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Close To Home” – comic by John McPherson

I have been getting some knitting done.  Almost finished with the first sock of the pair for Eve.

 

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I forgot to mention.

I was frisked.  Kinda, sorta.  Yesterday at the concert the gate guards were checking everyone for weapons or items not allowed at the event.  They were patting people down, checking their bags and so on.  When it came my turn the guard sort of felt around on my tote bag and then patted my back.  Next he chuckled and said, “You’re not carrying any knives are you?”  To which I replied, “Not today.”

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Below is something I would actually paint if I could.  At the site, you are asked several questions and the painting is generated from your answers.  Pretty interesting.

 
Click here to create your own painting.

Yesterday I spent over 8 hours at the Family Values Tour concert.  Had a good time, heard some really good music and some not so good music.  Saw a new (for me) band, “Droid”.  They were really good.  A lot better than a couple of the bands that were popular with the crowd.  Like Atreyu, the crowd went crazy while they were on, but I just kept wishing they would finish and get off of the stage.
It was great seeing “Evanescence” in person, but their show was as exciting as watching a video.  “Korn” was the main reason I went, and they didn’t disappoint.  They put on a great show.  Sadly it had to come to an end.  Overall I had a good time and today I’m tired and sunburned.  I may have to take a nap later this afternoon.

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Kerry will be arriving soon and then we will be off to the Korn/Evanescence Family Values Tour.  We will bake in the hot Oklahoma sun and enjoy the music while doing it.  I’m taking plenty of sunscreen.

Haven’t done a quiz in a while.  Found this one on Addicted to Knitting’s blog.  I know what she means about the smell of crayons.  I have a hard time resisting the urge to buy more crayons, even though I have the 48, 64 and 96 packs in my sewing room.  

You Are a Green Crayon
Your world is colored in harmonious, peaceful, natural colors.
While some may associate green with money, you are one of the least materialistic people around.
Comfort is important to you. You like to feel as relaxed as possible – and you try to make others feel at ease.
You’re very happy with who you are, and it certainly shows!

Your color wheel opposite is red. Every time you feel grounded, a red person does their best to shake you.
 

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This weekend I worked on designing and appliqueing a tree block.  It turned out pretty well, there were a couple of things I would tweak if I make another one.  The thing is, that I forgot to get a picture of the block before putting it in the mail.  So I hope your imagination is working,. I only have the sketch I used for the pattern, complete with notes.

tree-block

The fabrics I used are below.

tree-fabric

 

 

 

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I had a $10 off total purchase coupon from Kohl’s burning a hole in my pocket.  So I set off yesterday to use it.  When I got to the store, the clothing selection left a lot to be desired.  I found that I could either dress like a teenager or an old lady.  I know, I am an old lady, but I don’t want to dress like I’m ready for the retirement home.  I finally found a top that was nice and in a color that actually will look good on me, and it was 50% off.  I set off to see if there were any other bargains.  All of their kitchen knives and knife sets were on sale, I’ve really been wanting a Santoku knife and I do have a $10 coupon, so I pick one up and head to the checkout.  When all was said and done, there were even more discounts that I didn’t know about, I ended up paying $10.99 total for both the shirt and the knife.  What a deal!

Of course at my next stop I didn’t have as much luck.  I wanted a new “boombox” for my sewing room.  I’ve checked online and been to several stores and just couldn’t find anything without paying an arm and leg for it.  Finally found what I wanted at that W**** place.  It’s not a “boombox”, rather it’s a shelf system, but it does have everything I wanted.  AM/FM , 5 disc CD, CD/R, CD/RW, MP3 player, cassette and I can hook up my mp3 player to it.  Sadly, it wasn’t on sale.  But I did find a blouse for $7.50. 

It seems that “boomboxes” will soon be a thing of the past.  Everything is moving towards IPOD and MP3 player docking stations.  Hope my new music system lasts a good long while.

Two of my favorite shows only have a couple of episodes left until their season finales.  Army Wives and The Closer.  The Closer is one of the best and funniest shows on television.  It kind of started off slow but has been getting better and better with each episode.  It’s one of the few shows that can make me laugh out loud (not just chuckle) when I’m watching it by myself.

Army Wives I watched at first just to see how accurate they would be.  Of course like any TV show, they add things to make it more entertaining, but overall I’ve met and known people just like the ones on this show.  It is pretty accurate in it’s portrayal of life with the Army.  Living in housing, which means everyone knows everybody else’s business.  Also the Army politics, who do you know, who to be nice to, what to do and not do. 

I remember that at one place we were stationed, the women weren’t real friendly to me.  One day I asked someone why everyone seemed to get a long so well until I came around.  That’s when I was told that one of the wives had told the younger wives that they had better watch their step or Sgt. Barber’s wife (me) would make big problems for them. The good old Army life, I’m glad Bill retired but I also miss parts of it.

