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Monthly Archives: April 2009

How many times have I wanted to say this to someone?

I’ve lost count…not aimed at any one person I know, so no one needs to go takin’ it personally…just a general commentary on how singled-out some people seem to feel when life just isn’t a bowl of cherries.  😉

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WIPing it into shape

So here we are, at the end of another long work week.  I’m so glad that it’s finally Friday.  Whew!  It’s not that I had a tremendously busy work week, but there was a little bit of stressful stuff going on at certain points, and at other times, it was just…slow – as in, not that busy,  so I’m just really glad it’s all over…at least for me.  😉  My poor husband has to work a half-day tomorrow, part of a new thing at his workplace.  They’ve always been open on Saturdays, but did not require that there be any mechanics on duty (he works for a landscape equipment dealer).  This spring, with the economy so awful, they’ve come to the conclusion that it would be to their advantage to have a mechanic on duty on Saturdays, in case anything urgent should come in.  So, everyone will have to work a Saturday morning on a rotational basis – one person each week.  There’s several mechanics, so no one should have to do it more than once every couple of months.  So not too bad…and it is overtime, after all, which is always tasty, but is actually pretty important just now, due to pay-cuts that I experienced from my employer.  Ok, it’s not all that often or that much, but every little bit helps! Plus, I get a Saturday morning to myself to do whatever I please.  And I will probably please to go to the LYS!  LOL – as if I need more yarn!

I have been pretty good about working on my Hey, Teach! cardigan, and am now plugging away at the upper part of the back, needing just about 2 more inches of lace until I start the back-neck decreases. It looks really pretty, but that line of twisted stitches in the lower (stockinette) portion of the back is becoming a wee bit more obvious than I had thought it would be. I’m depending on the presumption that this will sort of shrink itself back into a less-visible state when I wash the completed item. ::crosses fingers hopefully:: Other than that, however, I think it’s looking really nice. I don’t have a picture of it, though – I’m really very bad about remembering to take pics of my WIPs. Yarn acquisitions – yes; FOs – yes. Stuff I’m working on – not so great about that!

I went to Books-A-Million for my bi-weekly knit-in with a couple of friends on Wednesday. Of course, Roadchick was there, which always makes it fun. Since my cardigan is lacy, and I was in the midst of the armhole decreases, I made a last-second decision that it would be inadvisable to work on that while chatting it up at the bookstore. So, I grabbed a skein of Manos dell Uraguay Cotton Stria yarn and appropriate-size needles, and thought I would start a facecloth with it. Now, I’m not much of a dishcloth/facecloth knitter normally (had my fill of that and pot-holders as a very young crocheter back in the Dark Ages of the 1970’s), but I thought that would be a more interesting way to get to know the yarn than just knitting a swatch. Unfortunately, in a massive failure to think ahead, I trotted off to the bookstore with yarn, needles, my usual notions bag, my cardigan in progress (just to show it off, of course!)…and completely forgot that this particular yarn is in a hank, not a pre-wound skein or ball. Now, I am a spoiled-rotten brat of a knitter. I have the cheap-o ball winder from joann.com, and a lovely swift that my husband hand-crafted from pieces of poplar and pine last spring. So I certainly could have taken the time to wind the yarn before leaving…or I could have just selected a different yarn, not in hank form, to use for this impromptu cast-on choice.  But no…I had to pick the Manos, which really has been calling to me from my stash for quite some time, begging that I use it for something.  (It’s color #222, in case any one is curious, which is called Coral and looks more like a dusty rose pink to me!).  And I should have either wound it or chosen something else.  But I wasn’t thinking, and I didn’t.  So there I stood, in the Joe Muggs cafe area of Books-A-Million, my little hank of cotton yarn draped over the back of a low-back arm chair, hand-winding the yarn into a ball.   Lucky for me, there were very few customers around at that time, or I would imagine that I’d have gotten some very strange looks!  As it was, I dropped the stupid ball a couple of times while winding and/or knitting, and I had a dickens of a time getting the hank untied so I could wind it in the first place! LOL! Needless to say, between that and too much yapping, I didn’t get very far on my facecloth. 😉

And that’s all I have for today – except for this, just for the fun of it, and because this picture has been in my mind lately, as I’m feeling the ages of my kids more than I am my own age this year:

My almost-21 yr old son, when he was just 6 months old

My almost-21-yr-old son, when he was just 6 months!

