Saturday, January 27, 2007

Excuses, Excuses

I haven't forgotten you, really.

I am trying to adapt to life as a full time worker and a student.

I am taking one class this semester, Abnormal Psychology. Trying to stay up to date with my reading and the homework. Seventy five percent of our grade consists of a notebook covering the chapters we are to read and the notes we take in class.
Can't decide if I am being overzealous and anal about the work I plan to hand in. But, my goal IS to get an "A"!

Actually, my goal is to learn and enjoy the process of going back to school. (Similar to "process knitting.") I'm going to school because it is what I want in my life now. Not something I have to do. I have already learned new information and met many nice and interesting people.

Bad news, I have already gone off of my "Knit from your Stash Diet." Bought a box full of yarn from WEBS.

Most of it was sock yarn, which doesn't count, but I did buy enough skeins of yarn to knit a sweater. And the sock yarn has cashmere in it. I will try to get some pictures of the yarn and post them.

Now I only need to find time to KNIT!

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Knitter's Blogroll

Anyone interested in getting their blog listed on a blogroll for fiber artists? Need more knitting blogs to read everyday?

There you will find an alphabetical list of blogs.

If you want to get your blog on the list, go to to sign up!

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Winter Has Arrived

The cold weather has arrived in the Middle States. Last week it was 72 degrees, this morning it's in the low 20's.
Hopefully the fish in the pond can adapt more quickly than humans. They have a heater in one corner of the pond to help keep them warm. (See the green and white object in the upper right corner of the pond?) They can also swim to the bottom of the three foot hole at the front of the pond.
The weather is supposed to warm up again this weekend. I hope so. This weekend Chuck and I are celebrating our 10th anniversary in Philadelphia. We have a horse carriage ride on our agenda.

Tuesday, January 9, 2007

Storm Water Shawl

My dear husband gave me a fabulous knitting experience as a Christmas gift. I have tried my best to use my camera to capture a picture of what it is, but I have failed to properly show the beautiful colors of the yarn. Please click on this link to the Storm Water Shawl to see a picture of the kit I received. The Sea Silk yarn included in the kit was Wildflower.
The yarn is beautiful to look at, wonderful to knit with, and I can only assume it will be luscious to wear.

Monday, January 8, 2007

Shattered Peace

On Sunday morning, my husband and I decided to enjoy the sunshine and take a hike in the area of the Brandywine River owned by the Woodlawn Trustees.
We had parked our truck in the lot on Ramsey Road. When we got back from our hike, we found the passenger side window smashed and several items stolen from the truck. Another couple's car was broken into at the same time.
As we waited for the police to arrive at the scene, we talked to others using the park that day. We were surprised to learn that many had similar experiences in the same area.
It was a jolt to learn that an area of our town, which we had considered quiet and safe, was a target of criminals.
Somehow, I don't feel as safe today as I did before our walk yesterday.

Saturday, January 6, 2007

How to Know If You Have Enough Yarn For Two Socks

Here's the answer.

Notice that this item has already been used. See the remnants of yarn left from the skeins of Seasilk run through the counter?
I didn't even notice they were there until I uploaded the picture onto my computer.

The counter can be purchased mounted on a board from knitting suppliers for about $50. But my daughter (who gave this to me as a gift for Christmas, isn't she the best?) found this at Dick's for alot less. It's used by fisherman to measure how much line they have out.

I found I don't need the mounting board. The device attaches directly to the table I use with my swift and ball winder.

Now I can easily divide that one skein of sock yarn into 2 skeins of even length. I really don't need the suspense of waiting until I am almost done the second sock before I know if I will have enough yarn!

Monday, January 1, 2007

Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2007!

I wish everyone a year of peacefulness, health, and personal growth.