Monday, May 28, 2007

Looooonnnngggg Borrrriiiinnnnnggggg Weekend!

It was a weekend made in heaven, long, boring and not too exciting. With the new job, it was just what my brain needed. I made some progress on my sweater, and the end is definately in site. Last class is Thursday, I was hoping to have more accomplished by then but Elizabeth Zimmerman instructions are too vauge for me to follow.

Notice how the stripes line up? I'm still amazed that I did that!

I've started a hat:

Enough about knitting for now.
I'd like to give you a lesson in let's hooks.

See these three hooks in the middle section of this picture....they have a little
fork type of thing that makes it set into the fish once the fish gets it in his mouth.

Now - just image what would happen if you got that in let's say .... a finger....
well you don't have to imagine....let me show you:

That three pronged hook is stuck as deep as it can get in Joey's thumb and first finger.

I took these pictures in the hospital emergency room.

They left to go fishing at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday evening. This happened at 4:00 a.m
Sunday morning in the middle of Lake Erie. He cannot move his two fingers - it's like
they are krazy glued together. Imagine all of this. They had to get the boat back to shore,
out of the water and drive the 1.5 hours home. Got to emergency room at our local
hospital about 7:00 a.m. I won't go into the gory details.

To answer a couple of your burning questions:

1. He did not need stitches, but the holes in his fingers are SIGNIFICANT.
2. The Dr. numbed it and then "yanked".
3. I was not in the room - Joe left too. Poor kid has wimps for parents.
4. And to answer your most burning question: NO! he did not get the fish! It was a
garbage fish (sheephead) that he was trying to get off the hook, and as the fish kept
wiggling to get away - the hook kept sinking deeper in Joey's finger.

Needless to say we missed a couple of family parties on Sunday.

With these boys in my you wonder why I crave boring?


Thursday, May 24, 2007

Headline in Morning's Paper.....

reads "Woman Killed in Freak Accident - Knitting Needles Goes Thru Her Abdoman"
An unidentified woman was killed in the I490 today - by her own knitting needles.
She was creeping along in the very slow moving traffic, decided to whip out her knitting
to kill time. The traffic started moving, but she was in the middle of a stitch and of
course had to finish before she dropped it...when the car behind her got impatient,
bambed into her rearend, and the needle went right thru her abdoman.

ha! if you ever read this headline, then it was probably me that got killed by my
own needles. I did 250 stitches on the way home yesterday - do you believe it?
That's how slow traffic was....

Today was a good day - had dinner with the Girlie Group - a real Gigglefest!
God I love those women!

No men allowed - because - how could we talk about them if they were there?

I will have pictures to show next post.

Have a wonderful Holiday Weekend.

Do you have any Memorial day traditions you'd like to share? Leave them in the comments

I always make brownies...don't know why, but I do.
Have for years.


Sunday, May 20, 2007

Finally - A Finished Object

Remember the Fade from Purple Socks...finally done. I hated makings these socks - don't know why, but now that they're done and ready for my feet, I like them. I liked the yarn very much - it is very soft and wonderful to work with.

When I make socks there are always three versions - 1. the directions 2. my interpretation of the pattern with a few changes, and 3. my second sock that I am improving from the first one. But as my teacher would say - hey they're just socks!

These blue slippers I made for Joey a few years ago. Before I took classes. Before I studied gauge. I put the little purple one next to it so you can get a sense for how big it is. I had them ready to go to Good Will and Joey told me we had to think of someone with really big feet to give them to. We finally remembered that Uncle Brian has size 14 feet, and even though these will be too big for him, they will fit him better than Joey's size 10.

Hubby and I went on a date Saturday night. He took me to a bar to hear a band. He even had a designated driver lined up (Joey). The only bad thing was, he forgot that the night life starts much later than it did when we were dating - we got there two hours before the band started playing! We had dinner and talked and played instant lotto. It was actually fun, the band sucked, but then I am used to the quality of my friend Dan's band - Buster Rocks.

Everyone at the place knew each other - it was a country western band. I felt like I was watching some sort of sitcom or something.
We might go back again sometime - but we'll know enough to take a nap so we can stay out later....(we were really tired Saturday night - hubby had to get up early and work and I was up early because he was).....

Have a wonderful week!


Thursday, May 17, 2007


My friend Victoria from work invited me to go with her at lunchtime to her LYS that is going out of business this weekend. Everything in the store - 50% off - how could I refuse?
Wild Wool Yarn has been in business for about 5 years or less - a tiny little shop with a large variety of nice yarn. The shop opened at noon - we arrived about 12:30 - squishing room only - ther were probably 20 women in there at once - grabbing for yarn. I didn't get any yarn but I did get some very nice needles and a book Favorite Socks by Interweave Knits which I have been wanting. I didn't know it but there was a pattern in the book that I'ave been trying to find - some little footies -I'm so excited. I even wrote to interweave to try and buy the pattern but they never got back to me. I am proud of myself because I DID NOT buy any new yarn, but I was very tempted. Victoria got some wonderful treasures....

Have a great day!

Sunday, May 13, 2007


Happy Mother's Day! We had a wonderful day. Brunch w/mom, dad, mother-in-law, etc.
The brunch was not that good - but the company was wonderful!

I was putting away winter stuff today and I came across my favorite scarf. I made this last fall, using up leftover wool from various projects. I made both sides at once, starting at the ends, working towards the middle. I did this so each side would be identical. I put some purl rows in there so it would be a bit whimsical. I can't tell you how fun this was to make.
One problem is that the ends curled in, even after significant blocking, but around my
next it looks fine.

The sweater is coming along nicely. One sleeve is done and the 2nd one is well on it's way. Look how the stripes line up on body, sleeve, - I'll cross my fingers it looks like that when joined together.

Some whimsey photos of brunch.

The boys went fishing on Saturday night and look what they caught....we're going to have
some good dinners this week.

Have a wonderful week.....

Sunday, May 6, 2007


I love that word...stuff....It can mean so many things.
Sweater knitting can be boring to post about, especially when I limit
myself to no more than 3 projects. I have one sleeve 3/4 of the way
done, and then decided that the body was a bit to short so I'm
adding another inch there. I'm making new friends at knitting on
Fridays which is so fun. I even have a new pal, Victoria, to walk over with.
She works on my floor at work! She is the one I saw carrying knitting a few
weeks ago, and didn't see her again until this week at the yarn shop!

The boys cut some very big branches off the back tree this week. If you notice a
dark blue spot halfway up the tree, that's Joey, cutting branches. I was in the
house - had dialed 9-1-1- and my finger resting on the SEND button in case he
fell. Of course they both thought it was "cool".

If you look closely you can see the flowers planted in the new bed. You would not
believe how some of them arrived - only little sticks to plant. We'll see, hopefully
in a couple years it will be all filled in and beautious.

You can tell blogging is boring when I take pictures of dinner. Joey was craving an
anitpasta salad this week, and he thought it was so beautiful he took a picture.