Tuesday, February 12, 2019

2 weeks already?

I missed last week because I was on my monthly date with CC. We ended early because we were both tired, but still didn't get an entry done after.

Google+ is dying and they're ending elements of it already. Service flickers in and out. I'm trying another couple social platforms to see which ones fit.

The scarf I started using Bamboo Bloom just isn't working. I'm going to frog it and start over. OTOH, I've all but the closure finished on CD's scarf. I steam blocked it to get the final width I needed, then sewed up the back to make it a hood/scarf. It needs a toggle closure. I picked up the toggle and I made a kumihimo braid for the loop.
the image is from the link above

the eyelet is invisible
When I saw CC, I gave her some of my excess cotton yarn, plus some red heart I got from mom.

We didn't get that wintry weather. In fact, we had a week of spring-like weather. Then the weekend turned cold and damp. It's unpleasant, but at least it's not icy. Meanwhile, folks in Australia, neighboring New Zealand, et al are suffering through punishing summer heat. It's the opposite of what the Pacific NW US just got (snow, lots of it), but the same reason: climate change.

I made a point of buying some girl scout cookies, especially since I heard their views of trans girls. Yes, the story is 3 years old, but every time I see it, I remind myself to buy cookies.

I tested my tatted temperature scarf. At first I thought  three flowers per day in size 20, but that looked too small, so I tried size 10. But then I did the math and that's too big. I'm going with a row of 7 flowers per week, in size 20. Each flower's rings will be the low temp of the day and the chains will be the high temp. I think I'll mark the extraordinary weather (more than a 1/2" of rain or snow/ice) with a row of split rings.
size 20 prototype
It's still going to be long, ~5', and kind of wide, ~9", but in lace it will be much lighter than my 18 foot 2018 scarf.

I did make a scarf from some of the yarn I got from Mom. I gave it to RW's daughter, Frank (that's her nickname). RW gave me a hair pin/shawl pin from their trip to Costa Rica. Our game on Sunday got cancelled, so we played Lord of the Rings Online. They showed up photos from their trip during our visit.
garter stitch, 2 skeins

Chancellor Folt is gone. She resigned because she knew there'd be blowback from her decision to remove the Confederate monument pedestal. It was definitely the right thing to do; from a safety perspective if nothing else (and there's lots else). Then the Board of Governors were petty and classless and fired her, instead of letting her work 'til the end of the semester.

I started the scarf DB asked for. He's living in California now, so he wants it lighter weight than my usual. He wants a long scarf with bands of color, a la Tom Baker's Dr. Who scarf; but not quite that long and definitely not that dense.

Mom was about 16 in this photo, and in her sister's wedding. She says this dress was ice blue and she wore it for ages after.

I've signed up to donate platelets this week. Hopefully, it will go as smoothly as the last one.

pretty sky

Oh, I found someone who wants mom's bed. I just need to make arrangements to meet him so we can take it apart, etc.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Clean Teeth

Time for my 6-month dental cleaning today. It went as I expected. I got lots of size 10 one-ring tatted flowers done. I can do those without looking so they make a great distraction for me in the chair. I count my knots or picots instead of thinking about what's happening in my mouth.

I've been on Google Plus pretty much since it started. I've made some good friends, some good connections there. And now it's being shut down. It makes me sad.

They're talking about maybe wintry weather tonight. We have rain followed by below freezing temperatures. If they overlap...well, that could be freezing rain, sleet, or snow. We did have pretty warm (for January) weather yesterday, so whatever hits probably won't stick.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Projects done

I finished Mom's shrug on Saturday. I was going to go see Mom, but Aunt Flo visited with a vengeance. Out of three 109 yard skeins, I have 4 yards and 6 inches of yarn left. I have not idea what I'll do with those 4 yards. I do have the book about small knitted animals; I'll see if that's enough for a project.
I was on a roll, so I finally attached the icord tail to the loom knit kitty and embroidered a face on it. Not a great embroidery job, but it's done.
I finished watching the 4th season of Leverage and started the 5th (and final) season.

I was going to visit Mom on Saturday, but Aunt Flo kicked me in the uterus. Hard. So I went on Sunday. We just went to lunch, grocery shopping, and I printed out some new pictures for her. I hooked up her new ringer again and wow, it's loud. But that's effective.I also left a small photo of how her phone should look all hooked up.

