Saturday, September 10, 2011

Boy it's a shame ya missed the "Real" video

I tried to upload a full vodcast last weekend but it just was not gonna work for me.  It was not too bad either!!

Still working same projects this month.  Will soon have FOs to show and picture.  Here is a smale sample of the video though...Beware...its raw un-edited...but shows my prgress.  The demo refers to the fact that this is new and unedited

Wow...I need a facelift!!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Well....I THOUGHT the computer was fine.....

But I was wrong.  The power source helped but it has still not been good.  I do have this NetBook from Dell, but I don't use it for posting the big stuff like podcasts.  I think it is now ok, so I am going to attempt a 'cast as soon as possible.  I lost the last two attempts I made since May episode.  The good thing is I have LOTS to chat about!

Also lost cell phone this week so I am waiting for a iPhone 4. Nah, I can't wait for the "5".  I poured coffee in my Blackberry Bold which I really liked.  I need a better device for medical stuff for work I busted out the money and it should be here soon.  I hate spending money on a tele!  It is like car buyer's remorse!!  Argh!!

I have pics to post making progress on tatting without pain.  YEAH!!  I was MONTHS before I could touch it!

So, until a bit later.....See ya!!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Tatting Revamped and Knitting Like Crazy

I am Sooooo glad I am well again and tatting and knitting is going great!  I was sick off and on all winter with bronchitis then as if that wasn't bad enough, the computer broke.. Had to replace the power supply, but it all seems better now.

I this episode I finished my review of...which simply means I told much I love it!

How I Spin from Rita Buchanan
See new colors....I want I want!
Lizbeth from Handy Hands

Threads from Lacemaker

Lacis and others!!

I also really loved this months CMF May Columbia fiber (pics will come later.

I am tatting bookmarks galore after a month hiatus to rest hands and let tendonitis heal.  Things seem better now.
I am still working on Maltese rings, and Clunies and looking to expand into some other "new to me" techniques!!

I finished Fountain Pen Shawl from Interweave Summer 2009

And am now making socks from Favorite Socks Waving Lace Socks, and some wash cloths
Reviewed Signature Needles...DPN, Single Points and Circulars...Luv them!!
Welcome back to regulares, welcome in to newbies...Be back soon!!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Computer Crash + Illness = No Podcast

Just a brief note to tell ya all I am hoping I can do a podcast soon.  I was sick with bronchitis most of April and was unable to talk for long periods without wheezing!  Now I am better....

Computer broke down and this netbook is not the best for podcasting.  I am going to try to put up a little one from here...this weekend.  A LOT to talk about!!  I had made a video cast I will try to get up here.  I have not figured out how to "get it out" of the camera.

I have more knitting done thab tatting but am still on an Iris project and am sooo itching to buy a new shuttle!!

Stay tuned

Friday, March 25, 2011

March has come in AND out like a LION but it seems better now

FIRST!!!....Apologies for the repetitive uploads...First, I had a track overlap with another...fixed it.  THEN, as I was fixing it I seem to have loaded two version of the same cast!  Yikes, What is with THAT!  I swear I only deleted the old then reloaded the new .  I hope they all didn't make it to ITunes but they might have.  Oops!  Sorry, if it made a mess on your MP3s!

 This is the scarf I made from the fiber shown in the previous posting..Celtic Glow from Crown Mountain,  Turned out very soft and warm burt as it is just a cowl...not too warm.  Below is what it looked like blocking. Liked the patterning and have had a couple FP residents try to steal.
Bottom picture is March fiber...Coopworth, Finding Rainbows..  First 2 ply in a while...again, not sure I love it as I like how the Navajo Ply preserves the color transitions,

I will post a picture of my revised "Gloria" from Iris Niebach book of edgings.  I think I might like it better in the larger size butterfly.  We;ll see.

Can't wait until end of April, Long weekend for Easter and another the next weekend as the family and I participate in the career fair at DDs school (NP, CAD drawing, interior design, teacher)  Then Bradley and I are continuing on for our Spring Break...Driving to Cleveland, and maybe into New York again chasing flowers!!  I am soooooo in need of a vacation.  We go every year in the Fall and the Spring.
Stay tuned!!  Keep Tatting, spinning and Knitting!

Sunday, February 27, 2011

New podcast up today...Getting over bronchitis and what is on the needles...spinning and shuttles!

 This is my Crown Mountain Farms, January Fiber Club in Celtic Glow all spun up.  Waiting for inspiration to start to knit it ...I think a Cowl as I got about 260 yard in Navajo Ply. 
Below is the spindle I bought at Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Festival held a few weeks ago.  I am so frustrated I can not remember the maker.  She is on Ravelry but I don't remember her name.  I love the sheen and it spins very well.  The last photo is a Jonathan Bosworth. It is Big Leaf Maple on a Cochin Rosewood shaft.  LOVE it!!

Saturday, February 05, 2011

Yeah to my High Speed Flyer

I was ever soooo lucky and was on Ravelry almost at the very second this gem came up for sale.  I hit the Buy button before my reality told me not to!  Well, I have been pondering it for quite some time and the price, as when I got my wheel when it was on a rare promotional sale!  I think it is just destined to be mine!

Well, said gem of a find arrived today and I practically knocked my old mutha on her ass to get to it!
Since them, minus a few seconds to realize I strung it wrong...oh so THAT's what the hook was for!!  I am thrilled with it and know it will get endless use! 2ply lace and 3ply DK here I COME!!!

