Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Christmas Eve 2014 we are..Christmas Eve 2014.  The folks are here, enjoying the family time.  We are fortunate  that The Boize are living close by again. 
I have all the Christmas knitting finished, and even have everything wrapped, so all that's left is worrying  about meals!
Last night we had some great entertainment, thanks to Eddie, our new "granddog"!  He's a really sweet dog from the Senior Dog Rescue organization.  He seemed to enjoy being here and felt enough at home to sleep  on our laps.
I want a dog now! ;)
Merry Christmas to all!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Shoutout to "new followers"

So....I get this email this morning informing me that I have lots of new followers because of something called feedspot.  Hmmm....I wonder what this actually means.  Are these new followers actually interested in what I have to say?  Are they looking for Longaberger information?  Are they knitters?  Are they sock fans?  (Not Sox....:P)

Time will tell, I suppose.

BUT, it got me over here after months of inactivity!  LOL

That is all....Breckenridge.  ;)

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Mock Cable Hat

This is a hat I made to go with a coat that very nearly matches the Liberty Wool yarn in my Molly scarf.

The yarn is RedHeart Eco-Ways in teal.

CO 88 stitches on a 16" US 6 needle.  Join without twisting.

Rows 1, 2, 3 are simply K 2, P 2.
Row 4 is K 2nd stitch, leave on needle, K 1st stitch, then remove both stitches at same time.  Your first stitch will be twisted over the second, creating a mock cable design.

Repeat until you have about 6-7 inches in height, then start decreasing.  You will eventually get to the point where you need double points, so switch when you need to.  Continue decreasing until you have about 8 stitches left, then run the yarn through the stitches and tie off.

Double Helix Scarf

I improvised this scarf from another pattern, so I can't take full credit for it.  I know that there are knitters/crocheters/quilters out there that do just that and think it's okay, but I don't want to be guilty of stealing someone's work.  Since I don't think of myself as being creative, I can't honestly imagine nobody has done this before.  If someone out there recognizes this, please let me know so I can edit this accordingly.  I started working on this in the fall of 2012, and am just now getting around to uploading/sharing!

I've done two versions of this pattern, one from worsted and one from sock/fingering yarn.  They are basically the same idea, depending on which weight of yarn you're using.  I would imagine you could use pretty much anything you wanted, just adjust needle size and stitch count accordingly to get the drape you want.

This scarf is shaped by using short rows. 

For the worsted weight version, CO 32, using either a US 7 or 8.  Gauge isn't too important here, you're just using the needle that gives you a good drape with your yarn.

Pattern repeats until you nearly run out of yarn.  Leave enough to do two rows of garter stitch and bind off.  Rows 3 and 4 repeat.  You're actually knitting back and forth on first one side of the scarf, then the other.

Rows 1 and 2: Knit across the row.

Rows 3 and 4: K 6, wrap, turn, Knit to end of row.  (You'll be back where you started.)
 K 9, WT, Knit to end of row.
 K 12, WT, Knit to end of row.
 K 15, WT, Knit to end of row.
 K 12, WT, Knit to end of row.
 K 9, WT, Knit to end of row.
 K 6, WT, Knit to end of row.

Repeat until you have enough to do a couple rows of garter stitch, then bind off.

For the sock/fingering yarn version, CO 38 or 40 on a US size 3 or 4 needle.  The process is basically the same as the worsted weight version, but your side ruffles will be a bit narrower.

Rows 1 and 2: Knit across the row.

Rows 3 and 4:  K 6, WT, Knit to end of row.
K 9, WT, Knit to end of row.
K 12, WT, Knit to end of row.
K 9, WT, Knit to end of row.
K 6, WT, Knit to end of row.

Repeat these 4 rows until you have enough to do a couple rows of garter stitch and bind off.

Easy peasy, right?

The ww model used 3 balls of Lion Brand Amazing, which was really nice to work with.  The sock yarn version used 3 balls of Crystal Palace Sausalito.  Even though they are the same dye lot, one of the balls had quite a few knots in it to break up the color run sequence.  Naturally, it was the first one I picked up, and I was too far into it to realize it wouldn't match.  Oh well, just call it a design element.  ;)

Please feel free to contact me if you make this pattern and run across any errors.  I'm not a pattern writer, by any stretch of the imagination, and I didn't have any test knitters.


Holy cow, where has she been?

Not like anyone actually missed me or my wit, but I'm baaaaack!  :)

Whatever, right?  I won't go into details about accounts being hacked, having no time on my hands, inlaws moving to town from NY, etc, etc.  :P

Anyway, I've been busily uploading photos and will post some interesting ones as I have time.

I'm writing up a couple of patterns for Ravelry (and here) as well, so I'll be back soon!  (Probably in about 10 minutes or so.)


Sunday, April 08, 2012

Happy Easter 2012

We always do a lovely Blooming Cross for Easter at church.
Hope you all enjoy your day, and remember the reason for the season. 

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Poems Puzzle Cowls

Quick and easy rules!
One skein of the yarn will make a cowl.  The blue and grey one is 44 stitches on 13 circs, and the rainbow version is 40 on 15s.
Seed stitch until bind off!

Wednesday, July 06, 2011


I hadn't realized how long it's been since I posted. I have several finished knitting projects finished and photographed, but I haven't taken the time to upload the pics yet. Somehow that part is always a chore for me. I've been doing "Photo of the Day" forever as well, but then again, uploading them usually doesn't get done in a timely manner!

I've neglected LJ as well, but had to check all the wonderful birthday messages over there. I do check certain journals and communities there, but rarely post.

Hope everyone is having a wonderful day!