Sunday, December 20, 2009
The machine I bought is a Brother CS-770, which doesn't have any reviews I can find. I bought it at Hancock Fabrics on sale. It's computerized, and has a lot more fancy stitches on it than I'll ever use (I do have an embroidery machine, you know).
Hope you all have peace and joy this holiday season!
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Since I posted last, I've been playing with my new serger, but the biggest news is that last Sunday I bought a brand new embroidery machine! It's a Brother PE-770. It has over 100 designs in the machine and has a USB port for a memory stick so I can transport designs from my computer to the machine.
I've also been acquiring free patterns from the web. You would not believe the amount of free machine embroidery patterns there are out there!
Also have gotten a digitizer program (also free with purchase of 5 patterns). I have successfully digitized a logo for one of the organizations my hubby belongs to. Hopefully they'll want to embroider it on shirts and caps, but my machine isn't equipped for caps yet (it requires a special attachment).
Sunday, October 18, 2009
LOL! I now know why the chemistry teacher remembered my brother-in-law! He was at BIL's reunion two years ago and BIL spoke with him! I had not known this, and the ex-teacher said nothing about it.
Anyhow, I'm back home again!
Saturday, October 17, 2009
We had a marvelous time in NY and Virginia. Hubby found he likes the EAS much better than the AHP, so we'll be going east for meetings for a while. Next year his will be in Boone NC, but I doubt that's where Chain Link will be, unless they decide on Charlotte or Raleigh. I don't think it's ever been in NC, but there's always hope!
I won't post any pictures of chain link here because they're all on my flickr site! To see them, please go to http://www.flickr.com/photos/ladybee_51
Before going to Chain Link I bought a serger on sale at Hancock Fabrics. The serger has been working fine, but I wish the store would have offered classes on what to do with it!
I also got my old Kenmore sewing machine running! At first it wouldn't zigzag like it was supposed to. I was about to take it to the repair shop when my hubby asked to see it, having a suspicion that it needed oiling. He opened up the top, wiggled a few things around and then found the part that needed oil! After applying the machine oil, he wiggled the offending part back and forth several times to loosen it up. I'm happy to say that the machine is now working just fine! He sure saved me a big repair bill!
Right now I'm typing this while at a high school reunion of sorts. It's an annual thing put on by one of my classmates. One of the attendees I'm showing here was my chemistry teacher when I was in high school. I mentioned my brother-in-law's name and he actually remembered him!
Saturday, August 1, 2009
I am going as a member of the Crochet Guild of America. I have been crocheting up a storm so I can have things to wear at the events that are planned.
If you're in the Buffalo area and would like a fun place to go, the show is being held at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. The market area will be open on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, August 7-9. There will be crochet and knitting classes offered, some now sold out. I'll be taking 5 classes, one on dyeing yarn blanks, and two classes each on knitting and crochet.
Hopefully I will be able to post some pictures of the events, as I will be taking my laptop with me.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Her car, however, wasn't so lucky. It broke down 3 times last Thursday. I was driving, Mom was the passenger. We decided to call an AAA wrecker on the advice of my sister, who came to pick up Mom and take her to her home until the wrecker could get there.
I had to wait for the wrecker, but I was lucky in that we were close to a Pizza Hut and I was allowed to wait there for the wrecker.
All that was wrong with it was an over-heating logic chip.
Mom got her car back yesterday and will try to drive it Friday when she goes to the beauty shop.
Sunday, July 5, 2009
I arrived Thursday evening in Lockhart. My sister had picked her up from the hospital and were already at Mom's apartment when I got here.
Last night Mom had her first shower after getting home, but I had to help her in and out of the tub and dry her off.
This morning, after a good night's sleep, she felt better and even managed to cook her own breakfast!
She still gets tired quickly and has to take naps frequently, but hopefully her strength will improve daily.
I still don't know how long I'll be here, but my sister did need a break after all the driving back and forth she's done lately.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
She can use a walker, but needs help getting up from her bed in order to use it.
She's now been moved to a different hospital room, probably what's called a "transitionary" room, since it has it's own bathroom with shower, and there are no machines going beep beep during the night to keep her awake.
Her diarrhea has seemed to have quit, since she says her stool is not runny like it was and it's not green.
