Another knit-heavy post/Today on my needles/What I am up to this bright Monday

On my needles – the photo was taken this morning, but it is what was on the needles all day yesterday.mitten and sweater jan 18

Yesterday I conceded that the cold was winning and did the only thing I know of to beat it – I stayed put on the couch with knitting and Gray’s Anatomy reruns.  All those doctors did the trick, I feel much better today!

The mitten is coming long, although I did rip it back to the cuff when I realized I was carrying the yarn too tightly between needles.  That problem is solved, I have made up all that ground and then some.  I think they will be too long on me, but I will wait and see.  Meanwhile, I am learning about thumbs.  Elizabeth Zimmerman uses something she calls a thumb trick so I am trying it, as she is, after all, a certified knitting genius. I am loving these beauties, I knew I was ready for some red and white mittens!  Because of all the nice carried yarn, they are thick and warm, too.  Can’t wait to get then done and on my hands.

The sweater – sigh.  I love blue, you know I do.  And I do need a blue cardigan, I truly do.  But this “very easy” lace is killing me, I can’t get in the flow of it,so it simply isn’t becoming instinctive and mindless.  However, I made a real push this weekend, and finally got up to the armholes!  Now, the directions have me supposedly knitting first the left front, then the right front (with opposite shaping to the left, of course) and then the back.  And it all says “working in pattern.”  I was in a dilemma, as I can’t read the knitting! How do I know where the heck I am or left off in the pattern? So, I joined two more balls of yarn, and am knitting both fronts and back at the same time.  That way I at least know which row I am on.  I THINK I have figured out where each section begins in the pattern, but time will soon tell.  The good news is that there are now 72 fewer stitches in a row, so it should go faster.  As long as I keep those three balls untangled.  And I will definitely be knitting the two sleeves at the same time so that they stand a chance of matching.

But what else have I been up to?

Well, reading blogs, of course, and uploading hats to Etsy – thanks to all of you who have looked at my shop, and don’t forget to let me know what you think if you haven’t already. I think there will be some cards and things posted soon, in the next few days, at least.

Since it was the weekend, A was home with me the past few days, and she was such a sweetie, doing lots of laundry and table clearing, and being generally a good sport about being married to a slug.  🙂  She even drove me to Ellsworth on Saturday so I could pick up a book the library had gotten for me.  Since it is the book club book, and the meeting is tonight, it was sort of important.  🙂 (My Brilliant Friend – more on that when I finish it) we did a few other errands, then had breakfast at Martha’s Cafe, which we love.  I like to go out for breakfast, because the food is so yummy, and it doesn’t cost the earth. I like Martha’s because she makes delicious everything. I had a veggie and ham stuffed omelet, and stole some of A’s raspberry muffin.  mmmmmm

Today, besides finishing the book and not getting sucked into red and white knitting, I plan to do the housework I did not do Friday (start deep cleaning the bedroom) and get into the craft room to make some cards for the Etsy shop – I am thinking Valentine’s and birthday cards, but I am open to ideas, so please, offer them up!

And I have to go check the mouse traps I have outside, they are no longer buried under a pile of snow – with all that rain yesterday and balmy (is it really 40 degrees F out there today???) air, we have almost no snow left – so I  can find the traps.

Other than that, I will putter, putter, putter.  🙂

I’m ba-a-ack!

Sorry not to post my list today as usual – life is complicated this week!

Power came back on – beeping and clicking and flashing lights woke us from a deep sleep in the middle of the night Tuesday – you know – a little before 8.  🙂  Once we were sure it was really staying on I leaped up, turned on the dishwasher and pellet stoves, flushed the toilets, washed my hands, plugged in the DVR to record NCIS, and went back to bed.  Since then, we have played catch-up.

It has been warm, so the snow has almost melted, and all the dishes are done, laundry is back under control – amazing how 3 days with no power can create havoc!

Today I went and got the snow tires on the other car, and met Crimson Crow in town for a fun morning of errands and chatting (you knew you would be here, right, CC?) and a good breakfast at the Riverside restaurant.

After I left her, I stopped in the office to drop off my time card, then came home to clean out the fridge.  Very exciting.  Got to throw is all away, then scrub shelves, etc.  Haven’t opened the freezer yet, but all of that will be tossed as well, and that will get cleaned this weekend.

Then I made some cheesy artichoke dip, and shortly, I will leave for game night at A’s office. Of course I will bring that sock I have been working on all week.  🙂

I’ll post later this weekend about the other fun things we have planned, but for now, know that we are safe, have lights and water again, and knitting is happening again.

