Sunday, December 20, 2015

almost back to ???

One more square left on the giant blankie. It's supposed to have a border, but that's just not going to happen. It's big enough without it. Pics when it's done. I promise.

After that, it'll be back to knitting for me. I'm going to work on a dragonfly cowl that I already have the yarn for. Just need the pattern.

In other rained this week, so I was able to grout a couple of things. I really love how they turned out.

They just need to cure for a bit and then have a spray or two of sealer and it's out to the garden.

Next up......frog on a rock.

Sunday, December 06, 2015

a qucik fly by

Still knitting some Christmas presents this week, a hat, a cowl and a golf club cover. No pics, but they're ready to go. When I finished these, I was back on the blankie. It's getting there, but it's in the slog part of the blanket. (where it feels like it'll NEVER get done) I'll keep plugging away at it.

I also did some bowling ball mosaic this week, since it was raining.......this little gem is going to be a bubbler fountain for the hummingbirds. We'll put a solar pump on it and set it in a basin (still looking for the right one). I think it's going to turn out pretty cool. We'll see if it holds up with the water.

I'm planning on working on it some more today.....supposed to rain again......
Also, I'm taking a class at madrona this year. Haven't for a while, but I thought it would be fun. It's all about color theory for knitters. I can see a bunch of applications here for gardening and mosaics as well, so I though it would be good. I'll let you know.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

I've been busy.....

I know, I've been MIA for a while, but I have some excuses......not sure any of them are good.

First of all, blogger/google has made it so difficult to do this that facebook just seems easier. Facebook also seems to have a bit of the instant gratification factor too....

Next, I've been knitting Christmas presents for everyone in my family. I'm determined not to really buy anything that no one needs, so, it's going to be a handmade Christmas around these parts. So far, the count includes, 4 pair of felted slippers, 4 pairs of socks, a needle felted jack Russell, and two sock monkey golf club covers that I had to engineer the pattern for. (pretty proud of myself for that one). Now that a few more folks have been added to the guest list, I'll be needing to make a cowl, a hat, and one more thing yet to be determined. That wasn't in the plan.

I've also been working on my blankie. A few weeks ago, knitpicks had the hue shift afghan as a free pattern. Had to have it. I worked  on it for a while, then set it aside to knit Christmas gifts, brought it back out when I thought it was done, but it's going back in the closet again.....more Christmas gifts.

I'll leave you with a sock monkey......because I can.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

done with the elephant shoes (again)

So, the first batch of clogs turned out fine, the ballet slippers did not. Back to the drawing board and the stash to find more wool. I'm done with the second round of girl clogs, all knit and sewn up. They just need to be felted.

Gave the boy clogs a haircut the other day, and they look great. They felted a bit small, but I know they'll stretch, and they'll make great Christmas gifts. I still might make a couple more gifts, pair of socks and maybe some gloves, but we'll just have to see.

I fell in love with a cowl on ravelry.....dragonflies in chocolate. Bought the chocolate yarn from a stash and dug through my own to find the dragonfly color. As soon as I finish my French can-can, I think I'll work on that.

Meanwhile, for some non-knitting rained yesterday, really rained, so I started to wrok on some glass.

Bought this birdbath at a yard sale for $10. It totally wants to be something else, so here it is....
It's not quite done yet, I'll finish up the background the next time it rains. I'd like to thank Claudia for selling me all that's going to a good use.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

new yarn and elephant shoes

I've been busy, very busy, knitting elephant shoes....
This is only half of them, the other half are ready to felt. These need a second sole and then they'll be ready to go too. The second sole is a total wrestling match and really hard on my hands, so I'm going to try to do one a day and be done with it. this will finish my Christmas knitting that I HAD to get done.

I might make a couple more things, just because I have the time, maybe a scarf or cowl and some fingerless mitts.

I also got my summer camp yarn this week, (and a little thing that jumped in the cart along with it). Might as well, had to pay shipping either way, right?

The camp yarn is the blue/purple one. The other is "ladybug". Couldn't resist. I'll divide it in half and make a couple of plain toe-up socks. (in my spare time).

This week, I'll be finishing the slippers and felting them. I'm kinda sad to be missing OFF this year, but the schedule just didn't allow it. Maybe I'll try for a class at Madrona in the spring.

