Saturday, April 28, 2012

Knitting, Knitting, Knitting and Date Night!

Yesterday after tutoring I came home and just couldn't get warm.  It was only high 50's here and it has been windy and rainy (remember the poor bees?).  The house we live in now only gets some morning sun which is perfect in the summer, but not too swell for heating it up in this kind of weather.  So, I decided to go out to Shangri La Ti Da and sit in the sun and knit and watch the bees.  I just knew that if I stayed here I was going to go to bed at about 2:30pm!  With the mattress pad warmer doing its ever so wonderful thing.
Packed up the knitting, jumped in the car and drove the 3 miles La Ti Da.  Plenty of sunshine, but still not enough warm.  Ended up sitting in the car with the windows up in the sun and being quite toasty!  Ahhh.
I had my ipod with sermons by my favorite preacher (Patrick Mead - you can google him) and I sat, knitted, and got fed spiritually for about 2 hours.  That is one fine way to spend a chilly afternoon...and one of the things I love about being retired...afternoons!

My little husband showed up, invited me to dinner at our favorite little Deli and to a movie.  Dinner was good and because we are old we decided to watch a movie DVD on the computer instead of driving and hour or more to the nearest theater....and that's one of the things I love about getting older...movies in my jammies in my bed with my little husband and the mattress pad warmer!  Really.  Date night doesn't get much better than that.   And I got to keep knitting.

Wanna see how much I have gotten done?  There are a couple of 'places' but, for a first cardigan and only the second project, I am quite pleased and excited about getting it done...I can see the end!

So, it will have sleeves and it is supposed to be 
11' from the underarm to the hem...might make mine
a bit longer...might need another skein of yarn.

Can you see the arm seam thingy?  Front
and back?
And the button hole?
Makes me feel like a knitter, sort of.

I'm only doing the top 3 button holes.

I am quite sure that exactly as soon as I get it done the weather will turn unbearably balmy.  Not a problem.  I will visit someplace air conditioned!

**** 2 hours later....this is what happens when you lay your knitting down unattended!

Skippy Jo Lohr happy as can be.


Baa-Me Kniits said...

Sounds like a perfect day! Knitting and Date night, yep you can't beat a movie in your PJ's! What happens to the bees in winter? Do they hibernate Donna? Your cardi looks fabulous!!

Donna said...

The bees so winter over in the hive...but we are coming into it ever so slowly. We had a hive make it through the winter a year ago only to be broken by the bears in the spring....arrggghh.

no spring chicken said...

Yes, you are a knitter you clever, clever girl! I can't wait to see the finished sweater... love the pattern.

I'm with you on the whole date night thing. Who wants to get all dressed up when you can cuddle up in the comfort of your own home sweet home?

Blessings, Debbie

K said...

Life as it should be able to be - productive without strife, walking hand in hand with love and spiritual richness. Your cardi is going to be swell. And maybe I'll get to see it!

Donna said...

Yes, usually airplanes qualify as someplace air conditioned!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Donna! Donna! Donna!! Your sweater is looking GREAT!! I just love it. I have queued that pattern. ;) copycat! You are so going to love wearing it! It will make you smile everytime you put it on. Evan just laughs at me because I enjoy my projects so much. And, I do too... which is a good thing. Great job! blessings ~ tanna
ps I'm with you on the date night thing!! ;)

W-S Wanderings said...

Only your second knitting project. Sheesh. You put me and my years of knitting squares and rectangles to shame. Yay! There's absolutely no need for all of those boxy shapes at all, as you are so beautifully showing here. You ARE a knitter.

And that really sounds like the PERFECT date night.

Donna said...

Tanna, it looked like the easiest thing I saw! I am already thinking of building much of my wardrobe around it!
I can't wait for the day that I can choose some of the things you do and make my own lovely shawls and such!

Donna said...

WSW, thanks for the encouragement! I might learn how to do the sleeves tonight with my awesome teacher!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

You are well on your way! ;)

xoxo t.

Donna said...


Rachel said...

Your knitting is amazing! You are much braver than I. My first projects were scarves. I thought I was being adventurous going from wash clothes to scarves. :D I love seams and button holes too. The little baby dress I just made, the smocking stitch made me feel like I was all professionalish too. :)

Last week the weather here was freezing cold. This week it will be in the 60's. Still nice knitting weather which is good because now I'm working on a baby cable knit sweater for my baby sis's new baby. Same color as yours! I've already knit a huge chunk of it........ which I then had to unknit...... because one of my cables was going in the wrong direction...... I swear I unknit as much as I knit!

I love your date night. The SM and I do that all of the time. Sat. night we watched War Horse. I was SO disappointed. If you haven't seen it, don't bother. Being a horse woman and seeing a movie where they try to humanize a horse....... drove me nuts! :D

Donna said...

I am so glad I didn't go to see War Horse. I thought it would be too sad, but now you say it jut wasn't that good. I want to see We Bought A Zoo.
I actually got to 'try on' my sweater last night. That was a moment! Wearing something that I have made...something substantial - like a sweater! It is even more thrilling than sewing clothes for some reason.
If I ever have to - OK, I guess I should say 'when' I have to rip something out I may have to take a break from knitting. The good news is I am pretty good at making it work....don't know about cables though - not forward or backward!

Rachel said...

I've heard We Bought A Zoo is really good. I've not seen it either.

Isn't it fun to try on something you're knitting!? I feel the same way about knitting vs. sewing. Maybe because we are not only making the 'fabric' but the garment as well. It's a fuller process.

Cables are easy. Seriously. I love cables because they look impressive but are easy peasy. I promise!! I was intimidated by them at first but when I learned how to do them....... I was shocked at how easy they were!

Donna said...

So, is someone keeping a list of all the things we want to learn/do while I am out there? Tie-dye, felting animals, learning the cable stitch, making reed reindeer...wanna learn how to make a basket? It's pretty satisfying too....something you can make and use!

Rachel said...

Oh of course!!! :D

Donna said...

Really? OK. I am going to get the stuff together and I might even end it out ahead of me....any special kind of basket you want? You can go to and look at patterns. It might just be countryseat without the...

Rachel said...

I don't think that is the right link.... It doesn't show baskets.

Rachel said...

Found it! It's just 'country seat'. Not THE country seat!! Going to go and look. :D

Rachel said...

Okay. You're going to have to surprise me. I seem to be inept and can't see photos of baskets. :D Pick ones you think we'd like to make. Let me know about cost!! I'll send ya money to get supplies. This is going to be fun!!!!!