Friday, December 26, 2008

Just a note to let you know I won't be home for a little over a week.
Will miss 2 Saturday Sky's.

Taking knitting with me. Haven't knitted all week, it's been
too busy.

See you all after the New Year.

So, I will be knitting

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Saturday Sky etc.

Took this photo today around 12:30 PM or so. It
snowed like crazy yesterday, and we got about 7
inches. Hubby couldn't get his car up when he got
home yesterday and had to walk up the hill. He
then ran the snow blower on the up and down part,
and was able to get his car up higher, where others
couldn't see it as well. He was afraid someone would
bother it if it was down low. Today, he ran the snow
blower all around so he was able to get his car into
the garage. When you come of out the garage, you
drive a 10th of a mile around the house and to get
down to the bottom, The driveway circles the house.



This is the hat I am making for a friend at Curves.
It appears I have messed up the 2x2 ribbing and need
to redo it. I've been knitting it while watching TV
and most have goofed a couple times. Since it's for
someone else, I should take it out and start again with-
out the TV on.



I've been sick also, which probably didn't help any. I
am on day 4 of a cold. Hope it's done in 7 days.
Don't plan on going to church. There's another snow
storm coming so it might be canceled anyway, but if not
I'm not going. Couldn't sing with the choir at the moment
either. Yes, we are traveling the next two Sunday's, so
such is life. At least I took the gifts for my friend's
last week, so that's done.


We're leaving the day after Christmas. Such fun.
Going to spend some time with youngest son Ben and
family down in North Carolina. I think we'll be
stopping half way and get a hotel. It's a 12 hour
trip and we're old.

Got a package from my parents today. Hubby went to
the post office since I've been sick. They always
send lots of little gifts. I sent them an order
from Figi's.

Hope you all have a very Merry Christmas or whatever
it is you celebrate.

So, I've been knitting

Friday, December 19, 2008

Hi,

No knitting, hardly any reading, I'm sick. No fun. Sorry.

So, no knitting

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Well, no pictures. I think I will have to stop using the
Wordless Wednesday pictures, as I have trouble finding good
shots to put here.

My son hasn't sent the picture of Wynnie's hat yet. Oh well,
maybe after Christmas. We will see them over New Years as
we are going to North Carolina out on the coast for a week with
son and daughter-in-law and granddaughter. If they bring the
hat there, I can take the picture.

I think all the presents for hubby have come and are wrapped
and put away. Poor guy has his birthday 4 days before Christmas,
so he probably gets a Christmas present wrapped in birthday
paper. I remember one year when I forgot and gave him his
birthday present wrapped in Christmas paper. I did do one
thing, I got him a 2 volume set of books and am giving him
the first one at birthday, and either the first one again
at Christmas or the 2nd one, I haven't quite decided yet.
Evidently his sister did that to him one year, giving him
the left boot for his birthday, and the left boot again for
Christmas. Later she gave him the other. So, we will see.

Ice!! The driveway is full of ice. Hubby waited an extra
hour and a quarter before he left for work. He called and
said the streets are ok. But I've had an accident on the
driveway ice before, so not going anywhere until it gets
better. I called the leader at Curves telling her I was
iced in. She didn't blame me. By the way, our driveway
is a tenth of a mile with half of it down a big hill.
Trouble is we live halfway up the hill, oh well.

I got out last night when it was snowing and it wasn't
too bad, but drove at 30 miles an hour going to Weight
Watchers. I lost 2.2 pounds this week, which makes
48 pounds lost. I do have a four wheel drive but
it runs like a front wheel drive until it needs it.
Doesn't help on the down part of the driveway at all.
I do have anti-lock brakes, but even they don't work
on ice very well. Last night the driveway was just
covered with dry snow, so not too bad going down. It
always gets up which is nice anyway.

The one time I had an accident on the drive, I hit some
black ice and hit a tree. No fun.

Luckily I got the mail from the post office yesterday,
so it won't hurt if I don't get there today.

I might ride my exercise bike but we did have to move
it to put the tree up, so not sure it would be good
to ride it where it is. We'll see.

