What: A bright green Beetle
Where: On my afternoon walk with Dodger
When: Last week
What: Dodger sleeping after destroying a new chew toy
Where: On the couch
When: January 2007
What: Me wearing Paul's big ole sunglasses
Where: The bathroom, naturally
When: When he left them at my place last week
What: A china doll that my mom sewed a jacket for
Where: I think around Columbia, Tennessee
When: In the last few months
What: Reflections at the hair salon
Where: Rivergate Mall
When: January 2007
Sunday, May 27, 2007
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Monday, May 21, 2007
Did you know? Jennifer blogged about me and my favorite album, and said a bunch of nice stuff about me too.
Did you know? I put a picture of the current book I'm reading on the right side of my blog. It's under the weather pixie, who shows the current weather in Nashville.
Did you know, Nashvillians? I'm looking for a new place to live, starting August 1. So if you know of a rental property or potential roommate, please let me know!
Did you know? This gimmick gets old the fourth time.
at 8:50 PM
Sunday, May 20, 2007
Sunday, May 13, 2007
Wednesday, May 02, 2007
Long ago I had an unfortunate run-in with picked-up stitches. It resulted in the ugliest thing I think I've ever knit. It was a poncho and I used boucle yarn that you really couldn't tink back, because it was too textured and stuck to itself. I was almost done, and then I picked up stitches for the collar, which was supposed to lay flat. I picked up more stitches than the pattern called for, but thought "Oh, well, that's OK." The result was a hideous ruffle at the collar. I threw the poncho over my head, looked in the mirror, and knew instantly I was never gonna wear this thing. It reminded me of some horrible Minnie Pearl-inspired muumuu poncho. Ug-ly.
Now I'm much more exacting about picking up stitches. I know if I pick up too many, I may have ruffles where ruffles should not be. The Lotus Blossom Tank called for picked-up stitches around the armholes and neckhole. It took me a few tries to figure out how to pick up the right number. Perhaps you've figured this all out, but I'm going to tell you how I did it because I figure it may elude someone else too!
For the armhole: pick up 96 stitches. You can't pick up a stitch for each of the stitches present--that's too many. But how do you pick up the right number of stitches all the way around?
First, I measured the length of the armhole: 20 inches. Ninety-six divided by twenty is 4.8. Almost 5 stitches per inch. I measured every two inches and placed a safety pin (see photo). Then I picked up ten stitches every increment, making sure to stop at 96. It worked! I got the right number of stitches around the armholes and neckhole.
PS--Log cabin knitting's great because as you turn the piece to make a new strip, you do pick up a stitch for every stitch present--ahhh, intuitive.
at 6:02 PM