Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Spring is Here
The Pussy Willow says so. I have spent the last week washing windows and raking last years leaves. It is now time to sit and get back into my groove.Another Hat thing (see March 5th). I used left over patons grey and lion wool.
Maine Morning Mitts
Yarn: Patons Classic Wool, Black
Needle: size 6
Pattern: Maine Morning Mitts, by Clara Parks
Spey Valley
Yarn: Trekking Hand Art, Feuerland
Needle: size 0
These were fun to knit. On a blocker they look to size. Off the blocker they look to fit a 3 year old. Knit to pattern down to the toe, then just a plain toe.
I have been reading. I still have the third book to finish. Peter Jackson, who directed the movie version is worknig on the hobbit. Hoping they would show all 3 movies before The Hobbit comes out. By the way these are long books and I have to keep checking the maps to see where every one is. Not the same as the movie, I guess they tried to make the movie more exciting; the book is more exciting. I used a McCalls pattern to make this knitting bag. I was not planning on it being so big. Well now I am adapting the bag to fit my needs. The pocket on the side fits a standard store bought water bottle, I use a nalgene. The pocket needs to be bigger. There a a couple other things that need fixing. Stay tuned for the new and improved bag.
Slots for long and short needles. Not sure why you might want to carry all these needlse.
Nice zipper pocket. I need to work on my zipper technique. My sewing machine is from 1971. I do not have a zipper foot. Nor does it make button holes.
I made this apron for my Mother. She is have surgery tomorrow for a lymph node tumor. Notice I do not imply a negative tone here. I am driving to Maine this afternoon to give her a ride to the hospital for the procedure. Mom has macular and needs these bright colors.
Pattern: Maine Mountain Mitts
Yarn: Cascade 220, Earth
Needle: size 5
These lunch bags are for the ride up and are packed with goodies. I found a very easy pattern on the internet which indicated what size to cut out for each peice. I made them both in a day.
I am presently working on this pair of socks. I am using Monika Steinbauer's pattern "Ashes".
The yarn is "Can Do". I read about the yarn over on Julie's blog. More when I FINISH.

It is almost time for me to leave on my journey to Maine. A 7 hour drive for me. I like to stop and get coffee and go to the ladies room more than most. My daughter will join me on this trip. Drive up today, surgery Thursday, drive home Friday. The reason the trip is so quick. Our local coffee shop closed March 29th. Every Friday night there was live music and knitting. Wednesday afternoon was the official knitting group time but we knit on Friday night also. This Friday it is my turn to host and I will be bring back goodies from Maine for the event. Can you say Woopie Pies