Pat's Knitting and Quilting
August 31, 2007
Knitting this stole was pure pleasure!
and thank you to my very reluctant photographer (Dave) for a few different angles.....
(click pics for bigger)
As for color accuracy - the one on the chair is true to color. For some reason this indigo blue was not easy to capture.
Now that everyone is sick of looking at pictures of this shawl....
Thank you all for your wonderful blogiversary wishes!!!
I numbered the comments in the order they came in (adding emails at the end) and used the random # generator to pick 4 integers between 1 and 86, It said...
Here are your random numbers - 40, 34, 36, 2
This was so much fun for me!
August 26, 2007
1st - The state of some things...
2nd - I am officially part of Ravelry, but have not uploaded one thing yet....It may be a few weeks before I have some time and can really check it all out and see how it will fit into my knitting life - but I am "PatsKnitting".
3rd - Blogiversary Appreciation Day
A quick history....I have been reading knitting blogs since 2003 when I happened upon one while searching for "Charlotte's Web Shawl" - I was thrilled to find like minded knitters and bookmarked (didn't know about Bloglines for a few months) each new site I found. It was enjoyable being a bystander for several years, but I knew I wanted to join all of you out there in blogland when I started my first KAL (Sock a Month 2). I had to quickly figure out how to turn my primitive picture gallery into a blog! On August 26, 2006, I wrote my 1st post. It took some doing since I wasn't using ready made blog software. I had to find a way to send out my own feed, add comments, organize everything manually (which is the way I still make my blog). A few posts later, Monika left me that 1st (non family) comment and I knew that there was someone out there!
As most of you know, I have been the lucky recipient of many prizes and gifts this year- it actually got to the point where I stopped entering contests because I was afraid I would win! ! I think it is time to give back...
I came up with all kinds of ideas, guessing games, and questions for a blogiversary contest, but in the end have decided to go the random # generator way. So just say hello, ask a question, make a suggestion - anything....in comments or email and you will be in the drawing for a prize.
Winners on Friday....
August 21 , 2007
We had a wonderful vacation in the mountains - and found cool crisp weather - even had to wear SWEATERS at night!!
As I predicted, I did not get a whole lot of knitting done, but I did keep up with the Mystery Stole (although now I have to complete the last clue) and I finished my Setesdal Socks.
Oh how I loved making these socks! That drive to add 1 more row just to see what it would add to the pattern was so strong that I kept moving right along. My plan is to make 1 more pair of colorwork socks before making the big switch to mittens and hats this fall.
a few other angles...
Now to catch up on my overflowing Bloglines feeds and see what I have missed ...
August 9 , 2007
Dave turns 56 tomorrow and he loves to be "on the road" for his birthday -SO, we're leaving in the morning to enjoy 10 days in the nice cool Green Mtns. of Vermont. Knitting plans ...
On the left is the beginnings of my "I Love Gansey" socks, which is the Six Sox KAL current pattern. I am using durable wooly Silja sock yarn (recognize this yarn Beth? Thank you!) and enjoying the pattern immensely. I was a little concerned about my choice of darkish yarn, but the stitch patterns are showing up just fine. On the right is the continuation of Setesdal. I'm nearing the end of the bright eye of the partridge heels and so far the fit is perfect!
Of course, I'll be taking along this lovely pile of lace too. Clue 6 should be posted by the time we leave tomorrow, so I will try to keep up while playing in the mountains.
Just in case I finish all this- HAH! (I'm not a big vacation knitter, so it probably won't happen), but just in case, I will have this gorgeous skein of yarn along for the ride.
I also want to thank the 4 great blogging pals who have passed on this award to me!
I have a friend that knits with me in real life, and she recently started her very own blog. Linda (at Linda's Knitting Blog ) just began knitting in February (she could only watch me knit socks at our kids' karate class for so long, before she walked in with a skein of yarn and started knitting a scarf - she didn't stop there....) She is a wonderfully creative, experimental knitter - I cannot believe she just started knitting a few months ago! Thank you for your company and inspiration, Linda!
This is a computer-free vacation so I'll see you all in a few weeks...
August 6 , 2007
I love it when I get a bonus pair of socks....the socks that sit in the car and get a few rows here and there and all of a sudden (or actually a month or 2 later) an extra pair of socks are done that I didn't even count as a WIP.
Pattern: cuff down 60 stitches
Well, I guess I'm not totally predictable anyway! Most of you thought I was going to knit Dickenson (I'm guessing this is because of my history of cable knitting and love for Kathy Zimmerman patterns ) and it is a wonderful pullover which I may knit someday, but right now I wanted something more simple, yet special and beautiful....so Tangled Yoke is the next sweater project and with stash yarn too!! Don't hold your breath though...I most likely won't start this until the fall.
August 1 , 2007
My very young 85 year old father-in-law (who still plays hockey and runs a small farm) loves to go quahogging and wanted to take the boys to his spot down in Fairhaven.....
I played in the bay for awhile, but this is what I did most of the time...
I have dutifully placed my lifeline on row 287 of my MS3 stole as directed by Melanie in clue 4. I have never used a lifeline, so this is new to me!
and I started my next socks....Setesdal (pdf. download) designed by Robyn Gallimore . I'm using Cherry Tree Hill Supersock in Champlain Sunset for the background and natural for the foreground. What an addicting knit!! Here is how I knit both socks together on one circular without having a huge tangled mess.... "baggies"!
I know what my next sweater project is going to be....it's on this page - Can you guess which one it is?? and I already have the yarn right in my stash just waiting for it's turn to be a sweater!