Thursday, September 20, 2018

Sweater Progress

 I enjoyed the process of this top down construction;  
I knit the back, picked up the shoulder stitches and knit down one side of the front
 and then the same for the other. 
 Once they reach the armholes,  they are joined in the round to knit down to the waist. 
 I am enjoying this very much.
If you haven't worked with the Shine line of yarn from KnitPicks, 
you need to find something to make with it!! 
 It has a wonderful sheen and great hand for knitting--it is cotton and tencel;  a great combination.
The back is done a bit differently than the pattern-I didn't want an X on my back
 but this gives a bit of interest.  
This could be boring but the fronts have a bit of patterning up  the edges
 so it gives just enough to keep me busy and orderly. 
 The pattern is intuitive so no need to keep track of a chart as I knit around-perfect!

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Step by Step

 The front now has  back-it sure makes fast work on the knitting machine.
I will be joining front to back and then will pick up stitches to knit the sleeves down to the cuff.
That's the idea anyway! 
 This is how the newborn hats look when I pull all the stitches off the needles 
and onto the gathering thread for the top of the hat! 
 The bottom piece is called the ribber comb-it catches the stitches 
and holds them down with weights for the rows to follow. 
 I am getting used to making these now with fewer moments of quandary!
 Once the ribber comb is removed, the hat sits for a few hours to relax the stitches then I seam it up.
I made two from a leftover skein.  
I like the almost Fair Isle look of these. 
 I added one pom pom from this yarn after this pic but I will have to dig through
 to find some to match for the second one!

Monday, September 17, 2018

A Front

 In a very brief moment, I was able to whip off this front to a boy sweater!
This colorway will be for Ethan;  I thought to start with the smaller size.
It went smoothly and made an interesting design of pooling in the center of the front.
(the dark green yarn  is merely waste yarn so I can pick up live stitches easily in future steps)
While looking for something in a shed (Bill has many) he ran across a bucket of old bottles uncovered when digging the foundation for the studio and garage ten years ago!  He had forgotten where he put them but discovered them while looking for some other tool!
The two brown bottles in the foreground still have the glass droppers in the bottle.
Only a few are really old but there is an old whiskey bottle and medicine bottles here-
they have been buried at least 50 years!

I took Will  to the doctor's this morning since he developed E's strep over the weekend!
Not a lot of other went on today;  between the heat and droopy boys, it is a relief to see a day end.

A Quilt on the Wall

 The binding is on the lap blanket and it is even washed and dried and added to the donation pile!
It is so warm in the house, I didn't even try it out on my lap first!
 The ocean meander shows up nicely now that it is ''textured'!
 I remembered to add the label , too.
Here is the machine knitting swatch-it is large 30 needles by 45 rows
 to give me a good idea of the fabric for a sweater.  
What a funny project for this heatwave but cooler temperatures will come someday!  
Two little boys will have pullovers pretty quickly, I think!
This will be a good lesson for me and a break for you and the cowls! lol

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Slow and Steamy

I finished the bias scarf cowl today,
this one is knit with hand spun and dyed silk hankies.
I stood to cut out 12 more blocks for the latest quilt and sewed only one.
I made a swatch to make a kid's sweater on the knitting machine kids and did little else but rest.
I don't do well in the heat/humidity and it was hard to have the house
 which is usually my refuge, be a sauna, too.
It will be nice to knit in the car and attend church today!
(The repairman can't come until Tuesday and
worse, we will need a whole new compressor and air handler--
let me say, that is a lot of yarn and fabric!)

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Fall is Just a Thought!

Right off the needles!  I have a pair of socks!
(they look very coral here-it is the reflection from the coral walls of my bedroom!)
This is a better rendition of the sock colors-much more orange1
These are made with Hawthorne yarn,
dyed by me.
A pair of socks perfect for the Fall.
 Unfortunately, as we hit record temperatures for us, our a/c unit has breathed its last!
We are not used to the house being hot! 
 The ceiling fans are keeping the house bearable, just.
The curtains are drawn, the fans going, glasses of ice water
 will keep me company in the studio today!
  Here is another bias cowl of silk which is at its halfway mark!
  A good knit!
I hope you have a good day, too!
(I'm late with this post because I slept in-what a delight!)

Friday, September 14, 2018

In a Jam!

 Here's proof that I do occasionally spend time in the kitchen!
This is a pan of Muscadine grapes that have simmered for an hour.
My neighbor, Millie, called to say she had some grapes ready that she wasn't going to get to herself;
did I want them?!  
She had made some jelly last year and gave me a jar which I thoroughly enjoyed;
 so I was very happy to make some for myself this year!
Bill went right over to pick them for me and I filled the house with such a delicious aroma 
as they cooked down.
I then ran them through the sieve to capture all of the juice.
After a ton of sugar (yikes, I didn't have the low sugar certo so this will be a rare treat!!)
I  had a pot of boiling and wondrous smelling jelly!
I did keep out one jar to put in the fridge for sampling right away-
Ethan and I gave it a go after dinner on some toast!  Oh, yum....
And in honor of feline fridays....
Every morning after breakfast when I make the beds, this is the body I disrupt in Ethan's bed! 
I get the punk eye because he knows I don't give any quarter-
no mercy no matter 
how sweet you think you are! 
 It's time for beds to be made!

