Saturday, June 30, 2012
I changed needles during this knit up. I had to go to my addi turbos awhile back. I was using my favorite plastic needles, but they would snag the stitches at the needle/wire join. It was driving me crazy to tug all those stitches along each row. The addi's that I have are not a particularly sharp tip but this yarn is not lace or sock weight, so it doesn't ' matter all that much.
Fun fact for today: The Kitchener Stitch was named after the Famous Lord Kitchener. American's copied his YOUR COUNTRY NEEDS YOU style poster, substituting Uncle Sam for Lord K's image.
Why don't we play a little THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND THIS LAND IS MY LAND game :
just tell me what State you in live in for today's comment. I"ll start. ....
Friday, June 29, 2012
Undone. The mistake was bugging me. Thanks for the permission to rip!
It's Daisy and Coneflower time around these here parts.
Helo and Al. . What can I say?
Working on my Cardi Shrug. Pictures tomorrow.
It was movie night at Camp HOMEIFYOUCANSTANDIT.
Al made me watch Bridesmaids. I laughed my butt off.
If this heat keeps up, I know the cure: Go to a Wave Pool.
What's your cure for intense heat?
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Staycation yesterday involved more ONE ROW lace knitting. This is the spongey softest yarn I have ever worked with. It is a sock yarn and I lost the label. ( Happy toes? Happy Feet? Big Foot? Hodag.... I can't think of it right now) I made a mistake a few rows back, but I think I'm leaving it. Can't decide....might start over....what do you think?
Staycation also involved hair do highlights at the Beauty Shop. I go to a Beauty shop not a SALON. Old ladies go there who really care about their hair doo's. They just do hair. I didn't want to sit still long enough to have my hair dried and styled. I left with wet locks, but they are blonde now...and it cut the price of the visit in half.
Staycation meant going to my neighbor's garden as they are on VACATION , and watering. The bonus here is I get good ideas for my garden, AND all the ripe raspberries I can find and pick. I watered and watered because we are so very dry here in Chicago land this summer.
Staycation meant finding another neighbor's keys when they locked themselves out last night. Felt like a hero for practically nothing yesterday!
Staycation meant watering my own garden and finding a big surprise. We have an unplanted tomato plant growing by the shed. Yippee . It has blossoms on it already. I LOVE stragglers who reseed themselves. We also have a begonia that came back from last years annuals....Kind of odd. Yet, it is there.
Staycation meant using Peadpod yesterday. I just couldn't stand the grocery store. Sometimes PeaPod is a necessity, sometimes an indulgence. It was definitely the latter yesterday. I'm waiting for the driver now to deliver my groceries.
On a side note, both adult kids are moving in for a very short time this month. I sent them a flyer titled: CAMP HOMEIFYOUCANSTANDIT. It was a joke. I listed the QUIET HOURS at camp. 1-3 of course, my nap times. I asked they give me arrival and departure dates. I said we'd ring the dinner bell nightly. I said I'd honor special dietary requests. I feel like Kate from the Shady Rest of Petticoat Junction. I would have left a mint on Al's pillow last night, but Helo would have eaten it...
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
We were not wearing blue suede golf shoes.....
Staycation events of yesterday included
* a very indulgent 90 minute massage. I found a great deal at our Massage Envy location and jumped on it.
*a bittersweet goodbye to Babka and Puddy as they went back to the shelter. This group was a ton of work. Not complaining, just commenting. Because they were so sick, there was more worry than joy with them. Many many trips back and forth to the shelter for supplies, special food, lots of stool samples. It has a happy ending, so it was worth it. But I am ready for a break now on Staycation.
*an even more indulgent nap when I got home in the afternoon. Im told my snoring made the whole house shake.
*One Row Lace scarf knitting.....I can count I can count I can count! Hooray for lace in the heat of summer.
