Tuesday, September 14, 2010

My newest accouterment

I knit this scarf over the weekend. It was very therapeutic.

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I love the color and how lacy and airy it turned out. I used #11 needles, and straight knit 27 stitches per row, every now and then doing a row of triple yarn-overs.

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I learned what a yarn-over was from the video tutorials on an excellent website that I found. I also looked up how to cast off, because I’d forgotten how it’s done.

If you’re interested in learning to knit, visit Wool and the Gang and click on ‘Tutorials’. It’s great!

I know this may sound crazy, but I’m sort of looking forward to crisp cold autumn nights in my wooly socks, knitting. I may even branch out from just doing scarves.

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In other matters ~

1. It has come to my attention that I’ve reached a milestone in my blogging (ahem) career. Surprisingly, I’ve written over a thousand posts, only noticing last night when I went to edit something. I’ve been blogging since December 2007 and never thought I’d get to a hundred, much less a thousand posts. (I’ll probably hold a giveaway later this week. I love an excuse to have a giveaway).

2. After he eats his dinner, each and every night since he was a young pup, George comes into the living room and rolls on his back. We’ve never understood why.

3. We have new neighbors. They’re loud and rude and ditto goes for their vehicles. And their children. Lovely.

4. I love listening to our son play the piano in his room.

5. My hair is driving me crazy and it’s been 9 weeks since I’ve been to Hoity-Toityville to get it done at the salon. Luckily I have an appointment later this week.

Anything you care to share? Oh, come on. Don’t be shy . . .


Ashley said...

I have never commented, but I love your site. And today I love that scarf + "hoity toityville!" Awesome!

Ha ha.

Today, for some reason, I am caring to share. I always feel kind of silly thinking that the blogger will actually be interested in what I have to say, but... here goes!

I am in the AF and with that comes friends and co-workers moving on in their careers. I am currently TDY for a class and am very excited to meet up with a former co-worker. She was the FIRST person I supervised in the AF as a new SSgt and we learned so much from each other. She really "grew up" right in front of me and showed me that you do not always come into the military completely prepared. She is such a sweet girl and she has really taken off and I am so happy to know that.

So, wow. Hope that wasn't too much sharing. I am just happy. :)

Andi said...

What a pretty color!! Love it and can't believe you made it in a weekend. I have tried to teach myself to knit a few times and just can't get the hang of it. Crochet, one needle, is much easier for me, but not nearly as fast!

what do I want to share today? Hmmm....pretty much a mixed bag of junk and very busy week this week in my world, so not much to say I guess. :)

Country Girl said...

Well, hey J&A. I can't respond to you other than this way, because your e-mail address isn't available to me. I'm always interested in what people have to say, but I will admit, I had to google the military terms!
I think it's exciting to watch someone grow from what you're teaching them. Bravo to you!

And thanks for not being shy.

~ C.G.

Gena @ A Bluebonnet in Beantown said...

Love the scarf. I can just picture it with really fun earrings and a simple tee. Gorgeous! As one who sewed her skirt pockets upside down in home ec, I'm in complete awe. I wish I could knit. And sew. I once crocheted a very lumpy, but love-filled baby blanket for my goddaughter. That's the extent of my crafty abilities. Congratulations on your 1,000+ posts!


Farm Girl said...

Just love your site and all of your posts and your pictures. I am impressed that you have done over 1000 posts, wow! You make me think...a lot...so much in fact I always go away thinking and not writing because everything you say is so profound and eloquent. I feel like a very small fish in a very big pond. :) That is good though, keeps me reaching. I tell myself, someday,
I might be able to take pictures almost as good as you. :)
You are truly gifted. I think after my year of learning about a camera, I have found, it isn't the camera, so much as what you see with your heart.
I like your heart. :)

Char said...

congrats on the milestones - that's awesome.

love the scarf and the color - perfection.

me - i've learned that one advil and two tylenol work pretty well together. i have no clue why i bought two pair of short black boots and i can't wait for fall.

Mental P Mama said...

Where are the neighbors???? And that is quite impressive since you were relearning to cast on the last time I was here. I colored my hair darker than my natural color a few weeks ago. It is fun;)

Snap said...

