Arts and just had to buy a little something. . .
hhmm a mystery bag
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What could it be?

Contents of Mystery Bag

A 1/2 lb of Louet Roving in Light Brown Coopworth! Just yummy! and a pair of hand wrought scissors. These are the small ones they have a larger pair and they are much lovelier than the photo shows, but you are definitely not getting on a plane with these!

We met the lovely owner. We walked around a bit more and moved on to Knitting Sisters

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The ladies are closing the store for a week and who can blame them they work very hard all year, but it that created with Christmas being only a couple of days away made the store a bit busy today. They even tried to sell the hubby some yarn! He was very kind and pointed them in my direction which resulted in this:

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A pair of small Fiber Trends sock blockers. Some Noro Kureyon sock yarn, some Lorna's Shepherd Sport sock yarn in Seaside and Cool. Two new sets of sock needles #1 and #2s and a Manos Cottage Cotton Collection Pattern book.

We had a a lovely lunch at The Polo Club That is one of our favorite places. The folks there are just wonderful and friendly and the drinks are good, so is the food. :-)

It was a wonderful knitty day! We came home the hubby and set up the new DVD/VCR so I could watch some Christmas movies. (Yes, I still have movies on VHS) But I have to watch "White Christmas" with Bing Crosby at least once you know.

So I hope everyone else is having a wonderfully knitty weekend!

Happy Christmas Knitting

Friday, December 21, 2007

Christmas Time!

What I love about Christmas time, well the spirit of the holiday itself if important to me. The hubby and I don't exchange gifts with each other, we do give them to family and friends. One we are very fortunate to be able to buy what we need or want at any given time and seems silly to spend a bunch of money just because it is the holidays. So we try to remind ourselves what it is all about and do a little extra for others. I enjoy that.

I enjoy seeing the excitment and wonder of children during the holidays it is just so magical to them and to remember when it was like that for me as a child is a warm and fuzzy memory.

Even though I am an only child Christmas was a big family tradition, my fathers parents came for breakfast on Christmas morning, we went to my mothers parents for dinner and all the cousins etc would be there. It was a wonderful time and a wonderful memory.

We always had a live tree and my uncle made a special stand for it. It was tradition that my mother and I decorate it after my dad put it up, as I got older that tradition grew to include wine, which spawn another tradition having to redecorate the tree the morning after! My dad would get up the next morning and just shake his head as mom and I tried to make the tree more presentable.

Another tradition was my grandmother on dad's side making potato candy. It was so good and I have never been able to duplicate it. But it was made with rolled out potatos with peanut butter spread on it and rolled into a log and chilled in the frig. It was super sweet and I loved it as a kid. Every time I try to make it, it turns into potato and sugar soup!LOL

What are some of your favorite holiday memories?

On the Knitting front, scarf for neighbor not done yet, plan on pulling an all nighter tonight. It is about half done and it will need a matching hat, plus a set for her hubby!

Well off to knit! My you have fly fingers this weekend if you are also trying to finish up Christmas projects!

Happy Knitting!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Secret Santa!

I belong to a wonderful online group of basset hound owners and each year we do a secret santa. This year Halle, had my name and she sent me a personalized mug made with all three girls on it! Some knitters had soap and cookies for the girls!
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My secret santa partner upstream is still waiting for her package despite my having mailed it weeks ago, she is a knitter as well as a basset owner!

I hope she gets it soon!

Happy Knitting!

Monday, December 17, 2007

Two in One Day

Productive Weekend

Well it was too short as always but at least I was productive. I started and finished two hats this weekend in addition to my normal weekend chores; you know laundry, vacuuming etc.

Saturday, the hubby and I were feeling like we needed to be abused so we went to the post office and then to the mall! Well since we didn’t have to shop on a deadline it wasn’t too bad, if you don’t mind people walking really really slow in front of you in the mall. I have a pet peeve with this sort of behavior and it has in the past caused me to think horrible thoughts like body checking old people and pushing baby carriages out of the way. I’m not a mall person at any time of year but holidays, no way!
There was a lined wrapped I don’t know how many times around to see Santa, and they were behind the Santa ropes and out of the way, it was all the looking loo’s stopping to wave to people in line or watching a particularly cute baby get their picture taken. In principle I have nothing against, Santa in the mall, cute babies or people who admire them, but it is like driving people, pull off to the side!
Bang! Ouch, that was me falling off my soap box.

