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New Years’ Resolutions: What’s on Your Needles for 2011? December 31, 2010

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Today, the snow was melted and all but gone. Disappearing almost as fast as 2010, fading away to reside in our  thoughts and memories.

It’s the perfect time for planning new projects for the coming year, while clearing out the cobwebs of the past year. Time to empty those knitting baskets, so we can fill them with glorious yarn finds! The Tootsie roll canister is filled and close at hand (food for thought). My desk is not nearly as cleared off as I had hoped, but will be, soon.

I am compiling a To-Do List, things I want to make in the coming months. I’ll check off my WIP list from Ravelry first, then fill in with ideas from some new books I received today:

  1. finish Sharon’s Winter Socks
  2. The Agatha Cardigan
  3. make a felted purse: Pursenalities: 20 Great Knitted And Felted Bags
  4. make Igor a jacket from stash.
  5. finish The Raven Doily by Halloween
  6. start 99 new coasters for 2011 Christmas card inserts

I’ll add more as I go, but this will keep me busy, for now. Updates to follow, so do check back!

I’m Posting every day in 2011! December 30, 2010

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I’ve decided I want to blog more. Rather than just thinking about doing it, I’m starting right now.  I will be posting on this blog once a day / once a week for all of 2011.

I know it won’t be easy, but it might be fun, inspiring, awesome and wonderful. Therefore I’m promising to make use of The DailyPost, and the community of other bloggers with similar goals, to help me along the way, including asking for help when I need it and encouraging others when I can.

If you already read my blog, I hope you’ll encourage me with comments and likes, and good will along the way.

Signed,

<Your Name Here>

How to sign up:

Signing up is simple – do the following:

  1. Post on your blog that you’re participating
  2. (You can grab a sample post here)
  3. Use the tag postaday2011 or postaweek2011 in your posts (tips on tagging here)
  4. Subscribe to dailypost – via email thru the sidebar, or via RSS. Only  then will you get reminders and inspiration every day

This is my pre-New Years Day Blog post; just getting a head start on things.

And now, back to our regularly scheduled knitting~ see you in Ravelry! 🙂

Agatha: Steady as she knits… December 29, 2010

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The Agatha right front panel is moving along. Well, I should say I’m moving along with it; as one fellow Knitter said, I may have found the rhythm, and it’s going faster now, with fewer rip-backs…

Agatha Cardi, right panel

Agatha front panel, close-up

I bought 4 new books today, am excited to get them! The felted purses looked interesting, especially after my first attempt at felting, back in Nov. during a knitting suarez over at Kellie’s house.

The Variety Book of Crochet (No. 10)
 

Crocheted Curtain/Fan Pull

It was a fair morning, the temp was around 29 F., (wind chill 11 F.) so I opted for a walk with the neighbor, just a couple miles. It felt good to get out again, to inhale the brisk morning air, to feel the tingle work it’s magic in my nasal cavities. I woke up at 4:00am to a clogged face, and soon realized I was in the midst of an allergy attack. I had messed with the cat’s bedding the night before, and although I made sure to wash afterward, it was already too late. By mid-morning, I was in a full-blown sneeze attack which came and went sporadically then hung around until late evening. I’m not liking this one bit, and will have to wash the cat’s blanket at some point, but for now, I’ll stay away from it. It’s not bothering Miss Pepper, so I’ll leave well enough alone, for now.

DD19 brought me home a container of Tom and Jerry Mix (recipe); they make it in her bakery! YUMS!

Miss Pepper misses Summer, as much as I do…

Miss Pepper misses being outside...

Igor is having a riot in the snow~

Agatha Knits on Christmas Day December 27, 2010

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I received the most wonderful surprise in the mail from a Friend Down Under, last week!

I love the calender! Birds are my passion, I just adore watching them.

Mike and I had an unusual Friday. Mike hollered for me to come look out the back window-a Red-Tail hawk had snagged a squirrel while it was foraging for peanuts out on our back deck rail. I had just put the peanuts out not 5 minutes earlier, and apparently one squirrel wasn’t paying attention. After catching his prey, the hawk carried it up into the trees, while a family of crows gathered nearby, giving  Hawk no end of grief. The drama unfolded as the crows followed the hawk from one tree to the next, cawing and swooping at him.

I ran upstairs and confirmed my worst fears, the catch spot-the evidence was on the deck rail and in the snow below. I felt a mixture of sadness and celebration of the Circle of  Life.

