Another Option for a Summer Top


I’m digging this Berroco remix light.  Love that it is recycled fibers.  It is nylon, cotton, acrylic, silk and linen.  Have you used this or a similar remix?  I’m already planning a second summer sleeveless top and this may be a good option .  

I’m using the Queensland United for my current top designed by Doreen Marquart.  It is soft but there is some lambswool in with the cotton.  I think I’ll have to look over the Remix and pet it for a bit , maybe ask Doreen what she thinks of it for another summer top…..

Non wools can go wrong fast.  I learned that with CoSaBi, last year as it dragged itself down in its own weight and created a shapeless mess that never got worn.  

Bailey at the Shoppe suggested the Queensland United and I am very glad she did.  I’m almost finished with the back.  

IF you are not a Facebook reader, I want to tell you about my latest post.  My brother-in-law Dr. Jaime Modiano is featured in an interview this week.  In a breakthrough study, the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center developed a drug that is improving survival rates for dogs diagnosed with hemangiosarcomas .   Jaime says he has never been this excited in his life. The results represent the most significant advance in treating this canine cancer, in 30 years.   The hope and intent is to treat human cancers with this drug next.  I’m very proud of him!


We need our Passions

dscf0226Last night the handler for the norwegain elkhound was my hero.  This woman may or may not be the oldest handler in the Westminster show, but she was out there with her little back bent over, and she was hobbling at a clip to show her dog.  Age was obvious, but so was her concentration.  And let’s face it, she wasn’t showing a toy papillion, she was showing a big, strong, willful dog.  Way to go lady handler! 

dscf0222This was our magnificent sunset last night.  This is probably very funny to those of you who live in the South.  Trust me no one is pulling up a lounge chair and watching the sunset with a drink while the temps hover in the 30s and 40s.  At a glance, however, from the comfort of my knit spot while still using an electric throw, it was very beautiful.  

I need to get more of the color I’m using for the summer top today.  Hoping there is some of the same dye lot available.  I really like this project.  Here are some of the reasons of why:

*it promises me summer will come

*I only need one set of needles to knit this top

*I am enjoying the little pattern and the fact of its sameness for a full 22 inches on the back.  No counting rows.  Just happy knitting. 

Have you noticed why you like certain types of patterns ? 

My little knit passion may not be as impressive as a senior dog handler at Westminster or a sunset in the sky, but its making me happy today.


Happy Valentines Day


Happy Sweet Valentines Day!  I love blogging and I love your comments, lurks and love.  We had our valentine dinner out last night.  We were in Chicago area seeing friends for dinner so that’ll do.   No crowds.

One rather gross happening. I was having a few sips of my diet Coke, when I found something in the glass.  It was just a piece of plastic, the kind the mints at the hostess station are packed in, but YUCK.  ew ew and more ew.  The waitress apologized and brought me new…that kind of does it for me as far as going back.  I demand spotless when we are paying for dinner out.

Fireman told me he misses getting me chocolates.  I’ve been on Weight watchers for 2 years this weekend.  I told him I’d rather go for a manicure with no points and no guilt.  The way the price of chocolates goes these days, I think the manicure is also cheaper!


One of my favorite things about Valentines Day is that Westminster Dog show corresponds with it yearly.  My sister sent me this cupcake photo.  Her Gordon setter club had their annual dinner last week and aren’t these cupcakes awesome?

You know I love dogs but we don’t have any currently.  Four cats, one being Fezzik the almost dog, makes up for that.  The only time I wish for a dog is when I’m out for a walk.  And I do wish then.  Someday I think It will happen again for us.  Until then I watch the dog show and think about those amazing creatures.  I know its a fix.  They are already predicting Rudy the German Shepard will win.

Little Valentine Love Beatles is so hard to photograph. And I know its fuzzy but I think he deserves a blog spot on heart day.  He let my great niece lug him around without a peep.  It made her crazy happy.  unnamed-2

So I had a knitting revelation last night in the car.  See my uneven garter panels that I was knitting  last week ?  Awful stitch uniformity in garter.  I was on the purl side of the back of my new knit up (first photo) and I thought, well that looks like garter.  And that looks much better than my garter.  Alright ladies, thinking caps on: Could I knit the panels again, doing stockinette on the front, and purl on the back and use the backside as my fronts? or is that not really garter?  Does that make any sense?


Monday Questions, I heart….


*What is your favorite fiber or blend to knit or crochet with?

(this is my cotton/lambswool blend.  I like blends the best.  Cotton and silk, merino and nylon, to name a few)

*What is your favorite fiber to wear? (cotton hands down)

dscf0194* Have you seen someone you know personally on television? (last night!  Unexpectedly.  We were watching some of the Westminster agility show and when they showed the judge we were shocked!  Anne Riba judged the 24 inch division and she taught us agility with Huck years ago!  Good for her. and good for the sport)

*Do you have a locket?  Who is in it? (I do.  I have a lock of hair in my locket.  A lock of my mom’s hair….Is that odd? )

*What is your favorite pizza topping?  (sausage…c’mon I’m Hungarian)

*The box of Valentine chocolates is in front of you.  What’s your pick of chocolates? (a dark chocolate cream filled with vanilla!!!)

