I finished the first "Patriotic Sock" last night. It is the Fortissima Colori in #1776. Love it, love it, love it. Now I am casting on the second sock and have tried to make sure that the ribbing will start in the same place. Once these are done I would like to make something for the grandgirls. I am not sure if it will be socks. If I could find enough of this yarn I think sweater would be very cool. Mmm, have to see how many skeins I can find.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Stress. We live in stressful times. If not the economy, the war, the politics, we now have the health issue of the Swine Flu. This is not a post where I am going to discuss what should be done, should have been done, what is going to be done or who is going to blame who. At that all Iwill say is wash your hands, cover your mouth and nose if you sneeze or cough and be careful if you are ill or around someone who is. After sitting through all kinds of information on the news I got tired. I needed something to drop the stress level. I had come across a shawl pattern that is very simple and was similar to the Southwestern Shawl I made several years ago. In my stash I had some Galler Prime Alpaca. I love this yarn and had not decided yet what I wanted to make with it. So I went and pulled out the alpaca and cast on for this simple shawl. The softness of the fiber and the simplicity of the pattern, which is really just garter stitch and yarn overs for increasing, is so relaxing. It is perfect. To those who are not sick, try to stay well. To those who are suffering through the flu know that there are people who care and wish for you to be well soon. To those of you who are the caregivers of those who are ill, take care of yourselves know that you are appreciated and if you can take some time to knit a few rows.
Monday, April 27, 2009
Today is my Mom's 91st birthday. Jo, Scout, Allison and I went to visit and took some flowers. I also took some birthday flowers from my sister and brother so the whole room was full of blooms. My Mom taught me to knit in 1976 when I was expecting my oldest son. I wanted to make baby booties for him. My grandmother had already taught me to crochet three years earlier but I wanted to knit a pair of booties from a pattern my Mom had. Well, let's just say it was a challenge but I did learn and have used that pattern for booties for not just my kids and grandkids but many friends and other relatives. In the busyness of life and kids I had set knitting aside until 2001 when my RA went fullblown out of control. I needed something to focus on other than constant pain. Out came the knitting. My sister recommended plain vanilla dishcloths and that got me knitting again. I even made Joseph an afghan in Army camo green. I was fortunate that my hands could stand the constant movement of knitting. In 1974 my Mom made the comment that I needed to know a craft because "if you are ever ill then you have something to focus on." Wow, weird, huh. So Happy Birthday Mom and thanks for teaching me how to knit those first booties and the patience it took too do it.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Just got back from a book reading by Kate Jacobs at Barnes and Noble. If you have not read her book "The Friday Night Knitting Club" be sure to pick it up. It is a great read. She read tonight from her new book "Comfort Food." She also has a new book out called "Knit Two". While "Knit Two" continues the story of her characters in "Knitting Club", "Comfort Food" introduces new characters in a different story line. Thanks to The Shabby Sheep, my LYS, for reminding us of the event. It was a lot of fun. There were many ladies chatting and knitting and Kate was a lot of fun to listen to and answered numerous questions. It was so much fun I forgot to get a picture of Kate reading or signing books.
Monday, April 20, 2009
Today my girls and I had lunch together. We went to Lupe's Mexican Food in Bedford. It is very good and Jo loves their black bean dip. Today was Scout's 6 week birthday. Allison took these pictures with my cell phone. I don't remember what Jo and I are laughing about but Scout must have done something funny.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
The Patriotic Socks are coming along. I love the way the pattern is forming. I am thinking I will get one more section of the blue stars before finishing up the toe. I looked this yarn up and found out it actually was created for World Cup Soccer in 2006. Ok, I love this kind of trivia and I would love to find another skein and make socks for the grandkids for the 4th of July.
