Friday, November 27, 2009

News You Can

Thanksgiving Dinner wasn't THAT bad. It wasn't great either. First off we were in a separate room from everyone else. YEA!! That meant we could talk GUNS! a little and not cause some folks (staff and residents alike) to tip over with horror.

The food was interesting and tasted overall better than expected: a smallish tossed salad with not much GREEN lettuce (the white parts had brownish edges like old lettuce will get) with little piles of toppings around
it a pile of chopped black olives (ICK!), three small cherry tomatoes, a HUGE slice of cucumber (the thing was probably 2" x 4") and a scattering of thinly sliced red onion. The actual dinner: ONE smallish slice of white meat turkey with OK gravy, a literal teaspoon of cranberry sauce in a pill cup (pretty good—I wanted more), an ice cream scoop of dressing, and an ice cream scoop of green bean casserole (not bad but they were rounded just like a scoop of ice cream — little hay mounds of food), and a hefty serving (the most of anything on the place) of sweet potatoes sprinkled with cinnamon-sugar. (UGH!!) For dessert they gave us a whole pumpkin pie and a can of Redi-Whip which we took back to my CIL's apartment. The pie was pretty good.

As much as I vented here about the food and the whole Thanksgiving thing this year, it was OK. I also understand that the portions and food choices are for their paying residents not for the non-paying guests, even though I'm sure my CIL paid for the extra meals. The main thing was that CIL did Thanksgiving the way she wanted, at her place to show off her family. I think she was pleased and had a good time.

We're going to my SIL's Sunday and have Thanksgiving dinner again with our family f
oods. Everybody's happy. I'm bringing all my current and recent current knitting and we're bringing all the gun and accessory purchases they haven't seen.

Today I decided to block the Dr Who Scarf. The weather was sunny, mid 60's and a light breeze. It was great. We had an old fr
ont door screen that I laid out on the picnic table. As the sun is so low in the south and we have large shadow casting trees now, I kept having to move the table around to keep it in the sun. By mid-afternoon, the scarf was almost dry so I moved it and the screen to the patio and it finished up there.

On Mr WK's Twin Ribbed Sock, not only has the leg been finished and the heel been turned but I've picked up all the gusset stitches and have the establishing foot round knit. Now it's ready for some mindless knitting. I will be putting a matching light gray stripe in the foot, too.

And the Red Lace Scarf. As noted in a previous post, I'm on row 117. It's a slow knit, but I'm not in any hurry to git her done. I'm very pleased with how it's turning out.

I also took photos today of the finished Christmas Hey! Hey! We're the Monkees socks. They'll have their own post with photos and all the info soon.

blogging to: a quiet house

reading: A Certain Justice by P D James (an Adam Dalgliesh mystery)
Guilty: Liberal "Victims" and Their Assault on America by Ann Coulter
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

Parting Shot: "It is easy to take liberty for granted, when you have never had it taken from you." ~ Author unknown, sometimes attributed to M. Grundler

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

In The Mood

Mr WK's first Twin Rib sock is just flying. I've around 15 more rounds to knit and the leg will be done. As I mentioned in my last post, I did put an 11 round band of the light gray in about the middle of the leg. I got lazy and didn't do any fancy light and dark gray striping with it. Mr WK likes it and that's what matters.

I've also been working on the Red Lace Scarf. It's about 14" long unblocked. I've just over seven 16 row pattern repeats complete. Now that it's got some measurable length to it, I can speculate with a spreadsheet how many rows / pattern repeats I have until I'm done. Each pattern repeat is around 1¾" long. I figure the unblocked scarf will be 60" long. I may go longer, I'll see when I get there. The recipient is the kind of person who would wear the scarf indoors as a decoration not just outside as warmth. Anyway, if I stick to a 60" unblocked length, I've only 46" more inches to knit or around 420 more rows!!! And that means the scarf is around 20% complete. So. There.

I was downtown this morning to look for grip tape at a skateboard shop. None of the gun shops around here carry it. Anyway, I told the young lady at the shop I wanted only a few inches but if I had to buy a whole sheet I would.
She looked a bit puzzled when I said I didn't want it for a skateboard but she didn't ask and I didn't volunteer any information. *I* didn't even call it grip tape, SHE did! She had a 2" x 6" piece of the fine grit black tape she just gave me.

