Friday, December 26, 2014

Neck Warmer Knit Along

Hello, dear readers!

Happy Holidays to everyone.

Okay, my neck warmer has been giving me fits.

I had to rip out the whole star section and redo it.



What a MESS!

So, I managed to get the final star pattern knitted and am now working on making the picot row.
Phew!



I'm not sure at this point if I want to make a lining or not.  I suppose it would be a lot neater, don't you?

Now I'm thinking I could finish it off by the picot hem and then doing a 1x1 blue and white check in keeping with the design of the pattern.  It might take me a while to do this or just plain knit it.  I haven't decided.

How's everyone's knitting coming along?
I'm thinking about the next, neck warmer and what pattern I might design.
Until later...

Monday, December 22, 2014

Cut and rip

Hello, dear readers :)

You won't believe this but I went to work on my sister's honey napkin and I decided I had to cut the whole row and start the row over again.  What happened was my thread snapped as I was closing a ring.  That never happened before and Lizbeth thread is supposed to be one of the best.  Not too sure now.


Grrrrr, it broke my heart! LOL
This row is one of the fancier rows, and I screwed it up.
It happens to the best of us.




So I rewound my shuttles and did one ring and left it.

Then I was really working hard to finish my neck warmer and DISASTER!
I found a section that I had dropped a stitch as well as doing the wrong color sequence.
Eeeeeeeeek
You can see where it happened.  So now I'm  ripping the whole motif out.  It pays to pay attention to what your doing. So much for the counts....hahahahahaha

So the next px of this will be after I rip this stuff out.  What a MESS!
Until later......

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Gearing up for the holidays

Hello, dear readers !
The holidays are fast upon us and we're gearing up for Santa day.
Recently we attended a reunion and I'm wearing a white sweater and the blue dog leash  LOL.  
I forgot to take it off.

So, I'm still working on the neck warmer and should have some pictures to show you.

It's football today, tonight and tomorrow!  Should get something finished, right?


Until later...

Monday, December 15, 2014

The mungs have sprouted

Hello, dear readers!

Well, Monday was certainly productive.  I managed to knit the next motif and checked on my mung beans.
Seems that they're ready to be cooked!
Yummmmmm



I can't believe how much a 1/4 cup makes!  Wow!



Worked on my neck warmer and got the next motif done, one more and then the picot hem.


Hope you're knitting along?
Until later...

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Shoots and Mooses

Hello, dear readers !
So yesterday I worked on my neck warmer.
How are you doing?




I was at the halfway point.  So today, being a football day,  I was determined to finish the moose section.



 And...... I've been checking on my mung bean sprouts.  I finally found out what I was doing wrong. 
They are now growing as predicted.  YAY
You can see some green in there which are the shedded hulls.  
Way too cool.
Once they get going there is no stopping them....This batch was about 1/4 of mung bean seeds and they grew quite a bit, more than I thought. 
But nice and tasty.  YUM
These will become a salad according to www.justonecookbook.com
She has wonderful recipes.  Hop on over to her site. :)


 Well, back to the drawing board.
Until later...





Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Stitch Counts

Hello, dear readers.

How far did you get?  I managed to finish the first motif.




I had a little extra time this morning to get the second motif done.


In case you're wondering about stitch counts, I take the time to read the whole pattern with counts.  For the beginning of the heart, the first line would read as begin (w) 5-1-8-1-8-1-8-1-3.  
                                                                                        b w b w b w b w
Make sense or clear as mud?
Until later...

Sunday, December 7, 2014

A stitch in time

Hello, dear readers !

Hope this day finds you well ?

Okay, I've included my pattern for the neck warmer.


 By now, I'm assuming that you have done your picot hem?
Ensure that you are picking each and every purl stitch so that there is no chance of a missed stitch.  When you work the second part of the 10 row hem, it will be the 10th row that you will be incorporating into your design.  Pick up one stitch from waste yarn and one from working left needle and knit together.  Continue around.


Neat and tidy picots!



This neck warmer goes pretty fast if you do a stitch count and you never have to look at the pattern for the total duration of knitting.  Stitch count ! you say ? a really quick and easy way to knit.

Still working on my new piece.
Any questions?
Until later...

Friday, December 5, 2014

Something to do over the weekend?

Hello, dear readers :)

Happy Friday!

Okay, here's what's happening.  I finally decided to end my "test piece" neck warmer.
Observation is that for now I really want a two colored arrangement.  (Especially a nice warm brown and a cream).  But that's not going to happen yet, unless I go looking in my stash (not today). 
Soooooo


I've selected a creamy white and a bright blue.  All the wool  for this particular pattern is fingering weight from Knitpicks. The white is "Bare" at about 400 yards and the blue is "Pallette" is 220 yards.  
NOTE:The pink is being used for waste knitting (your choice of scrap).


