Tuesday, February 24, 2015

 What do you do with a whole lot of Silk Garden?

You know how it is when you are a knitter.   You go to a knitting event and there are just so many beautiful, colorful, delicious and touchable yarns.  

And then you go ahead against your better judgement and buy that bag of yarn, cuss the price is just too good to let go.

So then years later you find bags of the stuff in your stash..Multiple colors and also weights.

So I said to myself "Why Not an afghan in Entrelac?"

And so it begins........more to follow

beginning the entrelac


Monday, February 09, 2015

New thing for me.  Feldenkrais classes.   I wasn't totally sure  what this was all about but the description was attractive to me...slow movement and comfort from pain..    I thoroughly enjoyed the class.   Really slow movements and a meditative (hypnotic) state.  Right up my alley.  I actually felt a shift, pop release in my side and total comfort.  Wonderful

 Of course I needed a yoga mat and of course that mat needed a bag. There are a few patterns to choose from on Ravelry.

  Have you used the magic circle to begin your circular crochet?

Monday, February 02, 2015

Real Men Wear Pink Donation

So hard to believe this is something I knit 6 months ago.   Knit for a wonderful cause.

Envolve Winery's function "Real Men Wear Pink".
   A fundraiser for women in the Sonoma
community who need assistance in getting Mammograms.

This is a pattern I created.  It's a moebius, 2 X 2 rib, knit in Wool-ease Thick and Quick. The body is knit in a charcoal shade and on the last two rows I added a thinner light grey yarn.   Next to last row was a mix of charcoal and lt. grey.  Last row and bind off is done in a double strand of the thinner grey yarn.

Pattern is available on Ravelry.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Socks, Socks and more Socks.

This is getting addicting.  Finished the socks....so fast with Cascade 220 and number 1 needles. 
I used the Toe up method , two at one time and the Cat Bordhi's Tomato heel.
Mailed them off this morning..... Enjoy Kids.  

Friday, January 30, 2015

Thing 1 and Thing 2

These sweaters and hats are sooo... Cute.   A friend contacted me and said she wanted to make these sweaters and asked for a suggestion on the hat pattern.   She was using my "At the Game" pattern for the sweaters and I found a the Magic Coffee Hat on Ravalry......Just got this photo of the finished work.    Can't wait to see the babies in these outfits.     Great job.   Deb

Note:  At the Game (on Ravalry--ElizcsKnits)  work in stripes and it's so easy when you knit in the round and top down.  
Magic Coffee Hat (on Ravalry) just at the end do not end at the top of hat, use 5-6 stitches and create an I cord.  

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Tomato Heel

Cat Bordhi's tomato heel, have you tried it yet?   I have been meaning to for quite a while and finally took the plunge...so happy I did.   Love the ease of constructing it and the way it looks.

Chunky yarn
Although I knit all my socks toe up, I find once I get to the heel I will knit one at a time and use one circular.   You can always revert back to the two circulars once you complete both heels.  
Go Ohio State!!!
 I really like a thicker sock...... using a worsted weight makes the project go much faster.  
Cascade 220- one Skein does it

Monday, January 19, 2015

2014 in review:    

October in Chicago at Vogue Knitting

Vogue KnittingWhat a wonderful experience, my first visit to Vogue knitting and the best part my daughter was there too!!  She found a few things she liked at the market place.  

The classes were outstanding:  

Amy Herzog all about finishing,  Entrelac with Rosemary Drysdale and machine knitting too!

The Hotel  Palmer House was a lovely place, comfortable and right in the middle of down town. The perfect place to sit and knit with hundreds of other knitters and just a few steps for the most beautiful park and museum.      Definitely planning on another trip.  

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Looking back at all the projects of 2014 in no particular order-
Every once in a while I'll take a look back at 2014--I was so surprised to see the number of projects I had completed.

Knit Swirl-

Swirl in the beginning:  I began this project in March of 2013 and it was completed (after 12 months of rest) in September 2014.   Just in time for Vogue Knitting.

I was afraid I didn't have enough yarn.  When I returned to Stitches to pick up more they had discontinued the line...off the find something else to add to the mix.  I did find a lovely variegated wool, but as it turned out I had enough of the original yarns....now what shall I knit with all that variegated wool?  

Swirl complete:  so warm and cozy

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Living the Good Life in Sonoma

I am very fortunate to have found a place to be, that is good for my soul.  Surrounded by beautiful mountains, flowers, vineyards and nice people.  One of those people has given me the opportunity to hone a new craft "Mosaics".  If you love putting together puzzles and you delight in color, than this could be a hobby or craft for you.   My most recent pieces:  Thanks Janey!!!  You know I can be knit'n all the time!

large pot 1
Large Pot 2

Friday, April 11, 2014

Craving a Creamsicle

My most recent project -- A top down, square neck pullover.   Using Creme de la Creme (coats and clark)  Double strand and size 11 needle.  Other then a few too many knots in one skein and some stains on another, I am pleased with the yarn.   The only real problem is I'm craving a Creamsicle!!!

sleeve to be long