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The Ten on Tuesday topic for 10/8 is 10 Ways You Are Embracing Autumn.  I love the fall, the leaves are gorgeous. 1)   When it's a little chilly, I am turning on the little electric fireplace and enjoying the heat and fake flames.2)   Pl...
The Ten on Tuesday topic for 10/8 is 10 Ways You Are Embracing Autumn.  I love the fall, the leaves are gorgeous. 1)   When it's a little chilly, I am turning on the little electric fireplace and enjoying the heat and fake flames.2)   Planning new clothes and donating all the too big clothes.3)   Knitting - seem to want to plan a lot more in the fall.4)   Looking forward to Rhinebeck - planning
about 2 hours ago
I’m starting to get used to the government shutdown situation. I’ve gotten into a groove of tidying up, playing with Loki, knitting, and actually making meals from scratch. Loki, always ready for a game: He is not sure why...
I’m starting to get used to the government shutdown situation. I’ve gotten into a groove of tidying up, playing with Loki, knitting, and actually making meals from scratch. Loki, always ready for a game: He is not sure why all of a sudden Momma is home all the time, but he seems to enjoy it! I’ve gotten a fair amount of knitting done. I completed a stealth project, and I started knitting a cowl: This is being knit from Shalimar Missy bulky yarn, and it is just a simple yo, ssk lace pattern worked every other row, knit in the round (on alternate rows, I just knit around). And I started this: Can anyone guess what this will become? Hint: it is not a scarf. It is fortunate that I have a yarn stash of epic proportion: I have no need to buy yarn for a very long time. Good thing, because right now I am limiting my expenditures to things like mortgage, utility bills, food, etc. Essentials for survival! Not that yarn isn’t an essential for survival, but I am a yarn survivalist — I stocked up in better times! Government Shutdown Pattern Sale Thank you to everyone who has taken advantage of my Government Shutdown Pattern Sale. (I have marked down all my patterns in my Ravelry store 50% off for the duration of the shutdown. You don’t need a coupon — just add a pattern to your cart and the discount will be reflected there.) I appreciate the infusion of cash to help with my peace of mind. Loki will not go without catnip! Loki sez: “Thank you for helping to support me in the style to which I have become accustomed!” Copyright © 2011 This feed is for personal, non-commercial use only. The use of this feed on other websites breaches copyright. If this content is not in your news reader, it makes the page you are viewing an infringement of the copyright. (Digital Fingerprint: c226e6a4ce21d36763c5bb0267ff8706 (173.194.99.81) )
2 days ago
As an idealistic, Catholic-raised teenager, I was a fervent supporter of the right-to-life movement and even marched on Washington one year and ambushed my Senator on the issue.My Views Have Evolved SignificantlyAs a teenager, things wer...
As an idealistic, Catholic-raised teenager, I was a fervent supporter of the right-to-life movement and even marched on Washington one year and ambushed my Senator on the issue.My Views Have Evolved SignificantlyAs a teenager, things were black and white and there was no room for grays. Abortion was murder and it needed to be outlawed just like murder is outlawed.As I now realize the gray area that a fetus is...legally, physically, morally etc., I realize that there are many valid reasons for terminating a pregnancy.I have to admit, even today, I'm never thrilled to hear about a woman having an abortion. I can't imagine it's an easy decision for most women and/or couples to make, and we know it's not a good thing for the life-form inside the womb, even if it's not a viable human being at the time of the abortion.But I also realize, a woman's right to determine what happens with her body (and all of it's contents), is much more important than any other factor.This issue came up because of the recent kerfuffle surrounding the so-called Christian who owns the Hobby Lobby chain, who is incensed he has to provide prescription coverage under Obamacare for the "Day After Pill". A few of their stores also got all uppity with some in the Jewish community who questioned why they couldn't find Hanukkah-related items in HL stores (btw, I feel self-determining store merchandise is a store owner's prerogative, rude, anti-Semitic customer service is inexcusable and a bad business practice).Besides...what I will NEVER understand, is why would people who believe that life begins at conception ever be against contraception? And the so-called "Day After Pill" is a pill that prevents a woman from fully ovulating and getting pregnant...it does NOT terminate a pregnancy. Since you can "shut that whole thing down" the day after before conception actually happens, you'd think hateful pricks like the owner of Hobby Lobby would be thrilled Obamacare pays for it. It actually reduces abortions.But of course, haters like him would much prefer to delude themselves into believing it's terminating a pregnancy, so they can hide their women-hating ways behind the light of Christ.Glad to get that all off my chest.Current Knitting/CrochetingPathetically lame amounts of fiber work this week. I did a little on the Summit Shawl and I crocheted a total of ONE new granny square.Firstly, I apologize for the blurriness...perhaps my auto-focus has been turned off again. Second, you'll perhaps notice that the solid color has switched from green in the first twelve squares, to blue in the thirteenth.I'm thinking about doing a multiple of 12 squares to make a blanket (perhaps 60 squares??) and each dozen squares will have a different colored solid. We'll see how that goes.
