Friday, June 25, 2010
Yesterday I went to her house to spend the afternoon with her family. Her oldest son and his family are visiting from Maryland, and her daughter and granddaughter came over to visit also. I think my friend is a little bit tired, having a house full of young people running around, eating, and just making a lot of noise. She actually took a week off from work so she could be available to them. And they have been busy.
I know that I had a headache by the time I got to the yarn shop for Knit Night. And our usual quiet get-together turned out to be the night of a combination birthday/going-away party for Sarah Jo. So the shop was full, the noise was very loud, and we didn't get a lot of visiting done.
The biggest problem we have in this group is when one person shows something, or is knitting something, we all want to do that something. Last night is a linen stitch scarf knitted with koigu. Okay, I know I have tons of yarn at home, but I bought the pattern and 3 skeins of yarn for the scarf. Just like everyone else. Unfortunately they only bought 6 patterns, so only six of us are doing this right now. Or whenever I can get going. It actually looks like it is woven, because the linen stitch looks like the product is woven.
I just took a little break from this. A strange service truck pulled into my drive. I am always nervous when someone strange drives in, because it is not a normal thing. It turned out that my gas meter was scheduled to be replaced, and he then came in to turn on the hot water heater pilot. You know, I think this is the first time ever, ever, ever that anyone else other than me has lit a pilot light for me. Well, sorta, I guess. The hot water heater was turned on when I moved into the house. He also checked the furnace to see if I had an automatic ignition, and I told him it did. He checked anyway.
I scanned my usual blog entries this morning. It appears that Summer is happening to everyone right now. I don't feel so bad. I think it is seasonal, and that I have work that has to get done. I am the only one to do the work, and I haven't trained my dog to run the lawn mower - yet! I think she is such an airhead that it would look really funny when she finished.
Our sock group meets this Sunday. Four or five people have already emailed or told me they cannot come. I think it is the Summer thing again. A lot of people have family things going on, and some people are traveling. I can't get all that excited about this sock, so I am not too upset.
I am doing the waist decreases on the handspun sweater. It is kinda fun since I have to keep in pattern. Not enough of a challenge that it is demanding. I just have to keep on my toes a little bit.
My friend CF is back home again. The friend that she was staying with passed away this week. It is such a blessing, but it is sad for his children. They were all with him all last weekend, and were with him when he passed.
I am just glad my friend can get her life back on track. She said she wanted to re-evaluate her pottery and see what direction she wants to go with that. This is the time of year she can make money, and she needs to get to work on that. The gallery that sells her stuff has been really understanding of why she has such small pieces and such a small inventory. But I am sure they have called her already and asked for some bigger stuff.
I guess I will go make some lunch. It is 12:30 and I am a tad bit hungry. I know this is awful, but Red Baron makes microwave pizza by the slice. They are not so bad. I know it is not the same as homemade or restaurant quality, but not so awful. The crust is thick and chewy, and the sauce is okay.
Well, have a good weekend. I am so very close to finished on the mitered blanket thing. I have to finish the ends, and wash it. Then it's done. Yeah! Pics soon. I have put the crocheting down for a little bit. My forearm is hurting, and I know it is the way I crochet that aggravates it. It is about 28" square. I like it.
Keep cool and keep knitting! Just sit under the ceiling fan like Noodles does. He is stretched out right now directly under the fan!
Friday, June 18, 2010
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
I looked out just now and a beautiful yellow finch was in the front flower garden. I guess it is eating what seed there is. But I think they know that the sunflowers are coming along nicely. They just want to stake out their claims.
CJE and JE came over during the fence making activity. My friend GO had pounded the stakes in, which is the hard part I cannot do. I had nailed the fencing to the deck, and the four of us were able to stretch the fencing and wire it to the posts. I just want to say, getting old is not all it is cracked up to be. I was hot, I was tired, and I was wiped out by the time that fence was finished.
GO left as soon as the fence was completed. CJE and JE and I ate a chicken wrap, and lay on the floor to cool off. We then did a great deal of show and tell. JE gave CJE and me a small bag of merino roving and a dog toy for Miss Patty. We had such a good time together.
I am knitting the hem on the handspun sweater. I have done this three times now, and I guess this is going to be it. Why is the provisional cast-on and then picking up of cast-on have to be so fiddly? I seem to have a major time with it.
