Monday, December 5, 2011

Lazy Blogger, That's Me!

Can't believe it's been nearly two months since I blogged! Gotta get back in gear! Only have a couple of small projects going right now and no photos to show, but I will add photos when we get our Christmas decorations up....had to move the loom and some other stuff into the bedroom and out of the dining room....

Friday, October 14, 2011

Too Many Irons in the Fire

I love to knit. And spin. And weave. I always have more than one project going at a time and sometimes it seems that I don't get anything much accomplished.....until I end up with several projects finished at about the same time. I am currently waiting for those several projects to be finished....soon! I really, really want to get back to the blue wool lace shawl I started a few months ago.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Wild Life

Ever try to sneak up on an owl? He/she was very patient and actually posed for me....

More Adventures in Card Weaving

I was intrigued with the weaving on the cover of Cadace Crockett's book, Card Weaving and decided to warp up a single width of the pattern for bookmarks. I altered the colors a bit and, after a couple of false starts and some entirely fouled up weaving, I finally got the sequence down and started over for the bookmarks.
So far I am happy with the result and hope to have several finished pieces done tomorrow.
By the way, this is one of those more complicated patterns that involves separating some of the cards and turning them different directions.....must....pay....attention....to.....the.....sequence!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Card Weaving

A friend of mine has recently started me off with card weaving and we both attended a class at Apple Leef Farm and learned a lot. At first I was just working on my weaving by attaching it to a belt around my waist with the other end attached to a door knob that just happens to be across the living room from my chair. Then my friend asked me if I had room for her floor inkle loom....well.....duh! It is currently hanging out at my house (I have custody of it at the moment) and I am no longer attached to the door making it impossible for DH to have to crawl over my weaving.



I am having serious fun and now I need another plastic container for the balls of #10 crochet thread that I use for weaving. (And to think that I gave bags of the stuff away....to the same friend who got me started with the card weaving! LOL) That's OK. It's not like I needed an excuse to buy thread...

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Our Prayers Have Been Answered

On August 28th from 2 to 3pm there will be a Victory Celebration at the former Sherman Planned Parenthood site. All the personal prayers, all the group prayer vigils have paid off. Federal funding has been withdrawn and the country's largest abortion mill is closing offices all over the country. In Texas alone: Arlington, Plano, Mesquite, Gainsville, Sherman, Terrell, and Waxahachie.

To read more go to The Texas Right To Life website. Thank you, Almighty and Everlasting Lord for hearing our pleas and prayers to stop this holocaust.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

OMG! It looks like rain!







These photos were taken at around 12:30pm as I dropped hubby back at work after lunch today. They are taken looking north over the GCC campus. (When I was a student there, back in the Ice Age, we called it Harvard on the Hill.) The temperature dropped ten degrees in a matter of minutes. Looks like this is the day that we break the 100° temps. Thank you, God!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Not Your Every Day Dish Cloth

I have been in the mood for knitting dish cloths, but not necessarily the diagonally knit garter stitch cloth. So, I decided on the colorful one in Mason-Dixon Knitting. The possibilities are endless when it comes to pairing up solids and variegated yarns.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Time for Tea....Cozy

I decided that my teapot needed a knitted cozy to keep the tea warm since I tend to take my time sipping my cuppa tea. Having recently discovered brioche stitch I thought that would be a nice pattern and with the help of Nancy Marchand's Knitting Brioche I was able to make increases that blend into the pattern when designing the spout opening. I knitted it flat and then switched to circular at the top. Then I went back and seamed an inch at the bottom for a snug fit and added I-cord ties in the middle of the opening to keep it snug under the handle.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Where Has the Time Gone?

My goodness! It has been more than a month since I last posted something and I totally lost track of time.Hubby is recovering well from a second back surgery with a very good prognosis and I am puttering along with my knitting and occasional spinning. No more dye pots just now, at least until the wind dies down.

I had a moment of stress relief when he was in the hospital the day after his surgery: the Woolie Ewe is only a short distance away from the hospital in Plano so I bought some sock yarn...on sale! I have started another Pi shawl in gorgeous shades of blue and purple using Araucania Ranco Multi, the same yarn that I used for the Apple Green Pi Shawl.

I also started a scarf in a cabled brioche stitch: Reversible Cabled Brioche using some Araucania Aysen.

