Friday, June 17, 2016

A.W.O.L

    Whoa..... AWOL from this blog for quite a spell.  I'm surprised that Blogger kept me "live".  Lots has happened.  We'll start with the Old Man being diagnosed and treated for Prostate Cancer.  Yep. The C-word.  Prostate surgery and all went well.  Wow, modern robotic surgery is pretty impressive! And now the motto in our house..... "Prostate Free, Way to Be!"  And cancer free is the way to be, too.   Men! Get checked!
     We have had a great-grandbaby born into the family, Uncle Nonnie has been accepted into the Radiology Tech program at a local college, Flyboy came from Las Vegas to visit us.  The Old Man has been traveling to the various "Cons" with Jimmy the Squid on weekends, selling Hello Kitty and Anime accouterments.    So many other activities and events....
     I've been cranking out projects over this past how ever long it's been.  Seem to have lost all ability to keep up with documenting all of them.  Working at the cheese counter four days a week and my days off seem to blur. Would very much like a slow down of days.  Bought a new sewing machine, so I am thrilled to get back into some serious sewing projects.  This is always difficult as I have to use the dining table to sew and then clear it off to eat.  Sigh.  Knitting, as always, and always knitting socks besides the other projects.  At least the knitting can travel with me through my day.

Looking forward to some quiet porch time this summer.  Probably should put a few flowers out.....

Today's Bible Verse - "The steps of a man are established by the LORD,
And He delights in his way." Psalm 37:23


Sunday, January 25, 2015

In Praise of the Knitted Dishcloth

I went to the break room for lunch.  It was full of the employees who, like me, bring our lunches to save those greenbacks.  I, often, bring my knitting and that day I pulled out the dishcloth that I was working on - a good project for the break room as it is usually a place where conversations must be paid attention to or one misses the repartee of friendly ribbing (not the knitted kind!) among friends.  I pulled out the little swatchy piece.... answered the question, "What are you knitting, today?" and was met with incredulous stares.  "Why in the world would you knit a dishcloth?"

Many years ago (probably, at least 25) my friends Rita and Audrey both had these cloths in their possession. They were wonderfully nub-bly and absorbent and as a new knitter I could not figure out how they were knitted.  These are the best dishcloths that I have ever used.  I routinely have a drawer full of them waiting for their rotation when the old ones wear out.   Good old Lily Sugar and Cream yarn has proven to be the best and it is probably their original basic pattern that came to me as a hand written note....two hand written notes to be precise.  One of them, posted below and one of them from Rita's Aunt Kathleen oh so many, many years ago. Isn't it sweet that the writer included the little knitting abbreviations chart!  They are easy, quick, a great beginner project, make lovely little gifts for hostesses or housewarmings. They represent, to me, the simplest things of life that, although utilitarian, are filled with the art of the work of my hands.  One cannot make too many!

Today's Bible verse:
"Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life, 
And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever."  Psalm 23:6

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year

2015
Wow... I know, I've been away for a long time.  Life.  Life Happens. Family Happens.  Let me sum up.... There has been a divorce, a wedding, the passing of two parents, several trips to North Carolina, a trip to Florida, two parents are well.  Flyboy finished school and got a job in Las Vegas. Sons and their girlfriends parted ways, uncle died, job was lost, prostate cancer found, an engagement, great-grandbaby is on his way (yes, its a boy).  Oldest bought a house. Fixed income-imminent,  Old Man officially retired, a couple of fender benders, 1st year of college resulted in 4.0 GPA. Master Knitter goal put aside during Life. Among many other things - still working in cheese, still standing.  Amid-st it all.... many knitting projects flowed through the needles.

I resolve to live one day at a time and to be grateful to God for all the treasures of each day.  Won't you stay with me?

Obligatory Woolly Content....Fresh from Little Kiwi waiting to be Ply-ed.


Tonight's Bible Verse -
“So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself...."  Matthew 6:34

Friday, August 16, 2013

TKGA Master Knitter Level 1 - Week.... Whatever!

