Tuesday, November 30, 2010

would NOT make my day

I've been knitting like crazy on a bag to felt for DS1s teacher... the yarn spit splices but now I'm thinking that it's recycled from a 80% lambswool/20% nylon abercrombie and fitch sweater.... it would make sense... cables yield lots of yarn and turtlenecks as well and there's a pile of yarn here.. .of course it would serve me right since I didn't mark the skeins... ARGH It's a lovely yarn and the extra will make a great scarf or hat... now that the bag is almost finished knitting, (read HOURS for me) it's 20" wide by 7.5" deep and I have 13" of the height complete... (which is all the pattern calls for)... it would really stink if this thing doesn't felt... keep your fingers crossed for me....

ETA I just balled up an 18" piece and it felted very well in under 2 minutes so I should be OK.... hopefully there'll be a picture to post soon.

Oh and mom, if you're reading, I'm feeling much better...should be back to normal by tmrw.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

give thanks

Happy Thanksgiving. I have a few minutes to spend (not spare) off to finishe the preparations (read make the turkey and stuffing) I was looking something up on the net and looked out my front door to see this:

It's gorgeous. Gone now but thankfully captured in my memory and on digital photography.

Here's my winter möbius purse

Pattern: WInter Möbius bag by Cat Bordhi from the 2nd treasury of knitting
Yarn: Paton's classic wool (merino)
Color: Chestnut Brown and worn denim
Needle: US 11
Recipient: me

It's actually warm to wear. the strap is the möbius part and it acts as a kind of thin wrap when you wear it. It took me a while to post because I wanted to line it. So I needed to clean out the machine...etc but now it's ready to go for making gifts.

I have more to post but no time right now.

Have a wonderful holiday. I hope that you spend it with all your loved ones. Remember to tell them how thankful you are that they are in your life!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Last night our neighbors dryer caught on fire. There were 3 fire trucks police and everything on the block. Never leave your dryer run unattended.... especially if you aren't home.Fortunately she was home and got herself and the baby and dog out with no one being harmed. They were already scheduled for a new dryer delivery on Thursday. Scary what can happen when you least expect it.

I found some more information on my broccoli... and tonight we ate it. The kids (well the older two) loved it...it takes like a cross between cauliflower and broccoli.. more like cauliflower. But they like broccoli so that was the seller.

DS1 has to give a report in character of a person who was important in history. He chose Leonardo daVinci... so the question is how to make the beard?? I had made this newsboy cap for him for a music concert he had in KDG. We're attaching long black yarn for long hair but I have to figure the beard out.
So I crocheted a single chain attached to the cap... then attached yarn to the chain that will hang down in front... kind of like this

I hope he's happy with it

I had a nice long nap this afternoon around 4:45 just as it was turning dark. I swear, if I was alone, I'd be in bed by 5 in this season. I feel like a wild animal... ready to retire when it's dark. Kind of depressing! Last night I was sound asleep by 10 and woke up with no alarm this morning around 7. If only I could sleep like that during
the week...

I want to put a lining in the purses before I post them... It's cut, now just to get the ambition to clean the machine and sew the lining...

Monday, November 08, 2010

what the day brings

well today was kind of a a poopy day at work... I'm blaming it on the time change. My percussion student was absent, my clarinet make-up didn't have his horn.... AGAIN!! and my students well lets just say it wasn't their best foot forward today. I'll add to the fact that I could have been a little crabby with the time change... seriously all it does is make the day shorter. I leave in the dark and now practically come home in it.

DD had chorus after school today, so I sent Prince Charming to pick up the boys from school and I did the grocery store chore before picking her highness up. While there I found this most interesting romanesco broccoli. The shape intrigued me, so I had to bring one home. THere has to be some kind of fibonacci series in those points! I'll make it on Wed with dinner.. supposedly more tender than cauliflower!

When I went to load the groceries in the car I looked to the northeast and saw this:

Not the most brilliant but still a promise of better days. There was a brilliant double one on Friday that I missed. A friend caught it on film and shared it on facebook, so I was able to appreciate it albeit vicariously!

After I grabbed DD from her rehearsal, we stepped out of the school and looked west to a GORGEOUS sunset. The iPhone truly did NOT capture its beauty. There were many purple hues that were lost in this photo.

WE came home to a yummo dinner of spinach quiche (a family fave) and mashed potatos (whites and yams mixed), the latter being much needed comfort food after the day.

So even if you think the day is rotten, look for the many blessings bestowed upon you. They're there, you just need to open your mind, eyes and heart!

oh on a knitting note... I finished the Möbius winter bag and it's felted :) And I finished another little buttonhole clutch yesterday... so i felted them all together.. Pictures to be posted after they're lined...(which could take a bit of time) But will be worth it!

Now to decide what to put on the needles next......