Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Cat and Tomatoes

Cat Bordhi!
What can I say?
She is gentle, warm, generous, smart, funny....and the list goes on and on.

Other than my first,  "one day, how to knit class" which  I took almost 6 years ago, I have never paid for a knitting class or workshop since.  I have wonderfully supportive and knowledgeable knitting friends for help when needed.

But when my LYS  announced Cat was coming to do a one day workshop on socks, and most importantly her Sweet Tomato Heel, I couldn't cough up the money fast enough to ensure I got a coveted spot in that 15 person class!  I have watched her video of the technique and even tried it on my own before, but let's face it. I am not an accomplished sock knitter. I don't have much experience.

One of the reasons I shy away from sock knitting is that I can't seem to get them to fit well. We

Well, Cat blew some of the myths I had believed about sock knitting right out of the water.  I don't need to worry about math and hard cast on's for toe-up socks,and needing to get gauge based on math.  She taught us how to feel the inside of our sock, more specifically, the toe section first-to see if the fabric felt bumpy or smooth.  If it felt bumpy, then we were instructed to go down a needle size! What a difference that made. For the purpose of the class, I brought a DK weight yarn to work with  and ended up doing my toe with a size 4 needle!

In the picture below, you can see my heel --it is comprised of gently sloping wedges and then you can see the rib I did in the back--keep in mind, these are done in DK so they aren't all cute and dainty like if they were out of fingering.

Some other little tidbits she mentioned:
** Don't be afraid to add a couple of stitches to the sole portion of the sock--when you are working on the sole, look at the fabric and makes sure the stitches aren't beginning to pull apart when on your foot.
** If the pattern allows for it, do a few rows of rib on the back of the heel (after turning the heel)-this will keep your sock from falling down into the shoe.
** If you need more width in the leg (like I do) add stitches -find a way to incorporate them in the pattern or around the pattern

It was such a wonderful day and the time just flew by.  I am so glad I was able to attend, and if you ever have a chance to see Cat in person, take it!

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Monday, May 18, 2015


My weekend was a glorious whirlwind of giggles and squeals and tears and laughter and constant motion. I love these girls so! 

Lyddie age 5, Millie age4, Rosie age 2

I did however, sneak in a little knitting time and made a little progress on my Kaika socks--now you can see that sock #2 is about 2/3 of the length of sock #1-- once I get it to the heel turning, I will do them both at the same time. The original pattern calls for a Japanese short row heel, but my friends who tried it found it a bit (an in some cases, a lot) fiddley.  So, I will be doing a Sweet Tomato Heel which I have been dying to practice more! These socks were supposed to be knit in tandem (my preference) as each weekly clue was released, but I struggled with getting a gauge on my toe section and ended up experimenting quite a bit with needle sizes, resulting in me getting very behind.

I also picked up my Rill scarf-this project.....is just so slow going.  The yarn is lace weight and I am just not a fan of it. I feel like I am knitting with toothpicks and embroidery thread!  I have heard several times how pretty this scarf turns out so I will continue to plod along.  I started this thing in March of 2014 and I think I put it down as I was very unhappy with my short rows.  But a couple of months ago I discovered the magic of German Short Rows and now I am so much happier with how it is looking.  The section I am working through right now says to " repeat section 35 times" !!  Yikes!

And last, I have a finished project.  The Seattle Sounders hat for my son.  I am so happy to have finished this for him-it was meant to be a Christmas present last December!  I think he will love it.

Now it is a back to work Monday for me--I am increasingly more thankful that I am only working 4 days a week--they may be long days, but it is so worth it to have my Friday's off for fun things.  This coming Friday will be a day spent with my knitting friends on a little yarn store journey....

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Saturday, May 16, 2015

this moment

Poppi reading to 2 of his girls -- we have the best visitors this weekend!

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

knit blog week & yarn along

Day Three (Wednesday 13th May): Experimental Photography And Image Handling For Bloggers.
Use a few background props – you will be amazed at what you can find around the house if you just pick a few items up without thinking too hard about it. These can be props that either add to the ‘story’ of the photograph or just chime well with the colours and style of the finished object.

