Sunday, October 18, 2020

The Chicken's Gonna Win

 Hi dear blog readers....I've been playing yarn chicken with the red yarn for the Wallaby, and I think the chicken is going to win.  I have about 5 more inches left on the hood. I hate to order one skein of yarn...the shipping cost kills me.   But it is what it is....I'll knit till I run out...just in case.  

This is all I have knit this week.  Not much time.

Ruth finished her cute, soft, fluffy Blath  hat. She is not sure what she will knit next. She has a lot going on so probably her unfinished socks.

Martha worked on her Counterweight Sweater.  She had to rip back a bit to finish a cable.  It's looking pretty darn nice in my opinion.

Martha got her first virtual yarn from Rhinebeck. She and Ruth got identical yarn for a sweater. We all got the same sock yarn.  Ruth and I have not received ours yet.  From Dancing Leaf Farm.

Martha is going to make this sweater with her yarn:

I received this beautiful Jacob yarn purchased from CeCe wool.  It's really beautiful.

Ruth, Martha and I all missed each other terribly since there was no real Rhinebeck this year.  I used my Rhinebeck mugs all weekend as a symbol of our fun. We are  hoping to get together in two weeks...fingers crossed.  Have a good week...Stay safe and be kind.

Sunday, October 11, 2020

My path to (knitting) freedom


Hi dear blog readers!  How was your week?  Mine was in lightening speed.  I really thought about my knitting and realized that the only way I can move on is to finish up the Wallaby quickly.  My path to knitting freedom.  :)  It's going pretty quick.  I'm so glad I did the sleeves first.  I only have one skein of yarn left, and the hood takes almost a skein.  I see a KnitPicks order in my future. 


Worked a little on the bootie.  A few more rows left till bind off.

Ruth is working on a new hat!  Blath hat.  Martha gave her the yarn. Nice!

Martha is working on her sweater  It's really really nice.  In her own words:

Here’s my sweater. I’m almost done with the second repeat of the pattern. The split tail on the back is done now I’m just knitting up the back. It’s 6.5” long and will probably be 7” when I’m done with this pattern repeat. This yarn is Peace fleece.. the gauge is working out well. I’m so glad a pattern that I can just knit up, no gauge conversions etc. phew!

In other news:

We had a hail storm this week. Tons of branches in the yard again.

I got to watch Mason this week. It's really hard to take a selfie with an infant in your arms and try to hit the "take" button.

His mommy took this picture of me holding him...much better.

We are postponing our Rhinebeck 2.0 weekend till end of October.  We will all be better prepared then.

Have a good week dear blog readers...Stay safe and be kind.

Sunday, October 4, 2020


 I've not been very focused this week. I need to do better.  I ripped the baby bootie from last week, just wasn't working for me.  Started another one using the same pattern I've used before:  Stay On's -The only bootie you will ever need.

Worked on the 2nd Wallaby this week. I messed up the pouch ( no focus) and had to start over. All is good now.  The first picture is with the pouch up, and the 2nd one shows it folded over. I hope to make great progress on this week. I need to get it done so I can move on.  I am actually liking knitting with this red yarn. And it has great stitch definition.

Ruth sent this picture of her mittens this morning, Then just a few minutes ago she sent the finished pair!

I love them...I think they are fancy! Generic mitten. Spun Right Round mohair silk in Pool Hall Hustle color and Morning Moon alpacas yarn.

Martha started a  new sweater.  Counterweights sweater out of the teal Peace Fleece. She is almost done with the first 28 row pattern repeat.  It's going to be sooo nice!!!!


In other news:

Joe and I made roasted red peppers yesterday and today. Well Joe did most of the work. Three bushel - a lot of work.

The pictures show them roasting, cutting them after roasting, scraping  the crap out of the middle, and the nice big pile. We will often eat just peppers, bread and wine for dinner on a Friday night.  

And finally a new picture of our Little Mason...sweetie pie. He will be two weeks old on Tuesday.


Joe's cousin had two grandbabies born this week. Her two had a baby on Tues and one on Thursday!

Have a good week dear blog readers...I hope to get my focus back!

Stay safe and be kind.

Sunday, September 27, 2020

Good reason for not much knitting

 Hi Dear Blog  Readers,

I have a good reason for not much knitting. Our grandson, Mason, arrived on  September 22nd. This picture is from today. He is like a thumbalina doll.  Remember?


