Now how did that happen?
I was swatching along for my handspun Sporto, hereby christened Jeweled Sporto, due to the rich jewel tones in the handspun. Then all of a sudden I found myself working on the back of the hood.
Oops. I wasn't going to start it until after the end of the year.
I must have gotten confused after going to see the movie New Year's Eve yesterday. Yeah, that's it. Seeing the 2012 ball drop in the movie messed with my mind.
Entirely understandable, right?
Oh, no turning back now.
I hereby return to my previously unscheduled knittting.
Happy New Year everyone!
Saturday, December 31, 2011
Now how did that happen?
Friday, December 30, 2011
As that 70s song sung by Carly Simon goes, anticipation is making me late, is keeping me waiting. Anticipation of a new project that is.
I have wound 4 skeins, checked my last swatch, and decided it has a good body to it. I want to get started knitting Sporty.
Maybe I'll get a needle out and reknit the swatch.
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Having a bit more time on my hands lately, I of been doing a lot of knitting and watching tv. And in the past month have viewed a wide assortment of "A Christmas Carol". A veritable choir of versions.
Versions with Reginald Owen, Alastair Sim, Albert Finney. Even Disney's animated version with Jim Carrey. The only one I would have liked to see was the Muppet version.
And realize too, that I saw White Christmas (twice), Holiday Inn, Christmas in Connecticut, The Man Who Came to Dinner, Holiday Affair, It Happened on Fifth Avenue, and many other movies with a touch of Christmas. But it is the Christmas Carol movies that most touched me this past month.
Each has a different twist. And whole I gained new appreciation for the Reginald Owen version, my favorite is still Alastair Sim's version. Closer to the book. Oh yeah, I read the original this month too.
And don't even bother with the Disney/Carrey version. For animation, it is too graphic, in a pimply faced kind of way.
But as they all end, so will I.
God bless us. Every one.
Saturday, December 24, 2011
Thursday, December 22, 2011
I am getting lots of knitting done with all my extra time.
The midnight northern lights shawl is progressing. Slow but sure, I hope to be on second skein soon.
Hmmmm. It may be a scarf, unless I can find another skein of this. Or I will need to donate it, if it doesn't fit Gertrude or me.
You may be able to detect a theme developing.
Please realise that I normally am not affected by the winter's lack of daylight. I find snow and cold invigorating. But when the weather is more in line with the picture below, I get depressed.
I mean why else should I be depressed? Just because I lost a job last week (#7) and am losing another next Thursday (#8), what reason would there be to be depressed?
Yes, I do know mine is not a popular stance, but I need snow.
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Sure, I know it is the shortest day of the year. Darkness and gloom with lots of clouds just seemed to fit today.
I really don't like these days when there is no snow on the ground. Nights are too dark when driving home without the snow bouncing the light around. Even letting Lizzie out for a late evening romp is easier with snow on the ground lessening the gloom so I can see her.
But that said.......
The dark ain't going nowhere. No snow. And none expected till after the new year.
(The picture is just here to remind me of the glories of winters past.)
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Sunday, December 18, 2011
And I don't mean because of snow. Instead the lack thereof is driving me crazy. Even though I no longer crosscountry ski, don't snowmobile.....don't even make snowmen anymore, I still love snow. And I hate this unseasonable weather. (I had to grit my teeth the last couple weeks at church, when reading the intercessory prayers after some one wrote thanksgivings for warm weather.)
And may I just add, what is with people calling a snowless Christmas a green Christmas? They are not green. They are brown, muddy and dirty.
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Well, it is my final day at the lawyer's office, as he retires. I finished a quit claim deed, and packed up.
He is paying me through end of year, softening the blow. Plus he and his wife gave me a gift certificate to my local yarn shop.
Since I will have lots of knitting time for a while, I can definitely put it to work.
And to take my mind of the gloom of unemployment, here is a self portrait taken at work yesterday, in the blue Henley tee. I really like it.
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
The black kid mohair shawl from the depths of the WIP pile. This was started way before I heard of Ravelry, back in February 2006. It has been gnawing at the edge of awareness, earning its place on top of the rotation.