6 days ago
We are on Day Two of the government shutdown. Yesterday I had to go in to the office to perform my “orderly shutdown” of business, but today I have been home, unpaid, all day. I kept busy, though — I write up my pattern...
We are on Day Two of the government shutdown. Yesterday I had to go in to the office to perform my “orderly shutdown” of business, but today I have been home, unpaid, all day. I kept busy, though — I write up my pattern for my poncho, which I finished on Monday. A shot of the shoulder strap: And the whole poncho laid flat: In “celebration” of the government shutdown and because I’d like to be bringing in a little cash, I have marked down all my patterns in my Ravelry store 50% off for the duration of the shutdown. You don’t need a coupon — just add a pattern to your cart and the discount will be reflected there. And this new poncho pattern is there as well — 50% off, so you can get it for $2.50. Loki sez: “Buy my Momma’s patterns — she needs to keep buying me the good catnip!” Copyright © 2011 This feed is for personal, non-commercial use only. The use of this feed on other websites breaches copyright. If this content is not in your news reader, it makes the page you are viewing an infringement of the copyright. (Digital Fingerprint: c226e6a4ce21d36763c5bb0267ff8706 (173.194.99.20) )
6 days ago
If you are plugged into the knitting world then you may know that Vickie Howell is the new host of KDTV. This came about in relation to Interweave Knits magazine having a new editor (the lovely Lisa Shroyer pictured below). Lots of excit...
If you are plugged into the knitting world then you may know that Vickie Howell is the new host of KDTV. This came about in relation to Interweave Knits magazine having a new editor (the lovely Lisa Shroyer pictured below). Lots of exciting changes at Interweave, and I had the delight of hanging with them for a short bit on the new season of Knitting Daily TV, which will begin airing in January. Vicky and myself! The episode I am on is of course kids related, and will feature a design from my book Just Like Me Knits. They filmed the entire season over a few weeks so the day that I filmed I was able to meet guests from various episodes. I was delighted to find out Susan b. Anderson would be there at the same time, and then had the pleasure of meeting Rebecca Danger and getting to see Simona Merchant-Dest again. Delightful women all! It is wonderful to know that our community is filled with such fantastic people. Simona, Susan and myself.  The entire crew at Knitting Daily were kind and helpful and it was amazing how fast the show is filmed. I did do a lot of sitting around as is often the case with any sort of filming and then those lighting fast 15 minutes in front of the camera go by in the blink of an eye. Sneaking back to snap a pic of Simona right before her filming. Many thanks to Knitting Fever for sending me some of their new colors of Elsbeth Lavold Hempathy so I could knit up a sample in a truley lovely kingfisher blue and lipstick red to show viewers some fun knitting tricks! Vicky and Lisa filming a segment. It was a wonderful adventure which I thoroughly enjoyed. Highlights included hanging out in Vicky’s hotel room watching her open a wine bottle with a cable needle (plastic, I might add!).  Vicky is so sweet and kind, I’ve had the pleasure of working with her before for  a Petite Purls pattern and met her for the first time at the inaugural Vogue Knitting Live in NYC a few years ago. She is fantastic (have I mentioned her adorable children?) and I can not wait to watch the full season once it starts in January! I’ve watched past episodes on Craft Daily as we don’t have cable TV at our house but it will air on PBS if you check your local listings. Knitting on La Leche blissed out with empty seats on either side! This entry feels like a bit of a link bomb went off but there is so much to share and link to! I hope you will tune in for the January release of the show, I know I can not wait, eeeek! I have no idea how I did. At one point Vicky told me she would put her hand on my hand if it was time to stop and when she did I had totally gotten lost in explaining the technique so when she did it my heart jumped right up into my head because I thought I had messed up and I felt like a deer in headlights. I am hoping that the fact that I was looking down at my hands (I knit through most of it while explaining what I was doing) and then up to Vicky hides the fear in my eyes, hah! Crossing my fingers, break-a-leg and all that!
