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Sunday, August 30, 2015

A Fast Faux Project

This week has been unbelievably stressful, what with the loss of two of Roanoke's own shining stars...I needed something mindless - but a bit challenging - to keep my hands busy, after I did a few bags in preparation for the two shows in September. So I started something that some might consider fool-hardy: a faux fur mobius cowl. It helped. It was fast, I needed to keep my mind and eyes on it (unlike socks which I can almost knit in my sleep, and have once or twice lately). It will be appreciated in the winter. I think I love it. Yarn is Paton's Moxie (two skeins of which I picked up at Tuesday Morning a few weeks ago). The pattern is Easy Mobius Cowl. I think I love it.

Friday, August 07, 2015

A Friday Drive-by

Just because I haven't been here for awhile, I thought I'd share a recent photo of the newest member of our family, Moji. He's come a long way since April, and we're pretty happy about that. Still something of a touch-me-not, he only comes to me for attention when I'm a captive do most kitties, he likes to invade the bathroom when I'm in it, and only will position himself beside the wall and me for serious petting sessions. Otherwise? He's not much on getting love. I figure he knows that I'm truly under his whims and biddings when he corners me there...anyway, rather than offer TMI, I'll share this - one of his favorite resting spots, the back of my sofa:

He's a cutie, eh?

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

A Little Nana Sadie Rose News

We've made the decision and the fees and applications have been mailed and approved: We will be doing two small church craft shows in the Northern Virginia Area in September!

The first will be at St. James Episcopal Church in Alexandria on September 19. The second, the following weekend, September 26, at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, on Fort Hunt Road in Alexandria.

Both are small, short shows, only on Saturday during the middle of the day - it makes doing a show manageable, and a lot more enjoyable! I am hoping that those of you who look for me at the National Capital Cat Show every year, will consider making the trek to Alexandria one of those two weekends to see me ;)

I'll be sewing up a storm the next few months in preparation, so look for some photos here soon. And remember you can always look for my things in the etsy shop!

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Ten on Tuesday! I'm Back!

Okay, it's Tuesday again. And I liked this one, knew I could easily do it, and so here I am!

This time it was to name 10 tracks on your favorite Pandora Channel and that channel is the Zuill Bailey channel. Don't know that name? You should. He's an amazingly gifted cellist. There's a bit of a family connection in that his sisters took violin from my sister's husband (I believe I've got this right) and they lived nearby my sister as children (in the Northern Virginia area). He's an artist who has performed with my beloved RSO at least three times in recent memory (tho' I missed his last concert when I was ill - DD got to enjoy my ticket and she brought me one of his autographed CD's as a thank you!). Yes, you can read more about Zuill at his website. The solo cello pieces listed below were all performed by him.

1. Meditation from Thais by Massenet (this was a violin piece and is probably my single favorite piece of all time)

2. Clair De Lune by Debussey

3. Suite for Solo Cello #1 in G Major (Bach)

4. Donnie Darko film score by Andrews (I was totally unfamiliar with this piece, not aware of the film...guess I should look it up, as the music was very nice)

5. Suite for Solo Violin #5 in D Minor by Westhoff

6. Passacaglia for Solo Violin in G Minor by Biber (not Justin, I promise you) - this is also known as the Mystery Sonata

7. Fantasia for Violin by Telemann

8. Suite for Solo Cello #3 in C Major by Bach

9. Suite #4 in G Major by Demachy

10. Love Story Film Score by Francis Lai

Immediately following were two film scores I adore (one film I've seen, the other I've not) - Chocolate by Rachel Portman and The Hours by Philip Glass.

I'll just say that virtually everything on this channel I love. There are a lot of other channels I listen to (from Fleetwood Mac to 1940s Swing to Chris Botti - Jazz trumpet - and back to Joshua Bell, violinist), but this one is probably my favorite. I love that I get to hear things I know well and enjoy, and that I can learn about new ones that otherwise would not cross my radar. I invested in the "premium" channel of Pandora so they don't get to me with ads, and it's been well worth it. For $5 a month, I'm listening at work, at home, through the night. It's truly an affordable luxury.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

A Flyby Post

Still having trouble touching base here, but I did finish a pair of socks! I don't know why I love these, the colors make no sense for me, but I do love them...

