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Knitting photos from a weekend of basketball   12 comments

 

And one with a live model for scale.

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Posted March 28, 2016 by salpal1 in Uncategorized, what I am making, What's on my needles

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As promised   22 comments

Turns out there were more than 100 photos on the camera, most from the mini photo shoot with niece B for my Etsy shop. I am not posting them all here. You can thank me later. 🙂

There might have been a few comments like “How many of these button hats have you got there, anyway?” But she was a good sport.  🙂

Surprise! I also had these , ready to be photographed.

She turned the camera on me, and it seems she takes a good photo on both sides of the camera. This is the golden waves wrap that I worked on all fall. Still need some close ups of it, but we have these now.

 

And just because, here’s one more button hat for you.  It’s one I would not be sad to have to keep.   Photo is fuzzy but the hat isn’t.  🙂

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Did I mention this wasn’t all the photos I have for you?  Here’s what I was knitting this weekend, taken Saturday:

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That’s my Hap for Harriet, nearing the half way mark, the Maluka which goes on the road with me, and a new work in progress, a cabled slouch hat for my coworker Bobbi.  She has ordered a hat, cowl, and fingerless gloves for her daughter’s birthday. I finished the hat Sunday, and started in on the cowl.  Here’s a close up of the hat:

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Bobbi is a wonderful person to knit for, as she lets me guide her yarn choice. And she pays me. 🙂  We went with MadelineTosh for this set – Vintage for hat and gloves, Home for the cowl.  Both are in the color way Whiskey Barrel, which is a rich brown with black, blue, and green highlights along with the shades of brown.  It looks really nice on the hat, but on the seed stitch cowl, it is incredible, perfect choice for the pattern. I don’t get any remuneration for waxing eloquent about this yarn, wish they would shower me with free yarn, but they don’t. It is one of my favorite commercial yarns, the colors are wonderful, the yarn is soft as can be.  Home is loosely twisted so you get the softness of the wool really coming through. The Vintage is a tighter twist, which is good for the hat and gloves.  And you know if you have been following for a while that I love the sock yarn.  I have been wearing lots of socks made from it, and they are soft and warm.  It’s worth trying if you haven’t already.

Here’s a phone photo of the yarn that arrived Saturday. The phone camera seems to highlight blues, but it is pretty close to the real color.

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Oh and this blue silk wool blend hopped into my online shopping cart for an MKAL I am doing in April. Already had the beads (by some miracle.) Just sitting about twiddling my thumbs waiting for April 1 and the first clue. Maybe not… maybe I am knitting everything else to get ready.  🙂

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Besides knitting this weekend, we did the usual chores on Saturday.  I went off to Belfast to get some birthday presents for Mom, and A did the local chores.  She went to the PO for me, and guess what else came in the mail?

It seems I won a blog giveaway last week, and the prize arrived Saturday.  It was something of a joint giveaway – Knitting in France and Sarah Inskeep combined efforts, so while I entered on Sarah Inskeep’s blog, the prize I won came from Knitting in France.

 

 

It is a hand dyed sock blank, a project bag and hand-made stitch markers.  I entered because I am intrigued by the idea of a sock blank.  It is two strands of sock yarn knit up into a rectangle, then dyed.  So what you get is two completely identical lengths of yarn for sock knitting.  The two socks should be the same when you are done, with no wondering where the color changes, where the half way point is, etc.  This one is dyed a pretty turquoise blue.  In honor of winning I MIGHT have picked up a new tiny Addi sock needle – 8 inch circular, size one. After all, I was at the yarn store (Heavenly Socks) in Belfast on Saturday getting Mom a present.  Yep, Mom.  I swear it.

Brother N came by Saturday late in the day to pick up the bed that has been stacked against our dining room wall for a few weeks.  He was over at Mom’s and since she lives about halfway between us, he figured he would come over the rest of the way to get the bed.  He is going to refinish and reglue it and use it in his guest room/son’s room.  The bed is a nice piece of furniture that has been well used.  It was my grandmother’s, as near as I can figure, she got it around 1921-22.  I got it in the late 60’s early 70’s and it has been moved, stored, moved and used ever since.  But it really is too big for our guest room, so when Mom offered her pull-out love seat, we decided to make the change.  I offered the bed to N because I knew he would take good care of it and appreciate it, and that one of his three kids would either use it or take their own furniture when they move out, leaving a gap.  None of his kids have made a move in that direction, but I know they will eventually.  🙂

We had breakfast with Mom and B Sunday in Belfast, which is sort of half way between us.  It was nice to see them and give Mom her presents only a week late. Since she was away last weekend, we had a bit of extra time.

