Friday, November 27, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
It was super simple to make and modify so it would fit me perfectly.
I still have to hem the sleeves, but I'm going to leave them unhemmed for now and see just how long I want them. I think this will be great with jeans or dress pants for work.
So far, she is enjoying it. Her name still could not be "Grace" by any stretch of immagination, but she is good at defending the ball.
Although yesterday she told me the boys in her class are all excited to come watch me play basketball when the games start up in January.
Monday, November 23, 2009
Calling hours were good, the service was wonderful, we ate way to much food, saw relatives and friends from PA we haven't seen in a while. Got to see his other grandmother, who was diagnosed with lung cancer 3 days after the first grandmother was diagnosed.....
Now I'm off to read about what all of you have been doing, get the laundry situation under control, clean my house and start cooking. Someone told me Thanksgiving is 4 days away. Amazingly enough, I'm ready (I think).....
But I will have guests on Thursday so I will be back, hopefully before then!
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
I did not do the cables at the top, and you can see my increase rounds - maybe the cables would hide these? I don't know. But I do know it is very comfortable and this yarn is WARM.
Friday, November 13, 2009
BoHo blouse from Glam Knits
Of course, I do have something quilty to show. I made this top last winter - all it needs is quilting. I'm going to attempt that on my newly fixed sewing machine (which has been in the shop 3 times so far this summer. Fortunately nothing major each time, just annoying). Todd and I decided that I would send all my future quilts out for quilting as my machine is getting up there in years, but this one? I have maybe a 1/4" extra of backing all around, so I'll be doing it myself.
Another knit for me - and I have been working on it for quite a while. I love the Pimlico Shrugs, however, I wasn't sure I could do the lace pattern, so I did a seed stitch. Talk about boring and time consuming. The body needs to be at least 25" long (the pattern says 35" but I'm seeing where everyone else went shorter). I'm at about 12". This one may take a while.
But of course, I have something waiting for Jessie for a Christmas present - the Central Park Hoodie in this lovely periwinkle Cascade 220 Superwash yarn. Of course, with her being just about 10 and the pattern only going to an extra small (32") I will be sort of flying on a wing and a prayer. Smaller needles, smaller yarn and hopefully it will work! I'll have to learn how to read charts with this one, but I went and specifically brought more yarn (to put with some leftovers from another sweater) for this sweater from my LYS so that if I get to confused (which may very well happen) I can go in there and they can straighten me out!
And I have something else for me - which the yarn just arrived for yesterday. The Skating Sweater from Twinkle Knits in Rowan Big Wool. I found 5 skiens on ebay for dirt cheap (about 1/4 of the normal price) because they are two different dye lots.
So now you all know what I will be doing this weekend, in between washing Punxs and Roscoe daily and cleaning the house. Have a great weekend everyone!
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
It was quick and easy, and with these long drives we've made to PA 2 times now in the past month, I needed something that I could just go with. That didn't take a lot of thinking. A little boring while knitting the body (it is need from cuff to cuff sideways and then you pick up and knit around the opening).
I had a little trouble doing the opening around the body. The first time I didn't pick up enough stitches (I picked up 148 and the pattern says 200). The second time - I did the ribbing wrong. The THIRD time, I only picked up 1 strand of yarn instead of two - and there were holes in it.
Finally, after much swearing at myself, I got it right.
It's a little small on me, but it was made for a friend, who is a smaller size than I am, so hopefully it will fit her just right:)
Hopefully Dawn loves it as much as I love the gift she sent me:
Let's just say - when I picked it up from the post office, I had every intention of waiting until I got home to open it. Um...no. I had to open it, admire it AND transfer purses while driving down the road. I'm so thankful I thought to take the back roads.......
And then, I swapped with Jacquie - some knitted fingerless mitts for pillows. I really think I got the better end of the deal, and have started on a little something for her as a thank you.
Even though these are not in my bedroom, they go in there perfectly. If I was going to show you a picture of them on my bed, I would have to fold the 10 loads of laundry that we keep dumping on there every morning to find clean clothes and make the bed. Which was not happening this morning.
Because I have a new sweater for me which is almost done, and I'm anxious to wear it:)
Yes, I am horrible. I know.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Todd is finangling everything so we can unload some speltz grain into the cube-it (the black plastic box) to make feed with this winter. (I had already made dinner at 5:00 and we had finished eating).
My job is to run the hydraulics on the tractor while Todd watches the auger – there’s no way I’m standing down there getting my hands in the way if something goes wrong. And then I had to park the tractor in the barn.
And of course, when we make it inside at 7:30 at night, Jessie had to provide some comic relief. I wonder how she bends herself into these positions?????
After untangling her, we collapsed in the family room to watch the Steelers cream the Broncos – 28 to 10. Made it worth it to stay up to watch the very end of the game:)
Monday, November 9, 2009
Now I'm off to do some blog reading. You all have been busy......
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
I went back and snagged these beauties for $8.00. Yes, all 3 of them for $8. I'm hoping that was a good deal. The 8x8 dish already has been put to use for dinner last night (venison pot pie), and the large mixing bowl in the back is the perfect size to hold Tyler's popcorn snack at night. I have another one from my last trip the same size, which holds Jessie's popcorn.
Have a good weekend everyone! I have to work tomorrow:( but Sunday will be a day of fun - cleaning out my sewing/computer room. I think I'm getting the bug to sew again..........
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Meet Rondell. She was shown as a yearling and did quite well. Jessie was impressed that she walked off the trailer nice and calm and Jason led her around, set her up and walked her before putting her in the pasture. I think she is campaining to show her this winter. But that is not an option - she is too old:)
So the plan was to move the bull into his own little pasture - specifically so he would have the run in shed that the horses have used. But, it needed some work:
This picture was taken before we did anything - all those boards the horses have pushed off over the years. So we got some new rough cut boards from the Amish sawmill, and we got busy Saturday afternoon. Then I left to take the kids trick or treating and Todd kept working. By Sunday morning we were ready to put the siding back on with the new siding:
We also put kicker boards up inside that are 3 feet high on all 3 sides of the shed. This way, the bull and the horses cannot kick off the siding boards - the kicker boards are 2 1/2 inch thick oak boards.
Now we just have to put 1 fence up and the bull can live here quite comforatbly, once we bed it up with straw.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Monday, November 2, 2009