Tuesday, November 29, 2005

The good news... and the bad news

The hat is finished... at long last. That's the good news.

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The bad news is that it will never fit my nephew... after all this. I couldn't have made a normal hat. No, I had to go for the gusto. It fits me... barely. It comes down to my ear lobes. I'm not sure it would even get to his ears. I will make him another hat I guess. I have enough yarn but it is not going to be this hat. Nope. Not again. I swear I could have had a sweater done in the time it took me to knit this hat. Isn't it interesting that the red side looks smaller than the blue side? I think the red side definitely knit up smaller. That would mean that I purl tighter than I knit because all the red stitches are purl stitches. Weird. Very weird. I have to say that while I didn't enjoy knitting this hat, the pattern is ingenious. Very impressive ... whomever came up with this technique. I admire people who's minds work that way. The pattern can be found on the Blue Blog if anyone is interested. Anyone with a lot of patience.

And, on a sad note, totally unrelated to knitting, I am saying goodbye this week to a dear, dear, old friend. This old friend has seen me through weddings, babies, baptisms, graduations, football games, basketball games, plays, etc. Farewell old Minolta....

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I bought this camera in 1977.... the year we were married. I saw it in a Spiegel Cataglog with all the different lenses and gadgets and I had to have it. I opened a Spiegel charge account to get it.
I thought my husband was going to divorce me after about 3 weeks of marriage over it. We really couldn't afford it. But in the last 28 years, this camera has so beautifully documented the history of "us" that it has paid for itself a thousand times over. I have had it repaired 4 times. The last time I took it they politely told me that they pretty much didn't want to see me back there with it again. They don't make parts for it anymore and the cost to fix it is unreasonable. And they really didn't understand why anyone would pay to have such a dinosaur fixed when so many great new cameras are available. But how do you really trust a new camera when you've had total perfection? I'm sad. I'm sad to see it go. Say what you want about digital... I have yet to see the quality in a print that you get with one of these cameras... no matter how expensive the digital is. I have a grandchild coming... what a time for this thing to die. :-(

Monday, November 28, 2005

Stolen from some knitting blog... I don't even remember which one!

The Stupid Quiz said I am "Totally Smart!" How stupid are you? Click here to find out!

Turnpike Knitting

Our trip to Delaware gave me the opportunity to knit for about 7 hours! I finished Clark's scarf and one sock and made good progress on the second sock. I will try to block out this ribbed scarf. I was up in the air about that thinking that no matter what, it will just go back to it's original shape. I don't like it so thin though so I'm going to at least try.

As you can imagine, my thoughts right now are back to baby projects. Hard to imagine that I'm going to have a grandchild to knit for! I really do want to use up some of the yarn I have and complete some planned projects before I get into that though and I do have until May to make something nice for the baby. Actually, going into the summer, I have until next Fall to start knitting warm clothes for him or her. I'm thinking that a nice, lightweight cotton pinwheel blanket would be good to start. I've always wanted to do that pattern.

I gifted Trellis at my niece's baby shower on Saturday. She really liked it. I found a cute little outfit that went with it very nicely. Next on the baby agenda is a sweater for my nephew's baby due in January. It's a girl... I'm thinking pink! They already have a baby boy and I'm sure they will appreciate something girly this time around. Here's a cute photo of the two expectant moms.
Our family is having a true population explosion!

Knitting Box

My husband politely suggested that my knitting basket was, shall we say, a bit of an eyesore in the living room these days with all kinds of things shoved in there and falling out all over the place, etc. So, I took the hint and went in search of a decorative container that I could still keep in the living room but hide all the mayhem. I found just the thing, a pretty wooden chest, at Value City. It only has enough space in it for my works in progress and I'll still have to keep a good bit of my other stuff in a different location, but I have to admit, it looks a lot better and my work is still at hand. It has a velvet lining! No yarn will get snagged inside on anything. Run, don't walk, to Value City and check this out. It was only $29.00 and really, it's fairly large. It's difficult to tell from the photo.

