Thursday, August 03, 2017

AUGUST 2017


Honestly can you believe this is August?  I sure can't.  We didn't do to much.  One thing we did do was go to Muncy, Pa for an International Scout Show.  After being lost on the way, a trip which should have taken us 1 1/2 hours turned into 3 and getting lost again on the way home I said never again.  But we did go to a car show in Hegins, Pa which for us is just down the road.  This is a photo of our son David with his first place trophy in his division.  He's so proud.  Hopefully he'll be able to show his new Scout next year.  It's still in the process of being restored.   I can't wait for him to get it.




I knit two pairs of socks last month.  These are my summer shorties knit with Knit Picks Felici.  They fit perfect and my photos don't do the colors justice.




The are my tribute to Canada's 150 Anniversary.  The socks are knit with a yarn from the Canadian yarn dyer Allison Barnes, Edmonton, Alberta in her Nation's Pride colorway.  Lovely yarn but I think I should have used either solid white or red to cuffs, heels and toes.  Oh, well I already half way done with I thought about it so I didn't want to rip them back.




We have three Rose of Sharon bushes in a very light pink from a dear friend.




And three dark Rose of Sharon from my in-laws garden.  All six are on either side of an storage shed  in our back yard.




My daughter Dawn agreed to model my shawl by Madeleine Windsor in her Patronus design.  It has a lovely drape.  I knit it with figure weight yarn from my stash.




My last project for the month was this knit insert for my coffee mug knit with Biscotte Yarns.  The whole knit was sold on there website.  A little pricey but I like it.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

BACK


Crazy busy around here but I did some things done.  Socks knit from Miss Babs.  I'm not sure what the color is but I call them bubble gum socks.



Nina Philips had a mystery knit along.  What fun!  She's an amazing designer.  This the first shawl I knit in DK weight yarn.  I knit it in Barnette Yarn and highly recommend it.




Our fiber group, Fiber and Friends had our first show at the Millersburg Art Gallary in Millersburg.  I warp my loom and it sat in the window of the gallary.  Now I just need to finish weaving the fabric off.




My new Country Craftsman spinning wheel.  I had a bit of a problem dealing with the tension at first but now that I've gotten used to it I love it.  I only wish the bobbins were bigger.  But when I think about it those wheel always had smaller bobbins.  I guess I'm just used of the larger ones.




Speaking of larger bobbins I've been spinning a merino and silk blend.  The colors are much softer in person I don't know why it shows up so dark.




I bought a project bag from Fringe (love it) and used it to store my demin socks while I was knitting them.





Finally I have just off the needles my shortie summer socks.  I love the colors and fit.

Friday, December 23, 2016

MERRY CHRISTMAS



This came in the mail yesterday.  Three skeins of Susan B Anderson's Barrett yarn for a KAL the Knitting Expat is hosting starting on January 1st, 2017.  The yarn is wonderful
 

Did I need this great gnone?   No but I just fell in love and couldn't help myself from buy him.  I hope you can get a good look at all the beautiful hand work done on his hat.  Elke Isenberg created him.  She's an amazing artist.

MERRY CHRISTMAS
AND 
HAPPY NEW YEAR

Monday, December 12, 2016

DECEMBER 2016



Millersburg is amazing small town with all sorts of local charm.  Two banks, beautiful square, restaurants, hardware stores, drug store, flower shop, collectible shop, furniture store, a ferry that crosses the Susquehanna River in the summer, park and an art gallery to name a few business and interesting places to visit.  Thanks to Peach Michaels, of Hats By Peach,  some of us have gather at the gallery a couple times a week to knit and crochet.  Well when I was in last Wednesday evening I spotted this little felted beauty created by Elke Isenberg.    She also is selling gnomes which might find there way home with me this week.




 I was at JoAnn's this week and found this poor little knitting nut cracker.  Now she does have a small crack on the side of her head but not enough to even notice.  All total with the 50% off and the damage discount she was on $2.00.


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Daughter Dawn has been asking for hand knit socks.  So I got these off the needles in time for Christmas.  My favorite sock yarn, Felici from Knit Picks.  Soft and yummy.



These are for me.  Great jean socks also knit with Felici.

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.