Entries Tagged as 'Knitting'
July 31st, 2016 · Comments Off on Weekends
Weekends are freakin exhausting. This has been a great weekend but oh my am I tired and ready to go back to work tomorrow.
Yesterday was a day with friends and motorcycles. Rikki’s kids spent the last week with us. It was really nice to see the girls. Can’t remember the last time I saw my nieces. From my exposure after work, all the kids got along well during the week. Friday nights Rikki came after work. Saturday more, she and I headed to my buddy Art’s house. She drove my bike, happily I might add, while I drove my car. Once there I put on my motorcycle gear and climbed on the back of Art’s bike. We drove to Starbucks for a drink and then up to 7 Lakes Drive in Harriman State Park, which is a lovely ride.
We met up with another Harley rider. What a friendly group they are! After a break we got back on the bikes and headed to a parking lot where I drove my bike for a little bit. I was tired and not feeling it so I quit quickly before dropping the bike and hurting myself again. Hey a first for me. Back to the house for cosmos and snacks!! I left my bike at his house and head home in the car. We had a traditional Jewish dinner favorite of takeout Chinese in the dining room!
I fell asleep while watching tv at 8:15. What an exciting life 😉
Today I was up early and did my normal Starbucks run (in the car) at 6:30. Bike got delivered at 8:30 and I drove Art home, where I picked up an extra office chair and my Frye boots which his wife had cleaned and waterproofed for me. How awesome is she?!
Rikki and I then hit up Lowes where I got a closet organizer and have spent the rest of the day redoing my awful closet. My room looked like an explosion happened!
I was ruthless in sorting the shoes and clothes to see what should remain and what could be donated.
Some three dozen shoes didn’t make the cut along with a lot of clothes.
I have lots of empty hangers now. There where more but I tossed them or broke them in a fit getting them out of the closet :). Seven hours later and I am finally done.
I still need to clean the litter box, pay bills and do a load of laundry, but other than a shower and the litter box I am DONE for today. Time for a nice cranberry and vodka 🙂
Oh yeah I finished the Boss Socks which he wore yesterday :). Always nice to see the hand knits get used!
Tags: Family · Socks
July 15th, 2016 · Comments Off on Progress
Sock progress is slow but that’s because I haven’t been knitting all that much. Sure I spend about 3 hours every day as a passenger in a car but for some reason I don’t really knit. Don’t get me wrong I get twitchy when I don’t bring it with me. But it sits on the floor with my bag most days. I actually have been working on one of the other two sock projects and turned the heel on the .1 sock yesterday morning while waiting for my ride.
Tonight at dinner with the family I finished the cuff on the boss socks.
One more sleep and we are off on the cruise! I have so much to do as I haven’t started packing yet and I need to be on the road by 9am tomorrow. Ugh.
July 13th, 2016 · Comments Off on Wednesday Words
Look posting again less than three months! That’s because I have actual knitting progress to show.
I finished the first of the Mr. Pitt’s Socks on Sunday night.
I even cast on for the second one and am halfway through the cuff ribbing.
While I wait to be picked up in the morning, I’ve recently been sitting on the porch doing a bit of knitting. Contrary to past practices I’ve currently got three different sock projects in the works. This pair is dubbed 2016.1 Socks. I started using that nomenclature so that I could immediately tell how many socks I do each year.
This is the second in the pair and I think I might finally concentrate and finish this pair. They’ve been hanging around for a while judging from the .1 in the name ;).
I’ll be getting some extra time to knit soon as the twins and I are going on a cruise Saturday for my birthday. Will be a short 5 night cruise out of Baltimore with an overnight in Bermuda. I’m looking forward. Nope, haven’t started packing yet 😉
Finally here’s a gratuitous kitten shot because they are so cute.
Miss Cocoa is sleeping on my headboard between my iPad and lamp. Marshmallow is rather fond of the same spot and sleeps there at night.
Rides almost here so it is time to wrap this up.
Been meaning to post for quite a while now but as in the past the longer it is between posts, the harder it is to do so. There’s so much that has happened that it is hard to know what to actually write about. Well that and Facebook has made itself the place where the quick blog posts used to be. So for my Facebook friends, posting would be duplicating the info. Now you know why I haven’t posted in forever. I’ll eventually figure out a balance not that anyone other than me reads this anyway. I’m good with that. The blog has been more of a journal for me than anything else and I do search it somewhat often. Going to do a quick review and maybe return to quick posts rather then FB snips.
Seeing as my last post was about having to say goodbye to Earl, the first update should be about the two new kitties that we’ve added.
First to join us was Viscount Marshmallow (the fluffy dude on the right). He’s a purrdoll- half Persian, and half Ragdoll. He was born December 1,2015. I drove go Pennsylvania in February to pick him up from a breeder I found. He is quite the character and tormented Serendipity so much that I got him a kitten.
