Category Archives: Angel Blanket #1

Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes. ~ Oscar Wilde

My to-be-felted bag was a very enjoyable knit and then I grafted the handles and tossed it in the washing machine.

How very quickly things can go so very wrong:

Felted Bag With No Name

What: Felted Bag With No Name

Yarn: 6 skeins of wool from stash
Needles: size 15

Pattern: My own.

Date started: 7/13/07

Date finished: 8/15/07

Lesson Learned: I’m an idiot.*

Destination: Place mats and coasters

* The most glaring defect to me is that the bag looks like a bra. I don’t know about you, but I don’t wish to carry a bag that looks like a bra. I don’t even like to wear the dang things and I don’t want a bag that looks like one!

*The bag shrunk in height: A LOT more than I anticipated. Still, I could have salvaged the bag except I grafted the handles incorrectly. I should have grafted the two handles on the same side of the bag, not the two handles on opposite side of the bag.

:: bonks self in head ::

What makes this so horrible is that I triple checked the handles before I started grafting to make sure I was grafting the correct handles.

Obviously, when I began grafting I had my head up my ass. And apparently it was up there so far I could have licked my own tonsils.

Ugh.

I will salvage what I can from this monstrosity. I plan to get out the scissors and cut the bag up into place mats (for the animal dishes) and coasters (for me, obviously).

Moving on….

There’s another FO in the house and I’m very happy with this one:

Angel Blanket #1

 

What: Angel Blanket #1*

Yarn: 1.85 skeins (3 oz. size) Caron Simply Soft in the color white
Needles: size 9

Pattern: Overlapping Waves from the Big Book of Knitting Stitch Patterns, page 209

Date started: 7/30/07

Date finished: 8/16/07

Size: 17.5″ x 18.5″

Lesson Learned: None. A quick, easy, enjoyable knit.

Destination: Warm The World

 

* Warm The World is partnering with a local funeral home to provide these blankets to families who have lost a baby to stillbirth or shortly after birth.

 

 

 

There is also a new blanket on the needles:

 

The summer of gorgeous weather continues here:

Samantha enjoys some outside time (again with her trusty tennis ball):

Kishka, a.k.a. Miss Priss, did not come outside and instead sat just inside the house:

Kish would rather sleep on my bed:

Finally, the very handsome Parker: surveying his kindgom:

Friday’s Feast:

Appetizer
Describe your laundry routine. Do you have a certain day when you do it all, or do you just wash whatever you need for the next day?
I do laundry when I run out of something. I usually wash a load or two a week.

Soup
In your opinion, what age will you be when you’ll consider yourself to truly be old?
85.

Salad
What is one of your goals? Is it short-term, long-term, or both?
Long term – keep up my walking routine with the dogs.

Main Course
Name something unbelievable you’ve seen or read lately.
The husband killing woman in Tennessee walked out of jail after serving just seven months. Seriously…what the hell is wrong with our justice system? If a man served that amount of time for killing his wife, this country would be an uproar. Why on earth is she catching a break? She didn’t kill him in self defense. Her ass should be in jail for the rest of her life.

Dessert
On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being highest, how happy are you today?
8.

The summer night is like a perfection of thought. ~ Wallace Stevens (1879 – 1955)

Thank you to the ladies who answered my question about the Rush license plate in my last post. Obviously, I am not at all familiar with the band. If I was, the freakin’ names of the band members on the license plate holder would have tipped me off. :)

In the good news department (and really, it’s about time, it’s been a rough year)…a couple of nights ago I took the dogs for their first walk since April! I probably could have walked them a couple of weeks ago, but I wanted to make sure I was healed enough to handle anything that might happen. And, I’m glad I did because Kishka flushed a rabbit and took off running. When she reached the end of her leash, I was able to stop her without causing any pain to my back or hip. Once the weather cooperates (it’s been too hot and stormy to walk the past two days), I plan to get back in the routine of a daily walk with the girls. That will make all three of us very happy.

The newest project on the needles is coming along nicely:

I’ve also been knitting on the felted bag, but there’s not enough progress to really show in a picture.

I’ve owned Kishka for 4.5 years and last night she did something she’s never done before:

She slept on her back. I apologize for the completely undignified and unladylike angle of this photo. I knew that if I stood up and moved she would flip off her back.

Today was a gorgeous day here so the girls and I hit the open road:

Both of the girls love car rides. Samantha sits at attention the whole time:

Kishka enjoys the ride for a bit:

And then she starts looking bored:

Today the sky was bright blue and there were plenty of puffy clouds:

Warm The World is currently looking ahead to winter and our commitments totaling almost 3000 hats and scarves. Can you help us reach our goal? Full details can be found here.

In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer. ~ Albert Camus

 

I’ve been a picture taking fool lately.

 

Clouds…..

 

 

 

Clouds at sunset……

 

 

The girls playing Follow The Leader:

 

Samantha keeping watch over her territory:

 

Kishka enjoying a nap:

 

Kishka watching me take pictures:

 

 

 

A license plate I saw today has me wondering….

 

 

Rush the band? Rush the nearby town? Rush the hypocritical bigot? Or is this person just in a hurry?

 

And finally, knitting!

 

Another FO:

 

Warm The World Hat #2

 

 

What: Warm The World Hat #2

Yarn: Unknown from Warm The World stash
Needles: size 8 dpn’s

Pattern: Seamans’ Cap, kind of*

Date started: 7/29/07

Date finished: 7/30/07

Dimensions: 9″ diameter and 7″ high

Lesson Learned: None

Destination: Warm The World

 

* I used this pattern as a guide and used the following modifications:

  • Used size 8 dpn’s
  • Did not change needle size after the ribbing
  • Worked from the top down and cast on 6 stitches
  • Used K2P2 ribbing

And, a new project:

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