On another front: we are enjoying a subscription to Netflix and finding many interesting things online. Among my favorites are some of the British crime dramas. We watched an episode of Midsomer Murders this evening and I now have a wonderful name for a cat...if I were ever to have a cat again: Kilmousie! Too cute!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Hand-spun Scarf

I decided it was time to knit something from a skein of my hand-spun yarn. I used some Kool-Aid dyed Faulkland roving that I dyed earlier. The result was a little over 400 yds of a fingering weight 2-ply.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Joshua's Blankie

Finished Joshua's Blankie and it is ready to mail to Virginia. It measures 34" square at 3 spi in Bernat Denim Style.

Another Pair of Socks

I decided on Wendy Johnson's Laurel Sock pattern from "Toe-Up Socks for Every Body" in Malabrigo Solis colorway.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Ode To My Dishwasher

The most wonderful devices known to man are of absolutely no use without some assistance from us.


O, dishwasher, dishwasher, thou marvelous machine!
Whatever goes in comes out spotlessly clean.

No spots, no stains, no, nothing so trite
When once I discovered the thing that you like.

No powders or liquids to make you say 'ouch.'
You prefer a detergent that comes in a pouch!

No wondering, no guessing the rinse aid to add
A light comes on and makes me so glad!

At the end of your cycle such a nice little chime
Telling all that your task is done in good time.

O, clever, O modern, O lovely machine!
To all of my friends your praises I sing.

In spite of your marvels, gadgets and such
One thing only remains and yet it means much.

In order for you to accomplish all that we see
It only requires one simple action from me.

For, no matter your strengths, for the dishes no shower
Unless and until I push the button marked 'Power.'




Patricia Blankenship 5/13/11

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Saturday, May 7, 2011

The Sweet Smell of Spring

As we have cleared the underbrush back from the edge of the driveway, a solid wall of honeysuckle has been revealed all along the south side of the drive. Walking out to shut the gate for the night I could smell the aroma all the way from the house to the road.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

How About Black Cherry and Orange?

I used Black Cherry and Orange for the other two skeins of Cascade 220. This photo is of the previously dyed roving spun up into a fine singles yarn.

Grape & Lemon-Lime Anyone?

I used two skeins of Cascade 220 in natural for this batch: Grape & Lemon-Lime.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Kool Aid Dying

Dyed a batch of wool locks and roving today using Kool Aid and the crock pot. I am very happy with the end result: orange/cherry/grape. The wool smells like fruit salad.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

A New Blankie

Since the microfiber yarn was hurting my hands, I decided it might not be such a good idea to wrap a baby in it...so...I had already started a throw with some Bernat Denim Style in a log cabin pattern from Mason-Dixon Knitting. It will be Joshua's blankie now.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

More about my Pi...

I am considering offering the finished pattern as a free download when I know all the bugs are worked out and have had a test knit done. I noticed that other designers on Ravelry have done the same thing with several variations on Elizabeth Zimmermann's Pi Shawl pattern. I might even offer it as a KAL if anyone is interested.

My Own Pi

I have had a request to knit a lace shawl for a raffle item for our Red River Fiber Arts group and have settled on a Pi shawl with three lace pattern sections that I hope will turn out nicely. Part One, the center, and Part Two, the first lace section are done and charted. Now on to the next section...

I had several skeins of Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend Multi lurking in my stash that seemed appropriate. Also, I don't have to buy more yarn! Yay!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Take time for inspiration

It never fails: I have something to finish by a certain time and that is when inspiration kicks in and I can't turn it off! Another hat on the needles...two pair of socks to finish...the never ending baby blanket...

One thing for sure...I...will...never...knit...with...micro...fiber...again. It hurts my hands and makes them ache. I thought it was just my imagination, but I keep going back to the micro fiber baby blanket and within twenty minutes my hands ache and my joints hurt.

Friday, April 1, 2011

An idea just sort of popped into my head for a cap pattern....just started knitting this morning....and this is the result. Now all I have to do is write it down before it flees my brain and make it in a medium and large as well.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Gotta Love Those Cochineal Bugs!

