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Sometimes it's the very simple thing that makes life easier.

I had not been a part of the popular crowd in high school. I stood in the shadows of my older siblings. My oldest sister was extremely popular, she was always voted Most Beautiful. She was a cheerleader, not just in junior high school and high school but also at the University of Texas. I was never popular in high school. So when I went off to college I spread my wings. My poor DH [though far from my DH at that time] was a casualty of war while I spread my wings. We dated when I was a senior in high school and as I went off to college I told him I never wanted to see him again. So although we went to colleges less than 30 miles apart, he in Austin, Texas at University of Texas and me in Georgetown, Texas at a small school, we did not see each other for two years. He doesn’t believe me but he was often thought of during those two years especially every time I heard the following. The funny thing is, he thought of me also when he heard the same.

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Then he reeled me in. First he brought my father some orchids after my dad’s second heart attack. One of my dad’s many hobbies had been raising orchids. Then a few months later, my unbeknownst-to-me DH-to-be sent a birthday card to my dad saying he [my dad] was the luckiest man in the world because he had the four most beautiful daughters in the world. So, of course, when my baby sister told me this during Thanksgiving break, I decided to call him [my unbeknownst-to-me DH-to-be] to see if he would go to a holiday party with me. At the end of a lovely evening, he sweetly kissed me good night and completely snowed me by telling me he still loved me. He left never expecting to see me again. I went in to tell my roommate that we [my unbeknownst-to-me DH-to-be and me] would be getting married.


While at UT my unbeknownst-to-me DH-to-be was a journalism major. He took photography and loved it. He helped pay his way through college by taking portraits of fellow students at UT (better known as The University of Texas). Okay, those fellow students all happened to be female. But it helped pay for tuition and rent. He also took videos of the UT marching band during the football half time. This wonderful man sold his precious Nikon cameras to buy me an engagement ring.


So this sweet guy took all the photos for this blog, except Peggys sweet bonnet. This information was originally a comment in the “The Epiphany” discussion I started in the Knit One, Give One Away KAL.


So many of us need ways to simplify our knitting. A row counter can certainly help us keep our knitting sanity. My DH when crazy taking photos for this row counter! It took us a while to take these pics. He would position my hands for the photo. Then crack a joke. And then I would crack up and we would have to start all over. So here we go:


1. Supplies needed: approx 20" of waxed stringing cord; 8 plastic beads in one color; 2 plastic beads in contrasting color; one stitch marker. (Photo 1)


2. Fold cord in half and slip through stitch marker. (Photos 2 & 3)



3. Slip ends of cord through loop. (Photos 4 - 9) This is where DH goes to the extreme on photos! Isnt he sweet?





4. Pull cord tight. (Photo 10)



5. Slip one end of cord through 1 contrasting color bead. (Photo 11)



6. Slip other end of cord through same bead in opposite direction. (Photos 12 & 13)



7. Pull cord to bring bead close to marker. (Photo 14)



8. Repeat with main color bead. (Photos 15 & 16)



9. Repeat with 3 main color beads, 1 contrasting color bead, 4 main color beads. (Photo 17)



10. Tie knot in end of cord, leaving a space between last bead and knot. (Photos 18 - 21)




11. Completed row counter with first bead pulled down to knot. (Photo 22)



Now you can easily keep your row count when interrupted. Note, this row counter can be set up to count a certain number of rows in a lace repeat or any other other situation where the count may be unique to a pattern.


On my Needles: The Yvette Beret and Mitts. The band is completed. The set up round of triangles is done. And my first round of right slanting rectangles is just about completed. Please check out the discussion in the Entrelac KAL and join us if you like. I will be updating my progress sometime this week.

