Why Shop Local?

As you know I’m making quite a few baby sweaters. All of the new babies are boys so most will use the Gramps pattern. I have some Wabbit Season Duck Season yarn which I thought called for owl buttons so I checked Tessa Ann‘s shop and didn’t see what I wanted.  So did a search on Etsy and found some from a seller in France. They were sized in centimeters and I ordered 2.4 cm buttons thinking they’d be pretty close to 7/8 inch. (After ordering, these I determined that I’d ordered owls before from Tessa Ann and ordered more from her to go with Wabbit Season Duck Season and decided to use the French buttons on Gramps Turner. The French buttons arrived and were well packaged in two bubble wrap bundles so I opened one to inspect (note that I only opened one). The button was much larger than the  7/8 inch I’d thought (so much for my metric conversions) so I made the buttonholes bigger and finished the sweater. When I finished Gramps Turner, I sewed on the first button–you know, the one I opened. imageThen I opened the second bundle to discover that the first button, the larger one, was actually a freebie and that the buttons I ordered were 7/8 inch and that my buttonholes were too large. imageSo with the aid of a tapestry needle and a bit of yarn I fixed the buttonholes so they worked. The moral of the story…shop local and you won’t have any surprises. The button on the right is the free button and the other is the “right” button.

So Gramps Turner in Berroco Vintage on US size 7 and 6 needles is just (k)nits bound off and a block away and possibly elbow patches from gifting. I have some time because I cast on a fish hat for big brother Davis in GnomeAcres Squishy Gnome Little Plastic Bricks. I’m modifying the pattern a bit to make a small child size. I’m using US size 7 needles. Unhappily,I’ve had to make mods to get stitch counts right for shaping purposes so may go down to a US size 6 on the next one and increase the cast on stitches which would have been better. The fish hat is a just (k)nits for others project which I also can sleep(k)nit.

Speaking of just sleep(k)nits to go imagethe Seven Swans a-swimmin’ Fish Lips Kiss heel socks on 2.25 mm needles and using Desert Vista Dyeworks Zien in the Swans Swimming colorway are just (k)nits bound off. On August 1 I will cast on Eight Maids a-milkin’ socks also using Fish Lips Kiss.

I am seriously contemplating calling this category just zombie(k)nits. I’ve been binge watching The Walking Dead and quickly learned that watching the zombies required full attention and that any (k)nitting needed to be of the mindless zombie variety. I spent much time amphibious (k)nitting, tinking or rewinding the television.

I also have just (k)nits bound off my version of Come What May in Annie Yarns Destiny in Blackberries colorway using US size 6 needles. This was a delightful (k)nit. I call it my version because it fell victim to the binge watching and had an accidental pattern modification. It’s still a block away and picture is sideways and color is no where close imagebut you can get an idea. I had never knit any of Susan B Anderson’s shawls and am well-pleased with the pattern and the piece.

I’m just (k)nitting for others the 2015 backpack buddies for the church kids, youth and teachers. This year I’m using Bluebird of Happiness and yarn leftovers and US size 4 needles. I’ll wait till all are bound off to take a picture.

Till next time, no frogs, no tinks, just (k)nits.

Over it and done

Picnicknits Mystery Shawl KAL 2015…I’m over it and done with it and have amphibious (k)nitted it down by the pond. I’m sorry but I’m not liking it, and, if I finish it, I’ll wear it to the one wedding and it’ll live in a drawer. This is one of the caveats of mystery pieces. Sometimes I get one I just don’t like. Another example of this is Color Craving by Stephen West. I enjoyed knitting and finished this one but have never worn it. Sometimes I like the pattern but  yarn selection is just wrong as in the case of Follow Your Arrow 2. The Dirty Water Dyeworks Lillian I was using for Picnicknits will be re-purposed as Bond Street.

