Your greatness is not what you have, it's what you give.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Labeling Day

Today was labeling day. Kathleen and Liz helped attach our chicks labels and care instruction labels to every item we knitted. This is always a favorite job of my ladies because we get to go through the inventory to see what everyone has knitted. There are always comments like, "Oh I don't remember making that!" or "That's beautiful! Who knitted it?" There are still a few items on needles so we won't be delivering for a couple of weeks yet but it's nice to know we have most everything ready.
 Beth finished her little yellow cardi and look at those buttons!
 Aren't they the cutest?!
 Carole brought in a finished set for which she used a Deborah Norville acrylic. We were all surprised at how soft the fiber it for an acrylic.
 I blocked the Salacious scarf last weekend. It's very similar to the popular scarf of a couple of years ago called Color Affection but it's free and it doesn't have as many color changes.
 I'm very happy with my results and it will go into inventory for our next donation cycle.
 Carole started a collared baby cardigan which may or may not make it into this current inventory. That's ok, we can always save it for another donation.
 And Beth started a baby hat tonight which may also go into another cycle of donation items.
 Startitis struck me again and I started another Ripples scarf. I'm using Periwinkle Sheep Watercolors Sock Yarn in the color Ominous.
 And I started a reversible cables scarf called Palindrome.
I just can't have only one project going at a time! LOL!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

First day of the season on the deck

Kathleen's daughter, Pat, visited us this week. We always love it when she joins us because she is so creative and has so many wonderful projects to show us. That's Pat in the pink shirt on the right.
 The first thing she showed us is a skirt she is knitting for herself that she saw at the Vogue Show in NYC. It's knitted with hemp fiber and uses short rows to shape it. Since the stitches are loose, she's going to make different colored slips to wear with it.
 Next up is a project she's making from this book. The author has kits available for a tidy sum that includes the stencils and fabric for the items you wish to make. 
 Pat figured out how to make her own stencils and deconstructed T-shirts to use the fabric for a shirt she's making for herself. This is the photo in the book.
 Here is the stencil Pat made which took 4 hours to cut out with an X-acto knife.
 And here is the back piece of the shirt. It's a double layer of fabric so the petals can be painted and then cut showing the applique.
 This represents hours of detailed work. And it's not finished yet.
 Liz brought in a Christmas tree hat that needed to be finished along with...
 this sweet layette set and...
 cute little hats....
 and another little sweater. Some little babies will be very well dressed!
 Kathleen said that this week all she made was a little hat to match her sweater from last week's donation. It's ok Kathleen, we don't have knitting quotas! LOL!
 Barbara's pretty pink scarf shows some of the color changes going on.
 One day I was browsing Ravelry to find inspiration and someone had designed a baby hat that looked exactly like the one Princess Charlotte wore home from her birth. It took only two days to knit. I think it's precious!
 I finished the Baby Surprise Jacket last week, adding a collar and cuffs to lengthen the sleeves.
 I used the last three buttons in my stash that would go with the colors.
Now it's time for me to find more inspiring patterns. Gotta run!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Blocking

Kathleen asked me to block her Brickless scarf since I have space to spread it out and those neat rubbery tiles into which I can pin the piece.
 Plus, I don't have a kitty that likes to curl up in knitting. This is a nice pattern from Martina Behm that repeats sections of lace, ribbing, and garter stitch for a long scarf/shawl. Blocking it helped to define the stitches and open up the lace pattern. I can't stress enough how important it is to block a finished piece. It makes the completed garment look professional and neat. If you need help blocking, there are numerous videos on YouTube that show how it's done.
 Our visitor today was Kathleen's and Liz's granddaughter, Delaney ( Kathleen's son is married to Liz's daughter). 
 Barbara and Liz caught up on current events and then got down to important stuff like knitting.
 Kathleen brought in a finished Cabin Fever cardigan. She's a quick knitter! She just picked up that yarn last Tuesday!
She also added a cowl for a future inventory and...
a pair of mittens and a hat. 
Liz was just casting on for a new project and...
so was Cinzia. We wound four more skeins of yarn so she could make two more kimono sweaters.
Carole's Peanut Warmer is blocked and ready to go. Her stitch definition is perfection. 
Now she is working on a baby hat. We all liked this yarn that was given to her. It's a Deborah Norville acrylic that's very soft.
Carole showed us her personal project she's making with a Periwinkle Sheep yarn. The pattern from Isolde Teague is called Marin.
Maureen finished her cowl just in time for our 80 degree weather! LOL! 
And last is my Baby Surprise Jacket from Elizabeth Zimmermann. I'm using Plymouth Encore. A few more rows on the front and then I'll add a collar and cuffs.
I might even finish it before next week!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Liz is back! And a visit to the museum

