Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Another Pair!

The colors look like candy stripes-
I thought of the old Fruit Stripes gum 
but my daughter said it reminded her of the candy Sprees. 
 I think it depends on your generation!   lol

2 Ancient skeins of KnitPicks yarn called Simple Stripes in colorway Partie. 
 (I think it was a forerunner to the Felici line)
#2.5mm needles over 60 stitches.
Simple stockinette
short row heels over 60% of stitches
2" of 1x1 ribbing at cuffs.
1 1/2 skeins used for perfectly matched socks

Monday, May 21, 2018

Frog Jump!

I started happily sewing the blocks together and when I finished the second row,
I realized I had skipped a BIG step-
doing the applique stitch with invisible thread on each and every block! 
 It was not so much fun to try and stitch around all those fingers
 with all those other blocks still attached!  
But I persevered and have one row done.....and I ran out of my sewing time!
At least now I know what I have to do - 
and each one needs to have stabilizer which I know I do not have enough of--
good thing I have to take the boys for a visit today so I can get some more from WalMart during my wait!

Sunday, May 20, 2018


And another modular knitting project is on the needles!
I whipped this first of its kind off the needles in a surprisingly short amount of time.
It will have a hexagon shape once this polygon is joined to its neighbor.
I picked up stitches to join block 2 to this one;  the pattern is not written this way;
directions instruct you to knit a pile of these shapes and stitch them together after the fact.
Not for me!!!!!

I colored in a 'map' so I could know where I was going with the leftover DK yarn I have.
It works out in my head so I will let you know how this genius way to attach each block
works when I reach the second row!

Saturday, May 19, 2018

A New Vintage Heirloom!

 The stamped cross stitched quilt my neighbor made from the 12 blocks her Mom had made decades ago, is now an almost completed quilt! 
 Millie does her own binding in short order. 
 This is going to be a treasured quilt, I'm sure.
I used a pantograph from WillowLeafStudio called Mikaela.
In the choosing of a quilt design for a top you always have to weigh in balance the design,
 space and either subtlety or accent by the stitching.
So for this quilt I wanted a less dense pattern that would be subtle (I used an off-white thread which is also very traditional!)
 so the cross stitching wouldn't be overshadowed. 
 I also liked the occasional heart
 because this is filled with the love of stitching by both Millie and her Mom.
I am glad I could add life to this tribute to both women!

Friday, May 18, 2018

Still Raining!

We've still been having a lot of rain-4 inches over the last few days!
 I'm really enjoying the modular knitting!  
These scallops move right along in a reasonable amount of time, 
especially the time allotments I have available!
 A bowl of promise-another skein of silk, this time in sport weight. 
 Another cowl is going to happen with this skein, too.
After a visit-blowing off some energy throwing rocks at the wide river!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Storm with Smiles

 After picking up my yarn and fabric at JoAnnFabrics,
 we grabbed some lunch and headed to the beach.
 It was stormy looking....cloudy and blustery but that didn't inhibit the boys at all!
It was to moist to knit on the beach! 
 I couldn't believe how sticky everything became within minutes!
So I knit on the way home instead-after a using a wipe to clean the beach's salty air from my hands! 
Such a long day but a wonderful time for all of us!

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Waiting and Knitting

 We woke up to a light rain this morning....
the weather men were conferring over the conditions.
In the background, you can see the Magnolia tree.
 It is a towering giant in the front yard.
 Bill picked me a tight bud last night;  this morning it was beginning to open.
 By 9am, it was fully open and it was a heady aroma!
(When I came home 4 hours later, my room was and still is delicious smelling!!!!) 
 During visit time, I sat in the car during the drizzling weather.  I worked on a sock.
 I ran into a knot, rudely placed interrupting the flow of the stripes!  Grrrr.  I rolled ahead and found the right spot to continue the pattern. 
I bound off during the dinner prep waiting time in the evening. 

Technical stuff--I tried some new things with this sock; 
I started the toe with 14 stitches instead of 12
           then worked up to 60 stitch count on 2.5mm needles
                      when I hit the heel position, I slipped three stitches on each end of the front needle to                    the back so that instead of the usual use of half of the stitches for heel stitches,
because I increased the count to 60% of the stitches so
 I worked the heel over 36 stitches in this instance. 
 I worked a short row heel and that was straight forward. 
 The fit is nicer I think and I will be doing this on all future socks.  
(there was more room in the heel area and it wasn't so tight.)

Another Pair!

The colors look like candy stripes- I thought of the old Fruit Stripes gum  but my daughter said it reminded her of the candy Sprees....