(Call me hard-hearted but if I waited for him,
 I would get to make the bed
in time for Ethan to nap!
He does come back and lay down after it is made up proper!)

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Open Weave Bias Scarf

 This one took a bit longer because of the open weave areas.
I worked simple k2tog and yo's to balance the count but these are worked by hand.
 The scarf ended up 7" x 52' like the other.
This one is also made of silk and has a super soft yet weighty hand-just right.
 I lay the two bound off/cast on ends next to each other to work a kind of grafting stitch over the edges.  It works easiest pinned to the sleeve roll.
 I had just began work while catching up on the Fruity Knitting Podcast when I was interrupted by...
 this sweet guy.  He butted against my hand a few times and then looked disinterested until=
he made his move!
Pins, thread and my hand were all fair game!
I did manage to finish the seam eventually and steam block it!

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Something New

 I've cast on for a top down sweater, Invariance, which I bought from KnitPicks.  
The yarn is Shine, sport weight, which has an incredible hand!
It's a top down sweater with a bit of work up the front and a bit of detail at the back neckline.
I am not going to do the full work they outline on the back because I don't like it;
I'm a knitter so I can do what I want that way!
I've been in the car all week, it seems.
I remember why I shifted from
it is more portable!!!!

Tuesday, September 11, 2018


 Oh, look!  It spits!
The bird bath is attractive to both birds and little boys!
 A sulpha butterfly on a knotweed blossom.
 A hibiscus bloom.
 Camellia buds. 
A sunset on the way home, sweet home.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Halfway There!

The sock was finished late on Saturday and I worked on the second one
 while we were on our way to church Sunday morning.
 In the afternoon, I cut out the pj bottoms I wanted to finish yesterday.
I found a great pattern for free which I printed off 
and traced since I couldn't find the pattern I have used forever!
Wonderful boy snuggles were very welcome in their new pjs!

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Saturday's Marathon

 This bias scarf cowl has a totally different feel from the silk-
it is very light but still soft and nice against my neck.
 The yarn ( more like size 10 crochet cotton size) has slubs of different colors
 that makes it interesting.
 I whipped off a new infant hat.  The grey yarn is now used up! 
 I tackled the no-sew footstool recovering;
 two dozen staples later and it was finished! 
It's a nice match to the rug and furniture, isn't it!?
Too bad I have to order more to cover the second footstool!
 The four-patch lap quilt went on and off the frame in no time at all!
I used a new pantograph that meanders like water but has large shells as part of the design.
 And I had to push myself a bit to get the backing pieced and this one loaded on the frame but I did it!
I didn't get to start any quilting because I don't know what I am going to do with it yet!
 I began to use this silk for another bias scarf cowl-true to the original shawl, I am working out some different rows of the mesh sections!  I am getting the hang of that and it is a good way to practice!

The pajamas will have to wait for another day!  I ran out of steam!
I remember how I used to fill a day with this kind of work!

Saturday, September 8, 2018

One Stitch at a Time, Repeat

 I am nearing the end of another bias scarf/cowl; 
 this one is made from a ball of yarn I have leftover from a towel I wove many years ago-
I still have the towel.  It was woven from a cone of yarn a friend gave me many years ago, 
it is 100% cotton and a bit slubby-
I think it will be a great cowl to wear with an outfit of jeans and a light blue shirt....
 As soon as I finish this one in another 30 minutes, 
I hope to make another one from the silk I spun 
(the cake of yarn on the far left) 
and one out of the silk I caked after I ripped out-
this shawl! 
 This little shawl was turning out pretty but it was so small, 
it would've been a good cowboy's neckerchief! 
 I had only a minute's hesitation before I ripped gleefully
 knowing it would make a very pretty cowl instead!

Since the boys are with their dad today, I have a whole day to spend in the studio!!!!

(We went to the fabric store on Friday so I have upholstery fabric to cover two footstools,
backing fabric for the basic 4-patch batik lap blanket so I will load that up on the frame,
I also bought a backing for the Starry Splendor so that will go on the frame as soon as the little one is off of it-give me half an hour and I will be ready for it to load!
I also bought some flannel for pj bottoms for both boys and
I bought some fabric for a top for me which I hope to cut out at least.
Oh, yeah, and I want to keep working on the newest quilt-I think it will be a good day to be creative!)

Friday, September 7, 2018

Glow in the Dark Kitties

 Some cats enjoy being near you....and other cats want you to feed them 
so they stop whatever you are doing so you will take care of him!  
It isn't my imagination-he does this to my knitting or my reading to get my attention in a very persistent way!  It works!  
 I was working on these two embroideries for my Seattle granddaughters!
 The cool thing is that this thread glows in the dark!  
And while the machine was stitching away on the embroideries,
I whipped off another newborn hat, 
this one with some leftover sock yarn from Wandering Cat, Black Dahlia in the Alley Cat line. 
 The other hats in the pile in front of the doll are acrylic;
this one in superwash wool is so much softer!  
I have lots of other leftover yarn to borrow from the sock yarn scrap blanket pile!

Sweater Progress

 I enjoyed the process of this top down construction;   I knit the back, picked up the shoulder stitches and knit down one side of the ...