Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Middle Earth Socks?

I hope that gave you the same feeling I got from reading a quote from Tolkien after clicking a link in the new Knitty. The link was for learning a new language, and I was curious since it's a knitting magazine, after all. What language did they mean?

The language was Bavarian charts. Since I'm currently knitting from a chart, it seems fitting. I'll admit that when I first glanced over the picture, I thought, "No way." But after reading Ethnic Knitting Adventures, the descriptions of sweaters and waistcoats, diamonds, and braids, my mind traveled to some place between Moria and Rivendell.

I've done some fetchings with a cable, but I've not tried socks. Still I'm fascinated. There is something about the pattern that makes me think of Mount Doom. I'm going to have to give these a try.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Password Rant

I am taking this moment to rant about the insanity of people and their usernames and passwords. We've all heard about people using "1234" or "999999" or *gasp* "password" as their password, but I just took a call from an organization who wanted to give everyone signing up for their fundraising event the same password so staff could access the participants pages.

*blink* Does anyone think this is a good idea?

The answer is yes. This is the second request I've add for this kind of access this week. *smh*

No wonder people get hacked.

Wednesday, May 02, 2012


I didn't really mean to take the month of April off. It just sort of happened. If it makes you feel better, not only have I not been writing blogs, I've not been reading them either. I am about a 3rd of the way through Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince. One thing that I've noticed about where I spend my time:  I can't add anything more to my to-do list without dropping something.

I'm way behind on my knit-along. I'm still on the socks for the month of March. *sigh* I took a side trip to some finger puppets

and Dr. Watson's scarf.

Meanwhile I took a trip to see my BFF and scored 2 pair of bamboo needles ($3 ea) and a set of hand-me-down #17 needles. I also saw some really fun scarves at the flea market. Inspiration has hit. Christmas knitting to commence soon.

Thursday, April 05, 2012

Keeping your place

What a cool idea. Knitting Knoobie's hubby made her a little cardboard window for her to keep her place on her knitting chart. Of course, I use my Nook for knitting patterns most of the time, but I also don't usually knit from complex chart. I have some Fair Isle that I'm looking at. This could come in handy.

Monday, March 19, 2012

March Knitting and Weekend Round-up

So much in my queue, perhaps too much for being in the throes of the busy season at work. I finally finished the January KAL with Keep On Knitting in the Free World. I skipped the February one altogether (maybe will pick that one up in the fall), and went straight into the February and March granddaughter projects. I don't have pix of the girls in them, but I'm hoping that DS2 and his lovely wife will send pics with the girls in them.

Laurelhurst SockMy new knitting project is the March KAL, these lovely socks. I'm using Marion Foale 3 ply Wool, and I love the look and feel. I'm not sure if it's from watching Harry Potter "The Half-Blood Prince" while knitting this, but I have this Wicked Witch feeling from these, especially if they were wider stripes and maybe in black and white. I've really missed knitting socks. Last year I usually carried a sock in my purse for when I had a free minute. I stashed this one in my purse when I went to see John Carter on Friday and it was a good thing. My friends were late so I did have some knitting time.

Happy St Patrick's Eve
Shortly after my friends showed up, so did these guys, The Shamrock Club showed up to serenade us at Champps. There is nothing quite like hearing the Buckeye Battle Cry on bagpipes. They played for about 15 minutes, and this was only a small section of the group. I didn't count them, but there were probably 20-25 pipers there along with the drums.

Oh hail!The last bit of weekend excitement was the line of thunderstorms that smacked into us late Sunday. The weather guys showed all kinds of pictures of a line of potential tornadoes that thankfully never became actual tornadoes on the opposite side of the city. The weather guy from WSYX mentioned off hand some rotation on our side of town, and we went outside and saw clouds on the SE side of the house moving NW and ones on the NW side moving SE. Fortunately, that was all we saw cloudwise. We did see some of these guys, though.

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Randomness 3.1

We spent last weekend at CBTL. It's not heated yet, but the Eden Pure heater kept the chill at bay. *Reminder to look for a pellet stove for next year. With being really overloaded with work, I'm ready to get away.


Meanwhile, while I was trying to write a blog this morning, DH starts talking about The Anxiety Wrap, a jacket that is supposed to keep dogs calm during thunderstorm. I will admit that while I was writing, I was  mildly annoyed by the distraction, but now that I see it, I do wonder how well it works. He's had a couple customers swear by it.

