Sunday, September 30, 2007
The sock is knit toe-up, with all the increases made in a cute little gusset on the top of the foot. Cascade 220 makes it a quick knit. I used size 3 needles, but I knit very loose. This might be the November sock-of-the-month. For a change, I have already started the second sock!
Friday, September 28, 2007
It's hard to tell from the photo, but there are three ladders in the window, a short one, a medium and a tall one.
Monday , October 1st, marks our third anniversary at the shop! The graduating height of the ladders are supposed to represent our growth.
Thanks to all my customers and the ELVES!
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
I have been itching to try out a few of the techniques from the book,,, but I promised myself (and others) to finish some knitting, sewing, mending, cleaning.......first.
Well, while at the cabin Sunday, I finally made two "sample socks" from the book.
To the untrained eye, these socks may look the same. AHHHHH, but they are not. Not like knitting any other socks you may have made in the past. What fun!
This one is called is called the 'sky" sock, all the instep shaping is done in a triangle at the top of the foot.
All the increasing is done between markers "a" and 'b" . Top down.
One done, I launched into the next sample sock.
This sock is knit from the toe up. I love it!
the arch stitches in socks don't need to go where we've always put them. With a little understanding, you can put those stitches anywhere within the arch area - for example, in an orderly column or placed randomly - with equally successful results. Bordhi outlines eight sock architectures based on this principle, with master patterns that can be customized for any foot, yarn type, or needle, in any size ranging from infant to large adult. More than twenty additional patterns round out the collection. This is just book one . . . I can only imagine what'll come next. --Clara Parkes, INTERWEAVE KNITS Magazine
I heartily agree with this review, and I can't wait to try another method of sock construction from this book!
Monday, September 24, 2007
Friday, September 21, 2007
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Monday, September 17, 2007
Instead, I am trying to re-focus on the positive, and what makes me happy. A major thing that makes me happy is spending time with my granddaughter Emili. Today being Monday, I picked Emili up from school, and she spent several hours at my house while her mother was working. Small things about Emili make me smile. I love the fact that she knows where all the stuff in my house is. She spends a lot of time here, and is very comfortable, as if it were her home. She knows where I keep the dish towels and the masking tape. She knows that the cats get their hairball medicine on Mondays that Grandpa waters the plants on Mondays. Her intimate knowledge of how our household is run gives me great pleasure. Makes me smile even when I am crabby.
I always felt safe and secure at my Nana's house and it's seems that Emili feels the same way here. That is definitely a good thing. I think I will sleep on that.
The first six months that we held this class, we focused on the "Favorite Socks" book. Now we are exploring some of the popular internet patterns that are out there on the web.
This is the JAYWALKER sock, from Magknits, a free online knitting magazine.
It's an easy pattern that progresses quickly. I have an idea for the toe to make this sock especially autumnal...... any guesses?
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Growing up on the farm, we always had a "hired man."
For most of my childhood our hired man was Glenn, a somewhat developmentally disabled man who lived with us. I think he lived with us for almost twenty years. He had some physical disabilities and a difficult childhood, as I recall. My parents were good to him and he was like one of the family.
From time to time, Glenn's mother, Elsie, would come to visit him. She was also mentally challenged, and was not able to drive. My mom would drive to the residential facility where Elsie lived and bring her to the farm so she could spend the day with Glenn.
Elsie always brought her tatting along, and I was fascinated by the motions of her hands. I don't think she could read, but that woman could tat! I tried to learn from her, but never got the hang of it.
Until Friday. Sue (aka FIBER PRINCESS) taught a class on tatting at my shop. Sue is a wonderful, patient teacher and I think everyone in the class caught on.
Lynda always tells me that if a person practices a skill for 15 minutes a day, for 2 weeks, it will be with you for life. I intend to practice tatting until I can make something that can be seen without a magnifying glass!
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Friday, September 7, 2007
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
No, not a knitting project,
These records were shoved in a drawer, and no one ever looked at them.......
Last fall I decided to get rid of the stacks of a calendars and enter all the info into the computer, print it, bind it, and call the results THE GOODMAN CHRONICLES., I plan to put it on the coffee table at the cabin for all to enjoy! Yes, we have a coffee table inside, but the toilet is outside. go figure.
Well, the stack of calendars rested on the table next to my desktop for almost a year. Getting very dusty...........
Monday, Dave and I took the laptop onto the deck, along with the dusty calendars. With a little help from Mr J. Bavet and Mr J. Daniels, we got the data entered! We took turns. One of us would decipher the sometimes cryptic details scrawled in the tiny boxes on the calendars while the other one typed.
It was great fun, reliving all the years at the cabin.... We recalled the many guests we had,,, and some really exciting events.... Like the time Clay accidentally set the outhouse on fire.... that was a goodie! One entry (in my sister's handwriting) said "disco dancing by firelight", I really don't remember that! "Great choir at church in Goodman' is written several times in my mother's script. We took note that Megan has brought at least 3 different "beaus" to the cabin, but not the current fellow,,, we also saw that Dave's friend Ronnie, who passed away last spring, had his last visit to Goodman in October of 2006.
The GOODMAN CHRONICLES has not printed yet.... but consider yourself invited to come north, sit by the coffee table and have a look at it...it is a great read!
Monday, September 3, 2007
Sunday, September 2, 2007
It is knit using Lynda's own handspun shetland yarn,,,, very nice indeed! Check out her Etsy shop.
Dave has great legs, doesn't he?
I did finish the toe, but Dave didn't want to model again.
Trust me, it looks good.