Friday, November 21, 2014

on and off the needles

 It is time to prioritize which projects need to be finished before Christmas. Socks for me, socks for someone special, reading mitts for someone special, gloves just to see how knitting the fingers work what is a finger on a glove? a thumb without a gusset?!? it can't be that hard.  A couple super secret projects that won't be blogged  until after Christmas................De-clutter the kitchen and dining room, plan Thanksgiving menu, buy groceries, get cooking......
The colors started stacking up in an interesting pattern as I knit the gusset and heel then it was back to the same old color pattern. The heel just naturally folds into a funny face when I fold the socks in half.
I finished my scarf, hat and mitts to go with my boiled wool coat and has been too cold to wear it with a temperature rating of +20 degrees, I'll just have to put a cozy sweater on then the coat. Linking to Judy's OTN and see all the cozy knits.  --Ann--

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Winter and Reading

 Winter came two weeks ago and stayed, our first snow usually disappears as fast as it comes but not this year and we have not been hit nearly as hard as other parts of the country. Ironically the last book I finished reading was A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy. It is about a bed and breakfast ready for business on the west coast of Ireland, each chapter is about a staff member or guest and how each came to be at Stoneybridge B&B and how their life was changed. Fun book on a chilly night.

 I had son's dog over the weekend she found her favorite partially deflated volley ball right where she left it and forgot all about me trying to turn her into a house dog. Snow is for fun!! She had a blast while I shoveled then looked at me with those big brown eyes as I said "No, you cannot bring that ball into the house." hunkering down for winter--Ann--

    Friday, November 7, 2014

    On and off the needles

    A dear friend gave me the pattern for these slippers. They are super fast to knit because after the garter stitch sole every other stitch in every other row is a slip stitch. One fourth less knitting. The blue pair is on size 6 needles and the orange are on size 7 just a little difference in the size.

    I broke my needle. It was on the arm of the chair and put my hand on it with a little too much weight.
    More socks for colder weather here.  That center double decrease looks so much better when done right scroll down to previous post for "how to" and linking to Judy's OTN. --Ann--

    Wednesday, October 29, 2014

    Like Edison...................

    "Ben Gates: [paraphrasing Thomas Edison, about invention of light bulb] I didn't fail, I found 2,000 ways how not to make a light bulb; I only need to find one way to make it work." -   --  National Treasure 

    I feel the same way about some knitting directions.   Another pair of socks imagine that............. These have narrow rows of color changes so I thought I would try a wave pattern which is
    Row 1: k1, p1, yo, k4, cdd, k4, yo, p1, k1 repeat. Row 2: k1, p1, ktbl, k9, ktbl,  p1, k1 repeat.
    The cdd is a central double decrease which is also written either Sl 1- k2tog- psso or sk2p. What the knitter is doing is slipping one stitch-knitting the next 2 together-then passing the slipped stitch over the  knit together.  It can also be Sl2-k1-psso or s2kp.  The knitter is slipping 2 stitches-knitting the next one- then slipping the two stitches over the knit stitch. But no where in the directions does it say whether to slip the stitch purl wise, point to point as if to purl or knit wise as if knitting the stitch one at a time or two at a time. These little details make a difference in the way the finished stitch looks. The cdd can either lean left or right or have a nice knit stitch up the center. This stitch pattern said Sl2-k1-psso. My first row of the pattern I slipped the 2 stitches purl wise, it looks like there is a wrap around the center stitch. The next time I tried slipping the stitches as if to knit one at a time, that row looks like it has 2 wraps around the knit stitch. Then I referred to my knitting books. In the back of 400 knitting stitches Potter Craft it said to slip 2 together as if to knit. The third time that is what I did and yippee skippy that is what I needed to do to get the nice knit stitch in the center of the decrease.  And it didn't take 2000 tries to get it right. Happily knitting now--Ann--

    By the way ktbl is knitting through the back loop of the yarn over. If you knit the yarn over with a regular knit stitch you get a hole, great for lacy patterns, knitting through the back loop twists the yarn over closing the hole.

    Monday, October 27, 2014

    Design Wall Monday

    Last week I posted a teaser of cutting parts, I'm still cutting parts but had to sew some together to see what the blocks look like. I'm half done with these parts then I need to choose fabric for the triangles that will square up the block. The pattern is Metro Rings by Sew Kind of Wonderful, her quick curve ruler makes it so easy to sew curves. I'm using leftover fabrics from click, click, click and there will still be fabric left for another quilt of this combination. Check out the quilts at Judy's DWM. Its a great day to sew here summer might be gone with yesterdays wind.--Ann--

    Friday, October 24, 2014

    On and off the needles

     These heels always look like a funny face so just for fun I thought I would put on some googly eyes  but then I couldn't find them so I used buttons I didn't really want to spend half a day looking for a little jar of googly eyes that may or may not even exist in my sewing room, who doesn't have googly eyes?!??  then the other half of the day putting my sewing room back in order.
     and more socks in progress. Still enjoying summer like weather here and sometimes sitting on the patio with coffee and knitting in the afternoon. It is good to be prepared for winter with hand knits linking to the always prepared Judy at PatchworkTimes OTN. --Ann--

    Wednesday, October 22, 2014

    cutting parts.....

    All these parts and lots more to cut.............maybe Monday there will be something on the design wall........--Ann--