Sunday, November 4, 2007
Until then, here is Merlin!
Monday, October 22, 2007
So, between sample knitting and working, my own knitting is sitting and looking sadly at me. Abby's long tunic sweater is so cute (no pics yet)! The body is done pieced together. Just need to knit and place the sleeves. I hope that once I settle more into the routine I'll have the time. I have a sneaking feeling that very little me knitting is going to happen anytime soon though. Very sad. But I like that I am able to earn a (very) little money to help out around here. And I love that NEXT year, which is when I would have like to get the job, I'll be able to work when the kids are at school and still be here when they need me. Like for field trips or their other activities.
Well, my minute is over! Kids need breakfast. Hopefully I'll be able to post soon.
Oh, and GO RED SOX!
Sunday, October 14, 2007
In 1883, Cogswell, a San Francisco real estate tycoon, donated the fountain to the town in honor of his cousin William Cogswell, a local builder.
The Rockville city council was pleased to accept the donation, but once it got a look at the fountain, some townspeople had second thoughts, according to town historian S. Ardis Abbott.
Cogswell was not only a millionaire dentist, he was a temperance crusader and an eccentric philanthropist. He believed the availability of clean drinking water from public fountains would steer the common man away from the evils of "distilled liquors," so he pledged to erect a fountain for every 100 saloons across the country.
Like all of his fountains, the memorial he sent to Rockville was topped with a life-sized statue of himself holding a glass of water in one hand and a copy of the Temperance Pledge in the other. Unlike the seven fountains he had installed in San Francisco, the Rockville fountain is made of zinc, not bronze or granite,
The anti-alcohol message didn't go over well here, where residents had voted against the town "going dry."
"In the middle of the night one night, someone took down the statue and threw it into the lake," Abbott said.
The constabulary dragged the statue out of Shenipsit Lake and reinstated Dr. Cogswell atop the fountain, but soon he disappeared again. The good dentist's likeness did not reappear until 1908, when he was discovered leaning against a downtown building with a sign around his neck, "I've come back for old home week."
Ah....I love my town!!!
Saturday, October 6, 2007
The three things I love. That is easy peasy!! My wonderful hubby and 2 cute wee ones. Too easy, you say? Well, if I don't count them, it gets harder. So, here goes.
No pictures for those things I don't like. I REALLY have this thing about emptying the dishwasher. I don't know why, but I just can't stand it. I don't like a messy kitchen in the morning. Something about starting the day cleaning up from yesterday drives me INSANE. And I REALLY don't like smoke (like from cigars and cigarettes). Enough to make me sick. Can't wait to see what everyone says!
Friday, October 5, 2007
Not to get to into the details, but that sink is right below our kitchen sink. Somewhere after that sink the line clogged and backed up into the basement sink. Kitchen sink worked fine. And we seldom go into the basement since the washer and dryer moved upstairs. So, we went to watch a movie down there on Sautrday to be confronted by THAT! And it isn't just water. That is the lovely part. The kitchen sink has a....(wait for it)....garbage disposal. So the water was full of chewed up yuck and lots of coffe grounds. EWWW. So, we had to go through and write down everything that was destroyed as well as take photos. And of course clean the stench out. It is almost ok now. Now we deal with the insurance. Three boxes of books (wah!), my husband's new projector screen, and some misc computer bits.
I have been knitting my sorrows away. I knit two sample hats. Very cute (of course I had to try them on!). I am also on the decrease rows of Wook's Cobblestone sweater. Hope to finish it over the weekend. Because on Monday, I start working. Like for money! I'll be working ~30 hours a week as a junior editor. So, all at home. All my hours. Just need to find 30 of them!! Yikes!!!!!!! But money is good, and there is a good chance I can advance to a higher position. The company is all from home which is great. So, much less knitting time at least until I get settled into a new routine. Wish me luck. No, wish me sanity!
