Sunday, June 24, 2007

Old and New Things

Old things. Afternoon/early evening thunderstorms. I can't remember the last day without at least a bit of rain. Yesterday it held off until just after a make-up softball game. Which we won. Which was soooo hot. This weather is very weird. I sometimes think perhaps I have been transported to Seattle. But then I realize it would be much cooler there. Not only in temps..

But most mornings are sunny, and Hershey makes the best use of it. He works quite diligently arranging his body and legs to absorb the rays most efficiently. I was supposed to be folding clothes but had quite a nice time watching as he'd look over his shoulder at the east window and then move one foot just a centimeter.

New old things...I got this runner along with a dresser scarf and a tatted doily at a garage sale. I washed and blocked it which was a real trip since it is longer than my bed! There were lots of things I would have like to have purchased but many were out of my price range. I got a real good deal on my little purchases since a friend was the one having it but I didn't want to take advantage. Her inlaws had a big house which they turned into a bed and breakfast. It was just wonderful...not that I ever stayed there, but I attended a party there once. Finally they retired and GAVE the house to their son and his wife..who is my friend. And their moving theory was grand. They took all the things they wanted, and left. Most all of the furniture is still there etc. But one can only use so many sets of china, etc so I'm thinking there might be more sales in the future. I was hoping to purchase a teapot and she had some lovely ones. But I want a plain colored round squatty sort of pot that doesn't hold enough to serve a party.

And new new things. The rain is truly making my tomato plants happy. They are covered with little grape tomatoes. Now if the sun would stay out and let them ripen. I love fried green tomatoes but I think I'd get really tired of slicing these babies up. They're just right for a soon as they get red.

And new socks too. These socks seemed to go really fast considering it didn't seem like I worked on them that often. Do you suppose I'm speeding up a bit? Now I am ready for fall. I'm looking forward to wearing these then. They are very soft. I've had really good luck with the Knitpicks yarn.

I don't know what to do next. I'm really wanting to crochet a baby blanket. I have the pattern. I know how to crochet. I understand the instructions. But I cannot for the life of me get it to work. I know it must have to do with counting. I even swatched a smaller amount thinking that if I could do it over 10 stitches, I could continue on. It still isn't working for me. Maybe I'll wake up in the morning knowing exactly what to do.

In the meantime, I think I'll go see what y'all have been doing. Laters


Ann said...

It's so nice to have you back among us again!

I thought this weekend that I wanted to teach myself to crochet. I had a book..didn't find anything that I liked..then went to JoAnn's. I am thinking that I really didn't want to crochet as much I originally thought.

I opted for a ballband dishcloth instead.



Devorah said...

Gee, I also found myself with crochet hook in hand this weekend. Something going around?

I'm jealous of your tomatoes. Mine have not set any fruit yet. :-(

Anonymous said...

Good to see you posting again.
I have a very nice crochet book. It's on the bookshelf. That's where it is better off. Given my lack of knitting this year, it's probably for the best.

Cookie said...

There you are! :D

Your socks turned out so much better than the ones I made. Well done, you!

Sara said...

We've been having evening/night rain storms too - some with lightning and thunder even!

Hershey and Killian seem to understand how that sun thing works.

Very pretty scarf that you picked up...that seems to be a lost art...and I don't think I'm ever going to learn how to tat!

Your tomato plants look so good...

Love the socks! The yarn is so neat looking.

BTW, I must be the only one who does not crochet around here. It is a disaster if I try...

Am so glad you are back among were missed.

Susan said...

Ann, LOL maybe someday the time will be right. But a ballband dishcloth is always a winner.

Devorah, maybe I'm following a trend I didn't even know about. *G*

Dave, don't forget to move it. I works great for retrieving dropped stitches if nothing else. Well duh! Good thing I re-read your comment. First time I thought it said you had a "hook" on the bookshelf. Are you almost too excited to sleep??

Thanks Cookie! I like yours too even though you said they were ugly. I just figured we must have different taste.

Sara, animals are a lot smarter than we are. There I was wasting that nice sunshine *G*. I learned to crochet when I was just a wee thing. I knit continental and I hold my yarn just like I do when I crochet. All those years I tried to knit by throwing it, and once I was shown the other I went..rather slowly but actually knitting.

Laura said...

I'm hopeless at crochet, but need to do it for a sweater I'm working on. :P

I'm so glad you posted! You've been missed, for sure.

Susan said...

Laura, you're not hopeless...maybe challenged but not hopeless.

I missed you too!!!!

Unknown said...

Sorry to hear about all the rain you might be getting ... I can see why Hersh is so into the sun shining!

Hope all stays well in OK!