Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Done at Last!!


This is the longest time I've ever needed to knit a pair of socks! Eighteen days! @#$%%^&^&*

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

One Lonely Dishcloth


I have several started but this one is the only one finished.

Brooklyn's Kimono Sweater




Sleeves Are Done


Now to finish knitting the front, seam it, and knit the neckband..............

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Christmas Sweater


I have NO idea why I am knitting all the parts all at once! The back is finished; the front is partially done. The sleeves are knitting up quickly without the heart motif.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

New Knitter


This high school student has been knitting for seven days and already has completed the lengthy yellow scarf. Her good friend also began knitting a week ago and knit the pink purse................. aka the pink hat.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Late Gift Socks


The Father's Day socks for Jerome are progressing in spite of formation classes for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. We have two weeks of formation but since I knit during lunch break, I'll finish them before classes end.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

More Random Knitting


Yes, I have a lot of projects going at one time. I decided to knit both red sleeves at once, also started the front, and am knitting dishcloths and a sweater for baby Brooklyn.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Replacing Lost Buttons




Yohaira has agreed to inherit this child's sweater, knit especially by me for her husband when he was just five months old. It seems so natural and I'm glad someone else will treasure it and use it as she sees fit.

Here she is sewing on new buttons.

Heirloom Doll Aran Cardigan


After knitting my Mom's fisherman sweater, and then knitting the size three child sweater, I STILL had enough yarn left to knit this doll sweater! I will keep this one! There are plenty of dolls in my sewing room that can fight over this sweater!

Child's Heirloom Aran Cardigan


Thirty-four years ago, Mom sent me so many skeins of this Irish fisherman yarn that after I knit her request, an adult cardigan for her, she asked me to keep the leftovers. Oh yeah! I love this yarn and have not seen it in any yarn shops for more than thirty years. It's treated so that it is waterproof, is sort of between DK and worsted weight, and 100 percent wool. It must be dry cleaned. I love it!


With the leftover, I knit my infant son a cardigan in size three. He was five months old at the time but I knew he would grow!! He wore the sweater from age 2 1/2 to age 3 1/2 and then his little sister wore it for a couple of years.


Here is a picture, minus one button that was lost sometime during the last 34 years!


Thursday, June 17, 2010

Lupita's First Sock


Yeah! The sock is gorgeous and a good fit!

Random Knitting











My "normal" is to flit from project to project so today is a normal day for me. I love all these projects: reversible mouse/cat toy, red Christmas sweater for toddler, socks for favorite son-in-law, and cute little rag doll.

Tribute to Scout

The video was probably taken in May 2010. Scout waited for Sean and Yohaira to arrive and for me and Jeff to return from Nova Southeastern University Commencement 2010. Then she quickly became unable to walk, lift her head, or even drink water. We said our goodbyes for two days and now she is romping in heaven. What a wonderful companion she was to our family for more than 14 years. We so miss her!!
video

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Thank You Family!!




Thanks to all your efforts to attend the Commencement 2010 in Florida, the fast paced weekend was a most memorable one. Pictures try to do justice to all the fun but alas, they don't come close. Thank you so much, Jerome, Kristine, Brooklyn (currently incognito under the floral sundress!) and John Jeffrey!

Some Knitting in the Hotel
















When cute grandson is nearby, knitting is sporatic. Can you see the yarn to my left? John Jeffrey is even more fun than yarn and needles! First he had to have some pizza for a late lunch after the Commencement. Then we played with his cars and dinosaurs. And THEN, Dr. Grampa (Dampa) made a tunnel with his legs! Tunnels are really fun right now and Dampa's legs work even better than blankie or the package of yogurt treats.

Other Socks for Jerome


I'm nearly done with the first of Jerome's Father's Day socks, mostly knit on our return flight on Monday. It helps when you're trapped in an airplane seat with no more sudoku games to finish.

Flight Knitting - Socks


I took two sock projects after all since Father's Day this Sunday means there is a deadline quickly approaching.