Guess I should put more decorations on the tree. Hubby
had left the lights on our fake tree, so that is done
anyway. I put a few decorations on yesterday. I don't
know, it was more fun when the kids were home.

I haven't cast on again yet for that hat for my Curves
leader. Need to do that. Plan to take it on our trip
and knit on the way there and when there is time during
the week. I'll take something else to knit also as hat's
don't take too long (usually).

So, going to knit

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Saturday Sky

It is very cold, like 20's but very sunny today. After the
ice last night, it's nice to have sun to dry up the wet
places. Took this picture around 2:00, but from inside.
Sorry, but it's just too cold to stick my nose outside at
the moment.



Wouldn't you know I sent the baby's hat to her, and forgot
to take a picture of it. I will email my son and get him
to take a picture of it, maybe on the kid. It turned out
very cute, she can turn up the bottom if it's a tad too big,
or not. I have to email washing instructions as this Mission
Falls 1824 Wool, is a little fussy. Wash in the machine in cool
water by itself and dry in dryer but take it out before dry, and shape
it. That's a little fussy for a couple with a little one.
But maybe it won't need washing too often, right she's a one year
old? Hope the hat fits, it should.

I'm starting another hat, for a friend. Just made the gauge
square. It's going to look very similar to the hat I made for
myself. She likes it, and picked the same yarn when I took
several for her to look at. Once I start knitting it, I will
take a picture. I looked at my knitting diary and though I
had the size needles, I didn't write down the stitches per inch.
Therefore, had to knit the gauge square again.

Oh, Knitty is out for the winter. I spent a lovely hour or so
looking at patterns and reading the articles. It's an online
knitting magazine for people who knit. It's found at
http://www.knitty.com


So, I've been knitting

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Saturday Sky's and updates
(picture heavy if you're dial up)

I took this picture this afternoon. The sky is just plain,
no clouds, etc. It's cold, high of 32 or something.



This is last week's Saturday Sky picture that I forgot to post.
Silly me.



I tried to send these picture to my friend in Denmark and
the email failed. It connected but the site rejected them.

So, decided you could all enjoy some of my Christmas decorations.
You can click on the pictures to make them bigger if you want to
see them better.

This is a tree that my hubby bought at a craft store. It was
just a wood tree with holes. Hubby had a larger set of red lights
so he had to drill more holes, then painted it red, and put his
red lights into it. I like it, hope you do too.



Ok, this a Santa I made years and years ago. It is made with
a rug needle, putting the pieces of yarn into the Santa. It
is filled with newspapers. I also made a tree the same way but
didn't take a picture of it.



This is my collection of Snowmen. I leave some of the them
up all year because I love them, but others were put away with
the Christmas stuff. So, here they all are. I especially like
the two small ones. The one of the left is a small glass one,
and the right one is a Harry Potter Snowman, by Jan Karon, he
has a book on his head.



These two pictures I made years ago. The left is Crewel work,
for those who knows what that is. Outlined background, heavy crewel
yarn, following the pattern to embroider it. The right picture was a
kit of pieces that you had to applique on the background using sequins.



Oh dear I forgot to put the picture I took of my knitting. We
went to a Christmas Party at church last night. There was a
dinner, and there is always time at a dinner to knit, so I finished
the ribbing and started on the rest of the hat in ST. It does it
automatically knitting in the round. I will have to another post
tomorrow with the knitting update. Such is life.

So, I've been knitting

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Saturday Sky

I took this picture around 2:30 this afternoon. It has been
very cold today, as it's been the last few days. Winter has
begun or something.



I didn't take any pictures of knitting. I just cast on and
did a few rows of 2+2 ribbing on a hat for my granddaughter.
You might look back a while and see when I started one in red
long ago. This time I'm knitting it in red again, on the right
size needle, and just making a regular kid hat. I've started
the fancy hat several times in different yarns, and it never
worked. So, this time, it better work, just a plain knit in
the round hat. Well, if it looks like I won't have enough
red, I might put a stripe of one of the other colors, either
the lighter green, or darker green. We'll see.

