Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Because someone asked about this last night, I checked on line and found a class project that my English classes did a few years ago is still available for viewing. I thought some of you might be interested. Here is the link.
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Proof that the sleeves to the Wonderful Wallaby are knitted. I eschewed the looming of hats for the time being. My daughter was kind enough to deliver the blanket and hat set for me yesterday.
Friday, September 24, 2010
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Friday, September 17, 2010
The color is hard to photograph indoors, but at least the design shows up. This is the finished blanket for a baby boy. It's about 38" square. The yarn is Hobby Lobby's I Love this Yarn Tweed in navy. I'm not sure if it is in the stores--I ordered it from their web site. I chose this particular brand for washability and softness, as well as its good-wearing qualities. The pattern is from Ravelry, but it is also available on the blog here. It's a great pattern. She has other wonderful baby blanket patterns on her blog as well. Take a look!
Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness;
This is about as close as we get to the autumn mist described by Keats, but the sunlight glows with the yellow tones of autumn. Silage-cutting is finished; the corn that will be cut for grain is standing in the field awaiting the combine; grain sorghum is ready as well; and the fields are being prepared to sow winter wheat.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Two Namaste knitting bags, looking a bit squashed from traveling, but ready to go to work. The green bag is an Executive; the aqua blue, an Everyday. I am truly excited because these are the first official "knitting bags" that I have had. The insides are obviously designed to be really useful to a knitter. The Executive is already overstuffed with the baby blanket that is not quite finished. The blue bag is not yet loaded with the sweater that is going to go in it first. I like the colors, and I like the design and stay open features of both bags.
Actually, I have been on a little bit of a knitting holiday. We had all sorts of problems, beginning with a hard-to-find icemaker leak and then electrical trouble which blew a surge protector on the computer--luckily--and took our central air out for a couple of days and nights. As of last night, we are up and running again, but I'm still trying to get caught up on sleep.
I have also posted some new reading in the Shelfari sidebar. I am writing my opinions of the books, but I am not including a plot summary, since all you have to do is click and go to Shelfari for that information.
Tuesday, September 07, 2010
- I was back at the Women's Bible Study. My Kindle is still very convenient for that purpose.
- Today was also the first meeting of the local Retired Teachers group for this year. I had a great time, and I learned some things I needed to know about services at our new local hospital. New building. I also had a great time visiting and learned that a raise in benefits is probably not coming--no surprise there.
- I also learned that the Quilting Club that I'm attending beginning Thursday has a very loose definition. Knitting is acceptable. I actually have some very small patchwork projects to work on as well, but they are not yet ready to stitch, so I'll just work on the baby blanket and a sock on Thursday. I'm 63% through with the blanket at the moment.
- While we have not found the source of the mysterious water leak under the laminate in the kitchen doorway, it is evidently not leaking now. We have checked the sink, the dishwasher, the icemaker line to the refrigerator, and the consdensation line. I am glad it has stopped, but it would be nice to know where it came from. At least we are not on a concrete slab, so if we need to get someone underneath to look, we can.
Sunday, September 05, 2010
I am exactly 54% through with the baby blanket. If I figured that up, you know that I'm rather frustrated. The pattern is so easy that I keep losing my place in the count! On the other hand, my skills at dropping down several rows to change a K to a P or vice-versa have improved considerably. I was already pretty good at doing that in stockinette, but I have also improved my garter correction skills. Isn't it amazing how you can learn something from the easiest project? I had to correct several spots that needed help because the NASCAR race in Atlanta was more exciting than the blanket.
Have a good Labor Day, and give a thought to our fellow knitters in New Zealand. The conversation about the quake on Knitters Review has been interesting.
Friday, September 03, 2010
I am very slowly but surely making noticeable progress on getting my backlog of "things done" around the house.
Today, I also ventured out for the first time since getting sick a couple of weeks ago to do major grocery shopping. I survived just fine. Our small town store still seems baffled by anyone using reusable totes, but I suppose that will come with time. I went with a carefully organized list that includes meals for the next week. I had let some of my meal planning slide since I retired and since DH had been helping me with the shopping. Today I stuck to the list, and we should basically be set for the next couple of weeks except for milk, eggs, and fruit. I can't help feeling that I have really accomplished something. I will be glad to get my energy back. It's amazing how a couple of weeks of doing basically nothing can sap one's strength.
Tomorrow we will leave early to take a load of items in the pickup to DS and his family. These are things that wouldn't readily fit in their moving.
I enjoy listening to audiobooks while knitting or doing household tasks. Although I could download to my Blackberry or my Kindle, I find the little Sansa Clip or Clip+ to be ideal because it is so light that I can clip it to my clothes. Since I don't wear jeans, I often don't have a pocket. I have bought mine refurbished on ebay or woot.com, and I am very pleased with the value. Yes, I have more than one because I sometimes switch off with a friend. The cost of the audiobooks, however, is a problem. They tend to be more expensive than my budget allows, considering how fast I listen to them. Some of the librivox books are excellent, but others are not so good. I have a membership to audible.com for one book per month, but that doesn't last me long. Ripping CDs from my local library does not work well because of the labels that they use on the disks--a whole other story. The local library does have some OverDrive access, but choices are rather limited. Therefore, I would find myself giving in and buying a number of audiobooks from audible whenever they had a special and the books were about $5-7 each. Not bad. However, the audiobook group on Ravelry had posts about the Free Library of Philadelphia. A membership for someone out of state is only $15 per year, and the audiobook and ebook selection(also OverDrive) is fantastic. In addition, the checkout limit is 10. Believe me, when I was coughing so badly the last couple of weeks that I was trying to just lie in a recliner in a darkened room and drain, these books saved my sanity. Now I'm knitting to them.
If you like audiobooks at all, this would be a wise investment.
I also like my Kindle. Some books do not lend themselves to enjoyment as an audio book, at least not for me. I can check hardbacks out of my local library, but authors that publish in paperback first or who publish in those more expensive, non-mass market paperbacks, are a problem. I enjoy Kindle for that purpose. It is nice being able to change the font size if I wish and to carry such a light and handy device with me. I have not yet tried the voice mode, but I am sure that while it may be handy, it will not have the quality of satisfaction of some of my favorite audio readers like Will Patton and Dick Hill.