Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Enough whining. On to the knitting content. To add a square to the left side of the blanket, just start by picking up the stitches like you normally do, but when you get half of them done, you need to cast on the other half onto your needle. I use a provisional cast on so the stitches are still "live" to make it easier to finish the blanket, if I ever get to that point. There is a great tutorial on how to do a provisional cast on here on the Knitty website. Once you have the total number of stitches you are using for your squares, between pick-ups and cast-ons, just work it like a regular square. It'll be a bit flippy-floppy until you get a couple of rows done, but soon it will look great.
Here's a picture. You pick up the stitches where the yellow "P" is, and then cast on enough to fill out your square, where the pink "C" is.
On the right side of the blanket, just do the opposite. First cast on half of the stitches you need, then pick of the other half, onto the same needle, and work like it is a regular square. Here's a picture of the right side:
You'll see a string or a safety pin holding the stitches. That's because I use the provisional cast-on to make it easier later on, but you can use whatever cast-on you would like. Hey - it's your blanket! I hope this is clear. If not, let me know and I'll try again.
Knitting Mama, I hope you're having a great time at the Harlot thing. Post some pictures for us poor sods who can't attend. I'm going to go get some lickey-face kisses now.
Look who has claimed them as her own. It's sweet little Tara. She also answers to Tata, Tata Dog, Toodles, Toodle Bug, Oodles of Toodles, Tattoo, Pigeon Toe Dog, Pidge or Wooly Bear. Of course, when I say "answers to" I don't mean to imply that she will "come" "sit" "stay" "roll over" or any of those other mundane things that some dogs do to pander to their owners. I just mean that those are other names I call her while she looks at me with those sweet eyes of hers. She just loves it when I give her kisses and sing a sing-songy version of Camelot but instead of words it's all "ta ta taaa, ta ta taaaa" to her. Of course when I say she "loves it" I really mean that she will tolerate it. She "tolerates" it much better if I am feeding her treats while singing to her!
Sunday, May 27, 2007
We'll see. Pretty soon I'm going to start on another baby blanket. A dear friend is expecting, 14 weeks along, and she is going to find out if it's a boy or a girl, hopefully at her next ultrasound appointment. If the wee one isn't too shy, I'll buy the appropriate color. If he/she doesn't cooperate, it'll have to be a white blanket.
Sunday, May 20, 2007
Here she is again in the sunflowers, with Joey looking on from the background. Some cat. He won't even keep the chicken out of the flowers.
This is a view of the garden after I put in strings for the pole lima beans to climb up, up to the sky and produce lots and lots of beans. They're pretty scrawny looking right now. I have my doubts about this crop. Oh well, there's always the Green Giant.
And here is a view of this week's dog-food. Yummm. I have the making of Mable's Meat Loaf down to a science. (For the recipe, look at the sidebar of the blog- it's near the top. I'm too tired to do the linking-thing tonight.) Anyway, I make up about a dozen batches of the dry ingredients and keep them in ziploc bags until the day of the meatloaf making. During the week I'll cook a pot of beans in the slow-cooker, and then puree and freeze them, 2 cups per bag. Another night I'll cook up 6 pounds of frozen veggies, puree and freeze them, also 2 cups per bag. Then for the big day, I'll cook up the rice, thaw the veggies and beans, and add catsup, worcestershire sauce and eggs, and my sister S will weigh out the proper amount of meat (eeewwww, I hate touching meat!) and mix it up with the wet and dry ingredients. We make three batches, which makes six meatloaves. This will keep the dogs in dog-food-heaven for nine days.
Man, does that oven need to be cleaned. Another day. I'm going to bed now. The Benadryl I took for my poison ivy is kicking in.
Friday, May 18, 2007
Here are the tag rules:
Each person tagged gives 7 random facts about themselves. Those tagged need to write on their blog the 7 facts as well as the rules of the game. You need to tag 7 others and list their names on your blog. You have to leave those you are tagging a note in their comments so they know they have been tagged and to read your blog.
Seven Random Facts:
1. My dogs are my girls, my babies, my whole life. They are undisciplined hooligans, completely without manners and socialization skills, and have me wrapped around their little fingers, or dew claws, I should say, but I wouldn't have it any other way. Actually, I'm working on the manners thing. Or I should say I'm reading about working on the manners thing. I started with Cesar Milan's Cesar's Way, but don't think I can follow his program - it's a little harsh for my sweeties. I've started reading Tamar Gellar's The Loved Dog and think that maybe I can put some of her theories into practice. We'll see...
