Thursday, November 2, 2006
We make a fine team!
My niece Sister (originally from Arkansas, now from Texas) is visiting with us this week.
She and I are as pitiful here in Mississippi as we are when I go to her house.
Maybe, we could have our own television show? Instead of Laurel and Hardy, we could be “Bumpy and Sister.”
My oldest granddaughter is teaching both of us to crochet. Binky is 10, going on 35 and she’s been giving her Aunt Sister a running critique of her crocheting skills since she’s been here.
After a trip to Memphis last week with her cousin and my daughter, Sister came home loaded up with all kinds of yarn and stuff. She had some really soft, wonderful, pale yellow yarn — two small skeins — that she started making a scarf with.
Sister and I both are becoming quite prolific with scarves (not proficient yet though). Sister has made at least three in the one and a half weeks she’s been here.
Binky likes to show Aunt Sister the error of her ways and constantly points out the not quite straight edges or the too-tight or too-loose stitches.
With Sister’s pale yellows, beautiful soft yarn, the Binkster has been especially critical — these stitches are too tight — those are too loose. And, gasp! There’s a hole and loose yarn, where the three-month old puppy took a bite out of it.
Sister had debated whether or not to turn the wonderful, soft, yellow scarf into a baby blanket for some close friends. After we added up how much it would cost to get the 10 more skeins of yarn, she decided that maybe she’d go with something else. A $100+ baby blanket is just not feasible for a beginner.
We’ve about had our fill of blankets anyway.
At a fabric store last week, Sister and I both bought several different Christmas varieties and patterns of fleece to make lap blankets for everyone we knew. The lady at the cutting table had a great suggestion — she asked if I had a serger and then offered the idea that we could just serge the edges instead of binding them.
I do need to remember to thank her for that!
We’ve spent several evenings trying to get the serger threaded and keep it threaded without tangling everything up. I had to watch the video that came with it about 10 times, just to get it threaded.
Last night, the serger worked like a charm (maybe I’d figured it out finally). So, we decided to drag my embroidery machine out and monogram all the assorted lap blankets.
The thread tangled first thing and ripped a hole in the blanket!
Guess who said curse words...
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