Monday, March 29, 2010

Grumpy right offf the bat!

Everyone, and I mean EVERYONE is soooo joyful/happy/elated/delighted/and just-plain-giddy with the fact that SPRING is here. NOT ME!


What is spring, after all? that all people everywhere couldn't wait for it to arrive. I'll tell you what it is--it doesn't matter that you are running around the kitchen with your hands in your ears, yelling: "I can't heeeear youuuuu"...I'll tell you anyway!

SPRING IS...rolled down car windows so you can get the fresh, crystal clear air, and a heavy smoker stops at the same lights you do, for your entire trip on the Boulevard.

SPRING IS...taking a walk around the neighbourhood, to see the neighbours and say hi...but they are all burning their leaves.

SPRING IS...going to the park to catch a glimpse of the deer and other pretty critters...and all the bikers in the whole world deciding to do the same thing, arriving all at the same time and revving up an unbearable cacophony.

SPRING IS...the mosquitoes are back!

SPRING IS...the high school people on spring break, and their music causing a 6.6 rumble on the Rickter scale.

SPRING IS...not being grumpy.

I AM NOT GRUMPY!...It only sounds like it. I just looked out, and there is a FULL MOON! Arf!

SPRING IS...seeds for pretty flowers, crispy lettuce, plump tomatoes, snap peas, and all the rest!

I'll leave you with this:

"While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease." Gen 8:22

In His hands, ^__^

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Working on the sleeves of the pink baby sweater

I'm listening to an audio book on RealPlayer. My screen is showing Anabel the sheep. She is very entertaining, but...I'm too busy to watch her. [the book: Final Authority by Dr. Wm. Grady]

I'm working on the sleeves of the notorious pink baby sweater. The stitch that I 'made up' is as follows.
Multiple of 3 stitches
Row 1: purl
Row 2: *k3, pass 1st stitch over the next two stitches, y/o * repeat to the end of the row
Row 3: purl
Row 4: knit
Row 5: purl
Row 6: repeat from Row 2

There! that is easy, almost brainless. Good basketball game knitting.

Close up is not great, but you get the idea.
For the sleeves, I started with 5 dps but it was difficult to psso the 2 sts ( the dps are bamboo) so I went to my straight needles. I do not mind sewing the sleeve.

These simply adorable baby booties are for a newborn (boy) at church. Hoping he has not outgrown them by next Sunday. (Last Sunday we had almost 12" of snow and did not go to church.)

I got them from here. However, the 'subtitles' that give the instructions are not complete. Go here to get the written instructions. They were a cinch! were delightful to knit.
I'll leave you with this:

"Then they came near, and spake before the king concerning the king's decree; Hast thou not signed a decree, that every man that shall ask a petition of any God or man within thirty days, save of thee, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions? The king answered and said, The thing is true, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not. " Daniel 6:12

In His hands, ^__^

Monday, March 22, 2010

Assisting the gas company...well, their commercial

I think this is a VERY CLEVER commercial, as commercials go. Perhaps because I like all things to do with knitting. Please go see Little Jenny Wren's blog, she posted 2 youtubes. One is the making of the commercial, the other is the actual commercial. It is easier to send you to her than to post the youtubes here.

Lazy? not really.

I'll leave you with this:

"Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. " Philipians 4:8

In His hands, ^__^

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Finished EZ's I see a pinwheel

[by the way...10 more inches of snow in one day...welcome to SPRING!]

Those loose threads being tucked the blanket is finished!

The ugly symbol has dissappeared and it has become a pinwheel. It reminds me of a quilt block.

What a relief...

I finished the edge with an applied i-cord using (but modifying) the instructions from here.

It was fun and fast to make this applied i-cord. It makes the edge look very complete, and since it's for a boy, very appropriate.

The edge is so neat, I keep looking at it, in admiration. Try it on your next edge. Perhaps, on a dishcloth, so you can see quick results. It is the same on both sides.

(nice blue fingers!...the blanket is the right color...sort-of...Oh, no! now you know I'm from the planet Blueto...sigh...!!)

