The Last of the Quick Finishes

DSCF4706.jpgDid it!  Finished my final pair of fingerless for the amazing Staff at the Barn where I volunteer.  

Judy asked for a pattern.  I made it up Judy.  The cast on of 40 with a fingering yarn, a few rows (5) of ribbing 2by 2.  Then stockinette in the round with two skeins.  (one solid, one varigated) alternating each row.  Then a thumbhole about an inch and  a half before the finish.  Simply cast off 5 and in the next row cast 5 back on.  Rib another 5 rows.  Bind off. 

This is the shortest of the pairs I knitted this year for gifts.  These are also the wildest.  

Fingerless never seem to go to waste in our cold falls and winters.  I love each pair I have of my own. I have 3 pair I use all the time.  

What’s next?  Another vest for me, but a pullover.  I’m altering the other pattern.  SO wish me luck.



Will This Be the Last Gift Knit?

DSCF4705Okay, so I don’t like this fingerless I made up.  Nope.  Not at all.  I have committed to 4 gift pair and this would not be the last pair. 

DSCF4704.jpgThere much better.  I striped the two yarns instead of knitting sections. I have the second one of this pair cast on.   I’d like to keep going tonight and perhaps be finished with my planned gift knits for 2017. 

Then I can knit for me again.  I have another vest knit planned.  

That’s all for today. Short and sweet!

Thanksgiving Week Q and A 2017

DSCF4083(turkeys in my yard)

1) Do you knit anything from memory without a pattern?

2) What is your healthy goal for Thanksgiving through New Years Eve ?

a) Lose a few pounds

b) Gain under 5 lbs

c) Maintain your current weight.

3)Have you ever given up on a yarn?

4) When you take a road trip, where do you stop for a snack or a meal?

5) What is your favorite state to drive through? 

6) Does anyone polish silver anymore?  

7) Do you own a knit themed coffee mug?

8) You have been asked to knit a scarf for a movie. What movie do you want your scarf in?

9) Miracle Whip or Mayonnaise?

10)Something you are thankful for today….

My answers:
1) I can knit plain socks top down, from memory

2) My goal:: Maintain my weight

3) I gave up on a handspun yarn today.  I purchased it about a year ago. I tried to knit with it today. Um no.  It has zero give.  I will used it to crochet an edge someday.  I’d rather fight this yarn with a crochet hook than needles.

4) Lately we stop only for coffee and make our snacks before we go.  Gone are the days when we stopped at McDonalds.  As much as I’d love to, there are too many points in everything I like there.  So we don’t even tempt me!

5) My favorite state to drive through is…….Nebraska. I love the plains.

6) I remember my mom and grandma getting out the silver to polish before all family Holidays and big events.  We don’t own any silver.  I don’t know who has my mom’s silver and my grandmas.

7) I had a knit coffee mug with stockinette on it, but I broke it.

8) I’d want my scarf in a CHRISTMAS Carol movie.

9) Mayo!

10)I’m thankful for the sun that finally showed up today after  a whole lot of cloudy days here .  It was cold, but sunny!! So it was beautiful .


SNOW!!! First Snowfall of Winter 2017-2018

DSCF4689Good Morning!  I awoke to big puffy snowflakes floating down in a steady stream to the ground.   I think it is beautiful.  

Here are my Saturday thoughts:

*The above yarn is a treat that I got myself.  I have never tried Beaverslide Dry Goods Yarns, but Amy Beth (Fat Squirrel) is always chatting them up.  This is Worsted  Weight Winter Rosehip.

While it may be a treat for me to knit with,  (and it is) this will be a yarn that becomes a gift.   That’s the fun of new yarn.  We get to USE it while we knit, enjoy it and then, perhaps, give it away!

I met two retired nurse pals for lunch yesterday.  Joany is a great knitter and she told me of a place to donate yarn.  Apparently North Lawndale High School in Chicago has been teaching knitting to get kids off the streets and instill calm.  One student even sells the things she knits!  This is their address if you wish to donate, 

1615 South Christiana Avenue, Chicago , Il 60623.

Perhaps there is a school near you that does something similar? 

Because it is almost the Season, I also want  to shout out that is continuing her Virtual Advent Tour.  She asks bloggers to write one post about whatever you are celebrating, any denomination, what you are enjoying and what you are seeing that brings you Holiday joy.  I signed up for two dates. You can pick your date or she will assign you a date.  I’ve never done this, but would like to participate this year. 

Finally,  good news.  Fireman is 6 weeks out and feels totally normal again after his rib fracture.  Thanks for all the blog concern!  Wishing you moments of peace this weekend.






