Sunday, April 27, 2014

Spring is Sprung, The Grass is Riz, I Wonder Where My Snowshoes Is


And I have pictures to prove it. Our backyard is mostly natural, untamed, and the daffodils are "running riot" back there. Every where you look is new growth. The ferns are poking up their little heads, and the wild grape hyacinths are blooming. It is a dreary day today in Green Bay, but the flowers don't seem to know it. That's a good thing!

On top of that, the spring cleaning is as complete as it is going to get. We cleared out the garage this morning, hooked up the power washer, and blasted all of the salt from our cars right out of there. I have a picture to prove that too. That's my husband. He did the power wash and I followed along behind with a broom. Now perhaps we won't keep trekking all that silt and alt into the house with us. It really feels good to accomplish something, doesn't it?

The rest of the day is for quilting and grocery shopping, perhaps a little Netflix watching. Have a good one.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Spring Cleaning Update

I have finished the master suite and had to take a break for Easter and a little knitting and quilting. What's left in the cleaning saga? Living room, dining room, spa area, kitchen, and mud room. Next week. They can all happen next week.

In the mean time I have continued to work on the picture albums. It amazes me that I left some of this for so long. Remember those packets of pictures you used to get developed from film? Well I have about 20 of them from as far back as 2000. For shame, Victoria! So I am culling through them, saving the best, tossing the rest, and preserving them in picture albums. By the way, did you know they don't sell them complete with the inside pages anymore? You have to buy the ring binder and then pay extra for the inside folios. Well, not me. I went to Goodwill, and have found several of them for between $2.00 and $5.00 - binder, insides, and all. I will stop by Goodwill every week or so and see if they got anymore of them in.

Then, just when I didn't need another project, the yarn came. Yea, I know. Do I really need more yarn? Of course I do, especially when you find a book like this one. It is M'Lou Baber's Double Knitting, and the designs in it are awesome.

When I saw this coat I knew I had to make it. See what I mean? And if I do it correctly, it should be reversible. That is what the yarn is for. It is Nature Spun, sport weight on cones, available from Paradise Fibers www.paradisefibers.com.
I expect it to take a long time. It's like knitting two coats at the same time, but when I'm done, it will be worth it, don't you think?


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Yarn Management!

The drive from Memphis to Green Bay took us roughly 14 hours, and we have been home for about a week now. During those 14 hours, I hatched a spring cleaning plan, and even designated a specific day for each area of the house. Those who know me will not find this remarkable. When I want to be, I am an obsessively organized person. (OK! You can stop laughing now.) So far I have been able to stick with the plan, and the 2nd floor of our house is finished. AJ and I finished it together on Saturday.

Yesterday I tackled the woodwork in his dressing area. I remember my mother doing spring cleaning every June. She was a teacher so it had to wait until school was out. Yesterday I used Pledge. Mom used Johnson's paste wax. Everything got a good polishing, and I seem to recall that I was the polisher. In any case, that was before polyurethane. Now, I think Pledge will do the job just fine.

You know how, when you rearrange furniture, you wind up affecting the entire house. Well that's what happened on Saturday. We moved 3 major pieces of furniture, and that affected my yarn storage. Yesterday I started trying to deal with that. I have so much leftover sock yarn that it fills an entire laundry hamper. When plastic storage units go on sale I will buy one and fill it up easily. I also started winding sock yarn onto cones - a required activity for people who make socks on circular sock knitting machines (csms).
In gathering it all in the same place I discovered that I have a lot more of it than I thought. It multiplies, you know, when you aren't looking.

This morning I found more yarn, leftover
worsted mostly, that I didn't know existed.  Just when I thought I was done. Egad! I also keep a sweater hangar in my closet - you know - one of those hanging shelf things - where I keep good wool and wool blends. It is full. The closet is too narrow for me to get a complete picture of it, but this should give you some idea.

So, my day is accounted for. Today is continued Yarn Management, oh, and also the master suite, which is a disaster. Drawers, closet, bathroom, bedroom, etc. Guess I'd better get to work. Writing this blog can only put off the inevitable so long, and then it's time to bite the bullet.

Have a good day and I wish you luck with your yarn management.


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Going to Graceland, Graceland, Memphis Tennessee

Yesterday we toured Graceland. One forgets at this remove how huge Elvis Aaron Presley really was during his day. His house, by today's standards, is not large. In fact, the rooms are quite small, but it is elegantly decorated with no expense spared. There is a room that is completely draped, walls and ceiling in fabric. The expense of that is awesome.



The trophy room is absolutely awesome. It houses all of his gold and platinum recordings and his grammys. That is when it hit me - his influence on the popular music scene was monumental. I lived through all that but was a Classical musician and basically ignored it. Seeing proof of his efforts all in one room really brought it all home for me.

In the afternoon we went through the Civil Rights Museum, which is located in the Lorraine Motel in Memphis - the site at which Martin Luther King was shot. While the museum is really about the history of slavery and the struggle to overcome it, the exhibit culminates at room #306 where King was assassinated. Everyone should see this museum. The power is awesome.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Victoria Jicha's Tales of a Knitting Quilter: Cape Girardeau Crank In

Victoria Jicha's Tales of a Knitting Quilter: Cape Girardeau Crank In: I've been in Cape Girardeau, Missouri for the past four days. What a neat town. It's along the Mississippi river about an hour sou...

Cape Girardeau Crank In

I've been in Cape Girardeau, Missouri for the past four days. What a neat town. It's along the Mississippi river about an hour south of St. Louis, and it has a fascinating history. It was a Civil War town; General U.S. Grant established a presence here. Andy and I ate in a restaurant situated in the building in which he set up offices. The Cape, as it is known locally, reminds me a bit of New Orleans - downtown area is old, has been flooded several times, a bit of ginger bread.

There is a casino here, The Isle, which we enjoyed twice. As usual, AJ made up at the tables for what I lost at the slots. I know - stupid to do, but you never know when you are going to hit a jackpot. I am a gambler at heart.

The purpose for the visit was the Erlbacher Gerhart Sock Knitting Machine Crank In and Open House, which was attended by about 175 people from around the US and Canada. This was my second crank in, and I find it fascinating to finally meet the people with whom I have been messaging on Ravelry for years. They are acquaintances from numerous cyber interchanges and it is just a lot of fun to finally put faces with those folks.

Our 3 machines at the crank in.
The most fun thing was that I met two other crankers from Wisconsin, one from Sturgeon Bay (I had met her before at the Sturgeon Bay Farmers Market) and the other from less than a mile away from my house in Green Bay. We set up our machines next to each other and got to know each other better. We have vowed to get together for continued support in the future.

The event opened with a Meet & Greet reception at the shop, and I had baked a loaf of sourdough bread for the occasion. We bought some 5-year old cheddar before leaving Wisconsin. Here's a picture of me slicing the bread. The company hired a steel band from Southeast Missouri University and a good time was had by all.

There were workshops on Thursday and demonstrations on Friday and Saturday. I learned a lot and hope to blog more about those events in the future.

Today we are driving to Memphis, TN for a few days. We are going to see the Peabody ducks and Graceland,  Ribs at the Rendezvous and some good jazz on Beale street are also on the docket. More later - from Memphis.