Sunday, December 8, 2019

When Knitting is not Knitting

Sooo I finished the Kobuk hat this week...
and even though I said I liked the K2P2 ribbing,
in the end, I decided the K1tbl, P1 would look better.

So I took a deep breath and put a long small size needle
thru the stitches between the knitting and the pattern.
Then I cut a big chunk off.

And then proceeded to tink back each stitch.  Now once I cut it,
it was a nightmare. And it took a long time to tink so the stitches
were right.  Probably four hours.  This is when knitting is not
Finally got to a point where I could start knitting down again.

I think it looks much better.  The hat is big. But so nice.
I will do this for an inch more or so.  And then bind off.

It's not perfect, but I do like it much better.

This project took all week...I did not really knit much.  I did
start another helmet liner hat. I think I can get it done by
Christmas.  Part of the inspiration behind all of these hats is
using up stash yarn.  And they go quick.  And they are fun.

Ruth finished up her socks!  She also made a swatch for her
new sweater.
  Pattern is Winter Song by Mona NicLeoid.
 The Shenandoah is a combo of alpaca, merino, and bamboo.
Color is woodland moss

Martha is working away on her mittens.  She is zooming right along.
She has noted in the picture where her needle size was a 2 and then
she switched to a 4.

She sent a note that she is done with the thumb.!

Tiffany and I went to see Celine Dion in Buffalo on Thursday
night. Incredible performance.

I'm off to put lights on the real Christmas tree.
Have a good week dear blog readers.

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Loving the Hats

I am having so much fun knitting hats for  Christmas
presents this year.

Here is the Jason Cashmere hat finished.
Sundara Aran yarn.
I think the faux fur poms are so cute!

I started another Jason hat for my friend Laurie
but halfway thru decided on a different pattern.
The yarn is from my Rhinebeck
drawer.  Purchased in 2011.  I'm taking pictures of the
yarn tags or business cards when I can, so it's easier
to remember what I used. Also adding that detail to
Ravelry project pages.

This yarn is oh so soft. I made mittens with it before. 

I have about 280 yards left. 

Anyway, I'm making Kobuk hat. I kept the K2P2
ribbing, rather than what the hat called for.  It also
calls for Kidsilk Haze to be carried along with the main
yarn. I had to order some. I did not use it for the

I thought I ordered a more
neutral color but it's more creamy.  It will be ok.

I think it will relax a lot once blocked.  Laurie has
a kind of funky personality so I think she will like this.
She often walks to work even in the winter so I wanted
it to be warm.

The pattern is pretty complex at this point....I have to
really pay attention!

While I was waiting for the kidsilk haze to arrive, I went
to the Rhinebeck drawer and found some beautiful sock
yarn Martha had given me in 2015.  I carefully put the
tag away  when picking up for Thanksgiving, now can't
find it. It will turn up.

The yarn is so beautiful.  As I often do, I started the
ribbing while thinking about a pattern. I was leaning
toward a plain vanilla sock.  But changed my mind..

I did the ribbing knits tbl for a little pop.
I chose the Carmanah Toe up socks.
But as I often do, I am only using the chart, not
reading the directions.

Mine are top down. So I am knitting the chart
backwards. Starting with Row 12 and going to Row 1.
My stitches aren't looking so elongated...but I like them.

 Mine are not really popping probably
because of the darker yarn. But I don't care.
Every row is fun to knit.  It's a glorified ribbing. :)
(I hate to knit ribbing, but this is not bad).
A lot of tbl's too.

I did knit a little on the sweater, but want to get
these presents done.

Ruth has a great start on her 2nd sock.
Antirrhinum pattern, Spun right Round sock yarn.
She wants to finish  these before she starts a larger

 Martha has started knitting her mittens.
The dog pattern from the mitten book.
Reminder she actually created her own template.

This is the back side of the mitten. The mitten side by
side will say Moxie on one side of wristband Emmalouise
on the other.
  The red line is where the thumb goes. She  just increased the needle size to 3s

We are all knitting tons.
We had a nice  Thanksgiving here. Sixteen people.
Our turkey that was gifted to us was 34 lbs. That
is not a typo. Luckily it came out delicious...
Have a great week dear blog readers. Stay safe. We are
currently having an ice storm!

