Thursday, August 31, 2006

A Box (in the mail)

I am, if not the worst, at least in the running for the worst grandmother in the world.

My one and only granddaughter will be 6 tomorrow, (you can find her lovingly modeling hats and sweaters I have made for her in my photobucket gallery) and I just mailed a BOX off today.

And, mind you it was a box, not just with her birthday present--that is not just something special for her, but a box with goodies for everyone—and the address reflected that. (my son family is a blended family, and to be fair, we send off boxes with all three family names (Dewey, Cheatham, & Howe style) rather than just address it to the Griffin’s

In the box there is a book for her mother, colored pencils, crayons and glue (because you can never have too many crayons or too much glue!) for both her and her older brother, a hat for her younger brother. And some goodies--mostly goodies for her, but none wrapped up in pretty paper, but the fun stuff kids like—a small glittery pink heart shaped photo folder, complete with a lock, key and latch to hook it on to her school back pack, a flashlight, (with new batteries!), a little golden purse, (with a fake charge card inside.) Oh the fun of having charge card! –the big item was a new poncho. (last years poncho is getting too small)

I remember getting “boxes” in the mail when I was a kid, and they were always magical. A Big Box all sealed up with twine and brown paper, and out of it came the most wonderful things. (but even the twine was treasured!)

There weren’t really any treasures, just sweaters, and small toys, and tea pots, something for everyone—but nothing was labeled so we divied it up as we (with my mother being a final arbitrator,) as we wanted.

We sent boxes too. Toys for cousins, clothes, fancy purses, embroidered handkerchiefs, or other little luxuries for Aunts and Uncles. We children were expected to provide something for the box. And our boxes were divied up on the other side of the ocean.

One year, I received a craft kit that I received for Christmas present, (I remember thinking it was stupid) –a Styrofoam ball, that I covered (carefully) with long strands of yarn. The strands were divided, and braided, to make a toy octopus. (there was some cutting of felt, and gluing involved too) Completed, I had no interest in it. So I readily donated the finished object to the “BOX”. It ended up not being a toy for cousin, but a treasured item by my nana!

Still, I am not all bad, I did get the box packed and mailed.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

As promised, August's socks....
(to the left)
and the first few inches of Septembers. (to the right)
The ROY G BIV stripes are really YORFI (yellow, orange, red, fair isle), GIFI (green, indigo, fair isle), BVFI(blue, violet, fair isle). Since i took the photo, I have completed a few more rows--back to the red strip, and I've begun to make a gusset for the heel.
I'm planning an after thought heel--but with a small side gusset to add a bit more ease.

I don't have much else to show in the way of knitting, though a a poncho, some hats are still waiting to be photographed. I just finished the poncho today.. (miles of fringe!)
and tomorrow it will be mailed to my granddaughter.

This summer, several heat waves (defined as 3 or more day's with temperatures above 90°) made doing anything a chore.

Fun with Spray Paint!
I did have some fun with spray paint. A Pepperidge Farms cookie canister, an oriental wafer cookie tin, some japanese tea canisters, and some other miscelanious stuff were redecorated with spray paint and reproduction labels-- they re-emerged looking quit spiffy.

I love canisters. I have 'product canisters' for flour, coffe, oatmeal, salteen crackers, and biscotti, as well as apoccithary type glass jars that I regularly use to store food. Still, its always fun to have more.
I have been a bit of demon with the spray paint can.. a bunch of mis match frames became a co-ordinated set, recycled bins from cat food and kitty litter, spray painted- became waste cans. A small crude, unfinished wooden step stool, painted, looks, well not like a million bucks, but suitable for the living room.

Still on the To Do List...

is the skirt on the ottoman, and the finish cover on the chair I have been reupholstering. There is some time pressure on the chair. Its a pecan framed side chair, and any day now, a matching pecan wood etegier will appear.

We sort of play this game of swapping with family furniture, the chair and etegier were my in laws originally and my daughter ended up with them. She really didn't like either, but needed a chair, and bookshelves. But she's coming into a some bookshelves of her fathers, and in the interest of recycling, the items are coming to me.

It's no wonder she didn't like the chair. The original olive green silk upholstery was thread bare. I stripped it down to the frame, added new webbing, padding and foam. --Once it has its new silk fabic in place (a deep prussian blue, embroidered with fruits) it will look (and be) a new chair. The etegier didn't really fit in the place she had it--or any where else for that matter.

