Hi, everybody! I’m still here but have technical difficulties as my laptop computer screen went white then faded to black……. My hubby is a former computer programmer and has been all over the internet and back trying to figure out what happened. His latest opinion as to what happened is that the mother board is gone. I told him I don’t care I just want to be able to retrieve my documents and pictures. ESPECIALLY my pictures! So. I’m waiting for that to happen. In the meantime, I’m using his laptop when I can. I will have to re-take some pictures of my ribbon-winning entries in the county fair and my test-knit one-cable mittens.
I have continued to knit during this fiasco. I knitted a hat to match my test knitted mittens and just yesterday finished gloves for my daughter to match her Central Park Hoodie! And a local knit group I’m “hosting” is beginning to pick up new members!
Oh, yes. Add to this mix, my miniature schnauzer almost died from undiagnosed diabetes. Beemer is fine now, up to his usual barking. I’m giving him insulin shots twice a day. It’s no big deal, I used to do this for my Nicki kitty 14 years ago.
My plan is to kick off a revamped and, hopefully, improved blog starting December 1. This is something I have wanted to do so, as the saying goes, “There’s no time like the present.”
Enjoy your holiday this week giving thanks for all things, small and large, known and unknown. I’m planning to enjoy turkey and my dressing, which my hubby said is better than his mother’s was! My budding chef, aka known as The Teen-ager, wants to make a pumpkin pie for her daddy.
Until the 1st, be safe, have fun and take care.
What happened to February? It is hard to believe my last post was a whole month ago! Much has happened since then yet not much has happened either for either I have been working as a substitute teacher for three to four days out of the week or I have been sick with a sinus infection. Here in Alabama we have been having very mild days for February with the temperatures going up into the mid-70’s. This is a mixed blessing as the warm weather is followed by a cold front and for us that means very stormy weather. This afternoon around 1:30 there was a tornado watch and all the students and teachers had to go into the hall and wait. My 14-year-old daughter was in another part of the school from where I was and I wanted her with me!
The trees have budded out and surely Spring cannot be far away! The forsythia bushes, or yellow bells my husband calls them, are blooming and clumps of buttercups dot the roadsides and fields. The Eastern Blue birds are flying about and the mockingbird is singing its heart out from the tops of trees and rooftops. And my black cat, Monkee, is beginning to spend more time out-of-doors than in. It was nice having her around even though she’s not the most lovable cat. It’s Coco who is like melted butter when you pick him up and he does a purr-chirp sound. I’m trying to type this with him now on my shoulder, which is his favorite place.
- What I call the Tuck and Curl position.
February is not totally a memory. I have been working on three projects and just finished one this afternoon. Earlier in the month when it was so cold I started knitting a pair of gloves. Nothing fancy or elaborate just plain and simple to keep my hands warm. I started out with the idea of knitting half-fingered gloves but when I started working on the fingers I decided to knit the whole finger. My hands and fingers are long and have never had gloves long enough but now I do! Since there is no design, they can be worn on either hand. They would not win any prizes and I think one glove is slightly larger than the other. I did not follow any specific pattern but read several glove and mitt patterns and came up with my own. Now I’m wondering if I will have to wait until December to wear them? And Coco has shifted down to my chest and his head is under my chin.
Last Tuesday was a wonderful autumn day with the sun shining and the yellow leaves swaying in the breeze. On this day my daughter had her braces taken off after two and a half years! What a beautiful smile and worth every rubber band found on bathroom counters and tabletops. Since it was a Special Day we went to a yarn shop in Birmingham to buy yarn for the Central Park Hoodie that I’ve been promising for two years. I bought the pattern on Ravelry. She wanted a gray soft yarn and I wanted a wool yarn that was washable. We’re talking teen-ager here and I wasn’t going to be taking this to the dry cleaners, which is 14 miles away. And I certainly wasn’t going to be hand washing this hoodie. We settled on Berroco’s Vintage, which is a nice, washable wool blend of acrylic, wool and nylon the medium gray colorway number 5107. Progress is coming right along with the hoodie but I’m worried that it won’t be warm enough. I’m knitting this using a size 8 needle and the fabric is not very dense. It’s great to work with, the yarn is sliding off my Hiya Hiya circulars. The cable stitches are showing up great in this yarn.
Below are pictures of the swatch I made before knitting and yes, the size 8 called for in the pattern made gauge without any needle adjustments. I like the way the yarn bloomed after washing, too.
After deciding on this yarn, Only Daughter wanted a pair of gloves in a contrasting color to go with this hoodie. She picked out another Berroco yarn for the gloves in lovely blue. I’m planning on using a pattern I found on Ravelry, The Malabrigo Gloves; only I’m not using that particular yarn. If the swatch doesn’t look right, I’ll find another pattern. If you have any other suggestions please let me know.
The Special Day was topped off with going to Books-A-Million and getting three books for her and one for me!