8 days ago
It seems the Republican's abdicating their seat to their spin-off group, the tea party, could be very risky for them at election time.Most Think They're CrazyMaybe I'm watching too much MSNBC, but it appears that most of the U.S. (and an...
It seems the Republican's abdicating their seat to their spin-off group, the tea party, could be very risky for them at election time.Most Think They're CrazyMaybe I'm watching too much MSNBC, but it appears that most of the U.S. (and anyone from other countries that follows this craziness) think that the Republicans are nuts...insisting on shutting down the government to try and de-fund a law because they don't like it's sponsor (Obamacare). It's bad enough that they don't care about the cost to our country of sending out hundreds of thousands of furloughs to government workers who can't be paid if they don't pass the continuing resolution to fund the government...yes, even though we don't pay them for a few days, while the bill eventually gets passed, but all the administrative work of putting them on furlough is more costly than the salary savings). But if they delay the debt ceiling bill, shit will definitely hit the fan.Nobody likes when the U.S. has to default on their debts.Even big business hates that.So, yes...I think the Republicans are playing a very risky game...this is the kind of thing our country doesn't forget when elections come up again.Current Knitting/QuiltingWith the arrival of the new quilting fabric, I couldn't help myself from beginning to cut it up!And then I started to sew and lay out the stars to see how it would look.Sorry about the shaddows and bright spots in the photo...I didn't have anywhere big enough to lay out the design without catching some in shadows.Suffice it to say, the new fabrics perfectly fitting into the overall design of the quilt.I have been knitting too!Yes, I'm determined to finish this blanket, and while it's impossible to show decent progress photos for this project, I have added a few inches to the blanket.
8 days ago
I have completed knitting on the front and back of my poncho! I carefully steam=blocked each piece to make the seed stitch borders lie flat and to even out the fabric. I carefully ran the steam iron over the cabled portion to, without...
I have completed knitting on the front and back of my poncho! I carefully steam=blocked each piece to make the seed stitch borders lie flat and to even out the fabric. I carefully ran the steam iron over the cabled portion to, without pressing down on it. Now I am almost done with the first shoulder piece: I’ll make two shoulder pieces and attach the front and back to them, leaving a “hole” in the middle for the neck opening. Then I will pick up stitches around the neck edge and knit a neckband. Loki is ready to help: Or he may oversee from his perch by the window. His choice! Copyright © 2011 This feed is for personal, non-commercial use only. The use of this feed on other websites breaches copyright. If this content is not in your news reader, it makes the page you are viewing an infringement of the copyright. (Digital Fingerprint: c226e6a4ce21d36763c5bb0267ff8706 (173.194.99.80) )
9 days ago
Anyone that follows me on Facebook has probably already read about the hateful, bigoted comments made by the Chairman of Barilla pasta.Ways To ApologizeI honestly don't think I could read or hear an apology from this man that I would fin...
Anyone that follows me on Facebook has probably already read about the hateful, bigoted comments made by the Chairman of Barilla pasta.Ways To ApologizeI honestly don't think I could read or hear an apology from this man that I would find acceptable. He stated with grand, Italian pride that his company would never use a gay couple in its ads. Barilla America issued an apology, but honestly, they didn't do anything wrong except get stuck with an ignorant CEO of their Italian-based company.You don't usually just get over those feelings of hatred overnight, and apologizing on behalf of a bigot doesn't really work for me.So even if he personally apologized for his comments, I would find it a convenient business ploy to stop the shitstorm of negative social media that's happened since his comments were brought to light.We just had some delicious DaVinci Whole Wheat Angel Hair pasta. for lunch today.Current QuiltingWhile planning out the design for the star quilt, I envisioned three repeating, diagonal rows of stars in the three general colorways of the star fabric...blues, orange/yellow and purple/green.I realized I wanted about 10 different fabrics in each general colorway, and didn't have that many. So, I ordered more fabric.I know as a knitter, this might be heresy, but there is nothing more exciting than getting a package or gorgeous fabrics in the mail!I'm using two muted shades of yellow/gold as the background for the stars...you see one of them in the center of the pile. I also got a couple yards of the other one, which isn't in the photo.Couldn't wait to start chopping up new fabric!
