Tuesday, January 31, 2006
Wondering what the Knitting Olympics are? Read all about it by clicking on the button. I have decided what I'm going to make. Drumroll please.................I am going to make a lovely scarf for my lovely friend Doreen for her birthday. Here's the scarf, but it will be in a cranberry red color because Dennis (her husband) said that would be the best color choice. I never would have guessed red, but I'm sure Dennis knows best.
I am more than 3/4 done with Elliot's sweater (which will really be Teddy's sweater because I doubt it will fit Elliot). Hopefully there will be pictures of it and other completed projects here as well.
Monday, January 30, 2006
Sunday, January 15, 2006
This is the front hall of our house. The stairwell is all dark wood and beautifully carved. I try to keep the banisters clear of coats and book bags. This photo must have been taken after a spontaneous cleaning!
These photos are of the living room. It's really a great big room. It was bright, neon yellow when we moved in, but I papered 3 of the walls and painted the other wall to match the sofa. You just haven't lived until you've papered 10 foot ceilings by yourself!
The pantry off the kitchen is painted with yellow to compliment the red in the kitchen. This is the view out the small pantry window.
This is a picture of the landing on the stair well...
and this is a close-up of the stained-glass window.
Behind the house is our garage which is actually more of a carriage house. The "stalls" are too small for today's cars, probably because they were built to accomodate horses and a carriage! Above the garage is a lovely 5-room apartment which is now occupied by a nice little family of four.
This great tree is in the backyard, which is one of the nicest parts of this property. The kids have plenty of room to run around and a big tree for a tire swing. In June, the yard twinkles with fireflies. Summer in Dawson is just like a Country Time Lemonade commercial. I love it!
Friday, January 06, 2006
Three for three...the bear sweaters for Kathy are all done and ready to ship.
The first of three bear sweaters I need to finish for Kathy.
Both socks now finished
After finishing the sock, I felt I needed a little break so I finished this super-simple washcloth. It's my first experience using cotton yarn...I liked the way it held the stitch pattern so well, but it is a bit tiring to knit with, at least for me. The pretty posies are from my husband. He met me for dinner last night and walked in with them. People must have thought we were on our first date!
Does one sock count as a finished project? Sure it does. Especially if you had as much trouble with it as I did! The yarn is Trekking XXL in Pastel.
Made these two scarves for my mom. The lighter one is Patons Allure in Sable and the black one is Patons Cha Cha. I definitely preferred the Allure...much easier to work with and I prefer the final result, too.
Whipped up this poncho in a day or two. I got the yarn at Walmart and it's actually a Walmart brand. I don't usually like this super-trendy yarn, but it's nice for a project like this.
Candy, Claire's bear, sporting her new Sugar 'n Cream Bear Sweater. I just used Red Heart yarn in Lavender from Walmart. It's not the nicest yarn, but it will hold up well for this active bear and the price was right. The texture comes through pretty nicely with the worsted weight yarn, too.
This is the ugliest sweater I have ever seen! Even Teddy would only pose for one picture. Check out the complete Rainbow Sweater Saga here.
This is my second pair of socks using the Lion Brand Magic Stripes Yarn (Stonewashed Blue Pattern). These were for Miss Valerie, my son's wonderful preschool teacher who wears sandals to school every day...even in the winter! Thanks to Kate for modeling.
A sling for a water bottle knit with Moda-Dea Sassy Stripes Yarn (Crush). I can't tell you how many guesses I got about what I was knitting. Good grief!
A poncho for my neice, Rahne (modeled by Claire):
Lion Brand Boucle (Gelato), trimmed with Lion Brand Fun Fur (Hot Pink)
My First Pair of Socks: Lion Brand Magic Stripes Yarn (Jellybean)
This is probably the first knitting project I ever finished...the hat, that is. I just used bargain acrylic Red Heart yarn. The scarf was made by my friend, Doreen years ago before I even knew I'd be able to knit, too! There are matching mittens, but they weren't waterproof or warm enough for the snow. Great smile, Claire!
