Wednesday, September 12, 2012

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I just love how these seamless raglan pullovers by Mary Thomas knit up!  I love seamless knitting anyhow, and these are, well, as nearly "mindless knitting" as plain socks!  This yarn just came yesterday afternoon, and already the yoke is half done! 

Friday, June 1, 2012

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am now on round 44 of the Hemlock Ring..guess I've completed the inner, doily-like part and after a few k rounds, will be ready for the "feather and fan" part.
whoops...peer pressure I guess but I set David's sock aside last evening and cast on a Hemlock Ring throw.  For the past 5 or 6 years, I'd been looking for a knit version of the popular crochet pattern commonly referred to as round ripple.  Friends kept telling me to check out the Hemlock Ring  but something,that vague something hard to define, kept telling me it was not quite what I sought, so I had not begun one..til yesterday..I'm now on round 35 and wishing I'd begun one sooner!  pic. later today.

Yesterday was a good day to knit something new, as the guys went out to put some hay through the baler and I had the house to myself with no distractins other than Fred asking for attention.

I've more bananas begging to be made into banana cake, so I suppose another of those is in the cards for today, although I need more cocoa if it's to have chocolate frosting..and to me, banana cake needs chocolate!

Our peas are up and growing, our potatoes are doing splendidly [and no potato bugs visible thus far!!!hurray!  Beans looking nice too..  I think this may well be the best garden in years! The sweet potato plants do have a few leaves that are curling, tho, and that concerns me a bit..oh, yummy Shepherds' pie made of sausage and sweet potatoes..oh, boy!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

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socks ready to send to Ashley and Elizabeth!  got a pr. already cast on for David..knitting socks is such a good way to retain sanity, lol.

Monday, May 28, 2012

sweltering hot today--as it should be at the end of May!  Today, they say, is Memorial Day--although, being a stick-in-the-mud, to me, it will always be May 30th, regardless.  As a child, Memorial Day [in my home town, we still called it Decoration Day] was my favorite holiday.  It was the biggest thing that happened in the tiny hamlet where I grew up!  The upstairs meeting room of the GAR hall filled up with folks from all over the county, and the students from the one room school house recited "pieces", all the kids who took music lessons played pieces, the choir from the Methodist Church sang a few selections, Rena Root recited the Gettysburg Address, and I'm sure much more, but those are the parts that stick in my mind over the decades.  Oh, the memories I carry through life from the 50s!  Anyhow, after, there was always an ice cream social at the Grange Hall.  It was also the day my father planted our garden.  My parents made sure we visited all the cemeteries where relatives were buried.  It was a grand holiday, filled with nostalgia and respect for those who had lost their lives in service to the nation, and deceased family members.

On the knitting front, I'm nearly finished with Elizabeth's socks..almost to toe decreases of sock #2.  I am sooo eager to finish them and send them to her!  So many of my fellow knitters talk about that term "second sock syndrome"...I don't really get it!  For me, getting the second sock done is a must, so they can be worn and I can cast on another one!!!  As a rule, the moment the yarn end is run in after weaving the toe together on one sock, I am grabbing a ball of yarn and casting on another!

Time to start supper...I've a smallish piece of lamb to roast! It has been a very long time since we had lamb-my oldest son brought this to me-what a thoughtful gift-and it needs to be roasted, regardless the heat, so...lamb for supper it is..



Sunday, May 27, 2012

what a scorcher!  windows open, dog complaining, guys off to take hay mower on maiden voyage of the season...not your typical holiday weekend!  that said, Memorial Day, previously known as Decoration Day, has long been just about my favorite holiday! it conjures up childhood memories that I enjoy recalling.  Hence, tomorrow, I'll be waxing nostalgic.

David has selected the yarn for a pr socks, to be cast on as soon as the current ones are finished.  somehow it seems comforting to always have a sock in progress.

I've 2 bananas begging to be made into a cake, so as soon as the strongest heat of the day passes, I shall oblige.  Recipe to follow later today.


Saturday, May 26, 2012

socks for Ashley

socks for Elizabeth
when your grandchildren live several states away, and you live on a farm, you don't get to see them a lot, if at all.  I knit socks to send them.  It serves as a reminder to them that I'm here and care about them, and lets me feel connected to them and their lives.