*an inventory of my gift knits for Christmas or otherwise revealed: 3 pairs of socks, 3 Life is Good Shawlettes, a hat for a grown up, a cozy mini baby blanket, and the orange scarf I just finished. So 9 gifts so far. I'm not keeping the orange scarf although I'd LOVE to. :)
*Stay tuned to Staycation.
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Staycation Rules that Apply To Me: (your Staycation rules are your very own!)
*No cooking if you don't really want to.
Last night: Don't gag. I tried the veggie burger at Burger King. It was delish. I am not a vegetarian but I am trying very hard to minimize meats for awhile.
*Invited my neighbors over to see the kittens at noon. This left my afternoon free afterwards for a good nap. Invited another friend for coffee at 4 on the porch. Part of my staycation planning means, STAYing at home.
I love staying at home. If someone is late arriving at my house, I am less crabby about it than if I am waiting for them at a coffee shop.
*Swatched. I tried 3 different patterns and yarns before I hit on my next project at 9 pm last night.
The simple ONE ROW lace scarf it is. I'm usually too impatient to swatch. I force the project along. During staycation , I have the time to sit and play with the needles, the yarn, the pattern until I hit it right.
*I ask myself : Is this how I would spend my time on vacation? If the answer is no, I really don't do that thing. I have to protect Staycation fiercely or it won't work. I say to my family: Im on vacation, so Im not doing laundry today. I'm on vacation so Im not grocery shopping today. I even go so far as to refuse to answer the phone......I wouldn't answer it on vacation if I was away.
Today, the foster kittens go back to the shelter. God Speed little Babka and Puddy. You've made it!
Today, Fireman and I are dining al fresco somewhere before the temps go into the 90s and 100s this week.
Today, I'll take more photos when the light is just right, somewhere I normally wouldn't go to take pictures.
Today, I will organize my knit gifts......because it is under 6 months now to Christmas........
Monday, June 25, 2012
I took the image of the thorny thing last night. I think it is thistle... The downy middle is what birds like goldfinches put in their nests. Nature amazes me time and time again.
Winner winner chicken dinner: Channon won the lace fair and square. Number generator is easy fast and fun to use. Channon the blue lace is headed to Virginia.....how appropriate....maybe I'll have Al deliver it.
I've started my Staycation. Staycation is awesome. I have lots planned and nothing planned all at the same time. If I want to do things I will, if I don't I won't. Some perks to stay cation:
*I don't have to pack....
ANYTHING. Not underwear, not makeup, not yarn even!
*I don't have to wonder if the bed I'm sleeping in is really clean.....it's mine!
*I don't have to do laundry when I get back.
*I dont' have to stop the mail.
*I don't have to drop the camera in the lake.
But I do have to protect my staycation time so it really is a stay cation.
I'll give you my tips along the way.
But, what am I knitting on stay cation? Well, I'm working on the Cardi Shrug.
That's it so far.
But it's stay cation so stay tuned...anything may happen. Even a dishrag...
Saturday, June 23, 2012
(suggestions so very welcome)
I used to knit with the finished product as my goal. I just wanted the joy of the finish. Lately I want to enjoy the knitting itself, from the yarn chosen to the pattern to the actual sit and knit. Sure I want the outcome to be beautiful, but I want to love the knitting process as they say. Process vs product. The same old question.
I was reading some other knitters thoughts on the debate. Then this occurred to me, what if ALONG the way you discovered some joy. Joy as in loving the cookie dough as much or more as the cookie.
I love the sightseeing along the way to a destination.
I love the gardening before the harvesting.
I love the picture taking for the posts.
There are some things, however, that never thrill me in the process:
I don't love working out, until it is over.
I don't love painting a room until it is done.
I don't love balancing the checkbook until it is balanced.
and I don't like and probably never will like studying for a test!~even though I am a good test taker......
OH and you have until 0400 to get in on the lace yarn contest! good luck
Friday, June 22, 2012
Speaking of Flies and Spiders. Really. Seriously. This is true. 100% true.
A creepy ER story from Al.
Patient walks in saying she hears something moving in her ear. Doctor pours water in the ear.