I did the pocket liners for my sweater. One in the right
size and the other a bit bigger. Now I have to cast on
for the back of the sweater, and haven't done that yet.
I noticed that the back and one arm are knit in one piece,
and I suppose one of the fronts does that also. We'll see.
It would be nice not to have to knit separate sleeves.

The sock is on hold, and will at least till I get
the silly hat done. It's been so frustrating. Here's
hoping.

So, I've been knitting

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Saturday Sky and pictures

It rained like crazy all morning. I woke to rain on
the roof. I took this after it stopped and the sky
has lightened up a bit. It was total gray earlier.



This is a circular needle, one of the cheaper ones that
was all curled up, and needed straitening. So, I got out
my big mixing bowl and filled it with HOT water and
inserted the needle for 10 min. or so. Then I got
it out and straitened it out in a towel to dry it. I
rolled up the towel and pulled it strait. Now it
is sitting on the coffee table, waiting for me to
make a gauge square.



This is the gauge square I made with size 8 circular needle. Don't
worry it's the blue yarn Cascade 220. I had 5 stitches per inch
instead of the needed 4 stitches, therefore I straitened the 9 inch
circular needle to make another gauge square. Now these gauge squares
are actually pocket liners. I figure since I need two, I can make
another one with the 9's and it won't matter if I use them both as
they won't be seen much.



This is a picture of the sweater I've decided to make. I
pulled out the 4 rows I had, to make the gauge squares.
This is the sweater I downloaded from Lion Brand's free
patterns. I like it better as it has pockets.



I knit the first gauge square at my friend's house where I
can teach knitting to anyone who comes. Church members
that is.

We are trying to buy printer ink. The ink for my printer is
cheap, only 9.99 for each color. His printer ink is expensive.
Our computers are hooked together, so he should be able to hook
my printer up to his computer. Oh, wait, he never did quite get
them hooked up together. But he accesses the Internet from in
here, so he should be able to figure it out anyway. I have a
coupon for $6 for Staples which runs out today. My ink is cheap
there. So, he's seeing whether he can figure out how to use my
printer. Mine is also a copier.

So, I've been knitting

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Hi all,

I've not been taking any pictures, silly me.
I went to a friend's house to knit with friends.
Another friend came and knitted with us. Just
three of us today. Sometimes it's only two of us.

It's raining like crazy now. On the way to my friend's
house it wasn't bad, just sprinkling. But when I came
out to go home, it was raining. Such fun. Better
than snow I suppose. It was raining so hard, going
down to the main road from her house, my car slipped
even though it's four wheel drive. Kept my food on
the anti-locks and they stopped me. I was just glad
I had stepped on the brake before I got close to the
stop sign. I drove carefully on the way home.

Did some knitting. I knit a pocket liner, and am
using it for a gauge square. I thought that was
smart. I figured even if the gauge was wrong, I
could still use it for a pocket liner, as you
wouldn't see it. Then I have to knit the other
one also.

So, I've been knitting

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

No pictures again. I have become so frustrated with that hat.
I frogged back a few rows and then picked up stitches, twice.
It still looks awful. I don't pick up stitches very well, even
though I used a smaller needle. Frustrated. Maybe I should try
to make a different hat? But I like this one if I could ever get
it finished.

I found another sweater pattern for the blue yarn
and have to make a gauge square. This one is made on circular
needles so maybe it will go better.

So, knitting and frogging

Monday, November 10, 2008

Just wanted to let you know, yes, I am still around. Forgot to post on the Wordless Wednesday, but didn't have a picture. Then I hadn't updated my knitting so didn't even take a Saturday Sky picture. Well, I worked on the hat. Wouldn't you know I goofed and did a purl row in there. I could leave it, but don't think I will, so need to frog a few rows. What I did as I am knitting in the round, is pick it up backwords for a row. Oh well. I took out the sweater stitches, there was only 4 rows. Thinking I want a top down pattern. Will look over at Lion Brand Patterns and then maybe Revelry. I am a member, but don't do a whole lot there.

So, I've been knitting, and will try to update more often.

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Saturday sky etc. (Warning lots of pictures)

Took this around 2 PM. It's about 60, warmer than it has been.



