Monday, July 30, 2007


Summer is slowly slipping by for me and sometimes I can't help but wonder what on earth I am doing with my days! I hadn't posted for 2 weeks, so, Gentle Knitter, I must have been terribly busy, right?
Well, here is a pictorial diary of what I've been up to....

A very hot and humid day had been spent as the VERY FIRST mother and son waiting on line at our local B&N for our bracelets for the last HP book. I'm not what you could call a fan, but Shaun is, so this is what a mother subjects herself to for her child!
As you can see, I arrived prepared to wait it out! I started knitting the Magic Loop Toe Up baby sock, which will be adapted to a 2 Toe Up method. Cascade Fixation. For a proposed class. Focusing on working the heels became difficult as the afternoon wore on due to the encouraging comments and friendly conversation that passerbyers directed at me, but I did meet a new knitter named Sheila, who was nice to chat with! Channel 69 news came and interviewed us, along with others on line. Mission accomplished and we were on our way home, planning to return to the main event later that night!

Arriving around 10 pm we found the HP party well underway, wall to wall people, young and old. I even ran into my friend Debbie, who graciously invited me to share her little table, which were very scarce.

Meet Deb. Now, SHE'S A FAN! Definitely.

The joint was rockin' as we approached midnight, screaming girls, sugared up kids, tired moms and dads, cranky me. But, Shaun was treated like a celebrity (B Lister) as he was escorted to the front of the line amid the huge crowd inside. Leaving the store after he bought his book we had to go through a mob of people, and I was actually worried that some nut would dart out of the crowd and run off with his book! It was really that nuts!Once home, I reflected, with gratitude, that I'll never have to do this again! If Harry is indeed dead, as my son believes, he just better stay dead! Please, no flaming! I'm kidding!
Shaun of the Dead!

I had absolutely zero energy the next day, having spent it all on the previous days festivities. My reward for being a good martyr, um, I mean Mother, was to spend some quality time with my knitting.I gathered all my various shades of blue SNC cottons and started knitting my latest ballband with a brown background. I call it "Birth of the Blue's Cocoa with a Dash of Uncle Sam"
I've been admiring Yarnstorm's crocheted flower squares so I am re-learning how to crochet after many years.
I have an idea(see drawing)for a summer top made with these ribbon yarns bought, oh, I dunno, 3 or 4 years ago from Kraemer's Yarn Shop's $ 2 sale bin. As you can see, I need to practice a bit more to perfect my square, as I messed up a bit between the yellow and orange rounds. Anyone care to offer some help?

The 3 Amigas went to the theater also. A night out with the girls, me, Jeanie, Nan and my latest Sockotta WIP.

Having friends that put up with one's eccentricities are truly a blessing, don't you think?

Yesterday the weather was dreary and rainy, so I spent a good portion of the day wrapped up in an afghan, watching the Forsyte Saga and knitting here and there on several different projects. The set has 7 DVDs and we watched 2 in all, but now I am totally enmeshed in this drama about this upper middle class British family! My family is biting the bullet with this because this is pay back for subjecting me to all those Horatio Hornblower DVDs they took out of our local library this summer.

I was able to complete some of the "Blue" themed Ballbands I've been working on, as well as correct the mistakes I had made on the baby socks heels.

I'm joining SOCKS FOR SOLDIERS, a Yahoo Group, because they also collect washcloths for our soldiers. Amazing to think that something so simple could fill a need so basic for someone who is giving up so much. For me.

I started a Baby Surprise Jacket, having possessed several EZ books that have the pattern. It's a strange, strange pattern, but, I 'm taking it on faith and knitting merrily along. I received several email responses to my group posting about my fear of BSS, and they were full of great tips. I think for my first I'll just go basic with some Sirdar donated to our Knitting Ministry. Naturally, the finished BSS will go to my local Charity.

In the meantime, there ain't no cure for the summertime blues when it comes to knitting socks in this lovely shade of teal and brown. There's just something about those blues and browns together that just GETS ME!

Meanwhile, Lacey so kindly thought of me for her latest TAG ALONG...

Sit back and ponder this...
Did you know that significant things occurred on my birthday throughout history? Neither did I. I found this out by typing my birth date into the search line on Wikipedia. The list was very long, so I reduced it for your reading pleasure.
February 23 in recent years


1455 - Traditional date for the publication of the Gutenberg Bible, the first Western book printed from movable type.

