Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

I never have been on time for anything. Hope you all had a wonderful time with family, friends and Tom the turkey.

 I'm making a list (and checking it twice LOL), but it's not a Christmas List, it's a UFO list and I've decided that 2011 was the year to finish them or RIP them.   Most of them will be finished.  There's a few that don't need finished, they need undone.  Here's my list, to remind myself that I MUST DO THIS
EZ Camping Pi Shawl
Easy Neck Down Sweater KAL w/Spud and Chloe (Wendy Bernard)

Isabeau Purse
Then I have the Goddess Anniversary Shawl, mine is here.
Log Cabin Afghan
Dawn's Aeolian Shawl
I also have a black and white Norwegian Sweater that needs to be RIPPED. I've grown. :o)
Gray Silk Cowl
And I really need to get going on my Mom's Nantucket Jacket. And that's my New Year's List so far. Never know what I'll come up with between now and January 1st.

Enjoy the month of December.  Stay warm, knit lots and happy knitting!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Temperatures in the 70's, FINALLY!!! Happy Fall!

Oh, the weather is changing, every day I can feel a little bit of a nip in the air! Today I told BTB that it almost felt like someone left the door open, on the deck, and the air conditioning was blowing at us.  Such a nice change from those awful, AWFUL summer temps of over 100 with the heat index.  Where I come from we had wind chills, we didn't have heat index's.  Thank gosh the "heat index" is almost a thing of the past for another year.

I just returned from another "Round-a-bout" and almost finished my Something Burnt/aka Something Red sweater. I should have it done tonight, I just have to figure out where to put the button hole and then do about 4 more rows on the button band. I love it.  It fits really well. Hopefully I can wear it soon.  Pictures are coming but I haven't taken any in awhile. It's orange, it really doesn't look different, just longer and it now has sleeves. :o)  Wait till you see the button I bought.  I just love it!

I'm also making slow progress on my purple crew neck sweater I'm doing with Spud and Chloe as a KAL, although most people are probably long finished by now. I started late, but I needed something easy and that didn't require counting while traveling.  Ended up working more on the orange one, but, the purple one will be my priority knitting by tomorrow.

I have a few little things I'm doing when I feel like doing something different (EZ Camping Shawl, Honey Cowl and the never ending scarf ) but I'm really getting anxious to make my annual pair of socks.  I don't like making socks, but about once a year at about this time, I get the urge for knitting a pair, so, I'll probably start them this weekend. I found a pair on Ravelry that I really like and I want to start working cables so I can read cable charts faster. I'm awful at them. I do so much better reading line by line with cables, but I'm worried they're going to quit writing the instructions out the long way, so, must learn.  My brain has a hard time crossing this and crossing that and figuring out left and right. :o)

Here are the pictures of my sweaters. The "Something Burnt" is now blocking so modeled pictures soon.
Mitts for DGD

My Mitts - Angora!

KAL Crewneck Close up

Close up of Something Burnt

Something Burnt in a Basket (by Darrell)

Backside of Something Burnt (Red)

Close up of KAL Sweater

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Everything Changes..........

Evidently Blogger has changed around the way they do things and now that I finally have some pictures to share and knitting to show I can't figure out how to get them in here.  So, until I figure it out I guess I'll be on hold. I don't have the patience to fiddle with it again. Does anything ever just stay the same?

Happy Knitting!

Monday, August 09, 2010

I'm Melting..........................

Uh.  When is winter going to be here?  The only thing doing really well in this heat are my cactus, if I could just figure out how to keep the dang squirrels from burying the pecans in their pots. They've already dug up several of them.

I'm trying to figure out which sweater to knit.  I think I'm getting burned out on shawls, I need something different. I'm terrible at sweaters though, I keep making everything too big.  So, this time I'm going to go down one size smaller than I would usually choose and see what happens.  Here are my choices so far: #1 Something Red which I would do in a rusty/brownish/orangy color using this .  #2 CeCe which I tried once before but it was huge so was frogged. I would do it in a Banana colored Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece.  #3 is one I just found tonight that is very cute, but I'd have to buy it.  I don't mind buying patterns but there's really no need to when there are so many beautiful free ones.  I did buy Something Red, but quite a while ago.  Anyway, #3 Bellevue Cardigan.  I love that one and though I'm not sure which yarn yet, I might do it in a yellow Cotton Ease (Pineapple) or a yellow Loisa Harding Cashmere Aran.  Which one do you like?

