Tuesday, December 15, 2020
Saturday, November 28, 2020
On a personal note, I've already had the virus. Early at the end of February I took a flight from Los Angeles to San Jose, California. The airplane was full and I did notice there were a couple of people wearing masks, I wondered if I should pull out my mask and put it on. You see I've had a mask for years that I would pack with me when I traveled especially if I sat next to somebody coughing and sneezing. I already knew that being crammed into an airplane like sardines for hours was somehow fraught with problems. The desire to travel somehow overrode the fear of catching something.
I was headed for a Fiber Convention in Santa Clara, California. Convention center full of fiber crazed people. Lots of old friends that I have not seen for a long time, lots of hugs and kisses. I had a wonderful time. I heard that more than 11,000 people attended this event. It's called Stitches West and it's one of my favorite events. I have attended many times and each time my memory holds a huge smile of enjoyment. Months later I come to find out the the first outbreak of the Corona virus was very close by traced back to a nail salon. I already heard grumblings about a virus but just like everybody else thought it was just a bad kind of flu. I had no idea what I was in for. A couple of days after I got back home I was at the Emergency room sick. Fever, breathing problem, exhausted ........ well now we know all the symptoms... 3 weeks I was quarantined trying to stay away from my family. Luckily nobody else got sick in the household. The lingering labored breathing and being out of breath easily lasted for a couple of months. The good part was that I had developed antibodies. So from here on in I started wearing masks.
I've made several different mask styles but this current one seems to be the easiest to make and the most comfortable to wear. Not so long ago, although time is so warped these days, during the first shut down the first mask I made took me 3 days. I know it sounds ridiculous but getting aquatinted to "sewing" and how to operate my machine, thread the machine, break the needle, find a new needle, figure out how to change the needle. Watch some YouTube videos, dig out my material stash, wire? and etc.
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Wednesday, February 08, 2017
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Thursday, October 20, 2016
Monday, September 19, 2016
The question is does a knitter need a Niddy Noddy?
Spinners have a great use for this because they can skein their yarn to be able to wash it or set it or the next step in the process. But does a knitter need one? I think it can be handy if you take a project apart and your yarn is curly, this is the way to straighten it out.
You would wrap your yarn and wet it and let it dry while it's still on the Niddy Noddy. This is another advantage of having plastic pac pipe so it can get wet. If you have a wood one the wood may warp.
It is a brilliant invention and the simple pvc pipe version is simply genius. Easily can be constructed as a DIY project but can be purchased online for about $10.00. I'm looking at one on Etsy. Here is one I found for $15, this one is adjustable and it has a drawstring storage bag. It will depend on the size of the skein you want to make, 1 yard up to 2 yards.
If you already have one and it's not adjustable like the one I have here is the way to figure it all out. One wrap around this Niddy Noddy is approximately 56". To figure yardage for your skein, count the number of wraps around and multiply by 56". Take that number and divide by 36" and you will have your approximate yardage.
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
It may work for you:
- Hand Wash Do NOT throw in the washing machine!
- Some fibers are more sensitive than others. Use common sense.
- Cool water, not too cold and not scalding hot. It needs to be gently warm. Not shocking the fiber or your hands.
- Fill the wash tub with water first, Do NOT run the water on top of the garment.
- Add mild Soap ie. shampoo, mild dish detergent like Dawn. If it works well for your skin it will work well for your fiber. Wool and hair are related! Swish around so the soap is dissolved in the water.
- Add the garment and gently make sure it is covered with water. Squeeze and get it all wet evenly.
- Let it soak for a little while, I sometimes leave it for an hour or better.
- Do not agitate, gently squeeze. Give it a massage and gentle massage.
- Rinse well, soap residue is attracts both bugs and dirt.
- If you have scratchy wool use hair conditioner to soften the fibers. This sometimes works on synthetics also.
- Do NOT wring use clean dry towels to get moisture out. Hand squeeze gently and place in towel and roll gently. You may need to use more than one towel.
I use Pantene on my hair so it's handy smells nice and it works.
When storing hand knit delicate fibers we do not want bugs or critters anywhere near. Air them out once in a while and before storing make sure the garment is clean. Keep it dry and airy place, plastic bags are not recommended.
- Soak the garment in a solution of cold water and hair conditioner. Let it soak overnight. Check once in a while and try and gently pull and "stretch" the fabric.
- Soak the garment in a solution of cold water and a half a cup of vinegar.
- Make a solution of one part vinegar and two parts water. Put the garment in a large pot and gently boil for 10-20 minutes and check how it's progressing
Wednesday, September 07, 2016
Have you ever had a big bear hug? That is exactly the way this shawl feels. Everybody needs a big hug once in a while. This shawl is big and soft and it just feels like a protective arm around you. The mohair and silk is light weight yet, very warm and the sock yarn is strong and stable. This combination of fibers feels soft as a cloud yet is strong and wears well.
I like to travel and this shawl is my perfect companion for those long flights. It is easy to pack. It can be worn as a casual wrap or if you add a beautiful shawl pin or brooch, you are dressed up! Designed with all quick and easy knit stitches, no purling! Great for those times when you just want to knit without much attention. I knit with friends often and the lively conversations at the tables sometimes takes my attention away from intricate knitting patterns. This project is perfect for those occasions.
