Jeremiah took this shot for the blog. I love my cats.
Monday, July 28, 2008
Here is my latest knit shopping bag. I just finished it up on Sunday night. It has the best parts from many different patterns. I wanted a flat bottom that was tightly knit. I also knit it in the round and put on a different type of handle. It is pretty large, it took awhile to finish it due to its size.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
I just found this photo someone took of my scarf on its travels. I posted earlier about a traveling scarf group I am the moderator for. We all started with a portion of scarf knit and it travels to 13 other people. It eventually comes back to you. I had not seen any pics of my scarf on its travels until this morning. Here she is. I started with the pink basket weave square and asked if people had pink to please add something with pink in it.
I love it!
I can't wait to see what everyone else puts on her.
I recently sent out an apron to http://creationsfrommyheart.blogspot.com/ this lady.
She received it last week and she loved it. I was a bit concerned as it was my first apron swap.
I will post pics when my apron comes in the mail.
I started a new job and did quite a bit of OT this week so I have not been posting much this week.
On Friday night my husband had set up a meeting with another couple from his work. We met up at http://www.thegreene.com/tenant.cfm?tenantid=43&tenantspace=W12&tenantx=-350&tenanty=-600 the movie theater at The Greene. I had no idea it cost $12.50 to go to the movies now per person. We went to see the newest Batman movie.
We had to have assigned seats in the theater. I was entirely too close to the screen so it hurt my eyes to look at the movie.
Saturday, July 19, 2008
I just shot this photo out the window of our study on the second floor.
It is now 8:00 pm how long will the loud music go on for?
Fishy our cat is not very happy about the noise levels today. There is a live band under the white tent. The drums woke J up at noon today. So much for him getting any sleep today. (he is working nights currently)
After checking out many farmers markets that have been real duds I found this one. This is the big daddy farmers market of all farmers markets. It is a big long building with loads of vendors inside and a few outside.
I brought back fresh Italian bread to make J a pizza on for supper tonight. He also got a cinnamon bun from an organtic baker for breakfast. I picked up fruits and veggies and a little bag of snickerdoodles for J from an Amish stand.
Friday, July 18, 2008
I have been working on this apron for awhile for an apron swap on Swap-bots. I have been trying to finish it. I have never made an apron that is this fancy before. I was stuck on the bib and ruffle part up top.
I am sending two dishcloths I knit along with the swap. I posted pictures of them earlier they are red and yellow.
I plan to send out to my partner in the next few days.
Whew! I am glad I finally finished it. She likes retro fabrics and likes frilly full aprons. Hopefully she will like it.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Our garden keeps growing larger by the day. I found the cucumber plant up in the tree the other day. I had to pull it back down. We have had about 8 cukes and 1 zucchini so far. I traded two cukes for a tomato from our neighbor the other day. Our tomato plant is getting big and we have lots of green tomatoes on it. Hopefully it will produce something soon.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
I have been working on this knit bag. I saw a version of this on Ravelry. Here is the website. http://www.purlbee.com/elisa-nest-tote/
My version is modified. It has a different handle and I made mine wider. I have heard from many other people that the bag streches quite a bit.
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Today I was looking at my favorite blogs. I have not done this in awhile. I found this and it is worth reading.
Here is a portion of the blog from I live on a farm blog that made me stop and think.
The next portion is from I live on a Farm blog.
As I worked on my one bag, I started thinking about the possibility of creating a charity knitting project to benefit dear, sweet Mother Earth. A small gesture to be sure, but one that could add up if a good number of fellow knitters also made at least one bag to use for grocery shopping.
Consider the math:
1. We all go shopping for groceries, most of us at least once a week.
2. If I, as one knitter, make myself one knitted cotton grocery bag I could use that one bag to replace one plastic bag provided by the grocery store each week — at a minimum.
3. If I did that once a week for one year, I would not consume 52 plastic bags in that year — minimum.
4. If I continue using that one bag for let’s say five years (I think it could last that long), that one knitted bag would replace a minimum of 260 plastic bags in five years.
5. If I were to get 10 other knitters to do the same thing, we would between us replace and therefore not consume 2,600 plastic bags in five years. All with just one bag a piece.
6. If I were to get 100 other knitters to do it, that would be 26,000 over a five year period - just with one bag a piece.
7. Wow, if somehow this idea would get out to 1000 knitters and they all made just one bag and used it once a week instead of a plastic bag that would be 260,000 bags over a period of five years.
That’s if all any of us did was knit one bag (1Bag) each and use it once a week for five years.
There are way more knitters in the world than 1,000 … on Ravelry alone there are close to 150,000 registered users at the time of this writing.Can you imagine if each and every Ravelry registered user knit or crocheted one grocery bag and used it once a week for five years to replace one plastic bag each week … that would be 39 million plastic bags not needed, not used, not thrown out. And that is if all we did was knit one cotton grocery bag each and use it once weekly for five of the years of our lives.
I realize it is unrealistic to think that every single Ravelry member would make one bag, but still — it is fun to think of the possibilities.
And no matter how many or how few people I can inspire to do this thing with me, I know that on my own I can make a difference with just 1Bag.
There are quite a few patterns out there for hand knit and crocheted cotton “market” bags. The idea of a cotton knitted shopping bag is not anything unique I have come up with.
I just want to promote the idea that we could, as knitters, give a gift to Mother Earth to whom we owe quite a debt of gratitude for the many abundances she offers which make it possible for us to knit at all.
I am happy to say my hubby and I have been using reusable grocery bags for all our grocery bags each week for at least a year now. Every week when I go to the store I carry along a bag full of hand made and Envior-sax . :)
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
I just finished these dishcloths. I plan to send them out with my apron exchange. I wanted them to match the strawberry apron.
I love this pattern it turns out cute. I found the original pattern on this blog. :)
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Saturday, July 5, 2008
There was this game I had never seen being played at the BBQ. Each player has 3 sets of golf balls. Each set has two golf balls with holes drilled in them and a string through the holes. You toss your golf ball thing at this ladder. The top rung is 1 point, second rung 2 points and the third rung is 3 points.
There are 4 players two on each side playing as teams.
Very interesting. I hit the second rung one time. I did not play very well.
Here is our fireworks show from our walkway to our home.
I was watching some fireworks on TV, when I heard them go off outside. Next year we will have to sit outside with lawn chairs and watch the whole thing. Our chairs were still wet from the rainy day. I am glad we did not miss out on the fireworks show.
Friday, July 4, 2008
Happy 4th of July from Fisher and Basil. Basil is sitting with Jeremiah while he is playing chess. It has been a bit of a rainy day here. I did pick my first summer squash and had it for lunch today. I also went shopping for some dessert and salad we are bringing to a BBQ tomorrow afternoon. Hopefully tomorrow is a nice day.
This is Crisisknitter's scarf in the traveling scarf group. The owner requested fall like colors to be used. I knit the top brown section. The second section up from the bottom is made from Malabrigo yarn. I have never seen that yarn up close or touched it. It is an expensive yarn that was made by a company that had a fire and now the yarn is very hard to come by. http://malabrigoyarn.com/
The scarf is going off in the mail to Judith tomorrow.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Here is the hand spun I made last night. Everyone always names their yarn. I made two full bobbins of single ply and plied them together this morning. I added a few sparkles to this set. I have enough fiber to make two more skeins this size, in this colorway.
Recently, I joined an apron swap. My partner requested a full apron and she loves bandanna fabrics. Here is what I picked out with the use of coupons, and a half price fabric sale at the fabric place by my house. Last night I pre-washed the fabric. Its all laid out on my ironing board ready for me to get started today.