Sunday, April 15, 2018

Seriously?

 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
soon!

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Mojo

I haven't had much knitting mojo lately...I think work has
been so busy that I'm too tired at night to think much about
it.  Ruth mentioned that her mojo was a little lacking also.

I managed to get the heel of Joey's 2nd sock done...twice!
The stripes weren't right the first time so I had to tink it all
back. It still is not perfect, but I'm ok with it.  I think I will
finish it tonight...maybe.


Ruth started a shawl.
The yarn is Decadent Fibers from the shawl kit she
bought at Rhinebeck last fall. She decided she didn't like the pattern
that well so she started 3/4 Hap Shawl pattern by Veera Valimak
that she's  been saving for the right moment.
Nice start, don't you think!
 Martha finished up a sock.
She is heading to Miami next week and is going to
start a shawl there and work on it during her down time.

In other news....
Ruth's new grandbaby is a BOY!

Happy knitting dear blog readers.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

My Favorite Holiday is Today

Today is probably the most religious holidays for Christians...
Easter. Whatever you believe, I hope your day was nice.
I mentioned my favorite holiday - is not Easter -
it is April Fool's Day...I had some fun playing pranks....LOL

We had quite the busy week, so not a ton of knitting.
I managed to get to about 1" of decreasing for toe, and put
the afterthought heel stitches on needles. I will do that next.
It is very fiddly with the white stripes.


Ruth is working along on her 2nd sock
and...she knit a baby sweater this week!
She is waiting to hear sex of baby then will add an icord edging...
So stinkin Cute!!
Martha's sock is coming along...
She is  doing k3p1 on the leg, and k2p2on the instep of the foot.
She just bought the Bistort pattern from KnitPicks and is
figuring out the colors she wants to use.

Joe and I decided to do a backsplash in the kitchen.
We redid the kitchen 8 years ago, and he said in 5 years I will
do a backsplash, and it will feel like a new kitchen. Well only
3 years behind schedule, but worth it.

Here are before pictures:

And here are after
I am so happy with it.  Notice he even switch out the plugs and put
black ones in, and silver switchplates.  Also installed under
the counter lights. They are white and I asked if he could put a
black plug on it.  He did!  He is an electrician by trade, so it
was not hard for him. 

Had the family over for Easter dinner. My pictures are not
the best, but here they are:
Have a great week dear blog readers.
I'm off to knit a heel.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Busy Busy


 I have been busy busy busy this week.  Not much
time to knit.  Plus work is making me so tired I'm not
knitting much when I get home.

These are the chocolate brown socks, almost ready to
put the marker in for afterthought heel. Not much
progress, but it's all I've got.

 Some disturbing news this week....remember back in the fall
when I knit the really nice socks from Year of Techniques?
well I used tencil yarn, and mentioned then I hope I wasn't
making a mistake.  Well, I guess I was. I have worn these
maybe 5 times, and yesterday both heels sprung holes.!
I RARELY EVER wear my socks without shoes or slippers
so they won't catch on anything...and both on the same day?
UGH x 10000000000000000000000000000


Ruth is working along on her Opal socks.
Her own pattern....so NICE

Martha his super busy at school so no updates from her.

In other news:

Joe and I worked a lot on some new tile for the entryway
by the front door. There was linolieum there before, and he
pulled it out along time ago and just had time to finish.
It took a lot of time this weekend (a lot of knitting time).
I didn't do much, but did help.  I think it looks so nice.

Also, we are adding a backsplash to the kitchen. Never did it
when we redid the kitchen. Joe said wait a few years and then
you will have a whole new look.  I'll show before and after
pics when it's done.  He did a little work on it today and we both
love it.

Tiffany went to a  Roaring 20's party yesterday...
I think she looks great!

Joey and Casey were at a winterfest party yesterday.
Don't they look cold...but happy!

Have a great week dear blog readers....
I'm going to try and knit a bit...

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Back to Reality


Back to reality means back from vacation.
We had a wonderful time...driving from New York to
Nashville, and as far as Lynchburg, TN.

Not much knitting...I managed to finish the ribbing on
Mark's sock. It is almost 3".  Because he is so tall, I like
a longer ribbing, and I will do a 9" leg.  Even though, it's
no secret I hate knitting the ribbing.  Yarn is Hawthorne
by Knitpicks, size 2 needle.


I finished up Joey's first sock before we left, and got the ribbing done
and a few pattern repeats. Most of it was done after we got home.
Panda Silk yarn, size 0 needle.


Ruth is working on a new sock.
Socks that Rock yarn, Rogue Roses pattern by Yarn Harlot.


Martha is working along on her socks...
More Tofutti, 45% cotton, 35 wool, the rest is some nylon.
This is k3p1 pattern

 Martha is also working on a sweater. The pattern is
  by Louisa Harding called Breckmickle

her progress
almost to arms....
lovely!  




In other news, Joe and I had a wonderful vacation.
we had soo sooo sooo much fun!

We drove down one-lane roads through beautiful sprawling
horse farms near Lexington KY.  See the miles and miles of
fences....

The stables are nicer than most homes in this particular
area. So so so beautiful....
We went to the Wild Turkey Distillery near Lexington.
Drove over this S-bridge to get across the
Kentucky river to get to the distillery.
 Apparently one of 3 in the country.

The whole distilling process is totally fascinating.
A real work of science.  There are several in the area.
They keep a lot of people employed in Kentucky and
surrounding states.  All of the corn,  rye and barley is
grown in the area.  It sits for 6-8 years in the barrels
before it is bottled. 

One day we went to the Acquarium restaurant in Opry
Mills mall right next to the Grand Ole Opry.  It is a huge
acquarium in the middle of the restaurant. HUGE fish.
Very cool. Food was not that great....LOL

There are two people scuba diving and cleaning the
glass.
Grand ole opry has flowers planted. It was only about 50 the
day we were there.
Nashville was so so so fun. There is a lot of
construction going on. So much that it is very hard
to get around. Walking or driving. Notice all of the scaffolding.
This picture was taking from the roof. The last day we were there
it got to 70.  The picture is a bar across the way that is 3 floors of fun!
This picture is taken at 6:00 am the morning we were leaving.
We saw Los Lonely Boys in concert. They are so wonderful.
Their dad actually came and sang a few songs.
 



We drove to Lynchburg TN  to visit the Jack Daniels
Tennessee Whiskey distillery.  People actually make that
a destination, and go to Nashville just to see Jack Daniels.
 It is set on acres and acres of beautiful land.


Joey took care of Mickey for us, coming every other 
day. He was so lonely while we were gone. Poor fella.
He was so excited to see us he literally cried and carried 
on for two hours after we got home. After driving over 750 miles
to get home in one day, we were pooped, but stayed up to fondle
him.  What we do for our pets, right?
This picture is on Saturday....he was lovin the loving.
 

Thanks for letting me indulge on our vacation.  I left out a lot
of details but you get the picture - it was FUN!

Saturday I went to a bridal shower for my niece.
My sister in law made these flowers out of paper, and
then painted them.  So lovely!!
 Notice the beading wound in...
She is very talented and crafty.


Hopefully more knitting news next week dear
blog readers.....have a fun knitting week.