Thursday, December 29, 2005

New Year's

So, I've made it thru most of least that's what I'm told. This weekend is the BIG Family Christmas at my folks' house (and I mean really big like 60+ people in the past.) We'll have to wait and see how long I last that one.

So for those of you who may possibly be interested I am not making any New Year's Resolutions this year. Yes, I have in the past. You can come over and read them in my knitting first so I can clean the house. This year I will not make any because it's always a total bummer to look back and see what I've failed to do. So this year I'm going to make New Year's Intentions. And I plan on keeping the list short, updating it from month to month rather then once or twice a year. Some of my intentions are:

  1. Push DH to find a new (and better paying) job.
  2. Rip out all UFO's that show no chance in hell of being completed.
  3. Weed out the stash.
  4. Find another part-time job (no I'm not leaving the yarn shop!)
  5. Re-organize the storage space.
I expect the first to be the most difficult.

Sorry for not having any real knit knews here for you. The CTS in my left hand/wrist/elbow is so enflamed right now that even writing and typing is a bit of a pain. Though I have given in to a guilt pang and have been knitting a scarf for my dad. I'll post a photo of it tomorrow. For now, it's banana bread and tea!

I leave you with the other puppykat, Felix anxiously awaiting his share of the catnip that the Jolly ol'Elf left them for being.... well, for being kats.

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Almost Christmas

And what has this knitter been doing? Not that much knitting! Though I have gotten some wrapping done, the tree is up and decorated, Miss M baked the first batch of cookies last night. After reading the new Knitty I decided the Mrs Beeton's wrist warmers were too hard to resist and knit myself one.... just to try out the pattern of course. Note that I only knit one, after all there is still gift knitting to be completed!

See? Aren't they cute? I'll knit it's mate after the New Year. Unless I decide I have to have it for the New Year then if all else is done I'll knit it. This is done in Kid Seta (the yellow mohair -- most wonderful yarn to work with!, the blue is a superwash Rowan something or other that I've since lost the band for) By the way, if you need a quick gift, these are the ticket! It was completed in just over an hour..... that is once I did the necessary stash dive to find the yarn.

Also I've knit some wrist warmers for certain family members to be gifted this evening. Wanna see? Of course you do!! For those interested, I've written out the patterns for each for the asking. This is Roscoe doing his Vanna White impression. He decided the photo needed a bit of cat appeal.

These are a sage color in Catalina Alpaca silk blend. Very soft yarn and warm to boot. I've some left over, perhaps for another pair for moi?

These are a rich plum color in Debbie Bliss Cashmerino (yummy!!) There is some of this left over as well. I think for a pair for my DSIL. She suffers from cold hands too.

These are done in Elspeth Lavold Silky Wool in a bright yellow/gold color. It belongs to thee Wyldman who successfully laid a guilt trip on me once again while I was knitting a pair similar to it in deep purple. The mate to this (as it is repeated daily) will be knit after Christmas when the rest of the Holiday knitting is done. He uses the different colored beads as buttons while acting out his favorite super hero scenes.

Thee Wyldman is my Super Hero and calls himself The Green Flame.

Meow Baby!

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

What? No Mittens?!

No folks, no mittens this week. Sorry. This stuff clogging my head hasn't allowed for much knitting at all. Though my very dear SIL will be celebrating her birthday this month so I do go stash diving and came up with two balls of Debbie Bliss Merino DK in a lovely plum sort of color. It was telling me it wanted to be this. So in two days it was done, so outside it goes for it's first foray out into the snow. Of course now it's sitting in a luke warm bath to be blocked. So here I present to you DB Branching Out. Sorry, it's not much to look at just yet. Take my word for it, it really is quite lovely.

This morning we woke to the first "Snow Event" of the 2005 Winter Season. I think our weather people much stay up late thinking of new ways to call storms. It may not have been a huge storm, we only got about 3-1/2 inches of snow but it was still a storm. For Sandy, I donned the Tall One's shoes and trudged out to get this of our early morning sky.

Say, have you checked out the new Knitty? No? Run, don't walk. There's many a things just begging to cast on and gifted this Holiday Season!

So go already!

Friday, December 02, 2005

Another Tagged by a Crazy Aunt

Crazy Aunt Purl that is. Wicked person tagged everyone who reads her blog and I do believe that probably everyone does. So here goes (mind, I've been on meds for an ear infection all week so my brain is more addled then the usual.)

