Sunday, September 23, 2007

Random WIP post just to prove I still knit

I don't have a lot to say about this collection of photos. I just thought I would share my knitting ADD. Lots of basic socks that don't really have patterns, an EPS sweater for Sly, the first part of A Very Warm Hat, and some felted clogs.

One sock

Two sock

There was a red sock, and now a blue sock!

Patterns: All improvised, basic (oatmeal) socks

Yarns: Red-Smart, Pink-Socatta, Blue-Opal

Needles: Pink 2, Red, 2, Blue 1

Like the Dr. Seuss rhyme? I don't really have much to say about these socks. All my readers must know buy now that I knit socks just because I can. I do love making them, but I also make a lot of them. These have been keeping my hands busy during passing period.

Pattern: Fiber Trends Felted Clogs

Yarn: Patons Classic Merino

Needles: 13

These have actually been in this state of un-done-ness for a couple of weeks. I needed some thing warm and cuddly to knit while watch Ice Road Truckers.

Pattern: Very Warm Hat Knitting Around by Elizabeth Zimmerman

Yarn: Blue-Philosophers Wool, white-Fisherman's Wool by Lion Brand

Needles: I think a size 8

I just love the idea of this hat. It is going to be a great warm hat. I don't know if I'll keep it or give it away yet, but I will need to make several others I am sure.

Pattern: Seamless Saddle Shoulder from Knitting Without Tears by Elizabeth Zimmerman

Yarn: Denim Style

Needles: 10 1/2

I have yet to knit a sweater for Sly. He is a big man, so it is nearly impossible to find patterns in his size. This sweater is a 64 inch chest. In addition, he tends to be very warm, and I am sure he would HATE a wool sweater. The cotton acrylic blend seemed like a good choice for him, and he liked the look to the Saddle Shoulder sweater, so I am giving it a go.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Old McCotto had a farm

Yes, I know. It has been too long since I posted. Work has been very busy because this is testing week. So, I am sorry to be silent for so long, but I do have a lot of sweet pictures to show you from my trip this weekend.

Sly and I went to the Harvest Festival at the Indiana Dunes National Lake Shore. It was a totally beautiful day to spend down on the farm.

Sly really thought this 1917 steam powered tractor was cool. I think he is right.

My family raised pigs when I was younger. I have a soft spot for the ugly, ill mannered mammals. Isn't he cute?

Geese. I have nothing special to say about geese. I just like the picture.

We raised chickens too. We had Rhode Island Reds when I was growing up. I think the roosters are beautiful birds. Dumb, but beautiful.

Lastly, some wooly goodness to share. A soft, fuzzy sweater, I mean sheep! There was a sheep shearing demonstration, but I missed it.

I stuffed myself full of Autumn's bounty: roasted sweet corn (they dipped the whole freakin' ear in melted butter! YUM), the best apple ever (for those of you who don't know about honey crisp apples, run out and buy some NOW), apple brown Betty, Swedish potato sausage, and apple fritters. All very tasty!

Happy Knitting!

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Late Post

I really wanted to post these pictures from my last trip sooner. However, I caught a bad cold this week, and I just wasn't up to blogging.

Sly and I had a nice time. We really didn't do much, but we relaxed and enjoyed our trip very much. One thing I wish I had taken a picture of was our pizza picnic in the park. Yes, we ordered a pizza and ate it in a very cute little park. The park had the sweetest log cabin. We were able to look in the windows and see that it was fully furnished, but not open to the public at that time.

Buddy got to go this time. He loved his trip. As you can see, he was very worn out. I had to vacuum the RV the next morning to get all the yellow fur out of the carpet.

There will be a ginormous knitting update this week. I have lots of stuff to share.

Happy Knitting!