Early May we added the one on the left: Countess Chocula, born February 24th iirc. She is a full Ragdoll and is a chocolate Lynx mink color point. This one is a spitfire and reminds me a lot of Duchess. After a rough introductory weekend, the two became best friends. Where one is you can usually find the other. Boy are they wrecking havoc and seriously entertaining the family. Missed having kittens in the house as it was 10 years since Serendipity joined us.
Moving along, I overcame some serious fear and dislike of two wheeled vehicles. My boss and good friend has a Harley. When I took advantage of a discount and bought a leather motorcycle jacket he decided that I shouldn’t be a poser and actually wear the thing on a bike. So he took me out for a quick spin to Starbucks…
I was initially terrified but relaxed enough to get an understanding of the appeal. I got a second ride in early June up to 7 lakes drive in NY and really got it.
I then signed up for the basic motorcycle class and while waiting for the start of it put a deposit on a bike :). It was a beautiful thing but having a less than successful completion of the class (dropped the bike twice -the second time was bad enough that I didn’t complete the class having bruised the heck out of myself and dislocated a couple of ribs) I changed to a better starter bike.
July 1st I bought a 2016 Harley-Davidson Street 500. It had all of 1 mile on it as the first owner won it but wasn’t a rider and didn’t want to be. So the dealer was selling it as used on consignment. I got a good deal on it.
Because of the ribs I have only ridden it once, last Sunday. It is sitting in the driveway tormenting me now 😉
Oh yeah I do still knit!
This is the first in a pair for the aforementioned boss/friend. He’s supervising my learning to ride (something that is readily apparent that I need judging from the assorted bruises), not to mention driving me to and from work since sometime last fall. Yup, no more train for me. I now knit in the passenger seat of a car! Anyway the pattern is Mr. Pitt’s Socks, which I thought was appropriate considering who they are for! The yarn is Patons Kroy with Cascade for the heels and toes. Could only get two skeins in this color so figured I would modify to use the short row heel instead of the flap and sub a coordinating color. About an inch from the toe now.
I think that’s a pretty good recap for the 5 mile view since February. I’m going to try to post on a more regular rate.
Tags: Family · Socks
January 2nd, 2016 · 1 Comment
And so starts another year. We spent a quiet night at home with sparkling cider and appetizers while watching various tv shows. I actually made it to midnight, which isn’t the guarantee that it used to be.
Yesterday was a mix of old and new. We spent the morning alternating between marathons of The Honeymooners and The Odd Couple. I took the twins to the 1pm showing of Star Wars. We liked it. Might not have been overly original but it was good. It was worlds better than any of the three prequels. It was like visiting with old friends. Looking forward to seeing episode 8 to confirm my suspicions.
My current knitting projects are finally reduced to two active ones. I have a pair of socks that I work on while out and about. Used to be the train knitting but now that I hitch a ride to and from work, they are now car knitting as long as it is light enough to see :). The home project is Minetta in yummy MadTosh.
I’ve got two more repeats of the decrease section left. While the cables don’t exactly pop I don’t think that they are completely lost in the colors.
I’ve also been spinning.
This pretty stuff is on the Pegasus. I’ve forgotten how very fast that wheel is.
This is using the largest whorl. Just looked up the ratios, 12:1, 18:1, 24:1. Guess I won’t be getting a worsted weight yarn off this thing with less than a billionty plies 🙂
I’m going to sit with my coffee and the Soap marathon on IFC and work on Minetta while I wait for the rest of the family to awaken. My 6:45 AM weekday departure time means that I get up early over the weekends too. I call it my me time.
Happy New Year
Tags: Adult · Knitting · Spinning
December 26th, 2015 · Comments Off on Crafty
Lets pretend that my last post wasn’t in May of this year. I won’t even attempt to cover all the things that have happened since. Suffice it to say that it has been an interesting year.
I finished a project that I started no too terribly long ago. It started with the acquisition of a new wheel on Columbus Day weekend. I went to a spin in that weekend at the Golding’s farm and studio up in Vermont, where I tried out a new style of their portable wheel. I loved it so much that I brought it home. Meet Golding Gossamer, signed #1 by Seth. A sweet little wheel.
Here she is sitting between her bigger sister and my Matchless.
She is indeed a tiny little thing. Unlike the previous portable style, this one isn’t foldable, though the flyer head is removable. Since she isn’t an accelerator wheel like her predecessor, she isn’t quite as fast, but I don’t really notice as I can spin fine on just about anything. She shares the same bobbins and flyers as her bigger sister and since I have the jumbo and regular flyers for the full sized, I opted for the lace flyer and bobbins for this one as the second.
My first project was a batt of Falkland wool that I got from my favorite crack vendor, ITW, at I think Rhinebeck this year. I spun the batt onto two bobbins after splitting it in half, maintaining the colors. I then plied both bobbins together to get a fingering weight yarn that was just squooshy and divine.
