Monday, May 31, 2010

The Killing Room by John Manning

This was a free book offered through my ebook library. I chose to read it because I like thrillers. It was a quick read, but a good read! It was scary. It has ghosts, and zombies in it. It was such a scary book that twice I stopped reading it and was not going to finish the book. But that book took a hold of me and would not let go. I finished the book, and am glad that I did. It was left a little open ended, maybe there will be another story from this book. I don't know.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

No Name By Wilkie Collins

I enjoyed every single word on every single page of this book. No Name is a story about 2 sister, that lost their inheritance, and their name because of Victorian law, after their parents died. It is the very interesting story of how they got their name and their fortune back!!! A very long, but very good book!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Baby Surprise Jacket

I knit the Baby Surprise Jacket for my Grandson, that is to be born in September. I used Red Heart yarn in the color Delft Blue. My daughter wanted me to use washable yarn. I know for sure that Red Heart yarn can be washed over and over again. I used a size 7 needle, and worsted weight yarn. I added cuffs, and a collar to my sweater. And I must say that I Love the way the BSJ turned out!!! I am very happy with it!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Universal Truths

1. I think part of a best friend's job should be to immediately clear your
computer history if you die.

2. Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize
you're wrong.

3. I totally take back all those times I didn't want to nap when I was

4. There is great need for a sarcasm font.

5. How in the world are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?

6. Was learning cursive really necessary?

7. Map Quest really needs to start their directions on #5. I'm pretty sure
I know how to get out of my neighborhood.

8. Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the
person died.

9. I can't remember the last time I wasn't at least kind of tired.

10. Bad decisions make good stories.

11. You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work
when you know that you just aren't going to do anything productive for the
rest of the day.

12. Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after Blue Ray? I don't
want to have to restart my collection...again.

13. I'm always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks me
if I want to save any changes to my ten-page research paper that I swear I
did not make any changes to.

14. "Do not machine wash or tumble dry" means I will never wash this -

15. I hate when I just miss a call by the last ring (Hello? Hello?), but
when I immediately call back, it rings nine times and goes to voice mail.
What did you do after I didn't answer? Drop the phone and run away?

16. I hate leaving my house confident and looking good and then not seeing
anyone of importance the entire day. What a waste.

17. I keep some people's phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to
answer when they call.

18. I think the freezer deserves a light as well.

19. I disagree with Kay Jewelers. I would bet on any given Friday or
Saturday night more kisses begin with Miller Lite than Kay.

20. I wish Google Maps had an "Avoid Ghetto" routing option.

21. Sometimes, I'll watch a movie that I watched when I was younger and
suddenly realize I had no idea what the heck was going on when I first saw

22. I would rather try to carry 10 plastic grocery bags in each hand than
take 2 trips to bring my groceries in.

23. The only time I look forward to a red light is when I'm trying to
finish a text.

24. I have a hard time deciphering the fine line between boredom and

25. How many times is it appropriate to say "What?" before you just nod
and smile because you still didn't hear or understand a word they said?

26. I love the sense of camaraderie when an entire line of cars team up to
prevent an idiot from cutting in at the front. Stay strong, brothers and

27. Shirts get dirty. Underwear gets dirty. Pants? Pants never get dirty,
and you can wear them forever.

28. Is it just me or do high school kids get dumber & dumber every year?

29. There's no worse feeling than that millisecond you're sure you are
going to die after leaning your chair back a little too far.

30. As a driver I hate pedestrians, and as a pedestrian I hate drivers,
but no matter what the mode of transportation, I always hate cyclists.

31. Sometimes I'll look down at my watch 3 consecutive times and still not
know what time it is.

32. Even under ideal conditions people have trouble locating their car
keys in a pocket, finding their cell phone, and Pinning the Tail on the
Donkey - but I'd bet my behind everyone can find and push the snooze button
from 3 feet away, in about 1.7 seconds, eyes closed, first time, every time!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Free Knit Sock Pattern

Knit 1 below Socks

This is an easy to knit sock pattern, with just a 2 row pattern repeat. It features a Dutch heel, and a star toe.

You will need 100 grams of sock yarn.
A set of 5 size 1 DPN

K1b can means knit one below, To knit one below you knit right into the center of the knit stitch below the first stitch on the left hand needle. Then you let the stitch above it slide off as you finish the knit stitch

Cast on 64 sts. Divide evenly onto 4 DPN. You will have 16 stitches on each needle.
Round 1: *k2, p2; rep from * to end of rnd.
Round 2: *Skip 1 st and knit the 2nd st, then knit the skipped st, then slip both sts from the needle together; p2, repeat from * to the end of rnd.
Repeat Rnds 1 & 2 for 1 inch.

Round 1: k1, k1b
Round 2: k1b, k1
Repeat Rounds 1 & 2 until sock measures 6 inches from the beginning of the sock.

Working on 32 heel sts only, leaving remaining instep sts on hold.
Row 1: *Sl 1, k1, repeat from * to end of row.
Row 2: Sl 1, purl to end of row
Row 3: Sl1, *Sl 1, k1, repeat from * to the last 2 sts, k2.
Row 4: Sl 1, purl to end of row.
Repeat rows 1 - 4 a total of 8 times.

Round 1: With needle 1 knit across heel flap. Pick up and knit 17 sts from the side of the heel flap. Knit across instep sts in pattern. With the 4th needle pickup and knit 17 sts from opposite side of heel flap. Knit across 16 sts on needle 1.
You will have 33 sts on needle 1, 16 sts on needle 2, and 16 sts on needle 3, 33 sts on needle 4.
Round 2: knit across all sts on needle 1 until the last 2 sts, ssk. Knit in pattern on needle 2 & 3. on needle 4, k2tog, then knit the stitches until the end of round.
Round 3: knit all sts on needle 1, knit in pattern on needle 2 & 3, knit all stitches on needle 4.
Repeat Rounds 2 & 3 until 64 sts remain. You will have 16 stitches on each needle.

Continue knitting foot in pattern, until it measures 2" less then the desired length. knit in stockinette stitch on needles 1 & 4. Knit in pattern on needles 2 & 3.

Star Toe
Round 1: knit tog the last 2 sts on every needle.
Round 2: work even without decreasing. Work these 2 rounds 6 times. Then work Round 1, every round until there are 8 sts remaining. Using a tapestry needle, draw the yarn, through the stitches and pull tight.
Break yarn, and weave in all ends. Block lightly if desired.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins

This is a story of a blind girl, Lucilla Finch. The story has a good pace and is loaded with DRAMA about how her sight is restored. But with this she looses the love of her life. In the end she looses her sight again, and finds her true love. If you like DRAMA you will like this book.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Baby Shoes

My daughter Jamie is going to have a baby boy next Fall. She and I spent 2 weekends making this little pair of shoes for the baby. I own a sewing machine. But I can't sew. We had to download the manual for my sewing machine, to even figure out how to thread the machine. But we did get it threaded. One weekend we cut the shoe pattern out. And today we sewed the shoes.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Taken From Home by Eric Francis

This is the True Crime story of how Michael Blaggs murdered his loving wife and daughter. Although his daughter was never found I am positive that he murdered her also. He used his version of Christianity to control his family. And in the end destroyed his family. This is a well written and fast paced book.