Sunday, October 31, 2010

Theme this Week: Gray/Red/Black

I seem to be stuck on gray/red/black this week. Finished up Joe's socks, finally!

and, I made him a hat with Cascade 220 Superwash Red/Gray colors.
I am really loving the Cascade 220 Superwash.

Spent a good part of my free time this week trying to untangle this yarn
mess. It is yarn from Rhinebeck. Waited 1/2hour in line to buy it,
then hours untangling it. I'm sure it will be something very special.
it is all now rewound and in a nice yarn cake.

Started a pair of Baby Mocs - not far enough along to picture. These are
for a workmate of Joe's - Justin. He and is wife are expecting a little boy
at the end of the month. The yarn is cotton from my stash and very splitty.

Also working on the Baby Sweater from "Seven Things to make or break
a sweater class".

Ruth is working on a pair of socks for her friend's wife:
it is the Hopscotch pattern by Lisa Swanson from Think Outside the Sox.

In other news:
We have really had a nice fall! Joe was on the roof with his leaf blower
cleaning gutters today.

Mickey is settling in sooo nice - we are all loving our little Mickey
Abbey has mixed feelings. She will get close to Mickey if, and only
if, we touch her.

Mickey is one wild dude. Magic was an old cat for so
many years we forgot what it was like to have a kitten around.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

So Much To Tell !

Whew! A lot to talk about today.

I finished up three hats for the sailor project. I feel bad because as of right now
they only have 100 and need 278 but she hopes more arrive this week. My three
are not in the 100 count - they should arrive in CA by Wed.

The two brown hats are K2P2 Rib, and the gray hat is Canadian Winter Hat
by Sally Melville.
I really like how it came out, but the K1P1 back and forth
was hard on my hands.

Ruth, Martha and I had a wonderful time at Rhinebeck. We arrived on
Friday in Kingston where our motel was. We drove to Rhinebeck and
poked around in the little shops. Some cute shops, but most sold the
same things, scarves, soap and purses.
We drove back to Kingston and after relaxing a while and settling in,
we headed for an Indian cuisine restaurant. It was really good - we each
got something different and shared. We were pooped Fri so got a good
nights sleep and headed to Rhinebeck in the morning. This year we
were not allowed to get in early and let me tell you it was COLD.
I have been reading other blogs with ladies talking about the nice weather
but none of them look cold! They must have gone on Sunday. It was
really the wind. Martha and Ruth both bought hats and I kept my hood on
the whole time we were outside. No pictures of Martha since she was
operating the camera.

This is a sand sculpture that was behind the food tents:

Martha's treasures:

the sheep pictures and the fleece are hers as well - the hotel was not
that nice that they supplied such luxuries!

Ruth's treasures:

My treasures:

Saturday night we went to a very nice French Restaurant in Kingston -
kick a** food! We were sooo pooped Saturday night. Sunday up early
to a nice breakfast and head home. Martha went back and took a spinning
class on Sunday.

Some ladies were walking around with beautiful sweaters, hats, cowls on.
next year I should be more prepared with something wonderful to wear.
(Notice I said next year.....I can always hope!)

Here is a little oil lamp I got along with two more mugs similar to last year.
I like the lamp, but the smell in the house is not very appealing.

Here are my wool treasures at home. I attempted to wind them today.
One if them is all mucked up and I'm taking a break. Getting them into
balls should not be so much work.

I am cruisuing down the foot of Joe's 2nd sock, pictures next week.

And the most exciting news:
ta da

meet Mickey! one and 3/4 lbs of pure fluff. He is a rescue kitty who we
think is about 5 weeks old.

Abbey is feeling a little jealous but I'm giving her lots of hugs as always.

Have a good week dear blog readers.......

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Indian Summer is so Nice

Joe and I took a little drive yesterday to Canandaigua NY to get juice
for our wine. We got more Concord this year. We get the juice from
a grower named Randall Standish.

These are vats where you pick the juice you want

The colors were so beautiful especially with the sun shining.

I finished up the first hat for the sailor project. This is made
in Cascade 220 Superwash. A simple K2, P2 rib pattern.
Started Wednesday, finished up Friday.

The 2nd hat is started.....not enough progress to take a picture.

This morning I made a double batch of Oatmeal cookies, and
a double batch of chocolate chip cookies. I have made the boys
cookies every weekend for the last several weeks.

I'll be at Rhinebeck next weekend so wanted to make sure
they had a nice supply. They worked so hard to make me a
nice kitchen I want to make them cookies all of the time.

Ruth has some sock done and some more started.

Monday, October 4, 2010


Fall is in the air and I have been reading so many posts from knitting bloggers
touting this is their favorite time of year. For me it's usually depressing since
Summer is my favorite. Fall means a long long winter ahead here in Western
New York (think "lake effect snow"). Yesterday was rainy and I have to admit
I enjoyed long stretches of knitting time. First time in months that I have been
able to sit and knit for stretch of 2 hours at a time.

I have decided to knit two or three hats for the Shanti Sailor project.

Shanti is a knitter aboard a ship at sea and she would like to give her fellow sailors
all hats for Christmas. I understand the response is overwhelming-thank goodness.

I ordered Superwash Wool Cascade 220 from Webs. Had to order a couple of skeins
for knitting class also. The hats can be fun and creative, or just plain. I'm not
sure what mine will be. Since they need to be done by 3rd week of October so I
can get them shipped off two might be all I can manage.

Managed to finish up Joe's first sock and cast on for the 2nd one yesterday.
Also finished up a stealth project.

That's about it from here. Ruth, Martha and I are preparing for our
adventure to Rhinebeck Oct 15th. I really hope the weather cooperates.
At least no rain (or snow!).