Sunday, August 28, 2011

A Good Week to Knit

Fall is in the air...and it's still August...what is going on? It didnt turn
to summer till beginning of July here in Western NY. I fear our pool
will not recover its warmth enough this year to swim.

Remember the Baby Surprise Jacket I had to hurry up and knit for
Joe's niece? Well I knit on it for four days, and had to rip, it was
turning out way too big on worsted weight yarn.

So I looked at the pattern and went for the middle size
and it was a good choice.

The color is more of a teal blue...nice for a little boy I

The size is probably 18-24 months or so - hoping it will
fit him next spring.

I had trouble finding cute buttons, and finally decided
on these kitty ones.

The new mom sent me a thank you note tha said
"I can't believe you made me a sweater - I will keep
it forever" = WIN

This week I decided I needed something a little challenging.
I have wanted to make a beret to go with the Scalene scarf I
made to wear to Rhinebeck.

I ended up picking the Textured Tam from 60 Quick Knits.
I wanted to use up Shelter yarn.

The pattern would look better in blue with gray trim, but
I had more gray left.

Also, Ravelers said the hat was small, so I added one
19 stitch repeat, and repeated rows 9-12 two times.
I want it more of a beret, floppy on top - crossing
my fingers it works. Should easily be able to finish
this up this week.

Ruth has been busy making another pair of socks for her
SIL Liz. By the this this post is done, she willprobably be
done with the socks - very nice!!

Martha has just finished up a baby blanket and is currently
working on a sweater for a new niece. Pictures next week.

What else is going on? (aka why haven't I been posting? )

I turned 50 back in July....Tiffany was kind enough to get a picture
with the two of us.

Mickey turned one year old - I love that little kid!

Tiffany and I attended Christina's wedding
(long time friend of Tiffany)

Felicia had her baby (last pink BSJ baby) and brought her
for a visit.

Meet Paetyn Caroline

Here is Felicia and Paetyn:

This weekend, we had Joey's 23rd birthday. End of summer

I have to go to drastic measure to keep my family out of
the food before company arrives. Note on the mac salad
in the fridge:

LOL - it worked!

Joel and Vicky came:

I love this picture of mom and dad:

Abbey was in her glory. Neighbors had a party also so
she was running back and forth between the two houses
getting handouts.

Have a wonderful week dear blog readers...and stay warm....
and if any of you were hit by Irene, god bless you.

Sunday, August 21, 2011


here it is another Sunday and I'm too tired to blog. I have finished
up the BSJ and will have the pictures next week. It turned out
very cute. I am going to try to finish up a couple of small projects
this week. So dull to write about!
Ruth has finished up an Opal sock for her SIL. Martha is working
on a baby blanket for a new grand niece.

Stay tuned to next Sunday for a much better post. Hang with me
blog readers.....I'm just having a wonderful summer and by the
time Sunday night gets here, I'm pooped.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

A Knitting Emergency

So on Thursday I received an invitation to a baby shower for Joe's
niece, who apparently is 8 months pregnant...who knew? The
shower is on Aug 19th. My brain went into overdrive and I decided
I needed to order some Plymouth Encore and make a quick Baby
Surprise Jacket. Friday morning at 6:00 am I hopped on line and
ordered the yarn from Webs. I added a comment "Please ship
today if possible". About 11:00 Friday morning I get a call from
Webs. A very nice woman was asking me if I wanted to upgrade
to expedited shipping. I said no, I put that on there in case someone
saw it and could get it in the mail. I used to work in a call center with
a warehouse in the same bldg, so I know what can/cannot be done.
They are all pretty similar. I said I have never put down I needed
fast shipping before, and I could not afford the yarn as well as the
expedited shipping so if they could make an exception and mail
today I would really appreciate it. She explained to me their process,
and it usually ships within 3-5 days from date of placing order. I
explained that I understood all of this. I also mentioned that in the
time it took her to call me and explain all of this, she could have
made a quick call to the Warehouse, they could have pulled the
3 balls of yarn, stuck my label on and it would have been out of the
door. I also explained that they are my primary store to shop from
and I had spent a considerable amount of $$ there this year.
(I was very nice in all of my explanations and so was she). She asked
me to hold and when she came back, she said the yarn would be
shipped on Friday and I should not expect that again. I told her I
wouldn't but I had a bit of an emergency. The yarn arrived Monday
in the mail. YEA! I am going to have to knit like a madwoman this week
to get this thing done in time. After I hung up with her, I realized she
must think I'm a nut case. What kind of yarn emergency required all of that
fuss? That's when it hit me. I bet she was working in a yarn store, but
did not knit.

Otherwise, she would have totally got it! No pictures to share
from me this week. I am making good progress on the current sock.
All projects are on hold till I get this sweater done.

Ruth is about done with her socks, (probably is done at time of this post).
Don't you love the colors of the yarn!

Martha took a sweater pattern and totally revamped it and made a really
wonderful sweater for Emma.

Martha's own words:

I am done with Emma's sweater. I love it, and love all my adjustments for the yarn, which just included lots of shaping in the arms, shoulders and boobies. I am very proud of that. In the back the tie kind of rolling a la knitting. But that was not my fault, it was how it was designed. I also put the keyhole for the waist ties to go through. And reduced a lot of the detailing (lace) which was poorly placed and with the bulk of the yarn I needed to do that. Overall I think this pattern was poorly written. The original yarn was mohair and loosely knit, and Emma did not want that hairiness so we chose this, also at the WEBS sale for $40.00. Ok, details include the Fitted Knits by Stefanie Japel, pattern Airy Wrap-Around Lace Sweater, yarn called Queensland collection Kathmandu Chunky.

Martha this is wonderful! She has really started to do a lot
of her own designing and revamping of patterns....

Have a great week dear blog readers.