Sunday, September 30, 2007
Here is the Black Sea Hat (by grumperina) that I made on the way home from the Jets game last weekend. I made it using a dk weight wool I bought cheap at Joanns (I think it is a store brand) and hematite beads (6/0 size). I am loving it!!
And here is my calorimetry. I'd been dying to make one sinc eI first saw the pattern, but never had yarn for it. I got this skein of yarn (it was Berroco Jasper in ) from a swap with a fellow knittyhead. It is the softest ever! The button is great, though you can't see it. It is a silver oval with a little figure playing a flute. Very cave man like!!
Back tomorrow with my blogstalker assignment: how I go from place to place!
Thursday, September 27, 2007
I briefly tried to knit on the Misty garden scarf which is nearly done:
But was quickly called into service as expert castle builder. I don't design 'em, I just build 'em! Here is Abby's fortress.
Monday, September 24, 2007
Pattern: IK's Cambridge Jacket, I knit the 51 ish"
Yarn: Patons Classic Merino in Natural (light tan)
Changes: I made the collar a bunch shorter (by Wook's request). Looking back I should have taken 2 inches off the sleeves. I might cut them and then BO to lose the extra length.
Great pattern. I'd definitely knit it again.
There are: coupons, a hair band, a kleenex that despite its appearance is unused, my checkbook/wallet that came out of a purse I used about 10 years ago, 4 pennies, 2 stitch markers, a pen, 5 count em' 5 library cards (because you can never have too many! 3 are from our local libary (mine, Abby's, PJ's) and two are for our library at the Cape (Abby's and mine)), a pen, a new lip gloss that I just bought (Burt's Bees lemon lime), and my favorite a sparkle filled blue plastic ring. Why is the ring my favorite? PJ gave it to me one day after I scolded him for something or other. It was like a little I'm sorry and I love you present.
And just to let you know, I only carry this purse if I am going into a store to buy something and Wook isn't there. Otherwise it sits under my seat or on the passenger seat.
Then, the game on Sunday. Which we won. Phew. It was fun, though the guy next to us smelled bad. And the guy on the other side thought it was okay to be partly in my seat. Still, really fun. And here is a pic from my seat with Wook' s phone cam.
As you can imagine, LOTS O' KNITTING took place. I got 3 of PJ's 4 birthday dinosaurs knit. Just need to knit the stegasaurus and put them all together. I finished 2/3 of a Misty Gardenscarf. It is lacy and fuzzy and I like it way more than I usually like lacey or fuzzy things! Promise a pic later. And I knit myself a Black Sea hat with hematite beads. So pretty. Pics later, I swear!! Time to get Abby to school. They, in case you are wondering, had a FAB time with Grama and Grandpa. Went to the Big E, made birthday cupcakes with Auntie Connie, went to 3 tag sales, saw Aunt Tina and Uncle Dave. All good.
Monday, September 17, 2007
I'm Rachel. I'm 32 (had to actually think on this for a minute!). I graduated from Providence College in RI in 1997 with a BS in Biology and BA in Chemistry. Yes. Science nerd. Then I got married that July to my sweetie of 5 years.
We began dating my junior and his senior year of high school. He was in the Army stationed in NC at Fort Bragg. I started grad school at UNC-CH that fall. I did my grad school work in the lab of Jack Griffith. I studied telomeres, which are the ends of chromosomes. I used electron microscopy to study their structure (loops, which we named t-loops). If you are still interested, why?! But seriously it is interesting and you can read more here and here and here. I had my daughter Abby in 2001 and just a few months after got my PhD. I wrote my dissertation while on bedrest for preterm labor! I worked as a postdoc at Duke briefly before deciding I could be a great mom OR a great scientist, but did not want to be a good mom and good scientist. So I quit when I was a few months pregnant with my son PJ who was born 16 months after his sis in 2002.
