Sunday, July 18, 2010

Still hazy, hot and humid!

I cannot figure out where this summer is going. Oh wait! Maybe it is flying by as I sit in my recliner reading book after book because it is too hot to do anything else. That's my story and I'm sticking to it, as the saying goes!
I have really been on a reading jag. Mostly Debbie Macomber books. Reading the "Heart of Texas" series now, have one more to read.
I also have been reading "The Cat Who" series. It is really light, fun reading.

The craft projects haven't been totally neglected either, although I'm not working on them with much fervor. What I need to do is get more organized.

Next weekend my Mom and sister are supposed to go camping with me for 2 nights. That should be interesting. We have never done anything like that before. So as always, have book and yarn - will travel :)

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Another hot day

Well today was hot and humid again. We've been having a spell of hot weather already this summer. Got my hair cut this morning and pulled weeds in the garden this evening. That is the highlight of my day so far. Since it is 8:30 PM, I doubt I will do much of anything else, except crochet on the swap project for Ravelry.
Our poor garden took a hit. Even though we had fenced it in, a groundhog burrowed under the fence and ate my lima beans, green bean and yellow bean plants. It looks like most of them may regrow but now it will take longer. Mr. Groundhog made the mistake of showing himself and now he is no longer. Anybody with a garden knows how discouraging it is to plant seeds, watch them grow and then wake up to find them munched to practically nothing!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Another camping trip

This is the year for camping! The fishing has been good, so it doesn't take any arm twisting to get my hubby to go. We ended up staying an extra night because we had rain on Tuesday. I do not care to break camp under soaking wet conditions.

We usually take peanuts with us and feed the chipmunks. This time we had five of them eating out of our hands! We gave three of them names; Gentle, Roughneck and Twice.

Gentle would take a peanut very gently from our fingers. We would be reading a book and hold a peanut by our side and if we weren't paying attention when they came for it, they would react differently. Gentle would touch our fingers and let us know he was there, let go of the peanut now. Roughneck would give the peanut a hard tug and if we didn't let go right away, he would just nip our finger. Not hard, but enough to let us know he wanted that peanut. And Twice was really cute. He lives across the campground road (which is just wide enough for campers to travel), so he needed to make his trips worthwhile. It took me a few times to realize what was going on. If I offered him a small peanut he would stuff it inside his cheek and wait for another one. The second one he just carried in his mouth. After I wised up and realized what he was doing I tried to pick out a small peanut to give him first. We had a blast with them. We'd feed for about an hour and then quit so they could go about their little chipmunk lives. Later in the day we would feed them again for a little bit. Most of the time they stored the peanuts in their holes. We are pretty sure some of them had to do some housecleaning to be able to move around down there.

We camped from Sunday to Wednesday. I read two books and worked on my test project and a swap project. Also did a little fishing. I caught a few trout and a catfish. I'm not the most patient trout fisherwoman, so I usually only fish when they start biting. I wait for hubby to alert me and then go to the lake, which is within walking distance of the campground. We really only learned to lake fish this year. It is a little different than fishing in a stream or river.

Now that we are home reality must raise its ugly head and I have to do some serious housecleaning. I don't know why this year is so difficult for me to get in the mood to spring clean. Maybe I can convince myself to wait until later and make it fall cleaning?

I also have to get to working on the Vancouver Shawl that I am testing. It's a slow go for me because my gauge is smaller than Samantha's suggested gauge. I am using what I had in my yarn stash, and being a shawl I'm not really worried about the gauge. Sam will be able to use it as a reference for her pattern. For some strange reason lately, I haven't been able to just sit and knit or crochet for hours on end like I used to do. I think I need to find a different chair!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Test knit

This is a test knit project called Vancouver Shawl. I'm loving the pattern, but it is a slow go!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Well here it is June already. May was a busy month. We took mini camping trips the last three weekends. Secretly I think it was a means of escaping the inevitable work!
Finally got the garden planted. Now hubby and son are building onto my herb bed so we can have tomatoes right outside the kitchen window, yummy!

I also finished my first Elizabeth Zimmerman project, the rib-warmer. It was the greatest thing to make! I'll add a picture when I get my camera card hooked to this laptop...stay tuned.
Now I want to make the Butterfly Jacket for myself, but that will be down the road a piece.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

I made this shawl for a gal in Ravelry and realized that I absolutely love doing lace knitting!

Now I want to make more shawls and hope to in the near future. I work for yarn and/or cash, if anyone is interested!

This particular shawl was made with "Happy Feet" from Plymouth Yarn Co. It is a merino wool/nylon blend and is a dream to work with. The pattern is Ash Leaf and once you get the pattern in your head, it isn't difficult to do.

I hope the owner is pleased with it. She wanted to do the blocking herself (yeah!), so the photo here is about three-fourths finished. I didn't take a picture of the finished shawl as I was too anxious to mail it to her. (Ok, I admit it, I was also too lazy to lay it out again) :)

Friday, March 12, 2010

Um, I wonder if I will ever be able to keep up?

Right now I am trying to line up some knitting work. I want to do sample knitting mostly, but will also do test knitting.

My goal this year is to get some extra $$$ so I can buy some different yarns to use in my own designs. I have so many sketches and ideas....

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Folded log cabin quilt


This is one that my quilting group did about 5 years ago
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