Sunday, February 25, 2018

Beanies, blankets and baby sweaters

That's what I've been knitting recently. I've spent a lot of time at granddaughter Alyssa's house and have not taken my laptop along, but I've taken plenty of yarn and needles.
Here are the beanies:
Same yarn and needles, different stitch counts - 80 on the left, and 88 on the right. Since it is a light weight yarn, they are baby- and child-size.
This one is also 80 stitches, but since it is a heavier yarn and larger needles, it is adult size.
The child-size hat is 68 stitches and the adult one is 80 stitches.

 Here the child's hat is 60 stitches and the adult's is 76. 

All of these beanies are simple knit2, purl 2 ribbing all the way up. Easy to work; don't need to think about what I'm doing. Some are long enough to turn up for extra warmth on the ears, some are not - just whatever I felt like doing at the time. They will all be donated to some agency that helps the less fortunate.

Now the blankets - baby blankets, that is:

This is very basic - garter stitch (knit every row) starting at one corner with 2 stitches, increasing one stitch every row until a reasonable size, then decreasing one stitch every row back to two stitches. Again, doesn't require much attention. The yarn used creates the stripes.
This one is still in progress (obviously).

And now the baby sweaters. I showed two in my last post; here are two more:
By now you recognize this yarn from two of the hats and one of the blankets. No buttons on this one yet - or on the two in my last post. I have trouble using a sewing needle, because of the neuropathy caused by multiple myeloma and/or the medication they gave me for it (yes, I'm still in remission after 7.5 years), so I've asked Carmen to select the buttons (some that I have are still from my mother's stash) and sew them on.
You can't get much simpler that this sweater. The slit at the neck makes it much easier to put on. I love yarns that create stripes on their own, while I just knit round and round!

Saturday, January 20, 2018

More knitting

I have finished another Baby Surprise Jacket and am working on two more. Here's the one I finished:
I only had one ball of the variegated baby colors, so when I ran out of it, I looked through my stash for coordinating colors. I first added the green (don't know why it looks blue in the picture), and when I ran out of that I added the pink. Then I extended the  sleeves with about three inches of pink ribbing. The sleeves in the pattern as written are rather short. If the three inches make them too long, they can be folded back.

Now I have started two more BSJs - one in a striping yarn that is grays and white, and the other in a yarn that will give wide stripes (color blocks?) of several pastel colors.

I've also knit three children's hats, using up leftover yarn.

Sorry about the blurry pictures.

Our weather for the last several days has not been to my liking!!! Here are a few pictures I took.
It started warming up yesterday, and some of the icicles have fallen or melted, and the cap on the birdbath is not quite so tall now. Even under the carport, Carmen's vehicle got covered.

I didn't leave the house for 8 days - there was no place I really needed to go.


Monday, January 1, 2018

And a few more knitted items

What is it? Like a piece of origami, it needs to be folded. Then it becomes this:
Well-known in the knitting community as a BSJ for Baby Surprise Jacket. It was designed many years ago by Elizabeth Zimmerman, one of the knitting greats of the 20th century. It is a nice sweater in a solid color, but really stands out when done in a self-striping yarn. This is Lion Brand Ice Cream in Tutti Frutti. I have just started another BSJ in a yarn from my stash that has lost its label. It looks interesting in the skein; we'll see how it works up.

I've also finished a few other things.
A small scarf - only 7" x 40"

A diagonal pinstripes shawl. This is my own pattern, and there are many examples of it on the blog.

And, of course, the completed temperature scarf
Colorful, isn't it?
We never had a high in the single digits, but we did have two in the teens in January, and we ended the year with a 19.

For 2018, I plan to do a scarf for each month. I'll cast on 125 stitches, leaving about 6-inch tails on each end. I will also leave 6-inch tails each day to be fringe. I may use some eyelash and other non-smooth yarns. I should come up with interesting scarves. The colors I plan to use are those on electrical resistors (are they still used as they were 50 years ago?) - black, brown, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet, gray, white.

A few weeks ago, I realized that the speakers on my (small, inexpensive( CD player weren't doing well, and mentioned it to Carmen. On Christmas Eve, when Alyssa, Sara and their families came over, there was a large, wrapped package for me. This is what it contained:
The first thing this former RCA employee noticed on the box it was in was the word Victorola. It has a 3-speed turntable, which I haven't tested, because I no longer have any records. I shall have to see if Kevil Korner (local charity store that supports a sheltered workshop) has any. The radio, CD player, and cassette player all work fine. It also has Bluetooth capabilities, which I don't understand. Reggie and Stephen with playing with that part, and it seemed to work OK.


Wednesday, December 27, 2017

OK, Jim . . .

My brother has once again reminded me that I have been ignoring my blog. I've been doing other things, like knitting:

That is two shawls, a scarf, a baby sweater, a baptismal blanket, and finally a Christmas stocking for my youngest great-grandchild. (It's hard to believe that Violet will be one next month.) I've done other knitting as well, but those are the things I have finished and photographed.

