Thursday, September 29, 2005


This is the beginning of my Peacock Feathers Shawl that I started last night. This is my first time using Zephyr yarn and wow, it is little but so silky soft. I ordered the pattern and yarn from Fiddlesticks and that is the nicest woman! She even e-mailed me when the yarn came in (it was backorderd cause so many of you bloggers were doing Peacock Feathers) and was really very helpful! Even long distance. So, progress reports on this as they happen. This is up to row 17 of the chart.

This scarf is one I'm doing to practice Shetland Lace patterns. It's also done in Debbie Bliss but this one is Cashmerino and so, so soft! The color is more like light butter but I couldn't get a good picture of it. This is from the Shetland Lace Workshop at Yahoo and is so much fun!

I can't find the book for this pattern to even tell you what it's called, but it's in one of the lace books. I copy the charts then put the book back in the bookcase and for the life of me can't remember which on it is, but, here it is. Lots of fun, easy pattern. It's going to be a small scarf/triangular shaped. It's done in Debbie Bliss Cathay and yes, it's red. My favorite color. I'll put up specs when I get my sh-- together and find the book.
This blog is giving me fits today and won't put the pictures where I say to put them! Hopfully it's readable. I think I finally figure out this blogging thing and something else messes me up.

The poor husband is getting grilled cheese and soup for supper because I still have to eat soft food, but I did make him an apple pie for dessert, so he should be happy! Cherry's his favorite but I like apple, I don't like cherry.

Happy Knitting!

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Not one but TWO!

Here's my Morning Glories, they climbed up the Martin house pole. They are so pretty. I'll post knitting content pictures tomorrow.

That's it for me today. Another pain pill and I'm off to snuggle with the pug. Had 2 teeth extracted today instead of just one. One on top, one on the bottom, so I'm having a pitty party. Dang! It hurts!

Happy Knitting

Monday, September 26, 2005

Pacific Northwest Shawl

This is the Pacific Northwest Shawl in all its glory. It seemed to take forever, but really only took about a month. I like the color I used, which wasn't something I would have picked, but it worked. I think this will get a lot of use since it's mostly wool, not heavy at all and not a real expensive yarn. And, thanks to my Baby Girl for holding it up for me! Do I list the specs? Okay, gotta go dig it all up.

Pattern: Pacific Northwest Shawl from Fiber Trends
Yarn: Phildar Preface (I guess that's the name but not sure) 70% Wool, 30% nylon.
Needles: Size 6 addi turbo circular
Enjoyed working on it and loved doing the edging. Now someone needs to make a pattern for an Atlantic Northeast or Southeast shawl, complete with star fish, quohoags and seaweed.

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Me? Mohair?

You are Mohair
You are Mohair.
You are a warm and fuzzy type who works well with
others, doing your share without being too
weighty. You can be stubborn and absolutely
refuse to change your position once it is set,
but that's okay since you are good at covering
up your mistakes.

What kind of yarn are you?
brought to you by Quizilla

Well, okay, but mohair makes my nose itch, my eyes water and tickles my face. But, I'll take it.

Just a few more shells on my shawl so hopefully will finish it tonight, then I have to do the I-cord edging, which I guess will take me another week. Jeesh, seems it's never going to end.

Too busy watching Rita to say much, but for those in her path, please stay safe and EVACUATE!

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Old, Loved and Well Used

I have been looking everywhere for a size 13 steel crochet hook to try the beaded knitting method done by unless I ordered them online, couldn't find them. Well, I remembered today that my Mom had given me a big basket full of knitting needles, hooks, etc that were my Grandmothers and decided it was time to go thru it and this is what I found! I have sizes, in steel crochet hooks, from 1 - 13! I also have several that are really, really old, there isn't even a marking on them from the company that made them. Some were a quarter, some 35 cents. My Great Grandmother, Nannie, made doily's, crochet edgings for pillowcases (I still have mine she made for our wedding that have wedding bells along the edging) and even full size bedspreads - all with crochet thread and these little tiny hooks. Wow! I was so thrilled to see them that I got tears in my eyes. My Great Grandmother was a terrific crocheter and my Grandmother was a terrific knitter. I learned from both. Now I can use their hooks and needles. I also found tons of stitch holders and bunches of the yarn bobbins for doing color work, needle sizers, scissors - what a wonderful basket full of knitting supplies! Grandma is in a nursing home now and doesn't knit anymore but I'm am so happy to have some of her knitting things. She celebrated her 90th birthday this past August. My Great Grandmother would have been well over 100 by now but until her death at age 83 she was crocheting. Two great ladies and very influential in my love of all things fiber!

