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28 January 2012 @ 04:31 pm
Hi Everyone...

I'm posting to Blogger now so that I can add video, buttons, etc.  See you over there!

21 January 2008 @ 04:06 pm
My superfantastic uncle Rich gave me a great box of Crochet and Knit books from his Mom, Doreen.  Many years ago, Doreen and Art, graciously let me and Mom stay with them when I was recovering from surgery.  We spent many many hours going through all of her craft books.  In fact, I still have some photocopies of afghan patterns that she gave me.  Long story longer...after she moved from her house, the books went to Rich...and then to me.  

And I LOVE them!  So far, I've completed the Santa stocking.  And now, (please don't be reading this Mom-in-law!), I'm making this really pretty Wall Ornament from a Magic Crochet magazine.  It's so much fun to do.  I don't really know what the heck I'm doing.  (That's a little bit of a lie, but not too far from the truth.)  Anyway, I'm really enjoying it, and I've already completed the center floral motif.  More later.  

I did complete another one of the San Diego Fire Blankets.

07 January 2008 @ 06:49 pm
Dave was a little shy about having his picture taken, so I decided to model his hat.  (BTW, it does look great on him.)

On another note, I'm pretty excited.  I checked Ravelry so that I could add the Director's Hat as a project.  I had a message and was asked if my Santa Stocking could be used as  the photo for the pattern author.  :-)  That just made my day.

Dave did offer to pose with our pet tumbleweed.  Believe it or not,  this thing jumped over our fence.

01 January 2008 @ 02:32 pm
Happy New Year!!!

I finished Dave's director's hat/beret.  We almost gave up on it 300 times before I finished it.  ;-) The pattern that I had was actually kid's size...though it said it was for an adult.  So I had to adjust the pattern a LOT.  And I was using a very fine sock yarn, so I had to mess with it a lot before I found a gauge that I liked.  Otherwise it was turning out like lace. Not exactly preferred for a man's hat.   After many many starts and enough frogging to cause the yarn to self-knit, I finally got it!  And as of 2:00 PM, Dave had a cool enough hat that he said he could wear to the NAMM convention this year.  Yeah!!! 

Pictures soon.
22 December 2007 @ 12:15 pm
I finished a very cool Santa Stocking for Deb.  It was so much fun to work on, though I did adapt the pattern quite a bit.  Added a few inches to the stocking, modified the shape of some of the arm and leg pieces, added more stuffing to the belly, and embroidered stars and ornaments on the trees.  Still, it was a "meant to be" project.  My Mom found an old yarn bag of mine from high school with a few skeins of Christmas yarn and some half-done ornaments.  I didn't even remember that I had it.  That evening we went over to my aunt and uncle's place, and my uncle asked me if I would like all of his mom's knitting and crochet pattern books.  Oh, what a dream!!!!  These were gorgeous lace books, doilies, Christmas books, afghans.  I was thrilled.  One of the books had a Santa Stocking pattern, and I just happened to have the exact amount of yarn in the correct colors in my forgotten knitting bag.  This was the result.

07 December 2007 @ 06:23 pm
I'm in Minnesota right now...and will be for a couple weeks.  I thought that I'd have all the time in the world to knit...totally forgetting that I'm here because I have to work on deploying a project nearly every night that I'm here.  But apparently that didn't enter my mind when I was packing.    I must have been under the impression that I needed entertainment....lots and lots of entertainment.  "Camp Betsy" or "Cruise Director Betsy" entertainment.

Contents of 1 large red suitcase....

Knitting -
Leda's Dream stole and extra skein yarn.
2 skeins wool for Dave's hat
Crocheting -
24 squares and yarn to edge and piece a SD fire blanket.
12 skeins (assorted sizes) of acrylic yarns to make squares
Bobbin Lace-
2 boxes thread
Kickboard pillow (now covered!)
2 books
Notions -
3 boxes pins
Tape measures
Knitting notions kit
And the books I brought....
4 puzzle books
2 mysteries
1 fiction
And the music I brought...
1 ipod with 1200 songs
And the movies I brought...
Hot Fuzz
Oceans something...can't remember name
Season 1 of 30 Rock
6 other DVDs of mystery movies that I burned and forgot to label.
And the games I brought...
Deck of Cards

 Goofy.  :-)

01 December 2007 @ 01:31 am

But be quick.  It ends today.  She's celebrating her 300th post and says that we learn weird things about her in her posts, so she wants to learn something weird about us.  Totally fun and a trip reading some of the other comments.  Hilarious.  Go here!  Fast!  Details: contest post

27 November 2007 @ 05:39 pm
The Blue/Grey blanket is done!  Well, as close as I can get it.  I'm a little short of yarn on one side of double-crochets.  Luckily GeorgeAnne has more of the same dye lot, so she can finish it off.  In return, I'll have a couple more blankets to finish on Saturday.  And, some yarn that is just waiting to get turned into pretty new squares.  Hurray.