So Sunday, a cold and blustery day, the kind of day that makes Winnie the Pooh stay in-doors. So I thought Pooh probably has the right idea. So I stayed in-doors with my comfy sweat pants and t-shirt.
I did chores, I make potato soup and I knitted two hats.

The details, the first hat I actually started on Friday but I finished it Saturday night while watching SNL reruns. (That counts as an FO for the weekend right?) Sunday, I had a pouch of potato/broccoli soup mix. I put it in the crock pot with the required about of water then added fresh potatoes and cooked ham. It turned out very yummy and was quite nice on a cold day.

Once the laundry was started and the floors cleaned, I put in a movie which turned into three movies and cast on a hat with earflaps. (A first) It turned out quite well and I finished it at about 8pm last night.

I also have to say that I am very sad to report that I was disappointed in the last Harry Potter movie. It came out on DVD this week and I bought it while I was out on Saturday.
(I don’t go to movie theaters for the same reason I avoid the mall). I have to say that is was the least eventful in my opinion of the movies and it so far is the one that left the most out from the book. I realize the books are long and the movie would be 4 hours if they put everything in there, but still they could have done a better job with the fight scene, where Sirius is killed that is quite the battle in the book. I’m not sorry I bought the movie, I would have wanted it for my collection anyway, but I sure hope they do a better job with the next two.

This morning on the way to work I cast on a pair of socks. I haven’t done a pair in a while and was feeling the urge. I also plan to cast on a mobius wrap for my neighbor tonight and use the socks as my portable project. I have a chili red yarn and is just screaming to be made into something warm and cozy! So my neighbor will have something to wear to church soon (I hope)

So to sum up: The knitted gifts for my hubby’s niece and her family are now done. The ear flap hat goes with a matching scarf for her little boy. A hat and scarf set for her hubby and then hat, scarf and mittens for her. They will be on their way soon. I already sent them something for Christmas so this is really just a winter gift in case it doesn’t get there on time. I have a few like that actually. I have sent two boxes to a friend in PA. Who is really cold, this week, they are in danger of losing power in her neighborhood.

And the same for another friend, I shipped Christmas presents early and sending follow up knitted items. LOL. My way of meeting deadlines without the pressure! LOL.

And a note on my blogging lately. At my new job (which is going quite well) we cannot get to certain sites and so my blogging is some what limited from work unlike before, where I could sit in on a day like today at lunch time and blog.

*So I am having to type up my thoughts as they come to me and then post them later. Especially if I want to include any pictures.* So I apologize if my posting seems sporadic.

Happy Knitting and to all my friends in the northeast, stay safe and warm!

The weekend!

I love weekends! Well who doesn’t really, but winter weekends are the best, a cold winter weekend. A fire in the fireplace. A good old movie and knitting!
It also helps if you have built in foot warmers like a basset hound or a lap warmer like a bulldog!

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It helps to know you have warm yummy soup simmering and nothing but happy Christmas projects to work on. Who cares if Christmas is closing fast, these are happy snuggly projects! Like hats and scarves and other warm yummy things.

Than then there is reality!

There is the last minute gift for the neighbor that you put off til the last minute knowing that was the one gift you didn’t have to ship. That means out and about and of course if you are already out you might as well stop here and there and then you must grab lunch!

Of course, it is all very fun and all the pretty decorations and the spirit of the season and all, but in the back of your mind you know it is cutting into your knitting time and there won’t be any time to build a fire and let it property heat up the house. The soup will have to wait until later when it has the proper amount of time to slow cook and let all the flavors blend.

But that is okay, there is still another day in the weekend to be savored. And soon there will be a four day weekend, when no shopping will have to be done and the projects will turn to things with no deadline and of a more personal nature. But there are still so many things to make or up coming birthdays!

Ah the weekend!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Dogs on Thursday- Food!

Wow this week is just flying by, I can't believe tomorrow is Friday already. I'm happy about it, just can't believe it snuck up on me so quickly.
The girls got a fun box in the mail this week, there were some lovely treats for the two leggers in the house but the girls received a lovely cookbook.

We have a friend in Texas who comes up with the most thoughtful and enjoyable gifts each year, and the best part is the proceeds always go to help a worthy cause.

The cookbook is very appropriate it is called "Cooking the Three Dog Bakery Way" by Mark Beckloff and Dan Dye.

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With yummy recipes like this one:
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What do the girls think?

