Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

A few years ago my favorite Thanksgiving tablecloth and napkins shared the dryer with a black pen. I was so upset and mad ...there was black ink all over it. Then, I was frustrated when I couldn't find a suitable replacement. I used other tablecloths, but never really liked them as much as the ruined one.

This year, I am dressing the table with my best china and silverware that was my Mother's. The meal will be as sumptuous as always...

.. I'm using my favorite tablecloth with the ink stains.

To me it's just a little reminder that it's the people we sit with at the table that are important.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

BSJ update

I think I am over half way through this little parabolic baby sweater. With the help of a spreadsheet I can check to see that my stitch count is where it's supposed to be.

It's a kooky pattern. That Elizabeth Zimmerman was a genius, I can't imagine how she came up with it. If you think you'd like to make one, click on the link to see and print the spreadsheet, it's very helpful.

He's Harley Knitting

There is no ordinary boring day at the yarn shop. This fellow was waiting out in front of the shop while his girlfriend was shopping inside. Somehow he came to our attention and I thought I'd take his picture. Someone else grabbed her knitting to put in his hands and this is the result! Matt is his name and I think he was awfully cooperative.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Baby Surprise Jacket

I cleaned all day today to get ready for Thankgiving. I hate housework. To reward myself I am enjoying me a little knit'n.

A student has asked for help with Elizabeth Zimmerman's baby surprise jacket. I have not made it before- So, I checked out the BSJ group on Ravelry and threw a little Marble on the needles. If you notice I have the yarn in my left hand. Normally I Throw, but, as an homage to EZ I am knitting Continental.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

the other half of the skein

The cowl in my last post was made for the shop. It was pretty much half of the skein (145 total yards) I had to make something out of the other half and I wondered if I could get a hat out of it. As you can see there was yarn left over and the hat is plenty roomy. I used size 10.75 needles. I know that's an odd size, I bought it a long time ago thinking it might come in handy some day and this was the day! Two great gift ideas out of one skein of yarn.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Mountain Colors!

Here is a little neck warmer. You can make two of these with one skein of Mountain Colors, New 3 Ply Wool. I used a 10.5 needle and cast on 72 stitches. The colors are so lovely, this photo doesn't do it justice. It's a great quickie project.

Monday, November 3, 2008

The Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave!

Today we can exercise our privilege as Americans,
to cast our vote for people and issues of great importance.
I love being an American and never more than on
election day.
Many have sacrificed so we can check a box
and be counted.
I hope you are reading this wearing an
"I voted" sticker.