TEN random things you might not know about me:
1. I have two brothers, one who hasn't spoken to me in 6 years.
2. I have an older son who is now 24 years old.
3. I grew up an "Army Brat"
4. I broke my uncle's nose for calling me an army brat.
5. I had to buy a prostitutes license to get out of jail in Mexico. (what a tale that one is!!)
6. I'm not that sure of myself.
7. I can sell most anything except my own work. (I've got a bridge....)
8. I can be rather gullible.
9. I talk to my cats like I would my children (and sometimes they listen)

NINE places I've visited:
1. West & East Berlin (when there was such a place)
2. Oktoberfest in Munich
3. White Sands, New Mexico (and learned to surf there)
4. Tombstone, Arizona
5. the basement storage of the Natural History Museum
6. Dachau
7. Ratzkeller in Nuremburg
8. Austria via the Alps
9. Wildflecken

EIGHT ways to win my heart:
1. Bring me lovely fibers to knit with.
2. Bring me chocolate.
3. Make an effort to understand me.
4. Request knitted gifts.
5. Spend time with me.
6. Don't judge me wrongly.
7. Be a friend
8. Dark chocolate

SEVEN things I want to do before I die:
1. Go on a whale watch.
2. Own a house on the Severn.
3. Visit San Francisco
4. Learn to be more positive about myself
5. Visit all the major ballparks in the US and Canada
6. See the aurora borelis (sp?)
7. Go to Carnival in Venice

SIX things I'm afraid of:
1. Spiders in the house.
2. SNAKES!! (actually I'm terrified of snakes)
3. Losing my family
4. Being homeless
5. Not seeing my children grow up
6. did I mention snakes?

FIVE things I don't like:
1. Liars
2. Liver and onions
3. Turning your back on me.
4. Aggressive drivers
5. Being preached at

FOUR ways to turn me off:
1. Showing off
2. Jumping to conclusions
3. Silent treatments

THREE things I do everyday:
1. Greet the morning.
2. Brush my teeth
3. Say a prayer of thanks

TWO things that make me happy:
1. My family
2. Babies

ONE thing on my mind right now:
1. What to get my dad for Christmas. (any suggestions?)

GADS!! This is like opening up ones soul and laying it bear on the table for all to examine. And since I have no worries about tagging so many people (face it, Auntie did that for us) I just tag my friends.

Back to the kneedles boyz.....

oh yes, a bit of fun I've found along the way (you can get yours here):

Goddess Exchanging Naughty Intense Affection

Monday, November 28, 2005

Puttin' on the Mitts

So things have really been flying around here this weekend! Saturday I worked (this is a relative term as I work in a wonderful little yarn shop in Fells Point) and we had a great group of people in for Morning Coffee. Then the yarn just sorta started flying off the shelves. A lot of lucky people out there are getting some pretty wonderful scarves, caps, gloves, ponchos, and of course mittens for Christmas.

Here on the Severn, things have been flying off the needles. Here's a hat and fingerless mitt set I whipped for a special person in the family. I hope she likes them and puts them to good use.

Actually I love knitting for the person these are intended for as she's always a grateful receipent and really does wear what I make. And I even get hugs in return!

Here's a little better pic of the mitts. I used chunky yarns (both yarns are Lion Brand, one is

Wool Ease Chunky, the other is Boucle) so they would knit up nice and quick and these will be easy care. The Boucle was fun to work with, it had lots of shine and the colors are very vibrant.

So today I start the Super Secret Projects that will go under our tree here. And sorry I can't tell you right now cause there are those that read this blog who will be getting the goods.

ps. No, my fingers aren't magical. The flash just made them glow like that. Pretty eerie huh!

Friday, November 25, 2005

Flip Mitts

We're flipping for mitts here on the Severn! This pair is for thee Wyldman. He's the one wearing the "giant lobster claws" in an earlier entry. After seeing the pair for my nephew, he sorta guilted me into yet another pair of mittens. These are hand/wrist warmers with a flip top to keep little fingers warm as needed.

And you can see what's really making us flip around here of late (of course it's really a fun way to keep warm!) The Brian Setzer Orchestra, the CD is Dig That Crazy Christmas! It's totally swinging!

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

The Mitten

One of my favorite authors is Jan Brett. Not only does she write (and translate) great childrens stories but the art in her books is absolutely wonderful! A favorite book is The Mitten. It's about a little boy who requests white mittens from his grandmother. Not only does she knit the mittens for him, but she also spun the wool for them. The little boy (in the ways of little boys) loses one of his mittens while outside playing. From there a great adventure begins for the mitten.


I had this idea. Yes, this can be a rather dangerous thing for me but it does happen that I get ideas quite often. See my SIL and her family are moving to Kansas City, Kansas in a couple of weeks and my nephew who is just 6 years old is a bit anxious about this move. After all it is getting really close to Christmas!

