Thursday, September 19, 2019

One Down and One to Go!

Seaming up the mitten wasn't as easy
as I thought but slow and steady and all that...
I think on the next mitten I will be trying a different tip
than this one which is done like the toe of a sock.
I should've tried another method so that there
wasn't a line of solid color across the palm side 
where I did the Kitchener stitch--I can't imagine doing
that stitch in colorwork!!!
As with hand knitting, 
the mitten needed blocking to meld all of those stitches together.
Mine is blocking now and is nice and relaxed and pleasing!
I will make the second mitten like this but then try another style top for
my next pair because there will be more!

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Thumbs Up!

 I had a slight internet problem so this didn't load this morning!  Any way-
Here is a tale of two mittens!
When you experiment in colors sometimes you have a fail--t
he mitten on the right just looks washed out 
because all of the colors are the same medium tone! 
The mitten on the left has the same design 
but the background is white and makes the design pop!
It is easier to experiment on the knitting machine because a mitten is done in an hour.
 The grey yarn didn't work with the knitting machine--see all of the dropped stitches?!
The wool was Palette from KnitPicks which I normally love for Fair Isle work
 but it didn't stay in the needle hooks on the machine.  
So now I know!
 The design here uses KnitPicks Stroll for the white
 and Patons Kroy Sock in Blue Stripes for the  stars.
 The green yarn is just waste yarn to hold the live stitches
 so I can pick up stitches for the thumb-
also done on the machine. 
 The top I will use Kitchener stitch to close it up.
Here is the completed thumb, now to seam up the top and down the side.
The mitten class is a good canvas for experimenting and learning new techniques!
Now to make the second mitten and have it match! lol

Tuesday, September 17, 2019


I've drawn some personal ornament designs to add to the winter collection by Days Filled with Joy!
I wanted things that were pertinent to my Florida home.
Nice quick designs and a quick stitch right now which is a great way to achieve almost-instant gratification!  

Next drawing will be one with a flamingo!

Monday, September 16, 2019


I'm ready to turn the heel-with a short row heel from the start this time!
it is slow going on the small needles and all of the texture .
I am enjoying it if I stop thinking about what I am going to knit next....

First, I have to take my big boy to the vet to get those two infected teeth pulled!
He is doing much better on the antibiotic and will keep doing better when the teeth are out-
he just doesn't know it yet!  (keeping one of six cats away from dry foot, water after midnight is an adventure in itself!)

Sunday, September 15, 2019


I'm here-I had a visit from my son and the boys Friday night to stay overnight;
we had a wonderful time--Fridays were always pizza and movie night 
so we relived the tradition!

But Saturday morning, both boys woke up with fever and sore throats and littlest guy was vomiting!

Dad weathered the Saturday backlog at the Urgent care and got them in for exam and meds.

The rest of the day was spent snuggling sick boys and cleaning up vomit!

I wouldn't have traded the time for anything!
 When they went to the doctors, 
I continued my uphill climb on learning to do Fair Isle on the knitting machine.  
This is a mitten fail-but, I am learning a lot!
  And not making the same mistake more than three times! 
 I have already ripped this one out and tried again,
Then one of the yarn strands broke and I lost half of the stitches, 
picked them up onto a knitting needle
 and loaded them back on the machine 
when the boys arrived back here--I will try again on Monday!

So that's what I have been  doing-precious little of anything else.

I am going to do some hand knitting in the recliner right now-that sock is still staring at me!
(I'm also going to catch-up on my blog list, too!)

Friday, September 13, 2019

And So it Unfurls

 I am enjoying the quilting work at the frame.  
It is good to make myself just roll with the moment and not expect perfection.
 I knit another mitten/hat set in my mitten course;
this is a peasant type thumb instead of a gusset type.
I liked these a lot.
This thumb would be used in Fair Isle work which I have yet to tackle on the knitting machine
but I will attempt it sooner or later!
 And for your Friday Feline pic-
Oj in full-out recliner mode!
 Look at that fluffy paw!
And this is a less joyful pic--PuffDaddy has two infected molars and has been miserable.
He is on antibiotic for a few days until he gets them pulled next week!

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Quilt Again

I loaded up the only quilt top that I had enough backing for-
all of my fabrics are smaller pieces because I have used up the bigger ones!
Anyway,  I loaded it up and started quilted free hand this time.
It uses a completely different part of my brain
than when  I use a pantograph and trace the pattern with the laser!

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Life is Precious

 The sock-that-never-ends did get finished!
It is knit on a 2.0 mm needle and so it is a very tight knit
which feels good and cushiony on my feet now 
but that is the reason it took longer-well, that and the misery 
over the heel 3x and the fact that it was top down (not my favorite way)
and I finished it once already but it was too short and so I had to rip out  the toe
and add another inch of foot and do the toe again.......
 I only had 3 yards leftover--I am relieved I was able to get one sock out of this skein 
but it was a close call.
 Speaking of a close call -
Bill was standing to the right of the orange tree 
when he heard a CRACK overhead
and was able to move just enough to get brushed by the branches
instead of being crushed by the 1000+lbs of Live Oak wood.
Hurricanes weaken trees with their wind and rain-
Matthew, Irma and Dorian took their toll on this one.
We will cut it back to nothing but trunk and let it sprout out new growth-
we don't trust its long graceful branches anymore!
In a lighter train of thought, 
I cast on the second Gansey sock-
I'm hoping I will knit this one with a LOT less drama. 
Because I really want to knit Fall socks with THIS yarn instead!

