Sunday, June 3, 2018

Busy Saturday

Yesterday I left the house a little before 9 am. I went around the corner and paid my water bill, stopped at the Lovelaceville PO and put three bill payments in the mail, then headed to the Fort Massac visitor center in Metropolis IL for the Southern Illinois Spinners and Weavers guild meeting. 

Sue was giving a lesson on knitting sweaters from the top down. I've knit many raglan-style top-down sweaters, but never one like she was teaching. In this style, the sleeves look like set-in ones. I like that look. We had to do some measuring of our bodies and knit swatches using different size needles to decide which one gave us the 'drape' we wanted. We worked on our sweaters, and talked, and had our pot-luck lunch until about 3:30. 

After that, I came back across the river to Kentucky, but only as far as Paducah. I went to Kroger for a couple of things, then to Bluegrass Downs race track to hear the Massac County High School jazz band play from 4:30 to 5:30. I always enjoy listening to them. There are 3 or 4 of the kids who graduated this year, so yesterday was the last time to hear them. I noticed two new kids, as well - rising sophomores who have been in the regular band this year and were selected for the jazz band for next year.

I had planned to stay at the track and watch a couple of races (harness), but decided I was tired and just wanted to come home. By the time I got here, it was 7 pm.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

I'm beating you to it, Jim.

My brother reminds me when I haven't posted for a while. I'm beating him to it this time. 

There've been several band events for me to attend, and now two of the great-grandkids are playing t-ball. Some days they both have games. Then I have to decide whether I want to drive 20 miles of 38 miles. I really don't enjoy watching t-ball, but I want to support the kids. The band events I do always enjoy.

Rose came home with me Thursday evening after her sister Lily's game. I'll take her home tomorrow. While we were having supper Thursday, I realized that she really didn't know much about me. So I've been telling her about my life, and also about my extended family. The book that my cousin's daughter put together before our last family reunion helped a lot with Mother's side and some information a cousin put together after a reunion 20+ years ago helped on Daddy's side. I don't know how much she'll remember. She has spent a lot of time reading, and also sleeping. She has selected a few books from my shelves to take with her on her trip to visit her grandparents in Florida and her dad in New Jersey. She leaves for that on June 4 and will be gone about a month.

Monday, April 23, 2018

But I haven't done anything newsworthy, have I?

Yet again, my brother has reminded me to post; he says it's been 8 weeks since I did. Maybe I've been too busy to post. No, not really.

On the knitting front, I have three 'temperature scarves' to show you - one for each month.
January
 
February
 
March
 
 
I've done some other knitting, as well. I like this little toddler top pattern, because it is done all in one piece and doesn't require any sewing or buttons. I have the yarn in several different colorways that I hope to use for more like this. But I'm currently working on several shawls. I'll get back to baby stuff after I finish a couple of them.
 
On the great-grandkids' activities front:

On March 8, Lexi was inducted into the National Honor Society.
 
On March 9, Rose was one of the court jesters when the 6th graders from her school put on the musical Joust.  They used the high school's theater rather than the gym at their school. I enjoyed the performance.
 
Last week I drove 450 miles and was never more than 40 miles from my house. 185 miles of that was on Tuesday - Sara called about 8 am and asked me to do her a favor. So I drove from Milburn to Sedalia, then went into Mayfield to do her favor and a couple of errands of my own, and came back to Milburn. Later, I drove back to Sedalia and got Rose and took her with me to Metropolis IL to the Jazz Supper at Massac County High School. Baked spaghetti, salad, bread sticks, with cookies or brownies for dessert. The schools Jazz Band provided entertainment. Wednesday was my normal weekly trip to Paducah. Thursday was Alyssa's birthday, so I drove to Metropolis and took her out to lunch. Friday I went to Mayfield for the library's used book sale (I already had 16 unread books stacked up beside my bed, so it didn't really make sense to buy more). Saturday I again went to Metropolis; this time to have dinner at the Mexican restaurant there and hear the Jazz Band play again. Those kids are  good!
 
I think that brings us up to date, and I hear thunder, so I'll publish this and then shut down the computer.
 
 

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Beanies, blankets and baby sweaters

That's what I've been knitting recently. I've spent a lot of time at granddaughter Alyssa's house and have not taken my laptop along, but I've taken plenty of yarn and needles.
Here are the beanies:
Same yarn and needles, different stitch counts - 80 on the left, and 88 on the right. Since it is a light weight yarn, they are baby- and child-size.
 
This one is also 80 stitches, but since it is a heavier yarn and larger needles, it is adult size.
 
The child-size hat is 68 stitches and the adult one is 80 stitches.
 

 Here the child's hat is 60 stitches and the adult's is 76. 

All of these beanies are simple knit2, purl 2 ribbing all the way up. Easy to work; don't need to think about what I'm doing. Some are long enough to turn up for extra warmth on the ears, some are not - just whatever I felt like doing at the time. They will all be donated to some agency that helps the less fortunate.

Now the blankets - baby blankets, that is:

This is very basic - garter stitch (knit every row) starting at one corner with 2 stitches, increasing one stitch every row until a reasonable size, then decreasing one stitch every row back to two stitches. Again, doesn't require much attention. The yarn used creates the stripes.
 
This one is still in progress (obviously).