Oh, have you  heard of Boil the Frog? It's like 6 degrees of Kevin Bacon, sort of. It's a music playlist from one musician/band to another. It's not a complete list of musicians; no Kay Kyser and the Les Brown I found was the wrong Les Brown (motivational speaker, not the one with the Band of Renown. And no filk artists.

And my partner realized that our Blue Rose group is Mystery Inc (Scooby Doo). There's a 'talking dog' and friend who are both food obsessed, aka Rhy wolf and healer. There's someone who's the knowledge person, aka my diplomat. There's our strong person who handles transport; the horsewoman; and finally our 'finds the traps, by accident'; even though the traps are more social than physical, aka our soldier with 'the big, open heart, matched by his big, open mouth.'

I got some of mom's yarn while I was visiting. She doesn't crochet as much, and she wants to give me stuff, so I take some of her yarn. Right now, I'm doing a quick knit and purl scarf. It's a bulky yarn so it's nice and soft and squishy and warm. Picture later.

On the way home, I got to see the full moon on Sunday night. It was gorgeous, with moon dogs. But I was driving, so no pictures.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Much Improved

I have the occasional cough and that's it. I am so much better now.

I volunteered at a blood drive last week, but due to my lingering cold symptoms I didn't donate. I have now made an appointment to donate platelets next week. Wish me luck.

I had a dental appointment next week, but then remembered a meeting that same morning so I cancelled it. I need to reschedule.

The big news at work is the removal of the Silent Sam, aka Confederate monument, pedestal and the BoG firing the chancellor. Frankly, not even letting her finish the semester makes them look petty.

The Federal Government is still shut down. #45 is throwing a temper tantrum and Mitch McConnell is aiding and abetting his tantrum.

I made it to the Tri-Tatters meeting on Saturday. The library rooms weren't available this month, so we met at a Starbucks. They only let rooms for 2 hours, so we had a short meeting. I got there late because I just felt meh. The cold rain didn't help. I handed out some of the size 10 Alisa got from her friend. One ball went to a new tatter and the other 6 to the woman who was leaving as I arrived and let me have her seat.

Someone brought in a couple of extra vintage tatting books. No one else got this one, so I did.

The only tatting I've been doing is small projects to use up some vintage thread. The thread was wrapping around a ball of paper, and it's not continuous. It's been a little frustrating. I went ahead and loaded two shuttles and I've gradually been tatting them down.

I'm still working on Mom's shrug. I finished the shoulders and the 2nd skein about the same time. Now I'm on the 2nd sleeve and the 3rd skein. I'm also working on A n' S's washcloths. I have 3 of them done (and given them 2) but the last one is being very slow. It's a moss stitch and should do quite well.

I did have a close call. I was moving the shrug around (as I hunting up where I'd put the 3rd skein) and some of the stitches popped off the pegs. And some of the purl stitches came out. I managed to get the stitches on the edge back onto pegs, and got loops of yarn (pulled stitches) and stitches back on. Then I purled the loops back into place. Whew. All saved.

first sleeve almost done here

A friend has asked me for a long scarf, kind of like my temperature scarf. But he wants blue, black, purple, etc quasi-Dr. Who scarf. I think I can do it in cotton. I shall have to check the sales to get the yarn cheap enough. He's willing to pay, but it's going to take me a long time to make.

Sunday, Chris and I went to pick up my (much) belated birthday present. Apparently he's been looking for this present for months.
It needs some cleaning and stuff, but it's an old table Singer sewing machine. I got a picture of the engine, but not the serial number. It's in storage now because I'll need to make a place to put it. It's probably c. 1959.

The social media site, Google+ is being closed down. It really makes me sad. I've made some good friends and contacts there.

but here's a pretty sky
Gillette has a new ad out. It tempts me to buy my next razor from them. There are some who consider it a company profiting from a political movement, and yes, it is. But it's also calling on men to stand up, to other men and against toxic masculinity. And I'd rather the company take that stance than the opposite view.

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

The long, slow, recovery

Well, I've been sick since (checks calendar) about Dec 20th. The worst was over around the 27th (when I left the house for the first time since the 21st). I picked up a few last minute items, went to gaming, and then headed west on Friday.

