Wednesday, June 27, 2007

What else would Molly do while waiting for book 7?

Pattern: House Hats Wide Stripe Version from Charmed Knits
Yarn: Wool-ease in Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw colors
Needles: size 7 16 inch crics and DPNs

I finally got around to knitting a couple of house hats. They are cute and fun to make. In addition, I was distracted from Grimace for a while.

Happy knitting!

Monday, June 25, 2007

Suz made me do it!

I got tagged by Suz, so now I am doing this meme.

The Rules:
Go to Wikipedia and type in your birthday (only the month and day). Find three events, two births, and one holiday that occurred on your birthday. Then tag five friends.

My birthday, as some of you will remember, is June 16.

Three events:
1487 - Battle of Stoke Field, the last dying breath of the Wars of the Roses.
1903 - Ford Motor Company incorporates.
1960 - Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho opens in New York.

Two births
1938 - Joyce Carol Oates, American novelist (I always rather liked sharing my birthday with her)
1971 - Tupac Shakur, American Rapper (that is just funny to me)

There was really only one I WOULD choose (there are two for the day),
Bloomsday, in honour of Leopold Bloom, the hero of James Joyce's Ulysses set on 16 June, 1904.
The only other cool thing about my birthday is that it is the day in Ulysses. One of these days, I will actually manage to finish reading this book.

I won't tag anyone. Have fun with it if you want.

I am going back to my pile of knitting ADD. I have been doing lots of stuff, but I haven't spent enough time with any one project to actually COMPLETE anything.

Happy knitting!

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

I want to live on this street!

Gentle reader, don't you all wish you lived on PURL street? I couldn't believe my eyes when I drove by this afternoon. I MADE Sly turn the truck around so that I could get picture to share with my dear readers.

For no real reason, this morning I thought it would be a fine idea to drive to Goshen, Indiana. It is a little over an hour away. I had been to many towns around Goshen, but never TO Goshen. It is a part of Indiana's Amish country (yes, we did see Amish, but I am a bit used to that). I did take issue with Goshen calling itself the "Maple City." I happen to live in "The Maple City" and I am darn proud of it! I don't know why I thought this would be a fun drive, but I am glad I went.

I had no idea what a cute, and vital, downtown I would find. There were upscale shops and coffehouses. We found park benches and pot brimming with flowers. We found this knitting store.

Eve-Nigue Knits is a cute little shop just off the main square. I loved that it was bright and sunny and nestled into a vintage store front. The store didn't have the largest selection (I am a bit spoiled by my regular LYS), but I think that it is well on its way to becoming a super LYS.

I bought souvenir sock yarn and a handmade polymer clay stitch marker. If you can't tell, that is a flamingo.

Just so you all don't think that I made Sly run around and do knitting things all day, we found this second hand book store. He spent a lot of time rummaging around in boxes of comic books. He was in geek heaven. While I was in the knit shop, Sly was across the street at the nut shop buying a lovely snack of chocolate covered raisins.

So, I had a lovely day. I hope your day was as nice as mine. And thank you for all the birthday wishes!

Happy knitting!

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Happy Birthday to Me

Today is my ? birthday. However, since I don't want to talk about how many birthdays I have had, here is a photo of me at 5. My mother always made me angel food cake with strawberries for my birthday.

Happy knitting!

Friday, June 15, 2007

Erin's photo contest

Dorky Erin is having a contest. Here is my entry (so far).

A knitter (other than yourself) knitting in public

a sock (handknit or not)

a library card

a ball of green yarn

a street sign

a flower

a public work of art

My reflection in an unexpected place

someone in a catalog pose

a funny billboard or sign

Stitch n Bitch

I went to Stitch n Bitch last night with Erin and Jen. We all a good time knitting, chatting, and freezing our butts off! Seriously, the Valp Barnes and Noble needs to turn down the AC. I had to go out to the truck and get a blanket to keep warm.

I need everybody to go to Jen's blog and leave her an encouraging comment for learning how to do a short row toe/heel. I suggest saying "Eye of the tiger Jen!"

I took a couple of WIPs with me. I really wanted to finish my afterthought heel sock, but I wasn't paying attention. Just look at that GINORMOUS hole!

This is the start of my EZ yolk sweater. I am calling it Grimace. I really want to enter this in the LaPorte County Fair this year. Wish me luck.

Tomorrow is my birthday. I am not sure how to feel about turning 22 for the 17th time. I'll let you know.

Happy knitting!

Sunday, June 10, 2007

The Clothesline

I love my clothesline. Sly built if for me a few years back for my birthday. While it may sound silly to some, I think of it as the best birthday gift he ever gave me. He built it with his own two hands, it saves money and energy, and it leaves my clothes smelling fresh and clean.

I honestly believe that anyone who wants to save money should invest in a clothesline. While these figures are a bit out of date, they do illustrate the cost associated with clothes dryers, "it cost 44 cents per hour to operate [your clothes dryer] based on 9 cents per KWH" (kilo watt hour). See The Complete Tightwad Gazette. In addition to saving money on electric and gas (I have a gas dryer), air drying your clothes will help your clothes to last longer, thus saving money on the NEED for new clothes (a clothesline does little for the desire for new clothes). Where do you think all that fuzz in your lint trap comes from? It is the damaged fibers of your clothes.

People who are concerned about their carbon footprint should invest in a clothesline as well. The clothesline is the purest example of solar and wind energy there is! The use of the clothesline is totally free in terms of cost and environmental impact.

Lastly, the clothesline makes your clothes smell wonderful, fresh, and clean. It is pleasant to be outside on a nice sunny day hanging clothes. I hear birds singing, see children playing, and feel the grass between my toes (I almost never wear shoes in the summer). It is a wonderfully relaxing, mindless activity with positive, practical results (like knitting).

I know, it is a silly thing to get all mushy over, but I just love using my clothesline. Also, all I have are boring WIPs and no FOs at the moment, so a knitterly post seemed lame.

Happy Knitting!

Monday, June 04, 2007

More computer woes

Due to excessive snow days this year, I am still working well into June. I am looking forward to the summer off. My yard is overgrown, my house needs good cleaning, and there are WIPs in my knitting basket.

I know you are sick of hearing about the failings of my antique computer. It is, sadly, down once more. The darn old thing keeps finding new ways to break down. For a computer, it is very old at 8. It won't actually turn on any more.

This fact leaves me using my son's very new, and Vista equipped, computer. My camera won't talk to Vista, so I am unable to share the promised WIP photos with you all.

Here is the boring to look at list of what I am doing now.

1. Charmed Knits hats (one in each of the Hogwarts house colors)
2. EZ yolk sweater (EZ Elizabeth Zimmermann)
3. Boobalicious from Big Girl Knits
4. Cotton Tots sweater for my niece
5. Socks

I hope that the boring "no photo" post will not last long! I really don't like my son's computer. BTW, Vista sucks (cancel or allow) ALLOW.

Happy Knitting (and Happy Computing)