I just (k)nits bound off the TTL Mystery Shawl KAL 2015 in Shalimar Breathless Passion Fruit and Crayfish colorways and US size 6 needles. I love…love…love this piece. I think it will be worn often once blocked.2015-07-17 07.59.33

My new just (k)nits in the zone is Come What May using  Annie Yarns Destiny in Blackberries colorway and US size 6 needles. I’ve had the stinking tinks on this one. Some outbreaks caused by trying to watch The Walking Dead and (k)nit. I’m a new “dead watcher” and sometimes get caught up in the action and forget the (k)nits. Even thought about change just sleep(k)nits to go to just walking dead(k)nits.  Yesterday I realized I had an extra pattern repeat in one section which causes some concern about yarn shortage. Susan B Anderson designed this and was kind enough to give yarn weights when she started the ruffle and bind off so. I can check when I get closer to the end. I’m liking this piece also and may (k)nit another for a friend.image

My first just sleep(k)nits to go Seven Swans a-Swimming sock is finished. I’m using Desert Vista Dyeworks Zien and 2.25 mm needles. No I’m not a Pittsburgh Steelers fan but I did go to Appalachian State which has the same colors.

imageJust (k)nits for othersGramps Turner is being worked as a just sleep(k)nits to go project because I realized that school will be starting soon and I need to quickly (k)nit 30 backpack buddies which will be birds this year. I plan to use this pattern.  I had planned to (k)nit owl puffs again but really liked the bird idea. They don’t have eyes and even though I use safety eyes I still worry about the small kids choking. So for the next few weeks, I’ll be just (k)nitting birds for others. Since I’ve several fun  “me” projects that I want to (k)nit, I’m a bit bored by the just (k)nits for others right now  and have been unsuccessfully using the “me” (k)nits as dangling carrots. So the cure has been some yarn retail therapy (last time it was buttons).

I’ve just discovered that purchasing Wollmeise from Germany is more economical that purchasing it in the US. This is one of my favorite yarns so my yarn budget is a bit blown right now as I’ve splurged on quite a bit of this yarn. (Thanks to a knitting friend for enabling.) I also might have pre-ordered some GnomeAcres Sparkle Gnome in BatGirl to make a Sockhead hat for me (yeah it’s purple) and then there’s a bit of Desert Vista Dyeworks coming (hey, I had coupon codes). I also have a birthday coming up so this is my birthday present to me.

Till next time, no frogs, no tinks, just (k)nits.

Amphibious (k)nitting

One of my friends posted an article from a newspaper with a headline proclaiming that the A’s had an amphibious pitcher. Of course, they meant an ambidextrous pitcher and the article itself had the correct word only the headline was incorrect. This led to much discussion about what was involved in being an amphibious pitcher. It also made me realize that, sometimes, I’m an amphibious (k)nitter–meaning sometimes I frog.

I did a bit of amphibious (k)nitting on my just sleep(k)nits to go Six Geese-a-layin’ socks. Actually sock 1 and sock 2 will be slightly different. I’m pretty the heels are different and that sock 2 has less stitches (no I’m not counting them). The amphibious (k)nitting came when, at knit night, I set up cuff ribbing and tried to increase 2 stitches so total stitches would be imagedivisible by 4. I realized that wasn’t necessary because 64 is divisible by 4. So I tinked the set up row and worked about 4 rows with 64 stitches–not thinking to look at the cuffs of sock 1 which was handy. When I got home, I looked at sock 1 and realized it had 68 cuff stitches. I had hoped these would be just (k)nits bound off last night, and , yes, I know that no one will see the cuffs under my pants leg but it bugged me. So, like any good amphibian, I ate the bug through amphibious (k)nitting. The heels will just have to be slightly different because the difference can’t be seen from the back of a galloping horse. In other words, if I can’t tell no one else can tell. These socks are now just (k)nits bound off. Moral of this story…make notes, I don’t care how many times you’ve knit the pattern…make notes.

In just (k)nits in the zone, I have a bit of tinking to do. Picnicknits Mystery Shawl KAL 2015 clue 3 released on Thursday. I worked all 26 rows and was 2 stitches from the end of row 26 when I realized the pattern instructed in big bold capital letters to KNIT across row and I had purled. I started correcting this but have decided to put this project to sleep until last three clues are released.  I’m still not feeling the love for this pattern and keep (k)nitting with the hope I’ll like it better after the next clue. After giving it some thought, I’ve decided not to invest more time in this project until I see pictures of the last three clues. If the piece comes together, then I’ll finish and, if not, I’ll amphibious (k)nit and re-purpose the yarn. Moral of this story…you have to read the pattern…don’t assume.

