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The weather has been nothing short of Ideal the past week. Ideal for me is 70s in the day and 40s at night. I knit these puppies in 6 days. Keep in mind, I only worked One shift in that time period.Keep in Mind, the yarn is part cashmer...
The weather has been nothing short of Ideal the past week. Ideal for me is 70s in the day and 40s at night. I knit these puppies in 6 days. Keep in mind, I only worked One shift in that time period.Keep in Mind, the yarn is part cashmere and it glides effortlessly across the needles.Keep in mind I love to knit socks. I cast on for looooooong fingerless last night.I made a mistake last night.Fireman just called me laughing.I went to a Formula company dinner at a great eating establishment. I had COKE: no liquor . Then I came home and was focused on getting the recycle bin onto the curb for fireman. Seems I forgot to shut off the car. Yup the car ran all night.Fireman says it could have caused a fire because the engine gets too hot from no air circulating..Opps. Poor Honda Rhonda. I had just filled the gas tank too. Seems she hardly used any gas up sitting in the driveway all night.Oh dear.I wondered where my keys were as I went to bed last night...
about 2 hours ago
I’m looking forward (as are many other knitters across the continent and beyond, no doubt) to my annual trip to Rhinebeck next weekend, and it’s a toss up whether the knitting time and yarn time are a bigger draw over …...
I’m looking forward (as are many other knitters across the continent and beyond, no doubt) to my annual trip to Rhinebeck next weekend, and it’s a toss up whether the knitting time and yarn time are a bigger draw over … Continue reading →
about 3 hours ago
I’m so very close to being done with the dog fur “vest.” (I’m calling it a vest, although it isn’t quite). I just started the ribbing at the bottom. Just another inch and a half and it will be off the needle...
I’m so very close to being done with the dog fur “vest.” (I’m calling it a vest, although it isn’t quite). I just started the ribbing at the bottom. Just another inch and a half and it will be off the needles and on its way to its owner. I’m using a new technique to move from the body to the ribbing. I found it on TechKnitting so I assume it will work flawlessly. (That site!) SO MUCH FLUFFY.
about 18 hours ago
Well. At least it looks like I'm waiting patiently. PS: Hey, dig that... remember my spinning wheel?...
Well. At least it looks like I'm waiting patiently. PS: Hey, dig that... remember my spinning wheel?...
about 20 hours ago
*Found a vest pattern I'm sure I can knit. I have to price the yarn before I commit. I have to let this one sit with me a bit before I commit. I would also have to buy the book with the pattern ....This model is very thin. I am not. Wi...
*Found a vest pattern I'm sure I can knit. I have to price the yarn before I commit. I have to let this one sit with me a bit before I commit. I would also have to buy the book with the pattern ....This model is very thin. I am not. Will I like the look on ME? What do you think? I choose it for its simplicity. Be brutally honest...please* I plan to finish the blue socks today. The yarn has been a complete joy. Sqoosh Fiber Arts Merino/cashmere. This is my first knit with cashmere.....ever. Thank's AL for awesome birthday yarn. Carole knits asked for things you love about Fall: *campfires*specifically: Harms Road between Old Orchard and Golf. My favorite stretch of woods and leaves. *cool enough to sleep well; warm enough so there is not frost to scrape off the car windows*the cats get snuggly and want to sleep on your lap while you knit*taffy apples*corn maze: here in the Cornbelt farmers cut out paths in their fields. They are hard to figure when you are inside them. Our family had a blast, one fall night years ago, trying to find our way out. *Post Season Baseball. GO Tigers. *switching over to a fall purse....and*Bite size Baby Ruth bars....
1 day ago
Rachel Coopey makes pretty things, including several for Twist Collective. She is a sock specialist, but also designs other wonderful accessories. She is our featured designer today in our fifth anniversary interview series, which you ca...
Rachel Coopey makes pretty things, including several for Twist Collective. She is a sock specialist, but also designs other wonderful accessories. She is our featured designer today in our fifth anniversary interview series, which you can check out all of here. You can find out more about Rachel and her lovely work on her website.       (Chamomile, Cays, Apple Catchers)    1. How did you learn to knit? My grandmother was always knitting, she taught me how to knit when I was very little and I churned out little garter stitch squares using her scraps and left-overs. When I was 16 I asked my mother to give me a refresher and I knit an incredibly long scarf, it's far from perfect but I've still got it and wear it.    2. What's your favorite thing to knit? Socks! They can be intricate and elegant, they are little works of art for your feet and most importantly I hate having cold feet!   3. What's your favorite design you did for Twist Collective and why? My favorite design is Chamomile, everything came together so nicely with that one, the yarn, the color, the motif, I'm really proud of it.    4. If you weren't a designer, what do you think you'd be doing with all the extra time you'd have? I would do more in the garden and grow more fruit and vegetables, I'm lucky enough to have a large, but neglected, garden.   5. Finish this sentence:  If everyone knew how to knit... maybe I wouldn't get so many strange looks when I knit on public transport!   (Banach, Coesite, Xylem)
1 day ago
The first time I heard the standard cross stitch adage to “keep the back as tidy as the front,” my reaction was basically, “LOL NO.” But I have to admit, there is a pleasantly obsessive thrill to doing it. In ...