This story is going to make this post really long but I have to share what I'm making (well, one of things).  My Uncle, who has always been a farmer in RI, was hurt pretty badly about 10 weeks ago by a calf he was trying to get to drink from another cow.  Something startled the calf (calves can weigh upwards of a couple hundred pounds, not a cute little cuddly baby calf) and the calf got the lead tangled up around my Uncles legs and flipped him up and slammed him into the ground.  Well, he broke ribs, shoulder, the rib punctured a lung (he already has oxygen),and if he didn't break it he bruised it.  He's still in the hospital after 10 weeks and progress is slow but he's gaining.  I decided I needed to make him something, just because he's such a riot and I can't be there to help keep him company or anything.  So, I have a 6'3" Uncle (he'll be 75 next month), laying in a hospital bed 1000 miles away and guess what he's going to get from me?  Homemade booties in chocolate brown Cascade 220!  I sure wish I could be there when he opens them to hear his reaction.  He'll pretend to be all mad and want to know what, I thought he was an "old man that needed booties."  But, he'll love them, he'll wear them and I bet atleast once or twice throughout the winter, which can be really cold in RI, he'll think to himself "hmm, sure am glad Sheri (he doesn't call me that but what he does call me would take another blog entry all by it's self) made me these crazy looking things, they're keeping my feet warm."  Oh yeah, they found out about 4 weeks after the accident that he also broke his hip, which he has since had replaced which turned his toes blue, so I'm thinking the socks/booties are going to be very welcomed!

Happy Knitting!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Wow! What a busy, hot, humid summer.  In the high 90's every day with a heat index (opposite of wind chill for you Northerners) anywhere from 100-114.  Too hot to move!

I always think I should put something on my blog that is interesting, news worthy, fun, like this blog that I love to read.  She always has great links and I always seem to learn something interesting.  My blogs are a little crazy, no format what-so-ever and far and few between.  I try, but I'd rather be on ravelry, looking at all the beautiful knitting projects while I knit than trying to figure out what to write.  I used to love to write. I used to love to create things on my computer. I don't anymore. Not sure why, but I notice when I write I ramble, so I quit writing.  So, how about some pictures? With captions, so you'll atleast know what they are pictures of.  Here goes.........

Nantucket Basket my parents gave me for my birthday (cellphone picture, so fuzzy). Love it!  This is my 5th or 6th one. My Father makes them, so I pick which one I want next.  They are great for keeping my knitting in.

The best House/Pug/Cat* sitter ever, modeling my Citron Shawl
Brittany is The Baby Girls best friend/roommate and since she has been home for the summer, we asked her to
stay at our house while we did the round-a-bout. Such a nice trip, one week with no dogs, no camper, just BTB and I and Ruby!  Thanks Brittany!!!! (that's my new computer in the Baby Girls room, which is now my office/sewing/knitting room but there still isn't enough room.  The Baby Girl is home until the beginning of August so it's a bit crowded with her stuff and my stuff and nowhere for any of it to go.)

Saturday, July 03, 2010

I am bad! But.......

I do have a lot of new things to show you, as soon as I remember to take pictures, upload them and then download them to my blog. I'm changing around my computer room (I'm taking over the Baby Girls) so things are a big mess and I never know where anything is. I'm trying to get it together.

Speaking of the Baby Girl, she is 22 years old today and just like last year she's in Africa. We go get her this coming week and I can't wait to get my hug. She has had a wonderful time, accomplished what she went to accomplish and is ready to come home, till next time. So, Happy Birthday Alexandria. You've been a joy in my life.

I also want to wish you all a very Happy 4th of July. I hope our country can survive the termoil it's going through right now and wish it the very best. Liberty, the pug, will be 7 tomorrow (the 4th) so Happy Birthday to the pug. :o)

Pictures soon, really! Happy Knitting!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Sheep in Shakespe Park

Sheep in Shakespe Park
Originally uploaded by shez7557

Burberry for Alex

Burberry for Alex
Originally uploaded by shez7557

Brittany's Birthday Bandit

Brittany's Birthday Bandit
Originally uploaded by shez7557

No Sand Bag

No Sand Bag
Originally uploaded by shez7557

Happy Spring!

