Tuesday, August 29, 2006

My Cup Runneth Over

I received the most amazing package from my Secret Pal . She doubled my stash with a variety of fibers and
even a hand spindle ! I'll be the envy of my knitting circle. Also included was a felted beret, a vanilla candle, peppermint foot lotion and SILLY PUTTY! And the best part, I finally get to "meet" this lady that has been spoiling me! Say hello to Kim. Wonder how we got matched up... notice picks are of knitting, gardening and vacationing.... hmmm, sounds a little like what I've posted here! Of course, my knitting pics aren't quite of the same caliber of Miss Kim. Thanks for making my first SP a great one!

Monday, August 28, 2006

go speed racer!

Hubba Bubba hit the track for his latest adventure a few weekends back. We've been in racing for a quite a while now as fans and race car owners. He's decided its time to get out on the track himself. I thought "whew, at least its just a go-kart". Then I found out they go 80 mph! The season is almost over for this year, so he'll probably only be out one or two more times. I'm just so proud of him!

Friday, August 18, 2006

Purse Pattern!

Ball-band Purse Pattern

Body of purse follows the Ball Band dishcloth pattern in Mason-Dixon Knitting: The Curious Knitters' Guide: Stories, Patterns, Advice, Opinions, Questions, Answers, Jokes, and Pictures by Kay Gardner and Ann Meador Shayne (they can’t sue me for this, can they?)

This purse was made with two colors of Lamb’s Pride Bulky and size 13 needles.

The ball band dishcloth pattern can be modified to any width using a multiply of 6, plus 3 for casting on. For instance, I cast on 51 stitches for my bag (6x8, plus 3). For my purse I decided to have the stripes run vertically. Referring to the pattern as printed in MD, I did rows 1-12 three times followed by rows 1-8, and then bind off.

For my purse I decided to have the stripes run vertically. This is how you will sew your purse if you want it to look like mine: Fold your rectangle in half with the cast on and bound off edges touching and the right and left sides at the top. Mattress stitch the co/bo edges from what will be the bottom of the bag up toward where the handles will be, on both sides. I left about and inch and half free at the top, so there is more room in the top opening.

If you are doing a fabric lining, you will need about a half and inch seam allowance all the way around. Thing before you sew your lining that you want to have the pretty side of the fabric showing inside the purse. I know this sounds elementary, but I’m not a big sewer… its something I could very easily mess up. I left a matching inch and a half open along the top sides of the lining to match the part I left open on the sides of the purse.

When the lining is sewn up, stitch the outside bottom corners of the lining to the inside bottom corners of the purse. This will hold your lining in place. Then stitch the top of the lining to the top edges of the purse, on each side. I used clear thread that looks like fishing line, because the stitches are visible and my hand sewing isn’t neat and pretty. You should attach your lining about ¾ inches from the top, leaving space to attach the handles.

About the handles: I crocheted them on, and it’s just too hard for me to think about how to write out instructions. If you crochet, I think you’ll figure something out. If not, just use a strand of your yarn and a needle to wrap yarn around the handle and through the top of the purse, where you left that ¾ inch without lining at the top of the purse. I’m sure you could also somehow leave the lining long and use that to go over and around your handles.

Hope you enjoy your purse, and thanks to Ann and Kay for writing the book that inspired it!

Friday, August 11, 2006

Let it Rain!

Dear 8lb, 7oz Baby Jesus in your golden fleece diaper (love that Talladega Nights!)....
thank you for sending us a rainy day. We promise to be nicer people and resume waiving everyone and their mama through the four way stop ahead of us. Amen.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

August Garden update

August is always hard for me in the garden. It just gets so stinking hot, who wants to be rubbing up against prickly leaves and stems? I've managed to keep most everything alive and kicking, in the case of the morning glories, perhaps too alive. The greens are going crazy, but not a flower in sight. My mom says I over-fertilized them, so they've been cut off in hopes of a bloom or two. The butterflies and chickadees just adore the Zinnias... they were probably the biggest bang for the buck in the garden this year.

UPDATE: August 4, 2006... 2 blooms spotted in the morning glories!

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Here we go

Now this is more like it. Thank you blogger for cooperating! Sadie is modeling the very lovely stitch markers my SP8 SuperPal made for me, along with an awesome sock book and amazing alpaca yarn. Its black and so sexy, if yarn gets to be sexy. I had just started Hubba Bubba's socks when I got the book, and with a few little tips I picked up, his socks are going to be about 400% nicer than my first pair. His Trekking XXL is amazing to work with, and I'm about ready turn the heel on the second sock. I think I'm hooked on this sock thing!