2. I do not eat meat or wear leather. "No Food with a Face." Shoe shopping can be challenging, but hey, there are always Crocs!
3. I have a sick sense of humor. At times, it is really, really sick. So does my Dad, so when we get going, watch out! We love to gang up on Mom, but it's only out of love! Birds only pick at the sweetest fruit, right?
4. I'm a compulsive counter. I'm not sure if that is a real "thing", but I'm always, always counting things in my head. The number of letters in a word, the number of syllables or words in a sentence, the number of telephone poles on the roadway...the list goes on and on. Maybe that's why I knit so much, so I have something to count all of the time?
5. I get a little thrill whenever I come across a word that can be typed using my left hand only. No cheating to cross over the keyboard into the right-hand keys! I'm right-handed, but love it when I can type Edward, Tara, Caesar, Warts, Seaweed, Aware, etc. without right-hand keys.
6. I have to read something before going to sleep, even if it's just a page or two. I like to do four Sudoku puzzles first, then read, but if I'm really tired I'll skip the Sudoku.
7. My degree is in Elementary Education, although I have never taught. I was in Student Teaching in 1986 when the Space Shuttle Challenger blew up, killing all seven on board, including the first teacher in space, Christa McAuliffe. That morning, before going to school to face a room full of first-graders (it doesn't sound so scary NOW), I remember wishing I was on board that space shuttle, too. It hit me then that I could NOT teach for the rest of my life. I dropped out of student teaching, but luckily had enough credits to graduate, anyway.
Now the tagging part, but I don't read a whole lot of blogs, and of the ones I read, most have already been tagged, so I'll pass it along to Jennifer, Noricum and Shelby. I don't think they have been tagged, yet, but I could be wrong.
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Sunday, May 13, 2007
I would say that I have followed my mother's example in how to raise my own sweet girls, but know that she would think that is an insult since Emma and Tara are undisciplined hooligans. Just look at these faces and tell me YOU could make these mischievous hellions behave...
Friday, May 11, 2007
Look what brightened up my day today, though. I got a package from my SP10! Do you see the lovely color of the Opal sock yarn? Mmmmmm. And there was a pattern for a poncho, and the all important, ever appreciated, CHOCOLATE!!!
In her note she gave me another clue...she works at Yankee Candle. Double Mmmmmm. Yankee Candles are only the best in the whole wide world! She said that I can look forward to candles in the future. Yay! Thanks Secret Pal.
P.S. One of the bags of candies is already gone. I just might eat the other one, too, and call it dinner!
Friday, May 4, 2007
Thursday, May 3, 2007
Tara being good and enjoying the scenery.
Emma being "bad" and trying to worm her way into the front. I'm going to look for those safety harnesses that allow you to secure the dogs in the car and keep them safe, without having to put them in a crate.
Did you notice that Emma and sister S have the same color hair? I'm surrounded by orange!
Wednesday, May 2, 2007
That's a lot of orange, but nothing compared to this:
Yes, an orange car. If anyone would have told me a year ago, a month ago, a week ago that I would be driving an orange car, I would have told them they were crazy. My car (my former car, I should say) would be paid off in 4 months, and then look at all of that extra money I could spend on yarn....knitting books....Crocs...the list is endless. But then I read at PetConnection.com that the Honda Element is "as good a Dogmobile as could possibly be imagined." Enough said - gotta get me one.
I love the way the doors open up - look how easy it will be for Emma and Tara to jump in!
The keen observer will note that this is not Emma and Tara, it's Mom and Dad. The first thing Mom said when she saw it was "Well, it's not as bad as I thought it would be." Praise indeed. Dad said whatever makes me happy, as long as I don't park it in their driveway. Don't you just love them? I sure do.
I'm off to take Emma and Tara to the park now. In the Great Pumpkin. The Dog Mobile. THEY don't care what color it is, as long as they get to go for a ride!
Tuesday, May 1, 2007
Note the lovely Emma diving right in and picking one out of the group:
Emma is revealing the name of the winner.... It is Knitting Mama! (Go visit her blog - she had the cutest baby boy!)
Congratulations Knitting Mama! As your prize, you can choose a skein of sock yarn from my latest stash acquisition. I just got some Opal sock yarn, and these are the five colors: