Friday, November 28, 2008


Hello everyone. Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Hubby and I spent the day at our son-in-law's cousin's place with a wonderful meal, family, good friends and good times. I didn't bring anything home as leftovers except the cranberry sauce I had made, so today I'm roasting a turkey breast and looking forward to the turkey sandwiches we'll have for dinner tonight.

I didn't go out today and do the shopping thing. I'll leave that to the young and the brave.

I've taken my first magic loop sock class at my local LYS. I've done both socks up to the point of the next class which will be turning the heel. It's lots of fun and hard to put it down. I'm using Cascade 220 Quattro in Raspberry Cream - love this yarn.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

One of Those Days

My day started out good with our regular knitting meet-up at the Austin Chase coffeehouse in Graham. There were 8 of us and we sure had lots of great conversation going.
I brought along my gloves I've been working on forever, it seems, for advice from the more experienced ladies. They agreed with me that the area bound off for the thumb was too close to the wrist ribbing (and here I was 6 or 8 inches beyond there. Soooooo......I brought them home and frogged them. This time I'm going to try a pair of fingerless gloves for a Christmas gift. There are a lot of patterns for these on Ravelry whch I've fav'd - just have to decide which ones.
I also started a 2-color rolled brim hat today and have gotten a lot done on it. Nothing else is getting done, but oh well. I'm using Knitpicks Swish Worsted and loving the feel of it. I'm not too fond of the color combo I selected (the two colors looked good together in the skein, but not so well in the knitting). But, oh well, it's just for me and I'm liking it.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Found a Great Site

I just found this Etsy shop with some great handmade crochet items and also some neat patterns. I just ordered patterns for the fingerless gloves, Fisherman's cowl and Cabled Bobble Clutch. She's having a 1-year anniversary contest mentioned on her blogsite so if you'd like, take a peek and see some real unique items.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Time is Flying By

I don't know about you, but it seems like time is flying by so rapidly and I'm not getting anything done. Just think, Thanksgiving in a couple weeks and then Christmas will be here. I've been busy with Treasurer duties for our church - which includes taking care of the money for our recent Bazaar (at which I sold 45 dishcloths), and now we're selling nuts for a money-maker for our Women's Group. Also have hosted Couples Bunco and Ladies Bunco at the clubhouse where we live, as well as hosted coffee-hour fellowship today at church. I'm tired of baking!!!!

As for knitting, I'm not doing so well on the top-down raglan sweater for my granddaughter. I started out fine, but am having a problem now with the increases at the raglan seam - can't figure out what I"m doing wrong and may have to frog it all the way back and start over. I did get the mittens figured out and am working on them. I'm also trying to get a set of 6 dishcloths finished to give to my son-in-law's cousin who has invited us to her house for Thanksgiving dinner. Each cloth has a different design and they're smaller than others I've made, so I think I'll get them all completed.
I start a "socks on circular needle" class next Sunday afternoon for 3 classes. Looking forward to that, as I've only made them on dpn's and that was several years ago(5 maybe) and I remember not liking them so well. So hopefully this goes okay.
"Turkey Dinner"
"Pilgrim Hat"
"Wrapped for Gift"

Friday, November 7, 2008


I don't know about where you are, but we've been having the most colorful Fall I've seen in years. It's a pleasure to drive around and see the reds and yellows so vivid. Attached is a picture of some of the colors in our yard - I've never seen such brilliant colors. Particularly the strawberries we have planted in a terra cotta "strawberry planter". The leaves are huge and red.

I'm getting frustrated knitting the "Elegant & Easy Cable Mittens" in the "One Skein Wonders" book. Nearly everyone in the class is having problems following the directions, so it's not only me. I think my cable is running up the side of my hand rather than the middle of the back. I'll have to open up the thumb and try it on to find out for sure - if this is the case, I think these will soon becoming socks! There are a lot of fingerless glove patterns out there also, maybe I'll find one with directions that are easier to follow.