Sunday, May 3, 2015

Little of this and a Little of That....

Very little knitting this week....I did get a little
progress done on 2nd sock...
I am at the point where I am really sick of it!

Ruth delivered this beautiful yarn to me in person...
from Martha...its much more pink where it looks white.
Very pretty!
 Here is the label
Hachito yarn...

Last week I mentioned that the Joey's baby silk yarn that I
made Avana with was hand wash I decided to test it out.

Here is the swatch I hand washed on top, and the bottom
is same size, but machine washed and machine dried.
Good thing I did this test....LOL

Martha is making her current socks from same yarn,
different color...

She said she has been exhausted this week after work too....
They are sooo nice!

She is going to make more baby things after the socks are done.

Ruth is making a Tomten baby sweater...

It is so frikin adorable!  I saw it in person this week....there is a
lot of the teal color in the lighter color yarn.  So nice.

Joe caught some huge fish last night. Biggest
Walleye ever!  12.5 lbs....29.5" long

He said it was a beautiful night out on the boat....this is at
1:30 am....what other wife would be up at that hour
taking pictures!  ha!

Joey got a new ride this week...

The little kids are doing ok. Abbey is having issues....
Poor girl...

Mickey is her constant companion...

Have a great week....

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Slow Knitting Week

It was a slow knitting week for me....
Here are some awful pics of me in the
Wandering through the Souk sweater.
It is soo easy to wear.  I like it a lot...

This is the Avana all done...
Can wear as a shawl

 Or shrug.

I think it will be nice during the summer on a chilly evening.

 I have been faithful to this sock all week, but
did not get a lot of knitting done. 

Ruth finished her first sock and is starting the 2nd.
Show off stranded sock pattern....CUTE !

Martha started this yarn with a very complex
pattern that didnt show because of the yarn.
Now she is working plain socks. The yarn
is just lovely.

Joe and I went to Niagara Falls for the
weekend.  Look at the ice still there.
 It was a beautiful day...
 We had a pool in the hotel...all to ourselves!
and it was warm!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Little Knitting

I managed to get in a little knitting this week.
The blob is done and blocking.  Here it is before bindoff.
Avana pattern.

Yarn is Queensland Joey's Baby Silk
I got a good deal at Little Knits on a bag.
I'm hoping to use the rest for baby stuff, but
it's hand wash only. Not sure if I could do that
to a new mom!  LOL

The 1st picture above is most accurate color

Size 9 needles stockinette, and size 8 lace

Started 2nd sock for Joey:

 Slowly working on Size 12 sock

Ruth is working on Tomten -- soooo cute. She has
the pattern totally down pat.  I love her colors!

She is also working away on her sock...
I love the pattern with the colors....

Martha is traveling this week, so no pics from her.
I think we better showcase her next week!

Happy Knitting

Sunday, April 12, 2015

A week off

Hi dear blog readers...
I don't have much to show today...the blob is bigger.
Ruth was working on a baby sweater but ripped it out.
Nothing new from Martha to share.
So....until next week....happy  knitting !

Sunday, April 5, 2015


Ruth has been busy this week with her knittnig!
She finished up her ButtonBox Vest, free pattern
on Knitty. Using Harrisville yarn.

It's a real beauty, huh!  Very stylish.  Congratulations...

She is working on a sock... pattern is Show Off Stranded Sock
Yarn is Western Sky Knits

And last but not least, she is knitting her mother-in-law's cat
a new toy.  Silken Braid Catnip Mouse by Mare Joy Smith.
 Yarn is Madelinetosh Plaid Blanket.

I am working on the blob, which is not very exciting.
Knit 10 inches then fold work in 1/2 and join on needles
to knit in the round.  Avana pattern and yarn is
Joey's baby silk.  So far, I like the yarn a lot.

we will see how this comes together....

Have a wonderful week......

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Wandering No More

Wandering in the Souk is done!  It fits great, and it very
soft and springlike. 
 I like the little buttons.....

