Friday, October 14, 2011

SnowDrop,,,the final chapter

SnowDrop is finally done. I just need to block it and it will be ready to wear. I hope to get it blocked sometime tomorrow. Soon as I do I'll get pics and post them.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

SnowDrop and other things.....

I am still plugging along on the Snowdrop Shawl. I have made it past the halfway mark for the border. I was thinking that I would have it done so I could wear it to Grand Commandery this coming weekend. Not sure it that will happen or not, but I am going to give it a good try. If I finish knitting it I will probably not have time to block it. Keeping fingers crossed that I get it all finished.
We had to put my Mom in rehab in a nursing home yesterday. That was a very hard thing to do. She can't walk and can't even support her weight on her feet now. There was just no way Dad and I could continue to take care of her at home. We are hoping that the rehab will get her back up on her feet so we can bring her back home. Prayers please.
I plied my first ever sock yarn and made a rookie mistake. I had spun the singles clockwise as I always do and then when I started to ply them I also plied them clockwise, instead of counter clockwise. I started plying them late at night when I was dog tired and didn't even realize what I had done. The yarn is really tightly spun so I am not sure if I can use it or not to make socks. I have it on the niddy-noddy right now and will leave it on there for a while and then check it out. If it is ruined I have more that I can try again.
I really need to get back to my sweater that I started last winter from my own hand spun. I have had to spin more yarn 3 times now. Hope I have enough now to finish the sweater. If not I still have some of the fiber so I can spin some more. Just as soon as I finish SnowDrop I am going to get the sweater out (Celtic Cardy) and finish it up. I should be a really warm sweater and I think this winter is going to be really cold so I will probably be wearing it a lot. I love my hand knit sweaters for winter. They are so much warmer that store bought ones.
Bye for now.

Monday, September 12, 2011


The SnowDrop is going slowly. I have pretty much laid it aside because I don't really like working on the border. I will get it done, just not right now.
I have a sweater that I started last year that I really need to finish up. It is languishing because it is made from my own spun yarn and I have had to spin more twice now and it looks as though I may still have to spin some more. I need to finish it so I can wear it this winter.
I finished my nephew's socks. Well, I still need to sew the round together at the top and then tuck in the ends and they will be done. So for all purposes, they are done.
I started on the Primrose socks from summer Knitty but I was having a heck of a time with the left twist. I just could not get the PTBL trying to do it on the second stitch. I know how to do it, I just could not get the yarn and needles to cooperate with me. So I frogged them for now. Maybe another yarn will work. Others have done it so I can too,

From August 10 until September 2 I worked ft/pt at a plastic injection molding plant down the road a ways from us that friends own. They needed some extra help so I pitched in. I really was harder work that I could do on a long term basis so I was glad to see Sept 2 come. I do thank them for the chance to do the work though. The 3 ladies that I worked with were all super nice.

Now I am going to be helping to take care of my Mom. They were going to have to hire someone to come in and help Dad with her so I offered and Dad jumped on it. So I am back to work again for a time.

Have almost spun all of my Lapiz merino. I have about 8 more very small balls to spin and then I can start plying it. I am hoping to be able to make some 3 ply sock yarn. I love the color and the feel of the yarn. We will see.

I don't know why it is, but I cannot publish a post on here from my laptop. I can write it and save it but not publish it. I have to come out here to the office to publish it. That is such an irritant. Oh, well. I don't post very often anyway.

I'll try to get some pictures taken and post them here sometime in the next few months. LOL


Tuesday, August 30, 2011

SnowDrop update....

I have finished the body of the SnowDrop and have (barely) started on the edging. It has been put aside for a bit as I need to finish up a pair of socks for my nevvie and I also need to make a couple of pair of socks for me before winter.

Not much going on here. I'll try to get a new pic of the shawl sometime soon, but no promises.