I want to put it on the stock of my carbine where my cheek rests when I shoot with my scope. It'll help me create a more solid muscle memory of where my cheek needs to be each time without having to do the turkey thing with my head.

For the first time in a very, very long time I didn't wait until the week or few days before Christmas to do or start my Christmas shopping. I started today. Usually I wait and do it ALL in one day a few days before Christmas. But I was downtown and saw something for my BIL and while that was being wrapped I found something for my SIL.

This year for Thanksgiving, we're going to my CIL's; the one for whom I knit the Tiger Blue Socks. We've done this in the past and luckily my SIL who is a fabulous cook brings the cooked turkey. Previously, my CIL has had her own place for Thanksgiving. A few years ago she moved into one of those retirement places where you have your own place with a kitchen. You can also eat in the main dining room. She moved back out a couple of months later back to her own place which she had rented out. This past summer she moved back to the retirement place and it looks like it's for good. Anyway, this year she's having Thanksgiving. Not a potluck at her place with SIL bringing a cooked turkey as in the past. No. We're eating the main dining room with the rest of the folks who live there and their guests. None of us could convince her to come to my SIL's for Thanksgiving.

We all understand why she's doing this and I do applaud her for sticking to her guns. But it doesn't make the fact that we're not going to have a just family Thanksgiving any easier to swallow. But there are bright notes. At least three of us will be armed during dinner. None of us has to do any cooking on Wednesday or Thursday. We'll also be home early enough to catch all the Thursday night shooting shows on TV.

My SIL has decided to do a turkey on Saturday and the four of us will prepare and eat all of our traditional Thanksgiving foods. So some cooking on Saturday morning. We'll bring the guns and related toys we've purchased since we saw each other last. BIL will bring out the same and we'll spend the afternoon and probably into the evening talking guns. Heck, we may even decide to go shooting at a local indoor range. Must remember to bring the range bag.

blogging to: Memories 89

reading: Prairie Gothic by J M Hayes (an Sheriff English and Mad Dog mystery)
Guilty: Liberal "Victims" and Their Assault on America by Ann Coulter
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

Parting Shot: "We, the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts — not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow men who pervert the Constitution." ~ Abraham Lincoln

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Happiness Is ...

I showed Mr WK his new sock the other night. At that time I only had the 16 round cuff complete. Now I've knit thirty-five rounds on the leg. He really likes the light gray accents. It's a whopping 4¼" long now. I think the Twin Rib pattern's going to be just fine. It won't be obvious as the leg is a very dark gray which suits Mr WK but it'll be more interesting to knit than just a plain rib where every round is the same which suits the knitter.

To balance out the dark and light gray yarn usage a little, I'm going to put either a wide band (ten rounds, maybe?) or two, four or five round bands of light gray about the middle of each leg. I may do that on the foot, too.

I wove in the ends on the Dr Who Scarf. Up next: washing and lightly blocking to set the stitches; mainly the woven in ends. It gets delivered Thanksgiving Weekend. I hope it's sunny and windy one day next week. After that I still have to do the tassels.

We went to the range today and shot our rifles; mostly frangibles that we reloaded last November. As we were still fairly new to reloading, we find the occasional squib in these "old" reloads. So we are being extra careful and making sure there is a Bang! and an ejected shell for every squeeze of the trigger; which you should do no matter what you shoot, reloads or commercial ammo. We're using our five-round magazines for these as these are all in boxes instead of stripper clips. So far, in the 500 rounds of frangibles we've shot since mid-September we've had two squibs. These were some of our very first rifle reloads. Yes, we reloaded quite a bit of frangible ammo as, at the time, we only had access to a 25 yard indoor range.

Out to 100 yards on a calmish day, frangibles are as good as "regular" lead jacketed, plate
d or clad cartridges. I've been working on my CQB (close quarters battle) skills; shooting offhand at 25 yards, in the aggressive, progressive stance mostly with my red dot sight. For several weeks I would do good just to get a few rounds on the 8½" x 11" paper target let alone on the M4 zero target silhouettes. The last couple of times, all my rounds were on the paper; some grouped, others fliers.