Hubby is working on the garage doors, getting them
ready to paint and painting them. This is the smaller
garage door which is done. I like it. Asked him to
put some color on them as we have a entire white house,
and it needs some color.


This is the large 2 car garage door. He had painted the cross
pieces the red, but the painter's tape pulled off the old paint,
so here is he working on sanding the whole door.



Here it is closed. Almost ready for paint again.



As I walked around the house after taking the garage door
pictures and took some end of fall pictures.
Enjoy!







Not much knitting this week. So no pictures as they
haven't changed hardly at all. Let's see, did one row
on the baby hat, 1 row on the washcloth, and nothing at
all on the sweater. Will have to do more than that to
get these things done.

So, I've been knitting a tad

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Saturday Sky and knitting updates

It was raining when I took this picture around 1:30 today.
Sky doesn't look too bad, but it was raining.



This is the washcloth that I use for waiting places.
Haven't had to wait anywhere this week, but did knit
on it during commercials last night.



This is the cardigan I started. I think I've done
4 rows so far. Been trying to work on the hat for
Wynnie.



The story of the hat for Wynnie. I had started in this
color but decided I didn't like it much, and ordered the
correct colors from Webs. Look down a few posts to see it.
First balled the two colors, and took them to my knitting
at a friend's house. I started with the center end, and
started knitting a gauge square, and after a few rows,
ran into knots. The yarn is so soft that it sticks together.
The outside yarn got tangled with the inside yarn. I worked
for a long time trying to untangle everything. Finally did,
and started to pull more of the inside yarn out and
out came more and more knots. I got so frustrated,
I threw the yarn across the couch. I hadn't brought
any other projects or yarn, so I was stuck.
So, when I got home, I looked at it and it was
so tangled that, I decided to make the make the
hat with the original yarn, and that's as far as
I've gotten so far. Maybe I'm not supposed to
knit this hat, I don't know.



Well, Wynnie is one year old, and maybe she won't
care which yarn I use. There will be the flowers
on the brim, and there's a picture of the pattern
down a few posts.

Tonight we are driving up to Scranton for a Church
meeting. It will be dark and raining and hubby and
I are not looking forward to driving up there tonight.
It's bad enough to drive in rain during the day.
Oh, well, such is life.

So, I've been knitting

Saturday, October 18, 2008

No Saturday Sky, just Granddaughter

Well, on Friday morning around 10 AM we left home and drove
down to Baltimore. We checked into our Hotel, and then drove
over to our Son's house and I took pictures of them. So, you
will have to suffer a few photos.

This one was taken of the 3 of them, our youngest son,
his wife and their baby. (well, she's 1 now, walking
and talking) She didn't warm up to her Grandma and
Grandpa visiting, so just resorted to photos.



This one was actually with her Father, but I seemed to
have cut off his head so edited him out. Isn't she
a sweetie?



This is my favorite photo of her. She just turned her
head at the right moment. Our Granddaughter. We
won't mention she is the 5th grandchild, but the
one that lives the closet to us and is accessible.



So, after having a take out dinner with them, we
went back to the hotel. No picture there, sorry.
This morning, after a terrible night sleep, I
never sleep well in a hotel, we went to the
Temple. Our in car GPS thing changed her tune
and first had us one road, and then changed
us to another. Odd. We had to stop for
breakfast as the hotel's was expensive. So we
finally found a McD's and ate a quite breakfast
there, which made us that much later for the
Temple. It turned out okay, as we were able
to do work for relatives of hubby's. And
then we got to the meeting we went down
for, so that turned out well.

After the Temple we tried to find lunch,
and had trouble with that too. Finally
we found a Mexican Restaurant and ate
there, without the GPS recommendation.
We got home here around 5:40 or so I
think. Hubby has just gone to bed as
he was very tired. I am somewhat
tired but seem to have gotten a second
wind or something, but will go to bed
soon.

I did some knitting on the washcloth
in the car. Managed to do it without
getting car sick which was good.

So, I've been knitting

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Saturday Sky and some Updates

It is a nice day here in the Poconos, a tad more chilly
than I care for but hubby is working outside banging. I
think he is working on the gutters.



