Sunday, April 21, 2019

Easter Style

A repeat  performance by my orchid!
Today is a very important  day to Christians;
we celebrate not just the hope of what a Savior born into the world can do (Christmas)
but rather what the man/God Savior, Jesus Christ, did accomplish!
The Lord has risen!
He has risen indeed.

 I knit this small poncho to keep my shoulders warm during church.
I recently purchased one of these vintage machines that hooks up to my knitting machine --
 I drew a scaled version of the poncho I wanted,  entered my swatch information and then I knit!
Each row I knit advances the drawing so I know how many stitches to decrease and when!
Nifty, huh?!
I added a bit of a scalloped edge, knit away and voila, I have 2 halves
which seamed together while I watched a movie with recuperating husband. 
 Then I washed it and blocked it-and I will wear it for church today!

(Knit with 2 skeins of Deborah Norville's Apaca Dance worsted weight yarn)

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Begonia Pullover

Work has commenced on the Begonia Pullover.
Or should I say has recommenced ?
You would think I would know better than to start a project with a lot of patterning late at night.
When I sat down with it early this morning, something was off alright.
After a long time of straightening out the knitter's problem with math,
eh, hem, I was able to get it back on track and off to a new start!
The best part is now I know what the lace pattern is doing so I don't have to stare at the chart every few stitches!

The surgery went well, all things considered.  There was a lot more pain for Bill wake up to than either of us anticipated!  Hoping each day will bring a little more relief-there was still a pocket of infection on the bone (elbow) so it is good that the surgery was repeated.  This time at least they closed it up so it can heal and DH can have the use of his right arm back in a few weeks!
 It was hard to see the great bull of a man I am married to in so much pain.....
We both need a down day today.
And we aren't under a tornado threat all day either!

Friday, April 19, 2019

Hospital Time

I'm sitting in the hospital waiting room today; 
 Bill is requiring surgery once again-
this time to 'neaten' up his open wound on his elbow and to stitch it closed. 
 No more wound-vac or nurse visits--
the end of this 2 month chapter is almost over!
There are only two weeks of not using his arm and then the stitches come out;  meantime we can be grateful he still has his arm and his life!  What an adventure!

I'm late to the poem in your pocket day 

but here was what was on my mind all day:

Ecclesiastes 3 English Standard Version (ESV)

A Time for Everything

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.

Here is my waiting room knitting!

Thursday, April 18, 2019


Not the direction of the wind but rather the name of this pattern
for a  sock yarn blanket!
Mine is now completed at 32" wide and 48" long;
made from doubled strands of my sock yarn stash
on #7 needles.
The directions have you knitting each of the rows pointing up
but I alternated the direction of the knitted strips-
we are knitters; we do it our way!
I sure tamed my leftover sock yarn stash!

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

New Neighbors?

 Neighbor Millie gifted me this bird house. 
  It is a General Store in all of its roadside glory!
 It really is very complex and interesting to admire--heavy, too,
 so it will withstand weathering.
 But this side is the clincher--it advertises Handmade Quilts!
 I couldn't wait to hand it out front in the Cassia Tree!
I would love it if it attracts a bird family but even empty, 
it is a great addition to the front garden!
 In the studio, I cut the strips for the sashing for the sampler quilt.
Soon I will have a top to quilt on the frame!
And to prove I really finished this sweater;
it has buttons and has even been washed and dried!
It is a size 3-6 months infant sweater.  
I have two new projects ready to hit the machine needles next!

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Teeny Needle Tuesday

 Tucked inside the box with quilt squares my daughter passed along to me 
was this baggie of hexagons for English paper piecing.
 I used stick glue to stick the paper to the precut fabric pieces
 and then ironed the fabric to the wrong side to give me the perfect shape.  
Then the tricky bit was sewing the shapes together.
But my awkward hands did it-slowly but surely, it was accomplished!
I am going to sew it to a background piece and make a potholder out of it!
And for a pleasing visual-cosmos in bloom in the pool area.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Boy's Turn

 I completed (well, except for the buttons!) the baby boy's sweater!
The yarn is Caron Simply Soft Ombre in Blue Jeans colorway.
I did use solid navy for the bands to add continuity to the overall affect.
I made this entirely on the machine;  I have several more to conquer!

Sunday, April 14, 2019

The Swatch

 I think I have said it before but I will repeat myself-
adding machine knitting to my skill set has improved my hand knitting also.
This is a great way to make a swatch, especially for hand knitting.  
The gauge I am to attain is 26 stitches in four inches, so as I knitted the swatch,
I placed a stitch marker for the center 26 stitches.
(I added 7 stitches extra on each side so I wouldn't be working with edges!)
When I finished knitting, I made sure I was way past the 35 rows stated in the pattern for row gauge.
Now it was time to measure;  I used the stitch markers to know where to place the vertical rows of
loose contrasting yarn to mark those spots and then did the same to the rows.
The quilting ruler easily shows me that I am spot on for the rows but too loose for the stitches.
I do like the fabric of this swatch so I will save it but will knit a second one with smaller needles to see if I can hit their goals as stated in the pattern .  If not, I will do a bit of math to give me a conversion number to alter their numbers-stay tuned!

