Wednesday, June 27, 2007


I've noticed lately that some bloggers treat their current sock project like family, taking them along on various travel adventures. I am referring to recent posts by the Mason-Dixon gals and the Yarn Harlot, in which their socks in progress were prominently featured. So, not wanting my take along sock to feel snubbed I snapped a few photos of them during our day trip to this quaint little town last Friday. Just a little background info for you, Gentle Knitters. The jail no longer houses any prisoners. Instead, it's a popular tourist attraction which details the events of the Mollie McGuires Trial. It was a very interesting tour, my second time around, and some portions of it are "down right creepy", according to my son.
No socks were harmed during this tour.

I think this is one heck of a slip knot. Shall we cast on!

A friend of knitting.

Spending some quality time with my socks while waiting for Mike and Shaun to finish their second tour go around. My new friend got a little too familiar with me, as you can see, so I had to sock it to him! Very bad pun. Yes, I know.

So, there you have it. I have done my duty as a Sock Mom. The sock is a half inch away from being a FO, and joining it's sibling socks. Someday, if you, Gentle Knitter, are interested, I might post a family photo of my knitted socks. Including all the little socks in waiting in my 2 sock yarn drawers!

Take a sock to lunch this week!

Monday, June 18, 2007


My favorite thing is to sit on my back porch and lazily knit away at the one project or another. Of course, this means I am neglecting my duties as a Domestic Goddess! There's always something that either needs doing or I THINK needs tending to around our house, or, at this time of year, outside work. I have several outside painting projects that I have on hold until I'm confident that we won't get rain. The garden desparately needs weeding. I have seeds and flowers to plant. Laundry to put away. Cards and Secret Pal 10 packages to send. My summertime reading collection keeps growing while I've yet to finish the Kite Runner. So it goes...

I finished one of the 3 House Warming Ballband Dishcloths for my co-worker last night and and have a good start with the second. I think the third will be a Log Cabin type dishcloth using yellow and black, white and maybe a little green.

Lord Almighty! Almost finished with the never-ending Bobble Block for our Knitting Ministry's Aran Afghan. Then on to the last two Blocks. Several Gentle Readers have asked that I post a photo of the afghan when it is all done and I certainly will do so, given you can tolerate my continued rants about bobbles. Yep. The next block has bobble stitches also, but the design is not nearly as bobbly as this one! Thanks for the interest!

My poor Nurse Babe is slogging along at what seems to be a snail's pace. I decided to knit on the white "sneaker" portion of her leg rather than knit separate shoes for her, as the patterns in the book do. Just too extraneous for me right now, as I want my time to be spent embroidering details. I really should give this poor girl a face, shouldn't I?

Almost finished with my 2 toe up socks on one long circular needle too! I'm itching to start a new pair on the spare zeros that I got on our NYC trip, but I'm far! My son's been eying them since I cast on, so I'm thinking Christmas stocking. SSSSH!

Since I knit on the back porch all summer while my son and his friends swim, I like to surround myself with shabby chic-ness! Our family likes to "rescue" the discarded and sad refuse of our local community.

Like this. Old worn fabric and paint. What a great chair, one of a pair, actually! I see new life in her! ( PSSST! See the concrete? Next painting project!)

Why, with a little spray paint, and fabric from the stash.....

Meet my 2 not so new but not too shabby club chairs! Not perfectly upholstered but good enough to last the season. I first covered the cushions with a white vinyl shower curtain from the $ Store and protected the wood against water. The fabric has little cherries all over with a light blue and white background.The big, red buttons secure the material around the chairs and came from my button collection. Thanks Patty! I think some were from your Gram's stash.

Knitters welcome anytime!

That's not all ......
I also was motivated to clean out all the yarn from this cabinet in my family room and stock it with my sewing supplies. Been bit with the organizing bug so I am working it as long as it lasts!
Just don't open my door to my Yarn Room! That room needs a serious make0ver!

Monday, June 11, 2007


As always, I am knitting for those that play an important part of my life. My Knitting priorities are constantly shifted, depending upon what major event is looming in the horizon. As much as I want to complete my husband's long awaited sweater, I have it resting in Knitting Limbo due to the need to make some progress on the following projects and their deadlines.
This is Aran Afghan square number 2 out of the 4 I am committed to knit for my Church's Christmas Bazaar in November. I think everyone else is finished with their squares, so when I am finished I will sew all the squares together.and maybe hand off to another member to finish the whole thing with a border. Bobbles galore! it seems it's taken forever to get this far, and the square is not yet 12 inches. I am knitting on this sucker today and tomorrow with the intention of presenting it finished to our Tuesday night Knitting Ministry Group. Ta-Da! Done. Finito. You betcha!
I bought 14 pairs of this yarn in a variety of colors 2 years ago at Hancock on sale for 75 cents a skein and donated it to our group. We're knitting scarves for the Bazaar and several of the ladies have completed scarves already. This is my first and not much progress made, as you can see. Back porch knitting basket project. Soon.

One of our lovely Church Ladies is recovering from surgery, so I dug this Lion Brand Homespun Prairie yarn deeply from out of my stash and cast on for a comfort shawl with the old standby "knit 2, yarn over, knit across row" pattern. When I got bored another group member picked it up and continued knitting the pattern, and after going through several knitting hands, it returned to me. I'm adding the 3rd skein of Homespun and will keep knitting till I pass it on to another member Tuesday night. I think 3 skeins should do it, don't you? The lady is a petite woman. Makes the best rice pudding too! Ask me how I know....