Now I need a cute shirt to wear underneath.

Friday night I was knitting on the cameo sock...went to
work on it Sunday morning and look at this:

A phantom must have got bored during the night and chewed
on it.  I bet the phantom's name is Mickey.  He's never done that

I was able to  finish the sock...finally.
and I patched the top ribbing best as I could. I think I have
all of the stitches...UGH x 1000000
I think Joey will love them.

I cast on for
Avana shawl  today. It calls for 134 stitches provisional cast on,
and she suggests the Invisible Cast on.  Well after three trys
it finally worked.  See the green just slip a needle
through the stitches and pull the green out. Slickest provisional
I have encountered. It was very trying getting it to work, especially
using the size 9 needle.

 I found iknits easiest provisional cast on
that worked better than video suggested in directions.


Ruth is zooming right along on her Buttonbox vest.

I saw it in person this week and it is so lovely. the yarn
has flecks of colors in it that you don't see in the pictures.
I can't wait to see it done.  Yea!

Martha finished up a pair of mismatched socks...

which look great! 

I'm so sad...I had to throw yet another pair of my socks out.
And I see another heel has a hole. I will have to patch them.
The ones I threw out were patched 2x.....  The patches don't really
last that long.  sigh...............

Have a great week....

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Spring is here

Spring "officially" started this week.  You would not know it
by the weather...snowed this morning.
The spring sweater is done just in time
This is unblocked picture.....

Reminder Wandering the Souk pattern.
Yarn is Valley Superwash DK
Size 6 needle

This yarn is very stretchy.  Once I washed it, I put it in
the dryer for a few minutes to tighten it up a little.  I think it
will be just fine.
Here is it blocking....
I can't wait to try it on.  I only added 5 button holes.
Modification to pattern: I added button band as I went along,
rather than picking up stitches and doing it when done. The button
band has an i-cord edging

Still have to get buttons.

I thought I had waaaaayyy too much yarn, but in fact, I almost ran out.
This is what's left.  Each sleeve used one whole ball, plus two partial
pieces, same size as above.  I am lucky!

I think I will treat myself to a pretty, feminine top to wear underneath
the sweater.....

Ruth is almost to the point of separating front/back on her
ButtonBox Vest   with Harrisville Yarn.

So pretty!

She finished up her color work mittens. She was hoping to wear
them a few times before it gets too warm. With the snow and cold
temps predicted this week, I think she will get her wish....

Pattern is Trees by  riihivilla ... a kit.  I think they are so pretty and
classic looking.  Great job!

Martha is almost done with her vest!  Same Buttonbox as Ruth is making,
and Harrisville yarn also.

She just has the buttons to add and it will be done!
nice, don't you think!

In other  news, I have been dying to make donuts ever since I
got the Pioneer Woman Cookbook for Christmas.  I had to get
a donut hole thingamajig came this week so....

It's more involved than I thought. You mix the yeast batter
the night before and let it sit in the fridge for 8-12 hours. Then it has
to sit the next morning and warm up to room temp - two more hours-
then you roll dough and cut out, and let rise for ---- you guessed it--
two more hours!  Joe helped with the frying part of it...he is a
master fryer so I appreciated the help!  I put glaze on some, and
cinnamon suger on the rest.

 I'm quite proud that I only ate two. One of each kind.
Maybe it was three?
They were sooo good.  Totally awesome.  We are giving most of them
away...(Martha notice in top right corner..I'm using cup you gave me
for today's coffee).

Now you may think it's strange that someone is 'dying to make' donuts.
but let me  tell you a story. When we were growing up, Mrs Randoph
who lived just a mile up the road made and sold homemade donuts
every Fri, Sat and  Sun.  People came from miles around to get
her donuts.  I have been wanting to making them all of these years.
Mine were not as good as hers.  Oh well.

Have a nice week dear blog readers, and when it snows or the
nights go down to 15 degress, remember that is so Ruth can wear
her mittens before spring!!!!!!!