First of fall Friday list

This morning is full of errands and running about – I have to go to Cherryfield and get some photos of our quarterly USDA food distribution activities for work, as well as a stereotypical photo of smiling faces and checks passing hands, as we received a nice donation from out of state to benefit 4 food pantries!  So that is how I will start the day.

Then it is back to Ellsworth to drop a check off at the stove store – we should have our new pellet stove by the end of October!

That fun is followed by a trip to the big grocery store, then back to home, with a quick stop to pay the property taxes and pick up the mail.

Once I get home, I will take a knitting break and work on my co-worker’s socks – I had her try them on yesterday, and I am glad I did, she has a very tiny foot, it turns out, so I pulled out a few rows and decreased teh number of stitches from 56 to 48.  Glad I suspected that might happen and put a lifeline in at the end of the toe increases, so it was a pretty simple adjustment.  Making sox this small should go quickly – I am so used to knitting for my Sasquatch sized feet.  🙂

After the break, I hope to work outside for a bit, as it is supposed to just be a fabulous weekend, weather-wise.  I am still getting tomatoes, I can;t believe it!

This weekend, we will be cleaning thoroughly and rearranging the furniture to accommodate our incoming patient and for the winter.  L goes in for her knee replacement on Monday, and we will just be ready for whatever comes our way after that – we don’t know if she is coming here straight from the hospital or going to rehab first.  A took the next two weeks off from work, with just a few little exceptions, and I will take time off to cover those.  After that, we aren’t sure what will be needed, but I will probably be able to take time off or work from home, and we will call on other family and friends if needed.

Sunday, we want to go do something fun and interesting to distract L from thinking about the next few weeks, but we haven’t come up with anything more special than breakfast.  🙂  Hiking and biking are out of the question, of course. too bad, as L loves both of those activities. So we will keep thinking, and come up with something, I am sure.

I’ll also try to get some photos of things I have finished up lately with the needles – there ar elot sof hats done, and I have sewn all those cool buttons on hats, so they are truly finished objects now.

That’s it – I have to run to get the day started.  See you later!

Friday list – vacation

Today is a day of finishing up some odds and ends – putting the house back to rights, usual errands.  My day will look something like this:

Get photos off camera and show you what I have been up to this week, craft wise.

Spend an hour in the yard shoveling.

Load car full of things to bring to Goodwill, then head off to Ellsworth.

Along the way, I will go to the Post Office, stop for lottery tickets (my early retirement plan), and swing by the office to see what I need to carry to the veterans resource fair tomorrow.  Can’t get a straight answer out of anyone on that score.  

I will get to thoroughly check out Goodwill as I will be there alone (A isn’t too fond of shopping and absolutely hates thrift stores, so does not understand the need to check out every little thing  and consider how it could be used/improved.) Since I will be on that end of town, I might also check out the ReStore, sometimes they have nice things.  Of course, they don’t go for thrift store prices over there….

Then, on the way back across town, I will stop at Reny’s to see if they have a laundry basket or two, we seem to always be short (they turn into cat beds around here if a cat even looks like it might sleep in it)  and last stop – the flea market yard sale thing that is in that little building I love.  I have stopped there once before, but I think it need re-examining, to see what is new.  They also don’t believe in thrift store pricing, but if they have the perfect something, then that is OK, right?

Once home, I will wait to see if A really is able to only work a half day today, and if she is, we will head to the plumbing showroom in town and see if they have the perfect toilet for us.  Exciting, huh?  We want to change out our builders grade toilets fro ones that are taller and use less water.  Not sure if that will happen any time soon, but we are starting to look around.  We hope that the plumber will install it at the same time they come to do the annual service on the water system,but not sure if that is when we will have the money, as we have a bunch of big, expensive things happening this time of year (more exciting things like property taxes). 


Now doesn’t that sound like an exciting morning?  

After the plumbing showroom, we will get lunch at Crosby’s, our favorite take out place which is only open a few more weeks!  😦  Then I will get to sit down and knit a bit before I start thinking about where to put the leftover bits from the guest room.  they will NOT be stashed in the craft room is all I know for sure.


I’ll post later int eh weekend and let you know how that all came out!  Now, off to get the camera and get cracking on this list!


This week is a week that A and I planned to take off about 10 months ago.  As we usually do, when we were off around Christmas, we mapped out our year ahead, and we scheduled a bit of vacation time together. Sadly, we did not hear the Fates screaming with laughter as we went through our calendars.

