Friday, September 30, 2005


Good morning, TGIF!!! I frogged my Edgar variation yesterday. I need to modify the design a little and then do it with a different yarn. To console myself, I cast on for a skinny version of Edgar (from Knitty). I did work some on my sock yesterday, should not take too long to finish (if I actually keep working on it). I think the cooler weather is inspiring me to knit. I also frogged the puffy shawl I started last week. It just did not work. I also worked 2 rows on my double knitting experiment last night (man I was busy) and want to get it finished. I am using the double handed technique on that, so maybe I need to try Fair Isle.

This morning, I was glad that my DH works here as it looks like my tire is going flat again. I advised him of it, so he will look at it before he goes home.

We tried to do some work in the garage over the weekend, but it was just too hot. It was 100 degrees Sunday. We did not get any rain, only a few clouds on Saturday. I was really hoping for at least a small rain shower as everything out there is so dry. We had to water the back yard Saturday to try to close up some of the cracks as Sterling got his foot caught in a crack, and whimpered as it looked like he may have scraped a toenail on the sides of the crack. He is fine now. The cracks are about 1” to 1.5” wide and in places as much as 1’ to 1.5’ deep. Sterling only has feet about 1 inch wide. Sunshine’s feet are a little wider, so she seems to do ok. We got quite a bit of wind Wednesday night, but no rain at all. Not even one drop. It did cool down to the 60’s.

I did not get much knitting done this past weekend. I read a book instead. I read “Eight Cousins” by Louisa Alcott. I think I have read parts of it before, but this was the first time to go all the way thru like this. I was a good read. They even talked about knitting in there, and a boy learning to knit too.

Isaiah 28:23-29 Listen to me; listen as I plead! Does a farmer always plow and never sow? Is he forever cultivating the soil and never planting it? Does he not finally plant his seeds for dill, cumin, wheat, barley, and spelt, each in its own section of his land? The farmer knows just what to do, for God has given him understanding. He doesn't thresh all his crops the same way. A heavy sledge is never used on dill; rather, it is beaten with a light stick. A threshing wheel is never rolled on cumin; instead, it is beaten softly with a flail. Bread grain is easily crushed, so he doesn't keep on pounding it. He threshes it under the wheels of a cart, but he doesn't pulverize it. The Lord Almighty is a wonderful teacher, and He gives the farmer great wisdom.

Monday, September 26, 2005

One Million

I have a question, take your time to answer. If someone were to give you one million dollars, what would you do with it? I know what I would do with mine.

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Wednesday (9/14), after work, I went to look at a cat to see if we wanted to adopt it. When I got there, I noticed that my rear tire was a little low and needed some air before I went home. I liked the cat, so got her loaded up to take home. By that time my tire was completely flat. The gentleman I was getting the cat from put the do-nut spare tire on for me. I was 40 miles away from home and did not want to try to go home with the mini tire, so headed to Wal-Mart to get the tire fixed. They informed me that their patches were to big to fix something that close to the edge of the tire, we can sell you a new tire, and by the way, your donut is flat. I leave and finally find a place to get the donut aired up and head to sears (where we got the tires, they fix for free) thru town as I did not dare go on the interstate with a donut that had already gone flat once. I get to sears, their regular tire guy has already left, but they state they can fix it. So at 7:30, it is done and I head home (over 50 miles away from home now). Remember I still have a cat in the car. I get out on the interstate, and the car starts bouncing and shaking and I think that the tire has gone flat again. The tire looks fine. It is too late to go back to sears, so I press on home. I had to run between 50 and 55 miles per hour all the way there. I got home at about 8:30. I called in and told them I would not be at work Thursday as my car was acting stupid. So yesterday, we went to the sears in Denton and had them re-fix the tire. Found that the first one had not rebalanced the tire after fixing the flat. Car is fixed!!

The cat is a beautiful silver Persian, 2 years old and only about 8 pounds. She seems like a really nice cat, which is why I took her home. She saw the dogs and the other cat and went directly under the bed, totally terrified. When I got home yesterday, I put the dogs outside and pulled her out. She shook for at least 30 minutes before she calmed down enough to even sit in my lap. If Chevy came near, she hissed and spat at him, but remained calm. So I let her down. She went right back to the bed and under it. She would not eat until I put some wet food under the bed with her, and then not much. I tried again to get her out from under the bed, and got scratched and bit quite well. So, Friday she went to work with me to go back to the previous owner. She needs to go to someone without any other pets as she was totally terrified at our house. I was afraid to keep her over the weekend, since she was not eating or using the litter box, and I do not want her to get sick.

I did get a lot of knitting in this weekend, working on my test piece to make sure of my pattern for a contest entry. I started the entry and should go thru it fairly quickly. I also cast on for a new project. I finally got my knit n style this weekend, and loved the puffy shawl. So I raided my stash and am making it from black wool ease with a strand of eyelash yarn held with it on the small needle garter sections. I can tell if I want to do much with this, I need to splurge and get me a decent size 17 circular. The one I have has black points and I could not see the yarn, so I had to switch back to my straights (which are too long to be comfortable sitting in my recliner).

