Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Catching Up

Well kiddies, it's been too long as usual and now I have a ton of photo's for ya'll.
I went on a Herbert Neibling freak out and ended up HAVING to cast on as soon as the book came in.  This is from page 72 of the blue book of his patterns.  It's just the beginning and of course it's double the size now as I took this last week.  It's a peacock eye pattern.  I'm doing it in baby merino and will likely whack up the center to make it into a shawl as it's a round and I don't like round shawls so much so if I end up wanting to wear it ... must needs whack it!  It was supposed to be a table cover but I like wearable more.  Since working on this I realize how very simple his patterns are and will probably make this oval pattern for my coffee table next.  Or possibly a #30 crochet thread and a standard  doily. Haven't decided but will surely work my way through this book as it's wonderful. I bought it from

 This is a present... it's just a K2P2 ribbed hat but the fun part is the yarn... I wound it up into a ball and tossed it into a dye pot ages back.  It's pure merino and sooooooo soft.  I think that the special little boy will enjoy it.  The pom pom is likely to be really colorful.

Another special present.  I worked on these while spending the day in the ER for chest pain... came out with possible gallstones so we are waiting for a doctor to scan me next.  Anyway these are a two ply with the softest merino hand dyed inside (you can't see all the different colors in the black) for the foot.  The leg will get the teal and then the brown is for the outside, cream for the top... complete with no skid bottoms.  Should be a real hit come Christmas time.

My Knit The Classics list on Yahoo Groups is doing a Miss Marple knit a long and I designed this sweet ascot for my item for our KAL.  The KAL's fun... totally open, any pattern, any start day so long as it's Miss Marple.  I found a similar looking ascot when I googled her.  I guess one of her movie/TV characters wore one at some point.  So I cast on my hand spun 50/50 cashmere silk that I'd already spun and cranked this lovely ascot out in a day.  I am wearing it.... I have arthritis in my neck and this is just going to get SO much wear time this year.  It keeps my neck and chest real snuggly warm.  Later we are going to make a neck/back rice bag thingy for this bump that's growing at the base of my neck and the arthritis.  I thought just a neck thingy with ties that has a bit of a bulge out the back side, horseshoe shapped.  I will get you photos after sewing that one up.  I think I have to wash the flannel so it might be a bit longer then I'd like it to be.

Meanwhile I'm still cranking away as MS19, about half way through clue 4 now.  Clue 5 comes out in 2.5 days and I hope to be done with 4 when it hits.  

DD finished a sweater with some lovely teal/green/blue yarn that we dyed ages ago.  She loves it!  She made a shawl collar for it.  This sweater was knit in the round VERTICALLY!  Fun eh!  More photo's to come.

I have been wanting to spin like mad of late but haven't been feeling at all up to it.  I didn't recover from Dad dieing and then one thing after another seems to keep coming up for me to deal with... the latest a possible gall bladder surgery... which I don't understand at all cause this is what we eat.  :-)  Just had to share... I love my children!!!  This was an awesome meal.
LOL you can see MS19 just there on the right of the photo... always in view.  Well kiddies, I'm exhausted  so no real chit chat from me.  I hope you are having a grand day and are peaceful in the Lord.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Just Another Day

Well kiddies... all day long I have been trying to steer clear of blogging and well... here I am.  I just couldn't do it.  I'm in a great deal of pain from all the activity over the weekend and I expect that will be gone by next Tuesday, meanwhile I'm laying low and trying to stay put in bed.  I had a nice relaxing day.

You know what that means for me though.  I couldn't take the scraggly thin ends of my hair any longer and so I chopped them off and cut a bit of bangs in too.  Seems it will grow for a year and come down to a single strand and I will have to whack it off again in hopes that it will get more healthy.  I really need to take some hair supplements which I will begin to research here shortly.  The hair is much easier to take care of and still falls below my shoulders which is good.

After that I took a long hot shower on my shower chair and relished the shorter... less tangly hair.  What with wacking off all of the fizzy parts it was just WONDERFUL to wash.  Then I picked out one of my favorite outfits which is a lovely old fashioned, vertically striped skirt.  It's gored so the stripes come together in points.  Of course I had to have my favorite top which is a silk one that I knit... it has floophy lace sleeves, velvet ribbon at the wrist and lace that hangs over my hands... so feminine.  I love this outfit.

During my bed rest I listened to a book on my Ipod and knit on my KAL... MS19 clue 3, clue 4 comes out on Saturday but I can guess what it is so I will probably have it done by then.  This to be able to get back to my Tibetan Clouds which I'm sorely missing!!!

Not at all like the days when I used to say I'd washed the house down inside and out... made shopping runs and 40 loaves of bread!  HAHA but I'm happy to have at least gotten a shower in today.  It's been a good day.  I have to look at the positive and not dwell on the pain and being bed ridden and all.  If I focus on the good ... good will be found. 

Something that made me smile today... at one point, after I had dressed... I had the windows open and the breeze was wafting through my hair.  I found myself completely and utterly content.  No need to dwell on the pain and hurt.... rather to look for the good is best I can do some days.   

So, I have been in bed all day and I look forward to being in bed all day tomorrow.  BUT I hope to sleep all day long tomorrow.  I have all this stuff I take (protein energizer, etc) to make me stay awake in the day.  Well today I didn't take anything and I'm a hoping and a praying that I will be able to sleep all day long (off and on).  So that come Friday I will be well enough to see my eldest and his girl.

