Friday, December 28, 2007
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Monday, December 24, 2007
Sunday, December 16, 2007
A couple of weeks ago, I drove over to Bek's home, to have a hair cut. At lunch, C prayed for Gramma and her Dad to have safe trips home. Wow! When I left their home, I stopped at the store and coming out from the store discovered a nail in my tire. So, I looked at it and thought, well, the tire isn't flat and I don't hear air escaping. I figured I had a good chance of making it to my favorite Discount Tire store. I did! They are so nice in there, let me tell you. They fixed my tire and did it for free. Oh, you are probably thinking, "Sure they did, you bought your tires there." Nope, I didn't. This is the second time, in the last 2 months, they have fixed my tires for free. When I asked, why, they said, please come back and see us, when you need tires for your car. You bet I will. They have a really nice and CLEAN waiting room, where I felt comfortable knitting on my project each time I was there.
So, if you have a Discount Tire shop near you, try it. You might like it. :)
Sunday, December 2, 2007
Wow! December is here! It has blown into north Texas with a lot of wind and warm temperatures. While some of you reading this may be under severe winter storms, we have sun and a balmy 70+ degrees outside. Not that I am bragging, because I do like snow and miss it. It is hard to believe that it is December and that we need to be thinking Christmas. LOL! Well, some folks on my list will be getting these great hats. I decided I could put the Christmas knitting on here and just not say who it is for. HO! HO! :) It will keep people in suspense, of course, there will be some folks who will know who loves these colors and make a good guess. I made these hats from my handspun and they are really soft and warm. The other little picture is a gift frogged. So, it is in the corner, since it didn't behave. OK, if you are not a knitter and are reading this you are thinking that I have gone mad. Frogged??? Yep, you know, rip-it, rip-it, rip-it. It was knitted and then ripped out, cause the idea didn't work. So, stay tuned to see if the ball of cotton will be able to be tamed or not.
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Here are the girls holding their paper mache turkeys.
However, Lil' D and JoJo didn't want to miss out on anything, and they were able to take a ride on the turkeys. Lil' D had eaten a little too much turkey and wouldn't sit up on hers, so C had to hold her in place.
I am busy doing Christmas knitting right now. I hope to be able to post some of it up here, but it may have to wait until after Christmas. :) AND you know why. LOL!
Friday, November 16, 2007
In May Deb came to visit me for a couple of days. We had a great time yarn shopping, is there anything else, and driving all over north Texas to do it. When she arrived she gave me a fabulous handknitted, felted purse, that is fully lined. What a wonderful gift! Well, the girls have been telling me to get it onto the blog, so I said OK, and with your picture. They were so excited, they ran over to my restored antique spinning wheel, which hubby Jeff did for me, and they jumped on. They fell off several times too. Then they forgot to look at the camera and JoJo lost her clothes, she is so thin they don't stay up. Imagine that! So, here they are showing you my great purse, that I absolutely love. THANKS DEB!
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
I have had an strange scenario with my bank of late, that is finally solved. I want to share it here, because it might help you, someday. I am going to bullet point the description, because it is actually a VERY long story. It starts in June, 2007.
June, 2007: There is a strange deposit of $300 on my statement and then it is withdrawn. After calling, I discover that a person, who has an account at the same bank, thought she had her account number memorized. Nope, she didn't. When they figured that out, is when the money was withdrawn. The money was deposited, originally, by one of those paycheck advance companies. I was told it was OK. No problem.
July: Statement arrived, I put it on my desk. (Wrong move, open all your statements and look at them.)
Aug: Same as July.
Sept: I finally open the statement, angry at myself for letting several months go by. To my surprise, said statement had a $90 withdrawal, from the paycheck advance comp. Arg. I open July and August's statements. Same withdrawal. I was paying back someone elses loan!
Called my bank, talked to a supervisor, for a while, until she was convinced I didn't need to be paying someone elses loan. Then I had to sign affidavits etc. All monies have been returned. :)She advises I close current checking account, as quick as possible, and open new account. So, we opened a new account that day.
October: I am checking my balance in the old account every day, to make sure the company isn't getting anymore of my money. The withdrawals were on the 6th of each month. On the 10th I thought I was safe. So, I stopped my daily ritual. A mistake. On the 16th, said company withdrew $570 from old checking. Why??? I have no idea. I discovered it when I opened my October statement, the day it arrived. :) I called my bank and talked to the wonderful employee and she did what needed to be done and the $570 is back in my account. Old checking is now closed.