Today, I shot a nice six-shot group (black circle) with my iron sights; 25 yards, progressive-aggressive stance. I was aiming for the green dot in the black circle. The batteries on my optic were weak and I could barely see the red dot even at it's brightest and largest setting. So I went to iron sights. That's the smallest group I've ever shot standing, holding my carbine in the progressive-aggressive stance. And even better than today's improved accuracy, was how much fun it all was.

blogging to: various YouTube cowboy songs

reading: Murder at the Altar by Veronica Heley (an Ellie Quicke mystery)
Guilty: Liberal "Victims" and Their Assault on America by Ann Coulter
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

Parting Shot: "There is nothing wrong with the planet. The planet is fine ... been here 4½ billion years. We've been here, what, a 100,000 years, maybe 200,000. And we've only been engaged in heavy industry a little over 200 years. 200 years versus 4½ billion. And we have the conceit to think that somehow we're a threat? The planet isn't going away. We are." ~ George Carlin

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

After All These Years

I miss it almost every year. I've been blogging for four years now. My first post was on Nov 15, 2005. A lot of water under the bridge but not much has changed. I'm not working where I was when I started my blog and neither is Mr WK. The other big change is we got back into shooting, Big Time.

And one more blog note. I've been getting some spam so now, I've activated the word verification for comments.

Well, I am STILL knitting and that's what I did a lot of yesterday and today. I didn't feel like weaving in the ends of the just completed Dr Who Scarf. But I now have a hard deadline for it; Thanksgiving weekend which is just over a week away so I do need to get cracking on those ends and the tassels. Still not wild about the tassels but as I won't have a chance to have the recipient try the scarf on before I attach them, I'll put them on and deal with them later. The recipient can always take them off or give them a haircut.

I did cast on for Mr WK's Twin Rib Sock on Tuesday. I had such success working with the 2.25mm dpns on my Christmas Hey! Hey! It's the Monkees Sock that I decided to give it a go on these. I also decided to try a little corrugated ribbing on the cuff. I cast on with the light gray and used that for the purl stitches and used the dark gray for the knits. I used the same technique that Wendy of Wendy Knits. The four rounds of corrugated ribbing that I did was pretty easy with that technique and everything was roses and daffodils until I realized / remembered that I should have cast on more stitches if I was going to use a smaller needle. When I took the cuff off the needles, it barely fit me.

I cast on with the light gray again and used my regular 2.5mm dpns and switched to the dark gray. I also decided not to use the
corrugated ribbing although I loved the effect. I have only four skeins of yarn and it will probably take almost all of them for these socks even without fancy knitting. I will save this technique for another project. So. A dark gray cuff with a light gray border, a dark gray leg and foot with a light gray heel and toe. I "may" put a light gray band in the leg and maybe one in the foot to keep the yarn usage between both colors about even.

I'm making slow progress on the Red Lace Scarf. Six pattern repeats are done. It's still my sofa / comfy chair knitting and reading project, mostly in the evenings.

blogging to: a quiet house

reading: Murder at the Altar by Veronica Heley (an Ellie Quicke mystery)
Guilty: Liberal "Victims" and Their Assault on America by Ann Coulter
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

Parting Shot: "Ambition must be made to counteract ambition." ~ James Madison

Monday, November 16, 2009

Shopin' the Stash

I'm not necessarily on a stash busting campaign but I do like to use stash yarn whenever possible. For both the current and future Dr Who Scarves it was and will be impossible as I don't have a stash of scarf yarn or miscellaneous wool or acrylic. I do, however, have a quite nice sock yarn stash. Which I delved into today.

I thought I was going to have to make Mr WK's next socks out of blue variegated Trekking XXL yarn. But lo, and behold, I found two skeins of dark gray and two skeins of a light gray sock yarn in my wool sock yarn stash. They are Froehlich Wolle Special Blauband. Click on Fall 2004 color card two and the dark gray is color #5 and the light gray is color #3. My plan is to knit the cuff/leg and foot with one color and the heel and toe with the other. I just don't know which. If these were MY socks, I'd do one one way and the other the opposite way, or dark and light stripes or something else. But it's not and even doing the heels and toes in a different color is out on the edge for Mr WK. Mr WK doesn't care which color goes where.

Now I also need to think about a ribbing pattern. I thought I wanted a fairly quick and easy knit so no lace, no cables and no fancy stitching. I also thought it would be nice if it were a different rib than the Spring Flower Socks.
I paged through a couple of sock books and I liked the Twin Rib on page 47 of Charlene Schurch's first book Sensational Knitted Socks. You can also find the two row pattern here. Yeah, I know the second row of k1, p1 is going to slow things down but I do like the look and every row will be different! We'll see if I stick with this pattern when I actually cast on and start knitting. The photo in Charlene's book shows a k1, p1 cuff which seems to flow into the leg pattern so that's what I'll do . . . . for now.

