Saturday, December 06, 2008

Owning Up To My UFO's

In response to Joansie's blog at Knitting By The Ocean where she has challenged her readers to Time To Own Up! to all their UFO's, I said that I would need back up for me to be completely honest. I'm almost 50 years old and I've been knitting since I was 6. Now, notably my mom had probably frogged all my UFO's that I had as a child and re-used the yarn for something that she had in mind to knit. As a kid, I didn't have all that many UFO's kicking around my home, because my Mom was of the mind-set that I couldn't start a new knitting project until I had finished what I had started. Needless to say, I didn't finish a whole of things as a kid.

Later, as a young married woman, I did knit a little & I did set aside some projects to be completed at another time. Like the Aran cardigan sweater that I had started for my hubby in the early '80's. It still in a storage bin the basement, it's off-white, the label says, Wintuk. I don't think that it'll ever be finished, because I have no idea where I am with the pattern and I'm almost certain that my DH won't be able to wear a man's small anymore. (No need to mention that to him either.) It would be nice to recover the knitting needles for this project though, but I don't have the heart to go near it.

Then, I came across a baby doll dress that I had started to knit, but never finished. The style of the dress is dated now, sort of late '60's, early '70's.

I read of others responses to Time To Own Up. I read about people knitting projects, crochet projects & people's embordery or cross-stitch projects. Have you ever worked on something so long ago, that you completely forgotten that something was ever a part of your life in the first place???

How about this..........



Anybody remember the "Weave-It" Loom? I think that I got as a kid from Wool-Worth's 5&10, price: $1.50 I made hundreds of those woven yarn squares. I never did too much with them, because my Mom had told me that they would need to be sewn or crocheted together to assembled into a blanket. I still have the Weave-It pattern book somewhere. As a teen, I did weave about 60 or 75 of these squares and my Mom did crochet them together for me into a jumper. It probably got donated to Goodwill several years later.

OK....I digress. My UFO's consist of:

1. A white cardigan for myself. I got lost on the front panels.

2. A hooded baby blanket.....all garter stitch...yawn!

3. A toe-up sock waiting for a mate. I'm not too sure if I like the look of the toe, so I haven't worked on the mate.

4. Brooklyntweed's Turn A Square Hat, not finished, because DS declared, "I'm not wearing that." It is a fun knit and I will get back to this one.

5. A blue baby blanket....just haven't worked on it for a while.

I think that's it for my list. How about you?

Thanks Joansie....this was fun!






Owning Up To My UFO's

In response to Joansie's blog at Knitting By The Ocean where she has challenged her readers to Time To Own Up! to all their UFO's, I said that I would need back up for me to be completely honest. I'm almost 50 years old and I've been knitting since I was 6. Now, notably my mom had probably frogged all my UFO's that I had as a child and re-used the yarn for something that she had in mind to knit. As a kid, I didn't have all that many UFO's kicking around my home, because my Mom was of the mind-set that I couldn't start a new knitting project until I had finished what I had started. Needless to say, I didn't finish a whole of things as a kid.

Later, as a young married woman, I did knit a little & I did set aside some projects to be completed at another time. Like the Aran cardigan sweater that I had started for my hubby in the early '80's. It still in a storage bin the basement, it's off-white, the label says, Wintuk. I don't think that it'll ever be finished, because I have no idea where I am with the pattern and I'm almost certain that my DH won't be able to wear a man's small anymore. (No need to mention that to him either.) It would be nice to recover the knitting needles for this project though, but I don't have the heart to go near it.

Then, I came across a baby doll dress that I had started to knit, but never finished. The style of the dress is dated now, sort of late '60's, early '70's.

I read of others responses to Time To Own Up. I read about people knitting projects, crochet projects & people's embroidery or cross-stitch projects. Have you ever worked on something so long ago, that you completely forgotten that something was ever a part of your life in the first place???



How about this..........






Anybody remember the "Weave-It" Loom? I think that I got as a kid from Wool-Worth's 5&10, price: $1.50 I made hundreds of those woven yarn squares. I never did too much with them, because my Mom had told me that they would need to be sewn or crocheted together to assembled into a blanket. I still have the Weave-It pattern book somewhere. As a teen, I did weave about 60 or 75 of these squares and my Mom did crochet them together for me into a jumper. It probably got donated to Goodwill several years later.

OK....I digress. My UFO's consist of:

1. A white cardigan for myself. I got lost on the front panels.

2. A hooded baby blanket.....all garter stitch...yawn!

3. A toe-up sock waiting for a mate. I'm not too sure if I like the look of the toe, so I haven't worked on the mate.

4. Brooklyntweed's Turn A Square Hat, not finished, because DS declared, "I'm not wearing that." It is a fun knit and I will get back to this one.