Katie is doing pretty well. She is 12 years, almost 3 months. She is an OLD lady now but she is still my beautiful St. Bernard and a wonderful girl.
The other day when I had her out on the patio to get some cool fresh air she somehow managed to scoot and wriggle her way off of the patio across the narrow back yard and into the high weeds on the hill side. Luckily D has not had time to bushhog this summer so the weeds are really high and thick so they stopped her from going on down the hill.
She did manage to get both of her back feet into dog poop. That was fun trying to get it off of her feet. I finally took a quart size baggy and put water in it and slipped her foot in, held the top closed and massaged the water around her foot. They came clean, thank goodness.
Now I make sure to close the gateway with the bench whenever she is out on the patio. I never dreamed she would work her way off of it since she can't get up by herself anymore. I really thought she was safe. What I know!!
I had gone out on the deck to throw some dog hair out (if I had put it in the trash can it would just have floated back out where I have a ceiling fan on for her along with the AC. When I went out I could hear her woofing but I could not find her. I started to panic and began calling to her. Then I noticed the weeds moving each time she would woof. I hurried back into the house to get my boots on (they have a good grip sole on them which I need outside on the hillside to get Katie up without sliding down the hill myself) and go out and rescue her.
I got her up without any trouble and we made it up to the patio even though I did not have her sling/blanket with me. She was worn out so she lay down on the patio and I pulled the bench across the gateway opening.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

SnowDrop update

I have gotten back to row 61 so I am only 4 rows from where I was when I frogged it last evening. It really seems to be going faster now that I went down two needles sizes. I also am much more pleased with the look of it.

These are really crap pictures. It is raining outside so I had to attempt this inside. Maybe it will be pretty tomorrow or later today and I can get a pic outside.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

The Tracy Shawl....

Well that was really smart. I posted this post with just a title. Guess it saves on the typing.

Went to Columbus today with DH for a meeting. Afterwards he took me to Knitters Mercantile so I could get some yarn for the Tracy Shawl. I got Jojoland Melody Superwash in colorway MS20. Evidently they do not put word colors on their yarn. It is 100% wool and feels very nice. The colors are a mix of burgundies and blues. I am hoping it turns out ok. I really like the colors so it should be fine to me.

I'll take some pics when I start the shawl which won't be for a while yet as I am working on the SnowDrop Shawl. I am on row 63 and I think I am going to have to frog it and start again. I am using lace weight yarn and Stephanie said to use a size 4mm needle which I am doing, but it is just turning out to open looking. So I think I will frog and go down a couple of sizes. I know it sounds like a lot of work is going to be torn out but you start with just one stitch so it isn't as bad as all that. Besides, I will probably never be happy with it as it is so if I am going to put all that work in I had better be sure I like the look.

I had my Omelet Shawl with me and the ladies in the store really loved it. One was very impressed and asked if it was hard to knit. Really it isn't, it is just that the pattern is so involved that you can't really memorize it. Or at least I couldn't.

Katie and I are sitting outside. It is cool enough that she can stand it, probably in the high to mid 60's. She gets to stay outside so little now that summer is here. Whenever it is cool enough I like to bring her out. She does love the outdoors....when it is cool. LOL I would love it more if the bugs would quit eating my ankles.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Trying again.....

This one is of course before it was blocked. Doesn't look like much of anything, does it? It is really rather ugly looking. But wait....

Now look at it. Blocking lace is such an eye opener. Makes all the difference in the world.

I was not able to upload these from flickr, I had to just do them from my computer. I will keep trying though.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

The Shawl from H*ll

I joined a KAL in Socknitters Forum to knit the Omelet Shawl from Summer Knitty. It is a beautiful pattern and pretty straightforward to knit. Not too difficult if you just watch what you are doing and put in frequent lifelines. I did pretty good on the lifelines for a time, then got to thinking that I knew what I was doing and didn't need to put them in as frequently. WRONG!!! I had to rip back about 19 rows to fix a major mistake. I had dropped a stitch when tinking back a double centered decrease. There is just no way that I can pick up dropped stitches in lace. Maybe when I have knit lace for a few hundred years I can do it, but right now I cannot. So frogging took place.

After I frogged I could not find where I was in the pattern. I had written down that I had lifelined in row 9 of Chart B, but that just did not work with my stitch count. Instead of simply reading my stitches I kept counting them and trying to make them come out. After about 2 days of frustration I decided to read the stitches and found that I had actually lifelined on row 19 not row 9. So I finally got back to it.

Ok, that was fixed and I was off and running again, putting in lifelines like a good little girl. Again I got cocky and would do about 15 rows before a lifeline. Again tinking back I lost a stitch but this time I only had to tink back about 2 rows instead of ripping.

