Monday, November 08, 2010
Here is a pattern for a very pretty table runner. I always use a cotton yarn for anything for the kitchen; cotton washes easily and is very durable. Even rugs and curtains can be done up in mercerized cotton yarn; especially with all the color choices, you just can't go wrong!
I have given these away for gifts and have one, and very soon, another for my own kitchen. I tried several other patterns of my own, but could never come up with a runner that looked as nice as this one. Amy Stender does a really nice job with this pattern!
Later this week, look for my original pattern for a pretty neck scarf. The yarn is a dusky repeating pattern, and it knits up quickly.
In the coming weeks, look for more Christmas postings, as there is always something to be knitting while watching all those holiday movies on TCM!
Saturday, October 09, 2010
Friday, October 08, 2010
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Friday, August 27, 2010
A simple yarnover "yo" looks like this:
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Driving past the high schoool, there is the football team out practicing on the front grass, and everyone slows down to watch them. Next week or in two weeks, their season will be underway!
Last week I knitted a baby blanket for a co-worker's great-granddaughter. It was easy and quick and looks wonderful! So pretty in pink. Here's a picture, and next week I will post the pattern.
In this month's newsletter, I made mention of working a "yo" stitch. I will also post this picture, along with what a "ssk", and "psso" look like. Look for these no later than this coming weekend!
You know, the weekend before Labor Day! As always, enjoy your knitting and I am also looking to post Christmas patterns as fast as I find them!
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Wild turkeys preening and parading their feathers, shy momma deer with their white-dotted babies growing bigger every day, frogs, turtles, squirrels, dragonflies, hummingbirds, warblers, robins, crows, woodpeckers, chipmunks, grasshoppers, spiders, crickets, eagles, hawks, to name a few, and even this guy crossing under my car a few days ago. The picture is a bit blurred, but he really is a snail, slugging along at a snails pace! About half an hour after I took this picture, I went out to check on where the snail was, and he was gone into the grass beside my house. Invisible to me!
But, the days are slow in late July, for we truly are deep in summer. Everything is lush and green, with no indication of rot, or shrivel. The only thing that is changed is now it's dark at 8:30 instead of 9:00 or later. And mornings are not as bright at 5 a.m.; in fact, they're downright dark! The seasons have their seasons, and so it goes.
It's the dog days. Time to rest up!
Thursday, June 24, 2010
It has been hot here in northeastern PA; too hot for June. I'll take it though; when I think on those endless winter months, which start in November and go right through April sometimes; Nature seems to be playing cruel tricks on us. It's nice to walk down the gravel roads with doing nothing more than spraying on a little bug spray; no gloves, no coat, no scarf, no hoping you don't fall on your head on the ice. Winter's are no picnic around here.
So, I just keep busy. Like this little hummingbird here; looking to sweeten its day.
Sitting for just a few seconds, then flying away, then coming back to do it all over again. All day, every day. The birds have their work, and we have ours.
I love creating new things to use around the house. Below is a pattern for a Gingham Placemat, which I did up in Sugar N Cream Country Red. All you need are 2 regular skeins and a size 4 or 5 needle.
Border Stitches *: Row 1: Sl 1, k4, p4, k3, last 12 stitches are k3, p4, k5.
Row 2: Sl 1, k1, p10, last 12 stitches are p10, k2.
Repeat these 2 rows for the entire pattern.
*These stitches will be referred to as B12, in the Main Pattern.
Main Pattern: CO 89 sts.
Purl first 4 rows.
Row 1: B12, *(K1, p1) 4x, k1, p5; rep from * to last 9 sts,
(k1, p1) 4x, k1, B12.
Row 2: B12, (K1,p1) 4x, k1, * k6 (p1, k1) 4x,; rep from * to end,
Row 3 to 5: Repeat rows 1 and 2 once more, then row 1 again.
Row 6: B12, P9, * (p1, k1) 2x, p10; rep from * to end, B12.
Row 7: B12, *K9, (p1, k1) 2x, p1; rep from * to last 9 sts, k9, B12.
Rows 8 to 15: Repeat rows 6 and 7 four more times.
Row 16: Repeat row 6.
