Friday, August 29, 2008
I did a spot check this morning and as of 8:30, no little munch marks on the tin foil.....hey...I may be on to something here.......look for the Tin Foil Squirrel No More Infomercial, only $9.99!!!!!!!! LOL!!!! (Hey, if people will buy THIS they would probably buy my Squirrel deterrent!!! LOL!!!
I hope to finish the re-knit of the first test knit sock tonight and keeping my fingers crossed I can get the second one finished this weekend.
Two buds in my knitting group are knitting the other two versions.....Bibby and Suzanne and I was surprised that their versions are completely different patterns!!! Both VERY pretty patterns!!!!!
Ohhhh.......OHHHHH.......I found this in my "in box" this morning!!!!!!!!!
This is your official notice that you are one of the participants in the final shoot for Franklin Habit's 1000 Knitters Project, on Saturday October 11, 2008. (Somebody pinch me)!!!!!!!!!!!!
I hope everyone has a WONDERMOUS,squirrel free weekend!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thursday, August 28, 2008
I really thought with the blinds open all the way the squirrel would maybe see it's reflection and be scared away......but oh NOOOO.................. not this stupid little (insert favorite foul word) squirrel!!!!!!!!
I heard Heidi chattering like CRAZY and KNEW the stupid little squirrel was back...what GIVES???? What in the HECK does this squirrel want in my house so bad that it would be willing to knaw through the door????? Is it the bag of almonds I just bought.....maybe it is the walnuts????? The pot roast I cooked yesterday morning???
I came up with the only weapon I had to use (second only because I couldn't find the duct tape which we all know can be used in ANY emergency)....so tell me what you think?
Ahhhhh......nothing shouts a classier welcome than a big ole wad of tin foil taped to the door with packing tape!!!
And to further add to the trashy look, you will notice all the shreds of torn tissue paper, the big canvas fish that Heidi loves to dive-bomb into, the flying saucer ping pong ball thingy and last but not last........the watch kitty......Heidi!!!
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Can you BELIEVE this????
I sure hope he got his fill of wood shavings....because if he shows up again I'm thinking Heidi may indeed get to find out what they taste like!!!!!!!!!!
Good for the squirrel that painting the front doors are on the agenda for this Fall........but now we have REPAIR plus painting!!!!!!!!!
*&^%#$# Squirrels...........this is WAR!!!!!!!!!
Today's Whiskers On Wednesday will include two KINDS of whiskers!!
First up is Heidi!!
She is ADD I do believe......either that or she is VERY frustrated!!
The foyer is her playground...all her toys seem to end up here on this rug.....right in the front door!!! When I shot this picture there were ELEVEN toys, including a piece of tissue paper...which is one of her favorite "toys".....she LOVES to run and dive underneath......because you know when she is under the tissue paper NO ONE can see her!!! LOL!!! She also loves to sit and watch the squirrels on the front porch.......which brings me to my NEXT kind of whiskers!!
Squirrel.....the constant source of entertainment for Heidi and arch enemy of Max!!!
So....I'm enjoying my coffee this morning and I hear the oh so faintest of constast knocking sort of sound...I assumed Heidi got inadvertently locked in a closet somewhere and went to investigate....but as I rounded the corner I realized the sound was coming from the front door!! Just ever so lightly, faintly, CONSTANT.....knock, knock, knock!!
I have a blind that I typically keep closed to keep the dog and cat from clawing at the wooden insert grill (when the squirrels are on the porch)......and as I got even closer I realized the sound was coming from the vibrations of the wooden grill......I slowly raised the blind and THERE was a squirrel.......immediately THESE lyrics are going through my head.....by Dave Edmunds...... (yes I'm showing my age here)!! LOL!!!