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

A New Addition to Knitnana's Family

Four years ago, I brought home this little bundle of fuzz you have come to know as The Tonk. He had a head injury and spent his time, when on his feet, spinning like a top. Months of steroid treatment later, the spinning slowed finally to a stop, and he became the fat and fuzzy Tonk you all have come to know and love. Even The Meezer loves him.

Last week, a friend here in town posted a photo and link to a nearby county's Humane Society to my Facebook page...It was what appeared to be a little Siamese who had some injuries and had had surgery, but was looking for a home. I have no idea why that little furball stuck in my mind, but, since I no longer had to worry about the one-time-sweetheart's restriction to two cats only lest I become a "Crazy Cat Lady" (What? Become? Who's kidding whom here? I am a Crazy Cat Lady no matter how many I have!), I phoned the only person that mattered in the decision-making process, my landlord. Have I ever mentioned how much I love my landlords? They are the nicest couple, and have only ever taken great care of me and my humble abode. I somewhat apprehensively asked if he would consider stretching the limits of the lease from 2 cats to 3 so I could take in yet another kitty with a disability...and he said "Since we don't really even know that you HAVE the two that we KNOW you have, what's one more?" and with that, I adopted Moji.

Any resemblance between the two is coloration and skinny/scrawniness only, I promise you, because The Tonk is a Tonkinese mix, and Moji is a Himalayan (yes, probably a mix). Moji, it seems, was probably caught in a fan belt. And if THAT doesn't make you start rapping on the hood of your car in the mornings before you leave the house in the cold/cool weather, I do not know what will! His fur has been shaved, no doubt to be sure they had all his injuries accounted for. He has a nasty wound that has been beautifully sewn but is definitely NOT healed yet, and then that patch above his eye. The injury is all the way down to the eyelid, but he CAN see. Both my "Best Cat Vet in the Whole World" and I were pretty worried about that. But he can SEE!!

I won't bore you with the attempts at getting this poor little guy a name. Suffice to say, it's probably the highest number of comments I've ever received on a Facebook posting. We finally, at the Mosaic Yarn Shop manager's suggestion, started thinking of knitting terms. And the gal who originally posted his photo to my page said, "did you know that the Hindu word for 'sock' is Moji?"

Well, what does the Knitnana knit? I give you my little Moji (and he IS little...6 lbs 3 oz!) - but then, so was The Tonk as you can see from that photo above...and look at him now:

And this was Moji last night (he's a cuddlebug)

We had just settled down for the night, he's lying ON me, and sort of beside me. I'm so not used to that, but it's least while he's little. (and he may never get big - because the vets all think he's about 3 years old.

My little Himmie.

And just in case you were wondering?

She still rules the roost! :)

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Hi, There! Remember Me?

I've really been a bad, bad blogger lately, and I'm going to try hard to remedy that. Promise. So how about I share with you a few things I'm working on? I'll begin with the two pairs of socks I'm working on for me. The first is a pair of black socks in Knitpicks Stroll for the symphony. I almost always wear black slacks to concerts, and I do not have a single pair of black socks. So that's the first project, and no, I don't have a photo because, well, because they're BLACK. What's there to see?

So the second project is this pair of socks in Regia Design Line by Arne and Carlos. The colorway is Fall Night, and that orange? Well I almost walked away from it, but my friend, Annette, who manages Mosaic, was knitting it and I just couldn't take my eyes off it. I kept thinking - change is good, you need to spice things up a even tho' I had the lavender and pink colorway on the table in front of me, so I got this one and set it beside, too, and I could only get one...and well...

You can see what I have on the needles. Shaking things up - it's a Good Thing (to quote a famous person).

I'd already mentioned buying the Zoom Loom, and so you can see I've been adding to my fiber library, right? Those two magazines are the ones that pushed me into weaving. I had finally gotten all of my Piecework Magazines loaded to Ravelry one snowy day when I had a bit of free time. And suddenly noticed that this issue was missing. I looked it up, to see why I hadn't bought it. And realize it was because of the weaving. I located a copy of it, and in the process learned of the Handwoven issue with a pattern for a bag using Weave-it squares (the precursor of the Zoom Loom).

And then I had to add these two books, of course:

So this weekend I decided I wanted to work on something a bit different than the worsted tweed I shared with you last (and I have several skeins of that on the way here so I can do a throw in these squares). So I picked up a partially used skein of sock yarn, Berroco Sox Metallic to be exact:

And I've fallen head over heels for the drape of this fabric it creates. I have another skein on the way, and this will grow up to be a vest to wear over a chemise, or possibly a turtleneck in the winter. I love the way the sock yarn plaids in varying arrangements, don't you?

