Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Knit Companion to the rescue.......

I have been engulfed in a knitting nightmare for weeks here!  I've been caught in this horrible web of rip rip rip rip rip repeat for what seems like an eternaty!

Most people can knit from charts like this without a problem.  I on the other hand apparently CANNOT!!!  Those little blankety-blank squares are driving me crazy!  I just keep losing my place.  It's been aweful!

This is how far I was weeks ago

and this is all the farther I've gotten in all that time!!  And I wouldn't even be this far if I hadn't finally enlisted the help of this handy little App on my phone.

I've been saved by Knit Companion!!  It's so much easier to keep track of where you are with this APP.  Although I will never catch up to everyone else on the KAL.  They have all long surpassed me.  They are working on the neck finishing and sleeves while I have only finished the front

and this tiny portion of the back.  Sooooooooo Embarrassing!!!

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Guarding the Yarn.....

Finally I have a moment to post!  Spring on the farm is crazy busy.  The lawn needs mowing literally every three days and I spent the morning taking back the barn from swarms of  carpenter bees with the help of the Orkin man.  I've been spinning and plying into the wee hours of the mornings in order to make enough yarn for my Roselle Tee.  I've managed to get two big skeins done and spent the afternoon

laboring over this steamy 

pot of yarny goodness.

It was 84 degrees out and the fact that I was using something called Polar Ice drink mix to dye it wasn't making things any cooler!

I enlisted the help of my hooligans new security team to guard it while it was drying on the back porch.

I figured no bird is going to be dumb enough to try and poop on it with those two fierce mugs staring at them!

So it's back to knitting tonight.  Only five more rows till the arm hole shaping.  I am seriously so far behind every one else in the KAL!!😳

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 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.😩😩