Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Yarn Scarf....

I found this scarf on a
blog I stumbled across a while back. I knew I wanted to make it. I even pinned it onto my Pinterest collection. 
The blog is called Katy Did and she has some neat ideas in her blog. (And the cutest little girl!)
Check it out. (although she seems to have stopped contributing to her blog after an unfortunate copyright incident......)

Anyway, here is the scarf. As you can see, it's all thick, soft yarn and it's
stitched together!!

I used gold yarn and I happened to have some shiny gold thread left over from another project. I used that for sewing it together.

I left a bigger space between the stitching than Katie did.

It wasn't easy stitching across the yarn. I couldn't keep the yarn as wide apart as I wanted to. The sewing machine kept smooshing it together. 
For the first few sections, I used masking tape to hold the yarn together, but it was a bull to pull off without shredding the fuzziness of the yarn. If I had had some of that less sticky blue tape, it probably would have worked better.

By leaving bigger spaces between the stitching, I am able to interlock the scarf halves to wear it without tying it.
I made it the same length as one of my regular scarves.

As a matter of fact, I am wearing it right now!

Thanks, Katie.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

What I did on Friday the 13th.....

I love defying superstitions right in their faces.

I will sit in seat 13, I will walk under a ladder, I will pick up a piece of lava/pumice from the parking lot of Mount St. Helens.

I heard on the radio this morning that there will be 3 Friday the 13th's this year and they are 13 weeks apart from each other. Yippee!!

But I didn't really care because that night I went to see.........

........at Merrill Auditorium in Portland, Maine at 8 PM.

And I went all by myself. (well, there were other people in the audience, but I didn't know them.)

The previous weekend I went online, found a decent SINGLE ticket and got it. Mr. Downeastdoingstuff was nice enough to think about me walking around, all alone, in the dark in the big city, so he actually drove me to the door and then later, picked me up!! Very, very nice.

That's the way he is.

All day long I could see the trucks parked in a parking lot near my school. Three big mother suckers.

My seat was in the Terrace section...not too bad!

Curtain call. (shhh, we were warned that taking photos was against the law. I don't think curtain call counts, do you?)

It was very enjoyable. BUT I didn't care for the guy that played Sam Carmichael.

Thinks he 'all that', ya think? There just was no chemistry between him (gag) and the leading lady. at. all.

Who would pose for a photo like that? I don't think it's at all sexy or anything.

Take a breath already.

Here's who played Sam Carmichael in the movie...Pierce Brosnan aka James Bond.
You decide....

But, other than that, it was great fun. I still think I like the Movie better. Being in actual Greece with the aqua water and all that, well, I like that better.

My program. (Black and white? Run out of ink in the color cartridge?)

I'm still singing....ahhh....

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Home today...

FIRST SNOW DAY of the year!! Got the call at 4:20 a.m. and it wasn't even snowing yet.

Went back to sleep, got up and had breakfast around 7:30, and have been researching wasting time on my laptop eversince. (it's 10:15 now.)

I get emails from all sorts of discount, half price deals thrown my way. Usually it's for restaurants or massage parlors...stuff like that. 

This morning from Groupon I got this deal. I don't know if I could pass it up!
Not just one Justin Bieber singing toothbrush, but TWO! OMG

I don't know what to do.

Maybe Mr. Downeastdoingstuff (AKA Birdman) and I can simultaneously brush our teeth and have a duet going!

The possibilities are endless!



Lord help us.  (note the '37 bought' info on the ad.)

This country is in more trouble than I thought.

Sunday, January 8, 2012


I love doing things with my hands. My hands need to be busy all the time.
There's a fantastic blog out there that I love. This inspiring woman also keeps her hands moving and does lots of hand sewing. If it didn't take so long, I'd hand sew everything.

Anyway, she had a post about knitting with thread. Since I don't know how to knit, crocheting was my attempt at this unlikely scenerio. 

It was NOT easy. Check out the above photo. Just making the chain stitches in the first row was interesting. Thread is very slippery.

Then adding to the chain stitch felt like trying to make bows out of wet spaghetti covered with sauce. 
Thread does not hold itself in place or keep it's shape very well.

I stuck to it and ended up with the above....and that's at far as I've gotten. What could I make out of that???

So then I tried two threads at a time. A little bit easier. In about 6 years, I will have a scarf.

So I went back to my Infinity Scarf with real yarn. I have to make 56 inches of this pattern, the directions inform me. Mine might be a bit shorter.

I thought it was going to be a mobius strip, but I don't think it is.

That's good. I like things to have more than one side to them.