Saturday, September 29, 2007
My great niece Tatum is the most adorable little girl you've ever seen (and I know all my relatives agree with me, she's precious). Her mom met me at the yarn store today, and Tate and baby sis Loggity came along. When I met them, Tate asked, "Lowdie, do you want to see what I have on my peaches?", and of course I said yes. She pulled down her skirt, stuck out her little bum, and showed me the apple that was printed on her tights. She thought that was a laugh riot, and of course I did too. Then we walked around the yarn store looking at all the 'wacko' yarns (plus the wacko customers, including one with a very brightly colored mohawk-y sort of hairdo)
Boo! My car "The White Rose" is making an unfriendly loud noise from the front left wheel. I think this means the wheel bearing is telling me it needs replacing. Not what I wanted to hear...
In happier news, my skin is glowing after my facial (though a procedure called 'extraction' was hardly relaxing!). We were pampered and enjoyed our treat at the Oasis in Woodinville. We also had a fun dinner out with the Falcones at Tokyo, a Benihana type of restaurant where the chef cooks your meal tableside. Our chef was a bit of a newbie, but the food was great nonetheless. Katie and I watched The Office and Earl on tivo, and that is the extent of my excitement for Friday night. Oh, got a few rows of knitting done, but nothing to get all fired up about.
Today, I am meeting the Craigslist guy I am hoping to do some sample knitting for; my niece Pam is coming along for protection (she promises to wear her karate clothes). And maybe Festa Italia if the weather gets a little nicer.
Friday, September 28, 2007
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
I love the New York Times, and have worked the NYT crossword puzzle daily since I was old enough to hold a pencil (or pen in my later years, and now work it online) I'm completely convinced that the NYT puzzle is going to save me from Alzheimer's. Or if I do get a little gaga in my golden years, I'll at least have learned a lot of interesting words and definitions.
Anyway, I was delighted to see that the Times has opened their archives and you can read articles from the 1850s on. I found quite a few knitting related links, including an article from Feb. 1883 titled "Gossip About Knitting" This article has several 'pithy' knitting patterns (no pictures, no real instructions, you evidently needed to know what you were doing to be a knitter in 1883)
One of the 'recipes' was for "A Very Pretty Shoulder Shawl" with instructions for an easy lace pattern. I had a skein of lovely Fleece Artist Suri Blue yarn that I was using to make a 1-skein wrap, but decided to try working this lace pattern instead. It's an easy pattern to knit, and I think it will be quite pretty after it's blocked.
I am using US #4 needles to knit this and cast on 100 stitches. The first 2 and last 2 stitches are worked in garter stitch (and are not included in the pattern instructions below):
Row 1: *yo, knit 1, yo, knit 1, slip 1, knit 2 together, pass slipped stitch over the k2tog stitches, knit 1; repeat from *
Row 2 and all even # rows: purl (remember to work first 2 and last 2 stitches in garter st)
Row 3: *yo, knit 3, yo, slip 1, knit 2 together, pass slipped stitch over the k2tog stitches; repeat from *
Row 5: *knit 1, slip 1, knit 2 together, pass slipped stitch over the k2tog stitches, knit 1, yo, knit 1 yo; repeat from *
Row 7: *slip 1, knit 2 together, pass slipped stitch over the k2tog stitches, yo, knit 3, yo; repeat from *.
I have about 650 yds of this yarn and I'm thinking that will be plenty for a lacy stole.
I'm waiting for my apple pies to bake (pictures soon lol) and trolling the interweb, when I come across this:
Siberian Woman Gives Birth to 17 pound Baby.
OMG, that is a baby and a half. I don't think any of my great nieces even come close to this weight, including 4 year old Tater!
I'm off to Seattle tomorrow (Thursday) for a little visit to the fam. Yep, Lavs will be in the hizzy (there you go, Megs!) from Thurs-Monday. I'm looking forward to seeing all the babies and their parents, assorted sibs, my mama, and of course my own little Katie Cat (even though she did call me on the GFY quote).
I'm getting a facial (heaven!) and meeting a guy who wants me to do some sample knitting. Other than that, I'm available for any sort of activity. Bring Starbucks.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Monday, September 24, 2007
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Our weather here is perfect, with warm days in the 60s and cool nights. September is my favorite month in Spokane! And it's great knitting weather too, I'm working on my Kauni Leftovers Socks, plus finishing up with Mr. Squirrel (I can't find his eyeballs right now, wonder if they are out in the grass too?) I have yarn for some beautiful sweaters, so I may be tempted to start some new projects shortly.
