Saturday, November 29, 2008

Thanks for the comments. Things are better here today. Called the library earlier and they went to see if both of the dvds were on the shelf. Voila! and there they were. So one problem solved.
Then the broadband bill came and they STILL hadn't credited us for the week and a half that we were without computer access. Finally got ahold of someone that assured me it was taken care off and deducted the late fees as well. Good.
The sock yarn I found at Michaels yesterday and I figured I could have a pair of socks for $7.00 which isn't bad. It's Kroy and I haven't knitted with it before but seems pretty nice.
Isn't this the prettiest? I wish you could feel how soft. It's from Cascade and it's 100% alpaca and over 200 yards. I think it wants to be a cowl/neckwarmer and matching wristwarmers. And did I mention how soft it is?

Friday, November 28, 2008

It just seems like everything has been just a toss-up this week. I never have any problem with payments to anywhere with checks and this month I have had trouble with the (place you pay your taxes...who wants to write that?) saying they didn't get my check. Never mind they cashed it and then very nicely deducted it from my stimulus check. Now they owe me money but I'm sure it will be awhile before I see it.
Now my movie club is saying the same thing. They cashed the check electronically and the bank says they have to produce the check but we all know how that's going to play out. At least I have the statement that has it written on it.
And now one of the libraries that I go to (here in Ohio you can belong to any counties' library as long as you have an active drivers license.) So I had checked out some dvd's and books and then returned them in 7 days. With this library you can only keep dvds for 7 days and cannot renew them. So I make sure that I return everything on that 7th day. So I took them all back on the 13th and today I get an email saying that I have 2 overdue dvds. Well, I triple-checked before taking them back (to ensure this doesn't happen!) and had to return them inside the library because the book drop was blocked off due to workmen replacing the roof. Why wait over 2 weeks before notifying me? And, of course, I don't have them. Due to the triple-checking you know. Grrrr. It just gets annoying when one thing happens right after another.
Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. We had a very laid-back day. The Tofurky was great and I made some fabulous homemade mushroom gravy. Mom and sis chowed down on turkey and other turkey day food and we watched movies while digesting food. And as soon as we felt a little space it was time to eat more! No, not really but it kind of felt that way. I did get some knitting done while the movie watching was going on...a nifty cabled neckwarmer that worked on quite fast.
Here are a couple of shots of the yarn for my Andean Chullo hat kit from You can go and look at a picture of it that is much better than the ones that I've attempted to take.
But I do like KnitPicks sock yarn-Palette. And the colors are very pretty. The nice thing about the kit is you can get more than one hat from it if you switch the colors. Hats for me and sis!

Sorry about my whining post...I'm sure it will be better tomorrow!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Here's one of my Starbucks' Christmas mugs. I really like it and it holds about 2 cups of tea which is always nice. Right now it's filled with Blackberry sage tea...mmmm.

Been busy knitting on my sweater. Yes, that is the Daily Sweater from Mason-Dixon's new knitting book. So far so good but I think the neckline might be too big. But I like it other than that.
Cold out today again. Ran a few errands including going to the library for some movies for turkey day. Got my Tofurky and going to make some yummy looking cranberries tomorrow. With maple syrup. Can't get much better than that.
The mail just came and the Andean Chullo hat kit that I ordered from KnitPicks is here!! Yah. This will be my first attempt at intarsia and looks like fun. Well, fun is a relative term. Let's say it looks like it will be interesting. I'll take a picture of the kit and post it next time. The colors are really pretty.
Sis handed me a pair of her handknit socks last night with a hole in the bottom of one. *gasp*. Not the heel or anywhere in that area. And they are acrylic worsted weight so she must've caught it on something. I suppose when you wear Crocs that happens. I repaired them but will have to have her try them on to make sure there's not a lump.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Here is the knitting that I've been doing this week. Any guesses? It's not a sock. Yes, I can knit things other than socks.
Freezing tonight. I'm going to have a nice cup of hot apple cider and I have on my polar bear jimjams and slippers and I'm not budging from in here. Went and ran my errands this afternoon so I don't have to go out tonight. Or tomorrow for that matter, if I choose not to do that. I went to the library today and the new Kate Jacob's book was there for me. Woot! So I can knit for awhile then read for awhile.
So I'm off to knit on......I'll have more soon.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

New yarn! The color is more of a light green and I got it for half-price and I shall make a pair of socks for me. I don't know what I'll do with the one on the right but it was calling me to take it home so I did.