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Pittsburgh Secret Pal Package

Like I said, this was such an awesome package from my secret pal. I didn't have this hand spun yarn in my possession for 5 hours before I had this scarf finished. I knit it on gigantic needles with some of the yarn from the first package she sent me.... it was a perfect match. This photo doesn't do the handspun justice. It's just gorgeous.

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Then, there is this big skein of beautiful alpaca lace weight in beautiful colors. I'm researching patterns for this right now. I'm picturing a rectangular shawl of some sort. I'm going to have to come to friendly terms with lace before I tackle this one. Isn't it gorgeous??? (I know it's blurry, but you get the gist)

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And this is what really gets me.... how did she know I had a little secret desire to learn how to do this?? I've been tossing this around in my head for months but just never took the initiative to dive in...

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A book, a spindle, and some great fiber to get me started. I'm going to take it to my next knitting night and get one of the girls there to help me. I did try it on my own and I wasn't too successful but I think with a little help, I'll be good to go. And totally addicted.


Saturday, November 26, 2005

Thanksgiving in Delaware

I'M GOING TO BE A GRANDMOTHER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Secret Pal Stuff

I hate to break it to everyone but my Pittsburgh Secret Pal is the BEST! However, she may have just started me down the road to a serious addiction :-)

More about this on Monday!!!

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

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Well this is what I want and I want to see it on my daughter's table. If this weather doesn't cooperate, and we can't go to Delaware, I'm going to scream. I'm picturing myself having the Thanksgiving Buffet at the Ramada. So I have the decision to make today whether or not to shop for food to cook in case of canceled plans or let it go and end up going out if the weather gets bad. My daughter is freaking out. She says she can't do it without me but that is so much crap. She's a much better cook than I ever was.... already! She enjoys it. I hate it.

On the knitting front, I worked on the Opal socks last night. I have to get them finished for Christmas and I'm weary of the scarf and hat at this point. I'll finish the socks and then go back to them. I love knitting socks. I want to start socks with the hand dyed yarn my Pittsburgh Secret Pal sent me. I think I will do them even before I start Kepler which is really high on the priority list. I just want some warm, new socks for ME! My LYS is getting some kind of new sock yarn in that's supposed to be very much in demand and with very limited supply. She asked me if I wanted on the list for that when it comes in so I said...sure... sign me up. I don't even know what it is! But there goes my vow not to buy more yarn until New Years Day.

At the New Years Day sale I intend to purchase a bulky yarn for my daughter's big knock-a-round sweater. I'm not sure exactly what I want yet. I guess I'll know it when I see it. I do know that I don't want it to be a solid color. I'd love something "tweedy". Is that a word? Debbie Bliss has a bulky tweed yarn but my LYS doesn't carry her yarns. I'll think of something.

So, I'm off to work. Have a wonderful holiday and keep a good thought that I don't end up at the Ramada buffet with a husband and two college kids all depressed that they missed the good meal at daughter # 1's.

Monday, November 21, 2005


We have a problem.

RE: Double Knit Hat

I have a bad habit of not reading ahead on a pattern. I usually just take it one step at a time. Imagine my dismay when I came across these instructions:

Begin decreases:
Color A: *(K1, bring yarn forward, slip 1, bring yarn back) 7 times, slip next stitch (color A) purlwise, place next stitch (color B) on cable needle and hold at back, place first stitch back on left needle and knit it together with next stitch (both stitches should be color A), bring yarn to front, place color B stitch back from cable needle onto left needle, slip both color B stitches purlwise, bring yarn back*, repeat *to* around.
Color B: *(slip next stitch purlwise, bring yarn forward, P1, bring back) 7 times, slip next stitch purlwise (should be the stitch you decreased above), bring yarn forward, P2tog (both stitches should be color B), bring yarn back*, repeat *to* around.

ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME??? I'm dizzy just trying to read this let alone understand it. And it goes on from there in equally dizzying fashion. Eventually I will tackle this. Eventually I will work up the nerve to dive in. But for now I'm going to do what any red blooded individual with ADD would do.... work on the scarf.

Light at the end of the tunnel....

I'm getting there.... I worked on this all weekend. Yes, really. It's S-L-O-W. Only a grandchild who's head I will want to keep warm someday will entice me to do this pattern again. And I noticed something concerning that I've never noticed before. My hands ache when I work on this. I don't know if it's project specific or if my hands are going to hurt all the time when I knit now. I take enough ibuprophen for my back so I don't want to have to start taking it for my hands too!

I watched Monster In Law while knitting last night. It's a cute movie if you haven't seen it yet. Jane Fonda is a hoot and Wanda Sykes as her assistant is great. I just LOVED J Lo's wedding gown in the end. It was gorgeous.

Friday, November 18, 2005

Painfully, Painfully Slow

The double knit hat is such slow going. I worked on it for 2 solid nights and I have about 2 inches complete. You figure that you cast on 132 stitches in two different colors and only knit one color with each row (but you have to move the yarn forward and slip the stitch you don't knit)... so, in actuality you're knitting 324 stitches to complete one row of both colors...on size 6 needles. This is going to take FOREVER. But in the end I know this is going to be the warmest hat I could have knit and I'm going to feel good about it. It's cold on those ski slopes!

Tonight is our office holiday party. My boss likes to do it early so it doesn't interfere with other holiday happenings and people can relax and enjoy it without worrying about what all they still have to do to get ready for Christmas. At first I hated the idea of celebrating so early but it has sort of grown on me. Then, tomorrow evening is our Board of Realtors holiday party too. I guess they have the same idea. My knitting group is celebrating on Dec. 6th with dinner at a local restaurant and a cookie exchange. That should be fun.

Last night I went to an Open House at a new, huge, dental office. (we were involved with finding the site for the new construction) I was amazed at how dentistry has evolved. The new technology is incredible. It was like something out of "The Jetson's" if you're old enough to remember that cartoon. And the best part of all is that it didn't smell like a dentist's office..... yet.

I need to stop at the LYS today and see if I can find something else to send to my PGH Secret Pal. I wish I had something in mind but I don't. I guess I'll know it when I see it.

Ok.. well, this post was pretty boring...but that's all I got folks. Until I get that hat finished, I don't think I'm going to have much.

Thursday, November 17, 2005

"Creative Knitting"

I subscribed to this magazine simply because it is one I don't mind waiting for if the issue hits the newstand before I get mine in the mail. (It would make me insane if that happened with Vogue or Interweave Knits) To me, this is usually average. But there is a pattern that really speaks to me in this issue:

I go out and buy a new camera and I still get blurry.......grrrrrrr. Anyhow I love this sweater. It's knit in bulky weight yarn on big needles (9's I think) and I bet you could have it finished in no time. I guess I'll have to add this to my list.

Double Knitting Fun

This is the first time I've ever done this and it IS fun. But it's also slow going. I feel like the winter might be over by the time I get this finished. You alternate knitting and slipping the different colors on every row so essentially, you're only really knitting one color on each row. The result is a double layer of knitting. You can find the pattern here:the blue blog patterns: double knit cap She describes it as being "one warm a** ski hat", and, yes, it certainly will be. I'd love to make one of these for my son but to tell you the truth he loses everything he owns and I would want to scream if I went to the trouble and he lost it. (He lost two hats I knit for him last winter) Hopefully Clark will hang on to this.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Santa Baby...

