Monday, June 27, 2016


I'm loving how my Cruden vest is looking.  I'm hoping it blocks out well and makes a good fabric in the end.

I've since gotten to the armhole shaping which involves casting off for the armhole part but casting on steek stitches so I can continue to knit in the round.

See the vertical stripes above the hole?  Those are the steek stitches.

I'm using the color palette that Jamieson and Smith curated for their Spring/Summer KAL.  I love it so much!  I think I left out just one of the colors, the lighter, solid blue-green color.

I just thought I'd pop in, and now I'm popping out again.  Hope everyone's summer (or fall) is going well!  Thanks as always for stopping by and saying hi.

Mia as Kindle prop
(Wimbledon starts today!  Hooray!!!!)

Monday, June 13, 2016

time keeps on slippin'.......

It seems everyone says stuff like this, but how did it get to be the middle (almost) of June?  I'm too old.  lol!

I finished my Right Angle sweater.  It's a design by Georgia Farrell from issue 16, the Spring issue of Pom Pom Quarterly.  I used my Shilasdair Luxury DK (with Camel) yarn that I bought from Loop London when we were in London in the spring.

Ugh.  I hate selfies.  Anyway, it came out to just the right length and width.  I modified the sleeves to be narrower than the pattern calls for -- just because I felt the sleeves as written just wouldn't look right on me.  I'm very pleased with how this sweater came out!

(And yes, for those wondering, that's my Houses and Village of Hawk Run Hollow by Kathy Barrick behind me.)

I've started the Cruden vest by Ysolda Teague.  Here is my swatch for my version.

I'm actually using a color scheme from the Spring/Summer KAL color palette that Jamieson and Smith has curated.  I love that blue-green and the colors from the KAL look great together.

I've since started the vest.  Of course, my gauge is too loose, despite my having knitted a gauge swatch.  Sigh.  Sometimes I wonder why gauge swatches are necessary if they don't always match what you end up knitting.

We ended up going into the city at some point since my last blog post, to see the girl child and hang out.  It was a bit warm, but we had a good time.

Still can't get used to the fact that my kids can drink.  lol!

We saw (or rather, the girl child and I saw, while the boys saw European paintings) the Manus x Machina exhibit at the Met -- so fantastic.  And then we settled down in the girl child's apartment and she plied us with cocktails that she made for us.

This past Saturday was our (the father type's and my) 33rd wedding anniversary.  We had a nice dinner out, just the two of us.

The boy child is happily enjoying the summer at home.  With Mia.

Thanks as always for stopping by and saying hi.  I hope everyone has a wonderful week.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Settling back in

I know you won't believe it -- but I have a stitching finish!!!

This is, of course, Yellow Submarine, by Blackbird Designs.  I stitched it on the called for Cedar Plank linen but in 40ct (I think it was Cedar Plank!) by Lakeside linens.  I used mostly the called for Gentle Arts threads, but not all.  Once again I got frustrated by how the overdyeds weren't even close to the expected colors and changed a few colors to other GA colors and some DMC threads for the sub.

**An appeal to designers:  please stop using these overdyed threads!!  It's impossible to get the colors you use in your designs since the threads are never consistent in color.  It leads to frustration for your fans.

Anyway, it was a fun stitch.  Anyone who has followed me for a long time knows I'm a huge Beatles fan.

I also finished and blocked the back of my Right Angle Sweater.  This one seems to be taking forever to knit!

The boy child has been settling back into being at home.  The living room is looking like a living room again, and boy child's room has been cleaned and rearranged to his liking.  And Mia is quite content to have him back, albeit with a few hisses along the way (she always has to show her displeasure at the long abandonment the boy child subjected her to).

We've also had an outing or two, which is always nice.  Just missing our girl child.

(The sushi was a different day from the other pics in Cold Spring.  In case you were wondering.)

Thanks as always for stopping by and saying hi.  I hope everyone has a great week!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Class of 2016

It's hard to believe, but our boy child is now a college graduate!  This past Saturday May 7, he graduated from Berklee College of Music.  I still can't get over it!  It was a very busy weekend, full of proud moments and also some hard work.

But first, a little knitting.  I started the Right Angle from Pom Pom Magazine issue 16, by Georgia Farrell.  I'm using the lovely yarn I bought at Loop London, Shilasdair Luxury DK with camel.  (i'm farther along by now.  The color is most accurate in the swatch picture.)

