Sunday, January 28, 2007

Trip to the Tropics

What a great weekend! I started it off by meeting Mrs. SABLE at Victor Allen's on Saturday morning for knitting and coffee. She is as wonderful as her blog suggests and her newest sweater project is even more gorgeous in person if that's possible. Laurie from Pickin' and Throwin' and Linda from Mousey Blog were there as well and delightful. It always amazes me when you meet strangers and you all have so much in common (she typed, humming 'It's a Small World' ). Delightful conversation, good coffee and I got the major part of the foot done on my purple sock.

Mr. Bee and I went to see the film 'Smokin' Aces' in the afternoon. Jeremy Piven was in it so Mr. Bee was contractually obligated to take me. It's in our wedding vows. Gratuitous gore aside (seriously, you'll want to cover your head with your jacket for aproximately 5 minutes when you see the guy with the chainsaw come in) it was pretty good. Jeremy was amazing (of course) and there were some funny bits and a good twist. I give it 3 out of four stars.

Today was cold and January and Wisconsin-ey, so I took Mr. Bee by the hand and whisked him off to the tropics for the afternoon. We went to Olbrich Gardens Conservatory to breath the humid air and see the art glass show that they have right now. Best tropical vacation in the land for $1 per person! There are gorgeous, blown-glass trumpet flowers hanging from the canopy and amazing, glass koi fish mingling with the real koi in the steams and ponds. Wee birdies in the feeders and bushed. What a refreshing break. Here are some photos to warm up your cold winter evening. (Click on image to make bigger).

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Put On Your Dancin' Socks

Here is a photo of my newly finished socks. And one of the cuff detail although it's a little blurry. This is my new current fav pattern. It's a little taller than an anklet, a little more fitted than my normal basic sock pattern and the little lace panel makes it interesting. I love the yarn too-Cherry Tree Hill. Only about 1/2 the price of the Celestial Sock Yarn that I love and only a little lesser in quality. It's a pretty good compromise. Plus when you wash them they get sooooo soft! Now I'm starting a purple pair out of some WildeFoot that I found at Lakeside Fibers. Sock hoarding. I know. It's an illness.

Mr. Bee and I are gleefully planning our 'Aroostook County Maine Sat-adee Night Bean Suppah', Deah. Here is the invitation that went out to our friends:
The date for the official 'Aroostook County Maine Sat-a-dee Night Bean Suppah' will be February 24th. To make it as authentic as possible we will be eatin' at 5PM (shahp, Deah) so plan on droppin' by any time aftah 4PM. If you want to go whole moose, weah your 'dungarees' , 'woolies' and flannel shirts. We'll have the wood stove stoked so you won't need your parhkah. I'll try to arrange to have some black flies impahted. I have a hunch that they'ah a seasonal thing but judging on the season so fah, I may be able to swing it. Anything for authenticity Mistah Man!!!

Skiddah pahkin's on the street, Chummy! Ayuh!

We are having a great time planning the menu for our baked bean extravaganza. Most folks outside of New England don't eat baked beans unless they come out of a can and are a side at a bar-b-que or on a camping trip. We'll be cooking 'em up slowly all day in a big crockpot (in lieu of a 'real' beanpot or a shovel tough enough to dig a hole in the frozen tundra that is our back yard in order to make 'bean hole beans'). We may even try our hand at brown bread baked in a coffee can. Of course there'll be blueberry cobbler and whoopie pies for dessert! We'll dig out our Schooner Fare music and maybe even a Tim Sample CD. Can't wait! We plan on making it a yearly event to break up the winter doldrums. Don't know why we didn't think of it soonah! Ayuh!

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Things That Wee Doggies Hate

Wee doggies hate getting up in the morning...
Especially when they are all snuggly warm in the covers...

But the thing they really hate is static cling head!
Poor Wee Doggie!

Didn't get any quilting done last night but got some more of Grammie's sweater sleeve done. I'll have to ask Mum to remeasure Grammie from the underarm down to get the sleeve length before I go much further. The original measurement was from the shoulder but the sweater is a raglan sleeve so I'd better be a little more sure.