This was a nightmare for me and a hassle, as you can imagine. Please keep an eye on your bank accounts and if you get any weird deposits, keep even a closer eye on it or close it and open a new account. These paycheck advance companies seem to be ruthless and greedy.
Well, to keep busy and my sanity I did finish two pair of socks. They were a lot of fun to make and I really love how they turned out. I knitted 2 socks at the same time on 2 circular needles. If you knit socks and haven't tried this you should. When you are done you are done! No second sock to knit. :) My next pair of socks will be with the yarn I dyed in Louisiana.
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
I keep trying to tell myself that I need to concentrate on Christmas and get started on my knitting. But, I keep finding other projects to work on. Do you realize that Christmas is only about 9 weeks away?? Geesh! I did, however, get two more hats made and here they are. My try at remembering that Christmas is just around the corner. :)
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Saturday, October 6, 2007
When I go to my daughter's home, I get to pass this wonderful racetrack. So, I took these pictures for him and for anyone else that might like to see the Texas Motor Speedway empty and getting ready for the Dickies NASCAR race that will be here in November. This is the sign at the main entrance, out by I-35.
This is what you see as you come into the racetrack under the sign, that is above. It is the small track.
This is the condo area. People can own them and rent them. You can actually watch a race from them.
I hope you enjoyed my little tour of the Texas Motor Speedway, below is what you see when you leave.
Thursday, September 20, 2007
On September 7th, at the Cajun Lagniappe, in Louisiana, I took a yarn dying workshop. Here are the two skeins that I dyed. The ball of yarn is space dyed and the loose skein was dunked into a canning jar full of blue dye and then the other end was space dyed/painted. I am disappointed in the skein, because I had interspersed the orange color with the brown color, by handpainting the yarn. The brown ran and you can hardly tell that there is any orange at all. But, that is what happens when dying, so I am told, and the skein is very pretty anyway. These two skeins will one day be 2 pair of socks. Watch for them to start appearing here in a few weeks, I have other items on the needles right now. Some of the items I am knitting, I cannot talk about, because they are Christmas presents and my family reads, well at least I think they do, :) my blog.
Monday, September 17, 2007
I have run out of yarn again! I do have the bag finished now, except the handles. I have only 1.5 yards of the yarn left to do the handles. They are going to be pretty small handles. Ha! Ha! :) The question is, what do I do now? Hmm. I have no more black roving to spin. I have no more of the colored roving to spin or knit. I could order more, but that would take time and I want to finish this bag and use it.
So, I did what any handspinner or knitter would do at this point. I went to Hobby Lobby and bought handles that are pre-made. :)
This picture is the finished bag before felting. You will have to come back to see the finished product. Any bets on when I will finally finish this?
My bag took over 200 yds more than the one in the Knitter's magazine. I don't know if anyone else experienced this or not. I have talked to other knitters about entrelac. So far, we have a love-hate relationship with this stitch. If non-knitters are reading this, entrelac is the stitch that makes this bag look kind of like it is woven. It is a great stitch, but it is a lot of knitting. Not usually a problem, since I like to knit. However, I also like to get projects done and get new ones started. It does take time to do this stitch. But, I can tell you the time is well worth it, because I am liking how the bag looks. Now to get it all finished.
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
I am using my handspun yarns and it is my take of a pattern that was in Knitter's magazine. Stay tuned for the finish project!
Sunday, September 2, 2007
wrote about nearly a month ago. I have hit a snag though. What snag?? OH, well I have run out of yarn! I wasn't sure in the beginning if I had enough, but thought I would try and see. I was only about 5o yards short according to the directions. The pattern used many different colored skeins and I was using single skeins with many colors in them, so I guess I was hoping there was yarn left over from the original pattern. Guess not. Thankfully, the bag was started at the top, which I had taken into consideration when I started it. I figured that I could add another yarn to it, if needed. I also waited to make the handles. So, the question is, what handspun did I have that would work and would it felt pretty much the same as the colored yarn. None. I hadn't really thought that far ahead. Hahaha! So, I dug through my fiber stash. Oh, by the way, my family would agree that I DUG through my fiber stash. There is a lot of it, and the only way to get through it is to dig. :) Well, I came up with 4 oz of black wool. Don't you just love black? It can come to the rescue so easily.