Just slip a blocker under the tree for me
Been an awful good girl
Santa Baby, so hurry down the chimney tonight.
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Santa baby, a shipment of koigu for me too
Light Blue
I'll wait up for you dear
Santa baby, so hurry down the chimney tonight
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Think of all the fun I've missed
Think of all the fellas that I haven't kissed
Next year I could be just as good
If you'll check off my Christmas list

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Santa Baby, I want this book
You're off the hook
Been an angel all year
Santa baby, so hurry down the chimney tonight

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Santa honey, one little thing I really need
The deed
To a wooly sheep farm
Santa baby, so hurry down the chimney tonight.

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Santa Cutie, and fill my stocking with needles galore
and more
sign your "x" on the line
Santa cutie, and hurry down the chimney tonight.

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Come and trim my Christmas tree
With gift cards just for yarn for me
I really do believe in you
Let's see if you believe in me.

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Santa baby, forgot to mention one little deal
A wheel
And I don't mean for a car
Santa Baby, so hurry down the chimney tonight
Hurry down the chimney tonight
Hurry.... tonight

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Monday, November 14, 2005

Clark's Scarf

I decided to go with the K2P2 ribbing. My only hope is that it will block out wider. Maybe I should try to block it really wide in the hope that it will at least block out somewhat wider. I know that ribbing just wants to go back to it's original state. If anyone has any helpful hints, I'm all ears (or eyes as the case may be). I usually just pin dry knitting between two damp towels but I think that I will soak this scarf and then pin it out. I thought that this knitting would bore me to tears but in truth, after Trellis, the mindless knitting is sort of a welcome change. I've been enjoying it.

I have a pair of socks to finish and two little purses to make for Christmas. Then I definitely will start Kepler and finish Clapotis 3.

I'm starting to have trouble sleeping again. This happens every holiday season. It just stresses me out so much. I really go through the Scrooge stage for a while before I finally settle down and start enjoying it at the end. My mother always had it so together for the holidays. I don't know how she did it... and believe me, she did more than I do. I miss her being healthy. She enjoyed shopping and cooking and baking and now everything is a struggle for her. But after all she's been through, we're just lucky she's still here!

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Trellis is Finished!!!

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Pattern by: Britta Stolfus Rueschhoff
Spring Issue - Knitty.com
trellis pattern

Yarn used: Sirdar Country Style double knitting- 45% acrylic, 40% Nylon, 15% wool - machine washable and dryable
Size: 12 month
Needles: US # 7 Aluminum Boye's
Buttons: 5/8 inch LaMode buttons from JoAnn Fabrics
Modifications: Holly doesn't modify. Holly's lucky to be able to understand the instructions as written let alone modify anything. (although in truth, I did sew the shoulder seams instead of graft them)

Overall impression: Easy to follow pattern although the decreases made following the graph a little difficult. I struggled to keep that all straight in my head. I think the sleeves are long and the size appears to be larger than 12 months. I couldn't be happier with it. It's perfect.
Moving on.....

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The wedding in Greensburg was lovely. The reception was in Ligonier at Mill Creek Hall. I should have taken a photo of the cookie table. I never saw anything like it. There had to be a gazillion beautiful cookies. Here I am with DH and the lovely Kelly. And, yes, I have to admit that the whole time I was there I was wondering about those local yarn shops! But you can be sure that stopping there was NOT on DH's agenda. Dragging him to a wedding was torture enough.

Friday, November 11, 2005

The Love Affair Resumes

I'm happy to report that it was just a temporary parting of the ways. I'm lovin this little guy now. Once I sew up the side and sleeve seams and put the buttons on, he's done. (I say he because I feel this is a very masculine little sweater.... as it should be) I did have some trouble setting the sleeves. I really needed that 3/4 inch that the shoulder seams ate up. But, still it looks good. I feel I can kitchener with the best of them but it sure looked bad on those shoulder seams. I'd love to see a completed one of these where someone actually did it that it looked good.

I think once I get this completely finished I'll start on my nephew's Cascade 220 scarf and hat. I really like working with cascade 220 but I decided to do the scarf in a k2, p2 ribbing and I know that will drive me crazy. I can't think of any other way to do it that it will still match the hat and not curl in.