I didn't start knitting until after PJ was born. They would nap in the morning at the same time (I miss that!!) and I began to crochet and then knit. We moved back to Vernon where I grew up. We are diagonal backyard neighbors to my folks and my sister is two more houses away. Practically a commune I know!
Now, Wook and I have been married over 10 years, together for 15. Abby is 6 and PJ almost 5. He is in school half days and she is all day. So, I find myself with a bit of free time again. I fill it with errands, cleaning, and knitting. I also recently began to work knitting samples. Getting paid for knitting. Could it be any better. Well, I could make enough to not need an actual job next year!!! So, that is me in a nutshell.
All done except for a trip to find the PERFECT buttons! I am just loving it. It is ready in time for next weekend when Wook and I go to the Jets game. We are leaving Friday and staying at t hotel nearby the Meadowlands. Relaxing and then going to the game Sunday.
Here are the specs:
Pattern: Tilted Duster from IK Fall 2007
Yarn: Cascade Ecological Wool in 8087 (chocolate brown)
Size: I knit the small. It used two full skeins and just a bit of the third. Lots left.
Mods: I added a teeny bit to the length of the sleeves since I hate sleeves that end on my wrist. I prefer them a bit lower or at 3/4 length.
Saturday, September 15, 2007
I'm halfway through the Backyard Leaves scarf from Scarf Style. It is designed by Annie Modesitt and is done in two bits from the back of the nexk down. I never really thought a scarf book was worthwhile, but this one really is great. I got it from the damaged book sale that Interweave had, but if it is damaged somewhere, I can't find it!!
This is PJ being Santa the other morning!
Abby with Merlin the Magical Cat
Monday, September 10, 2007
It came out well. I sort of winged it! It fits Kathleen, an 18" doll. It also fits her Bitty baby (the smaller American girl doll).
Details: I used leftover bits of ww wool (some eco wool, cascade 220, and handdyed Lion Brand fisherman's wool) on 8's. A great way to use up leftovers!
On a side note, you'd think with how popular these kind of dolls are there would be knitting books/patterns more easily available! I found a whole list of great looking clothes to SEW, but no knitting. Maybe I'll write up this one!
Sunday, September 9, 2007
I've also been busy with PTO stuff. I am in charge of assigning room parents to each class and assembling lists for each room parent of other parents who will help out with parties. With the privacy laws, we can only give the names and numbers of parents who give us permission. So some classes have 10 parents willing to help. One class has ONE. That poor poor lady. Hopefully more will sign up at the open house next week.
As for knitting, I made another sample knit bag. Done in the round from the center in. Very cool design. It was in the silk yarn but in 4 different colors which was pretty. It worked up pretty quickly, though my needles are now purple. I also have been making button hats like a fiend. And I just finished (all but the neckband) of a sweater for Abby's 18" doll (American Girl look-alike, named Kathleen). Lastly, I have been working on my Tilted Duster. More on that, including a picture of progress,
Since I hate posts without pics, but don't have one, here is a movie for your viewing pleasure!!
Monday, September 3, 2007
Saturday, September 1, 2007
I'm hoping to get pictures of both the Cambridge Jacket (still sans zipper) and my own designed striped sweater (also no zipper) tonight. So, check back tomorrow!!
Monday, August 27, 2007
This is so you can see their backpacks (Abby is using the same one as last year, but PJ's is new).
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Me: Do you like any of these?
Wook: No, I was thinking of something not quite so bright.
Me: Like what?
Wook: Brown or white.
Me: I thought you wanted a contrasting zipper.
Wook: Yeah, I do.
Hee! Well, at least we had this discussion BEFORE I bought the zipper!!!
I also finished the Red Riding Hood doll (pictures tomorrow). And, I went through my almost done pile and got it cleaned out. It's the pile for things that need one more bit of work. It had 3 pairs of mittens waiting for antennae, 2 ladybugs waiting for spots and stuffing, and 4 mice waiting for stuffing, ears to be attached, and tails. All but 2 mice are finished.