And in between all of this, the reason I got so much knitting done?  BASKETBALL!  It’s March Madness, the games have started and the TV has barely been off.  We watch all the women’s games that ESPN will show us, and the men’s games when there are no women’s games on.  There are bragging rights on the line here, as well as cash for yarn money.  Or if I lose, power tools.  🙂  I won’t lose, I chose UCONN.  Like the rest of America.  But as an alum, what else could I do? I just wish they didn’t play so late.  I am still not adjusted to the time change.

Here’s one last picture for you – what I found when I left the house yesterday morning.  Happy spring!  Got to work a bit late, and we closed at ten.  Hardly worth the trip, but I am glad for the day off. It gave me time to clean up the camera and write you a nice long post! And I keep telling myself, March snow doesn’t linger.  The 8-9 inches this turned out to be will be gone in a few days.

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I promised photos, or Goldilocks knits.   16 comments

We took LOTS of hat photos!  I haven’t cleaned them up yet, so you will have to settle for this shot of what I accomplished this weekend.

Three times I cast on Maluka.

Twice I ripped it out.

First try: The silk alpaca lace weight held double was too soft. But pretty.  I will use that 600 yards of loveliness elsewhere.

Second try: The rayon chenille was too loose (what was I thinking, anyway?) and hard to work with – absolutely no give.  Any ideas what I can make with about 800 yards of the stuff?  It is pretty colors, and I think will make something soft, but what?

Third try: This brand spanking new skein of wool/alpaca that I got on Thursday at the source (Good Karma Farm in Belfast Maine USA) was just perfect.  The wool gives it enough body to hold the pattern beautifully, the alpaca makes it super soft, and the wonderful aqua with hits of clear blue make my heart sing.

 

This one is just right.

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Sorry about the plaid skirt – it is what it is.  🙂

On-the-Go Project Bag (and a Giveaway!)   2 comments

Sharing this to get one more chance to win this sweet little bag… which means I am increasing the competition, but I think it is worth it. 🙂

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When carrying my knitting around, I like to keep it in nice project bags. I used to drop works in progress (WIPs) into ziplock bags and throw them into my purse or tote bag. It was handy but not very attractive. I have a couple of large bags that I’ve acquired through the years that are my standbys. Those are better suited for large WIPs; one of them is currently holding a blanket that will ultimately fit a double-sized bed. Another is a tote bag with a witty phrase. For small projects – like socks – I use this little silk bag.

Silk Project Bag 1

The bag is 8.5″ tall, 8″ wide and about 2″ deep (21.5 cm x 20 cm x 5 cm). It fits the necessary yarn, needles, notions, and patterns for socks, hand warmers, a hat or other small projects.

Silk Project Bag 2

It is fully lined and cinches closed. And it’s pretty. It’s meant to…

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Posted March 14, 2016 by salpal1 in Uncategorized

Another quick post with no photos   7 comments

We had a nice weekend, but I did not get photos.  Now it is gray and gloomy again.  😦 I am thinking of bribing coercing guilting asking my niece to model some things for me, if she gives in suffers through it agrees, I will share photos.

We had a near tragedy in the house on Saturday.  Niece B has two pets – beta fish named Apples and Todd – which she of course had to bring along with her this week.  Not a problem.  They sit in their dishes on the bureau, and seem content.  But Saturday morning we were all in our bedroom visiting, and had Allie in there with us.  Zumba was elsewhere, sleeping we assumed.