At this point lifelines were going in about every 5 rows and sometimes even sooner. It seemed I was spending almost as much time doing lifelines as I was knitting. That was ok because I did not want any more major reversals.

Finally got the thing all knit and bound off and was ready to block it. I hate blocking so I waited a day or so but finally decided that it was time to just go for it. So I soaked it for a bit in some Eucalan and then wrapped it to press out excess water and blocked it.

The shawl is supposed to have all these little points around the bottom. Guess what? I had bound off so tightly that mine did not. Ok, no prob. I like it just as well with a straight botton. After blocking it out and being happy with the way it looked I left it alone to dry. I went back to check it and found that I had broken the thread in one place on the bind off. Dang!! I waited until it was totally dry and unpinned it and tried to fix it without taking the BO stitches out. Didn't work. So I had to go back to the last stitch bound off and undo it. Luckily the thread broke about 16 inches from the last stitch so it was not the large of a deal to undo it. I got to where I need to add the yarn in and start my bind off again and found that I was knitting the bind off even tighter this time so I had to tink it back again and came up with a modified crotchet binding off stitch that seems to have worked just fine. I also was able (hopefully) to find all the little lost stitches that popped when the thread broke and fix them so that it looks fine. You can see where the fix was made but it is not a big "in your face" fix so I will take it.

Here it is unblocked and here it is blocked
This will have to do for now.

Soon as I can get pictures to load I will put them on here. Not sure if my connection is too slow or what but it says they are uploading but then nothing shows.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Another weekend came and went

Friday was D's birthday and then of course Sunday was Father's Day. The kids took us out to dinner for his bday and then we had a cookout here at the house for Father's Day.

When everyone started coming in Katie wanted up in the main part of the house with us. I wasn't sure she could climb up her ramp now but decided to give it a try. She came up fine with a little help from me. When she got into the kitchen she came on into the dining room and lay down between D's and my chairs just like she used to when she could come up the steps by herself. She was happy as a clam when she got in there.

I got D a cover for his Holland grill for father's day. Or at least I thought I had gotten him a cover. When he opened the bag up it was actually a bag to carry like a small portable grill in. I guess I will have to try again Thursday when the bakery opens. I tried, honest I did. There was no one at the bakery who could tell me anything about the covers and they were all in bags so how was I to know? No problem, I'll just exchange it.

Katie went for her weekly laser today. It really does seem to help her. She almost always needs my help to get up on her feet but once she does she can walk on her own. I have to help her when she goes to potty because her legs just won't hold her up long enough to do the job. I will help her as long as needed. That is what we do.

Until later.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

The Birthday Girl

Monday was Katie's 12th birthday. I am so blessed to still have her. In human years for a large breed dog she is now 90 years old. That is quite an accomplishment. Way to go, Katie.

Her health is still good. Her biggest problem is mobility. She has quite a bit of trouble getting to her feet. I have to almost always help her up, but once she is up on her feet and gets her balance she is still able to walk unaided.

I had ordered special doggie cake mix and a bone shaped pan to make her a birthday cake. I ordered it a week and a half before her birthday but it did not come in time. It actually shipped out Monday. Anyway, I made her a brownie cake in a bone shaped tin that I have. The brownie recipe is a doggie brownie. It uses carob instead of chocolate and the sweetener is only 3 T of honey. It REALLY tastes good!!! I had been wanting some chocolate so I ate a bite when I was serving it to the girls. It was good. LOL

The storm that we had pass through yesterday really upset Kate. She would not settle down. She just kept chirping (she has a paralyzed larynix and she very seldom barks anymore, it just comes out sounding like a loud bird chirp) and wanting up then not knowing where to go so she would lay down again. I was going nuts not being able to make her feel better.
The storms are over and she is doing ok today.

Supposed to be another scorcher here today, in the upper 90's. Guess Kate and I will stay in the house today. She has already been out the morning to go potty and we won't be going back out again until it cools down this evening. Luckily she has always been able to hold her potty for long periods of time. There is no way she could go out when it is so hot.

Friday, June 3, 2011

SummerTime and random thoughts.....

Well, it is summertime by the temperature. It has been hot as can be here the last few days. I am not going to complain, though. It beats all the rain and cold that we had been having.

