Sunday, November 6, 2011

New Obsession?
 I spent much of the weekend refurbishing my treasure!  This is an old spinning wheel that my mom's dear friend gave me before she died.  I have always had a desire to try spinning my own yarn but I am afraid I will have to  give up precious knitting time!  Once I went online and started to learn all about the parts of the wheel I am intrigued.  I sent a photo of the wheel to a spinning group online and they told me they thought my wheel is a B. Sanford wheel made in the early 1800's.  This is very exciting to me so I took it all apart and waxed all the pieces and am trying to find drive bands for the wheels. !!!

I did get to knit a little bit this weekend, I had homework, schoolwork, Union work and house work that I had to get done as well but I fit some knitting in.  These are the socks I finished recently, they are a beautiful pink and the design is very fancy!
I also started new socks right away because I am seriously into knitting socks right now.  In my knitting class we are doing a "Sock-Knit-Along" so we are all knitting socks together.  I did this with my mom in Florida last year and we had such a great time.  I don't think she ever finished her socks but I had such a nice time knitting with her, I wish we could knit together again.




Sunday, October 16, 2011

Guess who?

Guess who?

Getting some much desired knitting time in at Skytop!

In between all the excitement about Lindsay's surprise engagement to Brad Baglien! Congratulations! I am so happy for both of you!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Montana, Hurricane Irene and two socks at a time!

After the huge responsibility of making sure all the children of Port Washington were happy and safe during "ATLAST camp" I was finally able to get away...to MONTANA. It is a place that I have always been fascinated with so to have a getaway planned with my sisters in Montana was the greatest thrill of my recent life!

It was just the most amazing wonderful week, I enjoyed every second of it. Before I went, I wanted to have a project that was easy to pick up and work on no matter where I was. I had finished some pink socks that did not do justice to the beautiful yarn I had bought at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival, so I frogged them :( and restarted with a pattern from Knitty
called Spring Forward. These are very fancy looking but the pattern is pretty easy to follow so I didn't have to be completely alone and concentrating. Well, they are turning out gorgeous and i am so happy that I was not too afraid to rip the other socks out and start again.


I was also very curious about working on these, two at a time on two circulars, but it is the only way to go! No more ending up with only one sock because I just don't want to start another one!


Here is a photo of another pair I knit two at a time. I did not use a printed pattern for these, they were sort of made up as I went. This is also beautiful yarn, called Socks That Rock by Blue Moon Fiber Arts.




Luckily, while in Montana I was introduced to the local knitting group and I was invited to knit along with them one afternoon. What a treat! I wish I had a picture of everyone, we met at a restaurant called La Luna and so they call themselves LaLunatics on Ravelry. We talked and knitted and it was just heavenly. I hope they are all doing well and get to see this blog about them!

I was also treated to a day of plein air painting with some Montana ladies.


We were then invited to an artist's reception where we met some of the Montana artists, Sue bought a painting from Caleb.

After sadly saying good-bye to Montana, Steff came up for a quick visit. It is always wonderful to spend time with a fellow yarn lover. This is the gorgeous scarf she parted with when I told her how much I loved it! This yarn also came from the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival, and it is a sock yarn. Deliciously soft, I love the plaid effect that she got when it was woven!




My most favorite time of the year is coming to a quick end, but not before our area was rocked by earthquakes and storms! My backyard did not sustain too much damage, but a tree limb did fall right on the deck, happily avoiding breaking anything, except the edge of my gutter. Quick fix, all it will take is a screw gun. PHEW!


Thursday, July 28, 2011

This is my favorite time


Time to pay attention to all my favorite things, my garden was spectacular early this summer!


Even my climbing roses, that have been here since I bought this house (1980) are making a comeback.


Time enough to cook special things like potstickers!


Enjoying the backyard with some of my decoys! Steff, these are the decoys that my Mom had in her house! I love them...

Also the wood duck!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Finally!

The Wedding Shrug! I made this shrug for Nathalie to wear at the wedding in October. The weather was so spectacular and warm, that she never had to put the shrug on and i missed the opportunity to take pictures of the finished product. Finally Michael took these gorgeous pictures of the famous shrug so I can share it with you. Nathalie looks gorgeous in it. It is knit in a very fine wool twist and it really turned out great.



