Saturday, August 30, 2008

Finished Wool Scarf

I had a couple of skeins of some bulky 2ply that I had spun from some dyed top put up by Lorna's Laces. It knit up quickly and is soft enough to wear against my skin. I used the Perforated Edge Scarf from The Little Box of Scarves.

I wanted a narrower scarf than the pattern called for so I increased to 20 sts. It is 4 1/4" X 66 " and I got 5 sts/2in.

Thursday, August 28, 2008


I am enjoying the pattern, Field of Flowers, by Evelyn Clark. I bought the pattern at The Woolie Ewe in Plano, Texas, where 99% of my stash originated and where I purchased the yarn.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Some Handspun

Now you know why I am a fiber enthusiast......

Spinning Tricks

Sometimes I spin up some singles and before I get around to plying, I need the bobbin for something else. So, I use the cardboard centers from toilet paper on my ball winder to transfer the singles yarn off the bobbin. Then I came up with the idea of sliding the wound singles off of the tp cardboard tube onto a cardboard core from wrapping paper which will hold several balls at once.

I then slide the tube onto a paper towel holder and.....voila! I am ready to ply anytime!

More Socks!

I like to wear my Sockotta socks with my SAS sandals.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Boot Socks

I was looking through a box of wool articles in the sewing/computer/yarn storage room and found my boot socks. I knitted them last winter to wear when we go out to the farm. They are not made with sock yarn. I used Cascade 220 and they are very soft and comfy. Of course, they won't wear as well as other socks but I needed the thickness to help my boots fit. ( I have skinny feet and boots don't fit well.)

Starting Over

I frogged the whole Triangle shawl and I am starting over.....with a different pattern. I am just not happy with that one.

I have cast on and begun the second row of lace pattern in Evelyn Clark's Field of Flowers Shawl. I am using dk weight and knitting the version that the model is sitting on in the photo except using the yarns I picked for the Triangle Feather and Fan by Cheryl Oberle.

Thursday, August 21, 2008


I found some merino/silk in my fiber stash along with a small skein that I had spun up. Now all I need is enough for a shawl.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Beware the Triangle Feather and Fan Shawl!

The Sirdar Triangle Feather and Fan Shawl is finished.....and I don't like it.

The tails are too long for me and my friend is shorter than I am. The only thing I can see to do is to ravel back to where the double increases start and redo it. It just won't work for my friend.

The center point on the shawl comes below my butt and the tails drag the floor. Sigh.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Baby Dawson has arrived

My friends, Tim and Daneen, have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of their adoptive son, Dawson. He wasn't due until the 20th of this month but I just got the announcement and a photo less than an hour ago. Thank you, God, for his safe delivery......and for his birth mom who picked my friends to adopt him.

Day 40 Prayer

Here is the link for the 40 Days to Pray the Vote: Day 40

Thursday, August 14, 2008

40 Days to Pray the Vote

I just received an email from the Presidential Prayer Team that I would like to share:

Day 1 begins August 15th!
The 40 Days to Pray the Vote e-mail series

Dear Patricia,

Your prayer life - and your relationship with Christ - will be deepened when you sign up to receive our 40 Days to Pray the Vote daily prayer devotionals to your e-mail. Just ask Neil of Ft. Worth, TX...

“The daily prayer itself is a wonderful blessing. It takes less than a minute to open the email reminder, click on the page, and join the multitude of people who pray for the nation during this critical time,” Neil said. “I imagine some make this a part of their quiet time with the Lord. I am among those who catch the daily prayer at the office among all other emails of doing business of the day. It is a blessing to commit to God the future of the nation.”

You can join Neil and over 17,000 others who have made 40 Days to Pray the Vote a daily and vital part of their prayer lives by signing up right now so you can begin receiving the prayer devotional series this weekend. That’s when we’ll start anew with Day 1 of our third of four 40-day prayer cycles prior to the November election.

Click here to SIGN UP to receive the 40 Days to Pray the Vote email...

With 40 Days to Pray the Vote you can:

* Pray for the elections in a systematic and orderly way, starting with worship of our mighty God and moving to issues and concerns of the election.
* Pray for issues and concerns that might not occur to you or others.
* Post your comments or prayers on a new 40 Days to Pray the Vote Prayer Wall.
* Tell others about this exciting prayer initiative.
* View a sample of 40 Days to Pray the Vote HERE.

I invite you to sign up for 40 Days to Pray the Vote today. Join us as together we make this the most prayed-for election in the nation’s history - while you draw yourself closer to the Lord in the process. God bless!

John Lind

Contact The Presidential Prayer Team

One border section to go....

I just realized I hadn't posted anything in a is taking longer than I thought to finish the prayer shawl. I just changed to the third color of yarn and I am working on the second section of the lace border. The further I go the longer it takes to get across the row, lol.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Update on shawl....and friend's husband

I have started the 'tails' on the Triangle Feather and Fan/Sirdar shawl and should be ready to switch to the first lace border soon, hopefully tomorrow.

Hubby spoke with our friend and her husband is home for now. Please keep them both in your prayers.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Making Progress on the Sirdar Shawl

It is 1:23 AM Sunday and I just finished another two rows of eyelet with five rows between them, leaving me with 125 sts. There are another 17 rows in garter and another two rows of eyelet with five rows between, giving me 273 sts, and then I start the 'tails' by increasing at the beginning and end of every row instead of every other row.

I feel a real need to finish this shawl as soon as possible. We got a phone call from our friend tonite and her husband is not doing well at all. His kidney's are shutting down and he is back in the hospital. Lord, let me finish this prayer shawl quickly for her. Amen.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Sirdar Shawl

I have a few more rows to go to get to the next eyelet rows in the Sirdar wool blend shawl and I really like the way it is knitting up. Roxanne at the Woolie Ewe really came through for me by introducing me to the Sirdar Country Style yarn. Of course, it called for another Addi Turbo Lace needle, or two. OK. Actually I bought two lace needles in #9 and three in #5 for another project. At $15 a pop for needles I have blown my yarn needle budget for the next six months, but such is life.

The Cutest Baby Hat Ever!

I recently bought three skeins of Plymouth Dreambaby D.K., acrylic microfiber/nylon at a little shop, Delightful Hands, in Celina, TX, to make baby hats. The yarn is super soft and works up well at 5spi on #5 dp needles.

I wanted to make a long-tailed hat with a pom pom on the end but I didn't like the instructions in the Itty Bitty Hats book so I changed it up a bit to get a more gradually shaped tail.

I wanted it to be small so I cast on the recommended 56 sts and knit stocking stitch for 5 inches before beginning decreases.

First Dec: (knit 6 sts, knit 2 tog) around. Knit 2 rounds.
Second Dec: (knit 5 sts, knit 2 tog) around. Knit 2 rounds.
Third Dec: (knit 4 sts, knit 2 tog) around. Knit 3 rounds.
Fourth Dec: (knit 3 sts, knit 2 tog) around. Knit 3 rounds.
Fifth Dec: (knit 2 sts, knit 2 tog) around. Knit 5 rounds.
Sixth Dec: (knit 1 st, knit 2 tog) around. Knit 5 rounds.
Final Dec: (knit 2 tog) around. Break yarn and thread through stitches and close end. Make pom pom and attach to end.

Now is that cute or what?