Sunday, August 30, 2015

DRIVERS LICENSE

This post is a rant.  Nothing about spinning, dyeing or knitting just me going on about something that's driving me crazy.  I got my new drivers license in March.  Shortly after I received a letter from PennDot telling me to cut it up and they issued me a new one.  I didn't cut it up and kept the letter.  Today with my new license in hand went to CVS to get some nasal decongestant containing pseudoephedrin hydrochloride one of the cold meds they keep behind the counter just in case I'm a druggie.  But I couldn't the meds.  Know why they new driver's license issued to me by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania was NO GOOD.  My name was all screwed up.  They had my middle name first and my first name as my last name with no middle name at all.  Now they swiped that license when I was traveling this summer and also got my fishing license from Minnesota.  Go figure.  Now I'll sit on the phone tomorrow trying to straighten out this mess.  Thanks PennDot!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

PURCHASES AND TREES


I found this over shot coverlet table cover at an antique - collectibles mall.  At one time I could have woven it but right now I don't have a loom wide enough or the energy to weave one.


I put my large wood bowl in the middle.  Looks great with out early American decor.


A couple of weeks ago we bought a metal rooster to put on one of our Hosier cupboards.  Does it fit?  No of course not so we needed to find a place for it.  It now rests on top of a 50 gallon lard can next to one of our Hosiers.


We planted around 50 trees on our one acre.  Why?  We love trees and have lived with them on our property every where we've lived.  The front of the house is nothing put pine trees to block the view and stop the wind from the west.  I don't think most people understand that trees are so important.  They shade our home, block the wind, and are the homes of a lot of animals and birds.  Any way I love the bark on this birch.


The white birch was attached with Japanese beetles again this year.  Usually we are home so we can set traps but this year we were on vacation when they invaded.  Funny how they only attach this tree but I suppose that's a good thing.  New leaves are coming out just in time for fall.

Friday, August 14, 2015

AUGUST


I can't believe it's August already.  Where is the summer going?  We went on vacation last month to my high school reunion.  It's been 50 years since I graduated from good old Minto High School.  We had such a good time catching up.  There were only 27 in our class so most of us knew each other from 1st grade through 12th.  Our old high school as been turned into the Walsh County Museum.  Great use of a very old three story brick building.  After the reunion we head up to Lake of the Woods in Minnesota.  My sister and her husband have a great summer home there.  This year Edmund put in a hand carved wooden totem pole.  Looks great close up and from out in the water.


A view from the boat.  Where they have their home there aren't any beaches but loads of rocks.  Did I catch a fish. NO!! And if that wasn't bad enough they wouldn't even give Bill a fishing license.  Something about inconsiderate information.  What is that all about???  Don't know because he was to mad to even call the phone number they gave him.


I haven't been idle.  I bought a small Addi circular knitter.  Makes the greatest scarves and head bands.  I think I finished four sets in as many days.


I'm also working on some had knitting mostly for myself.  This is a shawl I knit with a Raverly group KAL called Waves Gone Bye.  I'm not that excited about it.  It's hard to tell what the colors are but they are different shades of pink and white.


Some thing is sure didn't need was a Yarnit by Simply Socks Yarn Company.   This is it with the yarn in it.

The yarn is great.  You can't see from this picture but the ball is hiding some of the pink color in the yarn.  The bottom comes off to old markers and other small items you might need.  To cute to pass up.


Last but not least.  This is the pi shawl I've been working up for at least three weeks.  I'm on round 122 and working with over 500 stitches a round.  I think I'm only going to about round 140 then finish off with a couple of rounds of gull stitch.  Oh, and yes there are some mistakes but I won't tell if you won't.

On the book front.  I've just finished listening to 2 great books by D. A Meredith.  A Time Too Late and The Reckoning.  The McDade Family Chronicles.  I cried my eyes out when I finished The Reckoning last night.

I'm read the next in the Ken Follette series World Without End.  I've just started it but so far like the rest of Ken Follette books I am enjoying it.


