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.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

NOVEMBER



I finished up a couple more cowls for the Fiber Pusher Podcast KAL's November project  which is "Keep Your Neck Warm" month.  This is knitted with Yarn Bee Andes Allpaca Haiku from Hobby Lobby and size 11 knitting needles.  The pattern is from from Knit Collage "The Daisy Chain Bandana Cowl".



This pattern is also from Knit Collage Bandana Cowl knit with Buttercream Luxe Craft Angel Hair from JoAnn Frabic in Lime Green knit with size 10 1/2 knitting needles.




At least three years ago we bought 3 plants and thought all three were dead until this one started blooming a week ago.  We've had a couple of very hard frosts and cool weather.  Do you think we can remember the name of the plant?  NO.  But the bright yellow pretty against the dead oak leaves?

Saturday, October 24, 2015

BEST NEWS EVER



Our daughter Dawn and her finance Chris at the Breast Cancer Run.  We're so happy they found each other.   He's a wonderful man and will make her a great husband.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

THIS AND THAT



One of my hats for The Fiber Pusher Podcast's Winter Prep Knit Along  I'm having so much fun with this Knit Along mostly because it's something new every month.  All small projects that anyone can get done in 30 days. This pattern is from Lace One Skein Wonders.


This tam pattern is a little of this and a little of that and ended up being a tam pattern.


It ended up sort of big so I felted it in the washing machine with hot water and fits pretty nice now.  I'm not good at taking pictures so this one is out side in front of an Aster not to mention I should get a new camera.



These two scarves were knit on my small Addi circular knitting machine.  I sold four of them at the New York Sheep And Wool Festival and could have sold a bunch more.  I'm not bragging but they sure do get cute.



I did pick up a few things at the Festival some yarn from Miss Babs, Knitting Project Bag and dyed roving.  I wanted to get a dyed sock blank from Gale's Art but they were sold out.  I need to order one on line today.  I love them!
   I bought two sets of Knit Pro Knitting Needles.  This is a double pointed sock set.  I used them once and love them!


This an interchangeable set and again I'm so darn happy with them!


Personal note:   Guess who's going to be a "Great Grandma again".   Yep me.  I can't wait just to bad out granddaughter is so far away in Kentucky.  Guess it calls for a field trip.

Nephew Wayne is doing so well he got to go home for a couple of days to be with the family that loves him so much and two great kids who miss him.  He does have to go back for more chemo but he's on his way.  Please keep him in your prayers.  He is my favorite nephew that's for sure.  Oh, the only one too.

Saturday, October 03, 2015

OCTOBER



Ok, who out there can believe it's October?  Not me that's for sure.  Anyway it is and now I'm working like crazy to get ready for the NY Sheep And Wool coming up later this month.  This is the second pair of mittens I knit for Benita's KAL.  I chose to knit them in a Nordic pattern.  Nice and warm.



Finished my second sock.  Love it!!!  It fits perfect.




Bill decided to try and sell some of his hunting puzzles and calenders.  He was lucky to get a space at The Old Sled Works in Duncannon.    It took us two days to get it the way Bill wanted it.




And I must say he did a darn nice job too.




This is only a  small amount of the puzzles and calenders he has.




He has a bunch under the table and will replace them or change them up from time to time.




When were looking around we found this piece of Polish pottery for only $10.00.  Cheap!  And matches some of my other pieces tool




Bill hanging up and checking prices on some of his things.

On some personal notes.  First my nephew Wayne has been diagnose with leukemia.  He's only 47 with a wonderful family, wife and two beautiful children.  If you think about it please pray for him.  He's a fighter and has lots to live for so I'm sure he'll make it but the road isn't going to be easy.

Second the last two weeks I've had my cataracts replaced.  I noticed my right eye was getting blurred so when I went to my family doctor her set me up with an eye specialist.  I don't think I'll notice any difference until I get new glasses.  I thought I was way to young for this but find out people in there 40's have had the same problem.  So we've been running back and forth to the eye doctor.  Three times each week.

Third.  Ask me if I got my new drivers license.  NO.  And why not?  Who knows but I am going to go up to the driver's license test and renewal place in town this week to ask them.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

SEPTEMBER


  Pi Shawl.  Finally finished it.  I think it took me forever.  Knitting around, around and around.  But once done and off the needles I love it!


I knit with Knit Picks Gloss Lace Winter Night.  70 % Merino Wool, 30 % Silk.  Each skein was 440 yards/50 grams.  I used 2 and a half skeins.


I think the hardest part was blocking.  It's so light weight.  Every once in a while I love what I knit and this is one of the times.