But the cough lingers on. I canceled my platelets appointment; I just wasn't healthy enough to make it viable. I volunteered at a blood drive today (the one from early December that was rescheduled due to snow). But I still didn't feel quite well enough to donate. Alas.

Here's the shrug I knitted (loom) and gave to my sister-in-law.

And there's the one I gave to Shannon S.

I ran out of yarn on Shannon's but still had some yarn left from SIL's. I did one cuff in that, then edged the 1st cuff in the yarn.

I used the last 12 yards (plus 2 yards from another skein) to make this coffee cozy for S.R.

I gave the blue dice bags (tiny, stitch tests) to my gaming group.

I'm starting on a shrug for Mom. Michael's had a $2 a skein sale and I bought 3 skeins to make sure I had enough. I've finished off 1 and I still have quite of bit to go. I may not use all 3 skeins, but I think I'll use 2 of them and dip into the 3rd.
It's very bright. Mom loves these colors, so she'll be happy. The blue stitch marker on the left is where I started Sunday morning. The not quite visible violet one is the 30 row mark (from cuff). I have reached the divide for the shoulders.

My namesake likes llamas. Or she did. She might be llama'ed out after this holiday. I only gave her a journal and pencil cup. She also got earrings, a plush, and a coverlet. That's what I saw; but I believe there was more.

I met CC for supper on the 1st. She now has my temperature scarf; which I finished on the 1st. She's going to cut it and restitch it into a blanket. I also gave her the balls of yarn, in case she has to cut and replace any of the rows in the process. And now that I'm done, I want to do another one. But not the same way. If I do it again, 1) smaller yarn, 2) 1 row per day, not 2, and 3) maybe I'll include median and low temps. With precipitation rows as unifiers, I bet I could do it.

If I do it, I'll start by looking at the last couple years to get a general idea about the temperature ranges. For 2018, there were 3 colors I never used. I never used the 'highs in the teens', 'highs over 100', and 'highs over 110'; thankfully.

I was going to go see Mom on Saturday when the tatting plans fell through. But I was still so tired. I just sat around and knitted.

Presents I've received; hooked needles for bead spinner, hot tea (and a couple honey sticks), loom knit small animals book, beginning knit loom book, toffee, candy, gift certs (JoAnne's and AC Moore), soup mug (with homemade cookies tucked inside), a sign (made by JJ with his new laser cutter), bell necklace made from the handle of flatware, ornaments, umbrella, yarn, yarn case, and more yarn.

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

I got sick (and Merry Christmas if that's your thing)

I started getting a sore throat on Wednesday, but thought it might be a response to the changing weather. I went to donate platelets, and they suggested I wait, as I wasn't well. And then I got worse.

I canceled my plans to go to the Tri-Tatters meeting. I didn't go do my last-minute shopping. I didn't even go to my Dad's and K's house (or anywhere else) for Christmas. I stayed home, rested, drank hot tea, and finished my knitting projects. At least I could handle those (they're presents so no pics until next week).

I've gotten a start on wrapping, but there's more to do. I gave C his present and he gave me mine. Needless to say, I don't feel very festive this year.

I am going through my hot tea stores. C went to spend Christmas with his family, so he hit the store first to get me soup, etc. I was going to be with my family, so we had pretty much cleared out the fridge of leftovers.

Here's the snowflake I made for the Tri-tatters' exchange (Lizbeth metallic, silver) and the one I gave our next door neighbor (size 40 silver grey Lizbeth). It's a free pattern, Editha.
silver grey cotton with beads

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Family Trip this past summer

This past summer, my dad, stepmom, and I went north to visit his sister and other relatives. She's his older sister so it was kind of 'visit while we can'; not that she's in bad health but she's in her 80s. Plus it had been 10 years since I had visited. We drove.

We stayed with her, in the condo she and her husband bought after they sold their house to their middle son (a house meant for a family, not an older couple). It's a nice condo; 2 bedroom, 2 bathrooms, detached garage.

None of us are as young as we used to be, so we broke up the trip and overnighted in Kentucky. We were able to walk to the Cracker Barrel for supper; which was nice, because getting up and moving after all day in car felt great.