Friday, June 26, 2015

AUDIO BOOKS


One of my favorite things to do is listen to audio books while I'm working around the house, outside or knitting.  Lately I've been lucky enough to download some very good books from The Dauphin County Library for free.  First was Fall Of Giants by Ken Follett.  It's the first book in the century trilogy. Starts off just before WWI following a Russian family, German family and an English family.  Takes the reader through the war and the events of that time as seen through three families.


Winter of the World follows these families through WWII and all the horrible events that took place during that war.


Edge Of Eternity is after WWII in Europe and the US especially the civil unrest ending with our current president.  I love these books and learned so much.  Along with history these action and romance. Right now I'm reading Ken Follett's book The Pillar's of the Earth and can't put it down.  The man is amazing author.


Next I listened to The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger.  I was so caught up in the charters.  It's very hard to explain.  Love story and science fiction all rolled into one that will leave you crying at the end. Head over to Amazon if you'd like to buy any of these or your local library for some very good reads.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

JUNE WHITE LACE SHAWL



I finally finished my white lace shawl.  It's picture here being blocked.




Front view.  I knit it with sock yarn.




The pattern for it was in "Sock Yarn One Skein Wonders".  Wisteria Arbor Shawl.  The pattern called for one skein of sock yarn at 450 yards.  I bought three with a yardage of 360 each and I'm glad I did since I ended up using two and some of the third.  I love how it turned out and as of now I've started one in a dark gray.  Very light and airy.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

ADDI HEADBAND INSTRUCTIONS AND CRAIG NA DUN


Above is a picture of a headband when it comes off my Addi Express (46 needles).  The first and last five rounds are knit in a waste yarn and 40 rounds of a color you like.  I have it pinned wrong sides together so I can start crocheting the two knitted ends together.


I use a size 10 1/2 or K crochet hook and slip stitch through each of the rounds.  This isn't hard.  You just have to keep in mind that you need to pick up every end loosely and pay attention to the last two where you began and ended attaching your waste yarn.


Once you finished the head band should look like this.


I added a button and charm to this one.  You can crochet flowers, ribbons or decorate any way you wish.  If you're making one for a guy I wouldn't add anything to the side.


This hat is made with the same yarn.  I used one whole ball of yarn and finished it with a little puffy on top.




This is the back of my Craig Na Dun shawl from the Outlanders series.  The cables are suppose to represent the standing stones.  Colors are spot on.




Front of my shawl.  I can't decide if I like it or not.  First time I knit a reversible cable.



So does it look like the stones?  Colors sure do.  Love this show.  This photo is on my desk top.

Saturday, May 09, 2015

MAY



Why I bother with Google Blogger is beyond me.  I've got some more photos I would like to share but it won't let me.  I guess I'll try again another day but right now I can't take any more.  Sorry about my complaining.  So above is a pair of sock I've finished for summer.  Light weight cotton in bright summer colors.


We have this lovely tree blooming right now but for what the name of it is.  Does any one know?


A lot of fellow knitters have posted photos of their really great wooden ball holders.  Well I have this old metal one I got along time ago at some flea market and works darn good even if its not wooden.


One of the things I've wanted to pass along for a long time is this little hint.  When I wind a skein of yarn to a ball winder I first put on a empty toilet tissue holder.  That way the yarn doesn't collapse into itself. Works pretty good for me.  The yarn I have on my holder is from Jimmy Bean's and I'm doing my for ever KAL shawl.  The yarn and pattern is inspired by Graig Na Dun and the Outlander books and Starz show.  Both by the way are wonderful.  I read all 8 books twice and can't wait until number 9 comes out.


I got three new heads from the good old Goodwill.  I love that place!  Two have long hair one short and right out of the new bags for only $13 a piece.  I think they are for hair dressers to practice on.

Time to get ready for church.  For all the ladies out there.  HAPPY MOTHERS DAY!  I hope you have a great day.