Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Ladies Night Out

Occaisonally the ladies at my church get together for a evening get together, that we call Ladies Night Out.  Very occaisonally I guess, because the last I remember, I found in pictures dated 2010.  But when my friend Teresa was willing to come talk about her mission work in South Sudan, and bring her baskets that she and her husband are selling for their fund raising efforts, we quickly scheduled one for last night.
We also invited the women from our sister church in Newaygo. The lunch was catered and a great time was had by all.  Many of us were familiar with the situation in South Sudan, as some of the "lost boys" from there settled in nearby Grand Rapids and have established an Episcopal church there.  She was a great speaker and we learned a lot about the conditions there.   (Only 3 miles of paved road in the entire country!)
And she brought baskets.
We made a good sized dent in her inventory.   
Purely to support her mission work, you know.
If anyone is interested in having her speak to your group, or purchasing some baskets, or both, let me know and I will pass the info along to her.  And if you are interested in finding out more, here is the link to their website, the page for finding patterns to knit or crochet items for them. They can use washcloths and bandages among other items. You can get to the home page from there as well. 

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Waiting No More

Yesterday, at long last, I was able to pick up my car, a 2007 Chevy HHR named Hharry and became mobile again.

Hharry became my best bud, as we finally were able to go grocery shopping and run some errands.

Mobility is wonderful.

While sitting at home this past week and more, I restarted the sock that I talked about. So now of course I can fret if it will be too small. Even when I get gauge, I always worry because they look small until you put them on. The pattern is Broken Seed Stitch. And it looks harder than it is.

The cuff is solid purple and then I switch to one row purple, one of Sonatina, a pink and peach swirl. But because the multicolor os knit in seed stitch. With the purple plain knitting, the sock has great texture and color patterning. I am not a fan of faire isle or stranded knitting. But because here you only work with one yarn at a time, it is a painless and easy way to get some fancy looking socks.

I do seem to be on a seed stitch kick lately. First Green Flowy, which I also spent time on, has large sections of the pattern. I have a pattern generated for an oatmeal colored vest with seed stitch borders ready to start soon. I think the baby sweater pattern I have ready has seed stitch incorporated, and now these socks.

Hope I don't get tired of it before I get done.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Socks! And More Waiting

I mentioned yesterday that I was frogging a newly cast on sock. I was concerned that my last couple completed pairs were a bit too large. I decided to reboot and start over casting on only 60, rather than 64stitches. I hope this will be enough of a reduction. It should make them about a half inch smaller around. I think that should make the difference. Hopefully all else will be equal.

So now I am back where I was before starting over. After a few more rows I can start the broken seed stitch pattern using a pink and peach tonal yarn on alternate rows. Then I can settle those into being brainless knitting, when the need arises. Perhaps I will put them in the rotation as car knitting and try to finish the current pair. Or not. I will need to ponder that a bit.

And the waiting? Well, my check came, after the dealer was closed for the day. (Grrr!) So more waiting. But at least now, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Hharry will soon be here at home.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Mending, and Waiting

I have been lost lately, between no car and missing my fingerless mitts.  The car issue is that I am still waiting for that check to come so I can pay for it.  And because I have no car, I guess I am not lost.  Without a car, Hubby knows where to find me.  Except now that his truck is fixed, I can at least borrow it for church.  Hopefully the check will come soon.
I had also been missing my fingerless gloves.  I have been wearing them even in the coldest weather when I go out, especially while driving.  (Although, see above, that hasn't been much of an issue lately.)  But I had recently notice a hole near the cuff of one.  How that got there I have no idea.
Not much, but big enough that I didnt' want it to grow any more.  So today I finally dug out the left over yarn from the worsted tub in the stash.  It wasn't that hard to find because of the tubs I had separated the different weights of yarn into this past summer.
Next I picked up the stitches just below the hole, but above the purl ridge.
I also took another yarn and roughly darned the hole closed.  That would save the loose stitches I could see from running, as well as avoid having my fingers poke into the hole when I put them on.
 I planned on taking a couple pictures during the process, but I got carried away.  It went so quickly, that before I knew it, I was done.
I left the one yarn tale from darning to have a tale left to sew up with.  I joined a new yarn at the bottom and knit up a flap a few rows longer than the hole.  I cut a long tale and sort of grafted the live stitches to the mitt.  Then I took that yarn and continued sewing down one side.  The darning tale was used to sew down the other side.  It left a bit of a lump, but over all, I am very happy with the save.  I will probably need to knit up a new pair or two this summer, but for now, I am good to go.
And fingerless mitts would be a good summer project to work on when it is a bit warm to be working on long sweaters.
As though I need any more ideas for projects to work on.  I did cast on a pair of socks recently too after ripping out a half finished sock.  I may frog these as well and start over.  The main reason I am considering frogging them was that the last couple pairs I made felt loose while being worn.  I thought it may be the yarn wasn't as bouncy, but considering that I do have some problems with arthritis, my tension may be weakening on the tiny needles.  I really don't want to try using size 0, so maybe I should restart with a bit fewer stitches.  The yarn I am using are from another frogged pair, so I don't want to play with it too much.
Yup.  I think I am pulling out the needles on that tonight.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Knitting and Waiting

I am still waiting for my check so I can pick up my new car. I was told on Friday it would be processed that day and in the mail the next. However, as I confirmed when getting our taxes done, because of that next day being Saturday, it would not go out until Monday. Not until Sunday did I again realize that there would be no mail then either due to ML King Day.
Needless to say I am still waiting. However, Hubby got the truck fixed today, so I can borrow that for Bible Study tomorrow. But I really want my car.
But I have been knitting right along too. I cast off the left front of the Green Flowy Cardigan and immediately cast on for the right. I also transcribed the pattern, writing out the reversed directions for the right side. I think I am good to go until I get to the sleeves. But that will be a while.
You can see the place where I cast off the front seed stitch panel. That is supposed to be the flowy part.
In between the cardigan knitting I also finished my St. Benedict cowl. Out of alpaca and bamboo yarn, it is the first finished object for 2015.
I needed some mindless knitting while stressing out over my car, and to take to annual meeting at church. Easy relaxing free pattern that knits up quickly, what could be better?
Unless its is another made out of homespun? Time to go stash diving.
I am sure I can find something.