Yesterday it was up in the 90's, which may not sound too bad to some of you but that is way over what we should be having now. Today it is only going to be in the 80's. Since it is supposed to be so "cool" today I think I will try to get the lawn mown. D has decided to let me mow grass again. When I start having headaches and trouble breathing I am sure he will make me stop again. I really enjoy mowing. It was always my "quiet time" when the kids were young and at home. I would get on my mower with earplugs, a hat, sunglasses, and a mouth mask and just mow to my hearts content. The kids would leave me alone while I was mowing. :)

Kate is still hanging in there. I always have to help her when she goes to potty and I have to help her up more often, but we are doing ok. She will be 12 next Monday which is 90 in large breed doggie years.

I am knitting on the Omelet Shawl in a KAL and also doing WendyKnits Mystery Shawlette KAL. I have one more part for Wendy's shawlette and it will be done. The pattern will come out around 4:30ish today. The Omelet is coming along faster than I thought it would. I have made it all the way to Chart D and am about half way through that. I have the rest of it and Chart E to do and I will be done with it Chart E has 34 rows and about a gazillion stitches. The Omelet started small and ends big and the Mystery Shawlette starts big and ends small. I am not really sure which approach I prefer. It is nice to have each row grow less as you go along but then it is also nice to start small and get a feel for the pattern before you have a gazillion stitches.

We got the pool opened over the weekend. We still have not put the steps in. Maybe we will do that tonight. I wanted to get it all vacuumed before we put the steps in. The auto vacuum doesn't work too well after the steps are in. It always wants to hang up on them, silly thing.

Monday, May 2, 2011

The Retreat

I went to a really nice Fiber Retreat over the weekend. It was sponsored by my LYS so I knew quite a few of the ladies who were there. There were a few new faces which are now friends.

It was a fun filled, information filled busy 3 days. We are all ready to do it again. Even though K gave me a dirty look when I asked if we could do it again next weekend. LOL

We did spinning, felting, knitting, quilting, weaving, crocheting, EATING some of the most delicious food, watched a couple of movies, cried some, took a walk, some went in to Guhl's, and just generally had a great time.

The one down point for me came when Dale texted me to say that Katie was down and he wasn't home and Grace could not get her up. I fell apart so 4 of my friends took me home to take care of her. She is ok, but I worry so much about my baby. She will be 12 June 6 if we make it. Keep us in your prayers please.

I have a very few pictures. I was too busy to be bothered with a camera. I had it in my pocket all weekend and it mostly stayed there. Oh, well *sigh* I'll have to download the pics to the puter and see if any are worthy of being posted on here. I am sure I can find a couple to post. I am not sure if anyone else took many pics or not. Maybe I can do some pic trading to get a different viewpoint. I'll do some emailing.

Until next time. Judy

Friday, April 22, 2011

And so it ends.....

Since the store is closing next Thursday we have begun the daunting task of sorting through all the "stuff" that we have carried in here over the last 17 months. Not an easy task. I didn't want to wait until the last day to do it though. This way it makes it a little easier. We can sort through things and throw away the junk instead of just quickly boxing it up and dragging it home.
Now to find a place at home to put everything.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011


The pet bakery will be closing its doors for the last time next Thursday (April 28). We gave it a good try but the customer base just was not there to support it.

I realy enjoyed having it and meeting my customers but now it is time to close this chapter and move on to the next one.

To all who bought their doggie treats from us I thank you. I will still be doing some baking at home for my pets.

I was a fun 17 months.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Checkin in.....

I finished the first 21 days of the anti-diet and came away 7 pounds thinner. Yay me. Now on to the next 7 pounds, and the next and the next and the next and the next and the next and the next and the next and the next. Whoa there girl, you don't have THAT many 7 pounders to lose.

Whatever, I am trying to lose them.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

A New Way to Eat?

Hubs and I have started on the Food Lovers Fat Loss System . We had watched info-mercials on it several times and then just decided to give it a try.

We started this past Monday morning (Feb 21) and so far I am pleased with the system. I have lost about 2.5 pounds and not sure how much D has lost but he has lost.

The thing I really like about it is the fact that no foods are off limits. I HAVE to have my sweets and I know I am not going to give them up for the rest of my life to be slim. Just not going to happen.

For those who have never heard of this system you basically eat a protein, a slow carb, and a fast carb at your 3 main meals and have a 100 to 200 (100 to 300 for men) calorie snack between meals. The snacks can be anything you want you just need to keep watch on what the calories are. Most snacks now a days are prepackaged so that you can easily know what calorie count they are. Working for me.

