Strega's Needles & Hooks

This is my little piece of cyber space where I rant or rave, depending on my mood. Postings are whatever interests me at the time. Life with an Italian in Switzerland is interesting indeed! CLICK ON PHOTOS TO SEE ENLARGEMENTS

Monday, September 03, 2007

Friday, September 14, 2007
There is some sort of cow festival on today. The loud cow bells startled me out of bed at 6:20 a.m. The bells are not just loud, they are shatteringly L-O-U-D!!
It's now 3:30 p.m. and the cow clanging & mooing still continues. It's impossible for me to hear the television without putting it on the loudest volume setting. I'd rather not because that kind of noise mixed with cow clanging is deafening. Instead I'v turned the television off and put plugs in my ears to save my sanity .... and my hearing.
It's totally beyond me how the Swiss farmers are allowed to traipse their cows through the streets of our town and that they believe this is an activity that the townspeople enjoy. It wouldn't even be so bad if the cows wouldn't be wearing those &%$£ bellls and the farmers would clean up the "pies" that their cows leave behind. But neither happens!!
All vehicles must come to a stop because the cow parades have the right of way. Who ever heard of such nonsense!!

You see the car at the bottom of this picture? It, along with about 10 others behind it have to wait for the parade of cows & farmers to go by. What if one or more of those people need to get to an appointment or are going to work?? Why should they be late solely because the farmers take pleasure in blocking the streets with their cows? Would you stand for it especially if you knew there were tons of country trails for those cows to parade along rather than the streeets of a town? Would you want to drive your car through the cow pies that have littered the streets?
All I can do is shake my head in disbelief at the sheer idiocy of some Swiss activities.
The truth is that the Swiss NEVER, EVER protest anything .... EVER!
They seem to be so brainwashed into believing that everything that is done to them or for them is good for them. Can you imagine living where you weren't allowed to complain or simply didn't complain because you were so programmed? Is ignorance really bliss?

Where are those street cleaners??
I'll have to play hopscotch with my nose & ears plugged when I take the dog out .... Pewwwwwwww.... UGH!!

Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Contest @ BeckyKnitsToo
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Tuesday, September 11, 2007
I was taking stock of knitting accessories and I almost freaked out when I saw how many stitch markers I have. YIKES!! Do I really need them all? I have my favorites that I use for most everything I knit. They fit up to size 5mm needles, which is in the range of most of my knitting projects. I suppose there's a possibility that the others might come in handy. I'll take a 'wait and see' attitude on this one.

I started another basketweave baby blankie after finishing a small one (about 24" square). The second one will be larger because I'm using a double strand of yarn and larger needles. It should be about 36" x 24" when done, a good size for a little one.

This is a sleeve for a ribbed v-neck pullover that I'm attempting. This sleeve was easy so I've started the other sleeve instead of starting the body. I'm still a little hesitant about this pattern so I might end up changing a few details. I've never knit anything from Garn Studio so I'm a little skeptical.
You see the lace cuff? That stitch is not in the original pattern. I found a nice lace design in a book of knitting stitches that I decided to use instead. You see, I've already changed it to my own taste.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007
Tweed wool pullover finished!

BSJ (unblocked) with Opal sock yarn & 3.5 mm circular. I added a hood because the sweater itself only took 1/2 the ball of yarn. Measurements: Chest = 16"; cuff to cuff = 15"

Monday, September 3, 2007
I received this totally awesome package of goodies from Susan. We arranged a swap through GIMME YOUR STUFF and it turned out to be an excellent exchange. I like the idea of this kind of swap so much that I'm going to do it again with someone else in another part of the world. :o)