A went off to get something in the other part of the house and we heard a yell “Apples is on the floor!”  we went running out to where Zumba sat, watching a fish flop around on the floor.  It seems B had left her door ajar, and Zumba had gone into investigate.  “Somehow” Apples’ dish had fallen to the floor and broken, and so the poor fish nearly expired.  There were  tears and races to get a new dish and water, and lots of anxious watching a little fish just hang in the water, one gill flapping madly.  Eventually the other gill moved, and now, two days later, it seems the fish is fine.

B will not leave her door open ever again, and Zumba doesn’t know that she was nearly a murderer.  We are thankful that A decided to go get the vacuum just then, or this might have turned into a miserable week.

B is working to get a more furry pet with four legs, she thinks the school will let her get a “therapy” hamster if she keeps it in a cage.  So her next visit might be even more exciting.

Monday Mom and Stepdad B stopped by on their way home from Bangor to have a short visit.  Since we were having a stupid spring snow thing, they did not stay long, but it was nice to see them, and for them to see Niece B. (If I were naming my family, I have to say I would not have so many names start with B and C!)

I am taking a couple of half days this week, and yesterday was one. B and I headed to Bangor for a bit of shopping, and an early supper at Olive Garden with A when she got out of work. I picked up a few foam pads to make the sofa bed more comfortable, I hope, and then we went to Joann’s.  Ahhh, a craft store with a bit of cash in my pocket.  🙂  I got a few items I hope will work as jewelry displays at the shop this summer, and a few things I maybe didn’t need for card making.  I also picked up Vogue Knitting and an Interweave Knits magazines, which I haven’t done in a very long time.  I didn’t realize how much I missed them until I opened the covers and saw all the cool projects. Even the ads are inspiring.  I made B look through them and tell me things she liked and didn’t like.  It was interesting, and not at all what I expected.  🙂

Today I work all day, and tomorrow I leave early again – that is photo shoot day (I hope) and them off to Belfast, where I will show her a SUPER fabric store, and hopefully some alpacas, as well as a whole lot of independently owned shops we can browse.  I am trying to teach the “buy the best quality basics you can afford” rule for clothing and home furnishings,  that trendy pops can be added and switched out if the bones are good. But I am not sure I am getting anywhere, it’s not a lesson a 21 year old who has never had the luxury of quality seems inclined to understand. 🙂

Friday is a tax day in Milbridge, which means a LONG day – early start to meet other volunteers for a carpool, and then a long day of tax prep and a long drive home.  We will help lots of people who need the help, and that is what keeps us going on the longest days.  Especially the ones that are supposed to start out snowy.  Ugh.  Then the weekend, and our last few days with our visitor.  The week seems to fly.

Photos next time, of something, I PROMISE.  Even if it is just of a cat sleeping and dreaming of flopping fish, there will be a photo.

 

Posting from the phone   3 comments

yikes, this is a challenge, but it is Sunday and I am feeling too lazy to fire up the laptop and deal with cables, etc.

This was an uneventful week around here. Lots of time working! I did finish and block  the golden waves scarf shawl thing- it came it so much prettier than I thought it would!  I will try to get you a good photo of that today.

I ripped out the Hap and started over. I was in denial that my needles were too small for the yarn, and was just going to soldier on and let a good blocking make it better. But then I lost count of the rows by not paying attention. I could see the error, so decided to rip and start over on slightly bigger needles. It was a good choice! I think I will do 20 points in the first third, and I am halfway there already. 😀  It really is a nice pattern.

I also have been working on a pink necklace in between times. It’s easy to pick up and put down.

Niece B arrived Friday night in time for Chinese for supper. It is good having her here, and though we haven’t done anything fun (grocery shopping sure doesn’t count) I think she is glad to be here. We are sad though that after a flurry of emails and phone calls we could not arrange for her sister C to also be here. It would have been fun to have the two of them for the week.

Today is our caucus day, I wonder how that will turn out and how long it will take? I’ll bring the knitting OF COURSE! This election cycle leaves me nearly speechless.

i hope to take a day off this week while B is here, maybe take her shopping or do something fun! It is March in Maine so the usual fun things are out. Even Acadia is closed to vehicle traffic, and the carriage roads are completely closed. Not that that appeals to B but it just goes to show how little there is to do in mud season. Just shopping and knitting!

I’ll try to get some photos for you before I post again.  Have a lovely Sunday!

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