"Properly practiced, knitting soothes the troubled spirit, and it doesn't hurt the untroubled spirit either." ~ Elizabeth Zimmerman

5/7/17

Random Newsy Stuff

Spring is here. Yay! My flowering Cherry is in bloom. It has 4 small bunches of flowers on it.



Not as good as last year, but I'm not complaining. At least it's blooming.



My daffodils are in full form too. These ones were planted the year we moved here. We had a huge bulb garden. Unfortunately, the deer thought it was their personal smorgasbord. The only thing they didn't eat was these daffs. We planted grass and turned the bed into part of the lawn. The daffs survived and are 25 years old now. I admire their persistence.



This past week I've been working on a baby cardigan for the next layette set.



I got an idea to make it look like a lettermans jacket. It requires knitting in Intarsia if I want to knit from the top down and have no seams to sew. Haven't done Intarsia since I had my shop. I'm happy with how it's going so far.

I had intended to do a Caturday post yesterday, but my plans were altered. So I'll post the pics of my kitties now instead.

Chenille is hangin' in her window bed. She loves this silly thing and spends a lot of her time in it. It's just her size. The boys are too big to fit in it.



Here she is atop the cat tree. I actually took this before we moved the tree to the dining room. Just never got around to posting it. She loves posing for the camera.



I got Merino on the cat tree a couple days ago. He has his "I'm a ferocious panther" expression.



That changed when I started giving him chin scritches.



I could not get Cashmere to sit for a photo. I had to wait until he was asleep. When the boys did this, I had to grab the camera. They don't sleep together very often. There isn't quite enough room for both of them on this chair.



Some news I haven't shared yet. I was texting with my sister earlier last week, talking doll talk as usual. I brought up the subject of an Iplehouse JID doll I've been wanting. I've been saving the money I make teaching knitting classes for this doll. I went to the Iplehouse site to get the link so she could see it, and we ended up both talking each other into ordering new dolls. They were on sale. A good sale at that! Price was knocked down $150. I've ordered JID Asa. She'll have the same face-up as in this photo, and I've ordered that beautiful black wig for her as well. I could not get the red outfit. Not to fear, though. She's the same size as Sierra, so she'll fit in clothes I already have.It's no longer available I guess. She will be here in a few weeks. I'm excited.



We were discussing how hard it is to find clothes to fit these dolls. It's the biggest complaint about them. We're going to see if we can fill that need a bit and make clothes to sell.

Speaking of doll clothes. I've already been working on some dresses to fit the JID girls to sell in my Etsy store. The knitting is done. One is pink.



The other is light yellow with blue fur yoke.



Not very good pics (I took them with the phone while texting sis), but you get the idea. I'm making jewelry this weekend to go with them. Then it's official photo time.

It's a beautiful day out today. I think I'll go get some sunshine.

Live long and prosper. \\//

5/3/17

Layette Set #20

I've made 20 layette sets now, and I'm still not tired of making them. That's something. I usually hate making the same thing over and over. I wonder what's different about these?



I love the colors in this set so much. Couldn't have matched better if I tried.

Cardigan



Pattern: Super Natural Stripes by Fawn Pea

Size made: 6 months

Yarn: Red Heart Classic
Content: 100% Acrylic, Worsted weight
Color: Capri Blue (discontinued)

Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver
Content: 100% Acrylic, Worsted weight
Color: 312 Black

Yarn: Big Twist Yarns Sincerely Solids
Content: 100% Acrylic, Worsted weight
Color: Light grey

Needles: U.S. size 5 and 7 circulars

Started: April 4, 2017
Finished: April 15, 2017



Hat



Pattern: Chibi Striped Baby Hat by Chiaki Hayashi

Size made: 6 months

Yarn: Red Heart Classic
Content: 100% Acrylic, Worsted weight
Color: Capri Blue (discontinued)

Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver
Content: 100% Acrylic, Worsted weight
Color: 312 Black

Yarn: Big Twist Yarns Sincerely Solids
Content: 100% Acrylic, Worsted weight
Color: Light grey

Needles: U.S. size 5 and 7 circulars

Started: April 16, 2017
Finished: April 18, 2017

Booties



Pattern: Seamless Garter Tassel Booties by Karen Strauss
Size made: 6 months

Yarn: Red Heart Classic
Content: 100% Acrylic, Worsted weight
Color: Capri Blue (discontinued)

Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver
Content: 100% Acrylic, Worsted weight
Color: 312 Black

Yarn: Big Twist Yarns Sincerely Solids
Content: 100% Acrylic, Worsted weight
Color: Light grey

Needles: U.S. size 7 circulars

Started: April 18, 2017
Finished: April 19, 2017



Blanket



Pattern: Two rows of (sc1, ch1) all the way around, then one round of dc in the back loop of each stitch.

