Friday, November 14, 2014

Starry Starry Night...

I finished my Starry Starry Night socks before we ventured on a visit with our grandchildren (well, 7 of the 8).

The Starry Starry Night socks mean a lot to me.  First, they were designed by a very good friend of mine, Suzanne.  Secondly, the yarn was hand dyed by another good friend of mine, Cindy (Tenacious Fibers).

I have to say that I love the pattern...and the yarn is so cushy... this pair keeps my toes very warm (not hot)...and I need them in the 20 degree weather we've been having.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Just another day...

It's cold....I mean the 20's and 30's....and we expect snow in the next few days...winter sure came fast.

Hubby braved the cold this morning and took off to an auction.  He brought a few 'goodies' home.

One is a "bowl" from the Cambridge Glass Company.  The Cambridge Glass Company closed in 1954.  I wish I knew what it was made know...what function did it have...or was it just to sit pretty on a table or mantle...hmmm.   It is pretty and I think I'll keep it.

Time for me to go knit...I'm still working on the Edge Addiction (making long sleeves and turning it into a cardigan); Eliza's blanket (yes, I know she will be 2 years old in February); Worsted Weight socks (knitting these on U.S. Size 3 needles is slow work).  Or I could just go cast on another project...or sew on a project...

Saturday, August 2, 2014

A bit of "Addiction"

Yes, you heard me right... "Addiction"

A fellow knitter and mentor of mine has designed the most delightful top. We are members of a knitting guild... What The Knit in Bakersfield and can be found on Ravelry as well.  Suzanne never fails to amaze me.  Her "Edge Addiction" can be as colorful as one wants it to be.  The yarn being used is sock weight and has long color repeats.

The Modular Top is being test knitted as we speak (  I feel blessed to be one of the lucky test knitters.

I am using Schachenmayr Regia in the Snowflake color. 

I am doing 4 'strips' on the left and right front and the same on the back. 

I have mentioned it to Suzanne that I would probably get more use out of the top if we could 'alter' it to a cardigan.  Suzanne has said that she will work on that.  I am so excited to see what she comes up with.

I will try to get a good photo of the finished right side but for now check out Suzanne's page...the little modular squares are so addicting to knit.

Happy Knitting everyone...and stay tuned

Saturday, March 8, 2014


Life has been lovely!

I finished the Ribwarmer and love it.  I wear it every chance I get.

Progress on the old cabinet is coming along nicely.  I bought a new scraper and it is the best.  Layers of paint come off so easily.  We haven't moved it to the garage yet.  It is still in the basement and I'm still stripping...just doing it a bit at a time.

Sock Madness 8 has started.  Participants had to be signed up by the end of February.  The pattern for the first round was released Monday morning.  I can say that I successfully completed my pair of Brucie's around midnight Thursday.  Participants are given two weeks to complete the pair of socks in the first round.  Those who have shown a reasonable effort will be eligible for the rest of the patterns during Madness but they will not move on to the next round. 

Today I started another endeavor.  My daughter and I visited a fabric shop.  The shop is located in the basement of one of the owners.  The owners are a delight and we enjoyed visiting with them.  I came away with more than enough fabric to sew a quilt. 

....hmmm  some would say that my plate is overflowing... I would say that I'm just getting started.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

big city

We went to the big city today...

love the old houses and the wonderful architecture...

I was stripping my new hutch down in the basement.  Unfortunately I have had to stop for a bit.  I have it set up not far from our furnace.  I really don't want to blow the place up with the stripper fumes.  It will be best to wait until the weather is a bit warmer and we move everything up to the garage. 

Progress on my EZ Ribwarmer was stalled. 

Using my measurements and the gauge I'm getting on my swatch cast on numbers and increases numbers will differ from the original pattern.  That is because the Ribwarmer is being knitted to fit me...not everyone else.

I'm back on track now and gartering along...

Friday, January 10, 2014

EZ Ribwarmer and a Hutch

What the Knit Knitting Guild is doing a KAL...EZ Ribwarmer

Using US size 6 needles I am knitting mine with Anzula yarn, Cricket, in Olivia colorway...a beautiful green.  If you've never used Anzula yarn it is more than worth trying.  Sabrina does a fantastic job of dyeing her yarn.  The yarn is so buttery soft.  I love it.
Swatch for EZ Ribwarmer


On another note...I have taken on a humongous project.  I am refinishing a beautiful to me old hutch.  It came in two pieces with original hardware, chippy paint all over and two glass doors.

I spent the better part of today stripping the paint, should I say layers of paint, from the top of the hutch.

Top piece with doors removed.  Backing will be removed and replaced with beadboard.
Two drawers with original hardware

The two doors from upper piece (upside down)
Hutch ~ started stripping top of this today...

Wednesday, January 1, 2014


Happy New Year

I do hope everyone is safe...

We've done a bit of rearranging of furniture and unpacking a few boxes today.  Now it's time to take a break.

I washed a blanket that hubby had picked up somewhere for Shivers (as if he doesn't already have enough blankets).  When I was folding it I saw the label.  I find it quite ironic that the blanket was made by the Faribault Woolen Mill Company, here in the USA.  The label very clearly states that is is 100% ACRYLIC.

The ironic part ~  a WOOLEN MILL manufacturing ACRYLIC blankets.

I think I will do a bit of research on the company.  I'd like to know why they made acrylic (plastic) blankets instead of Wool blankets.

We moved the cedar chest from one room to another.  Before moving it we made sure it was empty.  It was full of our youngest daughters Care Bears from the early to mid 80's.

Think it's time to go knit a bit....

See you all later....