Posts Tagged ‘Knitting’

Mittens and Reindeer

December 11, 2007

I read this blog about this teacher wanting mittens and socks or slippers for the students at her school. Nearly all of the children come from very poor homes. I wish that I had known about it earlier, but I can’t read everything. So I am knitting mittens and socks. So far, I have made two pairs of mittens and one of socks. I figure I can send everything out by Thursday and it will get there on time. My reindeer are coming along slowly. The thread keeps breaking on this last spool and re-threading is wearing thin on my nerves. I just changed the needle so I know that isn’t it. Why is it always everything or nothing? I still have to finish my daughter’s tunic. I’ll be OK after Thursday. Well, maybe not. I just remembered I offered to knit a pair of gloves as a prize. Oh, wait. I said that I wouldn’t be able to start them until January. Wow. That was close.

I want to thank everyone for the comments. They make me feel like dancing. I will not be posting pictures today. Well, just one. Love ya.

He’s so helpful.

You Can Go Back

November 29, 2007

I’m going back to Reisterstown tomorrow. It’s supposed to rain on Sunday and I would rather drive back home than go to the cemetery. I plan on taking a nice long bath Friday morning. I love that bathtub. I don’t even use the one here. Well, I do shower. Then, I will go to the cemetery and decorate for Christmas. Saturday morning, Jenn and I will go Christmas shopping. This works pretty well for us. Males are so hard to buy for. And we are not above saying to each other what we want. We’ve been doing it for several years now. We have a good time. It is supposed to be in the upper 40’s so I will take extra sweaters and gloves. Did I mention that gloves are my favorite thing to make?

Speaking of gloves, I finished the scarf to go with Jenn’s gloves. I actually made it twice. The first time, it wasn’t long enough so I cast on just enough to do one pattern. Now, it’s long and skinny.

And here is the scarf that I finally made to go with my gloves.

This is probably my last blog for November unless I can get over to my daughter’s house on Friday.

Renewed Elvis

November 6, 2007

My old man is feeling better.  He hardly sneezed at all last night and he even went out into the front yard this afternoon.  It is full of pine trees and a great place to do what needs to be done.  He does not care for standard time.  By the time he gets around to sunbathing on the deck, there is only about one hour of sun left.

I can’t decide what to do with my daughter’s tunic.  I do not have enough yarn.  I had substituted yarn, but I do that often.  I reran my calculations and I still should have had a ball left over.  I do have more of this yarn in three other colors so I am going to take all of it back with me.  There are a few options that we can go with so I want Jenn to decide which idea she likes best.  It is so aggravating.  The pattern was in a magazine that I was unfamiliar with, but Jenn really liked the design.  In case you are wandering, my gauge has been right on. 

Koigu Carousel Sweater

October 29, 2007

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It is finally finished!  I started about five years ago riding the subway to and from work.  I managed to get one triangle done a trip and usually one at lunch.  Then, I lost it.  I retired and moved to Delaware.  I put all my yarn and related junk in a tiny bedroom.  I found the two tote-bags of yarn, but no sweater.  Talk about heartsick!  I tore two houses apart looking for it.  I was devastated.  I had about half of it completed.  Then, one day last Spring, when I was going through a pile of stuff my husband had dumped in our old living-room, I found it in a plastic grocery bag.  I was happy and mad at the same time.  It was a good thing Doug(husband) was not around.  I KNOW that I was not the one who put it in a plastic bag.   

Did you notice that I changed the sleeves?   They were too open for me.  I decreased each row of squares by one stitch and added an extra row of them.  I picked up around the edge and decreased 7 stitches every other row until there were about half as many stitches.  I then continued in stockinette for about two more inches and let it roll down.  I was much happier with it.  I changed the neck and bottom a bit, too, by continuing with stockinette as with the sleeves.

I hope that you can see my picture well enough.  This is my first post and I have a lot to learn, but I like to learn by doing.  I hadn’t used my camera for over a year and had to relearn everything on it too.   Please, let me know what you think.