Several ladies from the Red River Fiber Arts came out to my house today and we played around with a couple of dye pots. The tea dyed yarn is lovely, but the cochineal is breathtaking! Without mordant! I will post more photos when the rest of the yarn has been washed. I finished up with a soak in Eucalan.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Toe Up Sock Design

I have been reading Wendy Johnson's Socks From the Toe Up and using Judy's Magic Loop cast on I started my first toe up sock last night. As luck would have it, 64 sts on size 0/2mm needles with Sockotta sock yarn gives me 8 spi and a perfect fit for my skinny, size 9 feet.

I need a narrow tapering toe so I cast on 16 sts, 8 for the top and 8 for the bottom, and when I increased to the required 64 sts I switched to dp's since that is my favorite method of knitting socks. By increasing one stitch on the top of the sock I was able to have enough sts to do the Lace Rib from A Treasury of Knitting Patterns by Barbara G. Walker, with 5 repeats across the top of the sock. Now...on to the gusset!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Saving a Red Oak Tree

In 2002, my husband's father died and he had 3 seedling oak trees that had not been planted. So, my husband and his two sisters decided to plant them in his memory.

Last year, we noticed that the oak tree was too close to the lateral lines and decided to move it while it was still relatively small: 9 ft tall and 2" diameter at the base. Today, Marvin Odom came out with a helper and dug the tree up by hand, transplanted it to a new location with plenty of room to grow.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Brioche Hat Finished

This is truly a one size fits all. It fits my 22 1/2" head as well as my husband's 24 1/4" head. I cast on 60 sts with worsted yarn on a size 8 circular 16" needle and knit for 10" in circular brioche st. Directions can be found here: Circular Prime Rib Patterns. My gauge was approximately 3 spi. I ended with two decreasing rounds. 1st dec round: sl 2, p1, psso. 2nd dec round: sl 1, k1, psso. Cut thread leaving enough yarn to thread through the remaining stitches and close the opening.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Brioche Scarf and Hat

Brioche is a good stitch for a scarf and works up nicely in a variegated yarn. It is also possible to do this stitch in the round for a hat. I found directions here: Circular Prime Rib Patterns.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

The Late Baby Blanket

I don't believe I have EVER taken this long to knit a baby blanket! Fingering yarn and size 5 needles and SOLID garter stitch....sigh. I have calculated how many stitches there are in this thing so far, 52,480, and  still have 3 strips to knit on it which will be 73,800 stitches.

Getting Organized

It never fails: I go to my LYS for knitting needles and think I know what I need and end up duplicating something I already have. So....I spent the evening cataloging my knitting needles and creating a spread sheet for all my double pointed bamboo needles, addi turbo and addi turbo lace circular needles.

Now I have a couple of index cards with the info on them to keep in my wallet and I know what I don't have for a visit to the Woolie Ewe tomorrow with some of the ladies from Red River Fiber Arts in Sherman. I love playing chauffeur for my friends, especially when it is for a trip to the yarn shop.

I also re-bagged all my circular needles in ziplock plastic bags and labeled them with the needle size. I still need a better way to store my double pointed needles and not have to hunt to find 5 of the same size. They are currently in a jar on my desk....still working on that idea.

The addi lace needles are hanging where I can get to them easily and the others are in the top drawer of my wicker end table.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Test Knitting Finished: Design for Sale! WTG Amber!

Just a short follow-up to my last post: Amber is finished with the testing phase and has posted her design for sale. You can check it out  here: KnitMyWorld. Way to go Amber!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Test Knitting

I just finished a test knit for a friend, Amber, of Denison, TX. She is a budding knitwear designer and asked me to do a 'test' for the test knit on Ravelry. She will be offering her pattern for sale in the near future and I pray she does well in her endeavor.

I enjoyed knitting her pattern and giving a couple of suggestions. One thing I learned....I have trouble getting 5.5 spi with worsted yarn. I like to knit loosely and I ended up having to go to a size 4 needle and even then the blocked arm warmer isn't as small as I had hoped. I may have over blocked it. I will give it another try later and not block it much and see what difference it makes. This has been a good learning experience for me and I look forward to doing this again.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Receiving Blankets

I totally let the time get away from me this time around when it comes to helping my daughter get ready for this baby. I finally got the flannel bought as well as some fleece and all I need to do is serge the cut edges and throw it all in the wash to get ready to make receiving blankets. I will use a double thickness and make a dozen reversible blankets. There is enough fleece to make a couple of larger blankets for the crib.