So, here it is, Tuesday morning, following a nice long holiday weekend. First day of vacation!

A is on her way to Berwick, where she will remain until Thursday night or Friday morning, depending on how work goes.

I have been sitting at the table and computer for three hours already, getting a bit of work done as well. I have  few more hours of work to do today, and then I *think* I am free until Friday morning when I have to go to the office to pick up a bunch of printed material, the keys to the van and some water bottles to take with me Saturday when I will be working all day (4 am until 7 pm) at an event we are sponsoring in Machias. (She sits quietly to listen.  Are they still chuckling there in Fateland?)

I try not to think about Saturday, it just frustrates me, as it is not my event, I did not choose the dates, and yet somehow, I have a lot of responsibility for making the thing happen.  I did put my foot down about the repeat event to be held in Ellsworth on the 13th.  I said I would do one event or the other.  Not both.  Because, after all, there is yet ANOTHER (but totally different) work thing happening on the 20th.  What’s with using up all the September Saturdays for work????? (repeating my mantra here “Glad to have a job glad to have a job glad to have a job”)

Enough whining already.

Here’s what else I plan to do today – empty and clean out the guest room and then put it all back together again, with an eye toward a long term guest recovering from knee replacement surgery.  Sister-in-law L will be coming here for a bit after her surgery at the end of the month, since her apartment is two stories, with the only bathroom upstairs.  We are so glad to be able to offer her our hospitality, we do love having her around. But the room is set up for short term, healthy stays.  No much closet/drawer space, not much room to move around.  We will see what I can do about that this week.  I thought about painting the room, as it is just primed, but that seemed like an invitation to work too hard.  🙂

I also promised A I would unpack one box of books and sort it out by “keep” or “toss”.  Even though we still have no beautiful custom-made bookshelves, she started the sorting process this weekend, and wants to keep it rolling.  I suspect I will open a  box of books, pull out two to give away, and put the rest back.  Then we will both be happy. 

if the promised showers hold off, I will do a bit of yard work, and if they don’t, I will work on the craft room cleanout.  That comes along slowly, but steadily. There are two small sets of shelves up there that I want to bring down and tuck in the guest room closet so L can unpack and settle in a bit, so that will kill two birds with one stone, so to speak.

Creatively, I expect I will do some stitching and knitting – it is time to start cranking out hats for the craft fair in November, and also, to finish up all the necklaces and things I made last spring for sale there.  I might make a few more sets of earrings to go along with them all, not sure yet. I also want to review the stash so I can see if I have yarn to make the leftie shawl – it looks like a great project to use up bits, if I have the right bits… if not, it looks like a great project to try some mini skeins, of which I have none. So I might do a little internet browsing.

This week, if it ever gets dry enough, I would like to do a little spray painting for things for the porch.  I just love spray painting, I am running out of things to paint, though!

And perhaps I will build my little porch swing at last?  We have the pallets, I need to bring them into the basement  to dry out, I will definitely get that done, but as for cutting them up and screwing them back together, well, time will tell.  But wouldn’t A be surprised if I got that done?  Truthfully, so would I.


How many days do I think I have????

Better go get the last of the work done so I can get to work.



Friday list

I have quite a list for today, it might spill over into the rest of the weekend!

•Time in the craft room – I have sewing to do on my skirts, cards to make fr all the birthdays I missed so far in June, and thank you notes to make for everyone who got me my great birthday presents

•Cut the grass – this is literally cut, as we have no lawn, so I use grass clippers to hack down the weeds. I’ll take before and after photos. And be warned, I only cut grass, I leave the wild flowers

•Pool maintenance – it needs scooping, etc. Not a great day for it, but it really needs it every day, so whatever I get done today is good, and tomorrow I will do it again. Maybe it will get nice enough to swim this weekend!

•Gardening – there is some minor weeding to do, the peas need their trellis brought out of the cellar and put near them. The potatoes are ready for their next 4 inches of dirt, which I even remembered to get yesterday.

•Feed the hummers – they are gobbling up the food now, we keep two feeders for them, and that isn’t enough this time of year. I bet they have a nest with babies somewhere, too.

•The usual errands – PO, Library, grocery store

•Last but not least – some work organizing and outlining a grant that is due at the end of the month

A is working from home this morning, so I might not get it all done, but we have NO plans for this weekend, so I can work away at it all weekend.

Friday list already!

