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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Filling the coffers with yarn

Barbara's pretty cabled hat is finished. She used Periwinkle Sheep Yarn. Our friend, Karin, kettle dyes in small batches the most beautiful colors!
 She also made a baby afghan as a gift for a friend. She was 8 rows from binding off and ran out of yarn! She emailed all of us and other knitting friends and stores until she found a skein to finish it off. We've all had nightmares of that happening. Thank goodness she found some yarn to complete those last rows.
 This pattern is from the Plymouth Encore 8 Hour Blankets pattern book. Each blanket uses two strands of yarn and work up quickly. This blanket has a nice modular looking block pattern that's knitted across the whole row so there is no sewing together little squares of knitting.
 This afternoon Barb started knitting a scarf using this beautiful bamboo/cotton blend yarn but she wasn't getting the results she expected so it was frogged and set aside until inspiration strikes. I can't wait to see what she creates with it.
 Kathleen arrived with her usual tote bag filled with finished items. Barb and I laughed at those striped mittens because we had so much of that striped yarn that there must have been at least 3 hats, 2 sweaters, and now these mittens. I think that's the last of that yarn.
 Kathleen's magic bag also magically produced this lovely hat and matching mittens and...
 this beautifully bright Chinook scarf, which Barb so graciously offered to model for us. Kathleen used more Periwinkle Sheep Yarn for this.
And YAY! The never-ending scarf is finished! The pattern is only 4 rows long and easy to memorize but after awhile it gets tedious. So Kathleen was happy to be done with it.
 And lastly, Kathleen added a pair of slippers which she decorated with little handmade flowers.
 This week Kathleen will be making this sweater vest using...
 this heathered Cascade yarn. Pretty color!
 On to the evening knitters.
 Beth made a baby sweater using our favorite Sunnyside Cardigan. It's a baby gift
for a friend.
                                          She finished her cowl and moved on to...
a Mistake Stitch Scarf. We talked about how sometimes we need a mindless knitting pattern that we can just breeze through without thinking and this fits the bill.
Carole's Saroyan has grown in length since last week. It's going to be a beautiful addition to someone's wardrobe.
Look at all the progress Maureen made since last week! I can't wait to see her slouch hat finished.
Ravelry offered a free pattern called Color Theory and I had some Plymouth Gina yarn and 
Tah! Dah!
This is my DD's pattern for her Parallelogram cowl. Now I'm working on a hat to match.
And here's my Lil' Scarfette. I'm using the Magic Loop method of knitting in the round instead of using Double Pointed needles. This scarf will be a double thick, long rectangle with points on both ends using a sock weight yarn. The beginning was a bit tricky but once I had more stitches on the needles it started to breeze along.
The weather is getting cooler around here so soon we'll be knitting bigger projects again. Check back next week to see what we're adding to our inventory. Have a great week!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Somebody is 3 years old! And Moose is visiting while the Chicks are knitting

Somebody had a Dinosaur Birthday Party to celebrate turning 3 years old! His Mommy made a volcano cake and his big brother, Moose, decorated it with dinosaurs getting caught in the lava.
Yes, my grandson Leo turned 3 yesterday and we went to Pennsylvania over the weekend to help him celebrate. That was a delicious peanut butter and chocolate cake with strawberry "lava" sauce.
 Moose read all the birthday cards to Leo so he could get right to the gifts.
 Then Moose came back home to NY with Poppop and me for his first overnight vacation without the family. We have been having all sorts of outings. Uncle Drew joined us at the Funplex where he and Moose got caught in the water jets in the Bumper Boats ride.
They got very wet!
 Then Moose tried to run inside the bubble like a hamster but had trouble maintaining his balance. It was hysterical to watch!
 He even tried hitting a few pitches in the batting cage. Once he got the hang of it, he did quite well.
On Monday, since I had to leave my car with the mechanic we had to walk almost two miles to the local shopping center to find something to buy for Leo. It was a sunny day and Moose was a real trooper, never complaining about the long walk. As a treat we stopped for lunch and then browsed through a used book store where we found "Strega Nona Meets Her Match" by my favorite children's author and illustrator, Tomie dePaola.
 On Tuesday, after we visited Great Grandpa Billy, we went to the local library to pick out this week's bedtime book. Moose likes the Henry Winkler series about Hank Zipzer so we picked out another one.
 That evening called for a treat so off to the local Tastee Freeze for a twister cone. Don't ask Moose for a taste! LOL!
Today Moose met Uncle Drew's favorite barber, Nikki. She gave Moose the royal treatment and a great haircut! Doesn't he look handsome?! That's Poppop Ron photobombing in the back. As Moose was cuddling at bedtime last night he said to me, "Deedee, I'm so glad I came to spend the week with you. I'm having a good time. I love you."
 Now for some knitting. Last night Carole showed us the progress she made on her Saroyan scarf. The yarn she is using is a blend of fibers with angora and cashmere. Very soft!
 And her cowl is finished!
 It can be worn as one loop....
 or doubled around the neck.
 Maureen finished her leaf hat from last week and ...
 already started another one in a slouchy version.
 I'm about halfway through a neck warmer pattern designed by my daughter. I'm using one strand of Cascade 220 and two strands of Kid Seta mohair and silk. It makes a lovely halo and is very soft.
Well, since Moose is still here I think I've just about used up my free time and need to check what he's up to. It's just a little too quiet!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Happy 9th Anniversary Chicks!

