Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Sunday, September 23, 2012
Both crosses are knit from the same skein of yarn. Just look at that! Not all skeins are that dramatic but it’s still interesting and fun. I’m really glad that I chose to use a variety of different colorways and I’m knitting it as it comes – no snipping or clipping colors here!
Square production has slowed down for the time being. I ran out of the #269 for the log cabin border but I've restocked. My friend, Betsy, and I are doing a knit-a-long together, and I have a baby shower on October 5 (twins!). But I always have a square in my knitting bag. The perfect odd moments knitting.
Monday, August 27, 2012
A hurricane, Issac, is swirling in the Gulf and causing all the weather forecasters in states with a coastline to work overtime. For a minute there, it was thought that Issac was going to hit around Mobile causing those of us in middle Alabama to make sure we were prepared for any power outages from winds or spin-off tornadoes. I had my mental list going: knitting that could be done in low light, gas for the car, batteries for flashlights and Coleman lantern, books on the Nook, and cookies.
But as always, when we have a hurricane along the Gulf around the time school starts back up, my mind wanders back to Hurricane Frederick. Frederick pounded Mobile and the remnants moved upward to Birmingham bringing drenching rain and high winds rendering an umbrella utterly useless. I was in my first semester at Samford University and slogged to class through the pouring rain and wading standing water. In my opinion, I should have gotten extra credit for showing up.
That afternoon, when I arrived for my Spanish class, all wet and chilled, I found that my professor, Senora Allgood, had rounded up enough coffee mugs and styrofoam coffee cups for everyone in class. She had fired up her electric pot to heat up water and handed out cups of hot water and tea bags. The only problem was that she didn't have enough tea bags so we had to share - two people per tea bag. But we didn't care. We were just grateful for having something hot to drink and thankful for her kindness.
Frederick hit in 1979. Thirty-three years ago. I'm still grateful for that cup of tea and I'm reminded that it's the small things that are remembered the most and have the greatest impact.
Sunday, July 22, 2012
Isn't the little coral sweater beautiful? It's Mignon, a fabulous pattern from Loop London. A big thanks to the wonderful ladies at In The Making for allowing me to borrow their display and window for a photo op!
One of my knitting goals this year was to learn to cable and Robin at In The Making told me Mignon was perfect for learning and she was right! I don't know why I thought cables were so hard but they aren't at all. Just a little fiddly. And Robin told me another secret too - I didn't have to have a cable needle (the store was sold out that day). All I needed was a DPN and those I have.
The sweater was a delight to make and quick too. This week, it will be headed to Lexington, KY for a special little girl who is scheduled to arrive in September. The sweater has been finished for a couple of weeks but I keep putting off mailing it. I'm so proud of it, I've been showing it off to everyone who'll look!
Here's another view, a little closer up:
The pattern is available on Ravelry or In The Making. I used Cascade's Ultra Pima and I used just barely over one skein. I think this is one of those good to have in your knitting aresenal patterns since it can be worn by a girl or boy, depending of course, on the color.
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
There was a lot of talk (and some knitting) of Dull Roar's Bad Oyster in the shop and I decided that I needed to try it too so I bought the pattern and some Malabrigo Sock Yarn.
So, there's a lot of new going on in my house. Learning to put in sleeves, learning to make cables, and I'll be doing my first steek with Bad Oyster. Exciting stuff, for sure.
Sunday, June 3, 2012
The pink in the front is Mable, a baby sweater I'm making for a friend's new granddaugther to be. I watched the daughter growing up so it's a pleasure to knit for her baby. Moving on to the left is the Mohair Bias Loop. I'm still not sure why I thought it'd be a good idea to join the Churchmouse KAL on Ravelry when I had so much other knitting going on. Moving along is the Mitered Square Blanket. And then Liberty. Liberty has been languishing in my knitting bag since the end of February/first of March. But it is becoming fairly well travelled. It has travelled in my knitting bag to work, to Mother's hospital room, to the ER with my dad, a sacred harp singing in Nauvoo, AL, the knit shop in Cahaba Heights, and to Nashville. I'm thinking of making a map of Liberty's travels. And finally, the Easy Folded Poncho which just needs to be seamed. Not shown in the picture are the two Baby Kimonos and baby hats I was making for a friend's new twin granddaughters. The Kimonos needed seaming and ribbon closures and one hat had to be made.
On Mother's Day weekend, I had an epiphany. I needed to set priorities. And the first priority was to finish the twins' kimonos and hats. (The color isn't showing up well here but it's called Rosebud-I used Berroco Comfort)
Since setting priorities, things are going along much better. The next thing that has a deadline is Mable since baby Cadance is due at the end of this month.
By the way, I'm curious. What are your "go-to" baby gifts? I'm looking for mine but haven't found it so far. If I'm short on time, I make three hats in Comfort Chunky. Right now, I'm experimenting with sweaters but I'm not sure that's gonna be it.
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
2 cups sugar
2 cups plain flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup oil
1 stick butter
1 cup water
3 teaspoons cocoa
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon soda
1 stick butter, melted
3 teaspoons cocoa
1 box confectioner's sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9x13 pan.
2. Mix sugar, flour, and salt. Set aside.
3. In a saucepan, mix oil, butter, water, and cocoa. Bring to a boil. Add to dry ingredients.
4. Beat eggs, buttermilk, and soda. Add to cocoa mixture.
5. Bake for 30 minutes.
1. Mix butter, cocoa, confectioner's sugar, vanilla, and salt. Add enough milk to soften icing.
Yolanda's note: sprinkles optional but I always add them to the top of this cake. I love sprinkles!