I’m going to remember this day now, every time I put peanuts out for the Blue Jays, Crows, and squirrels. It’s going to be tough, I don’t think I will be able to stand at the window now, there will be moments of regret. I’m glad I wasn’t there to witness it, but I knew about the family of Hawks-they have been nesting here in our neck’o the woods for 3 years in a row, and have decided to stick around a while.

I have the calender by my coffeemaker now. The yarn, Ixchelbunny Mulberry Silk, “Shiburi Indigo” is absolutely delicious~ what can I make with it, hints and ideas welcome!

On Christmas Day, to celebrate my 2nd anniversary of knitting, I started a new project: The Agatha Cardigan by Snowden Becker.

Agatha Cardigan

I did one set of 32 rows for the pattern on Christmas day, then the second pattern set on Sunday.

2 sets of 32 row pattern

I’m using Plymouth Encore Tweed, Grey Heather.

I’m liking the weight and feel of this worsted-weight 10-ply yarn, and think it will be warm but not too bulky. I had to laugh at myself yesterday-the tan speckles looked like bread crumbs, I kept trying to brush them off~  LOL!

I found a book on eBay I simply must have! At Knits End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much, by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee aka the Yarn Harlot.   It’s loaded with lot’s  of humour, only another knitter would understand, according to the description.

I also snagged two Crochet books I was watching for, for over a year now! I’m waiting for a 3rd book listing to end bids, to see if I win.

Crocheted Snowflakes & Angels Leisure Arts #255

Star Book No. 10, The Variety Book of Crochet by American Thread Company

Time to warm up the lasagna and garlic bread.

Wishing you all a good night and sweet dreams~

Cleaning House December 24, 2010

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Today, I cleaned house, in a lot of ways-I stopped dwelling on family opinions, for good. It’s an incredibly liberating experience, long overdue.

I spend too much time with my thoughts, especially over the holidays, obviously. Here I am, on Christmas Eve, blogging, when everyone else is gathering with family and friends, spreading Cheer, Holiday Spirit and fond memories.

I started early this afternoon, and began to clean from one end of this house to the other, one floor at a time. I cleaned from top to bottom, all the while clearing out the cobwebs and dust bunnies that reside in the corners of my mind. I do my best thinking when I’m cleaning.

Two things happened recently that totally upset my world for a time. I won’t bore you with the sordid details, but one involved a squirrel, some peanuts laid out on the deck rail, and our family of Red-tail Hawks. Life is a Circle, so I do appreciate the significance of this turn of events. Things just didn’t go as well as they could have. Then it snowed and covered up the remnants of the day, hiding them away from my eyes. At least until Spring thaw.

The other thing happened early yesterday morning. I almost broke something of my Mom’s, precious to my heart-I say *almost* because it didn’t break, it cracked, but just enough to render it of little monetary value. When it happened, I cried for nearly a half-hour. What I did was so utterly stupid, and I knew when it happened, I could have prevented it-I even thought about it seconds before it happened. I spent the rest of the morning wondered if it was a sign that something was amiss. Was Mom mad because I “borrowed” one of her earrings to re-open up an old piercing again. I lost an earring a couple months ago, and the realization that it must have gone down the shower drain, drove me to replace it the other day. So I borrowed one of Mom’s old pairs of cubic zirc’s from when she got her ears pierced years back. I cleaned the ear stud meticulously, and wore it without any trouble. When I cracked her bowl, I could almost hear her saying, “I told you so, Sandra. Now, take out my earring, you’re grounded!” I’m so sorry, Mom. I left the earring in, rebel that I am.

This morning, I woke as if in a fog, having tossed the night away. I deliberately avoided looking at the damage from the day before, while clearing the dining room table off, putting away the remains of Christmas cards and address books. Shook off the tablecloth, took one leaf out of the Walnut dining room table that belonged to my mother, and replaced it with a Christmas tablecloth. When I put everything back, I couldn’t help but have to look at the offending crack as I put the item back in its place in the center of the table. But as I placed it back in its spot, I could NOT see the crack. A part of me says, it must still be there.  But for now, I will not go looking for it; I just could not see it today.