The pattern is Northern Lights Shawl by Marla Mutch. I took a workshop on it at the first Knit Michigan marathon and made a sample there. But due to the combination of black mohair and other projects, it had hardly been touched.
It also has a ruffle formed by dropped stitched. That is where I have been since last night, dropping stitches in grabby mohair. Ugh.
And yes the blue Henley is finished. Gertrude is enjoying now and I will take my turn tomorrow.
In the meantime, here is a shot of my northern lights shawl.
Monday, December 12, 2011
I tried to finish my blue Henley tee yesterday. I really did.
But I have learned that when my eyes start crossing while I knit, it is best to stop. Even if there are only 4 rows and 3 buttons to go.
(Is that like 4th down and 3 yards?)
Anyway, I WILL finish it tonight. Even if Hubby will be home, instead of going to cattle auction.
And now my thoughts will turn to which WIP I will focus on next. One of the pairs of socks, perhaps? One of my shawls? I have one that is before Ravelry, in black kid mohair. Or maybe my Dutchess of Cambridge featherweight cardigan.
Ahhh, the possibilities are nearly endless.
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Due to overwhelming requests, (ok,one person asked,) I have added a way for readers to get e-mail alerts when I post to my blog.
Now, if anyone else is interested on getting updates, there is a place in the sidebar, just above the archives, to to enter your e-mail address and be notified whenever there is a new post by Farmmom.
I've heard it works well.
Now, back to my regularly scheduled knitting. Just one sleeve left.
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Look at that!
Neckband? Check. Right placket? Check. Left placket? Check, plus both are sewn down. First sleeve...almost. About another inch and then the garter edge. And except for sleeves, all the ends are woven in. My final button choice is displayed on the placket. They are navy, with an outer circle of frosted navy, and with a touch of bling. I hope to be wearing it sometime this week. Maybe to spin guild Monday. I can find someone there who can take a picture.
But I think I can convince Gertrude to pose tomorrow.
Yup, the end is almost here.
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Have you seen the latest Knitty? There is a great hoodie knit, from handspun that I love! It's called Sporto, and I have been mulling over my handspun stash, trying to decide what would work best.
White leister? Gray shetland?
Hmmmm. There is some multi colored marl that could be great too.
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Monday, December 5, 2011
Well, almost anyway.
This old denim dress is a comfortable favorite. The embroidered skirt and tee top were SO comfy. But, alas, the top had a stain I couldn't get out. Not even with Oxyclean!
However Pat, one of my buddies from Spin Guild (who doesn't spin), is a great seamstress. And she has a heavy duty machine that can plow through that thick demin. Below is the result. We are going to shorten the top about 2 more inches, so Pat still has it. But isn't it great?
But now I am settling down to watch some Charles Dickens movies and plodded along on the blue Henley tee.
Sunday, December 4, 2011
As I enter my last two weeks at one of my jobs (and last four weeks at the other) I find that I am still somewhat in denial. I do have a possible position in a new history center that will be opening in town next year. While I am only working 23 hours now between two jobs, it may take awhile to get back to that level of pay again. I am trying not to panic.
However, I am getting a lot of movies watched, and knitting done.
Practicing for all my coming spare time, you know. I have nearly 8 inches completed past the arm division on the blue Henley tee.
And look here: I finished the flap and turned the heel on my first gray blue sock.
Friday, December 2, 2011
As the blue Henley continues to grow at a breathtaking snails pace, I decided to talk about my favorite thing to watch...old movies.
As I sit here in front of "Knute Rockne, all American", I was reflecting on the discoveries I've made this year. I love it when I "discover" new to me actors that have probably died of old age by now.
Eric Blore is a riot. Usually playing a butler as he does in "The Gay Divorcee" and in "Top Hat", he is a put-upon servant, with a pained expression, enduring the people around him.
Frank McHugh has a funny whiny laugh and is always good for comic relief.
Warren William is sauve and debonair. Sometimes romantic sometimes slimy, always fun to watch.
This month promises to be a good one for a movie buff like me. The king of debonair is the featured star this month on Turner Classic Movies: William Powell. Whether he butles in "My Man Godfrey", or sleuths in "The Thin Man" or as Philo Vance, he is elegant, poised and always fun.