I finished Hubby's socks; he's also known as Dr. Dad per special daughter. He loves his new socks!! The pic is taken outside on the patio table to get more natural color.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Dr. Jeff Getchell

Here is Doctor Getchell with some of his favorite peeps!

Friday, June 11, 2010

More Yarn


When special daughter and her toddler left two weeks ago after a few really fun days, suffering from withdrawal symptoms could only be treated successfully with the purchase of yarn.


Did I overdo it??


For those who know me, you know that I knit a LOT and go through a LOT of yarn!


I can rationalize anything!!

Another Versatile Cloth


We use these for everything! I have another cloth of this free pattern, posted on ravelry (nomacustom), in case you want to check out the pattern. It's really fast and easy.

Knitted Bribe




Little Grandson at 20 months is so happy to be in the Atlantic Ocean that he will NOT come out of the water!
This afternoon, we fly to join the family in Florida. I'm packing my little Pommel to take as a bribe. Maybe a new toy will coax him out of the ocean long enough for more sunscreen! On ravelry (nomacustom), Pommel has a royal blue ribbon bow but that is not toddler friendly so it is now forever gone.
Pommel is propped by Grandson's "tumble" blocks that he accidentally left at our house two weeks ago. He's a sturdy and floppy little toy and goes well with plastic blocks.

SIL's Father's Day Yarn


Jerome's socks will be knit of this yarn. Kristine bought it for me while I was in Houston for two weeks last April and so appreciate all the family time and the yarn.

What to Knit on Flights Today?


I'm hoping to knit Dr. Hubby and fav son-in-law wool socks for Father's Day. With 1/2 of the Dr.'s done, I think I'll take sock yarn and teeny dpns for plane projects. Of course, I change my mind a lot and have lots of projects started and already on needles.


The pics are taken outside on the patio table to get the true colors of this yarn. Love it!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Possible Survivor Pumpkin







We had some rain, one of the many vines began climbing the fence, and it appears to be cooler there throughout the day. Yes! Finally a baby pumpkin that is an inch long and is still firm and green! Hopefully this will continue.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Knitting for American Girl




I love knitting for dolls. The green is my own design and needs tweaking to be a perfect fit. The crew neck sweater seems loose so I might cast on fewer stitches next time. Both sweaters are knit on size 2 needles using sock yarn.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

New Cloths




It's mid-afternoon and with the index at 104, I'm surfing ravelry, reading blogs, and knitting. Yes, I always knit socks and cloths while at the computer.




We'll have lots of visitors this month so am ready with new cloths to avoid sabotaging our "go green" goal of no more paper towels. For knitters, all of these patterns are free via the internet.

Knitting In Air Conditioned Comfort


It was 83 degrees and 101degrees with the heat index at 7:00 AM when we walked our old dog! Already 101!!! So today we're staying mostly inside. I'm flitting from project to project; back of Christmas sweater is done and in the center. It is surrounded by hubby's Father's Day sock (first sock of the pair) on the right, dishcloth on upper left, and two doll sweaters on the lower left of the picture.


Stay cool, everyone!!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Sheep and Friend Together


Sheep and Friend


This small critter is a free pattern on Ravelry.com called Pommel. I cheated and avoided losing all the limbs buy picking up stitches on the torso and knitting the i-cord right from the body. That meant a lot less seaming and no worries about losing a leg or arm. I stuffed critter with pellets that are safe and secure in serged pillowcases. I posted more "how-to" pictures on my ravelry finished objects. My name is nomacustom.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Little Time for Christmas Sweater


The cute heart motifs are showing up nicely and I'm a wee bit past the armhole bindoffs.

Back to Reality




Alas, for the real world, where one must earn a living, here is a hat that will appear in my etsy.com shop, under "nomacustom." I might make a matching child's hat to go with the American Girl sized topper.

Sheep & Friends




The "hippie compound" will have an open invitation to all knitters, crocheters, gardeners, and readers. Wool giving sheep also are welcome!


Here's a half knit friend for Reality Sheep, posted prior to this.