Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Monday, January 21, 2008
Monday is my day off, but more often than not it turns into a day of tying up loose ends. I had planned to putz around and do whatever I felt like (and I did do some of that), but things never turn out quite the way you think.
Sunday, January 20, 2008
I stopped writing and started searching for weather records just now,,,, I can't seem to find a site that tells what the temps were on a specific day, but I did find this good site for weather stories from Wisconsin. I plan to spend some time there when I am finished telling my story.
In January of 1982, my then husband and I moved our family and household about 35 miles across Dodge county. We had two little girls, they stayed with my parents that day, while we moved furniture, clothes, and everything else. It was cold that day....the house we moved into was a lovely old brick Victorian...... it was so cold there was frost on the INSIDE walls. All the pipes were frozen... another -10 day... and that night it snowed! Don 't let anyone tell you that it is ever too cold to snow... It snowed a lot that night. The house had a good furnace, but with the doors constantly being opened for furniture to pass through , the furnace could not keep up.
Remember when furnaces required chimneys...? We all drew picture like this one, with smoke billowing out of the brick chimney on the roof.Now here is our exhaust vent today....
Note the icicles,,, that's cold!
Friday, January 18, 2008
If you remember, in "Little Women" the father is away at the Civil War..... this book is riveting and provides details about his travels. Sometime last spring I read the authors "Year of Wonder" which is a story about the plague... I am anxious the read her other books....
My parents deserve my eternal gratitude for many things, but high on the list is their teaching me to entertain myself with reading...... as a child we were allowed to stay awake as late as we wanted, if we were reading... I intend to do just that tonight!
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Messy can be fun, just look at what fun Em and I had with paper mache yesterday!As I mixed up the paste in an old loaf pan, Em said " Are we going to put our actual fingers in that stuff?"
The projects are drying today,,, and are intended to be surprises.... so no photos yet.
Today started early with a busload of shoppers at Loose Ends. The women were from Nancy's Notions . Swamped early.... after that it was a quiet morning. Betty was trying to finish a shawl, and complaining that it was taking forever..... She has made a zillion of these shawls... here is Doris modeling one of Betty's creations.
Meanwhile, I finished a wrap that I started before Christmas.This wrap looks OKAY, but not at all what I was trying to do.... back to the drawing board... I will start again...
Betty was still not finished with her project....... then we took a good look at it.
Do you see how the right side looks HUGE compared to the left? See that nice row of eyelets near the middle of the shawl?? We discovered that instead of "yarn over, knit two together" , she had done "yarn over, knit two"......thus increasing the number of stitches by a third!!!! We laughed and laughed.... What else is there to do but rip it out? So she ripped.I was still laughing at Betty's error, until I discovered a wayward cable in my own knitting. The it was my turn to rip!
Life is messy....
I almost forgot...... Dave bought me a lovely jar chockful of vintage buttons today.. Is he a great husband or what?
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Sunday, January 6, 2008
Luckily, Dave hauled it into the basement.
This Section written on Monday
In the world of knitting/ fiber, I have a few things to report.
Some of you may know this tiny loom makes little squares. I got the loom at a thrift shop for 25 cents, as you can see by the label.
I also purchased a few squares the previous owner had made, for $2.
Just a few, 576, in all! All colors.
The box has been waiting in my basement for at least 4 years....I put some together for a funky 60's style scarf. Lots and Lots of squares leftover.......... Any ideas?
A crocheted and felted vessel/bag in progress
Knitted mittens with boucle' cuffAnd yet more mittens sewn from recycled wool sweaters..... I made soooooo many of these this season. I still love to make them, the concept of something good from old junk appeals to me.