Saturday, November 25, 2006

Another Bassinet!

The bassinet for the second dgc, expected in February. The color is an icy blue, to go in an all-pastel nursery. The inside is white quilted cotton--I don't know why it looks pinkish in the photo. We do not know the gender of this child--at least not yet. When we deliver this bassinet, I will take my steamer and further steam the pleats. Notice the little pocket on the inside to store an extra pacifier. The bassinet itself is the one that the baby's father used. The names of all the family infants that have used it are written on the bottom.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving

We are celebrating Thanksgiving tonight with our daughter and son and their families. Wednesday night is the best time we can get together because of my son's new job schedule. It will be a time of celebration and thanksgiving for all the blessings God has given us this year and in the past. It is also a time of remembering those who are no longer here to celebrate with us.

May God bless each and every one this Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 19, 2006

A Sock and NASCAR

Last summer about the same time I began knitting again, I picked up a novel at the grocery store--St. Dale by Sharyn McCrumb. From past experience with her Southern-folklore=based novels of suspense, I expected a thoughtful mystery set in an Appalachian background. What a surprise! The plot of the novel is about a Dale Earnhardt memorial bus tour of several racetracks. McCrumb chose to use as her model Chaucer's Canterbury Tales although she does not write in rhyming couplets, thank heavens! What the novel is about, however, is the need for heroes in any era. It is an investigation of what makes a popular cultural hero, whether that hero is Thomas Becket, Elvis, Princess Diana, or Dale Earnhardt. As a result of reading this book, I decided to watch a NASCAR race on television and discovered that not only was it interesting as a cultural phenomenon, but it was also fun! I slipped from sociology to being something of a fan. I knew I was lost when I had the following conversation in a Hancock's flannel department:

Other customer to her companion: I've been looking all over for some NASCAR flannel, and I can't find any in town.

Me (volunteering info to a stranger): I just saw some at Joann's.

Customer: Did they have any Jimmie Johnson?

Me: I don't think so; all I saw had just NASCAR or 3s or 24s--no 48s.

I have since discovered that race time is good knitting time. I finished my sock during the Busch race last night. This afternoon the cup season will end at Homestead, so I will have to make socks during movies until Daytona.

No, that is not Kevin Harvick in the picture--that is my dgs. The Chevy dealer in his town had this car and a #3 car on display last week, and they took pictures for Meemaw. The fat foot, alas, is mine.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Finished Object and Found Object

After reading the Yarn Harlot's posts about the speed at which servant children in Victorian times could knit a stocking, I was feeling particularly guilty about UFOs, so I finished one. Here is the Mason-Dixon baby kimono for an expected dgd. We don't know her name--it's a secret for big sister to announce when she arrives--but it starts with an M, so I put her initial on her sweater. The yarn is Cottontots Very Berry. Note: I used my size 6 Balene II circulars for this sweater. I used them on the jumper I knitted for big sister last summer and loved the shape of the points. I discovered about 4 inches into the kimono that the yarn and needles just didn't go together. It almost hurt to knit. I didn't want to change needles, however, because I was afraid it would show, so I managed to finish with them. I have since tried Cottontots on some other needles, and it works fine. It was just a bad combination.

I also made a purchase--a darning egg. I am hoping it will be helpful in working on socks. I tried ebay, but the shipping costs were going to up the price. I found this one at Prairie Peddler Antiques in Clovis, NM. Their prices are usually quite reasonable; and when I walked in and said, "I need a darning egg," the owner produced six. She wanted to know what I was going to darn, and I told her that I was knitting socks. I am not sure she believed me until I pulled a sock and circulars out of my knitting bag. I wish I had my grandmother's egg, but I have not seen it since I was a little girl.

Knitting in Public

I HAVE actually been faithfully knitting since my last post. I've been struggling with a lace project for Lacevember, almost finished a Mason-Dixon baby kimono (ribbons will go on today), worked diligently off-and-on (Is that an oxymoron?) on my BBS, and almost finished a sock in the new Online Highland Colors. Oh, and I also knitted my first MD hexagonal bobbled dishcloth.

The last couple of weeks, however, have been difficult at work with afterschool meetings and an out-of-town workshop. At least the workshop offered me the opportunity to knit in public for a little while. I'm NOT rude enough to knit during the workshop, and it was hands-on anyway, but I did knit on my sock before and during breaks. The lack of finished projects is beginning to bug me.