Tuesday, January 29, 2008

3 AM Whining








What do you what Bert?


Bert, come and get in under covers. Chief and I are here in the bedroom.

Bert comes to the bed and silence reigns supreme.

The following conversation is a sample of a typical 3:00 am at our household. Why can't he just come to bed. Why do we have to go through the dramatic scene in the hall every stinkin' night!?!

Old Projects - New Pictures

This weekend I went around the house and took some pictures of my old projects for you to see. Some knitting, some other stuff.....
Let's go to the living room. Several years ago Knitters magazine came out with their cable sampler afghan. A couple patterns each issue. It was great looking but after making 5-6 squares I lost interest. I took a couple of the squares and made a pillow from them. The other squares are sitting around waiting for me to decide what to do with them. This is Woolease and I think size 7 needles.

Next up - this little guy was sitting on the coffee table from our knitting night. It's the Mason & Dixon baby sweater from their book. I never finished it cause I decided it needed a crocheted edge or something so, here it sits waiting for an edge and a closure. It least it was a good example of what garter stitch can make...

Over on the other side of the room is my Grandma's table. It's a great old table but has a bit of aged look. So- it got a crocheted tablecloth. I made this one about 4-5 years ago. I can't remember the pattern but had to "show it off". On the table are a couple of my stained glass projects. No, not the lamp- the candle holder and the little box. They were a couple of the beginning projects we made in the class I took with my friend.

I keep my house pretty cool so over several of the chairs are shawls people can put on if they get cold. I've showed you the Victorian Shawl before so here's one of the others. This is a simple garter stitch on big needles shawl I made 20+ years ago. I think it was Reynolds Kitten but I wouldn't swear to it. The blue thing behind it was an experiment in my machine knitting shop days. I tried scanning an Escher picture and knitting it up. It worked out pretty good but it was just a long rectangle so I threw it over the chair so the cats sit on it and when company comes - the blue thing is put in the closet - clean chair....

You've seen Sam the Ram, you've seen the Grandma doll, well I like making dolls. What can I say. They don't need to fit your body. Several family members have some of these dolls. They're from Cottage Creations. The first one is Solveig. She's from the Sven Scandinavian booklet.
These 2 are Bridget and Paddy from the booklet of the same name. All the dolls are made from Germantown yarn. Bridget's hair was knit wool, washed and dried and then unravelled to get the curls. And, yes, you guessed it. I made them about 20 years ago.

Starting to see a pattern here? I knit a ton of stuff back then. From the late 70s thru much of the 80s I worked at the Yarn Shed Friday nights and Saturdays for a friend of the family and I knit whenever I was at the shop I knit. After that time period I did minimal knitting until I started managing a sewing/knitting machine store and eventually had my own shop. So, most of my knitting is the past 3-4 years or over 20 years old or machine knitting.

Next time I'll show you some of my designs from my machine knitting days. Until then, let me know how to convince Bert to just come to bed and not wake me up to tell him it's okay to come to bed. That darn cat!


Guinifer said...

Glad to know I'm not the only one that had conversations with their feline friends. My little Hooter used to do the open-mouthed echoing "MAAOOOW MAAOOOW" in the middle of the night - it usually meant she had come in her cat door with a creature of some sort.

Lorraine said...

LOL - my cat just comes up and purrs and kneads my arms - 3 or 4 times a night. During the day, she'll just sit in my lap but at night, it's the whole love fest.

Guess we should all turn nocturnal.

Kat said...

I have no idea what to suggest with Bert. I know I had issues but now all I need to say is "Bed Time KIDS!" and there are 8 little feet pounding off to bed. Whoever says cats don't listen is nuts. They listen they just don't always do what they are told. Kind of like kids...

Loving the dolls btw, the curly hair is nifty.

limedragon :-: Harriet said...

What is it with cats and 3 AM? Munchkin wakes me up by tapping my cheek constantly.

Love the pillow you made from the squares,, great idea. : )