Oh my, it's been almost 2 months? Terrible! I've been knitting, been traveling, been packing up the college baby's bedroom (more room for yarn) and now I'm getting ready for my next trip around the "circle." The college Baby is leaving for Africa in June so I'm going to stay with her a few days before she leaves, then after dropping her off at the airport I'm going up to the mountain's to stay with my parents for a week and then I'm going down towards the Atlanta area to stay with my Baby Boy who has just started college (at the age of 29 1/2) and gotten himself a new apartment. Must see it, and I hear there's a balcony for knitting Mother's. Then I'll stop about 45 minutes up the road from here to visit the oldest child and the grands, then home 2 weeks later to my DH. Love the big city's and so glad I have a place to stay while visiting said city's, and, of course, the kids.

I've been knitting, non-stop, getting rid of yarn (very sad) and books (also sad) but now it's all a little more organized. I'm still not happy with it all put into plastic totes and stacked in the closet, but that's all I could come up with. It's looking pretty good and now the college baby's room is full of her music awards, pictures and knickknacks and Mom's knitting and sewing loot.

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Guess I Can Still Knit!

I've been finishing things! Some things I just got tired of working on so decided they were done and some were really fun. Here's the run down.

1st is the Montego Bay Scarf
Yarn:Handmaiden Sea Silk color Ocean
Needles: size 8 Brittany

I tried this scarf a few years ago but because it's such an easy knit, I kept messing up cause I could never figure out what row I was on. It's only a 4 row pattern! I think alot before I actually start doing, and I thought about this one so much it about drove me crazy till I came up with a plan! So, it's moving right along, although I usually only work on it when I'm waiting.

This has to be my all time favorite knit! It's beautiful and it was interesting and a very relaxing knit. Took me 9 days! I will definitely be making another one.

Pattern: Hanami
Yarn: Cleckheaton Country Silk DK
Needles:Knit Picks 8 circular

This is the Springtime Bandit Shawl that I've named Brittany's Birthday Shawl. It's for The Baby Girls Best friend/Roommate whose birthday is the same day I will arrive for a week long visit.

This is my Lamb friend Louie. :o) He's my biggest in my collection of sheep. He's my new model.

5th Avenue Infinity Scarf/Wrap/Cowl
Yarn: James C Brett Marble Chunky
Needles: 10 1/2 Brittany

I have to say, I was never too fond of acrylic yarn once I found all the yummy yarn in LYS's, but this is a great yarn for someone who can't handle wool. I love it and I'm so glad I bought that 1st ball. If you see it, try it, it's great for just about anything. Comes in worsted too. BTB wore this while painting my friends deck in Atlanta, where it just happened to be in the teens (11 that morning) while he was scraping. I was working on this on the ride up and had finished it when he asked if I had something he could put around his neck. He had this, a hat I made while we were there and the mitts that I had made myself several years before and the deck is all scraped, painted and looking wonderful!

I hope you all have a wonderful Easter and enjoy the beautiful spring weather. I'm kind of stuck in the house till the pollen goes away. Oh my is that stuff bad here this year. Looks like someone went around the neighborhood sprinkling green flour all over everything! UH!

Happy Knitting!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Late Again!

I'm still here and I'm still knitting! My biggest problem is I'm hooked on "Farmville" on Facebook. But, I'm splitting my time as of this week. 1/2 for knitting, 1/2 for Farmville. I'll cook and clean somewhere in between.

Can you believe the Scrappy Knitter blog has been around for 5 years? I missed the blogaversary by a month or so, it was the end of February that I posted my first time. 5 years! That's a long, long time ago. Sad thing is most of the yarn in those old pictures are still in my closet!

I'll be back with some photo's, as soon as I take them.

Hope you're all having a nice sunshiny Spring!

Happy Knitting!

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Kitty toys and Beach Hats

I guess a month is how long it takes me to think of something to blog about. I knit just about non-stop but never think to put stuff on here, or I forget to take pictures.

