21 May 2016

Knitting Does Still Happen Here You Know

Hello and Happy Saturday!  I hope you are enjoying your weekend.  I'm taking a little break at the moment, and thought I'd go ahead and write a post.  This morning I did some running around, attempting to get a few things accomplished since we will be away next weekend.  I was slightly successful, but didn't do as much as I'd like since it started raining.  Not pouring, but just enough to make being outside, even with an umbrella, slightly unpleasant.

Anyway, as the title of the post says, knitting does still happen here.  I keep looking at others' blogs, and they seem to get so much more knitting finished than I do.  It doesn't bother me really, since I knit for fun, not as a contest, but I tend to take a while to actually complete a project.  But I have one to show you today, and not only is it an FO, but it is a Christmas gift, so I consider that a two-fer!

I think I've mentioned that I had a plan to make each of my niece's husbands a Turn A Square hat for Christmas.  It's a pattern that I have made a few times, for The Tim, and he loves the resulting hats.  He's also had a lot of compliments on them.  

So here is the first of three, for my nephew-in-law (?) Patrick.  He is an attorney, so I was thinking something a bit classic, color-wise.  Here's the finished hat from the side:

and from the top:

I'm very pleased with the result, and am also more than pleased to already have a holiday gift ready.  If you haven't tried this pattern, you should. It knits up quickly, and there are an infinite number of possibilities for color combinations and stripes.


Project:  Pat P's Turn a Square Hat
Pattern:  Turn a Square by Jared Flood/Brooklyn Tweed
Needles:  US 5 and 7 
Yarn:  Berocco Vintage, Denim and Dove
Modifications:  Since I used a regular long-tail cast on, I didn't need the third needle size the pattern mentions. I did use the jogless stripe method, and otherwise, knit the pattern as written.  

For the record, the colors are more navy blue and light charcoal gray - its darker in real life than in my washed-out photos.

I think rather than go ahead and start another one of these right now, I'll work on one of the things I want to make for my nieces.   That way - at least in theory - I won't get sick of either thing right away, since I'm making multiples.

And now I'm off to get a few things done around the house (exciting stuff like laundry!), and enjoy the rest of my weekend  I hope yours is good as well.

17 May 2016

Mixed Bag Meme

Kathy's meme this week was truly a mixed bag.  Which makes it all the more fun.  Here are my answers, since I enjoy playing long so much (and frankly, was not in the mood to do a Ten on Tuesday with today's topic).  

Are you surprised I'm knitting lace with Big Yarn?

Yes and no.  I know lace can give Kathy fits, but I also know from personal experience that knitting a lace pattern with big yarn can be a whole 'nother story.  The only lace project I ever knit and finished successfully was with bulky yarn.

What's your favorite toenail polish color for summer?

I almost always go for reds and pinks.  Last summer when I splurged on a pedicure, they had a bottle of Essie Watermelon color and it it just seemed so summery.  I may splurge this year and buy a bottle for myself, you never know.

What do you do with an odd leftover knitted sock?

I can't say this has ever come up.  However, on occasion when a store-bought pair of socks has one sock that dies, I have been known to take the other and make it into a catnip toy for the kitlets.

Have you ever had lice?

No, thank God!  

Have you ever had a tick?

See above.  But I am very conscientious with how I dress when I go into areas where they might be, and also spray repellent all over me, and check thoroughly when I get home.  So clearly I am aware that it could happen.

Are you afraid of needles?

Nope.  My life would be extremely difficult and terrifying if I were!

Knitting: Who are some of you favorite pattern makers?

Oh wow, there are so many.  I shall name the first three that come to mind:  Kate Davies,  Thea Colman (Baby Cocktails), and Hunter Hammersen.  (They are the ones on my Ravelry page I have most recently perused.)


In other news that I must brag about, my sister and brother-in-law recently received the very first Clean Energy Award from the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection for their work on the First State Capitol.  My brother-in-law's law firm bought the building a few years ago for their offices, and as part of the renovations, it is now completely solar-powered, while remaining a historical landmark.  They are not just two of my favorite people (in the middle in this photo), but they are two people who walk the walk, so to speak.  I'm really proud of them!

15 May 2016

Last Saturday's Adventure

Last Saturday, bright and early (well, overcast and early), I got on the bus rented by Loop to go to the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival.  I had spent all week hoping it wouldn't be a rainy day, since it was a really rainy week, and it poured rain here on Friday.  Saturday it was overcast and misty, but as we got closer and closer, the sun actually showed up.

So, no it wasn't rainy.  But wow was it muddy!  It made me glad that - after much indecision and angst about what to wear - I wore my hiking boots.  The mud was the kind you sink into, and there were still some major puddles around.  But it was not too cool, and not too hot, and didn't rain the whole day, so that all worked out.