First day of school tomorrow!! Early to bed for what is sure to be an exciting day. I drop A off it the morning. P has to get two shots before he can go (they are technically 5 year old shots, but the school requires them to enter Kindergarten even if you aren't yet five. Go figure). Then he goes to school after lunch. I am trying to think of something fun to do after school, but haven't had any ideas yet. Depends on the weather and how beat A is!!
Monday, August 20, 2007
I flew balsawood planes in the yard with A.
I enjoyed time with the kids and watched them become closer than ever!
No knitting news now, other than I am up to the armholes on the sweater I'm designing. It is coming out well, but no pictures quite yet! Off to enjoy summer.
Sunday, August 19, 2007
(I promise better pictures when I return)
Warm and Toasty Cabled Ear Warmers
These make a nice warm band style earwarmer. They have 2-3 buttonholes so it can fit a variety of sizes as a gift. Plus, it is a great use for both leftover yarn and a single cool button!
Small amount of worsted weight wool (I used Malabrigo)
1-3 small buttons (depending on if you want one size or adjustable length)
Size 10 or size needed for proper gauge
3 inches X 21 inches
13 st = 3 inches, 6 rows = 1 inch
C2B – slip 2 st to cable needle in back, knit 2 st, knit 2 st from cable needle
C2F- slip 2 st to cable needle in front, knit 2 st, knit 2 st from cable needle
WAVES version (A, on the left of the closeup)
CO 14 stitches
Work in garter st for 4 rows
Row 1: Maintaining 2 st on each end in garter st, Knit 5, C2B, K5
Rows 2-6: Work in st st with 2 st on either end in garter stitch
Repeat rows 1-6 to desired length for first buttonhole (17” unstretched), ending with row 6.
Buttonhole row 1: K5, sl 2 st to cn in back, K2tog, yo, K from the cable needle, K5. This “hides” the button holes inside the cable.
Work rows 2-6 as above.
Repeat these 6 rows once more for a second buttonhole. Then work buttonhole rows 1-4 for a third buttonhole.
If you are making this for yourself, you can just size the band to your own head as you go and place a single button hole using the above directions. Either way, follow the final steps below after working row 4 of a buttonhole section.
Work 4 rows of garter st. BO loosely.
Double Waves Version (B, on the right of the closeup)
CO 14 stitches
Work in garter st for 4 rows
Row 1: Maintaining 2 st on each end in garter st, Knit 2, C2f, K2, C2b, K2
Rows 2-4: Work in st st with 2 st on either end in garter stitch
Row 5: Maintaining 2 st on each end in garter st, Knit 2, C2b, K2, C2f, K2
Rows 6-8: Work in st st with 2 st on either end in garter stitch
Repeat rows 1-8 to desired length for first buttonhole (17” unstretched), ending with row 8.
Buttonhole row 1: K2, C2f, K2tog, yo, C2b, K2. This places the button holes in the center.
Work rows 2-8 as above.
Repeat these 8 rows once more for a second buttonhole.
If you are making this for yourself, you can just size the band to your own head as you go and place a single button hole using the above directions. Either way, follow the final steps below after working row 8 of a buttonhole section.
Work 4 rows of garter st. BO loosely.
Weave in all ends. Block lightly. Attach buttons. Enjoy warm and toasty ears all winter long!!
Sorry about the quality, but at least you can see them!
These are Toddler size felted slippers from Felted Knits. They will eventually have bunny ears and tails. They are the same size though the picture makes them seem like they aren't. I made them with grey Paton's merino.
Sorry about the sideways (can't figure how to flip on this computer). This is a little I cord man that I made with leftover sock yarn. He justs needs some crazy hair.
This is A's earwarmer. I made it with leftover handdyed marigold and pink cascade 220. I just garter stitched the whole thing of 10s and felted it. Too cute. She loves it. I may line it with polar fleece to make it even warmer.