Sunday, August 28, 2016

The Knitting Whisperer

I saw Ruth at dinner last week and showed her my shawl.
She tol me it was very pretty and I had to get it done for
the wedding. She is my knitting whisperer. I keep hearing
her voice when I'm working on the shawl...
Thanks, Ruth!!!!
Only one repeat done this week for a total of 5.

Ruth finished up her beautiful beautiful shawl!
I think it looks amazing all blocked. (see last week for details).

Martha is working away on her sweater.  Nautical Stripe Cardigan
from sock scraps.
She is not sure if she is liking the colors. I bet it will look great when
she gets a bit further along.

We had a picnic Saturday for Joey's birthday.
Beautiful day.

 KeeLee was loving all of the
food that dropped on the ground.

No post next week - Labor Day. See you in 2 weeks with
more shawl progress....

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Another Summer Week Gone

Summer is Fleeting.  Sigh.
I managed to get two repeats done on the shawl.

15".  Slow going for sure. I stop and count in between each
marker to make sure I have 23 stitches. If not, I know there is a
problem.  Saves a lot of tinking back later on for sure.

I keep thinking that the more I knit, the more inches per repeat
I will get...but NO. Still the same.  LOL

Worked on the brainless socks during a long drive this
week. Socks that rock yarn - gifted to me from Ruth.
Started picking up stitches around sweater.
Slow going.  Not my thing for sure.
Ruth and Martha are having a girls weekend
so no updates from them. 

In other news:

A picture of veggies from Joe's garden

He made fried zucchini for dinner, and we put some
of my homemade salsa on it. Delish!

Last night we went for a quick dinner near the
canal and afterward he wanted to feed the ducks.

It was such a nice peacful night, after a big rain.
The ducks were happy.
So pretty out.
I love summer!

Have a great week!

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Sloooooow Going

 I have started a shawl that I hope to have done
for Tiffany's wedding, but I don't think I will
I'm loving the blue sparkly yarn.
 This is a truer color.
This is 8" with two repeats done.
It took me all of this week to do the one repeat.
Seven weeks till the wedding.
Not gonna happen.

Marduta Shawl

Also started a pair of vanilla socks in Socks that Rock
Just for brainless work when I need it.
 Ruth is working on a nice shawl.
Schaeffer Anne yarn which she said is a little itchy.
Pattern is Ginko Shoulderette Shawl.

So pretty!!

Martha finished up a pair of vanilla sock...very colorful$

She is also working on a colorful sweater....

In her own words since she can explain
better than me:
This sweater I'm making from sock ends. It's kind of wild colors.
 I'm trying not to get too worried about the color clashing,
 because I'm channeling my sister, Anna, who loved color.
 Also if you'll look at the pattern the first color combo is
 bright. This sweater is called Nautical Striped Cardigan
 by the blog Knit a Bit, Crochet Away. No name on the blog! 
I'm going for a colorful lighter weight sweater. I have one 
that's getting pretty ratty so I'm hoping this is my substitute 
and it'll go with jeans and any other colored shirt. BIK Martha

It's been so hot here. So very very hot.  Hard to knit.
Hard to sleep.  We don't have any air conditioning in
our house.  Just a pool to jump into to get cool.

In other news.

Joe went fishing last week and caught
a nice meal.
KeeLee continues to be cute!

 I mentioned that Tiffany got me a cheese board
for my bday. It's the perfect size for Happy Hour.

Have a good week.
Stay cool!

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Summer Staycation

I was on a stay (stay at home) vacation this week. It
felt wonderful to be home and not at work. Ruth and I had a
wonderful day at Canandaigua Lake on Monday, in spite
of the rain.

 Ruth and Martha gifted me some very soft
100% Superfine Alpaca from their yarn crawl a
couple of weeks ago. It's hard to tell but it is blue
and green. Yarn and Soul yarn.
Thanks, girls!! 

 I think it will make a nice shawl.
 Pattern yet to be determined.
 Got the new swift up and running.
It is big, but works good.
 Started a new shawl for me for Tiffany's wedding.

 Yarn is Tucker Woods Estrellita
Lace (with sparkles!)
 The colored yarn is provisional cast on so that will be
coming out at the end.
Pattern is Marduta 
Size 4 needle.  Just barely started.
I needed to start this weekend so my brain
knew what it was doing during the week after work.

 Sofie sweater is ready to have band on front picked
up and knit. I'm nervous about that.  Have not done a sweater
like that  before, but I'm sure it will be fine. 

The 2nd sock in Panda Silk is coming along.

 Ruth has knit a couple of dishcloths while she contemplates
her next big project.

 Martha is traveling to Miami to take her daughter to
college.  Safe travels girls!

In other news, this week was my birthday.

Joey got me flowers and cooked a wonderful
chicken dinner.

Flowers from Mark too
Tiffany got me jewelry to wear to the wedding..Stunning.
and a cheese board for our parties!  Can't wait to use it.

Joe and I went on a date last night and saw fireworks in
tiny Byron NY.  Who knew they had them...

Have a wonderful week...tomorrow is August 1st.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

This and That

Continues to be so very HOT and Humid here in Western NY.
I did get quite a lot done on my sweater.  I have 10" done
from where I separated sleeves. I am going to try it on at 14".
Directions say 16" but I'm short so...

I am using yarn called for in pattern.  Even same color!
Garnstudio Drops Belle
It's not bad to work with.

Tiffany modeled the shawl I gave her for wedding.

Ruth finished up her first sock.
K3, P1 pattern. Mrs Crosby yarn. Toucan color.
The color is so nice and versatile.

She started a shawl....Turritella by Corrine Ouillon. 
Yarn is Tucker Woods lace weight. Starry starry night color with a little sparkle.

 Martha has been looking for smaller (not so hot) projects to knit.
She finished up this cute Pepperberry Cowl, yarn/pattern gift from
Ruth. She said she likes the casualness of it...and it's sooo soft!

She has not reknit the collar on her sweater yet. Waiting for cooler

She has also knit a nice scarf.
Another Really Easy Lace Scarf"by Nancy Shroyer.
She chose not to knit the lace border.
Another gift from Ruth!

I think the girls and I are carrying on nicely in this heat...!

In other news....

the family came for a picnic yesterday.
thank goodness there was a nice breeze so we could enjoy
the outside without being too hot.

Joey spent a lot hot day in front of the grill cooking chicken,.

This tomato plant is up to my chin.
The basil is doing well also
Some of my other favorite flowers

Have a nice week dear blog readers.  Stay cool.