It has been a very odd week, with little time to knit.  I finished Mark's size 13 socks. This is the pair one on top of the other next to my size 7 foot.

When my daughter was in labor, I started a bootie for the baby, in the same yarn. Kind of like a prayer bootie.  I have restarted the bottom 2 x now. It's not hard, I'm just not paying attention.

Small progress on the red wallaby. One sleeve done, one started and the body ribbing started.

Ruth was on vacation last week and worked on little things since her return.

She knit a dishcloth.

And she started a hat.  (which has been completed at the time of this posting).

Pattern is Leni by Isabell Kraemer. Yarn is Spun Right Round sock in Dr Amp colorway and mohair in Pool Hall Hustle.

Martha has been diligently working to re-engineer her sweater.  Work of art for sure.

In her own words:

Ok this pattern is Deschutes Textured Thermal Pullover, by Norah Gaughan published by Brooklyn Tweeds.   When I made this the sleeves were too big in the sleeve cap area.  Also the neckline was too high and was choking me.  So I took it apart from the armpits up. In this picture I reknit the neckline lowering it.  I also made the shoulders an inch shorter so the sleeves would sit on my shoulder.  Then I narrowed the sleeve caps significantly.  I kept track of the decreases with all those markers.  So I’ll sew up the shoulder and sew in the sleeves. Then the only thing left is the neck band.


Look at all of this work. Phew!  Awesome!

In other news:

Joe and I did tomato sauce today. It's a lot of work, but so worth it in the winter. He did most of the work today, while I was the runner and talked about Mason.  LOL

We went to Joey and Casey's on Friday night. The lake was beautiful.

Have a good week dear blog readers.


Stay safe and be kind.

Sunday, September 20, 2020


 Hi Dear blog readers,

No real blog today. We will be back next week with some nice knitting updates.


Connie, Ruth and Martha

Sunday, September 13, 2020

Dull, But Necessary

 Hi Dear Blog Readers!

My knitting has been quite dull.  When we left off two weeks ago, I was working on the giant size 13 socks for my son in law.  I worked on them a lot, finishing up the first one, and zooming down the foot of the second one (if you can zoom a size 13 foot).  The foot part is 13".  I'm going to concentrate on it this week to get it done as soon as possible.  I have a sweater picked out (finally) for my Tess yarn purchased at Rhinebeck last year. I can't start till Iget some of these necessary knits out of the way.

Started the sleeve of the 2nd Wallaby. The first color was a darker red and did not look like a good color for a little I ordered this red and like it much better.

The t-shirt sweater is on the back burner for a bit. It is stockinette till the ribbing bottom and I won't wear it until next year anyway.

I did make a cute cowl while we were gone last week.  

Venezia, size 8 needle, Cascade 220 100% wool yarn from stash.  Pattern calls for 5 repeats. I did 3.5 and think it is plenty large enough.  I have decided not to block it. I like how pillowy it looks. Though it is a gift for a you think I should block it???? Help!  LOL



Ruth finished up Mason's green anchor sweater, and I lost the picture. She is on vacation this week so I'll share next week. It is totally cute.  She is working on a pair of K3, P1 socks.  Knitcircus yarn. Very nice colors!


 Martha finished up her socks. Also K3, p1 pattern.  Love the colors.  She didn't realize how purply they were and she loves too!


Today she was winding yarn outside just to be outside.  Look at this creative set up she has. 


This blue one is Peace Fleece Ruth and she bought in Harrisville during her first quarantine visit with Ruth.

This is Jill Draper Yarn, merino.  She is thinking of an Ann Hanson pattern for this.  But the pattern is misplaced.  Both of these yarns are sport so a lot of knitting. She bought this at the store in Rochester, Lift Bridge, during my last visit.

This final bunch is the blue WEBS yarn she made a blue sweater with a big cape like collar that just didn't work. Ruth pulled it all out for her  Now she has  another sweater to knit! She will do  a swatch to figure out gauge because there’s no label. She might make a sweater for her daughter out of it.  

 In other news:

How can it be September already?  I love the cooler evenings...but time is going so fast.

I may be a grandma by next week's's coming soon.  

Have a great week dear blog readers.

Stay safe and be kind.