Monday, April 30, 2007
I recently ordered three medals from my dear friend Rob at SaintsforSinners.com, and I wanted to share one of them with you.
Rob is one of my friends from the "married to the man" phase of my life. He was one of the Ex's fraternity brothers from college life that I have managed to keep in contact with. There are others, but he is in NOLA, and that is close to home.
This medal is of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, the Patroness of bakers, chefs and seamstresses. I also received two Saint Agatha medals, one for my mother and one for a close friend. She is invoked against breast cancer and all cancers, patroness of nurses/caregivers.
I encourage everyone to go and look around Rob's site. Even if you are not Catholic or a practicing religious person, these medals are wonderful. Look at all of the famous and infamous people that have made their way to Rob's doorsteps. I myself am not one to spout off religious doctrine, after having spent ten plus years in the Catholic School System; however, I do love the fact that somehow, there might be some spirit that can help when I get in a jam in the kitchen or on a project.
As you can tell from the first picture, it is a long blanket. I wanted it to be able to wrap up a new baby but also be utilized in a crib, as my niece and her husband are in the Air Force and who knows what base they will be stationed at during the winter months. The border is a 2x2 rib. I love the double moss stitch in the white. The blanket is heavy and looks so elegant. I hope that they get many years of use from it, as I am the only knitting Aunt in the family. (Not the actual only one, but the only active knitter at the moment.)
Sunday, April 29, 2007
The Munchkin had the crazy idea that they needed to pose like the chief, and it was hard to keep a straight face and take the picture.
For those of you that have never been to SFASU, it is a small college with a very big heart. The town pulls you in with the warmth and once you have been there, it is embedded in your senses. As a parent, I know that it has a "party" school reputation, but what college doesn't? Come on now, be real, kids away from parents....some party can be on every night and that's reality.
Anyhoo, the brief campus tour of the new facility was most impressive and it was sad to think that there is only one more year before she will be a full fledged college grad. But until then, she is still the Munchkin.
Thursday, April 26, 2007
The crazy weather here on Wednesday made me glad that I have the mommyvan most days. The sky was actually green at one point and was realy ugly. Say some extra prayers (to which ever deity you chose) for all of those that were tragically affected.
More good news. I finished the blanket for my neice on Friday (04/20/2007). The ends have been woven and I even washed it in Dreft. It is wonderful. I will be taking pictures this weekend and will post them too. I also found out that she is having a boy, so the Monet was a great choice. This will be my mom's first great-grandchild. I'm happy for my brother and just glad that it isn't one of my daughters with that honor. They are both her first grandchildren. They will also be her first two to graduate from college. An honor that I am glad to see them obtain.
More knitting has been taking place. I am almost to the join point for the Sahara and I'm glad that Ruby posted some better instructions for the join. Hopefully I'll get that done tomorrow. I will be taking another WIP on a road trip to Nacogdoches to see the Munchkin this weekend, so hopefully I'll have another FO when I get home.
I have been adding more blogs to the favorites list and I am proud to say that the Knitting Troll has mentioned me in her latest posting. Thank you for the shout out (as the kids would say).
And one more blog to mention. Empty Nest Knitter has a great post about the recent bomb in Austin. All I can say is, "Don't Mess With Texas"!
Have a great weekend and keep knitting across Texas!
Thursday, April 19, 2007
What does this mean to me? Well, our house has already been certified as having a Natural Wildlife Preserve (ID# 22473). We already have two recycle bins from the City and we recycle all plastics, cardboard (toilet paper and paper towel rolls too), and cans. We take our newspapers to the local SPCA as well as old towels, sheets, and bath mats. Twice annually, we take all old chemicals, PC's, paint, etc. to a spot designated in the City for collection and then private companies foot the bill to safely collect and dispose of these toxic items. We have a compost bin and we try to landscape as environmentally safe as possible and use very little chemicals. Good old Ivory soap water mix takes care of most "challenges".
Consider this my public service announcement. Please look around your house and see what you can do to start being a little more green. I'm not suggesting anything radical, just common sense. Your planet will thank you.
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Needle Size: 8 (US)
Cast on 180 in Monet and work in Double Rib (K2P2) for 2" (10 Rows); Next row, continue in border for 12 stitches and add White; Work in Double Moss Stitch for 156 stitches and join a new ball of Monet and finish row in Rib; repeat until blanket measures 34 "; finish with 2" (10 Rows) of rib abd bind off.
Double Moss Stitch:
Rows 1&2 *K2P2; Repeat from * to end of Row
Rows 3&4 *P2K2; Repeat from * to end of Row
Monday, April 16, 2007
Best part, once the filing was complete, I was able to get back to my WIP's. I have 22 rows left on the baby blanket for KD and Matt, so I should have it finished, washed, and in their hands well before the estimated arrival in June. That also means that I can get back to work o the Sahara for myself.
Need to get some pictures of the WIP's posted so that everyone can see that I can actually knit, not just talk about knitting....
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Wednesday, April 4, 2007
Men's Winner - Florida Gators
Women's Winner - Tennessee Vols
I am sorry that the run for a win was not so favorable to Ohio State's men or to Rutger's women, but they are both young squads and have wonderful talent. No doubt that they will both be forces to recon with for a few years to come.
On to the Spring and Summer tasks now. The gardens need to be finished (weeding and refreshing) and the rest of the annual maintenance will follow. Soon thereafter, the pool will be ready for that first celebratory dip.