Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
The kids spent most of their time like this.
And the guys spent some time like this.
It was a great couple days but it's good to be home. Next I need to gear up, clean up and stock up for New Years Eve when we will have a houseful of friends. Should be a great time!
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
Holy Bee over at Knit with Snot for You posted a list of Random Knitterly Things. One of her favorite things that she knit or crocheted was a Ripple orange/green/yellow afghan she made in High School. Holly loves color, lots and lots of color but she really LOVES Orange & Green!
This got me thinking about my Crochet Beginnings. My Mom was quite crafty. She could draw and paint and sculpt clay, knit, crochet and sew. She taught me to crochet when I was 10. My very first project was a lavender & white striped Poncho with a drawstring neckline and fringed bottom. I remember it used a a big hook, Mom probably gave me the pattern. I loved that poncho. I wore it everywhere! I wish I had a color photo of it but this black & white will have to do.
Yes, that's me. Circa 1972 (Told you it was old!)
I don't remember making anything after that but I'm sure there were scarves and hats somewhere in there made from all shades of lovely Acrylic.
In my twenties I made baby blankets for my friends and my cousins and my co-workers. Lots and lots of baby blankets. Usually a pattern called Reversible Baby Afghan or Shells and Chains Afghan. The Reversible took twice as long to make because you were literally making two blankets in one. I only made this one if I knew long in advance of the arriving baby. And if I knew the sex I could make one side blue or pink and the other white. The Shells and Chains blanket I could whip out in a week, riding the Rock Island train from Blue Island to Downtown Chicago everyday gave me lots of time to work on it. I'd make up 2 or 3 in white and stash them. When I needed a gift quick I could just trim it out in pink, blue or what ever color they were using in the nursery. Clever huh?
When I met the ELPH, OK he wasn't the ELPH then. He was the Hot, Tall, Blue Eyed, College Educated, North Side Guy in the Cool Silver Pontiac Fiero GT!
But HTBECENSG CSPFGT doesn't roll off the tongue like ELPH does.
Anyway he had this great townhouse in Hoffman Estates that was way better that the South Side basement apartment I was living in, so I would usually drive an hour up the Toll Road to spend the weekend at his place. (gasp! say it isn't so!) So for our first Christmas together I decide to make a afghan for his place. You know something big enough for both of us to snuggle toghether under. This Plaid Afghan is what I made. I added a couple extra rows to make it Queen sized.
It's made in strips, single crochet two strands toghether, then whip stitch the strips together. One color is carried throughout the strip. Navy & Lt Blue, Navy & White, Navy & Cranberry, Navy & Navy. Boring, boring, boring and it took forever but easy, easy, easy. And because it's two strands it's thick and heavy! Perfect for those cold Chicago winter nights.
So Holly? Tracyb? All my ZPDK buds? I'll be happy to send you the pattern and material requirements if you want to give it a go. Holly, I think this would look AWESOME in shades of Orange & Green! What do you think?
So there ya go. More than you probably wanted to know about me & my crochet!
Does anyone remember The Ray Rayner Show?
And Bozo the Clown?
Did you know they had a TEN YEAR waiting list for tickets??
Photo courtesy of http://www.chicagotelevision.com/wgntv.htm)
(Photo courtesy of http://timstvshowcase.com/kangaroo.html)
And one of my very first TV memories...."Romper, bomper, stomper boo. Tell me, tell me, tell me, do. Magic mirror, tell me today. Have all my friends had fun at play? I can see Scotty and Kimberly and Julie and Jimmy and Kelly and all of you boys and girls out there!" Romper Room!
Well after a little surfing on Youtube I found the two short cartoons PJ was trying to let me listen to. I've only ever seen them while in Chicago so I'm assuming they're a Midwest thing. So for those of you who've never seen these sit back and take a little trip in my travel back machine.....they sure bring back memories for me.
Bonus points for those who know what this is and where you could find it...
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
I snagged this from The Blue Ridge Gal, a blog I just found. She snagged it from someone else, but I don't think she'll mind if I borrow it.
1. Wrapping paper or gift bags?
Wrapping paper. I like to give a pretty package. But I don't mind receiving a gift bag.
2. Real tree or Artificial?
I prefer to cut my own tree, I love to wander the tree farm and I like the smell. That said, I now own two artificial trees. I can put them up earlier and take them down later and not worry about torching my house.
3. When do you put up the tree?
Live trees go up 10 days before and come down two days after Christmas. Artificial goes up the first week of December and comes down New Years Day
4. When do you take the tree down?
5. Do you like egg nog?
I love egg nog! I drink it til I'm sick. Sorry.
6. Favorite gift received as a child?
Oooo...that was a long time ago. I'm sure there were several lovely dolls and one year I got a guitar but nothing I still own.
7. Hardest person to buy for?
Men in general. Dad always says he doesn't need anything. Brother is pretty particular. The ELPH usually is easiest. He gives me a list of websites and item numbers:)
8. Easiest person to buy for?
Sisters. And the Dog. (Heck, she's happy to play with the envelopes my junk mail comes in!)