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Tomorrow the Skrappy Ladies will do the next pass along in the progressive block round robin.  Wish I could be at the meeting to see first blocks made, and ooh and ahh along with everyone.  I emailed Marilyn and she said it would be okay if I posted pics on my blog of the blocks I make.  I was going to post them tomorrow, the date of exchange, but I’ll be busy.  So here they are a day early.  Here is the proof that I’ve haven’t been goofing off in the sewing room.

This time I worked on Melissa’s blocks    Her theme is western. 

 Melissa1
 The basic cowgirl and horse patterns were from the April ’93 issue of Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine.  I tweaked them just a little.  Below are detail pics of the blocks.

 Melissa2

Melissa3
 The horse’s tail is faux suede embroidery fiber.  The added embroidery details don’t show up very well in the pics.

 

 

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Unbelievable!

I posted a while back about some of the unusual things that were being turned into yarn.  Like Chitin (shrimp and crab shells), soy, bamboo, corn, etc….  
The newest is a yarn distributed by Needful Yarns, called “Ceramic“, because of course it is 5% ceramic and 95% viscose.  “Engineered to drop your surface skin temperature at least 5 degrees, “Ceramic” also protects you from harmful UVA & UVB rays. Add to that it’s anti-static and washable.”

What will they think of next?

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As promised I have some pics from the quilt show.  There aren’t very many, because I tend to just photograph techniques or quilts, quilt blocks that I might like to try.

First off, let me say that there was a traveling exhibit that is a must see if it ever comes your way.  Actually it is 2 exhibits combined.  Women of the Bible, and Men of the Bible.  The small quilts in the Women’s part were pretty impressive and made by some truly talented women.  But the Men of the Bible quilts, all made by men, pretty much out shined the women’s quilts.

The first quilt picture is of a New York Beauty type quilt.  In the future, I really want to make a quilt with blocks like these.  Just not sure about all of those points, even with foundation piecing.

NewYorkBeauty

Then there was a star quilt that had stars within stars.  I had never seen this type of block before.  Carol Ann is trying to get a picture of a block.  She’s not touching the quilt.  That’s a no no at quilt shows.

star_in_star1

Detail of block.

star_in_star2

There were two other quilts, actually a quilt and a quilt top, that were different.  They were butterflies made using printed fabrics and then embellished.

Butterflies1

Butterflies2

Detail photo of butterflies.

Butterflies3

This was the best quilt show I’ve been to in a long time.  For several years it seemed like all the shows were the same, not much variety.  This show was better, but all of the vendors seemed to be selling the same things.  Guess you can’t have everything.

August 1, was the beginning of new KAL (knit-a-long) with the Six Sox Knitalong group.  The pattern this time is a Gansey sock.  It has cables and heart designs.  I’m not big on hearts, so yesterday I reworked a thistle pattern to substitute instead.  So when I get around to knitting these socks I will have thistles down the front and back of my socks.

Our concrete driveway and sidewalk extension was poured on Tuesday.  Looks good, next year we want to go ahead and run the sidewalk along the side of house to the back patio.  That area doesn’t get much sun, so it stays bare and turns to mud when it rains.

Kerry survived her steroid shot to the spine.  When they brought her back to the room she was a little green around the gills.  The nurse kept asking if she was going to pass out.  Just a short while later she felt better and was released.  Since she hadn’t been able to eat anything since the night before, we headed to IHOP and had breakfast.  Talked to Kerry friday and she was feeling better.  Could be several days before she feels any effects from the shot.

I had taken my knitting to keep me occupied during all the waiting at the clinic.  I had pulled out Eve’s sock and was knitting away, when Kerry’s nurse came in.  The nurse asks me if I’m knitting socks and says that you never see anyone knitting socks anymore.  Turns out she was from Scotland and she was telling how they had to knit in school.  So we talked about knitting until she had to check another patient.
Finished the leg on Eve’s first sock and now I’m starting the heel flap.

 

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I can’t believe it’s already August.  This year is flying by.  Soon it will be October and that means our trip to see Eve in Florida.  Luckily I’m making progress on her socks.  I have almost finished the leg of the first sock.  The foot should go faster because the pattern only runs down the top of the foot, the bottom being fast stockinette.

After going to the quilt show on Friday, I got motivated and jumped right in to work on Melissa’s progressive quilt blocks.  So far I’ve made 1 – 12½’ block, 1 – 8½” block and 2 – 4½” blocks.  Only have to make 3 more 4½” blocks.  The guidelines for the challenge say to make 2 – 12½” blocks or the equivalent of.

I know I said that I would post about the quilt show, but I haven’t yet gone through the pictures I took.  Hopefully I can do that in a few days.

This afternoon I’m headed to Okmulgee.  I’m going to be chauffeur and moral support for Kerry, who has to have a Lumbar Epidural Injection on Thursday morning.  She’s been having a lot of back pain and spasms that are affecting her legs.  So if anyone needs to get a hold of me and there’s no answer at home, call my cell phone.  I should be back late Thursday afternoon.

I’m off to pack for overnight.  Must remember not to forget the sock knitting bag.  Should be able to make a bit of progress on Eve’s socks while sitting in the waiting room.

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