We welcomed back our snowbird Liz today (she's the one in the center). It was good to see her again after our long, cold winter. She jumped right in there with her Mistake Stitch Scarf.
 Kathleen is already on our next project, making adult mittens to go with a scarf she made earlier.
 Here is a close up of Liz's scarf. The navy blue will go with anything and can be gender neutral.
 Barbara is stash busting a scarf with lovely pink yarns. Two rows of each color will make a nice pattern.
 Kathleen wasn't exactly infatuated with the scarf she made but I think the self patterning yarn made an interesting design.
 Cinzia needed to sew up some seams....
 and add the ties and her little sweater is done! We were spellbound by the way the same yarn turned out looking so different on the sleeves. It made for a nice combination.
 Beth added the finishing rows to the sleeves on her baby sweater...
 as did Carole. Her Peanut Warmer is now finished except for the buttons.
 Maureen's second week back had her adding some inches to her cowl.
 I finished a pair of baby socks and ...
 now I'm making a hat to match. The edge is curling while it's on the needle but once I knit a 1X1 ribbing it will lay nice and flat.
 These cute little booties are the Crocodile Stitch Baby Booties. They used about 150 yards of fingering weight yarn to complete both booties. Luckily, I had 6 pearl buttons in my stash so I didn't have to drive far and wide to find some.
 Dorah knitted the I-cord ties and attached them to her jacket so now it's ready for inventory.
 This past weekend DH and I went to visit the grands in Pennsylvania and on the way we stopped in Lahaska, PA at a yarn store I hadn't been to yet. Can you imagine? There was actually a yarn store I haven't shopped yet! Anyway, during the course of my visit it came up that I have this knitting group and the owner of Twist Knitting and Spinning was kind enough to offer us some yarn. Thank you Debbie Brady for your generosity! These yarns will be put to good use! If you find yourself on Route 202 in Lahaska look for this lovely little shop. The ladies there are so kind and the yarns are yummy!
Once in Philadelphia we met up with my daughter, her husband, and the boys. Someone finally took a photo of me! Amazing! I used to joke with the kids when they were little that since I always took the pictures in the family, they wouldn't remember what I looked like when I was long gone. LOL! Isn't she pretty?!!!
At the Museum of Natural Science the boys had fun climbing everywhere. Leo used to be afraid of the tortoise but now looks forward to posing with him whenever he visits the museum.
There was an orchid show during our visit. It wasn't as extensive as the one Karin and I attended at the NY Botanical Gardens, but then this was in a museum.
They were still very delicate and lovely.
There were little islands of flowers here and there.
Then while my son-in-law was watching the boys in one of the other exhibits my daughter and husband invited me to join them in the butterfly conservatory. Now let me explain the expression on my face. When I was only 5 years old I had a nightmare about moths and butterflies and ever since I've had an irrational fear of them. I know it sounds crazy but that's why it's irrational! Well, I decided it was time to put on my big girl panties and conquer my fears.
I wanted to close my eyes but then I wouldn't be able to tell if one landed on me and they were flitting and flying everywhere! EEEKKK!
I actually made it through without fainting. Hey! Nobody said I had to like it!
Isn't it odd that I'm terrified of butterflies and moths but I'm not afraid to pet a snake?! Check out the expression on that guy's face. Ha! He must think I'm nuts!
                     It was a glorious day in Philly and Moose was enjoying the spring weather.
He tried his darndest to "accidentally" fall in the fountain. But I kept a close eye on him. I'm no amateur at this little game!
Such a beautiful fountain!
The visit was all too short but I just don't have the energy to keep up with those two little boys anymore, at least when they together. One at a time might be a little easier. But the minute I leave I miss them terribly. They'll be visiting me in a few weeks up here. I can't wait!