Sunday, May 28, 2017

Summer... ???? !!!

Memorial Weekend...supposed first weekend of Summer.
It's so nice here today, 70ish...but colder again next week.
That just means more knitting time...
 Got to the heel gussett on mom's My  Cup of Tea second sock....
 I am doing a regular heel, in the contrast color.

I found a pattern to use for some yarn I got
years ago....(in an attempt to use stash yarn).
The top brown part is Classic Elite Miracle Yarn.\
The multi color is Louisa Harding Kimono Angora.
So soft. I bought them together....who knows what
I was thinking....
Pattern is Super Eyelet Shawl.

I may add some stockinette in the mix of lace
as a few others have done. It is very long already...
200 stitches.

The sweater is coming along. Nearly brainless.
I added some stitches, and now afraid its too big.
I tried it on, but think I need to knit a few more
inches first.  I did add a lifeline in case I have
to rip.

The koolaid socks are done and blocking!

Martha turned the heel on her sock today.
Diagonal Cross- Rib Socks by Ann Budd.  The yarn is Trekking XXL that
Ruth gave her.

Ruth needed a break from her sweater, so
knit a shawl this week. Moody Kerchief.
She used the the Fiber company Luma yarn
that the designer used, and she was a little disappointed.

I think it's very nice.

In other news:
Our weeping cherry tree looks so healthy!

I finally got my one and only flower bed cleaned out today.
It still needs work, but its a good start.

Joe and Joey went fishing this afternoon and got
some perch...enough for a meal.
Have a nice week dear blog readers.
Happy Knitting!

Sunday, May 21, 2017


This week I was in a mild panic because I could not find the rest
of the yarn for my sweater.  Well, obviously, its in the house
someplace.  I had enough on the yarn cake I was working on,
but it kept getting smaller and smaller. By Friday, the panic
was real...nightmare like panic! I searched thru all of the bins
and bags and finally found it in the last place I looked. In the
closet carefully tucked away.  I realized when searching I
have too much yarn. Way too much.  And it is messy. I need
to organize it, and knit accessories to give away.  A lot of it
has ball bands missing, so i don't know if it's washable or not.
To me, that means not sure if I can make a baby item....
Here is the Brookings sweater, The red yarn is what I used to
put on string and try it on. I think it will fit nicely. 

This is almost brainless for  a while.  Rows and rows of stockinette, with
a cable or two thrown in once in a while. The important thing is to
remember to move the row counter each time.
Here is the ball band from the yarn:
Purchased at Rhinebeck a couple of years ago.
I like it a lot!

I dug out the Sophie sweater on  Saturday and took a good
look. All It really needed was sleeves. I don't know why I
procrastinated so long.  A Saturday night home alone watching
Hallmark, and it was done.  I'm reblocking, then all it needs
it buttons.
The yarn, Drops Belle, is the yarn the designer used.
I hate it. I hate knitting anyting in cotton. Splitty. unforgiving. ugh.

Finished product is not bad though.

Almost have heel turned on this 2nd sock.
Love the German  Short row heel. So fast!
Does not use a lot of yarn, and looks great.
Wears well also.

There is a little glitch in  Ruth's sweater front . She has
been tinking back to get to a point where she can start over.
I saw it in person this week and it is very very nice!
A lot of work for sure.

Martha is almost to heel on her sock:
She has been doing a lot of very laborous work in her
garden this week (see the kitty)
She got a new chair!
In other news:
Joe went fishing yesterday but I have not pictures...
It was kind of chilly today so I made potato, ham, corn chowder.
Decided for an experiment to make some ciabatta bread...
The first picture is how it looked in before it went in thick pancake batter.  It came out wonderful, and
the boys loved it.  So good.

Happy knitting. Hard to believe next week is
Memorial Weekend!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Happy Mother's Day...

After knitting the fall scarf and mittens, I had yarn left.
I  was going to make a hat, and if not enough yarn, make a cowl.
I knew if I put it away, it would never get done, so....
I made a hat this week with the leftovers.  I knew I wanted
the purple next to my face.  Cast on 132 stitches, and after ribbing
increased to 142.  I used up most of the yarn.  Seems like I didn't
do much knitting, but a hat on size 2 needles takes a while.
It is floppy and funky and weird. I just hope when I wear
it, it doesn't look frumpy!  One of these years Rhinebeck
will be cold again, and I'll be glad I have it. 

Started a sweater....not much to show.
Brookings pattern.  Rhinebeck yarn, not sure what it is.
Color is more eggplant, than purple.
I like the yarn a lot!

Ruth has almost a sweater sleeve done!

Martha is working on socks..Trecking Yarn.
Nice for jeans!

Had the family over for Mother's Day....
I made homemade donuts!

If you're wondering, they tasted wayyyyy better than they look.

I'm so lucky to have a mom to celebrate with!

We celebrated Vicky's birthday too

Tiffany got a kick out of the baby torch Joe got me to
light candles...I burned the cake!

Joey was here, but apparently hiding.  All in all a nice day,
even though I worked myself ragged Saturday and Sunday.

Sunday, May 7, 2017


 I finished up the first koolaid dyed sock on Friday, and it was all good.
I had quite a bit of yarn left, see little ball...and thought...hmmm
The sock leg length was only 7" because I was afraid I would run
out of's so hard to tell...

Since there was so much left, I decided to pick apart the ribbing
at the top, and knit more.

which was not that hard...I was pretty Lucky!
I added on 1.5"....for a total of 3" ribbing.
It is kind of obvious where I added, but on the leg, I don't think
it will be that big of a deal...
Soooo success...and on to the 2nd one.

I picked up the sock I started for mom last fall.
My Cup of Tea Socks...
I only had about 5" left to go

so I was able to finish up yesterday/today. I was lucky I
made some really good notes.  I like the heel pop of color.

I was lucky enough to have time to finish up the
helical mittens this week also. They turned out quite nice.
I like a long cuff.

Martha finished up her beautiful cowl this week.
Sooo pretty!

Ruth finished up her colorful socks...I love them!

And she is working away at her cableliscious sweater.

I guess I will work on the socks this week.

We live near Lake Ontario which is having major flooding issues
this year. I feel so bad for the people that live there.
We took a ride today to take a look.

This boat dock is under water.

I took a close up casue he was so beautiful

This water is usually way way way under this bridge.

There are boat docks under these pipes...

We are really lucky at our house, even though there is a lot of
water..nothing like this.

Have a safe, knitful week.