Update on My Shawl and Derecho Storm Last Month

I wanted to show the progress on the wedding shawl.  The fix worked and it is progressing.  I am farther than the picture shows as I haven’t taken a new picture since this one, and as you know lace is rather unremarkable before it’s blocked :P.  When this is blocked those daisy petals will really open up.  I am on my 3rd ball of yarn and have 2 more to go, need to have this done by the 5th of next month, yikes!

I haven’t been online much lately, the 10th of last month we had what they call a Derecho storm, it is a very large and powerful thunderstorm that covered 100’s of miles with hurricane type straight line winds, it’s also called an inland hurricane.  In my area they reached 112 mph, a level 3 hurricane.  I’ve included some pictures of a little of the damage, these were taken a couple of days after the storm because it was really hard to get around on the streets for a couple of days.  I was one of the lucky ones, the apts I live in received very little damage, because the owner had just had to have the roof fixed from a similar storm the month before with straight line winds to 90 mph.  I was only without power for 27 hrs and so I didn’t lose any food, but some people were without power for 3 weeks, and it is very muggy and hot here in the Midwest in Aug!  I was without internet tho for about 2 1/2 weeks and my phone service was spotty.  The storm literally uprooted large trees or ripped off their branches or broke the trees in half, houses lost shingles, or parts of their roofs and siding. We still have branches and trees on the side of the roads for the city to pick up and dispose of and there are some side roads that are still closed to through traffic.  Not all the damaged trees have been cut down yet, a lot of them remind me of the poor Charlie Brown Christmas tree as they were stripped of their leaves and branches.  People are still waiting for companies to fix their roofs, and some lost cars to the trees that fell.  It was a mess and lasted for about 50 min, which is a long time, but like I said it was a very large storm that came through IA, ND and Northern IL, most of which lost their power for varying amounts of time.

Hope you are all well.

My Daisy Rectangular Shawl has been Reworked for Errors

My Shawl pattern fixed

I reworked my Daisy Rectangular Shawl to fix an error I had made in the design.  It’s working out for me but since I don’t have a tech editor, I hope I have fixed it 😛  I have updated the pattern on that page.  I have only done one repeat of the 24 row pattern and this is not blocked, so the lace is … well you know how lace is before it’s blocked :P.  Another lady who knit this pattern used stitch markers between the repeats because she said it drove her crazy until she did,  but marking the repeats messed me up, guess I’m a little strange, I have no problem counting stitches between repeats and reading my work,  You use whatever works for you :).

I’ll have updates on my progress, as I have to have this done by Oct.  Hope you enjoy the pattern if you have a mind to knit it. 🙂

New Stitch Markers and Progress Keepers

I was bad and ordered more stitch markers and progress keepers.  Pretty soon I will have to join Stitch Marker/Progress Keeper’s anonymous, apparently it’s an addiction :P.  AdoreKnit put more Mandalorian markers and keepers in her shop and they are really cute!  Another baby Yoda and if you have seen the series you know he eats a frog, so my collection wouldn’t be complete without the frog :).  She sent me an extra progress keeper, a Mythosaur, which is an extinct animal (it was apparently fierce) that the Mandalorians used to ride.  It is a great progress keeper!

My second purchase was a piece of chocolate cake progress keeper and oh my it is so realistic! CharmingMinis progress keepers/charms are handcrafted from polymer clay and she does an amazing job.  I told her I would probably regret getting the chocolate cake because every time I use it I would want to eat some :P.   She also gave me an extra gift, the brownie, which is also well crafted, how can you not like chocolate?  I enjoy the stitch marker she ties on the box, the crown, because as you can see it’s part of her company name (it dots the first i in her company name.) 🙂  You should see her art work on YouTube, be sure and check them all out, her art work is also amazing!

Guess I should step up my knitting since one project has a deadline, the wedding shawl, and I need more projects to use these new markers and keepers on :).  Think I’ll go have some chocolate cake 😛

Red, White & Blue Mini Skein and Bookmark.

I bought a cute patriotic mini skein of yarn to test out for a bookmark.  I bought this from Awenydd Yarn & Fiber on Etsy.  This is how the bookmark worked out, I think it turned out cute.  Independence Day is coming soon!!  Tho’ my understanding is that it was actually signed on July 2, 1776 and published on the 4th.  So, we could celebrate Independence day twice!