Repeat this pattern 4 times more, then purl 4 rows and bind off.
What could be easier, and they look so fabulous on your kitchen table!
If you don't like that pattern, and what's not to like, here's another.
**********************************This is a Diamond Lace Placemat.
I used Sugar n Cream Hot Green yarn, 2 skeins.
Size 4 or 5 needle.
I used the same Border Pattern as for the Gingham Placemat.
CO 97 sts.
K1, P1, for the first 4 rows. (Seed St. border)
Row 1: B12, K1, yo, *k3tog, yo, k9, yo, ssk, yo; rep from * to last 2 sts, k2tog, B12.
Row 2 and all WS rows: B12, Purl, B12.
Row 3: B12, K1, k2tog, * yo, k11, yo, sk2po; rep from * to end, ending ssk, k1, B12.
Row 5: B12, K2, *(yo, ssk), 2x, k5, (k2tog, yo)2x, k1; rep from * to last st. k1, B12.
Row 7: B12, K2, *k1, (yo, ssk)2x, k3, (k2tog, yo)2x, k2; rep from * to last st. k1, B12.
Row 9: B12, K2, *k2, (yo, ssk)2x, k1, (k2tog, yo) 2x, k3; rep from * to last st. k1, B12.
Row 11: B12, K2, * k3, yo, ssk, yo, sk2po, yo, k2tog, yo, k4; rep from * to last st, k1, B12.
Row 13: B12, K2, * k4, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k5: rep from * to last st, k1, B12.
Row 15: B12, K2, * k3, k2tog, yo, k3, yo, ssk, k4; rep from * to last st. k1, B12.
Row 17: B12, K2, * k4, yo, ssk, yo k3tog, yo k5; rep from * to last st, k1, B12.
Row 19: B12, K2, * K5, yo, sk2po, yo, k6; rep from * to last st, k1, B12.
Row 21: B12, K2, *k2, (k2tog, yo)2x, k1, (yo, ssk)2x, k3; rep from * to last st, k1, B12.
Row 23: B12, K2, * k1, (ktog, yo)2x, k3, (yo, ssk)2x, k2; rep from * to last st, k1, B12.
Row 25: B12, K2, *(k2tog, yo)2x, k5, (yo, ssk)2x, k1; rep from * to last st, k1, B12.
Row 27: B12, K1, k2tog, * yo, k2tog, yo, k7, yo, ssk, yo, sk2po; rep from * ending ssk, k1, B12.
Row 29: B12, K2, * yo, ssk, k9, ktog, yo, k1; rep from * to last st, k1, B12.
Row 31: B12, K2, * k1, yo, ssk, k7, k2tog, yo, k2; rep from * to last st, k1, B12.
Row 32: Purl.
Repeat Rows 1-32 once more, then Rows 1-16.
K1, P1, for 4 rows, BO all stitches.
**********************************Here is a dishcloth pattern that is as cute as a button! I call it the Daisy Dishcloth.
I used Peaches N Cream Daisy Ombre and a size 4 needle.
All you need is one skein.
CO on 38 sts.
C8P: Sl4 sts to cable ndl in front, p4 from left needle, then p4 from cn.
C8K: Sl4 sts to cable ndl in front, k4 from left needle, then k4 from cn.
Knit first 4 rows.
Rows 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 & 11: *(yo, k2tog)4x, k8; rep from * to end.
Rows 2 & 4: Purl.
Row 6: *C8P, p8; rep from * to end.
Rows 8 & 10: Purl.
Rows 12, 14, 16, 18, & 20: *(p2tog, yo)4x, p8; rep from * to end.
Rows 13 & 15: Knit.
Row 17: *C8K, K8; rep from to end.
Rows 19 & 21: Knit.
Row 22: Same as Row 12.
Repeat Rows 1-22 once more, then rows 1- 10.
Knit 4 rows, and BO all stitches.
There's nothing like knitting and seeing something to show for it when you're all finished.
With these patterns, you can't miss.
Sometimes life hands you icing. The least you should do is put it on a cupcake.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Seriously, it's time for a doggie-diet! And there's Piper looking very disinterested as if to say, "get this thing off of me!" I used a Fun Fur for this one, in the color of your choosing. This pattern is nothing more than an I-cord, which is very easy to make.
