Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Happy birthday to my amazing daughter

Happy birthday to my amazing, wonderful, thoughtful, caring, giving, kind, beautiful daughter. I've loved watching you become the person you are. Love you, bunny.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Poor neglected blog....

My blog posts seem to be getting more and more spaced out.  I have to say that Instagram is so much easier -- I can post there in no time at all.  But here I am writing a post.

I did finish my Cruden vest.  Hooray!

I'm very pleased with it, but it's way too hot to be thinking about wearing it anytime soon!

I have since started Vanora, by Michele Wang for Brooklyn Tweed.  I'm using Brooklyn Tweed Loft in the Fossil color.  A very enjoyable knit, just mindless enough but interesting enough to keep me going.

Did you see the yarn sitting in that lovely fabric basket in the picture?   Both the yarn (Jamieson and Smith) and the basket are from a dear friend for my birthday.  She gave me other enjoyable things as well.  What a pleasure!  Thanks again, friend!

Speaking of birthdays, I had two outings to celebrate -- and spread my birthday out over many days!  First, we drove up to Rhinebeck, home of the Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival in the fall.  I had been there for the festival, but never gone to the town itself before.  Well, we went for a lovely late lunch, and then to a great bookstore and to this lovely place.

It's like an old fashioned five and dime, with all sorts of useful things!  And look at the sewing section -- just like old times!  Plus, this was attached at the back of the store.

Wow!  Both the Knitting Garage and A.L. Stickles Variety Store were a pleasure!

Then, the day after my birthday, the boy child and I went into the city to meet up with the girl child and eat lunch with the father type at his place of work.

Afterwards, the boy child and I wandered to a couple of places before dinner.

Both days were great fun.  And we managed to go on a gorgeous day before the worst of the heat and humidity struck here in the Northeast.

Mia doesn't approve of all the daytrips one bit.  She likes it best when everyone is home.  Poor baby.  But she has enjoyed a couple of fringe benefits from my birthday -- boxes and bags.

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

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!