I have been awful about spinning during this year’s Tour de Fleece during the Tour de France competition.  I will spin but starting from way behind, hahaha.  I will be better prepared next year, it’s the thought that counts, right?  uh hu (the little ones in my family hate when I do the uh hu thing, cos they know I’m calling out their “miss statements”.) 🙂

 

Summer Solstice, New Progress Keepers and Lace Bookmarks

Sorry Word Press has changed some things and I don’t know how to get around in it yet, sigh.

Ok it’s the Summer Solstice, which for me means our daylight hrs will start to get shorter.  I only pay attention to the solstices because they signal days getting shorter or longer.  I always look more forward to the Winter Solstice, because it means the daylight hrs are increasing and Spring is coming. 🙂  I guess I shouldn’t look at Summer Solstice as a negative and just enjoy the summer and fall without worrying about winter yet.  Can you tell I am not a winter person, and yet I live in the Mid West?

I have been working on the lace book marks and they are now all sent out to their intended recipients.  I knit them on size 1 (US size) needles using left over sock yarn, used about 4 to 5 grams including the tassle, depending on how thick your sock yarn is.  They are quick and easy.

This past week I got a surprise package in the mail.  I opened it up and it was from one of my favorite stitch marker/progress keeper makers, Adoreknit .  She knows I am an huge Mandalorian fan.  I was so excited when I opened it and found these two Mandalorian progress keepers!  Put a big smile on my face, baby Yoda is adorning one of my WIPs, is he not so cute!  Makers are the best people!

I got the new yarn I ordered for the wedding shawl that I need to have done before October.   The yarn I ordered before was too coarse for bare shoulders and I returned it.  I ordered both yarns from LoveCrafts and they were very good about taking the previous order back.   I’m using my Daisy Rectangular Shawl pattern.  I hope I have corrected the error (miscalculation) on two rows being too close.  I haven’t updated my pattern yet because I want to knit up my correction to make sure I didn’t make it worse :P.  If this corrects it, I will update the pattern.  I will post more on this shawl (yarn, needles etc) as I get further in the pattern as I have only finished the border on the bottom at the moment.

I’m on the last sleeve of the Flax baby sweater.  I will post a picture when it’s done :).

New Bobbins, New Baby Flax on the Needles, Lace Bookmark and New Needles!

Lots of pictures today!  Ok, the first picture is the one of the Rick Reeves bobbins I had made by a furniture maker (on the left) and the bobbin I sent him to copy (on the right) from a few months ago. The hole was a little off center, didn’t have the metal sheath in it to protect the wood when it was spinning and the hole was actually to small to fit on the flyer (the flyer is pictured underneath that one.) I did find another wood worker who has made these bobbins before and I had him make me two. He did and as you can see they fix perfectly and look exactly like the original one!! Makes me a happy camper :).

I have made 4 of these lace bookmarks in the last month or so but keep forgetting to get a picture before giving them to the friends I made them for.  But this time I remembered!!!  These are easy to knit and because they are small they don’t take very long to make, an hr or two depending on how fast you knit.  The pattern is Bookmark Tri which is a free pattern on Ravelry.  I used the lace pattern.  It is a fun pattern to knit and a quick gift that looks really nice :).

I did start a new Flax baby sweater, size 6 month to 1 year, in Hobby Lobby’s Yarn Bee Soft & Sleek yarn in the color Denim Stripe, eventually I will need a little boy sweater ;).  Using size 5 needles for neck and sleeve cuffs and size 7 for yoke, body and sleeves.  After you get the yoke done this is a mindless knit and since it’s a baby sweater it goes pretty fast.  I will get to give the pink and purple sweaters to the intended recipients (hopefully) on Tuesday! One was born last month and the other one is due soon.

I was hoping I would be knitting this on the new needles I ordered.  They were on sale on line at Webs (about $25 off) and I was so excited to order them since I had wanted this set for almost 2 years, but since they were on sale they ran out and had to wait for more stock to get in, so I had to wait 2 weeks.   When it came in my mail, I opened it up and realized that they hadn’t sent me the Knitter’s Pride Ginger Interchangeable Special Set, but instead the Knitter’s Pride Ginger Interchangeable Deluxe set.  They are both the same cost and beautiful needle sets, and I eventually wanted to get the Deluxe set but the Special set has shorter needles for the size 16″ and 20″ cable lengths they come with, which I wanted for the hats and baby sweaters I knit.  The Deluxe set is nice and has the same sizes in the needles but the needles are longer and have size 24″, 34″ and 40″ cable lengths.  I told them I would keep this set, since I wanted it eventually anyway and will just save for another 6 months and wait for another sale, as they are anything but cheap.  But they are beautiful wooden needles with a very nice case.

