A Laugh for your Day!

A Valentine for Niles

Just to set this up. Niles who is Frasier’s brother is using Frasier’s apartment for a date. Niles is a persnikity neat knik. He also faints at the sight of his own blood.

I saw this on another blog and just had to share it as well. The first time I saw it I laughed so hard I almost peed me pants!

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The Crocheted Purse Cover

Ok, so I am ready to hit the road tomorrow and suddenly I am in a panic! Do I have enough yarn, hooks, needles, patterns, books to read, stuff to knit or crochet on this long 10 hour drive…LOL Yes, why of course I do, don’t all of us who knit or crochet have about 3-5 projects sitting around screaming, finish me, no finish me!

So I went to my LYS searching for the right color of blue to make another purse cover. This is what I found and I think I am liking it. I wanted to crochet this one and see which I like better. I had to call my mom to ask, Hey Moma, isn’t there a way to make crochet go up on the sides of a flat piece? The pattern called for making the bottom and then the body of the purse cover separate and then whip stiching them together….NOT! I want to avoid whip stitching at all cost.

So, I with mom’s help figured out how to get the stitches to the right count and it appears to be working. Here are a couple of photo’s so you get the jest. I will post the finished project once I am back home next week!You all have a wonderful week!

Re-thinking my Yarn Harlot post…

First off, let me say that I have emailed and apologized to Stephanie for jumping the gun and getting so upset over her chapter in her book, Sour Grapes. I also want to apologize publicly for bashing her and what she wrote. Ever since I read that chapter and wrote that post I have just felt bad. I am in a Tapestry Crochet yahoo group and this is where I found out about the chapter. I read it while upset, so I of course didn’t see the humor in it at all.

However, I read a post by Stephanie on her blog… I think it was on June 19th and that post made so much sense to me. She was so totally correct. Plus a lady from our yahoo Tapestry Crochet group also commented on the whole Sour Grapes chapter, and she was right too! I am posting below her comments with her permission. Her comments so totally make me see the chapter in a whole new way.

I only hope that Stephanie will accept my apology She has accepted my apology and I hope in some small way me posting this publicly will make it up to her, plus the fact that I now have to go and buy all of her books…LOL

Below is the comment posted by Jo on our Tapestry Crochet Yahoo group…

I had to laugh when I read this Sour Grapes – my first, by the way. I’m wondering
(remember, this is only my humble opinion) if people aren’t too sensitive
about our craft of choice and took this bit of prose out of context. This
article was hilarious. What I read was someone who was expressing her
preference in crafts and giving her reasons why in a humorous, quirky sort of
way.

Speed does appeal to me, for one thing, since I don’t want to wait for
“gratification” but the idea of crocheting a king sized bedspread in 3 hours
had me almost rolling on the floor. The knitter may take her “154 hours to
cover the same area” but I’ve been working on a free form crocheted top
that’s taken me approximately 2 years and I’m still not done, LOL! And her
opener about her disdain having to do with her total failure to crochet
properly, coupled with her line about who better to set the record straight
than a completely biased knitter who has never had a single positive crochet
experience tells me she’s not serious; this is all meant in a fun way.
I mean, she’s admitting she can’t crochet; that she’s never crocheted
anything that turned out. By saying that makes her an expert to condemn
crochet comes out clearly as a humorous poke of fun.

And why get upset over hearing that crochet has a lot of crocheted toilet
paper roll covers, etc. We do! but I’ve also seen knitted ones and plastic
canvas ones, as well. And we all know we make beautiful things out of
crochet, just as there are beautiful designs made from plastic canvas, for
example. When you read the promotional copy at the end of the Sour Grapes
write up, it states that Yarn Harlot is exposing the extreme sport of
knitting as an adventure that is fulfilling, exasperating and wickedly
funny. First of all, when have you ever heard of any needle art being called
an “extreme sport” in a serious way? And when I look at this write up and
add to it the 3 hour king sized bedspread, a yarn stealing squirrel,
stripping down a car to find a lost needle, hiding wool in a piano in order
to “foist knitted socks on a friend with a wool allergy”, I can’t help but
laugh at this article. How can I take it seriously after reading all that?
And who among us haven’t passed along our share of weird & wonderfully
quirky crocheting stories?