I almost have 40 hours in at work and it's only Thursday. We're kind of toying with the idea that I might be able to log out on time, or maybe early, to go to the Home and Garden Show. Wonder what today will bring.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Where did February go?

I just looked up and it's the 22nd. February is the height of the busy season for me at work. I've had more than a few 10-12 hour work days in the last several weeks. I sort of feel like the groundhog, peeking up to see if there will be 6 more weeks of winter.

Groundhogs aren't really the animal of the month at my house, though. It's this guy:


Squirrels are eating my house. Well, not my house, but the wood trim around my 2nd floor office window and our patio door. DH will be putting new vinyl windows in the upstairs rooms and replacing the wood trim with vinyl on the patio door.

I'm thinking about getting one of these motion activated owls to keep them away. I wonder what the dog would think.

Friday, February 03, 2012

The Granddaughter Project explained

The thought occurs to me that I never explained what the Granddaughter Project is. At the moment I have 3 granddaughters. I say at the moment because there is another grandchild on the way, but before there was this 4th grandchild to consider, I decided that this year I would make something each month for one of the girls, starting with the oldest. This works out so that their birthday months are also their gift months. Complete coincidence.

I finished made this skirt for Lydia. I hope to get pics of her in it this weekend. I had put the ruffled hem on it, but I didn't like how it rolled. You know stockinette stitch. I frogged it back to the row where I had added stitches for the ruffle, but used a K3P3 rib instead. I'd finished the Icord on January 31st, but I didn't realize it was the right length until I measured it on February 1st. I'm calling the first Granddaughter Project technically finished on time.
I can't say as much for my January Stumptown Knits KAL. I'm about 3 pattern repeats away from 1/2 way. This must be why StarAthena decided a hat would be a good 2nd project. I downloaded the pattern for the Mount Hood Snow Cap last night. Lemme just say, "love the bobbles."

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Link update

Got this pic from my son. It's his roomie wearing the hat I made him. DS3 says he hasn't taken it off. Happy birthday, roomie.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Aloha Granddaughter

I've put off the first Granddaughter Project all month. If you haven't heard, I decided to make something for a granddaughter every month all year, starting with Lydia. This is her skirt. I'm not fond of the hem. I think I may. Be ripping it out, but it's going to be best to sleep on it.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Better late than never

Some days the bright shinies win. Today was not one of those days. The fact that I'm posting Wednesday's blog after 1 AM on Thursday is your first clue. I, however, realized it when I set an hour long playlist so I could have a timed block of writing and ended up never hearing the whole list because I was on the phone that much.

All this to say that yesterday, Tuesday, for the calendarly challenged, I conquered my knitting knojo with a little bit of crochet. I made a delightful sock monkey inspired baby hat, that coincidentally resembles something decidedly Buckeye.

Making the hat, and a new day, helped. I have recovered my mojo and knitting has recommenced

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The Standstill

Well, this is awkward. I finished the Link hat and got it in the mail to my son and picked up my scarf to knit, but it felt uncomfortable. I'm not sure if it was switching from worsted to sock yarn or switching from Continental to English, but my hands didn't seem to want to do what I needed them to do. I set down my needles and perused my patterns and yarn, knowing I still need to get my 1st Granddaughter Project underway (looks at the calendar), but the idea of casting on 104 stitches seems like a terrible idea. My knitting mojo has hit a nojo.

I'm sure this is a temporary condition. Meanwhile, take a look at the link hat. It's crazy long.

Link hat is done and in the mail.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Out of a fog

I won't deny the events of earlier this week left me in a fog. I'm coming out of it now and realizing that January is almost over, but I don't have my January projects done. I'm nowhere near. I did get two of the Pay it Forward 2012 gifts done and sent out, and I have learned to knit both the linen stitch and the herringbone stitch. Let 's not talk about the number of times I frogged, shall we?

Getting the hang of herringbone - Willamette scarf

I had plans for today to sew something for my Granddaughters Project but, like after Christmas, I'm having a twinge of startitis and I want to start everything.

Like this sock monkey hat for a cyberfriend's baby due next month.

Link hat
Where's my magic ocarina? - Link hat
And how could I have forgotten about the Link hat that I'm supposed to have to my son before Groundhog Day? I cast it on last night in a moment of panic. If I were Bill Murray, I'd have plenty of time to get it done again and again and again and again....