So with waste yarn, I measured out 3 yards then cast on 180 stitches on a circular #3 needle, place marker  and join.  Make sure your stitches don't twist.   Knit for about 4 rows in (pink) waste knitting that you will be cutting off later.


For this particular pattern we will be making an eyelet hem before we begin with the design.  Just my own opinion is that this type of treatment looks a lot crisper than a ribbing pattern.  Your choice !
Using the color of your choice knit 10 rows.  The next row are picots:  yarn over,  *k2tog, yo* to the end. (180 stitches)  Now knit another 10 rows and then we will join the two together and then begin with our pattern.
You will need extra stitch markers to be used with a 36 stitch repeat.
Questions?

Until later...

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

It's already December???

Hello, dear readers!

Moving along with my neck warmer and I'm almost out of cream wool, so I have to come up with something. Hmmmmmmm


I think I prefer using only two colors, cream and a contrast.  This one just doesn't thrill me.  I'll see how I can figure out how I'm going to line this too.  Remember, this is only a trial run.  The actual knitting didn't take too long to do.  So it's no biggie.

I managed to fix my mung beans and they're coming along okay.  I keep picking off the green hulls.  Some of the beans have sprouted and this is the 5th day.  I'd like to get them a little fatter and longer.
Something to play with.



Now you see it (leaves)and now you don't.  Amazing.



Have a great day!
Until later...


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Is there a fungus a "mung" us?

Hello, dear readers !

Well, of course, I'm always trying new things and  when I found the "just one cookbook" website,  I was left drooling.  She is fantastic.

One of her recipes I wanted to try uses mung bean sprouts.  
Okay....

Went to the store and found one package of sprouts that was left for the day old bin.  Soooo anyway I bought the bag and made her bean sprout affair.  I didn't have the hotter spices called for, but had the rest of the ingredients.  Fixed the sprouts, stirred into the mix and popped it into the fridge.
Later, I went to give it a taste test.......
OMG!  I loved it!!!!
I loved it so much I ate the whole thing!!!!
So what to do?

This is where my eldest daughter comes in!  Thank you, Susan!
A while ago I talked to my daughter about growing sprouts.  And she sent me "Easy Sprout."
At that time I had no clue what growing beans and seeds was about. 

Until I found the mung bean sprout recipe.



So I began looking for places that sold "mung" beans (sprout-able).  I found the cutest website that sells all kinds of beans and seeds and also had a sprout system the same as the one my daughter gave me.  Well, you know I just had to buy another one, right?
My package arrived today from "sproutpeople.com"

This site is chock full of information, as well as a being so humorous, you'll have to see it for yourself.


So, now this is my new "toy" and it will take me a while to learn all about growing, washing, rinsing, etc. But I'm determined that my next mung bean sprout salad will be "fresh" and home grown.
Will keep you posted...

Monday, November 24, 2014

Mish mosh or there abouts

Hello, dear readers!

Found this guy just hanging around the other day.  He was pretty big I must say.



This church is located in Savannah, Georgia.



Just as beautiful on the outside as the inside.




Now back to Hilton Head Island.




Jim tried to ask the pro if he knew of any tips that could help his game. HA!






Okay, back to reality!  What's cookin' now.
I found this pattern while I was surfing the web.  It is at whosgotthebutton.wordpress.com.
I had some junk wool laying around so I thought I'd give it a whirl.



Hmmmm.  I guess I know what I don't want to do again.
I'm putting in the moose or deer whichever floats your boat.  I'm not crazy about the structure of the hearts.  I'll have to find something else to go into that area.

Here's the wrong side.  I intend to knit a lining in a much thinner weight (how thin can it get? we'll see)


I think that when I do the next one, I will have to spin some cream and some brown wool.  Using the cream color in the photo is my handspun wool.  I really like how that works up.  So I'm going to have to figure out the yardage.  Hmmmmm (again)

Until later...


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Finally, a clothes rack.

Hello, dear readers :)

Still working on Christine's Honey Napkin.



But I had a design challenge.  Of course I wasn't thinking, was I?  UGH!
It was supposed to be two motifs with loops and one plain.  What did I do? UGH one with and one without loops.  I left it alone.  If it doesn't curl, I'll leave it.  It doesn't look too bad, does it?



My flowers are on the last hurrah! 
 I even took the seeds and planted them again in a pot. 
Couldn't believe that they are growing still!
Not too sure if I need to bring the new shoots in or not.

 


On the radar.

We first lost our clothing pole a long time ago.  It has fallen three times!!!!
This is the last time we are doing this.  I'll call in a closet maker the next time.
Jim took careful measurements and we placed all the clips.




Finally, it's up! 
 We don't know for how long LOL!  
We had a bunch of holes from the last time trying to hook it to a dry wall. UGH


We are still in the process of throwing away junk and just hanging the necessities.  
I'm saving the heavy coats for another closet.  

We are pooped and ready for a rest.

Oh, yes, I'm working on something new.  Can't wait to show you what's cooking!
Until later...