Monday, January 02, 2006
Back On Blossom Street by Debbie Macomber: A continuation of the Blossom Street books (probably all reviewed here). It was an enjoyable enough read, but a bit more predictable than the first two. While I think Debbie Macomber is a passable storyteller, I start to pine for plot twists and intrigue after I read too many of her books. Wonder if there will be more Blossom Street stories?
Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry: I reluctantly started reading this book because my husband was ranting and raving about how good it was. It took a while for me to get into it, but I have to admit that it is a fantastic book. It is such a complete work; you feel completely surrounded by the world McMurtry creates and you really feel you know the characters. Augustus McCrae, who was played by Robert Duvall in the mini-series is number forty-one on this cool list of the 100 Best Fictional Characters Since 1900.
These are book that I really wish I could read for the first time again. There are probably a lot more, but these are the ones that came to my mind first. I'll add on as I think of others.
Memoirs of a Geisha: A Novel by Arthur Golden: Not really a happy book, but a fascinating look at another culture. My friend, Doreen, gave me her copy to read before she moved to Ireland. Unfortunately the last two pages were missing!!! I had to go to the library to get out another copy so I could finish the book. I gave Doreen a big hug the next time I saw her and then smacked her upside the head! I read this before it was made into a movie and haven't yet seen the film.
Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier: Another book I read that was then made into a movie. I haven't seen it either, but wasn't surprised that it was chosen for a screen play. Scarlet Johansson is a perfect choice for the main character.
The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger: This is a great love story if you enjoy time travel stories...don't think about it too much or you may get a headache!
Time and Again by Jack Finney: A time-travel classic by the author of The Body Snatchers...a lot of detail
From Time to Time by Jack Finney: The sequel to Time and Again
The Secret History by Donna Tartt: Another dark choice (what's wrong with me?), but a good read
The Mitford Series by Jan Karon: If you live in a small town with lots of "characters" you'll love these books. They are very enjoyable, often thought-provoking and well-written.
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon: The first of the Outlander Series. This is one of my all-time favorite books. I was really, really obsessed with these stories! I don't know why so many books on this list involve time travel...I didn't consciously choose books with that theme, but that's just what happened. This is historic fiction based in Scotland in the mid-1700s (and other times, too!) with romance, adventure and a great deal of humor.
Scarlet Feather by Maeve Binchy: Maeve Binchy is always a good choice. When I think of snuggling in with a good book I turn to Maeve Binchy. Nothing too deep or upsetting, but better than Romance novel fluff.
Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier: A classic; surprisingly creepy
Mrs. Dewinter by Susan Hill Long: I don't remember the details of this sequel to Rebecca, but I remember thinking that they new author did a good job of writing like Daphne Du Maurier.
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee: Quite possibly the best book I've ever read
The Shadow of the Wind: A Novel by Carlos Ruiz Zafon: A very absorbing book...I just wanted to read it all the time
The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley: A wonderful Arthurian story (with sequels I don't list here) from a highly respected Arthurian author.
The Firm by John Grisham: Terrifying
Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank: I avoided this book for the longest time, but found it very uplifting
Timeline by Michael Crichton: Yes, a time-travel book
Harry Potter (books 1-6) by J.K. Rowling: I found myself wishing I could find "adult" books even half as enjoyable. They are just delightful!
Audrey Style by Pamela Deogh Clarke: Isn't she lovely?
Coal Run by Tawni O'Dell: A good read for anyone from Western PA or a mining town
Baker Towers: A Novel by Jennifer Haigh: a smiliar shapshot of Pennsylvania mining towns
The Rule of Four by Ian Caldwell & Dustin Thomason: This was a book along the lines of Davinci Code, but without as much action and controversy. I thought it was more character driven and again, I actually found myself missing the characters when I was done with the book.
Davinci Code by Dan Brown: A bunch of hooey, but a very good book