Saturday, January 24, 2009

Hi All,

Thanks for visiting my blog. Today I've been re-learning ribbing
stitch. I always seem to do ribbing when busy looking or doing
something else. Then I screw it up. Such fun. I took a Magic
Loop class. I had so much trouble with the needle kinking and
making mistakes, that when I was doing the ribbing finally, I
screwed it up somewhat. I didn't care that much, and kept knitting,
but the second class she made me take it out. Told me if I had
that much trouble, I should just knit a roll up hat plain.

I'm wasn't ready to do that, but did that in the class to make
the teacher happy. So, today, I got some yarn I don't use for
anything else in a light color, and tried it. Think I've got it
down now, knit the purls and purl the knits. Yes, I've been knitting
for 12 or 13 years and should know that. Call it a Senior moment.

So, I think when I retry the hat yet again, I will do it on two
circular needles like I'm used to, and follow her pattern and
make the hat. If I have to do it without looking at TV or listening
to iPod, I will.

I suppose I'm not the most careful knitter.

So, I've been knitting


Monday, January 19, 2009

Snowy Trees

Just as it was getting light I looked out my dining
room window, and saw these trees just touched by
snow and had to take the picture. I think they
are just pretty.

I knitted 3 rows of the hat. It's 108 stitches so takes
a while, yesterday, need to another row or two to get
enough done before the next couple rows.

A couple boys came over today to sled. One called
first and asked. I told them sure. A relative
dropped them off as our driveway was snowy. They
must have sled for about 2 hours. I lent them a
sled we had, as the two of them had only 1 sled.

That was my excitement for the day I suppose.

I downloaded Lifeform today, as I only have it
on 3 in disks and my new computer only has a
CD/DVD drive. So I had to pay for it. Maybe
I should have told Lifeform place that I had
it on disks, but couldn't use it. Oh well.
It was just $29.

So, I've been knitting

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Hello all,

Even though I don't have a Saturday Sky, I figured
I could still blog.

I think I have finally figured out ribbing. Here
I've been knitting for 12 years or so, you think
I would have found out before, silly me. Maybe
I did find out once, but then forgot, who knows.
Knit the knits and purl the purls. Maybe some
of the problem was I wasn't sure which stitch was
which. Maybe it's because I'm old, or something.

I made Zucchini Lasagna for dinner,(new recipe.)
Not the best tasting Lasagna even if it was only
5 Weight Watcher points for 1 piece. I assume
a meat lasagna would be more points? I'll have
to check. There is a lot of Zucchini Lasagna
left though and we should eat it, especially
before it goes bad, whenever that would happen.
It was only 2 levels, isn't a regular Lasagna
3 levels I think. I guess it's been a long time
since I made lasagna as it's a lot of fussy
steps. I used to make it a long while ago, and
I remember we used to use Sweet Italian Sausage
instead of hamburger. I might have to make one
like that again and just leave enough points for
dinner, how ever points that is.

Weight Watchers works! I am determined to lose
all the weight and keep it off. I have to lose
about 120 pounds. I've lost 57 so far. All ready
went down 2 sizes of pants. Ordered more underwear
also. Not too much, as it still is a ways to go.
One of the great things about Weight Watchers
is that you eat anything you want, just count
the points. At this point I get 26 points a
day. There is also every week, 35 weekly pts.
that you can use however you want. If you don't
use the weekly points, you lose weight faster.
I tend to use maybe 10 weekly points during a
week. But I lose 2-3 pounds every week, anyway.

Don't ask me when I started Weight Watchers.
I think it might have been October but not sure.
Oh, I had my 08 planner out for something else and
looked and it appears I joined on 22 July 08, So
I was wrong about October. In all that time I've
only missed 3 meetings. 1.sick 2. on vacation,
3. Icy driveway and I won't drive on it when it's
icy. Had an ice accident twice, once on the drive
way. So, ice I stay home.

