Now how did that happen?
I was swatching along for my handspun Sporto, hereby christened Jeweled Sporto, due to the rich jewel tones in the handspun. Then all of a sudden I found myself working on the back of the hood.
Oops. I wasn't going to start it until after the end of the year.
I must have gotten confused after going to see the movie New Year's Eve yesterday. Yeah, that's it. Seeing the 2012 ball drop in the movie messed with my mind.
Entirely understandable, right?
Oh, no turning back now.
I hereby return to my previously unscheduled knittting.
Happy New Year everyone!
Saturday, December 31, 2011
Now how did that happen?
Friday, December 30, 2011
As that 70s song sung by Carly Simon goes, anticipation is making me late, is keeping me waiting. Anticipation of a new project that is.
I have wound 4 skeins, checked my last swatch, and decided it has a good body to it. I want to get started knitting Sporty.
Maybe I'll get a needle out and reknit the swatch.
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Having a bit more time on my hands lately, I of been doing a lot of knitting and watching tv. And in the past month have viewed a wide assortment of "A Christmas Carol". A veritable choir of versions.
Versions with Reginald Owen, Alastair Sim, Albert Finney. Even Disney's animated version with Jim Carrey. The only one I would have liked to see was the Muppet version.
And realize too, that I saw White Christmas (twice), Holiday Inn, Christmas in Connecticut, The Man Who Came to Dinner, Holiday Affair, It Happened on Fifth Avenue, and many other movies with a touch of Christmas. But it is the Christmas Carol movies that most touched me this past month.
Each has a different twist. And whole I gained new appreciation for the Reginald Owen version, my favorite is still Alastair Sim's version. Closer to the book. Oh yeah, I read the original this month too.
And don't even bother with the Disney/Carrey version. For animation, it is too graphic, in a pimply faced kind of way.
But as they all end, so will I.
God bless us. Every one.
Saturday, December 24, 2011
Thursday, December 22, 2011
I am getting lots of knitting done with all my extra time.
The midnight northern lights shawl is progressing. Slow but sure, I hope to be on second skein soon.
Hmmmm. It may be a scarf, unless I can find another skein of this. Or I will need to donate it, if it doesn't fit Gertrude or me.
You may be able to detect a theme developing.
Please realise that I normally am not affected by the winter's lack of daylight. I find snow and cold invigorating. But when the weather is more in line with the picture below, I get depressed.
I mean why else should I be depressed? Just because I lost a job last week (#7) and am losing another next Thursday (#8), what reason would there be to be depressed?
Yes, I do know mine is not a popular stance, but I need snow.
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Sure, I know it is the shortest day of the year. Darkness and gloom with lots of clouds just seemed to fit today.
I really don't like these days when there is no snow on the ground. Nights are too dark when driving home without the snow bouncing the light around. Even letting Lizzie out for a late evening romp is easier with snow on the ground lessening the gloom so I can see her.
But that said.......
The dark ain't going nowhere. No snow. And none expected till after the new year.
(The picture is just here to remind me of the glories of winters past.)
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Sunday, December 18, 2011
And I don't mean because of snow. Instead the lack thereof is driving me crazy. Even though I no longer crosscountry ski, don't snowmobile.....don't even make snowmen anymore, I still love snow. And I hate this unseasonable weather. (I had to grit my teeth the last couple weeks at church, when reading the intercessory prayers after some one wrote thanksgivings for warm weather.)
And may I just add, what is with people calling a snowless Christmas a green Christmas? They are not green. They are brown, muddy and dirty.
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Well, it is my final day at the lawyer's office, as he retires. I finished a quit claim deed, and packed up.
He is paying me through end of year, softening the blow. Plus he and his wife gave me a gift certificate to my local yarn shop.
Since I will have lots of knitting time for a while, I can definitely put it to work.
And to take my mind of the gloom of unemployment, here is a self portrait taken at work yesterday, in the blue Henley tee. I really like it.
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
The black kid mohair shawl from the depths of the WIP pile. This was started way before I heard of Ravelry, back in February 2006. It has been gnawing at the edge of awareness, earning its place on top of the rotation.
The pattern is Northern Lights Shawl by Marla Mutch. I took a workshop on it at the first Knit Michigan marathon and made a sample there. But due to the combination of black mohair and other projects, it had hardly been touched.
