Friday, December 19, 2008
Friday, December 5, 2008
and, what do I have to say for it?
Well, we have a new president elect. I'll let time speak for him. He was handed an awful economy. I hope he keeps his chin up. and in these days of record level job losses, that those mavericks on Wall Street, have the toughest time finding new ones.
I've been knitting, quilting and reading. doing my job during the day and letting the dogs in and out. making new friends on ravelry.
and, dealing with massive major migraines. yeah. but I've got pix. not of the migraines. I'll load them later.
Friday, September 26, 2008
well that is a lot better than this guy: Ole suspend my campaign so I can sit here mute in washington
experience my a**
and Palin. oh yeah, well she sure scored some pointed with us Americans on her interview with Couric didn't she? whew, that woman, was she even in the room with Katie or was she doing her own interview somewhere else?
and then we've got proposals for spending $700 billion of my tax money to save large financial institutions who should have known better--that was there job. who by the way, lost my money too--so, now we're throwing good money after bad?
how about spending that money on infrastructure on states, etc? food for the poor, homes for the homeless, etc.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
hmmm..... Ok, I'd divvy up the money I have to spend and I'd spend it at my two lys's: Rose Tree Fiber Shop and Knitted Together and then spend the rest at http://www.theloopyewe.com/.
If you were told you could never knit again, what would be the last thing you’d knit?? I think this: http://brooklyntweed.blogspot.com/2007/08/hemlock-ring-blanket.html
In a given year, how many times do you buy yarn?
And what is your favorite place to buy yarn from? A festival? A shop? Online? Dish your favorite places!! see above, but also include Ravelry. I've found it to be a sweet place to find yarn
Lastly, with Fall in full swing in many areas, what is the one thing you look forward to most?
lovely surprising weather days, cool mornings, beautiful skys and foliage
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
and while I had fun, the fun eventually had to end, as with all relationships.
I am a starter knitter, heck, I am a starter project person. I'm a process person. I'm all about ideas. and I'm a scanner. I used to worry about my often hysterical curiousity, but no more. I'm too old to worry about it. If I get bored with doing something, because the process no longer interests me, I just set it aside for another day. Learning as much as I can about different things, sure makes me a better environmental consultant.... but it can lead to comments from well meaning? folks regarding my projects like, uhm you still aren't done with that? or wow, how long have you been working on that? I just sigh inwardly and say to myself, I don't ask you to explain yourself on your choices, lets not start on mine. Outside, I just say yep. I used to say, I'm ADD on projects, but then I rethot that line because that is an actual disease and flailing at it is not fair to those folks that actually have it. perhaps I just need to ask them why it bothers them so much or why they feel the need to comment?
And Zhenya, we need to get me started on those toe-ups--next project, I promise. I ran out of yarn on the second sock... same yarn, same process, etc. so if you could see the second sock, you'd see about a 1/2 inch extra Lorna's Laces on the toe. I did find someone on Rav that had the Claudia's but I got impatient and just wanted to be done.
Now, to the pattern details: Garter Rib by Charlene Schurch in Sensational Knitted Socks
Yarn: Claudia's Handpainted Yarns, Fingering weight, Color: Boot Camp
Yarn: Lorna's Laces, Fingering Weight, Color: Chocolate
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
What is the best thing you’ve ever received in the mail/post?
clearly anything from Zappos.com or Theloopyewe.com
I’m sure most of us have a proudest moment when it comes to knitting. A project or technique that you’ve tackled and completed beautifully. What is your proudest knitting moment??
I'm really proud of the wonderland shawl I just completed for the loopy swap. so proud I didn't take pictures, yep.
And on the flip side? What is the one thing that you can’t get right? What is that one project that you’ve never been able to complete? Or that you did complete but then hid away instantly because it was too embarrassing?
a sweater, very expensive, nicely done. and my very first lesson in gauge.
Friday, August 15, 2008
First my cat, then I get sick and take like what feels forever to get better. Then my dad gets sick again--but he's better now--WOOT. Then, my husband's father passes away suddenly 10 days ago... then we find a suspicious mass in my breast--not cancer--WOOT. then a friend goes in the hospital with chest pains--he's good now--whew. I'm definitely good and full with the ups and downs.
usually I love summer. usually my birthdays don't bother me. I'm not so sure about this one. I think I'm definitely feeling my age and those of the loved ones around me.
