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.

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.