Sunday, May 20, 2018

Little bits

The weather continues to be good, so I continue to walk, and
not knit as much.

So little bits of progress this week.

The Bare Branches shawl .  
I'm quite worried I might run out of yarn...
this has been in stash forever...not sure what I
will do.

Little more progress on the GS (Giant Sock).
I am at point where I decreased 4 stitches on leg.
Mark's so tall I make his socks 9".

 Ruth has more progress on Little Tern blanket.
She has started the edging!  What a lucky baby!

In other news...Joe has done A LOT of fishing this week.

He and Joey went Thursday, and Joey caught the walleye fish of a lifetime.
It's actually bigger looking in person.
Here is another view...I love this one....
Joe went to Lake Erie today.

He said they froze this morning
I guess we are having a fish fry party on Friday
with his friend Nicky and his wife Denise who he
went with today.
He is so happy, but tired. 

Oh and his blower is fixed and back home so no more
vacuuming the concrete!  LOLOL.

Have a great week dear blog readers.

Sunday, May 13, 2018


 A simple post today...I'm tired, and not much knitting to show!
Worked a little on the Bare Branches shawl...
not much else.
I did a lot of walking after work this week.
Just love being outside.

Ruth worked on her baby blanket...

Martha did not have enough new knitting to share.

In other news:

Joe and Joey went night fishing last night.
Joey is holding the fish and the lure he caught it on.

He was looking at the sun, that is why is face is a little
scrunched.  LOL
We had the family over for brunch today.
Joe's blower has been broken, and he is so
creative, he used an old vacuum he rescued
from the junk to pick up all of the crap that
is falling from the trees.

Yea, he's that kind of guy!

We celebrated Vicky's birthday also.

I was loving having my parents, brother and especially my
kids here for the day.

Even Mickey came out to see everyone.
He misses the kids.
Have a great week dear blog readers!

Sunday, May 6, 2018


Hey dear blog readers....How was your week?
I have my knitting mojo back!  Yea!
 Worked quite a bit on Bare Branches Shawl.
Love it.

 I am up to about 70 stitches...lots more to go.
Although it is not easily memorized (at least not for me)
the pattern repeats enough that is is intuitive..which I like.

I did work a bit on the 2nd sleeve of the sweater...

I did not  knit 2 or 3 nights this week too tired...
I like to knit a few rows in the mornings before work
I get up at 4:00 am or so...(that is not a typo)  get coffee,
Mickey jumps on my lap and we get ready for the day.
I play words with friends, check facebook, and knit if I can.
I try to pick something brainless so I don't make mistakes
when my brain is still sleep.  Lately it's been the giant socks.
This is the 2nd sock, with  barely a beginning....


Ruth is moving along on her Little Tern Blanket.
So nice......
She has made a lot of progress this week.

Martha has made progress on her Beckmickle sweater
by Louise Harding.  There is a little mistake where her needle is
she is hoping to tink down and fix. Good luck!

In other news:

The weeping Japanese Cherry Tree is blooming...
she needs a little trim..but don't we all!
Martha has a  new dog...her daughter's grad present...
Her current name is  Savannah...Emma wants to
change it to Poppy...So cute!!!  She is adopted.

I have been doing a lot of walking mojo is back.
I've had a rough couple of months at work...NO lunch most days
which means NO walk.  The weather is nice enough that I have been
walking at night when I get home. Feels so good.  If I get 6-8 thousand
steps during the week I'm doing good. 

Yesterday  Tiffany and I took a  walk along the beautiful canal
we have here and got 6500 steps. By end of day I had
this  whopping #..which is good for  me.

Today so far I have 11,915. We took a long walk again, and I have
been busy and also walked a little more.  Tomorrow is Monday so
wish me luck keeping the walking mojo up.

Ruth walks almost EVERY day, even in the coldest, snowyest
weather...she is my role model.  Martha walks a ton also...
I need to get in the groove...

I'm off to knit a little...
Have a wonderful walkful, knitful week!

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Had to do it....