Most of the cat scratches are starting to heal up. I found out Monday that the cat went to the guys mother-in-law, who also happens to work here. It appears to be a better match for the cat.

I finished off one of the baby sweaters (all I had to do was the seams and edging) and it is on its way to the baby it was designated for (she is about 6 months already). I have done the entire heel flap and all of the heel-turn on the sock I am working on. I will be glad to have it finished. I am not addicted to socks. I did receive a very wonderful gift Tuesday night. One of the ladies at church has been knitting and crocheting for many years, but now mainly crochets. She had sets of DPN by Susan Bates, very vintage (prices stamped on the case of 50 cents), very nice, that she was no longer using. She gave them all to me. Most of them are in their little zippered carrying case. I really like them. Now I should be inspired to do things with them. I may try a sock with them instead of the wooden ones.

In other news. The skunk has still not been caught, but the dogs have not been near it lately. They smell much better, but I can still sometimes catch a whiff of it on them. The skunk is mainly active early in the morning, when DH is not there, so depending on the weather; he may try again this weekend to find it. Until then, the dogs do not get to go outside until it is daylight.

Proverbs 28:13 He who covers his sins will not prosper, But whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

The bookmark is finished

Good morning. The dogs started to get restless at about 5:00 this morning, so I should have known something was up. I finally let them out at 6:00 and had no more than got back in the bed when I smelled it – the skunk was back. It smelled like it was just passing thru so I did not think anything about it. When I went to let the dogs in, I made sure to smell them before letting them in. They did not smell like skunk, but they sure did smell. I actually had to wipe Sunshine’s face before allowing her in the house to eat. I should have fed them outside, because now the kitchen where their bowls are reeks. I do not know what they got into, but it smells like a cross between garlic and sewage. DH has been informed that it needs to be dealt with, cause if I tried, I would have had to take the day off. Anyone for a skunk hunt???

The Denton knitting meeting is at Barnes and Noble at Triangle Mall from 7:00 til…??? After this morning, I definitely need some knitting time.

I guess I have a really bad case of WIPitis. I have 12 of them. I just went and updated my list (created July 20), I have finished several things, but only 2 from the original list.

The bookmark is finished. I even blocked and starched it!!!

In my over 30 years of knitting, there have been many times I have put down the needles. This is sometimes for a few days but has also been for a few years. I always knew it was there if I wanted to do it, but never felt compelled to do so. I do admit, it is kinda hard to figure out where in the pattern you are on something you started 10 years ago, but it can always be frogged. My latest knitting "slump" ended about 2 years ago. I type and use a mouse a lot for my job, and my wrists had started to hurt on a regular basis. I began to pray about this situation and since I refuse to even consider dealing with carpal tunnel, I knew I had to do something. I picked up one of my UFOs and by the time I finished it, my wrists had stopped hurting. I realized that knitting has a totally different repetitive motion, one that counteracts the repetitive motion of typing or mousing. So now, I try to knit on a regular basis, using several different size needles. Knitting is supposed to be fun and relaxing. If it is not, put it away and do something else.

Psalm 34:1-8 I will extol the Lord at all times; his praise will always be on my lips. My soul will boast in the Lord; let the afflicted hear and rejoice. Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together. I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame. This poor man called, and the Lord heard him; he saved him out of all his troubles. The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them. Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him

Friday, September 09, 2005

Today and Tomorrow

I finished the center part of the bookmark yesterday and did the first pattern rep on one of the ends. I should finish it today. I want to be able to take it with me to show off tomorrow at the knit out. I will be knitting on the black garter shawl for my SIL while I am there. If I actually get knitting done, instead of talking, I should be close to done with it tomorrow. I should have plenty of knitting time this weekend as my DH has decided to take a class all weekend so he can become a marksmanship instructor.

I brushed all three pets last night. There was a lot of hair flying around from that. It almost makes me want to take up spinning so I could make yarn out of it.

I do not like to do the s1 k1 psso so I generally substitute a SSK for it. This decrease leans the same way and I find it easier and less confusing. Now if I could only do that for the double decreases.

Proverbs 27:1 - Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth.
Matthew 6:34 - Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Luke 12:28 - If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith!

Tuesday, September 06, 2005


I did it! I tackled the messy room this weekend. The yarn is all sorted and the bins labeled. I even frogged a couple of things so my WIP now stands at 12 (I think, not counting the 2 crochet projects). My DH just shook his head as the yarn was strewn all over the hallway and told me I was insane when I stated that I needed to go yarn shopping. LOL! I filled up all of the bins I bought and could have used more for a better fit.

I think I will work on the felted bag this week; I am almost thru the bottom and ready to start the sides.

Phil 1:6 - Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

Friday, September 02, 2005



Good morning. I am on about row 50 of the SIL shawl. I did not work on the bookmark yesterday at all. We plan on working on the house this weekend and I hope that I will be able to start the sorting of the yarn this weekend. Who knows what the WIP list will look like then! I was reading on Knitters Review and found this topic about If I could have only 10 knitting books/videos
The list was so good; I copied it for future reference.

Prov 16:3 - Roll your works upon the Lord [commit and trust them wholly to Him; He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and] so shall your plans be established and succeed.