Love the scarf!!!

Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

The scarf is beautiful.

Wool and the Gang is a great name.

I had almost every Kool and the Gang album.

You need to take some photos of Hoity Toityville. And of George in the living room after he eats.

Most importantly, you need to take some photos of the neighbors. Please.

Hilary said...

Love it!!!!! Good job.
Isn't it soothing?
You will enjoy it all winter long.
I am due for a trip to Hoity toity ville myself.
I wanna give it up.

Hilary said...

Oh, and I LOVE that word.

Unknown said...

Scarf-Beautiful...love those colors!
New neighbors-Yuck! I have a noisey neighbor too...she slams her front door every morning on the way out to walk her dogs.....her dogs bark all day long, because they miss her.....She ignores them mostly......
We are in a condo....and one night I woke up at 11:45pm to her hammering on the wall near my head....she was putting up framed pictures at that hour....I could go on...
Send in the clowns....smiles.

beth said...

my hair is driving me crazy too !
it's been 7 weeks and i think i'm just going to let it grow.....well, maybe.

sophie eats, belches and then cleans her paws after she eats.....it's only an evening ritual, though.

the other times of the day, she goes back to bed after her tummy is full.

and that scarf ? oh way so beautiful !

Country Girl said...

Dear Farm Girl,

Eloquent and profound? Nobody that knows me in real life would say that about me, but it's awfully nice to hear you say it. So thanks for that.

Keep reaching! It's what I do every day.

~ C.G.

Country Girl said...


If you're parked in our driveway, sitting in your car facing the garage doors - the neighbors are directly at your back through the trees across the property. Can you see it?

~ C.G.

Dawn said...

haha....oh Thank YOU! I needed to read this today!
For one...my favorite color is blue and I love scarves! I can see where this would be something to do to relax and de-stress.

-I have had a very grey day today, and your `thoughts` made me smile...which leads me to this thought.....I MOVED to the country to get away from neighbors such as yours. Nothing like running from an issue (or 2)....but it had to be done!

Happy day to you,
thanks for your post...congrats on 1000!

Dawn said...

haha....oh Thank YOU! I needed to read this today!
For one...my favorite color is blue and I love scarves! I can see where this would be something to do to relax and de-stress.

-I have had a very grey day today, and your `thoughts` made me smile...which leads me to this thought.....I MOVED to the country to get away from neighbors such as yours. Nothing like running from an issue (or 2)....but it had to be done!

Happy day to you,
thanks for your post...congrats on 1000!

Low Tide High Style said...

I love the color and the stitch pattern you chose for your beautiful new scarf.

As far as sharing, here goes...remember you asked for it!

1. I keep getting amazing signs from my friend who recently passed away, it helps me to deal with his being gone.

2. I actually was asked to write MORE for a story I just submitted, usually I have to cut them down not the other way around.

3. My hair is a mess too and could use a good dye job...tout suite!

I hope your new neighbors learn to be more considerate and more neighborly!

Kat :)

Low Tide High Style said...

Dang it, I hit the publish button before saying congrats on your 1000th post!

I really do need to slow down I think!!

Kat :)

deborah said...

Gorgeous scarf! I crochet, but am not adept at knitting. Maybe I will try it again seeing your scarf!
Please take pictures of Hoity-Toityville, George rolling, and your new neighbors. Noisy ones are the worst..I'm sorry.
Not much here..just helping my dear MIL make her first quilt and trying to calm my mother, whose dementia is worsening by the day.

What will you knit next? I really like the yarn that you selected, is it cotton?

wayne15575 said...

Kate, would you consider on of your scarfs for a give-a-way? Maybe even one of a masculine nature would be nice as well.

mrs mediocrity said...

Love your scarf, beautiful. I am looking forward to knitting in front of the fire soon.

Ugh. I hate my hair, trying to grow it back out, and then I will hate it long and get it all cut off again.

Brynwood Needleworks said...

Hi Kate:
Some day I'll tell you about OUR neighbors. (sheesh!)