OK, back to graduation.  The boy child's graduation was Saturday morning.  He, along with two colleagues from his work at video services, had produced a senior video for the ceremony, so the three of them got to introduce their work before it was shown.  I will show a miscellany of pictures from the ceremony.

waiting for the ceremony to start

Faculty about to march in to start the processional

Boy Child presenting the senior video

Rita Moreno, one of the Honorary Degree recipients

Boy child walking to receive his diploma (things were clearer on the big screens, so yeah)

The graduate with his sister and cousin

With his close friend from home

We also had to move boy child out of his apartment.  Thank goodness for the help of my sister, BIL, and nephew on Saturday for the moving out!  Lots of packing, cleaning and moving (the packing and cleaning was mostly done Friday).

Saying goodbye to his home away from home

Then we enjoyed a bit of down time at my sister's house before driving home Sunday.  Don't you love that blue wall?

Needless to say, Mia was highly stressed out by the activity of moving all the boy child's possessions into the living room once we got home!

(That's the double bass there on the bottom left, in its case)

Things are looking much better already, both in the living room and in the boy child's room.  Boy child is doing a good job of cleaning out and moving back into his room!

Thanks as always for stopping by and saying hi.  

And congratulations to our sweet boy on graduating from Berklee.  We are so proud of you and can't wait to see what the future holds in store for you!

Friday, April 29, 2016

London, bronchitis, sinusitis, -- ugh

I have an excuse for the long silence.  I've been sick since about April 4.  Almost better, but still lingering effects.  Ugh.

Ok, I'll start with my finishes and almost finishes.  I started this before we left for London (more on that later), and finished it while in London.  It's the Boneyard Shawl by Stephen West, but what makes it beautiful is the yarn, a self striping yarn by Caterpillar Green Yarn specifically designed to stripe correctly for shawls like this!  It still has to be blocked.)

I almost finished the Double Basket Weave Cowl by Karen Templer, but I lost at yarn chicken, so I have yet to finish the bind off.  Sigh.

And finally, just yesterday, I finished the Leftie Shawl by Martina Behm.  Love this one!  It's not as big as the one pictured on the designer's page.  But it's plenty big enough for me!  I used  a yarn (17 Year Cicada) by Cephalopod Yarns and a Plucky Knitter yarn whose name and base I can't remember (the beige color).

Since the Father type has to go to Dublin for work every year now, it seems we have the chance to go to London again!  So we did!  We arrived and I got sick with a bad cold the very next day.  Sigh.  So I have a feeling I was in a fog the whole time we were there, and wasn't taking care of myself like I should have.

But we did see things!  Despite the fact that it was school holidays for everyone there and there were tons of people and their children and school tours everywhere.  Yikes!

We were there for a week, then I got home while Father type traveled on to Dublin -- and I promptly got sicker.  Ended up with bronchitis and sinusitis, which I'm still feeling the tail ends of.

So I might not show as many pictures as I might if I were totally healthy!

So yeah.  First day we went to -- OMG!!!  Wimbledon!!!!!

This is the pub in town that we went to after -- the Hand & Racquet!

On Tuesday, we decided to take the commuter type boats down/up the Thames to see the sights.  Such fun!

We stopped by the Globe Theater, walked through that area and had lunch, then ended up back on the boat all the way down to Greenwich!

Wednesday we had tea at Fortnum and Mason.  Yum!

Followed by a stop at Liberty London.

Thursday we went to Loop London.  Yay!!

Followed by a quick stop at the British Museum to see this amazing space.

Friday was deemed a day to walk by the Thames.  But first we stopped here.

We crossed Westminster Bridge and walked along the Victoria Embankment down to Blackfriars Bridge.

It was wonderful, and beautiful.

Saturday, we went to a play!  We went to the Queen's Theater to see Les Miserables.  it was wonderful!

(Can you tell I was feeling sick?  lol!)

Anyway, Sunday I flew home while Father type flew to Dublin.  And we both got sick.  lol!  Me with bronchitis and sinusitis, him with the cold I probably started out with.  By the time Father type got home a week after me, he was still sick.  It took another week for him to go to the doctor and get diagnosed with an ear infection.  As of today, his ear is still stuffed up.  Sigh.

All in all it was still a fun trip, despite the being ill and continuing to be ill.  I love London!

And btw, here's what the street looked like where we stayed.  (We stayed in another Airbnb flat.)

And here is a typical meal -- we ate at lots of pubs, and I tended to go for the pies -- and once for the fish and chips.  Yum!

And now, the anticipation is building.  Soon a certain young man will be graduating from a certain music college!  So exciting!!!!

Mia, of course, couldn't care less about that.

This is what happens when I go for a nice cup of soothing tea.  Yup, that's my knitting she's sleeping on.

Thanks as always for stopping by and saying hi.  Sorry for the long absence -- and the long post!