Can’t believe how the week has flown! Work was good, given I only had to work three days. 🙂 But in those three days, I got a grant written and submitted; an extension request completed, worked with the grant writer at another agency as she wrote a huge federal grant for a group of us; went to a board meeting and a development committee meeting (minute taker); reviewed a funding request my boss was working on; and met with my boss about future projects. SO yes, I am ready for it to be Friday!!! I do feel a good sense of accomplishment though. It will feel even better if some of these get funded.

So, tomorrow:

-Review the big grant one more time for my colleague
-Bake a cake for a birthday party Saturday
-Clean the house
-Go to the PO to get mail and mail off scarf
-Work in the garden
-Scoop the pool from IN IT
-Attend Cash Mob at our local store

I think you get the drift. I have to do a lot of knitting, because Saturday is the start of the CAL I am participating in – CANNOT WAIT! -but I should make some progress on my little scarf I am working on before I lay it aside for a while.

I love it – it is more of that wool/silk blend I used for the last one, and it is in linen stitch, which is new to me. But here’s the thing. It takes rows and rows and rows to make headway. I started it on size two needles, and realized it took me several hours to knit an INCH. I ripped it out and recast on using size seven needles. The fabric drapes much more nicely now, but it still takes a lot of rows to make a little progress, because so much ease is used up in the slipped stitches. I also have to confess it is slow knitting, it takes concentration to not do k1p1, when you are putting the yarn there, and slipping the stitch. Far too easy to just go ahead and purl the darned thing. I can see that once or twice, way back, I did that. Here’s hoping no-one notices, because I am not pulling it out again. 🙂 I think this will be a long-term project. At least, it is small and light and can be my mobile project until it is done. Which will mean no hats for a while. But once I finish the CAL, then I can go back to every other thing I knit is a hat. The give away bag is nearly full, I would like to get it full and delivered before too late in the summer, so they are ready to give out on the first cold day. Which we aren’t even going to think about right now, it is nice and warm today, and tomorrow is supposed to be NINETY! I am so glad that the pool is ready and waiting for me, even if I do need to scoop the tree bits out of it.

Yes, it should be a good day!

I made it!!!

Never thought today would get here, but I survived.  Sleepless nights, headaches, more meetings than one person should have to attend, work piling up all the while, doesn’t it sound fun?

Yeah, I don’t think so either.

But it is FRIDAY, I have an eclectic list to get through, and so I am listening to an eclectic array of music – I think I have Gordon Bok, the Four Preps and Carousel cued up in the cd player.  We’ll see how that fits with my mood today.  🙂 so far I have heard Julian of Norwich followed by Santa Catalina… felt odd even to me, and I chose it!

So today’s list:

  • Laundry – all the sheets and towels that got used last weekend. A did the clothes last night, so I have a head start!
  • Hair cut – desperately needed, I hope the barber shop is open. (if you are reading this and want to save money – see if your local barber shop cuts women’s hair – it is SO much cheaper than a salon. I pay $8 bucks to get my hair cut.)
  • VOTE!  I can’t wait any longer.  Then, when I get the calls trying to convince me to change my mind, I can tell them they are too late. Hello, WORLD – I made up my mind a long time ago and NOTHING has happened to make me change it, I can’t conceive of what that would so LEAVE ME ALONE!! Thank heavens for the DVR – we only watch shows that we recorded so we can speed through the hideous ads.
  • Grocery store.  Sigh.  Biggest loser ended last week, we have enjoyed it this week, but we started again this morning.  Amazingly, I only gained 2 pounds this week!  That includes last week’s activities, take out galore, pizza, chocolate.  Now it’s back to basics.  They once again put A on a different team from me, so we will be back to trash talking around the kitchen.
  • Pharmacy, dump, etc.  The only usual chore I don’t think I need to do today is the hardware store – how can that be?
  • Finish the darned pool.  It is dry this morning, but will rain later.  If I don’;t get it done today, I am going to give up and cover it with a tarp and hope for the best. It is getting too cold to hang around in shorts and bare feet messing with water.
  • stain the last deck railing board.
  • This one is BIG – prime the new bed!!!  A has two of the three boxes complete and ready for me to paint.  If I get them prepped for painting and primed today, while she isn’t down there making dust, we will be that much closer to getting it upstairs where it belongs. She thinks maybe by Thanksgiving???
  • This is ambitious and probably won’t happen, but it is that time of year – Christmas card making.  I have the design in my head for this year’s card, I have to see if it will really work, and NOT be 200 million steps like last year’s were.

So I had better get cracking, huh?

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