Yup, lots of good knitting movies this month.
Maybe I will be able to finish my blue Henley tee after all.
Now, on to the Gipper.
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Christmas! I don't go in much for that politically correct "holiday" stuff.
And as I sat at my desk at work this morning, I saw this sight outside my window.
City workers were draping and plugging in lights.
Yup, Christmas is in the air.
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
I am still bummed about missing yesterday's post. Remember how I said I was sort of planning one out? I was mentally planning a post about how I had almost made it through the month and never missed a single day.
So I forgot to post that, and blew the month. Go figure.
But enough bemoaning my forgetfulness. What about my knitting progress?
I have continued to push ahead on the blue henley tee. I am almost 3 1/2 inches past the armholes in about a week.
I just may get this done by the new year. After all, once my two current jobs end, on December 15 and 29 respectively, I will probably gave a little extra knitting time on my hands.
More on the jobs another time.
Monday, November 28, 2011
Sunday, November 27, 2011
After church and feeding Hubby, I decided to empty some bobbins.
So I got out my Louet wheel that I use for plying off my Ashford bobbins. I managed to empty three full bobbins of my brown shetland and white lambs wool blend. I also half emptied two bobbins to make a large skein of pine green southdown.
Now, time to knit and watch an Ethel Merman movie.
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Yeah, a cheesy title, I'll admit. But today's knitting was totally on the Henley Tee.
The sleeves have been separated, and I have an additional half inch completed on the body. And with the sleeves set aside, the blue blob magically becomes a very short top. With the rows shorter now, I can make much more progress.
Friday, November 25, 2011
I mentioned yesterday farmhouse main knitting focus is now my blue Henley tee. The yarn is a pale blue cotton/alpaca/polyamide blend called Artesanal. A pricey yarn that I scored off the sale shelves. (Love the close-out shelves.) I am about 6 rows from dividing for the sleeves. And gauge is telling me it should fit fine.
Even though this is supposed to have elbow length sleeves, I am considering this winter wear. After all, alpaca is warmer than wool, and even with the 40% cotton content, I am afraid it will be to much for my high personal thermostat. I hope to be wearing before spring.
Being so close to putting the sleeves on separate holders, I keep stopping to count stitches. At near maximum stitch count the row are slow going. But the pale blue blob is slowly growing.
Wish me luck.
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Now that the shawl for Evelyn is off the needles, and resting in the wool room awaiting delivery, I can turn my eye on other WIPs.
While I am concentrating my focus on the light blue Henley tee, with occasional dipping into my panda silk shawl, I also wanted to finish at least one pair of socks.
I turned to my dove gray basic socks, and was able to start the heelflap. I like a good basic top-down sock with a slip-stitch heel flap. This pair is getting my favorite variation of that theme: eye of partridge heel.
Eye of partridge has the slip stitches staggered, instead of lining up. It's a great look, although I recommend either bright lights, or light yarn. It is sometimes hard to see if your row starts with a slip or a knit.
This yarn, in light grays and purples is a good choice for this heel. The picture is a bit yellower when taken by cell phone camera.
But you get the idea.
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
This front shot helps you see how the shaping helps it hang on the shoulders. I really love it. If you don't like ruffles Evelyn, I do.
Monday, November 21, 2011
After mulling onver my stash post I was rather embarrassed at the lack of organization. And while my stash has probably reached the SABLE level (Stash Acquisition Beyond Life Expectancy), I did want to be able to find what I want when I need it.
So on my way home from spinning today, I stopped and bought another plastic tub, a see-through one. With Hubby at the cattle auction, I was free to sort and shift some things around without interference.
And see? Much better. Gertrude stepped aside for the picture, and look at that! Floor!
Sunday, November 20, 2011
What a finish to the NASCAR season! Carl and Tony had me on the edge of my seat through the whole race. With all Tony's smack talking all week, I knew he was confident. And he pulled it off.
I couldn't even knit the last 30 laps. I was afraid my gauge would suffer.