This is our Relief Society dinner. Not all are shown on this
picture, but you wouldn't know the people anyway. My friend
in Denmark has a small Relief Society and I wanted to show
her how many women we have in ours.



I cast on for another washcloth. It's easy knitting for
when I go to places where I am going to talk to people,
like knitting groups or going to do while waiting for
the doctor or dentist.



I have just cast on 129 stitches for the back of the
sweater I am making. It will be a cardigan, the
pattern came from The Knitter's handy book of sweater
patterns.
The yarn is Cascade 220 in the Summer
Sky color.



This is the new yarn I got for Wynnie's hat. The yarn is
Jill Eaton's Merino and the tags don't say the color name.
Obviously the hat will be the green and the light green
will be the outside of the flowers that will go on the
brim. I will use the red that I was trying to knit the
hat from, for the center of the flowers. You can look
back several posts and see the pattern.



Nothing much happening around here but knitting. Oh I am
reading also. That cuts the knitting time a bit.

So, I've been knitting

Friday, October 10, 2008

Book Meme
A meme from Booking Through Thursday.

What was the last book you bought?
The Taking, by Dean Koontz.

Name a book you have read MORE than once

Oh, I reread lots of books, but mostly
Jan Karon's Father Tim series, and the
Harry Potter Series. I'm also rereading
The Work and the Glory series by Gerald
Lund.

Do you prefer Fiction or Non-Fiction?

I read mostly fiction, but pick up
non-fiction occasionally, usually
when I want to learn about something.

What was the last book you’ve read, and when was it?

Well, I just finished Hunting Season,
by Nevada Barr, and loved it.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Wordless Wednesday


click photo to make bigger.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Saturday Sky etc.

I took this right before I ate lunch around 12:30 PM. It's
been raining the last couple days, and might just do it today
also, we'll see.



I've been having such trouble finding a gauge for the hat
I making for Wynnie. I made 3 gauge squares with needle size
8, then 7, then 9. You don't see the 7 because I forgot to
put the yarn through the last stitch, so it unraveled in the
wash today. I washed it with a load I was doing, and then
pinned them to the blocking board to dry. Maybe then, it will
show the gauge better. Of course it will end up to need to the
size 7, but hope not. I think the size 9 needle gauge might be
right. Come back another day to see which one is right.



I have to put together a salad to take to church for a dinner
before the Woman's General Conference Broadcast tonight.
The meal is at 6:30 and the Conference is at 8 PM.

I also need to roll the hanks into balls for the sweater
I want to knit. Once I move the blocking board I can do that.

So, I've been knitting

Friday, September 26, 2008

New Yarn

Yesterday, Thursday the 25th of September, I was in East
Stroudsburg teaching knitting at a friend's house there.
After knitting, I went to the closest yarn shop to her
house, called Mountain Knits and Purls. I have decided
to knit a plain sweater, just to able to say I can knit
a sweater, and hopefully it will fit.

This is Cascade 220 in the color Summer Sky 7815. It's 100%
Peruvian Highlands Wool. It has 220 yards. I got all 8 of
their skeins, as I am not a little person. I will be making
the Cardigan pictured. It cost about $6.95 a skein.



I also bought this yarn, for that cute hat pictured. The dark
green is the main color. I wanted a cuter green, but this is all
the Mission Falls had. The lighter green will make the flowers
and the red is just the center of the flowers. The first gauge
swatch I made in the green wasn't right, so using a one size
smaller needle, I am making another gauge swatch using the red
instead. Such fun.

The yarn is Mission Falls 1824 Wool, 100% Merino Superwash. The
pattern wants 9 stitches per 2 inches and I only got 8 stitches
per 2 inches. Actually the pattern called for 18 stitches per 4
inches, and that's just not logical with a 4 inch swatch. So I
just halved it. Could have gone to 1 inch but that would 4.5,
so decided to do the 2 inches. Easier to count.
If you have trouble seeing the yarn in this picture, click
on it to make it bigger.



It's been raining most of the day, mostly on hard, then light,
then hard again. Whatever, just wet.