 Come to realize that I need to look into supplements that will help me with my frizzy, thin "I'm not going to grow and you can't make me" hair!  :-)  In my searching I came across something I LOVE and I just have to share it with you.  Recipe software  I used it and my virus scan didn't come up with anything.  I LOVE this program.  It's a shareware and so free to use.  Then there's a database full of great homemade recipes of wonderful looking and sounding body care products.  I LOVE THIS!  I all all of the ingredients needed for a great many items and have been saving lip balm containers for a long time.  For fun I put a body spray recipe card into the file and sure enough it popped right in there!  Some of the stuff might be a bit off, I didn't have enough time to go through all of it but you are discerning and shouldn't have any trouble with that.

Another thing I love was this Jacquie Lawrence card that I got.  Not sure if you will be able to see this or not but it's all 50 states flowers made up into a bouquet.  How COOL is that!!

Mom and her girls after Dad's service.... nuff said.    Have a great week.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

An Update

Sorry it's been so long but I haven't recovered from Dad's passing and keep having to go out (doctors) which makes me have a week in bed so here I am, finally!  Not up to snuff but there's so much to show you that I'm forgetting what the names of the patterns were!

I actually forgot that this is Birches! DUH  it's a 100% cashmere shawl which is real warm and snuggly.  I used up all but INCHES of the yarn!!!! It's that good.  I left it hanging to remind me that it's lovely yarn and to be good to it.  I did more pattern repeats, border and edging to use it all up and man is it soooooo worth it NUM!!

Here are 2 different black hats I made up a week or so ago.  Not sure if we will be wearing them to the funeral or not but they are there if we want them and black is so versatile that I'm sure they will get good mileage.  Since it's in LA I thought cotton hats would be nice... but the weather has taken a turn into Fall in these last few days.  It was actually in the 60's this morning when I finally dragged my carcass from bed at 10.  That tells me that Fall is just around the corner.  I will miss all the leaves but it's fun to have seasons.  The children will revel in the snow and me with our wood burning stove!

This is a crochet scarf that I just had to start.  The  yarn is a lovely Fleece Artist with silk in it.  They don't feel great till after the first wash.  I love the way this is coming together.  It's in my head not written any place.

Here we have my Lizard Ridge afghan.  I decided to make it up in stripes rather then in blocks as you have to sew them all together at the end.  To that I say PHOEY!  I'd much rather be done when I'm done.  This is the first strip... been pulling out my UFO's of late and wanting this for the winter so it's a must do but lately I got derailed from it with this next item....
Is it not sooooooooo worth it!!!  I adore this pattern.  As soon as it was posted in ILS I knew I was going to HAVE to make it.  So I went stash diving and immediately had Shane cake up the yarn.  DD found me 11 ounces of this lovely unnamed fingering that feels like it might have some cashmere in it  LOVE IT!  I started on Sunday.  This is the center square and then you work the sides.  I'm almost finished with the first side already!  YUP addicting and I can't recommend it enough.  It's Tibetan Clouds by Silva Harding and was published recently in Womans Day.  You can find it through a search or on

This is clue one of MS19, I'm currently almost finished with clue 2... these photos' should have been posted last week... I'm a little slow on the uptake here.  Sorry about that but I'm sure you all understand as my ailments have been severe with me and I haven't been able to do much more then get up knit and go back to bed.  I will have to get you more photo's next week.  Well no, that might not happen as we will be going to the Memorial service for Dad on Saturday which will put me in bed for a week so you might not here from me for another week.  Hang in there,,, I'm told it get's better.

On to family.  :-)

When Mom was up last weekend Kev took them on a drive to show Mom the local haunts.  One of the places he took her was deep into the mountains.

DD loved this shot.  Can't say as I know why but it was one of her favorites.  She likes to photo everything while they are away from me to show me when they get home.  I love her!  She's always thinking of me and tending to me.  What a joy my dear daughter is.


They then got out of the car and got very undignified!!!  but had so much fun doing it.  :-)  Mom turned into a little girl again and actually picked up sticks and stones and turned them into other then... a crystalline rock became marble and a stick became a gun.  Another became a rod!  LOL I think we have poisoned her for good and all.

The tossed rocked down the hill... got too close to the edge too as you can see.

Then they became hunter, gatherers and brought home a good many pine cones.

On the way home they stopped in for a pizza!

I can safely say that a good time was had by all.

Lastly I have to share my Fur with ya'll.  Furball is LittleMan's son and he is very shy and retiring.  Rarely comes out... for us let alone for company.

So he surprised Mom with a visit.  Mom sits just to the right in a chair there by the window when she comes over.   You can see the pill holder (butter colored saucer shaped thingy) I gave her and a wee bit of her blue water glass.  The plant is the cats "Nip".  :-)  They don't just eat it but here as you can well see Fur likes to put his face into it and LAY IN IT!!!!  Crazy cat!  The stuff stinks to high heaven!!!

No accounting for taste is what I have heard.  Seems very true in this case.

Now on to an item that I dearly love... we call them squiggly trees and one day I will have to get their real name for you.  Years back DH bought me some flowers for V-day... there were these sticks in the bouquet.  Once the flowers were gone I noticed that the sticks now had ROOTS!!  LOL never had that happened in a cutting bouquet before so I decided I wanted the gift that keeps on giving and rooted them well.  Then I transferred them to a pot with good potting soil in it and they just kept growing.  In the Spring of that year we planted the two in the back yard.  They are about as high as the house now and they are called squiggly due to the leaves being curly as well as the trunks!!!  WEIRD trees!  They are willow like and just lovely!  So now when we want a fast growing tree to form a natural privacy screen we just take cuttings and root them!  We have 4 more on the side of the house now and I have 2 in a pot and 2 in the sill rooting!  I think that they make grand presents,,, they are the gift that keeps on giving.

Have a great day and enjoy yourself... where you are,,, regardless of your condition in life!