On my iPod: As always: At Knit's End by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, Stephanie Pearl-McPhee Casts Off, Mason Dixon, Knitting Outside the Lines by Kay Gardiner and Ann Shayne, The Secret Language of Knitters by Mary Beth Temple. As well as the following videos: Drafting: the Long and the Short of It and Respect the Spindle by Abby Franquemont, Baby Surprise Jacket by Elizabeth Zimmermann. The mystery book currently on my iPod: The Weed That Strings the Hangman’s Bag by Alan Bradley. This is the second book in his series. The first was The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie. We got to see him this weekend at my favorite INDY bookstore, Murder by the Book. Mr. Bradley is a wonderful author. Although he has many published stories and worked in the writing field, he didn’t publish his first book until he was 70. He was one of the most delightful people to listen to. He lets the main character Flavia de Luce, an 11 year old girl, fascinated with chemistry, write his books for him.

Knitting Tip of the Week:
This tip is directly from Knitting Daily: The Pill Test Check out this great idea from Shirley Paden, author of Knitwear Design Workshop: Pilling (or abrasion) is a problem most commonly associated with softly spun yarns, particularly those spun from short fibers to break away from the yarn structure and clump into little balls. To test for pilling or abrasion, hold your hand as if to snap your fingers. Place two strands yarn between the snapping fingers and quickly roll them back and forth several times. If the yarn begins to separate or peel apart, it will likely pill under normal body abrasion in a garment, such as where the arms rub against the body.

Isn’t that a cool trick?’ See http://www.knittingdaily.com/blogs/daily/archive/2010/04/02/is-this...


What book am I reading?:
I will be reading The Knitter's Book of Wool by Clara Parkes for awhile. I’ve also picked up her The Knitter’s Book of Yarn. So I will be peeking at it also. Don’t forget to consider these books as your next reference books, especially if you are interested in spinning.

Words of the Week.
Again, there were so many words to choose from this week that I couldn’t choose just one. Seriously!

1.
Knittus Interruptus: Latin term coined by Susan, the Blue Lake Knitter, for when you have a day of knitting planned and a friend/relative/telemarketer, etc. TOTALLY changes the course of the plan... leaving you unable to accomplish your knitting goal for the day.

2. Knittus Completus Eurekus: Latin term coined by Susan, the Blue Lake Knitter, Peggy Stuart and myself in response to Knittus Interruptus as in “I wonder what it’s called when you plan on reaching a certain point in your knitting and you go way past where you expected?”


3. fiddly:
The perfect British term for something requiring close attention.

4. Serendipity:
from the possession of the gift by the heroes of the Persian fairy tale The Three Princes of Serendip: an assumed gift for finding valuable or agreeable things not sought for [this was Peggy Stuart’s response to comments about her cute little bonnet for Daphne.


5. Snowed:
slang : 1. to deceive, persuade, or charm glibly; 2. to make an overwhelming impression on. The way I felt when my sweet DH told me he still loved me was an overwhelming impression of the best kind.

Until next time Happy Knitting.


♥cheryl

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Comment by cellogirl on April 12, 2010 at 1:43pm
PS, your counting device looks similar to one used precontact by the Peruvian indigenous peoples!! But, they used knots on a string instead of an abacus to do complex math, and yes, keep track of things!!
Comment by cellogirl on April 12, 2010 at 1:40pm
We come from a generation with totally different ideology for snowed--surely you can't have forgotten John Denver and Puff the magic dragon??
Miss expert--what is a good standard book on cable knitting--I'm trying to broaden my perspective and need some guidance.
For us --June 3 will be 49 years--committment, and yes, he robbed the cradle!! --happy knitting, I'm sorted, whenever you want that cupa joe?
Comment by cherylbwaters on April 7, 2010 at 6:02pm
Jo, what a lovely story for you, also. It will be 38 years for us in August. Finding someone special is so hard, but once you find him, don't let go. I've never thought I married the wrong person but there has been a time or two that I wondered why in the world did I ever get married. I've always know it was to the right person. PS the hearing went as well as could be expected. At lease the judge took it under advisement and didn't pour us out today. Even better than expected! We just got word from co-counsel that we won! He denied the defendant's motion to compel arbitration. We are sure they will appeal but right now I'm on Cloud Nine.

Susan, I take most of my own pictures. If I have to take them at night or on a cloudy day, I use an Ott Lite. But DH is the professional, not me.

