Wednesday, September 29, 2010
My daughter and two youngest grandchildren were in lockdown yesterday at the University of Texas, and this is what went on.
I'm glad that only the gunman was killed. I'm glad that everyone else was kept safe.
But I'm really, really angry that this happened. My younger daughter was in a lockdown a few years ago when an angry escaped prisoner wandered around her part of Atlanta shooting people.
He killed several people, then stole a car and went elsewhere in Atlanta and killed someone else.
Guns don't kill people, they say; but lunatics and criminals WITH guns do.
Friday, September 24, 2010
The picture doesn't really show the height of the icing-as high as the cupcakes themselves. And just some of the flavors available at Gigi's Cupcakes......Caramel Sugar Mama, Coconut Snowball, Chocolate, Wedding Cake, Key Lime, and Pina Colada (with the umbrella).
They were so good that I announced that I am having another birthday next Thursday.
Maybe someone will bring cupcakes!!!
And aren't knitters wonderful people?!
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Monday, September 13, 2010
Comments on my skirt:
Nice ones from Sigrun and Susan-thank you!
Whatever you wear with it, wear it untucked. Wearing it tucked in makes you look (and I quote here) matronly. And like you have a dishtowel wrapped around your waist.
That's a hand-knit dishtowel to you, buddy.
And from my friend in WVA, whom we are visiting in October: Where would you wear such a thing?
I responded: How about in WVA?
She answered: Well, dH and I will drop you off at McDonalds and we'll go to (a nice restaurant).
My response: Well, that's OK. McDonalds has nice salads now.
for Heaven's Sake!
Sunday, September 12, 2010
So all I have to do is turn it to this side! And it works, too. I am thrilled that it was salvageable. Also, I think the breakage and repairs may constitute patina, so now it's an antique, right?
It only took me these past five years to catch up.
Friday, September 10, 2010
Formerly known as the Satan Skirt.
It resided for a long time in Time Out, but now I have discharged it. I'm over all the trauma of knitting it and frogging it and knitting and frogging and knitting and frogging....phew.
So, this is it. I haven't figured out what to wear with it (certainly NOT flip flops) until the weather gets cooler and I can add a jeans jacket which will cover up whichever not-quite-right top I put on.
I won't be making another one, this much I do know.
Thursday, September 9, 2010
I was stunned by a. the number of students and b. the number of countries of origin.
Here is a list of the countries represented at our little local suburban library:
Mexico, Columbia, Peru, Japan, China, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Russia, Ukraine, Iran, India, Pakistan, and France. (I may have forgotten one or two.)
The students are all very enthusiastic and happy to be in class. They WANT to learn.
Yay! Perfect students!
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
dH was in South Carolina.
hmmmmm......must be Baxter.
Bad kitty. Bad, bad kitty.
(This was a favorite lamp. One-of-a-kind handmade by a local potter.)
On the other hand, this morning Baxter barfed on the laundry room floor. Gaaaag.
But when I went back in later, much later, to clean it up, the barf was gone.
Good kitty. Very g.o.o.o.d kitty. (But it doesn't make up for the broken lamp.....)
As I was eating breakfast, this guy showed up to entertain me. I think he is an immature red-shouldered hawk, but I could be wrong. I'm guessing.
He emptied our pond of goldfish last week, even though the websites I checked for information did not list fish as a food. But there WERE fish, then he was here, then there WEREN'T fish, and I blame the hawk. I think he's too young to have read about what he was supposed to eat.
And I am glad he's still a bit clumsy (he briefly fell IN the urn); he was watching the FOUR hummingbirds that are flying and fighting over the feeder this morning. I don't think that the hawk could really catch one.
Once the usual morning visitor, the rabbit, shows up, the morning show will be complete.
Who needs tv?
Sunday, September 5, 2010
See the pretty yarn? It's going to be the Shaelyn shawl, pattern available for $5.00 on Ravelry.
(Baxter WANTS the yarn. No, Baxter)
I had two questions after I read the cast on instructions: No. 1 What the ....? and No. 2 If I want 7 stitches, why can't I just cast ON 7 stitches?
Here are the cast on instructions that I did not understand AT ALL and read over the phone to older daughter, so that she could say, "What the...?" with me.
With length of waste yarn and crochet hook, chain 4 stitches. Using knitting needle and your shawl yarn, pick up and knit 2 stitches in the bumps at the back of the 2 middle chains. (This I understood.)
Then, knit 7 rows in garter stitch (knitting every row). At the end of the 7th row, do not turn. Instead, rotate work 90 degrees, pick up and knit 3 stitches in each of the garter bumps, then release the 2 stitches held by the waste yarn and knit both stitches. (7 stitches now on the needle)
But instead of saying, "What the....?" she explained to me what the instructions said.
This is the mess I made while trying to knit into the purl bumps on the side of the garter stitch knitting. I'm not really sure what I actually DID knit into:
Here are the required seven stitches. At first I had eight, but I dropped one. No harm, no foul, I say.
And now on to question # 2:
Why, if I want seven stitches, can't I just cast on seven stitches?
Aha! I can! I just won't have a triangle beginning to a triangle scarf.
This will not bother me in the least, so I'm off to rip this sucker out.