I know, it’s been awhile….

Well, here I am again after a shockingly long hiatus. I saw Needlefingers catch up post yesterday and was inspired to dust off my blog and get back to writing. I like to keep this little record for some of the same reasons Kristi stated. It’s a good way to refresh my memory of what happened when. That gets increasingly helpful at my age, LOL. Also it’s a good way to share with interested parties what’s happening with the business and my knitting. Sure, I can and do use Ravelry to record knitting projects, but sometimes, like now actually, when I am working on a design of my own that I plan to publish the pattern for, I tend to wait until it’s published to post it there.

Which leads nicely into what is on my needles anyway? Well I started this current project around the end of July I think, after I finished my Sprossling in Classic Merino Superwash Sock yarn.

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I had this idea to design a Shetland style lace square, but with some modifications on the traditional model. I wanted to make it using my one of my newer colors, Honeydew, in Classic Merino Lace. Time for a picture, yes?

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I picked out a lace pattern from Barbara Walters Treasury and tried swatching from the written directions just to see if I wanted to pursue it. I got about eight rows into a thirty-two row repeat and gave up on that idea. I could see I was never going to make it through the swatch without a chart. So I then spent several hours charting the design and got back to my swatch. I liked it and calculated by gauge how many stitches to cast on and got started. This picture above is taken about a month after I cast on and before I started the border.

What I did that was different from traditional lace squares, AFAIK, is work my center square from one end to the other rather than on the diagonal. I realized after awhile of knitting that I could see the wisdom in the diagonal square for actually producing a square. In order to make the stitch pattern come out even mine is slightly taller than it is wide. I didn’t want to be work mine diagonally because of the pattern direction. I proceeded hoping for the best. :-)

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Finally I reached to point of picking a border design, and went with an Ostrich Plume. By the time I had done one repeat of that I had well over 1000 stitches on the needles I think and decided that was quite enough and time to pick an edging. At this point I and on the final side, having passed the third corner this weekend, and heading to the finish line.

I am not completely sure how big this thing is but I am on the seventh skein of yarn, heh heh. Is anyone going to want to make this? LOL! We shall see, but it is pretty impressive if size counts for anything. This has been my exclusive knitting except for a quick foray into baby sweater knitting around Christmas and New Years for some of the grandbabies.

We are also hard at work in the woodshop this winter/spring making a huge, and I do mean huge, batch of mahogany and walnut boxes. We are finally to the sanding stage. We have to sand all the insides of the box pieces before we do the glue up/assembly, which is to come next.

Oh, I told you back in June how we had gotten a couple guinea pigs, right? Well in September we added a kitten to the mix. Here’s Mimi. :-) She was rescued from someones car engine and we adopted her. She was around 7-9 weeks old I think when we got her which makes her around 7-8 months now.  The top picture is from October 2017 and the bottom one was taken last week.

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Okay, I’ll close for now and see you soon. Thanks for reading!

Belated Happy New Year

I hope you all had a lovely New Year’s weekend, I know we did. We didn’t go out and paint the town, but we did have lots of family visiting which was the best way to welcome the new year I can think of.

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Both our oldest daughters came over and my in-laws came on Sunday afternoon. This was the first time any of Jerry’s family have gotten to see our granddaughter, Willow. She is 10 months now and she and Elijah can really start to interact with each other. It is so adorable and fun to watch them growing up together.

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This is my sweet mother in law holding Willow. Willow is one of those babies who know no strangers. She warms up to us all like she sees us every day.

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This is my beautiful second daughter, Heather, Willow’s mama.

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We did a little present opening since we couldn’t be together on Christmas.

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Cassie, sure has a way with the little ones.

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Our youngest daughter Emma and Willow, really had fun playing together. Emma is great at imitating animals, especially horses and Willow was enthralled with her.

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See what I mean about them interacting. I have no idea what they were saying but at least it looks good, LOL!

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Well it did anyway, heh.

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I think the photographer must have started to look more interesting than each other.

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This one cracks me up! He sure does have some funny expressions sometimes. LOL

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Entertaining is hard work. Smile

I should have some more knitting to show you on my next post. I worked on the navy Owl Vest and am past the arm hole division and working on the back tonight. Maybe I can get in finished in a night or two. Later!