Sunday, August 31, 2014
Lots has happened in the past years. In brief, I re-located to another state, for the time being. My heart is still in the west and the unbearable climate and strangeness of this place has only strengthened my resolve. At times I feel I'm in a parallel universe here, though I am thankful for some educational opportunities and some new acquaintances who make it tolerable.
Talking of education, I have returned to university after so many years to hopefully finally finish my degree. The return to university is one of the few bright spots, I adore campus atmosphere; always have. However, the lack of work is frightening. I have had a couple of temporary, part-time jobs including a very brief stint ghost-blogging and hope more writing jobs, or any job for tat matter will soon come along.
Last year, I was lucky enough to be able to happily spend part of the summer in Colorado if not New Mexico.
I'll try to upload some artwork later.
What I'm reading for fun. Smoke and Mirrors by Neil Gaiman since I'm currently 11th in the queue for Ocean at the End of the Lane for download from the library, and have just finished re-reading Graveyard fir the third time, Also got caught up on some Sci-Fi books and television shows. Look forward to the new season of Grimm, online in October, I don't have a television, but re watched some episodes online before the semester started last week.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Anyhow I think I will take it slowly and for the moment, concentrate on my art and crafting.
Thanks to all who have visited and who have commented here. I appreciate your taking the time.
I am happy to announce that my handmade cable needles, number 6, available in my Etsy shop, have a mention in Vogue Knitting International. Many Thanks to editor Faith Hale for including my work with the others:
Friday, June 20, 2008
Finished! The knit-along baby's cardigan ( I made up the pattern for this one, using the measurements from an old pattern, and adding the lace collar, cuffs, and hem). The most troublesome part was the collar. Even though I added extra stitches, and I water blocked it as I did all of the pieces, it still has a tendency to curl up. I will block it again sometime, but it can also be worn up. I made it a one button since it is meant to be worn over layers of clothing. The button is actually clear and pearly, but the reflection makes it look silvery. Oh, I knitted the leaves and crocheted the flower. I'm not fond of crocheting, but I can manage to make up small things. I will enjoy seeing the sweaters by the rest of the group.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
New comfy cotton tees to supplement my summer wadrobe:
These five napkins represent about half of, and the best (hole free) of our everyday napkins. Due to frequent washing, they are getting quite worn, so I bought this fabric with which to make new ones, to replace them as they get too worn out. I don't mind that the old ones are faded, as they get even softer, but I do mind the holes :) I've made four so far, and will probably do four more. I think I'll like them even more after I wash them and they fade and soften a bit.
What I'm reading...again--- a 1954 version of Tolstoy's Anna Karenina, with great pen and ink illustrations:
I've been using my 15 year old bread maker lately. I've aways liked the convenience, the breads are delicious hot from the maker, and the dough program is great ( though small if you need to make more than 10 rolls) when one doesn't feel like kneading. However, it tends to darken the crust a bit unless I'm at home to turn it off before the last 5 minutes.
This was a white bread with half a cup of applesauce added for moistness:
In our perennial garden, the irises and daisys have started to bloom, and I think the peonies in the back will will open this coming week. Fragrant bouquets for the bedroom and around the house. Our quad county Iris society had the annual show on Saturday, but it was too far to travel (last year it was in our town, and my first bouquet entry got an honorable mention) because of the pain, plus we had other plans.
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
It was so warm and sunny in the early hours yesterday, I decided to make sun tea in this re purposed 4 litre juice bottled. I filled it just over half full with water and used 8 regular Lipton brand tea bags, and 8 Green tea bags. I actually had some while it was still quite warm from the sun, and then later after it had been refridgerated for several hours, with a few fresh 'mint leaves added.