So the idea (yes, I'm getting to it!!) is to knit a pair of mittens and send them with the book to him at his new address in KC. In the package I'll include a note from one of Santa's head elves saying that we're aware of the address change and for him not to fret that we always look out for good boys and girls. So, the book is on order because our Borders just happens to be out of stock on this one. I even have some holiday stationary that I haven't used so it can't be connected to me. And the mittens are fini! See. The green bow is yarn I use to tie them together so they don't get seperated. I just love surprises!!

Now I need to do a bit of research so the package won't be postmarked here. Any ideas out there? Anyone?

Oh and for those of you keeping track, the handwarmers do have thumbs and have been given away. New mittens are now on the needles.

Monday, November 21, 2005

Finishing Weekend

It's been a finishing kinda weekend! The Log Cabin Socks are finished! The Irish Hiking Scarf is finished! This one is done in Lion Brand Wool-Ease. It was a great pattern to knit and really looks great. It feels good to cross a gift off the Christmas List.

The handwarmers (in need of a name) are almost finished. These are done in Homespun. This is a yarn raised and spun in Bemidji, Wisconsin. No dyes have used in this yarn. It's a wonderful yarn -- 100% wool. On the label it says it's from the wool of "sturdy northern-grown sheep"; 225 yards (but we've put a couple on the yardage counter and it's more like 250 yards a hank!)

They are in need of thumbs. And the mittens from Folk Knitting in Estonia are coming along very nicely. You can just see the color of the Kristi Mitten. Because of the shades being used for that one, I can only knit on it during the day and only if there's good light. The other pair; Marko's Mittens I can knit in the evenings. All of us here at home have really liked watching the pattern appear.

Gee, with all these finished projects I think maybe I can put another project on the needles! Oh and Adrianne, be on the lookout for your prize! It'll be posted and headed your way this afternoon. Hope you like it!

No school this week, though I do have a conference with my lil guy's teacher tomorrow. And it's looking like I'll have an empty house for Thanksgiving. Makes for all knitting, all day! YIPPEEE!

p.s. Hi, Jon!!

Thursday, November 17, 2005


This is a quick post. Hopefully, the next one will be good cause the batteries for my camera will have been recharged! I really need to get a second set.

I'm still working on the Kristi Mittens, the Silk/wool wrap, the Irish Hiking Scarf, the second of a pair of hand warmers (and writing the pattern for this pair), the second of the Log Cabin Socks, and to complete this round of startitis another pair of mittens! Just writing it makes me swoon with exhaustion!

So, I'm back to my needles. It's a beautiful sunny but cold day. So I shall stick in a movie, grab a cuppa something or other find a sunny spot in the house and work on my knitting.

And what are you doing?

Friday, November 11, 2005

A Winner!!! and more Stuff

And the Winner is.......
Adrienne from the Bellybutton of California is the winner. She guessed!

But she didn't leave me with any kind of contact information. Please email with your address so I can send you a prize. Hey, this was my first contest it's my right to send out a prize!!

Also, for your amusement is another ornament I did using perl cotton in a deep maroon color. This one I'll keep for myself!

In other news and such, DH (by the way, have I mentioned he works in Special Orders at the Borders?) brought home a new knit book for me to review. It's called Handknit Holidays by the ever fabulous Melanie Falick. Beautiful photographs and a couple really neat projects that may just jump into my knitting bag. This book features designs by 30 great designers with items for home decor; keeping bodies warm; and more.

Log Cabin Socks by Anne Woodbury

This sock pattern is one that is just trying very hard to jump on the kneedles! And I just happen to have a couple hanks of Sophia to do them for a certain lil Miss for the Holidays. And possibly a pair using the wonderful llama I received as a gift this pair would indeed be for me.

If you happen to see it on your local bookshelf, it's definately worth a look -- if only for the beautiful photography!

This is a hank of some totally wonderful sock yarn that a friend of mine turned me onto (Happy Birthday, Lola and thanks very much for the tip on the yarn!!) This is 325 yards of Socks that Rock! by Blue Moon Fiber Arts. This colorway is called Stonewash -- sort of a washed out denium. I haven't decided what to do with it yet. I am taking it to work with me to show the shop owner cause I think it would make a wonderful addition to our yarn offerings.

You can check out the colorways this yarn comes in at their website. Then run don't walk to your nearest to order up a hank or three.

No affaliation yada yada yada!

Nothing else today folks. I'm still plugging away on the Kristi Mittens, the silk/wool wrap, Irish Hiking Scarf, the second of a pair of handwarmers and writing up some patterns. Too much fun and not enough time.

Back to the kneedles! And have a Great Day!

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

The Hint

Okay for those of you trying to figure out what the lace from yesterday's entry is for. Here's a hint. This hint took lots of thought because you see, if I'm not careful I could just give it all away.