I'm glad I got THAT figured out. Because the knitting on the first Dr Who Scarf is done. I cast on with and bound off with US9 /11 mm needles. Now to weave in the rest of the ends. I have about half of them already done. Then on the next sunny, windy day, I'll wash it and lay it out to dry, mainly to lock in the woven in ends.

I'm going to give the scarf to the recipient over the Thanksgiving Weekend so it must be done by then. I probably won't have a chance for him to try it on, so I'll do the tassels anyway. They're easy enough to take off.

Today we had our first real snowfall of the year here. On the tenth of October, it spit snow at us all during the Carbine class so this is my second official snow of the season. Depending on where or when you read or heard a forecast we're going to get less than an inch or around six inches be the time it's over sometime Tuesday night. The temperature is above freezing (just barely at some points) and so far nothing is sticking and no ice.

blogging to: a quiet house

reading: A Shot to Die For by Libby Fischer Hellmann (an Ellie Forman mystery)

Guilty: Liberal "Victims" and Their Assault on America by Ann Coulter

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

Parting Shot: "To cure the British disease with socialism was like trying to cure leukaemia with leeches." ~ Margaret Thatcher

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Roll With It

Well, the Dr Who Scarf has progressed no further. It will probably next the first of next week.

I did find out that the recipient of the next one says No Sheep for Me. So it will most likely be 100% acrylic. I'll give her a bamboo-silk or soy silk option but frankly, it'll probably be acrylic because of the availability of the colors and the price. At least *I* get to choose which brand of acrylic. Cotton or even a cotton blend would be too heavy and dense for a scarf like this.

Meanwhile, I mowed the yard for the last time this year. Most of the backyard was over ankle deep in the neighbor's elm leaves. As soon as those suckers start falling we always get a few days of strong south winds. The neighbors and their elms are south of us so 90% of the leaves end up in our backyard. This year with all the rain and mild temperatures, was a banner year for leaves, acorns and pine cones. We had more redbud, birch, maple and oak leaves than we've ever had. But most of the leaves were elm.

I lowered the mower one setting from the lowest one and started in. It took me ALL day. All. Day. I started at 10am and finally finished at dusk. I took several short breaks to deal with the laundry and hanging out two loads and a longish lunch break so I wasn't out there non-stop. Almost every pass was actually two or often four passes. I also mowed two passes into each neighbor's yard. Usually, it only takes me one tank of gas. I filled up twice. I have a power assist mower walk behind so at least I didn't have to be pushing the mower, too. I was so focused on getting it done that I forgot to take before photos.

But gee, it sure does look nice. Pluses: I won't have to mow as early in the spring; when it snows it'll look pretty even if it's just an inch or so because the grass won't be poking up though it as much; I just mulched in all that free nitrogen for the grass.

Since work kicked Mr WK's butt last week we decided not to go to the outdoor range today and shoot rifles. Instead we stayed in and reloaded .45's and .38's. Sunday, we may go to the indoor pistol range as it's supposed to rain all day. Or we may continue to stay in and do some more 9mm's or continue to work up our .223 brass. Our .223 stash is slowly recovering from the major hit it took from the carbine class over a month ago but we're still nowhere near where we were. Thank goodness we loaded up lots of extra.

Next week when I get the Dr Who Scarf done, I may interperse work on some of the .223 brass with the knitting. It's all been polished and most of it has been de-primed and polished. The de-primed and polished brass, needs to be case gauged (checked for the proper size) then if it's too long, trimmed, chamfered and de-burred.

I picked up a VLD Lyman chamfer & deburring tool last week. Most reamers chamfer at 45° This one cuts at 22° which will help when you're seating non-boat tailed .223 projectiles. It will make seating boat tailed projectiles even easier.

blogging to: a quiet house

reading: A Shot to Die For by Libby Fischer Hellmann (an Ellie Forman mystery)
Guilty: Liberal "Victims" and Their Assault on America by Ann Coulter
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

Parting Shot: "If you set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing." ~ margaret Thatcher

Thursday, November 12, 2009

In The Mood

All kinds of knitting going on here. Well, OK only the knit stitch over and over and over; rinse; repeat. I've only four more stripes or 84 rows left to knit on the Dr Who Scarf. I will probably finish it sometime Friday. Then I'm going to have the recipient try it on and see how long it is on him. It's supposed to be 150" long but it's difficult to lay out on the carpet and measure it. I'm not wild about putting the tassels on. I know the knitting will stretch and I'm hoping that I was able to shave off enough rows here and there to make it a bit short. Eventually, I know that it will probably droop to the ground even without the tassels. I hope I can convince the recipient that between actual wearings, it needs to be stored folded up flat and not hung around the neck of the coat on a hanger.

