Open Windows

August 24, 2019

It is so lovely to be able to turn off the air conditioning and let real air into my home.  I believe the weather has helped relieve the fog and pressure in my head.  I don’t like to be constantly taking prescription drugs for my headaches.  I love to sit outside and knit or sew.  There have been several hummingbirds at my flowers and herons in the creek.  Love it.

I thought I should catch you up on my knitting.  I had three wonderful days of classes with Beth Brown-Reinsel at Maryland Sheep & Wool n May.

I didn’t buy much.  I’m certain I have enough yarn to last the rest of my life, but I picked up a few things anyway.

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Chilly Rainy Mothers Day

May 12, 2019

Yesterday I received the loveliest card from my daughter.  It made me cry.  How is it that this wonderful person is my daughter? All right.  Enough of this.  I’m going to do it again.

Last Sunday, we went to MD Sheep & Wool.  It was raining then, too.  New son-in-law actually asked if we were still going.  We laughed.  I don’t go on Saturday anymore.  I have enough yarn, but I still love to look.  And I always buy a few things.

There was a great exhibit in barn 7-8.  It consisted of 71 sheep breed samples of roving, yarn and swatches. I felt every single one of them.  And I have no idea how many times my daughter rolled her eyes.

More Gloves

April 28, 2019

I haven’t decided what to make next.  It has been a while since I’ve had this situation.  It’s a little strange to be able to pick out a project only because I feel like it.

For the past four months, I have been carrying around these gloves.  Now, I can get them finished along with a matching cap.  I don’t know whether to go with cute or practical.  They should look nice with the shawl I made months ago.

I spent the afternoon getting my supplies together for Sheep & Wool.  I’m taking three workshops with Beth Brown-Reinsel.  I’m so happy!

Shrug/Sweater

April 27, 2019

I am so glad this is finally finished.  I spent 3-5 hours a day for 6 weeks,  Somehow, I lost a skein of yarn, but I think the substitution works.  Now I hope that the weather will co-operate and I can wear it to MD Sheep & Wool next week.

Is this picture any better?  You can see the hot pink I-cord bind-off and the contrast on the flap.  This is the biggest article I have made in Brioche.  There are several mistakes that I just left.  The biggest being one flap is 6 stitches wider than the other and one sleeve is 4 stitches bigger.  Oh, well.

Shusui Shrug

April 14, 2019

With all the pleasant weather, I have been spending a lot of time outside, mostly knitting.  My shrug is finally starting to look like something.  I want to finish it by the end of the month.  Knitting sock yarn on US6 needles is bothering me.  I think it is because it isn’t tidy at all.  My brain says sock yarn means tidy stitches.  You just can’t do that on big needles.  I’m planning a sock yarn pullover on US3’s.  Maybe my brain will be happier with that.

Happy Birthday A.

April 6, 2019

 

 

He’s one year old today.

Here he is with his Grandpa, my brother.  He is always smiling.  I think he knows how lucky he is.  He has brought so much joy to his parents and grandparents.  I love to listen to my brother and sister(in law) talk about him.  You can hear the happiness in their voices and see the joy on the faces.  Keep doing what you do, little guy.  I love what you’re doing to my family.  And, I love you, too.

A Little Bummed

April 6, 2019

My laptop has been acting strangely lately, so this post is a bit out of date.

I had to put my coat on this morning.  Yesterday, I only needed a light sweater. And my feet are cold. I started the day with cotton socks, but I gave up and changed to wool.  I bought some cotton for socks a week ago, but I can’t start knitting them until it gets warmer.  It’s just me.

  The kids seem to be waiting for warm weather, too.

A squirrel has discovered the suet feeder, so we need to get the trap.  We haven’t had to use it for a few years. I have no idea where it is.  When we do manage to catch him, we will take him on a little trip across the river.

My old friend, Joyce, is in the hospital again.  She fell and broke her hip.  Now she has pins in both hips.  She has osteoporosis.  She’s shaky and uses a walker.  I try to visit her when I go to my son’s, but often she is too sick or has medical appointments. I worry that I will one day get ‘the call’.  We have been friends for nearly seventy years.

Brioche Knitting

March 26, 2019

Several years ago, I took a class in Brioche knitting. I meant to make myself a scarf but I never got around to it.  And after 15 years, I didn’t remember any of it.  I had to learn again.  I wanted to make this sweater/shrug.  Happily, the designer had made a U-Tube video.  Thank you so very much!  She did a great job.  I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly I “got” it.  The pattern is Shusui Shrug by Susanne Sommer and is available on Ravelry.  I hope to finish it in time to wear to Sheep & Wool.

Captain Marvel Doll

March 24, 2019

My daughter asked if I would make it for her husband’s daughter’s birthday in April.  Since I really like this guy, I said yes.  We had most of the supplies.  I only needed pale yellow yarn and long pipe cleaners.

The cheeks were a bit of a problem.  The pattern said to apply blush.  That’s it.  We tried fabric pens and craft paint on yarn pieces.  The best was a pink Sharpie applied to a Q-Tip and gently blotted to the cheeks.  Talk about holding your breath!

She’s at Comicon in Chicago dressed as Captain Marvel so I think she’s going to like it.

Clean Socks

March 22, 2019

Here’s my socks.  I should have taken my camera out with me.  I get better results. I am so glad my machine has a hand-wash cycle.  That’s 40 pairs of socks that were washed in one load.  There was a bit of a breeze and they dried quickly.  They seem to take forever in the basement.

  

I made Christmas socks for my daughter and me.  I had a hard time finding this yarn.  I wanted a very red and a very green with no white or light color.  It came from the Baltics and it is exactly what I had in mind.  The diagonal socks for my daughter are basically a Lucy Neatby design that I have used a few times.  The ones for me are right out of Socktopus by Alice Yu.  They took longer to knit than I care think.