The first time I heard the standard cross stitch adage to “keep the back as tidy as the front,” my reaction was basically, “LOL NO.” But I have to admit, there is a pleasantly obsessive thrill to doing it. In fact, I’ve kept the back so tidy, I’m having to be coy about these pictures. Don’t want to give it away before The Big Reveal. In cat news, let me tell you something. Every morning, about half an hour before I get up, Cinnamon creeps into bed and chirps for me to let her under the covers. She stays after I get up, and usually sleeps until around noon. At which point she will emerge, sauntering and stretching, ready for lunch. Well it’s 2:30 and she’s still up there, sleeping in my bed, underneath my blankets. While I work myself ragged. Also, this morning she didn’t just stay under the blankets. No, when I got up, she scootched herself over to the spot where I had been, because it was warmest. How did it come to this state of affairs? Who negotiated this treaty? And how did pets get the better legal team, is what I want to know.
2 days ago
This weekend ( over the feast of St. Francis of Assisi) Zach came downstairs and found Pie and Beatles sitting in the front window together. The screen had been pushed out and the cats could very easily have taken off.We live on a very ...
This weekend ( over the feast of St. Francis of Assisi) Zach came downstairs and found Pie and Beatles sitting in the front window together. The screen had been pushed out and the cats could very easily have taken off.We live on a very busy main road in town. Beatles, I am sure, chose to stay in the house. Pie, because she cannot really see, didn't know the window screen had come loose. I know her spunk and spirit would have drawn her right outside if she could see. Thank you Zach for noticing. Thank you Bea for not leaving out the window and "showing" her the way. I am actually thankful Pie is blind or she would have left for certain. Both of the cats are microchipped, but after seeing the opossum flattened in the street the next day, I am even more very grateful that both cat and kitten stayed in. That's my first little miracle. The second is this: I realized this morning I have memorized how to knit socks. I don't need a pattern anymore. The final step was understanding the heel turn.Up until now I just read the pattern at the heel turn and paid very close attention to my stitches. Today I realized, its always half the stitches plus onethen work your decrease,then purl to the same number left on the other side and do your decrease. I can knit socks anywhere now, with no pattern, no reference needed on a computer or in a book! This gives me hope. Perhaps I will learn to do a reverse shape afterall, (someday...)now THAT will be a miracle in my book!
2 days ago
According to the tracking info (thanks Loopy Ewe, that's super handy for obsessive types) the yarn I'm waiting for is currently in Los Angeles.  I think this means that I can stop checking the mailbox every five minutes, and start...
According to the tracking info (thanks Loopy Ewe, that's super handy for obsessive types) the yarn I'm waiting for is currently in Los Angeles.  I think this means that I can stop checking the mailbox every five minutes, and start...
2 days ago
Winter arrived in Sunset Valley, bringing the first snowfall of the year. I am surprised how much I am enjoying playing a completely empty town. It’s so pleasantly desolate. I left a few of the community lots open to the publ...
Winter arrived in Sunset Valley, bringing the first snowfall of the year. I am surprised how much I am enjoying playing a completely empty town. It’s so pleasantly desolate. I left a few of the community lots open to the public, so that Robin can (for example) go ice skating in winter. Robin is having a terrible time making friends. Even the wild horse got angry when Robin tried to talk to him. He is faring no better with the humans. I hired a maid (he’s finally making just barely enough money to afford one.) I was glad to see the maid was female. Potential for breeding stock! (As if that’s a perfectly normal thing to think when you hire a maid.) Everything was fine until Robin said eight wrong things in a row and now she hates him. I saw some potential for bridging the gap when the winter holiday rolled around. Let’s throw a gift-giving party! I invited his only neighbors, the Goth/Newbie family. Technically they are forbidden by the terms of the challenge. But I wasn’t about to pass up the chance to watch Bella Newbie and Mortimer Goth grow up together. As teens, they are madly in love with one another. It’s a bit sickening, really. Let’s move on to the presents! Most people got a good present, one that made them happy. Except for poor Torgo. I guess I would be pretty ticked if I got a toilet paper holder as a present, too. Then Robin’s cheap television broke and everyone got mad. Once all the guests had left, I ordered up Robin’s holiday present from me: a baby girl! Welcome baby Summer. Robin looks dubious about this present. I rearranged his living room into a cozy baby nook. Summer grew up into a cute little kid. Without a job (aside from writing) or other distractions, Robin and Summer could afford to spend lots of time together. He taught her how to walk. And how to talk, including important words like “soda.” And “Thalia and Melpomene.” And of course, no toddler’s vocabulary would be complete without the term “day spa.” Obviously.
3 days ago