Saturday, December 26, 2015

 These were finished in time for Christmas this year.  They are both double knit.  So the design is visible on both side of the scarf and the hat can be worn with either side showing.  Word of advice if you are going to start a double knit project keep in mind it is like to making two projects and takes about the same time as making two.  Also your gauge will be different so consider that if you going to make your own design.  I found that when I started the skull hat that I was making a cowl instead of the hat because I figured the pattern using the gauge I usually get when using worsted weight and size 4 needles.  Now I am on my way to start a pair of fingerless gloves to match the red and black in the set.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Christmas knitting has begun

This is a combination of several charts. The dark mark I found on Ravelry…/libra…/harry-potter-dark-mark-chart. The others are based on deathflake pattern and other skull patterns I have found on the internet. This will be a gift for my grandson.  He is really into skulls.  I wanted to add a spider to keep with the Harry Potter items but apparently he hates spiders.  So stuck to the Dark Mark and skulls.  I will be scouring for dinosaur patterns soon for the other grandson.


Thursday, August 13, 2015

Summer is Over

The kids have all started back to school.  The school bell is ringing and the buses are making their way out and about. 

I remember how empty the house always seemed the first day of school.  How I had wanted just a day without baking, crafts, tea parties, picnics, listening to the arguing over the tv, and all the other little things they did all day.  Then once that first day was here it was like I was lost.

Mothers with little ones who have the privilege of being able to stay home with them at least through preschool treasure those moments.  They are gone so quickly.

The older I get the more I realize that my Aunt Ruth was right.  The older you get the faster time goes. 

Slow down, take your time.  Some day you will wish that you could hold them in your lap again.  To pass the day in the backyard picnicking.  To know you could glance out your kitchen window and smile at their antics or rush out the back door to settle a dispute. 

Although now it seems like summer lasts forever and you are as ready for them to go back as they are to get out of the house and start a new adventure, treasure it.  Once it is gone, it is gone. 

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Minion monster pants

This is one of the projects I have been working on.  I had seen a couple of posts on facebook suggesting that I might want to try these.  I now have some ideas for different types.  These are actually designed to cover diapers and use short rows to add the extra space needed in the pattern to accommodate a diaper.  I have seen different types and color combinations.  But I am planning on trying my own design on the seat.  I will be posting once I have the pattern thought out and a shorter version completed.

Piney bushes

Well it has been awhile but I have been busy getting things cleaned up outside.  I found that my Piney Bushes have survived another winter.  I grew up calling these Piney Bushes but then I found that they were also known as Peonies.  I suppose it is from whatever part of the country you have grown up determines what you identify them as being.  I have 5 of these gorgeous plants in my yard at this time.  The ones closest to the house seems to be spreading the most.  I suppose that is because they are a little more protected.  I can remember my mother had three of these in our yard separated by what she called Flags which if found later are actually known as Irises.    It doesn't really matter what you call both flowers they are beautiful.  I wil be posting more as they go through the season.  I am planning on getting an Iris bed going in front of our house.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Working on figuring out blog posts

I believe that I may have figured out how to post to facebook and have my pictures show from the blog post itself rather than my profile picture showing.  I would like to start making some demonstration posts on provisional cast on, Kitchener stitch, knitting socks on circular needles.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Little Cowboy Hats and Boots

I have been working on these little hats and boots.  I will be adding to my Etsy Shop today or at least that is the plan unless the snow on our receiver interrupts our service.  I will adding the pictures and giving folks the option of ordering with custom colors.  I have some ideas to make adjustments to the pattern to make them a little more unique.

Purple and gold

The ones that appear as blue and gold are actually a deep purple and gold.
Black and Gold version

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Using kitchener stitch

I have decided to try using the kitchener stitch to seam shoulders.  On this baby sweater it has seemed to work very well.  There is no seam on the inside and it looks like a continuous piece of knitting.
Shoulder seam done with Kitchener stitch
There was also a hood and I joined the seam using Kitchener stitch. This is how it turned out you can not really see where I joined the stitches of the row.  This hood was added to the neckline and worked back and forth on a circular needle. When I reached the desired length I equally divided the stitches on the needle and pulled the stitches up to the ends of the needle and worked the Kitchener stitch to join.


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

New posts for a New Year

I have decided to start posting knitting ideas that I have learned over the years.

I had decided because I had become a little strained with seeing so many negative posts on facebook that I would join knitting groups so my newsfeed would include beautiful pictures of other knitters completed projects.  This idea has proved successful.  I have viewed beautiful items from all over the world and have started conversations from knitters on other continents.  I have found that I have made many comments on posts asking questions or wanting advice.  So why no start posting them here as well?

Today I saw a question on using row counters.  I use them constantly helps you to keep your place in your work.  They also can be used to make sure socks are the same length.  I have found them very useful in making sure the arms on my sweaters are the same length.  I keep track of the rows in the body of the sweater once I have reached the length I want for the first piece then I don't have to worry about one being longer than the other.    If I know that I am going to make a pattern again such as hats for children or myself I make a note of how many rows before the decrease so I don't have to keep measuring each time I remake the project.

I also use an app Knit Companion to keep track of my patterns and notes.

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