Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Look What's Happen' Here!

I am glad to say that I am on my way. Now I can get those sock pictures posted so you can see that I actually knit. When more and more things come to me, I will do a pattern, I promise and it will be free.

This the the bridge that I walked into and couldn't come back out of the dark. I had to push the envelope and pick myself up by the seat of my pants and say I am not afraid of the dark and here we are on the road to moving forward and learning more in computer ways.

I will try to get at least one item in the sidebar, if I succeed I will be moving along the road to more success. This is just what I wanted, Hooray! The picture is one either my husband or myself took in Vermont. A beauty and you can't believe how hard we worked to get a maximum picture without telephone wire and other lines. But there she stands in all her glory.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

It's a Start --- Well Maybe

Hi to my friends who have been so very patient with me. I have decided that tomorrow will be set aside for just working on my blog. If I can not seem to get things to jive, I will have to get another book or some guidance somewhere to help me more. I would like to put up some pictures in my blog. Yes, I finally got some to turn out well enough for a start. Some of the areas that hold particular interest for me, like KALs I belong to or have since I started this whole adventure, buttons of people I do business with, buttons of rings I belong to and etc. I know I have held these for so long that I don't know how to get all the info needed for their installation.

But never fear, I shall dig until I find that information. I am finally getting excited about the prospect, you see, I would not give out my blog address because I was embarrassed as to how it looked. I still have to do a button of my own. I understand it is nice, but unless you have a business entity, it really is just that nice. I want my blog to be nice too.

I shall go forth and put on my toughest armor, raise a sword on high and charge to that which I want to achieve most, a good blog, one fun to read and one you will want to come back to over and over. So long for the night, I will see you tomorrow at all expense, "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead". Thanks for your patience.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Promises, Promises

What are all of you doing to keep you busy? I really wanted to say "whil" you time away, but I can't spell it? Oh, well. Just what are you guys up to? I hope it is fun. I have seen wonderful knitting on the emails and new patterns, ours for the taking. Isn't it nice so many generous people there are out there churning out the patterns like it was only a quarter pound of butter to get in return. I say a thank you to all of those who contribute a pattern. If we put five dollars into the bank for every pattern we have pulled off of the net free, I can not imagine what the account would look like by now. But what on green earth does all of this mean with a title like Promises, Promises --- glad you asked.

I have heard a lot of those lately and I am the guilty culprit. I better take a course on managing time better. I let it slip away frivolously. Maybe some of you have ideas on how to manage time better than I do.

I promised myself that I would get a picture of some of the socks I have knit up with some letters to let you know what they are about. Another promise is to start getting the sidebar items up for your information as well as mine. I believe I could go on and on with excuses on why, but they do not amount to a hill of beans. Yeah, I had a double abscess on two back molars, had chills and fever with the infection, and my cranky old knees with more metal than bone in them now - they just don't count. Shore up the timbers, the boat must set sail if it is to do what it is supposed to do. I can not reasonably let people know I have this little piece of blog until I can make it worth their while to stop by. Yep, I could use some strong counseling on how to get it all together.

A major call to all of you out there that know how to do buttons, or know someone who does. Help, I am drowning and need a button to buoy me up. I do hope you know of a good, kind person who would be willing to help out there. What I really need is a good course in computerizing too. (Now if that don't beat all, computerizing is a real word and spelt correctly too. By the time I get done listing the things that take time to do, that wouldn't even be time to list them. What a predicament.

By now you all must know this is not a pity session or meant to drag anyone down with me, but rather a good start on a good blog. I want that so much, I will save time for it. See, now that was not so hard for me to say ---- say, that is the operative word, it's the doin' that makes it all work together. I knew if I rambled long enough I would find the answers I need. So if you are not bored to tears, my screen seems a bit wet, I will sign-off and you can say a big "AMEN".

Monday, July 16, 2007

Watch out the Dam Did Bust!

Isn't it wonderful that we have a boundless outlet for finding free items to encourage us to knit? We have blogs, patterns, knitalongs and many other ways to expand our fun. The patterns are there for anyone to take and use appropriately for enjoyment and certainly to take a stressful day and make it all wonderful with two sticks and ball of yarn. I know I can start knitting and soon the muscles release the tension from the day I have had. Here is the catch. Watch out for overload when it comes to committing to too many groups, blogs, etc. It is so easy to say, yeah I can add that item to the list, only to find out that your tension gets worse because of the desire to do too much! I am so guilty of that, over zealous need to fulfil a deep desire to become a part of everything that is going on the knitting world. An example, do any of you feel guilty about working so hard on the computer that you don't have time left to knit. Please, if there are any of you out there that has an answer to help me and maybe some others too, do so. This is the time to put in some of your thoughts on the subject. There is a lot of other people in the same position that don't know what to do and make themselves in a position they don't want to be in.

