Thursday, October 18, 2018

Gansey knitting

I started knitting a Gansey sweater because I needed a challenge.  The little sweater on the left is a sampler to get an understanding of what I am doing.  Recommended in the book.  So far it is just knitting in the round and the pattern changes are just knit and purl stitches.  Not too tough.  When I get to the shoulders I will do that part on the sampler then on my sweater.  This is sport weight yarn on #4 needles so it is taking some time.  I much prefer knitting from the top down.  Cozy evening as hubby changes the channel.       --Ann--

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Sunnier days

I get more done on gloomy days it must be because I never tire of the color blue and the sky is so big and so blue.  Our fall is not so pretty as other years, the trees are not as colorful, these pics are from 2 years ago when the colors were magnificent.  Why is that?  Is is because we had an early freeze? Two weeks of dreary skies and rain? Not enough sunlight to photosynthesize the leaves? Or whatever they taught us in middle school science.  Anyway I have been auditioning fabrics for the next round of triangles for the star quilt, again my choices are determined by how much I have of a particular fabric.  I'm sad that I have used up so many of the fabrics I let my daughter choose when I was fabric shopping 20 some years ago.  She always picked the brightest and boldest colors and prints.  I would choose some connector fabrics to tie them together because our eyes need a place to rest after seeing so much color and activity like the blue sky.  --Ann--

Monday, October 15, 2018

lunch with cousins

Ok lets do a am I supposed to push the button when I'm holding it like this.....okay you hold it and I'll reach over and push another one on my phone..........
I had a delightful lunch with cousins last week.  One lives in Kansas so I don't get to see her often enough.  Cousins are the best childhood friends.  I'm sure Grandma bought us the fancy dresses and she's got the cute little Mary Jane shoes and fancy socks!  Mine are plain with lace up shoes.  We've still got bangs.  So glad we got together  --Ann--

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Go Jacks

I finished my blue and yellow go jackrabbits socks just in time for Hobo Day, homecoming at SDSU that would be South Dakota not San Diego.  Fun facts found on the internet so they may or may not be true:  we are the only college/university with the jackrabbit for a mascot.   A jack rabbit is a male hare and a female is a jill, Jillrabbits just sounds silly for the women's teams, babies are called leverets but we prefer Baby Jacks for the next generation of Jackrabbits, and a group is called a drove but we prefer team or students or class.  Hares have longer ears and longer back legs than rabbits but we still call them jackrabbits not hares.  --Ann--

Friday, October 12, 2018


I'm making progress on the socks for my kids and future daughter in law for Christmas.  I love knitting socks and self striping yarn makes it so easy.   Sticks and string make me happy  --Ann--

Thursday, October 11, 2018

More sunshine on a grey day

A little orange in a quilt top is like turning on a light.  For not having anything planned yesterday I only got one set of diamonds sewn with all the little interruptions.  I would hate to live my life with out interruptions.  I auditioned so many fabrics for each strip but what it came down to was is there enough of that particular fabric for that strip.  Some of the strips are pieced and many more will be pieced and mis matched in the next round of triangles.  It's not raining today but I'm off to have lunch with my cousins!!!--Ann--

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

brighter and brighter

 Between doing this and that and the everyday stuff that needed to be done yesterday I cut the dark side of the next round of diamond log cabin blocks and every round gets brighter and brighter.  My little bit of sunshine on another gloomy rainy day.    --Ann--