9. Do you have a nativity scene?
Nope... don't know why either.
10. Mail or e-mail Christmas cards?
Mail! And we still need to do them + the letter.
11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received?
A too small sweatshirt with a design cut out on the entire front and blue calico cotton sewn on the inside of the shirt so the calico showed through the holes. Yea. I was so happy.
12. Favorite Christmas movie?
The Bells of St. Mary's
13. When do you start shopping?
Throughout the year really but in earnest just before & after Thanksgiving
14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present?
Yes, but I knew the recipient wanted it.
15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas?
Peanut butter stuffed dates, rolled in powdered sugar. Mom used to make these every year.
16. Lights on the tree?
White only and lots of them!
17. Favorite Christmas song?
Carol of the Bells, Trans Siberian Orchestra version
18. Travel at Christmas or stay home?
Stay home if we can. This year were going to Macon Christmas Eve to have dinner with MIL and Saturday after Christmas were going up to Tennnessee to visit my folks.
19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer?
Yes! Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner & Blitzen and of course Rudolph.
21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning?
Christmas Eve? Christmas Eve??!!?? How can you open your Christmas presents BEFORE Santa delivers them??????????
22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year?
The Hill People. You know who I mean those people who come out of where ever it is that they spend the other eleven months of the year. And the traffic!! OMG! Do these people only drive between Thanksgiving and Christmas? That green arrow up there? Yea you! That means TURN NOW!!!! Where DO these people come from?
23. Favorite ornament theme or color?
Silver & Gold
24. Favorite Christmas memory?
When I was little, less than 6, my Aunts & Uncles and Cousins would all gather at Grandma & Grandpa's, my Mom's parents. They had one of those white aluminum trees and Grandma put only red ball ornaments on it. They had one of those
25. What do you want for Christmas this year?
A GPS. I could get lost in a paper bag.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
Back Row: Pat & I. Standing: Tally, Donna, Jackie, Sara.
Seated: Gwen, Beverly, Linda, Robyn, Diana
These are the very fine Ladies I meet with every Tuesday night at the Piddlin' Patch Frame Shoppe here in town.
Sara is the owner of the shop and carries all number of needles, hooks and books and a small corner of yarn. Her store is chock full of all kinds of crafty goodness from cross stitch & basket weaving supplies to decorative candles and holiday decorations. She is so sweet to open her doors to us every Tuesday evening for as long as we decide to stay. She always gets a pot of coffee going and has a few snacks set out for us when we arrive. We are so appreciative of her that we all pitched in and bought her and her husband a gift certificate to a local restaurant. She was very surprised!She keeps threatening to sit down and join us at the yarn table but she usually is flitting around the shop or in the back framing a special order. Someday we'll catch her!
Jackie is a knitting teacher. Sara invited her come to the Piddlin Patch to teach a class on knitted socks (before I merged my little group with theirs) and she likes our company so much she keeps coming back. Did you know you can UN-knit???? Well I didn't but Jackie can!
She's a whiz at fixing the weird mistakes we bring in. And she's always teaching, always ready to help.
This past week we all met at Robyns beautiful home for a Christmas Dinner and a little knitting. She had several beautifully decorated Christmas trees, one with nothing but Reindeer ornaments on it! Robyns got a thing for Reindeer!
(check out her shirt).
And she has the most extensive Dept 56 snow village I've ever seen outside a store! And this isn't even all of it!
I'm so lucky to have found this group of ladies. They are all so nice. I hope I can get to know them all much better in the coming year.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Today I'm thankful I have a job. Especially after that last call I made. Let me explain something. See all my life I have been in Customer Service. From my very first job as a bank teller, to my Colorado experiences in hotel reservations, front desk and switchboard, to cocktail waitress, retail sales, to office manager. I can guarantee you I've been on the receiving end of an angry, frustrated customer phone call or two (or ten). Today it was their turn. All I want to do is cancel a service. Why is this so difficult? You would think it would be perfectly clear after the last 4 monthly phone calls to cancel said service and the fact that I haven't paid any of the last 4 monthly invoices you've sent BECAUSE I HAVE CANCELLED THE SERVICE FOUR FREAKING TIMES!!!!!!!!!!!!!
But at the moment he finds every thing about the tree very exciting and conciders it his personal play thing.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
Friday, December 5, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
I'm thankful for Ravelry.com. Since discovering and joining this online Knit & Crochet Community in May I've "met" so many new friends. I've joined in on charity knit/crochet projects. I've started my very own blog and "met" other blogers across the globe.
I'm so thankful for all the people I've "met" through the Internet.
I'm so thankful I'm not "weird". That there are people out there in the world that have the same concerns and life issues that I do and that I've been able to vent and commiserate and offer advice to my cyber friends.
Thank you all for coming into my life and sharing yours with me.
Visit KD over at A Bit Squirrelly for more Thankful Thursday.