Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Sweater Progress

 I knit another sweater. I am loving yoke sweaters. I will be looking for another soon.  This was knit from stash yarn. It was intended for something else, but this made me happy. 




My husband gave me a wooly board for my birthday this year. It's the wooden thing that my sweater is on in the last picture. A great blocking tool, if you knit sweaters!


We've had some snow here in the last few weeks. More is expected this week. Good sweater weather!

I hope that you all are well. Some of you have possibly gotten the Covid vaccine. If so, good on you! As for me, I am still waiting for the day (or days, since there are 2 doses) to come. We are still pretty much sequestered in this house. My daughter and family still live with us, and will be moving sometime this month after the settlement of their new house. 


Lastly, here's a picture of Reggie (lying down) and Moxie (sitting up).

Moxie is my grand-dog. She is about 12 pounds and is 11 years old. Reggie is a little over a year old, and 30 pounds. Both are Boston Terriers. Quite a difference in size! But Moxie can play with the big dogs and the two of them tumble and chase each other. Bella steers clear of such craziness and reclines on sofa.


Have a good day, readers!

Sunday, December 27, 2020

I've Been Away

 Okay, not technically away. I've been away from blogging.  Life has been different around my house.

My daughter and her husband and my two grandkids have come to stay here. They've been here since the weekend after Thanksgiving. Our little house of two newly retired people has become crazy/loud/busy/messy/fun/amazing these past few weeks.

Backstory: My daughter followed my son in law to England when he got a job there like 7 years ago. They married and had my first grandchild in the UK. Then his job brought him to Southern California 3 years ago, and they had their second daughter. He's a lead artist in the gaming industry.  His studio shut down in the beginning of 2020, so he took an East coast job and that leads us to now.  They are actively looking for a house, but until then, crazy chaos filled with love is what we are having in this house. 

I'll try to come back more often, now that we are all settling in to this new quarantined craziness. 

And for this post, I'll pop in later today for a knitting update.

Continuing....

Here's some knitting:


First off, I finished this cowl. Reggie is just dying to lie on it and soak up its comfy vibes. Pattern is Over the River.


This little munchkin wanted a scarf. She told me her favorite color is "pink sparkly", so that's what I used. 


And her sister reaped the benefits of left-over yarn.


I was listening to knitting podcasts, and Needles At The Ready is one of my favorites. They mentioned this hat pattern, which they knit for  the kids in their family. It's called Barley from Tin Can Knits. It comes in a lot of sizes from baby to adult, and is a quick knit.


The other day, I decided to do some Christmas knitting. And by Christmas knitting, I mean knitting for next Christmas. Clearly, I missed the boat on doing it this year. So, I've been knitting up some little stocking ornaments. I'll keep this up until I have a ton of them and then figure out if I want to make garlands, or just a loop for hanging individually. No pattern, I just downsized a basic vanilla sock with a longer cuff(about 3 1/2 inches cuff to heel).

See you soon!


Monday, November 30, 2020

Sunday, November 29, 2020

Sunday Santa Hide and Seek

 I put out my Santa mugs every year. I've been collecting them for over 30 years. It started with one mug, given to me by my mother's best friend. She gave me and my first husband some of her old decorations for our first Christmas. We had little money, and they were a joy to have in our little apartment.

From there, I found some in second-hand a shop in Rehoboth one year. Since then I've found them in antique shops, a lot from Ebay, and from stores and websites. Some newly made ones are sprinkled in with the vintage ones, but most are from the 60's. A big company who manufactured these in Japan was called Holt Howard. Many have the Japan stamp, and a few still have the HH label. 

Probably my favorite one is the size of a blueberry. I found it at the Sea Shell Shop (say that 10 times fast!) in Ocean City, MD. Every year I ask people to try and find it among the mug crowd. This year, the husband hid it (in plain sight). Can you find it?






You'll probably have to zoom in a little, but he's in there! Tomorrow, I'll reveal where he is. I hope that you decide to put out something festive to cheer up your home. 



Saturday, November 28, 2020

Saturday

 Well, Thanksgiving has come and gone. I hope that you all stayed safe. We had my son here, but we were blessed with weather in the low 70's and we ate outside at a distance. I made all the trimmings. This year, I kept the turkey simple. I usually use Martha Stewart's "Turkey 101" recipe, which is foolproof. This year, I tried Pioneer woman's turkey recipe. You just cook it on a lower temp for hours, then rub it with minced rosemary(fresh cut from the garden!) orange peel and a stick of butter and turn the heat up. It was SO good! It made the best gravy.

My daughter and family are in town, awaiting their Covid test results before moving in with us for a while. They moved from California by a slow trek in their car. They're staying in a hotel until the tests prove negative, just as a precaution.

Here's a belated home treasure. In the process of clearing out some stuff under the guest room bed, I found a small box of old family tin types and this old Christmas card of sorts. The people who are mentioned in it are long gone. I thought that it was so sweet.



Unopened, this little book is only 4 inches by 3 inches. So it's very hard to determine if the little painting is an original or a print. It looks to me to be original watercolor.






I believe that Carrie was my great great grandmother. But there may be other Carries in my family. I will have to investigate that one. I have plenty of family records to look through to determine that one.

Have a good weekend, and stay safe!


Friday, November 20, 2020

Home Treasure Friday

 Last week's HTF treasure was the little grasshopper that I found at my Dad's house.  Since then, I did a bit of research, and found out that it's most likely German made. There's a region in Germany in the Ore Mountains called Erzgebirge. They are famous for their little wooden figurines just like my grasshopper. He was most likely part of a musical group of critters.

So on a whim, I went on Ebay and found him a companion to play along. 



This little frog with his trumpet now completes a duo of musical critters! He was around $5.00 and I knew that he had to come live with me.
Enjoy your weekend!


Thursday, November 19, 2020

Thursday

 Today, I took down the last of the plants that felt the effects of the low temps that we had last night. Before doing so, I cut the last of the flowers.


I finished my Burrard Inlet Sweater, and it fits perfectly.


I went deep diving into my yarn stash, and found a project that I don't even remember buying. The pattern came out in 2016, so I know that I bought it at some festival within the last 4 years. Probably the Alpaca Festival, held in November at a fairgrounds in Maryland. Anyway, the yarn was in a beautiful purple toule drawstring bag with a business card that had a place to download the pattern and a coupon code to buy it for free! The yarn is a silk blend, and is so soft.

So, off I go on this one:


It's a color work cowl that's knit in a tube. Then you join the ends when you're done. The contrasting yarn has beautiful color changes, but it has very little spin! Like knitting fiber roving, almost. And it keeps breaking while I'm knitting it, because there's no spin (hence, no strength). But I'm tenacious and will knit to the end. 


See? Very little twist to this yarn!

Tomorrow is Home Treasure Friday. Feel free to join in if you'd like. Either way, I'll be posting a new(to me) treasure tomorrow!