Yes, the dam did bust. Too many things to do and no time to do all of them. It is a wonderful group we belong to and a great desire we have to knit. I guess, those of us with this problem, we will have to process our brain messages in the order they should be done. Not collecting, but knitting. Thanks goes to all you very talented persons who give us the wonderful projects to do, and we will keep doing them, but in a much more thoughtful and organized way. Hope I don't sound negative, I just want you to know that I need help in this area and hope some of you who don't will read this blog for today and maybe you can share how you handle this problem. Thanks so much for reading this, my desire is to open our minds to the possibilities knitting affords us.

Sunday, July 01, 2007

Rest at Last

It has turned a new leaf and it is quiet around here -- shh! Someone might wake a raging giant. I have loved today. A little knitting, a good steak with baked potato and mixed veggies, and the thought of peaceful slumber is going to hit me soon. It is only 11:13 pm. I sit here quietly in my den using a keyboard to send you how I feel. I never knew how much 3800 people could write in a day. With 25 a crack, you want to throw it out, but then -- someone might need help you can give, or they may need a shoulder to lean on. After all, my problems seem like an ant from 30,00 feet in the air in a big jet. I may be needed, or it could turn and I may need someone. But peace is there now and I feel like someone is taking care of me. With all of the exertion from last week, this peace is great. You know, like when your about to fall off to sleep and all is right with the world.

I have at least two more KALs to work on. One I have done a lot of socks for already, so I can catch up easily. I am not cheating, they take you as you come. The other Kal is for a stole, a mystery stole, the third one. I can not believe that many have written in that the first clue is completed. That is one hundred rows. Phew - what a pace. You can bet a lucky penny that I will not be in that group, but I will be with the group. A nice difference isn't it? I can go at my slow pace and not feel pushed. After all this is Minnesota and Lake Wobegon is just over the horizon. I can tell that peace will hit me soon. My eyes droop and I am thirsty. Isn't it that the way it is?

What do you people like to knit? I can talk about any kind, whether I really understand it or not, I can try. It's great fun to learn about people, especially their fun relaxations and the accomplishment you feel doing them. Our family used to go the circuit of local fairs in the fall. By now we'd have veggies to clean and trim, clothing to press, canning to shine up, and exhaustion from doing all the work. But seeing a ribbon on the projects was great fun. Give yourselves a ribbon for your accomplishments in knitting or whatever is you fun. Give yourself a big pat on the back, just watch the arm as to not fall over from a very exuberant pat. I need to go to that place of rest to renew my body for tomorrow. Have a peaceful night or day depending on where you live. Think about all the knitting you have done and find a sense of freedom in that. A very Good Night (Day) to you all. Dove

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

I Am Not Lost!

It has been a hectic week. I had our son and his wife and kids here for almost a week. We played board games, went fishing for a whole day and got crappies, blue gills, perch, northern pike, walleye and bass. What a day--- without a bullhead in the bunch. Then the men hit the cleaning and filleting. My husband makes a batter with flout and cornmeal. And they loved it. I love days on the lake, but it was hot and we went in a little early because of that.

Did not get any knitting in, no pictures up, and no email read. I am in a group called Mystery Stole 3 and it will be great fun. It starts Friday, so if anyone is interested, I think you have a week one to join. The leader is great so far. She has about 3500 participants and the pattern is translated into at least 10 languages. So join the fun.

I better get back to my email reading. It is still at about 800 pieces. Have a wonderful weekend coming up and better than that enjoy your fourth safely with family and/or friends. Happy Fourth of July!

Sunday, June 17, 2007

A Perfectly Lazy Sunday

Hi all, it is great to have some Sundays be peaceful and uneventful. I have caught up on some of my emails which were sadly neglected this week. Even if I could buy time, the days were way to full as is. I got some extra zzz's in and I feel a whole lot better for that. I hope all of you are feeling as well, and if not I hope you are better soon.

Projects, well I am aiming for this week to get one sock pic up and some of my buttons of KALs I belong to in case some of you are involved in the same ones. Then we will have something in common.

Some of my WIP are: Print O' the Wave Stole, Gentleman's Socks, Mystery Stole, and Mystery Socks. You can see I like it when others pick the project and I get the surprise. I like to knit socks very much, but over the years I need a few of what I call - put-in-betweens, just to keep me going. I usually finish one thing at a time, but with this stash (yours, too?) I am decreasing the size of the sun porch. My wish is to get some of it under my wing and get it done. I would really like to see a finished project now and then. I just finished a pair of beautiful socks foe my daughter, Beth. Guess what, it was not logged or had a picture of. You know what that means, she has to wear them here one day for a picture setting. Sounds easy enough?

