Good Morning Sunshine!

and a great cry was heard from the readers of Purlingswine:

"Why Ann why, did you not get the lovely and luscious D#2 to model for you this morning?!  After all, this Panta was knitted for her ……don’t you love us anymore??"

Darlings – we had a recalcitrant D#2 this morning.  Despite the frigid morning temps, D#2 had gone to the trouble of curling her hair and refused to put on the Panta.  ~Panta Panta, dontcha wanna Panta Panta~  Remember the days of waking up hours before the school bell to attend to the coif?  Obviously those days are a very distant memory for me!!

I had a very productive weekend.  I made the above Panta and have started another.  This is a great pattern – uses up oddments of yarn.  And despite D#2’s stand this morning, is a good item if you have in your life people who don’t like to wear hats no matter what the weather.

In the further adventures of my crafty weekend ….

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a mostly completed Pocket Creature and Halcyon along with a close up.

And then under the category of things I forgot to take a picture of this morning ….. one of the Rail Road Rib socks and the beginnings of its mate and stitch markers that I made for the ladies in my knitting class.  I also took a trip to Granny’s on Saturday.  Kathleen helped me to pick out a fantastic yarn for Irish Moss.  She should negotiate for being paid on commission – naturally it is not what I went there to get and cost more.  Just like L’Oreal and Kathleen says – I’m Worth It.  Although Irish Moss is going to be for Boar.  And it will fit Boar.  So really, Boar’s worth it. 

As I am typing this all out it is beginning to sound like a frenetic weekend full of mad knitting.  I wonder if I caught what Kay’s got?  read the December 8th entry.

my knitting space

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The picture on the left is of ‘my chair’ – although there is a little black pug who thinks otherwise and he usually insists on joining me.  At the moment, the furniture is a bit smushed to make way for the Christmas tree.  To the right of my chair is dresser (an 18th century map chest, Vicki!) – the top two drawers are magazines and books and the rest is just one of many stash homes.  You can also see my laptop on top of the chest —- this is a system that is not visually pleasing, but one which is very convenient….. still mulling it over.  Speaking of visually unpleasing…. behind my chair is another chair with a white garbage bag on it – that is my Rhinebeck haul.  The coffee table is an old lobster trap that my father turned into a table.  On it I have an old black metal tackle box that I use for knitting notions.  You may also catch sight of my dressage whip. 

Yeah, I have a whip. So what – don’t you?  I use it to smack (lightly, I swear) the asses of bad dogs —- this allows me to try and maintain order while not getting up from my chair!!  I usually just wave it around and scream – this generally works to restore order as all the canines stare at me as though I’ve lost my mind.  Ha!!  With my whip at the ready and my cordless phone by my side, I reign supreme from this throne.

The other picture is the view from my throne.  To the left of the entertainment center is a desk – inside is my ball winder, camera and various important cords to run electronic equipment.  On top are more knitting books (also under it too, but I don’t think you can see that).  On the wall is an antique needles, shuttles and bobbins display/dispenser from The Boye Needle Company. 

This room is the den, which is right off and open to the kitchen.  Throughout, I have boxes and baskets hiding stash and needles.  I have recently bought an old rootbeer keg specifically to hide yarn!

and that completes our tour of Ann’s Kingdom …..

thank you all for your well wishes regarding D#2.  She is home and recuperating – I kept her home yesterday and today they are having a snow day.  She will be 100% in no time.

the best part?  her plan for today’s glorious snowday ……. have a friend come over and knit!!  (have I died and gone to heaven?)  she is working on legwarmers for herself and the friend wants lessons!

**there is still hope for me to get to Granny’s for some NatureSpun for Irish Moss – the weather reports are for this to be over soon….. fingers crossed!

we had some excitement here last night ….. D#2 fell off the horse during lessons and then afterward complained that it hurt to breathe deep.  After dilly dallying about it, I decided (at friggin 9:30 pm – couldn’t have made this decision at 7!)  that it wouldn’t be a bad idea to have this looked at.  Boar and girlfriends told me that even if she did break a rib there would be nothing to do about it.  But I thought it wouldn’t hurt to get it checked and also today would not be good for dealing with this type of thing – better to have it checked when I can actually take her to the x-ray.  The end of the story is that Boar was right – nothing was done, and she didn’t actually break her rib, just really banged up.  But I do feel better that they looked at it and determined that it is all fine.  Of course, I am exhausted now…… got home from the adventure at midnight.  She is staying home from school today. And I am off to work.
thanks for all your help with my little aran nightmare —- it has been decided, with the help of Kathleen, who I will torture every step of the way, that I shall knit Irish Moss by Alice Starmore.  Yarn shopping happens tomorrow!