I went about cleaning the rest of the upstairs; it felt good to have some order and cleanliness again. we’ve been so busy with work, we’ve had little time to take care of the normal things around the house. Then I moved downstairs to the office, and coerced DH to clear off the window ledge so we could vacuum up months of accumulated dust and clear up the clutter. Earlier this week, he made a really cool folk-artsy cedar pines display which now sits on the ledge. Outside, the birds were gathered at the feeder, eating as much thistle seed as they could, before the snow completely obliterated everything on the ground. The cleaning done, we settled back to enjoy the rest of the evening listening to Pat Travers and relaxing. My knitting is calling me, but I have 2 whole days of free time to look forward to, so I’m in no hurry.

Tomorrow is Christmas Day. DH and I will spend the next two days offline, enjoying each other’s company. We’ll watch old movies, fix a huge pan of lasagna and garlic bread for dinner, and watch the snow fall. Peace on Earth, for a couple of days.

Peace, Light and Love to all on this peaceful night~

For all you Dog Lovers out there: December 22, 2010

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Merry Christmas, from Igor!

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Igor, aka Smiling Boy

Knitting Instructional Video and Gloves that Heal! December 22, 2010

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Jeanne from Jimmy Beans Wool demonstrates How To Do a Russian Join while Knitting. Jimmy Beans Wool is your LYS… online!

I’m going to use this technique on my Agatha Cardigan pattern I just purchased. It’s one-piece reversible construction looks really exciting. I’m thinking I’ll use Plymouth Encore Tweed, Grey Heather T781. I purchased it from Ben Franklin Crafts a while back, not quite sure what I was going to use it for, but this might work out great for a mid-weight sweater, after I’ve re-calculated the gauge.

Agatha Cardigan
Agatha Cardigan closeup
Agatha Cardigan

DD19 just called to tell me they canceled the get-together at 2 Seasons Bowling Alley, too foggy tonight, making driving hazardous. I’m glad she decided not to go, but now I have these batches of FUDGE I was going to gift. OFUDGE! now I will have to eat it all or see if I can freeze it for later.

I am thinking of trying these gloves for Winter Hands; they sound perfect for moisturizing and protecting from dryness. Check back for reviews.

Peacel, Light and Love~ knit warm and stay happy!

Our Winter Solstice Tree

Knit one, Purl One… Gratitude (via Operation Gratitude Blog) December 14, 2010

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I LOVE JOAN, you gotta see her!
Check out this video: Knitting: A Patriotic Duty – Fox News Video – FoxNews.com video.foxnews.com
‎98-year-old woman knits scarves for troops

Knit one, Purl One… Gratitude by Guest Blogger Karen Francis. Needles clicked, yarn spun, and discussions about patterns flowed, but in a store surrounded by the jewel tones of silk, bright worsted wool and imaginative color combinations in alpaca and cashmere, the dull tones of black and brown and grey pure wool stood out.  A group of women met on a glorious summer day in Old Town Alexandria, a day that the humidity was down and a cool breeze blew across the Potomac, but the … Read More

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Crystal Blue Persuasion | Happy Birthday, Dad! December 13, 2010

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My friend Linda reminded me of a song I fell in love with as a kid: Crystal Blue Persuasion. I remember EXACTLY where I was when I first fell in love with the song. In the back of my Mom and Dad’s ’64 White over Aqua Blue Chevy Impala, in the parking lot at Harrah’s casino, North Shore Lake Tahoe, with my sketch book, colored pencils, and 3 new issues of some teen horror mystery pocket book I had picked up at the local 5 and dime. I was 13 and didn’t have to stay at the Recreation Center (Kids Center) for the first time ~I was truly in my element up there in the higher altitudes -Life was good. 🙂

Fanette Island Tea House, Lake Tahoe '08

I should get back into my art again. Every Winter, I find myself either knee-deep in contemplations of days gone by, or up to my hooch in snow on the front porch. The quiet serenity that I feel every time I look out the big window facing West, reminds me of Home, of care-free days and Loved Ones now passed. Sometimes my Soul aches to fly out that window, over the hills and trees beyond the pond, toward that beautiful sunset. I yearn to once again visit Yesterday before it disappears forever. But before it goes, it displays it’s radiance in such breath-taking colors, I catch my breath and stop to stare. Then I remember where I am, and I’m content in knowing I’ve made it this far in my Journey, and that is enough to still my heart.

Tomorrow is Dad’s birthday-he would be 96, but to me, he will always be that brave soldier whose hand I held until his battle was finally over.

Happy Birthday, Dad~ I love you!! ♥♥♥