It is Saturday morning. Weekend mornings are my favorite time of the week. My household is asleep. They are traditionally my quiet time. I can do what I want with no interruptions unless our dog wakes up and needs to go out. By now I have been awake for almost an hour and a half. Outside the neighborhood is slowly coming to life. I can hear the activity on the main road a block away.The sun is well on its way to rising and waking the world. It is shining over my back from an open space between the curtains. There is a gentle crispness in the air that announces the changing of the season from Summer to Fall. It is beautiful. My house is quiet except for the sounds of the refrigerator/freezer running and the clicking of the keyboard as I type. It is peaceful and refreshing. There is time for prayer and reflection.
Some mornings I take time for a cup of tea; read a book or knit or crochet. Not so today.Today, as I do on many weekends, I have chosen to use this precious time doing an assortment of tasks on the computer.A favorite site has been explored for knitting patterns with which I am not familiar. Some have been added to my list of Things to Make.I have checked the dashboard on one of my blogs. There are no comments to answer. Email has been checked. There are no messages requiring my immediate attention. A new widget has been added to this site and has been considered for another blog. I will wait a while before making the final decision about adding it.
In a few minutes I will take a break from the computer to check on the laundry. Then I will take time to work on one of my blogs. It is one of my favorite things to do. My readers and users depend on it being current to meet their needs. It is also part of my way to return a bit of what I have received from the community of fiber artists who so greatly enrich my world.
By the time my family awakens I will have been refreshed.
It has been coaster knitting time in my house for the past week. We have a wooded kitchen table that sometimes lives a hard life. My family is quite loud in their protesting when a protective tablecloth is placed on it. The compromise to this situation is that coasters will be put under glasses, cups and bowls. Serving dishes will have mats, such as dishcloths or potholders, under them.
My part of the compromise is to provide an ample supply of the coasters and mats in assorted colors and sizes. Inspired by this site and this one, I made these coasters.
These are made from Peaches n Creme Teal Ombre.
I used Peaches ‘n Creme Aztec Ombre for the top cloth and Sugar ‘n Cream in Patio Pinks.
These are made from Sugar’Cream Rainbow Bright.
The pattern I used was a modified version of Grandma’s Favorite:
Using size #7 ( 4.5 mm ) Bamboo needles:
- cast on 3 or 4 sts
- knit across the first row
- increase by knitting in front and in back of the first stitch of the row, knitting across the rest of the row
- did this until 30 sts on needle
- The next row : knit to last 2 sts, then knit 2 tog.
- continued decreasing until 3 or 4 sts. on needle and bound off.
The first set, which were the Rainbow Bright coasters were made with 3 stitches cast on. I chose to use four stitches for the other coasters because it looked nicer that way to me.
They measure approximately 4 3/4 inches square before washing. They have not been washed yet so the final measurement is not known.
I weighed them on the kitchen scale this morning and learned that one coaster weighs 0.4 ounces. Five coasters weigh 2.2 ounces.
This is not the most interesting or challenging bit of knitting I have ever done. It is meeting the need my household has for coasters quickly and easily.
It is hard to imagine that I am up and awake at this hour. Normally I prefer to be in bed asleep long before now. It has been a busy few days since my last post here.
The new washing machine was delivered on Thursday, Sept. 20 at the time it was scheduled to do so. It works wonderfully. There has been a lot of laundry done this weekend thanks in part to its presence in our home. That combined with my Fall Cleaning mood has meant a very busy weekend. The house has been de-cluttered so much that it has been worth the time and effort.
I have been struggling with the lack of progress on the gift for my friend who lost her child this past summer. The crocheting is easy. The hard part of the process is that when I work on it, I sense her sorrow and pain. This might sound totally crazy to some people, but it is the truth. Of course, she is in my prayers daily, but she is even more so when I am making her gift. At this time, it is only 1/4 of the completed. My goal is to have it completely made and ready to give to her by the middle of October. It will just take a bit of self discipline to do so.
