Never let the sense of past failure defeat your next step. (Oswald Chambers)

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Goodby Blogging

After almost ten years of blogging, it's time to move on.

Thanks to all my readers who have followed me through many knitting projects, admired my bird pictures, watched my granddaughters grow, enjoyed my doggy school tales, and comforted me in the sad times. Blogging has been a blessing and I will miss it, just a little.

My life is very different now. I have a soul mate to spend the days with, the remaining two dogs are retired, and I'm planning to move into a townhouse in Portage/Kalamazoo, Michigan. It's all good and I am happy.

Blessings and happy knitting to all of you.


Thursday, April 04, 2013

Early Spring Bird Report

Mrs. Bluebird is trying this nest box on for size.

Mr. Bluebird is watching from a nearby bush and waiting for her decision.

This early morning robin is all fluffed up trying to keep warm in the morning frost.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Tuesday Tidbits for March 26

Polish Pottery Mug
A gift from BF Jay. A beautiful Polish Pottery mug for drinking coffee or tea at his apartment. I got to choose the pattern, he got to pay the bill. Love this mug for many reasons.

Blog Description
In an attempt to bring this blog up to date on where I am in my life, I've changed the description from "Marguerite's Knitting Blog" to "Marguerite's personal blog with posts on life, love, family, weather, knitting, and whatever."

Kimmy is Now Kim
Granddaughter Kimmy is seventeen now and is asking to be called Kim, her grown up name. I fully support her in this. I am in the process of breaking a seventeen year habit of calling her Kimmy.

The good times we had together while she was a child will always be some of my most precious memories. Kimmy is the girl on the left in the picture below from 2003.

Bufflehead Ducks
Last Sunday three Bufflehead ducks landed in the pond and spent the day playing, eating, courting, and resting on their migration to somewhere else. It was the first time I'd ever seen one in person, and I had to look them up in the bird book to do an identification.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Dave's Cuffs Done

I've been knitting on brother Dave's Christmas socks and the cuffs are done.

It's a basic 72 stitch sock with k6p1 ribbing and a gansey flag pattern knit into alternate columns.

Now on to the heel and the very long, shoe size 14 foot.

Just for fun I calculated the number of stitches needed between the gusset pickup and the beginning of the toe decreases. 7296 for one sock. 14,592 for the pair.

Those are numbers a sock knitter really doesn't want to know. It's numbers like those that cause non-knitters think we're nuts.

Pattern: Basic cuff down sock pattern on 72 stitches. k6p1 ribbing and a gansey flag pattern knit into alternate columns.

Yarn: Cascade Heritage #9825.

Needles: Options #1, 2.5mm

Gauge: 8 stitches/inch, 10 rows/inch

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Tuesday Tidbits for March 19

Unwanted Snow
We're still having winter in SW Michigan. The word "snow" is in the forecast for the entire week. Today we had about three inches with a 90% chance of more tomorrow.

Humans and dogs are ready for spring. All this cold and snow is not welcome in the second half of March. Pappy says to not wake him up until the weather is better.

Internet Radio
Lately I've been listening to Pandora internet radio. Love getting to choose the kind of music I'm in the mood to hear, or I can select "shuffle" and get a mix of all the kinds of music I like.

The greatest thing about Pandora is something I've always wanted in my music radio. If they play a song I don't like, all I have to do is put my finger on the thumb down and it stops immediately and goes away from my play list forever.

My New Hat
Jay will be back from his Arizona (84 degrees and sunny today) trip this coming weekend. He's bringing me this straw cowgirl hat being modeled by his daughter Joni.

I've never been a hat wearer, so this will be an experiment in style. Where does one wear a straw cowgirl hat? And, just as important, where does one not wear a straw cowgirl hat? I won't ask if a 68 year old woman is going to look ridiculous in a straw cowgirl hat. I'm wearing it!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Karen's Socks Done

I'm still working on Christmas socks for brother Dave and his partner Karen. Karen's are done.

I won't try to give an excuse why I'm still knitting Christmas socks in March. We'll just pretend it is OK.

Last year when I posted a picture of the cuff of these socks (see below), there were several people who wanted the pattern. It's not a pattern. It's a basic ribbed sock with an Alpine design running up each side. If you want to know more about it, it's explained in detail in a previous blog post here.

Here's a closeup picture of this beautiful yarn.

Pattern: Basic cuff down sock pattern on 64 stitches with Alpine motif down both sides.

Yarn: Cascade Heritage #9828.

Needles: Options #1, 2.5mm

Gauge: 8 stitches/inch, 10 rows/inch

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Testing Smart Phone Posting

Testing out the Blogger ap to post from my phone.

It's Saturday morning. Sunny, Pappy, and I are snuggled back in bed. The dogs are sleeping and I'm playing with my phone.

This is pretty slick. I'm planning to remember this ap for when I actually have something to post.