I'll know more in the morning, because I told her to call me when she has spoken to the doctor.
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
Over the weekend, they started treating her for a urinary infection, which probably helped start her kidneys.
At noon today she was scheduled for a colonoscopy. Hopefully I'll know the results by the end of the day.
Friday, June 26, 2009
Mom is 87 yrs old. She likes living by herself, and is the last person to admit she needs help, but we do what we can. My sister lives 30 minutes away by car from where Mom lives, but I live in the next state and takes me 4-5 hours to drive there by car.
I hope tomorrow will shed some light on the situation. The nurse I talked to today seemed concerned because they think she's in early renal failure. She hasn't urinated since she was admitted. Dehydration does that I'm told.
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
I got an interesting call on my cell phone this morning and thought I'd share. Here's how it went:
Caller: Hi, how are you
Caller: Where are you?
Me: At home
Caller: What are you doing there?
Me: Where else would I be?
Caller: Not going to work?
Me: I don't work any more, I'm retired.
Caller: Oh my, sorry, I think I have the wrong number
Me: I guess you do!
Never did get that guy's name! Strange that he doesn't know what his wife (or his friend) sounds like on the phone!
Friday, May 22, 2009
Granny a la Harper
|The above model was made by Lee Ann Hamm of Baton Rouge, LA. Nice job, Lee Ann!|
Above is a pic of what it looks like in different colors,
compliments of Patti Fix of Colorado
Worsted weight yarn, any color
Size H8 (5 MM) hook
Note: The starting chain in any round will count as one stitch.
Ch 4, sl st in first ch to make a ring.
Rnd 1: Ch3, make 15 dc's in ring, join with sl st in top of ch 3 to join. (16)
Rnd 2: Ch 3, dc in same space as joining, 2 dc in each dc around. Sl st in top
of turning chain. (32)
Rnd 3. Ch 4, dc in same space, ch 1,* skip next dc, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next st
(v-stitch made), ch 1. Repeat from * around, ending with a sl st in 3rd ch of
starting ch 4. (16 v-stitches)
Rnd 4. Sl st in first v-stitch. Ch 6, trc in same space,* ch 1, 3 dc in next v-stitch, ch 1, 3 sc in next v-stitch, ch 1, 3 dc in next v-stitch, ch 1, (trc, ch2, trc) in next v-stitch (corner made). Repeat from * twice. Ch 1, 3 dc in next v-stitch, ch 1, 3 sc in next v-stitch, ch 1, 3 dc in next v-stitch, ch 1, sl st in 4th ch of turning chain to join.
Rnd 5: Ch 3, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in corner space, *dc in next trc, dc in next sp, ch 1, (3 dc in next space, ch 1) twice, dc in next space, dc in next trc, (3 dc, ch 2, 3dc) in corner space. Repeat from * twice more. Dc in next trc, dc in next space, ch 1,(3dc in next space, ch 1) twice, dc in next space. Join with sl st in 3rd ch of starting ch. Fasten off.
Note: This square measured exactly 6 inches when I made it. Feel free to
change hook size if your tension is too tight or loose.
© 1998 by Pat Harper (Ladybee)
The first week in May, I drove to the hill country in Texas to visit my mother and sister for a few days. I did manage to hit a couple of yarn shops, namely the Old Oaks Ranch in Wimberley TX, and the Yellow Sweater in Buda TX.
On the way home I stopped at Yarntopia in Katy TX. I'd been looking for this shop for a couple of years now, and finally, the GPS unit I had with me found it! It's located in the Cinco Ranch Shopping Center on S Mason Rd.
Of course lots of yarn came home with me! I've already started a pair of socks with the yarn I bought at Old Oaks Ranch, and a sweater with the yarn I found at Yarntopia.
While at my mother's, I finished this:
Mom's new shawl, made from Lion Brand Pound of Love, designer Doris Chan.
And, since I had intended it for me, I had to make another one! So today I finished this:
My new shawl, made with Dark Horse Fantasy, color #47
The Yarn Nook in Lafayette LA had gotten in a new shipment of Dark Horse yarns on Wednesday last, and when I went to knit night that night, I bought an entire bag of this color so I could make the shawl. I thought I'd need the entire bag, but as it turned out I have two full skeins plus part of a 3rd that was left over, so I'm thinking of making a scarf to match.
