Wednesday, January 25, 2006

My Two Guys

Here are my "guys" circa 1976. Yesterday my older guy was 67 years old. Today my younger guy is 32. I am so proud to be a part of their lives; each has given me enduring "gifts" that have no monetary value. Their gifts to me have been the gift of watching them unfold; participating in theirs and other people's lives. Here's the thing...they have made the world a better place by being in it...they have made me a better person. Happy Birthday, guys. Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

First Sweater

I'm taking the plunge and starting my first knitted sweater. I decided to knit Sally Melville's Sally's Favorite Sweater from her The Knit Stitch book. I found some great yarn in a cotton/rayon blend which is a perfect weight and I love the color...lapis blue. My first wedding ring had lapis in it. It is a soft stone, so the cabachon cracked and I am afraid to wear it so I keep it tucked away. This lapis sweater I hope to have done by summer so that I can wear it often.

I started by knitting a swatch to get gauge and to see how the yarn knits up. All's good so far...I'll bind off the swatch and maybe use it as a pocket on the sweater.

I found another knitter who is working on her first sweater. Po is knitting a zippered cardigan from the Fall Interweave Knits in a lovely verigated yarn. Take a look at how far she has gotten! She has inspired me to keep going and I will be checking on her progress as the weeks go by. Posted by Picasa

Ruffle Scarf

This is a crocheted ruffle scarf out of Noro Blossom. The pattern can be found if you Google "Crocheted Ruffle Scarf Pattern". There is also a similar scarf on the cover of Interweave Knits Crochet magazine.

I had to order more yarn on the internet (thank you, Knitting Garden). One skein of this yarn doesn't get you very far, but I love the colors and it is a lot softer than most of the other Noro yarns which I find quite scratchy. And it is easy to crochet!

I will post photos when it is done. Posted by Picasa

My Hat

I love to make hats. I've made hats for quite a few people and I would guess that I will make a lot more for other folks. But this one is mine. This is a simple rolled brim hat, knit in the round on big size 13 addi's. I combined a glittery thread like yarn (unknown since the label came off) with a lovely mushroom colored Cascade 200. The glittery stuff was verigated so that's why the colors change. Fun, huh? I love combining yarns and I've had some real goofs which looked terrible in the end, but this one I like. I'll keep it. Posted by Picasa

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Heath

I am drawn to the tormented soul. Heath Ledger plays the perfect tormented soul in Brokeback Mountain . Therefore I am drawn to Heath Ledger. Swoon swoon...

I loved this film. It's not the sort of film that you get out of the theater and immediately start talking about it. This is not the sort of film that you end up forgetting about as soon as you leave the theater. This film needs to be digested...then you can't stop talking about it. The performances are near perfect. And oh the scenery. During much of the film there is a lonely guitar in the background...oh so nice, a perfect soundtrack for this serious film.

This is a love story that cannot be; at least in the 1960's during which it takes place. I've heard it descibed as a Romeo/Juliet story but it goes way beyond simple unrequieted teenage angst love. This one pushes your comfort zone; makes tolerance a passionate word...redefines love.

I did not knit during this film. Posted by Picasa