Monthly Archives: September 2007

Plant

Oh I wish I had some nice progress pictures of knitting, but I don’t.
Instead I have some plant pictures for you. Can you guess what kind of plant this is?

When I saw it at this stage I started thinking it might be one of those bug eating plants.

Ok Here it is in full fruit so to say.

It’s a cotton plant that Dax brought home from school at the end of May. I thought I had killed it. It came home in this little container in about ½ inch of dirt, all nice and green and perky. I transplanted it into a bigger pot and it’s leaves started turning red and falling off. As a last ditch effort I gave it some miracle grow and wow it miraculously grew. (I guess that stuff really does work). It currently has about 10 more blooms on it. I’m also beginning to refer to it as the cotton tree. It looks like it is developing bark at the base of it and stands about 3 1/2 feet tall.

For a recap of last weekend, I did make it to the fiber in. Unfortunately I didn’t get to stay long, but I did get a chance to see one of the demos that was presented. It was hairpin lace. Both the carnival cardi wrap and the seafoam wrap skirt from interweave crochet magazine uses this technique. I really enjoyed the demo and maybe one day I’ll actually use it. I wanted to see the kumihimo (Japanese) braiding demonstration but didn’t have time.

Dax’s soccer game was a hot one. The team this season has yet to win a game. Somebody decided that the team needed to be moved up to a more competitive league. It was actually a good move for them. If they had stayed in the league they were in they would be still winning all their games but not having to really work for it. They are learning so much by playing these tougher teams and I think in time they will be able to start winning some games. Probably not this season but maybe next. Today is my day to bring half time snacks. I want to bring them some of those gu packages that Rudy uses when he does marathons but I don’t think they will like them. I probably should stick with fruit.

I hope everybody has a great week.

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First I want to thank everybody for their nice comments. I really do appreciate it. I have to admit I haven’t been keeping up with e-mails and blogs like I have in the past but I’m hoping to catch back up soon.

I’ve casted on a new knitting project. It’s from the Fall 2007 Vogue Knitting magazine. The pattern is called Ruffled Jacket. The yarn I’m using for it is called elisebeth lavold chunky AL, and I love it. It is oh so soft, 50% alpaca, 50 % wool. I used some birthday money to get it at Webs. It was on closeout and I hope I have enough of it to finish this project.

I’m not so sure about the cable pattern that runs up the middle. Something about it looks funky. The magazine does not have a good close up picture of it. I looked on line to see if there was a correction to the pattern but couldn’t find one so decided to just stay with it. The yarn is more brown then what the picture is showing it to be.

I still have the shrug on the needles to but decided it would be better for Dax. It looks much more appropriate on a teenager then ah a mature person of my age.

We have a busy weekend ahead of us. Dax has her soccer game Saturday. There is a local fiber festival going on, and I told Dax and a friend of hers that I would take them to a theme park on Sunday since they have no school on Monday. Hopefully Tyde will come for the theme park but I’m not sure if spending the day with his younger sister and her friend is high on his agenda list. I’m also hoping to catch up on some internet stuff. I have been a member of Ravelry for awhile now and have yet to post a project. It would be nice to get at least one project posted.

Rudy has been working on this.

I know it doesn’t look like much now but in the near future (hopefully) it will become shelves to put in my craft/bamboo room.

I hope everybody has a great weekend.


Finished Socks

A finished object.

Pattern: Latvian socks from Folk Socks by Nancy Bush
Yarn: Tofutsies 50% Superwash Wool, 25% soysilk, 22.5% Cotton, 2.5% Chitin
Needles: US 1 or 2.25mm

I finally finished these socks. I enjoyed knitting them. The pattern was easy enough but not one to do when trying to carry on a conversation. I also really enjoyed using the tofutsies yarn. I’m eager to see how it stands up over time.


August

August started off with good plans. My sister and her family along with my mom were going to come up to watch the space shuttle launch. Mom was going to stay another week after they left with us and then fly back home. But, we got a call from Dad who said Grandma was not doing good. My sister canceled her plans and I drove up to see Grandma. Dax came with me. We got there about three days before she died. All I can say about it now was that it was really hard.

Since Mom had already bought a plane ticket for a trip from Florida to Alabama we decided to try and stick to the plan so she came back with me. The day after I got back, my job started and then a week later school started for both Tyde and Dax. It’s just been a crazy busy and emotional month for me. Oh almost forgot, my 42 birthday hit me while at my Grandma’s funeral. I don’t want to spend another birthday at a funeral, ever.

Here’s a picture from my Dad’s garden.

I think the hands belong to my nephew Solomon. My Dad calls his garden a “little garden”. I wish I had enough room for a little garden like his. The watermelons were not ready to be picked while I was there. After the funeral my Dad decided to do some traveling. I think he is in Maine right now. So, if you are up that way and see a 60 something man that might look a little sad say”Hi” to him :). My sister asked him what he was going to do with the watermelons and he said he would plow them over when he got back. So she took them. She picked 15 watermelons from the garden and said they were the sweetest melons she has had in a long time. Of course she couldn’t eat all 15 watermelons so she gave some to neighbors.