Saturday, September 26, 2009

Catching Up

This is the Virginia Creeper that grows "in" the corner of my yard.  From whence it came, I really do not know.  The neighbor who shares the fence at the back of our yard, when I told her how beautiful I think it is in the fall, suggested I train it along the fence we share.  So I did.  And then, once it was going along nicely and about to turn red, the fellow who does her yardwork whacked it right off.  I'm talking four or five feet of growth.  Oooh that burns me up.  We were going to have our annual fall family photos in front of it!  I don't know if this was an intentional assault or not, but alas! no beautiful, red-leafed background for photos this year. 

So...  What else has been going on around here?  We are quickly approaching my sister's wedding date, and have lots of little buzzings surrounding that.  Zoom told me this morning he does not want to be the "ring boy."  Then this evening, I told him that he did not have to be in the wedding if he really didn't want to be and he said, "Oh fine.  I'll be the ring burier."  Or is that barrier? 

In the past year of knitting - oh hey!  I've been knitting a year!!  So as I was saying, everything I've tried has just magically fallen off my needles as if I was born to knit. 
Until now. 
I really wanted to make myself a sweater for the aforementioned family photos, and Marly assures me that I'm well qualified.  Apparently, though, I'm not.  I searched and searched for a free, cute pattern I could manage in a week or two, and I finally settled on the February Lady Sweater, which more than 6,000 people have accomplished.  I'm figuring, if more than 6,000 people have made it, it must be simple.  It must be cute.  The pattern must be easy to follow.  I have found that the pattern is easy to follow but I just can't get the lace pattern.  I can't.  And I don't have time for all the ripping and redoing I'm doing.  Finally, I gave up on that and am, disappointingly, resorting to the non-lace version that I've seen.  Which, I'm sure, will be just as beautiful, but I'm doing it because I couldn't manage the lace.  I feel like a failure, I really do.  I have gone over and over it.  I have done lace knitting before.  The only thing I can figure is that my needles are not ideal.  I am using the bamboo circulars that I happened to have instead of the Addis I love, because I don't have long enough Addis.  The joint from the cable to the tip has a sort of lip, and as I am a tight knitter, I think my YOs are getting hung up on the seam of the needle.  So even though the back side is all purls, my YOs are getting all out of order as I try to slide them back on the needle.  It is SO aggravating.  And I don't know how many FLSs I will need but I suspect I will need at least two because I have to finish this one, and I am going to have to prove to myself that I can do it.  But I'm going to have to prove that after the holidays.  ARGH.  I have even stayed up until 2 in the morning a couple of nights, trying to find an alternate lace pattern.  I have finally concluded that it is just not meant to be at this point.  I think I am also suffering from no-time-with-Marly-or-Judy, lately, and my needles have lost their magic.  So if you must know, this has been consuming my mind, and I really didn't have time for consumption, so the house is less than tidy these days and the fellas in the house are not pleased.  I spent the afternoon today cleaning the basement and one of the bedrooms so hopefully this trend continues and everyone will be happy. 

I also knitted my sister a little evening bag.  I am still not sure if I love it or if it is just okay.  It's really cute, but I'm a knitter, and she's not, and I am not sure if it suits the occasion.  I do like it a lot more now that I've added the sparkly beads!  I need to line it and then hopefully I'll have some pictures to show you.

I have joined a reading group, which I've always wanted to do.  I couldn't get to the first meeting, where they established some guidelines and picked a book.  We are reading The Shack; I'm only a chapter or two in, so don't tell me about it if you've read it!  We'll be reading a book a month, and everyone gets to pick a book when their month comes up.  I have no idea what I'll pick but I think I'm halfway down the list.  The rules stipulate "no bodice-rippers or serious sci-fi unless you have a convincing presentation."  I don't know why, I thought that was funny.  So I guess the field is wide open.  

Well, here I am going on and on.  I didn't realize I had so much to share, but then you should know me by now, right?  

