Sunday, July 29, 2007

Pictures? YES!

This is my first successful attempt (after many frustrating tries) to post a picture. This little sundress was knit from a Sassy Skein kit that I purchased on eBay. It was fun to knit. The yarn is mercerized cotton. The kit contained everything: yarn, pattern, needle (US size 6 circular - but I used my favorite: Addi Natura), measuring tape, buttons, tapestry needle, and more!

The pattern was only for the sundress. I had yarn left over, so I decided to make a little diaper cover as well. I just sort of made it up as I went. I'm not entirely sure I could replicate it. But I was pleased with the results. So was Amelia -- she calls them her clown pants. The dress was made in the 4T size which was just perfect for her. She is a very tall girl for her age. She will not be three until November. Her dad is 6'4", so it's not too surprising that she is on the tall side.

And here she is (acting like a clown) modeling her sundress and "clown pants."

Sorry about the slightly fuzzy picture quality. Blame it on an uber cheap camera and a moving target! It couldn't possibly be the fault of the photographer. Right?

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Such a Slacker!

Oh dear! My blog is not even a month old, and here I am neglecting it! I will do better in the future, but this week I am doing the music for our Vacation Bible School. Instead of lazing the days away (as I am prone to do in the summer)I am spending three hours each day singing and dancing with lots of terrific kids. It is fun, but as I have mentioned before, I am not exactly a spring chicken. After all the fun and frivolity I have to take a little nap.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Goodbye, Dishcloths

I still have no news concerning jobs, moves or anything else, but I have decided that I can't let the fact that I am currently in limbo affect my knitting. I have made the choice to venture on beyond garter stitch dishcloths to sock knitting.

This is not my first sock. It is, however, my first sock with a cable. I like to start small and have wanted to get back into cable knitting for a while. A sock with a nice dainty cable down the side should be well within my ability range. So here is the pattern I have chosen. I am using some Fortissima Colori in a sort of hunter green. Let's see if I will have the concentration necessary to make this happen.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Still Waiting!

Thus far, no word from the possible job in Colorado. Don't these people realize I have a life to plan? Of course, I know that as the days pass and I hear nothing, the more likely the fact that I didn't get the job. Not a happy thought.

Here is a message for Susan in Jackson. I couldn't get your link to work, so I am hoping you come back here to read my blog again. I think we could be twins! It sounds like we have a lot in common. I live in Hartland about 30 miles north of Ann Arbor. I couldn't agree with you more about renting vs. buying a home. I was always taught that renting is like throwing money down the drain, but I think it is just insurance that you don't have to be responsible for fixing things when they stop working. Why don't you e-mail me at swhunterATsbcglobalDOTnet, just substitute symbols for capitals? I would love to talk to you about moving, grandchildren, and such.

Picture Progress
I am sad to report that there has been none. Instead of increasing my geekiness and learning to post pictures, I went to see Pirates of the Caribbean III or whatever it is called. I don't go to movies very often, so I find it hard to sit still for that long. It was amusing, but it needed to be about 20 minutes shorter. I think they could have cut that much from the interminable battle scenes, but I guess they are going for an audience of ten-year-old boys. Now I just sound old and crochety. Oh wait, I am old and crochety!

Sunday, July 15, 2007

My First Comments!

When I was a child, I loved the idea of pen pals. Imagine exchanging letters with someone who lived in an exotic country across the globe. The world of knitblogging is such a wonderful place! The internet allows us to be pen pals on a truly grand scale! I love the fact that we can now write across the miles almost instantaneously. My very first comments are from terrific ladies in two different countries thousands of miles from me. So, thank you for your comments and your words of encouragement, Jo and knititch!

My next big blog adventure will be learning to post pictures. Yes, I have actual pictures of knitting (some FOs and some UFO's). I think this may be the day to become more technologically educated.

Learning something new will be a good way to keep my mind off the fact that I have no idea yet where I will be in two weeks! I hope to hear something definite tomorrow. You may hear either my shouts of joy or my sobs of dismay! Stay tuned.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Will Wonders Never Cease?

