Friday, November 30, 2007

I'm keeping my nose to the grindstone ...

and doing nothing but Christmas knitting this weekend. If I survive that and the extreme cold we're going to have ... well I'll be back next week.

And just in case we get snow this Sunday ... for your reading enjoyment ...

Playing in the Snow

(by Karla Kuskin)

Under my hood I have a hat
And under that
My hair is flat.
Under my coat
My sweater's blue,
My sweater's red.
I'm wearing two.
My muffler muffles to my chin
And round my neck
And then tucks in.
My gloves were knitted
By my aunts.
I've mittens too
And pants
And pants
And boots
And shoes
With socks inside.
The boots are rubber, red and wide.
And when I walk
I must not fall
Because I can't get up at all.


BTW, I've been asked a number of times, "Where do you get your knit fiber purchases?" Well one thing I do is check out the recomendations give by Sock Porn on Etsy Friday. Check out this really neat place called Pea Soup ... cute huh? And there's some pretty darn cute things at Seed Stitch Fine Yarn in Salem also.
unique cards at Seed Stitch
Altho, they don't have everything online yet so you'll have to go down to the store to find those really neat gifts. (I got one this week that I can't show you 'coz it's a gift already wrapped and for someone who reads this blog. So she'll have to wait, tehe) And my t-shirts? Well, most of my t-shirts are from Threadless. Happy shopping and ...

Happy knitting everyone!

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

In the background knitting on ...

**note the update below on the MQW.

Besides the miles and miles of garter stitch on the Einstein Coat ...

I managed to get a few stitches done on my Poetry In Stitches cardigan.

Poetry in Stitches Cardigan

And I managed some knitting on the Modern Quilt Wrap also.

Modern Quilt Wrap

A friend asked me to take a picture of the back side or the wrong side if you will ... I'd rather just call it the "back" because I don't think of it as "wrong" ... which I'll take the pictures tonight and post by morning. It's not as "pretty" on that side ... but acceptable to me.

Here's an update on the Modern Quilt Wrap ... FRONT MQW front
And the BACK ...
MQW back

I should also show you a couple of closeups of the back. Give you a better idea of what yours might look like if you decide to knit one too.MQW close up of the back MQW back of the work

Now that isn't too bad looking is it? Yes, you can see the joins but that's the way it's suppose to be isn't it? And I don't mine it. I will keep in mine which side is the front when I wear it.

I cast on for my December socks ... Yummee Yarn
Christmas is just around the corner and I better get back to my Christmas knitting and I can't tell you yet what that might be. Maybe later.

Okay ... I'm outta here!

Saturday, November 24, 2007

As close as I can get ...

The picture is dark, but it's more true to the color than the previous post.


My favorite shawl!

Friday, November 23, 2007

Thankful for my Monkeys ...

which were finished just in time to be worn to our family Thanksgiving dinner.

November Socks are Monkeys

My feet were happy!

Also ... the day before yesterday I received my scarf in the ISE5. ISE5 shawl from Ontario, Canada
That's the "International Scarf Exchange" for those who don't know. ISE5 shawl from Ontario, Canada

And I not only got a delightful sheepy postcard and magnet (already holding notes on the frig, btw) , but also delicious Italian chocolates. She got those while she was in Milan. (I can't forget the Knit Pick's sock yarn either. In a lively and festive colorway. Another one I haven't knit socks with yet. What do you think of these color's, Heidi? They'll make soft & warm socks too, but machine washable.)

My pal is working in the UK right now and I was right about the fact that she was trying to trick me by sending a postcard from Geneve, when in fact a friend sent it for her. Tricky, tricky, Margaret. Almost worked. Well actually it did because I still had no idea where she really was from or who she was for that matter.

I had made the Vine Wrap for my secret pal in the UK and the secret pal, Margaret who had me ... from Ontario, Canada, knit me a beautiful, BEAUTIFUL shawl. Oh how I love this shawl too! I don't have one ... but intended to knit one some day. Now I have a shawl in lovely milk chocolate brown & terracotta. M-m-m-m-m it was a gray cloudy day and what I got for pictures just isn't the correct color I see in person. It's not really this orange ...
ISE5 shawl from Ontario, Canada
But when I took a closeup, it came out more yellow than it really is ... What yarn & colorway did you use, Margaret? I get a sense that you spun the yarn yourself. I just bet you're talented like that.
So I'll have to take another picture on a nice day to give you a true sense of what it looks like.ISE5 shawl from Ontario, Canada

I wore it to Thanksgiving dinner and it kept my neck and shoulders warm while everyone gave me lot's of compliments on it. But don't worry ... I gave all the credit to Margaret when I said, "A friend of mine, from Ontario knit it for me!" "Aren't I the lucky one?"

(I truely thank you from the bottom of my heart, Margaret. I treasure it!)

Monday, November 19, 2007

Getting to know me ...

Is this true, Heidi?

