Archive for January, 2013

Cascade Casablanca Cowl

January 27, 2013

I’ve been wanting to get some more of this yarn ever since I got a sample a couple months ago.  The wool/silk/mohair blend feels lovely on my neck.  I’m not much of a cowl person, but sometimes I need just a little something on my neck.  Usually, I have about ten feet of scarf wrapped around it.  This pattern does not have a wrong side and it’s just long enough to look good under your coat.  I’m also thinking about making a hat.


One skein Cascade Casablanca, 220 yds, 100 g, color 8.  Size 8 needles.  Waste yarn.

Provisionally cast on 36 stitches. 

  1. Knit 36.
  2. Knit1, purl 34, knit1.
  3. K1, {K 2 tog 3x, (yo, K1) 5x, yo, ssk 3x}repeat, k 1. 
  4. K1, p34, k1.
  5. K1, p34, k1.
  6. Knit.
  7. K1, p34, k1.
  8. Knit.

Repeat these eight rows until you have about a yard left.  Purists will want to end with row 8.  Kitchener stitch first row to last row.  Weave in the ends.


 I realize that these are not the best instructions, but I wanted to get them down before I forgot.  I know I’ll be making it again.

In And Out And In And Out And In And Out And In

January 23, 2013

When you have five cats and a dog and its nineteen degrees outside, that’s what happens all day.  At least Sweetums is getting some exercise.  Me?  I’m trying to hide.  I haven’t recovered from my ophthalmologist appointment this morning.  It took forever to get dressed.  There was the silk long johns and the heavy socks and wool clogs and the turtleneck and the wool sweater and the pants.  When it was time to go, there was the neck scarf and the coat and Angora Bohus hat and the Sanguhar gloves.  Oh, yeah.  Don’t forgot the knitting.  At this point, a nap would have been nice.  But I managed to make it out to van.  And, you know what?  It started right up.  I love my metal box, even if it is sixteen.  Maybe it’ll make it to twenty.  On days like this, I think about when I lived in California.  Then I remember all the heartache and how happy I am in Lower Slower Delaware.


I made apple cranberry walnut spice muffins with the last three apples.  The smelled so good.  And they tasted wonderful.  My son inhaled three and took a bag home with him. 


My Tree is Happy Right Where It Is!

January 11, 2013

It makes me feel good.  I don’t like Winter.  It’s cold and dreary outside.  In here, its bright and cheerful.  Every morning, I get up and plug it in.  It helps me make it through the day, especially when aches and pains are really getting me down.  Sometimes, Olive tries to help by removing an ornament or two.  She likes to sit on the little table and look at the lights.  She also climbs in and pretends that she is a decoration.  How could I take it down when she enjoys it so much?


I made these for a friend of mine.  She’s a mail carrier and wears an old pair that she cut the fingertips off.  I just couldn’t stand it anymore so I made her these.  I love to make gloves.  They don’t take long and every time I finish a finger, I feel as though I’ve accomplished something.

Dreary Cloudy Raw Day

January 1, 2013

Am I getting a cold?  Or has this weather just put me in a dismal mood.  We went for a walk.  We went to the market.  All I wanted to do was stay home and put my feet up.  I even thought about taking a nap.  Sweetums naps every day.  I tried it.  All I did was stare at the ceiling. 

Ever try those zinc lozenges?  They taste awful.  And they kill your taste buds for hours.  Nothing tastes right.  You might as well eat dirt.  Don’t waste your time eating anything good.  You know, those things would make good appetite suppressors.  The food looks good, smells good.  Take a bite and the zinc makes it taste so awful that you may never eat it again.  Now there’s a thought.

Oh, yea.  Happy new year.