We Chicks celebrated nine years of dedicated service with a delicious dinner and good conversation. We started the meal with deviled eggs, crab dip, and gazpacho. Our main course was Mediterranean Chicken Kabobs with garlic yogurt sauce, crunchy cole slaw, and fruit salad. Desserts were pretzel filled brownies and blueberry cake with salted caramel ice cream.
 My Chicks are good cooks as well as good knitters! 
 Our get together always calls for our annual photo op. Here we are from upper left to right:
Dorah, me, Kathleen, Liz, Beth, Carole
Seated from left to right:
Barbara, Maureen, Sofia
Cinzia couldn't make it because she was touring colleges with one of her sons. 
We missed you Cinzia!
I've said it before and I'll say it again...I work with the best bunch of ladies in the world! We have such a great blend of personalities who support each other. Thank you all for your time and dedication to our craft and mission. I'm looking forward to working with all of you another year and beyond!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Small Projects, Big Warmth

Our weather was absolutely beautiful today. We knitted outdoors in 70 degrees and no humidity! And the evening group sat outside too. This is only the second time all summer we were able to sit outside for the evening session. What a pleasure!
We start this week's Show and Tell with Liz's cowl. It's a straight forward knit a few stitches, purl a few stitches and you get a lovely finished product. It will be a nice warm addition to someone's wardrobe.
 Kathleen made two hats this week. This first one has a roll up brim which Kathleen said took a LOT of yarn because it is double thickness, right where you need it to keep warm. Very stylish!
 Her second hat is also very stylish. The stockinette pattern makes it roll all by itself.
 We all laughed about the never-ending scarf! Kathleen swears there are gremlins that come out at night to rip out her knitting when no one is looking. Sometimes scarves do feel like they will never end.
 Barbara just started this hat so there wasn't much knitting to show. Next week you'll get to see this one live. She is using a very pretty tonal purple yarn.
 Cinzia blocked her baby blanket just in time to add it to our baby items for this donation cycle.
 And finished the snaps on her cute little cardigan also going in with our current donation inventory.
 Her daughter, Sofia, finished the first bootie and will have the second one done to add to the inventory which will be delivered next week.
 My daughter visited this past week with her husband and my grandsons and while she was here she knitted her own design cowl. 
 It can be worn two ways, this is one where the buttons make a straight cowl. The other way makes a pointed bandana.
 Last week Carole's cowl was only about an inch wide. Now look at how much she has knitted! I like how the stitches curve back and forth. And the yarn stripes horizontally play against the pattern nicely.
 Beth's cowl is zipping along quickly too.
 Maureen's hat is showing the beginnings of the leaf pattern just after the ribbing edge.
 And lastly, I'm working on another never-ending scarf. The color changes in the yarn keep me fascinated enough to want to go on though.
My grandsons had a good visit with us last week. I took them to Woodstock, NY where Moose wanted to remember his visit with a pose in the "Woodstock Love Knot". Leo was asleep in his stroller.
Another day we went to Hoffman's Playland in Latham, NY. It's a small amusement park which has be in operation since 1952 but will be closing this year for good. I had to make sure the boys went there before it was gone forever.
And Leo slept through most of it.
 Amanda did wake him up before we left so he could get to ride some amusements too. 
He's watching his big brother to see what to do.
I love the expression on Leo's face. Apparently he was not too fond of the little girl behind him ringing the bell constantly.
I think Moose is going to be a daredevil!
Is that not the most joyful expression?!
On Sunday Moose played in the Little Tykes golf tournament and placed first in his age level. After he played a hole in the tournament he made a quick change and dove into the pool for a quick swim before he accepted his award.
That's one proud kid! His first prize was a whole box of golf balls and those are not cheap!
Move over Tiger, there's a Moose on your trail!