Hmm. I liked that idea, so I went for it. Here it is. I actually love vivid colors with black. It reminds me of the church I grew up in. It has absolutely gorgeous stained glass windows.
The next time you see this bag, it should have black on it. The question is: Will I have enough yarn now?? We shall see.
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Monday, August 20, 2007
Sunday, August 19, 2007
In north central Texas, we didn't get much rain from Erin. Some folks not too far away did, though. But, I had to run the hose to the pool this morning, which means no rain here. We had about a week of 100+F temperatures, but we now have a cloud cover keeping the temps in the 90's. Still hot, yes, but cooler than 104!
Monday, August 13, 2007
Well, here are the pictures of the finished Rainbow Shawl! I am really happy with how it turned out. It is so light and airy, perfect for air conditioning in cold places. I took it to the Denton, TX spinners meeting yesterday and several ladies there really liked it too.
I am now moving onto other knitting projects and have cast on for another shawl. I am making a prayer shawl for some friends in NY. They are having a really tough time right now, so I want to send them a hug and some prayers.
Our weather is the typical TX August. HOT, no wind. But, the good news is, I can go swimming in the pool. The water is 88 F and that is still cooler than body temp, so it still cools you off.
Friday, August 10, 2007
I had spun this yarn into a fine single ply and then plied it with sewing thread, so I could keep the colors separate. Because I was so limited on yardage, I decided to keep my design fairly simple. That is why there isn't a fancy edging on it. The final size is 56 inches x 36 inches and weighs 2.4 oz. I chose a simple lace pattern out of one of Barbara Walker's Treasury books and used size 7 knitting needles.
Our high temperature today is supposed to be at least 100F. I cannot complain, after all. After all the rain, we had earlier in our summer, our weather has been cooler than normal. Of course, even our cooler is still hot! We have had 90's. I am ready for the air conditioning in public places now, with my new shawl.
Thursday, August 9, 2007
I was outside cleaning the pool and looked and there was a BLUE dragon fly. There was a yellow one just like him, only when the camera came out, he disappeared. Guess he wasn't as vain as the blue one. :) We actually have all kinds of dragon flies around and if I studied bugs, I could tell you all about this one. But, I don't. However, I was enamored because this is a blue one!
When I first started taking its picture, it kept flying away. Eventually, though, it let me get its picture. Then the little guy, decided it liked its picture being taken and kept following me around the pool! I would move about 3 feet, look down and there it was. I would move another 3 feet and there is was. I ended up taking many pictures, but saved only this one. You can even see the eyes on this one.
I have been knitting on the Rainbow shawl that I posted about and it is finished. I am blocking it right now and will post the picture of it, tomorrow. I am excited to get it done and get back to knitting the entrelac bag. I want to knit a summer top, I know, I better get going on it. However, summer doesn't really end in August, in Texas. We keep having hot weather until the end of September or October or even November.
I also have plans for a vest and ...... my mind thinks of more projects than my hands can keep up with. :)
Thursday, August 2, 2007
I have always been intrigued by the entrelac stitch. When you are done with it, it will give the illusion that you have woven your knitting. So, when in 2001, I saw a pattern for a felted Entrelac Bag, in KNITTER'S magazine, I decided that one day I would make that bag. I have saved that magazine, with a marker on that page. At one point, I had purchased some yarn to make that bag, then decided not to use what I had purchased. Mainly, because I didn't get enough.
Well, this summer I found the yarn I wanted to use. I had purchased some roving from a local dyer and decided to use that roving.
Monday, July 30, 2007
Monday, July 23, 2007
Wednesday, July 4, 2007
Thought you might like to see this perspective too.
We are having a mostly sunny day today. The storm clouds are hovering around, just waiting to join together, to flood us with their precious gift of rain again. :) At least that is the forecast, and when you look up, you see blue sky and plenty of puffy clouds.
Happy 4th of July to all! Think back to our wonderful forefathers and mothers, who put their lives on the line for the freedoms we hold so dear to ourselves today. Thank you to all our veterans, especially my grandpa(deceased WWI), my dad(deceased WWII), my husband, and my son-in-law, for putting their lives "on hold" to serve for our freedom!
Sunday, July 1, 2007
Here is our car at the gate to the parking lot for the fishing dock and boat ramp. Can you see the water by the front tire?