As you can see, it's a Christmas Stocking. In fact it is the prototype of two stockings knit recently on a consignment. This one was knit quite a while ago, then I found out that the yarn used (Lion Brand Cotton-Ease) was discontinued. So the ones knit for delivery were done in Lion Brand Kitchen Cotton. Not something I will ever do again as the cotton really gave my CTS a run for the pain meds!

What you're not seeing is on the other side of the stocking is the start of "Merry Xmas". Yes, Xmas. However, it's being taken out and will be filled and sent to someone in need for the Holidays. Got anyone in the need? Let me know I have a stocking longing to to be filled.

Also on the stocking is a glass ornament ball this is 83mm. With a gold cap. So, now guess away!

Tomorrow, the completed project.

Now. On to the knitting. Here's the once giant mittens now felted down to a more human size. They'll go to work with me this weekend to be paired up with some lovely Alpaca Silk or Alpaca Cotton or possibly even 100% Alpaca which will be knit into cuffs.

Last night was a time for small projects. I completed 2 Sea Treasures, and a wire sweater. These are destined for an Art Show/Sale in B'more starting in December. I have 7 items ready. Guess I'd best get those kneedles clicking. I think I'll do some little treasure bags for this event as well. When I find out more I'll let you know (of course!)

If you happen to be tooling around the Crownsville/Annapolis area this weekend, there's a fun craft show at the Baldwin Hall in Millersville (just off of I97.) There's even a bit of locks available for those wanting to knit those lovely thrummed mittens/gloves/socks. Oh, and yes the locks are clean and from Maryland.

Nuff said! Get back to yer knittin!

Tuesday, November 08, 2005


Yes, I have lots of obsessions. Mostly involving knitting and ways of using knitting. Fresh off the kneedles and a soak and now blocking in the warm Autumn sun is this:

Those are dressmakers pins, and yes that is a regular table toothpick holding the live stitches whilst it blocks. Care to take a guess at what it will soon become? I'll throw in a lovely something or other for the closest guess. I'll give you another clue tomorrow, and pick a winner (if there are any participants) on Friday.

Still plugging along on my Kristie Mittens. And the Silky Wool wrap. And now to add a bit of spice to the pot, an argyle Holiday Stocking.

Back to the kneedles I say!!

Monday, November 07, 2005

New MItts on the Kneedles

Here's a pic of things to come. The book is Folk Knitting in Estonia which is truly a wonderful book! And Nancy Bush is great writer and teacher. Stay tuned to this station, looks like she'll be making an appearance in the Baltimore area in May for a Sock Class!! Too fabulous fer sure!!

The yarn I'm using is Jamieson's 2 ply Shetland Spindrift the colors are called Midnight (beautiful deep tweedy blue) and Sunrise (shades of reds and maroon also tweedy) and they are being knit on size 0 kneedles. I don't work on these at night. There's just no way I can see what I'm doing so these are knit only during the day. Sorry that the color isn't coming thru, Myla is at school and she seems to be the only one who actually understands my camera.

I'm also already planning another pair from the same book -- same gauge too! The construction of these mittens is just too intriguing!

Okay, get those kneedles a clickin'!!

Oh, one more thing -- not knit related but important all the same. A Woman's Journey presented by Johns Hopkins every year is this weekend in Baltimore. This is a wonderful conference and very insightful. To learn more and sign up go to A Woman's Journey.

Saturday, November 05, 2005

Giant Lobster Claws

And they appear to have eaten my little guys hands!

Well, okay actually they are mittens to be felted. The pattern is from Knit One, Felt Too. This is a very cool book (no affilation yada yada yada) I just really like this book. The ideas are very clever, patterns easy to follow, and better still ..... really quick to knit! Even for me, World's Slowest Knitter.

So, the next pair has officially been started. I'm using Jamieson's 2 play Shetland Spindrift. The pattern is from Folk Knitting in Estomia by Nancy Bush. Another favorite book! More later.


Friday, November 04, 2005

MIttens of the Past

So I've joined in this Mitten KAL and have already completed two mittens. Of course these two mittens do not match, not even a little bit. One is to be felted the other just needs a mate. I'll post photo of the one to be felted when my camera comes back home. It went to school with my son today to take pictures of his friends (all of whom are Seniors) in their togas at their Senior Breakfast this morning.

So, since I would hate to leave you mitten photoless I'm going to show you one pair of last year's models.

This is one of my own patterns knit in Pastaza by Cascade. Lovely lovely lovely yarn, and very warm too. I love how these match but not exactly.

