Sunday, January 26, 2014

Sockin Along....

I continue to make progress on my socks this week, as does Ruth.

the Through the Loops Mystery sock is very nice so far.

My yarn is a little fuzzier than some so the pattern is
not as defined.  I know blocking will make is so
much better.

I like it a lot so far. I have just started the 2nd leg, and hope
to have done by the weekend. The heel clue comes out Tues or
Wed. I don't have much time to knit during the week.

During travel time, I have been able to knit a little on the
brainless sock.  Did a double stitch heel, and added some nylon
for strength. 

The pattern is K3, K1 TBL, for a little visual interest.

I think I will do a sweater next.....I'm dreaming of doing something
besides socks!  But its heavenly to finally have some more to wear.

Ruth is moving right along on her Catawampus Socks.

I love her pattern / yarn combo.

Martha finished up her Highlander sweater last week.
It is beautiful!  And check out the fit!

She has since started Cobblestone pattern by Jarod Flood.
Using up her Bartlett yarn.

The stripes on top of the sweater are the sleeves...

She is calling it Dr Suess-ish because of the colors, and hoping one of
her son's friends will like it.  It is so fun!
She is like a sweater machine this year.

Friday I worked 1/2 day at home and was able to see this beautiful
sunrise in the back field:

In the evening we were invited to a friend's house for dinner. Jim
is a great guy with lots of hobbies.One of his hobbies is restoring his
home back to what it would have looked like in the 1800's.  He has
done a great was beautiful, and authentic, and CLEAN!

He had a beautiful table set when we walked in.
I wish you could see those candleabras in person.

He did all of the stenciling in the house.  Room after room. So much

We started dinner with a nice salad that included shrimp, egg, and almonds,
and a fancy dressing.

The main course was pork with bourban and pecans. Wonderful.
Next time they are coming to our house....I better get cracking and get
the house cleaned up. 

Today I have made three batches of meatballs, sauce and did some
cleaning.  I think its time to knit before I have to work on dinner.

Happy knitting dear blog readers.....tis the season for sure!!

Sunday, January 19, 2014


some socks for me!

Pattern: Business Casual
Yarn:  Squoosh Yarn - Merino, Cashmere blend
Size 1.5 needle

For some reason, I made the heels a bit different...not sure what I did.  UGh. fit nice
all the same.

I liked this pattern a lot, and will make a pair for someone for Christmas with it,
but not right now.

Started the Through The Loops Mystery Socks.  1st clue came out on

The green is a nice forest green, leftover from mom's Christmas socks.
Grey and green are both: A Touch of Twist -Alpaca Feet
So soft!  I'm actually working on the 2nd cuff. The picot edge takes a little
while to cast on. 

Ruth is letting her Highlander sweater rest for the time being. She is deciding if she wants
it to be a vest... I think it's sooo pretty!

 She is also working on Catawampus socks...
 Yarn is Ancient Arts in abalone color from Vancouver, CA.

Martha's sweater is almost done!  She just has to set the sleeves in...beautiful~~

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Bad News / Good News

Bad news:   This Winter sucks!
Good news:  Lots of time to knit!

Although I had a horrid week at work, I managed to still
get the 1st half of the 2nd Business Casual sock done. I am
cruising down the foot.

Want to be done by next weekend so I can start the Through The
Loops Mystery Sock (which starts this Wednesday).  I don't think
I can be done by Wednesday, but that's ok with me.

Ruth continues to make great progress on her Highlander pattern
by Anne Hanson. Persimony Tree Farm yarn....So pretty!

She also whipped up a pair of socks
K2P2, Cascade yarn....I love the colors....

Martha is moving along on her Highlander Sweater (yea, same as Ruth).

She is up to the cap on the sleeves.  I love it, don't you?

Martha did add some comments last week to the question, What are you
Knitting Goals this year....she said she is going to concentrate on sweaters,
as she has enough socks.  Thanks for sharing, Martha!

Have a good week, dear blog readers...Stay warm and safe.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

New Year - 2014

Happy New Year !!

I like to post some knitting goals in the New Year.
This year's list includes:

*make as much from Rhinebeck yarn as I can
*knit something from Interweave Knits Magazine (because why do I continue
to get it if I never  knit a pattern from there !!)
*knit something from one of my many pattern books
*use as much stash as possible...

We'll see how this turns out....LOL

The Christmas knitting went amazingly well this year.
I don't have all of the pictures, but can share some.

Mom LOVED her green socks made from A Touch of Twist Yarn.
They fit...I was so afraid they would not.  

Joe and Joey loved their Frolicking Deer Hats .... free pattern
from Ravelry. Here is Joey:

Made from Plymouth Select Worsted Superwash.  I will get better pics
for next week.  

Joe loved his Wisconsin socks....he said they looked like they would come to
his belly button !! but he put them on and didn't take them off for 3 days..

Here is a sock I am working on for myself. Started Christmas Eve
and finished up the 1st one last night.

Yarn is Squoosh Fiberarts  Merino  Cashmere  Sock

I actually won the yarn.  I purchased some Madelinetosh yarn
from Eat Sleep Knit, and with my order they sent me a lottery
ticket, and I won this yarn !!!

Pattern is Business Casual 

free on Ravelry.

I used a double stitch heel, and added black nylon for strength

I am down to two pair of socks, so I can't wait to get
these done !!

Joe and I went away  last weekend, and I needed something
a little more brainless so I started a pair of toe up socks for

Shelridge Farm Soft Touch Yarn from Rhinebeck (see goal 1 above)

I used this yarn before for socks, and just loved them. Using a size 2 needle.
I now I am making two blue pair, but blue goes with everything..right ??

Note the lines in the pattern...I am doing K3, K the 4th stitch through the
back loop for visual interest.....

I am all signed up for Through The Loops Mystery Sock that starts
next week.

Here is the yarn I chose:

A Touch of Twist - the green is leftover from mom's socks.
Her blog said we will need just 25 yards of a 2nd color
for accent.  She said we can use 64 or 72 stitches...this yarn
is really thin, so I will use size 1 needles and cast on 72
stitches...I want to be mostly done with the Business
Casual socks when this starts...wish me luck!  I hope Ruth
and Martha join too...hint hint hint   LOL

Tiffany wrapped up mom's scarf with the needles. She is
making great progress, but on a size 3 needle, it is taking
a while.

It will be well worth the is really stunning in person.

Martha is working on a new sweater:

Bartlett yarns, 2ply yarn. Highlander by Knitspot.
(same pattern Ruth is using for her sweater...)

She is really moving right along....not taking her much
time at all to get this far...

Joey got me a Silpat baking pad for Christmas and I used it
for the first time today....

Made his favorite cookies: orange....
here they are without frosting.  The Slipat worked great

We had a really nice Christmas..despite all of the weather
in the last couple weeks. Here is our festive Christmas
Eve table....

Tiffany liked her apron with her name on vintage !!

purchased from Etsy....(forgive the's very early on  Christmas

Had a nice time at mom and dad's on Christmas....

Mom did not realize she kept her antlers on ALL cute, but it
was really hard to take her seriously...

Joe and I did not exchange presents, but went away last weekend and had
a super wonderful time.  One night at Turning  Stone Casino (his sister
got us a VIP room) ...
we stayed up dancing until 3:00 FUN!!!

and second night at Skaneateles...
This was our cozy room:

I love it there.  What are your goals for 2014 knitter friends? Share them in the
comments section.

Have a fun knitting week my dear blog readers.