This is my new summer beach hat. I've had this yarn forever and finally decided to just sit down and make something with it. I have one more skein left so might make a bag to match.It's really cute, quick and fits great, and I'm not much of a hat person. In the south you need to wear a hat or have an umbrella. This is 100% cotton.

This little thing is for my new "Grandkitty." My youngest got her as soon as she went back to her new apartment after the holidays. I figured on a college budget she might need some kitty toys. Sometimes having a knitter around comes in handy.
My husband and I just spent 2 weeks in the middle of the state. Now, this is the state of Georgia, where it's usually starting to get warm this time of year. My husband was going to do some work on my friends house. I ended up making him a hat, the 5th Avenue Infinity Scarf I had started and he wore the pair of mitts I brought for myself to wear because it was so cold. We woke up one morning to 11 degree's with the wind chill. He sure was happy to have a knitter around. Now he wants a scarf and "manly" mitts. Okay, I can do that, but........

Everything I seem to try, start, or work on is boring, or I'm tired of doing the same type of thing. I think maybe it's time to take a break from knitting but then I wake up, look at Ravelry and find something else to start. Time to find something and stick with it or put it all away and take a break. Gosh, that doesn't happen very often.

So, until next time, whenever that is,

Happy Knitting!

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Talkative Today, But Lots to Share

I think I've shown this before but I re-blocked it and "stretched" it to fit me and for around the house I like it. I'm not thrilled about the itchy yarn (Nashua Vignette), but I just wear a long sleeve shirt under it. This is from the book Folk Vests. I love the patterns in that book but won't make anything with this yarn again, and I have a lot left!

This sweater was so much fun to knit and my first ever steeked front, but, like all good things, it must come to an end. Good thing my Mom doesn't have Blogger (hey, but they do finally have a computer). She loves this sweater and is always asking me "is it done yet." But, somewhere along the way I screwed up the sleeves and they're so tight along the ribbing it's very uncomfortable and I am not at all happy with the way the ribbing along the button band came out, or the neck band, so I'm thinking it's going to get ripped out. I was going to give it to my Mom as a surprise but if it won't fit me right it won't fit her, we're almost identical in size/height. Soooo, still thinking about this one. You might end up seeing it again in the future, rolled into balls.
I love this picture of it. That pattern was really fun to do and the yarn is so much fun, but, it's itchy. I live in the deep south, I don't do itchy!
This is the Tudora Cowl. I didn't like the asymmetrical way it goes so I gave it to my Baby Girl, who loves it and told me that everyone in Europe wears things like this. What do I know, I've never left America. Not sure I want to right away either. Anyway, it was fun to knit and I love the button she picked out for it. I used Louisa Harding's Kashmir Aran yarn. Now, that's some nice, squishy yarn for next to your skin! Oh, and that's Santa waving to you. Two more skeins down.
This is my oldest grand. She is a trip! She stayed with me last weekend and everything I've made over the past few weeks I told her to go through and see if there was anything she wanted. She decided to put it all on at once. LOL That's a little head scarf with cables and I made it too long, so no-one wants that, but I do love the lavender color. The red scarf around her neck I didn't even make, it was just in the pile of scarves, but there is another one I did make, under it. Um, she didn't go home with anything either.
Isn't she adorable? Such a nut. This is the My Kind of Town Cowl made with some soft, squishy Alpaca yarn that my Baby Girl gave me for Christmas a few years ago. It's Plymouth Baby Alpaca Grande. I had just 1 skein for this cowl and I love wearing it when it's chilly, even in the house. I just wear them like a necklace. It's not like it's ever cold enough in Southeast Georgia for knitted cowls/hats/mittens/gloves/sweaters/scarves, but I keep on knitting them.

This picture very dark but it's the best I have. When I went to visit my son in January he asked me, YES, HE ASKED ME, if I could make him a hat that would come way down over his ears. He works outside every once in awhile installing the signs on glass doors, windows, whatever, and it does get a little chilly up there near Atlanta. We went right to Michael's and bought some yarn and here he is, modeling his new crocheted hat by his Mommy! Made my day. I would like to make him one of the hats like Jared did, but I think I'm losing my knitting Mojo and just can't get in to anything, though I've tried and I have stuff everywhere that only have a few rows done. But, some day Nick, I'll make you a real knitted hat. :o) If you click on it maybe you can see it better (and him).
Another one that wanted to try out my Green Cowl (My Kind of Town Cowl).
My Mustard Scarf. Fast, fun, quick, did I say fast? I love, love, love it and it's made with Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk Aran and is going to get a lot of use. This one is a keeper, even if just to look at. Size 15 needles means FAST! Two more hanks from the stash gone. Only about 4000 more to go.