I'm going to wash the scarf but I'm not going to block it. I'll pick a sunny, windy day, wash it, squish the water out of it with towels then fold it in a couple of layers and set it on some dry towels to dry outside. I'll set the timer and refold / rearrange the layers every hour or so.

blogging to: a quiet house

reading: The Last Embrace by Denise Hamilton (a Lily Kessler mystery)
Guilty: Liberal "Victims" and Their Assault on America by Ann Coulter
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

Parting Shot: "I seem to smell the stench of appeasement in the air." ~ Margaret Thatcher

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Are We There Yet?

I'm back on the Dr Who Scarf this week. I did a huge amount of knitting on it Tuesday. I've got only eight more stripes or 158 more rows to knit and the knitting will be done. It is LONG!! As it should be. When finished, without tassels it'll be 150" long or around there. I've been shaving off rows here and there and I think it's going to be OK lengthwise. I'm hoping to finish the knitting on the scarf in the next couple of days.

Now I need to get on the stick and arrange a meeting with the recipient of the next scarf. I want to show her this one and get her take on the yarn. I also need to fire my research skills back up and get myself back to the yarn store and get a couple of yarn samples of fancier yarn that come in Dr Who colors.

Meanwhile, once the first Dr Who Scarf is done I'm going to cast on for another pair of socks for Mr WK. Live and learn but from now on for him only wool socks as even the cotton blend socks shrink enough over time that they don't fit. I'm also going to stick to known good wools such as Koigu or Trekking XXL. The socks made with those wools have lasted. He is still wearing the first pair of socks I ever knit for him — tube socks made from Trekking XXL. He's been wearing those since April 2005. I finished the Burr Oak Socks in December 2007 and they look great.

I've only got the one skein of the variegated blue / gray Trekking XXL that I got when I knit the tube socks I talked about above. I don't want to do another tube sock so this pair will have heels with a simple rib pattern. Heels will take up more yarn so I'll either have to make the legs shorter or use a different yarn for the heels and toes. This may be a good reason to dig into the leftover sock yarn stash.

I did almost no knitting last week and no shooting the week prior to that. Unless Mr WK has an easy day tomorrow (Thursday), our IDPA

match night,
there'll be no shooting until the weekend.

blogging to: Memories 89

reading: The Last Embrace by Denise Hamilton (a Lily Kessler mystery)
Guilty: Liberal "Victims" and Their Assault on America by Ann Coulter
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

Parting Shot: "Democratic nations must try to find ways to starve the terrorist and the hijacker of the oxygen of publicity on which they depend." ~ Margaret Thatcher

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Shoot 'Em Up

What a shooty week we have had. Mr WK has been off work all week, enjoying his last week of paid vacation this year. We either went shooting or did a shooting related activity almost every day. Last Saturday was the only non-shooting day but all the rest were shooting related in some way.
  • Sunday we shot our black rifles at the outdoor range.
  • Monday we went to the outdoor range to shoot our black rifles but all the stations were full and there were other folks waiting to shoot. So we headed to a gun store we'd never been to, Quantico Arms & Tactical Supply in Junction City, KS. As they are on the road leading to Ft Riley they are very military oriented which is just what we wanted. Now we have a "cop" store in the Kansas City area and a "military" store in the other direction, depending on the type of equipment we want. We tend to lean in the military direction. I guess that's the influence of the active military guys in our IDPA group.
  • Tuesday evening we drove to St Joe, MO and shot IDPA with that group.
  • Wednesday we drove to Kansas City and stopped at Cabela's and The Bullet Hole for supplies.
  • Thursday we shot black rifles all afternoon at the outdoor range then drove to the indoor range and shot our black pistols all evening with some IDPA buddies. We shot our own guns and each others guns. When we left, the only ammo any of us had left was our TAP ammo.
  • Friday morning, Mr WK cleaned everything we've been shooting all week while I cleaned house and did laundry. We also cycled some brass through the polisher in preparation for some reloading on Sunday.
  • Saturday morning Mr WK reloaded some .40 cal and we shot our black rifles all afternoon at the outdoor range with our active military IDPA buddy.
Sunday we're going to do some reloading.

