Saturday, January 30, 2010


I started work on a scarf called the Flit'n Float, and I have done.....meh. I did not cast off correctly but I know when to let up on myself. Next time, I'll try it, because I will do this again!
Must return to hats, as it's cold and miserable here.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Flor's Scarf

Riding in the car I got a lot done, creating a turnpike scarf! The color is amazing and I love how heavy and warm it is. I have Maggie's hats on the big needles and I'm thinking how her colors yellow and pink can go together.
I have also started Vanna's baby boy scarf, which wont be as bad because I'm garter stitching it, but on little needles.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

New Specs

They are so much better. I don't find myself sliding them down my nose so I can see far away. The computer may still be easier to use without glasses but knitting and TV are much improved.
Staying up late watching tennis and monitoring the usual problems with the neighbors. I actually looked for rentals in the country where we would have no one close by and be able to have some peace.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Hats for Matthew

The green and blue caps looked both SO AWESOME on Matthew that I gave them both to him. Now he has a hat wardrobe.

Monday, January 18, 2010


I think Misty's hat turned out better than anything I have knit in a long time. It was so cute on her. Flor liked the beginning of the scarf.
Ah! Listening to Arlo Guthrie singing "Alice's Restaurant" and I do love that song. My memories of that time are unspeakable. Good and bad. My whole life has been like that I guess!
I plan on knitting a lot these next two days off. Woke up at nearly six and so I have a long day of it.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

First Donation

Flor brought me a skein of yarn to knit her a scarf to go with the hat. Yay! I am rib knitting it, and have about three or four inches. Finished the blue hat and I'll let Matthew decide whether he wants it or the green one. I have the sub-sized green one for some small child in this world. I haven't seen Misty to give her the beret-like hat, and I'm getting ready to start Doris a purple one. My list is not being updated as efficiently as it should be, but oh well! I'll eventually get them all done. Someday!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Thanks A GLOCK Lyle!

My little discussed enthusiasm for firearms isn't a big part of my current life, but when I was younger I very much enjoyed target practice and blowing up things. I have a friend at work who a=has all kinds of cool Glock promotional items and he has given me and Bug a boatload of cool Glock things- keychains, patches, pins, pens, little guns keychains made out of the same genius polymer Glocks are made of! COOL! I am going to make his wife a scarf in deepest gratitude. I was looking at the Flit and Float scarf on Knitty but that looks too hard, so I'm going through my dwindling stash to find a good color to do. I hate scarves anymore, because they take so long. But this is a labor of love.

Friday, January 15, 2010


My list of hats continues to grow and yet my stock of on-hand yarn is dwindling. I was hoping not to have to buy yarn for awhile but turns out people all like the same colors. I have a lot of baby blue, and some random colors, but people seem to like dark blue, red, purple and pink. We know what we look good in!
The green hat is suitable for a small head. I think I'll just start keeping bad hats around for emergency hat distribution for kids! It's beautiful but barely fits my big ass head.
I am in the middle of many projects, many things going on, as well as the usual trying to keep up with laundry, the house ( and it suffers the worst because I feel like I'm not here much to worry about it!) and bills. Proud to say all my bills are paid- or scheduled to be on the next payday. I hope I can keep being organized (!) and responsible. I'm 45. I ought to be.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

The Hat Insult

Made a hat for the Bug and he tried it on. I thought it looked a little big. He said it was perfect then added, "You don't have to make me one."
WTF!!! I don't have to make my husband a hat. Does that mean he doesn't want a hat made by his talented old lady? Does it mean he's being polite and doesn't want to pressure me? I don't know. I don't think it's politeness. Not knowing him as I do. Maybe he just said it.
Maybe I wont make him a hat. The first one- one of the very first- was knitted when the hat knitter was big gauge needles, this one was much better and warmer. He's getting a damn hat.

Monday, January 11, 2010

sl1 k’wise, k1, psso

Yesterday in the morning, when I seem to be at my most able, I followed the pattern for a rose, learning to slip one stitch knitwise, knit one, then psso- pass the slipped stitch over the knitted one! It all seemed to make sense at the time and I am thrilled that I learned it from such a pretty object. I might be able to really follow a pattern for something amazing someday, but for now I can see a little rose embellishing a hat of some sort. Cool! I am delighted that I have added to my repertoire of things I can do with yarn.