1778 - American Revolution: Baron von Steuben arrives at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania to help to train the Continental Army.

1836 - The Siege of the Alamo begins in San Antonio, Texas.

1847 - Mexican-American War: Battle of Buena Vista - In Mexico, American troops defeat Mexican General Antonio López de Santa Anna.

1861 - President-elect Abraham Lincoln arrives secretly in Washington, D.C., after an assassination attempt in Baltimore, Maryland.

1866 - Lebanon Valley College is founded in Annville, Pennsylvania.

1874 - Major Walter Clopton Wingfield patents a game called "sphairistike," now more commonly called lawn tennis.

1893 - Rudolf Diesel receives a patent for the diesel engine.

1898 - Émile Zola is imprisoned in France after writing "J'accuse", a letter accusing the French government of anti-Semitism and wrongfully placing Captain Alfred Dreyfus in jail.

1905 - Chicago, Illinois attorney Paul Harris and three other businessmen meet for lunch to form the Rotary Club, the world's first service club.
1927 - The Federal Radio Commission (later renamed the Federal Communications Commission) begins to regulate the use of radio frequencies.

1945 - World War II: During the Battle of Iwo Jima, a group of United States Marines and a commonly forgotten US Navy Corpsman, reach the top of Mount Suribachi on the island and are photographed raising the American flag. The photo would later win a Pulitzer Prize. .

1954 - The first mass vaccination of children against polio begins in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Minister of Frace.
1974 - The Symbionese Liberation Army demands $4 million more to release kidnap victim Patty Hearst.

1987 - A supernova is seen in the Large Magellanic Cloud (see Supernova 1987a).

1995 - The Dow Jones Industrial Average gains 30.28 to close at 4,003.33, closing above 4,000 for the first time.

1997 - A large fire occurs in the Russian Space station, Mir.


1685 - Georg Friedrich Handel, German/British Baroque composer (d. 1759)
1743 - Mayer Amschel Rothschild, German-born banker (d. 1812)
1868 - W.E.B. DuBois, American civil rights leader (d. 1963)
1940 - Peter Fonda, American actor
1952 - Brad Whitford, American musician (Aerosmith)
1960 - Naruhito, Crown Prince of Japan
1962 - Michael Wilton , American musician (Queensrÿche)
1965 - Michael Dell, American computer manufacturer

1781 - George Taylor, American signer of the Declaration of Independence (bc. 1716)
1821 - John Keats, English poet (b. 1795)
1848 - John Quincy Adams, 6th President of the United States (b. 1767)
1965 - Stan Laurel, British born actor and comedian (b. 1890)
1995 - Melvin Franklin, American singer (The Temptations) (b. 1942)
1995 - James Herriot, English writer (b. 1916)
2003 - Howie Epstein, American bass guitarist (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers) (b. 1955)

Holidays and observances
Roman Empire - Terminalia held in honor of Terminus.
Guyana - Mashramani-Republic Day.
Italy - Feast of the Incappucciati.
Russia - Defender of the Fatherland Day (formerly Red Army Day or Day of Soviet Army and Navy).
Brunei - National Day.

Liturgical feasts
February 23 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics)
Catholicism - Feast day of Saint Polycarp of Smyrna (died 155)
Saint Lazarus (d. 867)

Wikipedia® is a registered trademark of the Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.,
Exciting stuff!
I'm tagging......
CeElle of Coming Unravelled fame, who has a terrific eye for dishcloth color and design!


Amanda said...

Oh my goodness.. you've been busy! How in the world do you keep up with it all?

Katie J said...

Oh how I would love to sit and knit on that beautiful porch. You have been a busy lady. Can't wait to see the finished BSS!

Tea said...

The BSS sounds nifty. Bless you for knitting to warm a child's world! I haven't tried that one. Why is it when one knitter tries something it makes other knitters want to do one? ;)Now, where's my EZ book?....
Love the teal and brown socks!

hakucho said...

Yes, indeed you have been a busy girl! Good for you picking up crochet again. Those flower squares are very pretty.

happy knitting and crocheting :)

Anonymous said...

I love the blue and brown ballband! How do you like the Sockotta socks? I have some yarn, but haven't started them yet. Hope your summer is going well!

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