Thursday, March 29, 2007
My trouble with this sock is the same trouble I have with anything I knit that I expect to fit well..........GAUGE..... look at those tiny needles! I knit so loosely,,,the pattern recommends size 4 needles,,,,,, I am knitting on 0's, yes, ZERO'S to get gauge! And this is worsted weight yarn. I am on the home stretch, the instep is knit, the heel flap is done, heel turned, and gusset finished. Just the sole and the toe now.
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
4-H. Head, Heart, Hands, Health.
I have only little flashes of memory about it.......the knitting teacher was a Swiss woman, and her accent was thick. Her house was in the back of a cheese factory, my Dad tells me her husband made wonderful cheeses. The house was a little dark and scary. Someone in the home must have been a smoker, the smell of cigarettes lingered and was quite exotic to me. Remembering these details may seem strange to you, especially since most of you know that quite often I can't recall what I ate for lunch only an hour earlier !
We knit on Wednesdays after school...... maybe my first project was a scarf, my memory doesn't include the details of any projects. The feeling and experience of Knitting is a strong memory. Making something useful , maybe beautiful,,,,,, from seemingly nothing,,,,,, was, and still is, magic to me. I loved those knitting lessons. The lessons did not last long, and we met for just a few weeks....
My next memory of knitting is a year or two later. My friend Keith told me that his aunt could knit hats. I boldly asked him to ask his aunt if she would knit one for me.......I had plenty of hats, I just wanted to see a hand knit one, and how it was made and maybe take it apart.................. Keith's aunt did knit me a hat, a beautiful red beret with cables. Sadly,I never wore it, and it was way too complicated for me to copy or learn from independently.
Then when I was thirteen or so, my parents gave me a "Learn to knit kit" for Christmas. Everything I had learned in 4-H came back easily and I from then on I taught myself.
The magic of knitting and creativity is so important to me now, I wish I could thank everyone who helped me in my youth,..........Maybe I can influence some kid..
Since I opened the shop, I have done very little in the kitchen, besides sweeping the floor. I love to sweep. I don't feel that way about cooking. Still,I need to get back in culinary saddle, and give my dear husband a break, or there may be a revolt.
Just a few years ago, I was a fairly decent cook, not winning any gourmet awards or anything,,,,,,but we ate well. Well, they say "if you don't use it, you lose it"............I've lost it. It's not that I can't cook,,,,,I just can't think of anything different or out of the ordinary to make.
This situation in complicated by Dave working second shift, and his desire to eat his main meal of the day at 2 PM, while I am at the shop. Trust me, he has had this mealtime for most of his adult life,,,,,,I am not even going to try to change him. Dave eats at 2 , I eat at 5 and Ghen eats whenever he gets home.. Slow cooker meals, casseroles, etc,,,,must be made the night before. Cooking before I go to work in the morning is out of the question,,,,,,our house is tiny, Dave works very late and noisy pots and pans are not welcome before 10 AM.
Will any of you take pity on me and share some recipes or ideas? I welcome any and all input, Dave is threatening to whip up his infamous "noodles and corn"!!
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
For a pie was a real thing to me
She stood down below
With her apron spread "so"
To catch all the apples, you see
It looked like a picnic for me
But just then the limb broke; holy gee!
And I broke seven bones
And half-killed Maggie Jones
In the shade of the old apple tree
and "SWINGING ON A STAR".
Or would you like to swing on a star
Monday, March 26, 2007
Tomorrow night is Main Street Mayville's annual "BIG BUCKS" dinner. In the past, I served on the Main Street Board of directors, and I know the Big Bucks dinner is an extremely important event, in that it is a fund raising party that provides a majority of the money for the organizations budget. It is fun, a dinner, drinks, raffles, an auction. Last year, we played a game similar to "DEAL OR NO DEAL", and I won over a hundred dollars!!!
One of my Tootzle Claus Santas is always included in the auction. Here is this years boy..........fresh from my workshop in the basement. (Look how green the grass is.........THIS IS MARCH)
He will be sold in the auction tomorrow night, but if you are interested, and can not come to the dinner, I am sure you could put in your own bid through Lisa at the Main Street Mayville office, 387-1167. Bid high, Main Street is a great organization, non-profit and can really use the money.
Sunday, March 25, 2007
Today was the first survey we have done this year. ..... Wait........Dave just reminded me that this was our first survey TOGETHER, he has been doing it for weeks already.
A woolly bear caterpillar on a rock on the creek bank.
It rained hard during storms last night. The creek is up.
Crocus in bloom
Fungi,,,,,where a tree formerly stood.
After the musical Dave and I went to the Kekoskee Fire Department's annual spring SMOKER. Our son, Clay is a member of this fire dept. What is a Smoker, you may ask? Before I attended a smoker,I didn't know either, so I looked it up, my trusty 1954 dictionary says:
The fourth definition applies. But women were in attendance.
>>>>>.. After reading the definition of 'smoker"
I had to look up CONVIVIAL.
Beer and pull tabs...............
. Well, Anyway it was festive, Some of us were more festive than others, if you know what I mean.
