Sunday, January 30, 2011

Two lefts and now the rights.

Two left Bella mittens are done. I'm working on Tiffany's
2nd mitten now, am up to the thumb increase.

Worked a little bit on a sock, but not enough to show.

Tiffany is working on her scarf and moving right along on
that....looking purty soft.

Ruth finished up her pair of Berocco Comfort Socks
(Ann Hanson pattern)

And started this new one.
She picked a simple ribbing pattern because she was
afraid something more complex would not show.

Pretty dull here this week,not much to write about.
Have a wonderful week!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Warm Accesssories

So so cold outside this week in Western NY... guess
that is what makes nice warm accessories so
appreciated. I finished up two pair of fingerless
mitts for Tiffany's friend.

They ar really a quick knit...about 6 hour per pair,
and so so easy.

And the Cascade 220 Superwash is so nice - soft and
squishy and WARM.

Tiffany and I have now watched all three Twilight
movies. They are pretty entertaining. I have one
Bella mitten done

yarn = Clasic Elite Duchess which I think is discontinued.
Size 8 needles.

As soon as Tiffany saw one mitten 1/2 done she
knew she wanted a pair.

Guess what color she wants...Fuschia....
I was able to find some Duchess yarn on EBay in a
nice fuschia color. That should be here tomorrow.
So, I will make her pair, then finish up my other one.
They are actually pretty quick.

Tiffany finished up her scarf, so soft.....
and she did a really nice job. It is for her friend Mary.

She liked it so much, she decided to knit a scarf for
her friend Felicia in the same sort of fluffy yarn...

guess what color the new one is...yes, you guessed

When she took Vicky's fingerless mitts another friend
Terry was there and decided she wanted a pair...
guess what color (insert puke here) fushchia !

LOL...Terry may have to wait a while.

I'm working on Wayfarer scarf and some socks that are
not picture worthy right now.

Ruth and Martha are both making socks...

Ann Hanson pattern in some Berrocco yarn

Martha socks in some "watercolor" yarn that Ruth
got her a while ago.

Brigit pattern

Abbey loves being out in the snow,but gets depressed that
no one wants to go out and play with her....

Joe has taught Mickey how to play "fetch". Yes!
Joe throws Mickey a rolled up piece of paper,
Mickey chases it,and bring it back so Joe will throw
it again.
He is just waking up from a nap in this picture.

Have a nice knitful week, dear blog readers. Stay warm and
keep knitting those accessories!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Snowy Week = Knitty Week

Snow Snow Snow....which means lots of knitting time for me
this week.

Tiffany finally stood still long enough so I could get pictures
of the beret/scarf I made for her for Christmas. She told me
this was her favorite present....

Reminder this is the smocked lace scarf pattern from
the book Knitting 24/7.

The color is bright fushia (official name guava) -
color stinks in these pictures

I'm so happy she likes it - makes is all so worth while!

Mickey happened to stroll by for the photo shoot....

He is so cute.....and so naughty!

I finished up Joe's socks this week.

Yarn is Sock yarn from Green Mt Spinnery - Heels and
toes are Regia Bamboo.

Mock cable on each side for some 'flair'......The yarn has a
sturdy feel - not real soft, but very very nice. He likes that
kind to wear in his work boots.

I did notice that all of the socks I have made for him lately, except
the red pair are blue. I have some brown yarn set aside for him -
I guess those will be his next pair.

I started a pair for me from yarn Martha gave me for
Christmas - Kangaroo dyer. Too new on the needles
to photograph.

I made a pair of "fetching" fingerless gloves for our friend
Vicky four years ago whenI was between jobs and she requested
two new for her and one for her sister in law.
She said she wore them out!

I added an extra cable on the bottom. I actually finished
them up since this picture was taken. Cascade 220 Superwash
Wool - my new favorite yarn.

Only downside is, she wanted black. ugh, two pairs in

Have about 12" or so done on the Wayfarer scarf. I am doing the
same two-row repeat now until 36" completed.

I have decided to knit the Bella mittens found on ravelry.
Found out after I found the pattern they are modeled after
"Bella" on Twilight movies.

Got some nice Classic Elite Duchess yarn at a little yarn
shop in Medina while visiting mom and dad this weekend.

Also picked up some nice red Louet Gems sock yarn while I was there.

