Monday, March 27, 2017

Since I Had A Minute. . .

*Do you have any teams left in the Final Four?
  My Vandy Commodores were out in the first round.  I'm hitching my wagon to Twinnie's Oregon Ducks now!
*How do you lose 8 pounds in a day?
I can't top the "have a baby" answer.
*In a word describe the weekend’s weather in your neck of the woods-
Overcast and pleasant.
*Would you rather knit a shawl in a gradient yarn or change colors yourself and deal with the weaving in of ends?
*Would you rather have a creme egg, a marshmallow egg, a peanut butter egg or a malted milk ball egg?
Peanut butter.  Easy.
*Would you rather knit a crescent, rectangle or triangular shawl?
Triangle, I suppose.  Crescents are fun, too.
*Are Knitting /Crocheting Magazines interesting to you anymore?
I still thumb through them, but scarcely ever actually buy one.
*Do you own a cowboy hat?
*Have you ever worn bib overalls?
Oh, yeah!  Very popular when I was in college.
*Whats the largest size circular needles you own?
13.  I've never used them.

Saturday, March 25, 2017


Yesterday would have been my mother's 88th birthday.  I don't say that looking for sympathy --- it's just that the arithmetic surprised me.  Then I realized that next year, my husband would have been 70.  That is hard to get my mind around.

The shades-of-blue feather and fan shawl (the 589-stitcher) had to go into the "Maybe Another Day" file.  Somewhere along the way, I lost the pattern stitch and couldn't fix it without frogging way, way back.  It's irritated me to no end, but there really wasn't anything else to do.

Something occurred to me the other day.  If this is already being done, I didn't know, so I'm not trying to steal anyone's thunder.  You know those cake/cocoa/cookie mixes in a jar?
Why couldn't that be done with yarn "cakes"?  

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Cold Shoulders

There were 589 stitches!  They were the beginning of this:
It's the Superior Waves Shawl from Willow Yarns.  This is one of the kits Kathy was asking about the other day.

Speaking of which, here are this week's questions:
Sure sign of Springs: bugs.  Has anything bitten you yet?
No, though the carpenter bees are back flying around the bench on the front porch.
Do you knit for practice?  I don't mean for gauge;  for a stitch pattern?
If I have, I don't remember.
Have you tried One Touch Latte for your coffee?
Not a coffee drinker.
Have you seen or tried Persi laundry detergent?
I'd never heard of it 'til now.
When was the last time you wore one of your own handknits?
Over the weekend --- some socks made from Noro.

If the waves shawl weren't keeping me busy enough, I'm also working on 28's Cousin 53.  I'm making it out of yarn that will turn purple when I wear it in the sun.
What will they think of next?

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Hit and Miss

Well, I suppose it's fitting that an Irishman won the green-wearing vote:

I have to admit that I whiffed on my Knitters' Chick question this week.  On the 14th --- which is Pi(e) Day --- I meant to ask which KC you'd want to bake pie with.  Or do math problems with, whichever.

This afternoon, I cast on 589 stitches for a shawl.  At least I hope it was 589.  I haven't worked the first row yet, and the plan is to count then.  If it isn't the right stitch count, I plan to get there by increasing or decreasing as required.  I refuse to try keeping up with that many again.  It seems that there was a "formula" I once used to determine how much yarn you needed to measure out for the number of stitches you had to cast on.  If it did exist, it's lost to time now, though.  And not having enough yarn to cast on what you need remains the most aggravating part of knitting to me.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

The Wearing of the Green

Consider the green sweater:
Then, in celebration of ten years of Knitters' Hunk, vote for which past KH winner would look wear the sweater best:

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Show and Tell

I've made one scarf and one shawl from this pattern lately.  It's so easy, and a surprisingly good way to use leftover skeins (if you don't have self-striping.)

This week's Kathy Questions:
What is your favorite warm weather yarn?
You know, I don't really have a favorite.  I knit whatever I'm in the mood for, whenever I'm in the mood for it.
Do you eat corned beef and cabbage?
As often as I possibly can. . .
How many pairs of sandals do you own?
I actually counted.  Five.
Do you miss the snow? (cause I'll send you some!)
Oh, if you only could send some. . .  I think about snow all year long.
How do you deal with humidity and your hair?
Humidity troubles all of my body except my hair!