Sunday, September 06, 2015

ok, on to the next season

Well, I'm sad to say I finished the self striping shawl.....sad because it was so much fun to do. Made me wish there was more!

The colors are actually quite a bit brighter than you see here.....mostly because it started raining here about a week ago and hasn't quit since. That's OK, considering the water bill.......;(

Anyway.......I've started to do my holiday knitting and I already have one down. It's a football team inspired cowl that'll make a great gift.

The rest of the folks are all getting felted slippers. I've got one pair done already. They're a pretty quick knit (but a bit of a wrestling match). I'll do them all and then felt them all at the same time. No pics of those. Then I might move on to my newest obsession.....the peace sweater.

What an amazing accomplishment that would be. I know from experience that they look WAY harder than they actually are. The challenge with this one is finding the right yarn that doesn't cost $160 and still works......I'm working on some ideas.

Off to make slippers!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

too hot to garden

and for one day, too rainy....
so I've been knitting.....

I finished my third camp project. I decided to do a "water" shawl. It was a nice, challenging knit....some cables, some lace, some elongated stitches. Loved the yarn, what can I say?
hard to see the detail here, but trust me, it's good. It's not blocked yet, so it needs a bit of a stretch.

Now, on to "gasp" Christmas presents.....I know, I know......but, everyone's getting slippers this year and they take a bit to make and felt. (they don't read this blog, so I don't mind saying)

Next, I'll finish my caterpillar green shawl and move on to feet~

Sunday, July 26, 2015

finished the tendril scarf

took a pic, put it away.....
I'm not real happy with the way it turned out.....the pattern was great, but the scarf is really heavy and thick, and the yarn just didn't work well. I'm glad I mastered the technique of intarsia cables, but this guy is destined to be slippers for was my second project for camp loopy, so.....on to the third.
Some nice malabrigo for a treat and a cool pattern, Xanadu.....cables and lace, how can you go wrong. The only challenge will be if I can finish it in a month.
In the mean time, I'll be hanging out at the fair a couple of days this week, thanks to an excellent suggestion, it'll be a great time to work my self-striping concrete and tulips shawl. It's pretty mindless, so I've already would the yarn and I'll cast on and get the gauge and pattern before I go.
After 2 days of hanging out by the pig barn, I'm sure I'll make some progress.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

plugging away

I've been plugging away on the tendril scarf for my summer camp project. So far, I'm about half way done, but I've taken a bit of a detour.

In the no good deed goes unpunished category......I offered to knit a shop sample for the new lys owner. She came up with what looked like it would be a super easy, super fast knit.....NOT.
The whole thing is ssks and in this cotton yarn that is,well, not the best. It has knots, it's splitty, there's crummy sections in it.....I can't finish fast enough!  I'm only half way done with it, but I hope to finish by Tuesday, so I can take it back and go back to my tendril.

I'll leave you with some yumminess......
It's malabrigo.....for my third camp project. I've decided it's going to be xanadu.....I was going to do some turtles, but I fell in love with this yarn, not exactly turtle colored, so the turtles will have to wait.

Sadly, I can't start on this one until aug 1,

Sunday, July 05, 2015

there's a new sheriff in town!!!

Imagine my surprise, when, driving aimlessly to big lots yesterday, I discovered......wait for it........


right by my house too! Things will never be the same.

It was closed because of the holiday, but I have high hopes for this store...already they have a facebook page and a website. I know it takes a bit for ventures like this to get ramped up, but I hope the new owner has 2015 attitudes, not 1950 attitudes......I'm optimistic.

Their knit night is Thursday from 5-7, and I'll be checking it out Tuesday when they reopen from the holiday.....Welcome to town!

In knitting's just been TOO HOT. The second round of summer camp started this week, and I'm plugging away on it when I can even STAND to look at cascade 220 in 90 degree weather. Nothing spectacular yet, so no pics.

It's supposed to be nearly 100 here today.....UGH.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

ok, the owls are done......

not a very good pic, I know.

The next project is going to be a tendril scarf......intarsia and cables, what's not to like?
Can't start it until the 1st, though, so you'll just have to wait.

In the mean's just been way too hot to knit. Watering and gardening have taken all of my time.

