Thursday, July 17, 2008

Long Time No See!

My hard drive died and now I'm back and will try to keep my blog more up to date. I'm working on UFO's--A shrug and a shawl. Our guild did some knitting for a local group-baby blankets and then we knitted items for children in an orphanage in China. When I finished, it seemed a good time to look through the UFO stash. These are both projects for ME--unusual. I'll get back in the electronic groove and take some pictures to post. Lost all pics in the death--boo hoo!

Nice to be back. The weather's great! I love it here on the Central Coast!

Keep Knitting!

Monday, May 5, 2008

Tea Party

I am a Susan Branch fan! I love her designs and fabrics. A new line has just been introduced. In fact she hosted a tea/birthday party at her shop last month. I got dressed up a bit, put on a hat and went over to the Arroyo Grande Village to sip tea. It was a beautiful afternoon. Susan has a shop in the Village--it's fun to shop and get lots of inspiration for quilts there.
I think I'll make a quilt using the new fabrics for our guest room. Add another to the list!

May Update

I'm sick! I hope to stop coughing soon! Anyway I'm stuck here for awhile. I finished the baby blanket for the local charity. That's a good feeling! Our guild is now knitting wearables for an orphanage in China. I'm making matching hats and socks in various sizes.
I will be entering "Outside the Sox"---sounds like fun and possibly a stretch to the old envelop!!!
Some ideas are already floating around in my brain. Hmmmm something pink, something fairisle, maybe something VERY colorful---we'll see. More later.
Meanwhile, a member of our group is expecting a baby so we're all busy knitting tiny gifts. Picture later after she receives it. She may take a look here now and then--don't want to give anything away.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

It's been a long time

I didn't drop off the face of the earth. I took about 6 weeks off from knitting after Christmas and it took a little longer to get back to blogging. I've been knitting on some on-going projects and some new ones.

This is a package I sent to my sock swap pal last week. The socks were knit with Knit Picks Risata. I like it! The pattern is from Ann Budd's Getting Started Knitting Socks--Herringbone Lace Socks.

As usual, I used two circs but knitted top down as per the pattern. I like the toe on this one--a little less "wedgie" than others.

Here's a closeup of the design with eye of partridge heel.

Karen Neal of "Hand Painted Gloves" fame, has created a fingerless version. See it at Karendipity .These are the yarns I'll be using. The picture is terrible! It's Colinette Jitterbug in Monet and a semi-solid pink. In person they are much richer looking.

This you won't believe!!!! The gloves I made last year were returned ! Yes, you heard me right! They came in the mail, unharmed, from the county fair people. No explanation, just the gloves in the envelop 6 months after the fact! Well, I'm glad they are back--now I can send them to my daughter in Minn.


The Opera Scarf from Blue Sky Alpacas, in 2 strands of KP Alpaca Cloud.

A generic baby blanket in Lion Homespun.

Some progress on the Plain Vanilla Sweater. It goes with me to knitting group and guild meetings. Eventually it will be done.

More later on plans for the rest of the year--yes, there is a new TO-DO List!

Keep Knitting,

Monday, December 31, 2007

My TO-DO List

Yes, there will be a 2008 List!

Keep knitting! Sherry

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Running Late!

I'm behind on some things and on schedule with my knitting! I joined Sock It To Me Twice swap because I enjoyed the first swap soooooooo much. I've been out of town, so I need to do some catchup. So here's my questionaire:

