Sunday, December 18, 2011

Tis the Season

Tis the season for lots of family activities, which I love.
No knitting to speak of for me this week. I can share more
next week, after Christmas.

Ruth is knitting a pair of socks - no pictures yet.

She and I both did a lot of cooking this weekend for family

Martha, on the other hand, is knitting up a storm on
her sweater. Reminder: this is her own design!!!

Have a wonderful week!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

I love the season

I love the season of Christmas. The songs, the candles, the
pretty lights, the cookies, etc. The shopping not
so much anymore. After all of the Christmas knitting throughout
this year, I'm finally ready to start wrapping.

Four of the ruffle scarves will be handed out at lunch

Still a couple things on the needles to finish up but they
are quick.

Ruth finished up her socks in Austerman step yarn -
pattern: Par 5 pattern by Ingrid Hiddessen

One of the first socks I ever made Joe are from
Austerman step and he is still wearing them -
weekly in the winter. The pattern she chose
works well with the socks.

This hat is from the fibre she spun - it is sooo pretty.
Pattern is Fartek hat, new from Anne Hanson.

I can't wait to see it up close.

Martha has ripped the sweater she is designing, and
started over.

Designing is a long process....good luck Martha...
stick with it - it will be wonderful.....

In other news:
This morning when I got up, Mickey was sitting
on top of the Entertainment cabinet next to
the Snowman.

Not sure how he got there as that is a pretty
high jump.None of the pictures behind were
knocked over.

See how high it is?

Tiffany and I got our ceramics back this week.
I don't have pictures of hers, maybe next week.

I made another bowl - a hyacinth - which turned
out just ok. Not as cute as the red flower.

And two snowmen salt and pepper shakers.

It is cold here today...brrr. Have a nice knitful week!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Welcome December

Welcome December, though it does not feel like it.
So nice and balmy here in Western NY...50's all week.
But, I close my eyes and pretend it's a normal
December and there is a blizzard outside, and I sit
and knit. Not much to show. I've had a tired, busy
week at work. Here is a picture of the cowl blocked.
I love it!!

These pictures were taken in the bathroom mirror
and not very good. But trust me its nice.
(thanks, Ruth!!).

I'm ready to kitchner the first sock and can start
on the 2nd one. I started these for Joe a long time
ago, and don't really care if they are done for
Christmas or not. (no picture).

Ruth had done some spinning and knitting.
The spinning is wonderful, and the socks are from
our trade at Rhinebeck.

Martha has started a complicated sweater.

and she's coming along nicely with it.

she did a swatch, and that helped tremendously.

I'm getting ready for Christmas. Shopping is about
1/2 wrapping yet.
We put the fake tree up this week - Joe helped
a lot with that.

Look who wants to be my Christmas present....
his favorite place to nap now.

When I get up in the morning, the floor is
covered with red bows....he must be a
midnight elf.

We went and got the real tree today, will decorate
on Tuesday. Even though it was 50 out, I wore
the scarf, hat and mittens I made for Rhinebeck.
Tiffany told me I looked like a caroler from
"A Christmas Carol" she called me Carol
all day....LOL

That's about it here at Knitatation...
Happy Knitting and Merry Christmas dear
blog readers.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Busy busy

I have had a busy long wonderful weekend, with not much
knitting. I did manage to finish up the cowl, with the Louise
Harding Silky Wool that Ruth gave me last year.

Pattern: Pashima Cowl from Last Minute Knitted Gifts

I will add more pics next week after it is blocked.

Martha finished up some socks:

This pair below is from CreativelyDyed yarn she
got at Rhinebeck last year.

This pattern was free from the
internet sock pattern site, called Bubble Wrap Socks from the
Http:// It is easy, memorizable, and travelable

Tiffany and I spent a little time at ceramics
this week:

Tiff is working on a Cookies for Santa plate.

and a Moose:

I made a salt and pepper snowman set...
stay tuned for finished product after they
are fired.

We also celebrated my dad's bday:

back to Christmas knitting....till next week!!

Monday, November 21, 2011


Countdown is on to the start of the holiday season.
My holiday knitting is almost complete, I think I will
make the necessary deadlines. This week, I needed a Linklittle "me" knitting. I started the Pashima Cowl that is
in the Last Minute Knitted Gifts book.
I am using
the wonderful yarn Ruth got me for Christmas last
year - Louise Harding Grace - Silk and Wool in my
favorite color - teal. Not picture worthy yet, but let
me tell you, this is not a quick knit. Rows and rows of
stockinette - round and round and round and round
of brainless knitting - yea! I tried a few patterns
before deciding on the stockinette, but they took away
from the softness of the yarn.

