Friday, October 10, 2014


The New York Sheep And Wool Festival is next weekend.  Why do I have my banner hanging on the wall in my studio?  Good question.  We started packing and couldn't find the one we had for the last couple of years.  So to make sure we had one for the festival I ordered another one.  Well of course you know as soon as you replace some thing you'll find the one you missed placed.

I've upload knitting istructions for two of my shawls on Raverly.  The white one and bullky dark gray.  blofspinner  If anyone is interesting in them.

Monday, October 06, 2014


These are some of the shrugs I knit inspired by the Outlander series on Starz.  I've read all the books and loved every one of them.  Claire wore shrugs in a couple of the episodes.  This one is made with a light weight wool blend.  As you can see its simply so many stitches cast one (wish I could remember how many) but that would depend on just how big a person is.At some point I tried it on and when it was long enough to fit me I cast off and sew the sleeves up to my under arms.

This one is knit with a very thick yarn on size 35 needles.  I know I cast on 25 stitches and again knit until it fit me.  Cast off and sew up to my under arms.

I knit this one with my hand spun bulky yarn and size 10 1/2 needles.  I cast on 36 stitches and knit a knit 1 purl 1 rib for 2 inches.  The I started increasing by knitting in the back and front of both the first and last stitches every 6th row until I had 52 stitches.  I then knit for another 22 inches and started decreasing the same way I increased ending with 36 stitches and knit 1 purl 1 ribbing for 2 inches.  Bind off and weave in ends.  Simple.  Also I have to admit I don't know if to many people wear these now but I was in my studio typing this with my ceiling fan on and not heat and it felt so warm on my shoulders.
Check my Raverly page at blofspinner for instructions.  Just click on the picture.

Along with the series Claire wore many other wonderful knit garments as did the other's in the cast.  This is call "The Renters Shawl" for the episode she was helping collect the rents.

Saturday, September 20, 2014


Our daughter is kind enough to come by this afternoon to pick up our old computer, printer, monitor, keyboard and a microwave and take  to the county recycling center in Harrisburg.  So to say thank you I baked her one of her favorite things banana bread.  Now she suppose to share one loaf with her daughter but that's up to her.

3/4 cup shortening
1 1/2 cups of sugar
4 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
3 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 cup chopped nuts (we like walnuts)
5 large bananas mashed

Cream the first three ingredients together and add vanilla.  Add remaining ingredients and pour into 2 well greased and floured loaf pans.  Bake in a 350 oven for 1 hour.  I have glass loaf pans so I bake mine at 325. 

I finally finished this woven shawl.  Its been off the loom washed and just need to be steamed and the fringe trimed for some time.  But me being me it took quite a while.  I really shouldn't be so darn lazy.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014


I found this little flower under our lilac bush.  I have no idea what it is does any one else?

Last rose of summer.  This is one of our rose hips.  Sad to see them finished for the summer.  They smell so good when they are in bloom.

Orange mum.  We love mums and so far we've been lucky enough to have a couple that have lasted for years.

Another mum we've had for a very long time.  This white/yellow one.  Both the orange one and this one are in the open over winter facing the west and we we get a lot of wind.

Tuesday, September 09, 2014


I've been dyeing.  This is a before and after.  I knit two circular scarves in white and dyed one blue.  I purposely dyed it unevenly.

Some blue two ply sock yarn. 

This is dyed a bright red.  Again two ply sock yarn.
This yarn is dyed a deep orange.  Two ply wool. 
I've also been doing a lot of knitting but need some time to take the pictures and when I do I'll post them.  Also a pattern with a shrug I designed. 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014


We landed in Grand Forks around 11:00 and hadn't eaten a thing all day so we went to the Blue Moose Bar And Grill in East Grand Forks, Minnesota for lunch.  We had a great meal and the inside is decorated so nice.  Lots of wood paneling and a rustic feel.

Our nephew Wayne, nieces Susann and Carla with my sister Ann and brother in law Edmund.
 Our great nieces and nephews. Back row:  Kayla, Adam, Rebeca, Ann and Ed, Sara, and Blaze.  Front row: Gavin and Lindsey.        

The day after the party we headed for lakes, Northwest Angle Lake of the Woods.  We stopped at Karlstad, Minnesota for breakfast.  Turns out the local phone company, Wikstrom help this small town get back on its feet and had a local artist paint a mural on the wall of the cafe.

Most the people in the area of Scandinavian decent.  The mural is lovely.

Also a beautiful Scandinavian costume.  Also included in the small museum attached to the cafe were loads of early telephones used in that area of Minnesota.

Finally arrive at the lakes after some 60 miles to the nearest town, going  through Canada and the last 30 miles gravel roads.  Like they say between the gravel roads, the mosquitoes and the below freezing in the winter it keeps the riff raff out.

Brother in law Ed's new Man Cave. 

Just some of the inside which is very nice and comfortable.

I caught four of these little walleye, one crappy and a clam.  Do you think it was worth the cost of my fishing license ?  Just a very good thing everyone else caught enough for our supper because this one needed to go back to its mom.

The funny part was that Ed also caught a couple of small walleye in the same place.  We kind of thought we were a school of them.

As always we were happy to be home but so thankful for everyone who made our trip so much fun.  Starting with our daughter Dawn who took us to the airport in Baltimore, Annie and Ed for putting up with us taking us fishing and Annie cooking the greatest meals, walleye and one of very favorite meals, cream peas on toast, nieces and nephews who did all the party plan so I didn't have to lift a finger except to enjoy myself.  Thanks everyone.

Friday, August 08, 2014


 Last month my sister, Ann and my bother in law Edmund Jiskra celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.  We wouldn't have missed it for the world. They were surrounded my load of family and friends. 

 My niece Susan Barclay, nephew Wayne and his wife Serena did all the work.  Making out stand food and decorated the yard. We couldn't have asked for a more perfect day.  Nice and warm, light breeze and no humidity.  Didn't Susan do a great job at getting the photos together and framing them in a black and gold frame?

 Marvin Jiskra (Edmund's younger brother) and I stood up for the happy couple.  Here we are 50 years older.  I was thinking it doesn't really matter what we look like just that we all could be together to celebrate.

A photo of me, hubby Bill, Ann and Ed.  I would have more photos to post later when my dear sister sends my camera to me.  I left it at the lakes in Minnesota.  More about that later.

Annie send me home with three of her many pieces of Polish Pottery.  She has quite a collection and I only took what I was sure would make it safely back home.  We all know how the airlines handle your luggage.  I don't want to get into to that now.  We made it home and were so happy that our luggage did to.