Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Closer


Got the last skein for my vest today! It wasn't fun to run out of yarn on a Saturday night because the shop doesn't open again until Tuesday. I have literally inches to go with the side I-cord, I may or may not do them for the arms.

The pattern said to go back and forth with the circular needle, but that was a bit fussy for me. I got out my DPN's and knit the I-cord that way. I'd knit 3, purl2tog then put the yarn in back, slip one from the circular needle, slide the stitches to the right and repeat.

Clear as mud?

Monday, September 29, 2008

Dreams...going...went.

I've decided that I didn't want to let my old blog at livejournal die. But what to do about it? I no longer use it to blog daily stuff and no one really is over there anymore. And then I had the "aha" moment.

Since no one really responds to my dreams, but I like to look back at them, that's what I'll use it for. So if you liked lurking and reading those strange noctural happenings, you can find them at my rosalindea livejournal site. I've also added it to the sidebar of blogs.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Tending an Orchid

Last fall, a woman prayed over me and said things like "God has great love for this one." She said she saw a flower and as she prayed for, it was an orchid. That God carefully tends me like an orchid. It was a beautiful thing to hear. As a Christian, you know that God does tend each one of us and does love us. But it was neat to hear it so personalized. And, an orchid has always been one of my favorite flowers.

Tonight, I finally began to read the book, Intercessor by Norman Grubb. As I was reading the beginning of chapter 6, it reminded me again of the orchid. What exactly, does it mean to tend one? So I googled.

1. The first hit from River Valley Orchards was uncanny. Here's what stood out to me:

...tending orchids linked each one of us to what was mysterious, beautiful, and profoundly awe-inspiring on this planet in a way that nothing else could...They demand your passion for life. In return, they will reward you with sublime beauty, and, if you're attentive, orchids will transport you to distant and mysterious shores.

And we created the OrchidTalk Orchid Forums to ensure that your journeys leave you surprised and filled with joy.

I don't feel beautiful or mysterious or even profoundly awe-inspiring. But I feel the yearning to be those things. And it does seem as if those qualities could attract others to God. The latter line was interesting because of the word Joy.

2. An article about a woman that says that growing orchids is good for your soul. In one of the last paragraphs, she states that "when she is tending to her orchids, and enjoying it all, that it's not her doing the nurturing. Actually, the orchids are nurturing her."

3. An article on how orchid growing is blooming, had some nuts and bolts.

An old saying goes, "Vua choi lan, quan choi tra" (A king collects orchids, a mandarin collects camellias).

To successfully make an orchid bloom, enthusiasts say, the gardener must have a pure heart and the patience of a saint.

Orchids won’t bring their owners material wealth or social status, they explain. So those with enough dedication to tend to these delicate flowers and wait for their fleeting blooms must do so simply to enjoy the personal challenge and test of their patience.

orchids demand daily care

flowers’ fickle nature

Orchids need light but can’t stand direct sunlight, he explains...must be airy but not too windy, humid but not water-logged. People often use a special net to protect orchid plants from intense sunlight and put charcoal and coconut fibres under their pots to prevent waterlogging. Neglect an orchid for a day or two, and one may return to find a fungus has destroyed the plant.

4. Then, when I accidentally put in my search term "orchid" into the address, I came up of course, with an orchid growers site. Their top reason that orchids may not bloom? Not enough light. In order to move an orchid into a better lit area, you have to do it gradually or it will burn up. Old stems that look dead, may bloom again (reminds me of my peach tree story).


Interesting findings. Some I could take symbolically. But I'm thinking, maybe I should just buy a plant and see how it really works out?

Friday, September 26, 2008

Close


Just blocking, the I-cord and weaving in ends. So close....

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Just 3 Months

We were talking at work about this place that charges $500,000 for all the plastic surgery you want at one time and then 3 months staying at a mansion recovering.

Forget the plastic surgery, I want the 3 months in the mansion with a chef, maid, everything I need for self-improvement. Imagine what could get done in 3 months!

I could:
1. Tone my body
2. Pray more
3. Have nice toes & heels (mine are really ugly)
4. catch up on rest
5. Write a lot

It's really hard to get that kind of stuff done in the day to day business of life. But maybe, I can work on one thing at a time.

