Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Knit one, Crochet two.....

I found a lovely sweater that I started knitting around 1974.....and never finished.  I have carried it from hither and yon thinking that one day I would actually finish the bottom ribbing, sew up the sleeves, and then do the neckline.



Size 10 or medium. Right now I'm an XL on top & tum tum & medium around the hiney - but with this it is the TOP that matters most.    I shall fit into it - I shall, I shall, I shall!  Next year.

With it is the tote from McCall's Patterns which is also 40+ years old and in great shape! :o)  I love totes! I have tooooooooooooooooo many!  Do you have totes?  I can't make up my mind as to which one I love the most, but I do love them all......

.....and measuring tapes,

.....and tapestry needles,

.....and yarn,

.....and buttons (how does THAT figure???),

.....and patterns and magazines,

.....and something else   -   I love, love, love manly tools that are made for women! Hah!

I finally had hubby pull out all my tools with which I came when we married (and which he confiscated) so I can keep them in my closet. I have two Dremel's, a Cat sander and a Mouse sander (isn't THAT cute!), and a drill that went dead.  Will replace that one.

I had a socket set, but he couldn't find it so will replace that, too. I need a fairly versitle tool set.  Something in pink, eh?  Then he'd keep his hands off!

I have a hammer and wrench he has stowed away, as well as my big screwdriver that you can flip out the Phillips side, turn it around, and it then makes a regular one. Love it - BUT - as it is older and losing the magnetic quality, I might as well replace that one, too, don't cha think!??

I'm winding down the swapping for this year except the Amigurumi toys.  Love them!  I have 3 more months of those to do, and then I'm done. In between I will concentrate of making something for me, making some patterns, and putting those 12 afghans together....and perhaps some Christmas presents.

What are YOU going to do for Christmas???

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Saturday Night and I'm Out of Gas.....

Today hasn't been particularly busy, nor has the week.  It's just that I stayed up late, got up early, and actually "went into town."  That means I have to drive a whole five miles one way.  Lazy me!  Today there was a luncheon hosted by our new pastor's wife, and she fixed it all herself! She engaged hubby to help her serve, and it was awesome.  I really enjoyed the company and the getting out - but ate too much.  I cracked down on myself the rest of the day to keep the calorie count down - the chocolate cake for dessert, however, put me over the whole calorie thing for the day. SOOOOO worth it! ;o)

I've been playing Scrabble with my BFF quite a lot. Hopefully she doesn't tire of it as I think it is helping to keep my brain alive! I'm a bit addicted, I must admit.  I have an iPad and she has an iPhone and we play "Words With Friends" - very nifty neat. If you have a chance to download it I highly recommend the app.

I have it hot off the press from my DSS that there are rumors now in the professional realm that the new iPhone will be out in January, most likely through Verizon, but not quite a done deal yet.  I'm waiting ... tap, tap, tap ...

Today I received an awesome gift from Lizavietta on Ravelry.  She was an Angel, along with three others, in my Notions Bag Swap...so you can see that I really lucked out by being stung! Hah!  I'm so glad that I have often volunteered to do this for others as it really makes a difference in their feelings and ours, and I feel so honored to be gifted such wonderful handmade, well loved, items.

Isn't this BEAUTIFUL! Scrumptious yarn!

And it has TWO pockets......

Tomorrow hubby is taking leave to drive up to our RV on "the ranch" to check it out on an overnighter! Hooray! This will just the second time that I get to spend the night by myself and just veg around the house - playing Scrabble with my BFF Bev most of the evening! Not that THAT is much different, but not cooking will be!

I have an elephant (body debuted on my other blog) nearly done to show you all - stay tuned for updates! ;o) SOOOOOOO CUTE!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Another week in my world.....

Well, this has been an eventful week....made lots of squares, most all from Priscilla Hewitt's patterns....finished bordering several of the sections to my Granny (Nanny) McPhee afghan, which will be huge and lovely! I'm going to post photos of the various sections on Wednesday, although they aren't put together.

I did a tutorial on Ravelry in the Vanna's Choice Fan Club for the Tunisian Simple Stitch (TSS), and if this link works, start with post 382.  It takes a bit to load as there are so many photos.

I posted the second installment on my other crochet site for color changes. Takes toooooo long to post in Ravelry.  It is a fast and dirty tutorial, so if you have any questions, feel free to post them there.

My oldest brother sent me a photo of his "baby" Russell (the cat) who has taken over the afghan I made him in the Muddy Waters swap in the VC Fan Club (VCFC from here on out!).  Thought I'd share the happy cat!

I also was fortunate to spy a new amigurumi pattern for free!  I cannot believe my good fortune....a sea horse! It is gorgeous and I intend to make that beauty soon. If she still have her last page up on her site, look to the bottom right of this blog and see Sonya's web page - Curly Girl.  She's from Georgia - my favorite state!  If you haven't already, check her out as she has great patterns for free, and for sale!!!

Speaking of Georgia, have you seen Curb Appeal on the HGTV?  It's only 1/2 hour, and is really fun to watch (less if you tape it!).  All takes place in and around Atlanta, so you KNOW I have to watch!  I think that Designed to Sell is often done there, too, as I see some of the same people on there. So much better than the murder and mayhem I see on the TV shows these days.

Until next time!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

My Nephew Is Getting Married!

Bill is my hubby's first wife's nephew....and now mine, too! Lucky me!  He is with the Border Patrol far from home, but doing well.  As a matter of fact, so well that he has found himself madly in love with a gorgeous doll!  They met where she works, and now will be married by the end of this month.

Aren't they just the cutest!  They visited his parents in Colorado before the wedding so more family members could meet her.  Seems like a lovely girl, and I wish them all the best!

Congratulations Bill and Blanca!