Saturday, August 24, 2019


After realizing the first attempt was enormous,  I reknit with 80 fewer stitches. So 300 stitches on size 8 Chiaogoo needles.  I purchased the needles in Ft Collins CO.
This is my attempt at Tegna.
I switched to size 7 Knit Pro Zing for the body.
I am knitting the second size on the pattern.
Knit Picks Gloss Fingering-Blackberry (edging)
Knit Picks Gloss Fingering - Sterling (body)

 Knit for 15 inches.
Next is to divide for front and back.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

...corriedale sliver 2 ply

This is yet to be bathed.  But it should bloom nicely when done.  Mittens, hat, scarf?  What will I make?
As far as the school colors, BFL, below.  I shall spin it as it presents itself.  It will probably be a two-ply and a hat for sure. Any left over will be put into a little scarf.

Saturday, July 19, 2014 colors

This colorway is similar to the colors of the university where I work and take classes.  I thought it would be lovely to knit a scarf or hat out of the Bloody Mouse BFL that I purchased via mail order from Susan's Fiber Shop in Wisconsin.  It's always fun to receive mail from a 'far-off' land.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

....a beautiful mess

To not keep everyone wondering what I have been up to...I must say I have been a bit busy.  In September of last year I took a full time job.  Part of the benefits of the job is free tuition for employees.  I work in higher education.  I thought it wise to take the opportunity that was presented, to further my education.  So, now I work 40 hours a week and am taking online classes for a degree in accounting.  While I have an associates degree, it isn't necessarily in accounting.  A long time work experience in bookkeeping helped me get this job.  My credits didn't transfer for the associates, so I am now getting a bona fide associates degree.  My first class started on 6.25.  Just the first week was quite an eye opener.  My it's been a long time since I really really used my noggin.  Learning the ropes of an online education was and will be quite an experience.   I still knit and I still spin, just not as freely and as often as I used to.  I think once I get the school/work/family schedule squared away everything should work out nicely.  In the meantime...I shall include my latest happiness.  M's Northman Mittens~to be finished before cold weather!
 Misti Alpaca~Chunky 
I will need a One Skein idea for this.  It is super soft.  It's 108 yards of chunky.  Got any ideas?

Thursday, May 29, 2014

....asparagus bundles

Fresh asparagus in bundles of 5-6 spears.
Wrap pounded thin (1/4 in.) chicken breast~about as long as a dollar bill around each bundle.  Secure with toothpicks or since I had no toothpicks, wrap and put the overlapping ends face down.
Brush all chicken and exposed asparagus with olive oil.
Season with salt and pepper.
Bake 350 ° for 20-30 minutes.   ( I actually put mine under the broiler after that to give the chicken a little color, they still looked a little peeked)..
Remove from oven and sprinkle freshly grated cheese. (optional)  I used a little medium sharp cheddar and mozzarella.  I put it back in the turned-off oven for a bit until it melted.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

....I knit, therefore, I am...not gonna have cold hands next Winter!

Picking up and knitting the lining on to the mitten shell.

Absolutely the softest yarn I have ever touched and knitted with.  It was dreamy. It's from Blue Sky Alpacas. It's 100% baby alpaca. Colorway #812~Blue Cheese.
Turn the mitten inside the lining to measure where to knit to before the decrease.  I didn't knit it in this position.  I just pushed it in there to measure.

The shell is knit with Berroco Ultra Alpaca (it's an alpaca/wool blend)  Colorway: #6201 White and #6243 Navy.  I purchased all of these from Alpaca Direct. (  There customer service was top notch.

This shows the lining inside on the right. The mitten on the left has not had a lining added yet.
I purchased the pattern on Ravelry.  They are called Northman Mittens by David Schulz.
My first mittens with lining.  The instructions were well written and easy to follow.