I had limited in the zone (k)nitting time last week, so am still finishing clue 4 of TTL Mystery Shawl KAL 2015 and clue 5 released Monday. Since I now only have one just (k)nits in the zone project, I should get clue 5 finished before clue 6 releases. This project I love love love.

My new just sleep(k)nits to go project is Seven Swans a-swimmin’ socks using Desert Vista Dyeworks Zien in Swans a Swimmin’ on 2.25 mm needles with fish lips kiss heel. I made notes of my “recipe” so that I should have a pair of matching socks (well, as close to matching as I can get). I struggled with the colorway on this pair. I’ve been watching a friend knit a pair of socks using Zombody Throw me Some Beads colorway and am itching to cast on mine. While that will satisfy “sock club” rules, the Southparknitter Rules say no, I have to knit 12 days socks.image

Till next time, no frogs, no tinks, just (k)nits.



My heart’s warmed, I’ll just (k)nit on

You all know that I do a bit of charity knitting, prayer shawls and critters and lately some hats. I do this to give someone else a hug and to make one feel loved. Sometimes I begin to feel burnt out and even discouraged about the ministry and wonder if anyone benefits from it other than me and if I’m just using it as an excuse to buy yarn. Usually when I start feeling burnt out, someone makes me realize that others do receive benefits from this ministry. Recently my heart was warmed and I was encouraged by three of those who’ve received by (k)nitted “hugs.” First the young lady who has breast cancer received her Piper’s Journey in a manner that blessed her but others as well. Second my friend’s grandson who has Hodgkins received Tony the beat-the-beast Iron Fish Hat, and reports say he work it to chemo. The third reminder came in the mail a note written by the recipient of the camo fish hat. Seeing that this child who just finished kindergarten wrote me a thank-you note and addressed it with no adult help warmed my heart. I don’t just (k)nit for others to receive any praise or thanks but every now and then it’s nice to have my heart warmed so I can just (k)nit on.

Speaking of just (k)nitting for others I just (k)nits bound off Granny’s Favourite on US size 4 needles in imageBerroco Vintage DK. This is a big sister, little sister project and the finished one is the little sister version. I had planned to knit big sister version next but have decided to wait until closer to sweater wearing time since big sister may grow and fitting will be easier.

Once the Granny’s Favourite was finished,  I cast on and just (k)nits bound off an owl hat as a gift. This is the kit that comes from DMC and calls for US size 9 needles so is a very quick knit. imageYesterday I cast on my next just (k)nits for others project which is Gramps using Berroco Vintage and US size 7 needles. I decided to live dangerously and skip knitting a swatch since size wasn’t critical on this one. To get the correct gauge I should have used US size 6 needles. I’m (k)nitting baby gift sweaters in size 2 or 24 months now so the babies will grow into them. Hopefully toddler sizes will be worn longer. Since I have 5 baby boy sweaters to make,I will be making at least 4 of these. I’m also thinking of making leggings to match some of them. That remains to be seen though.

I’m just sleep(k)nitting to go Six Geese a-Laying socks on 2.25 mm needles using Desert Vista Dyeworks Zien. I have finished sock 1.image

I have two–count them–two just (k)nits in the zone projects. Both are mystery knit-alongs. First is TTL Mystery Shawl KAL 2015 in Shalimar Breathless in Passionfruit and Crayfish on US size 7 needles. I’ve finished clue 3 and loving it so far. Clue 4 came this morning so I’ll start it today.

The other is Picnicknits Beachy KAL 2015 in Dirty Water Dyeworks Lillian in Lavender and Purple Potion on US size 6 needles. I debated quite a while on colors and which color to start with. My need for a purple wrap in the near future was the determining factor on color selection and I wanted the darker color near my neck so started with the lavender. I’ve finished clue 2 and will be honest I’m not overjoyed with this project. I had planned to review clue 3 when released and decide whether to continue or not . This is a triangle-shaped bottom-up design with two wide strips of different pattern stitches so far with not “border.” Now that I’ve thought about it the designer can and may add a border at the end. So I may (k)nit on.

I started this post on June 8 and have been editing it for two weeks.I think it’s time to post so

Till next time, no frogs, no tinks, just (k)nits.


