Thursday, February 16, 2017


Haters be hating but we're still smiling over the Patriots' incredible come back in the Super Bowl.  Just got my shipment of Lorna's Laces "Foxborough" yarn.  The sock yarn fingering version of the yarn is called "Roger That".  May have to get some of that too.  Splitting this with my friend Cheryl...not sure what I'll make with it....something to wear while watching next year's Super Bowl I'm sure :). 


St. Paddy's Day Leprechaun

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After making the Jean Greenhowe Santa, I found this leprechaun on Ravelry.  I made him using leftover yarns from other projects.  I changed the pattern a bit.  I did crochet beard, made the arms and legs and body longer, used beaded eyes and did a French knot for the nose.  He's got filler beads in his arse to give him some weight and sit easier.  I attached the hat last because I used the top of his noggin to secure threads for his eyes, mouth and nose.  I also hid some secured under the back of his collar.  I also had to modify the buckle on his belt. I just could not get a decent buckle following the knitted instructions so I embroidered it on.  Here's the link to the pattern:

Blogger is still botched up and kicking me I'm tying what I need somewhere else and just copy pasting it here.  So far that's working out. Jeesh :)

Saturday, February 11, 2017


The pattern is Reyna. Great pattern for an odd ball single ball of yarn.  The yarn is Island Yarn Pagoda and the color was "Hot Air Balloon".  I'd never buy it again. Really disappointing.  
Finished project soaking for blocking. This was approx. 15 seconds into the soaking.  The water eventually got darker too.
What the yarn looked like before soaking.  Bright and cheerful like a hot air balloon.  
The color after soaking. Really disappointing. Blah, muddy and boring.

Picture of leftover yarn taken under same lighting conditions as the finished shawl.  The yarn is Island Yarn Pagoda and the color was Hot Air Balloon.  Incredible chagne in the color after a brief soaking.  Total bummer.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Super Bowl

Suck it haters!!!  The best football game ever!  #GOAT Suck it Goodell!!!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Super Bowl

Do your job!  Let's go Patriots!!!  

Saturday, February 4, 2017

British Pullover

It took me approx. 4 weeks to make this. The pattern is Cheryl Oberle's British School Pullover from her Folk Vest book.  I used Rowan's Pure Wool DK Superwash. There was a problem with the pattern in the neck decrease area for the front.  Assistance from my FB knitting group and fifteen credits of college math algebra finally became useful.  

Notice the row of cables to the right of the V-neck.  That last cable looks too long.  The knitter stopped doing the cable-ing when she started running out of all the stitches needed to do the cable. What she could have done is do a 3 stitch cable.  It looks worse being long and nobody would have noticed if she cabled with one less stitch. That's a trick I learned from Judith Durant.  
Being blocked

Sunday, January 29, 2017


And especially not me. 

Folk Vest

I'm making the Cheryl Oberle British School Pullover from her book Folk Vests.  There is a vague area in the directions near the V-neck but with the help of my Facebook Knitting group and 15 credits of college algebra, I was able to figure it out. X=6.  Unfortunately this was not one of the corrections listed as mistakes on the Interweave Press website. :(

I need to print out the rest of the mistakes in this book because there are a lot of other vests in the book I want to make.  Finished pics soon but this is it so far.  Yes Diana it's gray, my fav :)

Punch Needle

Taking a punch needle class at a not so local quilt shop. (Pickering Farm) 45 minute drive but worth it compared to what is around me.  The instructor was awesome.  Learned a ton and really like the process.  Next week we learn finishing techniques :). Of course I had to do something with a sheep on it.  

Chemo Recovery Quilt

My friend Sue is undergoing chemo.  I had a quilt in the works for another one of my Facebook give aways just to move the fabric out of the house but when she told me her diagnosis, I decided this one would be for her.  Sue worked at the police department with me so with the help of retired police department friends and current police department friends we made the quilt extra special by including the well wishes, prayers and warm thoughts of her friends.  

I mailed out 6 1/2" squares with instructions of what kind of pen to write with and included a self addressed stamped envelope.  One of my old co-workers rounded up Sue's friends at the department which was like herding kittens with all the shifts.

When I got the patches back, I put individual backs on them.  Then I appliqued fabric envelopes around the border of the back of the quilt and was able to fit two patches in each envelope.

A larger yellow envelope was used for a label.  The straggler blocks can fit in there too.  I mailed it to my friend Judy who delivered it to Sue last week. She just loved it :). Some of the pictures were taken at her house.  You can see she had all the patches out and was reading them. :). 

Christmas Socks

My friend Cheryl knit these for me. We exchanged late this year because we were too busy knitting for other people :). I just love the colors. Fall-ish.  Thanks Cheryl D. :) 

Friday, January 20, 2017

Inauguration Scarf

Reversible brioche scarf.  Made out of Cascade Big Wheel. No pattern.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Kilkenny Shawl

Finished this late last night.  Just wove in the ends today and blocked it yesterday.  This is the Kilkenny Shawl by Cheryl Oberle in her book Folk Shawls.  I made it out of Berroco Ultra Alpaca.  The color is sienna.  Took me approx. 3 1/2 yrs. on and off to finish it.  902 cables or 1804 possibilities of putting the cable needle to the wrong side.  Had to rip out approx. 12" total during the project.  Happy with the results.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Angora Cowl

This pattern is Simple Summer Cowl, a freebie on Ravelry.  The yarn is a local yarn from a rabbitry.  It's angora bunny and merino blend and hand dyed. 

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Sheep Hat

I saw this made up at a yarn shop and just had to make it. Too cute!!  The pattern is in the book "60 Quick Baby Knits" using 220 Superwash from Cascade Yarns.  The Cascade yarns are great...the book not so much.  I don't recommend it to anyone especially a new knitter.  You'll just lose your mind thinking it's you making the mistake and it probably isn't you. Sure mistakes can happen in books but damn there are so many in this book.  Here's a link to some of the mistakes:

And this does not include the mistake in the hat pattern.  So if you like this hat, just do this.  Find a basic baby hat pattern free on Ravelry.  The sheep legs are just stranded using two different balls of brown yarn for each set of legs. The puffy stitch for the white is the trinity stitch or find another stitch that looks puffy.  Seed stitch would work or use a fuzzy furry yarn (they are everywhere at Christmas time) and it won't matter what stitch you do.  The ears to this pattern were too small.  I made up my own.  The tail was also too small.  Made up my own.  A mini pompon would work too.  The number of trinity repeats in the pattern was also wrong....unless your making a baby hat for a preemie baby Herman Munster or Frankenstein.

So lesson learned:  Check the internet for mistakes or corrections before buying a book.  Some publishers call it "errata"......sounds better than "list of boo boos" or "oh crap". :)