Thursday, August 30, 2007
This is a Flower that a friend, Kesam, had made. I met her in Manchester last July.
What a delightfully wonderful and talented lady. She even let me post the picture here. Thank you, Kesam!
It's almost Friday, and then we will have a long weekend, and I am going to knit and creochet until I fall asleep.
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Now, here is the thing: When I sleep, or am about to fall asleep, I have great ideas, and solutions to problems. This would mean that I should be in bed all the time, when I have drawn my idea bank empty. Of course, other times it's the other way, all the problems come to surface and I can't sleep.
I was thinking of pros and cons of work environment. Of course, I can only think from my experiences, which are not that many, but many years would count to some thoughts.
1. Whining co-workers make my blood boil
2. Lying about how much work they do, when most of the time
is spent on the internet or on the phone, on personal stuff.
3. When the boss wants you to do something five minutes before
you leave for home.
4. High and mighty attitude of some of the management staff. Secrecy
included. The staff is not let know of the important issues, until
the last minute, or via some grapevine
5. Holiday schedules are announced a few days prior a major holiday,
unless it's a statutory holiday.
6. Co-worker's complaining about how much work they have. Would this
have anything to do with above mentioned personal stuff?
1. I have a job
2. I get a paycheck
3. I love my work (it's the co-workers who make my life miserable sometimes)
4. Fun lunch hours. I can knit or crochet, or go out, or whatever.
5. Flexibility, if you are late 5 minutes, nothing is said, if you need an
appointment, you just make up the time...when ever.
6. Casual Fridays
7. An amazing boss makes all the difference
There are more points to both sides, but since I am on my break now, I need to stop.
The story about the picture will follow now:
I want to make a pink scarf for breast cancer charity program. I know that there is one group that collects knitted scarves. Mine is crocheted. However, I cannot imagine that they would turn mine away.
Here is how I am making it:
Stitches: Ch, Sc, Dc, Fldc, bldc
Front and Back Loop instructions are very nicely explained here:
Yarn: WW or DK, whichever suits your likes
Hook: 5.5 mm for WW or if you want looser stitch then bigger hook,
or tighter fabric then smaller hook
Row 1: sc in second ch from hook, sc in each ch st. You will have 20 sc sts. Turn
Row 2: ch 3 (or 2, if you want) as one dc
dc in each sc (you will have 1-3ch and 19 dc stitches. Turn
Row 3: ch 3 (or 2) bldc in first dc, fldc in next, bldc in next, fldc in next,
continue this way to the end. Dc in the 3 ch loop. Turn
Row 4: Ch 3 (or 2), fldc in the first dc that was done in a back loop on the
previous row. bldc in the next, alternate back and front loops to the end.
If the previous dc is sticking up, you will do the back loop dc,
if the previous dc is hiding behind, you will do the front loop.
Repeat these two rows, alternating the front and back loops. Leave the chain stitches alone, otherwise your edge is going to be messy looking (I tried).
You can make as many rows as you wish. Make a fringe, at ends, if you want.
I didn't write the above to make a pattern, I am sure someone has made a similar scarf already. I am just telling you how I made mine.
If there are spelling mistakes, please forgive me, but the blogger decided to be a pest and not checking anything. Not even letting me use the bold or italic letters.
Hope you got something done from my instructions.
Monday, August 27, 2007
It was the dream of drawing a deer. I was looking for a picture of a deer in the web, but could not find anything that excited me. I did hit a link where my norton guy went nuts, but was able to fight back and delete all the nasty monsters. I ran norton guy again,just to make sure.
That was the end for my interest in drawing a deer. My next attempt was a horse. I have always liked horses, and drawing them gives me a great deal of inspiration.
Well, the above picture isn't about a horse, but about a scrumble. I took a break from my knitting, and doodled with my watercolor pencils.
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Finally. I will be thinking twice before attempting to knit another lace weight shawl.
My fingers are looking at me like I had tried to kill them. My left forefinger has a darker spot, where the tip of the needle kept hitting. I need to give my fingers a nice treat, so they will forgive me and happily continue my sock knitting trek.
I took Friday off from work, to knit my socks. But. The mystery stole kept staring at me from the top of the WIP pile. FPS, all right, I'll finish you this weekend, but let me knit some socks first. So I did, on Friday. Remember the sock that had a lace pattern, and I was looking for the instructions, which my friend Sarah was able to get for me. Well, I am now knitting the foot part, not too far away from the toe, on both socks.
Some trips to my stash room resulted in some finds, Kroy Sock yarn. One ball of each color. How clever. However, I bought the yarns at a sale, and they were meant for my freeform creations. For freeform projects I bought different yarns, and many times just one ball. Little did I know that I would get a sock fever.
I called a store near me, and they had Kroy sock yarns. I went there on Saturday, and was able to get one color to match perfectly. Then I bought some solid colors to go with the colors that didn't have a match. One of these days I will be making those up. Starting from the toe.
On the dream scenery, I had a vivid dream where I was drawing a deer. Then I started looking for books of drawings. If my fingers fight too much today, I might just draw and not knit. Although.......see how easily I switch from one project to another, something has to be done with my attention span. Yes, I have a crochet-a-long doily sitting by my laptop, but it's not making too much noise, it's still in baby shoes. Only6 or 7 rows done. There are about 30 or so rows. I don't have the pattern in front of me, so I am just estimating. The doily is going to be a gift since I have no room for doilies in my home. They would get buried alive under my
knitting/crocheting projects and yarns, as well as hubby's photo stuff. Our home is one production house.
