Sunday, November 30, 2014

Generations

'Tis interesting that 'generations' and 'genes' begin with the same root. You see, the generations continue to unfold in my family, and the genetic makeup continues to be passed along to the new generations. I discovered on Thanksgiving Day that I will be a great grandmother in February. My oldest grandson made the announcement via Facebook, and the family is overjoyed, while also being wary that he is quite young, in his early 20s.

The generations do repeat, however. I was in my early 20s when I had my son, and he was in his mid 20s when he had my grandson. So whoever said history repeats seems to have known what he was talking about. Of course, I was elated when my son arrived. I do remember the night we took him home from the hospital; he wouldn't stop crying. I remember vividly holding him while sitting on the edge of the bed and rocking back and forth, crying myself because he wouldn't stop crying. My mother arrived the following day, all the way from Oregon, and set things right. I was clearly overwhelmed.

As a knitter I couldn't let the opportunity to knit a few baby things slip by. I ordered some yarn yesterday to that end, and I also found a really nice section of knits for babies in Sock Yarn One Skein Wonders. One pattern requires Cascade Fixation, and while most of mine was blue ( the expectant is female) I did uncover a ball of yellow. I set those needles to working right away as you can plainly see. Can't wait for the rest of the yarn to arrive.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

The Yarn Deal Was Really Super!

In the last post I wrote about visiting JoAnn Fabrics and buying a one-pound bag of un-labeled yarn. It looked like sock yarn but it was enclosed in plastic, so I wasn't exactly sure what I had just paid $6.99 for. Both colors on the left are sock yarn, and I haven't cranked anything with the teal-colored skeins, but the dark blue behaves just like Opal or Austerman. I don't know the brand but I cranked a pair of size small socks, thinking that if it was a disaster or didn't take well to the washing machine, I could just keep them for myself.

Surprise, surprise. That pair of socks washed up beautifully. I didn't
dry them in the dryer, but then I always dry socks on sock forms. They look better that way. What do you think? Each skein also contained more than the standard 100 grams of yarn. I can tell by the thickness of the yarn on the cones after I rewound them. I probably have enough left over from the first cone of yarn to make another sock. However, I think I will hold off on it and make two pairs of size large socks, then combine the leftovers with Russian joins to make fingerless mitts.


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

I've Been Busy ... How 'bout You?

After reading my friend's blog the other day, http://crazynovelpeople1.blogspot.com/, I rushed right over to JoAnn Fabrics yesterday. Well - I needed some other things too, and I was the first one in the door, bright eyed and bushy tailed at 8 am. I found the tall styrofoam cone I needed, and then I headed towards the yarn department, See, BM had mentioned that there was a mill-ends sale of yarn that had been advertised in the paper. We don't get the newspaper. (Don't get me started. It's pretty paltry, and we weren't even opening it some days, so we stopped taking delivery.)

 I finally found the big, dilapidated cardboard box that was full of plastic sealed skeins of yarn. None of the yarn had labels, so weight and fiber content start out a mystery. I must have pawed through that box for a good 10 minutes, until I found what I thought would be DK or baby weight yarn - good for the hats the knitting guild makes for new borns at one of the hospitals in town.

I got busy when I got home and caught up with other things. I didn't open the bag of yarn until just now and this is what I found.  Each bag in that old box weighed one pound, and a one-pound bag cost $6.99. This is fingering weight yarn, and there is enough there for 5 pairs of socks. I'm not sure of fiber content yet, but I will wind it up this afternoon and see what kind of socks it makes. Five pairs of socks for $7 is the steal of the century. Also, the washing after they are cranked will tell the entire story.

The purpose of the trip was really to buy a taller cone, as I mentioned and I did get one of those as well. That's what I got so busy at when I came home. After cutting a large assortment of 2.5, 3.5, and 4.5 inch squares out of every Christmas fabric I could find, I spent the afternoon pinning the diagonally squared fabric pieces into the styrofoam.

Voila! the result – I went to the basement, riffled through the old Christmas decorations to find some small gold balls to put on the top but what we have is too large. I'll keep my eyes open for some small ones at Walgreens on future trips.

Tomorrow I drive down to Oshkosh to pick up my new Saddle Chair. Can't wait. They were supposed to email me when it could be picked up, but they never did. If I had known that it was already in Oshkosh I would have gone yesterday to pick it up. Now, as it is, I have to pick up the chair the day before Thanksgiving - a day when I was going to cook the pies, Green Bean Casserole, and Candied Yams. I still have to make them, whether I go to Oshkosh or not. Drat!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

November Has Been Quite a Month

Winter arrived early here this year; we really never had much of a Fall, and there wasn't any Indian Summer either. So there is snow on the ground now, and on my car as well, because the garage door broke. I know. You don't really want to read about my trials and tribulations, but I'm going to write about them anyway. You can skip to the next blog if it suits you. I won't be offended.

About two weeks ago I did a craft fair near me called Christmas in Suamico. My friend AT went with me to keep me company, and my husband helped me load in and out that day. It was a 9am-4pm Saturday, and I made enough money to buy some more yarn for my sock knitting machine cranking habits.

Many of those socks on the left sold, and I had enough money to order a full cone of Opal sock yarn. That should make about 9 or 10 pairs of socks I think. All of that was going on when the world whirled out of control.

My husband had a heart attack. All agendas ceased, paramedics were called, and six stents later, he seems to be as good as new. He went back to work on Monday. I don't mind telling you that it was a life-changing experience that I don't need to have again. He would tell you the same thing. Diets and life styles have changed around here quite a bit, and it seems as if I am grocery shopping almost every day, just to stock the larder with lo-fat this and lo-salt that. We were already eating pretty healthily, but now it is mandatory that we do so all the time.

The garage fix-it people came long enough to help us get our cars out of the garage. AJ can't lift anything heavier than a gallon of milk, so hoisting the garage door was not an option. They will be back tomorrow to actually fix it. In the mean time we are sweeping off cars and I have become the chief snow removal officer. Egad!

This little do-dad is something I saw on the web and thought, I have lots of fabric scraps. I could make that. All it required was a styrofoam tree cone from Michaels and a gazillion 2.5" squares. I did it in an afternoon.

That reminds me. This is dishcloth knitting season again for the guild Christmas party. Guess I'd better get busy.

You are all caught up now. Drop by again. I'm going to be verbose in the New Year.