Anyway, Tiffany and I decided we needed to see what this whole
Twilight thing was about so we watched the first movie tonight, and
have the 2nd one for tomorrow. It was actually quite entertaining.

Tiffany dug out her scarf she has been working on for a few years
and started knitting - she is doing a wonderful job. Straight knitting
with a fuzzy yarn that is oh so soft!

Ruth has been working on some nice socks that she said would probably
be done by this evening.....A high nylon, wool blend.

I cleaned out my knitting chest this weekend. Threw out alot
of odds and ends...why I was saving them I don't know. Now
my yarn is sort of organized. My chest is full, but I don't feel
like I have tons of yarn, even though I do....
hard to explain to a normal person, but a knitter would understand!

Have a fun week, dear knitters......

Stay warm!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Cowl Girls

Ruth and Martha have been knitting cowls galore! So, I
thought I should have one going too!

I started Jared Flood's Ptarmigan Cowl in yarn purchased at
Rhinebeck this year....Soft Touch Ultra from Shelridge Farms.
I had to add another repeat of pattern since my yarn and gauge
is much smaller than pattern called for. Cross your fingers it

Have made little progress on Wayfarer scarf this week.
Well, if you count the times I ripped it out and restarted
I guess I have done a lot! LOL.

Turned the heel on Joe's 2nd sock. Putting a mock cable
on each side of the leg to make it interesting.

Blue yarn is from Green Mt Spinnery, and multi yarn
is Regia Bamboo.

Here is the cowl I made for dad over the holidays.
It is linen stitch, and made from some leftover
Aurora 8 yarn. It was a very tight knit on size 7
needles, and hard on my hands.

The color is actually forest green.....
The back of the cowl is as nice, if not nicer than the

Ruth's cowls:

One is the Buddy cowl knit out of my own handspun yarn
and the other is the birthday cowl knit in
green cashmere

Martha has been knitting cowls and socks -- her own words:

The red striped socks are to go with my red sweater that has yet to be
knit. Typical socks before the sweater, huh. This was a homemade
pattern with knitting on the cuff to show off the stripes. These are
made from Cascade Yarn Sassy Stipes. Kind of Dr. Suessian huh?

The green socks are in the Rivendell pattern which I would suggest the
following modifications. I would put a 1" ribbing at the top of the
sock, as the way they are they kind of roll down. Also the wrapping
of the stitches at the top is on the tightesh side, and some other
kind of stitch might be prefered. I am making these out of Alchemy
Yarns of Transformation. The color is Juniper. I am almost ready to
start the heal flap on the second sock. I am moving on these.

The red cowl is out of alpaca and lorna laces which I bought at WEBS
after christmas. It is the Bud pattern from Ravelry. I made it as
written. I have a long skinny neck and feel it is a little snug. Some
one else might want to add an extra 5 stiches. I also added the
ruffling. 3x extra stitches knit one row, decrease.

and yet another cowl:

In other news.....

Little Mickey continues to be fun and naughty. He is
not that little anymore. He has longish hair and Joey insists
on calling him Fluffy. I call him McFluff ....

That's about tomorrow.....yuck!

Have a fun, knitful week dear blog readers.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

New Year !

Happy New Year!
I'm having a bit of computer trouble so no pictures.....
Knitting: 1 sock done and 1 sock 1/4 done....not bad.

I also started a scarf in Jared Flood's Wayfarer pattern.
Started in his yarn but decided I wanted to use some yarn
purchased at Rhinebeck instead. Its looking very cool so far.

I'm trying to decide if I have any knitting goals for 2011.
I guess if I don't have any yet.....I may not.

I do want to do a few things differently. I want to start 2011
Holiday projects now. But, didn't I do that last year?

I want to do some fun knitting for me this year, and some
swatching with new techniques. It seems like I say that
every year, and the next thing I know, another pair of
socks are going.

Tiffany moved back home and I washed all of her handmade
socks for her. I was impressed with how many nice ones she had!
I was hand washing them in the sink and Joey said ugh! why are you
doing that? I told him that for as long as it takes me to make a pair,
it's worth it to me to handwash them so they last longer.

(Think back to the two pair I had this year with blown out heels, which
I think was caused by the spinner in the washing machine).

Hope to have a more interesting post next week.

Happy Knitting.

What are your 2011 Knitting Goals?