11 days ago
So apparently rubber-band bracelets are all the rage at our local elementary school. My nephews must have begged their mom for some and when she text’d me about it I quickly asked her to buy some packs for the girls as well. $1.99 ...
So apparently rubber-band bracelets are all the rage at our local elementary school. My nephews must have begged their mom for some and when she text’d me about it I quickly asked her to buy some packs for the girls as well. $1.99 at Michaels craft stores (Don’t ask me where, I walked around that place for an hour yesterday looking for halloween decorations and never once saw them). The kids had been hooking and linking the rubber-bands together and it produced a gnarly looking bracelet. I remembered finger-knitting and with a quick search on youtube I found out about “fishtail” rubber band bracelets using the finger-knitting method basically. I don’t know if its technically finger-knitting, you will have to ask Anne Weil as she’s far more of a finger knitting expert then I am! Before I could blink, BG was making her own and it was much easier then the other method of shoving the rubber-bands through one another and trying to hold it folded in half while shoving another one through, and more importantly the bracelet looks a lot better in fishtail style. ————————————————– Step 1 Place a rubber band around your two fingers, but twist it in the center making a figure 8 around the fingers (it should cross in the center). Step 2 Place a second rubber band over your two fingers DO NOT twist. Step 3 Place a third rubber band over your two fingers DO NOT twist. Step 4 Lift the bottom most band on one of the fingers, up and over essentially taking it off, and it will sink down in between them. Repeat on the second finger. Repeat steps 3 and 4 until desired length. Finishing The little kits come with little plastic jump rings. When you are finished and it is the length you want it, add two more rubber bands to the length. Then slip it off your fingers and REMOVE those two bands, this will leave loops for you to thread into the jump ring. ————————————————– From what I’ve read you can create the fishtail style bracelets with the rainbow loom. I don’t have the loom and have never seen one. I was just happy to find a super low-fi solution that didn’t involved spending a ton of money.
12 days ago
It all started a few weeks ago when I was at the mall doing that dreaded thing called back-to-school-cloths-shopping. We passed the Build-a-bear workshop and I may have actually squealed out-loud when I saw the my little ponies in the wi...
It all started a few weeks ago when I was at the mall doing that dreaded thing called back-to-school-cloths-shopping. We passed the Build-a-bear workshop and I may have actually squealed out-loud when I saw the my little ponies in the window. Oddly enough BG was not impressed, at 6 years old apparently the thrill of a my little pony is inferior to the thrill of a stuffed bunny. Not that I should be complaining. She didn’t want one so I insisted that we make a Rainbow-dash for me… I mean for LG!!! Ehem… So we brought the flying horse home and LG was smitten from the moment she saw the box. Did I mention we put a music box in it and it sings “Call Me Maybe” when you press it? That pony has been to every restaurant, every car ride and even on bicycle rides. Rainbow-dash goes with her to school every single day. Said pony has rainbow hair, and now LG is all about rainbows. She requested I knit her something with a rainbow. I was reading (not stalking, I swear) Susan b Anderson‘s blog and clicked through to Knit Purl Gurl on Etsy. There it was, a lovely skien of rainbow bulky yarn hand-dyed to strip with lovely rainbows and a pretty cloud and sky motif. It was serendipity that led me to that yarn I tell ya! So of course I used my Serendipity Mittens pattern (which is a free pattern btw!) I knit it with size 11 needles, and cast on 17 stitches – 1 extra stitch because it was knit flat and the pattern is normally in the round so I needed an extra stitch to make up for the seaming. I did like knitting it flat but wasn’t a huge fan of the seam and how it bulks it up a bit, but it did make it somewhat faster to knit. Last year we kept loosing the mittens I knit so this time I added pom-poms, and then the two ends of the string that hung down after tying the pom pom, first I used the darning needle to hook the two ends through the bottom of the mitten and then I twisted it and then allowed it to ply onto itself by folding it in half, and then I just tied it to itself at the base of the pom pom which created a little knot below the pom pom and I snipped it. We will see if it holds. I have enough leftover to make additional pom-poms and if I had not been so picky about my stripes I could have easily gotten 2 sets of mittens out of the skien. It made me think of that lovely song from The Sound Of Music: Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens Brown paper packages tied up with strings These are a few of my favorite things Rainbows are most certainly one of LG’s favorite things. Now to see if the girls are old enough to sit through that movie, would be fun to watch with them.
13 days ago