You know, in the time since I've been watching NASCAR, I've only seen 2 champions: Tony twice and 5 time Jimmy.
What a ride!
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Why so much stash? Well, every knitter need a stash. In my case it was enhanced by the fact that I used to work at a local yarn shop that closed, re-opened and closed again. Each time, my stash was greatly enhanced by the clearance sales. Need I also state that very little of that part-time check ever left the store? I am also a sucker for a fiber festival. And, well, I just want to plea that I get crazy when wool fumes are around.
Friday, November 18, 2011
Both NASCAR and Evelyn's faroese are nearing the end. As I type this, the truck race finished a rain shortened race and Austin Dillon named champion. Tomorrow and Sunday will see the last 2011 races and new champions crowned. (Since my man Mark is out of the
Chase, go Tony!)
The end also is looking close on Evelyn's faroese shawl. I finished the second lace repeat and decided "Enough!"
The garter rows may grow slowly, but they knit quickly. If not this weekend, it WILL be done next week. (Evelyn, be sure to let me know ahead if you will make it to spin guild for the hand off.)
And then.....nothing new for a while. I will spend December finishing WIPs. I really will. Promise.
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Not knowing what's to come, can often make us stall.
Jobs come and go; and to worry is just folly.
(Reflecting back on 8 lost jobs--Good Golly!)
But change is a'coming, a brand new page I enter,
And with it comes (I hope and pray) a brand new history center.
Yup, change is hard; don't like it much I say.
But with this change, doors open a bright new day.
I still don't know what tomorrow may hold;
I could, for a time, get left out in the cold.
So we will see what paths this life may form.
But in the meantime, I have my wool to keep me warm!
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
November is half done today. Of course I started this daily posting a day late. But, what to write?
Hmmm, it is Opening Day of firearm deer season. It's a big deal in this part of Michigan, some schools even have the day off. But none of my immediate family hunts.
Knit Nite tonight. I worked on my Double Heelix foot, and some on my shawl. The lace banished Evelyn's to being "home in my rocker" knitting.
And in just over 6 weeks till I lose jobs number 7 and 8, on the same day no less. While there is something in the offing, it may take it a while to get up to speed (with paychecks).
So, what to write? Sorry folks. I got nothing to read today.
Maybe the rest of the month will have real content.
So till tomorrow, here is a ransom knitting picture.
Monday, November 14, 2011
Sunday, November 13, 2011
And after ten interminable rows I finished the first repeat of the lace on Evelyn's shawl. And to my great surprise, it scallops!
The picture below shows two sections of lace. The scallops at least explain why it wasn't hanging straight as I knit.
Now I am wondering, should I stack up another one or two repeats? That would enhance the curves, while following up with a couple inches garter stitch will straighten it out, somewhat.
Maybe I'll switch to another project until I talk with Evelyn. She may be out of town, but I hear she is addicted to reading this blog.
I think I'll hear from her soon.
Saturday, November 12, 2011
Friday, November 11, 2011
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Good time movies again.
My favorite channel, Turner Classic Movies is featuring cruise movies: Now Voyager, Love Affair, and a new favorite...One Way Passage with Kay Francis and William Powell. A great tearjerker with laughs as well.
And lYre is Dodsworth. But alas, that is at 3am, so I will miss that.
On the knitting front, it has been slow going. You can see below that it has been going slow, still 2 1/2 rows of first repeat. And 3 more repeats after that.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
I know I've said it before. I'll probably say it again. But I hate the time change.
This "fall back" switch is supposed to be the easy change, with the extra hour sleep. I enjoyed it Sunday morning, as well as the daylight in the morning again, but I keep waking up an hour early.
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Knit Night was tonight. I have plunged onto the beginning lace rows on Evelyn's faroese shawl.
And while Nancy has flown to the warmer climes of Florida, Barb is once again able to drive and is knitting with us again. And Mike has shown an interest in learning to knit. I told him we would try, but since I "knit funny" (the improved Allen cousins method), one of us could help.
Our little group is growing!
And a fun surprise on the radio, on the way home. One of the stations has swiched to their all Christmas music format! I may not be a fan of Christmas sales and advertising this early, but I love singing along with the carols. Noel!
