Friday, November 30, 2007

A Weekend of Extreme Opposites , Knit Throw Pattern and a Naughty Cat

It was hubby`s birthday on Friday and after going to Oshawa to pick up the boys, he came home to open his gift.

He said that I`d never be able to top the gift I got him last year, so I figured why try and got him another one. Washburn this time. Found it at a really really good price and researched it at a guitar forum before because I don`t know anything about guitars. It`s brand new but had a small surface crack that was repaired and guaranteed to sound perfect. It has a rich sound!
We had a huge roast chicken for supper and chocolate birthday cake.

But sadly, Saturday morning I had to go to a funeral. My Aunt Lorna passed away on Thursday. She was 87 and had fluid on her lungs. She`s gone to that great place of mystery. The place no one lives to tell about. I was never frightened of death when I was younger. Maybe that came with age or that I got a taste of it awhile back when I had an ultrasound. It`s just such a mystery and such an "alone" journey. "Goodbye Aunt Lorna. I hope to see you again some day."

We woke up to this today. I guess we`re going to have a real winter this year and no bare feet on Christmas Day.
A few friends have asked about that easy knitting pattern. So here it is and if I can do it, anyone can. One row of pattern, one of purl and then one of knitting. 3 rows repeated. Pattern is under this picture...

I used 6mm needles but the pattern calls for 4mm. It geets bigger faster with the 6 haha...

Cast on 36 stiches. WO means to bring the yarn in front which will make an extra stitch.

1st ROW: K1, K2 together, K 6, WO, K1, WO, K6, K2 together TWICE, K6, WO, K1, WO, K6, K2 together, K1

2nd ROW: PURL

3rd ROW: KNIT

These three rows form the pattern.
Make 60 patterns long and 5 panels wide.
15 50 gram balls
*** Note
I`ve read many times from knitters that the best yarn bargains are on E-Bay. I would have loved to buy some real wool but for now I settled on 1 pound of 4 ply acrylic yarn equaling approx. 800 yards and it looks like I`ll still have extra. It cost me a few cents under $14 with shipping included!

I`m making a smaller one so am doing 27 pattern long and maybe 6 or 7 panels wide.
Then I might pick up all the stitches again and make some sort of edging on it.
It really is easy and memorizable after awhile. I have had to undo a few times though from not paying attention LOL
"Angus! What are you doing?!"

"You naughty boy!"

If anyone has been reading this blog lately, you`ll notice that my posts have become fewer each month. I`ve somehow lost my inspiration I`m afraid. So I`m not sure when my next post will be. Maybe again next weekend, but maybe not. Need to go on a journey and search. I hope I find it again. But for now, it seems to have faded away... gone off into the sunset, leaving me behind to deal with it missing.
Hope everyone is having a nice weekend and prayers to all the scared or lonely or desperate in this mad mad world.

8 comments:

Kathy said...

I am so sorry for your loss.

BTW
I love your kitty pic. My fat grey cat thinks the table is his domain!

The Thrifty Blogger said...

My condolences to you and your family. Tough times. :(

Thanks for posting that pattern, it looks beautiful. I am going to try it sometime in the next week or two. Thanks!

Happy Birthday to your husband. How about some inspiration in the form of some guitar playing on youtube? He plays, you sing? :)

We've got snow and ice here too. Blah. It can stop anytime.

Christine of Epiphany said...

Sometimes real life is more compelling and interesting than virtual life!

Kari said...

I'm so sorry that your Aunt Lorna has passed away. And yes, I think the older we get, the more we wonder about "what's out there" after we leave this earth. I have to believe there is SOMETHING out there - or else, what's the point, right??

Anyway, I too have struggled with blogging as of late. I don't know if I'm just too busy or if I don't have anything good to say or what my problem is. And I haven't been visiting blogs like I want to either. I wonder if I'm losing interest or if I'm just having menopausal issues. lol But, if it's any comfort to you, I've noticed that while there are still quite a few people out here that are posting AND commenting, I think the huge majority of us are lagging at it. I think it may have to do with the holidays. (That's what I'm hoping anyway.) Speaking of which, I'd like to send you a Christmas card if you would send me your address.

Hope you start feeling "peppy-ier" soon!
Merry Christmas -
Kari

Julie Marie said...

Hi, Tea,

I hope you don't stop blogging altogether - I have enjoyed your adventures with your dog and cats. I can understand, however, if you need to go away and re-group for a while.

You must do what is best for you.

Take care in the meantime,

Julie

jessica said...

sorry for the loss of your Aunt Lorna.
sometimes we need to take a break from some things. I know for me it gets real busy now and my direction has been changing, therefore less focus on blogging too. it's okay.

Palm Springs Savant said...

sorry to hear about Aunt Lorna.

Gena said...

I am sorry to hear of your loss Tea, I know what you mean about the blogging,I am struggling too and reading my past couple of posts I clearly come across as some mad woman who cant get her act together in time for Christmas!It will get better for all of us I am sure!