So, I'm back. Let's see if I can stay awhile?

OH! And one more thing: Last weekend we did a show in Williamsburg VA - History Unwound. If you get a chance to go next year? I think it's probably worth your time. They had great instructors...(all of them Rock Stars in the fiber world). And one of them stopped by my booth for a chat and photo shoot:

Did I say Rock Star? Yup!

Sunday, March 08, 2015

New Hobby!

I'm Zoom Looming!

Friday, January 02, 2015

Hi There, 2015!

I promised a photo of the hats (most of them) I made this year. Here is a photo of my daughter's family modeling their new hats (yes, every one of them got a new handknit hat!).

Each of the boys got a Robot Hat with their favorite color for their robots (green for DGS1, blue for DGS2, purple for DGS3). The two girls got the Baby Bow Hat in matching colors, and the parents each got a black hat - dad got the Seaman's Cap I've made many, many iterations of. Mom got the Republic Hat, and I added a glitzy hair clip to make it sparkle.

I did make another of the Baby Bow Hats, for a friend of my sweetheart, and I think I've posted that one before, so won't do so now.

Now for my 2015 plans? Well, I mentioned that I need to finish up Sweetheart's Jazz Strings socks (I'm almost finished). And then I have two pairs of socks started for me that I want to finish. This is good, because over on Myrna Stahman's Shawls and Scarves group on Ravelry, we've begun our third year of a finishitis KAL. So there are three pairs of socks right off. I'm going to also go out on a limb and say that I need to make more socks...sooooooooooo:

I think I'll do another Stash Sock Club. This one will only be 6 pairs over the twelve months, beginning in February (hopefully I'll have the three pair mentioned above finished by then). So every other month. I've already packaged them up and they're ready to go:

Only one of those bags is for my Sweetheart tho' - because his feet are very long. It takes a long time to make his socks. At least this time, the rules are simple: My Plain Vanilla Toe-Up Sock pattern that I've pulled from 3 or so different sources to combine to make the sock that fits us well. Absolutely NO patterning. I can't make socks fast if I do that.

I have a few other items I want to finish up, too, so I'll try to get at least a few of them done this year. And start making things for Christmas now...maybe (not necessarily hand knit items, but hand sewn perhaps, too!).

Happy 2015!

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Farewell 2014

Well, it's been one of those years, where the knitting really didn't take priority at all. And I can't share photos yet, but I can say that I managed to make 11 hats and 2 ruffle scarves. And work pretty sporadically on a pair of socks for my Sweetheart.

I'm hoping those socks will be the first finished project of 2015, hopefully by New Year's Day.

And after Sunday, I think I can share most of the hats.

My 2015 plans are taking shape, and I'll try to share them soon. I'm trying really hard to keep things very realistic. After all, in the first 4 months of the year, I have 3 shows, and w-2s to do.

There will be knitting, there might even be a huge push to develop a serious case of finishitis. I hope. There will also be a commitment to knit from stash more than every before. Really. I mean it. (Don't laugh, please?)

I really do...

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Merry Christmas and The Sale Continues

I have been knitting, and eventually, you'll get to see some of that, but for now, you'll just have to wait for photos because everything I'm knitting is gift knitting (and I'm almost done, not quite, but almost)...There's precious little time left, and I've yet to wrap anything (I'm always last minute). Still a little shopping to do, and then tomorrow it's off to Sweetie's for Christmas Eve dinner and church services, Christmas Day with his family there, then my family here...(we always burn up the road between our places during this season).

But I wanted to let you know that I decided to keep on with the sale - Nana Sadie Rose knows you may get Christmas money and want to spend it. So the sale on ready-made items in the shop continues, but this time? Do use the coupon code NANAsCRAZY20. And make your purchases before the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve. I promise, I'll be shipping as quickly as I can during this season, but it may take a day longer than usual. Still I hope you won't mind...

And Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy Kwanza, Happy Hanukkah, and Blessed Solstice. If I missed anything, I'm sorry. I'm trying to cover all the bases here.

See you in the New Year! I'll even try to do a 2014 roundup, and another planning on 2015 post, okay?