BIG BLACK spider crawls out of ear. Doctor asks for specimen jar. Allision, Nurse, Runs away.
It really happened. Now, we must knit earplugs.....in cashmere. I cannot sleep unprotected....anymore.
Thursday, June 21, 2012
I'll miss their cute faces. But guess what? Helo, Al's beautiful cat is coming to stay with us for at least a few months. He doesn't need the stress of moving to Virginia Beach with Al. Beatles needs a buddy. Rosalyn has been a trooper. She is tired of Beatles tackling her though. Her old bones need a rest.
Helo will take a while to fit in; cats just take a little time. I am so excited for him to live here. He has the most amazing eyes. He is part Siamese/part something else...probably grey tabby. He needs to lose some weight, so playing with Bea will be perfect. Helo is only 2. Bea is now 1.
Fireman and I want to get to the Lake Michigan Beach soon. I drove by and snapped a picture the other day. The water stays very cold until about August. We want to take the kayaks out. Hopefully within a week we can do this.
Here is short list of things I WONT do this summer:
Go to any indoor concert. I simply cannot do this when we have nice weather. We have so many months of awful grey cold weather here in Chicago, I have to stay out in the summer. -
Buy ice cream from a truck. I have so many good ice cream choices around me. I live a block from a soft serve ice cream stand, 3 blocks from Oberweiss Dairy and a mile from a Ben and Jerry's. You cannot beat Ben and Jerry's if you ask me-
Wear a bikini. -
Plant tomatoes. Taking this year off. My watering to harvesting ratio was much too low last year to warrant them this year. I can go to the farmers market on any Saturday from July 1 on and get great tomatoes. ( I will be happy to take any of yours) -
Have a garage sale. Most of my stuff is FROM garage sales.....and I tend to bring one thing into my house and get rid of one thing at the same time. it keeps the STUFF down. :)
Use a spray tan/seek a tan out. I'm too old for tanning. The spray stuff must cause cancer or three heads or something. I LOVE to look tan. Alas, it is winter here more than anything else and my winter skin will look much better if I don't' tan.
I won't stop planting because spring is over. I must keep the garden interest up. I always plant mums in August, but I need to plant something now in July....any ideas?
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Today I can allow myself to knit the Cardi Shrug that Mereknits just finished.
Because I had so much fun with the last contest, I want to have another. Al is moving to Virginia Beach in a few weeks. So proud of her. She has taken a position in the Children's Hospital's ER.
Let's celebrate her final night shifts! She will be off nights...finally. She's been a trooper.
Nights puts your life on hold. Nights is like jet lag every day. 0400 never ever gets any easier.
Al is donating the yarn. She doesn't want to haul stash to the East Coast. Or not much anyhow.
So Two Skeins of Malabrigo Lace in Indigo 88. 470 yards a piece. If you knit lace, or know someone who will love this yarn, enter the contest by 0400 on June 23rd in the wee hours of Saturday morning.
To enter the contest:
Leave Al some advice for moving out of the area she grew up in. Leave her some Virginia Beach advice. Some new girl on the block advice. Some how to deal with homesickness advice....
Some how to Skype advice.....
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
This is an orange post. My ribbed scarf is nearly finished. I will finish it today! I have some dental waiting room knitting ahead this afternoon. I also have unlimited porch time later in the day. I'd rather knit my Cardi Shrug, but I am too functionally fixed in my ways to be working on 3 projects at once.
I did place a buttonhole in the scarf for easy wearing. It looks like too small an opening from this image, but in real life it is good! Orange you wondering why I am showing you a radiator in 90 plus degree Chicago summer heat? Because, in a few days we are half way to Christmas that's why!
It KNOWS how to take great images...I just frame and snap. Orange you surprised that I let my camera do the thinking for me?
Orange and chocolate are a favorite combination of mine and Zachary's.