Monday afternoon, I'm meeting my SIL and a teacher buddy of hers that shoots and we're going shooting. Again! I looked but I can't believe I didn't blog about this.

In mid-October my SIL, the one for whom I knit socks and knit the Paws to Remember Scarf, went shooting. My SIL has always maintained (in the 30+ years that I've known her) that she didn't like guns. She wasn't anti-gun, they just weren't for her. Since Mr WK and I started shooting again (in July 2008) and shooting a lot and shooting IDPA and taking classes she's been more interested. A lot more interested. So much so, that for Christmas last year her husband (who is thrilled) got her spot in a new shooters class. She took the class in late January and she had fun but it wore her out. I'd offered a few times to meet her any time, with or without her husband or Mr WK and go shooting.

In mid October, she sends me an e-mail wanting to know if I wanted to meet her and some friends for lunch (the lady for whom I'm currently knitting the red lace scarf and the one for whom I knit the Fern Lace Wrap) then the two of us would go shooting. I fired back an affirmative and it was set. I took my two 9mm Glocks, (G26 & G19), the .357 Taurus 617, my Sig P238 .380 and the Browning Buckmark Camper .22LR with the gold trigger along with ammos. She brought her .38 cowboy revolver as her husband is into cowboy action shooting and she wanted a cowboy gun. Prior to this year, she'd never shot it although she's had it for three or four years.

I also brought both sets of our indoor range hearing protectors (Peltor Ultimate 10). She's said in the past, after the class last January and the couple of times she went with her husband to the range, that she jumps every time someone shoots. We were at the range in the little room where you gear up or down, depending on whether you're going out on the range or back into the shop. You can watch the other shooters from there and you don't need your hearing protectors on in there as it's somewhat soundproofed from the actual range until someone opens the door to the range. Anyway, with *her* hearing protectors on in there and the range door closed she was still flinching at every bang. Not. Good. At. All.

I had her put on the spare ones I'd brought and she quit flinching at the noise. A while later out on the range when someone fired off several rounds from a 12 gauge only three lanes away, she heard it but didn't jump or flinch. A bit later when someone else fired off several shots from a .44 mag a few lanes down, she heard the booms but didn't jump or flinch.

OK! Half the battle already won. We're here. She's not flinching at the noise.

I started her out with the .22LR. I loaded the magazine, put it in the gun, released the slide and set it down on the firing bench. I watched her through several magazines and she has excellent range manners and follows all the rules of good gun safety. OK another hurdle cleared.

Other than the .22LR and the .380 the only other ammo we shot were our hand loads. Over the couple of hours we were there I offered her my G19, the Taurus .357 (with soft .38 hand loads) and the .380. She put about 4 rounds through the 19, all 7 .38's through the .357 and all 6 rounds though the .380. She never picked up any them up again although she did remark that she liked the .380. She always went back to the .22LR. For a new shooter, it's all about the recoil and that's OK.

We shared a lane and took turns shooting. She would empty the 10 round .22 magazine then I would put 5 rounds down range with my G19. While she shot, I'd load the empty .22LR mag and put 5 in my Glock mag. After a little while, there was an opportunity for me to step away from the firing bench and hand her a full .22 magazine. She'd been watching me each time I put a fresh mag into the .22. I watched as she took the magazine, inserted it and at her questioning look, pointed at the slide release. After that I just made sure there was a fresh mag on the firing bench. A few times, I asked if she wanted to work the slide to pick up the first round and she did but she never did it on her own and after the second time I didn't ask anymore. A little later, I showed her how to drop the empty magazine out and she began doing that when she was done. She'd been shooting to slide lock so there wasn't an issue with the gun on the firing bench with the slide closed. When I would step up to shoot, I'd drop her mag out and then when I was done take her mag and mine to refill them while she shot the one I'd loaded the last time. When she began dropping her own mags, I'd just pick her empty one up with mine when I was done.

One of her few complaints about the class was that her hands and fingers got tired and sore reloading the magazine. Mine do too, which is why I have an UpLula and I'm so glad that my Glocks come with a reloader. Anyway, as I was after a near a 100% positive experience as I could manage she didn't need to be reminded of that. If she was enjoying shootin' I didn't mind reloading her empty mags.

