Thursday, March 9, 2017

Temperature Scarf - month two

I'm only a week late. I think we had the warmest February on record.

On February 16, I had a little mishap. I spent that Wednesday night and most of Thursday at Alyssa's house. When I got home about 9:30 Thursday night, I went into the house, turned on the porch and kitchen lights, put down my purse, and went back out to the car for the other two bags (clothes and knitting, and laptop computer). As I walked back in, my toe caught on the rubber strip on top of the doorstep, and I fell flat on my face. I lay there for a minute, thinking that I would be sore all over next day (I wasn't). Then I turned over and sat up. I scooted down far enough to close the door, then scooted on my rump into the dining room, where I could use a chair to stand up. That's right, this old lady can no longer get up from the floor with help from a chair.

The only think that was hurt (other than my pride) was my left knee. However, with one thing and another, it was two weeks before I had it x-rayed. There was a crack across the kneecap. When my doctor called to tell me that, she said to stay off it as much as possible and definitely don't kneel on it. I told her that I don't even kneel in church any more. It seems to be healing OK - no pain unless I twist it a bit. I'm glad it is my left knee rather than the right one. The right side is where I have an artificial hip, as well as a metal rod in the femur, going up from the knee.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Temperature Scarf

Just a quick note before I turn in. Since it's the end of the month, here's what the temperature scarf looks like now
 

Friday, January 27, 2017

Library book sales are dangerous

I went to the one in Paducah today. I bought 16 books for $15. 



It's not that I need more books, since I have about two dozen from their sale last fall plus the one at the Mayfield library that I haven't read yet. I need to read faster, or to stay off the computer. I think I'll shut this machine down, pick up the book I'm currently reading (How to Make an American Quilt), and read until bedtime.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Violet is here!

She was born last evening. 9 lbs 11 oz, 21 3/4 inches. Big babies run in the family.
I wonder what her big brother (age 2 1/2) will think of her. 

Thursday, January 12, 2017

It's fixed

On Tuesday, my next-door neighbor gave me a ride into Mayfield to get my car. I realized yesterday, when I drove to Paducah, that the occasional whiney/grindy noises I had been hearing for a while must have been caused by the deterioration of that serpentine belt. The car sounds much better now; I don't feel like it's going to fall apart soon. 

On Monday, my daughter messaged me that "Violet has been given a ten day eviction notice." Violet is my great-granddaughter due soon. I guess Carmen's message means that if she's not born by next Thursday, they will induce labor. I think it would be neat for her to be born next Wednesday, the 18th - that was my father's birthday. 

I really need to concentrate on Violet's blanket.
I don't know why the lilac part looks white. This is the first picture I've taken with my cell phone and uploaded. I still need to put yellow centers in the little flowers and give them some green stems and leaves. I am now almost finished with the side border with her last name. When I finish that, I'll pick up stitches on the other side and do her middle name.

When I finish this project, I can work on some of the others I have on the needles.

Monday, January 9, 2017

2017 - week one

Started off nice, highs in the 50's, then cooled off to highs in the teens. I had to leave water dripping for a couple of nights (and in my bathroom during the day as well, since I use the other bathroom during the day).

My friend Mary came over on Friday to knit and talk. She had her two granddaughters (ages 8 and 12, I think) with her because their schools were closed. There was really only a dusting of snow, but I think more was being predicted - it didn't happen. It was nice having them here. I opened a couple of cans of soup for lunch, and we ate that and crackers and chips. The table looks nice with placemats and napkins on it, instead of miscellaneous stuff that just lands there.

Yesterday, when I was almost to church, I heard some strange noises from the motor compartment, like something was breaking off and hitting the firewall. Then I had a veerrry hard time making turns. I wound up later having the car transported to my mechanic in Mayfield. I had called my grandson-in-law Stephen in Metropolis, because I thought one of his friends was a mechanic, but he rarely sees that one now. I called the roadside service number on my insurance card and they sent someone out - eventually. Stephen came over and kept me company while I waited and then drove me home. 

It seems like they didn't give the driver all the information he needed. When it got to be later than the time they had given me, I called the phone number they gave me for the towing service. He said he had been trying to get hold of me (my cellphone had not rung). When he got there, he was surly. He had no idea where Bailey's is, and didn't want to listen to directions. Stephen did give him the exact address, so I guess he used GPS to find it. I called Bailey's this morning to make sure my car was there. They called me back a few minutes ago to tell me how much it will cost. New belt and a pulley, plus labor - only $117.12. I think I can handle that. Now when they call to tell me it's ready, I'll need to find someone to take me to Mayfield to get it. 

Sunday, January 1, 2017

New year, new project

I have decided to do a 'temperature' scarf this year. Some people do blankets; I'm just doing a scarf. Each knitter/crocheter sets her/his own rules. I'm doing seed stitch on 32 stitches, worsted weight acrylic yarn with size 9 needles. The colors I've selected from my stash are here:
I will use the mid-day temperature. Since it is rare for us to have temperatures below zero or above 100, I chose ten colors. I may never use any of the orchid (single-digit temps), and very little of the blue, but the others will see quite a bit of use. I've started today by casting on with yellow, since it is 44 degrees F. Each day I will add one row. I'll try to remember to post a picture of it at the end of each month. It should be quite colorful by year-end.