Thursday, February 7, 2019

Two more

The next 2 pairs of Little Kid socks. 

That's pretty much it!  I started another pair of Helical Socks for him, but I'm not rushing through it.  I need a break from non-stop plain vanilla sock knitting.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

And another pair

Emergency call from the FN (Frozen Northland):  the little kid needs socks!  So I'm knitting as fast as I can.  Made this pair in 4 days.  I could go faster, but it would hurt my hands.

This is a ragg kind of yarn, and rather rugged in appearance. 

I started another pair last night and should finish in a few days.

There are other goodies on the needles:  a lace sweater for DD#2, and a faded yoke for me, but they all have to wait until the little kid gets his socks.

Sunday, January 27, 2019

A pair of socks

The Little Guy (6 years old) needs socks.  He lives in the Frozen Northland, and it's cold and his little tootsies are not happy.  So that's what I'm doing these days.

One pair of Helical Socks for him.  The lovely stripes are done by using 3 leftoverballs of sock yarn, and rotating them as I knit.  The funny thing down the center happens when you switch yarns.  On the leg and foot, it looks just fine.  I suppose I could try to work that joining place differently, but who cares.  It works out just fine, and Helical Socks are fiddly enough and I just want to motor along.

Now I have to stop making them, and get on with the quick knitting:  just one sad ball of yarn/pair.  Alas.

Upward and onward to more socks.  Gotta keep his feet warm.

Monday, December 17, 2018

Kids knits

The latest sweaters (and a pair of socks) for the little kid, who will turn 6 at the end of the month. 

A close-up of the slip-stitch pattern:

This blue sweater was knitted in my usual fashion:  bottom up in the round, with the shoulders joined by knitting them off together.  Sleeves picked up from the armhole and worked down, also in the round.  I have to say that I much prefer working with stranded knitting than with slip stitches, but it is an interesting technique and the stripes have a texture to them that stranded knitting would not do.

This is a top-down yoke sweater, which may not fit him well.  We shall see.  The sleeves may be too long.  If it's too big, he'll grow and maybe use it later this season.  If it doesn't work at all, then his mom can donate to a charity. I love making yoke sweaters, but the fit confounds me (and I've made a lot of yoke sweaters).  Without him here to try on, it may not work at all.  Still, it was fun and I love stranded knitting.

And a pair of socks for him.  Again, I'm making them without trying on, so who knows if they will fit.

And finally, a sweater for me that I finished just before Thanksgiving. 

I've been on a cable binge, and this was the 3rd one I made.  Loved every minute of it.

Since July, I've made 7 sweaters, the ones not shown were not photographed.  I'm now taking a week or two off from them and knitting shawls.  Sweaters are very fast knits for me, but lace shawls take time and go slowly, and my hands need slow work.

Quilting?  What's that?  Do I remember how to sew? 

Thursday, November 8, 2018

How I design a gansey sweater

This is a repeat of a post I made about 4 years ago.  If you knit and would like to try your hand at designing a gansey, this might help.

How I design a fisherman's sweater, AKA a gansey.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018


Go, vote!  Vote as if your life depends on it, because it does.  Think of the 11 innocent people shot in cold blood in a Pittsburgh synagogue.  Think of the 2 African-American people shot in a convenience store for the fun of it.  My life depends on who wins this election.  Yours might, too.

Understand that the terrorists who perpetrate these hate killings are neither Muslim nor folks, illegal or otherwise, from south of the border.  These terrorists are home-grown white men.

If you have not been effected by the killings of the last few weeks, your group might be next. 

Vote as if your life depends on it, because it does. 

Monday, October 29, 2018

Thank you

Thank you, my friends, for your love and support.  I cannot tell you how important it was for me to read your words. Thank you to all the Christian and Muslim clergy who have supported the Jewish community; you are a tower of strength for us.  Thank you to friends who have called.

Thank you to the first responders who so bravely tried to protect the congregants.  Thank you to the Steelers and the mayor and all the good people of Pennsylvania who have spoken for us.


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