Archive for February, 2007


Perhaps it’s just me, but every time I look at the beginning of my Clementine Shawlette (Spring 2007 IK) I think…

Hmmm, I appear to have just knitted a codpiece.

Oh, I’ll keep knitting it, but I’ll never get that out of my mind. I have to keep myself from calling it my “Codpiece Shawlette.”
Ok – that’s just disturbing, however, now it’s all I think of when I see it. Perhaps I’m slightly warped.
Perhaps I’ve just tainted it for you all, too. So sorry.

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Real Life Interrupts

The view from my walk this morning… kind of cool and ominous at the same time. Yep, I do believe it’s gonna rain today.

But, I have new yarn to keep me company. Too bad I just can’t set all the work, and laundry, etc, etc, aside and curl up and knit. Rain and knitting just go together. But, no. People get testy when there are no groceries. They get a little grumpy when all that’s left is my non-fat milk. I get comments about having to drink the “blue milk” – or as they call it, “shooting the rapids.” My son made the comment that all that was left in the fridge for lunchmeat was “farty little bags of crapity.” Well, that’s descriptive. Guess I gotta to to the store.

I also used the last of the coffee this morning… now, that’s where I’ll get testy in the morning, if there’s no coffee. All I want is a half a cup… but I really WANT my half a cup.

Come on family…. it’s not all about you… it’s all about me, and my knitting. Hmmph… they’re not buying it.

So, for your (MY) enjoyment…. some KnitPicks Ambrosia in Mulled Wine, for my Clementine Shawlette. I know I’m always saying “this stuff is the softest” about whatever I seem to be knitting with at the time… but, really…. baby alpaca and cashmere – this really IS the softest. I’ll be buying this again, and again.

The blue is Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran, for the Cocktail Capelet, also out of the newest IK. Cashmerino….mmmmm. A very close second for softest yarn.

I’ll set it out where I can see it, and feel it…. while I walk by with another load of laundry :o(

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Dorothy’s View

It was supposed to rain today.

We were afraid it was going to rain today.

But, this is the beautiful view I had this morning. This is the view from our little cemetery, where I said goodbye today to an amazing woman.

God is good.

The sun was shining, everything was crystal clear – as it only looks after a rain. Beautiful blue skies, where we could look across our little valley and town, to the snow glistening on our mountain tops – new snow from last night.

We stood there and mourned our loss, celebrated her life, heard the gospel preached, and there was untold joy knowing Dorothy was no longer in an earthly, cancer-ravaged body, but whole and new, rejoicing with her Lord… and this was our view.

God is good.

I will sit tonight and knit, with my family all safe under our roof, with a slight sadness still in my heart, but even more, the unspeakable joy of knowing this is not goodbye. Knowing that this world, as beautiful as it can be, is not my home. I, too, will someday be home with my Lord.

And this gives me peace.

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Ene’s Shawl is momentarily stalled.

No knitting going on here.

I’m sick….. icky head cold.

I’m REALLY whiny. Just ask Kaity. She’s just had just about enough of me and my whining. I do NOT make a good sick person.

I am SOOOO thankful God has blessed me with good health – I am SOOOO thankful I have not had to deal with a chronic illness. I can’t even get through a head cold without whining.

I know God will bring me through anything that comes my way, in that I have complete faith.

But my family might leave me.

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The Home Stretch

My youngest daughter’s boyfriend has been gone to church camp all weekend – a 3-day weekend.

She’s sad, she’s lonely… she’s drawing UN-happy faces on everything….
She told me yesterday – you don’t miss daddy this much when he’s gone…. I tried to explain that of course I do – but after 25 years I’ve figured out whining doesn’t help the time go faster and no one really wants to hear it anyway….

She didn’t buy it.

Kaity told her, “6 months ago you didn’t even know him… now you can’t take it if he’s gone for 3 days?”
“Well, I didn’t know what I was missing then….” she whines.
Young Love…. she’s driving us crazy.
This morning she says, “It took him 6 hours to get there, and they’re leaving to come home today at 12:00…. so he’ll be home by 5:00”
How do you figure that?, I ask… if it took 6 hours to get there, it’ll take 6 hours to get home.
No, she says…. you know it’s always faster going home. Huh?
Love her logic.
However, it is proving true for Ene’s Scarf. I tell ya – knitting a shawl starting at the widest point and going to the smallest is the hot setup. Every row getting shorter – I’m all over that. I am headed for home – and, hey, it’s always faster going home, so I’ve got that going for me.
2 hours until the boyfriend gets back. We all can’t wait. Or maybe just 1 hour, depending on how you measure time.

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Kaity’s Handmade

Check it out my friends! My little Kaity’s an entrepreneur!

She’s been working hard, so go show her some love, if you’re in a spending mood :o)

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Knitting Conference Call?

I had a conference call this morning. I used to DREAD these, because they are sooooo boring. Without trying to sound too smug, all our conference calls are pretty much for the people who just can’t seem to “get it”, but we all have to attend. Work is the ONE place in my life where I pretty much seem to “get it,” so I’m usually bored to tears, not to mention frustrated.

How ironic, as much as I LOVE to knit, half the time I can’t seem to read a knitting pattern to save my life. If we had a knitting conference call, I’d seriously be the annoying one asking all the same stupid questions over and over. I guess I should be more understanding. But, no…. work, I “get.” How is that fair. Well, I guess work supports my knitting habit, so it all evens out. I think.

Luckily, these calls only come up about once a year.

However….. that was my take on conference calls before I knew how to knit! Now – bring ’em on. I’ll sit there and knit and listen to you explain the same thing over, and over, and over, for as long as it takes for every one to “get it” – as long as I can sit and knit and get paid for it. Sweet! Go ahead, ask the SAME question the guy before you JUST asked…. see – I AM paying attention.

Seriously people – pay attention here – it’s not rocket science. Ok, it may be neurosurgery or something, but really, you’re supposed to know this stuff. But go ahead and ask – It just means I get to go another row, and get paid for it. Not to mention, I can do it in my sweats and uncombed hair if I want, sans makeup…. from the comfort of my own home, snacks provided.

Did I say “luckily” these didn’t come up too often before???? – now I wish we’d have a conference call every DAY. You don’t know how excited I was this morning when I woke up and remembered we had one!

But, it’s over. Back to “real” work – where I have to type, and haven’t figured out how to do that and knit at the same time yet. Bummer.

So – this morning’s conference call knitting: I cast on for Bonita. I actually have to pay attention to these calls enough that I didn’t think should work on lace – so Ene’s Shawl will have to wait for tonight. But casting on – I can do that, and about three rounds of stockinette!

Heh heh – I just got it…. these little knitting blogs of ours are kind of like a big ol’ knitting conference call. Ewww… I think I owe you all an apology! I’ll try to do better and pay more attention.

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