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

1/29/19

For River

We have had an addition to our family. One of my nephews and his wife have had a baby girl (no names for privacy reasons). They named her River which I think is a pretty name. Her birth prompted me to finish the layette set I've slowly been making for her. Here it is.



The Cardigan



Pattern: Polka Dot Cardigan by Linda Jo Park

Size: 3-6 months

Yarn: Universal Yarns Uptown Worsted
Content: 100% Acrylic, worsted weight
Color: Black

Yarn: Universal Yarns Uptown Worsted
Content: 100% Acrylic, worsted weight
Color: White Glow

Needles: Circular size 6 and 8

Started: November 1, 2018
Finished: November 30, 2018

Comments: When we found out about the coming baby they claimed to know if it was a boy or a girl but refused to tell us which. I was told they didn't want us to choose the traditional pink or blue for colors. So I went with Black and White. Scientific research has concluded newborn babies love black and white because of the stark contrast. They really can't see colors very well until they reach 3 months of age or later.




I am working on writing the pattern for this cardigan. I've got a test knitter working on the first version of it. She's finding all kinds of mistakes.



The Hat



Pattern: Polka Dot Hat by Linda Jo Park

Size: 3-6 months

Yarn: Universal Yarns Uptown Worsted
Content: 100% Acrylic, worsted weight
Color: Black

Yarn: Universal Yarns Uptown Worsted
Content: 100% Acrylic, worsted weight
Color: White Glow

Needles: Circular size 7

Started: December 18, 2018
Finished: December 24, 2018

Comments: I put ear flaps with ties on this hat. Trying to decide if I'm going to do that in the pattern.



Pattern: Polka Dot Booties by Linda Jo Park

Size: 3-6 months

Yarn: Universal Yarns Uptown Worsted
Content: 100% Acrylic, worsted weight
Color: Black

Yarn: Universal Yarns Uptown Worsted
Content: 100% Acrylic, worsted weight
Color: White Glow

Needles: Circular size 8

Started: December 4, 2018
Finished: December 13, 2018

The Blanket



Pattern: Polka Dot Edging

Size: 36 by 30 inches

Yarn: Universal Yarns Uptown Worsted
Content: 100% Acrylic, worsted weight
Color: Black

Yarn: Universal Yarns Uptown Worsted
Content: 100% Acrylic, worsted weight
Color: White Glow

Hooks: Size G

Started: January 20, 2019
Finished: January 25, 2019

Comment: I googled and found this cute Polka Dot edging. The blanket will not be included in the pattern. I found the fleece fabric at Joann Fabric and Craft.



I need to get my nephews mailing address so I can send this to him. Babies grow so fast.

We had a snow storm last week. Got 14 inches overnight. It reminded us it's still very much winter. I have lots of birds at the Parkarosa Buffet now. A whole bunch of Purple Finches have moved in. Must be at least 20 of them. They're entertaining to my cats.

I am waiting for FedEx. Southwest Airlines was unable to find my Kindle and have given up the search. I am sad. I really wanted that felted case back more than anything. I hope whoever has my Kindle enjoys it, though they'll have to register it under their own account cus I disabled it the day I discovered I'd forgotten it. Now I've completely deleted it.

I ordered a replacement Kindle which is supposed to arrive today. Amazon didn't have the model I had in stock as new. Just a few used ones. They've come out with a new model and are pushing it pretty hard. I read all the reviews and decided I don't want the new model. I want the PaperWhite Gen 7 model I had before. So I ordered a used one. It cost quite a bit less which is a plus. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to get a white one at the time, so I will have to be happy with black.

Live long and prosper. \\//

1/17/19

WIPs For Today

Thought I'd post a couple WIP pics. I've been working on this cardigan for the next layette set. I just need to find some buttons for it.



I started the hat for it.


I don't know if I'm going to continue making these for this whole year, but for now I'm content to make another set.

I need to finish the black and white set I'm making for the nephew and his wife, who are expecting any day now. I just need to get the edging on the blanket fabric.

I've also been working on the Felt Applique stocking. It's coming along nicely.



Don't have much snow out on the ground. Maybe 4 to 6 inches. Kind of unusual for this time of year, but not unheard of. I remember having a winter when I had my shop (early 2000's) where I needed to have my parking lot plowed only 3 times the whole winter. We have had several dry cold days. Even a bit of sunshine, which felt so good. Snow/freezing rain is supposed to move in tonight. I'm ready for spring.

Took down the Christmas tree and decorations last week. Ruth helped me. The fur kids were running around and knocked it crooked. Several of my beaded cover ornaments fell on the floor and broke. Decided, after cleaning up the broken glass, since it was leaning over anyway, might as well take it all down. I won't have problems repairing the broke ornaments. I'm going to put the covers on plastic ornaments instead of glass this time. They've got some really pretty ones now that look every bit as good.

The birds have come back to the bird buffet. Mostly finches, chickadees, Flickers, and magpies. Snow on the ground seems to be their reason for showing up.

Live long and prosper. \\//

1/16/19

First Finish of 2019

Someone gave me some sock yarn a couple weeks ago so I decided to use some of it to make a pair of socks for the son-in-law Frank. His birthday is coming up in a few days.

The yarn is actually more of a gray blue, but the camera would not cooperate. I'm just glad it was light enough outside to take pictures. It feels like this has been the darkest winter ever. It actually hasn't, but it feels like it.



Decorative Rib Socks for Frank

Pattern: Didn't use one
Size: Mens size Medium

Yarn: Regia 6-f├Ądig
Content: 75% Superwash Wool/25% Nylon, sport weight
Color: Denim

Needles: Circulars size 3

Started: January 6, 2019
Finished: January 16, 2019

Comments: I used a stitch pattern I found in Charlene Schurch's book Sensational Knitted Socks



It's a very easy stitch pattern and looks so pretty.

I need to get these in the mail tomorrow.



Live long and prosper. \\//