Monthly Archives: January 2005

version 2.0

Great Gran has finished her Project Linus blankets!

stack o blankets

We tried to drop them off in Fairhope on Monday, but the place that I thought was the drop off wasn’t. Plan B is to email for the address. We also tried to drop off the recycling, but the spot where the recycling place used to be is now an empty lot. They had torn down the entire building to make room for the new library and movesd recycling to the dump but it’s now available to residents only. So now there is no place for us to recycle. On the upside, I did get to go to the yarn shop (which used to be yarn and art prints but is now just yarn – YAY!) and picked up more scarf yarn for Great Gran. I also seamed up her gatsby sweater and picked up the band alllll the way around.

the world's largest circular needle

Great Gran has been too busy knitting scarves (Wal-Mart has Fun Fur so she has been working on some for her church’s auction) to finish up. Who would have thought that she would like novelty yarn that much?

Two balls of yarn and that’s ALL?!

I have made a tiny bit of progress on the brown sweater. Between the scarves, the brown sweater and Great Gran’s gatsby, every single one of my Denise cables is in use.

PS Last night I had this entry all typed up. I had finished by saying that I had to run: our vet was coming to supper and I needed to start the sauce. But Mozilla (my browser of choice) has been doing this thing lately where some sites make it stick (last night it was – I wanted to be sure I had spelled cable right!). Once it sticks I have to force quit and start all over. This happened last night and I didn’t have time to start over because I really did have to start the sauce. So you’re stuck with version 2.0, written at 6:30 in the morning. I haven’t checked any spelling Just In Case. I am downloading FireFox this afternoon. Isn’t he cute? I wonder why his box doesn’t catch on fire…

new baby

Michael and I have had Terrible Colds this week. Coughing, sneezing, aching and all the rest of it. Michael had the better deal I think: he adores NyQuil. I refuse to drink anything that tastes like Liquid Death.

My boss had her first grand-baby! I spent the past couple days making a little present:

white booties

These were made using Great Gran’s pattern. She’s been making baby shoes from it for I don’t even know how long. I suspect that I wore booties just like this. Except the ones Great Gran makes have crochet strings and pom-poms on the ends. I use ribbon because of my tragic Crochet Deficiency. I just don’t get that whole Hook Thing.

And I located the needles I needed to start Michael’s brown sweater. Turns out that the swatch on #8s was too big after all. After three days of searching and accusing various family members of theft, I found the #7s in the bottom of the knitting bag with the orange sweater in it (you remember, the one Mom and I are supposed to be making together?). This proves that when you are looking for something in your knitting bag, it saves time to just dump the whole thing out on the floor to begin with – you will paw through it at least three times before finding what you’re looking for. Can you hear my exasperation? I’ll cast on tomorrow. Finally.

PS It’s cold again – you can tell because my spring fever is over and I am ready to knit wooly things again.

70 degrees

Ever since the Winter Precipitation Event, it’s been 70°. This is not exactly wool sweater knitting weather. The daffodils and crocus are coming up for crying out loud! I haven’t even started Michael’s brown sweater. The weather promises colder for next week so I may feel more motivated.

In the mean time, I got my dollhouse from my mom and dad’s over Christmas and then had some friends (7, 9, and 11) over to play. They really enjoyed my dollhouse and all the little junk I made for it back when I was 7, 9, and 11. I got to thinking: “You know, I’ve got so many more skills than when I was a kid, I wonder what all I could make for my dollhouse now.”

tiny sweater on bed

Turns out I can make a lot.

Here’s the spread by itself, the little fringe was less of a pain than I thought it was going to be. That is actually my Snug afghan with only three repetitions in crochet thread on #1s. And then if that wasn’t tedious enough, I thought my dollhouse people looked a little chilly…

Han in his bulky knit

Doesn’t Han Solo make a splendid model?

That’s right, my dollhouse is populated with Star Wars Action Figures. The Ewoks are the children. Here is the tiny sweater pattern in case any of your action figures are feeling the winter chill.

Tiny Sweater (3/4″ dollhouse scale)
materials: #0 needles, sock yarn leftovers, yarn needle (for seaming)
Cast On 12 sts
Rib 2 rows in K1,P1
Work in stockinette for 14 rows. You should be ready to work a wrong side row.
P4, Bind Off 4, P4
K4, Cast On (reverse loop) 4, K4
Work in stockinette for 14 rows.
Rib 2 rows in K1, P1
Bind off all stitches.
sleeves (make two):
With right side facing, begin about a quarter of the way from the edge of the body and pick up and knit 9 stitches.
Work in stockinette for 14 rows.
Rib two rows in K1,P1
Bind Off
Seam sides and sleeves. Trim ends (or weave them in if you feel like torturing yourself).