Artistic I'm not, but I love this picture. My needles, label and a finished object. Love it!
Hopefully most of you know this, but tomorrow, February 5th is the 7th annual Wear Red for Women Day by the American Heart Association. Heart disease/heart attacks are the #1 killer of women and we need to get the word out there. So, do your heart a favor. Wear RED tomorrow for all the women in your life, including yourself. Wear a RED scarf, RED shoes, carry a purse, but have something on you that's RED for all of those who suffer through this horrible disease/illness. And I pray it will never be you.
Happy Knitting!

Friday, January 22, 2010

My New "Dog"

Hello Knitting People.

I just had to laugh at the comment that stringplay left on my blog last time. She said "Boy, your dog looks different. Just kidding" and it took me the longest time to figure out what she meant. Well, all great things come to me at 3 o'clock in the morning and I actually woke up giggling at 3 o'clock one morning realizing she didn't mean the pug;
She meant the ram from Corinth;
I also received some beautiful yarn from Corinth and my Baby Girl actually watched it being carded and spun. Guess she was so interested, and commenting on her mother being addicted to knitting, they gave her some pieces. They're short pieces but all the same colors, so I might try making something with them, but right now I'm enjoying just looking.

She also brought me this black Angora which is super soft. The label is written in ?Hebrew? but it does say 602 yards in English. Enough to make a nice little shawlette or a scarf. She was in Europe for 3 months and also got to go to Paris for a weekend. I told her if she brought me a skein of yarn from each country she visits, I'd let her go. So far she's done very well. :o)

This is my first project for 2010 and my first finished project for 2010. I LOVE IT!

It's the 3 Way Wrap from Ingrid Nicholas on Ravelry. I used Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Chunky, size 10 1/2 needles and made it in about 2 weeks while on vacation. Great "talk while you knit" knitting.

You all know that I'm fighting the battle of the 30 pound bulge. Well, I read in a magazine that knitters use 100 calories an hour and a 5 hour knitting session is very good for you, so, to all you knitters out there that need to lose some weight - KNIT!

Happy Knitting!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Happy New Year!

2010 already. I've decided that I must get back into blogging and quit ignoring it for FaceBook. Yes, I'm addicted to the Farming on there and most of my computer time is spent tending my crops, livestock and sending out gifts to my fellow Farmers. :o) My Grandfather would be proud, he was a dairy farmer in RI for over 50 years. So, I now have to share my time with Ravelry (the number 1 on the computer time list), FaceBook and blogging. I'm ScrappyKnitter on Ravelry and if you want to be my friend on Face Book, just leave me a comment and I'll send you my FB name.

We had a great Christmas with all 3 kids home, all 3 grandkids, my parents and one "guest." Full house! We spent a very quiet New Years, just the 2 of us, and then BTB moved the Baby Girl into her new apartment in AL and when he got back I went out and stayed with her for 4 days, then went to see my granddaughter on my way to my bestest friend and my sons in Atlanta for 4 days. Wonderful time and can't wait to do it again. I can make a big circle and cover 'em all.

I've been doing a lot of knitting and will just post a bunch of pictures here to cover them all. I WILL be much better at posting as each project is done I hope, but I'm great for giving them away, or packing them away (I don't give away too much of anything) and forget the pictures. So, happy New Year and I'll be back within the week!

Just Enough Ruffles - gave to my friend, Dawn for Christmas - Malabrigo (Heaven) in Red Pearl
Brides Sachet Bag
Baktus - made from some really ugly sock yarn I've had forever, but it turned out pretty
This one is pure heaven around my neck but I can't remember where I found the pattern. It's just a YO, K2tog pattern and silky soft. I also can't remember what the yarn is called but it's gorgeous. Not sure why this is blurry.

Happy Knitting in 2010!