Saturday, April 13, 2019

To Finish, To Start

I plan to finish the blocks to this sampler quilt.
I will dig through the stash and see if I have fabric for sashing and borders. 
 I have only two more blocks to finish and they will be savored in the piecing!
 I also want to finish this baby boy sweater on the knitting machine.
And this sweater will be cast on today!
A fingering weight sweater in broken rib and a little bit of lace.
I hope it is as enjoyable as I expect!

Friday, April 12, 2019

It Might Not be Yellow But....

 It is definitely a submarine! 
 We had been catching little glimpses on the way to Will's school
so we stopped and sure enough, it is a personal submersible!
How cool is that!
The Solar Sock is looking so pretty for some poolside knitting!

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Building Blocks

 Nyki helped me with some quilting;  my daughter sent these sampler blocks home with me.
There are just five more to complete to have a lap quilt so I took on the mission.
 I took just a bit of time to read through to see what was going on and then dug right in!
I do enjoy having a block to do when I have some time in between things!
 Look how much the Muscadine grapevine has grown! 
It is all leafed out and starting to climb!
And the Cana lily is very happy to bob its heads as we enjoy the pool each afternoon.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Home Sweet Whiskers!

My new pair of socks, Solar,
by Gillywizz.
Hawthorne Yarn from KnitPicks
in Burlingame colorway.
#1 needles over 64 stitches.
I provide the lap and Lena the whiskers!

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Up in the Air

Abigail and I did a bit of piecing today after the kids did some schoolwork.
I wanted to teach here how to do a block that she could make once I left for home.
I think she's got it!
We covered the vanity  for her room.
The weather is sunny and warm here, too.  Candy Tuft beauty.
We savored our time because I am heading home today.  Clematis glory.
Enough said about goodbyes!   Azalea awe.

Monday, April 8, 2019

Sideways Cardigan is a FO

The Sideways Cardigan KAL is coming to an end on Wednesday
 and I managed to finish it before the deadline!
I couldn't have done this, if I waited until I arrived home on Tuesday evening!
It was knit using an acrylic boucle' in fingering weight yarn.   (1200 yards)
It felt like it took as long to seam together as it did to knit it!
(I might be exaggerating because it is more fun to knit than it is to seam!)

I used a crochet hook to make a chain stitch (slip stitch) 
to attach the double layered band to the front of the sweater. 
 Likewise, the hems of the cuff and sweater bottom were turned up
 so the purl side was used for contrast. 
 I also used the crochet hook to chain stitch these in place.  

The overall look is perfectly matched to what I designed at the start 
so I'd say it is another machine knit success!
  This is why it is important to join in on knitalongs 
so you are pushed to try things you would never attempt on your own!
(Thank you, Sue, of Knit It Now!)

Sunday, April 7, 2019

It Seams to be Working!

We watched movies all day yesterday,
ate and laughed.
I seamed the machine knit cardigan
for the KAL most of the day.
I worked a little bit on my Northeasterly blanket.
It was a novel idea to all of us to have a whole day off
and quite a joy to share the down time.

Today we will go to church together
and then go out and eat!
I will savor the blessing of hearing this family
minister in song to their church family
and Bruce to preach as pastor of their church.
My heart is full.

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Live! On Stage!

 We had a relaxing day waiting for our big hour yesterday.
I did a bit of knitting on the Gizeh Top and found I had one skein with a different dye lot.
 There isn't a big color difference
 but if I were to change skeins in the middle of the front, for example,
it would have a definite line of demarcation;  not what I want.
 A simple two row with each skein is a minor inconvenience to blend the odd skein in!
So far so good!
 Finally, it was time to head to our dinner reservation at Benihana;
a Japanese restaurant with an artist preparing your meal right in front of you!
We had a delicious meal with the best of company!
 Then it was time to say goodbye to the guys and we headed into downtown Atlanta!
 To the Fox Theater!
And enjoyed the Broadway presentation of Rodger's and Hammerstein's Cinderella.
Employing a bit of a Google search, we found out that I was 9 when I watched the tv broadcast 
and first fell in love with this musical.  
While the Disney movie came out in 1950, I didn't see it until after this 1965 airing on tv.  
Each has its own place in our hearts!
  So I have seen the little screen, big screen (drive-in) and now stage version of this fairy tale!  
We've made a three generation memory -  precious!

Friday, April 5, 2019

It's Possible!

 The flight went really well-I was able to listen to a book and knit most of the time.
 While this little feline is usually the star of the show...
 at the Fox Theater tonight, 
this will be where I will be watching (gawking) an amazing performance 
with my daughter and oldest granddaughter!
I am so excited-
a complete review tomorrow!

Easter Style

A repeat  performance by my orchid! Today is a very important  day to Christians; we celebrate not just the hope of what a Savior bor...