Sunday, October 28, 2012


from Rhinebeck this week.  Thank goodness x 100 we went last
week instead of this week due to Hurricane Sandy.

I am almost done with my 2nd Purly Swirly sock, made out of
Lorna's Laces comfort sock yarn. They are a gift for Christmas,
so I'll be glad to get them done and out of the way. Hard to
believe next week is November. Not much time for gift knitting,
though I don't plan to do much this year.

This is a very quick knit, even on size 1 needles.

I have carefully wound and put away my Rhinebeck yarn.  I put each skein, or
similar skeins in a sealed baggie to keep critters away. I'm curious to see how
you store your yarn?

Ruth is done with the back of her vest, and starting on one front.

Pattern: Hiker's Vest, Briar Rose yarn she purchased last week at Rhinebeck.
I love love love the colors.

Here is some more of her Rhinebeck yarn wound up.
 Brooks farm yarn. Lancaster TX. Superwash yarn, silk, viscose.

 Creatively Dyed Yarn. Superwash merino. Hedda colorway.
I have never used Creatively Died  yarn, but both Ruth and Martha love it.

Last year Ruth, Martha and I made Wendy Johnson's summer mystery shawl.
A few weeks ago, Martha decided hers was too small, so she ripped it out
and reknit it since she had so much yarn left over. Isn't it beautiful?
(nice pic Martha!)  
Here is Martha's pic of the Rhinebeck sandcastle.

 Martha's Rhinebeck goodies.
 Another pic of  Ruth's.
 Another pic of mine.
(meant ladies, not the shawls)

 Martha's stash all wound up.
Here is pic of a sock Martha just finished .
I had great technical difficulty getting her sock pics this week for some reason.
Don't you love the colors!!

I have been domestic this weekend. Made some pumpkin muffins yesterday.
Very good. Joe is making chili today.  I mopped the floor - that takes a tole on
my back, so I think I'm done for the day.

Abbey and Mickey are ready for the storm.

Denise (my boss) gave me these flowers this week. aren't they lovely!

 Stay safe my dear blog friends. I hope I can post next week.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Annual trip of FUN

Ruth, Martha and I are home from our annual trip to Rhinebeck. We had a
glorious time.  Friday was awful. The rain was so hard, made the drive there
horrendous.  Ruth planned a stop for us in Kinderhook, NY to visit the
Van Buren Mansion.  Martin Van Buren was our 8th president.
He led a very sad life - many of his immediate family  members died from
TB.  I think he must have been lonely.

Once we got to our hotel in Kingston, NY, the weather cleared up.
We had a very nice visit, and exchanged girly gifts and shawls.

Here is Martha and me with our shawls.

 Here is the 3 of us.  Bathroom pics really suck.

 This is a pic of Ruth's loot, and below is her Briar Rose all balled up.
She is going to make a vest....

Ruth made me the Harmony Shawl out of some very pretty slightly varigated
green yarn. It is so wonderful.
 It is more of a light forest green, these pics make it look teal, and that is
not the color at all. I will work on better pics for next week.
 Martha made Ruth the Age of Steam and Brass Kerchief shawl.  

The yarn is a pretty varigated yarn of greens and blues. and other colors!

 I made Martha the Kyra shawl, and have most pics of that since, well
I made it. Had a photo op before I gave it to her....

Yarn is Madelinetosh Light
A fun pattern.  Mesh patterning can be a little tricky.

Pics of our stash:

Here is mine. I will send more descriptions and better pics next week.

 Another pic of Ruth' pretty - all of it.
and Martha's

We all got some very different things, and some similar. 

We all made each other "different' shawls, which was so nice. Not the ordinary
patterns. They are all starting too look the same on Ravelry.

Saturday night we had a fab Italian dinner in Kingston landing. That place
is sooo cool. Martha said it used to be a dump and they have really made
headway into modernizing.Next year we are going to poke around there
on  Friday.

More next week dear blog readers.  I'm happy to be home, away from
the tempting desserts.....

Thanks girls, for another wonderful weekend. Love you both!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Getting Ready

We are getting ready for Rhinebeck. Well, I was supposed to get ready today,
but I ended up doing a ton of other stuff....I was busy!  Washed the flannel sheets and got
them on the beds (they were already clean, but I refreshed them in the washer and
dryer), and then had to wash the summer sheets as well.  All in time for our summer
like weather today!  I have a plan to get  ready though.

Last Sunday, I started a pair of socks in the Lorna Laces temperature control
yarn.  I like it a lot. The ribbing is soft. I am doing a a pattern that is really quick.
The recipient received a very complicated, detailed sock last year, so I'm feeling
good about this one.

I started the ribbing last Sunday, and a pattern on Monday, but
didn't like it so ripped back to ribbing and started the double
purly swirly pattern.  It is not very soft, so I chose not to
continue the pattern down the foot.


I should start decreasing for the toe tonight..yea!

I want to do a vest, and a sweater for Tiffany when this is done.

Since last post, Ruth has started and and finished the
Wendy  Solstice shawl that Martha and I did over the summer.
I am so excited that we all have them for the festival.

 Green Mountain Spinnery sock. 50% fine wool and 59% mohair yarn.
I love it so much..

Tiffany did the photo shoot for Martha's shawl today. No blog post next week,
but week after the big reveal for all of them. Can't wait.

Martha had no blog updates, and said she would update us at Rhinebeck in person.

Here is our itinerary:
Friday leave at 7:30 am
drive 4 hours or so and go to a mansion. We have looked at so many I'm not
sure which one.....Vanderbuilt maybe? Roosevelt?  I'm not sure, but I'm excited.
Friday night dinner is whatever. Saturday get up and go to breakfast and head
to Rhinebeck. Martha navigates.  Stay for 4-5 hours. Come home and regroup.
have some tea and a nap and check out our goods. Saturday night we are having
a nice Italian meal.  Sunday get up and get breakfast and head home.

Thank you, in advance, Ruth and Martha , for letting me be your sister for a
weekend...I LOVE IT !!!!

On the home front....I have been doing a lot of cooking. I like winter cooking
better than summer.  This weekend, I made is so much better since I
started adding a little honey...and chicken noodle soup. It is too warm for this food,
but who knew when I made the menu?

Tiffany and I have an adventure planned with mom at the end of November,
Ruth I will fill you in on our long d rive....

take care dear blog readers...catch you in 2 weeks....

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Moving on

Betty's socks are finished...yea!


This pattern is Dad's socks from the Socks Socks Socks book.
Original pattern made for thick yarn ... but I sized down.
They turned out really nice. Sorry for pool quality pictures.

Now I can move on to the next pair of and LAST pair.
I am  using Lorna Laces new  temperature control yarn, too soon
for a picture. I had a couple of inches done and ripped it out, did not
like the pattern I had picked. I think I will make up my own swirl
pattern.  Maybe I've seen it before and it's not really my own. LOLOL
The yarn is pretty enough that it does not need much. purply's and blues.

Ruth is working on Wendy's Summer Solstice shawl, too new for
a pic, and Martha has been working on a sock (I think).

Two more weeks till Rhinebeck..yea!

On the homefront....we had to get a new furnace and hot water heater this
weekend. We have hot water but no furnace .... yet. Thank goodness
its not freezing cold yet.  After the year we did the kitchen and went
days without heat, we can withstand pretty cold around here.

Have a wonderful week....