Last week I had my first vacation, vacation since oh ... I can't remember when. Either my trip to New Orleans that was pre-Katrina, or my family's last trip to the Outer Banks maybe four years ago.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Sunday, July 13, 2008
After I washed the mud off from the previous day's arts and crafting, my sister and I went to the West Virginia State Capitol grounds.
Fun Fact: While growing up in Charleston, WV, my family would often go to the state capitol grounds. I must have seen enough because I've never been to another one. I lived in Raleigh, NC for almost three years I never saw the NC state capitol. Never even drove by. Ditto for the OH state capitol for the six years I've lived in Columbus. Maybe that should be one of my summer places to go. Anybody know where it is? Want to come with me?
The first thing we did was escape the rain (Rain, Rain, Go Away!) into the WV Cultural Center where we poked around and I covertly took pictures of some of the coolest quilts I have ever seen! It makes me want to learn to sew. Because, you know, I don't have enough going on.
During a brief rain lull, we made our way to the capitol building. Here Senior Democratic Senator Robert C. Byrd and I reenact a scene from E.T.
Finally there was a wee bit o' sunshine and we got to walk around the grounds. The magnolia trees were in bloom, and it dawned on me...I don't think we have magnolia trees in Ohio. Do we? I can't recall ever seeing one here. They are my absolutely my favorite, and I'd completely forgotten about them.
Over the Fourth of July weekend, I visited my fambly in West Virginia.
One of the things I, personally, looked forward to do over the holiday was visit the Mountain State Art & Craft Fair. And I brought my mom and sister along. Did they particularly want to come? Who cares! It's amazingly easy how fast "me" turns into "we".
One of the things I, personally, did not want to do was spend my vacation trudging through the mud and rain. But evidently I do not control the weather.
There was tons to see and buy and eat (and eat and eat) but surprisingly little in the fiber fields. Or perhaps I've just been to too many fiber festivals that leave me with skewed expectations.
You'll notice there is no picture of me fondling yarn or a final yarn line-up after purchase. "Why?" one might ask. "Were you ill?" Well no, I wasn't. It just seemed like the little old ladies got the last laugh.
While holding a hank of particularly pretty greeny-yellow wool, and trying to decide if I should buy one or two, I hear a raspy, old lady voice off to my side, "Well, maybe I should buy her the green since that's the color she has in her living room." And she takes the hank out of my hand - Out! Of! My! Hand! - and walks off. She walks off!
And you might wonder, "Why did you not throw this old lady yarn stealer to the ground and take it back?" Because generally that would be my first reaction. But see, my mom was right there. And there were so many other pretty yarns, and sometimes you just have to let the old lady walk away, you know? But the yarn buying mood had passed. My mom did score some lovely, just lovely, golden merino that I somehow failed to take a picture of. Perhaps she'll put it on her Ravelry page?
(Mom, now you'll have to update your Ravelry page because everyone will be coming to see. Well, everyone being about three people. One of which is you.)
Sunday, May 18, 2008
My whole life has been an exercise in frustration lately. One big, fat, frustrating event after another. I've never particularly handled frustration well, I was one of those children who cried over their homework if I didn't understand, instead of just taking a deep breath and figuring it out.
(Mom, remember when I had to draw the phases of the moon? If I haven't before, I'd like to take this opportunity to thank you for totally doing that assignment for me.)
I decided to take apart my bird feeder and clean it, which I have never done in the oh...five years I've owned it. It was quite moldy and gross, and I had noticed the birds throwing most of the seed out and about rather than eating it. Maybe because it was moldy and gross? It was very easy to get apart (yay!) and to clean (double yay!) but I couldn't get it back together. It was really frustrating, and I do believe I called my mom at some point, but eventually I muscled it back together.
Maybe that's why I like knitting so much. Things start to go awry, the flush of frustration starts to creep up, just when you're about to FAIL, you do better. You FROG!!1!
P.S. Cath, yes I *do* have a problem with laddering when I knit a sock using magic loop!
I vehemently denied it in knitting group (which sounds like a 12-step program...and well, I guess it kind of is) because I don't have a laddering problem using DPNs and that's how I usually knit socks. But yes, later I realized what you were saying. I should re-try magic loop and rotate the stitches round the bend. I've denied magic loop for a looong time, because it puts so much tension on the stitches on the bend and that bothers me. It must be very frustrating for such a fabulous new technique to be denied.
And P.P.S. I did finally dump all the seed out of the birdfeeder into my new tugtrub and put it back together correctly. It was much easier than the way I did it wrong. I think there's another lesson in there somewhere.
Saturday, May 10, 2008
Something I was excited to do while visiting my parents was to go through all my mom's inherited knit and crochet projects and help her frog the ones she didn't want to finish. I think my mom was excited too ... the first thing she said (after hi) was "Did you bring your ball winder?" Of course I did.
I wish I had taken a picture of my mom's yarn room. Yes, room. I have a yarn corner, she has a room. However, I'm not *too* jealous because most of the yarn and UFOs she has are not her own. Some of the projects date from a great aunt who died when I was in high school in the 1990s. They date from the last millennium! Some families pass down jewelry or priceless heirlooms, we pass down yarn. And acrylic yarn at that. Not that there's anything wrong with acrylic ... as long as I don't have to knit with it.
My mom didn't want to complete most of the projects, as most were knitted and she prefers to crochet ... not to mention a lot of them were funky, so they got frogged. Except for one bin, where I hit the jackpot:
110 SQUARES! Already knit! Not by me!
Now I get to do the fun part of blanket planning and plotting without having to knit the squares. I'd like to carry the same shade along diagonal lines with clear warm and cool color sides. I may try an i-cord edge made famous by the Mason-Dixon ladies. Or I may choose another from their fabulous first book. (The second is on its way!)
And if I do need a few more squares, I know where there's a room full of yarn.
Wednesday, May 07, 2008
Sunday, April 20, 2008
While I was home for my birthday - or I guess I should say at my parent's since I haven't lived there for quite a few years - I went to the LYS, Kanawha City Yarn Co. They don't have a website, but it's at 310 53rd St in the K.C. It is an adorable shop, well stocked with lovely yarns and even more lovely people.
Fall 2006 Knitscene with the Molly Ringwald pattern that mollylouhoo turned me on to. Mollys Unite! And enough Classic Elite Yarns Provence in a really pretty grey-brown to make it.
Cherry Tree Hill sock yarn in colors "Life's a Beach", the greens, blues, golds, and "Gypsy Rose", the blues, purples, greys, and maroons.
Wednesday, April 02, 2008
Is there anyone techie out there who knows how to edit the code of this template to give me a little more horizontal room? I feel my blog is confining. I want to streeeeetch ooooout!
Monday, March 31, 2008
The snow has turned to rain (for the most part) and that can only mean one thing: Spring Cleaning!
While knitting my Noro Striped Scarf I paid a lot of attention to the slipped stitch edges since that's how the color changed for the stripes. Also I thought that little detail made a big difference in the finished look of the scarf, perhaps slightly less homemade. I was very happy with how it turned out!
However, it made me realize I've been knitting the slipped stitch edge on my Trellis scarf wrong. But just one edge.
Here is the correctly slipped edge (shown from the wrong side due to not having blocked yet):
Sunday, March 30, 2008
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Saturday, March 08, 2008
Wednesday, March 05, 2008
I really hate when bloggers apologize about being too busy to write. (Hee hee -- the first time I typed that I wrote too busty to write.) Well, neither of these apply to me ... I just don't feel the urge to blog. Or I didn't anyway, until I got hooked on the Ravelry.