Sunday, March 30, 2008

Happy Birthday Dear Sister

Today is a dreary, sprinkly day. Would be a good knitting day, but our son is here. Our dogs love him so much that it makes a three-ring-circus when he comes over. He is looking for a new place to live, as his current abode is always crawling with people looking for fun.

He works a 10-hour day for the city in the water department. He loves the job, but is having trouble getting enough rest to be able to get up at 5:30a.m. I'm hoping he can find someone that would like to share an apartment or house with him.

The Cookie A sock I'm working on is BFF sock. It has cables and ribs. I'm using Trekking XXL in a wine color. I'm afraid I will run out of yarn before I get both socks finished. Maybe not. I tend to be a worry-wart. I really like the pattern. It was a snap to memorize and knits up fast.

The other sock I have on the needles is a lace pattern in an oatmeal color Regia. I haven't even finished the ribbing yet, so I can't comment on how I like the pattern. When we get a sunny day I will take some pictures.

I started knitting socks last year and have completed 23 pairs. Some of those were gifted and some I kept. The photos I took first were not very clear. I mistakenly shot them in the shade and they were dreary and the colors were not accurate. The later ones were taken in front of the glass storm door. Those were better. The patterns showed up better and the colors were closer to the real thing. Some of you take beautiful pictures. Maybe I need a new camera.

Today is my older sister's birthday. My youngest sister and I will take her out for lunch later in the week. It is our "sister" lunch that we do for each other for our birthdays. We have another sister in Oregon that we only get to see once a year or so. There are 4 of us. Imagine the good times when we are all together. We always make a point of taking a "sister" picture at least once a year when we are all together. One summer the three of us from Oklahoma all went to Oregon and spent 10 days with our #3 sister. It was great.

Monday is a work day for me. I need to get my scrubs ready to wear. We have several sets and we dress alike. Our tops are printed and are really cheerful and bright. I've been making socks that go with each top. I still need some to go with a couple, but I have some to match most of them.

Happy Birthday, Sister!

Saturday, March 29, 2008

In the Beginning...

For many months I have been a lurker. Yes, I admit it, I have read and lurked all over the world of knitting blogs.

I taught myself to knit by reading a book, then taught myself to knit socks by reading your blogs. I always have one or more socks on my trusty double pointed needles. At the present I have a Cookie A pattern going and also a lace sock started.

I have never knitted a sweater, but would like to find a nice tunic length vest pattern to work on with an off white part cotton yarn. If you have a recommendation, I'd like to hear it.

Retired from education, my husband (the big guy) has worked in several temporary jobs, but has now retired for good. He is a great house-husband who does the cooking, dishes, laundry and keeps up the lawn. I am also a retired teacher who has taken a parttime job as a medical coder and insurance clerk in a doctor's office. I love the job; I learn something every day. I have been working there for just over 5 years. I work 3 days a week and spend the other 4 days knitting, golfing with the big guy, playing with the dogs and cleaning house. (No, I don't cook except for the occasional breakfast.)

My husband and I are the proud parents of two pitbulls, Buster and Bunny. Buster is probably only part pit but he is the most loving and playful little guy ever. He is mostly brown and will be 5 years old on Mother's Day. He loves to tease his sister and sit on laps. (He makes a lapfull at 67 pounds!) Bunny is registered as "M....'s Baby Bunny." We delayed naming her until we got to know her personality. When we realized that she is always on the go, we named her after the Energizer Bunny. She is mostly white with brindle spots and she is only a year and a half. She was a Christmas present for me in 2006. Because of seizures, she is on medication that makes her gain weight and she weighs 65 pounds. That's about 10 lbs overweight for her frame.

This is my first attempt at blogging, I hope you will bear with me until I get the hang of it. I will learn to add pictures at some point. I've been good about documenting my socks with pictures. (Not so good about recording the pattern names or yarn labels. I will try harder.)

Until next time...