Friday, November 25, 2005

I'm Baaaack..

All in all, a good trip even though we went back east for the funeral of my husband's aunt. It's always good to see family, regardless of the circumstances. I feel almost guilty I got to profit from it. My DH's cousin gave me a bedspread made by my mother in law as a long ago gift to the recently departed. She said her mom had meant to send it to me for my daughters to keep in the family. Her own mom added a border to it. She snatched if off the bed and gave it to me. We put it in a gym bag and brought it back with us. I washed it and did some very minor repairs. Can you believe this thing is HAND KNIT with fine cotton yarn? It's about 60 years old, made before my MIL's hands were affected by arthritis. Even with her bad hands, she made some extraordinary things, but I had no idea of what she'd done before. I think it's amazing.


When I visited my mom, she gave me the knitting machine she'd bought back in the 1960's and never figured out. I recall trying to read the directions, then explaining them to her. We all thought the machine would do all the work! I spent a lot of time and elbow grease cleaning it up today. It's practically new. I set it up, but haven't yet figured out how to get started. I am encouraged because the center where my hand knitting workshop takes place also offers machine knitting. I had previously spoken to the instructor and he had said if I could get my hands on mom's machine, he'd help me learn how to work it and maintain it. The machine knitting class doesn't have enough machines to go around, so bringing my own machine is ideal. Now I have to find out if the beginner class convenes in Jan or if I have to wait until next fall.

I did not dare bring my knitting on the plane since I'm working with steel size 0 needles. I still got a lot of knitting done while we were on the ground. Finished 2nd sock for DH. I did the first one back in Sep, then did more interesting projects before finally finishing his boring gray sock. He even wore them while we were away. It was cold in Virginia! I then started the socks I plan to give to my brother for Christmas. I sat right in front of him making them, all the while he was whining about me having only made him one pair and he really could use more. I doubt he will even realize they are the same ones.

Friday, November 18, 2005

Leaving town

Going back east to see family. Have a nice Thanksgiving. At least it's a bit colder in Virginia, so I happily packed sweaters.

Sunday, November 13, 2005

I'm ready for Xmas

... at least partially. I finally finished the red Sitcom Chic cardigan meant for holiday wearing. I'd made most of this on the second part of our road trip. The festive button was purchased in Santa Fe, NM. After the holidays, I'll switch it for one in silver.

I made the sleeves full length in deference to San Diego 'winters'. It's in Cotton Ease.

Saturday, November 12, 2005

Black Sweater Done

Just a basic black sweater, but it will get lots of wear. I knit the back and fronts in the car enroute to Minnesota and bought the buttons in Kansas City. It's souvenir sweater #1. I worked on the red Sitcom Chic sweater on the way home to San Diego. Am finishing up the yoke.

The middy collar and button bands are 2 layers and I learned how make bound buttonholes. Maybe my taupe yarn will become one of these too.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

I'm so bad

Forget the impossibly long Knitting Goals and everything else that's going on. As I'm finishing up my black sweater, I note is having free shipping until the 16th. They have the Patons Classic Merino Wool Yarn on sale for $4.99 instead of the usual $5.99. AND if you buy 8 skeins or more, you get 10% off. The dark natural mix will go perfectly with the buttons I picked up a few weeks ago. I like the basic style of the black sweater so much, I'll probably make it again in the taupe. It was a SIGN. So I ordered it.... There's a small corner in my yarn stash closet. 9 skeins don't take up that much room.

I worked the polls this past Tuesday for the 1st time. What a long day! Though we were not overwhelmed, there was a pretty steady stream of voters. Hardly got any knitting done - maybe 2 inches on a sock cuff. I wore my blue Sitcom Chic cardigan and since I was near a door, kept in on all day. One of the voters actually complimented me on the sweater! Oh, my head just swelled. Doesn't take much to make my day.

Sunday, November 06, 2005

I'm going to become a Mother-in-law!

That's my daughter and her FIANCE. He popped the question last night. So far, they are just excited about the entire thing. We are all so happy.

But they are talking this April or May. Whew! I don't even want to think of the details. Neither do they. At least not today.

My diet already started.

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Aren't they cute?

My leftovers socks are done. Toe-up with short row heels. [Got to practice those more. A pain on the unwrap/pick up portion, but they look so good]

They are pretty much the same except where I couldn't match the colorway about mid cuff. The Opal Magic has a long repeat and I was getting to the end. I'm so cheap, I didn't want to waste any of it. There was much weaving in of the ends. To join, I just knit the old and new yarns together for 2 or 3 stitches. Seems secure, but just to be safe, I'll handwash these.