Tonight is grocery night. Other than that our plan is to avoid the State Of The Union speech at all costs. We have our own opinions as to the state of the union....

Monday, January 22, 2007

Hanging My Head in Shame...Or Am I Just Asleep?

I am a party pooper. I went to Knit Night at 5:30 on Friday and then called Mr. Bee at 8:30 and begged him to come get me. I couldn’t run with the big dogs so I had to get off the porch. Finished a pair of socks and did three rounds on a new pair then lost the will to remain conscious. It was VERY warm in there and I didn’t have coffee-both of which contributed to a drowsiness that was just this side of embarrassing. So Mr. Bee and Wee Doggie came down, picked me up, took me home and tucked me in. No staying up with the big kids for Molly Bee!

Got up wicked early on Saturday to go to Waukesha for a Geocaching Event. Went with friends of ours and their 2 ½ year old son, Geoboy. He was ADORABLE. It was cold and he had so many layers on that he walked like a penguin. He has his own little pint-sized walking stick. It was all just toooooooo cute! We only managed 4 caches. When you have short legs and are dressed in 40 pounds of clothes and boots you don’t make good time. I’m talking about ME here; not Geoboy who was surprisingly quick and agile considering his clothing weighed more than he did! But we had fun. The city was having its annual Winter Jamboree so there were lots of things going on. There were even a dozen or so ice sculptors creating masterpieces on Main Street. Beautiful!

Yesterday morning Mr. Bee and I lounged around reading the paper, doing the crossword, and watching the snow. We were supposed to get 2-4” but got 6’ instead. We walked down to the local pub and grabbed a sandwich for lunch and then came back and launched our assault on the white stuff. Mr. Bee cleared the dooryard and sidewalks with the snow blower and I shoveled the steps, deck and large areas in the front and back yards for Wee Doggie. His legs are only about 4 “ long so I end up shoveling off a lot of lawn so we don’t lose him in the drifts when nature calls.

Worked on Grammie’s sweater some more and quilted some after Extreme Makeover: Home Edition was over. I am really liking my new quilt project. There is a lot of hand embroidery on it. Wish I could share more but so far it’s still a secret. Plan to work on it more tonight while watching the season premier of ‘Digging for The Truth’ . Josh Bernstein will be looking for Atlantis. What a cutie. Maybe I’ll give him a call and suggest that Atlantis may very well be hidden in the wreckage that is my quilt room. It’s at least worth a look!

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

It Never Rains in Southern Californa

I made the yummiest Apple Crisp (click for recipe) on Sunday. I got the recipe from a free Kraft recipe magazine that comes on the mail and is also online. The topping was made with Nilla Wafers and oatmeal. It was soooo good warm from the oven and wasn’t bad warmed over in the micro-just not as crunchy as fresh. There are a lot of keepers among the recipes in this month’s issue. I especially like making meatloaf in muffin cups so you can freeze them for a quick meal some other day rather than eat meatloafy leftovers all week!

BossMan is in San Diego this week and has called me twice complaining about the accommodations at his $200/night hotel. I listened for a while and then finally I asked him what the weather was like there…65°-70° and sunny as it turns out. (It’s ALWAYS 65°-70° in San Diego!) I told him that we got snow yesterday and that today was 5° with a wind chill of -5° to -10°. Made his room look a whole lot better instantly. I aim to please! Call me anytime!

Grammy’s sweater is coming along nicely. Working on the bottom binding and will pick up the first sleeve stitches Friday night at The Sow’s Ear. It’s Knit Night doncha know! Knitting and company ‘til 11PM! YAY!!! It’s so cool getting to stay up late and everything! After I get the sweater done, I am going to work on a knitted denim bag that I saw over at MagKnits. I have a whole bunch of hubby’s jeans that he has worn out. He’s 6’6" so the legs are longer than the Allagash Tote Road. Strips from them should make for some good knitting. Should be an interesting project. Also PeaKnit has me all in a lather to do some more lace after seeing her beautiful shawl. It really hasn’t been long enough since I did my last lace project though so I still vividly remember all of the agony and frustration. I may put the idea on the back burner until the amnesia sets in a little better.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

It's (Finally) Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas!

