Friday, January 28, 2011

Knitting with Yarn - Me?



Well Ladies, not only did I NOT reform,

I BOUGHT NEW YARN
(yes, I said YARN)

AND

I'm not even crocheting with it.

(Lion Brand Homespun acrylic yarn is SO soft!)

I'm ATTEMPTING to KNIT!
(yes, I said KNIT)


I am way out of my element here!!!


And I guess it is better to have
yet ANOTHER new project
sitting here on my doily than this:




Grrr!!!

And yet, I don't kick her off.

Why is that?


Anyway, I want to make a cover for some of my sofa pillows, and I wanted the weave to be close.  So, I decided to blow the dust off my knitting needles.  I reviewed the basic steps, picked a simple pattern called 'seed and stockinette stitch ribs', and dove right in.  I didn't let my rudimentary skills stop me.  ;)  (I figure that if I don't do it well enough, I can always frog it and start over again in crochet.


Wednesday, January 26, 2011

W.I.P.s are Multiplying



Friends, LOOK WHAT HAPPENED!
KA-POW!!!  W.I.P. Explosion!


I know you remember this:
And, as I told you,

I'M STUCK!

I can't decide what to do next
color-wise or if I should just start over.

So what do I do when I don't know what to do
on one project?  I start on a different one.  :)



(I also do that when I get bored with a project.)
(The stitches on this sweater can get A LITTLE monotonous!)

OR

I remember that I have to make a gift for someone:




And before you know it,

KA-BLAM!!!



I have too many projects going at once!!!


(I just remembered this one.  Oops!)




Does this ever happen to you?


Monday, January 24, 2011

Eleanor's Booties



Well, you might remember these from months past. 
(See posts here and here and here.) 

And they finally have an owner!


 Plus, I finally made the shoelaces!


I had a very fun time helping to host Eleanor's shower yesterday.  
She is a sweet, pretty girl!

Congratulations Mama!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Let's Blog Hop

I was over at AnneMarie's and decided it would be fun to participate in her blog hop. It is so great to see everyone's projects!

JOIN IN THE FUN!!!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

My Favorite Movies

My husband is making a list of his 50 favorite movies and reviewing them on his blog,  http://www.retrohound.com

I thought, "What a good idea!"  But I'm not going to all that trouble. 

So I thought I'd just make a list of my favorites so far.  I'm no 'movie critic'.  So these are just movies that I think are really good.

These make my Top Ten:


The Lord of the Rings series
Knight and Day (Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz)
Blind Side (Sandra Bullock)
While You were Sleeping (Sandra Bullock)
The Family Man (Nicolas Cage)
My Fair Lady (Rex Harrison, Audrey Hepburn)
The Incredibles
Anne of Green Gables (Meghan Follows)
Anne of Avonlea (Meghan Follows)
The Court Jester (Danny Kaye)


Then these are the others I could think of off the top of my head:

What's Up Doc? (Barbara Streisand)
Singing in the Rain (Gene Kelly)
Jane Eyre (BBC w/ Timothy Dalton)
Robin Hood (Errol Flynn)
Lady Hawke (Michelle Pfeiffer, Matthew Broderick, Rutger Hauer)
The Journey of Natty Gann
Maltese Falcon (Humphrey Bogart)
Casablanca (Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman)
Sound of Music (Julie Andrews)
The Grinch (animated)
The Last of the Mohicans (Daniel Day-Lewis)
Raising Arizona (Nicolas Cage)
The Princess Bride (Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Robin Wright)
Driving Miss Daisy (Jessica Tandy)
Fried Green Tomatoes (Jessica, Tandy, Mary-Louise Parker, Mary Stuart Masterson)
The Lake House (Sandra Bullock)
Raising Helen (Kate Hudson)
My Big Fat Greek Wedding (Nia Vardalos)
The Reluctant Debutante (Rex Harrison)
The Philadelphia Story (Cary Grant, Katherine Hepburn, Jimmy Stewart)
The Hunt for Red October (Sean Connery, Alec Baldwin)
The Quiet Man (John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara)
McClintock (John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara)
Parent Trap (Brian Keith, Maureen O'Hara, Haley Mills)
Somewhere in Time (Christopher Reeves,
You've Got Mail (Meg Ryan, Tom Hanks)
Return to Me (Minnie Driver, Bonnie Hunt)
Mary Poppins (Julie Andrews, Dick VanDyke)
National Treasure (Nicholas Cage)
Gone in 60 Seconds (Nicholas Cage)
A Few Good Men (Tom Cruise, Demi Moore)
The Ghost & Mr. Chicken (Don Knotts)
Sahara (Matthew McConaughey)
The Master and the Commander (Russell Crowe)
The Holiday (Queen Latifah)
Kate & Leopold (Meg Ryan, Hugh Jackman)
Sleepless in Seattle (Meg Ryan, Tom Hanks)
50 First Dates (Drew Barrymore)
Legally Blond (Reese Witherspoon)
Mighty Joe Young (Charlize Theron)
The Gods Must Be Crazy 2
Toy Story 2


WHAT MAKES YOUR TOP TEN???

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Arrrggghhhh! Help!!!



Well Friends, I need help.

I am TRYING to use color
on a PK doily.

Trying being the optimal word.

Here it is:

This pic shows the colors the truest, 
though still not accurate.
(Stinky camera!)


 The pattern has 2 obvious flowers designed in
though the overall look is that of a Peacock
feathery look.  Hence the pattern name:
Peacock Pride
 Can you see the petals?

This, of course, is one of the 2 flowers
in the pattern, but when I've tried
to continue onto the second,
I have NOT been pleased with
the blending of my hues.

I even consulted my wonderful decorator
friend, MaryBeth.  She didn't like
the combo I had, but she didn't 
know what to used instead.

(She's not a threadie.
But she is wonderful!)

I have ripped it out completely once.

I have frogged it partially several times.

I cannot decide on a complimentary color
for the last 2/3 of the doily.

My pinks DO NOT match the pinks I've already used.

ANY IDEAS???

A color besides pink that will blend?

The white in the variegated thread
is off-white, but not beige.


Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Adeline's Booties

Kay Meador's All Stars Pattern

in 

PINK!!!


Adeline's parents are avid Converse wearers.


Hook:  size 7
Crochet Thread: size 10 (white; carnation pink)






Monday, January 10, 2011

Christmas Dinner Photos Found

Well Friends, I had intentions of sharing our Christmas tradition of a Stuffed Shell dinner with you.  Then I never got the pictures off of the camera and forgot all about it.

Well, I just uploaded pictures I took of some booties I made (coming soon) and there they were.  So, I thought, well I'm just going to share them anyway. 

Now I know that Stuffed Shells are not a traditional Christmas meal, but I served them one year, and my boys insisted that they were so good they should be served EVERY year.  So they have.  Probably for the last 5 years at least.

First comes the table pictures:








Then the food:

 The strange color of the pie is due to the fact
that we used real pumpkin, not canned.
My #2 son had saved his from Halloween
so that we could make a pumpkin pie from it.
From the can is much easier!
Either way, they think it is tasty.
I, myself, do not care for pumpkin pie.

 These are potato bread rolls.



The only thing to say about this is:

YUM!!!

Monday, January 3, 2011

A Look into My World


I love my nice kitchen window 
through which I can look out into
the backyard.

It makes dish washing so much more pleasant.


I love my little shelves and
the scallops above the window!


My dear mother gave me these cutie pie
flower sitters.  I have 2 more in
another spot in my kitchen.


 They make me smile!



The sweet Beatrix Potter planter
came to me with the birth of my
last son.  The plant has long
since expired, but I love
this keepsake.

Just though I'd share a little of 'my world'.