I normally already try to be a little creative when I photograph my knitting so this didn't feel too unnatural.  I would have tried to add a  bit more detail when I snapped the picture above, but by the time I arrived home from work and put dinner on the table, I was running out of natural light.
I have three sons who are very devoted soccer fans and the Seattle Sounders are their team.  My friend Myra from Fancy Image Yarns dyes the best yarns--and her sports team colorways are the best I have ever seen!  She nailed the colors of the Sounder's uniforms (and you should see her Seahawk yarn!).  I am knitting a hat for son #1--it was supposed to be a Christmas present, but....you know...best laid plans and all!  I photographed it above with a scarf that belongs to son #2.  Did you know soccer fans are all about the scarf?

I am also joining in with Ginny's Yarn Along today.
Above, you can see my Kaika socks which I hope to pick back up as soon as that hat pictured above is finished.  I am still  reading The Shoemaker's Wife, and while I am enjoying it, it is a little slow going.  I am thinking of being radical and picking up another book too-and gasp!--have two books going at the same time.  So, Sarah Jio's Morning Glory is in the running as well as Sophie Kinsella's Wedding Night.  I think I need something light and fun so Kinsella's is probably the one I will choose.

Anyone else in the mood for something light to read?  Tell me!  And what are you creating?  Tell me!


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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

knitting and crochet blog week day 2

Day Two(Monday 12th May): It’s All About You.
Cast your hooks and needles aside!
This year you are challenged with one of those tasks that some bloggers can find quite daunting: but there’s never a better time then when we’re all in it together, so let’s shift the focus and turn the attention from the things we make to the things that make us.

Who am I?  I am a lot of things to a lot of people.
I am a wife--to a wonderful man I married 32 years ago!
I am the mom to one beautiful daughter,: Sarah, and three handsome sons: Andrew, Austen, Samuel
I am mother-in-law to a great guy, Jesse
I am a future mother-in-law to a wonderful woman (in white sweatshirt, wedding 8/29/15!)
I hope to become the mother-in-law soon to another wonderful woman (in the striped dress)

I am the Mimi to three adorable Grandys:  Adelaide, Amelia and Rosemary (Lyddie, Millie & Rosie)

These once small people and current small people have made me who I am  today.
Although I re-entered the workplace 10 years ago, I consider my years as a stay at home, homeschooling mom my most important job!

I love to knit and read.  I like movies of the romantic-comedy type.  I am trying to lose weight and establish a weekly (do-able) work-out routine.
I am hoping to take a cruise to Alaska next year with my husband.
Sometimes, I think because my life seems so simple that I lead a small life.............



If you are visiting my blog for the first time, welcome! 

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Monday, May 11, 2015

knitting and crochet blog week: day 1

Day One (Monday 11th May): If You Were Yarn.
If you were a type or brand of yarn, which would you be?

I realize that I always think of myself as a "new" knitter...when in fact I have been now knitting for about six years!  That is proof that the old adage, "Time Flies" is true, as it really feels like just yesterday I was sitting in my local yarn store, all nervous and not even sure how to hold my needles, for my first lesson.  Now, I so enjoy the process of creating beautiful things using just  "sticks and string"!

I didn't think I wanted to be knitter as I didn't think I liked yarn. And actually,  I didn't like the yarn that I had been exposed to in the past, mainly acrylic fabric store brands. I definitely do not like yarn that squeaks when handled!
I had NO idea that there was a whole different world of yarn out there!

Silks, Merino, Cashmere, Baby Alpaca, Tencel Cottons, Bamboo....who knew?!

I think there is yarn to match my every mood and role in life: soft and sweet like the pictured pink bamboo/baby alpaca blend,  sturdy and useful like that lovely gray and yellow merino, silky and delicate like the pictured golden colored  Road to China,  rough and full of hearty bits woven in like the pictured Noro and finally, strong reinforced Regia sock yarn which looks like a no frills useful yarn which knits up magically into a beautiful  fair isle sock.

(The picture above is  *some* of the yarns I purchased on a recent yarn crawl with friends.  I love them all! )

How about you? What yarn describes you?



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