The pair that I'm currently working on will be felted so the finished on is absolutely HUGE!! Quick knit, now to finish it's mate, photograph them (today is a nice sunny day too) and get them felted. Then I'll need to decide what to knit the cuff in. The pattern is from Knit One, Felt Too. Love this book!

I'm done now. Get back to yer knittin'!

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

A Farewell

Allow me to rant a bit here. For those looking for knit content, come back later. I'm really angry about something and just need to rant.

This was Catherine Thomas. Her family laid her to rest yesterday. Yes, Halloween when all thoughts should have been on tricks, treats, dressing up and other such nonsense the community of Herald Harbor was listening to a preacher trying to tell us that Catherine wouldn't have wanted us to cry but would want us to know that her life was full of meaning, and that now she is in a better place. (And no Rev, if Catherine were here watching us she wouldn't say anything, we would not be in the church. We would be at work, school, doing what we do on Monday mornings. )


Catherine was 17 years old. She was a friend of both my daughter and son. She would have graduated from High School this coming June with my son and cousin. She was a loving daughter, caring sister, hard worker and a great friend -- just ask those who attended the funeral. BUT, her death was avoidable. She was going out with friends and the boy (don't even sit there reading this and try to tell me he was a man just because he was over 18 years) who was driving was going way too fast for the road they were traveling on and wrapped the car around a tree. Some thing that struck me as rather scary was one of her sisters was the car behind them and saw the accident she was driving just as fast or as near to as he was.

Now one of the reasons for my rant is this is not the first time this tragedy has happened in our little neighborhood. Not even the first time time this year. It seems the kids in our neighborhood are so angry that once they're given "the keys" they go flying (literally) away never to come back. Our community is small and no there really isn't anything to do here so the kids sit around and complain of boredom. Never thinking of ways to stop the boredom other then by random acts of destruction or crime. And the "elders" in the community sit behind their locked doors wringing their hands fretting over the acts of these kids.

Has our society become so hurried and self-absorbed that instead of giving our kids a way to do for themselves and helping them; we just give them the answers and be done with them?

So, now I'm stepping off my soap box. And no, the tree didn't survive either.

Side note: There were 4 people in the car that was wrapped around the tree that night. One was Catherine's sister. She will going back and forth to the hospital for reconstructive surgery. Another boy in the vehicle is still in hospital but is now out of Intensive Care. The driver, he was treated for minor injuries and released that night.

Monday, October 31, 2005

Halloween Fun!

Yesterday was our annual Pumpkin Carving Party! Most everyone dresses up for the event and brings a pumpkin or two to carve. Fun was had by all!

note: sorry folks, no knitting on this day! Enjoy the pics and Happy Haunting!!

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

CJ's Legwarmers

While having Miss M try on the legwarmers for their photo shot I took a closer look at the insides of these little gems. So I had Miss M turn them and try them on. "Oh too cool" was what she said, and she's right they do look pretty cool on the insides as well. So they are reversible! Here's another shot of them.

Knitting, knitting, and yes folks MORE knitting

The weather here is cold, windy, and rather wet so what's a grrl to do? Knit of course! A raging case of startitis. But I have finished some things and even recently joined a Knit-a-long. The knit-a-long is for mittens. Check it out over at Sandy's Place. And she's a few very cute buttons as well. Since I love to knit mittens and hand warmers I thought it would be a fun join. Plus I've already finished one mitten!

On the kneedles now are some gifts. One is a helmet liner in hunter's orange for a favorite uncle who has a birthday coming up. This should come in handy as he'll be headed to Montana with his son and my brother for fun in the mountains on horseback (or possibly muleback.) We're also knitting these liners to send to our troops overseas. They're fast, easy, and you'll be helping our people over there. We were told at the shop that the troops were supplied with liners only they were acrylic and red (WHOA!!! wouldn't it have been easier to put a bulleye's on them?) So go to the link, knit up a couple in wool and a nice dark color like black and send them. Or you can bring them around to the shop. We have a customer who will be delivering them personally. Here's another link for the liners as well.

Another gift is the Irish Hiking Scarf. Lots of beautiful cables! I love the Hello Yarn website as well. It's well thought out and very clever! While you're there check out the yarns too. Totally yummy! The scarf is going along quickly so I may just knit up a bunch more for gifts.

Another thing on the kneedles (never to be accused of not having enough projects!!) is one of the skirts from Color by Sally Melville. As it happens I even doing it in the same color as the one in her book using Manos del Uruguay. This yarn is really wonderful to work with.

I've finished the leg warmers for my cousin, CJ. She's taking a ballet class and the class is held in a lovely old church basement. So she requested a pair of leg warmers that would come up over her knees and would be easy to care for (hey!! she's only 13 years old) so I've knit them out of Wool-Ease. So they should stand up to some abuse and still look good. I've written out the pattern so if you're interested, drop me a line and I'll send it along to you. Mind that I'm the only one who's knitted from this pattern so it's not be tested -- you'll be the tester.