The Questions
How long have you been knitting? Do you consider yourself beginner, intermediate, advanced?
Learned to knit VERY young & knitted off and on all my life--got really serious when I retired. I consider myself to be intermediate in most knitting and advanced in a few things.
How long have you been knitting socks? Knit my first pair in the 50's. After high school, I didn't knit another sock until 2003. This year I have knit about 20 pair!
What are your favorite fibers to work with? Natural fibers-BUT 100% cotton only in rare cases (you know, the stuff that looks like string?) I don't mind synthetics blended with naturals.
What is your favorite color? BLUE (and anything related)
What are your current WIPs (works in progress)? Christmas sox for dh; dorm sox (about 15 pair) for g-kids for Christmas; sweater for me; afghan; beaded scarf (one for me and one for my sister); There are a few others, but they are hibernating for now.
Name your favorite yarns, (brand, fibers, colors, etc.). Knit Picks (so far I've liked everything I've ordered); Colinette Jitterbug (wonderful for sox); Cherrytree Hill Farm superwash merino (also wonderful for sox); Berroco; Rowan; Cascade 220. Isn't it great that we have sooooooo many choices!
What are some yarns/fibers that you stay away from. 100% acrylic. 100% cotton (you know, the one that looks like string!)
What is your family situation? (Married, kids, pets?) My husband and I are both retired and living on the Central Coast of California. One of our granddaughters lives with us. She is in her first year of College. No pets. Balance of children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren (2) are scattered over four states.
Name some of your hobbies. Knitting (duh!), quilting, reading, papercrafts.
Name some of your favorite movies? I'm a fan of old movies--anything with Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman, Bogie and Bacall. Right now I'm watching a series of "Perry Mason" movies that were made in the mid-30's.
Do you like to read? Yes, fiction, non-fiction, how-to. Don't have a favorite author.
Do you collect anything? I have a nice collection of Fostoria glassware I inherited from my grandmother. I've added one piece of my own so far. We lived next door to my grandparents, so I feel very much like I grew up with the Fostoria. She brought it out for every Sunday dinner and holidays!
I also collect angels. Mostly ornaments for the Christmas tree. I've been doing so for over 35 years. I have handmade, storebought, angels commemorating trips and special events. There are only angels on my Christmas tree. (I've never counted how many I have.)
Do you own an iPod or mp3 player? I own an iPod--still learning the "ins and outs."
What are your favorite type of knitting needles? I am "in love" with my KP Harmony wood circs and dps. Wood is my fave, BUT I have others because wood doesn't work with every yarn.
What knitting notion could you not live without? My lamb tape measure.
Who are some of your favorite designers? Don't really have any favorites.
Do you subscribe to any magazines? (Knitting or otherwise.) Interweave Knits, Cast-On, Real Simple, Martha Stewart Living.
When is your birthday? July 25
Do you have a "wishlist", (on Ravelry, Froogle, or Amazon)? NO--Good idea!
Do you have a Ravelry ID? yes--don't want to reveal it yet.
If you had a sheep, what would you name it? BaaBoo.

OK, that was lengthy. I've been working on socks for dh. I'm using Austermann Step for the first time. Nice yarn, and I love the "manly" colors and the subtle color changes. I'm making a beautiful beaded scarf for my sister for her birthday (2 days after Christmas). I'm using Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece. Nice yarn--works up easily--if you're looking for something "cotton," this is a nice choice. The 20% merino content makes it much more user friendly, but it still looks and feels like very high quality cotton. As soon as I find the (misplaced) pattern, I'll post the info as it is still available.
I've gotten a chance to use up all that left over Ultra Alpaca from the tote bag exchange tote. The bag used about 12 colors and I had maybe 3/4 ea. of most of the skeins left. In my needlearts class, we are doing a cable mystery afghan-----soooooooo, every square in the afghan is a different color of ultra alpaca. This will be a warm one! We're learning lots about cables, traveling, twisted stitches, etc. FUN!
I'm making slow but steady progress on my sweater. I should be able to wear it next winter. I bought yarn to do another pair of the fairisle gloves. Kathy has also designed a gauntlet version. I'll probably do that one, too! I've also acquired several yarns I've never worked with to try out--Some Trekking, KP Risata and Frog Tree alpaca. OOOOOOOOOO, more projects on the horizon!
Got to move on and finish my catchup. I'll post pics later and talk a little more!!!

Keep Knitting, Sherry

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Recent Doings

I've been very lax with my posting--but, NOT my knitting. Ankle socks are finished for SAM4 October socks. I used Universal Yarn Ditto as the main color and Jawoll cotton blend for the contrast. The inspiration came from "Golf Socks" by Dorothy S. Grubbs in SOCKS, SOCKS, SOCKS. I knitted toe-up with a garter stitch short-row heel on two KP circs (size 2). They are a quick knit--I'm going to use this pattern (and actually follow it) for some yarn I received in the Sock It To Me Sock Swap. Finished another 2 1/2 pair of dorm socks; and work continues on the Plain Vanilla Sweater. I take it to knitting guild--perfect "mindless" project!

I was sooooo spoiled by my upstream pal, Cheryl, in the Sock It To Me Swap! I only managed to get a picure of the socks here. I will try to post more. The pattern is Vog On from Knitty in a beautiful hand dye. They fit perfect. She also showered me with lots of cool stuff! I know I took pictures--but they have slipped into the black hole! I will take more to post at a later time!

I bought yarn for my second pair of gloves. The main yarn is Collinette Jitterbug in Monet; the contrast is Trekking Pro Natura in a soft heathered green. The Jitterbug green was too dark; I thought the Trekking blended with the soft colors of Monet better. Not sure yet when I'll start these.

Keep Knitting, Sherry