Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Better Than One

 A pair of pumpkins is better than one!
And I think I will be making several more before I am done!
These are done on #6 needles with worsted weight yarn.
 While the little guy throws 'big sticks' into the pond, 
I sit on the golf cart and knit and give verbal acclamation!
I was able to finish one sock of the Regia Pairfect yarn. 
 This is a men's size 10 1/2 with fingering on a #1 needle.

Monday, October 16, 2017

In the Pumpkin Patch-I 💗 FALL

Sometimes it's so good to see a day end.
Today was one of those days....
In a year from now, 
when I pull this knitted pumpkin out of a box
and set it back out on a window sill or shelf, 
will I remember that today was hard and long?

I hope not.

This pattern is available on Ravelry.
You can knit it in any weight yarn.
It's easy and nice to work on when you need something positive
 to show for the space you take up.
Dig out some orange yarn and get to knitting!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Beach Overnighter!

 We took a trip to Fernandina Beach!
  The boys are not the happiest travelers but we made the two hour trip mostly intact!  A visit to the beach calmed all of us!
                           The bigger cousins ran and played in the surf...
                     ...while the youngest kept a good patrol of the beach!
 The grown-ups were on the hunt for sharks' teeth!!!!  
The top of the photo are bits of petrified wood. 
 The bottom row , second in from the left is my first find of a 'palate' of the puffer fish!  
 It doesn't look like much in this photo 
but it is shiny like ebony
 and has very specific markings to identify it as such.
 Thank you for the lovely visit beach.....see you at low tide tomorrow!
 We saw this on the walk over the boardwalk.....a gopher tortoise.
 The older kids all climbed up to see him digging...
...... little guy took the easy peek!
 After dinner, the sky looked like this as we prepared for a  campfire.
It looked like a wildfire but it was only the brilliance of a sunset to the west.
Marshmallows over the campfire was the perfect ending to our day!
The best thought as we dozed off.....we are going  back to the beach!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

On the Needles

 I have a new pair of socks on the needles-
I know, the yellow yarn is supposed to be the marker between repeats
 but I thought a happy yellow toe would be just right
 for my son-in-law's new pair of socks!
The hat for great-niece was finished 
and sent a while ago 
but I have continued to work on the mitts 
and now leg warmers for her so she will have a winter set ready for use! 
 I finished one repeat for the legwarmer 
and now will reverse it for the other end. 
 It goes quickly when I sit and stick with it!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Cabled Mitts

 The SilverSpun Cabled Mitts are finished.
 I did a good job of knitting them to the right yardage because I only had a few yards leftover!
 I wanted the cuff as long as possible without running out of yarn!
 I used number 3 needles for the body of this sport weight yarn.
 It is v e r y  stretchy so it is a bit strange knitting with this yarn but the fit is like a wonderful massage-just right!
 I did rewrite the whole pattern-it was written out of order which is so difficult to follow and even so had so many errors it was a bit of a exercise to knit.
  It will be ready to knit next time now that I tossed the original pattern!  
 I am working along on the  Elevations Shawl-it is growing nicely but it is growing longer than wider-it is looking more like  scarf than a shawl.
  Has anyone knit this?
 Do you have any advice for me?!
  I have read and re-read the instructions and I do not see where I am doing anything wrong!
 Oh, well, I don't mind a shawl that wraps around several times!
Giving you all an Autumn welcome to my front door!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Rising Above

 The old shawl attempt was ripped out and I am knitting the Elevations shawl.
I am carrying the color up the side for the color changes 
because I couldn't bear to have all the ends to weave in!  
I am making sure I am carrying the strands Goldilocks right-
you know, not too tight or too loose but just right! lol
It is working out well!  
I almost have the pattern clear in my head as I work along-
I do forget what side I am on every once in a while
 so I am grateful for the stitch marker on the front 
so I can glance for the assurance of which side is which!  
I also managed to make some binding and sew it in place. 
I must have imagined I already cut and sewed and pressed some for this quilt!
I couldn't find it anywhere, if I did indeed make some.
It's so much fun to age....
And here is the quilt after a good wash and dry to finish it.  I do love the look  cotton batting gives to my quilts!
The wavering lines or mistakes are all subtle now and it looks great!
And a new quilt is on the frame already!  This one is for my neighbor, Millie.
She finished the Shop Hop blocks we did last summer!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Sawtooth Baby Quilt

 I have to bind it yet, but the Sawtooth blocks for baby quilt is off the frame.
 I did some more ruler work to hone my skills-they still need honing!
This photo is for Araignee' to see that before washing, the quilts look a bit primitive but in a few days, I will show you how they improve!
The pool is getting better!  All the leaves are out-well compared to the before picture!  Until we get up in the waiting list, it will continue to collect leaves and bugs!  But it isn't as sad as before!

Better Than One

 A pair of pumpkins is better than one! And I think I will be making several more before I am done! These are done on #6 needles with...