I'll have to design the scarf myself, as the shawl was designed by Doris Chan, and I don't think she's even thought of a matching scarf for it! I'll post a pic when I have it finished.
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Post Stitch Scrunchie
Materials:Large elastic hair band (I use Goody brand)
Size G hook
Worsted weight yarn (Red Heart Classic used in model)
Special Stitches:FPDC = front post double crochet
Y/O, insert hook to right of the post of the next stitch (left if you're a lefty), then around the back of the post and out the front, y/o and draw through 2 loops, y/o and draw through remaining two loops.
BPDC = back post double crochet
Y/O, insert hook from back to front to the right of the post of next st (left if you're a lefty), then bring around front and through to the back. Y/O and complete dc as usual.
FPSC = front post single crochet
Sc around the post of the next stitch, inserting the hook from front to back and around the post to the front.
BPSC= back post single crochet
Sc around the post of the next stitch, inserting the hook from the back to the front and around the post to back.
Rnd 1: Make slip knot on hook, sc around entire band until it is filled, usually about
30 sc's, but make sure it's an even number. Sl st in 1st sc to join.
Rnd 2: Ch3, make 2 dc's in same st, then make 3 dc in each sc around, end with sl st in top of ch 3.
Rnd 3: Ch 3, (FPDC in next dc, BPDC in next dc)around until you have 1 st left. FPDC around that dc and end with sl st in top of ch 3.
Rnd 4: Ch 1, FPSC around post of ch 3 of row below, then * ch 3, BPSC around post of next dc, ch 3, FPSC around post of next dc. Repeat from * around, end with ch 3, sl st in first sc to join.
I hope you enjoy making this scrunchie. If you are a beginning crocheter, I hope it's easy to figure out. Please let me know if you have problems with it. It's different from any I've seen. Any resemblance to this one and one already in existence is purely concidental.
©1998 by Patricia Harper
Saturday, May 2, 2009
Even the birds weren't flying around much.
It was so hot that I didn't care at all about knitting anything, although I did get a few rows done on a keyhole scarf and got a couple of rows done on some heel flaps.
We do have air conditioning, but it's still too hot to think about making anything with yarn.
Also, I'm looking forward to a trip to Texas on Monday to visit my mom and sis. I'll be gone until Friday, and will take laptop with me in case I get a chance to connect to the web.
Friday, April 24, 2009
Thanks to all for the comments about the scam calls. I'm still getting them, however not as frequently. One time I just didn't answer. Another time I pressed the pound (#) key several times and they hung up. Hopefully between the two, they'll finally get the message!
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
In case you would like to know the number they're calling from, it is:
Also, got a call from someone purportedly selling burial insurance. I pressed the # key several times and they HUNG UP! Maybe this is the cure! I'd heard that if a computer calls you to do this and it will think a fax machine has answered and will remove you from their database.
Monday, April 13, 2009
I went to the IRS site to see if I could qualify for e-filing. They still won't let you do it yourself. You have to go through a licensed e-filer to do it. However, I DID discover that hubby had forgotten to figure out the recovery rebate credit for this year. We did get a stimulus payment last year, so I was surprised to learn that we were eligible for a rebate of $267!
Paperwork was signed and the envelope is by now being mailed by hubby at the post office.
We opted for direct deposit this year, which is safer because it gets to your bank account faster and there's no chance of your check getting stolen.
Saturday, April 11, 2009
I'd been keeping tabs on the shipment and the last I looked (which was this morning), it was still enroute from Mississippi.
Today I took two other ladies with me to the Lake Charles knitting group gathering, and when I returned about 6 PM, I found the package waiting for me!
I'm a bit disappointed in that there are no connectors to join cables together like there are in the Denise needle set. One CAN order longer cables, so I supposed that's what I'll have to do if I want to knit items with a lot of stitches.
However, the needle tips are gorgeous, and I like the clear pouch that comes with the set so that you can see what's there.
Friday, April 3, 2009
Anyway, here's what I did today:
Washed a load of laundry, put them in dryer.
Went to lunch with hubby (we ate boiled crayfish).
Went to the LYS and bought some new yarn for another sweater: Here's a preview:
Then, when I got home and opened my email this is what I found:
The gift certificate was sent to me by my daughter. Wasn't she a sweetie?