Monday, November 7, 2011
Even though Monday is our spinning guild meeting, sometimes we have trouble staying on topic.
Today was no exception.
For the second straight week I took my knitting. Evelyn's shawl measures about 20 inches down the back. I will be starting the lace rows soon.
But amidst the knitting and spinning and chatting, we had a little extra going on, as you can see below.
Evelyn, come back. We need your steadying influence.
Sunday, November 6, 2011
Saturday, November 5, 2011
What a full, fun day. My friend Sandy, her Hubby and I attended Western Michigan Genealogical Society's latest Got Ancestors seminar.
The speaker, Tony Bourroughs, was entertaining, and I learned so much. Even though much of his sessions dealt with black genealogy, so much will apply to my search.
And since I didn't take any pictures today, here is a picture of a gnarly tree. After all, what is genealogy, but studying the sometimes gnarly family tree.
(Does anyone recognize it?)
Friday, November 4, 2011
Thursday, November 3, 2011
I just checked my previous post, which I actually posted this morning. I had typed it up last evening and saved as draft.
This morning I checked it over, edited a couple items and posted. I figured I was good for the day.
So imagine my dismay just now to find my posto.g dated yesterday!
Yikes, I needed a post for today.
So here it is
Hey, I never promised Shakespeare, just postings
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
I saw that rather cryptic abbreviation on a couple different blogs in the past few days. It had me scratching my head. Then today I found out what the excitement was all about.
It is National Blog Posting Month. Participants who sign on the official website promise to post everyday for the whole month of November. It sounds like fun.
And yeah, I know I'm a bit late to start, but I did have a posting on the second. But I could extend into December a few days. As long as I can blog from my phone, I can do it. I may be light on pictures this month but I can do it.
So here is,fair warning.......there may be some rather lame posts. The rules prohibit scheduling a bunch of posts at once. But I can do it. (Does it sound like I'm trying to convince myself?)
And it will make my friend Evelyn happy. She won't have to beg for blog posts for a whole month.
posting this away from home, and without the pictures of booties and
cardigan available I will try to add them later.
However I did not get any pictures of myself and Maggie, because,
well, frankly I was too busy cuddling the little cutie. That and the
fact that I left my camera in the car. And my arms were full of
Maggie almost the entire time I was there.
Maggie's mom, Kate and I caught up on lots of gossip, and I also had
the chance to interact a lot with her next youngest. I havn't had
much time with him since he was a baby, but he had to keep coming to
give his baby sister kisses and I got a chance to chat with him while
I brushed off the crumbs his kisses left on his sister's hair. Such
brotherly devotion from the former baby of the family! He is so
devoted that he has even given up being his father shadow on the farm,
and wants to stay where Maggie is.
Again, thanks Kate, Maggie and family for the wonderful time, both the
pink knitting and the cuddling.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
My friend Evelyn just sent me a plea on Facebook for a blog fix. And since, as is usually the case, Facebook wasn't going to let me comment I decided I better come up with a post from my phone.
Between life and knitting it seems like I've been too busy to crank up the laptop. And pictures are on the camera, waiting for the laptop. So...my feet volunteered to stand in... (stand in, get it?) (I apologize for that silly digression.) ...for Gertrude and model Evelyn's faroese alpaca shawl in a quick picture.
It is already in the black hole stage, where it doesn't seem to grow much. To be able to recognize progress, I move a marker to show where I am when I pick it up. That helps immensely.
My toes report the fledgling shawl is soft and toasty. You will love it, if I ever finish it.
Saturday, October 22, 2011
What is my fascination with the Double Heelix sock pattern? I wish I knew.
Once again I was all psyched up to learn this pattern that even Knitty.com labels as being "tangy". And once again the class was cancelled.
At least they called before I left home.
So I cranked up YouTube to learn about Judy's Magic fast-on. I reread the pattern, thinking I can do this by myself.
I decided I can't. So, either they find someone else who wants to learn, or I make regular spiral socks, with alternating solid colors for heels and toes on each sock.
I can live with that.
And we all know that right now, I don't need any more WIPs.