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"[Lady Bostock] considered, possibly correctly, that there is nothing that brings the sunshine into grey lives like a sock or two." - P.G. Wodehouse



Updated: 2018-01-15T02:27:25.518-08:00

 



How to make a tag blanket, part two.

2009-12-01T17:08:13.804-08:00

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So, we left off - several months ago - with your ribbons sewn onto a piece of fabric. Next, get your other piece of fabric and pin them, right sides together. Sew around the edge, leaving a small opening for turning it right side out. Turn right side out.
(image) Next, tuck under the edges of your opening and stitch that closed. Sew another seam (I think it's topstitching?) all around the edges, about 1/4" in. As you come to each ribbon, pull it out a little if you're using thick fabric like fleece; this helps it lay flat.

(image) Ta da! There's your finished tag blanket.
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Raffle of sorts

2009-05-22T14:20:55.876-07:00

(image) This is yarn from The Knittery (I couldn't find a link), handpainted in turquoise, purple, and a touch of green. It is a 3.5 ounce skein with approximately 490 yards, 100% merino.

To enter to win this yarn, donate any amount to the Noah Henderson Tay-Sachs Foundation and send me an e-mail at MitoRocks AT juno DOT com letting me know that you donated (no need to specify dollar amount) OR you can link to this post on your blog and let me know. If you link to this AND donate you'll get two entries. In about three weeks (June 12) I'll put all the names together and draw a winner.

Don't like this particular yarn? Check back because I plan to raffle off something different in a few weeks!



How to make a tag blanket, part one.

2009-05-12T09:52:47.504-07:00

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Supplies:
Fabric (as much as you want; the blanket can be as big or as small as you like)
Ribbons (DO NOT use wired ribbon unless you carefully remove all the wires first)
Thread (matching or contrasting, as you like)

Wash your fabric. Cut ribbon into 4"-6" lengths, fold in half lengthwise, right side out, and iron to set the crease in each ribbon. You will now have a nice little pile that looks like this:
(image) Next, pin the ribbons to the right side of your fabric like this:
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I like to put them an inch or so apart. Next step: sew the ribbons on, using a narrow seam allowance.
(image) Part two, coming soon.



Eris, at last.

2009-04-25T20:20:16.030-07:00

(image) I finally got the zipper in a couple of months ago, but just haven't gotten around to blogging a finished photo until now. It is just a touch too long, which is totally my fault because I thought it wouldn't be long enough so I added two inches. I also just did a plain hem on the cuffs instead of the ribbing to match what goes around the bottom hem.

This is a great, comfortable, warm sweater that I wear all the time. The pattern was very well written and easy to follow and I'd have no problem knitting it again.



Amazing hair bows

2009-03-04T16:53:46.260-08:00

Check out these incredibly cute hair bows from Cotton Kami Bows. What a great idea for party favors!






Funny comic

2009-01-14T18:04:35.661-08:00

My Esteemed Papa clipped out this comic strip and sent it to me. I think it's great.



More than you're probably interested in.