Now I have a decision to make! What to get with this. If you have any thoughts on this, please leave a comment!
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
I've posted a pic of one of these before but now I have a model (a Daisy Kingdom doll).
Sorry they're a bit dark, because if I'd used the flash, there would have been too much of a glare.
Knitted sweater. Yarn is Premier Angel, self-shading.
Crocheted sweater. Peach baby yarn I had in my stash.
Knitted sweater. Red Heart Soft Baby, New Mint Twinkle
Crocheted baby puff stitch hat, pattern on web.
Yarn for both sweater and hat is Bernat Baby Jacquard,
#06317 Easter Basket.
Also crocheted a baby hat from the same yarn that I used for a knitted baby sweater.
The bruises I incurred due to my fall on St. Paddy's Day are slowly fading. The ones on my arms are gone, it's just the knees that are still discolored.
Will post more when I have pics.
Friday, March 27, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
The end is near! I've finished one sleeve, now working on the other. Here's a peek:
Hubby is a sweetie, but don't tell him I said so. I called him from the yarn shop and said I'd pick up dinner and wouldn't be TOO late.
When I got home I had good news for him. I won the door prize! It was a $20 gift certificate.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
That same evening I had to go to a Red Hat bingo and thankfully someone else called the numbers.
Will post updates on projects later.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
In addition to the above, I have a crocheted one that needs a sleeve finished, and another knitted one on the needles. And before you ask, NO I AM NOT EXPECTING! I'm 60 yrs old and a grandma.
Actually I think the baby thing started when hubby's niece had her first baby. I decided to knit a sweater for the newborn, and I couldn't stop!
Anyone else make something that they didn't know what to do with?
Thursday, March 12, 2009
And why is it that some knitters who only know how to knit snub their noses when they see someone crocheting? Those of us who crochet certainly don't feel the same when seeing someone knitting! Could it be that the knitters who only know how to knit are jealous because they don't know how to crochet?
Crochet and knitting both require the use of yarn or thread, so I don't know why after all these years there is still a look of horror on some knitters' faces when they find out you're a crocheter!
Even some yarn shop owners refuse to sell to crocheter. The shop owner is losing out on sales by not selling yarn to ANYONE who wants to buy it, no matter what you're going to do with it.
I can imagine someone going into a yarn shop and buying a lovely yarn with the intention of using it for staking tomatoes because it would "look pretty" in the garden.
Hmm...now that's an idea on what to do with your oddball skeins of fun fur! Use it to stake your tomato plants!
Since I both knit AND crochet, I can go to any yarn shop and buy yarn and not feel like an idiot when I see all the ladies there with knitting needles. I can knit with the best of them.
I will say this, though. If I don't see anything regarding crochet in a yarn shop, I don't even MENTION crochet because I know the owner is not crochet friendly.
Thank goodness the shop I go to has yarns that will work with knitting or crochet, even though they may a bit more expensive than the yarns you get at a big box store.
Yesterday I bought several skeins of Cascade Sierra for CROCHETING a shawl with it. I can crochet a shawl much faster than I can knit it, but knitting one is more challenging. However, if I want it done quickly, it has to be crocheted.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
I decided to make a batch of 7-layer bars to take to the meeting. Here's a preview:
To make these, I used a recipe from www.cooks.com . There are several variations for making these 7-layer bars, but they all contain the same ingredients:
One stick of butter, 1 cup each of graham cracker crumbs, shredded coconut, chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, and chopped walnuts, and 1 can of sweetened condensed milk.
Saturday, March 7, 2009
This one is the Yarn Nook, located in the Oil Center in Lafayette LA. In the back of the store there's a large seating area where you can go in and work on your project whenever you feel the urge (as long as the store is open).
On Wednesday nights, they're open late for Knit Night.
Monday, February 23, 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009
It wasn't. It was taken out of the glove compartement after they had opened the console to look for it there. Both the console and the glove compartment were wide open. They must have come in the middle of the night because we didn't see anyone around this morning nor last night before we went to bed.
I suppose if we had locked our vehicles we'd still have them, but as it were, they were parked in our own driveway so we didn't lock them.
My next GPS will be a Tomtom that I can slip into my purse!