Finally some snow! There is a Winter Storm Warning and we are supposed to get 4"-6" tonight-the first significant snowfall in two months. It was a lush, green Christmas around here this year! Tonight's extravaganza is supposed to come laced with ice and sleet, which I am not too crazy about, but hey, beggers can't be choosers.

Christmas? Were we speaking about Christmas? Oh yes we were, Oh Mighty Queen of the Segue! Here is a photo of Wee Doggie. He spent Christmas afternoon safely tucked between my freshly minted socks so he wouldn't get trampled in the commotion or get accidently tossed in the discarded wrapping bin. I love Socketta yarn! Almost as much as I love Wee Doggie!

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

It's A Boy!

Haven’t had much time to write since I have a new kid! I added to my little family of scientists on Monday. The new kid's name is Rudy and there is much work to do to beat him into submission like I have the rest of my charges. He’s not as strong-willed as some of the others so ‘Mom’ should be able to whip him into shape tuit suite!

I have been knitting my Grammie’s cardigan, but it still looks like a misshapen lump on the circular needle so I didn’t bother with a picture. It’s going really fast so far. Almost done the back now.

Haven’t been down in the quilt room this week so far. Spent all last evening cleaning out the walk-in closet for the Easter Seals truck that is supposed to come on Thursday. It was like a bad fashion museum in there…huge florals, shoulder pads, lots of rayon…most of it too embarrassing to even give to charity. Now it’s cleaner and we can even see the floor since I cleaned out the old shoe graveyard. I am still my Daddy’s girl-never met a shoe I could stand to part with.

Mr. Bee is going to a gaming thing this weekend so I will have two days to do whatever I please with my little ol’ self. I am still working on getting that %^&* quilting frame together. Remember the one I bought to make my life easier? Riiiiiiighhhht!

Off to walk Wee Doggie…..

Saturday, January 06, 2007

She Said Yes!

My Mum signed the waver to be included on my blog. This is a picture of her in the sweater I made her for Christmas! Doesn't she have a beautiful face and cheery smile?

By the way, she painted the landscape you can see on the wall behind her. Looks and talent. She has it all, my Mum!

Off to the Quilt store in Cambridge this morning to pick up fabric for my super secret project. Quilt work sometimes gets all mathy on me and I ALWAYS underestimate how much I will need and am always to stubborn to ask for help at the shop. Thankfully the quilt shop lady knows about my disability and puts a little more aside for me for when I come crawling back shamefaced! Call her an enabler if you will. I just call her my hero. She understands that it's all just number salad to me!

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Another Knitting Photo

Here is the sweater I knit for my Mum for Christmas! It is the 'Pure and Simple' Top Down Cardigan sweater. It is knit in Cascade Quatro. She kindly sent me several photos since I forgot to take any myself. There were a couple of really nice ones where she was actually wearing the sweater, but she wouldn't give permission to be on my blog. Maybe if I put a grey fuzzy blob or black bar over her face to protect the innocent...I'll have to check.

New Year's Resolution

In the year 2007 I resolve to:
Stop making silly resolutions.

Get your resolution here.

Monday, January 01, 2007

Rats! Rats! Double Rats!

I ran out of fabric for my super secret project (as usual) and decided to take a stab at a wee foundation pieced mini block. After only an hour and a half of tracing templates, cutting strips, sewing and ironing, flipping and folding I got this little lovely.

Isn’t it the cutest thing ever? And absolutely useless! Why? Because even though the instructions repeatedly begged me not to, I still insisted on cutting off the quarter inch seam allowances all around the outside so I can't sew it to anything else. So what have we learned? We have learned that cute, mini-blocks are indeed possible and that we should establish a quilting cut-off (pun intended) time of sometime before 10 p.m. when all available brain cells are still awake and firing! That's right...I perform these experiments so you don't have to....Guess it's back to the old sewing machine!

Cooper and The Garden Guest

I discovered earlier this summer that finches aren't the only thing that like my thistle seeds. Even though there is a plethora of seeds...