This is sorta knit related but not exactly. Sunday here just happened to be a beautiful day. Which was good because it was also the date of the annual Knit Out, Crochet Too in Washington, DC. So being the fiberhound that I am I went. DH and the Wyldman came along as well not to go to the Knit Out but to go to the National Museum of the American Indian. This museum is absolutely beautiful! From the building itself to it's exhibits, everything was really well thought out and presented in a way that everyone could get something from it -- even those who just look and go. I spent some time at the Knit Out, and then ran to meet the guys at the museum. This was my second time at the museum and I still haven't seen everything. I do plan on doing some of my holiday shopping there (there are two gift shops with some totally amazing things!)
So if you're in DC, it really is a good stop to make but plan on spending a lot of time there. Here's a pic of one of our favorite items.

Doesn't everyone want a pair? These are beaded high tops. Beaded as in seed beads (#10's I believe) and the handwork is amazing. The top is a woman/girl holding an umbrella and the bottom is a man in full dress dancing.

Saturday, October 15, 2005

Quick update

Just getting home from work and I'm tired and starved. But wanted to give you all a photo of the mitten completed yesterday. It's mate is underway!

Friday, October 14, 2005

So much yarn so little time

So we're now carrying Kid Seta in the Shop. OMG!! This yarn is beautiful! I honestly can't put it down. For kicks I'm starting Birch by Rowan and it's in a bright yellow color. If you're lucky I'll even post a photo for you.

On the home front, I've completed one mitten for Nathan. He informed me that it's cold up at the bus stop and he needed his hands ready for writing when he got to school. Now, how can a mom not drop everything and knit her guy a pair of mitts? I used a slip stitch broken rib sort of pattern and when both are off the needles I plan to swish them around a bit in some hot water to see if I can't felt them up a bit. I'm Dalegarn's Sisik. It's a mohair blend so felting may not happen but we won't know for sure until we try!

I wrote the pattern up and will offer it to you folks out there. However be warned that it has not been test knitted so I'll be counting on you to correct me.

For now, I leave you with Roscoe. This is were he waits for me every morning. It's a overhang from the roof over the kitchen. I walk out onto the deck every morning to stretch and drink my coffee. The nasty look on his face is from the screen door slamming as the Wyldman was hot on my heels.

Friday, October 07, 2005


For me even! A friend of Miss M's (we'll call him B) gifted me with 4 skeins of llama yarn from Homestead Gardens here in the Annapolis area. This is not dyed, still has a bit of guard hairs, looks just beautiful knitted up. Since the yarn was given to me I'm making me some new mittens. He also gave me a large bag of daffodils, a bag of assorted Iris bulbs, and a bag of alliums. I feel very lucky! Of course with Autumn making an appearance -- as you can see from the leaves on the dock, planting bulbs and knittin' mittens is just the right activities to be having right now!

Stop over at Miss Lola's blog! Her nephew, Kai Edward has finally made his entrance into the world. Send him a big welcome and conga ratz to Lola and Bruce the proud new Auntie and Uncle.

Friday, September 16, 2005


I've completed the Clapotis. This one is done in Elspeth Lavold Silky Wool in three colors. Never is there a nicer yarn to work with -- honestly. I followed the pattern (now stop your chuckling!!) mostly as written except instead of a knit stitch between the two (k front and back loop) I purled the stitch to be dropped. This eliminated the need for markers. Also, this one is longer then 55 inches being closer to 62 inches (I was watching Die Another Day and got carried away).

I decided not to bead it. The idea was a good one just not right for this particular shawl. Could have been the yarn, color of the yarns, or even the beads I choose. But I do think it would be lovely beaded.

I did slip the colored rows. It's added a neat affect almost argyle look to the stripes. The photo really doesn't do it any justice, and no the slip stitching did not mar the drop stitches.

Thank you, Kate Gilbert for a fun pattern!

Thursday, September 15, 2005


Gotta share this preview with you all. This is my second son, Nikholis. Yes, this is his Graduation photo. I feel old. But isn't he a handsome guy!

As you can see these are the proofs. It'll probably be the closest he ever comes to wearing a tux too (even so this one was just a "pastie")

In other knitting news, the Clapotis is completed. Well, it's off the needles anyway. I'm still weaving in ends. I really liked the slip stitch effect! I haven't woven in those ends as yet as I'm trying to decide whether or not to string on some beads just at this point. I'll get a photo and ask you all (okay all 2 of you) what you think.