The green cover I made in one day. It is for my kitchen stool. You have to know that we've had this black vinyl kitchen stool in that corner since...for-eh-ver! Its assignment was to give repose to those on the phone, and while cooking or baking, a small respite.

Now every-bo-dy has a cell phone, but everybody who gets or makes a phone call while in the kitchen, goes to sit at the stool...force of habit, to the max! Still have the land line, need a new one--it is acting up.

The green matches the green on the wallpaper, although it does not appear like it in this pic.

The cover is snug enough that it should not come off [it has been put to the test, and passed]

I'll leave you with this:

"Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens; let thy glory be above all the earth." Psalm 57:5

In His hands, ^__^

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Taking a at something...

DoooDaaaahh...I know that language barrier is a barrier, but, being that 'I dare' to 'figure out' stuff...I begun to cast on...knit...unravel...cast on...knit...unravel...and so on, and so on. You know what I'm talking about, don't you?

I was 'bound and determined' to knit this baby sweater, and watched this video more than 10 times, stopping and counting. After many attempts, I think, I have it figured. Obviously the stitch is not the same, but I'll get that one soon, also. (The Lord opening my understanding.)

I never heard from Tessituras, but maybe she has no way of translating into English like I have noone who can help me with Brazilian/Portugese. Her blog is so cute, I enjoy the pictures she posts. I can understand one word in each paragraph...maybe.

So here we are:

I've come to the sleeves and will do this stitch that I sort-of made up...I know, I know it probably exists in some book or blog already...

I'm pleased with the results.

Looking pretty good as is, but I will finish the sleeves.

Almost finished with the 'swastika' blanket...I'll show you later. The EVIL SYMBOL almost disappears now that it's all sewn. (my people were right!)
I'll leave you with this:

"How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver! " Proverbs 16:16
In His hands, ^__^

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Finished sweater and scarf

It's been so long that I almost forgot my password...not really, but...

Ok, here I am, and always hoping to be back often. I find that I have lots more to do than I like to place here for the 'whole world' to see, i.e., cleaning house, doing chores, going shopping (arrrgh!) mending, and all those mundane things.
I would like to show you splendid accomplishments [and I will when I do them], share wise things that I have read or heard, but...there isn't enough time. Some of 'my' bloggers seem to have all of the above right at my fingertips...maybe they do nothing else...sigh! [and another deep sigggghhhh!]
Now, I'm sharing SOME of my recent accomplishment, albeit, not quite so splendid.

Beautiful scarf for Mrs. #2, she did love it, and wears it. [I ran into her at the grocery store...not an usual occurrence...and she was wearing it!]

Also, 2c's pink sweater...2c loooooved it...she is such a pink girlie girl.

Next I have a {maybe minor} horror story. I found the garter stitch EZ blanket pattern in my Winter 94-95 Vogue Knitting. p.24

I must insert here that I started looking for the pattern through all my magazines. [I knew I had it somewhere.] When I saw it in here I like her blog, especially her fish afghan. But this 'puzzle' caught my eye, and I proceeded to retrieve my copy.

Now, looking at the picture all I saw was two pieces fitting together, right? So, since I like to knit 'odd' shapes, i.e., Cat Bordhi's things, I proceeded to find the right yarn, for the right this case 3g. No was so nice to knit all garter stitch, it just went so smoothly...and soon, I was finished knitting. Found the magazine again to see the assembly lay-out and to my HORROR...a swastika formed in the middle...a SWASTIKA!!! and from EZ, no way, NO WAY!!

But, there it is...sigh...[with a major GRUNT in the middle]

All that saw it said it may go away when I sew it together--which, I have not been able to complete...still in sort-of knitter's shock. Did anybody else see this before? I have not asked 'knit, knit, frog' if she saw it when she sewed hers. I would like to get some feedback from you ALL.

It could be that nobody else has a problem with the swastika, BUT I DO. So, my dilemma is whether to complete this blanket, or take it apart and knit something sweet for sweet baby 3g.
I'll leave you with this:

"Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh." Proverbs 3:25
In His hands, ^__^