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Showing posts with label knitting. Show all posts
Showing posts with label knitting. Show all posts

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Activity Overload

Today is my Knitters and Hookers Day. I have so many things to do outside in the garden and I feel like I am going in circles. Not good. And, I also have many things that need to be done in the house. I better use the following words as my mantra throughout the day and stay calm.

And, maybe, intersperse it with a little laughter.

I am still working on the photos for my Yosemite vacation post. For some reason I have a lot of difficulty when working with a lot of photos for a post.

Must run. No - Must Slow Down.

Have a Great Day.

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Knitting On The Prayer Shawl

I am trying to knit "some" on the Prayer Shawl (for Charity Knitting) every single day. It can be just a single row or maybe many rows while watching television in the evening. It is a simple triangle shawl that starts with three knit stitches with one increase at the beginning of each row thereafter to form the triangle. It is all knit stitches so it "should be" a fast knit. It is kind of a challenge to fit knitting into my schedule  since I am trying to spend time in the garden. The next "Knitters and Hookers" get-together is tomorrow afternoon. I better get "clicking".  

I want to say something about the wonderful concert we attended on Sunday afternoon. It was called Composers' Corner III and was held at 3:00 in the afternoon. The beautiful original musical "works" were presented by four of our local artists who included two people who are members of our church. One of them is our Musical Director and the other is our Choir Director. Pretty impressive - don't you think? 

There were many highlights in the concert. It would be impossible for me to identify a favorite. However, a presentation of Improvisatory Poetry and Music at the piano was a performance like nothing I have ever witnessed.

According to Wikipedia, "Musical improvisation (also known as Musical Extemporization) is the creative activity of immediate (in the moment) musical composition which combines performance with verbal communication of emotions and instrumental technique." It was transfixing!

That's it for today. My To-Do list is calling me.

Wishing you a Fabulous Day.

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Knitters And Hookers

A couple years ago, I was actively involved in Charity Knitting with some of the women in the community and from my church. Actually, another woman and I started the group. We made many knitted or crocheted items for people in the community that were going through some difficult times or were in care facilities. Life seemed to get in the way of us continuing our scheduled gatherings. Some continued on with their craft and we always had handmade items available. So many times it seemed overwhelming how appreciative the recipients were when we presented them with a shawl, afghan, slippers or hat.

Well, once again we have started meeting together and will be meeting two times a month. We now have a name - Knitters And  Hookers. Let me tell you, when we announce our meeting in church, there always if a big laugh. Our church is a happy group! We, also have a new meeting place that is very accommodating and in a neutral location so all will feel welcome.

Quite awhile back I started knitting a Tasha Tudor Shawl but I was unhappy with the way the yarn was working out. It was Lion Homespun yarn and not a good choice for the project. So, I did a little frogging and now I am using the yarn for a plain triangular shawl. We tend to use large needles and heavy yarn for our charity knitting/crocheting. That way, we can make the items in less time.

I can't leave you without giving you a little laugh. Isn't she the greatest? Poor thing! I never have tried to dress a chicken. How about you?

Keep A Smile On Your Face.

Friday, April 27, 2012


Recently, I was asked what I was going to do "with all that white yarn".  Dishcloths, of course.  I really like using the handmade cotton dishcloths. But, I do not like how they can start to look a little dingy when the colored yarn cloths are used for a while and start to fade. I like to wash them with a little bleach every now and then. So, even though I like how pretty the colored ones look when they are fresh and new, I decided to make a bunch of white ones for my kitchen. That way, I can have fresh looking white cloths all the time.

Look at these cute knitting needles with their little apples on the ends. And, how did that little worm get there?  : ) This pair of knitting needles have become my designated needles for my knitted dishcloths. They always make me laugh a little. And, it is always good to laugh. Don't you think?

I hope you are having a Happy Day and you are Laughing along the way.

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Time For Some Organization

At least this is a start to organizing my clothes closet. I have wanted to organize my shoe boxes with photos for the longest time. It seems as though so many of you are starting the new year with resolutions/goals to get organized. So, why not me too? I really need to go through all my shoes and clothes to discard the items that just don't work for me anymore no matter the reason. It is so difficult when you have to much on the closet rod to properly hang clothes so that they are not wrinkled because of hanging to close to one another. In reality, it seems that we always go back to our favorites regardless of how many choices we have.