Meanwhile, I'm completely distracted by the Lanesplitter skirt. It's been in my queue forever. Can't I  just cast on right this minute? *sigh*

Saturday, January 14, 2012

A tale of two Hannah's

This is a tale of two Hannah's and how their lives impacted my week.

One Hannah is musical. One of my earliest memories of her is as a toddler, holding her violin and asking her mother, her teacher, "Please teach me." She is a couple years older than our youngest, but they grew up together. They were in the same class at church. We spent Thanksgivings at her home. Our families would get together for dinners and haircuts. Our sons wore her brothers' hand-me-downs. Hannah stayed home, studied music at Ohio State, and met a nice boy.

The other Hannah is literary. Her dad is the youth group leader and the worship leader, and our younger sons and I served on the worship team with him for several years. As gregarious as her father is, Hannah is quiet. She retreats to the world of words and would love nothing more than to spend a chilly afternoon with a cup of tea, a book, and a fire. My youngest son and she were part of the same kind of nerdy crowd who went to the midnight premier of LOTR in costume, and again, they were in the same class in church. This Hannah went off to college in Texas where our two younger sons are, and met a nice boy.

This week their lives mingle with ours in different ways. Their stories will bookend next week. For the last 5 years, our musical Hannah has been battling cancer. She lost her battle Tuesday night and she is now complete and whole in Heaven. We will bury this Hannah on Monday. I'm honored to be choosing music to play during the calling hours and the celebration of her life following internment.

The week ends with a celebration of another kind. Hannah, the wordsmith, will be getting married the following Saturday. She's marrying our youngest son's former room mate. While I'm busy knitting a gift and sewing a dress for this Hannah's wedding, I'm also picking out music for the other Hannah's farewell--one Hannah's soundtrack forever coloring the wedding memories of the other, but in a good way. For me, tying these projects of love together celebrates the lives of both Hannah's.

Ecclesiates 3:4 describes this week the best:
A time to weep and a time to laugh;
A time to mourn and a time to dance.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Cold on the outside. Warm on the Inside.

This is what it looks like outside:
This is what it looks like inside:

This is what I'm working on this morning:

Ready for the sister of the bride:

Thursday, January 12, 2012

That was fast part deux

How did I not post since Sunday? Things were going so well posting reasonably regularly. Oh, right. My queue exploded. Well, that and life.

I've set aside my Willamette scarf while I work on two projects for a wedding next week. One is a gift for the bride, gleaned from stalking her Pinterest.

Mystery Knit.jpg

I'm using the same wool that I used for my cousins leggings to make this gift. Can you guess what it is?

This is the same wedding that I'm altering a dress for. I had hoped to have it delivered yesterday. Did I mention that life exploded. I'll share details on that tomorrow. Meanwhile, I will drop it off to them either Saturday or Sunday, along with this finished project and and the rest of the gift.

Sunday, January 08, 2012

That was fast.

I think I'm out of control. It sure didn't take long to get my queue overloaded. After posting the pay it forward post on Facebook, I've gotten 5 projects lined up. One is time sensitive, it's also a gift for a wedding. I'll be making this tea cosy. I'd noticed it in the bride's Pinterest boards before Christmas, so it will be perfect for paying it forward.

Today I brought home a dress for this same wedding. The bride's sister's dress needs some alterations. It needs to be done by Wednesday. It's just making the shoulder straps a little longer. Shouldn't take too long.

Next, I just got a text from my son, the same one who requested the Team Zissou hats. He's asked me to make him this Link hat from Zelda for his roommate's birthday, which is 2 days before my son's. Mental note, I need to make something for my son.

Meanwhile, I have yet to start my Granddaughter Project for January and I'm working on my Willamette scarf. I had to frog it a few times. It's taken a long time for me to get the hang of linen stitch. I finally got it.
Linen stitch on the Willamette Scarf

I've got a lot planned and in progress. Let's see how much I can finish this week.

Saturday, January 07, 2012

Pay it forward

I saw this post on Facebook and even though it was posted by a friend of my sons in Texas and I don't really know her, I couldn't resist.
Pay it Forward 2012. I will make something handmade for the first 5 people who comment. They must in return post this as their status and make something for the first 5 who comment. Rules: it must be homemade by you and received before the end of 2012
In a moment, I added a comment and was committed to posting the message on my on Facebook. At this point I have 3 people on my list. I'm very excited about this and I know what I'm making for 2 of the 3 people. Once I drop them in the mail, I'll post pics.