If you want the pattern send me an eMail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, September 05, 2016
Thursday, August 18, 2016
Sunday, August 14, 2016
I am a "recipe" knitter and I needed to keep a record of the details for the project I was working on. Writing notes in different scraps of paper or even having notebooks etc. was not efficient. I needed pictures details and most of all a searchable data base. A knitting blog seems to be the perfect solution, I could post pictures stories and details of the projects and when I needed to remember how I did something I could look it up. With the very handy search option "search this blog" on the upper left margin.
You might wonder what I mean by "recipe" knitter. I call it recipe because to me it's sort of like cooking. There is a basic recipe for say an omelette and there can be variations of ingredients within the parameters of an omelette. To me it's sort of the same, say a basic sweater, the shape is the same but the details of the stitch patterns can be varied.
I grew up in Budapest and when I learned to knit as a small child we did not have patterns published or magazines so it was just like family recipes we shared for cooking. We also had family recipes for knitting, a sock recipe, a sweater recipe, a hat recipe etc. If you wanted to get creative and make yours look different you could add in your own stitch that maybe somebody showed you or even as a playful kid make some of them up.
When my mother died and I was going through her house and belongings I found these gloves she had saved. Carefully put in a plastic bag in a special spot where she had her little momentos saved. I remember knitting it, at the time the choice of yarn was very limited, the war was over but we still did not have luxury items like that available to us. After all we were behind the "Iron Curtain" and living under Communism and standing in long lines for everything was our daily life.
When I was given this angora mix in yellow, yellow it was. It was part of a set I knit I was about 11 or 12 years old. I made a scarf and a hat and gloves to match. Only found the gloves the hat and scarf were long lost.
BTW, I have the gloves saved too, in that very special spot where I keep my momentos. I wonder if my son will ever realize what this meant to his grandmother and I, sweet memories. I miss my mama.
Monday, June 01, 2015
Boston to Quebec
Arrival in Boston
I took the red eye and not a direct flight. I think I'm too old for red eye flights. Arrived really exhausted and asked if Uber was allowed in the airport, I was told NO. This was a lie but ok. So I took a cab, a filthy torn seat cab. I felt like my clothes would tear from the worn out dirty seats this cab had.
They don't like Uber! Check out the sticker on the cabbies window. The fare was $47 dollars and if I took Uber it would have been half that. No wonder the cabbies do not like Uber.
The Stitch House in Dorchester in the Polish Triangle
(Happening Hoods: The Polish Trianglewcvb.com)
Monday, February 23, 2015
The Knitting Tree, LA | 6285 Bristol Pkwy | Culver City, CA 90230 | (310) 395-3880
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Side note is that I discovered Uber, it's an app on your smart phone. Very clever and worked like a charm. It really depends what area you are requesting a car. On the West Side of Los Angeles there are cars available day and night. The most I've had to wait is 3 to 4 minutes. A whole lot better than taxi cabs. And certainly cheaper.
The price between a Taxi cab and Uber can be half. You do have to sign up and link your PayPal account but money never exchanges. You do not tip and you don't have to worry about having the exact change. You are able to request an estimate on how much it will cost and when you request a car it is there in minutes. Both the driver and the passenger get star ratings and you are able to pick a different driver if you don't like the one you got.
When you request a car you are sent a picture and make & model & the driver with their ratings. If you don't like the car or the driver or the ratings, simply cancel and request again. So far every driver and car I've had has been very satisfactory. Actually better than many cabs I've taken. The cars have to be 3 years old maximum, so you sit in a fairly new car. The driver handles the traffic and you sit back and relax.
Thursday, October 23, 2014
This is the 58th anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution. This is the event that changed our lives, my mother and father and we became Political Refugees. We had to flee our home and homeland.
War is ugly no matter where or when it happens! The memories are still vivid and dark!
This is the apartment we lived in the address was Lenin Korut 101. Before the Communist renamed the boulevard it was called Terész Körut and again after the cummunists regime fell it is again called Teresz Korut as it is today. Located about a block away from the "Nyugati" (West) Train Station. Click Here for a Map of Budapest.
We lived on the first floor apartment #10. The tree was right in front of our windows. This is one of the main "round" streets in Budapest so during the revolution there was a lot of "action" right in front of our building. This is a picture I took about a year ago when I was visiting.
During the revolution this was our view of the tree.... yes including the dead body hanging by his feet....Now that I'm writing this it sounds so horribly ghoulish but at the time we were numb to all of the horrors.
This is what the street looked like, the building on the left is our building. The debris on the ground included human body parts, sometimes the tanks ran people over....
Here are some more images from 1956 what we left....
This is a magazine that Life Magazine issued as an extra addition and sold for .50 cents and the proceeds went towards helping the Hungarian Refugees. I found a copy at an old magazine store on Main Street in Santa Monica. A couple of years ago I paid $50 dollars for it but to me it is one of my treasured posessions.
PestCentric a Blog about Budapest in English
The Terror House Museum
This one is in Hungarian about the Revolution