The sun is shinning today and that really makes me happy.  I function so much better when it is NOT dreary all day. I have even started a little knitting. Yes, it is another scarf. It seems that I always find a home for them when I am finished. I hope to start a larger project before too long. But, at least this is a start on some craft/knitting arts which I have not been able to do for a long time because of lack of time.

Well, that is it for this post. I must get back to the closet.

I hope you are having a Fabulous Day.

Friday, November 05, 2010

It's Not Fair

I so badly want to do some knitting and handwork. But it has almost become impossible with the way my right arm/hand is feeling. I am almost counting the minutes until my medical appointment on Monday.  Regardless of the long range treatment plan, I really would like to have another cortisone shot for some relief for the short term.

I am planning on going to see my Granddaughter at her college in a week or so and I do not want to miss seeing her. She is really looking forward to her Grandma's visit.

This is a simple baskerweave stitch that knits up quickly. But, at the rate I'm going, it will take forever.  

It is too difficult to type much longer. However, I would like to leave you with this picture from my window of this beautiful Magnolia tree in all its fall splendor.

And this beautiful red Burning Bush.

I hope you are having a Wonderful Day.

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Dishcloths - Greeting Cards - and More

I think I am progressing along nicely with my craft projects. Here are a few more of the items I am currently working on. There is no question about it, I work best with a little pressure from deadlines! These dishcloths will be a trio with the third cloth in a simple white color. And, I will tie them with a pretty ribbon. Stay tuned!

I thought a quick project would be to make some blank greeting cards with photos of flowers from the garden. I just used the computer/printer and a few craft items that I have filling up boxes in my garage. Yes, I have boxes of craft supplies and I no longer know what is stored in them. It is a lot of fun going through the boxes. It is kind of like going shopping in my garage. It feels good to get back to a variety of crafting projects. The cards are turning out nicely.

And, I am putting some ribbon on a baby blanket that I finished knitting a long time ago. I think yellow and blue is a great combination for a baby blanket.

 And, of course, I had to show off another pink rose from the garden.

I wish you a Wonderful Weekend.

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

The Girl Likes Pink

And, many many other colors! However, pink and red seem to be around me the most these days. I am starting to gather some things together to donate to our church Harvest Festival which includes a silent auction to benefit the Youth Education Fund. During my recent efforts to clean some cupboards I have been finding some things that I have made that really should find a permanent home. The knitted baby blanket is one of those handcrafted items that I will donate alone with some other projects I am trying to work on even though my hand is a constant issue with the pain management. So, I use a lot of intermittent ice application, a splint and rest.

I have found that I can do some knitting but NOT crocheting with the discomfort. I guess, it has to do with the specific movement of my fingers and wrist. 

Any - - way, among other things, I am knitting some cotton dishcloth packages that I think will make for some nice small items. I am working on several different color themes and I will be showing them to you as I go along. The handcrafted items are always very popular at the Festival. This will be the first time I am donating to this event.

The current rainy days are not very good photo taking days but I will do my best. And, yes, I still would like to have a new camera!

This beautiful pink rose is blooming in my garden at the present time. I think it is breath-taking. I am so delighted with the beauty of the roses that I can see from my windows that I did not expect to see with what seemed like the end of the rose blooming season here in my garden.

And, my Dear Friend (who takes care of Lily when I am away) here in my neighborhood gave me this gorgeous multi-colored azalea for my Birthday. I am thoroughly enjoying the beauty of each day as it continues to open more and more flowers which bring me daily snippets of joy for my heart. In the future, I will plant it in the garden in a special location that I can see from my windows.

Another pink rose from a different rose bush taken two weeks ago.

In the days to come, I will have more photos of the various projects I am working on. I hope you will come back and visit me and see them.

I wish you a Beautiful Day.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Finished A Knitting Project

Simple, simple, but it is finished and I am glad. The yarn was bought in Munich, Germany but I did not knit on it very much while away. The weather was unbearably hot and there was very little air conditioning. And, we were very busy being tourists. By the end of the day it was time to "fall into bed". Anywaaaaaaaaaaay. I like the finished scarf. It is a summery color and the yarn is very soft around the neck.The 80% cotton and 20% nylon make is a nice summer yarn to work with as well as to wear.