I am stocking up some things for craft projects this winter, scrabble???
It will be a fun test.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

owls, oh my

This year, I decided to do virtual knitting summer camp. I know, I don't really need more yarn, but the idea was to make Christmas presents. So far, that part isn't working out too well.

The first project needed to be 400  yds.....easy enough. I chose the owls in the thicket cowl. It's nearly done and I'm liking it. Not going to be a present, except for me.....

I struggled with the second one....needs to be 600 yards. I REALLY don't need to buy more yarn, really, but I just couldn't give up the idea of playing with the cool kids. SO, this one will be about technique. I'm making the tendril scarf. It's cables, it's intarsia (new for me), what's not to love. Not a Christmas present though.....again......

I'm pretty sure the next one will be the biggie.....the 1200 yard requirement. Still don't need more yarn, but I'm eyeing a blanket......just sayin' (no, not a present either).

The whole present thing doesn't seem to be working out too well.....hmmmm......

Sunday, May 24, 2015

no knittin' this week

Since finishing the bees and deciding to do summer camp, I haven't knit a single stitch.
Summer camp doesn't cast on until June 1, so I've been putting my time to good use out in the garden and working on other projects.

Next weekend will be the culmination of the parental move with the BIG GIANT YARD SALE, and then, my time will be my own; (for the most part)

Until then;;;;;;I'll leave you with miss vulture cat.....She's decided she likes "up", the higher, the better.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

I haven't forgotten you.....

Just super, super busy with gardening and other stuff.

I did finally finish the bees, though....
blogger won't let me load a pic, BAH!!!

The REASON why I finished the bees is because I decided to participate in camp loopy again this year.......After a year off, I just had to play with the cool kids again. so.......I picked a lovely green dream in color jilly and a cowl pattern (owls in the thicket), and I'm fixin' to cast on June 1, right after the yard sale.

I'd post a pic, but,,,,,,,,,

Sunday, April 19, 2015

I haven't knit a single stitch

I know, I've been MIA for a while.....I have a good excuse!

About 6 weeks ago, my parents decided to move her from another state. They came, they looked at houses, they made an offer, and 3 weeks ago, they closed on their new house.

I've been painting and cleaning their new house for them for the past 3 weeks, pretty much every spare moment I've had.
My yard looks like heck. My house needs to be cleaned (including the windows), and I'm behind!

It's all done now, though, with the exception of moving and that's up to them.

Consequently, I haven't knit a single stitch for about 3 weeks or so. I hope to be back to finishing the bees soon, and then on to my cowl kit that I bought.

Until then, you'll just have to live with something I knit before.
Miss kitty likes it!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

ripped the bees

that's right.....I ripped them out. All of them. I didn't like the way one of the bees looked, so buh-bye.
The good news is...I started again. I'm almost back to where I was before the big rip, and it's looking much better. GO me!

No pics. This one is going to have to be blocked to get the full effect.

In other news, I've been so good not buying yarn (not much, at least) and I didn't go to madrona. So, I didn't feel too sorry when I fell in love with Glenna's cowl. The fine folks at Bijou Basin Ranch were kind enough to make this into a kit, and put it on sale. You know where that went. The hard part was choosing from the gorgeous array of colors. I finally settled on a light lavender. I wanted something different, and also something in a light color that would show off the cables. It should be here next week. I can hardly wait!!

There was also a sale on a couple of patterns this week, so I just had to have French cancan. Sensing a theme here?? cables anyone??

It's still on sale, so......I'll leave that up to you.

Anyway.....this week, more bees and a bunch of gardening.....
happy spring!!

Sunday, March 01, 2015

been doggie sittin"

and not knittin'

I did make a bit of progress on the bees this week. Got past the horribly messed up row I was avoiding there for a while.
I spent most of my week watching this girl.....and making sure she's healing well from her recent surgery. She's doing great (in spite of the cone), and looking forward to getting her stitches out at the end of the week. Me too!!

This is the time of year where the knitting slows down a bit and the gardening totally takes over. I can hardly wait!!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

now for something a little different.....

Well, I never made it to madrona, and I haven't knit much at all this week.....
Instead I did this...

Two new bowling balls done and ready to be grouted. One for my pond scene I'm making and one for the butterfly garden.

I'll also be pouring a couple of stepping stones today,. and maybe painting the garden ball (sorry miss kitty).