I am lucky enough to be the proud recipient of another amazing towel woven by Steffenie, I visited her house the weekend we went to the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festivalshe had made these adorable sheep towels! I knew that Lindsay would love to have a hand made towel and Steff was kind enough to give me one for Lindsay as well! We agreed that we love to give our work ONLY to people who appreciate it! Steff, I LOVE these towels!

The other night when I went into my knitting class the first thing i said to the class was "This is the best thing that has ever happened to me!" They were all curious and i showed them this

We all had a good laugh, BUT I MEAN IT! I finally got started knitting two socks on two circulars! This is a breakthrough. I am not sure I like it better than double pointed, but it is definitely different and I feel accomplished. Plus, I love the yarn it is delicious and soft, hand dyed, a beautiful soft pink.

And, here is another picture of my yarn stash, I just love the way it looks and the way it is wound into a ball. I used a yarn ball winder. As soon as i got home from the wool festival I ordered one online.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Maryland Sheep and Wool!

Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival and Mother's Day all on the same weekend!! Almost too good to be true!
The festival was great, the alpacas were there and sooo cute.

I went with Steff, my weaving friend and the only other person I know who could spend a whole day playing with yarn, like I can!
The basket ladies are always the first booth we go to, they have amazing baskets, all handmade and very reasonable.



After spending the day touching, feeling, comparing, buying, we drove back to Steff's house where she set me up to wind all my yarn before heading home.



All of my children called me to wish me a wonderful Mother's Day, they are all my favorite children and I am so happy that they seem happy! So it was a great Mother's Day!

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Oh February Break!

The first time I have had any time to really organize and clear my head! Between Grad school, UFT activities, preparing for summer program, teaching during the day, and teaching at night it has been a roller coaster! Not to mention the weather which has thankfully calmed down at this point. So one of my main projects was to get through all of my yarn and get my projects in order. I am anxious about having so many things to work on at one time! I am in way over my head. Here is a finished project that I just sent to Maddie. I hope she loves it, she has not gotten it yet.

I have to admit that I have sorted through all my yarn and am actually giving some away and donating some. I am saving only my most favorite yarn, all scraps are going to Lupus and the baby yarn is going to a group that knits blankets for preemies.
Here is my latest Vogue pattern, it is a sleeveless dress, heavily cabled, so pretty!

Also started a V-neck vest with some soft mohair-type yarn. this is also from Vogue

When I went to visit Steff in Downingtown PA, Steff wanted to practice knitting so we had to go buy some yarn and start a project right away. I was helping her read and follow instructions for knitting. We picked out a ruffle edged scarf, I decided to modify the pattern a little bit, but I love it so far! I think LJ or Lindsay might like it when I finish it!!

AND it would not be right to fail to post a picture of the fantastic towels that Steff has made for me. They are now proudly displayed on my new butcher block. I know Steff wants me to use them...I will!

Friday, February 4, 2011

My "Wordle"

This is the Wordle that was created when i fed my tags into the system, it absolutely captures ME!

Wordle: Knitting

Sunday, January 9, 2011

It's ear warming time.

Just recently coming across patterns that were irresistible, I was able to finally set aside some time to get started on some new projects!  This hat, is so pretty, the yarn is perfect for the fair isle pattern.  I don't know who is going to wear this, but I love knitting it! 
I also received a picture of a headband/earwarmer that Laura jean liked, the fact that my daughters ask me to make something for them is a thrill for me so I started right away.  How cute is this?  I know she is going to look spectacular in this.  I made two,  another one in black so maybe Lindsay would like it.
I just noticed in the back of this picture you can see the new knives my amazing kids gave me for Christmas this year. They are Henkels; they are so sharp, I am very, very careful handling them but they are so great, what a difference to cook and prepare food with good knives!  Thank you guys!!

Meanwhile, my bigger project is a super soft alpaca sweater vest.   Since a lot of the kitting is straight stockinette I can knit without thinking too much.  It is so soothing and lets me think and reflect on how much I love my peace and knitting time since I don't get enough of it.  Mmmm I am happy right now.