Let’s just see where it goes

In 2014 my (k)nitting focus was sweaters and critters. This year I plan to knit some sweaters. Four was the goal but probably not going to happen. Yes I’m (k)nitting children’s sweaters but the adult (k)nitting is shawls. I seem to be into shawl (k)nitting and considered briefly setting a goal but decided to just (k)nit and have fun and see where this goes. Most shawls will be just (k)nits in the zone so socks and kid sweaters are the just sleep(k)nits to go projects right now.

My current just (k)nits in the zone is TTL Mystery Shawl KAL 2015. I’m using Shalimar Breathless in Passionfruit and Crayfish and US size 7 needles. I’m in love with the yarn and the pattern so far. I have trouble with garter tab cast on sometimes so used my fake version. Clue 2 was released this morning, and I’m hoping it is finished in time for me to cast on Picnicknits Mystery KAL 2015 on Thursday when clue 1 is released. I’m using Dirty Water Dyeworks Lillian in Lavender and Purple Potion (I liked this yarn so much I had to buy more for future two-color projects) and US size 6 needles. Yes, you’re reading correctly I’m just (k)nitting in the zone two shawls and am very sure that neither will be finished by the ending of the knit-alongs but that is okay I’m having fun.

I’m also just (k)nitting for others Granny’s Favourite Cardigan using US size 4 needles and Berroco Vintage DK. Aside from the fact that I don’t love the color, pale pastel pink to match the buttons, I love the pattern. I think it will become a go-to pattern for me. I’m able to (k)nit this when I read from my iPad so it’s getting some extra love during the week.

I just (k)nits bound off Tony the Iron Fish 2015-05-31 21.23.47using US size 7 needles and GnomeAcres Squishy Gnome in Iron Man and some scraps of Berroco Vintage. I duplicate stitched the eyes and like this better than felt circles the pattern recommends. I also put eyes on Camo Fish 2015-06-01 00.08.08so here are pictures of both. Also just (k)nits bound off are the Five Gold Ring socks in Desert Vista Dyeworks Zien using 2.25 mm needles and One Needle Mock Gusset heel.

My just sleep(k)nits to go project is Six Geese a Laying socks using 2.25 mm needles and Desert Vista Dyeworks Zien Geese a Laying colorway. I’ve decided to switch back to fish lips kiss heel.

Till next time, no frogs, no tinks, just (k)nits.2015-05-30 21.04.44

Down the Bunny Trail

As you know I’ve been just (k)nitting for others a Lush Cardigan. I’ve never been pleased with this project and had looked a bit for another pattern but just didn’t find another I liked. I planned to make two of these for the daughters of a friend and have bunny “butt” ons to go on them so needed to make a cardigan. A friend shared the link to a free pattern that reminded me of Milo. So I was looking at the Milo page on Ravelry to figure out if I could use the buttons on Milo which is a pullover and found this. This pattern is much more to my liking so, once I’ve finished the fish hat below, I’ll be off the Lush bunny trail and on to Granny’s Favourite. Okay I needed a larger gauge stockinette project so I’ve already cast on using US size 4 needles and Berroco Vintage DK and am about 2 rows from dividing for sleeves. I love the pattern. Now if I could find a go-to baby boy sweater besides Buttons Cardigan. I’d be good to (k)nit…seems like all my friends are having boy babies.

My current just (k)nits for others project is a Fish Hat for Owen who is 12 years old and has Hodgkins Lymphoma. I’m using US size 7 needles and GnomeAcres Squishy Gnome in Iron Man. I’m actually calling the project Tony the beat-the-beast Iron Fish. I consulted with Owen’s Nanny and learned that Iron Man is his favorite Avenger. Judging from my yarn usage, I’m probably going to have to make the fins and maybe the tail in another colorway (turquoise). The pattern calls for eyes cut from felt but I’m going to try duplicate stitch eyes which I think will be better for the washing process. I still have to put eyes on the camo fish and plan to finish both fishes this weekend. Then the focus will be the Granny’s Favourite sweaters.