We have already had one 90F degree day a week or so ago, and it looks like tomorrow will be 90F again.  On Wednesday it looks like it will go back into 70’s for about 4 days then back up into the 80’s.  Summer is here!

Hope everyone is in a safe place.

New Child’s Flax Sweater and Some New Progress Keepers!

Before I start, just wanted to say, I didn’t forget Easter.  I celebrated Easter on the phone (conference call) with some members of my church, it was nice.  I just didn’t get on the computer afterwards.  Hope everyone had a good Easter, even tho we were all physically distancing ourselves.

I did finally get a picture of my Spring Robin :).  He kept his back to me so I didn’t get that beautiful red breast, but there he is :).

I didn’t get around to posting 1/2 way through this new Flax knit but here it is all finished.  Still using Hobby Lobby’s Yarn Bee Soft & Sleek, colorway Violet Stripe.  I think I neglected to say in my previous Flax sweaters my needle sizes etc.  It calls for a worsted/aran yarn and the one I am using is worsted.  I generally have to go down a size needle to get correct gauge because I am a looser knitter, but I went down two sizes on the body and sleeves and one size on the neck and cuffs.  So I used a size #5 on the ribbing and cuffs and a size #6 on the body and sleeves.  I’m sorry I don’t know what the mm sizes are :(, I like the fabric it created much better.  I used a 16 inch circular on the neck and body and 9 inch circular on the sleeves and cuffs.  I do like the way the color blocks on this yarn and pattern :).

I think my next project will be some more of those cute lace bookmarksI made 2 years ago.  They are a free pattern and the link for those is on my linked page.

I did some spinning on my balcony today, since it was about 60F.  It was nice to sit outside and enjoy a peaceful spin :).  I’m working on the second bobbin for the white wool/alpaca I am spinning.  I am having to have someone to make new bobbins for my Rick Reeves wheel, the other ones I had made didn’t fit and they didn’t have the metal piece in the middle to protect them while I spun.  I found someone who specifically makes them for this wheel.  Hopefully I can order them next month.

And as you can see, I bought some more progress keepers from CharmingMinis , they are sooooo cute, her artistry with polymer clay is amazing!! She always sneaks in a extra gift.

Hope everyone is staying safe and that we get back to normal soon, at least it’s getting warm!

New Flax Baby Sweater Finished :)

Flax Baby Sweater 3d  Finished this baby sweater Flax by Tin Can Knits, newborn to 4XL sizes.  I love this yarn, Hobby Lobby’s Yarn Bee Soft and Sleek, colorway Pink Stripe.  This pattern is is a top down so no sewing seams and is pretty easy to knit and the yarn did all the hard work for color.  The I love the way the stripes are blocks on the smaller diameter sweater.  I did have to do a little color management on the sleeves but not a lot.  I will definitely be knitting this pattern and using this yarn again. 🙂  Now to decide what I want to work on next :).

I hope everyone is staying well and finding ways to be entertained.  My knitting and some old TV series I use to watch a long time ago that they have on Roku keeps me busy :).  I’ve started using my elliptical machine again cos it just seems easier than going out for a walk lately.  My legs were sure sore for a few days after I started it again, sheesh.

General Conference! And Progress on the Flax Baby Sweater

Semi Annual General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints  will be this morning’s session (11 am to 1 pm central time) and this afternoon’s session (3 pm to 5 pm central time) and tomorrow morning and afternoon sessions will be at the same times as today’s.  I love these weekend semi annual conferences, they are so uplifting and bring much peace.  Tho I always look forward to this, we can especially use peace and comfort right now.

Baby Flax sweater 3b  I didn’t realize when I bought this yarn, it would be in stripes, maybe because I didn’t look at the color name, just thought the pink shades would be perfect for a little girl’s sweater.  I was stunned at the way this color has turned out.  The color name is Pink Stripe, well duh!  I love the color blocking on a baby sweater because of it’s smaller diameter!  I will probably have to do a bit of color management and weaving in ends on the sleeves, but it will be well worth it. :).  I bought two skeins because this is worsted weight and only has 186 yards per 4 ozs and I’m sure I will need 200 and something yards especially doing color management.  I’m knitting this in a 6 to 12 months size because her baby is due in May and I wanted the baby to be able to wear it this coming winter.  Hope it will be well loved.  Plus it will be nice knitting during the conference sessions!

Hope everyone is staying safe and enjoying knitting, or art or whatever you are doing to keep busy and be comforted.