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Monday, February 6, 2017

HAHAHA...NO

Last night Disco asked me if the Steelers were playing in the Super Bowl this year.  I told her she needed to wake up occasionally.
Funny story: I love the Crafts Fair we have here, twice each year.  The spring version is usually just before Mother's Day, and the Fall one is just before my birthday.  It's gotten a little harder for me to do all the walking around to see the whole thing, but I still like to go.  Both Plaidman and Disco know to look for possible gifts for me, as I love love love handmade pretties.  So the last time we went, Plaidman found a super nice piece of jewelry for me, then gave it to Disco to hide it until Christmas.  They both totally forgot it, until last weekend.  I'd worn a blouse with nifty buttons: they each had a shiny nickle ring on the outer edge.  I'm walking around at work, and I keep seeing a tiny shiny ring on the floor -- I thought it was someone's earring, but it turned out to be one of the rings off a button.  I took it home & asked Disco if she could put it back on the button, but she said it would be easier to remove all the remaining rings and make all the buttons look the same.  She was right; the sleeves had 3 buttons each and none had the rings.  So, she took the blouse and collected the rings, then went looking through her beading supplies for an idea for using the rings.  Guess what she found:  a gorgeous handmade bracelet from the Crafts Fair!  It's silver, with green and pinkish/purplish agate triangular cabochons.  I've worn it two days running.

eta:  I wrote the above, fully meaning to get a nice picture of my new adornment, and promptly forgot all about it.  I did watch the Big Game until half time, when I thought the Falcons had it well in hand.  I have no interest in the half time show, so I got up & went about the process of preparing for bed.  When I got out of the shower, the Falcons were still leading 28 to 9.  I dropped into the bed, and didn't wake until the Plaidman came into the bedroom.  I am so very disappointed with the Falcons!  Boo hiss boo to Brady!
I did some knitting Sunday, and I've started on the top portion of the halter top for Miss A.  This part is worked on larger needles, so it should go a little faster, especially once the sides start decreasing.  I don't think I'll have it ready for her birthday....but it'll be close!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

It ain't for sissies

Growing older...I guess it's better than the alternative, but it sure is a lot of trouble.  Back in October, my eye doctor told me I have early glaucoma in my left eye.  So now I use drops in both eyes to keep it at bay; at least I now understand why that left eye has been such a problem the last couple of years. I was never satisfied with the lenses for that eye.  In addition, I've got a tiny cataract in my right eye, which makes everything look darker thru that one.  I think if I want to knit the Aeolian shawl, I'd better get started on it while I can still see -- I'm kinda slow when knitting, it's liable to take me years to finish the thing!  I'll be using Knit Picks Bare Gloss lace, such a lovely mix of merino & silk!  I probably should have read up on the projects in Ravelry, as so many of even the big versions use a lot less yarn than I bought.  But I'd planned to knit some sample swatches first, to practice my nupps & bead application, so I don't think any of it will go to waste.  I still need to look over my 40" circulars, to see if any are sharp enough for nupps.
Hey, I have some Addi Lace Rockets, should be sharp enough.

Ouch

The sciatica has been stomping me down lately, making it hard to go to sleep, which in turn makes it hard to stay awake at work.  Last weekend I never really got "dressed", just changed into clean pj's after my shower!  I've been working really hard on a "commission", a halter top for a certain nameless gal.  The thing has about a quarter-mile of 2  x  2 ribbing.  Endless ribbing...except I think I'm down to the last 3 rows of that part!  Hurray!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The bog

So, last week my cubicle neighbor came to work deathly ill, and just coughed continuously for the entire day Tuesday.  Thank goodness she got some cough drops for Wednesday, but I believe she managed to infect half the office.  It sounds like an old time cancer ward up here.  I have not escaped the plague, and am coughing & sneezing whenever I don't have a cough drop or hard candy in my mouth.  Ah well, into each life a little rain must fall.

How 'bout that Meryl Streep!  A class act.  And can someone else please carry the President-elect's phone?  Just don't let him have the phone until he submits his tweet to his speechwriter for a little presidential polish.  The man needs a filter!  He's an embarrassment to his party.  The sad part is, he'll probably decide the job is too much work, and delegate most of it to Pence.  I shudder to think it.

I've been looking at Delica beads, and have narrowed down my choice for the Aeolian shawl to either transparent pale blue or light green -- for just a hint of color.  I'm still looking for a good option for applying the beads, which will mean buying something for that purpose.  None of my steel crochet hooks are small enough.  I guess I'll try the flosser (an inexpensive option), but I really want a couple of beaders in sizes .8 mm & 1.0 mm, from a party that will not be named here.  So far I've found one source, that charges $2 more for each than the inventor.


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Like lightning

This has to be fast.  I never mentioned our one super Christmasy thing we did, right before the holiday.  We went out to Jellystone Campground to see the "Dancing Lights of Christmas"!  Very touristy, took forever & a day just to get to gate 'coz half of Nashville was in line, and the price!! Serious sticker shock!  The Plaidman grumbled, said it better be worth it.  Well..it was!  Frankly fabulous, absolutely amazing, and we all agreed we'd cruise through it again next Christmas.  So, if you get a chance to come to Nashville next December, maybe you could check it out.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Soooo funny....NOT

So my blogging pal Emily of Cosmos & Cashmere has characterized 2016 as the Year of the Dumpster Fire, as in a total crash & burn.  I'd have to agree, and it's almost funny to think of it that way.  I'm sure Em is working very hard to find the fun, what with being flooded out of her home just about the time she found she's preggers.  Keep smilin', girlfriend.  Better days have got to be ahead, because they sure couldn't get much worse.
I have been amusing myself by reviewing the Joe Biden/Obama memes.  I sure will miss our Uncle Joe (no relation to nasty old Uncle Joe Stalin!).  Pennsylvanians know how to party, by golly.

Are your holidays over?  If not, I hope you're taking comfort in home & family time.  If so, I hope it was just the break you needed from the past year's wild & crazy ride.  I tried to knit a lacey bookmark, out of No. 10 crochet thread.  It was supposed to have 5 repeats of the lace pattern, but after the third one I just cast off and made a hanger, and put it on the tree!  It was just wearing out my hands.  That's ok, I have over a dozen other WIPs I could be working on.

I have been buying yarn again, even though I'm supposed to be going "cold sheep".  However, this is not my usual "OOO, shiny!" type of yarn buying.  You know what I mean, you find some yarn that is just too pretty not to bring home, buy what you think is a crapton of same, then get it home and find you have absolutely no idea what to do with it because you don't have enough!  No, this yarn buying is for specific purposes, both of which must be kept out of sight until they're accomplished.  Now, if I can just make myself start on one....haven't been feeling the knitting mojo much lately.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

All better!

My car went to the dealership because Firestone couldn't work on the "dealer specific error".  Firestone didn't charge us anything for the readout, since they couldn't do the work.  So, when the dealer's service dept. read the code, they discovered it was a bad sensor in the cam shaft.  As this was part of the drive train, which was still under warranty, they repaired it at no charge to us.  Whew!  A possibly big bullet dodged, right before Christmas.

There is no way I'll finish the little projects I'm working for coworkers, before Christmas.  Oh well, they can be 12th night gifts.