Thursday, March 22, 2007

Happy Thursday!

It was Girls Day Out for lunch at Ruby Tuesday's. On the way home from lunch, the accountant's office called to say my taxes were done. Had to make a detour there - good news and bad news. I hate tax time!!!

The shawl is back in the bag. I made to Row 40 last night and messed up again. It can live there for a few days - there are other projects to be worked on.
This is Alyssa, my first grandchild, who will be 4 in April.

Meet Baby Jake , Alyssa's little brother, who is 6 months old.
This is Ruth Elizabeth, aka Ruthie - she will be one year old in 2 weeks

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

What a lovely day in Nashville

Hi Everyone! I should be knitting, but I'm taking a little break. One of my many projects in progress is a lace shawl. I'm taking a class at The Neighborhood Knit Shop in Hendersonville, TN. Oh dear, I was doing so well. Of course, I hadn't picked it up since the last class on March 10. The next class is this Saturday, so on Monday, I started work on it again. Got to Row 34 and something happened. I tried tinking it out, but that wasn't a good idea. So----Rip it was. Today I tried again - I'm up to Row 24 and so far, so good.

I'm also signed up to take a Crayon Box jacket class next Saturday. My friend, Maryleigh, and I went up there last week to pick out our colors and buy our yarn. It's a pricey project, but it will be beautiful. Today, I decided to change my color scheme. That was okay - better now, than once I get into knitting it.

Well, I'm off to work on this shawl. Wish me luck.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Today is Tuesday

This has been a great day. This afternoon, we had our knitting group that meets at Brentwood United Methodist Church. We're there every Tuesday from 1 to 4, in room 389. If you live in the Nashville area, please come by and hang out with us. After 4, some of us usually go out for dinner and then to another knitting group at Portland Brew on Murphy Road. Check - we may be looking for another location.

I have way too many projects going - story of my life. Tonight I worked on my grandaughter, Ruthie's swingcoat. It's too cute - I will take a picture of it and publish it when it's done. I am also working on an afghan done in mitred squares - a Plymouth pattern using their new yarn called BOKU. I bought some Rowan denim the other day to make a bulls eye vest for Jake. Can't wait to start that. Alyssa's peasant sweater is done - but there is another sweater for her in the rotation. My yarn stash is outrageous. You don't want to know....

My First Blog!

This is my very first blog and I'm sort of at a loss as to what to say. My greatest joy in life besides my children, my absolutely adorable grandchildren, my wonderful significant other, Barry, is knitting. As much as I have trouble admitting this, I've been knitting for almost 52 years. Yikes!! That's a heck of a long time.

My first knitting experience was in the third grade. The first day of school, the teacher came in and announced that on Thursday afternoons, the girls would knit and the boys would play chess. And we were told, you must bring your yarn in an oatmeal box. Already, I knew I was in trouble. We didn't eat oatmeal in our house. I went home with my list of school supplies that HAD to be purchased and told my mom about the requirements for knitting. She said NO to the oatmeal box. Hey, this was 1955 - you didn't just buy food and toss it out for the box it came in. I cried and my grandmother told me not to worry. She lived with my aunt and they got me the box. My mom knew how to knit - and of course, she taught me. The teacher hadn't a clue what to do with the needles and yarn. It was a struggle, but I never gave up. I still remember those beautiful orange mittens I made for my dad - on one of them, the thumb was way too long. But, good man that he was, he wore those mittens proudly on those bitter cold days in Buffalo, NY where we lived.

By the time I was in high school, I was making sweaters - I even made a fair isle sweater. Over all these years, I've knitted and crocheted a lot of things. And now with my precious grandchildren, Alyssa, Jake, and Ruthie, I stay very, very busy.