Knitting And Sewing Up Something Good: WIP Wednesday

q~I admit it, there are times during the cold winter evenings when I choose to go to bed early to snuggle under the covers, knit and watch Midsomer Murders. This is such a fun Agatha Christy- type of mystery to watch, especially all snuggly in one’s bed. I’ve started the series from the beginning again, let’s see does this make it the 4th or 5th time? The show has aired on ITV since 1997, and is aired a year later here in the States. To my great dismay John Nettles retired from the show, it’s not the same without him. On my bucket list are the locations in Chilterns area of Buckinghamshire and the neighbouring counties of Hertfordshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Surrey, where most of the series is filmed. If nothing else, I love watching the programs for the beautiful location shots. All of my stash was entered into Ravelry listening to “Tom” solve yet another case! My latest “bed-knitting-Midsomer-watching” project is the Victorian Shawlette by Sivia Harding, one of my favorite designers. It’s an easy knit if you remember to place markers. I’m using Frog Tree alpaca. Such a lovely yarn with which to knit.


Victorian Shawlette by Sivia Harding

Victorian Shawlette by Sivia Harding


curls~I love making clothes for my grandchildren. They love getting them. This last Christmas, they picked out the flannel for their pajamas. I took my oldest granddaughter to Joann’s to pick out some fleece for a coat for her and a pattern.



They didn’t have the pattern in stock that she wanted, so I modified the Mc Calls 4961 pattern. She wanted the collar and pockets to be pointed not rounded. Easy fix. The sleeves are going to have cuffs or a cuff look to them. This has been a fun project. Hope to have finished by next week, so she can use it this Winter. 😎


Good Times At The Farmer’s Market

~Our local community college, Cuyamaca, has a farmer’s market every Saturday. The smell of the food court is enough to drive a person crazy! Hubs and I started out with a breakfast crepe; filled with an egg, bacon, spinach, cheese, mushrooms, and tomatoes. A taste of heaven in our mouths. While waiting for the crepe I struck up a conversation with the cook. He was born in France, but is presently living in Bozeman, Mt. A snow bird, he comes down to San Diego during the winter months. I can attest to the fact that he makes delicious crepes! We could not pass up the fresh lemonade from the vendor next to the crepes.

As we were savoring our breakfast, another couple stopped by our table and we discussed the merits of the breakfast crepe. The husband than told us we needed to try the Brazilian Snacks, at which point the husband sitting at the table to my left pipes up, “You have to try the Nutella Banana Brazilian Snack, ” as he holds up the treat for us to see. We put on our best “oh-no-we-can-resist-that” demeanor when we finished our crepes. Walking around, we experienced a taster’s delight: almonds, dates, bread, cheese, oils, etc. My new “adult” habit is to look at everything first and then buy! 😎 The siren song from the Nutella Banana Brazilian Snack floated across the entire farmer’s market and drew us back. Sigh…….. In our defense, we shared one.

One vendor, HazPaca, had alpaca fibers and yarn for sale. I felt all of the fluffies.  Alpaca is my favorite knitting yarn, just the lovely feel as it slips thorough the fingers. It was enjoyable talking with the owner, Patti Hazard. She and her husband own an alpaca ranch in Jamul, Ca, not to terribly far from the college. If you live in the area, you can arrange a visit to the farm, or next weekend, Saturday, November 10 there is a Fall Garden Festival a the Cuyamaca Water Conservation Garden and the alpacas will be there available for petting. 😎 I purchased 4 oz of roving which is a lovely rust with silver mixed in. She also had some raw alpaca fiber. Raw alpaca fiber has very little natural grease so it has vegetable matter in it, but does not feel greasy.  It turns out that she has taken spinning classes from Margaret too. She threw in raw fiber for me to try. I’m going to spin from the lock. Score! The three raw fibers are coarse, medium, and kid alpaca. Can’t wait.