2009-01-13T14:51:45.878-08:00

I found this on Holly's and The Krunchy Krab's blogs.Bold indicates experiences I have had; italics indicate experiences I would like to have; regular font indicates experiences that are not on my life to-do list.1. Started your own blog2. Slept under the stars3. Played in a band4. Visited Hawaii5. Watched a meteor shower6. Given more than you can afford to charity7. Been to Disneyland/world (Disneyland and Tokyo Disneyland)8. Climbed a mountain (Mount Fuji)9. Held a praying mantis10. Sang a solo11. Bungee jumped12. Visited Paris13. Watched a lightning storm at sea14. Taught yourself an art from scratch (mostly)15. Adopted a child16. Had food poisoning17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty18. Grown your own vegetables19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France20. Slept on an overnight train (I almost died while I was sleeping on the train, too. I was about 2-3 years old and had a headfirst fall from the top bunk; my mother had woken up for "no reason" a few seconds earlier and sat up. She caught me just before I hit something very hard - the sink, maybe?)21. Had a pillow fight22. Hitch hiked23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill24. Built a snow fort25. Held a lamb26. Gone skinny dipping (I'm counting the public baths in Japan. It's close enough.)27. Run a marathon28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice29. Seen a total eclipse 30. Watched a sunrise or sunset31. Hit a home run32. Been on a cruise33. Seen Niagara Falls in person34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors35. Seen an Amish community36. Taught yourself a new language (not exactly myself, but I think I've picked up enough to count)37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person39. Gone rock climbing40. Seen Michelangelo’s David41. Sung karaoke 42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant44. Visited Africa45. Walked on a beach by moonlight46. Been transported in an ambulance47. Had your portrait painted48. Gone deep sea fishing49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling52. Kissed in the rain53. Played in the mud54. Gone to a drive-in theater55. Been in a movie56. Visited the Great Wall of China57. Started a business58. Taken a martial arts class59. Visited Russia60. Served at a soup kitchen61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies62. Gone whale watching (when I was little; I don't think we actually saw any whales)63. Gotten flowers for no reason (as in having someone get them for me for no reason; I have bought flowers for myself for no reason)64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma65. Gone sky diving66. Visited a Nazi concentration camp67. Bounced a check68. Flown in a helicopter69. Saved a favorite childhood toy (I can't think of one but I'm sure I have)70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial71. Eaten Caviar72. Pieced a quilt73. Stood in Times Square74. Toured the Everglades75. Been fired from a job ("let go")76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London77. Broken a bone78. Been on a speeding motorcycle79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person80. Published a book81. Visited the Vatican82. Bought a brand new car83. Walked in Jerusalem84. Had your picture in the newspaper (I'm counting a magazine here. Might have had my picture in the local paper years ago, but I'm not sure. My picture is in an old, old issue of Spin Off magazine. Like 15 years ago old.)85. Read the entire Bible86. Visited the White House (I've seen it from the outside)87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating (Watched my dad kill and prepare chickens quite often when I was a kid.)88. Had chickenpox (Three times. And yes, you are only supposed to get it once.)89. Saved someone’s life90. Sat on a jury91. Met someone famous (I saw the emperor of Japan through bullet-proof glass. Oh! I just remembered, I once met Myra Cohn Livingston.)92. Joined a book club93. Lost a loved one94. Had[...]



Inexperienced criminals...

2008-12-31T22:42:28.650-08:00

...do things like this.



Ah, Christmas.

2008-12-30T07:17:47.376-08:00

If you would like to read about our a-little-more-exciting-than-we-wanted-it-to-be Christmas morning, it's here on my husband's blog.



I love my garbage collector.

2008-12-29T13:54:17.959-08:00

I'm sure there's a more PC name for a garbage man (waste management technician?), but I don't care. Our trash is normally picked up twice a week, but due to the ice there haven't been any dumpster-emptyings for just over two weeks. It really did not help at all that Christmas Day fell during that two-week time period. There was a pile of bags at least as big as the 4-cubic yard dumpster right in front of it. Not to mention the five bags or so we had in the house, waiting to go out as soon as we could get within 20 feet of the actual dumpster.

The garbage truck came today. The dumpster was emptied, refilled, and emptied again. Lots of full trash bags are now out of my house and awaiting the next pick up on Friday. Hallelujah!

Now I'm just waiting for the recycle truck so I can be rid of my small mountain of empty boxes and milk jugs.



Eris, sans zipper

2008-12-22T19:55:06.050-08:00

All done except for the zipper! And since I haven't yet bought a zipper, and since we are snowed in, I am considering it to be done. Once I buy a zipper it will go back to an "undone" status.

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Just a thought.

2008-12-05T16:29:03.825-08:00

I cannot wait for the days to start getting longer. 3:30 is just way too early to have to turn on the lights.



Eris: Not Quite

2008-12-05T17:35:37.188-08:00

(image) So here is a photo of Eris on the night of November 30. As you can see, I finished the body on November but not the sleeves. Even though my goal was to finish before December, I am still really happy with how much I accomplished.



Eris, divided.

2008-11-21T13:38:18.593-08:00

(image) Just divided the body and sleeve sections. It looks a touch small but I tried it on and it seems okay; I think that if it does turn out a tiny bit small I can probably block it bigger.



Eris, take two.

2008-11-19T14:33:02.190-08:00

So after several days, a lot of chocolate, and a little bit of alcohol, I finally felt (mostly) not upset about my mistake and was able to re-start Eris. Here is the collar, half done and with the stitches picked up to start the second half.

