Thursday, December 12, 2013

Getting Ready

Oops. Haven't posted for quite a long time--but this time it's good.

With one week less for holiday prep (Thanksgiving being so late this year), I'm sprinting. I have been busy. In addition to the cleaning and planning I have been baking and knitting.

The knits are still on the simple side. I just can't get the hang of the lovely "Thorin's Armour Socks"; one day, maybe.

But I did finish the shawl for my MiL. And I made a few other gift knits. I still have to block one, and I've made simple socks with really simple crochet trim and there are a few other things in the works.

This cloche is from Boutique Knits. It was made for a friend's birthday present.

This is the shawl I made for my MiL.

 Simple, heavy socks for me

Just for fun, in honor of the US opening of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug...
I made him for a swap. He now lives in England. (I think he's been posted on this blog previously.)

As for baking: gingerbread reindeer, orange snowballs, noels, cranberry orange brownies, whiskey thumbprints, peanut butter kiss cookies. So far. And two kinds of fruitcake--my basic light fruitcake, and an experiment, a tropical fruitcake (papaya, mango, kiwi, macadamia nuts, pineapple, rum). The light fruitcake will be the base for this year's Christmas Cake.

I also managed to pack up the first Christmas box today; it's got to go out soon.

But today--tonight, really, I'll be at the cinema! There be dragons. One, anyway. Speaking with the voice of Mr. Cumberbatch. Which is no bad thing.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Colds and Knitting

You'd think the two would play nicely. But with my sinuses all mucked up my brain seems fuzzy. The pumpkin hat was simple enough. But I don't even want to work on the easy lace socks I'm making. And the 30s dress is out, thinking is necessary for that one.

Here's the pumpkin hat before it got to its real owner. Tommy agreed to model, but he looks a little confused. I'm not sure what he thought he was agreeing to wear.

I made a simple garter stitch shawlette for my MiL and am working up an easy ruffle for edging. I managed to make four dishcloths for my SiL's Christmas gift. That seems to be the extent of my knitting ability presently.

Here's hoping this rotten cold will vacate the premises, and soon.

Still. It did provide us all with at least one photo of the Prince of the Harvest. Maybe it's not all that bad.

Wednesday, October 02, 2013


Summer got away from me. But in a nice way.

My sister and I finally got away for a long weekend. (A minor miracle, as we've been trying to do this for about 17 years.) We went to Austin, TX, and had a good time. Lots of walking around, good food, shopping--vintage and for presents for those left at home.

Then I went to the first rockabilly weekender I've been to in years. Ten, maybe? It's been a looong time. My husband and I went--and Nora (the car). She didn't start for the return trip, so he had her flatbedded back. And of course she started later, after coming home. Maybe she thinks a grande dame shouldn't have to do so much work without a rest.

But here's some genuine knitting content:

This is the Perfect Pumpkin Hat for All (sportweight version) from Ravelry. It's designed by Janet Jameson.

I made this for the baby of friends whom I know from MI; other dancers. It still needs to be blocked and sewn together, but it was a very fast and amusing knit. Who knows, maybe I'll use it to make a pumpkin tea cozy for this fall!

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Meet Nora Charles

...and me. I'm sorry I don't have a full-length photo to put up right now. We've taken her out quite a few times already, including a 100 miles + round-trip to Tiverton for lunch on the 4th of July.

My husband is still getting used to driving her, but I haven't begun yet; it's been 20 years since I've driven a stick shift! I'll get there, though.

We are also planning on bringing her to a rockabilly weekender this coming September, so if you're going to be at The New England Shake Up come up and say hello at the car show! Or at any other point...

Monday, July 08, 2013

Crescent Park Carousel

This was taken on Saturday. We took Nora (the 1939 Olds) to the weekly cruise at Crescent Park, which is also home to this very beautiful and famous carousel (merry-go-round, if you prefer!).

Next time I want to ride one of the up-and-down horses...or maybe lounge in a dragon chariot.

Crescent Park, East Providence, RI

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Out with the Plymouth, In with the Old(smobile)

Today we said goodbye to Ruby.
We've just bought a 1939 Oldsmobile (sedan) and she's already in the garage. Oddly, we made the switch with both at the house at the same time! Ruby is going down to the Carolinas, to someone who works in the movie industry--a grip, I think. So perhaps she'll be ready for her close-up one day.

The Olds doesn't have a name yet; as before, DH and I can't quite agree yet, but we'll get there. She's a beauty, and in very good condition. She was re-conditioned beautifully by her last owner, even to the interior.
There are a few problems, like two cracked windows--the man who sold him the new glass clearly didn't give him safety glass. It happened on closing the doors. We'll get that fixed. The radio doesn't work, and there are a couple of other tiny things. But she's a beauty, and not only do we plan to bring her to the Steelyard next month, we're expecting to drive her to the rockabilly weekender we're attending in September!
Pictures...and her name...coming soon.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Roses and knitting swaps

I did a count yesterday. I have 14 David Austin roses (13 varieties), 5 hybrid teas, 1 florabunda, and 2 Knockouts, as well as 2 Drift roses. And yes, I am planning on more! But next year: I want to put in a small rose hedge along one side of the fence, enough that I'll be able to make rose petal jam and have candied rose petals on a regular basis.

Things are off by about a week, even though we had such warm weather in mid-May, but it's all looking very pretty. The kale and the nasturtiums are doing well (salads!) and my husband tilled up another small section of the yard, so I have to plan that out soon.

For knitting, I'm working on two pairs of socks, and plotting for a Smaug themed swap on Ravelry. I'm having quite a lot of fun choosing and making things and planning. I do wonder what Tolkien would have made of this?