I was charging my Palm Pilot before dinner.
When I started cooking, I put it up off the
counter onto some boxes. I was in the middle
of putting sauce on the lasagna when the
Palm slid off the box into the lasagna sauce.
Luckily it's in a case and only a tad got on
the actually Palm. Most was on the button tab
that got that sauce. Also the tab and the bottom
of the holder are leather or fake leather. Any-
way, it's easy to clean. only a tad got on the
bottom of the case which is a fabric of some sort.

I've been knitting on the hat with the Magic
Loop thing. I finished the ribbing, and next
is knit for 3 rows or 1 in and 1/8 long.
The pattern we were given, as I got it in a magic
loop class, is doing a checkerboard effect
at one point. So lots of different stitches
in this silly hat. It is wool, which will
be warmer than the acrylic hat I made which I
wear now. I've had the hardest time with the
Addi Turbo needle I got. It's not like the
others I have. The cable is awful. I've
taken off the stitches trying to get the cable
to relax twice. I finally got it somewhat relaxed,
although the magic loop workings make it not
relaxed somewhat. I need to figure out how to
put in a safety line. Wonder if Knitting
Help has a video on that. Otherwise when
I make a mistake, I have to do take it all
out. Oh, one of the times when I was trying
it again, I somehow got the yarn stuck between
stitches somehow. Got it stuck so tight
I couldn't knit it anymore. When I tried
to unravel it, I couldn't even do that it
was so tight. So I cut it off the yarn,
and tossed it. Being very careful this time
so that doesn't happen again. I watched a
couple magic loop videos and figured out
what I what I did.

So, I've been knitting, frogging, knitting
frogging, knitting, etc.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Saturday Sky and New Years trip

I took this picture around 5 tonight or maybe a tad earlier.
As you can tell from the trees, it is snowing.

Ok, the rest of these pictures are in no special order, I
goofed when putting them in, and I tried moving a couple
and then it's too hard to figure where they go. Anyway,
this is the lighthouse on the outer banks of North Carolina,
in Hatteras. It was the nicest one. You couldn't go in it
but just take pictures of it outside. There was a museum
to the side of it, maybe in the lighthouse guide's old house.

This happens to be a picture on the very long bridge tunnel,
well really the seagulls on the bridge. We took that bridge
both going and coming home. I think this picture is from
the trip home. I think it's cool that I got one taking off.
They were all sitting there on the fence, when I was getting
ready to take the picture and just as I snapped it, the middle
one started to take off.

Now this picture is on the outerbanks near the house we rented with
our youngest, his wife and baby. This is Ben and my husband trying
to fly a kite. It wasn't real windy that day, and you had to get the
kite up really high so it get the wind up there. (sorry I didn't get
any pictures of the kite. Later in the week, it got extremely windy
and cold. Ben and his wife tried to get it up later
on the very windy day, and don't think they had any luck.

I took this picture of this lighthouse. It was on the way home,
we stopped to see it. Can't tell you where exactly it was, but
somewhat north of where we stayed. It's just a plain one, we liked
the Hatterus one the best. We saw another one farther out on the
way home, it had the stripes squarely around, so a little different
than the lower ones, but didn't stop for pictures. We wanted to get
to hubby's sister and brother-in-law house.

Ok, this is back near the house we rented, it's Ben and his wife
flying the kite. You can see the handle in his hands. The kite
is way up there, and not in the picture.

These last two pictures are of Wynnie, our granddaughter. This
one is a closeup, or as close as I could get without disturbing

Here she was digging in the sand or something. Couldn't quite tell.
She's about 1 yr 9 months old. Her birthday I think is in March.

Well, I didn't take any pictures of the hat I'm making. I worked
on it a lot on vacation, then ran out of yarn while doing the
decreases near the top. I'll try to remember to take a picture
of the finished hat when I get it finished. Need to do it.

I also took the first class of two, about making a hat
on one 40" circular needle. I bought the needle that
night as I didn't have a size 8 40" circular. It was quite
tightly curled and didn't want to behave. So, I did a couple
rows, figured out that from the teachers instruction and then
left early, as I knew how to do it, and I needed to soak that
needle in hot water for a while. I won't cast on again until
the hat is finished. The next class is in 2 weeks.

So, I've been on vacation, and did some knitting.