Isn't it wonderful having friends and family who seem to have a knack for knowing when you need them, even miles away? Among other contact this past week, I got another lovely handmade card from my friend Jo. I won't embarrass her by posting a photo here. Suffice it to say that her work is distinctive and that her sentiments are greatly appreciated. Jo, you know how much I enjoy your "snail" mail, our taste in music, ;), and our usually unplanned crafty exchanges. To my friends who have e-mailed or telephoned, Thank-You! Also, hurrah for mother-in-law who give me those hugs mum wishes she could give across the miles.
So, days before Emergency Care I ate very little. Great for losing extra pounds, but not so good for one's health. (my follow up visit to my doctors' showed weight loss; I rarely weigh myself, I try not to be a chained to the scales, it's too depressing, *lol*)
For the first 48 hours after the hospital along with lots of fruit juices, this is what was recommended, and all I could tolerate due to the nausea and pain. Peppermint tea, made from leaves fresh picked from my garden, also helps.
Hubby bought for me loads of these Popsicles and ready made Jell-O and we had lots of packets at home. I'm not so fond of Jell-O, most remind me of hospitals, but I do like the lime flavour.
I have a test in nuclear medicine tomorrow, which I've had before so I know what to expect.
I'll be meeting with a new general surgeon on the 12th. The surgeon I saw for 20 years moved away last year, so It will be interesting meeting someone new. By several accounts, he is likable.
Here is the back and front of the child's cardigan I'm doing for the Knit-Along at My Craftivity. I had to "frog" the front pieces entirely. Since the pain med keeps me in a fog when it is working, and the lace pattern I had in my head was not the one I had worked out for this project, ( they are quite similar)I had to take it apart.
I've received several knitted or crocheted dish washing cloths from my MIL, but I've never made any for myself. I noticed that about half of my store bought cotton cloths have holes and tears in them, and I usually buy replacements when this happens, but I thought I'd make some. These may end up being presents for friends and family, but they are fun and quick to make, and not too much thought is required when I'm in a fog. The yellow mock cable was the first one, but I thought it might be too heavy when wet, so I made up a simpler pattern, which uses fewer stitches. (I have several skeins of Peaches and Cream cotton on hand but any worsted weight cotton will do.) Here is the pattern for the lavender cloth. Easy:
With size 7 needles, cast on 38 stitches.
Row 1, right side---
knit one, purl one across
Row 2, knit the knit stitches and purl the purl stitches. Repeat until piece measures approximately 1 inch
Keep to seed stitch pattern for first six and last six stitches, working the remaining stitches between in straight stitch (that is; knit right side rows and purl wrong side rows)
Work until piece measures about 7.5 inches from beginning, finish as for bottom border with seed stitch until piece measures 8. 5 inches. bind off in pattern, sew in ends. Finished size is approximately 8.5 inches square.
I think when I just need to pick up my art journal and start sketching. I haven't done any sketching lately, and I miss it.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
We went to the cemetery to rake and decorate the family plot as we do at least once a year, but I forgot the camera, so no photos.
However, here are some photos of scenes of home and nearby travels.
For the humming birds :
The Landscapers' finally opened for the season, so we bought another cubic metre of cedar mulch for the tomatoes, and
The raspberry bushes have been pruned!
At the vintage/thrift shop, hubby played with this Alvarez guitar:
I bought this butterfly house, someone else's handiwork:
I repaired it, sanded, gessoed, and painted it blue and white.
The thin plywood is not sturdy enough for posting it in the flower bed, so I think I'll use it as decoration on the front porch for a while.
version after the (silent) movie came out, starring Faye Ray (The original King Kong’s “girlfriend“) While the book is a Grosset & Dunlap publishing, which I collect, it is not a children’s book, but I broke my rule of collecting only their vintage children's books for the black and white photos and Ms. Ray :)
A bat in our belfry, or our chimney any way:
It's time to finish this pair of cotton denim and wool blend socks:
As for the baby's cardigan, I have finished the back and both fronts, but I will be out of yarn before I can finish the sleeves. ( I considered making short sleeves, but I decided to order more yarn instead. Photos are forthcoming.