These are the other colors I soon will be working with. I'm not quite sure where the creative juices will take me. But, it is time for some new ideas that are quick and easy. The summer heat does not beg for big heavy projects!

Are you knitting any little quick projects? Any ideas for me?

Wishing you a pleasant Sunday.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Soft Yummy New Yarn


Who goes away and doesn't look for some new yarn to bring home?  Not me. Sure I could order it on the Internet or buy in a local shop. But, it is so much more fun to bring it home from a foreign country. I have four balls of four different colors to make scarfs with each one having a different stitch pattern. I started the orange one on the plane with the drop stitch that I had in my head from making so many in the ribbon yarn that I currently have been obsessed with. I bought very little while away other than gifts for some friends. The yarn came from the large department store Karstadt in Munich, Germany.

Look at these pretty necklaces which I bought for friends at the same store.  I hope they like them!

I am still feeling "beyond tired" and don't know how long it will take for me to feel healthy again. But, day by day, I know their will be improvement. Remember, I live with "my glass half full". 

My precious dog, Lily is home with me now and she means the world to me. I am hoping to give her a bath and make her all pretty again with her beautiful clean red/brown and white colored hair. She had a great time while I was away. Thank you friend! It was great comfort to know she was with a very loving friend that would actually love to keep her forever!  But, she is mine! I love her so much and really appreciate her unconditional love. And, she asks so little of me!
Wishing all of you a very Pleasant day and a Happy First Day of Summer.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Pretty - - - Or What

What a beauty. Take your pick, either the rose or the scarf! Even with all of the inclement weather, these "old fashioned" roses have managed to bring beauty into my house. I do not know the name of the rose because it was planted in my garden before I moved here. But, it is one of my favorites.

And, look - - - the Drop Stitch Ribbon Scarf is finished. I am very pleased with how it turned out. The colors are quite lovely. I don't think the detail shows very well in the photo.

Perhaps, that will change in the future because My Special Man bought a new camera for our trip to Germany. It just may be that I will have to use it for my blog photography!   ;-)

One more thing. My laptop computer came. I love it. Only, one problem - I am having difficulty getting the wireless connection system set up. I have help on the way!

Take good care of yourself today and everyday.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

It's Happening Again

I think I am becoming addicted to this pattern and ribbon yarn. I finished  The Purple Party Scarf a few days ago and gifted my friend with it last Sunday. She was delighted! In my rush to put it in a pretty little package, I forgot to take a photo. But before long I probably will have another one completed. They really are a fast and fun knit. It is a little like - - -  instant gratification when knitting time is at a premium.

What a coincidence that one of the first iris to bloom in my garden is this gorgeous maroon color that matches the Autumn Leaves color of Lion Brand Incredible ribbon yarn that I had in my stash and had started knitting before I saw the blooming iris.

 Happy knitting if you are a knitter and Happy Day to all.

Friday, May 07, 2010

A Summer Scarf

I could not help myself. I know time for crafting is not in large supply these days, but when a church friend was so excited about my multcolor ribbon scarf, I told her I would make one for her. It really is a fast knit with some triple drop stitches that I place every few inches.  I never wear my scarf but what I receive compliments. I think it looks so much like summer. The colors are so vivid and the color I am using is Purple Party in Lion Brand Incredible Yarn. You can make it any width and place the drop stitches anywhere you please.   

I have been having a grand time "playing" in my garden. The pansy bowls that I planted two days ago are taking hold and popping out new blossoms everyday. So many flowers are starting to bloom each day.  

It is now time to put the decorative birdhouses out.  I am so happy that the weather is getting nicer day by day. The weather is forecast to turn a little cooler and showers in a few days but that is OK. I am just so thankful for a few of these beautiful days when I can be out in the lovely sunshine.

Also, I have filled the bird feeders with seed. Feed them and they will come.
The feeders for the hummingbirds need to be filled again. It looks like we are on an every other day refill schedule!

I hope you are having a nice warm Spring Day.


Some Additional Special Photos


Mother's Day 2012

Mother's Day 2012

Happy Family (2014)

Happy Family (2014)
Grandma Pride

Valentine's Day 2013

Valentine's Day 2013

High School (1957) Friends Of Mine On The Left Live In New York and We Met In Canada In 2011

High School (1957) Friends Of Mine On The Left Live In New York and We Met In Canada In 2011

Bud Mietz

Bud Mietz
1928 - 2014