Thursday, April 23, 2009
It is fantastic!!! There are knitted flowers as well as crocheted ones. The flowers are grouped according to their natural colors in nature. There are also vegetables and different leaf types. Also in the book are projects with which you can use the flowers/leaves/vegetables as accents. Included are beautiful crocheted flowered buttons. This book is definitely a winner!!!
I’ve been preparing for my next knitting class. I’ll be teaching the magic loop sock knitting method using a lacy pattern. The sign-up was near capacity the week after the brochure was mailed by my local recreational department.
I was pleased when I received an e-mail from the director asking if I would make an exception to the age requirement for my class. A mother went to her office accompanied by her 14-year old daughter who really wants to take my knitting class. The 14- year old really enjoys knitting. I was delighted that the young girl was interested enough to go the extra mile. Of course, I’ll accept her even if her mother is not participating. It’s a great opportunity to pass the craft down to the younger generation.
Last Saturday I attended a newly-formed spinning group in Burlington. We’ll be meeting monthly. I’m really excited about it. About a dozen women came to the first meeting. Not sure...did I already tell you this in my previous post?
It’s been a stressful week. Yesterday felt like it was a real test of my patience. So I put this guy on my desk to remind me to smile. I’m not sure if he is smiling or gritting his teeth. When you squeeze him he says the following:
Take it easyyyy!!!
Sunday, April 19, 2009
When news broke that Captain Phillips had been rescued, many of the news folks had just ordered steak dinners at this lovely inn, jumped up from their seats and hollered that they would be back to pay the bill.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Pattern: Child Hooded Jacket from Knitpicks.com (download $1.99)
This hooded sweater will be for my grandchild, Jakob.
Aside from knitting.........
I didn't mention in my previous post that one of my relatives sent me home with a tourtiere. This recipe/tradition goes back to the early 1600's. I was so pleased to receive one.
Usually served at Christmas along with pickled beets, extras are kept in the freezer for other holiday occasions. About three years ago, my daughter and I made 24 of these pies. We use cinnamon/cloves/allspice for seasonings with a 50/50 ratio of pork and beef along with potatoes. We do not use store-bought pie crust to lighten the work. Hard workers we are, for sure. I don't need to tell you how exhausted I was after that marathon. My daughter gives some of these pies to her repairmen, etc. Smart girl!!! She always gets a quick response when she needs them.
Also, Rachel from NZ, I am not able to respond to you because of your settings. I do enjoy hearing from you and don't want you to think I'm ignoring you.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
If you are age 50 or older, you will love this idea! Sounds like plain, common sense to me! But then, I am over 50 so I may be a little prejudiced.
This was an article from the St. Petersburg Times Newspaper on Sunday.
The Business Section asked readers for ideas on "How Would You Fix the Economy?" I thought this was the BEST idea....I think this guy nailed it!
Dear Mr. President,
Patriotic retirement: There are about 40 million people over 50 in the work force - Pay them $1 million apiece severance with the following stipulations:
1. They retire immediately. Forty million job openings - Unemployment fixed.
2. They buy NEW American cars. Forty million cars ordered - Auto Industry fixed.
3. They either buy a house or pay off their mortgage – Housing Crisis fixed. It can't get any easier than that!
P.S. If more money is needed, have all members in Congress and their constituents pay their taxes.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
My cousin, Willie, loaned me his Nikon digital/SLR while I was visiting. What a treat that was.
Kaileigh - Age 10 1/2 months
I was able to get my "baby fix" while visiting family. Kaileigh has been walking on steady feet for about 3 weeks. Kaileigh's great, great grandmother is the aunt who raised me. We are many branches apart on the genealogy tree but much closer in heart. I knitted Kaileigh's mother her wedding shawl a couple of years ago.
Back to my knitting blog tomorrow!!! I hope you have enjoyed my visit with me to my home state.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
I had a "light fare" lunch at my favorite restaurant in New Hampshire while anticipating my arrival at some of my favorite Maine ocean getaways. What more could a gal with ocean water in her veins ask for? The only place I like calamari is at this restaurant. Notice the knitting....a clue on what I am currently knitting and more on that in a few days. It's getting better....seafood and knitting! They tried to distract me from my knitting by bringing me a basket of warm rolls........not!!! I wanted the whole experience.
I passed on the littleneck clams on this trip in favor of the fresh haddock which was only $3.99/lb.
I spent time parked at this location. It is now a "spiritual retreat" but was formally a boarding high school in my home town. I attended the boarding grammar school just down the road, now overtaken by a university. The vastness of this building is unbelievable.
More tomorrow...........I'm delightfully exhausted!
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
I attended that workshop with Cat when she was here in the fall of 2007 to speak at a fund raiser for the Vermont Cancer Center. She is friends with the the woman who manufactures the Denise Needles. Her brother, an ocology specialist doc works in my department. If you purchase the pink set, $5 is donated towards breast cancer research.
Cat is extremely witty and I thoroughly enjoyed the workshop. I won the door prize that day to add to the excitement.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
I thought of sewing my own bag but that meant precious time away from my knitting.
This is what I found at Jo'Ann's on sale. Final price after I tell you more.
It is a reversible, foam-padded canvas bag.
I added a button closure (used another coupon) with a twisted cord.
The bag has both an inside and outside pocket almost the full height of the bag which is perfect for my computer battery and cord. The inside pocket holds my wireless mouse. I added the D-ring side closures.
Total cost............approximately $12.50. A laptop bag at "Best Buy" will cost you from $35-$75. Needless to say, I am pleased.
Lizzie and I often compare ways to cut costs during these difficult economic times. I was the queen of frugal when it wasn't fashionable so I am used to it.
One of the blogs I read is "Poor Girl Eats Well". I don't consider myself poor but merely a smart shopper.
Sunday, April 5, 2009
This is what happened. Notice the right side of the sock....looks nice, right!!! (no pun intended there).
Perhaps I'll name these socks after Gilles. Much better than the last time I named socks after someone.
Brian helped me with my spinning when he visited last fall. I have not had much time to spin and have been feeling a little frustrated that I seem to always be looking up what I need to do next with my spinning. I've yet to knit anything with my handspun. Brian told me at the time I was doing well. One of the elderly men who belongs to my group and has been spinning for years, came over and told me I was doing very, very well. It made my day!!!!
LDS Venus sent me some yak to spin. Perhaps it's time for me to give it a try.
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