Yarn Along – Feather and Fan

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~ Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading and I love sharing my projects and current reads here.~ This is how Lisa begins her blog, Small Things, on Wednesdays.

Many of the wonderful items, knitted or crocheted,
I see get added to my someday list.
Books and authors, new to me, peak my interest.

Feather and Fan or Old Shale pattern is an easy
yet not a boring pattern to knit.
I  love the way it finishes.
I started this on in December, 2016
and finished it last week.
I was hoping for last Wednesday
so I could tell you about it,
but late at night I knew I’d never make it.

I borrowed Old Shale tablecloth pattern.
I love circle afghans.
I think I’ll do this one again someday.

Ravelry notes

I am trying a very NEW thing for me –
ONLY ONE knitting/crocheting project at a time.

Next WIP to complete is this beatiful orange/brown
Rings of Change by Frank O’Randle,
approved by Buster.

Ravelry notes

Currently listening to Unspoken by Dee Henderson

I’m joining with other knitters/crochetiers here.

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Yarn Along – Surf’s Up!

Yarn Along
~ Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading and I love sharing my projects and current reads here.~
This is how Lisa begins her blog, Small Things, on Wednesdays.

Many of the wonderful items, knitted or crocheted,
I see get added to my someday list.
Books and authors, new to me, peak my interest.

So . . . as I’m trying to get back into yarny things.
I’m working on WIP’s.

aug 17 sweet baby family
One more block of this pretty was finished last night,
3 Granny Squares DONE – 9 blocks to go!
Linking with Ravelry

How can I do yarny stuff with out starting a NEW shawl.
Thanks to whoever was working on this last week, Love it!
surfRavelry link SURF

Linking with Ginny

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Yarn Along – Time for a Happy Dance

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~ Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading and I love sharing my projects and current reads here.~
This is how Lisa begins her blog, Small Things, on Wednesdays.

Many of the wonderful items, knitted or crocheted,
I see get added to my someday list.
Books and authors, new to me, peak my interest.

My happy dance begins with a finished project!

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Started in May, 2015,
Worked on diligently, until decrease.
I struggled with wrapping my head
around where to stop the row and
putting everything in time out for about 4 months.

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Linked to ravelry

Remember that cute sox yarn?

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I haven’t forgotten everything about knitting yet.

Still reading, ‘The Masterpiece’ book 2 of Alcott Legacy series, Maryann Minatra.

Listening to ‘Undetected’ by Dee Henderson

Linking with Lisa and Yarn Along

Yarn Along – New Beginnings

 

Yarn Along
~ Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading and I love sharing my projects and current reads here.~
This is how Lisa begins her blog, Small Things, on Wednesdays.

Many of the wonderful items, knitted or crocheted,
I see get added to my someday list.
Books and authors, new to me, peak my interest.

I haven’t knitted since I can’t remember.

In my wanderings yesterday I visited
a favorite yarn shop in downtown Sacramento,CA.
A little voice whispered in my ear,
Look at those!
I looked.
I fondled.
I asked for a pattern for toddler sox.
(Even though I knew I had a pattern at home.)
I walked out with a little seed planted in my heart.

Maybe I’m waking up again.

kimera Pattern – Jeannee, Plymouth Yarn
Yarn – kimera, Adriafil

 I’m  reading  ‘The Masterpiece’ book 2 of Alcott Legacy series, Maryann Minatra.
I’m listening to ‘The Prodigal’ book 4 of Abram’s Daughters series, Beverly Lewis.

Linking to Yarn Along with Lisa

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Yarn Along – Flipped Out?

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On Wednesday’s knitters go to Ginny’s to share all the wonderful projects being worked on, finished, frogged, cried over, and learned from. They also tell what they are reading and a little of the storyline or provoking thoughts. I think it is great. So many books, knitting ideas and hints on how to make knitting more enjoyable.

Feb 26 3.5 sections to go
Knit 12 stitches,
6 stitches back and forth,
9 stitches back and forth,
6 stitches back and forth,
11 stitches the with the 12th pick up stitch on the afghan.
ONLY 4 and one half sections to go!