Sunday, November 24, 2019

We Blinked

How can it be Thanksgiving next week, and it's even a week
later this year. September came, we blinked, and it's Thanksgiving!
Several homes in our area have Christmas lights up and we've seen
trees  thru the windows!

I guess it's a good think my holiday knitting is almost done.

I finished up the hat for my friend Maryann. It was soo easy.
Jason's Cashmere Hat. Free on Ravelry.

 Sundara Superwash Aran weight yarn.

I'm going to add a faux fur pom on the top.  I'll show you when
it's done.

I put the sweater on a string and tried it on.  I'm going to knit

two more repeats, then block to see how long it is.

 I have one more secret project to do, and maybe a pair
of socks. I would like to make my friend Laurie a hat,
but we'll see.

Ruth made Christmas presents.
Irma hat and she found a fingerless mitt pattern
to match - Leaves.
Yarn is Blue Pepper Farm Wool in conjunction with
Adirondack Fibershed.  If Irma looks familiar, it's because
I knit the same hat last week. We did not know we were
knitting the same hat!
What a lovely set..huh!

She is continuing on the socks she started a while ago.
Yarn: Spun Right Round in colorways Shattered,
The Big Tea Wave and Pack your Maniac. Pattern is

Martha has had a busy week configuring the mittens
she is making for her daughter.
Here are her own words as it's rather interesting.
 I’m using the dog mittens from this book I bought at Rhinebeck a year or two ago. I hope they’re big enough!  I redrew the charts with Moxie pictures. I also put her name and Moxie on the mittens. I’m using mohair for the tan, which I bought at parents weekend Emma’s sophomore year. We went to a local mohair and cashmere farm. I’m not sure I’ll have enough and have emailed the farm. The owner got back to me, I’m not sure she can add with more.

Did you notice she even has a right and left mitten!
Classic. I don't think I could pull this off.

In other news:

Remember the tree I showed you three weeks ago..
leaves are still hanging on. Joe did leaves all day again
today.  I mean all day.

He had to clean the gutters again...just cleaned them
We still have snow from two weeks ago!
Have a wonderful week dear blog readers.
Happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Feels weird

Hi dear blog readers....
I have to say, it sure feels weird to not have socks on the go to brainless project.  Maybe I will have time
to make some for me soon.

This week I made the Irma hat. Free pattern on Ravelry.
The patterning part is not hard at all but definitely
not brainless.  I had to tink back a couple of times to 
get back on track.

Mods:  I cast on 104 stitches, and did 4" of ribbing before
starting the pattern.

A nice chocolate, tweedy brown.
I like the tweed look.

 Joe was kind enough to model for me.
This hat is for my dad for Christmas.

 I have had this yarn in stash forever.
Way back when Spirit work was still in business. I think I bought
it for mittens I never made. Though I did make something. I had
three skeins at some point. I had a smidge of one left, that I used.
I also used another 1.5.

I started another hat.  Jason's Cashmere hat.
 Lots of cables. Not brainless for sure.
Free pattern on Ravelry
Aran yarn
Sundara Yarn.
I have also had this in my stash for a long time.
A hat for my friend Maryann.
 The color is more of a tealy blue.

I did work on the Mariechen sweater this week. No new
picture. It is very big, but only comes half way down my back.

Ruth finished up her Acer sweater!
Totally stunning, don't you think!

Martha finished her 2nd sock,
no picture cause she wore them and they
are dirty!  LOL. They are totally cute.

She is  making mittens for her daughter
The first two pictures are the inspiration for the mittens:

She created! yes created this pattern on chart paper.

And here is her yarn
Lots more to show next week.

In other news:
Joe roasted a lot of butternut squash today on the grill.
Something about the grill that brings out the natural
sweetness of it.  We will freeze it.

 I made a wild rice, mushroom, chicken soup that was not that great.
The rice got too mushy.
Also  grilled tomato sammies from Pioneer Woman that were
actually awful.

I tried. :)
have a great week dear blog readers. Are you doing any
holiday knitting?  I have  to make something for Tiffany and
Joe yet, then I'll be done.