Sunday, December 5, 2010

Weekend Knitting

These days, there has been a lot of knitting going on at my house. However, a lot of it I can't show you. Yet. But this weekend I knit up another scarf. I worked on it Friday evening, Saturday in a couple of segments, and then this morning. Why? I wanted to avoid shipping it for Christmas. Hand delivery is always best. Right? At least it saves you more money for yarn. ;-) I picked my A Little Bit of Cable Scarf and used two skeins of Hobby Lobby's I Love this Yarn! It weighed in at 400 grams. Which if you read the label makes it 2. 02 skeins of yarn. Go figure. And that's without the fringe. Good thing I opted out, since there wasn't much left in the end.
The finished size ended up at 8 1/2" x 70". This yarn is more like an aran weight rather than a light worsted yarn that I knit the first scarf with. I do like the way this knit up so quickly and how soft it is. I may have to rethink how long it should be to knit more of these? Darn the to-do list!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Guess what we got Mom for her 83rd Birthday!

We got her a lawyer in the family! He passed, and he's all sworn in! Congratulations my son! We couldn't be prouder of you! And Happy  Birthday Mom, Miss you, but enjoy your socks!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving! It's been a very long month and for tonight before I go have some pie, I'm going to concentrate on all that I have to be thankful for. My kids, my family, are right at the top. Here's hoping that you and yours are counting your blessings tonight as well. I'll catch up with y'all soon. In the mean time, if you're traveling, I wish you safe travels, and lots of hugs with your loved ones. If you're staying home, I wish you lots of help with the dishes. And when the last of the left overs are put away, put your feet up and knit something for you-be a project for yourself, or with a fiber that you really enjoy. After all, knitting is something else to be thankful for, too! 
 For now, I'll be thankful that I kept track of my projects the past few years, and that some stores make it possible for my daughter to go back and repurchase yarns that are identical and nearly identical of my socks so that I can reknit them. Yep...story later. *sigh*.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Sunday, November 7, 2010

I wore the BD sweater on Saturday because...

 daughter's friends don't want her to leave...
 we got our hair done...
 drank some hot cider...
 picked some apples to buy..
 and some apple fritters!
 just look at the size!
 oh baby! they are good!
 went to dinner
 had some bar-b-que
 with a great group of 'kids'...
 and family...
 after a little bit of shopping...
and cake!

Why did I wear the BD Sweater? Because on top of everything else, it was my birthday!

Friday, November 5, 2010

The Mother/Daughter Adventure Continues...

Back in the summer of 2008, my oldest daughter and I started on our Mother/Daughter adventure as we drove across the country. She was about to start her Master's Degree at Syracuse University. Today is her last day of work at her 'part time' job here, and we are continuing the next chapter in the saga of Mother/Daughter adventures.
So, I donned my newest hand knit socks (LOVED the way they felt on my cold tootsies) and boarded a plane far too early for my general constitution and took off for the wet and rainy New York State.
Knit a fare amount while in mid air...
to find the last of the colors in the area before being dropped at the hotel while my daughter went to her last night of work. While she's partying it up with rumors of cake,
I'm finishing the 2nd of 3 Cables 'n Columns Placemats that I needed to have finished oh, like yesterday....
and am on the 2nd sock of a pair of boot socks from Knitting Pure & Simple out of Paton's Wool.

Tonight when she's finished, if she's not too tired, we're heading out for part one of a Reuben Sandwich taste off. After watching Man V. Food, from Ann Arbor, MI that was recently aired, we've decided to taste test both the sandwiches here in New York and Michigan as we travel to move her onto the next chapter of her life. We will have our  opinion and pictures posted all in due time. Stay tuned? With any luck, we'll make YOU all hungry!

Gotta go, she'll be home soon, and I have a whole placemat to get finished!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Oh, yea!

