Thursday, April 19, 2007
I stayed up last night to catch up and I'll be sorry today. But it's an easy day. The weavers' meeting is tonight. I turn in my entries for the conference and I'll get a little knitting done while I listen to the reports on what is planned. I am so looking forward to this one.
This was the big accomplishment for the evening however. I am making afterburners as Peg likes to call them. Sweetened pickles with a jalopeno kick. You start with a gallon jar of pickles. Throw out the juice. Slice 'em and then begin layering them back in the jar alternating with a sprinkling of sugar and slices of jalopenos. There was pickle juice everywhere. So a bit of mopping was necessary in the process. I used about two pounds of sugar and about 30 ounces of pickled jalapenos. They make their own new juice while they marinate for about two weeks. The sugar is almost dissolved this morning. You have to turn the jar every day. I had leakage this morning - glad I put it in a bowl. Some people use more sugar. For me, I always skimp on the sugar.
The garden around the other tree trunk is finally planted and yet another potted garden is done. I like to combine plants in big pots instead of just one in each. So this last one has a big bromeliad with pups on the side and some varigated lariope and some of the fiber optic sedge grass. I have a feeling that I'm going to live to regret planting that grass but then again it likes to live around ponds so maybe it will be okay to encourage it in my swampy back yard. It's not too tall so at least it won't dwarf the flowering things in the back.
Yesterday, another round of the altered book round robin arrived and it's a collection of cards from recycled food boxes. A lot of very 3-D elements and interesting vintage look. Not my usual style. Should I follow their lead? I have a few weeks to work that out.
This weekend the weather is predicted to be perfectly spring-like. We'll be trying to see the entire International Festival with two kids in tow. And then possibly a sleepover and another grilling event.
Whoa, it's messy in my two rooms upstairs. Looks like I've been burglarized. But actually I was trying to organize one thing and it always winds up being messier than ever with one tiny speck of improvement that only I would notice or appreciate.
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Spent the day hither and yon doing errands and appointments. Started off late because there must have been a power snafu overnight and we woke up to early morning daylight instead of NPR. It was a gorgeous day, windy and warm.
I got lots of little things done and still had time to stop for a visit and a game of Chutes and Ladders with my granddaughter. No one won. We just got tired of sliding down the chutes and starting over. She wanted to play "no rules" but I am thinking she needs to learn that when you play games with others (like in school) you need to play by the rules. I was gentle but firm and we both moaned whenever either of us had to slide down a chute. But still, it is not a fun game when you keep going back and forth over the same stretch of gameboard. It should be called Quicksand.
While waiting for my turn at several establishments today, I knitted. No one apparently knits anymore except in my little circle of friends. Many stares and comments, all positive of course.
Wasted some money at Hobby Lobby. Needed some things and bought some things I don't really need, but just looked like they might come in handy sometime. Some black bias tape that you iron in place until it is stitched. I've always wanted to try this. Also some extra machine needles. You can never have too many expecially when you sew through paper a lot.
The space dyed yarn is sitting near the warping board. Good sign. I may actually start measuring out the warp for the swatch swap soon. But first I need a plan.
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Really should have knitted faster. Someone pointed out to me that this could have been my Mardi Gras sweater. Hmmm. Something about the name Fat Tuesday keeps from me going with that idea. Anyway, see the little orange fluff that I'm using as stitch markers for the corner?
That's another of the colors that I'll be adding soon. So that takes it out of the color theme for this holiday anyway. I'm not sure about the angle anymore. I like the corners on the stripes. Still not sure where this is going either, but I am really enjoying knitting with this yarn.