Sunday, August 28, 2005


My favorite yarn shop (A Good Yarn) is having Maggie Sefton, author of Knit One, Kill Two for a meet-n-greet on September 24th. Turns out that Maggie -- if I may be so brazen to use her first name -- is really a knitter and loves joining in on SnB's. Somehow she found out about our little Coffee Group that meets every Saturday and is coming to join in on the coffee, chatter, and yarning in general.

Wanna come too? Email me and I'll send you all the information.

Thursday, August 25, 2005

80's Style Pop Quiz

This was fun though I have to admit I really sucked! So give it a try and see how you do! Playback the 80's. Common Ginx, you know you CAN'T resist!!

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Real knitting post!

So here it is, of course it's now much larger then when I took this photo a couple of days aga -- not that you can really see how big it is. But I'm a clapping away on my Clapotis and about finished with my 2nd skein of Silky Wool in the yellow/gold color. This pattern is easy to memorize and quite quick to knit. I'm already planning on who to give these to for the upcoming holidays. Silky Wool comes in this gorgeous shade of red that will just look fabulous on my Aunt.

On my list of future projects is this knitting bag from Berocco. It's a free pattern and really neat looking. I've been doing my math and think it would look really neat done in a few shades of a grey wool like Homespun from Bemidji Woolen Mills (we carry this at A Good Yarn) and then fulled.

I've also gotten back into doing some beaded wire knitting. It's hard on the hands but I so love the results.

Well, it's back to laundry and looking for a mate for the Praying Mantis that has been living in my deck plants this summer. I would hate for her to leave this earth with ensuring that I could look forward to her offspring next year.

Keep'em clickin!

Sunday, August 14, 2005

A good life

You know they say a person can't have too many friends. I happen to agree and the ones I do have I hold most dearly! This incredibly beautiful shawl was given to me to by our own Wry Punster -- yes folks she's back from her Arabic adventures in Egypt. And may I add safely!

In knitterly knews, I've started a Clapotis from Knitty. I'm using Silky Wool and am quite pleased with the results so far. Once I've gotten some length on it (like tomorrow) I'll give ya'll a photo. Prove to you that I really do knit!

For now I'm off. Cause it's hot and humid and too muggy to be anywhere near the heat producing machine!

Keep'em clickin!

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Tagged again and other such stuff

First, here's a pic of Felix. He napped on the bed last night (after a rather stern warning not to touch the winder or my feet) with some of the Wyldman's toys. In fact he actually pulled closer to him for a bit of a cuddle. Too cute!

Ginx tagged me. I love getting tagged, can't explain it. I guess its the not having to think up a post deal that sorta goes hand in hand with memes.

5 CDs in your Player:
1. Dance into the Light -- Phil Collins
2. The Dana Owens Album -- Queen Latifah (totally awesome tunes!! she's amazing)
3. Sugar Ray -- Sugar Ray (cause something gotta get ya moving!!)
4. Get Right with the Man -- Van Zant
5. The Joshua Tree -- U2

5 Movies You've watched Recently:
1. Les Miserables In Concert
2. Monsters Inc. (luv those birds!!)
3. Toy Soldiers
4. Blue Angels - Around the World at the Speed of Sound (this was actually pretty cool!)
5. Destroy All Planets (betcha haven't thought of this one in quite a while!!)

5 Nice Things That Happened To You Lately
1. Got a compliment from The Tall One
2. Found out one of my patterns is being used in teaching a class at the Shop
3. Lorraine bought me lunch
4. Got a hug from the Wyldman without having to tickle him
5. Found a knitalong of one of my patterns (check out the Pinwheel Gallery)

5 MP3s on your playlist -- well, I don't have one of these. But I can give you the next 5 CD's queued up for play:
1. Mojo Box -- Southern Culture on the Skids (also called SCOTS)
2. Golden Road -- Keith Urban
3. Videos -- French Kick
4. Sacred Love -- Sting (he makes me go OOOHHHHHH)
5. Anthology -- The B52's (cause ain't nothin' more fun!!)

5 Friends You're Passing This To: -- ummmm I don't think there are 5 people who read this blog.....
1. Dani -- causes she's really cool and I love her insight
2. The Punster -- and she better update soon or else!!!
3. The other Michelle -- cause she's totally freaked out and needs a distraction (I'm gonna miss her when she moves)
4. -- Okay, I can count just fine! I can't think of who else to add to the list.

Yes, I am a knitter. Yes, I spend more then 5 hours a day knitting. Yes, I do knit while walking around the neighborhood with the Wyldman. Yes, I've always got a knitting project of some sort with me at all times. Yes, I do dream in brightly dyed wools, fine kid mohair, and silky soft cashmere.