I really love this hat and mittens set featured on the cover of the new Knit Picks catalog. I think this would be a good project to try fair isle again. It's been 20 years since I knit fair isle. These would be cute for my little niece in Colorado. I'll add this to my LONG list of potential projects.

Work is stressing me out again. Hopefully the wedding in Greensburg tomorrow will take my mind off it for a while. My son-in-law's brother is getting married ...so it's ... party on!

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Picking up the pieces... so to speak

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Since I never made a sweater with a shawl collar before, I wasn't sure how this was going to work. I had 5 stitches from the top of the seed stitch button hole band on a holder. I transferred them back onto a needle and then picked up six more stitches along that cable edge. The instructions say to continue in seed stitch on these 11 stitches until piece measures long enough to reach the middle back. Then, the process is repeated on the other side until both seed stitch pieces reach the center back. These pieces are then grafted together and the collar is sewn onto the neck edge. Makes perfect sense to me. Phew! I think I can do this.

The photo below is an antique correspondence box. It was a gift from friends who are antique dealers. I keep my dp needles and other notions in this box.

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The lid slides to the right. Last night while I was searching for size 7 dp's, I realized that my tools of the trade have outgrown the box. I couldn't fit another stitch holder in there if I tried. So, I think it's time for a needle organizer. That little box is so full of dp's and circ's. It's time. It's frustrating to have to dig through the mess to find something. Anyone have a good organizer they really like? I'm not sure exactly what to look for. (also..notice the cute photo of my husband and daughter dancing at her wedding... I just love that photo!)

I worked on the socks last night and picked up the heel stitches a la Grumperina's "pretty way". I have to admit to being skeptical about that. I didn't think that picking up just the front of the loop was going to make a sturdy enough connection but it does and it's... well... pretty. Thanks Grumperina! (I tried to add the link here for that little tutorial but blogger wouldn't let me for some reason) If you want it, email me.

I finished the Misty Garden scarf for my mother. It will go on the blocking board tonight. (Ok.. I don't really have a blocking board.. I have blocking towels.... but I'd LIKE to have a blocking board.) Santa can you hear me??? (why am I imagining Barbara Streisand in Yentl?)

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Wednesday Stuff

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Elsbeth Lavold....
So..OK.. Laurie G. I have a little bone to pick with you. Did I really need to know that this designer, and this book, and these yarns were out there???? Um, I think not. So now I have to HAVE this book and add all of her stuff to my aran obsession as if it wasn't bad enough to begin with. :-)

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Here is the Trellis mess on my dining room table. I unpinned it all this morning and I guess I'll tackle the construction and collar sooner rather than later. Time is running out on this one.

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The Misty Garden scarf is almost finished. As quickly as it seemed to be going previously, now I feel like it's taking forever. I thought I'd finish this last night but no go. I'm going until I run out of yarn on this one and that didn't happen last night. I'll still have another ball of that yarn left. What do you do with one ball of fingering weight yarn? Beats me.

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This is Kepler..... waiting patiently. Taunting me....

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

You Knit What??

I SO love that blog... You Knit What?? It's hysterical. And I have to agree with almost everything they choose as being ridiculous. But I have to take exception to their view on this hat. I think this hat is adorable. I'd knit this for my little niece. She's 3. It's cute. What's wrong with this hat? Maybe I should be asking what's wrong with me instead. ? I noticed that they also have Debbie Bliss's Marilyn sweater on there. I liked that sweater too. Until I searched blogs to see if anyone made it and they were all UGLY.... didn't even look like the same sweater.

I did swatch the orange handspun last night for Kepler. It turned out a tad small. So, I'm thinking, since every other fitted sweater I ever knit myself turned out big enough to fit 4 people in it with me, with those swatches totally on gauge, maybe I should just go for it. I can always give it to Cate if it turns out too small.