Haha, my daughter and best friends would know if this is true right?

Your Inner Color is Purple

Your Personality: You're a dreamer and visionary. You believe you were put on this earth to do something great.

You in Love: You're very passionate but often too busy for love. You need a partner who sees your vision and adopts it as their own.

Your Career: You need a job that helps you make a difference. You have a bright future as a guru, politician, teacher, or musician.

I can hear the DH is laughing and nodding his head right now ... I plan to be a guru next. Really!

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Following up ... and Monkey knitting *

My ISE5 secret pal received her scarf from me and I take it that she's very happy indeed ... stop by and say "Hi, Charlie!" I got the word that my own spoiler has mailed a package/scarf my way too and I'm excitedly waiting to rip open the package the moment I lay eyes on it. Oooooo, I can't wait.


And I want to announce the news about one of Southern New Hampshire Services' volunteer knitters, Helyn Malay. (Remember, Helyn?) Well here is a picture of her receiving two awards from NH's Governor John Lynch.
(Left to right in picture: Bob Bussey, Chair of "Volunteer NH!" Board of Directors,
Helyn Malay, Gov. John Lynch.)

Helyn received the 2007 Spirit of New Hampshire Award in the Senior category for making a difference in the lives of young children from low income families. She is a member of the Pen Pal Program, a program which pairs senior volunteers with third graders in letter writing to help improve language, written communication and social skills. She also joined the literacy program at Ledge Street School and reads to the children on a regular basis. Helyn, however, wanted to do more. She gathered some of the senior pen pals and other interested volunteers to begin the "Yarn It All" group to knit hats, mittens and scarves for the Ledge Street School as well as others. All this at 93 years young!!

Helyn was additionally honored with the 2007 Spirit of NH award presented to the one category recipient chosen by a peer review team as an "outstanding example of New Hampshire's spirit of service." Well deserved, Helyn!

And if you would also like to donate to the RSVP knitters (Retired & Senior Volunteer Program) just contact or mail to the address below. They knit all year long for charity causes ... for the sick, elderly, children and babies with the need to keep warm. They prefer Cotton (for kemo hats) and Acrylic (for easy washables) and I just got the word that they could use a lot more Baby Yarn ... help if you can. Thanks!
Congratulations, Helyn Malay!

To donate, contact:

Dee Martin, Volunteer Services Director

Southern New Hampshire Services, Inc.

40 Pine Street, Manchester, NH 03103

Telephone: (603) 668-8010 ext 6022 Fax: (603) 645-6734

dmartin (at) snhs (dot) org


(from Poetry of Kansas web site)

An old-time kitchen, an open door,
Sunshine lying across the floor;
A little maid, feet bare and brown,
Cheeks like roses, a cotton gown,
Rippling masses of shining hair,
And a childish forehead smooth and fair.

The child is knitting. The open door
Wooes her, tempts her, more and more.
The sky is cloudless, the air is sweet
And sadly restless the bare brown feet..
Still,' as she wishes her task were done,
She counts the rounds off, one by one.

Higher yet mounts the sun or June;
But one round more!___a joyous tune
Ripples out from the childish lips,
While swift and swifter the finger-tips
Play out and in, till I hear her say,
"Twenty rounds! I'm going to play!"

Up to the hedge where the sweet-brier blows,
Down to the bank where the brooklet flows,
Chasing the butterflies, watching the bees,
Wading in clover up to her knees,
Mocking the bobolinks; oh, what fun
It is to be free when the task is done!

Years and years have glided away.
The child is a woman, and threads of gray
One by one creep into her hair,
And I see the prints of the feet of care.
Yet I like to watch tier. To-night she sits
By her household fire, and as then she knits.

Swiftly the needles glance, and the thread
Glides through her fingers, white and red.
'Tis a baby's stocking. To and fro
And out and in as the needles go,
She sings as she sang that day in June,
But the low, soft strain is a nursery tune.

Closely beside her the baby lies,
Slowly closing his sleepy eyes.
Forward, backward, the cradle swings,
Touched by her foot as she softly sings.
And now in silence her watch she keeps;
The song is hushed, for the baby sleeps.

Up from the green, through the twilight gray,
Comes the shoats of a troop at play.
Blue eyes, black eyes, golden curls -
These are all hers___her boys and girls.
Then wonder not at the prints of care,
Or the silver threads in her braided hair.

Does she ever pine for the meadow brook,
The sweet-brier hedge, the clover nook?
When sweet winds woo, when smiles the sun,
Does she ever wish that her task was done?
Would you know? Then watch her where she sits
Smiling dreamily, while she knits.
__Ellen P. Allerton.

*One sock down and one more to go ...
This is why I'm a Knittin' Monkey!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Wool gathering ...

Life if filled with my knitting. And I continue to knit on ...

