Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Road Trip - Boise, Idaho

We're leaving tomorrow (Thursday) morning for Boise, Idaho (around 550 miles from here) for hubby's family reunion for a couple of days, then visiting friends and golf for another couple days, so will be "out of the loop" here for a week. I don't know how much Baby Kina knitting I'll be getting done (I hope a lot!). Today I had to rip back 8 rows just because I didn't read the pattern correctly, but have made most of that back up now. I'm to the part where there are all the increases to make the yoke look like it's gathered. In doing so, I found out/realized I had the buttonholes on the wrong side, but decided not to start completely over. I think since the Mamma will be the one buttoning the sweater, she'll appreciate the buttonholes being on the right side - so it's just a design element! Right? I'm still loving this knitting backwards technique - no purling - yeah!!!

So...I'll be talking to you in a week or so and may have some good pictures and some good knitting progress to talk about.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Not Too Old to Teach New Tricks

I can't believe I'm posting two days in a row, but I'm so excited that I learned a new knitting technique: backwards knitting! I taught myself from this YouTube video. This stitch, for those of you who follow me and are not knitters, is to knit backwards to avoid having to purl a whole row, particularly when you are doing lots of stockinette stitch. Also, I understand your knit stitch and backwards knit stitch are a more even tension.
We're having sunshine today (first time in quite a while), so I cast on the Baby Kina sweater this morning, and have only done two rows of backward knitting so far, and hopefully, I'll be speedier at it as I knit more rows. Loving this yarn and the color (see yesterday's post for yarn and color information).

Monday, June 21, 2010

Baby Kina

Baby Kina is the name of the baby sweater I'm going to cast on today. The yarn is from Sunshine Yarns and I'm participating in the Twilight Sunshine-A-Long (SAL). The starting date was June 15th and the ending date is July 15th. I may not get it done in time, but that's fine with me. This yarn is so scrumptious that just to be knitting with it is enough pleasure for me.

Sunshine Yarn - Vampire Sport This is a picture of the baby sweater, for which I have no upcoming babies (to my knowledge) to give it to. But it'll be a fun knit and one of these days I may become a great-grandma!

Saturday, June 12, 2010


This is how I spent "World Wide Knit In Public Day" 2010 at Frontier Park in Graham, Washington from 10am to 4pm. What a great time was had by all. We had sunshine for the first time in I don't know how many days, and temperature in the 70's instead of the 50's. In fact, we sometimes had to move out of the sun when we got too hot or were afraid we would burn.

Friday, June 11, 2010

For Your Friday enjoyment!

Thought you might like this wonderful video today!

Monday, June 7, 2010

What's been happening?

I've not being doing well, of late, keeping up with the blogging. Don't know what my problem is - just nothing creative coming out of my head.

We spent the past three days in the Tri Cities area of Washington state, visiting with our daughter, husband and 2 g-kids. The g-kids participated in a regional swim meet and came up with a lot of awards and bettered their times in every event. This meet was held in Pasco, Washington at a brand new facility - there are 8 or 10 50m lanes and everything was just "first class". Unlike the weather on the west side of the state where I live, it was quite warm over there - in the high 70's and low 80's and beautiful blue skies. We came home yesterday over White Pass , where there is still snow in places near the top.

I finished my Wide-Eyed Shawlette this weekend and will get some pictures when it's finished blocking. Was nice to get one thing finished. Looking forward to WWKIP Day better known as Worldwide Knit in Public Day, this coming Saturday where we will be knitting in nearby Frontier Park from 10a to 4p. Maybe I can get some of my other unfinished projects completed.

Another great knit give-a-way from Tina "Peacefully Knitting". She's giving away a copy of the new Vogue Stitchionary Vol. 5, Lace Knitting The deadline is Sunday, June 13th, at midnight, so why don't you hop on over to her blog and enter.