Friday, August 15, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
The photo shows the pastels of the yarn.
My first hat that starts at the bottom-up and so far so good. I found this book authored by Wenlan Chia at the LYS and I loved it. The shop (Classy Knits) owner had the hat knitted up in white with blue bulky yarn and knitted on a size 17 circular needle. It is different because of it's presence, "like I am here and it is obvious", I am already planning 3 more. I saw on Ravelry.com that a knitter finished it in an hour. Now I don't know if that is possible, but that would be great for me, because I am a slow knitter, then I could turn them out lickedy split. I will get a pic of the finished hat. Although this is an adult hat I think it could be a hat for either adult or tween child.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Sunday, July 20, 2008
The Hearst Castle is on the top of the mountain in the 1st pic. My dogs love to run free on these narrow hiking paths, and since the State Rangers don't hike the paths, they were free to run beyond the point of my sight. The view of the sunsets over the Pacific Ocean, from of our campsite, were spectacular. As you can see the area is very dry. Highway 1, along the coast, was shut down only 30 miles up the road, because of the Big Sur fires. The Hiway opened the day before we went home. Many lost their homes to the fire.
Friday, July 4, 2008
FAMILY HISTORY ~ My Ancestors fought against King George and his army helping to win our Independence Day.
The large flag draped the coffin of my Uncle Harold, who served in WW2 in the SouthPacific. He was, oops, is a Marine ("Once a Marine, always a Marine") and he survived the GuadalCanal invasion. I have never met a Marine who could talk about those days, without choking up with tears rising in their eyes and some of them spilling over, as they began to relive those sad days. It was easier not to talk about that day. In those days men didn't boast or complain about the horror they witnessed. He was a big man, standing 6'4", and he talked like a gangster, for you see, he was from New York, and this little girl idealized him. He was my Uncle Harold.
Monday, June 30, 2008
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
While cruising the Ravelry site, a community of knitters and crocheters, I saw a darling baby bib that talented Designer Dehbiknits posted in her projects. As I studied the bib, with a thick strap, attached at one side, and fastened on the opposite side with a button and buttonhole connection I invisioned a halter top. I don't have anymore babies in my life, all the grandkids are grown past the bib stage, six grandkids being girls, so when I looked at the bib, I invisioned a halter top, with that fashionable strap, which, for modesty's sake, would hold up the top. Not having a pattern, and being at a kindergarten level of learning and knowledge, in my knitting experience, I CO 149 st and used a seed stitch for the first 1", which is the bottom of the tube. I continued knitting, using a circular needle, in a st st.
I wanted a 100% cotton yarn, and decided that Red Heart Carefree Cotton, a blend of 51% cotton/49% acrylic (pink)would work best for a child. I first knitted a swatch with Lion Brand Cottom Ease 50/50 blend (smoke lavender), and proceeded with the Red Heart (pink). The seed stitch, using the Lion Brand, was not as "sharp" and pointy as with the Red Heart. I also, did a swatch using Louisa Harding's Nautical Cotton 100% cotton (grape-magenta) and my preference would be this gorgeous yarn, but the price is almost double the Red Heart. The cotton/acrylic blend would dry faster than the other, so this is the choice of this knitter for the top. The Harding cotton will be saved for something I can wear.
Check out this community of knitters and crocheters at Ravelry
How many of us have dabbled in bead work? I know I have. Years ago when traveling the Navajo Nation and Wyoming and Colorado even Mammoth, Ca I saw beautiful jewelry made by creative and imaginative artisans. My fingers began to get the "itch", I had to get my hands into the mechanical process of earring and necklace making. Of course, as always, I had to have "it" all and I bought tools and beads, turquoise, semi precious stone beads and from QVC I bought a matching pearl necklace and bracelet set, just for the pearls. Sterling silver wire and Sterling linked chain, gold filled and 10Kt gold wire, 14Kt gold wire, copper wire and the usual other wire used for jewelry making was in abundance in my "stash". I have long gotten jewerly making out of my system, but I never regretted buying all that "stuff" as I kept it organized and safe. When my grandchildren came to visit they knew exactly where to get all the jewelry makings, and they would set it all up in the big table in the studio and, they would spend hours of creative bliss making wonderful necklaces, bracelets and some earrings. Years later we had a family reunion and my new daughter-in-law joined in the creative experience too. No, I have never regretted the money spent on all my supplies. The memories of the days of purchase grew into more wonderful memories and their is so much more memory making that's waiting for another trip from the grandkids, so it also gives hope to the future.