Just when I was sure that I was meant to stay in Michigan, I received a phone call today that may mean I will be moving to Colorado after all! My life this summer has been a constant roller coaster ride with many emotional ups and downs. We will just have to wait and see if this up quickly changes to a down. Wish me luck!

Wednesday, July 11, 2007


I have accepted my lot in life. It seems that I will still be employed in this state with no exciting plans to move closer to my family. That doesn't mean that I am giving up, though. I will still check craigslist and other sources. It may be that there will be a job opportunity before school starts. I can dream, can't I?

Absolutely no knitting to report. It has been far too hot. The weather has been much more moderate today, and should continue that way according to the forecast. I'm glad because I hate the heat and humidity that we have recently been experiencing.

Once I stop feeling sorry for myself, I will try to be more creative.

Monday, July 9, 2007

Que Sera, Sera!

Patience is a much over-rated virtue! I am still waiting to hear a yea or nay about the possible job. I keep having flashbacks of Doris Day singing, "Que sera,sera", but it's not helping.

I can tell that I am more than a bit stressed over this situation because I cannot concentrate enough to knit anything more difficult than garter stitch washcloths (which I will most likely donate to the drive that Rabbitch is heading ).

In a completely different vein: I have been reading a series of delightfully funny books by Ann B. Ross. The first one is Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind. I am originally from Nashville, TN, and I can tell you that many of the characters in these books could have been based on some of my acquaintances. Who am I kidding? -- they could have been based on some of my relatives. If you have ever lived in the South, especially in a small town, you will find these books laugh-out-loud hilarious!

Sunday, July 8, 2007

Once Upon a Time

Many years ago, I tried to keep a diary -- it was the thing to do in high school. It wasn't a very successful venture as I was (and still am) a bit scattered. I do remember using it to write down MOMENTOUS happenings. As these events didn't occur very often, most of the pages in the diary were blank.

I want to use this blog to record some of my random thoughts about knitting (my current obsession) and life in general. My life at the moment is on hold as I wait to hear if I will be moving in two weeks to another state. My daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter (the light of my life) moved last year. Now there is another granddaughter on the way. I am desperately seeking a position closer to them.

A new job seems to be in the offing, but I won't know until this week. If the job comes through, I will have to throw clothes in a suitcase and leave almost immediately. One would think I would have better sense than to attempt something like this, but staid old lady that I am, I seem to enjoy the challenge of life on the edge.


I have done quite a bit of knitting recently, all for other people. I never seem to get around to knitting for myself although I have several items in my stash that are just waiting for me to get around to them. Many people I know are having babies, so I am enjoying the pleasures of making tiny garments that make folks go "awwwwwwww" in squealy little voices.

I have finished two EZ surplices (pattern found in the spring/summer 2007 VK). For both of them, I used a US size 6 circular needle and a lovely imported English yarn in a DK weight. (Is British DK closer to US worsted weight?) The surplices turned out to be approximately 6-month size, just what I had hoped. The fact that the yarn is acrylic did not bother me in the least. I am one of those practical knitters who realize a new mom does not have a lot of time for handwash/lay flat to dry. The yarn is called "Marble". It has heathery tweedy colors that gently self stripe The first little sweater was for a baby girl. I used the purple/lilac/white yarn. I had two balls of yarn, but I only needed one for the surplice sweater, so I made a cute little hat and booties to match. Sadly, I never got a picture of it - one of those finished the gift moments before it had to be wrapped for the shower. The second was for my daughter's new nephew. It was done in shades of blue/gray/white. I also made a hat to match that one. I haven't mailed it yet. If I can figure out how to post a picture, I will add one later.

My favorite project of the moment is a christening gown for my new grandchild who is expected to arrive in November. I found the pattern online. It is a free pattern called Tapestry by Judy Lamb. You can see it here: I really like this pattern - simple, elegant , and not too girly. We know this baby is a girl, but if I am knitting an heirloom, it should be gender neutral. I am using Filatura diCrosa Zarina (a washable merino - soft, soft, soft!) in white, of course. I will post progress pictures as soon as I learn how to do that.