Aren't the squares pretty?  Such talented knitters and crocheters that have donated their time and talent.  One thing that was fun was the varying degrees of stretchiness.  I like the way that the rectangles have different shapes and lines.  I also like how the edges have a bit of a scalloped look to them...although it is quite easy to block them into straight lines, if desired.

I'm certainly glad the skies have gone from ash to this:

24 November 2007 @ 12:36 pm
This is a grab bag Saturday.  No themes.  No single subject that  I'll craft into a lovely essay.  (Not that I do that anyway!  Ha!!)  Nope, today's entry is probably more representative of the way that I think...random thoughts that jump around.  I think this calls for a list!  ;-)

1. New family - I have a new little little little nephew, Samuel.  I can't wait to see him and the other small people in the family now.  Dan's going to send pics of my neice with her  "Aunt Betsy" blanket.  I can't wait to see them and will post them soon.

2. Old family - I LOVE my old family to bits.  It cracks me up that I feel like I'm totally learning new things about ALL of my family all the time.  Wouldn't you think that you'd know everything about your folks after you've known them for 40 years...or that you'd know everything about your husband after you'd been married for 18 years?  I think that it's very cool that I'm always surprised.  (One of the reasons that I think that everyone should live to be a healthy 200 years old.)  ;-)  

3. Clouseau Moments - Dave had a Pink Panther moment that I can't help giggling about.  (No humans or animals were harmed in the making of this story!!)  He had cut his thumb one day last week and was had it bandaged.  He smokes outside at work because he doesn't smoke in the house and he's cutting way down.  Anyway, he was on a smoke break, standing outside and chatting on the phone.  All of a sudden he smells something odd and looks down.  The bandage was on fire!  Thank God it was instantly caught and snuffed out.  But, I've got this silly image of him with a thumb candle.   See. Smoking IS Dangerous!

4. Knitting Progress - The Blue/Grey blanket is almost done.  I ran out of the last bit of yarn for the final double crochet, but luckily GeorgeAnne has more of the dye lot, so she'll finish that round, and I'll grab a couple more to finish.

5. More Knitting Progress - I found a beret/tam pattern for Dave's hat!  Yeah!!!  Now I just need to figure out how to make it.  ;-)

6. Even MORE Knitting Progress - I'm pleased. I received my bamboo yarn from Elann.  80% off on SWTC.  So now I have 10 skeins of blue and 10 of a pink/orange/yellow.  Can't wait to do something with it!

7. Hawaii won the WAC outright!  I'm pleased.  Though they beat Boise State....a team that provided one of the best college bowl games EVER.

8. Leftovers.  Yumm!  Turkey breast, wild rice, squash, salad, a hard boiled egg, veggies, mashed potatoes.  I'm pretty thrilled that we have a refrigerator FULL of leftovers...and all of them totally  fit into my diet.  Most years we've got a whole bunch of extra desserts.  Which I love, but I'm glad that they haven't turned into my breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

9. Commercials.  There's a commercial that gets into Peyton Manning's mind.  It has a countdown before he has to release the ball, and it shows how he is going through a maze of options (for example, his receiver is swallowed up, others are not available.)  Finally, a little boy whispers, "Clark".  And then of course Peyton wakes up and throws to Dallas Clark, his favorite receiver.  

I have a funnier version of the commercial.  It all stays the same, including the whispered, "Clark."  Only the next shot shows a big old defensive guy with Clark on his jersey.  He's sleeping...and in his dream, as soon as "Clark" is said, he immediately sacks Peyton.   

Have a great weekend everyone!
21 November 2007 @ 02:31 am
Sorry, Nike, I'm stealing from you (a little bit.)  I haven't posted for a few days because I made a decision to not let talking (or writing) about knitting prevent me from actually doing it!  It's really easy for me to get on a computer...and let my actual "real world" tasks fall away.  But, I'm trying not to do that.  I find that I can get a lot done if I break my day into bite-size tasks.  Work a couple hours, pick up in the kitchen, work an hour, reward with two rows of knitting, work an hour, do a load of laundry, etc.  I'm always surprised that this always works because by nature I get fixed on doing one thing and everything else stops.    Oh well!  

I love the computer but  I want it to be an enhancement to what I do...and not a replacement for what I want to do.

On a totally separate note, Dave was telling me today that I've become a bit of a social butterfly lately.  And, I thought, WOW!  Really?  That's kind of cool!  I have a couple nights of knitting each week.  I try to visit with Sarah on Saturdays if I can.  Dave and I spend most evenings playing pool and listening to the best radio station in the world (Dave's ipod), and I try to call my family at least a couple days a week.  And, I'm so happy doing that.  It feels good making an effort to keep relationships going.  I like that I have interesting stories to tell Dave now, and that I'm not just recapping the Price is Right games anymore. ;-)  

Seriously, you might remember that I was feeling pretty down a while ago because I realized that my close friends were co-workers that live over a thousand miles away...some of whom I've never met in person.  And, while I still love them, I realized that I can have friends here. So, I walked into a brand new yarn shop, said "Hi my name is... Will you be my friend?"  And now all of a sudden I've got a whole group of friends that I'm thrilled to know.

So, just do it!  :-)