Oranges are such a treat in this area in the winter, and then summer arrives and we forget them what with all our strawberries, blackberries, blueberries and melons. My Aunt Elanore made an Orange cake that used to be delicious. I must go find that recipe.
About the most orange we get around here is a Dreamsicle ....from the Dairy queen.
Orange you glad I didn't say banana?
Zach has a friend from Africa who says there is a saying similar to , "She just rubbed a banana on my arm" . It has something to do with not helping someone.....
Here are some other African sayings I Found that make more sense:
An egg never sits on a hen
A full stomach does not last overnight
A stick thrown in the water does not become a crocodile...
Sayings anyone? Orange anyone?
Saturday, June 16, 2012
You would think there was a wedding going on here, but no.
Something borrowed: the book Im reading, CATS by Doris Lessing. What a wonderfully written book.
Wishing you a good book, a good old knit, a good new knit and some good gazpacho. Happy Saturday. Its the workend for me! See you Monday or Tuesday. Happy Father's Day weekend to all the blog lurking fathers out there! You rock.
Friday, June 15, 2012
Fun fotos for Friday for you. First, Full's logo: 3 Bags Full's logo that is.
Father's day festivities begin today, Friday for us. The workend and all that falda rah and fiddly dee.
Finally, we have been gifted a fax machine. We have been fax less our whole lives. My friend Abby got an upgrade and found herself free of the other fax machine.....so she foned us and offered the fax to us. Fine we said, fine.
Fee Fi Fo Fum.......Friday.....
Thursday, June 14, 2012
I had to mail 2 packages today. One box was mailed to Zach who lives about 15 miles away. It cost 5 dollars to send it. The other package , same size, was the yarn prize to Catherine in Ireland. It cost 10 dollars to send. The weighed almost the same.
How is it that sending a box so close costs so much and sending a box 3 thousand miles away costs only ten dollars?
Is summer flying for you?
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Yesterday was about not a lot of actual knitting. However, I was reading blogs, looking at patterns, calling my LYS about yarn and the like. Today will involve more actual knits and purls.
I think I love the internet for its INFORMATION capabilities. There is just so much to learn in the world and it is so near my fingertips now. I can get pleasantly lost in a sea of information about my favorite things in life. I'm glad I live right now.....
I know I would not have handled Pioneer Life well. I know that guns are everywhere now too, but at least I haven't heard of any scalpings lately....
So, Last night I revisited a few sites that I love:
I want to make almost every recipe listed.
TinyBuddha: a beautiful video was posted yesterday.
Simon's Cat: The cartoon films produced on this site are so funny. If you know a cat, you will laugh yourself silly with these simply perfect scenarios of cats doing there thing, cartoon style.
Ravelry. I know it is not new to you, but I can get lost in groups, threads, patterns and friends.
No wonder I slept well. It was a night of calm reading. Do you have sites you revisit for yourself from time to time.....want to share? (even if they are not knitting sites, Im interested)
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Creativity is Subtraction.
You have to know what to leave OUT as well as put in to your works. So since my toes are not yet professionally pedicured for the summer, I left my toes out of the image above.... Tomorrow, I plan to sit still for a pedicure.
The flower, looks best alone in the image above I think. It doesn't need to share the image with the fence or other flowers..... I took the picture on a walk around the block one day when the light was nice.
I usually think about my blog post for the day for a bit before I write it out. You would laugh if you knew all the things I've sent to the Delete button before the post is DONE. Here's something I could leave out, but won't: Just like Creativity is Subtraction, Medicine is not Math. That is what
I tell families.
Doing this and this to a body does not mean THIS will happen. You can do the same thing to different bodies and get completely different results. It is one of the hardest things about illness.......Medicine is not Math. Then again, if you believe in a Higher Power, the realization that Medicine in Not Math is wonderful. Sometimes amazing things happen in the equation.....(not always, not even often, but SOMETIMES)....
Go ahead, leave me comment and don't leave anything out unless you want to!
