Archive for December, 2006

Color fading

Yesterday as I was knitting on the 4×2 rib socks, I wondered whether the yarn was going to bloom when washed.  It is Sockotta, a cotton/wool blend and feels kind of scratchy.  I rinsed the finished sock.  Didn’t use any soap or anything, just rinsed.  The yarn bloomed nicely.  Really softened up.  But, the colors faded drastically and the green ran, giving the socks a greenish hue.  Now I know why my Brittany needles are turning green.



I hope everyone has a safe New Year’s Eve.  This year, just like every other, I have a date with a jigsaw puzzle.  Keeps me off the streets and out of trouble.



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 Yesterday my husband/carpenter/handyman hung all kinds of shelves in the new sewing room.  Now all I have to do is decide on the spacing between shelves and then start unpacking and sorting everything.  The room is really starting to take shape.  Next project is the cutting table.  He also mounted my new Radio/TV/DVD player under the kitchen cabinet.  Last night I watched the news while I cooked supper.





Last night I did some knitting on the 4×2 rib socks.  Turned the heel, picked up the gusset stitches and now I’m decreasing towards the foot.  The end is in sight.  I don’t want to think about how long I’ve been working on this particular pair of socks.




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I tried to post a new message, but xanga wasn’t cooperating.  So will try again later.

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Hobby Lobby has all their felting needles and accessories on sale this week.  So yesterday I went and bought the felting needle tool, the felting brush mat and two pkgs. of wool roving.  I’ve been wanting to do some needle felting, so now I don’t have an excuse not to.

When I arrived back home, Bill was ready to go check out the new Lowe’s.  We went, we looked, we bought.  Supplies were purchased to build the shelves for my sewing room and containers for storing Christmas decorations and wrapping paper.  I was worn out by the time we got home.

I tried to work on Josie’s sweater last night.  I don’t know if it’s the pattern or my trouble lately with concentration, but it’s just not working.  Will probably end up frogging the whole thing and use the yarn for something else.  I do like knitting with the Cascade superwash.

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Hope everyone had a nice Christmas Day.  I know we did.  Steven, Jessica and Josie arrived around noon.  We snacked on fresh from the oven Foccacia, proscuitto, fresh mozzarella, tomatoes and olives while waiting for dinner.  I fixed a praline glazed spiral cut ham (compliments of Riverwind Casino), homemade Au Gratin potatoes, broccoli, cranberry/apple relish and hot rolls.  For dessert we threw tradition (and pies) to the wind and had Chocolate Fudge Cake. Yummm!    Then Steven, Jessica and Bill played Deal or No Deal dvd game.  I didn’t play, I always want to deal early, not a gambler.

A big thank you to Son of Santa and his wife for great Christmas gifts.  I received a fleece throw that rolls up and is held by a stuffed dog, in it’s velcroed arms and legs.  Cute!  And best of all a Radio/TV/Cd/Dvd that mounts under the kitchen cabinet.  Now to get Santa/handyman to hook it up.  The new Lowe’s opened this past week, and since Bill received 2 Lowe’s gift cards, I’m sure we will be paying it a visit very soon.  Josie modeled her new suede/shearling doggie coat, but I forgot to take pictures.  Maybe her Mommy and Daddy will send me one that I can post.  Josie kept us really entertained yesterday, she is quite a character.  Loves to chase reflected lights and flashlight beams.


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Happy Holidays!

 Merry Christmas


Oklahoma City

The Crystal Bridge at the Myriad Botanical Gardens in downtown OKC.


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I survived the grocery shopping hordes yesterday.  But just barely.  All the handicapped spaces were taken and the parking lot was full, so I ended up hiking in from the north forty.  By the time I got in the store I was already pretty winded.  Just a few shopping carts left, mostly nonworking or stuck together.  I try to separate two carts and a woman comes up to help, we get them separated and she takes one and starts off then pushes it back and grabs the one I’m getting ready to put my stuff in, saying ” This one doesn’t roll right” and takes off.  I’m left standing there, out of breath, with an oxygen tank on my shoulder and have to wait for another basket.  People just amaze me sometimes.  Like walking into the store.  There are people in their cars that can’t stop long enough to let pedestrians walk in front of them.  Heaven forbid, that a slow walking elderly person (not me, although kids do think I’m ancient) should slow them up.  The one time of the year when you think people might be kinder and more considerate and it seems like they get ruder than usual.

Enough of the ranting.  I have a little baking left to do today.  Straighten the house a little, but hopefully get some knitting done and wait for Steven, Jessica and Josie to arrive Monday.  Will cook meal tomorrow, but not a really huge one.  Just plan to relax and enjoy their visit.

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