Picture later...Blogger...had to log off then on again to upload these pics.

Wednesday, February 02, 2011


Well, I just got this today to start...What?  Don't know yet...It is self striping of course but not sure how much.  I think I will check Ravelry to see if anyone has knit it up yet.

And do ya seeeee my first clunies...Ok, tell me it really worth it?  So, after a few hours I think I am getting to be better at this.  Again, Blogger is crappin out on me so I will put it in later to show ya all how wonderful I am doing.  Thanks for the encouragement

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Cluny's or BUST

Well, I really like this pattern...only showing a snipet for copyright I better like those darned clunies.  Ok, well I don;t really disilike them, I just am not all that committed to them!  So, today on my sick day, I sat on the couch and tried all darn day.  I now feel I can do them so we will give this pattern a try.  It still hurts my left 1st MCP joint though so I might not continue...That is medical speak for I am too old to learn something new to do with these hands!!

Here is my first effort   added 2/2/11
Funny Miss MimiD thinks if I use something bigger than "nose hair" (my word not hers) I might have better luck!  That is a really good point.  I did try it with bigger and am getting it easier...this thread was actually 40g Lizbeth.  I should try one of my 20s.

Monday, January 31, 2011

I am Late Because the STEELERS won!!!

For those of you who do not care about football, cover your ears because I am screaming "Steelers Going to the SUPER BOWL!!  Yeah!!  I was intended to podcast last weekend but realized it was a football game and podcast for you!!  Sooooorrrrrrryyyyyyy!  It was a grreat game and I am very excited for them.  I do hope WE win but I am not sure.  I do have lucky socks so that should definitely help, right?
I finished the Wendy Johnson socks..Heart to Heart socks in the red.  Now I am working on the Diamonds and Cables Socks in a purple Knit Picks Gloss as seen on the right.  I am very much enjoying these patterns and will no doubt do more from this book.  I will say the only thing I truly dislike is Short-Row heels...ick..but practice makes perfect.

Tatting, I finally sewed on the edging to the hanky that DD gave me.  I currently have allowed it to live under a glass (EAPG) bowl made by my GrandFathers old place of employ. It really looks nice there for now.  The old antique bowl with a vintage hanky.  What could be better?
This month I will be working on hearts from
Ruffled Heart Pattern Vicki Clarke
Tat's Amore, Martha Ess  scroll down the page
Tatting Hearts, Teri Dusenbury this is an Amazon site.
Spinning, I reviewed
Next "cast I will review
How I Spin, Rita Buchanan also at Interweave
Until then....Enjoy!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Sheesh! What a long week!

Phew!  What a tough week.
I heard this week on CBS Morning show that it is difficult to stay positive when it is cold and dark and wintry...NO!  Really??

I feel that if I do not harm someone it will be miraculous because I keep running in to things...big bruise on my knee, keep wanting to "smart-off" to someone!  It is soooo tough to be positive when a  patient berates you for saving them more than 100.00 ....when they wanted it to be free....REALLY?

Ah...well.  It is Pennsylvania and I am pretty sure we will have sunlight no later than July 4th!!  We are constantly diagnosing Vitamin D deficiency here to which I, once again reply....REALLY!!!???  WE HAVE NO SUN!!!

It is so funny to see our fam practice residents from sun-drenched states such as California complaqin that there is no sun here....REALLY??  LOL!! Enough with the reallies!

No 'cast this weekend...coming up next week.  On the needles is still the socks for my DD that I need to rip back yet again.  Maybe I will let it slide.  I have spun a bit but not as much while hand heals.  Tonight I plan to spin and watch more of

Drafting: The Long and Short of It by Abby Fanquemont


How I Spin by Rita Buchanan

I will review them next time...So far I am LOVING the 50.00 I spent on myself to get them.

Until then...Happy Friday

Saturday, January 08, 2011

Happy New Year!!

Happy New Year to every one!!  What a great holiday season we had here...snow, good food, and time to knit...spin...tat!! What could be better.
To the top left is the scarf from handspun finally done!  It went over well with the recipient as well as those she works with.  Below   my youngest DD hand sewed every stitch in this bag that is currrently  
 carrying my knitting projects.  It is really beautiful! Over to the upper right is the Lady and the Stone navajo plied and now making a scarf from Oceanwind Knits; tweed scarf.  I think I found it via Ravelry.

Below that is the January fiber from Crown Mountain. It is South African Top in the colorway "Celtic Glow".  Really pretty fine fluffy fiber spinning so far on a spindle until my hand recovers.
Thanks to StephieJo the winner for December.. I have sent her her goodies.  I still have not heard from "Anne"...let me know gal and we will chat.
Thanks to NewfieCatt Catt's Craftiness for her messages to me this week.  Check out her site for a nice story and some great crochet and knitted goodies!
And Thanks to "Amy" A Joyful Mom who is on Ravelry and stopped by here.  She liked the video in November.  I think I will make more to see if I can add more info for those who might like to try it the "old-fashioned" way.
Finally, our newest member of the menagerie is Shiloh, a 1 year old Labrador!!  I will add a picture later!  It is My DD's birthday present to herself...So far, the kitties are mortified but surviving.  Shiloh is not going near them but their tails are permanently fluffed.  Sigh.