I have been knitting on the second fair-isle sock, and I did another stupid thing with that. I was knitting along on the row, and without thinking I snipped the tail of some yarn hanging inside. I didn't realize that I had not woven the ends in. So when I got to that section, it pulled out when I inserted the needle to knit that stitch. So last night I tinked back to that section and will start over again. Sigh!
I am crocheting along on the giant granny square. I am quite happy with that. Yesterday I could tell I was tired. I had added a new color, and did a coupla stitches and kept looking at it. It wasn't right, but what was wrong? It took a while to realize that I was going the wrong way. The good thing about crochet is that you just pull the string and the mess goes back to the right place, and you don't have to worry about a dropped stitch.
I apologize for the appearance of this entry. I went back and tried to tidy up and space a few things. It got all out of hand. So I guess it is all good. Just as long as I can get some news down it doesn't really matter what it looks like.
I guess I will go sew for a while. I also have some more sorting through junk to do. GO reminded me that I need to make a new will since I have the house now. Sigh! I just want to sit and knit. I guess I need to pay some bills too. Later.
Saturday, June 5, 2010
Well, anyway, my flower garden is looking really full and lush, and it is definitely a naturalized garden. There is not a drop of formality or planned-ness in it. I drove up yesterday and I looked at the garden from the street as I turned in the drive. It looks really pretty. Much better than that expanse of weedy grass that was there. My surprise hollyhocks look very odd over by the side of the ravine in the weedy patch. They are very pretty and pink. I absolutely love, love hollyhocks, but for some reason I have never been able to grow them. I get them to get to a certain point and that's that. I know they are weedy little greedy plants, and that they are like a pest in some people's gardens. That's why I am ecstatic to see them at all. I hope they take over that little patch of weediness.
Yesterday a neighbor dog came over to check out the smells in the yard. Miss Patty actually barked at the window. I didn't see him at first, and couldn't figure out what she was doing. She never, ever barks, and this was a new behavior. But he eventually came into view. I was amazed that she even woke up enough to see him there. Normally she is in such a deep, deep sleep that she never hears anything. She sleeps through the doorbell!
As predicted, it has turned really HOT! We are baking for early June. It is so weird that we had that cool, rainy three weeks in May, which was so unusual for May, and now this baking, searing, hot early June. The stupid grass seems to be thriving, and I am still mowing like mad. But I have to do my chores in shifts since I get so hot.
The yarn bombing (or yarn graffiti thing) went off without me. The last I heard it was going to be done in the evening of First Thursday on the Fayetteville Square. But the industrious little wenches went out early Thursday morning and covered the lamp posts on three sides of the square and the posts up to the City Center. Arkansas Fiber Peeps has some links to pics on their Ravelry site. It looks really good.
Our LYS HandHeld is doing a trunk show of Cynthia Parker's knitwear. Amazing stuff!
Miss Patty still requires me to go out and lead her around the yard. Now the cats have to walk around with us. So the four of us walk around the yard, and Miss Patty stays far enough away to give the cats their room. She is definitely getting her real personality showing through. There are still scary moments to her if she interprets things as scary. But she is learning to play a little bit. And she is trying to be a little bit independent.
Last night I was determined to finish the one fair-isle sock. It is done, and amazingly I like the way it looks. It is a wee bit short, but I am not undoing it. I am still knitting the finishing pieces of the mitered blanket, and I am crocheting on the addiction afghan. It looks good too. I haven't been too excited to knit or crochet this whole week.
This morning I did find a quilt that I liked, and I drew out the picture of the block. I think this is the way I want to sew the next quilt. I haven't been sewing, either, which is weird for me. Summer is always my sewing time. I have a set of pillow cases all ready to sew, and they are draped over the ironing board. Maybe next week I will get high behind and do that.
I don't even want to talk about the Gulf mess. It is very distressing. A friend of mine sent me pics of the America from 1930-1939 during the Depression. Well, in 20-30- years ahead, someone will be sending folks pics of the Gulf Of Mexico debacle. It will never, ever be the same again in my lifetime. It will take at least two generations to regenerate the eco-systems that are being destroyed.
I am going to CJE's house today to play. She has been really, really, sick with a virus that almost put her in the hospital. So off to play, and have fun.
Have a good rest of the weekend. Enjoy the sun, but be careful. Wear sunscreen and hydrate.