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Old 11-04-2007, 09:01 PM   #1
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HI to you all!
I'M new and embarrassed that I don't yet understand blogging. I wrote Jan and asked some dumb questions but I figure I will try this and see how it goes. And I will wait for her answers at some point.
I have been knitting and crocheting since I was 11 or 12, about 45 years or so. I started with doilies and socks. No more doilies because I wear glasses now and still can't see the thread well. I wore those socks for years though.
I taught myself after a try at lessons at a local knit shop. My first try there was a sweater knitted with mohair and circulars. Well it was all the craze in the early 60's. The owner let me trade in that yarn for another wool. I still had that stuff for years after I actually learned .
I am addicted to yarn. I have boxes and boxes of stash. I just can't hardly say no to any beautiful yarn.
These days I knit for my grandkids and some for my adult kids. I usually knit at least 2 sweaters every fall for the kids each. They ALWAYS have to have a hooded sweatshirt type with a kangaroo pocket in fron. I am SOOOO tired of that pattern but it is an easy from the top down and all-in-one-piece.
Years ago I discovered circulars for real and have converted ALL my patterns to circular with no or as few seams as possible. I have 3 sets of circulars, 2 Boyes and one Susan Bates (I think). And, of course, all the DPNs in all sizes to go with.
The circulars are great now that I have arthritis. My elbows used to get tired and hurt. Hurray for circulars!
I knit starting in October until it gets too hot. (Red Bluff gets over 110 in the summer.) Then I read and take the grandkids to the library all summer. This past summer the two oldest, 5 and 7, read 110 books. They each got 3 Round Table Pizzas, 1 for each 20 books, to a maximum of three pizzas.
Well, this was sort of fun, though I don't know how all you knitters find time for blogging AND knitting! Well, I'm going back to the knitting pile. I have 2 sweaters OTN and a few scarves and of course many projects waiting in the wings.

If there are any knitters in real Northern CA (north of Sacramento) let me know. I just can't seem to include San Francisco in N CA tho Sacramento counts!

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Old 11-04-2007, 09:17 PM   #2
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There are no stupid questions..we all had to learn sometime!

Letah and jcmom both list themselves as Northern CA, but I'm not sure where they are and I'm sure there are probably more. Just check back occasionally or subscribe to this thread. It may take awhile for someone to see it.
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Old 11-04-2007, 09:21 PM   #3
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Thanks Jan,
Now how do I subscribe to this thread and/or others?
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I went and changed my signature but it still says sorantes123 and not, Sharon, the knitting GMA.

so, now what????
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Old 11-05-2007, 03:53 PM   #5
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Thanks Jan,
Now how do I subscribe to this thread and/or others?
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Just like I told you in the PM - If you forget to subscribe till after you've posted then you go back to the first post made in the thread and click edit then advanced edit and scroll down. See screenshot. It looks like you already did since it says "instant email notification".

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I went and changed my signature but it still says sorantes123 and not, Sharon, the knitting GMA.

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You can't change your username. Only an administrator can do that so if you want to change that PM me with the new name. The signature is what shows at the bottom of your posts. Go to your User CP again and click edit signature and you can just put your name there. It's easier than changing the username.
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Old 11-05-2007, 08:08 PM   #6
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Hi Sharon,
I just thought I'd say hello -- I'm not as far north as Red Bluff, I live near Folsom, but I know how hot it gets up there! Down here we're lucky enough to get the occasional sea breeze in the summer to relieve the heat.

And I know what you mean about yarn addiction! I have to try to discipline myself to stay away from the auctions on Ebay; my small work room is piled high with all sorts of yarn I bought there over the last few months. And I'm such a slow knitter that I've probably already achieved SABLE (Stash Acquisition Beyond Life Expectancy)!

Welcome to KH, it's a great place to hang out!

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Thanks for saying hi. I have been to Folsom a few times. Its really quite a pretty "old town". Like Old Sac but more of it! I got my Drug/Alcohol Counseling Certificate from a school near Folsom. So a few years back Itraveled there every weekend. Stayed with the cousin of a friend in the class who lived in El Dorado HIlls. I wouldn't be able to find my way back there if I were paid.
So what are you knitting these days? I have lots of things started. Two from the top down sweaters, a scarf, a set of slippers for an elderly friend and I may make some for myself. I never think of myself when its time to knit.
And I think we are alike. I had never heard of SABLE...but I KNOW I have acheived that status. I worked with computers for years but am sadly lacking in forum and blogging skills! I dont know what the abbreviations mean. DH has something to do with the husband, but what does it exactly mean?
Thanks again for the note.
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Hi Sharon,

I am just a little north of CA, in Lakeview, OR, but lived in Red Bluff for many years. I know what you are talking about when you mention heat there. When I lived there, I used to plant glads in a front planter. They would bloom at about 6 am, but by 10 am they would be fried from the sun. I didn't have a tree shading the back patio, and the temp coming in the sliding doors would more often than not be 130 degrees. I did enjoy living there though, and still have friends that I visit in Redding.

I have seven grandchildren that I knit for, and am really enjoying working on a baby sweater set for the newest granddaughter right now. I am also working on a mini pancho, and hat to match from Drops, for my gd that lives in Wisconsin. I am hoping I can get it done before Christmas. Sometimes, I feel like I need an extra set of knitting fingers! :D

Have you tried the new Option needles from Knit Picks? I totally love them! I have most of the smaller sizes, and one or two sets of the larger sizes, but most of my knitting seems to be with the smaller size needles, and dk or fingering size yarns. Although I just finished a Drops Bolero, and hat that I knitted in Bamboo, Cotton, and elastic yarn from Crystal Palace, called Bamboozle. That was quite an interesting experience... you just bounce from one stitch to the next. Fun stuff!

Here is a link to some of the things I have finished recently. They are in the "Grandma's Knits" album. OH yes, the Nordic Knit sweater I did for my husband is knitted from Knit Picks yarn. I loved working with it.

http://www.picturetrail.com/treasuredmoments

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Those were adorable baby things and of course, baby too! I have been to Lakeview once about 20 years back. Those white clouds started arriving and we just barely made it out of there before it snowed us in! My girlfriend and I went up there with a couple of guys we knew that lived here in RB. They wanted to visit with a fellow they knew there that had also lived here in RB. Don't remember who we visited. We rode up there with John and Delbert Hulseman, cousins, both dead now though. Wouldn't it be a coincidence if it was your house that we went to!? Probably not tho. All I remember is that it was COLD that day! I love knitting for my grandkids. They appreciate the things that I make. Their mom doesn't treat them well so I always make them washable. I haven't tried those new needles. They sound great. I have three sets of circulars but they start at 3 so I have to use others if I am using smaller yarn. I may have to try them. NIce talking with you Fran. Hope to see the new outfit when its done.
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Old 11-20-2007, 05:52 PM   #10
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My name is Lee and I live in Eureka, the real Northern California, about 80 miles from the Oregon border! Glad to see knitters up in the Northern part of California!
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