Gambling was a dominating theme for the evening, both at the musical and the smoker. And fun.
Saturday, March 24, 2007
Thursday, March 22, 2007
My typing consits of two fingers, searching for the correct keys and backspace, backspace, backspace when I make a mistake. It takes me much longer to type my blog then to actually compose it.
In high school, when most of the other girls were taking typing and secretarial courses, I was in the agriculture classes (with the boys). IN 1975 I was the first female chapter president of the Future Farmers of America (FFA) Am I farming now???? Heck no, I married a "city" boy and now I run a yarn shop. I do regret not taking typing classes, but in 1975 who knew that PC's would be as important as they are today. The things that I learned in agriculture classes are still with me and the leadership skills that the FFA taught me have been important throughout my life.
So I can't type...... but I know what kind of corn to plant and how to milk cows. My fingers are destined to knit...and are too old to learn to type...oh well.
Thanks to Lauren, for typing these paragraphs about typing. Her fingers don't knit at all, but they sure fly across the keyboard!
The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog....
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
We both had an urge to spend lots of time at the bookstore. As it happened, it was lots of money, too. I love to shop at Bookworld in Beaver Dam, and keep my dollars in the local economy, but once in while, the huge bookstore calls me. The bargain book section kept us busy until lunch time, when Megan arrived.
We had a nice lunch and visit with Megan. She looks good for just rolling out of bed, doesn't she? Megan works 3rd shift. MB and I were entertained by Megan's hilarious stories about her workplace. I wish that I could share some with you,,,,,,,, let's just say some people do funny things when they are desperate.
After lunch, it was back to the bookstore, more shopping. Then Megan left us.
Why is Megan grinning while holding up a bottle of pills? No, they are legal........Megan, like all the females in our family, is plagued with frequent migraines. This is a new prescription that is working well for her. If you have ever suffered with a migraine, you can understand why she is grinning.
Why is MB grinning in this photo? I have no idea, we were just having fun, I guess.
She is checking things off of her list. While in America, she buys things that are not readily available in Japan, and takes them back with her.
Look at all the stuff I bought! Magazines, books for Emili, a booklight, and a "sheep" bookmark! (on the left in the shot) And books for me.
I got some books to give as gifts, they are strategically placed at the bottom of the pile in this photo.
Thanks to Betty for keeping the shop open and running,,,,,,, I almost wrote "keeping the home fire's burning",,, but after yesterdays post,,,,,,,,,,,not a good idea
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
I went down, down, down
And the flames went higher
And it burns, burns, burns
The ring of fire
The ring of fire
Well, tonight I am singing, burn burn, burn for a different reason. It must be the equinox.........or is it solstice? I want to light a fire.! Dave chopped up a bunch of garden debris today, I seriously thought about dumping it all in the bird bath and setting fire to it! Then, while cleaning, I found a bunch of fabric scraps, and fought back the desire to burn them.
When I was a kid, we would burn the asparagus patch in spring, and as an adult I would always burn the fenceline in my backyard, to clear away tall grass,,,,,,,,, Then the city annexed the back for the Tag center,, now it's against the law to have an open fire in the yard. I know ( in my brain) that spring and Easter are associated with "new fire", and Druids have ceremonies with fire to mark the solstices,,,,,,, but this is much more visceral than that...What's up with me?
I lit a some candles, and cleaned out the sewing room instead. And finished the sock.
Don't worry, the pyromaniac urge has passed.
Monday, March 19, 2007
I collect sock darners,
All the patterns are in Japanese, but the photos and diagrams are so good, I think I can just wing it without understanding the text.
Sunday, March 18, 2007
We usually spend our Sunday afternoons at my parents farm, but at this time of the year there are lots of birthdays on Dave's side of the family. That means birthday parties on Sunday afternoons. These gatherings are usually rather sedate affairs, often I am the youngest person present. There is sometimes a game of sheepshead,* and always lots of good food. Desserts are featured, at least 4 kinds of cakes, tortes, or sweet treats. A person could easily slip into a diabetic coma.
Today's party was quite rowdy compared to years past. The birthday girl (who is 62) has 9 grandchildren, 7 of whom are UNDER 7 years old! All these kids made this party fun! Someone was always running about, doing or saying something cute. These kids were GOOD, just having fun, not crabby or fighting, almost unnaturally so. No drippy noses or smelly diapers, either! The 2 grandchildren who are over 7 years old are teenagers, and they acted like normal people, too, not a sign of sulking or surliness. I think there must have been something in the water,,,,,,,,,,
Here is a photo of some spinning I have done in the last few days. Kay bought some roving while on vacation in Canada last summer, I spun it for her. I have done little spinning in the last year and had forgotten how satisfying and soothing spinning can be. 182 yards of relaxation.
Saturday, March 17, 2007
Friday, March 16, 2007
Emili is spending the day with Grandma, first we went to the salon and got a haircut!
A visit to the Tag Center for swimming was next. Aunt Mary took her there.
After lunch she made another diorama with stuff she found in my basement, and some birds that Aunt Mary bought at the Ben Franklin. Quite the fantasy forest scene!
All this activity leads to a nap for both Emili and Nick.