Monday, July 21, 2014

I know what my people are thinking tonight...

Did she do it?

She said she was going to...

She's been saying that for months! What if we have to get through the winter without any?

Any at all? I don't think that's possible. Or advisable...

But we're not there to help her, and it's a lot of work...

She'd never let us go the whole winter without any at all!

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It's all right, my chickens. We're set for the winter:

First person to comment gets the first jar... Wouldn't it be funny if it was a complete stranger? Do you want a complete stranger scarfing down your jam???

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Summer knitting doldrums

Not a quiet summer - they never are. Lots of storms, and consequent yard work. The usual summer turn out of rooms in hopes of clutter reduction. Work, classes, day trips. I've recently figured out how to download library books to my Kindle, so LOTS of reading. A little knitting. I finished a pretty little lace scarf, but I can never find the time to block it. Maybe this weekend, it's supposed to be less humid.

I had hoped to make this yarn, acquired at my last knitting retreat, into the Abundance Shoulder Shawl (the pattern version I have calls for 500 yards).

I knew straight off that I didn't have quite enough yarn, but I thought I'd be able to make it work. Let's just say that it took me entirely too long to realize that a sideways knitted-on edging uses more yardage than one can readily imagine. So out it came, and the yarn was re-purposed into these:

Pattern: Edwardian Boating Socks, by Emma Grundy Haigh (I may have been influenced by the fact that my yarn was the same color as the socks in the picture)

Yarn: Severn Fingering (BFL & silk) in Lilly

Needles: 1.25 mm dpns

Mods: I used Jeny's Stretchy Slipknot Cast On, which hardly counts as a mod any more, since I start all my ribbing cuffs that way. I replaced both suggestions for the heel flap stitch (a linen stitch heel flap? are you mad?) with Eye of Partridge.

That was about it. They were an easy knit, but I have been catching up on missed tv, and learning the hard way that I cannot knit during Game of Thrones. So this happened at one point:

- in the center, 4 repeats down, I totally forgot to pick up a float. And there are both skipped and knit stitches in the rows, so just dropping down and picking it up was not going to happen.

Meanwhile, although there are other socks languishing on the needles (and a poor mitten without a thumb - I hate thumbs), I've begun to play with this:

 Fall colors. Winter is coming...