Friday, November 26, 2010

Thanksgiving Day and More

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving.

We started out our day, driving down I-35 from our home to The Texas Motor Speedway. Run For Grub, was being held there and our daughters, both runners, decided it would be fun to have mom and dad participate too. :) I must admit, I thought it was a great idea. However, we had 84 F or so for a high temp on Wednesday and it was about 43 at the race track, plus windchill when we arrived. Admission was 5 cans of food for local food banks. So, we trecked on down to the track.

Food was going into the green trailer. Everything was VERY well organized, too. Here's proof that we were there. The UPS STORE guy and our daughters.
Me and our daughters. I wore my woolen handknits and stayed plenty warm, even with the wind chill.

It was really fun to be able to be down on the infield of the track. The girls ran the track and we walked. It was a lot of fun and I think we will do it again next year.
So, here is another really funny video from you-tube. Even though you may not weave, you will enjoy this. All of the items used are necessary to weaving cloth, although, don't need as many of them. Enjoy!

Friday, November 19, 2010

The Color Purple

You know, I knit so much that I forget, sometimes, that I really do like to crochet. So, when my friend, Peggy, announced that she was going to be a Grandma, I was really, really excited. I think that being a Grandma is really a lot of fun and a blessing.

I decided right away, that I wanted to make something special for her little granddaughter. I went looking in the filing cabinet(yep a filing cabinet) and found a great pattern. I used to crochet this pinafore for my own girls, and for gifts, years ago.

I used a nice cotton yarn, worsted weight, so it will be nice for Texas weather and soft to her skin.

After I was done, I thought that I should make some little bloomers to go with it. My friend, Kay, and I went into JoAnn's Fabric and found this fabric. It basically jumped off the shelf at us and said, use me! So, I did. I finished the seams with French seams, too.

One of Peggy's favorite colors is purple. Since she is the Grandma, I thought it appropriate for her granddaughter. :)

Sunday, November 14, 2010

A New Scarf

So, last Sunday, November 7, I wanted to make something really different. I wanted to make a different scarf. I had been reading about freeform crochet and knitting. I have been working on my color skills, too. So, I went to the boxes and found all the purple yarns, that I had in them. All sizes, shapes and weights. All shades, lights, mediums and darks. Purple can be a bit difficult to match up, but I wasn't really wanting to match, but I didn't want to hurt eyes either.

I started crocheting and then added knitting and went back to crochet. On and on it went. I worked all week(off and on) on this scarf and it is now done.

I really liked working in this medium and will probably make some more. AND I didn't even use up all my purples....... :)

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Spinning and Soccer

Wow! I spent a lot of time, this week, spinning this White Ice Yarn. I used Corriedale wool roving and mohair roving while adding some wonderful silver sparkle to make this wonderfully fluffy yarn. It was fun to do and was a custom order for a customer on etsy.

I, also, wanted to show you my Koffee Koats. They are for using when you purchase a cup of coffee. You don't have to use the cardboard cozy offered in the coffee shop. You can use a handmade one, reusable one. The more I work on these, the more I love them. The one pictured has sold, though. I use felted sweaters to sew some of the cozies and then knit others. Not only does the wool cozy protect your fingers from the heat of your tea or coffee, it helps to insulate your drink and keep it warmer just a bit longer.

THEN, last but not least, by any means. I went to see our younger granddaughter play soccer last Saturday. She has had a great time playing soccer this fall and I am told will be back at it in the spring. I hope to make it to more games in the spring. She is a good player. The day was chilly and she is the girl with the black pants on over her pink shin guards and she is in a pink shirt, not the yellow.

Reminder to self: Don't park where those cars are. The soccer balls are known to, and have been seen, flying over the goal posts and banging into the cars. It is better to walk a bit from the parking lot. :)

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Check this out!

They are at it again, the choir in Philadelphia, PA. Just gorgeous.

Friday, November 5, 2010

November already?????

The middle to end of October ended up being my travelling time. The UPS Store guy and I celebrated our 37th anniversary! We took a weekend and went to San Antonio. This is a scene of a plaza in the downtown area. As the crow flies it is probably about 1/2 mile, maybe a bit more, to the Alamo. Here on this plaza was a battle, the one before the Americans went into the Alamo.
It makes you think and remember the sacrifices given by not only our ancestors, but all through our history and even now, for our freedom.

After San Antonio, I went to NY to see my mom. I had a great trip and visit with her!
A few weeks ago, I had sold, on etsy, the light and fluffy yarn, pictured below.

Here is what my customer did with it! I think that the scarf she made is absolutely gorgeous!

While traveling, I had a great knitting project with me. I used my handspun yarn and knitted a shawl/mobius, for one of my spinning and knitting friends. This yarn is a blend of Corriedale and Alpaca. I took other projects with me too. I probably took a year's worth of knitting with me. Good thing Southwest Airlines, loves luggage and bags. :)