With a size 10 needle and 2 strands of yarn held together CO 4 sts.
* Do not turn. Slide sts to opposite end of needle. Take yarn across the back of those sts and
k4; rep from * until collar measures desired length to fit comfortably around your dog's neck.
Add an additional 1" comfort level. Bind off until 1 st is remaining.
Transfer to a crochet hook and chain 8; sl st into same st as beginning chain; bind off. Trim and
sew a button for fun!
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
Lately I've been reading a book entitled " The Children of Henry VIII", you remember, that fat, let-me-run-through-my-father's-money, basically do-nothing King of England in the 1500's.
The second ruler of the House of Tudor. The least effective of them all, but the one everybody remembers. Sound familiar?
Anyway, once Henry's teenage son, Edward, died a horrible death due to tuberculosis and probably poisoning, that instead of Edward's older sister Mary coming to the throne, it was "arranged" that Lady Jane Grey, granddaughter of Henry VIII's sister Mary, would ascend to the English throne, through much back-door, late-night, skullduggery, not to mention murder, intrigue, and cloak and dagger maneuvers. Just your typical everyday royal finagling. Kind of like Congress in 2010.
Naturally, all of this intrigue was taken care of by Edward's right-hand man; the one who had his uncles imprisoned and executed on all kinds of trumped-up charges, just so he, Northumberland, aka John Dudley, could virtually take over at the royal helm. And for quite some time, he did just that. A man of no integrity, no moral fiber, just a wanton regard for power at its highest and best, if there be such a thing. Working relentlessly behind the scenes for his benefit and his family's enrichment. Kind of like Congress in 2010.
He had Jane Grey declared Queen, but alas, it was to be for a mere nine days. The country knew who was the rightful heir to the throne, namely, Mary, oldest of Henry VIII's children. They loved her, supported her, and stood behind her. Northumberland had even married his youngest son to Jane Grey in an attempt to gain total control over the royal throne. It looked as if it could work; but Northumberland's 15 minutes of fame were over in a hurry. His road to fame drove him straight to being executed.
All that intrigue, all that daily laboring and working towards, . . . what? Glory? Fame? To be King of England? It didn't work then, it won't work now. His time on this earth ran out; just as all of us will find out someday. For centuries, this intriguer, this deadly schemer has been dead, of no more use to the human race. Pompousness is such a lesson in futility.
I saw that for myself last night. I work in a very nice restaurant where now and then there are parties or showers or celebrations that I help out with. It's terribly hard work, but I like it, because it's honest, and staight-forward, and at the end of the day, I can truly say, I work hard for my money.
It was a meeting of so-called business and professional women. They might be better inclined calling themselves, "bitches incorporated." These sort, truly give women a bad name. The entire evening was dedicated to a richly engrossed "me fest", if you will. When one wasn't talking up herself, another one took her place. And on and on we went. They even touched on how earth-shatteringly important they all were to different charities, both local and international, that the world just hasn't been able to do without!
Most of all, I was struck with the preening, above all else. Birds of a feather, surely stick together, and this bunch were made for one another! Through it all, my colleague and I worked hard to bring in plates, and bring out plates, and cater to all their little needs, without the "madam's" having to move a muscle or get up from their esteemed seats. And at the end of the night, not one of them offered a "thank you" or left a small token of their appreciation on the tables. Total depravity, total self-centeredness. Total lunancy.
A lot like America in 2010. Something better give.
Friday, February 12, 2010
Use any worsted weight or combination thereof.
Finished size approx. 7" x 64"
6 oz. of your favorite color
Size 10 needles
Wyf = with yarn in front of work
Wyb = with yarn in back of work
pwise = slip as if purling
Cast on 25 sts.
Row 1: P3, (k3, p1) 4 times; k3; wyf sl last 3 sts pwise.
Row 2: (RS) K3, (p3, k1) 4 times; p3; wyb sl last 3 sts pwise.
Rep Rows 1 and 2 until work measures desired length; bind off.
Weave in all ends.
Pocket (make 2)
Cast on 19 sts.
