May 31, 2011

KAL - Summer Mystery Shawlette Cont'd

I'm moving along with this project.  It's fun and I seem to enjoy not knowing the next step.
The number has now  bumped up past 800 participants.  It will be cool to see all the finished projects.

My knitting seems rather tight, so I'm hoping, blocking will open up the lace.

I have more than this complete, but was too lazy to take a new picture.  This one gives you the idea.

My garden is far, the only thing I have from all that, is a rather nasty sunburn (all my own fault).  I've never had it be sooo itchy.  Driving me nuts!

I visited the Philadelphia Museum of Art this weekend.  Awesome.  I love going to a museum, any museum.

Museum yarn-eee love.

May 23, 2011

KAL - Summer Mystery Shawlette

I decided that I'd like to Knit along with a group on Ravelry (of about 500 people) on the Summer Mystery Shawlette

I have followed along with the Wendy Knits blog for a few years or so.  Her knitting is fabulous and her cat is adorable; what more can I ask for in a blog?  She also has a great sense of humor!

So, I highly recommend the blog and the KAL.

My KAL Shawlette project.

Essential Links:  Discussion Group (rav)
                         Ravelry Pattern Page

This also gives me an excuse to use some of my Madelinetosh ( I like it in one word) Tosh Merino Light. 
Not sure if I will keep this for myself or give it away...that remains to be seen....

May 18, 2011

Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival 2011

I went to the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival this year, again.  It's becoming a bit of a tradition with my SIL and myself. 

The weather was PERFECT.  Last year, it was so hot and dusty.  This year, it had rained, so all the dust and pollen were settled down, it was sunny, and it was perfectly temperate.

There were animals...EVERYWHERE.  It was wonderful, and although an odor of feces permeated the air, it was of the non-meat eating kind and just reminded me of a farm (good thing).

I also got some yarn-ee goodness, of course.  I didn't get as much this year.  My stash is seriously out of control.  You can see of my overwhelming stash, here.

Here are my purchases:

Love them all!
I also got a few little pieces of jewelry.  One is a needle gauge that looks like a very small artists palette.  It's a small metal "pendant" (for lack of a better term).  The other item I purchased was a pair of earrings.  They are two small "recycled" crochet hook tops.  If I can find the Etsy seller, I will post that here later.

In conclusion...if you've never been and are vacillating about going....GO!  You will seriously enjoy it.  Also, no one looks at you funny because you're buying yarn, crafting, or spinning...

May 16, 2011


There are many things going on.

Summer is on its way and therefore, I am getting my garden ready.
I will follow up with some adorable seedling photos at some point.

My husband and I are trying to get pregnant.  No luck so far.
What is ironic (and possibly self-fulfilling fate) is that I always figured something might be "wrong" with me in the area of reproduction, but deep down I always thought "not me".  Unfortunately, I have PCOS and I am anovulatory (no ovulation at all).  I'm in my first "cycle" of Provera/Clomid, not very much fun, really.  It seems on my first dose, that I did not ovulate, so we try again.
I'd like to say that this blog should be about happy things only, but as this is such a major part of my life, I cannot ignore it.

As per my usual, I have many projects ongoing.  But there is one that I recently finished.
The pattern is Crochargosy (ravelry)

Although the pattern is great, may I recommend using acrylic yarn.  As this pattern is prone to extreme curling at the edges.  Above you can see this.  This is blocked already, severly.  Unfortunately, it still curls.  My advice is to use a yarn that you can "kill" with heat/steam.
This pattern is great, it seems a little wonky at first, but power through, because it was FAST to make.

My next post I will talk about the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival (want to get my pictures on my computer).
Then, maybe a brief picture foray into our Anniversary trip to Napa, CA.
I also have another free pattern to share....

Fingerless Gloves for Men - free pattern

I wanted to make a Christmas present for a friend of mine.  A male friend.  He always says that his hands are cold when he's on the computer and gloves are impossible to wear while needing to type.

I decided a pair of fingerless gloves would be perfect.  I searched around and couldn't find any, for men, that are long and come to the middle knuckle.  I thought about making a pair for women and just making them longer, but I realized that man hands are quite different than woman hands and I proceeded to force my husband to submit to much hand measuring and trying-on of these gloves.

Here is the final version.
Ravel It!

One size
I Hook
Cotton Classic Tahki Stacy Charles or any worsted weight (Please note: this is a little thinner than some other worsted weights); 2 skeins, 100g/216 yds
Mid forearm at ~9” circumference.
Notes: These are to fit a man’s forearm and hand. I’ve noticed that this is distinctly different than the way mitts need to fit women. These are interchangeable in terms of left hand versus right hand.
Ch. 35, join with a sl st to form a ring.
Rnd 1: ch.2 (counts as first hdc now and throughout), hdc in each chain around, sl st to top of chain 2
Rnd 2: Ch. 2 hdc in each st around, sl st into top of chain 2
Rnd 3: Repeat round 2
Rnd 4: Ch. 1, sc in same st and in each st around, join with sl st to first sc
Rnd 5-6 : Repeat round 2
Rnd 7 -10: Repeat round 4
Rnd 11: Ch. 1, sc in same st, (sc in next 10 sc, sc2tog) 2 times, sc around, sl st to first sc
Rnd 12: repeat round 4
Continue to repeat round 4 until desired length (to wrist).
The pair I made had approximately 2.5” of the sc part.
Next 5 rnds: repeat round 2
Next rnd: ch 2, (hdc in next 10 sts, 2 hdc in next stitch) 2 times, hdc around, sl st to top of chain 2
Next 4 rnds: repeat round 2
Chain 5, skip next 11 sts and sl st to next st, leave rest of sts unworked and turn to work on thumb.
Rnd 1: Ch 2, hdc in each st around, join with sl st to top of chain 2
Rnd 2-3: repeat rnd 1, finish off.
Attach yarn to juncture where chaining for thumb, ch 1,sc in same spaced, sc along bottom edge of chains, when reaching the hdc edge, hdc around and sl st to first sc.
Next 2 rounds: repeat rnd 1 of thumb.
Next round: Ch. 2 (hdc in next 10 sts, hdc2tog in next st) 2 times.
Next 2 rounds: repeat rnd 1 of thumb. Finish off.

May 13, 2011

Garden Pics

As promised.

Wee strawberries.

My grown Salvia from last year:

Baby Salvia Sprouts (6 weeks old):

Winter Savory:

Eucalyptus (not sure what species):

I have lots of other plants, but the light was fading, so we'll have to do with these for now.
I plan to grow:  Lavender, Spinach, Cucumbers, Rosemary, Tarragon, Watermelon, Salvia, Lilac, Strawberry, Mint Varietals, & Yarrow

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