But I still think that 3 months in a mansion would be cool.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Three Words

From a retreat last weekend:

Joy

Openness

Trust

Thursday, September 18, 2008

You know you're married to a computer geek when...

...he tells you that a co-worker was excited today. Oh? There's hardly any excitement at work. What was he excited about?

It was the co-worker's first time he got to hold a terabyte drive.

It sometimes takes so little to turn on a programmer.

In Remembrance


As the newscasts of the 35W bridge falling played on the TV, I knit this scarf. I knit in my shock, sorrow and prayers for those who were hurt, whose families who have lost someone. I knit as if I could create a fabric to span the broken lengths of the bridge.

Today I wear the scarf as the new 35W bridge is opened up for traffic. I wear it to remember the tragedy and to pray for the people who still carry wounds.

I remember.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Almost There...


To do:
  • Add pockets & lining
  • knit collar
  • knit I-cord
  • weave in ends
  • block
  • add zipper

Is there such a thing as "Finishitis?"

If you recall, a little while back, I could not stop myself from starting projects. Well, now I have less than the alotted 7 projects going and...all I want to do is finish projects.

As I told hubby last night, maybe it's okay to listen to my inner voice of creativity if at one point all I want to do is start projects, and another, all I want to do is finish projects. He's not so sure he trusts that voice of mine.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Just About Fits


I changed out my buttons today on the Printed Silk Cardigan. I had bought larger ones but they were just too heavy for the silk. Also, wove in all the ends that were still hanging out and blocked some parts again. Yeah, I know it was supposed to be done for the Raveylmpics (and I said it was) but there always seems to be some more adjustments needed.

Speaking of, I think I like just having 3 buttons. I'll probably sew the other buttonholes closed and put simple snap closures on the inside to avoid the gaping issue.

The cardigan looks soft and lovely and flattering. it is slightly bigger than I had wanted in the front. When I bend over, the cardi gapes downward. I also should have made the neckline higher. But it's done (or just about) and I think I'll wear it tomorrow to see the author, Elisabeth Musser.

Voila!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

I Almost Set Fire to the Vest


See this vest? It was almost ashes, toast, set on fire. But, the practical side of me thought, hey, why not make it into a bag?

Let me go back to the catalyst to fill you in. This afternoon, I was anticipating finishing the knitting of the vest. But realized to my horror that the back of the vest was off center. Somehow, I figured, I had decreased the armholes at an uneven rate. It wasn't a complete disaster at this point, I only ripped back a few inches to the armholes and started them up again.

After the first row back, I counted on each side. It was still off. What the - ? At this point, I had visions of setting this thing on fire. I was NOT going to start over after this point. The Vikings were losing their game (quite stupidly too), so I was thoroughly frustrated and upset. I went upstairs to try to figure this out.

After measuring in a couple of places, I found, to my horror, that I had been off 1" from the very beginning. Luckily (or unluckily) I'm making the largest size so perhaps 1" may not make that much difference. What if I could eventually add a little more stitches to one side while taking them away from the other? It might work, with blocking. And did I mention that I am ABSOLUTELY NOT KNITTING THIS OVER. If this doesn't work, I'm making this into a tote bag.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Yarn Giveaway?

Awhile back I asked the question if anyone was interested in a yarn giveaway. Is there still interest?

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Bear Story


Going camping again reminded me of something that happened when I was a kid. Every year as a family, we'd go camping in Superior National Forest in our little camper. One year, we were warned that bears were in the area so not to leave our food out, make noise when we go through the woods, etc. They were black bears so they were probably more afraid of you.

My sister thought she'd play a joke on me and pretend she spotted a bear. As we were coming back from a walk, she pointed into the woods and said, "look at the bear!"

My dad peered into the woods and said "hey, there really is a bear there."

My sister screamed, pushed me out of the way (toward the bear), jumped into the camper and locked the door.

I never did get to see the bear before it ran away.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Grocery Game

I think I hit an all time high in coupon savings last night. Yes, I am a compulsive coupon cutter, it's something my mom did and now I feel like I'm being cheated if I don't use coupons at the grocery store.

Last night our total bill was around $79. After coupons, it came down to $51.87, that's a 30% savings.

I feel like I've accomplished something great and just wanted to share.

Monday, September 8, 2008

How many of these have you read?

I saw this on Star Knit's blog and thought I'd see how many I've read as well.

