Thursday, December 30, 2010

Morning Musings

I love early morning, before anyone else is up. I love the light in the morning. Sometimes in the morning, I just walk around my workroom and touch my fabrics and yarns, thinking of the ways to use them. Mornings are the most productive for me.

 My kitty, Morgan (a.k.a little prince) in his usual spot at the foot of my bed. He is waiting for me to pay attention to him.
 Raggedy Anne hold a spot of honor in my workroom.
 My little teddy, Anne, one of the first denim teddy bears I made.
 I love this little knitted doll. I knitted her from a pattern by Claire Garland.
 My little group that never fail to put a smile on my face.

I wish you all a soft pink, peaceful morning.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010


I started this shawlette for my sister-in-law. I had some difficulty, then discovered that there was an errata for the pattern, which I printed out. I was doing fairly well until I hit row 86, then frustration set in. I went on Ravelry and read all the articles about this project. Fellow knitters admitted that it was a difficult row and offered tips on how to do it. I knitted and unknitted the row at least ten times, true frustration. I was ready to pull my hair out and beat my fists against the wall. I had decided to not be defeated by this pattern, but in the end I took great glee in giving up. As I rewound the yarn into a ball, row after row being pulled out, I gave a big sigh and vowed to find a more clearly written pattern. This shawlette is from the book, "Brave New Knits" by Julie Turjoman. Ysolda Teague, the designer of this beautiful shawlette, The Orchid Thief is truly an amazing designer. Someday in the distant future, a very distant future, I may tackle it again.

 I found a beautiful pattern for a shawl on Brooklyn Tweed, so I ordered the pattern. Then I discovered that all my #9 needles had unfinished projects on them, so I had to dig out my old needles from bygone times. The shawl  is coming along nicely, with well written instructions. I am using the same yarn and hope that things go smoothly. The pattern is called Juneberry.
 I will keep you posted on my progress.


Tuesday, December 28, 2010

New Yarns

I treated myself to a few new yarns and they are so yummy! These are two 4 oz skeins from Green Mountain Spinnery of 100% New England Wool.

 And this gorgeous wool is Suri Alpaca from Ajax Acres. Isn't it yummy?
 This beautiful yarn is 65% Baby Alpaca, 10% Cashmere, 10% Camel, 15% Silk, from Road To China Light. The color is Lapis, it is heavenly, and so soft.
 I love the color of this Tweed Cascade 220 form Cascade Yarns. My only problem now is deciding what to make with them.
 I can't help adding to my stash!


This is one of the benefits of getting up before sunrise. What a glorious sunrise!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Welcome Elias

My new grandson arrived a little early, just after Thanksgiving. He is precious!
He was born on November 27, 2010. This picture was taken on November 28, 2010.
 This picture was taken on December 23, 2010.
Elias's hands, so sweet.
 Peace on Earth and Goodwill to all men.

Sunday, December 19, 2010


This is how I feel today. This is my morning coffee cup and it usually makes me smile, but today I feel like the cup.
I am knitting a sweater for my daughter for Christmas and only have five days left, so for once I made myself knit a gauge swatch. So far, so good, the swatch turned out to be pretty right on.

 I cast on 226 stitches and knit away, it looked beautiful and I was exhilarated, but then I started to wonder how I was going to attach the top to the bottom, as I did not see any instructions. This is when everything went south.  I realized that I had not read the instructions all the way through before starting, a no-no. A lesson to be learned is to read all the way through the instructions before you start. The second lesson, is to knit the garment in the order in the pattern. Now I have to figure out what I am going to do. Oh well--------
 Self portrait

Saturday, December 4, 2010


I can't believe it is December already. I am not ready for Christmas, I need a few more months. I always have big plans for the things I am going to make everyone. I know that I have three or four pairs of socks on knitting needles, just waiting to be finished. My yarn stash grows along with my plans.

 I bought this alpaca at a farmer's market last month. I am in love with alpaca. I don't know exactly what I will use it for yet, I just know it is heavenly and soft.
 And, yes I made a second trip and bought more, I think a slightly lighter shade.
 Then I made a trip to my LYS and bought this superwash Merino. I started this shawlette for my sister-in-law, but about the 32nd row I ran into trouble with the pattern. I figured out the problem with that row, but ran into more trouble further on. The pattern is from the book "Brave New Knits" by Julie Turjoman. The design is called The Orchid Thief Shawlette, designed by Ysolda Teague. I had to go on her web site to find the errata for it. I will not give up, I can do this, I can, I can, I know I can. 
  There is a lot of beauty in the world around us, sometimes in the most mundane and common things.
Beauty surrounds us,we have only to open our eyes and see.