Size made: 36 by 30 inches

Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver
Content: 100% Acrylic, Worsted weight
Color: 312 Black

Yarn: Big Twist Yarns Sincerely Solids
Content: 100% Acrylic, Worsted weight
Color: Light grey

Hook: U.S. size G

Started: May 1, 2017
Finished: May 1, 2017

Comment: This is the last piece of this fabric. Yay!



I will be turning it in to KnitWits later today.



It's all ready to go.



With pictures being taken, Zoey wanted in on the fun. She's a little ham.



See that sunshine behind her? We're supposed to be getting more of that today and tomorrow. Yay!

Live long and prosper. \\//

4/18/17

Child's Mittens

I have a small project finished. A pair of child's mittens for Knitwits. I started this project months ago. It was my 'waiting in line or for an appointment' project. Easy to port around, but doesn't get worked on very regularly.



Pattern: Classic Mittens No. 615 by Bernhard Ulmann Co.

Made For: KnitWits

Size: Childs 5-7

Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash
Content: 100% Superwash Wool
Color: Brown

Needles: Circular size 5

Started: January 23, 2017
Finished: April 11, 2017



Knitwits needs lots of child size mittens for our local Head Start.



The past week was so busy. But I managed to get knitting time in. I've got the knitting done on a baby cardigan for the next layette set. It needs a button at the moment but it is already blocked.



I've started the matching hat. Probably will finish it at Knitalong today.

I did a refurbishing project last week too. I have two funky face sets that are put on trees, just for fun. They have faded and lost their colors in the weather so I repainted them. This is the first one. I had just finished painting the pale beige color.



This is how they looked when I got them done.



And on the pine tree in the back yard.



I finished painting the second one yesterday. It has to dry for 3 days before I can put it back on the tree in the front yard.

We've been getting lots and lots of rain the past 2 weeks, but we've had a couple sunny days in the midst of it all. I sat out on the deck Sunday and knitted for awhile. It was 60F degrees and beautiful out. The breeze was very cold though, so I ended up going back inside after an hour. Today it's raining big fat glops at the moment. North Idaho is thoroughly water logged.

Live long and prosper. \\//

4/3/17

Layette Set #19

Is it April already? Geez, it's been quite a few days since my last post, but there really wasn't anything I wanted to write about. I guess I'll write when I have something to say.

I am quite proud of myself because I have managed to finish 2 layette sets in one month for Knitwits. Here's the second one.



Cardigan



Pattern: Super Natural Stripes by Fawn Pea

Size made: 0-6 months

Yarn: Red Heart Classic
Content: 100% Acrylic, Worsted weight
Color: Tangerine (they really ought to call it Hunter Orange)

Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver
Content: 100% Acrylic, Worsted weight
Color: White

Yarn: Knit Picks Mighty Stitch
Content: 100% Acrylic, Worsted weight
Color: Fairy Tale

Needles: U.S. size 7 circulars

Started: March 15, 2017
Finished: March 20, 2017

I crocheted the button because there wasn't one single button in my stash that was the right color. I used these instructions: Crochet Button. I did not put anything inside to stiffen it, like a plastic ring. It's plenty stiff as it is. I used a size F hook and the Mighty Stitch yarn.



Hat



Pattern: Chibi Striped Baby Hat by Chiaki Hayashi

Size made: 0-6 months

Yarn: Red Heart Classic
Content: 100% Acrylic, Worsted weight
Color: Tangerine (they really ought to call it Hunter Orange)

Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver
Content: 100% Acrylic, Worsted weight
Color: White

Yarn: Knit Picks Mighty Stitch
Content: 100% Acrylic, Worsted weight
Color: Fairy Tale

Needles: U.S. size 7 circulars

Started: March 21, 2017
Finished: March 25, 2017

Booties



Pattern: Seamless Garter Tassel Booties by Karen Strauss

Size made: 0-6 months

Yarn: Red Heart Classic
Content: 100% Acrylic, Worsted weight
Color: Tangerine (they really ought to call it Hunter Orange)

Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver
Content: 100% Acrylic, Worsted weight
Color: White

Yarn: Knit Picks Mighty Stitch
Content: 100% Acrylic, Worsted weight
Color: Fairy Tale

Needles: U.S. size 7 circulars

Started: March 28, 2017
Finished: March 30, 2017



The blanket 



Pattern: Three rows of (Sc1, Ch1) all the way around, then one round of Shell stitch (5 dc in first single crochet space, skip next space, one sc in next space).

Size made: 30 by 36 inches

Yarn: Red Heart Classic
Content: 100% Acrylic, Worsted weight
Color: Tangerine (they really ought to call it Hunter Orange)

Yarn: Knit Picks Mighty Stitch
Content: 100% Acrylic, Worsted weight
Color: Fairy Tale

Hook: U.S. size G

Started: March 30, 2017
Finished: March 31, 2017



I think I'm out of that blanket fabric now, so it's the end of using these colorways. Now I have to figure out what fabric I'm using next. So many choices in the stash.