And just because it makes me laugh and warms my heart every time I view it, here's our Miss Tatum torch singing her little heart out. "Goodbye My Lovah" is the best performance EVER.
Friday, September 21, 2007
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Monday, September 17, 2007
Love the H-Dog!!!
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Saturday, September 8, 2007
I'll post a picture of my pretty new cardi as soon as it's dry. I have quite a bit of leftover yarn, so I've cast on for a pair of Kauni socks. As soon as I get one sock done, I'll post a free pattern for those who want to use up their leftovers.
Today while I was mustering up the strength to calculate the placement of the buttons/buttonholes on my Kauni Cardigan, I remembered I had purchased a SimFlex Sewing Gauge a while ago. This handy tool is designed to easily mark buttonholes (among other uses). "Simply lay it over your garment and expand it to the desired length for perfectly measured equal distances and accurate spacing from 3/8 inch to 3 3/8 inch. Expands to a total of 24 inches."
In no time, I had 7 perfectly spaced buttonholes and I am just finishing my cardigan! Hooray! This little tool runs from 15-20. and I got mine at my local sewing/yarn shop. It's available on the web too (I put a link to one place that sells it, no affiliation etc). Well worth having in one's knitting tool box!
Friday, September 7, 2007
I had a hard time selecting something, there were so many lovely yarns, bags, books and more in the store. I did find some cute buttons for my Kauni cardigan (which I hope to finish TODAY), and at $3.25 each, they had better be perfect! I also got a skein of "Socks That Rock" yarn in Sherbet. Very colorful (think more along the lines of the colors Barbie would wear) and should make a fun pair of socks. Assuming I ever get around to knitting the socks; I have this habit of buying and loving the sock yarn but never managing to actually knit the socks.
Katie headed to Seattle for her next nursing assignment, and we all miss her!
I may be taking a trip to Seattle myself next week; I am talking to someone today who is looking for a sample knitter, so if that pans out, I will be going over to meet and pick up yarn/patterns.
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
We had a great time, the weather was beautiful, with warm days and cool nights. The twins FINALLY got brave enough to ride their bikes without training wheels, and in about 30 seconds were tearing around the camp area with their new buddy Tyson (that's Alex, Tyson and Liam aka the Road Hogs). Mikey decided it was his big chance to learn to ride a scooter, and he worked hard at learning how to ride on a Razor.
Big brother Riveria was not feeling well, poor guy, so he did a lot of napping. But he was a good sport about it, no whining.
Lorraine (Mama to these handsome fellas) and I took the twins and Mikey out for a hike on the old Log Flume trail (they used to send the logs down to Priest Lake on this flume and then raft them down to the mills), and it was quite pretty. There were a lot of trees down after the early summer storm that tore through the camp (the boys are STILL wide eyed about that little adventure), but the forest service is on the job with clearing and planting. Steve caught up with us on his bike, no walking for that guy!
We spent a whole day at the beach, the water was really nice and we had a little inflatable boat to paddle in, plus Lorraine's friends brought their canoe. All the grown-ups got a little sunburned, guess we forgot to put on the sunscreen.
As usual, we ate like kings -- no pork and beans for these campers. Chef extraordinaire Miss Priscilla fed us her fab carne asada, Juliette and Jeff provided salmon on cedar planks, Lorraine whipped up great breakfasts and made sure no one went hungry for more than a minute. I brought homemade peach pie (with each boy getting their own special little pie) and fried chicken. There go my dreams of maybe losing a few pounds over the summer!
This is Maddie, who is modelling the wrap front sweater I knit for her (from "Natural Knits for Babies and Moms"). Looks like she will get to wear it for quite a while, judging from the rolled up sleeves lol.
You can't see in this picture, but this little girl has a full head of beautiful dark curls. She's adorable! And that is a great color on you, Mads!
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
Date: September 9, 2007 Time: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PMLocation: Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site
Eleanor Roosevelt was a strong champion of human rights and a ceaseless needlewoman. Whether she was attending a political convention, or working at the United Nations, she had her workbag with her. Knitting provided a useful activity for Eleanor Roosevelt, as she was listening and observing. Knitting gave her comfort and connection to family, friends, and causes.