Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Cuz, Why Not??

One of the theatre moms is starting a book club.  Not your typical you-need-to-read-this-book-in-this-time-period-or-else book club, but one with a different take.



All you have to do is pick a book that falls into one of these categories.  Once a month we get together to discuss what we decided to read.  We can read at our own pace.  If we finish 3 books, great. If you are only on chapter 2 of your first book, that's ok too.

Sounds like my kind of club!!!  I figure it will give me incentive to start reading again.  It gave me incentive to get to the library!


I picked Baby Girl up after work and went to the library.  Her stack is on the left, mine is on the right.  What we choose for recreational reading is VERY different!!!  I'm hoping to start the Nancy Drew one later tonight.  Right now I'm watching Castle reruns and will watch a couple of episodes of Hogan's Heroes before I switch to reading.

Let's see how this will work out.....

Hemi doesnt care if I read or watch tv, just as long as the lap is available.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

The Reports of My Death Are Greatly Exaggerated

Well hello there!!!  Remember me??  I used to post here.  Then life happened.  Like REALLY happened.  It's been more than a bit crazy around here.  A bipolar alcoholic who turns 50 apparently doesn't do well.

So since January we moved




and I went back to work



While some things are very different, other things have stayed the same.

Kids, band and theatre are still a constant.

*some* knitting has happened.  I'm trying to get back into some kind of schedule for me.  It's been difficult but today has been a quiet day.  No alarm was set.  I went grocery shopping, made dinner


AND dessert.  Kind of felt like old times.

I am going to try and get back into blogging again.  I'm not sure how that will go, but I will try.

There are lots of unknown things in life, but there is one thing I do know.  We will be just fine.


Monday, November 30, 2015

Not Even Close

While I was doing pretty well in the beginning for NaBloPoMo, life does get in the way.   Mentally I've posted four more times, but until they come up with a way to post via brain waves, they just swirl around in the grey matter.

Since the last time I've posted, we've had concerts, field trips, plays, volunteering and just normal insanity.



The field trip involved a bit of a drive so I cast on for a kitty blanket.  This is 2 skeins in.



I also (please be seated and put down all food and drinks) finished a project.

WHA?!?!?!!?!?

Yes you read that right!!!  I finished a project!!!!  And not just any project.  A cross stitch!!!!

I KNOW!!

Kitty Cat Row is complete.  It only took me 4 1/2  years.

Kitty Cat Row in all it's glory!

mouse with a perfect little colonial knot for a nose

mouse with a less than perfect colonial knot.  I say it's sticking out its tongue at the other cats



Here are the stats:

Kitty Cat Row by Bent Creek

Date start:  early 3/11
Date end:  11/26/15

Stitched on 28ct linen in Sand over two.

No substitutions with floss were made.  I used all the specialty threads listed.

As I was finishing up the backstitching, my eyes were reminding me that they aren't as young as they used to be.  Bright light and readers were involved.  Makes me question the completion of other linen projects.  Regardless of blindness, I HAVE A FINISH!!!

Lets see how long before I have it framed.......

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Moving Right Along

I've made progress on my sock.

I'm half way thru the heel.



I also pulled this out.

Baby Girl is in the National Junior Honor Society and they are having a supply drive for the local animal shelters.  After a few phone calls it was determined that they need food, towels, laundry detergent and BLANKETS!  That's where I come in.

Normally I knit up a couple of blankets every year for the local humane society, but last year was a real crazy year and I didnt get to do any. This drive got me itching to cast on for a blanket (or 2 depending on the deadline)  I've already cast on and did a couple of rows  We have a field trip tomorrow and I'm hoping to knit a bit on the drive there.  I'm hoping to have it done by Sunday.

And if any of you feel the urge to cast on for a blanket or cat toys, follow that urge and send them to me!   It would be wonderful to have a huge amt of knitted items to donate.  Let me know.

Monday, November 16, 2015

More yarn-y fun

Before I fixed the toe on that last sock, I actually cast on for another one abt a week ago.  It's been slow going, but I'm making progress.

Yarn is Sweet Georgia Brown, not sure of color.


This is sock #2 of a pair I started in 2014.  Hopefully I will get it done before the spring.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

The Life of a Sock

Back in 2005, I began to knit socks.  I started with baby socks and decided to progress to a grown up pair for myself.

I followed the instructions on the Regia 6 yarn band which said to use a size 3 needle.  They weren't tight enough and they never really fit right.  I would wear them, but they eventually would work their way to the back of the drawer as I made other socks for myself.

Fast forward to 2013.  I decide that I don't want a pair of socks that I can't wear.  I don't want to throw them out so instead I unravel it.  NOT an easy job considering I've worn and washed them enough that the yarn had felted in spots.  I press on because I am stubborn and will NOT let this yarn get the better of me!!

I rewind the yarn, cast on using size 2 needles and add some additional sport weight grey Regia  and some leftover sport weight Lorna's Laces for the heels and toes.


A little bit of this and a little bit of that....



Present day.  It is 2015 and we have had a cool front go thru that actually dropped the temps into the 60s at night.  That's when I pull out my socks.  This is what I find.


~sigh~


I inspect the rest of the sock and it's fine.  So I do this instead.


I cut off the offending yarn and cast on with another.  I had some left over sport weight  Knit Picks  in Cranberry (I think).  And I have a sock that should last for a little longer.


The other sock looks fine, I'm not sure why this one wore thru.  I've already looked for little bugs in the drawer and it's all clear.

These socks really are a patchwork of sorts.  I've also learned that Regia yarn wears like IRON!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Day 12

My way of traveling right now is vicariously thru you, my dear reader.  I enjoy pictures of different parts of the US, but I especially love places in Europe.  Europe is old.  I mean REALLY old!  Buildings that have been standing for hundreds of years.

America is a fairly new country.  The oldest spots are less than 300 years old (for the most part)  Plus people in America want NEW! and IMPROVED!!  When we were looking at houses, the older ones were the ones we liked the best.  They have more character and we like that.  

Ok not much architecture in this dwelling built 5500yrs ago, but the view is fantastic!

So as I read thru my blogroll I see that Bonnie is in Peru and Jan went to Latvia and Finland and Estonia.  She said in one of the towns MOST of the buildings were from the 13th-16th centuries.  VERY cool!!  

I also enjoy House Hunters International.  The episodes where people are looking for a place to live, NOT vacation.  Those bug me.

University of Northwestern University Hall 1869

So what do you do when you want to travel?  Search on line?  Watch foreign movies?  Make an excuse to visit family out of state??