Sunday, February 19, 2017

Where does the time go?

 Where does the time go?  Seems like I've been
working on this Sunnyside baby sweater way too long.
Only a couple more rows to go on the body
pattern, 6 garter and done.



Not much to show for a week of knitting, but I've
had a tired week.

Ruth is working on the sleeves of her sweater...
so nice.  See the pattern on the bottom?


Martha is making up the pattern for her current
sock yarn blanket
Pretty cool, huh!

So where have the last 30 years gone?
Tiffany will be 30 on Tuesday.  I wish I had a better
picture of her....we had a little party for her today.
Joey's friend Emma will be 5 the day Tiff turns 30,
so we had a party for both of them.


Adriana is 6 soon to be 7


Their mom, Giulia, and Joey



Not very flattering pic....but its us

Have a great week, dear knitters...


Sunday, February 12, 2017

On Hold for a moment

 I was sitting in bed feeling sorry for myself a few weeks ago...
who knows why. I was reading the Sundara yarn email I get
everyday.  She takes a pictures of nature, and makes yarn
the same colors....

 These were enchanting to me. I loved the pop of
orange....so spurr of the moment I ordered it.
 Sundara Yarn color Love like Lightening

My yarn came and I quickly wound it into a skein.
The colors are amazing, but I will admit I am very
disappointed in the orange...there is hardly any.

I decided that I would not just stash it...I bought it and I would
use it.  After searching Ravelry for patterns, I came up with
Estelle Gladstone Chunky Accordian cowl.



 It uses purl rows and short rows so it is very scrunchy on your
neck.  The colors are much more vibrant than the pictures
show.  This is the longer short row side


 The shorter side

 Quick knit..started yesterday and finished today...
This is a pic unblocked:
It is 12" long laid out unblocked...very soft, scrunchy and
really nice.   

My fingers turned pink when knitting...
so I was not surprised to see the water turn pink when I washed it.

It stretched a lot, so I put in dryer for 20 minutes....we'll see what happens.
All in all a satifying knit...

Baby sweater:  I decided to knit the sleeves first, so I did not play
yarn chicken...
I will start the other sleeve tonight. I had the sleeves done and
decided it was way to wide, so ripped most of it back and
started over...
Pretty happy with the results now. 

Ruth is working away on her sweater. I saw it in person yesterday
and it is really lovely.
She is starting the bottom patterning now....

Martha is working on a baby blanket.
Nice !  Not sure of pattern..will add that next week.



In other news:

Ruth and I were talking about this article that shows
how to dye yarn at home...the easy way:
 http://knitterspride.blogspot.ca/2017/01/winner-how-to-dye-yarn-at-home-with.html

and the more we talked about it, the more we thought it might be possible
to do it at Rhinebeck in our hotel room....(if you work for the hotel (unnamed)
that we usually go to..we are just kidding).  But....I think it
would work!!!!  Martha: what do you think?

Joe went fishing yestedray, and left early so we could have a date
night.  He is sorry he left...I am sorry for him but glad I got a date..
it's been a while and I need them.

He didn't do too bad for a half day:

His friend that stayed  got 4 gallons of fish...think about that...
its a lot!!!

Rain snow rain ice today here....KeeLee was not thrilled
that she had to wear her raincoat, but it really keeps her
dry.

Have a great week, dear knitters...



Sunday, February 5, 2017

Super Bowl Sunday and Knitting....

Wow, superbowl is here again...We are controlling the
snacks this year...Joe wanted to cook a steak dinner and
have minimal snacks which is fine with me.

Made a little progress on Mark's sock. If that was for me
I'd almost be decreasing for the toe...a long way to go!

Last week I mentioned I started a baby sweater.
Sunnyside 
The parents like lavendar and gray, so I started with a gray
collar.  Made a mistake that meant tinking back about 8 rows.
I was not really in love with the gray collar, so I
Marthaed it and ripped the whole thing.  That was Mon - Thurs
knitting....all in a pile.

Started over and ready to put sleeves on a string.
I  am having a mind block and had to text Ruth for help.
I think I know what's going on and have to recount.
If not, Ruth and I might have to have an emergency lunch
this week !!!!  LOLOL

Plymouth Select Superwash yarn... my favorite. Look at the
stitch definition.





Ruth is working along on her Martha sweater, tried
it on today and all is good.
This color is going to look stunning on her !
 Martha is working on a nice pair of socks....


 and here is the final pick of her baby outfit..
so cute !
 