I've been in a bit of a knitting funk lately.
Working away on my projects as my hand and sore
arm will allow, but really not that excited about any
of it....  though I have two projects going,
I started a shawl.....and just like that, I'm excited again!

This the the Bare Branches Shawl

The pattern is easy enough, but you have to pay attention too
The yarn color is a navy blue.  Probably too dark to show the
pattern, but it will be ok.
I've had this Wollmeise yarn in my stash for several years.
I bought it off of ebay when it was all the probably
still is. I have a green skein somewhere.  It has 510 yards
so it will make a nice shawl.  I actually like smaller shawls...but
I can size it down if I want to.

The yarn has nylon so I can use leftovers for socks heels and
toes ....

Managed to finish up the first giant size 13 sock, and done with
the ribbing on the 2nd one (no pic)
Also got a little start on the 2nd sweater sleeve...
at least there was a little progress...right?

Now the hard part is to work on the sock and sweater a bit and
not just the fun shawl!

Ruth has the buttons on her adorable baby sweater...
ready for the new little boy
And she has started a baby blanket:
The blanket yarn is Mrs Cosby loves to play hat box. Colorway is Afric
Pattern is Little Tern Blanket by Tin Can Knits.
So cute...

Martha is just starting to work on the sweater fronts
for her pink sweater that was discussed in the blog
a few weeks back.
Chilly here today...great for knitting.

In other news:

Joe went fishing yesterday and caught a mess of perch

I'm off to knit.....have a great week dear blog readers.

70's and 80's this week!  Whooohoooo

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Spring...for real this time!

Spring has finally sprung in Western New York...yea!
So nice to get out and enjoy the weather.  Joe and I went to
Niagara Falls for our 35th wedding anniversary this weekend.
We had so much fun.  That is where we went on our honeymoon,
so it's fun to poke around and see how things have changed.

There was a little knitting this week.
Did a little on the giant socks.
I think the 2nd one will be mental torture...I will
want them done!  LOL

Actually worked on the sweater....the first sleeve is done
I think I will put on a string, and bind off after it's blocked..
I want to make sure it's not too long, or too stretchy...or too
Hopefully, will get a start on the 2nd one this week...

Ruth finished up her 3/4 Hap Shawl   3/4 Hap Shawl
 by Veera Valimaki.
 Decadent Fibers yarn purchased at Rhinebeck.
So pretty and vibrant!
Martha is finishing up her 2nd sock tonight.
K3, P1 pattern....I like the colors!

In other news....

I feel like the spring flowers are shouting the
I Will survive song, by Gloria Gaynor!

The hyacinths popped thru today

Mickey loves his new scratching   post.  He was
digging so fast it was hard to photo him.
He got shy when I grabbed the camera

have a great week dear blog readers.....
enjoy the sun!

Sunday, April 15, 2018


 Seriously winter?
Ice storm this weekend...really?
You know we all love to knit in the crappy weather,
but we can knit just as well in spring weather!

Finished up Joey's socks.
Size 0 needle.
Crystal Palace Panda Silk Yarn (with bamboo)
Afterthought heel.
Made for man with size 10 foot.
I love the results. They are very soft.
Pattern is K6 rows.
7th row  - K1, P1
to give it a little "flair".
Joe said brown? Why did you make Joey brown socks!
Well I added stripes, and since he got the Koolaid experiment
color socks last year, I think brown will be ok with him this year!

Just turned the heel on Mark's giant socks.
KnitPicks hawthorne yarn, size 2 needle.
Really nice yarn.
There is a little pattern in there, every 6 rows
to give it some optical interest.

Ruth is coming along with her shawl. It's getting so big
it's hard to photo.
I saw it in person this week and the colors are stunning.

In other news....

the ice story. At least it was not as bad as predicted, though it sleeted
and we had freezing rain ALL day today.

Some good news.  Joe made Mickey a new perch.
Took him a LONG time...but worth it. He said never again.

It is really deluxe, and Mickey loves it.

Happy knitting dear blog readers....maybe spring will come