It seems that summer overtook me.  I have been, in dribs and drabs, working on swatches for the program but......   So I wasn't exactly happy with how the swatches were turning out.  I was using the Cascade 220 wool yarn and had serious issues with the aesthetics of that yarn.  I didn't like the lay of the stitches.  I didn't like the twist - seemed 'loose' to me. My swatches just were bleh.  At some point in the season, I was knitting a little baby jacket out of Plymouth Galway and really liked the feel of that yarn so - ReBoot.  I've been reworking all the swatches using the Galway.  Have swatches 1-3 done (but I will redo #1).  I'm much happier.  Now, maybe I shall have consistant progress over the next few weeks.  It's a lesson in using the right yarn, no matter what the project.  If you don't like the yarn, you won't like the project.

"There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven... A time to search and a time to give up as lost; a time to keep and a time to throw away."    Ecclesiastes 3:1,6

Monday, May 20, 2013

Master Knitter Monday Week 3

Short and sweet, today.  This week, I acquired the Susan Bates Quicksilver needles -  straights; 10 inch, Size US7 from local craft store (How is it that with all my years of knitting... with one gigundo Plano Fishing Tackle Box loaded with needles... I did not have that ONE!?)   and am very happy that I made the switch.  The Addi Turbo just was not working, both in terms of the tips and in terms of holding the small (16 inch circular) needle shaft.  My hands are much more comfortable with the straights.  More comfort means better tension and more tapered tips means better execution of the stitch.  Here's the number 3 swatch, not blocked -  a seed stitch beauty... fairly dense but I'll practice a bit more.   I also purchased some blocking mats.  Got the ones from KnitPicks -  9 quares to a pack.....  yes, I might have payed less for those similiar things at the hardware store but these ones are a pretty sort of mauvy pinky lavender color.  Tre Girlie.

Bible verse for this morning:
"You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised."  Hebrews 10:36

Monday, May 13, 2013

Master Knitter Monday Week 2

This past week was spent in collecting supplies, doing some more practice knitting and going through the books - researching techniques.  For this program you will need:

Worsted weight yarn - Use a very light color.   I would NOT recommend anything but wool as acrylic is not conducive to blocking very well and cotton's or other plant-y yarns may present problems, as well, in the blocking process.  I have chosen to use Cascade 220 worsted weight.  It is 100% wool and seems to be one of the yarns of choice for those who have already gone through the Master Knitter thing.

Needle -  This has been a bit tricky for me.  I tried several different ones and thought I had settled on an Addi Turbo, size 7, 16 inch circular.  All of the swatches that I practiced on, so far, have been made with that needle. But.....   I don't like the tips on that needle.  They are a bit 'dull' and when making seed stitch (especially) one has to be very tight for this project and it's hard to get the dull tips into the tight stitch.  I'm moving on to try Susan Bates Quicksilver.  I like the long, tapered tips of these needles so will give them a go.

For the Notebook -  A notebook (obviously) and plastic sheet protectors are needed.  Also, tab dividers to organize the project.  You will also need some sort of string/hang tags.  You can make your own, if you like.

For the Blocking - This requires a ruler.  It is NOT recommended by the overseers that you use a measuring tape.  A ruler is more accurate.  Get some Rust PROOF pins... lots of them.  I ordered some T-pins from Lacis as they claim to be rust proof.  Many companies claim their pins are rust resistant but I'm not trusting anything but rust proof stainless steel.  I don't want to be surprised with rusty stains on the swatches. You will need towels for squeezing the water out of the swatches and you will need some sort of pinning surface.  After a cruising of the TKGA Ravelry forum for the Master Knitting Group, it seems the popular thing is to get some of those spongy, foamy floor square/mat things that they use in gyms/exercise rooms.  It seems you can purchase them from the likes of Lowes, Home Depot, etc.  Of course you can use those lovely blocking boards that are offered specifically for knitting at knitting suppliers.  I have, yet, to get something to do the blocking on.

I've spent a great deal of time reading through postings on the TKGA Ravelry Group forums and surfing all the internet sites that are referred to, there.  I've also read through the entire Master Knitter Level 1 Packet (several times and will read through it in its entirety several more times) and started going through every book that I own looking for what I may need.  I've marked and notated all those pages with those Post-It Notes tab posties.  I've knitted several practice swatches of the first three swatches to identify weak spots and to use to practice blocking.  At this rate....  I'm gonna need some more yarn!




Today's Bible Verse:
"Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men...."
Colossians 3:23