It also has a ruffle formed by dropped stitched. That is where I have been since last night, dropping stitches in grabby mohair. Ugh.
And yes the blue Henley is finished. Gertrude is enjoying now and I will take my turn tomorrow.
In the meantime, here is a shot of my northern lights shawl.
Monday, December 12, 2011
I tried to finish my blue Henley tee yesterday. I really did.
But I have learned that when my eyes start crossing while I knit, it is best to stop. Even if there are only 4 rows and 3 buttons to go.
(Is that like 4th down and 3 yards?)
Anyway, I WILL finish it tonight. Even if Hubby will be home, instead of going to cattle auction.
And now my thoughts will turn to which WIP I will focus on next. One of the pairs of socks, perhaps? One of my shawls? I have one that is before Ravelry, in black kid mohair. Or maybe my Dutchess of Cambridge featherweight cardigan.
Ahhh, the possibilities are nearly endless.
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Due to overwhelming requests, (ok,one person asked,) I have added a way for readers to get e-mail alerts when I post to my blog.
Now, if anyone else is interested on getting updates, there is a place in the sidebar, just above the archives, to to enter your e-mail address and be notified whenever there is a new post by Farmmom.
I've heard it works well.
Now, back to my regularly scheduled knitting. Just one sleeve left.
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Look at that!
Neckband? Check. Right placket? Check. Left placket? Check, plus both are sewn down. First sleeve...almost. About another inch and then the garter edge. And except for sleeves, all the ends are woven in. My final button choice is displayed on the placket. They are navy, with an outer circle of frosted navy, and with a touch of bling. I hope to be wearing it sometime this week. Maybe to spin guild Monday. I can find someone there who can take a picture.
But I think I can convince Gertrude to pose tomorrow.
Yup, the end is almost here.
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Have you seen the latest Knitty? There is a great hoodie knit, from handspun that I love! It's called Sporto, and I have been mulling over my handspun stash, trying to decide what would work best.
White leister? Gray shetland?
Hmmmm. There is some multi colored marl that could be great too.
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Monday, December 5, 2011
Well, almost anyway.
This old denim dress is a comfortable favorite. The embroidered skirt and tee top were SO comfy. But, alas, the top had a stain I couldn't get out. Not even with Oxyclean!
However Pat, one of my buddies from Spin Guild (who doesn't spin), is a great seamstress. And she has a heavy duty machine that can plow through that thick demin. Below is the result. We are going to shorten the top about 2 more inches, so Pat still has it. But isn't it great?
But now I am settling down to watch some Charles Dickens movies and plodded along on the blue Henley tee.
Sunday, December 4, 2011
As I enter my last two weeks at one of my jobs (and last four weeks at the other) I find that I am still somewhat in denial. I do have a possible position in a new history center that will be opening in town next year. While I am only working 23 hours now between two jobs, it may take awhile to get back to that level of pay again. I am trying not to panic.
However, I am getting a lot of movies watched, and knitting done.
Practicing for all my coming spare time, you know. I have nearly 8 inches completed past the arm division on the blue Henley tee.
And look here: I finished the flap and turned the heel on my first gray blue sock.
Friday, December 2, 2011
As the blue Henley continues to grow at a breathtaking snails pace, I decided to talk about my favorite thing to watch...old movies.
As I sit here in front of "Knute Rockne, all American", I was reflecting on the discoveries I've made this year. I love it when I "discover" new to me actors that have probably died of old age by now.
Eric Blore is a riot. Usually playing a butler as he does in "The Gay Divorcee" and in "Top Hat", he is a put-upon servant, with a pained expression, enduring the people around him.
Frank McHugh has a funny whiny laugh and is always good for comic relief.
Warren William is sauve and debonair. Sometimes romantic sometimes slimy, always fun to watch.
This month promises to be a good one for a movie buff like me. The king of debonair is the featured star this month on Turner Classic Movies: William Powell. Whether he butles in "My Man Godfrey", or sleuths in "The Thin Man" or as Philo Vance, he is elegant, poised and always fun.
Yup, lots of good knitting movies this month.
Maybe I will be able to finish my blue Henley tee after all.
Now, on to the Gipper.
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Christmas! I don't go in much for that politically correct "holiday" stuff.
And as I sat at my desk at work this morning, I saw this sight outside my window.
City workers were draping and plugging in lights.
Yup, Christmas is in the air.