Wednesday, January 26, 2005

I DID IT!!! I made cables...

Well I have been talking about it and I finally did it. I am so proud of myself. It wasn't hard at all. I don't know why I put it off for so long. I found the cable pattern at About.com in the knitting site. It was an 8 row pattern. I made a small pouch with drawsting ties (just to get my feet wet). I want to try making the "Irish Hiking Scarf" next. I found this pattern on the internet also. (if anyone knows the site, please let me know so I can give them credit. I forgot to save their address.) It's the same cable pattern I used before only it is three cables side by side. I thought I would finally use the cream colored yarn I bought months ago. I can't wait to get started. Now to try and finish that "To Dye For" sweater. I have been working on it. All the St. st. is good mindless knitting. Great to do while just sitting and talking or watching TV. I'm not too far from working on the bust line. When I get to that point I will drop down one needle size to make it a little more fitting on top. (I just hope it won't look like a maternity top!) Well I guess I'll go get to work, It won't knit it's self. :)

Friday, January 21, 2005

Now to the deep freeze...

We went from near 70 degree temps. to the teens. Ahh, Cleveland weather...This is winter. We have been in the deep freeze for several days now with no end in site, maybe the flowers and trees will be set to bloom in spring after all. Maybe things are calming down and going back to normal.

I am still working on my "to dye for sweater"...I told you I am not a fast knitter. I haven't been able to knit much lately, my hands have been bothering me a lot. So I have been planning my next project...Cables. I thought I would try a small rectangular swatch, and, when finished sew it into a pouch with a drawstring. It might be a nice distraction from the miles of ST. st. in my sweater. Now to choose a simple pattern, hhhmmm, I guess I will be on line looking for one. If anyone has any suggestions where I can find a simple one please let me know. I think I will go to the craft store and buy an Embellishment machine (I think that's what it's called). It makes a cord or drawstring from the yarn you are using for your project. You can also use it to make "frog closures" for sweaters or whatever. I just can't see myself knitting my drawstring. I don't have that much patience.

As I mentioned before, "The Boy" turned 18 a few weeks ago. Well, he has taken his first step towards manhood... He got a job!!! HHOORRAAYY!!! My baby boy is actually working! It's part time for now , but at least it's a job. He is seeking fulltime employment, but, there are just no jobs around here. He thinks maybe he will be able to eventually get in where he's at fulltime. He is also beginning to look ahead to the future...He's talking about going to school to become a chef. (That's just fine with me, I hate to cook!!!) :) I hope he finds a career he truly loves...I can't think of anything worse than having to do something you totally hate to do day in and day out. Good Luck Son...We are behind you every step of the way!!!!

Friday, January 14, 2005

What's with this weather?!?!?!

What is with this weather lately? Yesterday it was 68 degrees in my backyard...I wore shorts to physical therapy...IN JANUARY !!! Where is the blistering winter cold coming across Lake Erie from Canada??? Where is the knee deep lake effect snow that I have to make the kids to go out and shovel??? Is this Cleveland??? Don't get me wrong, I love snow at the holidays and just enough to cover the grass and coat the trees, is a beautiful site. I am happy that it's not knee deep and we don't have bone chilling freezing temperatures, if this was a normal winter I would most likely be totally house bound. I think this weather is crazy!!! I have heard that some of the flowers and trees are starting to bud...This is not good. If they bud now they will not bud in the spring. Rivers, stream, creeks and even backyards here are flooding like it's March. My mom's basement flooded. Poor mom...Like she don't have enough to deal with. What a job that is cleaning water out of a basement. I feel badly for those folks who have to do this to their entire home due to flooding. The rivers around here are very near flood stage a few have already spilled over their banks. I saw on the news that folks have been dealing with this for nearly 3 weeks now. When will things go back to normal? I understand that MANY other parts of the country are going through the same thing. If you are reading this and you are one of those people, just know you are in my thoughts.

On a lighter note...Therapy is going well. There hasn't been much improvement with my knee, but it isn't any worse either. I went to see the surgeon a couple of weeks ago. He drained my knee and gave me another cortisone shot. He removed a lot of fluid and said that He will most likely be doing this again in the near future. (Oh...What fun!!!... Can you hear the sarcasm???) I am waiting for approval of a hinged knee brace and a cane. I can't wait to get rid of that crutch I have been using. Not only is it ugly but I get a lot of stares when I use only one crutch. I never thought I would be happy to say I was looking forward to using prosthetics. (It's funny how things change, don't you think?!?!) A few months ago just the thought of using an aid was depressing and would reduce me to tears. Wow...I guess I have come a long way.

I am still working on the "to dye for" sweater. So far, so good. I have been checking the gauge constantly. It seems good. I have about 6 inches done so far. I will keep you informed.

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

The Frog Pond...

In my last post I told you I was working on the "to dye for" sweater from the first "Stitch & Bitch"...Well, last night I had to frog the whole thing!!! I had 17 inches done on it. What happened, you may be asking yourself?!?! I FORGOT TO CHECK MY GAUGE!!! I am not used to knitting on needles smaller than an 11 and the needles I decided to use where a size 8. (For anyone who doesn't knit this my not sound like much but it is a HUGE difference.) I had re-worked the pattern with a gauge of 4 sts. per inch and my gauge swatch was right on. I cast on and knit the first few rows (garter stitch in the round) then switched to St.st. After the switch I didn't check the gauge...I just kept knitting. When I measured the length I was on track, when I measured the gauge I was knitting at 4 1/2 st. per inch which shrunk the sweater by 5 inches around. Boy did I learn a lesson!!! I frogged it and started over again last night. So far I have 3 inches done. Here I go again. :)

Monday, January 03, 2005

Getting back to normal...

Happy New Year to everyone. As you can see, I have survived the holidays. We all got together for Christmas but, it wasn't here... at the last minute mom decided it would be easier to have it at her house. We had a wonderful time. It was great seeing everyone togther again. When all the little ones opened their gifts all you could see was paper flying everywhere. What a wonderful sight!!! New Years eve was a good time too. With family and friends stopping by there was never a dull moment. Another year gone...It just goes by too fast. The next event is "The Boy's" 18th birthday!!! I CANNOT be old enough to have an 18 year old...can I??? I thought that on his last birthday I forbid him to have anymore...kids today, they just don't listen!!! :)

On to knitting...
Machine knitting: I still haven't finished the boys hoodie. I hope that by admiting it to you I will be motivated to finish. I still need to finish one sleeve, start the other and make the hood. I just ran out of steam. I think the color of the project has a lot to do with my motivation. This hoodie is black. I find it very dificult to see the stitches on an all black project. My old eyes just aren't what they used to be.

Hand knitting: I started the "to dye for" sweater from the first "Stitch & Bitch" book. I decided to make it with Caron worsted weight yarn so I had to change the gauge and I had to adjust it for size because it was just a little small. I also decided to try knitting it in the round rather than on straight needles. So far, so good. I have 10 inches so far and all looks well. I may add a few extra inches too the length.

For Christmas I made "The Girl" The knitted collar from the premier issue of Vogue knitting "knit.1" magazine (pg. 45 pattern #16) and hat that looks very similar to the one pictured ("Fiber Trends" pattern for wide brimmed felted hat) She really liked them. Now she is after me to make her shoulder wrap on pg. 49 pattern #22. Maybe for her birthday...we'll see. ;)



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