Wednesday, December 16, 2009
I'm working on one knitting project for Christmas so I can't really talk about it, but I'm almost done with it and I think it'll be finished well before Christmas. I didn't do a lot of knitting for Christmas because I don't usually knit for other people. I only knit for people who will appreciate hand-knitted items and usually that means knitters who could knit for themselves. But, this year, Ally borrowed a pair of my hand-knit socks and declared that she really likes hand-knit socks so I knitted a pair for her and for Kate for Christmas (no danger of them reading this blog -- they never do). So, I've got two pair of socks and one more knitting project to go under the tree.
Still nothing on the job front. I've applied a lot of places, but nothing concrete has come up. I'm still waiting to hear about the community college classes that I could teach. There is, however, an opportunity that I'm hopeful about. I can't talk about it yet and I don't want to jinx it, but I'm hoping that anyone out there reading this will keep their fingers crossed for me -- or say a little prayer that things will work out for the best.
So, Merry Christmas to EVERYONE! I hope your Christmas is peaceful and happy and full of love.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
I know that being alone with nothing to do is a precious gift and I should treasure it and use it wisely and well, but I can't think of anything I really want to do. Any suggestions? What would you do all by yourself in a tropical paradise? Let me know. Jeff'll be here on Friday, so I really just have today and tomorrow left.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Following the instructions, I basted in several guideline stitches of yarn -- one in the exact middle, and two five rows away on either side. Then I machine stitched one row away from the middle on each side and then two rows away from the middle on each side. So, those cut stitches have nowhere to go. Then, with wild abandon, I took out my trusty shears and cut my sweater right up the middle on the basted yarn guideline.
So far, the sweater hasn't completely self-destructed. In fact, it looks pretty good and, better -- now that I can try it on properly -- I think it might actually fit.
Now I need to pick up umpteen million stitches along the edges and knit the dreaded button bands. This is Stephanie Pearl-McPhee's least favorite thing. I guess we'll find out how like it.
Monday, October 5, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
On the spinning wheel, I've spun two bobbins full of the merino/mohair blend that a friend gave me. I need to ply them and I'll probably dye the yarn before I knit it up.
Around the house, we're getting ready for the big change. Ally is going off to college -- our first is leaving the nest. We're trying to get everything ready for her to go -- trying to anticipate every need. I think all of us are both in denial and thinking to ourselves that this will be the last time the family is together living as a family. I shouldn't be so dramatic, but things do change once you're living on your own at college. When you come home, it's like your a guest in your own house. Oh, well. Time marches on. Our goal as parents is to make her independant of us ... but it goes so fast.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Actually, the pattern itself doesn't show the sleeves. I had to look at other people's projects on Ravelry to find some pictures of them. I only thought to look when I had done three rows on a sleeve and realized that it could fit an elephant. Anyway -- I think the pattern sleeves are really ugly and now I'm going to have to redesign them, which is going to be unpleasant. I want close-fitting sleeves that go to the wrist. This sweater may not get done any time in the near future.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
Look what my sister brought me from her cruise to South America! A huge wad 'o wool! She got it in Chile and she also got one for herself. She's thinking of knitting and felting hers into a bag. I'm not sure yet what to do with mine. I'm thinking felted hat and scarf.
I'm enjoying a peaceful morning. Kate is at camp and Jeff and Ally have gone to Chicago, so I have three days all alone. I don't know what to do with myself!
Friday, May 22, 2009
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Friday, April 3, 2009
I was trying to get a picture of them in the basket, but they didn't want to sit still. Instead, they turned the basket over and tried to eat it!