Sunday, August 14, 2016

The Lotus Mitten Continued

Hi guys!

It's been kinda hot here for a few days.  We thought we'd have some rain today, fat chance.

As an experiment, I took my food thermometer and put the probe in the sun. LOL
It was set to reach 212 F, but the temp kept going up on the left, ya right, in the sun?  I could almost cook a chicken on my deck if it was true (chicken -160 degrees).  I think I might need to buy a new one, don't you?  Something's wrong with it for sure, gotta be.  I've used the probe many times and it has been working perfect every time.
 Me thinks it blew a circuit.



So I took a slight breather and did a few things around the house today and for the evening hours I'll come back to the dreaded mitten.  I've just about had it, I can't wait till it's done and I still have the thumbs to go. So much for Bengay.  UGH!

One more motif to go on double zeros. 
 (Remember I ordered a triple 0 for another pair!  Shoot me. ) I'm going to have to go up to zero or ones for the others.  I keep knitting so very tightly, but got gauge and the tinier the gauge the more intricate it can be.  If pigs could fly.  (Believe it, I have a pattern for pig mittens, too.)

However, I think now that I should have taken the red wool, wound it, tied it off and dunked it in hot water while in it's original state so I could get the color out. (I've also microwaved wool, too, it smells but it works.)  Just like when I spin from my wheel and prepare a bath for fresh wool.  
I think I may have a problem.  It's gonna bleed. 
Too late now. LOL




Until later...

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Lotus Mittens

Hello, dear readers!

We (or should I say my DH's dog) have a Chi  who.  is.  the.  dog.  from.  Hell.  He decided to sink his teeth into me in the wee hours of the morning.  I don't know why or what he was thinking but he took a chunk out of my finger.  So now it hurts to knit.  

He must know that I'm mad at him because he's trying to suck up.  Forget it!

But today I'm determined to get another motif done.  
There are some more patterns that I really want to try. Now! LOL
I don't know if I told you about the needle mix up LOL.  Amazon screwed up a needle order for the second time.  Not only was the size wrong but now a needle with a bent point! LOL  I'm going to chalk it up to the weather.  I can probably try to straighten it, but no matter I have several now.



What I was trying to do was to figure out yardage. Hmmmm  I have a couple more cakes of red but I wanted to make the mitts using 2 skeins of Knitpicks,  Pallett at about 230 yards each.  Don't know if I'm going to break into another skein.  Hopefully, not.
Okay so here I go and hope I can finish this mitt up.  I still have the thumbs to go.
You can also see the cuff part that I pulled too tightly and I hope I can block it out.
Until later...

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Retro

Hello, dear readers!

Well, today I wish I could have called Heaven.  

Does anyone have the toll free number?

I'm stuck on a pattern and my Mom would know the answer.  I don't think anyone can think straight after a death, especially your  Mother or Father.  Today was a weepy day.  It was numbing. 
Life is very, very short.
Thinking back, my Father was 55 years of age and literally dropped dead on the street.  A co-worker picked him up and carried him up the hill to the hospital.
I miss them both.
Worked a little bit on my mittens.  I kind of lost the desire.
Maybe tomorrow will be better.
Until later...

Friday, July 29, 2016

Lost my flags

Hello, dear readers!

Well, I lost all my visitor's flags.  Bummer!
Have to start all over again.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Down to the wire

Hello, dear readers.

Well, I tried.  I wanted to make a change with this blog and it didn't work out well. LOL
So, I'll keep it for now till I figure it out.  I'm not good with the mechanics of this stuff.

Okay, the other day I got this wonderful purchase.  It's direct from Latvia.  When you want to make a Latvian mitten you go to Latvia!
I am loving this.



The pattern and wool came in this cute box.  I'm itching to start this of course. LOL



Beautiful wool.  I can't wait to dig in.



But I am hell bent on finishing one pair of these blasted mittens. LOL  Making one is an accomplishment, making two is nuts.  Go figure.
So now I know how to knit "stranding" !!!!




Started on the second cuff, and hope it goes faster than the first one.  Of course, it should, BUT
remember the last post about the needle experience with Amazon?  Well, I ordered it again and got ANOTHER 16" size 00!!!!!  I gave up with Amazon.  Sooooo I found yet another company and ordered another one.  It should be arriving soon.  It's a lot easier on a longer circular than a shorter one as shown when doing the magic loop.  I'm always afraid that the needle points will snap at their joints.  Haven't had that happen yet, but would definitely NOT want it to happen.  Keeping fingers crossed.


 Until later...

Under Construction

So sorry folks!
Under Construction

Friday, July 22, 2016

Almost


Hello, dear readers.

I'm getting to the part where I'm going to start decreasing for the top of the mitt.  Should be interesting.




This just tickled me.  I usually order from Amazon and this time I wanted a 40" circular needle.  So I placed my order.  It arrived yesterday, or so I thought.  It did not have the Amazon logo that most of my packages had.  Noticed that the "from" address was in Kentucky!  Kentucky? Huh?  So to my surprise the box contained two boxes of Neosporin and several scan chips.  What?
So someone else got my circular needle.  I wonder if they laughed! LOL

Hopefully I'll be able to finish this up.
Then on to it's mate.
Until later...