Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Knit, Spin, Ply, & Dye....

That's going to have to be the rhythm here going forward if I'm to keep up with everyone in the KAL.  
I've managed to figure out how to map out the pattern.  I've never worked from a pattern map before....heck I've only swatched to meet gauge once before this.  I probably shouldn't be admitting to this but I'm all about keeping it real.  I'm enjoying the pattern so far and I'm making pretty good progress.

I'm half way through the decrease section of the body shaping with....WAIT FOR IT.....no mistakes!  I'm pretty sure that's a first too!  Now don't get me wrong....there's been a few close calls but I managed to catch them before they became full out mistakes! :-)

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Now where did I put those snow boots??!!

This is what I woke up to this morning!!

This is the kind of thing that happened when I lived way up north in "THE MIDDLE OF NO-WHERE".  This is not suppose to be happening here......and certainly not in April!  One day I'm mowing the lawn and the next I'm shoveling.  Well that's a stretch.....this stuff is just going to have to melt because I have no intention of shoveling.  I left that activity up north!

 The old guy is going to sit this one out in his warm dry stable listening to country western music on his radio.  Talk about spoiled....although I'm sure he would prefer to be out rolling in it but it's all suppose to turn to rain later in the day and I don't want to be cleaning mud off him later.  I.....on the other hand am going to submerge myself into the Roselle Tee in front of a warm fire.  It's probably dangerous to be casting on and beginning a new pattern with all the Hooligans awake and under foot but it will be a good distraction from this awful weather.

I'm looking forward to learning some new techniques to improve my knitting skills.  Patty Lions has some really good tutorials that come along with the pattern and I've learned a lot already.  I had been using the Norwegian purl up until now not  realizing that this method was really messing with my tension and throwing off my gauge.  I've always hated purling and have had an awful time finding a way to purl that I could be comfortable with.  Patty suggests purling backwards or using the Polynesian method.  The purling backwards was a complete fail for me which is disappointing because the thought of not having to turn your work was appealing to me.  Her second option was the Polynesian purl and this method was a win win for me!!  I love it!  It was like a  "where have you been all my knitting life"  moment for me.  It's going to be another spin as I go situation but that's ok with me.  I have a couple big balls done to start
and I've managed to make gauge with my #5 Knit Picks Interchangeable needles
So yeah.....who cares if it's snowing out anyway!!!

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Since We Last Talked

The Hooligans and I have become the sole keepers of the farm. :-0  We are managing quite well if I do say so myself but there has been precious little time left at the end of the day for much me time let alone blogging.  We've survived hurricanes, windstorms and endless torrential rains which took off portions of the barn roof destroying a third of the hay and did a number on the kitchen ceiling but all is repaired now and another season of mowing is upon us.  Fingers crossed my 20 year old mower will survive it.  I've decided....with the help of this pretty little blue bird
who just swooped onto my porch,
sat it's florescent pretty little body on my window sill
and stared directly into my face as I was having my morning coffee before tackling the barn chores, that I need to make time for the fun things again.  It was as though it was telling me.....WAKE UP WOMEN....there's more to life than chores!  So this is me 

porch spinning 

under the watchful eyes of the Hooligans!
I'm back people!!!!
I'm plunging right in with a new knitting project too.  The Roselle Tee KAL with Patty Lyons.  I'm going to try and keep you posted on my progress and catch up with all of your blogs too.  But first I have to go mow the lawn.😩😩

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Debs' Spring Giveaway is here!!

Everything got here in perfect shape too.  The soaps are not only wonderful on the skin they look amazing in the bathroom too!  Deb does such a beautiful job on her soaps and now lip balm too.  I couldn't wait to try it and it didn't disappoint.....I love it.  It feels so good on the lips that were totally cracked for some reason.  Possible all this wind we've been getting but the lip balm is wonderful and  my lips are 100% better already today.  Thank you so much Deb for  being so generous with all of us!  You are so appreciated and now you've got me hooked on your lip balm too!  So my lips are healed but my kitchen table 
on the other hand is a mess!
But it's a creative mess........and those kind of messes are allowed here.  They are in fact encouraged although I'm not sure I've convinced Louie of that.
He's either bored or disgusted ( I'm having trouble reading that face ) with my latest project.  I've been watching Bea and Rose  on YouTube lately because she's an absolute joy to listen too.  Very talented in knitting, spinning, yarn dying and sewing and she makes me laugh.  I'm totally hooked on her videos.....go have a look......you'll love her.  Anyway......back to the creative mess......she was showing a pocket book clutch she was making on her last video and I thought I would give it a go myself.  It looked easy enough and It's not like I don't have enough projects going at the moment or anything.  Althogh, in my defense, this is the only sewing project......and we can't have those sewing machines sitting around getting dusty, right?!  Crikey!!  I'm going to have to start divvying out time slots for each project or nothing's going to get done!!

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Time with Tegna

I've been spending a lot of quality time with Tegna lately.
Now that the pesky pretty lace border portion is in the rear view mirror it's pretty much mindless knitting  from here on out.  I'm 5 inches in with 10 more to go before I have to dust of the cobwebs of my slowly deteriorating senior mindset and prepare for the big divide for armholes.  I'm trying not to think about that right now though and just settle in for some blissful knitting in the round.
Meanwhile things are busy in the spinning room trying to get some more DK spun up for the big finish.
This is easier said than done right now since all the wheels are being fed at the moment but I did manage to get
one oversized bobbin done which has been washed, thwacked and hung to dry.
I've got all that white alpaca fluff going on the Minstrel.  This one just might end up being spun out on the porch if the weather holds up.  Of course that would mean the wind would have to die down some.  I've got some really nice gray alpaca going on the Ashford because crazy me has her eyes set on Carbeth for my next big project.  Why oh why can't I just focus on one thing at a time!!

Friday, March 2, 2018

Blown Away!!

I wish I could say it was from some big exciting knit or spin finish but alas.....it's not......it's only Mother Nature blowing off steam again.  If it isn't raining it's blowing your socks off here lately.  Me thinks she needs an attitude adjustment.  Sheeesh!  I do have a few things going though on the fiber front.
I did manage to get to an Alpaca show and I pretty much hung out with all the white ones.  

and we all know what that means......more white fluff which I am feverishly trying to turn into whiter fluff!

All this so I can spin it into yarn which I will then try and turn into a multitude of various pretty colors.  Yikes!  What some people won't do for entertainment, eh?!  It's all quite MAD!!  LOL  But delightfully so.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Summer Sock Finish

And they're keepers.  The Hooligans agree!  We love this pattern.......well I do anyway.
Those faces might be saying " Make me my burger!" and not gee we love your new socks Mom.  But at any rate I love this pattern.  The "new to me" after thought heel technique was fun although
getting the rows of stitches above 
and below the marker was a bit tricky.  Having stripes would have made it easier to see or possibly new glasses and better lighting or all of the above.  LOL
In a couple places I was off a row and had to do some hair raising stitch saves but it all worked out in the end and I've already started another pair.  YEAH.........once I get hooked on something it's all hands in!  This time I'm going to make a more rounded toe.