Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Domestic Pleasures


As the days get shorter, our nights get quieter.

We are no longer sitting outside soaking up the last ray of sunlight ,chatting to any neighbor who wanders by; we're inside sitting in pools of lamplight.

GG is working on her personal statement for medical school applications and I'm alternating between reading and teaching myself to crochet.

Many granny squares are crocheted, only to be unraveled and begun again.

I don't seem to understand how to finish off a row by connecting to the 3rd stitch of my first chain3. Could someone come over and show me?

I  didn't know I had this much patience. 

  I didn't know the Lab did either.


 But, rest assured, neither of us possess a bottomless supple of said virtue.



Sometimes a woman needs a room, or a bed, of her own.

And if she can't have that, she'll take a walk.

 But not before I thank everyone who participated in FITH.

Whether the flowers were in your house or at a friends, whether they were actual blossoms or an animal named Blossom, whether the flowers were in a vase in your house or still growing in your garden outside your house, it was all good. 

I know it takes a bit of planning, but it is very appreciated over my way. So thank you again.

And now: the walk!

xo jane




22 comments:

  1. Good luck with GG's med school applications!

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    1. Thank you. Don't we know anybody who knows somebody?

      At least she'll know how to dress for an interview if he getsone: read your blog:-)

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  2. I feel warm and happy just looking at the first picture.
    Glad you guys are staying cozy.
    Glad my application days are over.

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  3. Oh how I wish I could enjoy a stretch that much! So sorry to have missed FITH again....will definitely catch the next one x

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  4. I missed the FITH day - sorry, Jane - but I could send you countless photos of cats taking advantage of dogs and all they have to offer......

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    1. Perhaps we should have a cat and dogs in the house day?

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    2. I missed it too, though I did try and then realised that I was linking the wrong way, and now my flowers in the house (which were in the house only briefly) are up now but I think it's too late to link. Next month I'll join in, and I could easily do a cat and a dog in the house - both curled up beside me now. Good luck with the crochet - I can never get my head around it!

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  5. If you are working on a square and have come to the end of a (square) round, which is not the last round on that square, you merely push the hook in near the top of the first treble stitch that you did on that round, (you find a little gap near the top) wind the hook around fresh wool and pull it back towards you, through the little column which the first stitch made. You will then have a loop on your hook, make a chain of two stitches and you have the first treble of your new row. If you are on the last (square) round of your square, push the hook through, gather a loop and pull it through, then cut your wool leaving about two inches and pull it right through the loop on your hook - using the hook. Pull tight. Sometimes a pattern will call for you to insert your hook between two columns/trebles - this would be easier for you, but the blocks of stitches would not all be the same size.
    Any more crochet questions - please ask. I was taught by my great-aunt when I was a child, and actually won prizes as well as earning a fair bit by making baby clothes for a local wool shop!

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    1. OMG thank you. I wanted to thank you this morning but I had to chase the cat around the yard and then run for my bus.

      This is just a perfect explanation and I'm so looking forward to trying it tonight.

      I salute you, you veg artist you.

      xo Jane

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  6. Nice stretch; looks like kitty is doing yoga!

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  7. When I was learning granny squares i went to YouTube .you can watch demos fifty times over until you get it. I'm a visual learner, and I've never been able to read a crochet pattern.

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    1. I'm a visual learner too but I must say the veg artists explanation makes perfect sense.

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    2. Yep, the veg artist wrote an elegant description, but my eyes cloud over a few sentences in. Reader that you are, I guess you gleaned good stuff from it!

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  8. I learned how to crochet when I was a kid, all forgotten now. Still can knit though but can't seem to finish anything. The lab is a saint, kittens always take over. Hope you enjoyed your walk.

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  9. Love the look and feel of settling in for the fall. It is such a great time for snoozing, being cozy and warm and relaxing. Can't help on the crochet, my gramie tried and tried but my fingers wouldn't work. I still use her crochet afghan when it gets cold to snuggle up under. Thanks for hosting fith.

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    1. That was my original teacher, well my grammie not yours, she taught me to read and crochet at 3 yrs. The reading stuck.

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  10. Good luck with your granny squares Jane. It took me some time too, before they were ok! Hope you will find some help nearby.

    Happy weekend!

    Madelief x

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    1. That's a relief to read. I assume you get things right on the first go.

      xo

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  11. I am totally inawe of The Veg Artist - teaching you to round off in a comment. I would never, ever even try. When do we get to see a square? xoxo

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    1. I know, she blew my mind! Soon, I hope.

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  12. Last night I watched cracks of lightning across the sky, like fireworks on the 4th of July. The previous warm evening we neighbors watched three bats flutter around our back yards. Nice things to come home to.

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    1. Was that not an incredible light and noise show last night?

      And then we got rain!

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