Sunday, April 29, 2012
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Saturday, March 17, 2012
This week, I've all but hung a "Do Not Disturb" sign on my back door after getting home from work in the evening. Last Saturday, I snagged this copy of Downton Abbey, Series 1, The Original UK Edition at Target. And I've been watching it EVERY evening this week. I've been catching up since I somehow missed Series 1 when it first came on. Well, actually I did see bits and pieces but didn't watch it through since it usually went off at 11pm and I had to be up early the next morning for work.
Anyway, I've been coming home and quickly doing my chores, and then settling down on the sofa in my jammies, a cup of Earl Grey, decaf, and my knitting. It has been nice to be able to rewind (is that a word for DVDs?) and rewatch bits if I miss a phrase or gesture.
Someone at work who has never seen the show was asking me about it. Where to start? This is Britist drama! There's the superb writing, the cast, the costuming, the scenery. And then there's all the little gestures and looks. And then, of course, there's all the history.
My cousin, Virginia, and I are planning a Downton Abbey Day where we'll watch Series 1 and Series 2. I think we need to have tea and scones too.
And finally, a big Thank You! to my local PBS station, APT, for showing Downton Abbey.
Sunday, March 11, 2012
I made two cute little baby hats which I call Lunch Hour Hats since they were knit while sitting with my Mother during my lunch hour so my Dad could go have lunch. Her cardiologist, after observing me knitting and talking without looking at my work, told me I was “really good at that”.
I picked up my Mitered Square Blanket again and so far, I have completed 7.5 squares. Its perfect hospital knitting since it is portable and easy to put down as long as long as I’m using a row counter. It requires just enough thought to keep things interesting and deciding on colors is entertaining. Sometimes, though, I forget to carry my yarn up the side but I’ve decided not to worry about that.
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
One thing though. My white stitches are a little tight and I think it's because I'm knitting the white with my left hand, which is not my dominent hand. If anyone out there has any ideas or tips to help me with this, I'd surely appreciate it.
When I need a break from pattern squinting, I pick up the Cute Baby Kimono (from Mason-Dixon Knitting) I'm making for my friend's daughter, Ellen. I’ll be making two of these since Ellen is having twins! I’m using Berroco Comfort in Rosebud. Since big sister, Kate, will only be 1 ½ when her sisters are born, Ellen needs something that is super easy care and Comfort fits the bill.
This is knit all in one piece with seaming up the sides and underarms. I'm almost finished with the left side. This is an easy and quick knit and has been my take along knitting this week.
Oh, and one more thing. I've discovered that a nice steaming mug of Earl Grey (decaf) is the perfect accompaniment to Liberty knitting.
Saturday, February 4, 2012
In the end, I chose Chianti (the red next to the blue) for the background and Winter White for the foreground. And no, this is not an Alabama (the football team) blanket. These colors make me happy. Plain and simple.
I had to go down to a size 5 needle to get gauge and now that I'm in the colorwork, it's a little slow but I'm hoping that things will pick up once I get used to holding yarn in both hands.
It's so exciting to watch the pattern emerge. And the feel of the wool/alpaca is absolutely wonderful.
Ann says in the book that this is "knitting for the ages" and she's right. So much so that I've already asked Elizabeth to photograph it for me.
Ann and Kay, I hope that I do you proud.
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
I’m using the Basic Sock Pattern from Churchmouse that I bought a while back along with some Paton’s Kroy Socks FX yarn that’s been in my stash for a while. I have a confession to make. I didn’t swatch. The pattern calls for size 1 needles and so I just started right in. My rational being that in the past, I’ve knit socks using a size 2 or 3 using the same cast on of 64 stitches and they just didn’t fit as snug as I would have liked. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!
Monday, January 30, 2012
After I finished binding off, I pinned up the shoulder and tried it on and I love it! And at that moment, I knew that it should be cowl-less. So, all that fretting was for naught. I'm already thinking though that I'd like another one in the Rowan Felted Tweed, this time in Seafarer (navy).
Here it is all bathed and blocking on the blocking bed. I used my new blocking wires and I love 'em! It's all dry now and ready for the seaming.
I haven't mentioned how much I love Rowan Felted Tweed. It's so tweedy......so English (well my idea of English tweed anyway). And wonderfully sticky. I used bamboo needles this time but I would definitely use Addi's next time. But before I start the next one, I need a good supply of movies.
Thursday, January 12, 2012
The judges were my dad, my brother, my nephew, and Lindsay’s dad and they took their jobs very seriously.
And the winner was.........Lindsay and the Barefoot Contessa's Coconut Cake recipe! I understand that it was close with only a few points separating the two. One thing though. We didn’t count on two coconut cakes being a LOT of coconut cake!
I’ve been wanting a Rowenta for a long time and I look at them just about every time I go to Bed, Bath, and Beyond, So, a couple of days before Christmas, I was in Target and you know how you cut down an aisle that's not crowded? Well, I did that and found myself on the laundry aisle and lo and behold, there were Rowenta irons! Rowenta's at Target! I remembered a gift card I’d had for a couple of years because I couldn’t decide what to buy and I knew then, that’s why I’d held onto it. It was destined for a Rowenta. I even had enough left over for a much needed new ironing board cover.