I love autumn more, hopefully it is easier on my heart.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
hmmm... what event would they give out medals for beginning lots of new projects, seeing lots of finishes in your lifetime, having all the materials you could want and the endurance? but just not the time apparently...
opening ceremonies count? the pentathalong? steeplechase?
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
check out these rain garden photos! and my buddy, isn't (s) he awesome? this is the second year of my rain garden... and all the rain this year, has made it extra special.
it is performing exceptionally well. it can take a 2" rain without overflowing. unfortunately, we've seen a lot of the 4" in variety this year.
the neighbor kids love all the butterflies and caterpillars. we do too! and I saw one of the cats batting at one the other day also.
its always active around here.
check out that red cardinal flower. wow!!
Friday, August 1, 2008
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
anywhere in my house. I love upstairs in my living room, or downstairs in front of the TV. I also love outside in my garden, where I'm very inspired. the mosquitoes are a bit tedious this year though.
What supplies (besides yarn & needles) make the setting perfect for knitting?
water to drink, sometimes an audio book, and my imagination.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
I take it all. I always over pack projects to take along. I never ever know what I might want to work on. something simple, something hard. I take too many books, cuz I want something to pick from. I take my embroidery hand projects too! And, they always take up space in the car--plan on it! LOL. and then sometimes all I do is lay in the sun. but I always work on something in the car. I'm glad of the variety though, keeps me stimulated.
Hey secret pal, wave to you! I recd your postcard. Mount Sugarloaf looks to be a very pretty area! Iowa is not all flat either, nor cornfields. LOL
I love water water water. combine that with bike riding and family and friends that would be awesome!
2) Where is one place you’d like to go?
Italy, that would be cool.
and considering I just got out of the hospital after a surviving a ruptured ovarian cyst... I'm up for anything right now!
Monday, July 7, 2008
Hmmmm....this one I have to think about. I am an impulse buyer when it comes to yarn, so, oh wait, I know.... I haven't fulfilled any of my desires on the STR line and I don't have any Cider Moon. plus I would just love someday to purchase the peacock yarn that the harlot used by perchance to knit.
2) What yarn do you never want to be without?
I just adore yarn by claudia's handknits. and I do like the bamboo yarns, they are so nice to use, and feel so good against your skin. oh, and shuibu.
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Can you believe all this rockin' cool stuff my Loopy Pal from Rolla, MO sent me? Coffee, multiple treats, an awesome lacy scarf I can already picture 3 outfits to wear with it-summer and winter!
this totally cool bag that so says summer? does she think I'm going to use it just for knittin'? heck no. this is my July bag for sure! note pads, pattern tamers!!! a cute little sock she knitted in one of my fav colors--already went onto my key ring. and great ravelry buttons. and check out the amazing stitch markers she made--aren't they beautiful? and malabrigo lace yarn. My partner rocks!
and just in time. with all the crisis around my house this last two weeks, I definitely needed a pal who could read my mind. now I need to get my bum in gear and fulfill my promises and bargains. Thanks Loopy Pal!
Monday, June 23, 2008
Books Books Books and even more books. all I did during the summer as a kid was read. then as soon as I was given permission to ride my bike to the lake, I rode to the lake and read. then drove and read. I loved water and books--still do!
Monday, June 9, 2008
I really like to make socks, so I love the indies. and in the summer I really really like to work with bamboo. it is sooo nice. I'm not a fan of some non animal fibers.
2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in? a big horrible bag that needs to be organized. blech.
3. How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced? since my Gma taught me as a child. it depends upon the project... intermediate probably.
4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list? see the sidebar? I'm greedy!
5. What's your favorite scent? I love almost anything if it is a true natural scent. fragrance oils and perfumes give me headaches. so essential oils? Yummy! lavendar, rosemary, sandalwood....
6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy? brach's milk maid butter rums. no chocolate for me, migraine inducing. altho I have been known to steal a peanut m&m once in awhile....
7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin? I'd love to learn to spin. I quilt, stamp, collage, sew, embroider. garden garden garden
8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD). I just ordered a brand new sansdisk! I like country, a little of this and a little of that... chick music, bonnie raitt, dixie chicks.
