Friday, April 27, 2007

Crazy weather these past few days. And chilly,grey and drizzly today. Went to the library this morning and stocked up on some videos and new release books...woohoo. Since it's going to be a long weekend (not much to do) I will watch some cool PBS and A&E videos. It's nice to be able to get those from the library since I don't have cable.

Does what you read vary by the season? For instance, Do you read different kinds of books in the summer than the winter?
If so, do you break it down by genre, length of book, holiday, or...?
I read all types all throughout the year. Although sometimes it is fun to read a Christmas book during the holiday. It doesn't matter when, I read it.

On the knitting front. I have been working on some dishcloths and are enjoying them but have gotten stumped on the one pattern. It is the horseshoe pattern and I keep losing stitches on the last line of the repeat. I think that maybe there is a mistake in the pattern and will have to look for corrections on the website. I also have been working on the sock...getting ready to turn the heel...keep your fingers crossed.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

I feel I am, I only know I am,
And plod upon the earth as dull and void;
Earth's prison chilled my body with its dram
of dullness, and my soaring thoughts destroyed.
I fled to solitude from passions's dream,
But strife pursued: I only know I am.
I was a being created in the race
of men, disdaning bounds of place and time;
A spirit that could travel o'er the space
of earth and heaven like a thought sublime;
Tracing creation, like my Maker free,
A soul unshackeled like eternity:
spurning earth's vain and soul-debasing thrall-
But now I only know I am, that's all.
John Clare

Okay, I will try posting again. Last night I just couldn't seem to get it right so I just gave up.
The knitting is going along...the sleeve of the v-neck is over half finished right now. I have been making dishclothes this week. They are fun and fast and I can learn loads of different stitches while making them. Now that the weather is warming up I will have to take my knitting to fresco if you will. So the washclothes and socks will be good for that.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

When stars are in the quiet skies,
Then most I pine for thee;
Bend of me, then, thy tender eyes,
As stars look on the sea!
Baron Lytton

Just an update on the drat-ed v-neck sweater. 6 more rows and ready to bind-off. I figured that any mistakes I can cover up when I pick up the stitches for the neck. I don't know why it isn't working because I made it once before. GGGRRRR!!!

Saturday, April 14, 2007

"When he shall die,
Take him and cut him
out in little stars,
And he will make the
face of heav'n so fine
that all the world will
be in love with Night
And pay no worship to the garish sun."

Knitting is still going along. I am almost finished with the front of the v-neck sweater so hopefully the increases will have worked out. I did finish a dishcloth today from the Mason Dixon knitting book. M. took one look at it and decided she really liked it and I gave it to her instead of A. but she gets the next one. The only problem is that m. will not use it as a dishcloth as it is "too pretty". I guess I will just have to throw it in the sink.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Happy National Poetry Month! In honor of that I shall post a poem every post in April. Some are well-known, some maybe not so much and just or two shall be mine. So here we go.

Green, green, and green again, and greener still,
spring towards summer bends the immortal bow,
and northward breaks the wave of daffodil,
and northward breaks the wave of summers snow:

Green, green, and green again, and greener yet,
wide as this forest is, which counts it leaves,
wide as this kingdom, in a green sea set,
which round its shores perpetuated blossom weaves--

green, green, and green again, and green once more,
the season finds its term--then greenest, even,
when frost at twilight on the leaf lies hoar,
and one cold star shines bright in greenest heaven:
but love, like music, keeps no seasons ever;
like music, too, once known is known forever.
Conrad Aiken

On the knitting front....not so good. I had the front on my v-neck sweater almost finished last night when I took a good long look at it and realized that the increases and decreases did NOT match. GGGGRRRRR! So I ripped it all out and started again. Maybe this time it will work.

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Crazy weather. It was in the 80's on Monday and now in the 20's. Just ridiculous. This morning the expressways were shut down due to black ice and they were asking people to stay in until mid-morning. It was cold but not too unbearable until the wind kicked up. BBBBRRRR! I've been knitting since it's too cold to do anything else. Half-finished with the front of the v-neck sweater and started working on the sock. Time to turn the heel....kinda scary. But I can't wait to try it.

Here is a picture of A.'s Doughboy jacket that I cross-stitched for her. She loves it and I did one on a short-sleeved denim shirt as well. Grilling in the back yard!