Ruth did some very nice spinning this week:

A very pretty silk and merino blend from Rhinebeck.

Martha finished up her BSJ and made a hat and
booties to match:

her description:
This is a Baby Surprise Jacket
with some yarn Ann donated to me. And the booties are from sock ends.
that is Greemy Baby Booties which I got off line--Ravelry-- but they
forwarded me onto Blue Prings patterns. Designed by Machelle Salmeen.
The hat is Merino hand dyed, and the pattern is Quick and Easy Baby
Hat. I would agree with that. I made it is less than an evening.

Wednesday I am spending the day with Tiffany making
pies and rolls. We might go to the Pottery store if there
is time.

Ruth is making rolls for Thanksgiving at her in laws, and
Martha is enjoying having EmmaLouise home.

We are all enjoying our inner domestic goddess this
time of year##$%^^&.

Happy Knitting

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Another F.O.

I finished up Betty's Bella Mittens this week.

They are blocking.

Pattern: Bella's Mittens - free on Ravelry
Needle: Two Size 8 circs
Yarn: Valley Yarn - Northampton Bulky

(Betty picked this color - chocolate - to go with a cream
color coat - I don't want you to think I would purposely
give someone brown mittens. She picked it way back
in the winter when I made my Bella mittens, and I'm
hoping she has forgot about them).

I may not have an awful lot to show between now and we'll hope Ruth and Martha have a
lot to share!!

Martha finished up her first Baby Surprise Jacket....
she used stash yarn. It is not quite sewn together
in these pictures....

Ruth is working on an adorable! hat from Piecework
magazine...hopefully pictures next week.

Ruth is at Martha's this weekend.....

I made some onion yeast rolls today--recipie in
Real Simple magazine. They are so good !!

Also made a big pot of chicken noodle soup...

The fall weather has been sooo wonderful this
year...I hope it stays nice.

Happy Knitting!

Sunday, November 6, 2011


Well November is here already! Holiday knitting is in full swing!
This week I have finished up Betty's 1st mitten and have the
2nd one 1/2 done. This is the Bella mitten pattern, and
Valley Bulky yarn.

I will do both thumbs at once....

Ruth did some awesome spinning this week - I got to
see it in person yesterday.

It is Persimmon Tree Farm roving. Wool, mohair, and alpaca with
glitz in Fall Harvest color. I cant' describe how wonderful it is.

Last week I went to a Ceramic studio with my friend Laura.
I made a bowl, and think I will make 3 more to have a nice
set. It was kind of brainless creativity. Tiffany wants to
come with me next time.

That's it dear blog readers. I have a few more things
to knit for Christmas...wish me luck.

Sunday, October 30, 2011


I stayed very focused on the blue socks this week and
finally have them done. It's not that I did not like
the pattern, I did very much. And the yarn, the two
were perfect for each other. It's just that I used the same
pattern for the last socks I made and I was really over it.
Pattern: Swirls
Yarn: Panda Silk

Managed to get a little bit of a start on Betty's
Bella Mittens. They are her Christmas Present.
I'm ready to start thumb on 1st one.

Managed to get three "Just Enough Ruffles"
scarves blocked....

I now need one more...ugh x 1000000

Ruth has done some spinning....
and guess who is helping her sort...Lucy!

so so cute######

Ruth's words:

On the wheel is a mix of wool, mohair, and alpaca with a little gold glitz. It is the fall harvest colorway from Persimmon Tree Farm. It is spinning like a dream.

The photo of the two skeins is more spinning. This is from memory. I can't find the info at the moment......the green is from Creatively Dyed Yarn. I can't remember the colorway. It is merino, cashmere, and silk. Divine and squishy! I'm not sure what the blue is. Some kind of exotic mix that was a lot of fun to spin and is nice and soft.

Joey shot another deer with his bow, a really
nice 6-point....

can I brag about my camera for a is
pitch black out when I'm taking these pictures.

My three "kids" were all riding their toys today - so
nice outside

I want a toy they had so much fun....LOL

I thought this picture of Tiffany was especially cute:

and speaking of cute:

have a knitful week...tis the season....