Shortly after taking all the above pictures, I left the set unattended. Zoey grabbed one of the booties and destroyed it. I will knit the replacement today. It's already a third done.



We had tons and tons of rain last week, but Friday it dried up a bit and I actually got to sit out on the deck for an hour (before I got too cold). I worked on finishing the edging on the above blanket. It felt so good to sit in the sunshine for awhile. The rest of this week is predicted to be sunny and in the low 50's. Keeping my fingers crossed.

Saturday was a nice day too. I decided to take the little fences down that were around all my baby trees since we now have a 6 foot high fence around the back yard. I don't think any moose will assault them now, unless they're really desperate to eat my trees, in which case, I'll be impressed.

Almost all of the snow is gone from the yard. The yard is rather ugly now with all the dead brown grass and no leaves yet. Things are starting to sprout. I've got daffodils about an inch high, and I think the daylilies are sprouting. I will know for sure when the sprouts get a little bigger. One of the three new Peonies I planted in the front has sprouted too.

Did I blog about the daylilies? I don't think I did. Last fall I decided to forget about trying to grow dahlias. Clearly, our mini-climate isn't their cup of tea. I want to grow something that will actually bloom, so I looked into daylilies. They are zone 3, so they should do good here. A catalog came from Brecks in the mail that has some gorgeous ones available. I ordered a bunch of them in a variety of colors and planted them in the fall. Most are in the front flower bed. I bought 3 peonies, a hosta, and an azalea too and planted them in the front. I did a lot of work on the flower beds last fall. The azalea is looking good. I think it survived the winter. I have high hopes for flowers this spring.

Live long and prosper. \\//




3/17/17

Layette Set # 18

Another Layette set. You know, I keep telling myself I'm going to use another pattern for the cardigan, but I keep going back to this one. I just love it.



The Cardigan



Pattern: Super Natural Stripes by Fawn Pea

Yarn: Red Heart Classic
Content: 100% Acrylic, Worsted weight
Color: Tangerine (they really ought to call it Hunter Orange)

Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver
Content: 100% Acrylic, Worsted weight
Color: White

Yarn: Knit Picks Mighty Stitch
Content: 100% Acrylic, Worsted weight
Color: Fairy Tale

Needles: U.S. size 7 circulars

Started: February 28, 2017
Finished: March 5, 2017

The Hat



Pattern: Chibi Striped Baby Hat by Chiaki Hayashi

Yarn: Red Heart Classic
Content: 100% Acrylic, Worsted weight
Color: Tangerine (they really ought to call it Hunter Orange)

Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver
Content: 100% Acrylic, Worsted weight
Color: White

Yarn: Knit Picks Mighty Stitch
Content: 100% Acrylic, Worsted weight
Color: Fairy Tale

Needles: U.S. size 7 circulars

Started: March 7, 2017
Finished: March 8, 2017

The Booties



Pattern: Seamless Garter Tassel Booties by Karen Strauss

Yarn: Red Heart Classic
Content: 100% Acrylic, Worsted weight
Color: Tangerine (they really ought to call it Hunter Orange)

Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver
Content: 100% Acrylic, Worsted weight
Color: White

Yarn: Knit Picks Mighty Stitch
Content: 100% Acrylic, Worsted weight
Color: Fairy Tale

Needles: U.S. size 7 circulars

Started: March 9, 2017
Finished: March 10, 2017

The Blanket



Pattern: Three rows of (Sc1, Ch1) all the way around.

Yarn: Red Heart Classic
Content: 100% Acrylic, Worsted weight
Color: Tangerine (they really ought to call it Hunter Orange)

Yarn: Knit Picks Mighty Stitch
Content: 100% Acrylic, Worsted weight
Color: Fairy Tale

Hook: U.S. size G

Started: March 14, 2017
Finished: March 14, 2017

Set number 19 is under way.



Live long and prosper. \\//

3/16/17

Lilacs By The Water

I have an actual finished beading project. The twisted triangle of 2 years ago is now a necklace. I've named it Lilacs By The Water.



I decided to go the easy way and did a Spiral Rope chain.



I put glass pearls and bi-cone crystals between the triangle and the chain.



It goes pretty well with the spirals in the triangle.



The clasp is a simple sterling silver toggle and loop.



The triangle is made with size 15, 11, and 8 Japanese seed beads and size 11 delicas. I want to make another one of them. They're fun. It's just a regular peyote triangle done with different sized beads to cause the undulation, or as it's more commonly known, Cellini Spiral stitch . If you are interested, the pattern is here: Gimlet. Be aware, it's in Russian.



I put a silver cone with a glass pearl on the bottom point with 5 seed bead fringes.



It's been nice putting beading back into my life.



What old beading project will I finish next? Hmm....

Live long and prosper. \\//