12 more repeats on my Pacific Northwest Shawl edging and then it's blocking time. Maybe pictures next week if I ever get thru these 12 repeats!

Happy Knitting to you all and may you find some nice old, loved, well used needles or hooks to give you inspiration!

Friday, September 16, 2005

Here's the Pug. No, she's not pouting, or sleeping, she was looking thru the cracks of the decking! Tried putting this in above but it didn't want to I guess.

Thank You DJ!

How do you like my "redesigned blog?" I can't believe how much better it looks. DJ, from the EZasPi Yahoo group (check out my sidebar, I have my groups on there!) offered to help me and did she ever! Doesn't it look great? Thanks again DJ! Awesome!

Stash Enhancement!

This is Shimmer and Shadow from Knitpicks (top photo) and the box full at the bottom is Palette - 100% Peruvian Wool, also from Knitpicks. Wow! Wish the picture had come out better, but this actually takes my breath away every time I open the box. I think I'm going to order another box, to use, and just save this one for looking at. It's the colors of the color wheel plus neautrals. Isn't it something? Hey, if you don't have a box, order one, it's a GREAT price for one of each color.

I'm still plugging along on the border of my Pacific Northwest Shawl. I'm loving it, but am so ready to go on to my Peacock Shawl that I'm dragging my feet. And, having to do 28 shells along the edge is a little, um, boring! As for the Peacock shawl, I got the pattern and yarn yesterday plus 2 scarf patterns and ruby and copper zephir for them. I started one of the scarves just to see how I manage with that little itty bitty yarn but doing an oblong object, not a provisional cast on. Hey, not bad, I'm on row 8 or 9 already but, it's still some itty bitty yarn!

Going to the big Louisianna/Monroe vs. Georgia Bulldogs game tomorrow! The hubby and baby girl are so excited! She had a special invitation from the Director of Music. We get lunch, the football game, she gets a private lesson with a music professor and then the football game. After the football game we get to watch the Post Game performance of the Red Coats. What really sucks - we have to leave home at 3:30 A.M.! Dang, at that hour I can't even knit on the way - it's still dark isn't it? What time does the sun come up? Well, it'll be a fun day and we're looking forward to it.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Birthdays Galore!

My granddaughter Lyssa turned 8 years old on Sept 4th. AND, her mother, my oldest daughter, turned 28 on the 3rd. Jeesh, time sure flies. Happy Birthday to you two.
We had a party for them both, and yes, they both got a cake but evidently I can't do two things at once, ie; hold a cake and take a picture! I wouldn't let my daughters birthday go by without her favorite spice cake with peanut butter frosting. YUCK! She gets that from her father. Lyssa's cake is more my speed - chocolate with white (purple) frosting. She's like her Maamaa.

I've been working like crazy on my Pacific Northwest Shawl and am now doing the edging. That'll probably take me as long as the shawl did. Doing the same thing 28 times is a little boring, but it's getting there. I should have my Peacock Feathers pattern and yarn by this weekend and I want so bad to get his one done so I can get started right away on that one. It is so pretty. Then I ordered MORE lace yarn from Elann. Someone on the Seasons of Lace group announced a sale on their Baby Silk yarn and I bought enough for a shawl and 2 scarves. I also will be getting 2 scarf patterns and yarn from Fiddlestickes with my Peacock Feathers Shawl. I wonder if a knitter ever lives long enough to make everything they want to? Don't think this one will! :o)

So, still no pictures of my box of yarn from Knit Picks or my Elann purchases but I've been spending every spare minute on this shawl and haven't wanted to take the time to get all that out for pictures. I will leave you with this picture though, which I think is beautiful, not something I see here everyday. Amazing colors!

Happy Knitting

Thursday, September 08, 2005

I'm Here!

I can't believe how time flies! I was going to put in pictures of all my latest creations a week ago and still haven't. Well, can't today either cause the camera is packed and ready to go on a weekend of nothing but sunshine (I hope) and knitting. I'll post pictures when I get back. Until then, have a great weekend and stay out of Ophilia's way! She better not rain on my knitting parade.

Here's something to keep you smiling. It's my adorable pug, Liberty.