Thursday, July 28, 2016

I actually finished...

a quilt!  Really finished, as in it's quilted and bound and ready to be mailed off.  Took me long enough.

Yep, it's another string quilt.  I love making string quilts.  I could make them nonstop.  Easy sewing, no points matching, and the fun of deciding which strip to place next to the previous one.

Friday, July 8, 2016

It's hazy, hot and humid...

So it's time to start knitting sweaters. This is the first one.  It's all lace, and not blocked, so it looks like a rag, but it will stretch out beautifully when washed.

Yarn is Knit Picks Palette in Seraphim.  Skinny stuff, and not terribly drapey.  I'm working it on sock needles, size 2.5mm.  I'm a very loose knitter, so it works out OK with those tiny needles.  256 sts in circumference.  I don't know yet what I will do with the bodice and sleeves.  My inclination is to work the sleeves in stockinette with a row of lace running down the center, but I'll see.  I'm a way off so just thinking about it at the moment.  My usual crew neck, and if I have enough yarn, maybe a cowl?  Or not.

The color is weird, sort of a grey/beige/mauve thing.  I have no idea why I bought it; it must have appealed to me.  I'll wear it over navy or deep green or something else dark.


Thursday, June 30, 2016

Last of this spring's socks

That's it.  I'm done, at least for the time being.  This is the last sock I've designed,  and other than helix socks for Miss P, I'm socked-out for a while.


Mostly lace with a little bit of cables.  Fun and pretty easy to do.  Sweaters, here I come!

Monday, June 20, 2016


Emma is a split lace pattern with my favorite little fake cable in the middle.  The yarn is PennyRose Rachel (400 yards, 100 g, 100% SW merino).  Size 2.25mm circular needles, 56 st pattern. 

Friday, June 10, 2016

Still on a sock binge

I can't help it; I finish a pair of socks and then chart out another pair.  So here's the latest, which I gifted to a friend.

Tutti Frutti

Cute little lace pattern which is very easy.  I like knitting lace and I love playing with 3-5 stitch small patterns, and then and combining the patterns.  Holds your interest while you knit, but fairly mindless.

By the way, On the Wing is now available for free on Ravelry.

Friday, June 3, 2016


I'm out of the Sock Madness competition, but it's fine with me.  There are times when you know that knitting a particular pattern will destroy your cranky hands and round 5 was the case.  So, not competing, but boy, am I knitting socks.  I'm happily designing and knitting away.  That's what happens to me after Sock Madness:  I want to design and make socks.  And of course, these will fit my small, narrow foot.  But it's the Madness that inspires me to get off my tush with my boring, same-pattern, basketweave socks and make something new.  So here's what's done.

This one is called Undulate because of the way the fake cables move left and right.  Yarn is KnitPicks Stroll (I think it might be an old yarn because I can't find it on their website).  Size 2.25mm needles.

This one is On the Wing because I sort of see flying geese on the front and back of the leg and little winged bugs on the side.  I have a good imagination.  Yarn is PennyRose Rachel, which I dyed.  100% superwash merino/ 100g/400 yards.  Size 2.25 needles.

I dyed and sold yarn for about 6 years and then retired from that a couple of years ago.  Still have a nice supply of yarn, so I can dye just about all my sock yarn if I wish.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Another rosette

Here's the 4th rosette from


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