9. What's your favorite color(s)? Any colors you just can't stand? orange, green, blue; not a big fan of muddy brown.
10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets? I'm married with a 22 yr old daughter. I have two dogs and two cats.
11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos? I wear scarves, hats and shawls.
12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit? socks.
13. What are you knitting right now? socks and shawls.
14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts? AWESOME!
15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?circular, bamboo, unless ADDIS
16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift? NO, rats.
17. How old is your oldest UFO?EEP, > 5, that is all I'm saying for now.
18. What is your favorite holiday? Halloween.
19. Is there anything that you collect? besides Yarn? and garden plants? fat quarters?
20. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have? see wish list on the side.
21. Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn? combo knitting
22. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements? Yes, 8.6" long, 8 around.
23. When is your birthday? August 24
24. Are you on Ravelry? If so, what's your ID? knittinggardener
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
a beautiful coloumbine, sweet williams, jacob's ladder, poppy and peony buds, alliums galore, irises, daisies, ganzanias, and a happy cat. did I miss something? got questions? let me know.
Dean has become an awesome photographer, I appreciate being able to take advantage of his work! Our garden looks even better when he takes the shots!
Raining, again..... nice that we don't have to water, but the ground sure is saturated and we have some plants not fairing so well with all this water... like the caladiums in the backyard... they are drowning. I think I might have to pull them out of the ground and temporarily into pots. We'll see how they look later this week, if I can wait that long.
Monday, May 26, 2008
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
I died in Sock Wars on Saturday. The pattern was nice and didn't confound me as much as it seemed to others. I certainly didn't like the cast on number. a 72 stitch start for a sock that begins at bottom calf is way too loose.... oh well, maybe that works for some folks, but I'm guessing not for most. I've had more "unfun" with Sock wars than fun--at mostly with pattern issues, or lack of communication with the moderator; this was my last time.
I did meet a new friend through SWIII--wave to Della. She's way cool. Head on over and meet her too. She was my target, since my death, she's been granted a reprieve.
I've got tons blooming in my yard... you'll have to wait for pix as my dear husband hasn't put them in the shared pictures file yet. He's turned into our yard photographer. As he's doing an awesome job, I'm content to let that continue!
I've also got plants that have gone missing in my yard.... between 2007's late frost and this year's hard winter, they said, ciao! It has given us an opportunity to assess some structure in our yard. I'll never never stop being a plopper, but maybe with some forethought? maybe. I went crazy, again, at the native plant sale last weekend. and the last few mornings have been planting different species in different spots throughout the yard to determine where they will do their best. Only time will tell. I did try to get plants that will bloom throughout the summer--cannot wait for the show.
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Spring took a left turn and headed out of central IA. we're watching temps and looking out for frost advisories now. WTF? And my husband just doesn't want to watch his tulips take the beating they took last year, so he is cringing as they are all budding out. We're looking for a cloudy night tonight, and hoping this wind will stop bringing in more cold air. Good grief. Isn't there enough damage between last year's freeze, this year's cold winter --NO more I say, NO more!!!
Hard to believe in global warming this year......
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Monday, April 14, 2008
another little package from the loopy ewe. I LOVE the LOOPY EWE. Sheri has the most amazing selection and she's always ready and willing to answer questions when I want to make pattern substitutions.
and this little treat I received today? just one more thoughtful package Sheri put together. Its called don't be blue. its for those of us that didn't make it into the 2008 sock club this year. I ordered on sat, recd today. ROCK on. smooshy yarn and a pattern called ankle biters. right into the queue it went.
last week I ordered my yarn for the loopy swap. I can't wait to spoil my partner. and with that order, I became a loopy groupie. we'll see what happens next.
ssshhhh. don't tell anyone, but spring may have arrived. temperature forecasts indicate no more freakin' snow. we'll see, last year we sure we're surprised! but my yard is yearning for the sun, ME too. I'm trying to stay positive and am just grateful for the sun today.
I'm also grateful that I'm 97% done with taxes, and that once again, I managed our money well enough to only owe the govt $200. This is my goal every year. I refuse to use the feds as a savings acct (uhhmm, interest free, duh!)so I strive for no refund, and yet, who wants a big tax bill? its been a little bit more interesting since I've become self employed but its worked out ok both years.