And now the baby sweaters. I showed two in my last post; here are two more:
By now you recognize this yarn from two of the hats and one of the blankets. No buttons on this one yet - or on the two in my last post. I have trouble using a sewing needle, because of the neuropathy caused by multiple myeloma and/or the medication they gave me for it (yes, I'm still in remission after 7.5 years), so I've asked Carmen to select the buttons (some that I have are still from my mother's stash) and sew them on.
 
You can't get much simpler that this sweater. The slit at the neck makes it much easier to put on. I love yarns that create stripes on their own, while I just knit round and round!

Saturday, January 20, 2018

More knitting

I have finished another Baby Surprise Jacket and am working on two more. Here's the one I finished:
I only had one ball of the variegated baby colors, so when I ran out of it, I looked through my stash for coordinating colors. I first added the green (don't know why it looks blue in the picture), and when I ran out of that I added the pink. Then I extended the  sleeves with about three inches of pink ribbing. The sleeves in the pattern as written are rather short. If the three inches make them too long, they can be folded back.

Now I have started two more BSJs - one in a striping yarn that is grays and white, and the other in a yarn that will give wide stripes (color blocks?) of several pastel colors.

I've also knit three children's hats, using up leftover yarn.

Sorry about the blurry pictures.

Our weather for the last several days has not been to my liking!!! Here are a few pictures I took.
It started warming up yesterday, and some of the icicles have fallen or melted, and the cap on the birdbath is not quite so tall now. Even under the carport, Carmen's vehicle got covered.

I didn't leave the house for 8 days - there was no place I really needed to go.

 
 
 

Monday, January 1, 2018

And a few more knitted items

What is it? Like a piece of origami, it needs to be folded. Then it becomes this:
Well-known in the knitting community as a BSJ for Baby Surprise Jacket. It was designed many years ago by Elizabeth Zimmerman, one of the knitting greats of the 20th century. It is a nice sweater in a solid color, but really stands out when done in a self-striping yarn. This is Lion Brand Ice Cream in Tutti Frutti. I have just started another BSJ in a yarn from my stash that has lost its label. It looks interesting in the skein; we'll see how it works up.

I've also finished a few other things.
A small scarf - only 7" x 40"

A diagonal pinstripes shawl. This is my own pattern, and there are many examples of it on the blog.

And, of course, the completed temperature scarf
Colorful, isn't it?
We never had a high in the single digits, but we did have two in the teens in January, and we ended the year with a 19.

For 2018, I plan to do a scarf for each month. I'll cast on 125 stitches, leaving about 6-inch tails on each end. I will also leave 6-inch tails each day to be fringe. I may use some eyelash and other non-smooth yarns. I should come up with interesting scarves. The colors I plan to use are those on electrical resistors (are they still used as they were 50 years ago?) - black, brown, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet, gray, white.

A few weeks ago, I realized that the speakers on my (small, inexpensive( CD player weren't doing well, and mentioned it to Carmen. On Christmas Eve, when Alyssa, Sara and their families came over, there was a large, wrapped package for me. This is what it contained:
The first thing this former RCA employee noticed on the box it was in was the word Victorola. It has a 3-speed turntable, which I haven't tested, because I no longer have any records. I shall have to see if Kevil Korner (local charity store that supports a sheltered workshop) has any. The radio, CD player, and cassette player all work fine. It also has Bluetooth capabilities, which I don't understand. Reggie and Stephen with playing with that part, and it seemed to work OK.


 
 

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

OK, Jim . . .

My brother has once again reminded me that I have been ignoring my blog. I've been doing other things, like knitting:





That is two shawls, a scarf, a baby sweater, a baptismal blanket, and finally a Christmas stocking for my youngest great-grandchild. (It's hard to believe that Violet will be one next month.) I've done other knitting as well, but those are the things I have finished and photographed.

From November 29 through December 3, I wove rugs in the rug stall at the Walk through Bethlehem in Mayfield. We had good weather. (Two nights were a bit chilly, but not cold enough to get frost on my loom as I did one year, and there was no rain or wind.) Over the five nights we had more than 3,400 visitors! I put on an 8-yard warp, figuring that would be plenty. The first night I wove a white rug and figured out how much "filler" (cut-up t-shirts) I would need for each rug. The second night I wove a gray one; the third night a blue one and started the "hem" (some cotton yarn, which will be turned under and sewn) on the fourth one. The fourth night, I finished another white one and started the fifth (blue) one. The last night, I finished that one, and didn't have enough warp left to start another one, so I just continued with the yarn I was using for the hems. I'll find some use for that bit of weaving. The amount I wove each night was directly correlated with the number of visitors - I need to weave as I talk to people about weaving. We also 'sold' about 250 each of miniature rugs (mugrugs) and 2-inch squares to the children for the 'shekels' they are given when they enter the village.

Carmen was the vendor in the stall, with help from Rose for three nights. They sold the miniature rugs for 1 shekel and the 2" squares, 4 for a shekel. On the second night, Carmen discovered that some of the kids were trading just one of the 2" squares for something at another stall which cost 1 shekel. She told the mayor (Teresa is the mayor of Mayfield, and also a very active member of the Nazarene church which puts on the Walk, so Carmen calls her the Mayor of Bethlehem, too) about that, so at our get-together in the church fellowship hall after the visitors have gone, Teresa told the other vendors about it, so it wouldn't happen again. 

After the Feast of the Epiphany, when the decorations come down, I'll hem the rugs and donate them. Then I have another weaving project I want to do before I start weaving mugrugs for 2018. I've already been weaving 2" squares while I play Words with Friends on Facebook.