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

Monday, March 24, 2014

Swirling again

I began another swirl a few months ago and believe it or not this is my easy knitting project.  You know the kind of project you can knit in front of the TV or at a knit gathering.   The stitches are basically knit, purl and decrease.  Of course you must count rounds/rows but that is what those stitch counters are all about.  And the wonderful thing about this project is that when you are finished, all the seams sewn and   ends woven in…you have the most impressive, best fitting and flattering sweater ever.    Although I'm using a variety of yarns, the Sheffield is my favorite.  It has Angora and feels so, so cozy.   Unfortunately it is not available any longer.  

Friday, February 21, 2014

The Swirl Completed

I have been knitting--- here's the Swirl completed.  With Marj, Doyle and Abbey @ Stitches 2012.
Stitches 2012
And here's the beginning of the next Swirl.  Wool, silk and Mohair

Monday, February 10, 2014

Eliz Zimmerman for the Twins

It's so easy to be creative with the Baby Surprise Jacket.   The identical twins are not dressed in identical outfits, so I used a variety of colors, added a little fun fur and cute buttons for these sweaters.   

Monday, February 03, 2014

A Little Yarn Bomb in Sonoma

Yarn bombing -- So she wanted to yarn bomb the tree outside the shop and we worked together to make it happen.   This artwork created a stir in town…some loved it, others wanted it taken down.
It's no longer on the tree …but who knows ..it may reappear in the future.  
around the old redwood tree
a bikini in Sonoma
Don't see that often

Monday, January 27, 2014

Toffee baby booties-  in case you were interested in getting the pattern..it's on ravelry.. Enjoy