Brrrr! It has gotten cold, which wouldn't be so bad but it's windy. I'm glad to be home now and in my jimjams. Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhh. So nice. We went up to a Yarn market in Middletown hosted by the Middletown Knitting Guild and it was fun. Last year it was in August and there were about 8 or 9 shops but there were only 3 today. I think that it was kind of last minute though. Did find some good stuff. The colors didn't show up great in this picture but it's Wisdom Yarns Poems in blues/purples that I'm going to make another pair of flip-top mittens.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

We went from in the 70*'s to in the 40*'s and now almost 60*. Crazy. But my Evangeline's came in quite handy when it was chilly. They kept my hands nice and toasty. But....this weekend is sweater weather. Although who wants to go out when it's going to be a "blustery" day and maybe some snow showers. I do hate this time of year. All I want to do is curl up in some flannel jimjams and slippers, have hot tea/chocolate and knit. Or read. I've stocked up on some books on cd and downloaded some podcasts onto my new mp3 player. It's so pretty and holds waaaaaaaaay more stuff than my old one. And it was really inexpensive so quite a deal. Actually it's not that new...more like a month old but me likey.
Well, I'm off to try and finish a pair of socks so I'll see you later.

Saturday, November 08, 2008

This is Berrocco Sox and makes a lovely sock for mom. I am almost finished with the second one and then will start on the last pair for her. Until she gets more sock yarn for me! The next pair will be out of KnitPicks Palette which makes nice socks.

Just been working on another pair of socks for mom. Been rather a boring week here so knitting was able to be accomplished.

Went to Whole Foods earlier and picked up my Tofurky for Thanksgiving.( The only bad thing was they were having a chili-cooking contest and the place absolutely REEKED from the meat. I couldn't even stay but to do some rudimentary shopping. Just yuck.) I've not had one before so I'm looking forward to it. Heard they are pretty good and I have some great leftover recipes from this month's issue of Vegetarian Times. So I figured, why not? I have never liked any "thanksgiving" type food...turkey, stuffing(ugh),and the rest so I used to eat a bowl of Cap'n Crunch while everyone else did the carnivore thing. Which was fine by me. But since I've been cooking more (not my favorite thing but then again, neither is starving) I've been making more of the meals. I made all the food to eat at Christmas last year and I suppose this time as well. I get exhausted when making more than one or two dishes. I suppose it's the stress of cooking and not feeling very good at it. But I've got some great vegan cookbooks and have made (at least to me) some wonderful things. Plus, I make stuff for Amanda and I to take to artnight on Mondays to eat. Went and bought some insulated lunchbags at Wally's and some insulated containers to hold soup and/or pasta etc. and have enjoyed being able to eat some decent food instead of fries or something fast food. I'm going to make a leek quiche tomorrow so keep your fingers crossed.

It finally got cooler here this weekend. Unfortunately it went from mid-70*'s to mid-40*'s and it's chilly! Not even a gradual decline. But I did get to wear my Evangeline wristwarmers today and ...oh so warm. I think I shall have to knit another pair of a different pattern. I really like having a pair to just toss in my purse (along with my sock-in-progress)and be able to slide them on when my hands are cold. Plus they are quite pretty. At least in my estimation. It's hard to decide just which pattern though. So maybe I make a few different pairs. We shall see.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Getting to enjoy some wonderful Indian summer weather here. It's funny to have temperatures in the 70*'s in November but it was a great day to knit in the park. Plus it's nice to see the leaves falling and hearing the dry ones skitter across the parking lot. And we have some lovely colors on the trees, which is surprising considering how dry it's been.
Here are a few more pictures of Evangeline. I loved this pattern. Very fast and so warm. Plus cables are always fun to knit.

The colors vary wildly in this pictures but I can't get a good shot of the color. The above one is the most true but still not quite right. I will be able to wear them this weekend as it is supposed to get chilly and rain. Sounds like good knitting weather to me!