Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Found !!!

Remember those sz. 7 circulars I lost?

Found em!!  Oh yeah!  Oh yeah!  But not before turning the whole house upside down!  Sigh.  I did a lot of cleaning and organizing during the search which went on for days and days.  They were being held hostage in what I think was going to be a cozy for my coffee carafe if memory serves me and Lord knows it doesn't always these days.  I can't even remember when I started to knit it but I think it was way back when I lived in the frozen tundra.  At any rate I am so pleased with the find.....I just love this KnitPicks cirular set and I'm going to have to be more organized with my various kniting projects in the future because I'm to old for all this furniture moving.  With that in mind I ordered some cabinets for the spinning room to contain it all in some sense of order.
First I had to convince the critters they weren't for their entertainment.  Although Lilly Bean pretty much claims every box that arrives here.
And look what else I found while watering the porch plants!
This sort of thing just never happened until late Aug. or Sept. up north!  I always use to have to pluck them before they  could even turn colors so they wouldn't freeze.  No vine ripened tomatoes back there.  Of course here I have to fend of the porch birds for them!

Monday, May 15, 2017

A Very Good Day..

There were flowers......

So many beautiful arrangements from those wonderful kids of mine!  
After carefully placing them all in water we gathered up all the little hooligans and headed to the lake
for some serious laying around
fishing and water watching.  The temperatures were mild, the sun was shining and even though the fish weren't really biting that well, "Son-in-Law" still managed to catch one.  This tranquil little lake is situated right in the middle of Daughter's neighborhood.  It's become a most favorite spot for us to escape to for walks with the critters, picnics and forth of July fireworks in the lovely little park surrounding it.  It was such a relaxing afternoon enjoyed and treasured by us all.
By the end of the day we were all sporting huge smiles
even little Sophie who isn't all that thrilled with the outdoors (she hates and fears flies).   I couldn't have asked for a better Mothers Day!  Hope you all enjoyed yours as well! 

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Under Construction

I may be missing in action for a bit while we try and put things back together.  We were in the direct line of some pretty severe weather last night.  At about 2:oo AM my phone went off with a tornado warning for our area and two seconds later all you know what broke loose.  Shingles were torn off the roof, patio furniture took flight, all my potted patio plants blew over and the patio umbrella was crumpled like an accordion.  The barn flooded, trees came down and the living room ceiling started blowing water bubbles.  The place is a mess.  Sigh.  
Tarps had to be placed over the roof until the insurance adjuster can get here.
The living room ceiling has to be removed tomorrow so it doesn't collapse on us.
Trees and fallen branches will have to be picked up and my brand new patio umbrella is toast.  If only the gardener had put it in the garage at supper time like I told him too.  Sigh.  I'm just glad we didn't blow away.  It was a pretty hair raising night to say the least.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Spreading Her Wings

My Dragonfly Shawl is spreading her wings.  Hopefully the yarn can keep up with that spread!  It's starting to look a little iffy....sigh.  I've only just started the second round of chart B and then there's chart C (the lace border) and then a picot bind off.  I'm getting a little nervous.....as luck would have it I don't have any of that particular fiber left to spin so I had to spin a few yards(130 to be exact) of a blue that kind of sort of matches.  
I may have to use it to finish with.  Hopefully not because I'm not sure that would look that good.  This is not the only issue I've been having either.  When I got to the lace charts it called for a needle change from us6 to us7.  When I opened my knitpicks interchangeable set of circulars the size 7 pocket was empty!!  They're gone......nowhere to be found.  All the furniture cushions were removed ,rugs flipped drawers searched and nothing.  I can't find them anywhere so I had to substitute a pair of bamboo's with a much shorter cable to continue.  I'm hoping they will still turn up but it's looking like I'm going to have to order a replacement pair.  These bamboos are awfully sticky to knit with.  I won't get into the various rows I've had to redo because of dropped stitches mainly because I haven't quite recovered from the stress of those yet.  So Yeah!  I think I have successfully exchanged my political stress with some good ole knitting stress!!  :-O


Saturday, April 15, 2017

Here I Go Again...

All your wonderful comments about my Begonia Swirl shawl have boosted my confidence for knitting lace to a whole new level.  I thank you all for that and because of those wonderful comments I've plunged myself right back  into yet another complicated lace pattern.

I had spun some merino a while back and just loved the color combination
but it hadn't spoken to me yet as to what it wanted to become back then.
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 When I came across this  Heaven Scent pattern on Ravelry I could hear that yarn screaming out from the stash " This is it......I want to become this!!!"  I was in total agreement so I cast on right then and there!  I'm feverishly heading for those crazy scary lace charts again.  I'm almost done with the mindless stocking stitch part
so it won't be long before intense night knitting begins.  Am I crazy or what?!  I'll get this lace thing down if it's the last thing I do.  But first I better get a list made for the grocery store because Easter has crept up on me and I have family coming for dinner.  I have to come up with a menu, bake, clean the house and color eggs.  This might be making those lace charts look easy.  LOL!  Before I head to the store I want to thank Deb over at http://araigneestangledweb.blogspot.com/ for yet another wonderful gift box of soapy goodies!
I can't wait to dig in!  You're the best Deb.  That Freshly Zested Lemon bar is calling out to me.  It smells heavenly!  I've become spoiled by these wonderful surprise gifts so delightfully wrapped!  They truly are a joy to receive.  Thank You so much!