I have spent my knitting time in the past few days making coasters and dishcloths. I find these to be wonderfully relaxing items to make. I will post pictures of them later this week.
My treat to myself for the past two days has been lots of computer time. It has mostly come in the form of adding patterns to Dish and Wash Cloth Mania. Last year I promised to have an ample supply of Holiday related links to patterns listed on the site. Hopefully there are plenty this year.
Today started out like a normal work day. I did a few things around the house; did some knitting and crocheting and spent time homeschooling. In the middle of those things, I did a few loads of laundry. That is typical. At least it was until I went downstairs to see if uniforms were ready to be put on an extra rinse cycle. The washing machine had stopped in the middle of the wash cycle and would not restart. I checked to make sure it was properly plugged in, which it was. I tried to start in on different cycles with no success. By that time I was worried. All of my uniforms were wet, dirty and soapy.
I did the best things I knew to do. I checked the checking account balance; figured out what could be spent to replace or repair the machine and called my husband at work for his thoughts on the subject. The conclusion of our conversation was that I would ask my boss for the day off if possible and then check on the price of repairing this machine. If repairs were not cost effective then I would go buy a new washing machine.
My boss responded by giving me the day off. Now for the fun part of my day. I called a local appliance dealer with the reputation of honesty and integrity. Based on the symptoms the washer was displaying he said it sounded like the motor was going bad. This was not good news. He said the estimated replacement cost is about $175. This was worse news. It was clearly not cost effective to repair a machine that already had other problems besides that. It was time to do some shopping. The result is that a new washing machine will arrive here in the morning.
A check of Laura Spradlin’s site last evening provided a wonderful surprise update on the Rebuilding Greensburg Block by Block Project. Take a look here if you are interested. Words fail at this point.
I have been busy and having fun with fibers in the past few days.
This is a Darrell Waltrip Cloth made with Bernat Summerset. I enjoy using this pattern with variegated yarns because it shows off the colors well. It also works up quickly and easily. Despite all of the patterns readily available, this is one of my favorites.
This cloth is one I have never made before. It is called KBB Dishcloth by Cathy Waldie. I made it using Sugar’n Cream Twists in the color Denim Twists. It was started on 4.5 mm needles. Somehow in the middle of making it I started using one 4.5mm needle and one 4.25 needle. That was the result of knitting at the kitchen table with several needles handy and not paying attention to what I was doing. In spite of that, the cloth came out looking fairly well. This is one of those patterns well worth using again and again in a variety of yarns.
Some time was spent this morning working on part of the gift for a friend at work. It is not progressing as quickly as I wish it were. One of the issues is that I am finding it a bit difficult to switch from using the natural fibers in the dishcloths to the acrylic fibers being used for this project. Could it be my taste in yarns is changing?
Changing the home of this blog has been and is a bigger job than I realized. While I want to customize this location to resemble the old home in some ways, I do not want to completely duplicate it. It is still not finished, but I am getting there. It might take a few more days only because there is life off the computer and this blog.
Today is the day of the Seaming Party for Building Greensburg Block by Block. I wish I was there rather than here in St. Louis. My husband and I discussed the possibility of my going and decided it was too expensive considering the price of gas and the other factors involved. So instead I am keeping Laura and the project in my prayers today that all will go well.
I have been working hard to switch this blog from one Host to another. The other host was quite fine, but I outgrew it in terms of what I wanted to do with this blog.
This is a test post and will most likely be deleted in the next couple of days.
After struggling with photo placement in the past week, adding this picture has been easy. My concern is how the custom features will look once this is published.
I took the time yesterday to weave in loose ends on a lot of cloths. It feels good to have them ready to be used.
This morning I organized the photos on my hard drive and loaded some of them to Flickr. There is now a Flickr Widget on the side bar here. There are pictures of finished cloths as well as some WIP’s and other FO’s.