Thursday, September 30, 2010

Here's Where I Went, This is What I Knit

It's icky finding a new doctor, dentist, optometrist, church, etc. but this morning was the BEST! Thanks, Pam!! To top it off, one of the hygienists is a knitter too!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Perfect Combination

Reknitting the Frogged Five Inches

So this morning, I knit and knit and knit! Yup, this time, the cables are correct, the frogged yarn is reknit, and I'm a happy Knitter!

Skype and Frog

This is what my sweater looked like after skyping! I frogged all but the first few rows! Ugh! Here's the story why frogging was necessary:

Early this morning, skyping with daughter and grandson, I happily showed the five inches of my sweater back. I want to wear the hooded cardigan this fall and it's going quickly!

Well...............after we "hung up", I looked closely at my sweater and realized that all my cables were in the same direction! They were supposed to alternate C4F and C4B with the C4B knit within the diamond design. I knit both sleeves and the design is gorgeous! The back was WRONG! I plan to wear this sweater forever, and want it right so............ the quickest way to fix was to frog the entire thing.

Yes I could have gone to each cable pattern, ripped it down the five inches and picked up the stitches again. But from my experience, the cables aren't as neat and even when you have to rip and pick up the stitches.

Go Ahead, Pucker

He had great fun!

Kitty First Thing in the Morning

Kitty, aka Pucker, greeted me while I was brushing my teeth. He seemed to want to join in water play but first asked permission. Can I? Can I?

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Another First Project

Using size 10 needles, I cast on twenty stitches and knit garter stitch while reading my book. After binding off, I seamed part of the ends to form fingerless mitts. The yarn is very interesting with strands of thick and thin and also some sparkle.

I went outside to photograph and my furry helper supervised this effort like he did in the prior post.

Knitting Helper

I cast on the back to my cabled hoodie this afternoon and went outside to get good pics of the yarn color. Natural light is always the best. My little helper came to examine the work and yes, he approved.

Brooklyn Again

I can't wait to see you!! Ten more days!!

Perfect Start to a Morning!

I knit a few rows on my sock while sipping coffee and reading blogs. Yup, the ultimate multi-tasker, that's me!! When I read daughter's blog, I also stole this picture of her newborn. This is the cutest granddaughter, ever!! Am I proud, biased, in Grammum heaven? Just a wee bit!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Monday Morning Knitting

This is Tofutsies sock yarn and one of my favorites!

While waiting for the temp to climb a bit before venturing outside, I'm knitting on my socks and also on the sleeves to my new sweater. Thanks, Kristine! Love this cotlin yarn from Knit Picks!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Boot Socks for Me!

My new boots (no, I haven't worn real shoes in over 30 years since South Texas is very warm!) might rub at the top so I'm knitting new socks and will make the cuff double for extra padding. My American Girl has new boots too and will receive matching socks!

Puma Park

Lunch/picnic was at Puma Park today and I'm not sure if it is in Littleton or Centennial. Regardless, it is perfectly serene and a lovely place for us to take a break. As always, I'm knitting (see the skein of sock yarn next to the Doc) and thinking of the cute grandson. The park equipment is designed for little toddlers!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Knitting in the Car

On our drive to Golden, this is what I knit.

Golden, Colorado

The fresh panne looked and smelled soooooooooooo good!

Making Crepes!

We love seeing mountains in the distance at nearly every place we visit.

We are loving this new home; it's a perfect place to live, work, and play. Here we are playing in a nearby city, called Golden. Ever hear of Coors?? There was also a fabulous Farmer's Market going on so we parked the car and walked around a bit. The walk to the market was so pretty.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Brooklyn is Six Weeks Old

Wearing Matching Hats

A close up of the hats is under the title "Lost in Denver." Both girls are adorable and the hat on the living child seems a great fit. I used size 8 dpns and cast on 92 stitches, using ribbing at the band, then decreased to 90 stitches when knitting the head portion. I think I started decreasing after 4.5 inches.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

First Project of Child Knitter

This is one idea presented for a first project for a class for new knitters between ages 8-17. I'm hoping the puppy will appeal to the boys too! One pup has no purls in it just in case casting on and knitting is overwhelming at first.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Monday, September 20, 2010

Wool Hat for Jeff

Since storage holds most of our life right now, including clothing, including warm hand knit hats, Jeff requested another hand knit hat. He also asked that he choose the yarn color. He said I could choose the pattern; it just had to have enough length to fold around the ears. Here's the start of his hat! has this pattern listed as a free one. It's gorgeous!

Lost in Denver

It's not traumatic at all! We are constantly plugging in new locations and addresses and names of places into the GPS and sometimes we happen onto wonderful surprises. It's all been great! This week, we were on time for Mass at St. Thomas More!! We didn't get lost a bit!

Fall officially begins this week so to be prepared, we each bought a winter coat. Cold weather is on its way. I already am battling congestion since our hike into the Rocky Mountain National Park last Sunday. Had a wee bit of asthma and lots of rattling cough before I was smart enough to ask advice from the lovely pharmacist (she comes from Florida so understands my breathing adjustment problems!) at Albertson's. Yeah, I'm doing so much better!

After the coats, we thought we might look at boots. Well, that search took us to a huge mall with wonderful stores. Forget about boots!! Other stores called us!! My favorite, of course, was the American Girl store!! It was wonderful and totally overwhelming at the same time. Jeff and I promised ourselves we would return to this mall when we had fewer tasks on our list.

Speaking of American Girl, a matching hat set is in the mail, on its way to a special girl and her doll.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Leaning Stitches

These are projects I knit yesterday while driving through the Rocky Mountains. Hubby drove, I knit. He swears he can see the stitches leaning in the same direction that I leaned due to fear of high elevations and no guard rails! I was a wee bit scared during parts of the drive!!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Rocky Mountain National Park

No words can describe this natural beauty. You'll notice that the higher the altitude, the more clothes we were wearing! And yes, I knit at 12,000 feet!

Estes Park

We spent the day with a very special niece.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Stuff in Storage

Our belongings are in storage until we choose a house to buy. Today we both needed something from the storage shed! Imagine the balancing act Jeff preformed in retrieving important things: yarn and books, and a very long extension cord for weed eating a very large lot. Now that I have the Debbie Bliss book, I can continue knitting my hooded cardigan.