Ended the day by buying Mexican-Chocolate-powder almonds and Cranberry-Walnut Bread. Oops, forgot to buy any produce. Maybe next time….

It’s All About the Office! AKA Starbucks.

~What a fabulous day at The Office! Barb and I arrived around 9 am and left around 12pm!  When on our Northwest Journey we planned each day while at Starbucks; thus we began calling Starbucks – “The Office”.   You can see our “briefcases” and how we’re ready for the day.   It’s Barb’s birthday this week so we did some celebrating.  Pop Cake and drink of choice!  Yum!  Looked at Spin-Off and Creative Knitting Magazines.  Knitted. Talked.  Took pictures. A wonderful day!  Ended it by going to a thrift store to look for sweaters to unravel.  Barb found a 100% silk, light, sage green one which she want to try dyeing and I found a mohair- acrylic blend in a heavenly shade of peach.

One present I gave to Barbara was Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith.  I purchased one for my self knowing we’d have a blast filling these out.  I told Barb that since it’s her present she gets to pick out the page we’d do every week.  The first page she picked is the name page,  saying we have to have our names in the journal!  We’ll share next Monday.  She’s told me she’s going to rename hers but wouldn’t tell me the title, said I have to wait until she picked the cover!!  So mean!

Cooler morning, although bright and sunny.  Barb showed up wearing her knitted: sweater, hat, and scarf.  Can’t get better than that.  I’ve mentioned these items in previous posts.   I had on my Maja shawl.

This is the Herdis by Elsebeth Lavold sweater that I mentioned a few days ago.  It is stunning!  What a knitter!  The buttons she used are antiques from our grandmother at the beginning of last century.  Tried to get a good close-up, but this was the closest we could get.  They are metallic and there is a bit of a shine that’s hard to capture.  The color is washed out even though there wasn’t a flash.  Sigh…  Guess it was a bad picture day!

And, she had completed the bottom and top of the slipper, after assuring me she wouldn’t get that far.  Instead of working on the slipper, I made a special, small, knitted gift for her.  I’ll write up the pattern and share on this blog.  So, I need to go catch up on the slipper.  Here I am madly working on it!

It’s All About the Neck Candy!

~I’m sure all of us have knit our share of warm, serviceable scarves.  Every so often it’s fun to knit something totally outrageous to wear as neck candy.  While visiting the Acorn Street Yarn shop they had an extremely fun exhibit of yarns made specifically to “knit” into ruffled, wild, scarves/neck candy.  It took me at least half and hour to decide which one to purchase.  The directions were on the package.  It took a couple of hours to make while on the road to Missoula.  Finished it at my sister’s house.  Sad to say that I did not keep the label so I cannot remember what the yarn is.  It is really long so this picture shows the scarf doubled.  Isn’t it fabulous?

Barbara is such a fast knitter that she made two scarves during our journey.  It really was cold! The yarn is Cascade’s Alpaca and is softer-than-soft (my favorite yarn to knit with).  She knit both in a straight garter stitch.  After she got home, she decided she did not like the plain look on hers and wanted to “punch” the color of the yarn better.  So she tore out the entire scarf and reknit using the Fisherman’s Rib, a type of Brioche stitch, found at one of our favorite online sites, The PurlBee.  It is so pretty and SOFT.  She lives in our San Diego mountains where it gets cold and this scarf is wonderful!

I have a totally off-the-wall “neck candy” that is almost finished, I’ll try and share that with you tomorrow.  Today is spinning day, at least for a bit.  It is still cold, drizzly, gray here and the arthritic hands do complain. I do see spots of blue poking through here and there. I’m wearing my new Maja shawlette, with the perfect stick pin, to keep warm.

I’ll leave you with a stunning picture taken during sunset at Carlsbad State Park in San Diego County, California.  It was taken by daughter Emily while we were camping there a few weeks ago.  She fancied it up with the iPhone app Histamatic.  Cool!