No, I'm not going to tell you what I'm currently knitting. But I will tell you that one is really cute and quite yummy to hold and the other is not only going to be a gift but I will share with you all the pattern when it's completed.

Nuff said. Keep'em clickin'!!

Monday, August 01, 2005


This little beauty can be seen on the Mall in Washington DC. I was amazed at how white it is. I have the red hibis and a beautiful pink with maroon center hibi. But the white is quite enchanting. I think I may be visiting the nursery next year for a white one.


My DH has me so angry (honest, the real word for it furious) that I don't feel safe saying anything as yet. So hopefully, blogger is being nice today and allowing me to give you all a photo of one of my prized hibis.

keep'em clickin.....

Friday, July 22, 2005

The Beaded Bikini Belt

I thought maybe someone out there may know of a young person wanting a (IMHO) kicky little belt to wear. So while reading over my Nicky Epstein book I came across this pattern that was just screaming to become just such a belt. So I here by give you:

The Beaded Bikini Belt.

Please note that I did not string enough beads to put a bead on each loop. On the one I knit up I was using too heavy a bead so only did every other loop. Hope you have fun with the pattern and let me know how yours come out.

One skein of Silky Wool Yarn
Size 6 needles
Beads (you’ll need approximately 9 beads for each motif) to be strung on your yarn before knitting commences.
Yarn needle for weaving in ends

Gauge: 4.5 sts per inch

** Slip all sts knit wise
***SB1 – Slip one bead

You’re going to need to measure the body in which the belt will be worn. Measure just above the hip level and subtract an inch (or so) for stretch.

Cast on 12 stitches. Follow chart until piece measures desired length ending with Row 32. Belt should rest just on the hips of recipient. Knit the first 7 stitches allowing the remaining stitches (for the fringe) to drop from the needle. On the remaining 7 stitches, knit 3 more rows. Next row – button hole row. Knit two stitches. Bind off middle 3 stitches, knit last two stitches. Turn work, k2, cast on 3 stitches, k2. Knit two more rows and Bind off. Stitch on the button at the other end of the belt; weave in ends; and pull out the stitches for the fringe. At this point you may want to use an iron to straighten out the fringe and make the belt motifs lay down flat.

(Pattern: Imperial bead fringe from Nicky Epstein – Knitting on the Edge)

Row 1 (WS) sl 1, k11, turn
Row 2: SB1, k7, yo, k1, [yo, k2tog] twice.
Row 3: sl1, k3, p1, k8
Row 4: SB1, k7, yo, k2, [yo, k2tog] twice
Row 5: sl1, k3, p2, k8
Row 6: SB1, k7, yo, k3, [yo, k2tog] twice
Row 7: sl1, k3, p3, k8
Row 8: SB1, k7, yo, k4, [yo, k2tog] twice
Row 9: sl1, k3, p4, k8
Row 10: SB1, k7, yo, k5, [yo, k2tog] twice
Row 11: sl1, k3, p5, k8
Row 12: SB1, k7, yo, k6, [yo, k2tog] twice
Row 13: sl1, k3, p6, k8
Row 14: SB1, k7, yo, k7, [yo, k2tog] twice
Row 15: sl1, k3, p7, k8
Row 16: SB1, k7, yo, k8, [yo, k2tog] twice (20 sts)
Row 17: sl1, k3, p8, k8
Row 18: SB1, k7, yo, k2tog, k7, [yo, k2tog] twice
Row 19: Sl1, k3, p6, p2tog, k8
Row 20: SB1, k7, yo, k2tog, k6, [yo, k2tog] twice
Row 21: Sl1, k3, p5, p2tog, k8
Row 22: SB1, k7, yo, k2tog, k5, [yo, k2tog] twice
Row 23: Sl1, k3, p4, p2tog, k8
Row 24: SB1, k7, yo, k2tog, k4, [yo, k2tog] twice
Row 25: Sl1, k3, p3, p2tog, k8
Row 26: SB1, k7, yo, k2tog, k3, [yo, k2tog] twice
Row 27: Sl1, k3, p2, p2tog, k8
Row 28: SB1, k7, yo, k2tog, k2, [yo, k2tog] twice
Row 29: Sl1, k3, p1, p2tog, k8
Row 30: SB1, k7, k2tog, k1, [yo, k2tog] twice
Row 31: Sl1, k3, p2tog, k7 (12 sts)
Row 32: SB1, k7, k1 [yo, k2tog] twice

BTW: As I was working this pattern out I was thinking of my friend (who's rather far away right now) better known as the Wry Punster. I'll have to wait until she returns from her class abroad to find out if it is as "kicky" as I think it is.

Keep'em clickin!!