Becky, it has been a fairy tale come true for me. It has only gotten better.
Amy, isn't it amazing how that someone special can come into your life at such a young age.

Suz, there are so many cool words I want to use every week. The list just keeps growing.

Wendy, I have many more days of Knittus Interruptus than Knittus Completus Eurekus.

Maria, I'm awful at loosing papers and it does take some getting used to and discipline to use my row counter. I'm so glad you used one of my words for this week. I guess fiddly just comes natural to you.

Lena, it wasn't your fault but mine. When I first posted it, there were 2 of Gordon Lightfoot and when Kate told me how to fix it, I didn't know she had already posted the blog. When you edit a blog, it has to be approved again. I think the Pioneer Woman's story needs to be in audio format. I don't think I can read all that! Alan Bradley's books are a series. There are currently plans for 6. Book 2 was just released, Book 3 is in the publication stage and Book 4 is being written. Although the series is set in England, Mr. Bradley is from Canada but currently living in Malta due to the success of the books in other countries. I think they are being sold in 38 countries. I am going to check on World War Z. I think Susan BLK is correct if our yarn would go on the pill, it would be a little bit cheaper.

Chelsea, I'm so glad you enjoyed the tutorial.

Carol, we have talked about doing a mystery series together.

Thanks all! ♥c
Comment by KnitWhich? on April 7, 2010 at 8:16am
Best of luck on your hearing. My Dad was a lawyer, so I know what you had to go through.....

Jo
Comment by Carol Meissner on April 7, 2010 at 1:57am
Ah Cheryl, the love story you shared about your DH really touched my heart with gladness! How fortunate that you have those treasured memories. I think you should write a book, even a joint endeavor, perhaps, with him writing his version and you, yours. Seriously (and I mean that in its truest sense), your flair for words and writing and the flow of your thoughts would make a best seller for sure. I was enchanted by your DH and how he brought orchids to your dad. Truly touching. Much love.
Comment by cherylbwaters on April 7, 2010 at 12:55am
I've been running around since last Friday, trying to get ready for a hearing. It's almost 3am. The hearing is at 10am but it's an hour and a half away. But I do have all our research done. Don't know if we will win the motion. Hopefully DH will drive down there. Later I will comment back to everything. Sorry for the delay. It's been so long since we've had to prepare to be in court, I forgot how grueling it can be. The rest of the community will have to wait until later. ♥c
Comment by Chelsea on April 6, 2010 at 2:05pm
Cool tutorial!
Comment by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on April 6, 2010 at 12:01pm
I wish my yarn would do that... it wouldn't cost so much! And just imagine how the different colors would make new colors! ♥s
Comment by HavetoomuchYarn on April 6, 2010 at 11:28am
PS When I saw the subject line from Knitting Daily I thought it said: Is this Yarn Going on the Pill?

♥L
who is convinced my yarn copulate and propagate when I am not watching...
Comment by HavetoomuchYarn on April 6, 2010 at 9:00am
I am so glad I can finally post a quirp, for some reason it was locked to me yesterday. I love the photos you DH took, is he ever good! I've never really thought about how those counters work, really slick. I will have to make some when I get home. Btw, did you know you can make that first hitch by pulling the loop through the ring, then open it up, pull up a little more, pass the ring through folding the loop over the back and down, grab the ring and gently tug? I do this when I need to add something to my lanyard or a dogleash loop on a "closed" rope.

I will have to check out Alan Bradley. Are they serial or stand-alone? I just finished the Restoration series and put a new-to-me Kay Hooper on. I am also dabbling with World War Z, a book my DS really enjoyed reading. I don't think I could read it but so far I am enjoying listening to it. It is presented as a documentary and the reporter is excellent and the storyline believable (as long as living-dead can be made "believable" in your mind). Something different from anything I have ever listened to/read.

Loved to hear you love story!! Now to hear from Peggy, Mrs K, KnitWhich and Amy...

Mrs K, it can't be nearly as long as Pioneer Woman's story!

♥L
who believes in love...

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