Friday, November 27, 2009

The Starmore "Kinsale" is finished!

More that a few years in the making because of course I have knit many other things. I finally met a goal that I set to wear it on Thanksgiving. Wednesday night I was sewing seams. Just before putting it on I steamed the seams and I don't plan on doing any other blocking. I love it! The changes I made were picking up stitches for the sleeves. I did not want to sew in sleeves! Also, it was knit a little shorter. I didn't want the tunic length.
Now, for another Starmore pattern! And for those that hadn't read about this on my blog before it's called the "Kinsale" by Alice Starmore and can be found in her book, "Fisherman's Sweaters".

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Can't go wrong with Koigu!

This is for my daughter-in-law for Christmas. It's a reversible kind of chevron pattern. I've posted about the pattern before when I made one for my sister with left over Koigu I had used to knit my Koigu Keepsake Shawl. The melon or salmon color isn't quite so dark as it shows here. My son/her husband chose the skeins.
Ravelry link to the project page and pattern.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

"Love is what's in the room with you at Christmas when you stop opening presents and listen."
Bobby - age 7

This wonderful quote was in an email entitled 'What is Love?' with answers from 4-8 year olds. Who knows but I think it's quite good and full of truth.

Monday, November 9, 2009

A hidden gold mine!!

A few days ago my dryer broke. It would run but not get hot. Since it's about 30+ years old I didn't think I should bother with repairing it. Checked Craigs list and saw one for $200 but a new one at Sears was $303. A local appliance store had used ones from $100. I had to think on all that. Then yesterday a friend called and she knew someone needing to get rid of one setting in an empty house. He'd sell it for $15! That's my kid of deal and it had to be newer than the current one in the harvest gold color!! What 1960's or 70's you think?

So .... my $15 dryer was delivered today. Delivered! White, clean and my favorite a Kenmore. I didn't even have to make arrangements for one of my sons to get it with their truck. I gave the guy $20 and still felt bad but we're currently strapped financially. Here's the fun part. When moving the old one we heard a very loud noise and thought it was rocks inside. We took the back cover off and found some pocket change. Gave it another shake and out comes more change. Turned it another way and here comes more!! After several shakes we ended up with $14.35. What a fun memory. All 5 of us standing around the dryer wondering how much would fall out next. You might want to go check your dryer!

Friday, November 6, 2009

A First!

After 4 years the persistent love of a Siamese has won. Nellie the greyhound has always tolerated her 2 cat siblings. Rosie the cat even follows her dutifully when we go for a walk on our street but Nellie generally ignores her. Now, things have changed!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

This is a sweater I knit a couple years ago but had never taken any decent pictures. I have it in my projects on Ravelry but the lying on a table pic did it no justice. It's knit with Rowanspun Chunky. It's a very old pattern probably from the 70's-80's. It was shown just above knee length and worn with tights!! Yikes! I had a vision though and changed it up a bit. The buttons were a lucky find at the Goodwill on a worn out cotton sweater. I knew they would be perfect. It's one of those you want to wear all the time and I do.