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Don’t you love how Facebook randomly posts?
This one is a winner.
These Flip flops are destined to be key fobs.
I couldn’t find the link for the pattern,
here is her Facebook page;
if you are into crocheted baby shoes –
you might find one you can’t resist
https://www.facebook.com/maki.rucni.rad

Feb 26 half squares
A new quilt in the planning,
no name and no designated recipient

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Making a bunch of half-square triangles,
no I haven’t counted exactly how many
because changes sometimes occur.

I listening to Lynnette Bonner’s series A Shepherd’s Heart   Just finished book 1.

Joining Ginny and other ‘fiber fondlers’ here.

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Ten on Tuesday – What I Reknit

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On Tuesday’s Carole hosts ‘Ten on Tuesdays’.
She chooses a topic – we list ten items.

10 Patterns You Could Knit Again . . . and again and again!

aug 9,13 003Radiant Circle Throw
I added the ruffle cuz’ it is for a little girl.

July 31 008Grandmother’s Favorite Dishcloth
I do this often for no-think knitting.

nov2812 001Wonderful Wallaby
My favorite sweatshirt knit,
finishing is only seam the top of the hood and 6 stitches under each arm.

nove 6 suzi - hugs 004Moss Garden
I made this for a friend and I want one for me!

aug 9,13 005Fuss Free baby blanket

I like the way this blanket starts with a square.
Again I added the ruffle.

Mar 3 kathi shawl 002Summer Solstice 2012, Wendy Knits
I’ve knit two of these and another is on the needles.
This is the only KAL I have finished!

sept 6. trisha pinwheel 001Knitted Pinwheel
This pattern was given to me years ago
when My sister-in-law knit this for my 1st daughter.
It doesn’t have a Ravelry link.
And, of, course, I’m adding a ruffle for a girlie.

may92012  alpaca sox  ready to block 001Alpaca Sox ShawlI love this shawl,
Knit from 2 ball of Crazy Zauberball.

july 13 007Elizabeth Zimmerman’s  Surprise Jacket
I don’t know how many I’ve knitted
seems like there is always one waiting on my needles.

Jan1913 socks 004Socks knit from worsted yarn – speedy knit – great slippers!

Joining with Carole and other knitters

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Yarn Along – Just a Little Knitting

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On Wednesday’s knitters go to Ginny’s to share all the wonderful projects being worked on, finished, frogged, cried over, and learned from. They also tell what they are reading and a little of the storyline or provoking thoughts. I think it is great. So many books, knitting ideas and hints on how to make knitting more enjoyable.

For various reasons, my knitting has been patiently waiting and rolling their eyes. I was ignoring everything that needed a hook or needles, except this very simple diagonal scarf. I only had to think twice on the right side row and not at all on the wrong side.  I just didn’t think I could handle more.

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june25 yan along 002Very quiet colors for my very tired mind.

For some reason this old  project called out very loud. I heard and dug out the pieces of this English paper-piecing project. I can’t remember when I started it, but I do remember working on it in 2007. My version of a Grandmother’s Flower Garden using reproduction 30’s fabrics.

june25 yan along 005Paper hexagons, fabric square pinned on, then trimmed to 1/4 inch from paper. The fabric edges are folded over the paper and basted to the paper.

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I first made ‘flowers.’
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Then I added ‘leaves’ around the flowers. The sunny yellow will connect all the flower units
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I have a along way to go until this is big enough for my bed.

I hope the knitters and crocheters don’t mind a little quilting visiting ‘Yarn Along’ today.
If you want to see others’ neat stuff, click here.

Three Quilts Went Home

new 004I’ve always loved quilts and quilting.
Sometimes quilts waited.
I explored and learned to love
the art of counted cross stitch.
During the past few years,
knitting has been my passion.

Each craft speaks to me through ‘getting it right’.
Matching corners and keeping all the points in quilts,
perfect crosses of counted work,
and the count of each row on target equals ‘getting it right’.

Each craft has color!
Quilts – who hasn’t stood in front of a quilt at a quilt show
and whispered “WOW!”;
or stared at a finished counted cross stitch piece
and watched the shading blend;
or walked into a yarn shop and
become over whelmed with the beauty.

Quilts are good waiters.
They don’t mind what state of unfinished they are
when set aside because I get side tracked.