So, I've been knitting

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Saturday Sky

I took this pic around 7:00 PM. Nothing like waiting
till the last minute to take it. It's dark by 7:30.



No update on the socks as I haven't picked them up at all.
Silly me. Not too long ago, I downloaded a pattern for
a cute kid's hat I want to make for a granddaughter. But
want to finish the socks first. Does that mean I won't get
to the hat for quite a while? Guess so.

So, no knitting

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Saturday Sky, etc.

Took this photo this afternoon, it was very humid out.
The sky looked like it may rain sometime today. I don't
think it did though. Rained all day yesterday instead
maybe.



This is the sock I've been working on slowly. Not very far
yet. Using Paton's Kroy Socks yarn in color Winter Eclipse.
On two size 3 circular needles in the 24" length. I don't like
double pointed needles.



We gave blood for the red cross today. They were at Pocono
Raceway. You drive in under the track I think. They set
up in the infield or something. There were several cars
going around the track for practice or something. Although
someone said there was a SUV in among the cars. Odd.
Hubby's cousin was here today, he came in time to go give
blood, but he couldn't donate as he lives with someone who
has hepatitis. But he took pictures and things while we
gave blood. I haven't been able to give it for a while as
my iron has been low but today it was good. I remember the
first time long ago, when I gave blood, I passed out. Then
I discovered if I eat before giving blood, I'm fine.

Hubby cooked hamburgers and sausages for lunch. The hamburgers
were fine, but he undercooked the sausages. Turns out neither
of them liked the sausages as they were Chinese Sausages with
some of kind of sauce. They said they were sweet not hot which
they would prefer. I think I bought two packages for one price
and maybe the Chinese ones were under the first regular package
when I picked them both up thinking they were the same. Oh well.
There are 3 of those yucky sausages in the freezer. Wonder if
they will ever get eaten.

So, I've been knitting

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Saturday Sky

Just took this at 5:40 PM. It's been an overcast sky
with a little rain at one point. Seems that blue sky
is now peeping out.



As for knitting, I haven't done a thing. Can't seem to
pick up the needles on those socks and get busy.

Yesterday hubby tried a different type light in my range
hood, which didn't work, and then put in the old bulb while
it was still on, and blew the fuse in the thing. He took it
all apart to put the new fuse in, and then the lights still didn't
work. When he took out the switch assembly to see what was
wrong, he broke one of the switches. One problem after
another. The dumb thing was working fine, and now it's all
in pieces. We went out looking this afternoon and he decided
he might like a microwave range hood. But we decided we needed
to come home and measure. Sure enough, we don't have enough
room for a microwave. So, at this point, no range hood, just
the shell is there. Maybe Monday we can look at regular range
hoods again before or after the church picnic.

Hope you all have a great holiday weekend.

So, no knitting

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Saturday, August 23, 2008

'A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.'

I took this Saturday Sky picture this afternoon around 4:30 PM.
It is a beautiful day here in the Poconos. Temps in the low
80's. No rain. Great day. Hubby did work on the driveway
patching holes. Can't even drive my car unless hubby drives
it down for me. Silly.



I'm using a pattern from this book by Ann Budd, called 'Knitting
Socks'. I'm using 7 inches an inch with size 3 circulat needles
with Patons Kroy Socks yarn in Winter Eclipse color which is
basically blue.



I'm not very far with this sock yet. Haven't knitted all week,
it was last Saturday when I last picked it up. Yes, I know
it's the only thing on my needles at the moment so no excuse.



Been a tad busy, listening to an audio book, by Robert Ludlum,
reading a book by Dean Koontz, doing crossword puzzles, cleaning
etc. I looked at the small bag of sock yarn and needles, but
didn't pick them up. Oh well.

I'm cooking a slow cooker recipe of a Weight Watchers,
Lasagna Stew. Using gluten free lasagna noodles for
the first time. Hubby can't eat much gluten products.
It was put into the cooker in layers, but I can't quite
see how it will be to get it out of the slow cooker.
I think it will look a mess, but it should taste good
anyway.

By the way, I joined Weight Watchers about 4 1/2 weeks
ago and have lost 12.4 pounds so far. Much more to
go though.

So, no knitting this week