Saturday, February 27, 2010

Over the finishline!

  
And a Gold medal goes to.......

Pattern: Western Seas by Alice Starmore
Yarn: Dale of Norway Heilo
Amount: 8 skeins
Colorway: Tartan Green
Needle size: US 1 and 2

Also completed:
Therapy for UFOlympic Project!

Pattern: Seamless Yoked Sweater by Carole Bareys
Yarn: Red Heart Baby Teri
Amount: 2 skeins
Coloryway: mint
Needle size: US 6

I'm glad that I participated it the Olympics, and I'm looking forward to my next knitting event!

Friday, February 26, 2010

Happy Birthday Kim!

We had a great lunch!
But it's never quite enough time, when you're with friends!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Warming up the tummy.

Tomorrow the grade level is having a birthday lunch for Kimmy. I volunteered to bring a pot of soup and I know that they will be asking for this recipe. I've made it for years, especially for a lunch. It's a meal that the grandkiddos will eat up! This recipe was originally touted as a great snowy day soup that has very simple ingredients.
 Pot Luck Soup

2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 Tablespoon butter
1 medium onion, chopped
2 ribs celery, diced
1 carrot, diced
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1 can ( 35 oz) Italian plum tomatoes
3 - 4 cups chicken broth, or vegetable broth
1/3 cup dried lentils
1/4 cup dry red wine
salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1/4 cup chopped parsley

1. Place the oil and butter in a heavy saucepan over low heat. Add the onion, celery and carrot; cook stirring, until the vegetables are wilted, about 15 minutes. Add the garlic and cloves during gthe last 3 minuted.
2. Puree the tomatoes with their juices in a blender and add to the saucepan. Add the broth and lentils and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium; simmer, uncovered, 20 minutes.
3. Add the wine (I don't), season to taste with salt and pepper, then simmer gently for 20 minutes more. Stir in the parsley and serve immediately.

Serves 4. Per serving: 240 calories. 31 g carbohydrates, 9g protein, 10 g fat, 10 mg cholesterol.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

“My boot lace broke...Can I start over?”

Okay, I realize that I was whining about my knitting the other day. It didn’t look like I could possibly complete my Olympic knitting event. We all know the Olympics are for big girls, gals that know they are up for the struggle and still willing to give it their all. But I was behind – it was like missing a jump because my bootlace was broken during Olympic competition. To be truthful, the laces should have been checked and replaced before the skating event began, and I should have been realistic about my knitting. I do have a full time job and a life besides knitting (sort of).

But just as Tonya Harding was given a second chance, I see peeking out from behind the big dark cloud a tiny ray of sunshine for me – the Olympics are not over until Sunday, they run 16 days NOT the 14 days I had thought!

I’ve picked myself up off the ice, replaced my laces, whined enough to get back into the competition and am ready to move on. A sleeve is complete and another on the needles.

This Olympic knitter is back on track, no longer in last place but moving up in the long line of competitors - toward the GOLD!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Olympics 2010

"Swifter, Higher, Stronger"

I'm just beginning to understand what the participants at the Olympics are going through. Weeks ago I signed up for Knitting Olympics - the unfinished objects division.

Last March I started a Gansey Sweater for my nephew's Christmas gift. It's knit on size 2's (a small size needle for anything but a baby sweater or socks).  This sweater style is coveted on the British Isles for its warmth and resistance to the dampness that the island is known for. Within two weeks of starting the sweater, it had wrought havoc on my left wrist, arm and then up into my neck! I finally had to put it away and knit on other items. In November, when all my Christmas knitting had been completed, I lightened my knitting load and let the arm rest.

When the Knitting Olympic opportunity came up, I felt I was ready for the challenge. The opening ceremonies began last Friday and I pulled out the half knit Gansey and begin. In the original two weeks last March, I had completed the front entirely, and the back up to the armholes. So during the openiing ceremonies I began the last half of the back.

Like all Olympic athletes, I thought I was a real contender for the Gold Medal!

This first week of the Olympics I've finished the back and the collar but not without problems... the "reoccurring injury" is back. As suggested by various "coaches",  I've rotated knitting on another project with larger needles, done exercises every half hour, taken ibuprofen, used a heated rice pad, and have finally resorted to knitting for a half hour and stopping for a half hour to let the arm rest.
 The injury is with me once again. I don't think I can medal, but I can't give up. In every event there is someone that gets a good butt kicking - this time it's me! But just being a small part of a larger picture inspires me to forge on - limping row by row to the finish line!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Dear Emptyknitster,

Yesterday's entry resulted in my first comment/question on knitting....how exciting! 


Andrea said...
These socks look great! But please, tell me how in the world you get the colors to line up! I can't seem to figure it out.

Dear Andrea,

This has been the topic of several discussions at the LYS. Should a person even worry about the colors in a pair of socks matching up? We finally decided that it is more the personality of the knitter making that decision than what is said in a book or what others think. I am very structured and need things to be precise - even if it means sacrificing yarn to do it!

So, with that being said, first I like top down socks best because they allow the knitter to start exactly where they want in the color sequence that later will be showing above the shoe. Then, I take my yarn from one end of the ball of yarn, either the inside end or the outside end - BUT - you can't change or do two socks at the same time from the same ball. If you do,  the sequence of the colors will reverse on each sock.

When you have completed one sock, look carefully at the sequence of colors and then start pulling yarn from the ball of yarn until you line up the sequence of colors. Carefully save the yarn that is have pulled because, if necessary, you can finish the second sock's toe with the bit you pulled.

Andrea, I hope this helps with your next pair of striped socks. Thanks for dropping by with a question.