I never measured the yardage but figured it was enough for a smallish shawl so I got busy as soon as the yarn was dry.
I cast on over Thanksgiving weekend, took it on my trip to Texas and finished it up today.
Project details are here on Ravelry.
On another note, the blog is back on WordPress and actually at a new (old) hosting provider. I moved it all today and migrated back to the old WordPress platform. We’ll call the last year a failed experiment and I’m gonna blame it for the lack of posting 😉
Tags: Knitting · Spinning
April 7th, 2015 · Comments Off on Done
As predicted, the socks, they are finished.
I bound off on the train home last night. After dinner I wove in the ends and proclaimed them finished. Most definitely fraternal twins, of which I am definitely partial 😉 It was definitely nice knitting with my handspun again and I must remember to do it more often. Having to go sifting through the stash to see where I hid it all. Project details are here.
So. After finishing those, I needed a purse project for today’s commute (and to continue along the 12 in 15 plan). A quick dip into the yarn basket next to my nightly knitting chair revealed this pretty:
The yarn is from itw, colorway is 221B in a SW Merino/Cashmere/Nylon. This had to be a festival purchase. Your guess is as good as mine as to which festival, though if forced to guess, I’d say MDSW 2014. I wound it up last night while helping Kathryn with her homework and explaining Operator Precedence. I don’t remember learning that in 5th grade. She was having problems getting the order right based on the mnemonic that she learned in school that had multiplication taking precedence over division and addition over subtraction. Fortunately, I was able to guide her to safety, and had a wound cake of yarn ready for this morning’s commute. I cast on after getting on the train and took this picture as the ferry was approaching the pier. These socks will be 56 stitches on a US0.
And I have to say, awesome game yesterday!
April 6th, 2015 · Comments Off on Almost…
Last time, I had just bound off the first sock with plans to cast on the second. I did just that. Thursday night on the way home, the second sock was started. Then on Friday, I had a bit of extra knitting time. First was a scheduling thing for the ferry. Didn’t realize that they were running a holiday schedule on Friday, so instead of every 15 minutes, the ferry was only running every 30 minutes. I’d been standing there knitting the sock for 15 minutes before I noticed. Yay bonus. Friday is also team lunch day so I knit during lunch. Then on the way home for the first Seder, I muffed the train schedule and had a somewhat long wait in Hoboken. Long story short, I was well past the heel before the weekend started. Here’s the sock this morning on the train:
I didn’t even touch the thing over the weekend. I was busy doing other stuff, like support spindling, starting a secret project, fixing the Pegasus and a pile of laundry. I made pretty good progress this morning and when I head home this evening, I shall be starting the ribbing.
And in celebration of opening day (which should be a holiday!), I changed my wraps last night.
Craft on! Play ball!
April 2nd, 2015 · Comments Off on One Down
Woot. Thanks to actually concentrating on the sock, and a bonus amount of knitting time last night as we went out for dinner, I finished the first sock while on the ferry this morning. Here it is lounging next to the ferry pier after I got off the boat.
Thanks to the early A.M. sun actually shining, the colors are a bit washed out. The blue reads a much deeper blue. I’ll cast on the second sock on the way home tonight.
Thanks to a couple of Jamberry parties on Facebook a few weeks back, I found a nifty way to “polish” my nails without giving up the drying time, sitting idle. As someone who barely bothered with the nails (pedis are a totally different matter), I’m really enjoying these wraps. They’re just cool. Here’s what I’m wearing now. The wraps come on a sheet with enough for two manis and two pedis.
Less than an hour later I have this:
I took these pictures Sunday and the wraps are still going strong. No lifting, no peeling, nothin! Best yet, I have ridges that run the length of my nails that I don’t need to buff off in order to get these babies to stick on properly. I’m sold 🙂
April 1st, 2015 · Comments Off on Socks
I’m thoroughly enjoying knitting with my handspun! I love how this sock is coming out. Here she is sitting out in the sun this morning after I
I finished the heel yesterday and started cruising up the leg this morning. Didn’t knit on the ferry but read with a cup of coffee in hand instead. I’m hoping to have this sock finished this week and take a week or so to finish its mate. My goal is to knit 12 pairs, at least, this year. I need to keep up with the influx of new yarn.
I’ve noticed that no matter how many sock patterns I collect, I almost always knit the same, plain sock over and over again. The only difference is the yarns used. They are very much mindless in that sense. I guess that makes me a circular sock machine. I do need to break out the CSM to start in on the backlog of yarns that I’ve amassed. Maybe this weekend. I’m still not confident enough in it to use the good yarns on it, but I do know I like how the Legare handles much better than the AK’s that I had in the past. Then I’ll have to conquer my fear of the ribber.