(image) Irritated as I am, I really am glad that I re-knit this. The first try had several small mistakes that bugged me but not enough to make me rip it and start again. Once I discovered I'd used the wrong gauge, though, I obviously had to re-do the thing. This time around I was more familiar with both the chart symbols and how it looked on the needles, so I caught mistakes right away and could fix them.

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I'm much happier with this collar.



What goes up must come down.

2008-11-04T13:45:46.312-08:00

So apparently November is National Just About Everything Month (Write a Novel, Blog Every Day, Knit a Sweater, etcetera). I have had the yarn for a few sweaters for several months now and so I decided to take the plunge and make a sweater this month. Right from the start there were problems. I didn't have enough of such-and-such yarn to do that project, that sweater wouldn't look good in that color, and so forth. After doing some gauge swatches, I settled on making Rogue. I got perfect gauge and even though I didn't have quite enough yarn, I was able to order more - in the same dyelot, even! - until disaster struck. It wouldn't print. Now, we don't have a printer so any printing jobs include copying files, traveling to the library, checking out a computer, printing files, and returning home. Since I was at the library, there was nothing I could do except retry to print the same thing that I had. Not happening. I must have done something to mess the pattern up when copying it. Plan B. (Well, C, actually, because I was planning on making a Hand-to-Hand Aran [Ravelry link, you have to sign up] until I decided I didn't like that yarn worked up at that gauge.) I was able to print the pattern for Eris, and I had good yarn for it that worked up to gauge. The collar went beautifully. I adore the complex cables. So other than several mistakes, doesn't it look great?

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I picked up all the stitches around the edge (one of my least favorite knitting jobs) to start the body of the sweater. I read ahead in the pattern to make sure I knew what I was doing. Everything was clear except there were no specific instructions for the raglan increases, so I checked to see if they were supposed to be done a certain way. Lo and behold, I discovered that I had been working the perfect gauge for the BODY portion of the sweater all the way through my lovely collar.

My knitting will be in time-out until I have eaten enough chocolate to get over this.



Free barrette holder pattern

2008-10-30T13:26:39.227-07:00

I had one of these barrette holders when I was young and I may someday make one for my daughters. I thought I'd post it in case anyone else was interested - barrettes are not the easiest things to store neatly.



Playhouse

2008-10-28T13:50:33.771-07:00

These are just the cutest playhouses ever. I wish we had a card table.



Slippers

2008-08-25T16:51:22.122-07:00

(image) The slippers turned out well and were well received. They did turn out to be the right size to fit the recipient in about three years, but you can't get everything right.



Sobering news

2008-08-09T17:01:17.446-07:00

I just found out that my friend Amanda's little boy, Noah, was diagnosed with Tay-Sachs, a fatal genetic disorder. Please pray for him and his family. They are missionaries in Mexico City. If you are able and willing to donate toward some of his medical expenses, you can find more information here.



Knitting by the seat of my pants

2008-08-08T22:28:58.338-07:00

Scene: The girls are napping. We have a birthday party to attend in less than 24 hours, and I haven't come up with a gift idea that I like. I am suddenly seized with knitterly inspiration.

No pattern.

No gauge swatch.

The exact size of the recipient is unknown to me.

I cast on anyway.

12 hours before the party, and I have this:

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They're fulling in the washer while I have my fingers crossed. Update tomorrow. (Assuming I remember to post; I've been forgetting every little thing this past month.)



How cool are you?

2008-08-07T23:21:45.611-07:00

Do you ever wonder how popular you are? Do you ever wonder if your internet friends are real people? Is that rental house on Craigslist the real deal or does someone in Nigeria just want you to wire them money?

Find out on Divvs, the site that gives you online credibility but without revealing personal details. Go sign up!



March, march, march.

2008-06-23T14:01:18.249-07:00

Have any of you seen the Algorithm March? I was mystified until I watched this video. Now I get it.

Sort of.



Let's Cooking!

2008-06-10T20:18:18.206-07:00

So anyway, I ran across this song today and found it absolutely hilarious. Even if you don't speak Japanese, you can kinda tell what they're saying: something along the lines of "the four pork product friends", "we sound so yummy", and my personal favorite, "discover the fun of ham."

You'll never look at pig meat the same again.