August 9, 2014
I can’t stand it when Sweetums says it, especially when I am grumpier than normal.
So. Anyway. I had this pound of ground beef. It’s what I get when nothing else appeals to me. I looked through the kitchen cabinets and at some recipes. I chopped some onion, threw it with the meat in a pan to brown. I boiled some noodles. So far so good.
Then it time to pull stuff out of the cabinets and refrigerator.
All Sweetums approved stuff. You do know he’s from Oklahoma, right?
OK. So it was too much stuff. I had to get out the pan that is so big, it has two handles. But doesn’t it look good? And it was. I told Sweetums, “I won’t have to cook for a week!” And gave him a big smile.
August 6, 2014
I had this beautiful cotton tape from Blue Heron. It weighed nine ounces. I knew I had enough to make a vest, probably a short-sleeved top, but I really needed the vest to wear with long-sleeved blouses. When I held it up to two of them, it looked great–a third, not so much, but some blue Crystal Palace I have does. I guess I’ll be making two vests.
I made a sample of four miters to see what I liked. My favorite is the one on the right, but it takes twice as long to produce. The garter stitch and stockinet were ‘ok’, so I went with the left one, knit three rows, purl one. I used a 5 needle and a 31 stitch base. They are 3 3/4 inches across. I may finish it with an attached I-cord.
It looks great so far.
August 4, 2014
I finished these last night. It’s a cotton/rayon that I bought at Blue Heron about a month ago. The yarn is a heavy sock weight or a light dk. Whichever suits you. It is supersoft with a nice sheen. They feel great on my feet. I may have to get more.
I used size 2 needles and cast on 60 stitches. I knit one round, purled three, then knit one round again. I did a 4K, 1P rib for 12 rows, then repeated the first five rounds.
I love the way it striped. It also made counting rows easy. I changed to a 3-1 rib for no reason until the total length was about six inches.
I continued the rib on the heel. I used 29 stitches, beginning and ending with the purl stitch. I put the remaining 31 stitches on a short circular. It saves me time. I knit back and forth on the 29 stitches for 2 1/4 inches. You may want to make it longer if you have a high instep. I slip the first stitch on every row to give a nice edge to pick up. For the half-moon on the bottom, I did the usual method, with the first row being 15, then 4, 5, 6, and so on. I really hate writing all that out so if you are new to socks, don’t try this sock yet.
There should be 17 stitches left. I picked up 11 stitches down each side. I worked the decreases in the usual way. I continued the pattern down the top of the sock. When I was 1 3/4 inches short, I started decreasing six stitches every other row. This makes a rounded toe which I prefer. My second toe is a tad longer than my great toe. There is nothing better than happy toes.
August 2, 2014
I cannot make up my mind about this one. I like the way it lies on my shoulders without my having to hold onto it. That’s why I don’t care for triangle shawls. Well, most of them anyway. I do have one that I am very fond of. I’ve got better things to do with my hands.
There was plenty of red for the center square. I’m glad I had enough sense to switch to the grey and black when starting the sides. I didn’t have quite enough to finish the sides. I thought about taking out the last repeat, but that would mean losing many hours of work. Finishing the sides with the red was definitely the way to go. I really like the way it turned out.
I’m making another pair of socks. Knitting socks always makes me feel better–especially after I’ve made something that I just wasn’t into.
July 25, 2014
It finally made it’s way up to Brooklyn, NY. Will and Ryan were very happy with it. The pictures were taken by my brother, Bill.
Ryan, Leroy and Maddie
Ryan and Will
Well worth the work.
July 21, 2014
Saturday afternoon, I taught Sweetums jr how to embroidery.
Here he is, working hard.
Here is the result. I think he did very well. No blood.
Sunday afternoon, we tackled my old manual sewing machine. He needed to get used to it. Instead of pushing buttons, you have to turn dials and push and pull levers. He had bought a pattern and fabric for shorts. It was a ‘learn to sew’ pattern. He should have no problem.
July 16, 2014
Mom Wood Duck out with the kids.
And the Herons.
July 13, 2014
Mending is such a pain. Some of that stuff has been waiting for close to a year. It is so boring. My creative side wanted to throw it all in the creek. I can’t help it. I get these urges. But the frugal side won out. I mean. That would be so wasteful. And it took forever. I would do everything but that for weeks. I would make up reasons in my head for making something. It was awful. Luckily, there is always knitting. But I won.
This is an extremely comfy oversized knit top. I liked it so much I embroidered hearts on it. How could I possibly get rid of it? But it got to be over-oversized. It was kind of ridiculous looking. See that seam next to the hearts? I did that. I took out four inches through the body. Now it is back to just oversized. I’m happy.
July 9, 2014
I am surprised that I have made it this far without stopping to make something else. I can get pretty bored doing the same thing over and over. I have nine rows to go. Then I start on the final third. It’s charcoal, not a good color for me. That’s why I knitted with the light gray first. Now I’ll have something to compare with it.
The edge looks good.
July 4, 2014
Why is that? It was down right hot yesterday. Rain and wind can do that. I know. Quit gripping. But I do it so well. Just ask Sweetums.
Enjoy your Independence Day. I’ve got my red, white and blue blouse on and, of course, my hand knit red, white and blue socks. And the best of all, my Mickey Mouse flag pin. But, I’m still grumpy.