Sunday, May 29, 2005

Old School

One of the yarns in one of the boxes I found lurking in the back of my closet the other day is a great powder blue with a running silver thread. I decided to make myself a shrug with ruffles on the sleeves.

Well, the pattern calls for, I think, 10 1/2 ounces of yarn. There are 11 1-ounce skeins of this, which works out fine. But these 1-ounce skeins are going quite a long way! The pattern has 3/4-length sleeves, but I may be able to get full-lengths, which I much prefer. Something about how yarn was packaged or weighed "back in the day" --- I've done a lot of knitting with yarn left from my mother's collection, and there's just more of it than in the skeins today.

Mama used to get her yarn from a store in Nashville run by a lady named Miss Lucy. I have clear memories of being in the shop, and the navy blue Bucilla boxes being kept under Mama and Daddy's bed, awaiting being turned into something wondrous. Mama is a great knitter. Truly. I doubt there's anything she can't make. Well, this yarn was in a navy blue Bucilla box, which makes it even more terrific to use.

Also, I grew up calling balls or hanks of yarn "skeens." I notice that every yarn shop operator now is calling them "skanes." I understand that the spelling demands the second. My memory, my loyalty and my comfort demand the first.

Thursday, May 26, 2005

You've probably figured out by now that the little buttons in the upper right here are keys to Blogs I like to read. Heather's is always interesting, but then, so is she.

I haven't said much about Heather here, because I'm not sure how much publicity she wants. But she has given us a wealth of riches with her friendship and compassion and knowledge and humor. I don't know many people her age (and, by way of my job, I know quite a few) who are as together as she. Visit her site, and you'll see what I mean.

The other three are knitting blogs that I particularly enjoy. There are, of course, hundreds of knitting blogs out there. One afternoon-into-night I got caught up Googling "knitting blog" and reading through dozens of them; these 3 caught my eye and my loyalty.

Yarn websites are always a joy to stroll through. Every now and again, I go on pattern searches, too --- just this past weekend, I was hunting down 2-needle sock patterns, as one of the ones I really, really like (the heel is exquisite) went missing. I am a desperate pattern junkie. I simply cannot not acquire new patterns. If I knit at top speed, with unlimited access to yarn, for the rest of my life, I don't think it would be possible for me to make one of everything I have a pattern for. And I keep buying more.

Addiction, anyone?

Sunday, May 22, 2005

Hannah Saves the Day!

The digital camera is found, thanks to Hannah! I had looked everywhere I could think of, and finally given it up as irretrievable, but she found it! Now I can take more pictures of finished items that I won't be able to upload to the site! Whee!

I did try again last night to get some of the picture up here --- baby stuff, mainly. No luck. I cannot presume to know why I am such a complete dolt when it comes to this. There are millions of people on the Internet who, no respect intended, are less intelligent than I, who do this type of thing with tremendous regularity and success. Hey --- I'd like to show stuff here. It would sometimes make the entries more interesting. My other blog would benefit greatly from an occasional photo. But, noooooooooo, I can't figure it out.

Painting word pictures. Great.

Sunday, May 15, 2005

Partial Victory

Well, the computer woes took almost 4 days to salve, but we're back online from home now. And I've just gone through each page and updated the inventories. Yay, me!! You should also find descriptions on the scarf page. I will get to posting other pictures and other prices when other members of the family aren't standing over me exhaling loudly and "waiting for their turn."

By the way, I finished a sweater for myself yesterday, am closing in on finishing a pair of purple socks, and have only a jacket to get done to complete a Barbie ensemble made from Yarn-of-the-Month samples.

I'm feeling fairly accomplished.

Monday, May 09, 2005

What Next

So I take the uncooperative computer (I think "dying" is actually more appropriate, but let's not be morbid just yet) to be repaired Saturday afternoon. By Saturday night, we have it back, but cannot access the Internet. No problem --- maybe it just needs an adjustment period; we'll try again Sunday.

Sunday. No Internet. No task bar, no icons --- which is what I took it in for on Saturday. Anxiety and frustration past rising now. Risen. Of course, nothing opens until well after lunch on Sundays, and we have already planned to spend the afternoon at the movies. Which means the machine can't go back into the shop until today. After I finish class. Which means son's book report, due today, had to be handwritten. Son's handwriting borders on cryptic code. Mother must have said report dictated to her and then write it herself.

I am back at one of the school's computers for this entry. I do not know what the deal is, nor what it is going to be. I'd put in the descriptions for the new photos from here, but I don't know the Web address for the site provider; it's bookmarked on my home machine.

The movie we saw yesterday was "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy."

I feel very much like Marvin.

Friday, May 06, 2005

I TOLD YOU: Bad to Worse

Heather called last night and told me she had fixed the upload problem, which she has. Go to the "Neck and Shoulders" page and see scarves and shawls and a shoulderette!! What you won't see, though, are descriptions of said items, because our computer decided to die yesterday afternoon.

Actually, "die" might not be clinically correct, but it certainly decided to be uncooperative in the extreme. I am in the Computer Lab at school right now, checking e-mails and doing this and my other blog. The computer is in the back seat of my car, to be taken in for servicing today.

So, if anything that you can now look at interests you, please get in touch with me. I'll be back to you as soon as I possibly can.

In the meantime, I'm making excellent progress on a bell-sleeved sweater for myself, and a really cute pink "mixed media" tank for the business. Oh, and of course, the third project: socks.

And in case I'm not back on in time: HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY to my Mama, who taught me how to knit and bake brownies and shows me every day what backbone and character truly are and can truly do. I love you, Mama.

Thursday, May 05, 2005

I've tried and tried again to get the pictures uploaded here, and it simply isn't working. I'd tell anyone who might be interested in ordering from me to jst drop me an e-mail and I'll try to insert a picture in a reply, but I can't find the digital camera!!! Things just go from bad to worse.