The National Endowment for the Arts believes that the average American has read only 6 of the books on the list below.


1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize those you intend to read.
3) Underline (or mark in a different color) the books you LOVE
4) Reprint this list in your blog so we can try and track down these people who’ve read only 6 and force books upon them

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare Have read most of his plays
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34 Emma - Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meany - John Irving
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding
69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession - AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web - EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo



That makes 35 for me. How about you? Post on your blog, then post or send me a link if you'd like.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Dog Days at Itasca State Park

I'm finally rested up and since my humans are sleeping, I thought I'd paw a few lines about our vacation to Itasca State Park last week. Here you can see me at the Headwaters of the Mississippi River. But a lot happened before and after that. We stayed in site #222 at the Pine Ridge Campground in the park in the Pine loop. For two nights we were the only ones staying in that loop. It was a nice site, very shady and full of trees. The tent was protected from the wind and rain. The humans said the bathrooms and showers were nice and new too.

I was worried that my humans would forget to take me, so I had to whine and stick close to them as they packed up the truck. It worked! They took me with and let me stick my head out of the window most of the way. The first day was warm and we went walking through woods. Lots of places to sniff and leave my mark.


That night, it rained a lot. Luckily, I got to spend the time in the tent with the humans. We drove to a couple of towns that next day and they went shopping. I saw the female human bought some yarn and they also got some chocolate which they didn't share with me. We also saw a bear crossing the road and lots of deer.

The next day was a little colder and it rained off and on. We drove around a lot and looked at a few places. Here's me at some kind of look out point. I don't know what I was supposed to look out for.



And here's me at some large tree. Unfortunately, they fenced it off so I couldn't leave my mark on it.
The sky was gray most of the time but when the clouds came out, it looked nice. Almost as nice as a bowl of dog treats.
Here's another picture of the headwaters. The female human crossed over and took some pictures. It was too cold to wade across, at least that's what she said. I was tired after a few trails and didn't feel like jumping in the truck. But they made me get in again. By nighttime, I was at the tent entrance at 8:30pm. Enough of being outside for one day. The humans laughed at me and said "we wore out the dog." I beg to differ. I just know when to quit.

Here's me in my first trip in the boat. My humans did have to coax me in with some treats and a little pulling but I made it. It's not too bad and every once in awhile, I get to lick a fish.
We had a stowaway on board.
Lots of ducks to sniff at on the docks. They left their marks just like me.
I was pretty tired on the way home and slept most of the way. But I did get to see a double rainbow. When I got home I slept for about 2 days but now I'm ready to go again. I'd give this trip three paws up.

Camp Knitting


I knew I packed too many knitting projects, but it's hard to know what I will want to knit until I get there. On the first night, at the in-law's (before we got down to camping) I realized that I had put in my pocket openings in the Estes Vest in different places. Argh, rip, rip.

I then put it aside and began my Cardigan for Arwen. It's going swimmingly, did a hem and started the cabling. Then I forgot the project at the in-laws and went camping.

Luckily, I had with a skein of the standard Peaches N' Cream stuff and made two washcloths before I had enough courage to face my Estes Vest, which was in oddly wound balls.

The socks never had a chance to start. I didn't finish the pair on the needles so I didn't feel like starting another pair. And to be quite honest, I'm kinda tired of knitting socks. This may shock the knitting world, but yeah, I even get tired of knitting socks. There, I said it. Throw your rotten tomatoes.

I did find two nice knitting shops. The one in Nisswa, Utrinkets was small but nice. I found a skein of yarn in a pretty colorway (see top photo) that is not my usual thing. I've been trying to stay away from reds and blues because that's all I seem to buy.

On the first rainy day (yes first, not last) we went to Park Rapids and I found Monkia's Quilt & Yarn Shop. It's a very nice large store and I could have browsed for hours. I wanted to get a skein of the lace weight Malabrigo but didn't really love any of the colors. Instead, I bought some Marble Chunky yarn for a prayer shawl and some 100% silk (last photo) on clearance.


All in all, it was a nice vacation but it wasn't what I expected. I did get to experience a few different yarn shops and score some cool yarn and start over on Estes. In fact, tonight, I'm almost done with the increases on Estes, it's over 1/3 done. And yes, I did get the Arwen back, but that's now on hold until Estes is finished (or so that's the plan for now).