Wednesday, January 21, 2015


                                  21 June 2012                      18 January 2015

Monday, January 19, 2015


This is what I got yesterday!!!   This is our 2nd Great-grandson, born in Spokane, Washington.  Of course we think he's pretty sweet.   We're looking forward to seeing him in June. 

 I was knitting this blanket for him, but today I frogged it for a number of reasons:

  1. Never knit a blanket (even a baby one) in fingering weight unless you want it to take a year to finish at the rate I was going.
  2. I added a second color (burgundy) to the grey as I was afraid I was going to run out of yarn, and I added a cream color stripe down the middle of the burgundy to give it some pizazz.  My mistake was both the burgundy and cream were not washable and the grey was.   So I could just see my granddaughter tossing the whole blanket in the washer and dryer and what a mess that would have been.
  3. I'm just plain tired of knitting on it and want to get on to other things.  I knitted a blanket for the 1st great-grandson (his brother), and she can just use that one for this baby (I hope).
Now on to deciding what to knit next.  I think I'll knit this Forza Scarf by Laura Nelkin - Nelkin Designs.  Looks like something I can whip out in a decent amount of time, which is what I need at this time!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015


I know, I'm posting my "Tuesday Talkabout" on Wednesday - always was a rebel.  Actually, I was waiting for the scarf to dry to take a picture.

Finished my "Colorful Scarf" made with mini skeins and scraps of fingering yarn.  I'm liking it a little better now that it is blocked, and hoping the granddaughter will also like it.

Yesterday, we went up to the "valley" (Phoenix area), and I stopped at a Tuesday Morning store to browse.  It's amazing what this place had - name brands at half off.

I came across these ChiaoGoo needles, only in size 1 and 2.  I've never tried this brand and for the price I thought I could try it and if I don't like it I don't have a lot invested.  I've used Addi needles for many, many years, so not sure about this "limp" cable.  That's right - $2.49!!!!

What kind of needles do you use and why?

Friday, January 9, 2015

I'm sailing along on this fingering weight baby blanket.  It's getting very boring, so I found some burgundy yarn I could use to insert a stripe here and there.   Wish I had some cream color to insert in the middle of the burgundy.   I'm heading up to the Phoenix area, tomorrow, I bet I could find some more yarn somewhere.  LOL.   To add:  I made a quick trip into Hobby Lobby yesterday and guess what - no cream colored yarn in a fingering weight.  So I've ordered some online, so blanket will be on hold for a few days.

I received this beautiful handmade journal for Christmas, and got it out today to start writing in it.  I've never been one to journal, but now that I have this beautiful book, I'm inspired.   My daughter who made the book, has been writing journals for quite a few years, has been taking classes in bookbinding.  The coverage is made with beautiful ivory colored canvas, as well as the white and black binding.   It is pretty special to me, so I must make myself write in it.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015


Remind me to never knit a baby blanket with fingering weight yarn again.   Although I love this Mad Tosh sock yarn in the Composition Book Grey, this simple little blanket is going to take forever.  I can see how my days and nights are going to be spent for a few weeks!

Sunday, January 4, 2015


Sorry I've been messing with my followers, but I'm back to using Blogger again.    I just couldn't do some of the things I wanted to do on WordPress, so I bit the bullet and hope I don't lose you in the process.  Those few who follow me I do cherish your comments and friendliness.    But, I also like to be able to post in the manner and form that fits my style - so think this is it!!


I started a Sea of Dreams by Aimee Alexander baby blanket last year some time and really enjoyed the knitting.   However at about 25% complete, I had an error in the lacy pattern (take heed - I had no lifeline!).  After being dared to complete some of my unfinished objects, I picked up the blanket again as I had a new goal, my granddaughter is expecting our 2nd great-grandson the middle of this month, so I actually had someone to make it for.  Anyway, to make a long story short, I could never find where I was in the pattern so that I could correct the stitch count.   I ripped back about half of the amount I had knit and still couldn't get back on track.
So.... I completely frogged the project and started a new baby blanket pattern two days ago:  Kollage Yarns Luscious Baby Blanket.   It's a very simple 2-row pattern:  One Row - k2p2, and 2nd Row - knit entire row.  I should be able to handle this one.   I know I won't get this finished before the great-grandson is born, but if I really kick it into gear - it should be able to be mailed off by the end of this month.    I love this yarn and color:  Madeline Tosh Sock in Composition Book Grey.    His mom has decorated the baby's room in grey - See it was "meant to be".
Bowen Baby Blanket-1