I just (k)nits bound off Lullaby Rain on US size 6 needles in Quince & Co Chickadee Glacier colorway.image (Sorry I’m still a block away but you can get the idea. I woke up my just (k)nits in the zone  TTL Mystery Sock KAL 2015. I had planned to finish before Kirsten Kapur sends the first clue for TTL Mystery Shawl  KAL 2015 but as before was struggling with this project. I’m finding it difficult to see and “read” the lace knitting in the small sock gauge. This makes it easier to make mistakes and harder to find them and is a bit frustrating. Since southparknitter rules say that (k)nitting should be fun this project has gone to the frog pond to return as a pair of gloves or mitts.  I’ve also signed up for Picnicknits 2015 Mystery Shawl KAL and the first clue comes out on June 11.

Just sleep(k)nits to go project is Five Gold Rings socks using Desert Vista Dyeworks Zien on 2.25 mm needles and using my version of One Needle Mock Gusset heel. My version uses knit front and back (bar) increases instead of make 1 increases and German short rows rather than the pattern version. I also had some problems with the row numbering so I edited that.It is May 30 and I’ve just started the ribbed cuff so have no doubt these will be finished by day’s end. Monday I’ll cast on Six Geese a-laying using the same heel treatment.

Till next time, no frogs, no tinks, just (k)nits.

U-turn (k)nitting

I am just (k)nitting for others a Lush Cardigan in child’s size 2 to 4 using US sizes 4 and 6 needles and Berroco Vintage DK. The pattern calls for US size 3 and I used the size 4s accidentally. The pattern has an interesting construction with a yoke band that is knitted from the center back using provisional cast on. I use Judy’s magic cast on for provisional cast-on but don’t like the way it worked out on this piece so when I make another I’ll use an extra needle cable or crochet method.I mostly work on this piece on Sundays and yesterday was knitting along on the stockinette part of the body and felt a place in the fabric that didn’t feel right. Upon examination, I discovered that I’d made a u-turn about 1/3 of the way across a row. U-turn means I had a short row when I shouldn’t have had a short row. I’d stopped to take a break mid-row (something I rarely do)  and when I started again executed a u-turn and went the wrong way. Frog pond visit…yep! (I may have to set this project aside as I have a young friend with cancer and will be making a fish hat for him.)

I just (k)nits bound off Gavin’s fish hat in GnomeAcres Squishy Gnome Wabbit Season Duck Season and Another Crafty Girl Merino Worsted in Meep Meep BUT haven’t sewn on eyes so didn’t take a picture. Stay tuned.

Just sleep(k)nitting to go is Gold Ring Socks for the officially unofficial Desert Vista Dyeworks monthly sock club 2015. I’m using the One Needle Mock Gusset heel treatment (my version). I had a bit of trouble following the designer’s original pattern so am using it in combination with Josh Ryks’ version. I’m also using bar (kfb) increases instead of make 1 and German short rows instead of the short row treatment suggested by the designers.I have finished sock 1. Let me get on my soapbox here. Recently a knitting friend asked about German short rows. This knitter is an experienced knitter but wasn’t acquainted with German short rows. Someone had stated in her presence “German short rows are the only way to go.” NOT!!! Yes I prefer them but they are not the only way to go.  Knitting allows us to use our creativity in selecting which techniques to use. I don’t always use German short rows. Occasionally they don’t look right in a piece.  image

I’m also just (k)nitting in the zone again…well, trying to (k)nit in the zone. I’m knitting Lullaby Rain on US size 6 needles using Quince & Co Chickadee in Glacier colorway. I’ve just started the “lace” part and had some difficulties setting up row 1 so tinking there was. I’m on track now. Since Gilligan joined the crew, just (k)nitting in the zone may be more difficult, especially on rainy days when he can’t hang out in the fenced yard.

Hopefully this will be finished by May 31 as I’ve “signed on” (bought the pattern) for TTL Mystery Shawl KAL 2015. Yes, I know I haven’t finished the TTL Mystery  Sock KAL yet. If I finish Lullaby Rain earlier, maybe I can finish the socks. I will use Shalimar Breathless in Crayfish and Passionfruit and US size 7 needles for the shawl.

I’m hoping to stay away from the frogs and tinks the next week or so and for the rest of you…

Till next time, no frogs, no tinks, just (k)nits.

Stockinette Snooze

Okay so it’s really the stockinette blues…I’ve been doing a lot of stockinette lately. Mint Julep had a few cables but mostly it’s rows and rows of stockinette. Of course, the officially unofficial socks are all stockinette and the hats and critters are stockinette also. Frankly, I’m about over it. One of my knit night friends and I have been wanting to cast on lace for some time. Right now the plan is to do just that once Mint Julep is finished.  I need to knit a half dozen toddler sweaters but I’m going to knit one lace piece before starting to work on them during the week.

