Thursday, November 03, 2016

CLEAN WHEEL DAY









It was finally time to get busy and clean  all my spinning wheels using Wood Beams by Goodies Unlimited.  Great stuff!  This wheel I got as a gift from my husband's aunt.  She lived near Pine Grove, Pennsylvania but I'm not sure where she got the wheel from.  I could be wrong but my guess is either Lebanon or Lancaster county



We bought this wheel.  As you can see it's signed I Sanford.  From the book American Spinning Wheels by D. Pennington and M. Taylor.  There is a photo of the very same wheel with the following information about it.




The American two-hand flax wheel as a horizontal wheel support.  It is complete, and the spike distaff (mine does not have the spike distaff but I could get one made) appears typical of this type of wheel.  Many wheels of this style are know.  "B. Sanford" and "I. Sanford" or J.Sanford" are either burned or stamped into many wheels of this style.  It is perfectly use able but I have never spun on it.




This is my Norwegian wheel a gift from my sister.  My sister bought it think it was a Canadian Production wheel and we found out it was not and being Norwegian it's my more valuable.  Since she doesn't live far from Oslo, Minnesota I'm not surprise she purchased it.  As you can see in the photo I am repairing the leg which keeps slipping so we bought some good wood glue and glued  and tied it yesterday.  Again a lovely wheel I've never spun on.



Last by not least is the wheel I use on a regularly.  Its my good old Ashford Traditional.  What a work horse!

Friday, October 07, 2016

OCTOBER



Our daughter Dawn got married on September 24 (also Bill's birthday) to a wonderful man Chris Sanford.  We are so happy for them!  When Dawn had her breast cancer surgery three years ago Chris never left her side, took her to every doctors appointment and surprisingly enough sat in on every one of them.  We love you Chris and welcome to the family.  Poor guy doesn't know what he's gotten himself into.



Our family only one missing was Dawson.  Left to right back row:  David, our son, Bill, Shane Riley, holding Emma one of our great grand daughters, Amber, our grand daughter, Brittany, and Aaron, Dawn and Chris.  Front row:  Michelle (our daughter in law)  me, great grand son Carson, and little Daisy our great grand daughter.



Aaron, Dawn and Amber


Aaron, Dawn Chris and Amber




Michelle holding Emma and David


Next week I'll try to post some of my knitting.  Sorry I've so lazy about posting.  I just hate getting my pictures off my camera.  Most of them do not even turn out.  What kind  of cameras do you guys have?

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

JULY



Well I can't believe its been so long since I've posted.  Over a month.  And what have I been doing?  No much.  I have been knitting socks.  This pair is in the Gravel Pattern by Nina Phillips.  It only goes down the front of the sock and I must admit I wish I would have used a sold color yarn so I could see the pattern better.



This is just a good old vanilla pair.  I wonder why we call them vanilla now instead of good old plan pair?     Who knows.  Any way both pairs are knit with Knit Picks yarn on size 1 47 inch circular needle in magic loop. 




I can tell every how excited I was to finally get a dyed sock blank by Andre Sue.  Check her out on Instagram for all her great creations.  She has an Etsy shop she updated every Sunday evening at 7:00 PM and Monday's at 10:00 AM.  If you want anything of hers you have to darn quick because her blanks go so fast.  I don't think you can tell by this photo but the blank was dyed a soft green before she painted it.  She's also a fantastic artist and knitter.



I'm taking a class at Craftsy.  Master Knit Shawls taught by Laura Nelkin.  I've been knitting a long time and yes I can knit lace shawls but just didn't get the concept of reading grafts.  Thanks to this class I am learning.  The shawl I'm knitting is Skywalker by Laura Nelkin.  I've had to but it on hold for the time being since I have a few knitting obligation.  One of which is knitting a stole for my granddaughter for my daughter's wedding.

It you get a chance head on over to Raverly and check out the Knitoriousis Podcast.  Two very fun and informative gals.  Oh and strange they don't live that far from me.  Elizabeth town which is near Hershey, Pennsylvania.

Friday, May 20, 2016

MAY


May!  Unbelievable!  I knitted a pair of lace socks for the first time.  I used a 11 stitch 4 row fan and feather repeat. If you look close you can see I knit them on 9" circular needles.


The yarn is Lion Brand pink sock yarn.  I found the yarn on Ebay at a very reasonable price.  
I'm using the same yarn and trying to knit a pair of magic loop socks.  It's amazing what you can find on You Tube!  It's where I found all the instructions.


Also got another pair of socks knit on 9" circular needles.


I also finished  my Oaklette shawl.  This picture is of it being blocked.



Finished.  I only know the yarn is sport weight wool.  Each section was different which made it a fun knit.


I'm posting pictures of  three of my old purse.  The colors are much nice then they look.  What I wouldn't do for a better camera.



This one is gold with small gold mirrors.


I love this one the most.  Red my favorite color mirrors and beads.  Does it get any better than that?


I haven't found anything to interesting to read lately.  I like mysteries and these are different because the main charter is Jefferson Tayte Genealogist.  I got them  as download from Amazon

I'm not listening to anything to special either.  I'm in a real reading slump.

Some fun Podcasts:  Grocery Girs Knit  Inside Number 23  Wool Gathering Collective

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.