Thursday, July 31, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Solution: The note said ? (question mark) Yarnover - so he knew he should question Mark!
One summer night, Lt. Hugh Dunnit was in living room watching an old episode of Dragnet on T.V. All of a sudden a rock came crashing through his window, breaking it. Lt. Dunnit got up and looked out the window just in time to see three neighborhood kids who were brothers run around a corner. Their names were John Yarnover, Mark Yarnover and Paul Yarnover. The next day Lt. Dunnit got a note on his door that read "? Yarnover. He broke your window." Which of the three Yarnover brothers should Hugh Dunnit question about the incident?
Send your answer to me (firstname.lastname@example.org) by midnight on Saturday, August 2.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Solara says I would rather wear my hat like this.
Monday, July 28, 2008
Sunday, July 27, 2008
In the book Innocent Blood Phillipa prepares to rent a partially furnished flat with her birth mother for a few months. She looks for items to spruce up the questionable but probably serviceable furniture. The pictured lace circle is just the size to cover one's lap for a little warmth, and hang over dreary furniture (including my own!) for a little color.
A disclaimer here. The circle you see took exactly one skein of a June yarn club offering, about 420 yards. I became rather enamored of my little project and I actually intend to take out the temporary crochet bind off and make it larger. I happily found a person or two willing to sell me theirs, but I don't have them yet.
It started with a young girl leaving a roller skating dance thing (I think, lol) and she threw a shoulder bag over her shoulder as she ran to try to catch the bus. I actually made this awhile ago, but thought it fit in perfectly.
The killer/murderer was always wearing a Beret, so I decided I had to make a "Killer Beret" I crocheted this one with Patons Merino and then decided to felt it. Well it really shrunk, lol. Here is the felted version
And this is what it looked like before felting
Here also is the KAL we did this month. I didn't block it, I fully intended to before sharing the photo but do you think I can find the cloth now??? It's truly a mystery, LOL.
So there you are... nothing great but at least this time I have something to show.
Now the real challenge... finding something to knit from Dead Sleep...
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Just thought I'd share with you what is taking up all my attention this last month.
This is part of my front yard on the 8th of this month:
And this photo was taken yesterday evening at 8:19 pm. You can see the big difference.
I've spent the entire day today outside sitting on my porch listening to the water fall, talking to hubby and my daughter and then the last hour, knitting. It's fantastic.
We still have a few electrical things being worked on and next week a brick wall will be where the red and white vans are now along with some flowers and solar lights.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Every good sleuth needs to carry and emergency kit at all times and for this group, that would have to be a knitting emergency! The prize for the P.D. James project is this Emergency Knitting bag (donated by MaryLynn) filled with some emergency On-Line sock yarn, dpns, and some easy portable projects for knitting in traffic jams, waiting rooms, and anywhere else you find yourself with a few minutes to spare! Post a photo or description of your project by July 31 to be eligible to win this prize.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
I also received two lovely new mystery books I haven't read yet which will go on my to read list and a mystery book on CDs. I have never "listened" to a book. I read all about people listening to books on ipods and cassettes. I think I have a portable cassette player but I would have to go looking. I do have a portable CD player handy though.
There were three skeins of eyelash yarn in my package to add to my collection. The one that looks like blue is really purple but for whatever reason photographed as blue.
In the box was some Werther's Original Candy AND, of course, Solara wasn't forgotten.
I hope I didn't forget anything.
This and more is on my blog at http://pennypurlsandkittyknits.blogspot.com.
I also have written on my blog I know what I want to knit for the PD James mystery I read. It is only a matter of finding the correct yarn.
Monday, July 21, 2008
Friday, July 18, 2008
She is now happily knitting away in the Bahamas with her new husband.