Today, I spent the day in Williamsburg, VA with a blog girlfriend, Shell May of The Raspberry Rabbits blog. She is teeny, tiny in stature, but HUGE in the heart department!

Tonight, we went for dinner with friends to the Golden Corral. Never been there before. Dinner was pretty good, but when pulling my chair in to eat, the wobbly legs pinched my middle finger on my left hand and mangled a huge hunk of flesh right off it. Bled like a stuck pig, I did. I'm typing my message to you now with a very stylish bandage on said sore, swollen and glued middle finger, courtesy of the Williamsburg hospital emergency room.

Life is good!

Anonymous said...

Dee from Tennessee

I've already said this but I'm LOVIN' that scarf -- it rocks! But I still think I would go more nuts trying to learn how -- and I did look at a youtube video and got dizzy just watching it! LOL

I am just plain ol' "down in the dumps" as my granny would say, and your blog is a little treasure to me to give me a much-needed boost.

Hope you have a great week from the long time reader!!

Anonymous said...

Dee from Tennessee

Oh I just now saw your answer to my question about knitting -- sorry, I should have checked the other post first.

I have a friend who does knit, so maybe - just maybe, I might try it after I bet her to show me how verrrrrrry slowly. But if the truth be told, I do have a wee bit of OCD ( in fact, I think it should be CDO so it would be alphabetically correct...LOL).

Nancy Grossi ~ Churned In Cali ~ The Wife of a Dairyman said...

What a beautiful scarf! I crochet and I use to knit when I was a kid and have since forgotten how. I must reteach myself because knitting is beautiful:)

Lili said...

Oh that scarf is soooo bea-U-ti-ful! Just think, pretty soon you may reach another awesome goal of knitting things like reaching 1000 posts! That's very impressive, congrats! And that George, I think he's really a human, so CUTE! (not that humans roll on their back after they eat, but you know what I mean.) Oh gosh, something to share, well I still haven't eaten a lobster this season and I've thrown back more keepers than I have kept. I think I'm becoming a catch and release lobster person. ~Lili

Mary Lou said...

Beautiful shawl. It will be great with your hair, tamed or otherwise!
Congrats on the 1000 posts. Wow. I love all I've seen.
Sounds like you're feeling better. I'm glad.

Mary Lou said...

PS: For the military terms, TDY is temporary duty. Just means you go for a time but don't move there and it's not your PCS-permanent change of station....

Sweetpea said...

Ok, you're on ~ think I'll share a bit.
1. Today I posted my {{{{drumroll}}}} 33rd post. Hooray for me, yes?! :>P
2. My dawg, Isla, is a-l-w-a-y-s super playful after dinner, sorta like her dinner included a side dish of crack or something. Sometimes it's downright hysterical...she frantically combs the premises for the first toy she can find (usually with a squeeker) and then grabs it like it's long lost vermin & shakes it like no tomorrow!!! Then you play with her for 5 minutes and she's down for the count ON HER BACK. go figure. 3. I love autumn. I love winding down. 4. I still wish you'd get a 200mm macro because I can imagine the photos you'd make with one. 5. I've got gray at my temples now, but I refuse to cover up - have decided to wear them like badges of honor...

Thanx for helping me to not feel shy.
"Hi George!"

Annie said...

congrats kate...on the scarf and the 1000 posts. well done! you have taught me a new knitting stitch. I have never done that one before. Must go try it out!

Scriptor Senex said...

Congratulations on the 1000 posts. I didn't understand the technical bits about knitting but the result looks great.

alphabet soup said...

Love the scarf (what an original comment!!) Congratulations on the one thousand blogging milestone.

I don't know why George does what he does. Maybe it's to distribute the load? Maybe he should see a dog psychologist? Or eat less. Seriously, I think he just wants you to scratch his tummy.

As for neighbours, I'll share this; in order to better understand one of my neighbours I am currently reading the book The Sociopath Next Door. I kid you not....

I'd enjoy listening to your son playing the piano too. Could he play a bit louder so I can hear the music? Please?

I await the latest news from Hoity-Toityville. I must look that up on my map of the USA. lol
Ms Soup

Kerri Farley said...

I LOVE the scarf!
Happy Anniversary!

