Friday, June 26, 2015

AUDIO BOOKS


One of my favorite things to do is listen to audio books while I'm working around the house, outside or knitting.  Lately I've been lucky enough to download some very good books from The Dauphin County Library for free.  First was Fall Of Giants by Ken Follett.  It's the first book in the century trilogy. Starts off just before WWI following a Russian family, German family and an English family.  Takes the reader through the war and the events of that time as seen through three families.


Winter of the World follows these families through WWII and all the horrible events that took place during that war.


Edge Of Eternity is after WWII in Europe and the US especially the civil unrest ending with our current president.  I love these books and learned so much.  Along with history these action and romance. Right now I'm reading Ken Follett's book The Pillar's of the Earth and can't put it down.  The man is amazing author.


Next I listened to The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger.  I was so caught up in the charters.  It's very hard to explain.  Love story and science fiction all rolled into one that will leave you crying at the end. Head over to Amazon if you'd like to buy any of these or your local library for some very good reads.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

JUNE WHITE LACE SHAWL



I finally finished my white lace shawl.  It's picture here being blocked.




Front view.  I knit it with sock yarn.




The pattern for it was in "Sock Yarn One Skein Wonders".  Wisteria Arbor Shawl.  The pattern called for one skein of sock yarn at 450 yards.  I bought three with a yardage of 360 each and I'm glad I did since I ended up using two and some of the third.  I love how it turned out and as of now I've started one in a dark gray.  Very light and airy.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

ADDI HEADBAND INSTRUCTIONS AND CRAIG NA DUN


Above is a picture of a headband when it comes off my Addi Express (46 needles).  The first and last five rounds are knit in a waste yarn and 40 rounds of a color you like.  I have it pinned wrong sides together so I can start crocheting the two knitted ends together.


I use a size 10 1/2 or K crochet hook and slip stitch through each of the rounds.  This isn't hard.  You just have to keep in mind that you need to pick up every end loosely and pay attention to the last two where you began and ended attaching your waste yarn.


Once you finished the head band should look like this.


I added a button and charm to this one.  You can crochet flowers, ribbons or decorate any way you wish.  If you're making one for a guy I wouldn't add anything to the side.


This hat is made with the same yarn.  I used one whole ball of yarn and finished it with a little puffy on top.




This is the back of my Craig Na Dun shawl from the Outlanders series.  The cables are suppose to represent the standing stones.  Colors are spot on.




Front of my shawl.  I can't decide if I like it or not.  First time I knit a reversible cable.



So does it look like the stones?  Colors sure do.  Love this show.  This photo is on my desk top.

Saturday, May 09, 2015

MAY



Why I bother with Google Blogger is beyond me.  I've got some more photos I would like to share but it won't let me.  I guess I'll try again another day but right now I can't take any more.  Sorry about my complaining.  So above is a pair of sock I've finished for summer.  Light weight cotton in bright summer colors.


We have this lovely tree blooming right now but for what the name of it is.  Does any one know?


A lot of fellow knitters have posted photos of their really great wooden ball holders.  Well I have this old metal one I got along time ago at some flea market and works darn good even if its not wooden.


One of the things I've wanted to pass along for a long time is this little hint.  When I wind a skein of yarn to a ball winder I first put on a empty toilet tissue holder.  That way the yarn doesn't collapse into itself. Works pretty good for me.  The yarn I have on my holder is from Jimmy Bean's and I'm doing my for ever KAL shawl.  The yarn and pattern is inspired by Graig Na Dun and the Outlander books and Starz show.  Both by the way are wonderful.  I read all 8 books twice and can't wait until number 9 comes out.


I got three new heads from the good old Goodwill.  I love that place!  Two have long hair one short and right out of the new bags for only $13 a piece.  I think they are for hair dressers to practice on.

Time to get ready for church.  For all the ladies out there.  HAPPY MOTHERS DAY!  I hope you have a great day.

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

APRIL POST


I can't believe its April already and I haven't post for a month.  I finally took some pictures of a couple of things I've made.  I know its hard to see but all the hats and head bands are "blingie" but either I can't take a good picture or I don't have a very good camera or both.


I'm also crocheting flowers but so far I haven't done a great job.  I never put them on if I'm not please with them but the ones people put on Youtube are so nice.


I found some white Lion Brand Wool Ease just like the black and added a pom pom to both hats.


I probably should have crocheted a different color flower but as soon as I can find a button to sew on the middle of it I think it will set it off nicely.


In the evening I've been knitting socks.  I haven't done that in quite a while and found out I've missed knitting them.  They actually knit up quickly.


It's funny how you can start the second sock with the same yarn and end up with a different looking sock only the same color.  I love that effect!


My cousin asked me to weave her a scarf for her son who can not wear any animal fiber.  I got some silk from Tweenway and asked them to dye it gray in the weight I wanted.  I know its only twill but I love it and have enough yarn left to knit a scarf.


I'm selling my spinning wheel chair.  It's complete and I'm asking $300 for it.  I've posted it on a Facebook group I belong to.  I tried Graig's List once and never and I mean never again.  I had so much trouble with a scammer.  Sure did teach me a lesson!

HAPPY EASTER

Friday, March 06, 2015

ADDI HEAD BANDS


Not to much activity around here.  I did manage to get some head bands knit on my new Addi.  That thing is so quick.  It takes me longer to crochet the two sides together than it does to knit them up.

Simple.  I go five rounds with a waste yarn, 40 with regular yarn and another five rounds of waste.  DO NOT CUT the end of your yarn.  You'll need that to crochet the sides together.  Once off the knitter I put wrong sides together and carefully slip stitch with a size H crochet hook the two sides together.  Tie the two ends and weave then in between the layers of knitted fabric.  My crochet flowers are simple too.  Chain six with the same crochet hook, slip stitch to join into a circle.  Chain another six in the circle repeating 8 times for the large flower and five for the small.  I attach a button to the middle of the two flowers and attach to the head band.  I also have made a couple of cowls or neck warmers using the same method only knitting the whole skein of yarn.

Hopefully it will be warming up this weekend.  Imagine spring is just right around the corner.  Thank goodness!!!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

ADDI KINGSIZE EXPRESS


I purchased a Addi Kingsize Express Knitter.  Did I need it?  No but I've wanted one for a long time.  So I figured why not I've worked hard all my life and if I want a little something that makes me happy why not?  This hat is worked with two layers.  One assorted colors one a solid orange.   The top is sort of a top knot.


This hat is also two layers, which I like the best. You can do a single layer if you wish but this has a neater finish and much warmer.  I top this one with a  little pom pom.  I think at some point I need to go shopping and get a pom pom maker.


This is something I did off the top of my head.  I was watching one of Margaret's  YouTube videos on fingerless mitts.  This is the first time I saw how you could use waste yarn to start and finish your project and do a single crochet to finish it off and then did another single crochet to attach the two layers.  She was using a smaller knitting machine and her mitts were wonderful.  Ok, so I take her idea (thanks Margaret) and applied it to knitted head bands.  I think the results are really nice.


Another thing I had to re-learn was crocheting.  I haven't crocheted in years.  Again using YouTube I found several crocheted flower "how too".  I did a couple of guy head bands, one gray and one denim blue but didn't think they would like flowers.

Now if it would finally warm up so we could be outside.  For the first time I'm getting "cabin fever".