What about you? You want to pay it forward in 2012? Put the offer out and see what happens.

Friday, January 06, 2012

Happy 12th Day of Christmas

No post yesterday because I was busy celebrating Twelfth Night with my family. It wasn't a planned 12th Night celebration, but it was when we finally could get together to open Christmas gifts with the visiting Texas crowd. It did give my son an interesting idea, however. Their youngest daughter turned one on Christmas Day, and they have been deliberating how to keep Christmas and her birthday. Celebrating Epiphany may be one solution. Another would be to celebrate the 12 days of Christmas with a big 12th Night Celebration for Jesus' birthday and save Christmas for Moriah's. Maybe this is why I've been fascinated with the Twelve Days of Christmas this year.

Meanwhile, watching the girls play and catching up with their parents was the highlight of my week. Having it hit Twelfth Night was coincidental and appropriate. My son and I are Shakespeare people. I used to assistant direct and costume for a Shakespeare company. He once played Sir Toby in Twelfth Night. Putting it together with the celebration of Christmas was fun for us. Oh, and some trivia: for those of us bothered by the rampant consumerism of starting Christmas at Halloween, there is a tradition of the Christmas season starting at All Hallow's Eve and going through Candlemas (February 2). Maybe we should just embrace it.

Meanwhile, I'm channeling some of The Yarn Harlot's "Startitis".  I've already finished leggings for my cousin. I'm itching to cast on the Willamette Scarf, but first I need to make one of these for a cyber friend whose baby is due next month. This on top of the lists I've already posted.

It's taken 12 days, but I'm ready to put Christmas 2011 behind me and start working on new and wonderful things.

Happy Twelfth Day of Christmas. God bless us every one.

Ps. As I finished this, R2 provided this link. My list continues to grow.

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

First project done

...well almost. The Easy Peasy legwarmers are nearly finished. I had to crack open a new skein of yarn for the last inch of ribbing. I was also severely distracted by last night's return of NCIS (what we on Twitter call #NCIS day) and then today's corresponding NCIS hangover. I'm staying up tonight to finish. It's only an inch. How long can that take? Meanwhile, this is what they look like:

I was hoping to start the Willamette Scarf tonight. Now, tomorrow doesn't look good either. Besides it being 12th Night, our middle son, his wife, and their daughters are coming over to finally celebrate Christmas--just in time. Since I'm also hoping to do some sewing before we celebrate the youngest's Christmas birthday on Saturday, I suspect that it will be next week before I start that scarf. If I can hold out that long.

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

More January Craftiness

The links I posted yesterday aren't the only things I'm up to this month. I didn't list the knittery things. You know me. There are always knittery things.

Most notable at this point are these Easy Peasy Legwarmers for my cousin. She lives in the hinterland of Missouri where legwarmers aren't a new trend, but still an old fad. It's also already very cold and her legs get chilled. I know the feeling. I already made a pair of these for me last year--in acrylic. Hers are nice, warm umber-colored natural wool.

The other is the Willamette Scarf from the Stumptown Knits KAL. I'm using some stash sock yarn for this one. I'd run across a good buy for some Serenity by Deborah Norville. The colorway is Tanzanite, and I think it will do this project justice.

Of course, none of this has gotten much done today because I gave the blog a face lift. Hope you like the new look. There will undoubtedly be some tweaking for a few days, but the new fresh look is here to stay. 

Monday, January 02, 2012

Kicking off the New Year craftwise.

I'm not sure if it's the new year or the influx of crafty ideas from blogs, Pinterest and Tumblr, but there are so many things catching my eye. I also have some friends and family who have asked to learn to sew (and I have granddaughters) so I'm seeing fun things to sew, too.  Here are some of the things on my radar:

1. Wrap bracelets. This beaded one using the ladder stitch is the one I'm starting with.
2. I want to crochet some beads using my old, unneeded embroidery floss, to make a necklace like this.
3. I bought this pattern to make the long shirt for Lydia for the January Granddaughter project. Her mommy doesn't like her to wear leggings if her shirt doesn't cover her bum. I feel the same way. This shirt is perfect.
4. I bought this pattern to make a couple skirts for Moriah's birthday for the same reason. Her little sausage legs put her little 12 month body in 3T capris. Skirts and leggings are easier.
5. And this is one of the best solutions to cover the bum that I've seen. Just add ruffles to some tees.