Sunday, September 14, 2014

Sweater angst

I am as far as I can get on my sweater.....
The long garter band is done as of today

and the sweater back is done.

Now to combine them. I can't figure it out.  So I made a little prototype

and that didn't help much.  I feel pretty dumb.  I need to step a way for a day
or two and revisit!

So, in the meantime, I will work on the 2nd sock:

check out Martha's lovely sweater!  Love the colors

She is having a little trouble with the lace at the top, so she is working on
a sock until she figures it out.

Ruth is away this week so no update from her.

It has been cold the last couple of days. Yesterday I made an awesome
roast beef dinner with mashed potatoes, gravy, green bean cassarole,
corn and pineapple cottage cheese.  Today I'm making stuffed peppers.

Wish both Martha and me luck this week that we can figure these
 &^%$%^& patterns out !!

In other news:

Joe came running into the house yesterday and very intently said
"hey Con, you got any yarn?"....omg, I laughed so hard 
 I had tears streaming down my face.  Finally I looked at him and
said, "no, I'm all out, let me run to the store and get some".
his reply was "you a**, he laughed and went about his business.
It's the little things that keep us amused, I guess

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Shazam! Just like that summer is over!

Though today feels very summerish here in Western NY...but too cold to swim.
Closed the pool today.  That is always a sad day for me...I love the
pool, and hope it lasts us forever.  I finished up these socks a couple
of weeks ago, but just got them blocks.
I named them Martha socks, since she gave me the Lorna's Laces
Comfort yarn to make them.  It was kind of a tedious pattern
K2 rows, seed stitch 1 row, but I love the end result.

Thanks, again, Martha. 

I did a double stitch heel.  The colors are very vibrant, but don't show
up well in the pics...darnit!

I also finished mom's 1st sock.  Lang Jawool yarn.  This is fun, the colors
are so vibrant (not in this picture, darnit x 2)...

I've mentioned before that mom has very wide feet, and misplaced toes.
I started with 80 stitches, but it was too many. So I restarted with 72 stitches.
It is my own purly swirly pattern, purling every 9th stitch, and moving the
stitch each time.  Usually I  only do every 18th stitch, but I like this a lot better.
When I got 6 rows past the heel decreasing, I added 2 stitches on the heel only,
so as not to mess up the top patterning, every 4 rows until I had 80 stitches.
When it was long enough, I moved the stitches around on the needles so the
decreases would not be messed up.  I can't believe I figured all of that out, but
I did! 

The Mrs Garter sweater is coming along slow.  There is a big and I mean big
garter band that goes along the bottom.  I decided to start the band and take
it camping. It was great knitting for the long drive.  I need 136 garter bumps,
and I am just a little over 100.

See the little green marker above? that is bump 100.  Talk about borning!  I
really want to wear to this to Rhinebeck, but not sure if I can get it done by
then.  Maybe if I quit doing crazy color socks in between!

No wonder the Lang colorful socks are soooo appealing.

Ruth is really moving along on her son's Cobblestone sweater now. She
spent a lot of time on the sleeves, switching balls of yarn so they would not pool
and I think they turned out great!  She will be done in no time. The colors are

Martha and her hubby are   busy painting today, so was not able to send progress on her sweater.
She did mention in an email that she is up to the lace.  I can't wait to see it.
Nice color!  they are also replacing a few pieces of the floor.

Nice work!!!!

In other news:

Joey had a birthday...26....yikes!

Kristen, his girlfriend, blew in to town to celebrate. I made homemade pizza,
which she seemed to like.  she is very nice!

Joe and I went to Oneida Lake last weekend. Had a blast.
This is Saturday afternoon.  

Joe caught a nice bass.  He caught quite a few fish, but not what he
was looking for.

Sunday it rained all morning, but turned out to be a very nice night.

I hope you had as nice of weekend as we did.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Sweater Season

It sure feels like sweater season.  But this week is supposed to
feel like summer, I hope.
I have been working on Mrs Garter sweater.

Just put sleeves on a string. I see trouble coming up in the
pattern, I'll have to email the designer again.  I like that the yarn
looks very rustic.
I really like it so far.  I hope I get it done to wear to Rhinebeck this year.

I'm also working on a sock - Lang yarn.
My own purly swirly pattern.  For mom for Christmas.
This is not a good representation of colors. ugh!

Ruth is working away on her sweater. She has struggled a little
bit this week with the sleeve pooling.  Love the colors !!!!

 Martha is very optimistic and working on another summer sweater.
It is called magnolia by c2knits, using tahki yarns called Tandem and the color is much bluer. It is 20% cotton and viscose! nylon and acrylic.

In other news, Tiffany was in a wedding last week. She
looked so beautiful.

Here is the bride and groom

They had a photographer there who had all kinds of props 
for  pictures. Here is my favorite!

No blog post next week - we will be away for the weekend.
Chat in two weeks !