Monday, February 28, 2011


I have worked all week on the Spiral Hat - all week on a hat - go figure -
and I actually knit quite a lot. I'm down to the hem so nearly finished.
No pictures - will show the "big reveal" next week.

Ruth has finished up one sock:

The pattern is Canopy Socks by Samantha Roshak knit in Socks that Rock. The
colorway is The skein with no name from the Rockin' Sock Club.

She is also working on a dishrag because she needed some mindless knitting:

The dishrag is knit in Elsebeth Lavold's Hempathy.

It's raining here this morning after a ton of snow on Friday -
Spring is in the air....................

Have a nice knitful week!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Weird Week

It was kind of a weird week here at Knitatation! We've been suffering with
colds and just laying low.

I am done with the Jared Flood Wayfarer scarf!

Yarn: Mas Acero from Brooks Farm Yarns, Lancaster Texas
purchased at Rhinebeck.
Size 8 needles
400 Yards

I was very intrigued by the stitch pattern. This was fun.
There were a lot of mindless inches, as well as a couple of
complicated charts to follow for a few inches.

Finished length: 48" long.

I will make this scarf again !

As part of my 2011 goals, I am going to take the time to do some
learning again. I learn much better in a classroom, but will do my best
to learn a few things on my own.

I was intrigued by the Swirled Striped Pattern for sale on Ravelry,
so I bought it. The pattern is not that easy, and took a couple of starts but
I am on my way - finally. Probably have 3" done.

I could not figure out the cast on so just figured out what the result was
supposed to look like and made my own. Basically just cast on every other
stitch in different color.

I am using Cascade 220 Superwash Black and Red. Since every stitch
is a different color, it takes a while.

I am also working on a pair of brainless socks, that were not done
enough to be photo worthy at this point.

Tiffany finished up the scarf she was making for her boss Vicky.
She used more of the Encore Super Bulky black yarn. She pick

She picked a K2 / P2 pattern, but since she had stitch
count NOT divisible by 4, it is not ribbing.

It is quite lovely.

Ruth finished blocking her Jarrod Flood kerchief pattern little
shawl. It is sooo cute!

She has been busy making Monkey socks for her sister.
Premier Yarns, the Deborah Norville
Collection. Wool, bamboo and nylon.

I like them, don't you?

In non-knitting news

Tiffany turns 24 today! Happy Birthday!

We had the family over for dinner yesterday - so nice to have
them all here.

Mickey just loves to torment poor Abbey.
Now, Mickey has decided that they will BOTH
sleep in Abbey's bed. Abbey is not very thrilled.

I think I'm ready for Spring to be here so I have more exciting
things to talk about than my animals sleeping together!!!!!

Have a fun week!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Valentines Day - Happy Happy

Happy Valentines Day dear blog readers!

We had a little celebration at our house Sunday since Tiffany
has to work today. Tiffany got me these beautiful flowers.

I am thankfully done with both sets of Bella's mittens.

Classic Elite Duchess Yarn - which is bulky
Size 8 needles
2 and a little bit more skeins of yarn per pair.
This is a free pattern on Ravelry.

Blue for me, Fuschia for Tiffany.
I will make more of these for Christmas presents - just
not now. Tiffany is modeling

The yarn was so nice (read thru the lines - pricey!) so what do
you do with leftovers ?

Why make a cowl of course!

Cast on 90 stitches on size 8
Simple slip stitch pattern - that I carry around in my head.
This is pre-blocking - it is even nicer now.

I am almost done with Jarrod Flood's Wayfarer scarf!
It is a really fun knit. Can't wait to show you.

Tiffany finished up the scarf she made for her friend, Felicia.
Fuzzy yarn she got at JoAnn's. I wasn't sure about the fringe,

but I think it really added a nice touch.

She has started (and probably finished by now) a scarf
for her friend Kim.
It is a K2, P1 pattern.

She is using some Extra Super Chunky yarn I got at Pam's years
ago to make a sweater --but that's not going to happen. I'm thankful
she is using it up. It looks sooo very nice and is soft and squishy.

Size 13 needle, 15 stitches.

She was telling the boys last night that she can now:
cast on,
bind off,
add new yarn,
and make a simple pattern

I was impressed! She really picks up quickly!!

Ruth got the new Jarrod Flood kerchief pattern and whipped this
up this weekend. This is pre-blocking. She used
Louisa Harding's Grace wool/silk blend yarn.

Martha has been busy, also.

This is a hat she made for her daughter EmmaLouise
hat pattern from Boutique Knits,
called the Sideways Grande Hat. She did not know the exact shade of red
of EL's coat, so bought the different colorways It
is Misti Alpaca hand painted chunky.

The scarf is the Jojoland Swirl Shawl. She made the scarf but did not
use the yarn called for, so it is just the pattern. Made it out of
Opus 1 Merino. It was on sale, so it doesn't match the color exactly,
but is very soft and nice. They are for Emmalouise for their gift
giving time.

This other scarf is for her sonTom and he was crazy for the colors. She was
going to make it for her husband Mark, but Tom won her over. It is Noro sock yarn,
and she's making the gentleman's scarf from one of the Knit gift books.

till next week......Happy Knitting!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Go Steelers!

We are huge Pittsburgh Steelers fans in our house ! I'm getting ready for the
big game so no pictures today. I have a pair of brainless socks to start so that
I can knit while watching the game. It seems that all of my other projects
require concentration! Finished up Tiffany's fuschia Bella mittens this week,
and they are soooo cute! Blocking now so pictures next week. I'm about
1/3 of the way done with my 2nd one. Also worked on the Wayfarer scarf
this week.

Life is good at our house and I hope at yours as well!

The outcome of the game may already be determined by the time
you read this but GO STEELERS! no matter what the outcome!