*Is there a state you haven’t visited that you’d like to visit? (Oklahoma…to see Al)

*What’s the oldest thing in your wardrobe?  (probably a sweater that I knit years ago and now fit in again.)   I’m so glad I didn’t get rid of it. I tend to wear things out and shop very little for clothes.  To a fault.  If it weren’t for holidays and birthdays I probably wouldn’t have new clothes…I have a husband who WISHES I would shop)

*When are you most likely to give up on a knit project?

a)when you decide the pattern was too hard

b) when you decide the pattern was too easy

c) when you make too many mistakes

d) when you realize you cannot knit another stitch with THAT yarn, whatever it is


*Name one thing you love about your husband/friend/or a family member:

(Fireman : He encourages me to take some risks.  We would never have moved if it had been up to me.  I get so stuck in sameness.  It was a great thing for us to do.

Al: She makes me laugh, all the time.  She GETS my humor.

Zach: He is a fabulous listener.  He gives good advice when I ask for it. )

Wrapping up this Week

dscf0125I had to insist on each and every cat we have ever adopted.  3 of 4 insisted on napping with him one day this week.  Who is the crazy cat lady?

Fezzik turned 2 this week.

I learned about so many crazy sandwiches from y’all, this week.

I need to clarify something about Doreen’s awesome Patterns.  I changed the original post but I want to mention it here too: her published book patterns are not available on Ravelry for copyright reasons.   There are patterns Doreen has written for sale on Ravelry but they are not the patterns that her wonderful publisher now has the rights to  –

I feel like I’m making slow slow progress on my sweater, but I have to remind myself: it is a sweater!  I’d love to finish the garter panels this weekend. Good thing it stinks outside!   Perfect knitting inside weather.

I finished the book Sweater Quest because I cheated and read the ending.  It was interesting enough.  Reading the ending helped me decide to return it to the library.

Finally, I listened to a podcast last night about a couple who grew up in the burbs and decided to become farmers.  They lived in a tent on their LAND for a year.  They highly recommend doing that.  If I grow my own flowers this summer, I’ll be more than happy with that!  And I wont be sleeping in a tent for a year.  Podcasts, they are fascinating sometimes. Sometimes they are so boring I think”I should watch this when I cant fall asleep.”  Which is practically never.  I am blessed with great sleep.   Podcasts,   You can find them on just about any topic.  Have you listened to any good ones lately?

You Just Never Know….

dscf0169dscf0171I have to show you Doreen, the Needles’n Pins Shoppe owner’s book that I bought. She has several books, but I bought this one first. I need to clarify to you all that Doreen’s great patterns in the BOOKS are, of course, not available on Ravelry.  She has patterns on Ravelry that do not appear in her books for publication/copyright reasons.  So you can buy her awesome books and support the publisher, and Doreen herself.  I plan to buy lots

There are summery cotton tops that I will be knitting and this cabled Biggy knit that I’d love to make and wear.  Something about knowing the designer and knowing her patterns are perfect is exciting. 

Okay, so a mom story.  I’ve been a bit of a mess since last visit.  Fireman and I went to see her last night.  Complete change.  Mom was smiling, silly and ate her entire dinner for me.  Yup, all of her Chicken a la king, a peach part, a few mini cookies and even drank her milk.  Now I Fed her of course, but she actually tried to hold the cup of milk with me as I helped her drink it.  At one point, she looked at me, smiled and whispered, “I’m pregnant!” 

If she thinks she is and she’s happy, that’s all that matters!  I congratulated her. And I slept like a rock last night. Surprise. 

Inspired at Needles’ n Pins

unnamed-1How about this woman’s Butterfly/Papillon Shawl?  Pattern on Ravelry by Marin Melchiors.  10 page pattern.  I think this woman said she used Lang for the color skein.  She said you need a skein that has long color repeats for this effect.  She choose to do the Solid outlines in black.  This is her second shawl.  She finished the first in 9 days.  To which someone in the knit group said “You don’t sleep do you?” Wow.  I think I’ve managed to entice friend Karen to knit one.  

Another passerby stopped in to show us her Azel.  She knit in Bulky as the pattern called for.  She is sending it to her friend in Alaska.  Easy peasy pattern.  She nailed it.  

The really good news for me is that Doreen, shop owner and knitter and pattern publisher magnificent, looked at my sweater starts and said I’m good.  If I want perfection in garter then I can knit on a machine.  This is a new group for me so I didnt’ share that my tension is a wonk from day to day with news of my mom etc. 

I had another wonderful afternoon knitting with these ladies and met some  new ones too.  I had less stressful a drive on the roads this time around.  It is really good for me to go there. 

A funny topic that came up was the bizarre sandwiches we used to eat: 

Bread, butter and lettuce

Graham crackers and frosting

Something called schmaltz: goose fat on bread

and something one eats when their stomach is upset: soda crackers soaked in milk

Happy to share some OTHERS knits with you.  OH and Teresa, they were working on a crocheted jacket.  I’ll get images for you next time.