Archive for the ‘Knitting’ Category

Bronchitis Sucks

May 26, 2017

I am currently on my second course of medication for bronchitis.  I am completely wiped out.  About all I have accomplished is sock knitting .  I have not worked on my quilt at all!  I can’t stand it!  I need to block my new sweater!  Sweetums needs some shirts fixed!  I want to make myself a new summer dress!  I want to bake something delicious!

Here’s a little something I did before I got sick.  My favorite tote was falling apart.  The orange fabric is new.  It also, now, has a strong bottom.

Christmas is Over

May 19, 2017

Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival.  Christmas.  I don’t know which I enjoy more.

On Thursday, I took two classes with Lily Chin.  What did I learn?  I’m still wondering.  I took her class on the advise of a friend.  I found her to be quite unprofessional.  I think she thought she was being “cute”.  Even though she was reminded several times by students that there was a child in class, she continued to speak inappropriately.  I kept thinking, “I came two days early for this?”

Franklin Habit was a completely different story.  He was one of the best teachers I’ve ever had.  I learned something new.  I got some great ideas.  It was over long before I wanted. That evening I made a swatch of the chart I made and I really like it.  And, now, I can’t find it.

The afternoon class was on garters and I-cord.  That one caused me to look at things differently.  It was so nice to really learn something.  He also discussed some pocket applications. I hope he comes back.

After class, I walked down to the main  hall.  I needed some DK yarn and Shelridge always has a wide range of colors.  I’ve bought yarn from them several times and never been disappointed.

  I realize that these look bland for me, but I have some animals to make.

I also visited my favorite broche person, Liz Printz.  One of mine needed some work and she was happy to comply.

  And I just had to buy a new one.

Getting Ready for MD Sheep & Wool

April 27, 2017

I’m taking two classes each on Thursday and Saturday with Lily Chin and Franklin Habit respectively.  It should be interesting and, hopefully, fun.  I believe that I should never stop learning. Otherwise, I might as well curl up into a ball and vegetate.  I have done my homework and gotten all my supplies together.  I needed several balls of worsted weight in solid or semi-solid colors, mainly light.  It wasn’t easy.  I like to work with finer yarns.  Currently, I making a sweater using lace weight.

I also made a list of the DK yarn I need to get from Shellridge Farm.  They have great yarn.  I few years ago, they moved their booth.  I almost fainted.+

Still Raining

April 25, 2017

Even though it was raining, Sweet Baby Rue had to check on the geese.  I didn’t think there was that much room in our little pump house.

At least he had enough sense to seek shelter.

I found backing for my Splendid Sampler.  The print is 104″ by 88″ and my quilt is 106.5 by 106.5 so I had to get the orange to add a border.

It was time for my machine to have a check-up.  It was getting a little laud.  Time to get out my embroidery machine and make a label.

The goose babies hatched early this year.  The warm winter was probably the cause. I don’t think I will ever tire watching them.

On the knitting front, I decided to try this mitten kit.  I liked not having to weave all the ends.  I didn’t like having to constantly watch where the colors changed and trying to adjust my tension.  They are knit on size 2 and I would have preferred size 0 or even 00 with this yarn.  My daughter said the little kids on her bus will get a kick out of them, so she was happy.  Isn’t it all that  really matters.  I also bought a sock kit that will quite different when finished.  There is no way that I am going to use size 2 needles for socks.

Lunch and a Movie

January 20, 2017

Instead of getting together to knit and bitch, we decided on lunch and a movie.

Okay.  This was started last Friday, but life got in the way again.

The week before, I mentioned how much I had enjoyed ‘La La Land’.  We met for lunch at a nearby chain restaurant.  It was okay.  The other two seemed to be very happy with theirs.  I guess that I expected something more interesting.

Thrusday Afternoon with Friends

January 6, 2017

Some knitting is accomplished.  But mostly we bitch about everything under the sun.  We had a great time.  It’s so nice to have friends of like minds.

A Crab for Jenn

January 5, 2017

When I saw the crab pattern in Knitty, I had to make it.  I used a DK weight rather than worsted and smaller needles.  I recently found some blue and green fingering, so I could make a proper blue crab.

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I’m Not Going to Say It

January 2, 2017

I thought that I would try to get back to normal.  Well.  What’s normal for me anyway. Currently, I am about two months behind on my quilting blocks and it doesn’t really bother me.  Really?  Really!  Instead, I have six pairs of pants with decent sized pockets.  I also decorated some tea towels with snowmen for my daughter.  I forgot to take pictures.  On the knitting front, I made a great pair of mittens.

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This took far too long.  Gotta go.

 

 

Putting Winter Away

May 30, 2016

I finally managed to switch my Summer and Winter clothes.  I was beginning to wonder if we were having a mini ice age.  Last week we actually had the heat on and the air on by the end of it.  It’s a wonder I don’t have a cold.  And now…it’s raining again.  I think it’s causing me to lose my mind.  I put eggs on to boil this afternoon and I completely forgot  about them.  Rubber eggs anyone?

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I have made good progress with my squares.  I’m starting on four bonus blocks.  I am not making the last block.  It is all embroidery and I’m not in the mood.  I saved it in case I change my mind.  I hope to start the BOM from Australia that I joined later this week.  The fabrics are different from any that I have seen around here.  Once these are current, I have a December wall hanging to finish.  If it’s not Winter by then, there are my pants that have no pockets.  I don’t understand it.

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I forgot to show the back of my new hat.  I really like this one.

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And, there’s nothing like cat help.

 

 

After Sheep & Wool

May 18, 2016

I was lucky to have my daughter with me this year.  She doesn’t have to work on Saturdays anymore.  Even though we got there early, we had about a two-mile creep-along.  The weather was almost perfect.  We had had rain the day before and some areas were a little mushy.  I like to start at the Main Hall where I bought some Signature Needles.  They carry seven-inch single points.  Now I own every size they carry.  They are great for miters and shells.  Miss Babs was mobbed by the time we got there.  I wanted to this year’s show color.  Neither one of us cared for it.  Quite frankly, it looked something my dog threw up.  Jenn saw some Yowza she liked, but the line was so long even she didn’t want to wait.  We decided to look on-line instead.  We had lamb BBQ from the boy scouts.  It was very good.  I saw some old and new friends.  The last thing we did was get ice cream cones. A perfect way to end the day.

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Two skeins of sock yarn caught my eye this year.  The only yarn I bought last year was from Beth Brown-Reinsel.  I am really getting picky.  I need more yarn like I need a third eye.  That third eye would probably make me nauseous anyway.  I also have no need of buttons, but they are purple and yellow, green and orange.  What’s not to love?  I decided to try some new soap.  The woman I usually buy soap from broke her foot and I’m getting low.  I also bought a few ornaments and a pin from Liz.