Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Oh drat, oh Darn! Gosh!

Oh drat . . . .I'm jealous or is it envious? Either way I've been reading the posts of other knitters blogs. I start with green and build up to chartreuse as I read the warmly dropped superlatives as if they were crumbs from a everything bagel.

"I love my LYS."

"I ran down to my LYS and picked up some great yarn. The owner is fantastic".

Blech! Euuch MEH!!! I'm jealous. Arruggh!!!! The closest LYS is 40 minutes away
I treasure this store as one of those special outings better than icecream. A huge treat!!!

Monday, September 25, 2006

bit batty

For halloween bats in black in our windows.
(The best pic I had after spending way too much time trying to get a good pic of this cute little bat.) Folding instructions are below.

Original instructions and all credit goes to:

Sunday, September 24, 2006

lil bag AF

. . . . and after felting with the lining fabric next to it. I'm going to line the bottom and sides with timtex.

Saturday, September 23, 2006

lil bag BF

Here is the one skein Kureyon bag I've just knit waiting to be felted.

Friday, September 22, 2006

My daughter plays with fire

My daughter at her last performance. She's a fire dancer. I'm happy to the point of gleeful delight she's a maniac about safety. She's got these unsightly burnt patches of hair on her arms that is completely incongruent with the regal way she carries herself. When she was 17 she had bright pink streaks in her hair. Many times when shopping together it was "so darn cute" as to be disgustingly cute. . . little girls would show up from odd places many times following us around. They would then quickly run away, to only show up again moments later dragging their parent(s). They would point and quite excitedly exclaim "I want hair like that".

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Simple Reasons

I created a blog for the simple reason of joining in on Secret Pal. To blog is foreign to me. I have never been a journal kind of person - and it shows. Here is it the 20th of September and I’m far short of the required number of posts to join in the fun.

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Missing my Grandma

I am working on this project for my daughter using a pair of size 4 needles that I recently inherited from my Grandma. She started teaching me to knit when I was 5 years old. She and I used to make these wacky kitchen towels with knitted holders which you could loop around door pulls etc. as presents. It seemed that everyone had one or two of those kitchen towels that she knitted. Besides all her knitting gear I also inherited all those towels I made as a child (including my first skirt which I made at 8). An inspiration to everyone around her she lived to be 95. In her stash I found a pink and fluffy soft ball of yarn which I'll be making into a scarf as a x-mas present for my niece Natasha (Barbie crazy and in love with pink). I found a blue sweater which she didn't get to finish. This once done will go to my Mom for her birthday as my Grandma originally intended. Thank you Grandma!

Sunday, September 03, 2006

echos of ebay

Yeah, there I was on ebay in a last minute bidding war over an entire bag of Berroco – echo. I cast the winning bid of $16. A few days later I excitedly open the box. It’s wasn't copper and cream color as it looked in the pics but terracotta and gray. Euhck! Further inspection shows its two balls short of a full bag. Ok. . . go ahead and insert what jokes you like. I kept a straight face while writing the email explaining the two missing balls. The woman responding did not. After exchanging a hilarious escalating volley of emails about missing balls I was refunded a more than fair amount and I kept the yarn. It sat in my stash for almost a year before I decided I'd experiment in changing the color-way to one more of my liking. I first bleached the yarn. The second experiment was a short turquoise bath. I experiment with other colors as time permits. Suggestions anyone? ? ?

. . . . . . and I never ever again bid on yarn where I didn't also check out online color cards!!

Friday, September 01, 2006

Happy Tomatoes Happy Friends

My cherry tomato plants are still going gang busters. They look awful. The leaves look r0ugh yet the plants are still producing lots and lots of tomatoes. This year I went 100% organic. I’m ecstatic with the outcome. I under planted my normal amount of plants using the methods of French intensive gardening. I doubt I'll go back to regular row gardening again. I’ve not used one speck of pesticides anywhere. I’ve better yields than ever before with less plants.

An odd year as none of the tomatoes were as bought. I planted what was labeled as an early yellow pear, a beefsteak, and plum tomatoes. Two of the pears turned out to be the exact same variety as what was labeled plum as to give me all massively productive cherry tomato plants. The beefsteak turned out to be what I can only guess as a heirloom variety which is streaked yellow and red and as it is now been way past 90 days and I'm only now getting tomatoes any where near being ripe - a late producer. The super productive cherry tom's turned out to be a good thing. This is the first year I've had so much as to be giving friends lots and lots of tomatoes. Happy happy friends!