"Learning to knit was a snap. It was learning how to stop that nearly destroyed me."
Erma Bombeck

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Max joins our family




One of my friends can no longer care for Max, a loving and lovable golden retriever, so he has come to share our home. He has adapted very quickly, and despite his relaxed demeanor, he is alert to all our activities...he chooses a resting spot where he can be near as many family members as possible.
p.s. This is my first post from my iPhone (��learning curve ahead :-)

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Just Scrumptious!

Superwash merino/silk sportweight

This may be the perfect baby yarn.  I chose it for the layette I plan to knit for my new grandaughter who is due October 4th.  I am still searching for the perfect patterns. As I type, I am waiting for the French Knot to open, a month or so ago I spied a darling baby girl sweater on the shop wall near the baby yarn, and I plan to phone the store as soon as they open. I am planning to knit a sweater, hat, booties, and a small blanket.  The yarn has shipped and should arrive any day now, I will start the sweater first because I am suffering from a bit of blanket fatigue/boredom from working  the edging of the my current project, the "home from the hospital and christening shawl... the Bridgewater shawl by Jared Flood, knitted in cream Panda Silk.  I cautiously made some mathematical calculations because I wanted to make Bridgewater about 20 percent smaller without ruining the meticulous mitering of the original pattern.  I love Jared's patterns, they are so beautifully designed and written, which makes even the more challenging of them, easy to follow.  The blanket ennui is just me, and some 168 edging repeats :-0  I've estimated that if I knit two or three repeats a day, I'll finish in eight to twelve weeks, well before October, and work on the layette too. I think I can, I think I can.... plus I have several bookings for pet sitting this summer, and those are always great for getting lots of knitting done,

 
Bridgewater

Monday, May 20, 2013

I have to knit this !

I've spent some time on the computer this afternoon, mostly setting up my new home page with Netvibes since google has dumped its igoogle users. I like all my favorite sites & links set up nicely...so i can see what's new at a glance. Anyway I ran across a series of articles/recent posts by Franklin Habit which I enjoyed and I thought you might enjoy also.... link to Franklin's blog http://the-panopticon.blogspot.com/

p.s. the sheep pillow is a free pattern from Purl Soho, but if you print from the site it runs 36 pp. I did a cut & paste version..7pp.. much better ;-)

Monday, January 28, 2013

Time to reboot..........again!

Spring like weather is so energizing, anything seems possible, even knitting down my stash However the long spell of cold temps and rain after Christmas resulted in a finished project---the Turia Pullover.  It fits, and I am so glad I used Rainbow Elastic in the ribbing for the sleeves and the body.  I wish I had used it at the neckline; I plan to add it with a tapestry needle, but I like knitting it in best. It is very fine so it just disappears, and I try not to stretch it, so it just gives the ribbing memory.   Linsy is a lovely, soft yarn, but it has no spring or memory of its own.  I would have another FO, the Classic Elite Fisherman Sweater but I lost a sleeve!  I have enough yarn to knit another, but I am stubborn, and I am hoping "it will turn up" (one of several mantras I repeat on a regular basis) as I continue my latest attempt at Creating Order Out Of Chaos.

Fishernan Pullover
Classic Elite: Boathouse Collection

 I started a spring cardigan in one of my favorite stash yarns, but "oh no!", I have also misplaced all but three balls of that yarn :-(    It is a very pretty beige and cream tweed with nice nubs in pink, orange, and yellow---appropriately named Meadow.  Frustrated, I was compelled to start another project, the Point D'Esprit pullover.  However I made sure I have all the yarn for that handy :-))
Rather than white, I chose a soft terracotta color from my stash which will give the sweater three season wearabiliity.

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Point D'Esprit
Classic Elite

Monday, October 3, 2011

The yoke of the Turia sweater is nearly finished---it looks too large, but I crunched the numbers, checked my gauge, and the dang thing should fit, I'll try it on when I separate the stitches for front, back and sleeves.


The gorgeous fall weather arrived right on schedule, our sweet granddaughter Katy came for a weekend sleepover, and we picnicked at the Fontainbleu Park beach. Delightful!

Thursday, September 22, 2011


Over the past few days I've been deliberating on which fall projects to start. One stealth project is already on the needles, but it is a gift, plus I usually have several projects going at once and ....selfishly, I love to knit for moi (I do appreciate handknits ;-) So, ta duh, it will be the Turia pullover knit in Linsey, a linen/cotton blend. It's not very wintry, but neither are our winters. It will be lovely, mindless knitting in the round which I can try on as I go because I am going to knit it from the top down, although the pattern isn't written that way. Just a bit of a challenge. I bought the yarn from King's Sewing & Knitting Center In Pensacola, Florida. The owner was delightful and very helpful. They are just a couple of minutes off I-10. I also reserve the right to start another 2011-12 winter project should I be inspired to do so.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Weed, declutter & destash





After days of rain and some anxiety regarding Tropical Storm Lee, I am enjoying the fall weather the storm left in its' wake. I think everyone in the deep south enjoyed the much cooler than normal temperatures. DH and I weeded flower beds while the ground was still soft and we've resolved to invest in mulch to help keep the weeds at bay. The days are warming up again but mornings are very pleasant, and the humidity is not as brutal as it was ... looking forward to more of those cold fronts, courtesy of our neighbor Canada. This fall I want to plant lots of petunias... they did so well last winter and spring;I hope I can find some Calendulas too. I shall try sweet peas again, this time from seeds, and I'm really looking forward to Sugar Snaps and the other veggies from Hugh's winter garden. Pruning the Knock Out roses will encourage fall and winter blooms. The Sweet Olive is blooming...the flowers are barely noticeable but their season is long, the devine fragrance perfuming my front garden for weeks.

In August I began sorting yarn and knitting books, trying to give away, sell, and trade, whichever seems most appropriate for the item. I've had great success with PaperBackBookSwap, fair results with ebay, and I plan to try Ravelry and Etsy. I'm using Space Bags for skeins, balls, and hanks, and regular zip-bags for yarns on cardboard rolls. Mea maxima culpa! I must stop buying yarn... and shop from my stash...in the closets, under the beds, on the shelves...and knit on. I shall never surrender!