Friday, April 17, 2009
It has rained all morning long here today. I mean really rained with thunder, lightning and Wind with a capital W. My back is still bothering me but that means I am just sitting knitting. These are going to be the coolest socks when they are finished. They are the ones I was working on yesterday, the Fortissima Colori. They are so much cooler than the picture shows. I love them. I will probably spend the rest of the day knitting on them because I cannot wait to see how the stripes form. Gotta go knit.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Today I should be feeling good. I had my Remicade infusion yesterday and should be all chipper. My back is killing me. I don't know why. Well I do but not for the normal reason. The RA is always there just in various phases. The back though is a weird combination of several things but basically yesterday upon my complaint my doctor said it is the Osteoarthritis that is damaging my back and causing the constant pain. Yeah, I knew this, that it was there but I keep hoping that with time and rest it will, well, disappear. Ain't gonna happen. When I had my infusion I was in a chair that was not very comfortable and I think it put a strain on my back. Sitting for almost two hours attatched to an IV, well I should have checked and seen if someone moved out of one of the more comfortable chairs and changed my chair. I was reading, The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs, and just was not realizing I was not as comfortable as usual. So now today I am resting. My doctor gave me some rules and ideas to help perhaps lessen the stress on the back but in truth nothing is going to really change, well, for the better. The only thing that can get better is my attitude about limitations that must be adhered to. I am grateful that I am so much better than in 2001 when I could not move or walk without excruciating pain and was forced to quit my job. I am grateful that I am healthy enough that I can play with the grandkids and knit and drive. I think the hardest battle sometimes is fought with our emotions and our expectations of and for ourselves. So here are some socks I am working on because thanks to the Yarn Harlot I love to knit socks and thanks to strong RA meds I can knit. Knitting gives me great pleasure. It is like a balm to soothe frazzled, raw emotions. A while back I decided I was not going to have more than one project going at a time. Well that lasted about one day. So with socks I can have several going in various stages of knit and move from one to the other. This also can help ward of the feared SSS, Second Sock Syndrome. If you have finished a sock and don't want to work on the matching second sock you can flow to another pair. By the time you finish that sock you can go back to the original sock. If you are tired of knitting on the leg and want something different you have the turning of the heel to work on different sock. So here are pictures of socks in progress at the moment. Berroco Sox #1425, Tofutises #921, and Fortissima Colori #1776. All are being knit in Yarn Harlot's Basic Sock Recipe. Now I don't know about anyone else but just talking about knitting has made me feel better. Think I will go knit on a sock for a while.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
The "Pretty Little Thing" is finished. I was not going to post a picture of the hat until I gave it to Scout. Today we went to Wal-Mart to make Easter pictures and I knew that Allison would see it so I went ahead and showed it to her. So much for a surprise. This was a very cute and easy hat to make. The yarn was Bernat Baby Jacquards color #06412, Berries & Cream. The picture really does not do the yarn justice. I loved the way the pattern in the yarn came out as I knitted along. It is knit from top to bottom using size 4mm (US6) needles. I started with circular needles but did not want to have trouble with stretching so I switched to straights. The only problem with this was when it was finished I had to seam it closed. I made it in the smallest size which was six months and considering Scout is only five weeks I think it is going to be a little big. The reason I made it this size was I wanted to see how it turned out before I started altering the sizing. I will take a picture of Scout wearing it just to show the size and then I will probably have to make a smaller size. Then again when Jo sees it she may think she needs one too.
Monday, April 13, 2009
I realize that on a normal day there would not be three, make that four postings in one day. That tells you of my organizational level today. I was going through some of the pictures on my cell phone, you have to clear them off once in a while or you can't add more, and I realized that I forgot I took this picture of Scout in her Easter dress yesterday. Yeah, it is the YoYo in me that wants to show more pictures of my grandkids. Thank you for your indulgence.
Yes, cheesecake for breakfast. This is Allison's Lemon Cheesecake that is absolutely the best and is my favorite cheesecake in the whole world. She made it yesterday and with all the food we had she sent some home with me. I told her I would have it for breakfast today and I did. That first luscious bite sends an explosion of flavor that is unbelievable. The texture is so creamy. I think the key is that it is homemade from scratch. It was fantastic.
Last night after I got home from the Ponderosa I had planned to post some Easter pictures. For some reason I could not get my computer to connect. Here are a few from the very busy day that also included one of the cars dying and having to be towed to the house and picking up the other car. But that is another story. Thanks goes to Uncle Daisey who came and rescued us and is going to work his magic on the car on Wednesday so it is running again. TJ and Allison provided a fantastic fish fry (Striper from Lake Texoma) for what ended up as a very big family get together at The Ponderosa. Jo hunted Easter eggs and played with her cousin Alexis. She and Scout were all dressed up in their fancy dresses looking very much like spring even though it was a little chilly. Everyone seemed to have a great time but I am sure Allison is exhausted today. Most of the chairs in the house were full of rotating people but Uncle Daisey solved that by sitting in Jo's recliner to read the Bass Pro ad. Allison made a Hummingbird cake and if you have never had it, well it has to be one one the best cakes in the world. She also made a lemon cheesecake from one of my favorite recipes. All in all it was a very fun day. Thanks goes to Allison and TJ for putting in so much hard work and for the great food. Love ya'll!
