Archive for July, 2012

I’m obsessed with knitting

I restarted the watermelon socks NOT because of the mismatched striping but because I decided to go up on my needle size. Most of my socks are made with fingering yarn and I have my size figured out exactly but this yarn is a sport weight and I wasn’t sure of the size when I started. The larger needle will be better I think. Luckily they knit up fast and while I was restarting them, I did pay attention to the color sequence.


My packing is done and I’m heading to the library now but when I get home tonight I might cast on another scarf to take with me on my trip. I’ll be gone a week and don’t want to run out of something to work on. I’ll miss Keith and Chesty though because they’re staying home this time.

The cowl is finished

I tried to snap some photos last night with my cell phone but A. I’m not good at self portraits and B. the lighting was poor so I added a photo effect to counteract the graininess of the photos. If I get a chance I might retake these today but I’ve got a very busy day — packing for tomorrow and volunteering at the library.


I made it wider than the pattern because I live in Minnesota, I need a scarf that is as warm as it is decorative. When we walk in the winter I like to pull my scarf up to cover my face.


I love how easy this was to knit, love how soft and warm the yarn feels but don’t really love the variegation of this particular colorway. I’ll probably make another one of these in a different color yarn.

I gave up

After taking Chesty to the vet this morning I gave up on getting anything but binding and knitting done today while I wait until the meds kick in. He’s beside himself with itching and only settles down if I’m right with him. From experience, I know he will be much improved by this time tomorrow. In the meantime, I’ve made lots of progress on my cowl.


Number 3

Another binding finished … This Chinese Coins quilt was one of 8 tops sent to me by a group in California.


Still binding

This top was pieced by Tish and quilted with the pantograph Ebb and Flow.


Two more are ready for me to hand sew the bindings and I’ve even got the labels on.


I feel a third of my life is taken up with either getting ready for a trip, going on a trip, or catching up from being gone…this week is pretty frantic because I’m catching up from being gone and getting ready to leave again….AND trying to get some quilts done too! Chesty’s not much help because his allergies have flared up again and I’ve got to call the vet in the morning and try to get him seen tomorrow.


My first finish for the Olympics

This dotty HeartStrings was pieced by Tish and it’s one of my favorites! 20120728-152123.jpg

I finished it last night, now I’m on to the next one after a little knitting.


I hate hanks … Of yarn

I wish all yarn came in skeins … I’m less than skilled when it comes to winding yarn into balls … Or are they cakes of yarn? For better or worse, my purchases from today are wound and ready to use. Want to guess how long it takes me to complete all three projects? (Along with the socks currently in progress and the ones on the to do list?) Right now I’m on a knitting kick but who knows how long it will last.


First up is this Cowl in the gray yarn.

Destination walking

It was a gorgeous day in Minneapolis and I got in 8000 steps walking over to the yarn shop. Keith likes walking laps but I always prefer my walking to have a purpose. I’ll post later about what I found at the shop and what I plan to work on in the coming months.


Are you ready?!

It’s time for the Olympics and while I’ll be heading out for Mom’s after a few days, I hope to get some binding and knitting done over the next few days as we watch! Today I got the binding on two quilts and will work on hand stitching them down starting tonight during the Opening Ceremonies.


On my needles

I am really enjoying my knitting lately … But I’m not too sure about NOT starting these socks in the same place in the color sequence. It’s my first time using yarn that has such a wide stripe and the socks are completely different. It never seemed to matter with the socks from the narrower yarn but I might just have to change my tune the next time I use yarn with these wider stripes and make sure I start them at the same point.

With time in the car and on the plane, I made good progress today. What do you think? Would this bother you?


A quiet day

With the kids gone, Keith and I enjoyed one last day here at Big Canoe before heading home. A hike and then a swim today and now sitting quietly at the condo.

It amazes me how much more difficult the heat and hills make getting my steps in … The 10,000 steps today felt like the 20,000 we did at home a couple weeks ago but it’s great to be hiking in the woods.


The pink socks are done except for grafting the toes closed but I want something to work on tomorrow in the car and on the plane so I started another pair tonight. These color changes are less frequent so you can see that my socks are not going “match” I could have pulled out more yarn until I was at the same spot in the color sequence but that would have wasted a lot of yarn. I find that sock knitters seem to fall into two categories those that want their socks to match and those that don’t really care … I don’t really care if the stripes are in the same place on both socks.


The lake yesterday, the pool today


He loves being in the water.


Such a sweet boy!


Time with Caleb!

And Lindsey and Adam and Chris too.



I don’t buy any books from the Apple store but I love iBooks for organizing my PDF files. I create separate folders as needed including ones for knitting, quilting, and genealogy and when I come across a pattern or genealogy page I want to save, I either open it in iBooks if it’s already a PDF or use the app PDF Converter to save it as a PDF if it is not. All my pattern PDF’s then sit nicely on my bookshelves.




Chris and Becky

The kids joined us for the weekend … Saturday was rainy but the sun came out today!


On my needles

The pink socks are coming along. I even brought more yarn with me just in case I finish them this week.


I love our woodsy retreat

I never tire of coming home to Big Canoe although I was very tired when we arrived at 3:30am. As usual Chesty did great both on the flight and the drive from the airport – he’s a well seasoned traveler.

Chris and Becky are our first guests and they’ll arrive this evening. In the meantime, we have some plans to arrange for the week and a run to the grocery store.


A Strippie

I don’t like it as much as the first one but then boy colors are just easier for me. Here’s a little girl version of the Owl Strippie (remade because Becky and Chris are having a girl). Technically the first one was supposed to be gender neutral but in the end it definitely looked boyish to me.


This and that

I’m not getting any sewing done this week and at this rate, none will be happening before i travel again. A week like this make me thankful that most of the time I can spend my days quilting without a lot of other obligations intruding.

I have created my list of goals for the next few months. The iPad app Reminders is great for this as it lets me list them and check them off as they’re accomplished.


Today was my day for genealogy and I think I finally solved my problem of how to handle both my research and my initial goal of creating a Family History book for my sons. I knew that i didn’t want a book generated by genealogy software and that scope of writing a book that detailed all the genealogy details I was gathering in my research was clearly beyond my ability.

I decided to deal with the creation of the “tree” and it’s research and gathering of facts separate from the book for the boys and take a more informal, storytelling approach using the facts I’m gathering. I don’t know if that makes sense but by approaching the book as a story I’m telling the boys and not the entire family, it becomes much easier to write.

Knowing that my iPad almost never leaves my side i also knew that I’d write the book quicker on it than on the laptop so I searched today for an app and chose Manuscript. So far the things I like best are the chapters, the ability to create files with index cards so I can organize my thoughts, and that I can read what I wrote in a “book view” which makes it so much easier to proofread. My thought is that after the content is written, I’ll export the text into a format that allows me to insert photos and charts and then “publish” it.

Wish me luck and check back in a couple years to see how I’m progressing.