Isn’t that just the cutest little face you ever saw (except, perhaps, your own kids/grandkids)?  He’s not quite that cute anymore, but he’s still a pretty good-lookin’ kid, or at least I think so.  Then again, my opinion might be just a little prejudiced, don’t you think?  😉

 

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Of weekends and WIPs

img_0947I had the nicest weekend, really. I knitted. A lot. I’m currently working on Hey, Teach! from the Summer 2008 issue of Knitty.  Although the pattern calls for K1C2 2nd Time Cotton, I can’t actually pet that yarn anywhere locally (as far as I know), and I dislike buying yarns I’ve not been able to touch. I’m picky that way.

I think I’ve previously mentioned, however, recently getting an amazingly good buy on Plymouth Jeannee Worsted, which is pretty much my favorite cotton-blend yarn, at this point. I’m using that, since I have what I believe will be a sufficient quantity to make this pattern the way I want to. Here’s a progress pic from Saturday, when I had about 7.5″ of the back done.  I am currently on the last first lace repeat of the bodice, to I figure to add at least an inch in length, to match the added inch on the lower bodice.  This, to counter the fact that many who have previously completed this project complained that it was a bit short.  I also found a fellow Raveler who has complete instructions to make a 3/4 sleeve, which I intend to use, since I prefer that length to short or cap.

It’s not a perfect knitting job, but nothing in it, so far, that I can’t live with – a line of twisted stitches, where I frogged for dropped stitch (boy, did I ever need those point protectors I bought Sunday morning!); another line where the gauge was off a bit, same situation.  But that’s all…so far!  😉

This yarn was originally purchased with a February Lady sweater in mind, but I changed my mind after trying just the neckline – easy knit and all that, but I decided it probably wouldn’t a look all that terrific on me, too…blocky, I guess. This babydoll-style sweater seems to have a bit more shape to it, and is probably more suitable for a little negative ease over the chest.  And I liked this pattern the minute I saw it last summer, but though it was perhaps a bit short for my hips (I’m knitting it longer) and perhaps not quite…generous enough over said chest.

Had a lovely dinner at the home of my friend Roadchick Sunday night. Great spaghetti, salad, bread, and a delicious fudge pie that was like chocolate mousse with pie crust. Yum! We were actually there so that my husband could get some guitar-learning/playing tips from Roadchick’s son, Rockboy. That seems to have worked very well, or at least, as well as I intended it to – Rockboy essentially told the husband the same thing I’ve been saying for quite some time – that he’s skipping the step of getting to know chords and scales, learning to memorize the neck of the guitar, stuff like that. So, husband has his work cut out for him, but feels good about it now, because he was told this by someone who (a) is male and (b) doesn’t have his hand out, asking for money. Like most males of the baby boom generation or a little bit after it, husband tends to discount the opinion of any female until it is verified by a male…unless the female in question is his Mom. (tee hee!) More sensibly, he tends to disbelieve or at least disregard that which is said by someone who wishes to stick his or her hand inside our checking account, either for goods or services. (I generally do that, too, so not digging on the husband for this part, just the “have to hear it from a male…or my mommy…” part…grrrrrrrrr!)

The weather here in Middle Tennessee was bee-u-tee-ful this weekend – 70’s and sunny most of the time.  Sadly, we’re paying for our lovely weather now.  Got buckets of rain already this spring, and another half-bucket Sunday night, but we got a little bit on a very, very chilly (wintry) Monday.  After a high near 78F Sunday, it was about 39F in my area on Monday, and it’s all of 45F right now, with the anticipated low temp below freezing for the third consecutive night this evening.  Ugh!  Boy, am I glad that I resisted the urge to buy some pansies, petunias, and other such pretties for my flower boxes and beds this weekend!  Eeek!  Maybe I can fit some planting into this weekend, in between the forecast thunder storms on Friday and Sunday…at least it’s forecasted to warm up some.  🙂

Until next time, my dear few readers, I remain:

Yours Freezingly,

M.

 

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