That reminds me of the weekly chores I need to do today, since
two days of pure bliss of knitting didn't give enough time to do the laundry or other normal household projects.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Y arn that would catch the attention of other
B logger who clicks on to find something
L ively and entertaining to read
O nly to find words that follow each other in a desperate
G riping manner amounting to nothing.
Monday, August 20, 2007
You are emotionally stable and willing to find common ground with others.
Your friends and family often look to you to be the mediator when there is conflict.
You are easy going and accepting. You take things as they come.
Avoiding conflict at all costs, you're content when things are calm.
At Your Best: You feel connected, trusting, and fulfilled. You feel at peace with your place in the world.
At Your Worst: You compromise your values to make sure peace is maintained. You give in to bullies.
Your Fixation: Harmony
Your Primary Fear: Causing conflict
Your Primary Desire: To preserve things as they are
Other Number 9's: Marge Simpson, Ronald Reagan, Audrey Hepburn, Jerry Seinfeld, and Abraham Lincoln.
What Number Are You
Friday, August 17, 2007
Answer each question with a word that starts with the first letter of your first name.
1. Famous Singer/Band: Paula Abdul (she sings, right?)
2. 4 letter word: Phew (I wanted to use another word, but I'm not saying it loud)
3. Street name: Park Avenue
4. Color: Purple, Pink
5. Gifts/Presents: Pearls
6. Vehicle: Paddle boat
7. Things in a Souvenir Shop: Pins, Pens
8. Boy Name: Patrick
9. Girl Name: Patrice
10. Movie Title: Psycho
11. Drink: Pepsi
12. Occupation: Psychologist
13. Celebrity: Paul Newman
14. Magazine: People
15. U.S. City: Philly
16. Pro Sports Teams: Panthers (I'm sure there is a team like that, somewhere)
17. Fruit: Pear
18. Reason for Being Late for Work: Pulled over (could be a reason)
19. Something You Throw Away: Pulp
20. Things You Shout: Payday (there was something else here, but I deleted it)
21. Cartoon Character: Pink Panther
Mine was easy, except for the 4-letter word.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Well, wrapping the yarn around a stitch should be easy enough, but not for me, I knitted and purled the wrapped stitch when I was starting the next row. This is how I used to do short rows on a flat piece, not on a sock toe, where the method is going to make the toe part to come out nice and round and perfect without holes.
I finally figured out that you don't knit the wrapped yarn just yet, you knit it later. Do I always have to be in such a hurry? My next problem is to pick up the wraps and knit them nice and even. These wraps, on my work, were full of stuff, as in chicken wraps, lettuce, tomato, cucu, etc. Oh, no, I think I better go to sleep. It's midnight again, and I have a full work day tomorrow.
Right now all that was done tonight is back in the skein of yarn that I knitted from. I don't like the yarn, it's too thin. Guess what, I have to give in and go to the store tomorrow and buy some decent sock yarn in solid color. I hope to find some sort of pink color.
I'll practice again tomorrow, until I get the toe part nice and pretty. I am going to make this sock, no matter what.
Yarn, Filati magazine, several loose patterns, and information flyers, as well as some detergent and even a cross stitch chart.
Also included was an info flyer from Campanula for the Cure
You will make a pair of socks, using Campanula pattern, which is available from Ramona Carmelly, who is raising funds for the Weekend to End Breast Cancer.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Some additions for this post, since I forgot important things, like coffee, who won, etc.
Here are some pictures I took tonight at the baseball game. Tatjana is showing her beautiful summer top she was working on at the game. There was an interesting teeshirt, the one side was about a good girl and in the back, whoops, she is knitting now.
As we entered the stadium, we received a tote bag with yarns and some patterns inside. The bag has the Blue Jays logo on one side and Stitch n' Pitch on the other. I didn't take a picture of the bag yet.
I love the beret that one girl was wearing. She also had a great hair color. I must think of that for myself.
One picture has Sherri taking a picture of me taking a picture of her. In the other group picture Drea is saying hello. I think Knitters and Crocheters did a marvellous job in attendance.
There was a group of fun people, sitting in the front of me. One young man decided to go and get drinks for the girls and was telling them that he was buying. When he was walking by me, I said, jokingly, that for me he could bring a black coffee. Guess what, when he came back with the drinks, he had a coffee for me. What a Nice guy!
It's midnight, and I need to go to work in the morning, so I say goodnight all, and good morning to those who visit my blog in the morning.
I forgot to mention that Jays won 2-1.
I have my knitting bag, two bottles of water, camera and of course knitting project nicely waiting for me to get to the subway station and start traveling towards downtown. I still have a few hours at work. Right now I am taking a break.
I have my sock knitting spree going on strongly. Three projects already on the go. The one I was looking for a pattern yesterday, the one I am going to work on tonight, and the one I started on the weekend for charity.
My hubby might tape the game, if he remembers. I have only reminded him now 5 times. He will tape it, I know. Not that I am a huge baseball fan, but it would be interesting to see if they show us on telly. There are quite a few of our crochet and knitting group members, and then all the other group members, whom I don't necessarily know, but will get to know at the game.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Here it is.
I made mine longer, though, but the lace pattern is the same.
A friend of mine, Sarah, took matters into her mind, and was able to
get it for me. Thank You!