I loved the chair and the etegier -- and my living room has just the place for it. a short wall that is just 4 or so inches wider than the etegier. Like all the other shelves in the living room, the open shelves on the etegier will be fitted with lights--well, half of them will be.

The other shelves will hold books, (and make do with reflected light) A hidden light fixture on the top of the etegier , with lamps aimed at the ceiling, will provide that light.

I have been living here now going on 4 years, but there is still much to do. I take my time, and slowly position thing. I am pleased with my choices, and don't mind waiting to I decide exactly what i want.

Monday, August 28, 2006

at last-- an image appears

For some reason, adding images after the make a post hasn't been working.

So, I tried adding images first.. and voila, an image.
These are July's socks, (in theory, I just aim for a pair of socks a month, but in reality, i obsess. It's a rare month I don't make a pair.)

August's socks are complete, just not yet photographed, September's are on needles. I am thinking about a few extara pairs--one for my son, and one for my honorary grandson. My son and his family go camping and hiking, and wool sock are really just what they need. I can always just find a pair from my knit but not yet worn stash of socks for my DIL and socks for my granddaughter (age 6) are quick to knit. But men's (or manly sized for a teen age boy) take a few more stitches and a few more rows.

My stash of sock yarn has grown this summer, mostly Kroy 4 ply solid colors, but swaps have helped even things out. At the rate of 1 pair a month, I have, about a 3 year supply of sock yarn. On needles right now, OnLine sock wool in the color Seirra. Not a perfect ROY G BIV stripe, but close to it.

July's socks are Lion Brand Magic stripe, with a tubular cast on, 1 X1 ribbing, and boxy 5 X1 rib for the body of the sock. Round heels and french toes.

August's socks start with a 2 tone rib, then a short cuff with a fair isle design, the body of the sock in Winsor grey tweed (Kroy). the round toe echo's the fair isle design on the cuff. i'll get a photo up in my next post.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006


Several years ago, when I was new to knitting boards, I had a bad swap experience.
The details are unimportant, except that it put me off swaps for good while.
Lately, I've had some better luck.
Last year, I found some Lion Brand Magic stripes in a remainder bin--at 50Cents a ball. Some of the balls were slightly damaged, but most were intact.. I bought 10 balls! Who wouldn't each ball make a pair of socks?

Unfortunately, the colors were not exactly my favorite colors.
3 balls were the Jelly Bean stripe, one of my least favorite colors, and 3 were the "Spring" stripe (green/orange/white/tweed)-a so so color choice for me. The remainder were "denim" (several shade of blues/whites/red/taupe) , blue stripes (medium blue/dark blue/charcoal/tweed) and the purple stripe (dark blue/purple/charcoal/tweed) Colors I like, and had bought and knit before, but how many pairs of blue striped socks do I want?

The first pair of the "Spring" socks ended up being gifted to my DIL (with a matching pair to granddaughter) -I had already inflicted them with a mother/daughter matching pair of JellyBean stripes--I wasn't going to force two pairs on them.

Then I swapped a ball with Carolyn in my SnB group--not for sock yarn, but still we were both happy with the swap.

Later, I swapped 2 balls of Lion Brand Magic stripes for 1 ball of Regia, and 1 ball of On-line self striping sock yarns.
(Amazing! --someone wanted Lion Brand yarn and was sending me Regia!) I haven't made socks yet with the On-Line yarn, but the Regia socks are beautiful --I actually won a blue ribbon for them at a small crafts fair.

Then last month, I saw an offer to swap finished socks for hand forged DPN's, and decided it was worth a chance. I am thrilled with the needles-seen here with a mall sock yarn coater i knit with with them, (and the recipient seems pleased with her socks!)

So now I am setting up more swaps..
Yesterday, I mailed out 2 balls of Kroy color Blazing Blue,(an aquamarine/swimming pool sort of blue) for 2 balls of KnitPick's Simple Stripes in snapdragon color way (greenish yellow/purple/orange)

This afternoon, i will be mailing 1 ball of Lion Brand Magic stripe for 2 and them some (slightly shopworn, but then, it is 2 balls and then some) balls of Kroy sock yarn in a taupe tweed.

Sunday, August 13, 2006

A beginning...

Everyone has to begin somewhere, some time.

i've been playing with computers for going on 25 years, and hitching rides on the information hiway (for so long i remember when the internet was called the information hiway!) i guess its time for me to give back.

No photo's in this post, but soon enough...
I am still learning my way round.