Happy Knitting!
Mrs. G.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Birthday socks!

It will be interesting to see if my oldest brother is keeping up with my blog.....because if he is, his birthday present will not be a surprise at all!

It has taken a while, but I wanted to knit each of my siblings a pair of socks for their birthday and Steve's are the last pair!! I just finished the socks this morning which is a good thing because I'm also in the knitting Olympics and need to use every spare minute of my two week Olypmic time to complete a sweater I started last March, but more on that later.
 
Pattern: Peter's Socks by Nancy Bush
Yarn: Knit One Crochet Too Ty-Dy Socks
Needle Size: US 2
Colorway: Butter Blue

I'll also be delivering some socks to my sister in law. They have been done since August, I just haven't gotten around to getting them to her!
 
Pattern: Jaywalker by Grumperina
Yarn: Lane Cervinia Forever
Needle size: US 6
Amount: 2 skeins

Kids say the darndest things

When I was a very young girl, and there were only black and white tvs, there was a man named Art Linkletter who had a variety show during the day called "House Party". My mom would often watch it and I remember enjoying the section called, Kids Say the Darndest Things. 
Because I'm a teacher I often get a chuckle at school over the things I'm told. The latest story reminded me of Mr. Linkletter and his kids.

This week a boy in my class was relaying to me the sad death of his friend's dog as we were going to lunch:

"Mrs. G. my friend's dog died a few days ago. He had two dogs, Sunny and Joan. Sunny died and they took it to the vet. They disintegrated him...." The little guy was struggling here, using his hands to show me the small size that Sunny had shrunk to, and saying the word disintegrate over and over looking up at me not quite sure I was understanding the information he was relaying to me.

I put a two and two together and gently said, "Do you mean they cremated him?"

"Yes, yes.....they disintegrated him and put him in a yearn in the cupboard." Pointing to a high spot in the imaginary cupboard. "They bought a yearn for Joan to use later too."

I didn't have the heart to tell him that the word was urn. I'm sure that the family is doing a little yearning for old Sunny too.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Eric in his baby sweater.

This little guy is about a month old. I sent the sweater with his Gramma Darlene when she went to see him for the first time. I'm so glad that it fits now - where Eric is at, they received over two feet of snow this weekend!
 
Pattern: Telemark Pullover
Size: 12 months, this little guy is a month (the sweater is small, the little guy isn't large!)
Needles: size 5
Yarn: Cascade Yarns 220 Heather Wool
Amount: 2 skeins

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Wonderful Wallaby, wonderful baby gift!

Love this pattern! I didn't knit a pocket on the sweater this time. It's a size two - what baby would use a pocket?? Ribbing around the body often causes the sweater to bunch up around the chest and Mommy is constantly pulling things down. So I knit the edging in seed stitch with plackets on either side, adding a little color with some stranded knitting around the bottom. As always, I added an inch to body, sleeves and hood.  As you can see, it's so adaptable! 
 
Pattern: Wonderful Wallaby
Yarn:
Cascade 220 Heathers
Colorway: Cordovan Brown
Amount: 2 skeins

Cascade 220 Heathers
Colorway: Tangerine
Amount: small amount

Cascade 220 Wool
Colorway: Beige
Amount: small amount


Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Sandrine

I started knitting this yarn as a cardigan called Miracle Drop Stitch Cardigan on Thanksgiving 2008. The sweater was nearly complete when I realized I just didn’t like it. The unfinished sweater was put away for a year (until I could bring myself to frog it “rip it, rip it”). Thanksgiving 2009 I started the Sandrine. This sweater is a top down and because that is my favorite kind of sweater I thought it would be a quick knit. No such luck – it must be a Thanksgiving curse. As I worked on the Sandrine I thought that it too, was a dud. Not until I washed and blocked the sweater this week, did its true beauty jump out!
Pattern: Sandrine
Yarn: Cascade, Bollicine Dolly
Amount:9 skeins = 1377.0 yards
Colorway: Ivory

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Earthquakes Intensify…

If you are a science buff or live around Yellowstone Park, you know that there is an emerging volcano and hundreds of earthquakes have occurred in the past few weeks.

Yesterday when I got home from work I was greeted with a picture that my mom had painted on the bedroom floor. The self proclaimed Cat Whisperer, aka: Hubby, had been home all day, so I figured he had a good reason for taking things off the wall. While cooking dinner, he asked me if I had noticed the fallen picture and then told me he’d been reading in the living room when he heard a horrible crash in our bedroom. Abbie came tearing out of the bedroom “scared because of all the noise”. When he went to see what had happened he saw that the picture had fallen and taken the hurricane lamp and several other pieces of glass to the ground. He was sure that it hadn’t been Abbie jumping up on the desk but the nail falling out of the wall because of my poor job hanging the picture.
Last night, in the middle of the night, there was again a monstrous crash, this time in the living room. Hubby slept through it and I lay in bed listening to see if there was any other noise indicating an intruder. Nothing…so I drifted back to sleep and got up at my usual time to a normal start of the day, get clothes out of the closet, turn on curling iron, take a shower, get dressed, put on make up, blow dry hair, curl it, and go into the kitchen to make coffee. As I was turning into the kitchen, there in front of me was the broken lamp from on top of “The Antique”, and the poinsettia on the floor!

A long time ago my VBF asked how I disciplined the kitties. I responded by saying that they needed no discipline. If they got on the kitchen counter that would be a different story but anything else was fair game. It was their house, too.  And since our kitties respected the kitchen – they were “purrfect”.

These last few weeks the earthquakes had only been felt at Yellowstone Park but the last 24 hours at our house has shown that the tremors are getting stronger. Beware!!