You went away and left long time ago
Now your knocking on my door
I hear you knocking
But you can't come in
I hear you knocking
Go back where you been
OBVIOUSLY we aren't dealing with a real bright squirrel here, because when I opened the blind, he stopped his digging at the door, stood up and looked at me.....then carried on with his "digging".....it didn't bother him when I ran upstairs for the camera and took him quite awhile before he even saw Heidi....finally he decided he couldn't dig his way in and he left.
Now for a Test Sock Update......
First Test Knit Sock....Take TWO!!
I am ready to turn start the short row heel on the remake of this sock!!!
Monday, August 25, 2008
The first test knit sock is now completed.......and frogged........
Hmmmm..........wonder how I could have missed this error????
Oh...maybe it was because when I was trying on the sock it was to measure where to begin the short row heel, so I was looking at the bottom of the sock and paying ABSOLUTELY no attention to the TOP of the sock!!!!! LOL!!!!!
Oh well.......this is a quick knit, and hopefully I will remember to stop and check my work along the way!! LOL!!
Stats: Grace propositioned her blog readers to be test knitters for a sock pattern she created!!
Toe Up, Lace Pattern knit from Chart, short row heel.
I have never done toe up, the closest I have come to lace knitting a sock is the no purl Monkey sock, never knit from a chart (to completion) and never knit a short row heel......so I figured in for a penny, in for a pound so to speak and quickly replied that I would like to test knit this sock.
Observations So Far:
LOVE casting on only a few stitches to begin a sock....I have an unusual aversion to Kitchner stitch......I just can't STAND to Kitchner...when I am finished knitting...I want to be FINISHED....not have to do any "finishing" work!!
I didn't care for the short row heel, although I will definitely be knitting it two more times (LOL)....and by that time I may feel differently. I am a tight knitter and it was almost impossible for me to see the wrapped stitches....and if you are a short row heel knitter, you know that if you don't pick up those wraps on the way back you will end up with holes! Also, I have a foot shape that is more suited to a duck as opposed to a human foot and I found that the short row heel just did not fit my heel properly.
I think the heel issues aren't really issues other than the fact that I need to REALLY loosen up so I can discern the stitches better, I think the short row heel could be tweeked to fit my particular heel.
As for chart knitting.......In the past, I would look at a chart, feel overwhelmed and write it out......not so with this pattern. Grace took into account that when you break down the chart into colors it is just so very easy to follow.....what a GREAT idea!!!
I can't begin to fathom writing a pattern.....much less a lace pattern such as this one.....just proves......there are many VERY TALENTED knitters!!!!!!!!!!! (Of which I am not and therefore I am in deep awe of you talented mistresses of sticks and string)!!
Great Job Grace!!!! (I'm not worthy, I'm not worthy).
I think every knitter dreams of having their "own" pattern......and I think Grace has a winner here!!!!!!!!!!!
I hope to get the sock cast back on tonight and hopefully be finished in a couple of days!!
Saturday, August 23, 2008
We are puppy sitting again this weekend for friends of ours.....this is the closest to being still that I could catch LuLu.......PERPETUAL motion!!
She is just the most precious little puppy!!! When it is bedtime, in her crate she goes and doesn't utter a whimper or a whine till time to get up!!
Amazingly enough.....with LuLu in the house, Heidi hasn't bothered Bella single time!!!!
I am almost finished with the first test knit sock and will hopefully get it finished and posted tomorrow.
Friday, August 22, 2008
I forgot and did my increases the first and last stitch of each row, and didn't notice till I had knit the first round and decided to go with it.
(Sitting wonky on my foot....but my battery warning was flashing on my camera.....I'll post another update when further along).
This is going quick and I am LOVING knitting this sock!!!!
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
One Ampersand sock down......one to go!!
I was off to a good start on Friday, but ended up frogging this sock Saturday and casting back on using a size 3 needle.
I have a WIDE foot. To date, I haven't had a 64 stitch sock that did not fit....THIS sock uses a 54 stitch pattern and was just too tight...so off to the frog pond we went!!