Monday, June 11, 2012
Isn't Babka cute? She has sort of sleepy eyes most of the time. She is a patient little one. Puddy stands IN The food dish and growls until she backs off. Babka just waits... patiently. Puddy is finally finally well. He is not as big as Babka. They have a couple more weeks here to grow and get strong then, they will go to the shelter and some one some very lucky one will take the pair home.....
I love love love this color.
Someone I love is moving to Virginia Beach soon. Have you been there? Do you know the area? Can you tell me nice things about it?
Saturday, June 09, 2012
I was on Ravelry's site early today . Someone linked an Interweave damaged book sale. I had to order a book on felting that I found. FELT FORWARD, Modern Designs was my pick. Do you have the book? I love to felt my knitting and I usually have very good luck. If you've never felted and need a little something new, go for it. It is a bit magical and a bit nerve racking at the same time...
Kind of like a roller coaster ride
Kind of like adopting a new puppy
Kind of like public speaking
Kind of like asking for an autograph
Have you asked for an autograph ever? I have . Ron Santo of the Cubs was the most gracious celebrity I've ever asked for an autograph. I have to say I asked for an autograph at a Cub game from the Marlins owner and he was a jerk. One of his fans actually told me to leave the guy alone while he was working. About 5 other people had successfully gotten his autograph so I m not sure why I was a NO. I thought that being a fan was more important than anything to an owner. I thought promoting baseball to a mom with her young son by her side, was WORKING. I don't think I"ve asked for an autograph since.
They are silly anyhow. I was doing it for my son's little collection at the time. I still get flushed thinking about it.
Would anyone like my autograph? I'll be happy to oblige......
Have a great weekend/workend!
Friday, June 08, 2012
I'm knitting a pattern I can understand,
My flowers are planted and seeds are sown
The earwigs are eating them I must bemoan,
There are holes in my coleus, lace-like you see
But all of you know Lace is Greek to me,
by Meghan whose 7, all she did was wrap
little balloons around the one part
and it took less than an hour from finish to start.
I;'m waiting for fireflies to light up the night
its one of my most favorite summer delights
The breezes are lovely from here where I sit
I'm ready to pick my needles and knit
and so Happy Friday to you and to you
May you finish a project and start one new too.
Thursday, June 07, 2012
In my knit world this is going on:
*I finished another Life Is Good Shawlette yesterday. I"ll show you soon.
*On my way to the Colour cowl I took a turn....I think Im making it a keyhole Scarf now. I just love the orange yarn knit up. I never use this color and I think it is refreshing to me. I am afraid that the seam on the Colour cowl will mess me up in the end. There I go, retreating to safety. But that is the story of my life....
and I don't mind it so much. Have you retreated to "Safe" lately???
Wednesday, June 06, 2012
As long as we are on the topic: The Carmelite Sisters have a home very near us. My mother often donated to them and asked them for prayers. Carmelites take a vow of silence. Only the Mother Superior talks. They are not allowed to ask for anything. God fulfills their needs. So once, after the Carmelites had prayed for my Mom, I wanted to thank them. I asked if they needed anything and the Mother Superior said no, nothing. She said they want for nothing. So then I asked if they had a garden. Mother Superior was excited and said yes ! I asked if I could bring them something for the garden, and she chuckled and said, "Miracle Grow!". The irony still makes me smile. I think I better bring them some Miracle Grow today.....it's been awhile.
So school is ending. My Life is Good Shawlette should end today too. My beautiful poppy ended after ONE day of blooming, due to a wind storm. The Queen's Celebration has ended. But, my contest has not ended yet.
I am so enjoying reading the blogs you are all sharing with me. I promise the prize will suit the winner. I am waiting to see who wins to customize the prize package.
I love a happy ending. DOn't you?
Monday, June 04, 2012
Stay tuned for a great knit prize.....
Saturday, June 02, 2012
Friday, June 01, 2012
I coudlnt help myself.......
I began coughing emphatically into the phone......
She became silent, so I hung up.
Can't stand those phone solicitors....they interrupt my knitting ......