jeannie's hands at work

Knitting, crocheting, other handwork, and personal.

Friday, June 30, 2006

I'll have pictures and stuff to talk about this next week.

I've got pictures of all sorts of stuff. I plied my first yarn this week and I've got swatches and lots of stuff to talk about.

Classes and knitting, crocheting, etc.

Next week! Ciao, everybody!

Happy Fourth.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Thursday Progress, Shameless Plug, and Other Stuff

The first photo is the center of the paisley shawl revisited, taken somewhere around August or September '05. The bottom picture is last week at row 12 of the 20 row border. Today I'm on row 15 but I missed a lot of YO's last night in the first quarter so I'll have to correct that on the purl row. Finish line almost in sight.
Almost done, almost done.

I start my summer Beginning Crochet Class on June 24 from 10:30-12:30 on Saturdays for 6 weeks. If you live in Metro Albuquerque area and want to learn crochet, go to UNM's website and find Continuing Education's online registration.

Please come -we'll have fun and learn something new.
Studies show if you continue to learn things like crafts that require "math" calculations,counting, etc., or languages, etc. you fend off the beginnings of Alzheimers' and Dementia. So come protect your Brain- learn crochet this summer, beginning and intermediate knitting and crochet this fall, and sock knitting this fall.

I've started the ladder yarn poncho for my girlfriend and I'll take pictures this weekend.I tried three different needle sizes, 15, 35, 50, and ended up with the 15's in bamboo after all. I might do the next one[NEXT ONE?!!!@@#!!!!????!!!!] with 10's and see what happens.I'm liking the stockinette stich for this one so far. I tried garter which is undoubtedly easier but I didn't like the fabric results. I'm also using bamboo needles -those of you who know me know I'm a product of the 60's, 70's, and so on, when Ben Franklin stores and Woolworth's only sold plastic, baleen, and metal needles, so wood is hardly ever my first choice. Odd, because I should like them... I just don't think about them. Anyway, I changed to bamboo for this poncho after having my plastic needle slide right OUT of my hands and stitches. The bamboo grabs the yarn better - almost too much.

My son is at the Skills USA National Competiton in Kansas City this week. Haven't heard from him so he must be busy, having fun, and still have money. He'll get home Saturday.

DD is READING!!!!!! Hooray!!!! She had to read "The Outsiders" by S.E.Hinton for summer school and finally found a book that turned on her reading gene. "Pendragon" is the next book for school and she seems to like that one too. ;~) SO proud.....

Friday, June 16, 2006

Friday -Wow.

I bought this scarf at Milagro Moon Ranch in Edgewood, NM. It's felted with green roving, white alpaca and novelty yarn. This picture does NOT do it justice.

It's delicate looking and gossamer light.

This is a link to my dear friend's website. April is a gifted artist who paints beautifully on fabric, leather, and other surfaces. She does custom work so send her your requests.

Ok so I forgot to take a photo card home AGAIN. No pictures, bummmer, grumble, grumble.

I'm on row 10 of the paisley border of my shawl!!!! Almost done, almost done.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Pictures? Did I Promise Pictures and Stories?

Yes, I did. But I didn't bring the stupid card, so stories without pics -don't think so.! So I'll bring it tomorrow and get them posted. Sorry!

I'm wearing my Criss Cross Socks today. They feel great. It's so nice to wear new socks.

I'm going back to the Mountain Tango socks on 2 circs this weekend and get the heels in - somehow. I don't know , maybe I Will use the afterthought heel.

My Paisley Shawl from IK is on row 8 of the last 20 rows. It's taking so long in each quarter.... Almost done, almost done. That's the Mantra for this next few weeks.

It's the 15th of June and I haven't even started a blue project for Project Spectrum..... I'll put that on the weekend list too.

Friday (payday) I have to take DS and buy him black slacks, and black leather shoes, maybe. He has to have them for his trip.

This Saturday is way busy already:
The Albuquerque Folk Festival is this coming weekend: Saturday and Sunday all day. The Dropped Stitch Knitters have been invited to demo at the event. I'm going about 10:30 ish and knitting till 1 or so , then I'll go to Napoli and knit. Maybe back to the Folk Festival if need be.

Sunday is the usual laundry, cooking, cleaning if I don't poop out.

My son is going to Kansas City with the Skills USA team from his school to compete in the National Competition -a week long event. His plane leaves around 10 on Monday and he comes home Saturday or Sunday week.

I have to help him get packed and ready too. So all his laundry needs etc. will be done on Sunday. I'm tired already. :0[

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Now They're Done!

My new Socks! They are so soft and comfortable. Criss Cross Socks pattern on the web. I'll find the url tomorrow.
Coming tomorrow East Mountain Fiber and Farm Tour tales.

Weather Flash!

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

New Socks almost done.

Ok - New Socks for me!!! YaY!

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Nothing Much, Mostly Pictures.

Today is Jacy's 13th birthday. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(She's the cutie on the left.) ; )

It's raining! Actual drops from the sky! I don't know how long it'll last, but IT IS WELCOME.

Looking back at the Sedona trip, it was so nice to get away for a few days. It wasn't what my friend expected, I know, but it was still fun.

I got an added bonus -my back and neck that had plagued me for months didn't hurt after lying out on Bell Rock for 6+ hours and sitting at the river below Cathedral Rock for 6+ hours. Neck and back are STILL good, thank you. Thank you, Annie, and thank you, Sedona.

I found some ladder ribbon at LYS to make the poncho that Annie saw in Sedona, but I can't find the same stuff. My neuroses are rearing their ugly heads - it won't look the same; it won't feel right; she won't like it. Stop it, Jeannie, you're in recovery. It's alright.

That'a all for now. I have to take my summer crochet class paperwork to Continuing Ed.