From November 29 through December 3, I wove rugs in the rug stall at the Walk through Bethlehem in Mayfield. We had good weather. (Two nights were a bit chilly, but not cold enough to get frost on my loom as I did one year, and there was no rain or wind.) Over the five nights we had more than 3,400 visitors! I put on an 8-yard warp, figuring that would be plenty. The first night I wove a white rug and figured out how much "filler" (cut-up t-shirts) I would need for each rug. The second night I wove a gray one; the third night a blue one and started the "hem" (some cotton yarn, which will be turned under and sewn) on the fourth one. The fourth night, I finished another white one and started the fifth (blue) one. The last night, I finished that one, and didn't have enough warp left to start another one, so I just continued with the yarn I was using for the hems. I'll find some use for that bit of weaving. The amount I wove each night was directly correlated with the number of visitors - I need to weave as I talk to people about weaving. We also 'sold' about 250 each of miniature rugs (mugrugs) and 2-inch squares to the children for the 'shekels' they are given when they enter the village.

Carmen was the vendor in the stall, with help from Rose for three nights. They sold the miniature rugs for 1 shekel and the 2" squares, 4 for a shekel. On the second night, Carmen discovered that some of the kids were trading just one of the 2" squares for something at another stall which cost 1 shekel. She told the mayor (Teresa is the mayor of Mayfield, and also a very active member of the Nazarene church which puts on the Walk, so Carmen calls her the Mayor of Bethlehem, too) about that, so at our get-together in the church fellowship hall after the visitors have gone, Teresa told the other vendors about it, so it wouldn't happen again. 

After the Feast of the Epiphany, when the decorations come down, I'll hem the rugs and donate them. Then I have another weaving project I want to do before I start weaving mugrugs for 2018. I've already been weaving 2" squares while I play Words with Friends on Facebook. 

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Two months to go

On the temperature scarf, that is. Here's what September and October look like:

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Too Early

That's when I got up this morning. I usually sleep until 7 or 7:30 (sometimes later), but I had my alarm set for 6 today, because of the awards assembly at Rose's school. However, I woke up about 5 and hadn't gone back to sleep by 5:45, so I got up then. Carmen and I left about 6:45, picked up Sara and Calla (age 2 years, 4 months) about 7:20 and got to the school in time for the assembly. The awards were for the scores on the state tests they took in May. Afterwards, while pictures were being taken and students, parents, and teachers were milling around in the gym, the principal asked Calla if she would like one of the balloons from the table the awards had been on. He even tied it to her wrist. Carmen says he did that so we could keep up with where she was. I think she might be right.

As if my car trouble last week wasn't enough, when I turned on the furnace Tuesday morning, it initially sounded like it was starting, but then it rattled and went THUNK!. Last time I had it serviced (3 years ago), the man said that one part really needed replacing. However, he did a fix on it of some type. That part is what gave up the ghost. A new part has been ordered, and I should have a working furnace in a day or two.

They say that things come in threes - I certainly hope not; I can't afford any more. 

p.s. As of about 4 pm, I have heat.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Car Trouble

Yesterday morning I left the house about 11 am to go to church and knitting, as I usually do on Wednesday. After the noon Eucharist service, I stopped at a Family Dollar store for some antifreeze/coolant and a couple of other things. When I got back in the car and turned the key, nothing happened. I tried it a couple more times, then called AAA. I sat there knitting for almost an hour before the tow-truck came. The driver tried several things, and finally got my car running. I backed out of my parking space and headed toward the exit. I hadn't gone more than 20 feet when the car just stopped - and wouldn't start again. The tow-truck was still there, so he towed me six blocks to Mercer's garage. The woman there told me that it would be this morning at the earliest before the mechanic even looked at it, and that if the problem was more than the battery, it would be early next week before it would be ready. So I walked half a block down the street to the knitting shop (wasn't I lucky there?) for knitting group.

I texted Alyssa and asked if she or Lexi could pick me up at the shop in a couple of hours. When Lexi came, she had her boyfriend with her - I wonder if he had ever been in a yarn shop before. I had her take me to her house to spend the night there. It is only about 10 miles from the garage; my house is about 30 miles. Sleeping on the couch, fully dressed, is not the most restful, but I survived.

I also gave Carmen my tale of woe. She later suggested that if the problem was just the battery or the alternator, she could fix it herself. So this morning she picked me up from Alyssa's house, and took me to Mercer's Garage. She had discovered that her multimeter was no longer any good, so she asked our neighbor Luis if she could borrow his. He left his office and met us at the garage. When Carmen went inside to get the key, they said that they would not charge anything for the overnight parking. Carmen and Luis worked on the car for a little while, and finally took the battery out of his car and put it in mine. It started right up, so we drove about a dozen blocks to an Auto Zone store. The clerk there checked my old battery, and agreed with Carmen's and Luis' opinion that it was the problem. So now I have a new battery and less money in the bank. It was good to get home about 24 hours after I left. 

Between what I did while waiting for the tow-truck and what I did at Alyssa's house, while she and her family were off in several different directions, I got a lot done on one of my knitting projects.