Archive for the ‘Knitting’ Category

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.

 

A Two Week Bind Off

September 15, 2018

After one evening, or three to four hours, this is all I managed to finish.  Let’s just say I was not happy.  I had over thirteen hundred stitches to bind off.  To make matters worse, it is a picot edge.  Cast on three and bind off five.  And now you know why it took me two weeks.  Or was it three?

And what else has been going on?  Well, not much.  Dr. Shoes (I will never be able to pronounce his name) replaced a prescription that I hated.  He said it would take three to six weeks to get going and I would be tired and dizzy in the meantime.  And he was right.  Now, I feel pretty good.

I’m So Lucky

July 25, 2018

I have the best daughter.  Saturday, she came down with her fiancé to get my storage/spare bedroom organized.  I had wire shelves to assemble and plenty of fabric and accessories to fill them. I had one set of shelves assembled when we first bought this house, but that cup ran over a long time ago.  Sweetums had a habit of dumping stuff in there that he never got around to storing properly or throwing away.  And I got into the habit of dumping stuff on the bed.  There was stuff under pillows, comforters, blankets and a coat rack that I needed.  With my bad knees and Sweetums’ bad back, cleaning it out was close to impossible.  Enter my well-organized daughter.

  In five hours, it looked like this.  She brought some storage boxes and vacuum bags and Duke’s label maker.  I honestly believe she had a good time.  Everything is so handy now!  I’m so happy!

Duke brought along some tools.  He fixed the ceiling fan in the living room.  I really missed it.  It helps move air around when I’m cooking.  He also put up a new blind in the storeroom.  The old one was pretty ratty.  It is so nice to have someone who can do these things. I believe I am really going to like having him around.  We called three or four electricians who either said “no” or told us to get a new fan.

And the bed is ready for a guest.  That is if they don’t mind sharing it with Maggie Pi.