Mason-Dixon Ballband in the works for my co-worker Sandy, who bought a new house one year ago. Was promised some new cloths to match yellow, black and white wallpaper in her kitchen. No comment. But, I am honoring my promise. Believe 3 cloths will make a nice set.
One of our Nurses Aides, Kelly, is graduating from nursing school at the end of this month. She had admired the Babes I knitted last year and wanted to commission one from me as she liked them so much. I'm gifting her with a RN Babe and must get this finished ASAP(!) as she will be leaving for a new job after graduation!
Now, as for personal knitting...
I had ordered a few weeks ago this gorgeous yarn, called Sea Monkey, from Lacey, of Random Stitches (sidebar), who has a shop on Etsey called The Fuzzy Peach. Beautiful hand dyed sock yarn, which is a weakness of mine. Note the brown and blue color, a color acquisition trend carried over from previous posts. A pair of stitch markers were complementary with the order and Lacey so graciously added several more complementary pairs to my order as PayPal was being so temperamental! I was so satisfied with this yarn and it sits by the ball winder, calling to me! I've got a bit of the cuff left to go on my pair of 2 Toe Ups on 1 Long Circular Needle Socks, but I did buy a spare needle on my NYC trip......
No! I must stick to the Knitting Agenda! I must!

Check back with me next week to see if I remained unwavering in my commitments! It's like Weight Watchers for Knitters, without the scale! Will I stick to the program goal or will I have gained additional Knitting Project Poundage?

No 35 Bonus Knitting Points for the week either!

Tuesday, June 05, 2007


My lovely Knitting Amiga, Nan, recently celebrated her (?) birthday-no one really knows just how old she really is, by the way-
Her gorgeous daughter Shally, gifted her with a limo day in NYC, so, Nan, sweet and giving soul that she is, invited us to come along!

What a fantasy knitting adventure!

Our driver, John, arrived at my home at 7 a.m. sharp....

That's John, Jeanie, my darling son, Shaun, me, Nan, and our pal Eileen from Kraemer's Yarn Shop. Shaun went off to school and away we went!

New York City, here we come!

We wasted no time during our luxerious ride in to the city. Jeanie is knitting a Koigu shawl that is giving her trouble (Anyone have any tips on how to survive these horribly written Koigu shawl patterns? Like, can we say Errata Page?) If you look closely you can see a really pretty ivory ruffled shawl covering her lap. She knit that simple shawl eons ago.

Eileen is knitting a baby blanket and Nan is working on a cute skirt for one of her 4 year old nieces. I brought my 2 toe up socks on one long circular needle to work on. Slow going, BUT, I am about halfway done on the cuff, so soon.
Our driver let us out near 31st and Madison Ave. and we searched for a deli that served bagels, cream cheese, onion(thin) and lox. Success! We found one run by some Indian gentleman and everything was fresh and deeeeelicious!
While there I saw this really cute top that I'd like to adapt for myself. I just know that I could knit this concept with the help of one of Barbara Walker's treasury books. Knitting and fabric-two of my favorite things!

Our next stop was School Products. Nice shop, nice owner, great prices on cones of different fibers; merino, silk, cashmere, yak. Naturally, I sought out angora and was happy! here the girls display some of their fabulous finds for the camera.

We then arrived at this building with a walk up to Yarn Connection. Very small shop, limited yarn stock and dispite reviews touting it as a great sourse for Rowan, not so good. I did find a nice assortment of cute buttons for baby things and bought several skeins of brightly colored Cascade Luna cotton (Peruvian) yarn for baby hats. The owner threw in for free a crocheted flower pattern I had intended to purchase, which was very nice of her. She was very pleasant to us.

Nothing is better than gracefully exiting your limo in front of String!
Oh, how dissappointed onlookers must have been to discover that the limo held a bunch of middle aged nobodies! No bother! We spent about an hour at String and Nan bought a little. Some very nice custom knit sweaters were on displayed in the shop and nan left with a few pattterns that had some great design features that gave the sweaters a really nice finish. The store is very high end, great interior lighting and the yarns are displayed nicely. The shop person Ivette, has her own blog at Knotology, so go visit. She was very nice to us even though we mostly looked, oohed and aaahed! Jeanie bought koigu, in amounts that she does not wish to discuss.

Next stop PurlSoho. Cute, very small, staff very friendly, customers chatty and willing to share their latest knitting project or yarn quest with you. Lots of yarn, prices were decent, small Koigu collection. Jeanie showed some restraint.
Eileen bought a cute child's sock kit and a few other skeins of yarn. The weather was beautiful!

We also stopped at Knit New York and The Point Knit Cafe, both which had a little eatery with tables attached to them. At Knit New York Nan bought Noro Transitions Yarn, which has some angora sections blended with the striped colorway, so she can knit a turtle neck sweater for herself. Someday. I scored a nice Tahki sweater pattern book from the sale bin at Point Knit Cafe for 4 bucks. The shop people were nice there.
I had read that the NYC chapter of Stitch N Bitch meets at Knit New York on Tuesday nights, but it must get really crowded because it's small and narrow in the store.

We skipped seaport yarns because no one answered the phone despite numerous attempts.

we picked up our most generous benefactor, Shally, and made dinner plans.

Nan gave Shally a pretty capelet she had knit with something Noro. maybe Silk Garden? Now I want one! Finally, after we had all been happily fed and watered at Cara Mia on 9th Ave., it was time for us Knitting Amigas to say "goodbye" to the city and the knitting limo life.

Thanks Shally and Nan for a perfect day!

The following day I unpacked my NYC purchases and marveled that I managed to come home under yarn shopping budget! Disappointed though I was that there was no decent sock yarn to be found at any of the shops we visited. Don't they knit socks in NYC?

I have the urge to crochet these as butons and hat embellishments.
Extra pair of 40 inch o for more 2 toe up socks and a great sweater book. sized up to 52 inches.
There's those colors again!
Sometimes i see knitted hats in every color with buttons on them!
It's all over but for happy memories of a beautiful day in the city with beloved friends!