Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Cute as a Dumpling!

Isn't this the cutest little thing ever!  Of course it is!  It's the Dumpling Bag from Interweave Knits.


Before and after felting.  Best thing of all-it's a one night project!  ONE NIGHT!  Ok, I knit it yesterday and did the embroidery this morning.  I know how to embroider, and am not too hopeless at it, but it's not one of my favorite crafts.  I did however, enjoy doing it on this little cutie pie.  If the french knots look weird, it's because I thought they might unravel during felting so I added a stitch to tack them down.

One more for fun.  It's wee!  I knew it would be, I used size 10.5 needles instead of the 13's, and worsted weight yarn instead of the double strand called for in the pattern.  I think it used half a skein of Patons Classic Merino.  I copied the neat trick of using a balloon as a form from some of the Ravelry users.

Unbelieveably, balloons are something I did not have on hand so I had to run to the party store this morning for some.  While I was there I also managed to pick up a styrofoam head.  As I joked with the cashier, doesn't everyone need a styrofoam head?

Posted at 03:46 pm by VaxGirl
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Sunday, October 19, 2008
Happy Dance!

It's done!  I even sewed in the little tag!

Somehow it seemed there were about 400 ends to weave in. I think they were breeding when I wasn't looking.  But it's done, yippee!

Posted at 01:12 pm by VaxGirl

Saturday, October 04, 2008
Still here...

Reports of my demise have been greatly exaggerated... or something like that. I've just been sort of blah.  It's been cold.  Not cold really, but once the house gets cold it stays cold and sometimes it's colder inside than out!

So I've been hibernating with the Cherry Ames books.  So far, I've worked my way through Student Nurse, Department Store Nurse, Dude Ranch Nurse and am now into Army Nurse(written in 1944, WWII !).  Department Store Nurse took place in New York City(my hometown), it kind of made me wish for the days when we had full service stores with a nurse on duty in case you fell off the escalator or something.  And I liked the big chase where they went out to Idlewild Airport, now JFK, to the terminal building.  Ha!  The terminal building is now the International Arrivals Building, and there are 9 additional passenger terminals, some having  more than one building!  But I am thoroughly enjoying the books.

Cotton bibs, from the first Mason Dixon book.  Fun and Easy.  I even managed to put on the buttons and add my little personalized labels.  I'm also finishing up Knitty's Devan.  I just set in the sleeves, it's blocking a little in the basement, then I'll finish up the side seams, sew on the buttons and weave in the 400 ends it somehow produced.  Many thanks to Penny for showing me the proper way to set in the sleeves!

Posted at 02:27 pm by VaxGirl
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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Yay, a real live finished item!  Once more, yay!

OK, my little fancy-schmancy tag that says 'handmade by vaxgirl' isn't sewn in yet, but I think we can call this one in the bag.  Ends woven in and everything.  Finished with a capital F.  It's a baby sized sweater, so don't get too excited. 

Note the little dish of lavender buds to keep mosquitoes from the porch, and the flyswatter for when it doesn't.  I've tried all kinds of things this year to repel them, dryer sheets clipped all over the porch, lavender plants, lemon thyme plants, and now the lavender buds.  Nothing's working so well, good thing cute fly swatters were 3 for a buck at the dollar store!

This is the beginning of an adorable baby sweater from Knitty called Devan.  The front and sleeves are knit from self-patterning sock yarn and the back from a solid.  It was a good excuse to try the new Red Heart sock yarn.  So far I like the way it's knitting up, but I did make a couple changes.  I substituted a rib edge for the rolled edge.  The rolled edge is adorable, but it was rolling way too much so I ripped it.  I also stuck with the smaller needles rather than switching to the larger ones after the ribbing, and eliminated the solid color at the hem.  I'm hoping it all works out, the Knitpicks has a different feel and may be a hair thinner, so I may be looking for a different solid when I get to the back.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Gentle Readers

It's a charmed life I lead these days.  In between getting my breasts jammed in a vice(mammogram), blood sucked dry, peeing in a cup, it seems I've lowered myself to cleaning cat poop off the neighbors lawns.

First off, I'm trying to wrap up all the pesky, long neglected medical maintenance before our medical insurance changes next month because the husband quit his job.  Sounds bad but not really, independent contracting is fairly common when you work in IT.  I did it for a time about 6 years ago.  So we need to be buying our own health insurance and I'm trying to catch up on all the annoying tests I should be getting at my advanced age, before the switchover.

I saw Randy-the-red-cat poop on the across the street neighbor's lawn yesterday morning.  He's got a couple issues, one of which is the leg.  It's better than it was, but he still can't bury his poops.  And his tummy's not well which makes it even worse.  I'm treating the symptom right now, but it needs to be addressed by the vet when we grab him for the big snip.

I ran over and cleaned it up before anyone got an unpleasant surprise.  Then it happened again this morning next door.  So aparently now I've become not only the crazy cat lady, but the crazy cat lady who collect their poops too!  All this at 6:45am.  It's a wonderful life!