It seems strange that by eating every 2 to 3 hours you can lose weight. That goes against everything that we have ever heard about losing weight. Of course, it does matter what and how much you eat, although you are not counting calories.

In addition to the program I am dong my Wii Fit Plus every morning (or nearly every morning, I have trouble with the weekends). I try to do about 23 to 27 minutes. This morning I ended up doing 54 minutes as I was doing the Island Cycling Advanced and I got totally lost, LOL. How can one get lost in a game? I could see where I was to go for the finish line, I just could not get there. I "cycled" for 7.283 miles. Bad day for points but good day for calorie burn.
I'll try to keep track on here of how I do.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

wrong date

the post just below this one was actually "posted" today. I started working on it Feb 7.
Just my need to explain.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Here comes the snow again......

I have a lovely little video of the snow falling here at home. Only problem is I cannot get it to load on here. I have been trying for 2 weeks now. I surrender.....unless anyone has a tip to give me as to how to do it.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Good grief......

Where did January get to? Can it be almost February already. I thought we just started this new year.

I finished up a pair of socks made from that new yarn from KnitPicks called Chroma. It is really beautiful yarn and nice feeling. The skein I had didn't have much twist to it so I really am not sure how it will wear. I made the socks with a short row heel which I had never made before so the socks ended up just a tad too long. It seems that if I make any heel except the Widdershins Heel I end up making my socks too long. Don't understand but there it is. So these socks may go into the gift basket.
I have another skein of it, but am thinking to maybe make a scarf out of it. It would feel really yummy around the neck and I wouldn't have to worry about wear issues with that.

I finished the back on my CelticCardigan . I have started on the fronts now. This is made out of my own homespun. Just hoping I have enough to finish it this time. I have already had to spin some more yarn. Maybe I should go back and get some more roving just in case. I doubt that K will sell the rest of it, but to make sure......

It is not snowing right now but they are predicting another snow or ice storm later this week. If I get to decide, give me snow. It is much easier to deal with.

I am so proud of myself. I actually did the link thing correctly to show the pattern for my sweater. Yay, me. :)

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Well, I guess it is winter......

The snow has all melted away (except for the large plowed piles) and now they are saying we are to get more this weekend. I have heard anywhere from 1 to 3 right up to 5 to 8. I am hoping for the 1 to 3.
I love snow, but enough is enough. I don't like to drive in it so I have to have D take me everywhere I want to go.
Update about what we get after we get it :)

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Snow, snow, snow. when will you end?

I will take some pics of the snow tomorrow and post them. I haven't really had the inclination to take pics of it. We have so much (for us that is) that I just don't want to look at it. I measured it on our deck table this morning and we had about 7 or 8 inches. It has been snowing just a bit all day but I don't think it has snowed enough for any more accumulation.
These aren't the greatest pictures as I took them from inside the house by just putting my hand outside and clicking. I was still in my jammies and didn't want to go out into the snow. These at least give you an idea.

Here are some really nice pics of my cat, Coley. He is so hard to get a pic of that doesn't have his eyes glowing like demon orbs. My new camera takes great pics of him. I really love the side of his face pic.
He is a beautiful long haired cat that someone "threw away" and he found me. I took him in and have loved him ever since. He really thinks that I belong to him, rather than him belonging to me. Oh, well. He weighed about 2 pounds when he came to me and now he weighs 14.5 pounds. He has grown a little bit, LOL. I don't know what type cat he is but someone who used to raise Norwegian Forest cats told me that that was what he is. I don't know, and don't really care. He is just my little guy. He is a nice bed warmer as he sleeps either beside or on top of me at night.

Here are a couple of update pictures of Zeus, the store cat. He lives here 24/7 now. He is not happy away from the store. So we just make sure we come in and "visit" him on the days the store is closed.
The brass bed he is sleeping in is one I got at Big Lots several years ago for my cats at home. They don't really like it so I brought it in here for a window decoration during the Apple Festival and since Zeus would sleep in it I just left it in here.
The little brown thing by his chin is a small St. Bernard that has an air bag and batteries so that it looks like it breathes. It is so funny to see people stop outside of the store and begin discussing/arguing with each other whether the dog is real or not. They usually end up coming in to find out for sure.