Archive for the ‘Knitting’ Category

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.

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My laptop has been acting strangely lately, so this post is a bit out of date.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

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.

Is Winter Over?

March 20, 2019

After a long and grumpy Winter, I’m finally starting to feel human again.  Last week, I actually managed to wash my hand-made wool socks and hang them out on the line.  I took a picture, but it’s in my phone and I have to send it to my laptop.  I hate typing on my phone.  It is so great to be able to go up and down the cellar steps pain-free.  Well, almost.  My left knee still needs to be replaced, but I going to wait until Fall.  There’s just too much to do.

Here’s a picture for those of you who actually like Winter.

 

Shawl Pictures

September 28, 2018

I don’t know about you, but I really like getting pedicures.  Most nail places around here are not unlike a greasy spoon.  You’re not sure of the food on your plate and you’re definitely not going to use their lavatory.

Happily, there is The Day Spa in Blades. Everything is fresh and clean and the ladies are just lovely and it’s just one mile from my house.

They are also very accommodating.

That’s Not Right Quilt

September 23, 2018

I was ready to sew the six sections together, but that’s not right.  After switching two sections, I remembered the long thin checker board I made.  Once that was found, I started to sew. Maybe I’ll have something to show you tomorrow.

Blue Scarf

September 21, 2018

This is a very nice scarf, alpaca and a bit of mohair.  I lost the label or, more likely, one of the cats carried it off.  It’s about eight feet long.  The mid-section is about a foot wider.  I just wish it wasn’t blue.  I left it on my glass head for a few months hoping I would warm up to it.  Never happened.  My  daughter said her attendant would like it.  She has to stay at the back of the bus which is colder than the front.  My daughter drives the school bus for the special needs kids.  She says she loves them all, but they can be a real handful.  I believe I need to make some gloves before it gets chilly.

Olive is Stoned

September 19, 2018

  Notice her eyes are half-open.  Also, she had a heck of a time getting up on the buffet.  Normally, it’s one perfect lunge with one perfect landing.  She is very graceful and she loves to pose.  A few weeks ago Sweetums finally finished assembling the patio chairs.  He had left the parts on a pillow on the settle with all the catnip toys.  Got that?  And now I’ve got one very happy cat.

I was trying to take a picture of the hat in Superman colors.  It is for my great-nephew who lives farther north.  Should I add ear flaps?

  

Shawl Pictures

September 18, 2018

Here they are, but I’m not very happy with them.

I definitely need some sun and a human.