Saturday, April 11, 2009
The On-Line Supersocke 100 Socks in "Afrika" (#996) are finished. These were set aside in all the baby knitting. I really like them and love the self-striping. I have aready cast on two more pair of socks one in Tofutsies and one in Berroco Sox. It is good to have two going at one time. If you need to knit without having to worry about decreasing and picking up stitches then you just make sure one is at a different spot than the other. The "Afrika" socks were made with Yarn Harlot's Basic Sock Recipe. I love it because it is so easy yet if you count the stitches, well let's just say socks are aways a commitment.
Friday, April 10, 2009
I guess I could say that Scout shopped till she dropped but actually she slept most of the trip. Today was the last minute shopping for Easter lunch. The hat she has on is one I made for her before she was born. I used Bernat Softee Baby in #31415, Candy Baby. I used size 6 needles and cast on 72 stitches. It is just the basic roll brim hat but is a nice fit. Love those chubby cheeks.
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Monday, April 6, 2009
Aunt Jane Ellen gave Jo a new blankie while she was here. With Scout getting so much attention it is important to make sure the older daughter/grand-daughter/niece knows she is mega-loved too. Aunt JE gave Jo this little green blankie that is simple garter stitch but the coolest thing about the blankie is the fact that it glows in the dark. Yes, it GLOWS in the dark. It is made from Bernat's Glow in the Dark Yarn, color, green glow. It is a mintish green with a white ply that combines with the green. All you do is make sure that the yarn/blankie is under a good light for a while and low and behold when you turn the light off, or go into a closet if you can't wait till dark, it GLOWS. I used some of this yarn in white for the face on a pumpkin hat I made for Jo at Halloween but this is the first time I have seen the true coolness of the yarn. I have a few skeins that JE gave me at Christmas time just sitting on the shelf. The other night I woke up for some reason and as I turned over I looked at the bookshelf. What is that? Then I realized it was the skeins of yarn glowing in the middle of the night. Who needs a night light? If you come across this yarn, which we might not again until October, and you have kids, know kids or are still a kid yourself, grab up some of this yarn. Hmm, I think I need a glow in the dark hat.
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Jo does not like Coke. She is a real apple juice kid. A few days after her mom and sister came home she and I ran to Subway to get some sandwiches. Allison likes Icee's and thinks they are far superior to Slurpee's. The Quick Track next to the Subway has Icee's. I thought it would be a nice treat to pick up a couple of drinks to take home and surprise Allison. When we went in Jo said she wanted and Icee too. I reminded her that she does not like coke or even very cold drinks. She likes her apple juice warmed up. She insisted she would like the Icee. By the look of the cup you cannot tell that this was the small size. I thought she might as well try it and then she would not ask the next time. Well, lo and behold she took one drink and said, "I like it." I could not believe it. When we got to the house she excitedly told her Mother that she now likes Icee's. I took this picture to mark the first time she ever had an Icee. Sometimes you are reminded that the simple things are the most fun.
Friday, April 3, 2009
Thursday, April 2, 2009
I am back home. A lot has gone on in the last three and a half weeks. Now it is time to get things organized again, well sortof. First, a new picture of Scout. No need to explain (haha). Last week my sister and younger brother flew in to visit with my Mother. My older brother lives here in the area. We took the opportunity to take a picture. Jo had come in with me because she wanted to see "Uncle" Jane Ellen. Since most of her uncles are who she sees more than her aunts she has taken to calling the aunts "uncle" also. When we took the picture Jo was included. I thought it turned out pretty good. To balance the picture Kirk got on his knees. This is the only time I am taller than him as he is about 6'3". Last Friday Allison brought Scout to see her Great-Grandma. Mother was so thrilled to be able to see her, smiled the whole time we were there and really did not want us to leave. Aunt Jane Ellen went with us to Wal-Mart. While we were getting groceries she and Jo sat in the book section and read books. Curious George was a big winner. I found a new hat pattern while I shopping. Wonder, can I get it done before Easter?