Ms. Dunnit's neighbors were gathered on the street watching with horror as firefighters battled a blaze in the front half of the Bliss family home. "I wonder if he is okay," Ms. Dunnit asked one of her neighbors. I know that his wife, Debbie, left this morning to go on a sock knitting cruise, but his car is in the driveway so he must be home. "It depends where he was in the house. Since the bedroom is in the back, maybe he is alright." A firefighter emerged out of the front door with the family canary squawking in his cage. He handed the cage to Ms. Dunnit and asked if she could care for the bird until they could locate the wife. Ms. Dunnit didn't know how her neighbor could sleep through a fire with that bird in his bedroom. The bird was loud enough to keep her awake. Canaries are only supposed to sing in the morning, but this one squawked constantly. Just then another firefighter came out the front door with a body on a stretcher. "We found him in bed," they heard one of the firefighters say. What a horrible way to die," one of the neighbors said, "It must have been smoke inhalation because the body doesn't look burned or anything." "He didn't die of smoke inhalation," Ms. Dunnit suddenly blurted out. "He was dead before the fire even started."
What brought Ms. Dunnit to that conclusion? E-mail me at email@example.com by midnight on Saturday, July 19 with your solution!
Thursday, July 17, 2008
My first idea and second to do project is a dog leash. In this book, people are being murdered by a dog leash. (which cracked me up with the character of the series's name being Dangleash....too funny!) However, I was unable for a long time to find the nylon cording I wanted to use for the leash. After all, I must have a USE for my projects. I'm just like that. Anyway, two days ago, I found the nylon and here is my dog's new dog leash and collar.
This leaves us with project idea number 2 and finished project number 1. The summer skirt. I was quickly making this for dd2 (yes, she has a slip for it, but are you kidding. I got her to model it at 11:45pm....there is NO WAY she was looking for the slip, so sorry 'bout that part......mind you, I've been asking her to do this since Monday. Beggers can't be choosers.) She wanted another skirt to take with her on her vacation with my parents. I had the yarn in my stash, and was waiting for the "right" time to use it. As I was knitting on this during dd1's softball tournament (the day before leaving FOR vacation) it hit me. I could see the charcter Amy, walking along the beach in such a skirt.
I may not have been a big fan of this particular book, but I thouroughly enjoyed thinking about potential projects as I progressed through the story.
Thanks for reading!
I just finished the prize I won some weeks ago, and I really love it, it's so cute (and very rewarding, since knitting it took less than one hour). Since my keychain broke some days ago, I'm more than happy with it. It's a substitute that's much prettier than the one I had before.
Monday, July 14, 2008
Now that the spring swap is winding up, it's time for a whoduknit summer swap! The Yard Sale Swap was a lot of fun last summer so I decided to repeat it. I don't know if this is true where you live, but here in Maine "Yard (pronounced 'yaad') Sailing" is a tradition in the summer. Everybody loves a bargain and you just never know what you will find - one person's trash is indeed another person's treasure! And who is more qualified than Whoduknit members to track down bargains! So this is what I came up with for our summer swap. You have $10.00 (not including postage) to spend on your pal - that's right - $10.00 - NO MORE! This is a real test of your creativity and thriftiness (read that as CHEAP). Shop yard sales, thrift stores, dollar stores, surplus stores, and of course your own stash. Some things that come to mind are yarn, books, wool sweaters that can be unraveled, or felted down, tote bags, vintage knitting magazines and books, handknit items, etc. etc. etc. I'm sure that you can think of lots more.THE RULES:Sign-ups begin now, July 1, and end July 14. Partners will be assigned shortly after that. You won't be sending to the same person who is sending to you. It's up to you whether or not you want to remain anonymous but you should contact your partner at least once a week just to say 'Hi' or send an e-card, or comment on their blog. Remember - whoduknit swaps are all about getting to know one another.Packages should be in the mail before Labor Day so the deadline for mailing is August 31.To sign up:E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org with
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Although Hemp claimed never to have heard of a Dr. Evelyn Williams, he knew the doctor was a dentist, and a man. (photo removed because it was giving people the creeps!)
