Category Archive: Knitting

2017
03/03

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More Roses

12 More roses are now up on the board.   I think I may be half done.  I need to dive into my scraps and even whole pieces for more colors.   But it is looking so much better.

I also had to get the emission checked to license my car.   They told me it is old enough now that I don’t have to get another on this car which is nice.   Now I just have to keep it running.

Then off to get a new battery for my watch which stopped.   These kind of trips just seem like a waste of time, but necessary.   Oh, yes, and then the grocery shopping.  Please tell me why we women can get all this done inside a couple of hours and our DH think we have just scheduled an entire day.

It is still raining, and we are threatened with snow on Monday, but there is a bright light ahead.   A week from Sunday, the sun is scheduled to shine.

And I did get a bit of knitting done.   This particular stitch is a bit challenging, but I will press on.  Who knows I may learn to get faster.

Have a Happy Sabbath and a great weekend

PS   For readers who knew her, Alice Kirkman passed away this week.

2017
03/02

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Knitting
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Twisted madness sock

I think this really matches the day or maybe the month.   Twisted Madness sock is the knitting chosen for a competition on Ravelry.    The way I understand it is that you must knit as much as you can of this pattern in two weeks and then they group those that have finished at least half of it, into groups according to how fast you accomplished this.   I am not a fast knitter.   This is the qualifying round.   There are 7 rounds after this, probably with each getting more difficult and less time.    It looked like a fun thing to do with all my free time.   Or maybe it was the 4 loads of laundry including the king size sheets that twisted my mind into thinking I should knit these.    Whether or not I qualify, I will still be able to get the patterns for the other 7 rounds.

I thought this was interesting.   This is from the two balls you see above.   I would not have guessed there was that much blue in it.   And perhaps that is how much of each color is in the ball.   It will be interesting to see it develop.

 

 

 

 

Cleaning, New friends and March goals

Cleaning

 Some days are just not meant to happen the way I had them planned.   When I was getting ready for the knitting adventure this morning, I looked at my phone and found that the service people were coming to service my embroidery machine and my knitting machine at 9.  That put me in fast action as  it was 8:15 and I needed to tidy up some before they came.  At least knitting wasn’t until 10.    So that is exactly what I did.

Now I have these papers and books that were laying all over in two nice neat boxes and I can actually find them as they are standing up.

Then I went to a new knitting/crocheting group which started this morning and meets once a month.  We started out with 5 of us and ended with 10.   So that is a good start.   The room is small and I think after 15 they may have to move to another room

March Goals

The projects I am planning to work on this month:

    1. Frosty’s alter eg0  (WA state)

    2. Under Construction (Judy)

    3. make enough rose blocks and get quilt to the flimsy state     Linking up to  Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal March Linkup)

    4. McKenna Ryan “It’s Fishy” which will be on going for several months

    5. Learn to digitize some embroidery

    6.  Embroider Dish towels using HIA designs

    7. Make screens to keep hummingbirds from suicide as they  get up into the outside skylights and can’t get out.

    8. Make one pair of socks

    9. Clean out greenhouse

    10. plant seeds for peas and greens

That should keep me out of trouble for the month of March and maybe even April.

Do you have some goals for March?

 

2017
02/23

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Knitting
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First pair of socks finished in 2017!

We had about 1/2″ of snow when I awoke this morning.   So no rush in getting around.   I finished these Br0nwynn’s  Mock Cable socks.   They were made with Paton’s Fireside 5 ply 100% wool, which is why the nylon reinforced heel and toe and on size 3 needles which made them go faster.   That means I


actually finished February socks in February!    I did find the free pattern in Ravelry.   It won’t let me copy and paste the page address  so just look for Bronwynn’s Mock Cable Socks by Shawn Morris. .   I didn’t realize the name was not the name of the creator.   So any of you interested can get it there.

Then I finished setting up Quicken for all our accounts.   I used to keep it up to date, but DH took over paying the bills and doesn’t like to bother.   So the compromise is I take care of Quicken and he pays the bills.   It makes it so much easier when you have to pull numbers together for a project or for taxes.

2017
02/16

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Knitting

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Sock progress 2/16/17

Today I made good progress on “Bronwynn’s Mock Cable Socks”.  I printed this pattern off the internet in 2005 and the site no longer is working.  They were very easy to knit and the heel turn did not take much thinking.

I used this yarn which I purchased in Australia about 10 years ago.   So both socks and yarn have had time to age.   However, this is 100% wool yarn which is not as good for socks as if it has some nylon in it.  Because this is a heavier yarn, I used #3 needles with 48 stitches.

