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28.7.07

Saturday/Sunday


Saturday--Jim is headed off to Fred C. Anderson Scout Camp to help clean after the last Grey Wolf course. He'll be gone the whole day. We went to the St. Paul Saints game last night. Oh, that was fun! Train. The pig is adorable. It's the way baseball should be played--outside! Crazy atmosphere. The bleacher seats are only $4 apiece. It was a gorgeous full moon and they won.
I met Angel for coffee yesterday. We had such a nice visit. She is such a dear person. The Jacobean Bag is not a total loss. Angel will work her magic on it. I'm letting her take control of that. I'm SO excited for the dot bag. I found a large green button at the shop, and then had a plain black one from my stash to layer over top of it. The felting is perfect (size), the best I've ever done (up to now).
Sunday--Now that I'm past the lace and working the body of the Penelope Blouse I'll show you the progress. One word--MARKERS! They help keep you on track when you're in the lace part. So far, this is very easy. The silk yarn is really nice. I just hope the size is. I opted to make the small rather than the petite. The gauge is working out. I'm using the heavy worsted weight yarn pattern with one size smaller needles.

27.7.07

Working in slik

After a few false beginnings, I got the Penelope Blouse (by Oat Couture) going. Once you pick up the stitches around the lace and get a couple of rows going, it's pretty fast knitting. Naturally, I had a twist going the first time!! You pick up 17 stitches for every 24 rows of lace. I'm knitting the small, so that's 187 stitches! Augh! When I make a bit more progress, I'll post a photo. It doesn't look too interesting right now.
The dot purse is dry and now waits for Angel's magic. Oh yes, the Jacobean Bag awaits help, too. I think that will take assistance of biblical proportions. I've been such a good girl lately and not purchased any more yarn (lately). I'm working through my rather large stash. I knitted one of Baba's Bed Socks when I was waiting for the Harry Potter book last Friday. I heard someone make a reference to Mrs. Weasley. I hope my knitting looks better than that, and no, I wasn't "in costume," thank you very much! I have lots of Lion Brand Wool-Ease yarn, which is perfect for that pattern. I use Thick and Quick for the guys. Ben's worn through two pair already.
Troop 301 had quite a send off at the airport yesterday. There were at least two other troops there, too. Ben's excited. He and Travis are going to have a blast.

26.7.07

Thursday


Today's the day our son leaves for the Boy Scout World Jamboree London. He's excited and so are we. The editor of the local paper called him the other evening and they spoke for a bit. The fellow happens to be from that area of England.
Son has lots of stuff to trade. I know he'd really like to have a campaign hat (gray) and shirt (red) from Austria. Some of the most coveted trades have the American flag on them.
Back to the evil purse...Angel's bailing me out. We're meeting at Caribou on Saturday morning. I have the project, handles, and some extra yarn. She'll see what she can do to repair the damage I caused! On the bright side, I finished the large dot bag. It's in the dryer, now. (No, it's not tumbling--I have a shelf in there and the air circulates around the project.) I think it's going to be great. I have the smooth leather straps for it, and that wonderful Kaffe Fasset fabric for the lining. I'll give that to Angel, too. Mine might be done before Paula's and Roxanne's. I added a good-size loop for a button on the front.
On the subject of finished projects--Cocoa's done. The felted rabbit. He's non-fattening. I have to take photos to post of all these things! I'm just getting the hang of this, so be patient. I have the comment setting enabled, so one can make comments about this or me. (Be kind...)

24.7.07

Tuesday

Well, I guess I'd better get this going. I think I have the hang of it. At least I have a photo up. It's from a reasonably recent trip.
My son is preparing for the World Jamboree in England. The lucky duck takes off on Thursday. He's going to have a great time.
I'm working on the large dot felted bag by Leigh Radford. I'm using the leftover yarn from the Jacobean Bag. Yesterday, at the shop, I had the brilliant idea of bringing home the Jacobean Bag to fix the broken dowel. Rather than simply replace it, I decided to open up the casing and re-sew it for a larger dowel. Well, it didn't work! I re-felted it after taking off the handles and un-doing the sides. Lordy, it's a train wreck. I can't stand the thing anyway. It's upstairs drying. I'm attempting to block it and will probably have to line it and re-attach the handles. I'm afraid to go upstairs and look at it right now. It's evil.