In other news:
The little kids are ready for the superbowl.
KeeLee had a little bath so she smells \
like a baby.  I didn't say she liked it, I said
she had one.


Mickey is waiting for me to sit down so he can
sit on my lap.  We missed lap time this morning...




Have a great week.
I'm sorry Martha....but...go Atlanta !



Sunday, January 29, 2017

January knitting

 Sometimes it's very hard to come up with a blog title,
sorry for the boring one this week. Last week I had so much
to write about, but the pictures would not come thru. This
week, not so much.
Progress on Mark's giant size 13 sock. Heel decreases
are almost done.  Hawthorne yarn from Knitpicks.
Size 2 needle
Leg is 9" long.



Pattern is a 3 stitch twist (mimicking a cable)
The yarn is really green and gray...nice

Started a baby sweater, but not far enough along to
even talk about it yet.

Remember that weird dog sweater I made...guess what?
It fits!  Meet Kya



Ruth is traveling this week, and came across some
beautiful yarn she could not resist.  It's 100% merino,
but soft like cashmere....nice!

Martha whipped up a baby sweater in some yarn that
I had leftover from a sweater years ago.

It's Schoeller Stahl Big Mexico super wash.  The pattern is Springtime Baby Cardigan by Kaity Von Rader. This sweater body she  soaked and blocked before putting on the sleeves and button band. It knits up very stiff and kind of rough. After soaking,  it moves suppley and will be very nice for a one year old... She has  one ball left and am planning to knit a hat and put a blue ball on top which matches the blue buttons. She have no idea of the sex of this baby, but the first baby was a girl and she knit the olive green and red sweater for her and the parents loved it so she thinks this will be fine.

Here is a pic of what she made the first baby:
Martha is also working on some socks.
She has a good start on the 2nd one...

KeeLee is going to be soooo lost when Joe goes back to
work tomorrow...they've been constant companions...



Some pictures of what I wanted to show you last week:
Size 1.5 needle snapped in half....really?


Too many socks to darn..no wonder I don't have many
in my drawer

Joe went fishing

Have a wonderful, knitful week. Next post will be in February already!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Fun!

After months and months of knitting, ripping and
changing colors, Martha's sock yarn sweater is done.

I think the colors are very cohesive. And beautiful.
And fun.  This pattern is Nautical Cardigan by Knit a Bit, Crochet Away blog.
This project was huge. I would have given up but she carried on.
Great job!

Ruth ripped her sweater and started a new one.
 Yarn is the Rowan Felted Tweed. The new pattern
 is Martha by Cheryl Toy. Top down raglan sleeve.


I took a lot of pictures of my knitting...and the camera would
not connect to the computer.  I did not feel like taking them
all over with the phone. The phone pics take a very long time
to get to the blog after all of the steps.

I had a picture of finished socks, which are blocking.
Started giant socks for my son-in-law.
Pictures of food prep for the week.
Pictures of the big pile of socks that need heels fixed

Oh well...I will take pictures next week...
I even got a sweater going again.

Have a wonderful week...go Steelers
(I know, a lost cause...I don't think they
can beat New England, but I can still cheer
them on).

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Strayed

I strayed from the sock this week.  I managed to
get the German Short Row heel turned
today.  Now I can zoom down the foot.

The reason I strayed :  I attempted to make a
3 lb dog a sweater.  Tiffany's in-laws have a little
chowowa and they cannot find a sweater small enough.
Without the dog as a model, I had to wing it.
The ribbing with pink is the collar, and the long
ribbing is the back.  They can roll either to fit.




I'm hoping the legs are not too skinny.
I put on a wine bottle to show how it should look.
Totally weird and almost obsence...forgive me.
I hope I can show you a picture with a dog in it
at some point.
It is definitely not a work of art, but I hope
it will be functional.








Ruth is almost done with her owl mittens.
She did opposite colors on 2nd one.
So cute, and a lot of work.


In weight watchers this week we talked about
food prep for lunches so I thought I'd try it.

Cut 4 chicken breasts in 1/2 so there were 8
pieces.  Put sauce on 4 and taco seasoning
on the other 4 and baked.


Cooked up some peppers, onions, zucchini and mushrooms
Then split in 1/2 and added taco seasoning to half
and sauce to the other half
Added a little fat free cheese to each. Now I have
4 nice lunches for this week.  Cooked up 1/4 cup of
pasta for the saucy one, and I will take salsa and a
corn tortilla for the mexican one.

It was not really that time consuming since I basically
cooked the same thing and just added different flavors.

Joe went fishing today and caught a few. They made
a great dinner!