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...

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Nordic Smordic

Hello, dear readers.

Oh me, oh my!  
Thought it was going okay....but






I think I made a couple of mistakes on the second motif.  Drat, drat, drat.  It looks wonkey to me.  How about to you?

I had second thoughts and decided instead of ripping it, I'm going on.  By the time it's worn and really felted who will notice.  I'll pat myself on the back and forge ahead.

I've even tried to make a pattern for some ladybugs.  Haven't figured the whole thing out yet, but when I get some time, I'll do it.
So..until later...

Monday, July 18, 2016

Keeping the Course

Hello, dear readers.

My current project is making me nuts.  Of course to get gauge I had to use 00 needles.  10 stitches per inch.  I could not figure out the pattern until I just got away from it and ripped it up and started it again.  The wool is so mangled and felted. Ugh.  But I'm going to keep on.  I have no idea  how the shaping of the top is going to work out, but I'll find out. LOL  The thumb gave me fits.  Finally could figure out the chart but now when this one is done I'm going to have to reverse it.  That should be fun!




This is now the first repeat of three. Oy!



If you see a mistake, don't tell me....I'll call it a design element. LOL
The other day I ordered a present for me!!!!!! It came today, of course,  while I was food shopping, so I'll have to wait until tomorrow to get it.  Bummer.
Until later.... Will show you.....

Friday, July 15, 2016

Poor Little Doggie


Well, I stuck with this mitten, I'm not giving up.  I want to make a pair.  I ripped it all the way back to the cuff and began again.  I just had to READ the instructions to make it work.  DUH!  My only problem now is to keep the rows together when knitting in the round.   I hate when it zags.



So it's going to take me a while to get to the end of the pattern.  My gauge is 10 stitches per inch.  Teeny tiny.  And, just think, I have to make another one!  LOL



This is so embarrassing but my dog had his grooming appointment and physical today.  He got the works.  (Every 6 months) But he certainly has not been very happy when we picked him up.  I actually felt sorry for him.  He looks devastated.  I did have a laugh when we picked him up (he was scalped).  But now after really looking at this poor dog, he looks awful,  pitiful. He lost his cuteness.  He's a long haired Chi and probably should have never been cut like this.  When he was younger he had a beautiful skirt that reached the floor.  Then DH took him to the groomer.  I'm not going to tell him that I hated it.  I like the natural look.  Oh, well.  One unhappy puppy.



He didn't even like me to take his picture.   He looks so sad.   Poor puppy. I better get back to my knitting and hopefully his hair will grow back over night.  Ya think?


He doesn't look very cute.  Sad. 
Until later...

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

The Angel on my Shoulder



A Tribute  to my Mother,  Ellen Claire.

A part of my life is gone, but an Angel appeared.

This photo was taken on May 27, 1947.  

My mother was so beautiful. 

I was bundled up at the time, but it's me in my Mother's arms.  I didn't know anything then but

I was named after my Grandmother and Mother and also one of my daughters is named Ellen.


The other day I wrote a long post about my Mom and  Dad.  After I posted it, I went back and re-read it a few times. I cried.  I then deleted the whole post.  I thought that if  I  read it again, I'd just go to pieces, but it's okay now. I think I can handle it.   So it's kind of a re-write.  Maybe.

My Mother looked so beautiful when she went to work.  Her nursing cap was the prettiest that I've ever seen and she wore a dark navy woolen cape over her uniform.  She was a Registered Nurse and loved private duty nursing.

I am dedicating this post to my Mother, my friend,  my knitting buddy.  

The Angel on my shoulder.

Never forget where you came from.

Making a Norwegian Mitten or Not!


Hello, dear readers.

Today I'm looking at this mess I made.  It is supposed to be a Nordic/Selbu mitten, a test knit of sorts.   It's a shame that I'm going to rip it down, but  there are a lot of mistakes and I was trying various sizes of needles.  The ones I settled on was a double zero to get a gauge of 10 stitches per inch!  Amazing.  LOL  It's like pins and string!

As I investigate how to knit a proper "Nordic"  and/or "Selbu"mitten I'm finding a wealth of information and the meanings of the designs.  It's fascinating!




This free pattern can be found on the Internet.  If you're interested in the pattern you can search for Hedda Knits, August 2010.

I had no problem with working the cuff but I'm still scratching my head about the thumb placement and how to knit it.  Maybe there's someone out there who could give me a stitch count?



According to the pattern you have to add three stitches, but you can see that it turned out wonkey.



Okay so then I got the bright idea to use the Magic Loop Method.  It worked fine for one mitt but I decided that I needed a longer one to make two at a time, so it's in the mail as I speak. LOL
Sooooo, on to the red mitt....I can't read the thumb chart.  I got the gauge though!
So then I notice on this piece that when I knit in the round my stitches have not worked out that it was one stitch one row off, circular.   You can see the thumb beginning but it's not gonna go anywhere!



So this is the chart.  Okay now what do I do for the thumb?



I'm still thinking about this, any help I would greatly appreciate it!!!
Until later....