Saturday, January 9, 2010


I've got some bug, I think- cold and shaking, nauseous and victim of the runs. I'm wearing flannel and a hat- left the orange one at work. Little red beanie. Feel awful, weak and puny. Worried about Bug. And mom. I actually haven't got the strength to hold up the knitters. Jeez Louise. Wretchedly miserable.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Miranda's Hat

I made two hats for Miranda's twin babies, two gorgeous boys who are wearing their little caps in this cold, cold winter. Miranda's is the same color but going to be a slouchy hat, the kind that will keep you warm but not destroy your hairdo.
Yesterday I had to laugh in delight when Richard tried his hat on and said, in amazement, How did you know how big my head was? It was totally worth throwing those double pointed needles on the floor in a fit of fury!
Next hat....I dunno! Maybe more blue.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Stupid Blue Hats

I'll be working on blue hats for a bit because I have so much blue yarn. Finished Richard's, which was a pill because I hat to re-do the top to make it more roomy at the crown. I threw the whole mess in the floor at one point, skinny double pointed needles jangling on the tile, my fury knowing no bounds. Stupid double pointed needles. Stupid Jane!
It's cold here- brrrr cold. I am thoughtful, going over the varying situations of my life in my mind. I don't know but I hope this year is better than last. Had the stupid doctor appointment yesterday and I've got an even stupider colonoscopy on the 20th. Yay. I hate this. It will be bad because of all the expense and stuff, I will come up fine, nothing wrong, why is everybody so worried. Waste of time, money and two days off.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Red and White Barely

Had just enough to finish Lois' hat. It was close. The top is a bit wonky because of the way I cabled and I don't know, but it's pretty damned cute.
Bug has problems sleeping and the neighbor woke him up revving his engine making his dog bark. I don't know how that will turn out but it's not even 8am and I don't know that we were ever meant to live in a neighborhood at all.
Next hat..not sure. I don't really have the finances for yarn shopping and I have tons of yarn that needs to be used. I have a ton of baby blue and a friend about to have a boy so maybe that's where I need to go. It's a pity more people don't like ugly green! I might be stuck on blues for a bit.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

The Joy Of Hats

Ah! More hats requested. I am so happy about that! I love making them, and as I knit I weave a little prayer for the recipient. I don't think I could make a hat without knowing who it was for, because I think about the person as I make their hat, and put a lot of thought into what will look good on them, and hope it keeps their ears warm. It makes me content in a badly needed way, just now. Thank God for friends and knitting.
"What's your favorite color?" I'll ask, they'll say, blue or red or pink or purple, and I'll say, "What color is your winter coat?" I love making something useful for people. It's been one of the biggest blessings of my life.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Amanda's Hat

I finished the variegated pink and orchid hat and it's pretty cute. I used all different needles, only starting the brim with the 6 hat knitter I fashioned out of an 11 small circular.
The cool think about yarn is, you can reverse the process. It can be fixed. it's not permanently ruined as fabric is. Which is why my dummy gets so many things pinned to it. I'm making Lois's hat, which I did in the fall butt which, due to her being out of surgical leave, was given instead to Martha on a cold, hat needing day.
I had Lois pegged for red, but I really think she likes all colors. I'm thinking buff and bright red, maybe. No white and red, it just bores me.
It's New Year's Day. I'm smoking. Oh,dear,I have GOT to quit. That was the whole point of knitting in the first place. I guess the stress just got to me. Meet the New Year. Same as the Old year. I have all this to do over again. *sigh*.
Except for my crappy lungs, I'd smoke if I could.
Denial is no good. I wasn't smoking at work. I was trying to keep it to a minimum. But who am I kidding? I can chew all the nicotine gum the rest of my life, and I'll still be addicted. Something goes wrong and I reach for a pack of Marlboros. Idiot. I use the excuse that you can't live with a smoker and not smoke. I have blamed others when I'm the one searching for a lighter with my eyes half open.
I hate this damn habit. It's sickening. Literally. I saw my dad die of emphysema and look at me. Makes me think I'm either a natural moron or just wrongly wired.