I’ve tentatively decided that the lace piece will be Lullaby Rain using US size 6 needles and Quince and Co Chickadee in Glacier. This will be a just (k)nits in the zone project and I will cast on in the next couple of days. I’m still debating between this and another shawl but I’m feeling the love for Lullaby Rain right now.

I’m still just sleep(k)nitting to go Mint Julep on US size 8 needles using Classic Elite Majestic Tweed in Cherry Pie. Now tomorrow is Derby Day so I was hoping to finish it tomorrow. The pieces will be finished but I need to block so I can sew shoulder seams to pick up bands. That will not be happening. So this piece will sleep a bit before assembly and band knitting.

Since it’s May, I’ll be casting on a new pair of socks for the Officially Unofficial Desert Vista Dyeworks Monthly Sock Club. I’ll be using Zien and 2.25 mm needles and one-needle mock gusset heel treatment (I think). Colorway is Gold Rings. I’d planned to knit all of these with fish lips kiss heel but I’m a bit bored with it and needed to take a break. I still love it.

My just (kimage)nits for others is a dead fish hat for Gavin in GnomeAcres Squishy Gnome Wabbit Season Duck Season and Another Crafty Girl Merino Worsted Meep Meep. I’m using US size 6 needles.

I’ve just (k)nits bound off Four Calling Birds socks using 2.25 mm needles and Desert Vista Dyeworks Zien in Calling Birds and Fish Lips Kiss heel treatment. Also bound off is Sam the Super Frog using US size 5 needles and Malabrigo Rios Lettuceimage and Another Crafty Girl Merino Worsted Mr Bassman.

Now a word about the crew…Gilligan wants to help with the knitting. The yarn for the Four Calling Birds socks had a rough life. The first wind, my winder broke so I had to hand wind. The new winder came so I caked it. imageThen it became yarn barf from the Gilligan virus and had to be detangled and hand wound again. I make sure now that all yarns are kept in the project bags at all times. I’ve been using zipper bags but am now being reminded why I used drawstring ones for so long. Gilligan has settled in and is becoming the lap dog after a lot of “Gilligan No!” and “Off” and distraction with chew toys.image Izzy doesn’t like this and has picked several fights to try to reclaim her lap. She even tried to invade Gilligan’s crate in hopes of getting him off my lap. She has another think coming if she thinks he’s going to give up the recliner and my lap for a dog crate. Also, this gave me the idea that if Izzy keeps starting fights, I can put her in the crate and she can have time-out.image We’re all beginning to settle in.

Till next time, no frogs, no tinks, just (k)nits.


Frogs and Dogs

Count your stitches…count them one by one…count your stitches see if they’re all there…count your stitches…count them one by one…count your many stitches and you won’t see frogs. Yes, I’ve had to frog my just sleep(k)nits to go project, Mint Julep, several times. Why? because I didn’t count my stitches. One would think that I’d learn. It’s been a long time since I reported any (k)nitting progress. Last (k)nitting related post I had finished one sleeve but now I’ve finished both sleeves and am about finished with the back. I’m using Classic Elite Majestic Tweed in Cherry Pie and US size 8 needles. I’m no longer going to post pictures of works-in-progress. Most of the time you really can’t tell much about the piece until it’s finished.

2015-03-30 18.32.29I just (k)nits bound off  the Three French Hens Socks in Desert Vista Dyeworks Zien on 2.25 mm needles using 66 stitches and Fish Lips Kiss Heel. I also cast on another pair of socks using Four Calling Birds colorway and have finished sock 1. This is a just sleep(k)nits to go project also.

Just (k)nits for others …I just (k)nits bound off Top This! Puppy hat 2015-03-14 10.14.08using a kit from DMC and US size 9 needles and BonBon16005_10205693410042234_1104063623595046383_n using GnomeAcres Squishy Gnome in Little Bunny Foo Foo colorway and Cascade 220 superwash and US size 5 needles. The designer, Susan Claudino, used a three-needle decrease on BonBon for attaching appendages that I really liked.