Oh, my mother-in-law won some beautiful alpaca yarn today at the fairgrounds and thought I would like it.  It's beautiful!  I looked for a link to this company / farm but was unsuccessful; maybe I'll be able to find one once I have a finished object to share. 

And, I am making a Halloween quilt, by machine! and it is so cute.  By that, I mean I am enjoying the fabrices, although it is just a simple square block.  Hopefully a picture of that to show, soon, too. 

Happy last few days of September to you! 

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Pumpkin-colored Roses

We're halfway through September already!  I hope your last week of Summer is lovely.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Pop the Top on THAT!

Today, we had a family bridal shower for my sister which I helped plan and my mother-in-law graciously agreed to host in her home. It was to be a garden shower, but Autumn arrived today, complete with a cool drizzle so instead, we had the shower inside. It’s hard to say what the best thing about the shower was. We had lots of great brunch fare including muffins, breads, homemade cinnamon rolls, breakfast casseroles, fruit, chocolate covered strawberries, and cake pops. I enjoyed seeing lots of people I love but haven’t seen lately. There was a LOT of laughing, which was just what I had hoped for. We played a game where we had teams of four or five ladies and the team worked together to come up with as many movies as they could that included weddings, proposals, or wedding preparations. (I love the scene in Sleepless in Seattle where Meg Ryan’s and Bill Pullman’s characters are registering for china.) I didn’t realize this was going to be such a competitive group; ladies can surprise you!

Then we did this thing you might have heard of… Someone discreetly takes notes of what the bride-to-be says while she is opening gifts. When they are all unwrapped, said discreet person reads these exclamations aloud with the preface of “things you might heard the Bride say if you were standing outside the honeymoon suite…” Some of my favorites were, “Pop the top on that!” and “I hope I’m not being timed on this.”

The frivolity continued outside when we took a few group shots and someone tried to get the silly faces going. As you can see, my sister never fully recovered from that. There were lots of lovely pictures taken in my mother-in-law’s garden.

I did not think my cake pops came out too well, but it was my first time using Candy Melts. A little experience would have served me well. Not to mention, a plan for what to do with them after they were made! I ended up stacking them up on a platter. Although I did think I came up with an ingenious way of stacking them in the freezer, using ice cube trays to elevate the second tray! Everyone said they were great; I never did try them. I thought my sister-in-law’s strawberries were fantastic.

I received a half bushel of cucumbers from a friend this week, and tried my hand at pickles! We hear they’ll be splendid by Thanksgiving. I hope they are!

And I can finally show you one of the gifts I made this summer: socks for my mom. I snuck some pictures while we were at her house in July because I thought the mountain meadow scenery would be a great backdrop for their vivid colors. We’ll see if my mom becomes a handknit sock lover.

Pattern: Monkey by Cookie A.
Yarn: Scout’s Swag

Please forgive my post with the pictures weighing down the left side of the space. I was fine with the way Blogger used to load pictures, but apparently my comfort was not a high priority.

Friday, September 11, 2009


So many people have worked to make this country great. 
Let's do our part, and let's remember to enjoy it. 

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Autumn Rings

It just so happened that I ordered Baby Boo pumpkin seeds back in January.  When I did a little photo shoot today to see if I could finally get a good shot of my sister's and her fiance's rings, I spied this little fellow out of the corner of my eye.  I knew it would be perfect.  After all, she's getting married in October! 

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Labor Week

Finally, we have some red tomatoes!  There's nothing like home grown. 
This week, I am determined to get some things done.  BFJ took the week off; yesterday I cleaned the car out (I'm $.37 richer, now) and he straightened up the garage.  We have several things we could be doing today but I'm having a hard time getting started.  I had in mind that I would make a ship, but I can't find exactly what I'm looking for in the garage.  I guess I should have cleaned it myself! 

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Full Moon

We were at my parents' over the weekend and I was alerted by several people in the house that I should go out and get some shots of the full moon.  So I did! 

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Happy September!

PS How happy are we to have Giambi?