HAPPY  EASTER  EVERYONE!!!!

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Ta-Da!!!

Look who's sun bathing on the back porch!  It's my version of the Begonia Swirl Shawl all sprawled out on the porch table.  I really need to invest in the proper blocking materials.
Now don't look to closely....there may be an error or two... and if there is it is totally the fault of "The Inn at Rose Harbor", the audio book I foolishly thought I could listen to while knitting lace.  Oh and The Gardener shares in a portion of the blame too.  He kept asking me questions and tried carrying on a conversation with me while I was knitting.  
It still managed to turn out fairly well and I'm pretty proud of myself for over coming my fear of lace charts.
Now all I have to do is master the art of the selfie!

Monday, April 3, 2017

A Berry Good Weekend

We had a wonderful week with a nice long visit from our son and grand puppy Reba and to add to the fun the strawberries are ripe in North Carolina.  When I lived up north, this wouldn't happen until late June or July.  The guys went picking while I stayed home with all the hooligans.  When they returned with the loot

we turned the kitchen into a pretty serious jam making operation.
I dug out the canning jars

and we proceeded to heat up the kitchen. By the
time we got the berries cooked down and thickened, the kitchen was filled with the aroma of strawberry.  Heavenly but also hot and wouldn't you know this would be the exact time the AC decided to quit working!  

We found the screens opened the windows
and got several jars of yummy jam to eat while we are waiting for the AC to be repaired.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

IN THE THICK OF IT!

Ok..... so Begonia Swirl has consumed my life....pretty much!  It's been moving along quite well so far.  
Turns out the chart really wasn't all that scary after all and after a bit I could see the pattern forming and didn't even have to count stitches.  That was in the beginning part of the pattern.
Now that I'm entering the lacy border part it's becoming a whole different story.  YIKES!  It's calling for total concentration and counting, counting, counting and more counting!  Plus on the purl rows one has to be very vigilante about picking up every last yarn over individually.  Ask me how I know this???!!!  Ripping out lace rows is a nightmare!  And I'm trying to escape nightmares right now.  That was the whole purpose of this project!  LOL!  But all in all it's going well and I'm back at the wheel for those extra couple hundred yards of yarn to finish up.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The Beginning of Begonia!

I've managed to get 566 yards of lace weight (or at least as close as I could get to lace weight) yarn off the wheel for my Begonia Swirl Shawl.



It's a good start but I will need a couple hundred more yards.  This should keep me entertained for a while.

I'm finding that spinning for lace weight is a tad bit tedious and takes a little longer but I'm totally up for it right now.  I got a pretty good upper arm workout winding that many yards  into a cake to knit from too!  I was both excited and a bit nervous to get started on this pattern.  I just love the look of this shawl but I am always intimidated by knitting charts and this one definitely looked a little scary.  It's going to make for a really nice late 

night knitting project.  It's easier to concentrate when all my little hooligans are fast asleep.

This is last nights results.  Not bad if I do say so myself. ;-)  This is 100% alpaca and it's really soft and yummy!  Sooooo......so far so good!




Wednesday, March 1, 2017

The NEED to knit

I've always loved knitting but I'm feeling a NEED to knit here lately.  And it's going to have to be something other than the mindless kind too. No more mindless knitting while watching CNN for me....I need total complicated knitting distraction!  I generally find lace knitting to be a bit complicated so I set out searching for something with charts because charts scare the "you know what" out of me.  LOL!  I found this

The Begonia Swirl and I think it just might be the ticket.  Not only is it pretty but it has charts (Scary Charts),
 it requires concentration, and it's done in lace weight yarn so I will have to spin lace weight yarn to boot!  I've enlisted "Polly" (my Kromski Polynesian wheel)
for the task because it can spin perfectly fine singles for lace weight and she's a big wheel that can't easily be moved from the spinning room to in front of the TV.   That means I'll have to confine myself to the peace and quiet of the wheel room for several days at a time to get 822 yards of lace weight for the project.  Perfect!  I got a good start on it last night.
it's pretty tedious work getting the singles very fine so there's lots of stopping and checking
the yarn gauge on this handy little tool.  This should keep me distracted for a while although I may need a few more of these type of projects to see me through the next four years.  Sigh
 

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Do I or Don't I

That's the question.   This is that experimental fiber spun into singles.  It's kind of neat looking.

I've been trying to decide if I like it or not.  After plying it looks like this

which was not all that exciting.  ;-(

And it was even less exciting wound into a ball


but once I knit it into a swatch it was growing on me.  I actually kind of like it!