OH, yea, we're getting there...I'm down to 7.5 sts/inch at this point...And they're fitting a whole lot better...
 but still not as 'snug' as I would like them to be. So I'm on a hunt for some lantern moon size 1's. With all six needles in the package. That seems to be up for debate these days. According to the company the 5" needles of that size should have six in the package...but two stores in this area only had five. Makes you wonder-huh?
These, though have a gazillion mistakes in the lace ribbing. I know. and for the first time in a long time, I don't care.  This is proof that you shouldn't try to count when you're really tired. Eh? oh well...I'ma going to wear the tar out of them!
Since I still have my Mom's socks here, I couldn't resist the comparison shot. Or you could think of it as showing off two pairs knit in Wildfoote. Are you buying that one? hehe..
Here are the particulars of the socks that I used. From the Little Box of Socks, Wildfoote yarn, and Crystal Palace needles in size 1 1/2 (2.5mm), knitting them two at a time on double points. The yarn you see here, is what was left over from knitting my funky feet shaped socks. The sock it to me chart is very helpful, but I'm liking the way socks feet a little tighter and shorter than the charts and pattern say for my 'sized' feet.

This is what I had hoped to learn, how to knit socks to fit the way I want them to feel. I can do it with hats, but then again, I've knit up a good 500 or so of them over time. Can you imagine knitting up 500 pairs of socks?

I'm game. Bring it on!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Have you...

ordered your copy of the 2011 Dishcloth Calendar yet? I got mine (and my sample knits) back in the mail the other day. I ordered enough for my girls and my Mom besides one for me. Did you know that there are 88 pages here? And that you can now order the digital download rather than just the paper one. So, all of you that like to have yours in digital format, hop on over to and get it now! Just think, no shipping, no waiting for the mail to bring you one, and if you have a kindle type thingy...instant gratification. Me? I'm still debating on the digital deal thingy, but I am thinking about it. But I do so love to flip pages a lot!
ps. it's looking like there won't be a calendar next year. So hurry and get one this year!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

It's mid PINK month!

It's Mid PINK's your pink knitting coming along? Here's a little something I knit up the other day. Now...look closer...
 Check out the needles!
They're ChiaoGoo's in (US)7 (4.5mm) that I picked up from Yarns Unlimited on Pico Blvd in Santa Monica, CA the other day. I had gone on an 'Educational Field Trip for Moms' (aka teasing the duaghter's day) with
my friend Cyndi. Everyone, raise your knitting needles to her and wave hello! Not only is she a great friend, but are you ready for this? Mid July she was asking if I could help her learn to knit and she's (sit down for this) already knitting socks! And hats, and baby sweaters, and my favorite question from her went like this. 'Is it OK to buy yarn just because you like it?" followed up by "Can I just lay down in it" when viewing a picture of a stash of yarn. She is fearless! Every needs a friend who happens to knit who will jump in a car with you at a moment's notice to go check out new to her yarn stores, and then 'swing over' to Westwood where we proceeded to send pictures of Diddy Riese to our daughters who aren't able to get there at a moment's notice!
 Yes, we laughed and giggled our way into being bad Mothers for mercilessly tormenting our children over  
 white chocolate chip and Sugar and Cinnamon cookies after being at
 Jerry's Deli where I had...
 a reuben (mine was minus the sauerkraut!) and also sent cell phone pictures to my daughter. Yes, I am a bad Mommy. ;-)
While we were bouncing around the stores up here, I found these at Wildfiber. They're called DP Wip Tubes by Nancy's Knit Knacks. (click on knitting and needle tool links) Exactly what I needed in my knitting bag! They're cardboard tubes that will
fit around your double point needles.
And protect your knitting bag from being poked by the needles.
You just slip the blue side over your needles and the red section
over the top of the blue tube until they're a snuggle fit around your stitches! Easy as pie-right? The blue and yellow tube is for storing your double points that you're not using in your bag, too. Sadly they only had the one set on hand, but I'd love to get a couple of more. After all, how many projects do YOU have on your needles at once? Ya, that's what I thought. Me, too!

So, on that note, I'm off to figure out how to get the house cleaned, the kids hugged, and the socks finished while Cyndi and I decide where we're going to go today and tease our daughters via cell phone pictures. What ever did we do prior to having cell phones with picture capabilities? Oh ya, that's right, we drove in circles after school hours putting 300+ miles on our cars taking kids to soccer, baseball, softball, dance, church, band practices every week! Eish,...just thinking about it makes me tired all over again!