This is JMHO but I found this article funny and relaxing. I hope we can all
slow down, take a deep breath, and not start a feud with Yarn Harlot over
something that in all likelihood wasn’t meant to be hurtful.

Jo in Edmonton

Purse Kit + my Lace Fingerless Gloves

I finished my Purse Kit this morning and I just adore it. The company The Bag Smith doesn’t even carry this particular kit, so I am thinking that it was a discontinued kit and probably why it was on sale at Knit One Purl Too! They do carry the yarn but it is way too far for me to drive. So, I will have to seek it out at a LYS closer to me.

 

 It was really fun and quick to knit. I did have to hold 2 strands together for the whole purse, which was far easier than I had expected. I ended up using the K1 P1 seed stitch pattern that it called for instead of the Moss stitch. I also knitted the i-cord handle a bit longer so that it would fit across my shoulder and over my head. Then I can just knot the handle when I just want to use it as a shoulder bag.

I really want to make another one using the crochet instructions instead and see which I like better. Now to try and find more of the yarn used in the kit, which was from The Great Adirondack Yarn Company.

Here is the first Lace Fingerless Glove that I knitted. I love the way the thumb gusset is worked and will use that method again and again. The gauge was way larger than I thought, so they ended up fitting me. Now to get busy and knit that second one.

The pattern is in the AlterKnits book.

Lace~Up Fingerless Gloves

I am drawn like a moth to a flame to fingerless gloves! Absolutely every pattern I see for them I have to have. I actually purchased my AlterKnits book just for these Lace-Up Fingerless gloves…LOL. However there is so much more in this book that I want to knit too, so I feel it was money well spent.

Brown Lace Up Fingerless GlovesBrown Lace Up

Speaking of  (AlterKnits) it’s such a beautiful book.  It has great photo’s of the projects and is well written. Each and every page just sucks you in and makes you long to turn the next page. It is truly a feast for the eyes as well as having oodles of projects raring to jump on your needles.

Off White Lace Up

I just returned from an afternoon of knitting with my new friends the Charlotte Purls.  There was Francesta, Manchelle and Wendy who weren’t able to attend the last get together and Stacey and Yamanie who I had met last time. I want to thank Wendy for being my hand model for the photo’s of my Lace-up Fingerless Gloves above.

I am starting my BagSmith purse kit tonight and will post photo’s of my progress soon.

Purse Kit by The Bag Smith

My husband and I leave this coming Wednesday to visit our daughter, Jennifer in St. Petersburg, Florida. Her 26th birthday is Thursday. We plan to drive halfway to Savannah, Georgia and then drive the rest of the way on Thursday morning. Hopefully this way we won’t be as tired for her birthday. We’re planning to see the movie “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” while we are in Savannah. This I am not looking forward to…as the movie I have heard is 3 hours long! Um, this just may be the perfect time to try out my lighted knitting needles…LOL

I’ll have much to work on while in the car and should have some finished projects to show once I return. Please say a prayer for traveling mercies there and back for us.

My new blogging home!

 I’m Home!

Welcome to my new blogging home. If you are here then you have found my new blog address. Make sure you bookmark me so you can come back soon.

It will take me awhile to get everything unpacked and just right, but I am so happy to be finally moved in.

 

Please bear with me as I hang pictures and move my furniture around. Until then please pull up a chair and sit a spell.

Knitting with the Charlotte Purls!

I am now a Charlotte Purl! So what’s that you say? Well, I met this sweet gal Stacey

online and we have been IM each other and chatting away about knitting and crochet. So, today she invited me to come and knit with her and her

friends at Caribou Coffee on Mallard Creek Road. They get together the 2nd and 4th Saturday of every month from 2 – 4 pm to knit.

Well, I just had so much fun, knitting and talking with all of them… let’s see there was Yamani, Stacey, Michelle and Delilah. Delilah’s not in the photo. Another lady named Fran was coming but she had car trouble, so hopefully I will get to meet her next time.

Here is Stacey and me! She is just the sweetest thing!

Here are the other girls just knitting away… Yamani on the left and Michelle on the right.

This is Michelle’s caplet she just finished and it is so yummy!
Love the brown and light blue together. Here is a close up of those cables.
Well, that’s all for now! Until next time…
Knit On!