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Thursday, December 13, 2007

Does insanity run in the family???


This has to be a fast post, just wanted to let you know I am still here with knitting blisters on my fingers. Remember when I said that I was almost finished knitting??? I had resident husbands sister phone looking for a couple pair of thrum mittens, she had bought a pair at the market, now Gabie is the knitter for things for the hands and I am the knitter for things for the feet but I did not want to phone Gabie as she is knit out and needs a break so o.k. I will knit the mitts as I will have all this time on my hands ...........right?? Now I have a pattern that I give people when they buy my thrum slipper kit and also want a pattern for mitts (now I have never knit off this pattern) and I do not know where the pattern is that I used before..........when I made that one mitt. (It has been laying around waiting for a person with one hand) So I start the first mitt and find out this is not the best pattern..........so I am winging it....after some ripping out I get this great thought....I will just go look for a pattern on the net.......great! I found a dozen different patterns and pick one that looks like what I want and start knitting........who writes these patterns....why do they not put the word puzzle in the title.....so here I am using three patterns to knit a mitt, now what probably would have really helped is if I knew the basics of knitting a mitt.......right?? Or wrote down what I did while making the first mitt!! Well after knitting five mitts I have ended up with two pairs......now there is another mitt looking for a person with one hand. Now this is not as strange as you think as years ago when Gabie and I had a table at the local market a man was looking at the mitts and asked Gabie if she could knit two mitts for the right hand and she said why both mitts for the right hand.....he only had one hand.....we had not noticed. I also have a sock waiting for someone with only one foot.....any takers out there?? Now while I was knitting the mitts I had a call from a lady desperately wanting a couple pair of slippers for her husband for Christmas, the kind that used to be knit out of phentex.but with wool....why did yes I can do it pop out of my mouth. So that is what I am doing now...so here I am trying to get the pattern right because I am using two strands of wool instead of whatever they used in the pattern and I am winging it again. Just finished one slipper and it is not large enough but now I know how many stitches I will need and ......I have a slipper waiting for a person with one foot. So that is what I have been doing!! The inside animals are so needy for attention that they are stuck to me like glue and it is making me crazy!!!!! If I am walking they are under my feet, if I am sitting knitting Sheba is leaning against my arm pretending that the movement of my elbow as I knit is petting and Grey Kitty and Maxx are both trying to lay right up tight beside me...........I am locking myself in my room.....can you hear the whining and scratching at the door!! Yesterday went out to help resident husband load some goats.....found it was really hard to grab a goat with my puffy thrum mitts. But I grabbed a goat and pulled it over to where he was and he got his hands on the horns and I was pushing from behind and he pulled it fast and I went with it and smacked my head into his back.....and felt my neck go crack....moved it carefully and everything seemed to be o.k. but thought I would wake up with a stiff neck this morning....so far o.k. can't have a bad neck with all this knitting to do!! Well so much for the short note............better get whipping the wool around again.....and if anyone phones for something I will be saying nooooo!! The picture is of Maxx and Grey Kitty on the rug in front of the sink, their favorite spot when I am there.

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Brrrrrrrrr It is cold outside!!



The sun is trying to shine but it is cold!!Was minus nineteen this morning, windows are all frosted up. Animals must be all tucked in as nothing is out and about. I have not been knitting as yet today............I think I am knit out. Finished another pair of socks that were on order and have one more order on a couple pair but will do something else for a day..........as it is cool today should do some baking?? We will see....could sort some fibre.
Look what is happening at my house!! The Christmas cactus are going to be finished blooming before Christmas day..........wonder if I gave the plants a good shot of blooming fertilizer they would bloom again?? Everyone is thinking of putting up their tree already, which got me to thinking about putting up mine and then I remembered why I do not put the tree up early....how could I forget....I do not need the stress of the cats dismantling it for that many days. A couple years ago we came home late from shopping and I had bought a new dustmop, I had set it up against the wall by the door when I came in, later I noticed the cats Grey Kitty and Sheba sitting looking at it, trying not too get too close, then Grey Kitty stretched in and smacked at it, her claws caught in the mop and she took off with the mop dragging behind her, finally she got untangled and she and Sheba were in hiding for ages before they crept out to see what monster mop was doing. Was so funny!! (for me anyway) So then I got the great idea.........if I put the mop by the tree.....the cats would not go near the tree. Worked like a charm for that year but by the time Christmas came around the next year they still had not made friends with Monster mop but they were not terrified of him either. So what to do about protecting the tree.......all of a sudden I remembered the motion activated frog the boys gave me so I dug it out and put some batteries in it and put it in front of the tree, I had not finished decorating the tree when I put it there and it almost drove me crazy as I would forget and walk in front of it but it did help in keeping the cats away during the day but at night it does not work. So what to do this year!! Grey kitty does not take things off the tree but she will accept things if Sheba gives them to her. Now Sheba is part Siamese......need I say more...even if you put stuff on the bottom they can play with that is not good enough for her, she can jump three or four feet to get the good stuff. Grey Kitty can not wait until the day after Christmas when all the gifts are gone and she can lay on the tree skirt in a sunbeam. I have some great pictures of her. Have to think of what to use to guard the tree this year.
Well am off to find something to do that does not involve knitting needles......