Gail said...

Your scarf is beautiful.

I just passed one thousand and was amazed that I had so much to say. Congratulations.

I love the magic of musical fingers!

Sarah said...

Love the scarf! I'm going to send a link to my daughter. She knits and I'm hoping for one just like it! Well, not just like, but you know what I mean.

I've been away a bit lately and am catching up - so sorry that you've been in a rough patch. Glad things are looking up for you.

And a big congratulations on your 1000th post! If I had the time, I'd go back and read them all...maybe not a bad project to begin.

Happy day!

SouthernSass said...

The scarf is very pretty and I really love the color!.

Good luck with the new neighbors - gotta love living in the country! Hopefully they are temporary.

I had confession time on my blog today, stop by if you have time.

Daryl said...

I dont know about dogs but after eating both our cats groom .. since they cant do that now because of the capes/collars they must wear they lick the cape/collar .. its sort of funny ..

Scarf turned out nice .. I like the openness of it

Joyce Gray said...

So glad to read #5, thought I was the only one. Got my hair cut last Thursday at a "real" salon and it is awful, can't figure out what to do with it.

Carolynn Anctil said...

Beautiful scarf and Wow...you finished it so quickly too.

My cat, Celine, aka The Princess, howls like a banshee whenever she uses the loo as though demanding that we "get in there and clean that up!" Apparently, it's so hard to find good help these days.

I have 'bubblegum' pink nail polish on my toes right now. And, I love it. I do my own pedicures because I think I do a better job than the people in hoity toityville. (I just had to use that in a sentence. *grin*)


blueyedjane said...

I'm so sorry your neighbors are loud!
Linus waits to eat his dinner until my husband comes home. Lucy gobbles her dinner up like she's starving as soon as I've filled her bowl.
Love, love, love the scarf! I too am looking forward to the cooler weather, sweat pants and creating a scarf or two. :)

LeAnn Knight said...

What is it with neighbors? We moved to the country to get away and found some doozies right next door!

Does George rub his face on the floor before he rolls on his back? That's what our dog does.

Love the scarf, and congrats on your 1000th post! I just might make it to 100 one of these days. ;)

Meg McCormick said...

I am itching to crochet another scarf. Or knit, but it's been years since I've knit anything. I love the color of yours. Bet it goes great with your hair! I'm looking forward to retreating beneath jeans and sweaters and boots and scarves, and watching football. Viva Autumn!

The Weaver of Grass said...

Quite fancy that scarf Kate - 'twill be lovely come the cold weather.
Had my hair done this morning - feel so much better for it too.

Anonymous said...

Hi Kate. Me again; the shy one with the brain tumor. Your turquoise scarf is beckoning me. Makes me wish I could knit. I adore it's long stitches (or whatever they're called) and the color is sensational. Thanks for the tutorial links. My 80-year old mother kints but the scarves she makes for me are never long enough and are too wide. I wear them as shawls in the winter (indoors only). Not very stylish. Congratulations on your 1,000 posts but it really comes as no surprise to me seeing what a gifted pundit you are. Oh! I echo Chesapeake Bay Woman's comment that you need to photograph the noisy neighbors for us. Pleeeeze?

Mary said...

Congrats on 1000 -- that is awesome!

LOVE the scarf -- that is my favorite color! ;)

As for sharing... I'm sitting in the kitchen and thinking of stripping the wallpaper, but we both know that will never happen; I just dropped off a carload of crap at the VNA Rummage Sale and now I'm wondering if I can manage to NOT BUY a carload of crap when the sale begins in Oct. And it's a beautiful day and I should be out jogging... lol

Chrissykat said...

Since you've written over 1,000 posts that means we've all read over 1,000 posts!!! Keep 'em coming Kate! And who can churn out an awesome scarf like that after forgetting how to cast on?! You're just too funny. Good luck at Hoity-Toityville. I've given on up those, I walk out looking just as bad as when I walked in, only much much poorer...

Something to share, ummm...I once ate a dozen donuts in one sitting...I kid you not.

thotlady said...