I totally have "startitis" to begin a new big project. I'm just going to have to give in to it when I get the cashmere scarf finished. Why torture myself? I can still work on the Christmas knitting too. I have visions of myself knitting at 3:30 in the morning on Christmas Day trying to get it all done.

My friends are putting together a NYC bus trip for the first week of December... now that will be some major quality knitting time on that bus. I can kick butt on that trip. And maybe find these places that I've been dying to visit.

Margaret Nicole New York, clutch bags

Yarn, Knitting Patterns and Supplies - The Yarn Co.


My friends will be pulling their hair out. They don't knit. They don't get it.

Hey, we should get a knitter's bus trip to New York together. Check this site out:

Google Local - yarn and loc: New York, NY

Oh, man. We could have a ball. (Well, actually lots of balls.) Ha Ha.

Monday, November 07, 2005

Blah.... Monday

I worked all weekend so it wasn't much of a weekend. I did manage to get the pieces of Trellis completed. My love affair with this project is officially over. The shoulder seams were to be grafted together. Well, that didn't happen. No matter what I did it looked terrible so I decided to bind off and sew the shoulders together. I'm sure now that I'll have trouble setting the sleeves in because the sewn seam will take up sleeve space. Oh well, I'll cross that bridge when I come to it.
My patterns from Elann.com arrived. I like all of them but I can see that I won't be able to use my Irish yarn with them. I don't think the gauge is right for any of them. So, Rogue could still be in the running for that yarn. (how can so many Irish Aran sweaters NOT call for aran weight yarn??)

I also made good progress last night on the cashmere misty garden scarf for my mother. I like how that is turning out. It's a fun, quick pattern to work too. I highly recommend it for quick Christmas knitting. (Misty Garden Scarf from Scarf Style) I'd definitely use a hand painted yarn for that pattern the next time. Come to think of it, the yarn that my Pittsburgh Secret Pal sent me would be fabulous for that scarf. Hmmmn......

I'm dying to start Kepler with my orange yarn. I don't know how long I can hold off. Surely it wouldn't hurt to swatch for gauge tonight???

Friday, November 04, 2005

Pattern Shopping

After my recent yarn splurge, I have vowed NOT to buy any more yarn until the big sale at the LYS on New Years Day. I think I truly can do this. I have enough yarn and enough projects to keep me busy for a long time. However, upon perusing the Elann.com site the other day, I found some patterns that I just have to have. And at $1.18 each, why not? I paid more to have three patterns shipped than I paid for the patterns. Here they are:

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They are SO me. Once I get these and look them over really well, I will make a final decision on what to do with the Irish aran yarn my daughter brought me back from Ireland. I am so on the fence about Rogue. Part of me wants that in the worst way, and another part of me says to make something that I can wear to work... something more practical. There is also a pattern in an old Vogue that I love... Decisions, decisions.

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Out of Control...totally

I wish I had some newsworthy knitting content for today but the only thing I have to say is that I made progress on the right front of trellis last night..... buttonholes and all. I'm not sure why I was putting that off... the buttonholes consisted of "yo, knit 2 tog" period. Maybe if I would have read ahead like most people do, I wouldn't have been concerned about it. For some reason I thought button holes were a lot more complicated than that. I've made them before but I can never remember. Anyhow, another good week on trellis and I think it's finished.