Posted at 01:46 pm by VaxGirl
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Thursday, August 21, 2008

Late summer in the garden.  Tomatoes ripening on the vine, gentle breezes wafting the air, sun tea brewing in a jar... mosquitoes eating one alive!

We thought the white hydrangea was a goner and I almost had the tree guy rip it out.  But we cut it back and it revived and even bloomed!  I love my hydrangeas, so this makes me pretty happy.  The big star found a baby at a rummage sale.


No, not a urine sample on the stove.  It's mint syrup.  I have so much mint this year I had to do something with it and I still have dried mint from last year.  So mint syrup for mint juleps!  I used 2 cups water, 2 cups sugar, and about 2 cups mint leaves and simmer 5 minutes.  If it works out well I'll make some from the spearmint too.  Of course I've never had a mint julep, so I'm not sure what it should taste like, but anything with bourbon must be good!

Posted at 11:54 am by VaxGirl
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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

The husband built the second bench from the stumps and old fence railings over the weekend.  I miss the privacy of the poor little dead hemlocks, but they were little more than sticks at this point.  We put in some baby hydrangeas on each side of the stumps, but are hesitant to put anything with a big roots too near the house.

I used the handy dandy wood burning tool to put our mark on one end.  I put the sickeningly sweet heart not 5 minutes after we were arguing about the placement of the birdbath  cat drinking fountain.  Please pretend the weeds are lovely ground cover.

Knitting that's not a washcloth or wrist warmers!  Imagine that!  A baby sweater.  A million years ago in the 80's this was my "go-to" baby gift sweater.  I think I made about 5 or 6 of them and then tucked the book away.  But it's a cute fisherman type sweater.  This time I'm making a rolled neck that will be stiched down as opposed to a turtleneck.  This is an easy knit in Cotton Ease, it's only an 8 row repeat so even I can pretty much remember it!

Posted at 11:51 am by VaxGirl

Monday, August 11, 2008
Oh Cherry!

In some weird alignment of the stars, I found these Cherry Ames books in two different thrift shops Saturday on my thrifting extravaganza with Rebecca.  What makes it weird is that I've never seen one Cherry Ames book anywhere before, much less seven!

I did however, have some vague knowledge of Cherry.  She would be the Nancy Drew for the nursing set.  The earliest of these were written in the early '40's.  I've already read Cherry Ames, Student Nurse and some significance is made of the war.  One of the sillier titles here is Department Store Nurse!  I'll try to make it through all of them before giving them to the oldest niece.  I love giving her goofy nurse gifts and she seems to enjoy them, although she may just have extaordinarily good manners.

Yarn.  Yarn to make stuff with. Or, if I want to be correct, yarn with which to make stuff. More importantly, once I make the stuff, the stuff should be Finished.  Not my strong point.  Note the Red Heart sock yarn, avec aloe!  I got three, because there's a cute baby sweater on Knitty, the front and sleeves are faux isle and the back solid.  Yeah, I'll probably make it and not sew the buttons on.

Posted at 08:16 pm by VaxGirl
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Thursday, July 24, 2008
When it rains...

It hasn't really rained in these here parts since, oh... May.  So apparently all the rain that would have been rained between then and now is coming down between last night and today.

Taken through the screen, Petunia and Blakitty forming a cat-ball in the chair.  Randy is on the shed porch.  The big dumbass was on the porch with them, but ran away when I brought the food out this morning.  Well, at least he made it to the shelter of the shed, never mind that there's two perfectly good doghouses in the yard, so I guess we're making some progress.

Mitts modeled by the husband, but not for the husband.  Knitty's Dashing, for my brother-in-law.  Of course, I had to make sure they were completely finished before he'd model them.  Cause you know if the needles were still in them, it would look like he was knitting them and then his penis might fall off or something.

I have a real aversion to the little thumbs most of the patterns would have you knit.  I like the way they look, but I always get holes picking up the stitches or at the corners or something.  So I have a moratorium against thumbs.  I just say no, and make a buttonhole instead.  Stubborn of me.  So there.

Posted at 09:15 am by VaxGirl
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Monday, July 21, 2008
Be careful of the deep end!

It's been hot.  It's been sticky.  Hot + Sticky = Discomfort.  The wading pool is surprisingly refreshing!  I just dangled my feets in, while as you can see, the husband took more of a plunge.  I actually wanted a smaller pool, which is why he'll never be permitted to go TV shopping alone.

We have window a/c units in some of the rooms, but this 1920's house has no central air.  It's always been the humidity that gets me more than the heat and a dehumidifier in the basement helps with that, but even so, there are always a few days each summer that get pretty uncomfortable.  And honestly I don't really like sitting in the a/c all that much.  So I took a book out and sat with my feet in the pool.

I got that silly little bee at the flea market yesterday and it makes me way happier than it should.  When the breeze hits it, the wings spin, it's hilarious!  Its little red nose and goofy antennae crack me up.  I was going to put him in the herb garden, but realized I wanted to look at it all the time so I put him in the window box of mint on the porch!

Posted at 10:53 am by VaxGirl
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