Monday, May 23, 2011

Knitting, Wedding Parties, Family and Camping

 Because Sonja put this on her blog, and I read it, I decided it was time for me to do another KAL (knit a-long).  The first one I ever did was with Wendy at Wendyknits.  This is the Summer Mystery Shawl.
 The Baby Girl had a camp out with her wedding party, Mom (me) and Dad, Libby and Maggi (the puppies), her Big Sister, Big Brother and niece Lyssa and nephew Jay.  We had 3 tents and 1 camper (Mom and Dad's) all lined up. 14 people and lots of site seeing around the park, campfires, roasted marshmallow's, hikes in the woods and card games.
 Actually got my 'son-in-law to be' to hold up my Jeck sock.
 Then, his groomsman, Ben got a turn (notice him looking?).
Then it was Neal's turn.  Now, Neal didn't want to just hold it for a picture, he wanted to know how the "heck you make a sock?"  So, he studied it real hard, I showed him how to knit one stitch and that was it.  That's the Baby Girl looking, and laughing. She can't figure out how I make them either (magic, right?) but she sure likes wearing them. She didn't even ask if this one was for her.

Happy Knitting!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

To Knit? To Ravelry? Which?

I feel as though I do nothing but knit, but after lots of thought on the subject, I've come to the conclusion that I do a lot of surfing on Ravelry, perusing knitting magazines and thinking about all the things I wish I could knit but just never get around to actually knitting because I spend so much time doing all of the above.  Vicious cycle.

Saroyan for the Baby Girl to take with her on her trip to Africa this year.

This is me! I had a lesson in shooting a 22 semi-automatic handgun. Fun, I enjoyed it but I can't see me doing that for anything but target practice.  By the time I remembered where to put my left hand, where to put my right hand, where to put my feet, how to lean, the bad guy would have been there and gone.  Not so sure I could shoot a person anyway, no matter how bad they were.  I had NO trouble shooting my "paper man target" though.  I was given 50 bullets and that bugger had 49 bullet holes in him, most through the heart and the head. YAY ME!

I think this cute little guy is some type of Warbler. It's so tiny! It comes to the feeder twice a day but we only see one at a time. My Grandmother and my Mom have always loved birdwatching. I thought it was for "old people." Well, I've been enjoying watching birds for about 25+ years now so I guess I was wrong, or I'm old. NOT!!!

This was a very fun, enjoyable, fast knit. After reading the Rainey Sisters blog on the Herbert Niebling Doily I thought I should try a simpler one and loved it. I've said before that my Great Grandmother crocheted with very thin crochet cotton, things like bedspreads, wedding bells on all our pillowcases she gave to her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and I think I have her love for thread. I loved this project.The Queen's Lace, Piecework Magazine, Lace Special
The middle, or beginning, is the hardest part of the whole thing.

Bath Time

Uh, dropped a stitch, which turned into 5 stitches. Well, guess I'll fix it later.
Put a knitting needle into the 5 stitches to deal with later.
Love the middle but don't look too close. This was a fun knit but boring at times and there's a few mistakes.
This is the Insignia scarf by Cecily Glowick MacDonald. I'm doing it in Banana Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece.  Kind of a relaxing knit since it's all garter stitch.  I love garter stitch and will save this for the "Wedding Parties" camping trip next weekend.  I'm looking forward to that, and as of right now all 3 of my kids and 2 of the grandkids will be there, along with lots of young, energetic friends of my daughters and her future husbands. I'll need knitting for 4 glorious days in the sun!  Yeah!!!!
Carolina Wrens  Not too old as they thought this was the nest and just laid there and rested.  I took 10 pictures of these 2 cute little things. 
This is a Beach bag from Lion Brand Yarn on Ravelry I started last night. I had the urge to crochet and had some crochet cotton (and might have bought a few colors to add to it.)

My new sock Jeck, free from Ravelry. My Sunshine holds my stitch markers. Isn't he cute?

And, the Nantucket basket my father made for me is just the right size to hold a skein of sock yarn so it doesn't roll on the floor and get covered in bright white pug hair!

Back to knitting/Ravelry/NCIS - oh, that's my Knitting Show.  I bought every season from the beginning and Gibbs and the gang keep me company while I knit, check out Ravelry or read a knitting magazine.  Being a retired SAHM is kind of boring so I have to have company.............

Happy Knitting!

Sunday, May 08, 2011

A Mother's Day!

My day has been amazing.  My youngest came home with her finance' for the weekend, my oldest were here with the grandkids, my Mom sent me a beautiful card and my son also sent me a great card.  My son's card said I could sit in bubbles and drink bubbles all day.  That would have been great but instead I was treated to hamburgers on the grill, a chocolate cake with white frosting, a small heart shaped cake for my breakfast tomorrow (I love chocolate cake in the morning), and a little pink bag filled with goodies to keep in Ruby.  I had a pedicure, I gave a pedicure, I talked to my oldest granddaughter on the phone, had a great conversation with my Mom and I'm sure will have a conversation with my son before the day is over.  It was a great Mother's Day weekend for this Mom.  I hope all of my Blogger and Ravelry friends also had a great Mother's Day!

Happy Knitting!