We got to Aunt J's. She'd made hamburger stew (delicious btw). We went to a booth run by a local farmer and bought some ears of freshly picked corn (it was the height of corn season). She drove by the house she and her husband lived in when they were first married. And the house a mobster built (two separate houses, btw).
teeny tiny tomatoes

We drove by the banner for her late husband. The town has banners for all the citizens who have served that they hang from the lampposts. They have more banners than lampposts, so they have to rotate the banners. We saw the other sights of the town, including a ghost ad that was discovered when they took down a building. The fence was later added, 'for modesty.'

We spent part of a day in the Cahokia museum. Not enough time, of course, but a decent amount.

RG collects shot glasses so I asked if they had any at the Cahokia gift shop. They did not; but they did have this small glass toothpick glasses. Close enough.

We went to the Gateway Arch in St. Louis. That was a bit of an adventure to get to. One, there's construction in the area so we had to find a route as GPS kept trying to send us through the construction. Two, they'd moved the entrance to the museum. Last time I went, the entrance/exit were at the base of the Arch. Now those are strictly exits and the entrance is halfway to the courthouse (1 of 2 or 3 buildings that survived a fire in the 19th century). Dad stayed in the museum, while Kathy and I went up in the arch.

On the way up, we were with 3 college students, one of whom had fears of enclosed places and heights. At her request, I did my best to distract her with conversation. One the way down, we were with a family group who had a daughter with a fear of heights and elevators. Both girls were incredibly brace to face their fears that way.

I did get some great shots from inside the arch. They've changed the procedure a little bit. You get your reservation to go up and the time you'll be going and which side; either at the entrance or at the base of the arch. When it's time, you go to the ticket person and you get in line going down the stairs. Personnel go up and down the line to put people in groups of five; handing out plastic cards with car numbers on them. Each car has five seats and there are twelve cars in each leg.

At the base of the stairs there's a short film about the Arch and a bit of history at the time and since. I couldn't see it very well, so I missed a lot.

Stand on a different set of stairs, with doors on one side. Stand between the doors and off to one side. The doors open and the people who've come down exit, then up the stairs.

Once you're at the top, you're in a more or less triangle shaped room, with a floor 'cutting' off one angle. There are windows and wide window ledges on either side. You can look out over the river or over St. Louis.

Aunt J doesn't have internet and I really felt a need to check my email, so Dad took me to the library to use their wifi. We'd rented a car for the trip and he wasn't used to certain elements. He sat on the panic button. I eventually noticed the noise (from inside the library) and turned it off. I apologize to everyone who put up with that until I heard it and stopped it.

Unfortunately, it wasn't until we were about to leave that I thought to ask about their geneaological resources. I didn't do more than scan the materials and then Dad and I looked at his yearbooks and found his picture.

I was hoping to find another postcard, so we swung by the museum. That's when we met that cousin and got the offer of the use of the scanner.

Dad and K swung by for me to get some breakfast and dropped me off at the museum, before it or the library opened. I ate my breakfast and waited for the cousin. Once she let me inside, I got started. She also showed me where our trees intersect. (below are different pictures of Grandma, Dad's mom)

One of the other volunteers took me to the little Italian deli to pick up some lunch. I had some kind of pasta salad. It was quite tasty.

When Dad and K came to get me after I was done, we went down in the basement. They had the drum Dad danced on when he was Chief Kahok. It was up on a shelf, in storage, so we didn't get a good look, but we saw it. They have a very nicely arranged museum. They've put a lot of work into it.

One morning, Dad, K, and I went to Horseshoe Lake. K and I took pictures of birds and flowers. It was a bit of a mizzly day so there were very few people out there. There were some people fishing but I could count them on one hand with fingers left over. We also drove around to the most distant campsite. We literally drove by cornfields to reach it. Very creepy.

I took my temperature scarf with me and I worked on it a bit. I also tatted a cross for Aunt J, in a red similar to her beloved St. Louis Cardinals. She watches game shows and baseball and that pretty much it. There's a channel that shows old game shows. It's kind of neat sometimes.

All the cousins in town came for a visit one evening. Both of Aunt J's sons, one daughter-in-law (the other son is divorced), some of their kids, and at least one of her grandkids. Plus Aunt V, Dad and Aunt J's stepsister came over one evening. She had to leave early because she was going to Colorado to visit one of her grandchildren.

Eventually we headed home, overnighting in the same hotel.