Tuesday, December 30, 2008

One More Finished!!

I have been dithering around with the sleeves and bands on this one for several months now. I finally just sat down and finished! What a relief!

I love knitting with this yarn - Patons SWS. However, Michaels now has it on 75% off, so I am afraid it is discontinued. Just in case, I ran in and grabbed 3 more skeins to try an entrelac scarf sometime in the future.

Just a Silly Meme

I saw this meme on Addicted to Knitting, and I thought it might be fun. Here goes:

1. Were you named after anyone?
Not that I know of. My mother really wanted simple names because she hated her names so much. She wanted to name my sister and me Melissa and Melinda, but my dad talked her into Michelle and Melanie.

2. When was the last time you cried? That's a hard question. If you have read previous posts, you will know I am dealing with a tough time right now. Crying is a daily thing, although getting better all the time.

3. Do you like your handwriting?
No - I am a product of the 60's when handwriting was not pushed in school. When I was working on my teaching certificate, I had a teacher who gave handwriting (on a chalkboard) tests. I worked for over an hour and finally failed all together.

4. What is your favorite lunch meat?
I love maple turkey. My indulgence however is liver cheese which I eat maybe twice a year. That was my dad's favorite.

5. Do you have kids?
I have one daughter and son-in-law - they are the center of my life!

6. If you were another person, would you be friends with you?
I think so. Over the last couple of months I have received a great deal of support and encouragement, some from people I haven't seen for several years, so I guess I am a good friend. I would like to have a friend who loves books and knitting just as much as I do.

7. Do you use sarcasm a lot?
Absolutely - it is one of my greatest skills. :)

8. Do you still have your tonsils?
Yes - I have been blessed with good health for the most part. I have only been in a hospital three times, once for childbirth.

9. Would you bungee jump?
My first reaction is absolutely not, but I have tried some things that really scared me over the years and was glad I tried. I am terrified of heights, but I have managed rappelling several times.

10. What is your favorite breakfast cereal?
I seldom eat breakfast because I much prefer to sleep a few minutes more, but when I do eat cereal, Raisin Bran with extra raisins.

11. Do you untie your shoes when you take them off?

12. Do you think you are strong?
I KNOW I am strong!

13. What is your favorite ice cream?
I love ice cream, so there are several: Blue Bell's Cinnamon or Mocha Turtle Fudge or Peaches and Cream; Ben and Jerry's Cherries Garcia

14. What is the first thing you notice about people?
I look at eyes first, and then I look at hands. I am drawn to people with long slender fingers.

15. Pink or red?
Both. I like deep blue reds - don't like fiery orangey reds.

16. What is your least favorite thing about yourself?
That's a hard one. I don't like that I cry easily. I don't like myself when I back down to avoid conflict.

17. Who do you miss the most?
I miss my dad, I miss my father-in-law.

18. Do you want everyone to do this?
Anyone who wants to. I was intrigued by the mixture of trivial and deep questions.

19. What color shoes are you wearing?
Red house shoes. It's the holidays!!

20. What was the last thing you ate?
A chocolate dipped peppermint stick. Again - it is the holidays!

21. What are you listening to right now?
A purring cat. I have a fleece bed that they all love so much that they start purring as soon as they set foot in it.

22. If you were a crayon, what color would you be?
My favorites as a kid were always Pine green and dark red, so I guess those.

Anyway, this was fun to do - silly but fun.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas to all

I have learned this year how valuable family and friends are. I have learned to appreciate them and let them know how much I appreciate them because I have also learned how impermanent people can be. I have also learned that I can have friends that I have not actually met face to face - through the wonders of blogging. Thank you for the comments - they have helped me greatly.

So, my Christmas wish is for others to have time with those that are important to them.

I get to see these two in just a few hours, so I get my wish for myself!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Warm ears for babies

I didn't get a picture of the first one, but here are the next three baby earflap hats. I used the Sherlock hat pattern from Zoe Moeller's Head to Toe Knits and used Patons Classic Wool. These are so easy to make - I could finish one in 2-3 evenings of television watching. However, I will knit the next ones in the round and eliminate the back seam. All my size 8 circulars are in other projects, or I would have done that with these - I hate sewing seams!