She did well and even had a couple of small groups (1½") at 7 or so yards. I made she she had that target to take home and show off.

When I saw that *SHE* was beginning to tire, we stopped. Immediately. I packed up the guns and ammo and we went out to settle up. I felt that she'd had a good time and truly enjoyed shooting that day. But I knew the proof would be if she ever asked to go again and how long before she asked to go again. Well, she e-mailed me last Monday (11/2), just shy of two weeks since we went and we're going again on Monday, the ninth. Hot Dog!

As I mentioned earlier we're going with a friend of hers that shoots. I'm bringing some guns for the friend to try and I'm going to shoot her Sigs. As for my SIL, I'm bringing the .22 again and the same hearing protectors. I'm also bringing a soft case for the .22 and if I can manage it, I want to leave it with her.

It took us nine months from her class in late January of this year to get us here. If she wants to stick with a .22 for now, I'm not gonna push her or talk her into something larger caliber-wise. When she's ready, she'll ask for bigger or different. If she never does, a .22 is better than no gun at all.

I'm really looking forward to Monday's shoot.

reading: Set Sail For Murder by Carolyn Hart (a Henrie O mystery)
Guilty: Liberal "Victims" and Their Assault on America by Ann Coulter
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

Parting Shot: "We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America." ~ Preamble to the United States Constitution

Friday, November 6, 2009

Why Ask Why?

Why don't they make decent clothespins anymore?

Why don't they sell the non-snap type clothespins anymore? Maybe I can find some at the craft store. (sigh)

Why don't they sell clothespins bags in the same area as the clothespins?

Did you know they make "green" bamboo clothespins that cost twice as much as the pressed wood pulp clothespins? No, I didn't buy any. They probably wouldn't last any longer than the other ones.

Why are the radio stations playing Christmas music already? There's one station here that's already playing ALL Christmas music. They started on Nov 1. CRAZY!!!!! It's bad enough Christmas trees and other Christmas decorations were up and for sale even before Halloween.

I generally don't like pink guns, but this fall, with all the leaf litter about the same color as my brass, some hot pink "brass" would be jolly.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Scarfing It Up

I took some photos late Saturday afternoon of the Red Lace Scarf. As blurry as it is this is the best one — it shows the center panel pretty well and the two side panels. I'm pretty pleased with the way it's turning out. I just need to make some time to knit on it. This photo shows five 16 rows pattern repeats.

Five lifelines. That's how many I used on the Paws To Remember Scarf. The next one I put in will be the one on the bottom that I'll pull out. I found that picking the stitches up from a ¼" ribbon worked easier for me than yarn. The waste yarn always wanted to cling to the knitting yarn whereas the ribbon slides through easier and gives me a flat surface to pick the stitches up from. I picked up tow white and two black spools of this on sale last year sometime. When I did the Paws to Remember Scarf, I cut the lifelines long so they would be usable for more projects. As this scarf is not as wide, I have even more white ribbon overhang.

I do like the way the scarf is looking. There's enough there now that you can definitely SEE all three patterns. Once I get some more pattern repeats complete and some scarf with no lifelines it'll be even easier. The photo was taken when the scarf was at 80 rows which is the first time since the beginning that all three panels were on the same row number. In other words, the center panel is 16 rows and the two side panels are ten rows. Once I got past the first ten rows, the side panels started over but the center panel went on to row 16.

I also took several photos of the Christmas Hey! Hey! It's the Monkees Socks but the light angle was too low and it washed out most of the color and created weird shadows. I'll get there.

The Dr Who Scarf is racing along. It was 108" long late Friday afternoon, about 50 rows ago. I'm now on row 682 of 1,042 not including the tassels
which makes it 65% complete. I need to figure out how to take a photo of it so far. I think I'll take it in chunks and then string the photos together in a row.

The front lawn looks sooo much better this this year being more grass now and not weeds thanks to my efforts this past spring. I didn't do anything this fall but I am going to do the same thing this next spring to a different spot in the yard.

blogging to: a quiet house

reading: Bad Blood by Linda Fairstein (an Alexandra Cooper mystery)

Guilty: Liberal "Victims" and Their Assault on America by Ann Coulter

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

Parting Shot: "While the form of treachery varies slightly from case to case, liberals always manage to take the position that most undermines American security." ~ Ann Coulter