Until the sun set again and again, I will try my very best to bring something interesting for y ou all to see and read about. On Lazy Sundays, that isn't much to say, just peacefully knit on your projects and enjoy some progress. Have a nice night, Deb

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Time to Get Some Things Done

I am trying to do some things that are different on this blog. I would really like some input on what you think a blog should do for you as you read it. Here are a few of the items I would like to include. Design a sock pattern once in awhile. How often? Well that depends on how much time I need to keep a good blog to start up and maintain. Fun pop questions that come up and need a solution, like have you got a real neat idea for storing needles that doesn't cost an arm and a leg? Free yarn would be nice, but that is stretching a full budget right now. If someone out there would like to co-chair a good knit along that does not apply pressure to your already full baskets, something really creative. But who ever is the co-chair would need to know the ropes to help construct a truly good knit along. I am a good support person with some good ideas, but don't know anything about even building a blog. Which come to a point I need help with at this time. I need a button for my blog. I have no idea how to do that. Some tutoring for yarn exchange would be great. I do a lot of yarn exchanges for some of the nice European books and yarns out there. I could share my knowledge from how to get phenomenal hand painted or dyed yarns in Europe and England.

Think your getting the idea with where this blog should be going? Help, shared help, just plain talking things over and suggestions of how to make things smooth out in everyday situations. I know there are a lot of creative minds out there who can share with us if we just put a hand out and figure how we can help them with their concerns. Making things easier so we have more time to knit. One of my friends from Germany suggested that we need to have a machine where we could exchange a task or money for time. We all need time from time to time ---? time, time, time. Yup, it still is there and needed. A little time soothes our nerves, and if knitting isn't doing it, you need an easier project. You can always go back to a tough project you once thought would be great to do, but now you could tear your hair out. Put it on the back burner and have the tea, coffee, iced tea.... you get the idea and knit, read a good (knitting) book, look on the internet to buy something new (yarn) and get it going again.

I hope you all can help and together make a great idea come alive. I'd appreciate that. Better go off and find some buttons. I have lots to put on the blog, -- now there's a good idea! Have a wonderful day and night. Share your love with those you know and just feel good.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

It's Late Again

I find it harder and harder to get to bed at a reasonable hour and get up at a respectable hour. But that is life.

This is to let you know a little more about me personally. I have knit for 40+ years. Love to knit what I call the "4S's". They are socks, shawls, scarves and sweaters. A few other items could be added every now and then, but for the better part, that's my life in knitting. I do a lot of knitting now that my age is creeping up on me.

I love to travel which is being done now by car or train because we finally have time to do it. I love the New England area and the Northwest states. We have had our days in tents, now it is smaller "ma and pa" strip motels. It is a lot easier getting our luggage into a motel where parking is right out front. We have had our days on the concierge floors. I admit some of the treats they used to give made it worthwhile, but listening to the trees gives me greater pleasure. This is getting to sound like a travelogue.

I'll skip back to the subject at hand, KNITTING. Yup, that's it. Comforting, relaxing (there is a difference to me), shaking off the day's problems or better yet thinking about the things that went right during the day. Favorite kinds of knitting patterns are lace, textured, and just plain old plain knitting that is mindless as when you think you have lost all but one of your marbles and the one lone marble left has no one to talk to. Now that is mindless. I sometimes define words so people get an understanding of just what I really mean, or I will put words in people's sentences before they even get a chance to end them properly. But I digress again. But never fear, knitting will always come back and if you are anything like myself, you still will collect yarn and patterns to last ten lifetimes. We will share a lot as we go along. I hope you will enjoy the journey and not fear to say what's on your mind. Keep in mind, there is a limit in that too. I'll enjoy getting to know you and hope you will enjoy me too. I'll close so I can go to sleep perchance to ...... Even that is used in knitting in a very pleasant way and that is the way I will end tonight pleasantly after having shared somethings with you. Good Nite all.

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Who's the Knitting Dove?

It is great to be starting this blog. For quite awhile I have wanted to have one, but one thing after another interfered with getting it done. Now the big obstacle will be to get a button of my own. I can hardly wait for the time I can say, feel free to take my button! The blog means to me a real commitment to getting some interesting items into the blog, some pictures of the knitting I am doing, information I think is in the forefront. It means telling others how my day is going and helping others get through their day or congratulating them on something special they have done, said, or is happening in their lives.

I have started on a long road I hope this time. There is a strong commitment from me to have a blog others would want to come to and a strong desire to develop a pattern that is new for socks and in the future will see what happens. The big need it to set time aside in which to do some knitting, some shopping on the Internet for yarn, and answer emails as they come in, not a week later, but now. You can see that I am serious, but we all need support every now and then, just let me know and I'll try to help you too. Winging off, the knitting dove