Rosie says, "why aren't you in the kitchen instead of standing there taking my picture"!
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Lily and Molly ask:
"When is it going to be ready"?
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They all three say, Thank you, Melinda!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Thoughts

I read on Monday that over the weekend a boy that I had dated briefly in high school passed away. He was only 39 years old. I hadn’t seen him since high school, we went out a few times, broke up and he changed schools. I never saw him again, as is the case with many people you get to know if high school, he had moved out of the area. It doesn’t name the cause of death, it did mention that in addition to a job as a Naval Designer he worked as a firefighter and EMT, so I don’ t know if it was job related. He had been married only two years, my heart goes out to his wife.

I have to say it was somewhat disturbing to open the paper and see his high school picture there with the announcement. A dear friend even called to see if I had seen it. She went to a different high school than I, as well, but she remembered him as he hadn’t lived far from her.

Again, my heart goes out to his wife and family for losing someone so young.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Monday, Monday

FO’s

I finished the elusive scarf but with a design, I need more practice with my fair isle technique and it isn’t quite ready for gifting just yet. So I will save that for another day. Instead I found two lovely motifs to incorporate, one of a star (lone star) and one of Texas. I call it Chai Texas. I love the color reminds me of chai tea. Its actually called sandstone. It is 57” without the fringe. I immediately started on a little hat to match. I am hoping to finish that tonight but that might be wishful thinking. I had plans to knit on my lunch break, but it is 10am and already 68 degrees today. Go figure nearly 70 degrees and two weeks until Christmas. I envy anyone with snow right now.
We have rarely ever had white Christmases here, but I remember once as a child we had a white Easter. It is rarely very cold here in December, the coldest month is usually February and we get more ice than snow anyway.
It is my goal one day to take a vacation at Christmas time and go somewhere with snow. 
My next goal is to finish this hat, knit up another quickly and then a pair of socks all in time for shipping before Christmas. Think I can do it? I have the yarn and the patterns, the question is do I have enough time?
Have you seen the beautiful lace work Margaret is doing? She just finished this lovely shawl. She is a wonderful inspiration to me and hopefully others as well. Go check her out
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There are so many wonderful projects being down out there and especially this time of year.

Also, it is one year ago this week that I began knitting, one whole year I hope I have improved during that time. I think I have but such a long way to go yet. But the journey will at least be fun! I had big plans for all the things I was going to knit this year that for one reason or another didn’t materialize, mostly because I don’t seem to knit very fast. But I plan once again to knit through out the year wonderful gifts for loved ones next Christmas. While adding to my own wardrobe.

Happy Knitting

Sunday, December 9, 2007

AAAH The Weekend and Then Some

Well dear friends, it has been a crazy week or so and I haven't been able to get anywhere near my blog until today.
To review: November 30th was my last day at my old job. It was crazy and fun. I was still trying to train my replacement but some things can only be experienced and I'm sure she will be fine. My co-workers and I went to lunch and they gave me a nice framed collage of funny pictures of all of them. And a $50 gift certificate to Knitting Sisters . A fellow knitter in the office was in charge of that and it was a wonderful thought! I can't wait to use it!
That weekend was a whirlwind of activity finishing up the Christmas shopping etc. Monday I started my new job and had some sort of orientation or meeting the first three days so didn't actually get to spend a full eight hours in the office until Thursday. But, I can't tell you how relaxed I am now with this new job. No stress, able to sleep again, it is wonderful.

Yesterday I mailed the last of my packages that had to be anywhere by a deadline and got my hair cut, I had wanted to do that before I started the job but just didn't have time. And I went to my usual girl who cuts it just the way I like it and she and I got to talking while she was cutting my hair and bam! Cut way shorter than I wanted it, I mean really. It isn't bad, but it is just sort of shockingly short, more of a summer time cut than winter. But, it is only hair it will grow back and in a week it won't look so bad.

I haven't even put up my tree or decorations yet, but I plan to go to the attic today and decide what needs to be brought down. I'm not sure I will go all they way this year since I have waited so long to decorate (two weeks behind my normal decorating schedule).

All this week it has been cold in the low 30s what you might expect for December, but today it is supposed to be in teh 60s and near 70 tomorrow.

In knitting news I have completed two spa sets, one in a yellow and blue colorway and one in yellow. I found some lovely lavendar soaps to fill the soap bags with.

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I have also regrouped on the scarf that was plaguing me and figured out a nice unique pattern for it and will have that finished today. I will post pictures when it is done.

Happy knitting!