Sunday, September 18, 2016

Summer's End ...

I was asked recently what my favorite thing was that I did over the summer.

I responded by saying I didn't do much since I'd had a rough couple of years.

I said that mostly I just chilled with the grandkids and walked around the lake a lot.

Truth be told, I don't really like to go anywhere in the summer. 

It's so nice here in the summer why go anywhere?

FO - Bubble & Squeak Cowl (Christmas gift).  The pattern suggested mattress stitch but I did a three needle bind off instead.  It looks great.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Mink Stole

The Mink Stole progresses steadily. I am on schedule again after falling behind in July. I have marked the chart with where I have to be in order for it to be done in time for my December knitting cruise.

And then in an incredible stroke of good luck I found a dress on the clearance rack that will work perfectly (the color of the mink yarn is somewhere between the two photos).

Now all I have to do is find some shoes :D

Monday, September 5, 2016

Should I?

On the train there are notices posted everywhere to not put feet on the seats.

I am always tempted to ask people if they would like help from the Minnesota Literacy Council to learn how to read when they have their feet on the seats.

Should I or shouldn't I?  

They probably wouldn't even understand the passive-aggressive tone :P

Thursday, August 25, 2016

State Fair 2016

There were some interesting slippers this year - some of them would be good ways to use leftover yarn:

There are many, many, lovely things to look at.  It's hard to take it all in.

Two Estonian lace pieces got second place. 

This is one of the reasons why I don't ever enter anything in the fair.

This blankie was really cute.

This was quite scrunched up but I am intrigued with the pattern.  Hopefully the winner will bring it to the September Guild meeting.

Some day I will make a pair of sideways socks.  This pair really used the self-striping yarn well IMHO:

I believe this is a garland of little sweaters.  Very cool if a bit impractical.

Color work always kind of amazes me - especially when done on tiny needles.

Watermelon socks - everyone should have a pair:

And Prince was at the Fair in many different formats.  I like these mittens.

The Sweepstakes winner:  A blanket that was made with very small needles.  Remarkable.  Beautiful.

Sunday, August 7, 2016


It was a good cloud day at Lake of the Isles today. My intention was to bike more this summer but I like walking around the lake too much.