Friday, April 15, 2016

APRIL



Meet Emma Lynn newest member of our family.  She's our third great grand child.  He parents our grand daughter and her boy friend living in Kentucky so we haven't met her yet but hope to in September.  Can't wait!  According to everyone she's a very good baby and just cries when she hungry.



My daughter got me an Etsy gift card for Christmas.  She can do that every year.  Hint, hint.
I got ths knitting bag from Skirted Fleece Mill.  I have my new sock project it.


Inside is lined with knitting needle patterned fabric and includes a pocket.  Its actually large enough for a shawl.  Love it.



Two new pairs of socks.  These I knit with a hand dyed knit blank.  I like the colors.  I knit them on two circular needles.




This is the first pair of socks I knit on a size 9" circular needle.  Takes some getting used to but after a awhild it's great.  I not happy with the color.  I thought it would be red white and blue but uts orange blue and gray.  I still can wear them with a pair of jeans.




I also bought two roving bumps from Skirted Sleece Mill.  I just started spinning it and so far realy like it.

You are not a moron or a dansel in distress
you are smart and able, and getting older is not a tragedy.
                                                                                                            Jen Hatmaker

Sunday, March 20, 2016

MARCH



Third month of the new year.  I might be one of the few who actually like March.  It's my birthday month, first day of spring, start of daylight savings time and our wedding anniversary.  My way of looking at it good things.  I've also been very lazy at working with my fiber and yarn things.  I have gotten two pairs of socks knit wash and blocked.  I bought the yarn from one of my favorite on line knitting shops Knit Picks.  The yarn is so very soft.


This pair is knit with much brighter yarn.  While I've been knitting I've been watching some of my very favorite pod casts.  Fiber Pusher Podcast, The Canadian Podcast, Victorian Studio, The Grocery Girls Podcast and the Bakery Bears Podcast just to name a few.  At least I can knit while I watch these.  If you have some you like mention them in the commention section.  I'm always on the look out for more the watch and learn from.


Thanks to Benita Storey from the Fiber Pusher Podcast I'm in the process of knitting this Oaklette shawl.  The pattern is by Megan Goodacre and is a free download.  As you can see I'm still in the process of knitting it.  Since it's just for me and not a gift there isn't any hurry.



The yarn is from Knit Picks Stroll Fingering.  Nice yarn and knitting up beautifully.

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I've also been in a reading listening mode.  I finally listened to all three of the Hunger Games books.  My sister kept asking me if I read them and finally downloaded all three from our library.  I had to admit I did like them.  Personal interaction and lots of adventure.


I have found one the best series I've read for a very long time.  Still Life is the first in a series of mysteries written by Louise Penny featuring Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. Most of the mysteries are set in Three Pines and small village in rural Quebec.  I read the first book and have been listening to the rest.  So much fun how the books go back and forth between English and French.  Even if you don't speak French, which I don't even if I'm half French Canadian you get the jest of what's being said.




I  read Into The Wilderness and Dawn On A Distant Shore  by Sara Donti.  There are more in the series I just haven't gotten to them yet.  Starts with a family and them many off shoots and their problems.  I like the history and hope to finish the series soon.




I listened to Summer at Willow Lake by Susan Wiggs because I accidental bought it on Amazon and before I knew it it was on my Kindle.  Fine summer romance.





Hemlock Lack is a Catskill Mountain Mystery series.  I also read Through A Yellow Wood (book 2) and just finishing up The Devil's Tombstone (book 3) by Carolyn J. Rose.   Can you tell I like mysteries?  




Wednesday, February 10, 2016

FEBRUARY


Happy Valentine's Day to everyone.  Second month of the year.  Amazing!  This is my version of the Baba Sheep everyone is knitting.  My sheep have gray legs and faces because I forgot to get black yarn when I was buying yarn for this hat.  It's simple to knit and works up fast.



Last month I posted a picture of this shawl  Well turns out I had to rip it all back.  When I was printing off the pattern it went from row 88 at the bottom of the page to row 90 to the top of the next page.  Did I notice I was missing 89.  No.


By the time I got this far on the feather and fan shawl I was so sick of knitting it I just binding off.  I'm very happy with the pattern and I used hand dyed wool/mohair yarn.


Sock I started last night.  The yarn is Felici Rainbow by Knit Picks.  Love the color and it matches my project bag which is made by Stitched By Jessaly which I got at the New York Sheep And Wool. They match.  I guess I love the colors.


Speaking of colors I love the colors in this rock formation I found on Facebook.  Pretty.

I've decided not to do the New York Sheep And Wool Festival this coming year.  Just getting to hard for both Bill and I.  His eyes are getting worse and it's hard for him to drive all that way.  Also the lugging all the displays and inventories in and out is getting much harder for us.  I must say its been more than fun.  I'm looking into doing somethings closer to home.  We'll see.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

JANUARY 2016


It's been ages since I've posted to my blog.  I've been busy knitting above is a photo for my great grand daughter.  Nice and soft and pretty pink.  Also I've had loads of computer issues and finally purchased a new one with the old one back in the shop so Bill can use it.  Always something.


I've started knitting a shawl in feather and fan with some of my hand dyed wool/mohair yarn.  Coming long nicely.


I did get some very nice things for Christmas.  My grand daughter bought me a Starbucks mug with a cat and a ball of yarn on.  My daughter got me this pottered yarn bowl.  Also a gift card from Etsy.  It took me a while to figure out how she knew it was the one I wanted.  She checked my Pinterest boards and this one was on it.  Bill got me a gift card to the beautify shop and JoAnn Fabric.  The very best part of Christmas was out daughter, her finance, out son and his wife shared the dinner and the day with us.  Doesn't get any better than that!!

Sunday, December 06, 2015

MAKING CHRISTMAS SOCKS



I didn't even put my Christmas elf away.  Now if only he'd get busy and do some knitting for me



This is what I've done with some handwoven fabric.  I made some  small socks for my tree.  Just backed them with muslin and filled with some extras.


Different colors and patterns.



I think I like the red the best.  Mostly because I like red a lot better than blue except for my jeans of course.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

NOVEMBER



I finished up a couple more cowls for the Fiber Pusher Podcast KAL's November project  which is "Keep Your Neck Warm" month.  This is knitted with Yarn Bee Andes Allpaca Haiku from Hobby Lobby and size 11 knitting needles.  The pattern is from from Knit Collage "The Daisy Chain Bandana Cowl".



This pattern is also from Knit Collage Bandana Cowl knit with Buttercream Luxe Craft Angel Hair from JoAnn Frabic in Lime Green knit with size 10 1/2 knitting needles.




At least three years ago we bought 3 plants and thought all three were dead until this one started blooming a week ago.  We've had a couple of very hard frosts and cool weather.  Do you think we can remember the name of the plant?  NO.  But the bright yellow pretty against the dead oak leaves?

Saturday, October 24, 2015

BEST NEWS EVER



Our daughter Dawn and her finance Chris at the Breast Cancer Run.  We're so happy they found each other.   He's a wonderful man and will make her a great husband.