Tuesday, September 10, 2019


 I am loving the embroidery;  consequently, I am doing a lot of it!
 These two free Christmas designs are from CozyBlue;
I used #3 embroidery cotton.
And I have the next design to start today!
(Since these embroideries are done with heavier home spun type fabric,
I had to use Kim's trick of using water soluble stabilizer to draw
my design, stitch through it and then wash it away when finished!)

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Curcuma Beauty

 Look at how beautiful this plant it is!
It is a perennial; 
one I had never heard of but I loved the height and long blooming time for this plant.
It is doing great and I love learning about a new plant!
 Here is something I don't do too often--bake!
It is a Ghirardelli Brownie mix--Caramel Turtle--but you put the mix into cupcake papers,
saving the caramel for the frosting. 
 The recipe is on the box--it has been tempting me for months so
I gave it a go today when my youngest son and family came for a visit today--it was beyond superb!
Give it a try!
And after a day of snuggles, fun and swimming,
I enjoyed a good sit and knit on my socks that will never end!

Saturday, September 7, 2019

A Honey Pot

 I enjoyed putting this quilt top together--
a very nice  sized lap quilt of 36" x 48"
Now this is the 4th finished little top and I need to get to the fabric store
 to buy some appropriate backings. 
This one needs a real bee fabric!
 I also finished off the skein when making the hat with a pom-pom.
now this will be the first of many sets for the donation pile!
And the hibiscus are still very happily putting out a bloom every few days-
isn't it beautiful!?

Friday, September 6, 2019

Cleaning up; Post-Dorian

 The front porch has been reorganized, cleaned and thinned down--it is easy to get too many pots
along the long walk and it closes in on me!  
Tomorrow, I will begin to weed the garden in front of the porch--
I have to take advantage of the early morning because the temperatures are going to soar again.
 I did something for the sheer joy of it--I bought a fairy house with a few residents!
I put a little frog inside (figurine not real!) for a surprise.
I set this on the base of a big pot holding my Corn Plant.
 When I was completely exhausted, 
I cooled off in the pool and then came in to knit a pair of mittens!
That is too funny to me!  
I couldn't imagine needing to wear a pair of these any time soon!
I used an acrylic skein for these charity mittens-
 The mittens won't match but will be fun to wear, I think. 
 These will fit a 8-10 year old.
See what I mean!  
I want to see if I can get a pair of mittens and a matching hat from the one skein.
The mittens are style one from a machine knitting course I am doing right now.
It is good to learn something new each week or so!
What have you learned this week?!

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Ogre's Ears!

 Isn't this a pretty succulent?!
It is called Ogre's Ears!  What a great name.
It is a gift from my neighbor;  
I hope it is hardy because I would really like this one to make it!
 I enjoyed building my honeycombs yesterday--they go together more slowly because of the Y seams but at least they are going together very accurately!
And Gladys about did me on on that foolish heel!
Give me a toe-up sock any day!!!!!!!!
The heel and gusset gobbled up much more yarn, it was thick and clunky,
and the numbers didn't work out over and over.
I ripped it out and did a short row heel and now I am way down the foot!
Knitter, know thyself!
I might just knit the other sock toe-up and see how it turns out! HA!

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Bee Sweet

 I cut out a bunch of golden blocks for a honeycomb--
this lap quilt will be for a friend who is a beekeeper!
The first of the bands from Dorian make itself known.
Turn up the volume-you can hear the wind/driving rain.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019


The little embroidery from Wal-Mart,
a JanLynn Needlecraft Design,
is finished and ready to hang on the wall.
There is only one little hitch-I don't have a hoop to mound it in!
One is too large and the other too small!
It will rest in this one until I can get out to the store again!
I can wait!
I'm also forcing myself to work on this old, old, old crewel kit.
If it didn't have a pattern of so much satin fill stitch,
I would just do this in outline stitch and enjoy it more.
I still might play with breaking up this pattern
so I will finally finish it.
This is a kit to make a purse-
I even have the hardware still after all of these decades!

Monday, September 2, 2019

The Results are Socks

 The machine knit tube over 60 needles has become a pair of socks!
These are customized socks for my oldest granddaughter, Abigail!
Made from two skeins (1 1/2 really) of KnitPicks Felici yarn in the Great Gatsby colorway.
Since this is still experimental to me,
I didn't think to repeat the colors to the right point to make
the socks matching but she won't mind, 
I hope! lol
I used the same knitting pattern to decrease the toes and heels-
Kitchener stitching to close both..
I have cast on a new pair of socks to be made by hand this time-
I am missing some fancy stitching!
I am knitting Gladys by General Hogbuffer.
The Flax colorway from  Paton Kroy yarn.
#1 needles (2.25mm) over 64 stitches.
More to come but if I go silent-
know I am well ;
just in the middle of a 
visit with Dorian!

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Getting the Blocks Lined Up!

It was a sewing day, since I considered we might be out of power soon
and I knew I could knit but not finish the things on the design wall!
 And here is the little bit of Noah's Ark fabric cut into hexies for this lap quilt!
 I even stitched  into the header block in case anyone missed the point! 
And next I pulled a bunch of gold fabric for another hexagram quilt=
this time with no star points-just all bee hive looking is the goal!
I can cut the fabric all up if the power goes out, too, with the Accuquilt.

One Down and One to Go!

Seaming up the mitten wasn't as easy as I thought but slow and steady and all that... I think on the next mitten I will be tryi...