Then I cast on Sam the Super Frog in Malabrigo Rios Lettuce colorway and Another Crafty Girl Merino Mr Bassman. This is for my friend, Swanny, who is a very sick gentleman. So this one is a Sam the Flock Cancer Frog.

I think that’s all the just (k)nitting stuff. Next up…where have I been? 2015-03-26 15.54.10Again I have been incredibly busy for about six weeks now and am HOPING that my “life” schedule has returned to normal. In addition to my crazy busy schedule, Gilligan came on board March 25. So I’ve been training him or he’s been training me I’m not sure which. He’s very lively (read “wild”) but is beginning to settle some as I now have more time to work with him and he was gifted a Kong toy which entertains him during recliner dog time. 2015-04-07 15.41.12Once he’s trained, he’ll make a great first mate (Izzy’s says her vote’s still out on that one). Izzy doesn’t want to play and has let Gilligan know this in very plain cat language. Here are a couple of pictures of Gilligan and one with Izzy and Gilligan in background. This was first time we’d all been in recliner together.2015-04-16 19.01.59

Till next time, no frogs, no tinks, just (k)nits!

Crew change

It’s been a while…I’ve been incredibly busy the last couple of weeks so what spare time I’ve had I focused on just (k)nitting rather than writing about. I’m not really going to write about knitting today either because I’m just not feeling the love for writing about knitting. I do want to share that I’m undergoing a crew change here. Stash Cat has disappeared and has been missing in action for almost a week. While I’m still hoping that this is a temporary disappearance, I’ve learned that several other cats in the neighborhood have disappeared recently. So I’ve chosen to say goodbye to Stash and move on. If he comes back, he’ll be welcomed with open arms and kitty cuddles by both me and his other mother who lives across the street and spoiled him even more than I did. I do believe that he helped me find his replacement.

I have been considering adding a canine member to the crew and around the first of March out local shelter posted an eight month old terrier/beagle mix named Gilligan. I’d planned a day trip for March 16 and decided that, if Gilligan was still there on St Paddy’s Day which was the date I got Debit D Dog, I’d go to the shelter and check him out. I didn’t leave work on that day till late and had an appointment which didn’t allow time to go see Gilligan. So I was going the next day but decided to wait until later this week when I had to be in that area. Then Stash disappeared and, even though he’s chipped, I felt compelled to physically go to the shelter to check for him. While there on Saturday, I met Gilligan and totally fell in love. They were very busy so I decided to think about it and come back later. Monday morning found me calling to be sure that Gilligan was still there. He was and, when they opened at noon, I was there to “gotcha” Gilligan. He will be coming aboard after vetting on Wednesday afternoon. We were pretty excited yesterday and this the best of all the bad pictures.2015-03-23 12.08.01

So goodbye, Stash. I’ll see you later either when you return home or at the rainbow bridge and

Welcome aboard to Gilligan, my new first mate.

Till next time, no frogs, no tinks, just (k)nits.

Just (k)nits bound off 2015

Maple Grove 1
Maple Grove 2
Exploration Station
Cooper's Snood
Partridge in a pear tree FLK socks
Yancy's Snood
Football Buttons
Naomi's bunny hat
Zachary's monkey hat
Kelley's Journey
Leighanna's bunny hat
Dannie's unicorn hat
Amelia's kitty hat
Two Turtle Dove FLK socks
Kayleigh's Owl hat
Baylor's soccer ball hat
Reagan's puppy hat
Three French Hens FLK socks
Four Calling Birds
Sam the Flock Cancer Frog
Gavin's fish hat
Lullaby Rain
Five Gold Rings
Tony the beat-the-beast Iron Fish hat
Mallory's Favourite
Bob's Owl hat
Six geese-a-layin socks
TTL Mystery Shawl KAL 2015
Seven Swans a Swimmin socks
Gramps Turner
Come What May

Just (k)nits for others

Davis Fish Hat on US size 7 needles using GnomeAcres Squishy Gnome Little Plastic Bricks
Backpack buddies 2015 (Bluebird of Happiness) on US size 4 needles using various worsted yarns

Just (k)nits in the zone

Just sleep(k)nits to go

Mint Julep on US size 8 needles using Classic Elite Majestic Tweed in Cherry Pie (hibernating for blocking)


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