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

What's Important

There are some things that, when they hit, teach us quickly just what's most important. Lots of things like this happen to folks every day - a car accident, a health scare.

I had something teach me a lot about what's vital to my comfort and sanity this weekend: I got the flu. Yup. One of those lucky ones who took the flu shot (as I always do) and got the strain that is making folks sick all over and wasn't included in the vaccine makeup.

I was totally miserable. It's be a very long time since I've been that sick (and frankly, I'm just beginning to get back to "normal" as I went back to work today, but the brain, and the stamina aren't close to 50% yet).

And I learned that when I'm that sick my creature comforts come down to just a few things:

1. My recliner. My Sweetie bought this for me last year when I was facing the shoulder replacement surgery, and it's mostly my sleeping spot, still. But there was absolutely NO way I was sleeping anywhere else while I was this sick.

2. My Chiger blanket. (and yes, the two tricksters shown in the photo, too, because they become my best nurses when I'm sick)

3. I live in my fleece pjs. (No photos of these, nope.)

4. My very favorite socks.

Other than these four things, being able to surf at will, text and chat with my Sweetheart, and check email at work - even if I can't make sense of most of the stuff - oy, what the flu does to your ability to THINK! - I have to say that my iPhone was a godsend, too.

But let me say something more about those socks. I made them after I saw THIS PAGE in the Twist Collective premier issue back in 2008. I adored those socks, I was a Jane Brocket fan, extraordinare....I loved those nails (back in that day I could actually paint mine and have them look decent). I have coveted the colorway of Regia sock yarn ever since, hunted and haunted stashes hoping to find a couple more skeins, thinking that eventually these favorite socks of mine would shred, and no amount of the good teaching I got from Merike Saarniit at Sock Summit 09 in how to darn my socks, would make them wearable again...Anyway, a few months ago, I managed to snag a skein. Just one. Not enough for a pair, but I figured if push came to shove with the remnants from the original pair, I could make anklets.

Then the other week, I was busy scouring stashes on Ravelry again, and discovered - two! TWO SKEINS! Oh I immediately sent out a request, yes, they were available. I sent payment and then waited. And got sick. And missed work. When I got back today, I opened the door to my office and was stunned to see what appeared to be the contents of a UPS truck in my very small space! (Yes, it's Christmas, doncha know...)

It took awhile to weed thru the boxes and parcels. But I finally opened up an envelope with two skeins of Florence inside. I brought them home and went to add them to stash, pulling the single skein from some months ago out to set with them. And what did I see? Do you believe this?

Your eyes aren't deceiving you - that's 3 skeins from the SAME DYELOT.

What are the chances?

Oh these are going someplace safe for sure...maybe even the safe deposit box! Because I learned this weekend that when you're sick nothing but the best, most comfortable socks and pjs and blanket will do. These skeins are golden.

Monday, December 01, 2014

A SALE? Yes, In Time for Cyber Monday!

Yup. You heard right. A sale. Back in the summer, I celebrated my 10th anniversary making bags! I said then that there would be a sale, but time got away from me, and now here it is, Cyber Monday! So what better time to launch a sale? None I can think

Thru December 19, beginning now (12:01am) any ready made item in my etsy shop will be 20% off when you use the coupon code HOLIDAY10.

Remember, NO custom orders are included in this sale, but if you'd like a custom Nana Sadie Rose bag, by all means, buy that (without the coupon code) and we'll create a bag just for you.

And over the next few days, I'll be adding more items as I can. There's quite a lot in the shop now, but keep checking back, too, okay? And Happy Holidays!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

A Thanksgiving Recipe I Came Up With Myself!!

My Sweetie and I (and especially his son) like spicy food. A couple of years ago I made the feast for everyone and devised this cranberry sauce on the fly. Of course it never got written down. So this year I decided to try it again, and I think it turned out nicely. Try it and let me know what you think? I'm pinning it to Pinterest, too.

1 can Ocean Spray cranberry relish

2-3 clementines, peeled and sectioned then diced

1/2 tsp cumin

6-12 slices jalapeno (jarred) minced (use your judgement as to how hot you'd like this)

Mix all together and refrigerate overnight (adjust seasonings the next day, more cumin? More jalapeno?)


I honor the place in you,

which is of love, truth, light, and peace.

When you are centered in that place in you,

and I am centered in that place in me,

we are one.

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