Our dog, Bramwell (who looks a lot like George, except dark tan, instead of black markings) has to revel on the floor or bed after he eats his breakfast or dinner. It is a wonderful thing to behold.

He rolls on his back and then rolls from side to side, throwing in rubbing his nose on the carpet or bed (very sanitary, I know), but what are you going to do.

I love your scarf. I have been knitting myself lately. Mostly socks, baby caps and baby sweaters.

I love the fall for many reasons; cool, crisp air, the smell of cinnamon, rustling leaves and of course Halloween and football.

Eileen said...

Beautiful scarf and color! I knit (basic) and crochet, but enjoy crochet more. All I have really knitted are scarves and a wrap.

Unknown said...

love all of this today.
the colour got me
and the rest of it is wonderful too.

JacksDad said...

You did that in a weekend? Along with everything else you do??

Do you have any of the energy medicine you can sell? :)

GailO said...

Oh I love the color of that scarf!...you finished that fast I must say!

Congrats on your 1000th post!...I have been very uninspired lately:(

Anonymous said...

I just signed up for a knitting class at our local college. I have always wanted to learn but just didnt make the time for myself. I am learning to make time for myself.
Everynight I check in to see how your day was Kate. I was so excited to learn you also knitted..and the scarf is gorgeous. I dont know if you realize just how wonderful you really are. You make me smile and laugh. I can relate to many of your blogs. Congratulations on 1000 blogs Kate.
As for the neighbours...keep us posted!!
Kim :)

Deb said...

Oh your project is lovely! I have wanted to take up knitting for a while now...maybe you have inspired me to finally sign up for those classes offered in town.
Life is good. Slowly, building up my energy. Joining the working class has kicked my butt!
Trying to get back into the habit of blogging again.

Donna S. said...

Poo just lost my comment??

1000 posts! I'm impressed. I love how you can find a video to walk you thru any technique you have forgotten!! Supposed to go visit my son & family this weekend but he is really sick with the flu now!! :( Of course, I really want to go now but husband thinks we should wait so we don't get sick. Bah...

Country Girl said...

Hi, Anonymous Kim. I wanted to respond to you but your e-mail isn't enabled. I'm really not wonderful. I promise. I'm just a girl, who's standing in front of a guy, asking him to love her.

I love movie lines.

~ C.G.

Hilary said...

That scarf is a beautiful colour. Nicely done. And congrats on the 1000 posts. That's quite the accomplishment. I'll bet George is just burping himself after his meal. ;)

Deb said...

great scarf....

Lisa said...

Very Nice. Love the color. Congrats.
I think I have 34 :)so far.
I miss the click of knitting needles and you did it girl . I feel like knitting again.
I did get my camera straps to play with. They are beautiful.
Thanks again.
Have a great rest of the week.

The JR said...

Good Job! Luv the color too.

Congrats on your blog.

My news....sporting a nice great big bruise on my thigh.....my old mare spooked and kicked. Now how nice was that?

Jill of All Trades said...

Love the scarf. I'm a crocheter at heart but have tackled knitting. I'm not very good at it but either crochet or knit it is a great relaxer, well crochet for me.

I'm closing in on the 1,000th post too. Hopefully posting everyday will get me there by the end of the year! Congrats.

Sharing...well, I share everyday on my blog as you know. Take care!

Jan's camera said...

Hi, beautiful scarf. I love the color. So funny about George. He must just be so content and happy. Too bad about the neighbors. Ugh.

Lori said...

Congratulations, Country Girl, on your 1000th post!! Keep it up, friend. I call you friend because you write in such a way that I feel like I know you. Your style of writing ... witty, personal, honest ... is something this fledgling blogger aspires to achieve some day. I'm also inspired by your photography. I'm very much in the learning stage of that craft also. I've commented here before that I love "all things George." I feel like I know him too! And now I find out we share an affinity for threadcrafts. It never ceases to amaze me how "close" you can feel to someone you've never met through these technological wonders we hold in our hands.

I haven't walked the journey you are walking with your husband though mine has had 2 serious melanoma surgeries. We are ever vigilant over that. Praying you both continue to be a strong for each other. I know it's got to be tough some days.

I've shared enough!