I didn't buy any yarn.  I decided beforehand that unless I saw something that I could only get there, and that amazed me, I wasn't going to spend the money.  I saw lots of really lovely yarn, but none that fell into that category.  I did buy some buttons, and a teensy felted gnome, as well as a couple of antique prints I want to frame.  Never fear though - everyone else on the bus seemed to have bought enough yarn to make up for what I didn't get!

It was a fun day, mostly because I love seeing all of the animals.  I'm sure you have seen variations of this on other blogs, so I decided to put my animal pictures together into one big one.

I always find the guy who makes brooms fascinating to watch.

And these needle felted items were amazing - look at the R2D2!

And then the booth where the artist makes whimsical pictures involving animals.  This was my favorite one for this year, called "Kilts on Stilts."

It's always a treat as well to see what everyone is wearing - both handknits and otherwise.  I have to say, I didn't see nearly as many "interesting" outfits this year as I have in other years, but I did see some really beautiful things that people were obviously wearing to show off.

My very favorite though was this sheep, who reminded me of Dug.  Not only did he come to the fence to see everyone, but if you petted him at all, he leaned into you.  My friend Andrea took this picture of the two of us, and it's one of my favorite pictures ever.

When I posted this picture on Facebook, one of my sisters commented that it looked like we were soul mates. :-)

It had been a couple of years since I'd been able to go to Maryland Sheep and Wool, and I think I enjoyed it even more as a result.

Who cares about mud and puddles when you are having such a good time?

11 May 2016

BIG Time Meme Answers

This week, Kathy's meme is a BIG one.  She in fact claims that it is the Biggest Monday Meme of 2016.  So there you go.  Though maybe she said that just so that she didn't have to think of any bigger ones for this year ...

1. What is the bulkiest yarn with which you have knitted or crocheted?
I think it must be The Fabulous Elf hat knitted for my great-nephew Zach a few years ago.  The yarn was Katia Fabula.

2. What is the biggest size needle you've worked?
Size 15US, for the aforementioned hat.

3. Tell me about the WHOLE enchilada!
I love cheese enchiladas, and though I think it's great when they have rice and/or beans, I'm really happy if guacamole is involved.

4. Would you rather wear a bulky bracelet, bulky earrings, or a bulky ring?
I guess a bulky bracelet, but to be honest I don't really like bulky jewelry that much.

5. Name something oversized that you own and love.
Dug - he thinks he is a lap dog ... (though I think of him as family rather than a possession)

6. Which is bigger, the number of projects on your Ravelry project pages or the patterns you have faved?
It's close - I have 102 projects listed, and 121 favorites.

7. What is the biggest vegetable you have grown?
Zucchini.  I've never lived anywhere that had a lot of room for big vegetables.

8. How large is your stash?
          a) reasonable, I have some new skeins and lots of leftovers
          b) Not fair, I just came from the Sheep and Wool Festival
          c) Let's just say we may have a knitting problem.
Really, not *quite* any of these.  I have a larger stash than I need, but it pales compared to most stashes I have seen and/or heard described.  I would say it's somewhere in between a and c, since I didn't buy any yarn at Maryland Sheep and Wool this year.

9. What's the longest vacation you have ever taken?
Ten days, when we went to Ireland.

10. What is the longest you have gone without talking to another human being?
I think four days.  In a previous life, The Tim used to go on a lot of business trips, and I would enjoy being on my own.  Though I did talk to the cats all of the time (we didn't have Dug then), which I do anyway.  And I pretty much constantly talk to myself ...

I think since I have to talk so much at work, I enjoy not talking to other people when I don't have to!

10 May 2016

April Harry's Hundred Update

Before we get much more into the month, I wanted to do my monthly show and tell for what was included during April for Harry's Hundred.  I am dismayed to report that I did not finish a single thing during the month - for this project or anything else.  I got a few things started and then life intervened.  But hopefully I can add some things during May.

Again during April, GringaTurista (Ravelry ID) has been knitting up a storm.  She has been making mittens galore for Syrian refugees, and they are not just lovely, but they look so cozy and warm!  I think the persons who receive them will have warm enough hands that hopefully it will fill their hearts as well.

But wait - there's more!  Kathy B made a baby hat and a pair of socks to send to Pine Ridge Reservation.  I love the colors of the hat, so cheery and it will look so adorable on a baby.

The socks I love - I kinda wish I had a pair like that ...

So thankfully, these two knitters have provided a large increase in our overall tally.  I am so grateful for the contributions and for the way people have embraced this idea.  And I am having a blast seeing what everyone has made, and finding out where they are being sent/donated.

Goal:  100
Current tally:  30

A huge thank you to GringaTurista and Kathy B!  Let's see if we can keep things going for May. :-)