So why am I out of control? Well, my eating habits have been out of control lately. Maybe if I come clean here I'll shape up (so to speak) and mend my piggish ways. The truth is, I've eaten more Halloween candy than all of our neighborhood kids put together and I've been stopping at McDonalds a lot lately which is really not like me at all. In the last two weeks I've probably had 3 or 4 Egg McMuffins. That's bad enough, but this morning I ordered a Sausage, Egg, and Cheese McGriddle. If you've ever had one of these, I know you'll be concerned. As I was eating it, I just kept thinking.... I'm glad I had my blood work done BEFORE I ate this thing. I think I can feel my veins clogging. It was so disgustingly greasy (and good I might add) that the guilt is going to stay with me ... well, probably..... until tomorrow morning. I imagine that, soon, the ladies who clean my office and empty my waste basket are going to try some type of an intervention with me. I don't know what set me off in this direction. I was doing so well. It seems like the only time I can really stay on track is if I have something important, some event, to look good for. I lost 20 lbs. for my daughter's wedding two years ago and I lost 10 this summer for my fancy Kiawah vacation and my niece's wedding. I have nada right now to get excited about. I don't think it's fair to try to talk one of my other kids into getting married so I can lose weight and another expensive vacation isn't going to happen, well, probably ever again in this lifetime. I hate weight problems. Ok, I got that off my chest...NO MORE MCDONALDS! (I wonder what's on the breakfast menu at Burger King?)

Wednesday, November 02, 2005


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Shelley got my yarn finished and I can't stop staring at it, it's so beautiful. (yeah, I have a little problem, but admitting it is the first step to recovery) It's a wool/silk blend and she did a fabulous job of dying it exactly the way I wanted it. Now my only problem is going to be trying to let it sit until I get other projects finished first. To check out Shelley's other yarns, visit her site here:
Rose Garden Fibers

I also picked up my Cascade 220 for my nephew's scarf and hat.

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I hope he likes these colors. That red is a little on the bright side.

Knitting night was fun. We had a massage therapist come and tell us what kind of exercises to do with our wrists and hands to prevent repetitive motion injuries while knitting and some neck and shoulder exercises as well. It was interesting. Our little group is rapidly growing and I fear that we will be outgrowing that space soon. Hopefully they have a plan for when that happens. We don't have a Barnes and Noble or Borders so I'm not sure what the next step would be.

I was so wrapped up in the program and conversation that the knitting I did while I was there had to be totally frogged when I got home. I was working on the sleeve of Trellis and forgot to do the increases. ADD. I should know better than to work on something that I have to think about when so much else is going on. I think I need to stick to sock knitting on knitting night. Lesson learned! I knew I wouldn't sleep until it was fixed so I was up until midnight which is unheard of for me. I'll be falling asleep at my desk today. I hope my boss has a sense of humor. :-)

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

dazed and confused

I've been reading blogs a lot lately.... you can tell that things are getting slow in real estate these days. Anyhow, it would appear that fingerless mitts are all the rage. Everyone is knitting those things.

Now I don't get this. I understand the ones that are actual mittens and the top part folds back to free the fingers if you need them to do something (like sort change or something) without taking the mittens off.

What I don't understand is why you would knit a piece of fabric to cover the wrist and the hand but not the fingers. What about the poor, cold fingers? What is the point? Isn't it almost just as well not to have anything on at all? How hard is it to take a pair of gloves off if you need your fingers free for a minute or two?

Am I missing something? Is there a good purpose for these things that I'm not thinking of?
Because, if I'm taking the time to knit mittens or gloves, you better believe I'm taking the the time to knit the extra few inches to keep my digits warm!

No Knitting Monday

Wow.. I haven't had a "no knitting" day in a while. After work I met my sister for dinner and a movie. When I got home it was too late to knit. We went to see this:

In Her Shoes (2005)

It was good. A commentary on sibling rivalry and bonding that was very well done. Toni Collette was just awesome. Cameron Diaz was good but she doesn't have the range that Collette has. My opinion, for what it's worth.

Tonight is knitting night at the LYS. I really do look forward to that. I guess I'll take Trellis and try to finish the second sleeve. I never did start the chemo cap that we are all supposed to be knitting. I was an hour late when they started them at a previous meeting and I ended up not doing it. I guess I better get on that. I'm anxious to talk to the girl who is spinning my orange yarn and see where she's at with that. It's for Kepler: fathom I'm not in any big hurry for it because I won't get around to it until after the holidays but I'm excited to see it.

Hopefully there will be some knitting news and progress to report tomorrow!