5. A blue baby blanket....just haven't worked on it for a while.

I think that's it for my list. How about you?

Thanks Joansie....this was fun!



Monday, December 01, 2008

A Very Special Thanksgiving

As some of you may be aware, I sustained 2nd & 3rd degree burns to both of my hands last Christmas Eve while removing hot pumpkin pies from the oven. I'm fully recovered, well, at least physically. I still have a very difficult time getting within arm's reach of a hot oven & I often have to rely on my family to place things in the hot oven & to remove them.

I cooked this year for my family as I usually do. Well, what would Thanksgiving be without pumpkin pie? Friends & family had threatened (very lovingly) to sever both of my hands if I went anywhere near an oven this year. This could have proven to be a dilemma, but my family really came through for me and each other.

My DH helped organize & clean the house. My oldest DD ran errands....my hubby & DD were in cohorts about something.......my teenage DS stayed home on Thanksgiving Eve. to put the pumpkin pies in & out of the oven for me. My youngest DD & I peeled about 15 lbs. of potatoes together & we got caught up on some mother-daughter talk. My cousins brought salad, side-dishes & homemade dinner rolls & brownies! My sister brought the yams & an apple pie & the cranberry sauce.

Then, after the feast....everyone pitched in for the clean-up & the putting away of all the leftovers. I don't ever remember a Thanksgiving such as this! As if this wasn't enough....then came the surprise of the evening........



This is when I wished I could supply sound! A couple of weeks ago, hubby & I were out & about looking for Christmas gifts. We ended up in a Lowe's Home Improvement store. I kept hearing Elvis Christmas songs. THEN....my eyes spotted it! A replication of Graceland with lights & sound. Hubby asked me if I liked it? Was he kidding??? But....it was a lot of money and we were shopping for others & not for myself. So, I dismissed the idea of getting this or having this.

I knew that my DH & my oldest DD were up to something on the day before Thanksgiving, but I wasn't sure what. While we were having dessert on Thanksgiving, we all took note that the kids had disappeared. This was either a good thing or it was a bad thing.....they were too quiet. Suddenly they emerged from the basement with gift in tow and the Graceland decoration was in the box! I was stunned & surprised & touched very much.

My hubby explained to a family friend who was at the house for dinner at the time, "She always did like Elvis, but now she's given her heart to another King."

I will always remember this Thanksgiving.

A Very Special Thanksgiving

As some of you may be aware, I sustained 2nd & 3rd degree burns to both of my hands last Christmas Eve while removing hot pumpkin pies from the oven. I'm fully recovered, well, at least physically. I still have a very difficult time getting within arm's reach of a hot oven & I often have to rely on my family to place things in the hot oven & to remove them.

I cooked this year for my family as I usually do. Well, what would Thanksgiving be without pumpkin pie? Friends & family had threatened (very lovingly) to sever both of my hands if I went anywhere near an oven this year. This could have proven to be a dilemma, but my family really came through for me and each other.

My DH helped organize & clean the house. My oldest DD ran errands....my hubby & DD were in cohorts about something.......my teenage DS stayed home on Thanksgiving Eve. to put the pumpkin pies in & out of the oven for me. My youngest DD & I peeled about 15 lbs. of potatoes together & we got caught up on some mother-daughter talk. My cousins brought salad, side-dishes & homemade dinner rolls & brownies! My sister brought the yams & an apple pie & the cranberry sauce.


Then, after the feast....everyone pitched in for the clean-up & the putting away of all the leftovers. I don't ever remember a Thanksgiving such as this! As if this wasn't enough....then came the surprise of the evening........



This is when I wished I could supply sound! A couple of weeks ago, hubby & I were out & about looking for Christmas gifts. We ended up in a Lowe's Home Improvement store. I kept hearing Elvis Christmas songs. THEN....my eyes spotted it! A replication of Graceland with lights & sound. Hubby asked me if I liked it? Was he kidding??? But....it was a lot of money and we were shopping for others & not for myself. So, I dismissed the idea of getting this or having this.

I knew that my DH & my oldest DD were up to something on the day before Thanksgiving, but I wasn't sure what. While we were having dessert on Thanksgiving, we all took note that the kids had disappeared. This was either a good thing or it was a bad thing.....they were too quiet. Suddenly they emerged from the basement with gift in tow and the Graceland decoration was in the box! I was stunned & surprised & touched very much.

My hubby explained to a family friend who was at the house for dinner at the time, "She always did like Elvis, but now she's given her heart to another King."


I will always remember this Thanksgiving.

Little Boy Vest