I've been hanging around inside taking care of a boxer girl that had some pretty big surgery on Thursday, making sure she's comfortable and not licking her stitches. She seems to be doing well. She gets the stitches out in two weeks. It's going to be a LONG two weeks for miss frankenbutt, but it had to be done. Hopefully she'll be a happy doggie for a long time to come.

Next week, maybe some knitting, maybe some more glass. I have one more bowling ball, and an idea for both a pond surround and some lily pad stepping stones for my bird - pond - river scene.......stay tuned.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

a bee and a half

In the spirit of the massive spring fever I've acquired, I started this little project last week........
If you squint a bit, you can start to see the bees there at the bottom.

I hemmed and hawed about making this pattern for quite some time because it has more problems that you could count. The designer has been unresponsive, and her idea of fixing it is to let another knitter who purchased the pattern from her post corrections on her ravelry page and then put up a link to that. I didn't want to support that kind of bad business, even if it was only $2.99, but the bees finally bit me, and I decided to forge ahead.

It DOES have a myriad of problems, and, although the knitter who made the corrections did a pretty good job, considering.....there's still problems to be had. So far, I've made it through the worst of them (I think), and it seems to be coming out OK. Just taking my time, not doing the bobbles (I HATE bobbles), and really making sure the stitch count works on every row.

This is a gradient set, that's why it looks a bit darker at the bottom. I made it through the first bee with the first of the gradients, and I'm now on the second skein. I haven't gotten completely frustrated yet, although there has been some frustration, so I'm slowly forging on.....

I decided to skip madrona this year. It would have only been for the shopping, and quite honestly, there's nothing I need that I can't buy online. I don't really have any projects that are demanding to be done.....just gardening and glass right now while the weather holds out.

Speaking of glass......I did this on a rainy day. Flower and butterfly on a bowling ball. It needs some background done still, and to be grouted, but the hard part is there.

Next up for the bowling balls....a waterlily I've been thinking about and then an owl.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

I won some yarn!!

Won this on a blog post contest.....thanks to the bijous Basin Ranch.
It's 50% yak and 50% cormo....It came with a cute little bag and a pattern for some mittens.
It's kinda bright....and a bit more coarse than you would expect, but it'll be fun to play with.

In other news, still working on the blankie and waiting for the first installment of the shawl pattern club I joined. (that should be next week). I'm also anxiously waiting for the flower show and madrona. They're both on the same weekend this year.....what's a gardening knitter to do??
(go to both, of course)

Sunday, January 18, 2015

working the blankie

and other crafty things......
This week, I made some progress on my scrap pics, you'll just have to trust me.
And I finished this.......

my dragonfly on a bowling ball! It's all grouted and dry, and it just needs a coat of sealer in order to go out in the yard. I think it turned out pretty darned good for a bowling ball.

I recently acquired two more bowling balls, thanks to my sister who stalked the goodwill for them. What's UP with the bowling balls?? They're nearly impossible to find. Maybe everyone else has the same idea??

I'm hoping to score a large lot of stained glass soon.....details to come.

This week, I might have to work on my new bowling balls. I might pour the three stones I have waiting to go, and I'm planning on re-grouting a bird bath that fell apart in the weather.

I'll eventually get bored with the blankie (probably sooner rather than later), and go back to rooting in the stash for something interesting to do. We'll have to see what strikes my fancy.

As you can see, miss kitty is not amused.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

firestarter socks

so, for my post holiday knitting, I decided to do a bit of something for myself....
these firestarter socks have been in the works FOREVER. Like, they've been in my que on ravelry since I joined there. So, without further ado.....

After finishing these, I went back to the blankie for a bit.....I'm going to try to do a little on it every week. We'll see how that goes......

Now it's off to the stash to find the next knitting project, although I've been bitten by the glass bug too.
Yes, that's a dragonfly on a bowling ball. It needs to be grouted, but I think it turned out pretty darned good. Next up, I have a plan to do an owl.....way more complicated, but I think it will be cool. The key to these is small pieces of glass, patience and time. You just have to work on them a bit and then walk away for the day.  the other trouble is finding the bowling balls. All of a sudden, there seems to be a rush on used, beat up bowling balls at the local thrift stores. WHAT's up with that??