Sunday, June 27, 2010

Little Socks....

Ruth made two pair of socks for her granddaughters in Sockatta and some Cotton sock yarn...aren't they cute! And Sweet! She also started a BSJ for her new great-nephew that is coming soon.

I made a tiny bit of progress on the current socks. Not much knitting for me this week.

We worked to get the kitchen ready for CrazyDave who came Saturday to help
Joe hang cabinets. (Well, really Joe was the helper). He said Dave is a genious
and can figure anything out. There was lots of sawing and cutting to get the
cabinets to get to "level". They worked from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm

Dave is coming back on Saturday, and Joe has a few assignments to get done
this week. We can also get the mold for the counter top made.
Its nice to see soooo much progress.....thanks, JOE!

Damn that yellow room is bright, isn't it? LOL x 100000000

Have a great, summer-filled week dear blog readers!

Sunday, June 20, 2010


I have started a pair of socks...for me....cause I need them.
yarn is a silk/merino (my favorite blend) that I got at Rhinebeck last
year. The pattern .... after purly swirly.

72 stitches
36 stitches each needle
P1, K17, P1, K17
K1, P1, K16, K1, P1, K16

etc etc etc

just keep moving the purl stitch over. I wasn't going to do this but
ended up liking it.

the. end. of. knitting. content. for. this. post.

Ruth and Martha were together for a Sister's weekend, so neither
sent any contributions this week.

On to kitchen updates.

Cabinets arrived Friday. Joe and I unpacked the bottom cabinets
Saturday. I was totally amazed at how utterly beautiful they
are (my opinion only, of course). This wall now has a long cabinet
before it was just blank space.

couple of cabinets just hanging out.

close up of beauty:

did I mention that after six months, we now have lights in the
kitchen area? No more making coffee with a flashlight.
that blue color is weird... believe it or not, same blue as
up above on the whole wall....

Kitty likes the new floor.....(well, really, kitty likes
any place where I am...he is my biggest fan).

Joe keeps telling me there is still sooooo much to do, but now we can
actually see what we've done each week.

Happy Summer dear blog readers....until next week...

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Wanted: Man with Thin Ankles

OR, Woman Who Likes Manly Socks!

UGH x 100,000,000

Well, I had Joe try on his Christmas socks this week and OMG,
they go on tight, and he could hardly get them off. He kept saying
what kind of yarn did you use, but I know the is because
I knit them toe up. The gusset around the heel has no give.

Seriously, I could cry. Five weeks of knitting down the tubes.
It's June, and now I have NO Christmas knitting done.

What to do?

I'm thinking of ripping them out and starting from the top down.
But seriously all that work - I can just give them to someone with
thin ankles, who does not mind brown. The yarn is soooo
fabulous - Apple Pie yarn.

Any takers?

I finished up the Leafy Notch Clutch from Knit 24/7 by
Veronik Avery. I really like it. As a reminder I used
stash yarn .

I decided to knit a few less stitches
(read between the lines...I misread the directions and did not
do an increase row, but luckily my number was still divisible
by eight).

That said, it was easier to do a garter stitch strap than continue
on with the pattern as directions called for.

You would be proud of me - I had to do some serious math to get
the numbers to come out right with the less stitches. LOL

Jeannine suggested I put a liner in the bag, and volunteered
to sew one in for me. I think I have some panda silk that would
work really nice though. I'll see how much time I have.

I am starting a stealth project that requires some thinking, and also
some BRAINLESS socks (that are not pictured) .

Martha made a fabulous felted laptop bag for EmmaLouise,
who just graduated and is heading off to Ithaca college to study

check out the liner:

This week Joe finished up painting, and we worked hard to get
the floor ready for tile today.

The kids pitched in and time...yea!

Ready for tile:

Picture of dining room wall - soft yellow - this picture
is not really a good representation of the nice color:

Picture of tile on the floor - the white things are the little
1/8" spacers. Tomorrow we get grout...

Joey's friend Larry, came and did this for us. He worked
for a tile company for a while....thanks, Larry.
Joe was going to do it but I feared his body could not take it
and after putting the cement board down yesterday, I think
he thought so too....

I told Larry, I never thought I'd ever have
anything so nice. I really do appreciate the small

Have a nice summery week, dear blog readers!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Ah, Summer

Ah, summer is finally here....though this weekend was a little weird.
Tons and tons of rain - we estimate at least 2 inches here since Saturday.
At least that is how much the pool went up.

I finished Joe's brown Apple Laine Pie Socks. Cindy from Apple Laine sent
me some yarn to finish up. I had purchased the original two skeins from
Pam at Spirit Works and should have bought three. While I was waiting for
the yarn to arrive, I started the 2nd sock. It was kind of fun to have
both of them done at the same time.

She was kind enough to send some varigated yarn also. There was not
enough for both socks so I finished the tops in two different colors,
and in different lengths - which looks interesting - I like it.

These socks were toe up - which makes the foot park look longer
than it really is.

My finger is marking where the different brown started....
you cannot even tell unless looking really close up.

I started the Leafy Knot Clutch from 24/7 Projects Book. It looked
fun and quick. Now the pattern really should be done in plain yarn,
but I had this yarn in my stash - bought it from Pam at the old shop.
It's a cotton / viscose blend.

It will be cute, even though the pattern will not show as
well as it would in plain yarn....and I am having a love affair
knitting lace so all is good.

Check out these mittens Martha made for her daughter's friends
for graduation gifts.

Arent' they fun...and what a lot of work!!!!

I sure hope those kids treasure them...I sure would.

Other stuff:

Dave came and finished the drywall - this has been over the
last couple of weeks. This was a side job for him so he didn't come
every day.....slow progress!

He sprayed some wet muddy drywall gunk on the dining room
ceiling to give it a little textured looks.

This is what it looked like when he was done, but before
we painted - very rough - now it looks GREAT.

Today is Joe's birthday, and Wednesday was mom's so we
had a little party today. Joe worked his butt off piming all
three rooms --ceilings and walls so it would be done for today.
He even got one coat of paint on the dining room ceiling
and the dining room walls painted. You can see a nice
yellow wall in the background.

Hopefully things will move along now....Yea

Have a nice week dear blog readers.....