This is such an easy sock to knit...after a couple of rounds you don't even have to look at the pattern, which I like!! I hope to have the second sock completed this week......depending on whether or not I talk myself into completing the mate to any of the other 5 socks that I have either on the needles or completed!! LOL!!
Dish Rag Tag: Let the games begin!!!! Emily mailed all the packages on Friday!!! YIPPEE!!!!
I haven't posted a picture of my little buddy Max in quite some time so I thought I would share this shot, made Saturday, snoozing with his favorite new toy!!
Max is quite the stately old Gentleman....prefering to snuggle on his soft bed, water bowl close as opposed to running around, playing non-stop. Highlight of his day is the trip to the mailbox....which takes longer these days as he tires easily, but thankfully he can still make the journey!
Friday, August 15, 2008
Love In Idleness is the color
I think this is going to be my new "Gold Medal" sock pattern.....sorry No Purl Monkey and Jay Walkers!!
SUCH an easy knit!!!
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Uhmmm.....thanks, thanks for the award....ummm.....is that a door I see about to open??? Excuse me while I make a mad dash to freedom!! The paparazzi is making me nervous........not to mention Heidi!!
Heidi the Intimidator!!!
What.....you think she looks cute and playful????
Heidi doesn't look so cute and innocent now does she?? LOL!!
Heidi loves to trap Bella in this stairwell!!!
Poor Bella!!!!! The Intimidator wins another round!!!! Sometimes I swear I can hear Heidi snicker!!
Monday, August 11, 2008
Distraction # 1.
I made a very quick trip to Serendipity Needleworks on Saturday....(and I DO mean quick!!), with Suzanne and Jessi......and oh MY.....these ladies kept me in STITCHES the whole time!!!
Serendipity is moving to a new location and Saturday was their last day in the old location. There was a GREAT sale going on, with most yarns 60% off...and some even more!! I was good, going with a list of projects to buy yarn for as well as some dye lot numbers to match up with yarn I purchased in the past.
I didn't buy yarn for any of the three vest projects I am going to knit.....but I did luck out and find some yarn 60% off that matched the dye lot numbers with yarn that I purchased several months ago (for 50% off)!!! YIPPEEE......I love a good deal!!!
Which I am planning to use to knit the Celtic Vest pattern, a simple sideways knit vest, closed with a shawl pin.
The colors are sort of blue/green with brown.
Also on sale was Noro yarn.....and they had a TON of it......I was good even though I wanted to buy one of every color!! I only bought yarn to make the Brooklyn Tweed Scarf for my Nephew, who will be moving to Virginia the end of this month.
I also bought enough to make a scarf to replace one that I knit for myself last year and had traded with a girl.....we met at a play, complimented each other on our scarves and ended up trading before the play even started!! LOL!!!
Distraction # 2:
On Sunday we babysat this teeny, tiny little bundle of never ending engery!!!
Meet LuLu, 12 week Miniature Schnauzer.....which unfortunately belongs to my neighbor and not me!!
Is she not the tiniest little thing???
It was fun having such a tiny little puppy in the house......you tend to forget all the little "puppy" things when you have an older dog.....like that stinky puppy breath, how they hop straight up like a baby deer when they are playing, RAZOR sharp little teeth that gnaw on anything...especially FINGERS....how they will play 90 to nothing and then just drop in their tracks when they are tired!! LOL!!!
AWWWWWW....................I want one too!!!!!!!!!!!!
I worked a bit on the Boogie Vest......hopefully will finish it tonight and be ready to move on to the next project on my list!!
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
Monday, August 04, 2008
Now.....I would LIKE to think that her party had arrived....but I didn't see her answer her cell phone......just looked at me and hit the high road!!!
I sat in utter shock for a minute, then I got so tickled I couldn't help but laugh!!! I know I didn't have much make-up on....and I do look rather pale and scary without any....but come ON.....I was Knitting for goodness sake!!!!!
Hmmm......maybe she was intimidated by my sock knitting!!! LOL!!!!!!!!!