Dr. Evelyn Rayon, a dentist in Downeast Maine, was preparing to take a wax impression of the right lower teeth of his patient, Nora Kureyon. Silently the door behind him opened. A gloved hand holding an automatic appeared. Two shots sounded. Miss Kureyon slumped over, dead.
"We've got a suspect," Lt. Hugh Dunnit told his brother, Captain Howie Dunnit. "The elevator boy took a nervous man to the fifteenth floor a few minutes before the shooting - Dr. Rayon has one of the offices on that floor. The description fits John Hemp who is out on parole. I had him picked up at his apartment. As far as he knows I want to question him about a minor parole infraction." Hemp was brought in and angrily demanded to know what this was all about. "Have you ever heard of Dr. Evelyn Rayon?" asked Lt. Dunnit. "No, why?" "Nora Kureyon was shot to death less than two hours ago as she sat in a chair in Dr. Rayon's office. The elevator man says he took a man answering your description to the fifteenth floor a minute before the shots." "It wasn't me," snarled Hemp. "I look like a lot of guys. I ain't been near a dentist's office since I was in the Maine State Prison in Warren. This guy Rayon, I bet he never saw the shooter, so what can you prove?"
"Enough to send you to the chair," said Lt. Dunnit.
What evidence does Lt. Dunnit have?
E-mail your answer to me at email@example.com by midnight, Saturday, July 12.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Sunday, July 06, 2008
My prize for solving the sportscar-mystery just arrived yesterday. I chose the "mystery kit", and I just love what it turned out to be. It's a key ring with a small sock blocker, an instruction for the matching sock and some nice yarn. I just love it, since my key ring broke lately, and thisone is absolutely appropriate for a dedicated knitter like me (a thing like thisone is not available in Germany at all, as far as I know). Dear Jane, thank you very much for mailing it to me.
Saturday, July 05, 2008
Solution: Ms. Dunnit suspected Kid Merino because she didn't believe that Maize would have her hair done before racing in a regatta.
There were 5 correct answers and the winner this week is....Karen G. Congratulations!
4th of July Murder
Thursday, July 03, 2008
Wednesday, July 02, 2008
After receiving a reprieve on the Lisa Scottoline project Monday I dived guilt-free into my Mystery Swap package. My swap partner Barbara made short-finger gloves for me, perfect for Southern California and I admit I hinted shamelessly. They are lovely. The picture above was taken at night with a flash so you can see the detail of the gloves on my hands. The true color is closer to the picture below. Aren't they great?
The first thing that greeted me was my favorite salt water taffy (and boy, the orange ones were good!) But the box also held home-baked bread, spread, honey, and fudge dipping sauce. We exchanged the same One-Skein book with each other as well as used the same Woolgirl greeting card. Yes, we have found many similarities in taste and are still smiling about that. Barbara also gifted me with the premiere issue of Verena. And what I thought was a box of Altoids is full of cherry little goodies. Plus stitch markers. And there is Berroco boa yarn that I have just the use for (early Christmas planning.)
Of course there is reading material, from one of my favorite authors Charlaine Harris (A Bone to Pick) as well as The Grilling Season (Diane Mott Davidson) and Murder in the Smithsonian (Margaret Truman). I haven't read any of them and so am all set for the 4th of July weekend. The Grilling Season looks especially fun, with recipes interspersed throughout the book.
Thank you, Barbara, for a wonderful package. I had to take the gloves back off right away in this heat, but believe me, they will get plenty of use!
What to do, what to do... As the month ran out I suddenly got the inspiration to make a single tube in mirrored black and white, my first intarsia in the round ever. What the heck is it, you ask?
Now that it's finished and had a test drive, I'll tell you what's more likely to become of this little wonder--a 2-sided shoulder pouch. But I had to show you my original concept. And hey, I can use it as a finger-warmer whenever I feel like it, right?
This was fun. Hope you enjoy the pics and the story.