Thursday, February 19, 2009
I'm almost done with the yoke of the February Lady Sweater. Just a few more increase rows and I can figure out the eyelet row.
Started a new scarf yesterday. I cast on 112 stitches of one yarn on size 6 needles, did garter stitch for 5 rows, then attached another yarn in a matching color and did a 2 x 2 rib by knitting or purling 2 tog across the row with size 4 needles to end up with 56 stitches. By doing this I have a nice ruffle along the short side of the scarf. Will post a pic when I get farther along on it.
Got a few more rows done on the gator scarf.
Yesterday was workshop day at the Yarn Nook, and I worked on my lace shawl for a while.
Got all of pattern 8 done, and a few rows of pattern 9. There are 13 patterns in all, so I'm almost there! After all 13 sections are done, then I have to add a border to the sides.
Also in progress are the Tootie Frootie socks . I posted a pic previously.
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Lots of oohs and ahhs from the ladies present. I don't know if niece appreciated the handiwork, but others did. I even got a request to make another one like it for the next baby in the family.
The pattern is in a Leisure Arts leaflet called "Snuggle Squares", name of the pattern is "Flowers & Lace".
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Anyone else doing this project? Want to KAL with me when I'm not at the LYS?
I'm using Cascade Sierra in a blue-gray color, more of a lt blue than gray.
The baby blanket I was making with Berroco Comfort is now finished. I'll take a pic of it before I wrap it up for the baby shower on Saturday.
Sunday, February 8, 2009
What do you think? BTW, the yarn has metallic sparklies in it, but you can't see them in the picture. I took it with the camera in my cell phone.
The lady in question is a relative of my mother-in-law, but I've never met her. She's a librarian in a Catholic school, so she'll probably wait until summer. And she also lives in another town 20 minutes from here.
Today (Sunday) I'm going with a friend to a Red Hat luncheon. It's really the annual mother/daughter luncheon for a chapter I belong to, but since my daughter lives in AZ now, I'm taking one of the gals in the other chapter I belong to.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
After sitting at the local yarn shop all day I finally finished the mate to the one I posted about previously. Here you see them mounted on Sarah's feet. I promised these socks to Sarah at the birthday party we had for her at the shop. She loves them!
If they look darker in this pic, it's because I took the pic with my cell phone, not my camera. I also darkened the picture a bit with a photo editor.
Sunday, February 1, 2009
SSS is what you have when you have finished one sock of a pair, however it won't apply to me because I've been working on the mate to this one! I'm already on the leg, working my way to the cuff.
It's a toe-up pattern from www.knitty.com called "Diamante".
Saturday, January 31, 2009
Friday, January 30, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
For the first time since I've been a CGOA member, I AM GOING!
Hubby and I will be driving up since it's cheaper than both of us flying there. However, it will take 2-3 days to get there from Louisiana.
The conference will be held at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. You can get more info about the conference at CGOA's website http://www.crochet.org
At the same time there's going to be a Knit & Crochet Show which is held in conjunction with Knitting Guild of America.
If you happen to be going to that event, please let me know and maybe we can all get together one night!
Friday, January 23, 2009
Some of you might know that I'm a card carrying member of the Red Hat Society. You can see me in the above picture (I'm the one holding the doll). That's my friend, Dee, sitting on the "throne".
We had an outing to the State Capitol building in Baton Rouge and then to Oak Alley Plantation for a buffet luncheon.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
I really don't know how I missed it before!
The yarn is Ornaghi Filati Merino Kind in color #7. Sorry I don't have a picture of it yet to show you.
LYS owner says it's self striping, so it should make some interesting socks.
Someone on Ravelry made a pair of stockinette socks with a different colorway and it does stripe.
She used size 3 needles, but I prefer a tighter fabric, so I'll use size 2.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
I've moved here from Yahoo 360. I don't think there's a way to move the blog posts from Yahoo, so will start out fresh here. A lot of my project pics are still on Flickr, so you can see them there.
I'm also on Ravelry as Labeelady.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
The above is a shot of the bar in the Radisson Hotel in Fresno. See the
lighted square above the bar? That's one of the elevators!
It was a nice hotel, only it was freezing! The only place I could go to warm up was our room underneath the covers!