I'm in a Winter Prep Along with a group from Basically Benita.  So far I have one pair of child size mittens with a cable running up the front.  I knit them with hand dyed alpaca yarn.  Kind of hard to see the cable with the different colors and me with not the greatest camera.  I'm on my second pair but they will be blue and white Nordic.  I'm almost finished with the first one.




One sock down one to go with my Simply Sock yarn.  Love them.  Again the color is much nice in person then on the computer.




Over Labor Day our daughter Dawn and her finance Chris went to World's End State Park in Sullivan County.  It's so beautiful and the cabins are so rustic.  When the kids where smaller we would vacation there for a whole week.  We enjoyed hiking, swimming, camp fires and the kids rode their bikes all day long.  They sure did sleep good at night!  We are so lucky to have state parks in our state!



This picture was taken as we road across the Loyalsock Creek.  The water is cold and clear.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

DRIVERS LICENSE

This post is a rant.  Nothing about spinning, dyeing or knitting just me going on about something that's driving me crazy.  I got my new drivers license in March.  Shortly after I received a letter from PennDot telling me to cut it up and they issued me a new one.  I didn't cut it up and kept the letter.  Today with my new license in hand went to CVS to get some nasal decongestant containing pseudoephedrin hydrochloride one of the cold meds they keep behind the counter just in case I'm a druggie.  But I couldn't the meds.  Know why they new driver's license issued to me by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania was NO GOOD.  My name was all screwed up.  They had my middle name first and my first name as my last name with no middle name at all.  Now they swiped that license when I was traveling this summer and also got my fishing license from Minnesota.  Go figure.  Now I'll sit on the phone tomorrow trying to straighten out this mess.  Thanks PennDot!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

PURCHASES AND TREES


I found this over shot coverlet table cover at an antique - collectibles mall.  At one time I could have woven it but right now I don't have a loom wide enough or the energy to weave one.


I put my large wood bowl in the middle.  Looks great with out early American decor.


A couple of weeks ago we bought a metal rooster to put on one of our Hosier cupboards.  Does it fit?  No of course not so we needed to find a place for it.  It now rests on top of a 50 gallon lard can next to one of our Hosiers.


We planted around 50 trees on our one acre.  Why?  We love trees and have lived with them on our property every where we've lived.  The front of the house is nothing put pine trees to block the view and stop the wind from the west.  I don't think most people understand that trees are so important.  They shade our home, block the wind, and are the homes of a lot of animals and birds.  Any way I love the bark on this birch.


The white birch was attached with Japanese beetles again this year.  Usually we are home so we can set traps but this year we were on vacation when they invaded.  Funny how they only attach this tree but I suppose that's a good thing.  New leaves are coming out just in time for fall.

Friday, August 14, 2015

AUGUST


I can't believe it's August already.  Where is the summer going?  We went on vacation last month to my high school reunion.  It's been 50 years since I graduated from good old Minto High School.  We had such a good time catching up.  There were only 27 in our class so most of us knew each other from 1st grade through 12th.  Our old high school as been turned into the Walsh County Museum.  Great use of a very old three story brick building.  After the reunion we head up to Lake of the Woods in Minnesota.  My sister and her husband have a great summer home there.  This year Edmund put in a hand carved wooden totem pole.  Looks great close up and from out in the water.


A view from the boat.  Where they have their home there aren't any beaches but loads of rocks.  Did I catch a fish. NO!! And if that wasn't bad enough they wouldn't even give Bill a fishing license.  Something about inconsiderate information.  What is that all about???  Don't know because he was to mad to even call the phone number they gave him.


I haven't been idle.  I bought a small Addi circular knitter.  Makes the greatest scarves and head bands.  I think I finished four sets in as many days.


I'm also working on some had knitting mostly for myself.  This is a shawl I knit with a Raverly group KAL called Waves Gone Bye.  I'm not that excited about it.  It's hard to tell what the colors are but they are different shades of pink and white.


Some thing is sure didn't need was a Yarnit by Simply Socks Yarn Company.   This is it with the yarn in it.

The yarn is great.  You can't see from this picture but the ball is hiding some of the pink color in the yarn.  The bottom comes off to old markers and other small items you might need.  To cute to pass up.


Last but not least.  This is the pi shawl I've been working up for at least three weeks.  I'm on round 122 and working with over 500 stitches a round.  I think I'm only going to about round 140 then finish off with a couple of rounds of gull stitch.  Oh, and yes there are some mistakes but I won't tell if you won't.

On the book front.  I've just finished listening to 2 great books by D. A Meredith.  A Time Too Late and The Reckoning.  The McDade Family Chronicles.  I cried my eyes out when I finished The Reckoning last night.

I'm read the next in the Ken Follette series World Without End.  I've just started it but so far like the rest of Ken Follette books I am enjoying it.


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.