Tuesday, September 30, 2008

S is for Seascape

When I last left off, I was deciding how to fix my Seascape. Thank you for all your supportive comments. They helped a lot. I decided to rip it out and do it again. First, a life line.

Then scissors. Very scary. After picking up and re-knitting, back to the blocking. Looking pretty good.

And the final results:

Maybe not as perfect as I wanted, but pretty good considering the terrible blow.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

OMG, OMG, OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So I'm done soaking and rinsing my Seascape Stole and I'm laying it out to start blocking and this is what I see! I must have caught it on something, I have no idea. But I'm not freaking out and screaming calm now and I have a little more perspective on this.

I can try to fix it, but the yarn is really thin; or I can undo it and knit that part again. It's just the sixteen repeats at the end so I think that's my best option. Of course I'm open to any ideas, now that I'm calm.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

The Talented Mr. Truck

I've been away for a bit, and I really don't like the "I've been a bad blogger" explanation but we've had a crisis here. My Mother-in-law was involved in a serious car accident and we've been totally focused on her for over a week. She's fine, or she will be soon, but it's taken all our time and energy making sure of her care. So that being said, back to blogging.

I talk a lot about all the things I do and I've mentioned things other people make but I've recently realized I haven't said anything about how talented Mr. Truck is. He makes things out of wood and I thought I'd show you some. I tell him what I want and show him a picture and then I get it. Amazing. This is a bench for the bottom of our bed that I saw in a Crate & Barrel catalog. I need to get a cushion and some baskets for the cubbyholes, but it's just what I wanted.

And this is a TV stand that I saw in a store. All it needs are the glass in the doors. Mr. Truck wants to learn to cut glass but I think we'll just buy it. Sounds dangerous to me.

And this was one of a few hot plates he made for Christmas last year. And no we didn't drink all the wine, we were collecting corks from everyone for quite a while. I have to claim the credit for gluing them, though. I'm the one with the hot glue gun.

This makes all the tools I've bought him (and I'm not even sure what they all are) so worth it.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

R is for Raspberry Jam

When we first moved to our house, the garden had gone wild. I don't think anyone had pruned the shrubs since it was first built. I inherited some very strange plants and most of them had to go but one thing I got was raspberries. I've gardened since I was very young, my grandma was an incredible gardener and I seem to have inherited her green thumb, but I'd never grown raspberries. Mine set fruit twice a year and are determined to take over the vegetable garden no matter what we do, but look what we get!

One thing I do with them is make freezer jam. It's the recipe off the Sure Jell package and couldn't be easier. Mash the raspberries,

Add the sugar, and it always seems like such a lot.

Boil the Sure Jell,

stir it all together and freeze.

So good, but a little messy.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

What to do in a Hurricane and Some Exciting News

Hurricane Hanna was on her way and we were expecting heavy rain and some wind with a flood advisory, so what do we do? Go to Ikea. I've been reorganizing a bit (and that's a really long story for another time) and I wanted to get a new cupboard for my knitting. So we drove through the rain and wind and found what I wanted. And ate the meatballs. I bought this bookcase with these doors, and Mr. Truck got to play with his tools and put it all together. And now it looks like this. I can't show you the rest of the room because I'm painting the bookshelves and it's all topsy-turvy. But my stash and needles and books are all organized now.

Now for the exciting news: Maryeb has nominated me for a Brillante Weblog Award. I'm so flattered. Thank you so much!

Now it's my turn to pass it on to seven bloggers. I think I'm going to pick seven people who have commented recently since there are so many amazing blogs to choose from. So here, in no particular order, are my nominees:

minding my own stitches

Go check out their blogs if you haven't already. They all have so much to share.

And more in the exciting news category I won a prize in the Ravelympics! Woo hoo! I was picked for a surprise prize and I can't wait to see it. Actually, I don't even care what it is, I've never won anything before, so I know I'll love it. I'll let you know as soon as it arrives.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Q is for

I've got no Q. I've wracked my brain, read every q in the dictionary, asked for help and I have no q. I thought Q is for quilt but I don't quilt. I bought this in the Amish country. It's a teeny tiny quilt in a frame. It's all I could afford. The Amish quilts are amazing and worth every penny but way over my budget.

Evan and Olivia's mommy has made some quilts but they're hers. She made this one for me for Christmas. A quilt and a matching pillow. I love it, especially because she made it.

It has a pocket for my feet.

And then I realized I do have a Q. Actually, a queue, bigger than most. I have 243 projects in my queue and I keep adding. I want to make everything but probably I won't. I keep saying that I'm leaving my queue in my will.

If you look closely, there are nine, count 'em nine, pages in my queue. Is that a record?

So I do have a Q after all and it was staring me in the face all the time.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

End of Summer of Socks 2008

My KAL mania is drawing to a close. Ravelympics is done and now it's September, so Socks of Summer 2008 is officially over. I didn't win a prize but I had a lot of fun and I knit five pairs of socks. Two are Christmas presents and that's convenient. One is a toe up pattern, that's new for me. Three are for me and I like that.

So now I'm moving on to the swap stage. Have you read the Outlander Series? I read the first one in the early 1990's and I've been hooked ever since. There's an Outlander Group on Ravelry and we're having an Outlandish Swap. So this may become my new addiction, you never know.