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
and now, I send, my socks back to her... I learned a new technique working on these socks. Two socks at one time on magic loop. WOOT! It was a little fiddly at first, but then it flowed well.
hmm, I wonder what my next project is... oh, yeah, that's right, sock pentathalon socks.. dean's socks.. Jess's projects, a new quilt, my garden and that pesky thing called work!
Monday, April 7, 2008
In other news, I didn't make it through round 2 of sock madness... bummer! the pattern for round 2 really slowed me down. I did however learn how to make a garter stitch short row heel! this was cool. I will definitely try again next year.
I'm in another sock game. just started last week and I've already been notified my socks are on their way. this is ok, I'll just keep knitting until they arrive, the pattern is fun.
I'm not sure spring is ever going to seriously arrive here in central IA. my crocuses are up, tulips are pushing their way, other plants are budding, yet snow/rain mix predicted for the rest of the week. blech. I need some seriously sunny days. We did get some good yard clean up done (without the sun) on sunday, and our peas are planted!
Friday, March 21, 2008
Thursday, March 20, 2008
I have finished sock one of SockMadness2 round 1. I am on the foot of sock 2. Yarn? lorna's laces cherry jubilee.
Spring is around the corner, its hard to stay inside and focused during the day! I'm waiting for my first flower now that the snow is FINALLY gone!
Sunday, March 9, 2008
aren't these cool? they turned out so nice. these are my artist trading cards I made for the ATC swap for Project Spectrum. And I made them in the midst of my death, seriously bowled over by the respiratory influenza a. I haven't been this sick in ages. today, sunday, is the first day in 13 days I've felt close to being alive. and, it is just barely. I couldn't read, touch email, etc. and all I've done is cough. but I managed to get these out in time. and I was very happy with them. Woot Woot!
Monday, February 25, 2008
This weekend was spent with family.. the best kind of family. Giggles, laughter--we had it all. spending time with our brothers, their wives and their children, it it simply doesn't get any better. we love and adore them, they love and adore us. and as adults we've forged bonds that cross the marriage spectrum also. dean and i are very blessed. and isn't it cool that they have children the same age? Our Jess got their total attention as a child growing up, now their children get ours.
I would say that there exist a thousand unbreakable links between each of us and everything else . . . The farthest star and the mud at our feet are a family; and there is no decency or sense in honoring one thing, or a few things, and then closing the list. The pine tree, the leopard, the Platte River, and ourselves--we are at risk together, or we are on our way to a sustainable world together. We are each other's destiny.--Mary Oliver
oh, and I finished a hat! the lollipop hat. little Eric, held by dean was the lucky recipient.
Thursday, February 21, 2008
I believe we're coming out of an ice age. I've read several papers and understand that some of the data we're basing initial CO2 levels on is probably flawed. I also know that some places where we're capturing "baseline" temperatures whereas at one point they were in the middle of nowhere they are now surrounded by asphalt and cities, which can significantly alter their readings. I also know that capturing 50 years of climatic data, isn't a model of world changes. Hell, lets face it, we can't accurately predict the weather on a day to day basis.
On the other hand.... I also believe that, as a rule, humans are pigs and we, especially the last two gimme generations --and the one we're raising now, wow, can I see it in kids, believe that anything they want they can have instantaneously--and even more so, that they should. this has several (un)intended consequences. I use paranthesis because when we refuse to think about the effects of our actions, they become intended consequences. the whole plastic water bottle phenomena--is it really that hard to bottle water from your tap? plastic materials period... we all know, we've been told a million times that plastics are one of the hardest materials on the environment in terms of energy to produce and that once produced, here forever.. yet I don't see a lot of thought in folks as they merrily walk down the aisles of anywhere picking up plastic. esp junk plastic--that irritates me the most. or being unwilling to pay a couple more dollars for ketchup in a glass container. does it take more effort to be an efficient consumer and say no to your kids? sure it does. will it pay off in the long run? I'll let you work that out in your own head. we do it, it takes conscious thought all the time, and sure its easy to be lazy. but I just keep coming back to the idea of: I worked hard for my money and I want to spend it responsibly.
another thing that bothers me is the assumption that if it is on the shelves it must be ok... hairspray or thalidomide anyone?
the FDA or pharmaceutical companies haven't shown me they have my best interests at stake yet.
think for yourselves. its only your lives, and the lives of your grandchildren at stake.