This is made by several companies specifically to strengthen heels and toes.   I used this darker color as it was what I had on hand.   So if you look at the heel on these socks, you will see that I carried this yarn along for strength.  Mending is not my favorite option and the bit of color difference won’t matter, since they are either worn at home or with shoes.

2017
02/09

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charity
farming
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Donation quilts, fencing, new socks

Donation quilts:

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I finally put together a pile of quilts for those with fewer resources than we have and took them to the church.   It’s cold out there.   The secretary said they have men sleeping in the doorways at night now.   I need to make some simple, but warm quilts as she said at this point, anything helps them.

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Then it was lunch time.   I like a simple tostada with a shell, beans, and lettuce, and of course guacamole throughout.   I found that if I order it as a side, I get a bit more.

Fencing:

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Remember the fencing, I spent an hour repairing yesterday with baling wire?   Since the sheep have nothing better to do than to eat and then figure out how to dismantle things, they achieved the dismantle by pushing the 2 x 4s down.    So today I dragged a cattle panel to the pen.   It completely fit that area, so we tied it up and hope that it will last until Sunday and we can get it put up more securely.  But one never really knows.   These sheep are small as they are Shetlands, but they are mighty when they decide they want to be somewhere else.

Knitting:

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That was enough fun for this crazy day.   So I spent some time knitting a new pair of socks.  These are on a size 3 needle and 100% wool, so I will add nylon to the heel and toes to reinforce those areas.  I put the socks on hold that were needing more attention.   These are going fast because I don’t have to think much and it is a larger yarn.  As you can see from my note on the page, I’m only working on 48 stitches.    Maybe, I’ll get these done before the month is over and can go back and work on January’s socks.

Hang on tight and enjoy life’s crazy roller coaster ride.

 

2017
02/02

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Knitting
Life

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Less than exciting day

IMG_0067sFor my less than exciting day, I worked on these Zigzagular socks – a pattern from Prairie Girl – this morning.   However, there were so many interruptions that when I picked them back up this afternoon, I had made so many mistakes, I took them back just over an inch – just pulled all the stitches off, stopped breathing, unraveled and put them back on again.  And that is where they will spend the night.   Tomorrow is errand day, so I doubt I will get back to them.   I think they really want to be a two month project.

2017
01/26

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food
Knitting
Life
Shopping

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January sock progress

IMG_0007January sock progress is like molasses.   Very slow going.   I am now half way through the heel flap.  No the socks will not be finished in January as I originally planned.   I’ll have to see what is scheduled for February = hopefully no more illness so that I can get February’s socks done and go back and finish these.

I spent about 4 hours this morning, moving furniture and cleaning floors under machines.  Sweeping, mopping, discarding, put bolts and other fabrics away all takes time.  So we took the afternoon off and spent another 5 hours, grocery shopping, and having AT&T tell me why the phone wasn’t working.   Amazingly they couldn’t get it to misbehave and so far it is still working.  I had planned to get an ice cream cake at Dairy Queen for the party Saturday evening, but their idea of a an ice cream cake, was a layer of vanilla topped with a layer of chocolate and then frosted like a cake.   So we went to Baskin Robbins and bought pizza like pies.   They have a big chocolate cookie on the bottom and are filled with ice cream and cut into 8ths.   That should be easy to handle at the party.   (Yes, there is vegan cake and ice cream for those that choose.)

2017
01/19

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Knitting

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Knitting update

IMG_0070s The Zigzagular socks are finally seeing some attention.  I have just under half the leg worked now.  Slow as a tortoise on this project, but the tortoise did make his goal.   I just won’t have these done by the end of the month.  I’m using a Knitpick yarn again and so far have not had  any problems with it.   It is also very soft.

2017
01/15

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quilts

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2004 Shop Hop Blocks

IMG_0035a IMG_0036s IMG_0037s 2004 Shop Hop Blocks:

I am at the point where not all the pieces that are attached to that particular pattern make sense.    I do need to make 6 more blocks to complete a top and since I do not have 6 more patterns, but I do have an extra package of pieces, I’ll make one up.    A complete quilt is better than a ufo, right?  And when one gets these patterns, one usually only gets some of the pieces, therefore, I also will be coming up with some extra pieces to complete some of the patterns.    However, this quilt top will soon be done and on a hanger which is so much closer to someone being able to use it.IMG_0038s

On another note:  I received these two skeins of yarn from Knitpick in place of the ones with dyes that didn’t come through.   They are really very nice to work with.

PS:   The weather promises to be warmer tomorrow – meaning above freezing day and night for a time.   I’d so much rather rain than freezing.