Poetry in Stitches. PDRM2328_edited

Modern Quilt Wrap. PDRM2309_edited

and of course the Monkey Socks and my mindless knitting, the Einstein Coat. I'm not talking about whatever I have on needles hidden away and not working on at the moment. There's a few of those in baskets or bags waiting for me to return to them. They can wait.

And look what I got as a lovely "Thank You" gifts in the mail ... Yummee Yarn Yummee Yarn! I've never tried this sock yarn before. I can see Christmas socks happening with these. Any suggestions to which pattern? And I also received this ... Malabrigo
Two skeins of Malabrigo Lace. Have never knit with this yarn either but I just found out that I know someone (Becky) who is "nuts" over Malabrigo. How funny that I should just now get sent some. Amazing how coincidences like this happen isn't it? Becky says "I'm crazy about Malabrigo" and POW ... some appear in my mailbox from someone else from way across the country in California. Go figure. Thanks for the luscious yarn, Kim!!

M-m-m-m, what to knit, what to knit next ...

*Note: I got a message from my ISE5 Secret Pal that my scarf was going into the mail November 17. Yippy! I'm so excited. I can't wait.

Plus, I've made a decision on what to knit next with the yarn that I received above. For the Yummee Sock Yarn: Tidal Wave Socks. And with one of the skeins of Malabrigo Lace: Easy Flame Lace Scarf (Wrap maybe?). Thanks Julie & Heather! I plan to cast on the socks when I finish the Monkeys and cast on the Flame wrap as soon as I finish the MQW which is a Christmas gift and I'll breath easy once that's done since it's a "biggy". Happy knitting.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Another FO and ...

A contest! (I'll get to that later) *we have a winner, see below

I finished the Shibori-Esque Neck Wrap from Folk Style. I used Jo Sharp Alpaca Kid Lustre and just needled felted roving for the circles. I wanted to keep the design simple. It was hard to keep from doing more. Maybe you can tell. I was real tempted to make the circles look 3 dimensional ... but I held back. I'm done. This is it. It's going to be really warm on a cold windy day.
Shibori-Esque Neck Wrap

Shibori-Esque Neck Wrap

Oh and I decided it's about time I did another contest. Just a simple one. Well maybe not so simple. I needed some knitting that was easy and mindless. Something I can work on why I'm chatting away down at Community Knitting at Seed Stitch Fine Yarn. So I swatched. That's right, I hear the snickers from those who know me, but I was a good knitter and really did a swatch to check gauge before I began. It was spot on too. Here's a picture of the beginnings along side of my swatch. Just to prove it too you. That's a 4 inch square there.

I am using Rowan RYC Soft Tweed and size 8 & 10 needles for this project. But I'm not telling you what it is yet. So this is were the contest comes in ... the first to guess what I'm knitting ... wins a prize. Here's the prize:

And here's a hint... I'm using about 18 balls of the Rowan RYC Soft Tweed.

I know that's not much to go on,

so here's another picture of my progress so far ...
mindless knitting

You're not muttering under your breath are you?
You know what it is right? No? Sure you do.
But I'll give you another hint.
It's NOT an afghan!

Note: The Einstein Coat is correct. I knew someone would guess but didn't think it was going to be so fast. Miss T and Mom's Knitting were so close ... by only 3 minutes, that I've decided to send Sarah a ball of sock yarn also ... Happy knitting everyone!

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Another FO ...

Another Scarf finished for Christmas!

Yarn: Lily Chin Tribeca
Pattern: Reversible Cable Scarf by Lily Chin
(I can't seem to find the pattern anywhere on the Internet but I got it from Lily Chin when she was at Seed Stitch Fine Yarn last Spring. I took her class on reversible cables.) (BTW, notice you can now buy yarn from Seed Stitch Fine Yarn online)
Needle size: US7


More like this color in the close up ...


The lighting is on the yellow side in the first picture I'm afraid. That's because I get home after dark now and the mornings are still grey when I leave the house. Meaning ... I can't get decent pictures now until the weekend or when I happen to be home during the day. But I'm not waiting for the weekend today ... I've got to get back to knitting the other WIP's to make them FO's also. But wait ...

I need to cast on for November socks. No really, I HAVE to. Well look at this beeee-uuuuu-tiful sock yarn that was given to me as a "thank you" gift yesterday from Haddy. What do you think of them becoming Monkey Socks?


I think I'm one of the last few that haven't knit up this pattern yet. And this sock yarn is crying out to me, "Knit me, knit me next!
I want to be a Monkey!!"

So call me a "knittin' monkey" now ...

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

FO ...

Finish Object leaving for New Hampshire this coming Saturday.
Made it for my friend, Dee. We're stopping by to leave more Yarn Donations on our way up to see two of our grandsons in their High School play this weekend. So I made sure the scarf was done also rather than saving it for Christmas. I used Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Astrakhan using a size 8 needle. The yarn has lots of texture so I just used a garter stitch and loop fringe.

Scarf for Dee

You would have thought I got more than just this one scarf done, huh?