Monday, November 16, 2015

Knit worthy babes

A friend, a new knitter, just had her first grandson.  Winter is coming to Ohio and I thought he should have a hand knit hat.  Since she was not comfortable knitting it I stepped up to keep his little noggin warm.   
These little fish hats are a fun quick knit. 


We were invited to a post golf Halloween party.  Costumes from the neck up.  I had a hat, dh had. Itching.  So I knit him a pumpkin hat.  It reminded me that when it comes to hats, he has a big head. I didn't realize how big until the hat was done and on his head.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Happy anniversaries

I finished two fifth anniversary wraps.  It is the perfect car riding/tv watching project.   
Cotton Interlacements yarn. Loosely knit for with a nice drape.

Joann sensations bellezza purchased years ago.  

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Finishing and starting

Finally finished the afterthought heel in the socks I knit driving from Florida to Minnesota. 
Started a shawl for the drive back south. 

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Post wedding knitting enthusiasm

The week after the wedding my strawberry hydrangeas turned pink.  They are beautiful, but the timing was just a bit off.  
After nothing but dishcloths and a scarf for a month I felt a burst of renewed knitting energy.  So I finished an easy top down sweater in a week.   I used some berrocco acrylic purchased on sale last year.  Soft to knit work horse kind of project.  Just what I needed to get my knitting mojo back. Plus a bit of a stash buster.  Double win!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Look who joined me for coffee

I'm not well versed in bat removal.  DH is in the cities for meetings, the handyman that we call is in Kansas.  I don't want to do anything that might prompt him to wake up and start panic flying around the cabin so he's harder to evict.  And putting on gloves and grabbing him for removal just isn't in my skill set.   😜

Friday, August 14, 2015

A picture of peaceful.

After the rush of preparations, the fun of the event and the series storms we've had in the past few days. This is truly the picture of peaceful.   Still lake, no boats, blue sky.  

Wednesday, August 5, 2015


At a point where everything seems unfinished..,a finished object.  It's a hitchhiker scarf for the red scarf project.  

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Fishy baby hat

For the neighbors upcoming baby.  Mom and Dad both love to fish. So it seemed appropriate.   The yarns a yummy shibui sock weight.  It might make the baby look a wee bit like its being eaten by aliens.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Red scarf project

The Villages guild is knitting red scarves for the red scarf project.  I just happen to have some long ago purchased red yarn.  So I thought perfect, I'm in!  I did my pattern scarf on rav, and began.  Didn't like it, * frogged, began again with a new pattern.   Repeat process for the * multiple times.   Four patterns and a hours of Netflix streaming later this is what I have to show for my time.  


We were talking about dishcloths at knitting.  That lead me down the rabbit hole, of free patterns on ravelry.  So I dug out my stash and started playing with new patterns.   

One done

A quick knit. A four row pattern that looks much more difficult then it is. Me inner? I finished a baby blanket for a neighbors gender to be determined September arriving baby.  I used the Pine Forrest baby blanket pattern.  It's a beautiful pattern and it's free on ravelry.  

Friday, May 29, 2015

The value of counting

I made the mistake of not checking my stitch counts, as the pattern suggested, as I blithely knit my Simmer Dim shawl by Gundrun Johnston.   I mean I successfully knit the aestlight shawl what could possibly go wrong.  Turns out things could go wrong.  And even though I had the feeling something wasn't right, my knitting looked much fuller then it seemed it should, I kept knitting.  Even though it seemed I,was using much more yarn then the pattern or other Ravelry knitters used, I kept knitting.   And in the end I had something that was similar to the pattern but clearly not the same.  So I blocked it aggressively.  And I will donate it to someone who will find a home for it.  And some day I will knit the pattern again and count as the pattern suggests. 

Sunday, May 24, 2015

It got away from me

I planted a small rhubarb plant last fall.  I have memories of rhubarb sauce on vanilla ice cream at one grandmas, strawberry rhubarb upside down cake growing up.  And just an ever present rhubarb patch in my relatives yards.   When we returned from Florida most of my plants had barely come up, if they had sprouted at all..but the rhubarb has thrived.

Thursday, May 21, 2015


I'm not sure why I'm on a shawl/ poncho kick these days.  But I certainly can't get enough of them.   On the car ride to Minnesota I finished a Caponcho.   I used 2 skeins of universal shades.  Truly mindless knitting.  
Great for riding in car or watching television.


Found some great buttons for my ballymurphy shawl in my Minnesota stash.

Friday, May 15, 2015

On the road again

We've begun the migration  from Florida to Minnesota.  Thank heavens for downloaded podcasts.  Yesterday was "wait wait don't tell me" day.  The npr podcast.   Luckily I can knit and ride.  Working on a sock for charity and the "capancho" for me.  Jack the dog is comfortable with my knitting.  

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Such fun

Finished my Maggi knits shawl.  It was a really fun knit.   Now I just need to find the 4 decorative buttons.  
It still needs to be blocked.   It was a knitting adventure.  

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Progress and pruning.

My Maggi knits shawl is coming along.  It is a really fun knit.  I'm looking forward to to finishing and finding the perfect accent buttons. 
I told the landscapers to prune aggressively, everything will get so over grown so fast here in the summer months.  I said Morticia Adams was my gardening they took me at my word 
The magnolia is blooming.  The flowers are lovely for just a short time...then they aren't.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Ta da!

Finished my Aestlight shawl. I dug into my stash and used some lovely Misti Alpaca cotton silk blend.
I will definitely make this pattern or some derivation of this pattern again.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

You know how lucky you are

When you look out over a golf course in March and see this.
And near the cart path 
And on your needles is a lovely shawl that appears to have potential to be knit without having to rip back.  

Sunday, February 22, 2015

A few things off my needles

A couple of hats for local homeless.  
Yes the pink pompom is as big as the hat.  
A color affection for me

New level of pet lover

We're used to seeing people in our community pushing dogs in strollers, bringing them into stores and sitting with them outside at restaurants.  And I'm not talking about service dogs.  This day we spotted a group sitting outside eating at a local restaurant, with a very old Shellie at their feet and a small bird in a travel case on the table.
  After eating the woman took the bird out of the cage and cuddled it and kissed it and for a brief moment appeared to stick it in her shirt before putting it back in the cage and leaving.   

On the knitting front I finished a shawl for a neighbor beginning chemo.
It's steel grey with a pink edge. The yarn is corntastic from kollage.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Out of the bubble

Stopped at one of those places we always just drive by for lunch yesterday.   Had a great burger.
 Who'd have guessed?  Will definitely stop again.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Perfect pairings

On a ravelry forum they were talking about a gooseneck adjustable stand to hold an iPad or e-reader so you could knit and read or stream video.  I ordered one from Amazon.  Not to expensive.  Works great.  A perfect pairing of things I enjoy.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Two steps forward one step back

I've been finishing things.  A baby sweater
Some golf club covers
About half of my radiation treatments.  
And I've got stuff in the works.  A couple pairs of socks for charity, a shawl for me.  And as of yesterday 21 days of antibiotics to treat Lyme disease.   Coming from Minnesota I recognize the telltale bullseye rash of Lyme.  Showed it to the doc.  He confirmed and now I'm on med's.  I looked it up, there aren't many reported cases in Florida. Guess I'm special.  And lucky he doc was also from up north no familiar with the little buggers.