During the fall of 2013,
I remembered three quilts
that were in assorted stages of completeness.
I purposed to get them done!
So borders got added,
binding cut and ready,
and off to the quilter, Quilt’m Sunflower Designs, they went.
Three quilts came back looking very pleased with themselves.
I spent some very quiet time
hand stitching the binding on the quilts.
I almost always finish my quilts by hand.
I spend that time thinking about and praying
for the dear one receiving the quilt.

Saturday three quilts went home.

One quilt was meant to live on the couch to comfort, warm, and ease.
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feb15 couch going home 011 The Back

One quilt became the burrito shell  – she become the filling.

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feb15 m rains going home 005 The back

One quilt was giggled at because she didn’t believe it was hers.
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feb15 al rains going home 015 The back

I love the family who lives in the home where the quilts live.

(In an effort to be completely honest, the top picture was taken at a very rare moment in time, but it is a perfect blogging picture.)

Ten on Tuesdays – Knitting

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On Tuesday’s Carole hosts ‘Ten on Tuesdays’.
She chooses a topic – we list ten items.

10 Reasons Why I Love to Knit

Not any particular order.

pattern book
Knitting Patterns, something for every ability and a challenge to stretch your knitting skills

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Yarn Cakes are so beautiful
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Knitting needles, that come in so many types, styles and materials
Pointy wood needles are my favorites.
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Knitted Shawls
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Knitting toys, I  love my Swift
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Did I say patterns?
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WIP’S

Finished Porjects

sweaters

Knitting helpers

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My YARN stash
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Ravelry – what more can I say? and Knitters that blog about yarn, patterns, WIP’s, Finished ObjeCxts, trials, frogging, successes and PICTURES!

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Ten on Tuesday – Packing for Vacation

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On Tuesday’s Carole hosts ‘Ten on Tuesdays’.
She chooses a topic – we list ten items.

10 Things You Always Bring on Vacation.

(listed not in order of priority, just as items came to mind)

A lawn chair, sturdy and my size, with room for my elbows for comfy knitting
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Books, my Bible and pleasure reading

Paper, graph and lined, pencils, and a pencil sharpener

An extension cord, outlets are not usually where I need them

A cushion for under my knees when lounging or sleeping

A camera

My I-pod & charger with stories for listening

Snacks; pretty snack plates and cloth napkins; my favorite cups;
coffee with filters and tea bags (one time I even took my coffee pot).

Comfy pj’s for lounging and knitting

And then there is the knitting
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Current knitting projects (more than I could finish in a month)
Fresh yarn and needles,
cause I just never know, I might finish one
Directions to Local yarn shop
Pattern that needs yarn
Money to buy yarn

I don’t always take my laptop,
because the Farmer always takes his.

Click here to see what others take on Vacation.

Published in: on April 9, 2013 at 11:12 am  Comments (10)  

I’m a Knit-A-Long Winner

Early this year in January I joined a Knit-a-long (KAL)
with Crissy at Stitched Together.
The hat was fun to knit and back to back cables
made for an interesting design.

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If the knitter finished the hat and posted about the KAL,
the knitter’s name was entered into a drawing for a Stitched Together pattern
and stitch markers made by Crissy.
I won the drawing.
I received the pattern of my choice, another hat, by email.
Today when I went to the post office I found a package,
much bigger than was needed for a set of stitch markers.

Mar 4 stittched together 001 I have never received anything from the UK.

The package was packed!
I was so surprised. It felt like Christmas morning.

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Chocolate!

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LOOK!

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Kitty tape measure and stitch markers in green and labels for special knitted gifts

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Mother of pearl heat shaped buttons and a yarn bra,
it holds a yarn cake nice and tidy while knitting

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A leather coin purse – great color

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AND yarn – TWO balls of Cascade Yarns “Cloud 9”, soft as a cloud
and Posh Yarn, ‘Hannah Another Year Gone’, 400 yards,
blues fading to bits of pink.
I immediately thought of the ocean
I had just visited the week before.

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Thank you , Thank you , Thank you.

If you ever want to enter a KAL drawing be sure to enter Crissy’s.

