Tag: Projects

Gerunds

Raise your hand if you know what a gerund is. Sue and Roberta don’t count—we talked about gerunds at dinner the other day.

I hear rumblings from the audience. Don’t you talk about gerunds at dinner? How about Second Law of Thermodynamics? No? Clearly we don’t eat with the same kind of people; but I digress.

Once I spent a year as a high school English teacher. The previous teacher had adorned the walls with posters illustrating parts of speech. Since I didn’t have any decorations of my own, I left them up.

On the first day, one student bopped into class, looked around and exclaimed, “Oh, no, I forgot what a gerund is.”

As I greeted the others with a cheery smile pasted on my face, I secretly cringed. What in the world was a gerund anyway? I looked it up the first chance I had and sighed with relief when I discovered it wouldn’t come up in class for a few weeks.

A gerund is the noun form of a verb formed by using the “ing” ending. For example, if the verb is “to ski,” the noun form is “skiing.” Jan skis every weekend. Skiing is Jan’s favorite sport.

If English is your primary language, you use gerunds all the time without needing to know this obscure word.

I have noticed a new trend—making a verb out of a noun. Like crater. The meteor cratered the ground. Then we transition to the gerund form. Scientists noticed many craterings in the area. I scratch my head. You could have just said “many craters.” That is part of what makes English such an exciting language, and since it is my language, I will continue to go with the flow.

All this is here for the purpose of letting me get used to my new tablet. The touch pad is very sensitive, and I need to avoid touching it while I type. I am trainable and I am learning. It is a great tablet, small and handy, and much easier for carrying around than my laptop. I can fit it in my purse. My husband got it for me the other weekend, and I am delighted with it so far.

I have finished another project off my DO list. My husband is now the proud owner of a pair of green kilt socks to match his vest. I have 14 projects left out of 22. I think I am doing quite well. How are you coming with your DO list?

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New Beginnings

The weather changed its mind and went from cold and grouchy to sunny and pleasant and so did my mood. The snow we got last weekend came with some raw temps, and I had to haul out my scarves, hats and mitts. I drew the line at the down parka—not going to wear that in April! I felt as dreary as the gray sky.

Tuesday was frustrating—two out of three family cars were out of service and my husband had to coordinate towing and repairs. My brain felt jangled and I couldn’t think straight. He suggested I walk the dog. What a good idea! A little exercise always helps, as well as the company of a frisky pup. I stepped out into the sunshine. What a blessing.

I didn’t need gloves or scarves. A cool breeze whisked away the jangled thoughts and I relaxed in the sun while Lexi did her business, then we were off. I let her lead and we had a very pleasant walk sniffing the good sniffs and enjoying the sights. Sometimes a little change is all you need to bring on a new outlook. The cars were repaired with a minimum of fuss and things are back to normal.

I started a new knitting project. It was fun to match up some yarn from the stash I got when a local store went out of business with a pattern for a short cape. It is just right for this weather, now I have to master the pattern.

It is one of those deceptively easy ones with a three stitch repeat, but the challenge came when I tried to work in increases. The first time around it looked awful and I had to admit after 16 rows I must have gone wrong somewhere. I pulled it all out and started over where the pattern began. The second time around it looked better, but not exactly like the picture. I kept going until I got the 16th row and discovered I had made a mistake. A mistake that looked great, in fact it actually matched the picture. Yay! So I frogged it again—back to the beginning of the pattern and went for the third attempt. So far, so good, we’ll see what happens when I get to the 16th row, but this time I have high hopes.

Maybe next time I should swatch the pattern to make sure know what it looks like on a straight piece before I put in the increases. What do you think?

Meanwhile, enjoy the beautiful day, even if it is gloomy where you live.

Time for Knitting

March 8, 2016

I have been busy lately, but not working on writing projects. That’s okay, sewing and knitting projects are important too, especially paying orders.

I am also working on designing knitted mitts. I love mitts, and I have a few designs with features that I like, so now I am working on coming up with a pattern that incorporates these favorite features:

  • I like a shaped thumb. This allows for some length to be added. Hey, my thumbs need to be warm too!
  • I like a little fancy to them, so I am designing a space to insert lace or cabling.
  • I like a snug cuff.
  • I like the hand part to cover my knuckles.
  • I like the hand part to be smooth with the texture on the back.

When I’m done, I should have a pattern that I can adapt for different purposes and seasons, and even leave plain when the yarn is special and needs to shine on its own.

I have some yarns that I’m looking forward to making into mitts:

  • Self-striping wool in brown, beige and strawberry pink—just like an ice-cream cone.
  • Cotton blend in pastel colors.
  • Wool and silk that is as soft as a cloud
  • Variegated pink
  • Speckles

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These will be going into my Etsy store soon–Misty heather, extra long and very warm; Denim Dream, cashmere and silk, so soft; Spring Blossom, carefree cotton. Which is your favorite?

I had a busy week, and totally forgot to post this last Tuesday. I put it off because I wanted to include some pictures. I got my phone out this morning and grabbed some pics. I also took a picture of my latest completed project. I started this sweater last summer, now it is finished just in time for hot weather. Oh well, it will still be here in the fall, and there may be a few cool days to come.

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I’d like to hear what you look for in a pair of mitts. I might even use your ideas some day!