I Love this hat finish.  I combined some hat characteristics I like and came up with this warm, winter hat for me.  I wanted a slouch hat that would still be very warm around my ears. 



Knit in Malabrigo Rios yarn.  Colorway is Illusion.  

I cast on 96 sts and knit 1 by 1 rib for 5 inches on size 9 needles.  Then 

I went up to size 11 needles and knit stockinette for 5 1/2 inches. 

I then started the TRIANGLE hat top finish that I took off another pattern. 

(You divide the stitches by 4, and place markers.  Before each marker you K2 tog and after each marker you Ssk)  Switch to double points when you need to .  When you have less than 12 stitches, pull through to secure top.

That’s all. Now I have a pretty and very warm doubled brim hat for Winter 2017-2018.  



When Pretend Families Meet


Please sing along: (Sesame Street Style)
One of these things is not like the others, one of these things just doesn’t belong…

Did I confuse you?  I had the  absolute joy of meeting Mere’s husband and oldest sons at the Bears Game Sunday!  

Meredith’s family was in for a family event.  She mentioned the guys were going to the Bears/Packers game Sunday.  I was overjoyed!  We were going too!  I hadn’t been to a Bears game, or any football game for over 30 years.   The stars were aligning…

She exchanged seat numbers with me and I snuck up behind them and hugged them like a crazy woman.  I did. I hugged and hugged them.  They are real fans!  They were paying attention to the game, but they indulged me and it was wonderful to be meet Mere’s grown up men.  They are all so handsome!~ 

If you saw the game on TV it was raw and raining and cold outside.  No weather for our Lil Buddy to be out in.  So the stars aligned in another way, and while Mere and Lil Buddy and I did not actually meet, we came close!  So close. 

I gave Lil Buddy’s dad the security appropriate clear gallon bag with two little presents for that adorable boy.   He loves to cook with his daddy so I got him a cupcake coloring recipe book and a fake snake.  Here’s hoping he got out of the stadium with them!  

Someday I will meet that amazing woman that we all know as Meredith and her inspirational son, Lil buddy.  For now, meeting the rest of her family was a real win! 

Early Mornings Because…..

unnamed.jpgWe had to go back to Illinois twice in the last 3 days.  Yesterday we brought Miss Pie in for a dental day.  While we were there,  we met dear friend  and old neighbor Karen R for lunch.  Karen is an amazing knitter and teacher.  Just look at her Butterfly shawl. 

Fireman asked her, ‘Why all the stitch markers? ”  Good question Fireman!  He IS  paying attention to my obsession knitting.   Karen, Al and I keep a text thread going many nights and although I moved over a year ago, when I get together with Karen, no time has passed.   Her hubby Tom is going through Chemo , so please pray he heals quickly and completely!!  


This is how the last few mornings have begun.  Monday we were off early to get to the barn.  What a cool view.  I have to remember this is a November joy.  There is beauty in this view I think. DSCF4647

And this was yesterday morning’s view of the nearby golf course after sunrise.  

More on the early rise this past Sunday for the Chicago trip to the Bears/Packers game.  But for now: I give you Miss PieDSCF4653

Long story short: 4 year old sight challenged Pie, had a dental done yesterday with full xrays and 3 sore teeth pulled.   See her little shaved area for her IV? She also now has a significant loud heart murmur.  I trusted my beloved Veterinarian pal Kristine with the whole thing yesterday. 

Kristine called an hour after we dropped her off to inform us that the anesthesia could have added risk now that  she discovered Pie  has a murmur. I have worked alongside Kristine when I volunteered in the Operating Room for the Shelter for years.   She is a gifted surgeon, she has an intuit that is remarkable.  

Given  the fact that Pie was swallowing food (hard kibble) without chewing it and her breath could knock 3 horses over, I told her to proceed.  Fireman was nervous, I was not.  

Pie sailed through it. We were given her 3 teeth, but AL says its it gross to show them to you.  For sure the tooth fairy will be coming soon,  to Pie.   We got her home and she gobbled down a can of food despite her stitches in her mouth.  If you have cats (many of you do!) you can look up Feline Oral Resorptive lesions and find out more about cats and tooth and gum decay.  

For some cats this is an immune response, and it is likely she will have more tooth loss in the future.  She’s an odd little thing but we adore her.  She also must have been reading about Giroux while I’ve been sleeping at night, because she was a champ in the CAR!  Not a peep out of her!  This is new for Pie! 

What should the tooth fairy bring?  (The vet gave us toothpaste and a little brush already…..)