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If I’m Not on the Computer; I’m Knitting

The title of this post tells of a simple life, gazing at others’ beautiful projects on the internet, dreaming I could make them all, some for me – some that would make the receiver swoon; playing games, I just got a new version of Luxor 🙂 and I’m challenging myself to complete once every configuration of Mah Jong, one pile took me over 200 hundred tries!
And then there is knitting, my current group –

Knitting shawlettes for littlies, I need 4,
making 5 so there is a choice.
Three are done, except weaving, latest finished, First Down

I knit until all I had was this much yarn leftover.

Zuni is another of that group, OPPS, see the little yarn mess.
I ran out of yarn. I bought more than called for,
apparently not enough.
So it is either go to Joann’s in Redding, CA
(local stores don’t have it)
or check out the internet.

AND, daycare mom is having a baby girl.
Instead of a quilt this time, I choose to knit an afghan.
This one starts with a garter stitch square,
pick up stitches around the edge and knit, knit, knit
until I chose to add a few rows of purl for interest.
I’m thinking about finding a blue and knitting on a lace border.

I keep running into cowl patterns, this one is knit with Zanderball Crazy, which I love, I had conquer this pattern, September Circle.

Not started but in the queue
(I’ll have to remember that word for scrabble)
is by request another sweater for Tilly, Mom’s doxie mix.
I really like ‘coffee beenz’ and since it is washable makes a good choice for a long low dog.

My listening pleasure – turn on the ipod and let it read from book to book.

Ginny won’t mind if I’m a couple days late joining. Come and see what others are doing. Click here.

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Yarn Along — To Grandmother’s House I Go Knitting


On Wednesday’s knitters go to Ginny’s and Tami’s and share all the wonderful projects being worked on, finished, frogged, cried over, and learned from. they also tell what they are reading and a little of the storyline or provoking thoughts. I think it is great. So many books, knitting ideas and hints on how to make knitting more enjoyable.

Again I went to Grandma’s house;
I packed WIP’s with full intentions of working diligently.
BUT. . . . . . . .
I also grabbed some yarn on the way out the door. (giggle)

This is the rest of the story


Using leftover yarn
(that’s good, right?)
from Hope’s Shawl,
Begun September 24 – finished October 4,
Now to the blocker.
Ravelry link

Oaklet has been on my list of shawls to do…..
It’s good to check things off my list, right?


This unidentified yarn

came from the stash shed
now it will have a home
of it’s own. Good, huh?
Started September 25 –Finished October 5,Yep,to the blocker.

Zuni’s construction has captivated me,
ever since I first say it.
I just had to try to knit the shawl.
Challenges are good, right?
I bought this yarn while at Grandma’s; I have a certain young lady in mind.
Started September 26

I’m blaming the yarn on this one!
This yarn is so soft and silky and sneaky
that when I got to Grandma’s there it was!
First Down is being knit and knit and knit
because I want something bigger than a scarf
This yarn was also in the stash shed.
Started September 25

All of these will have their own project page in Ravelry as soon as I take a break from knitting.

I’ve posted pictures of this one before. I took it off its needles because I wanted to try that size on one of the above shawls. I love this shawl, everything about it I love. Kinda sad I keep getting side tracked, cuz’ it would be nice to have it finished. 🙂

My trusty I-Pod is full of stories. Play On!

Knitted not Blocked, My Part is Finished

Diligently I have been keeping to my goal to finish at least three shawls before I started another. (I have yarn and patterns for four shawls, patiently waiting).

Hope’s shawl made from garage sale find by Grandpa Red and sox yarn. I like the way it finished and hope a young girl will remember Grandpa when she wears it.

Ravelry Link

Shelby is Hope’s older sister. If you make a shawl for one granddaughter, the other granddaughter needs one, too. I love this yarn, the colors are bright, the stitch definition is good and it felt nice as it flowed through my fingers.

Ravelry link

To see what others are finishing check out FO Fridays and Fiber Arts Friday.

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Published in: on September 14, 2012 at 9:53 pm  Comments (12)  

Ready to Barter

Would you spend a few hours knitting dishcloths to be able to enjoy heirloom yellow tomatoes (whose name I have forgotten)?

I did.

Dishcloths are almost ready to send, just three little ends to weave in. Of course, I have to wait until next summer to enjoy the tomatoes.
That’s okay.

To see what others are finishing check out FO Fridays and Fiber Arts Friday.

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Published in: on September 7, 2012 at 10:03 am  Comments (13)