Row 1: K1, p17, k1.
Row 2: (RS) Knit.
Row 3-23: Rep Rows 1 and 2 ending with a Row 1.
Row 24: (RS) *K1, p1; rep from * across; end k1.
Row 25: *P1, k1; rep from * across; end p1.
Row 26: Rep Row 24.
Row 27: Rep Row 25.
Bind off in pat.
Steam block all pieces and let dry. Sew pockets in place at end of Scarf. Finish off with fringe or pom-poms or leave as is.
In any event, wear and enjoy!
In the meantime, I'll be cozy and warm, waiting for Spring.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
(a pattern from Bernat.com)
To fit chest measurement12 mos 18 ins [45.5 cm]
18 mos 19 ins [48 cm]
2 yrs 21 ins [53.5 cm]
4 yrs 23 ins [58.5 cm]
Finished chest12 mos 21½ ins [54.5 cm]
18 mos 22 ins [56 cm]
2 yrs 24 ins [61 cm]
4 yrs 25½ ins [65 cm]
GAUGE19 sts and 25 rows = 4 ins [10 cm] in stocking st.
MATERIALSBernat® Handicrafter Cotton(50 g / 1.75 oz/73 m/80 yds) or
Bernat® Satin (100 g / 3.5 oz/149 m/163 yds)
Size 12 mos (18 mos-2 yrs-4 yrs)
Main Color (MC) (Mint)210 (230-240-350) m
OR 230 (250-265-380) yds Contrast A (White)210 (230-244-350) m
OR230 (250-265-380) yds
Size 4.5 mm (U.S. 7) knitting needles or size needed to obtain gauge.
2 st holders.
Alt = Alternate.
Approx = Approximately.
Beg = Beginning.
Cont = Continue(ity).
Inc = Increase 1 stitch by knitting into front and back of next stitch.
K = Knit.
K2tog = Knit next 2 stitches together.
P2tog = Purl next 2 stitches together.
P2togtbl = Purl next 2 stitches through back loops.
Pat = Pattern.
Psso = Pass slipped stitch over.
RS = Right side.
Rem = Remaining.
Rep = Repeat.
Sl1 = Slip next stitch knitwise.
Sl1P = Slip next stitch purlwise.
St(s) = Stitch(es).
Tog = Together.
WS = Wrong side.
Yfwd = Yarn forward.
INSTRUCTIONS The instructions are written for smallest size. If changes are necessary for larger sizes the instructions will be written in parentheses. ( ).
BACK **With MC, cast on 45 (47-51-55) sts.
Knit 5 rows, noting that 1st row is WS and inc 6 sts evenly across last row. 51 (53-57-61) sts.
With A, work 2 rows in stocking st. With MC, work 2 rows in stocking st. **Rep last 4 rows of Stripe Pat until work from beg measures 12 (13-14- 15) ins [30.5 (33-35.5-38) cm], ending
with 2 rows of A.
Shoulders: With MC, K15 (16-17- 17). Turn. Leave rem sts on spare needle.
Knit 5 rows.
Cast off knitwise.
With RS of work facing, slip next 21 (21-23-27) sts onto a st holder.
Join MC to rem sts and knit to end of row.
Knit 4 rows.
Cast off knitwise.
FRONT Work from ** to ** as given for Back.
Rep last 4 rows of Stripe Pat until work from beg measures 10 (11-11½- 12½) ins [25.5 (28-29-32) cm], ending with a purl row.
Neck shaping: Next row: (RS). With appropriate color, K17 (18-19-19).
Turn. Leave rem sts on spare needle.
Next row: P2tog. Purl to end of row. 16 (17-18-18) sts.
Next row: Knit to last 2 sts. K2tog. 15 (16-17-17) sts.
Cont even in Stripe Pat until work from beg measures 12 (13-14-15) ins [30.5 (33-35.5-38) cm], ending with 2 rows of A. Break A.
Place marker at end of last row.
With MC, knit 3 rows.
Next row: (WS). (buttonhole row). K3. yfwd. K2tog. K4 (4-5-5). yfwd. K2tog. K4 (5-5-5).
Knit 1 row.
Cast off knitwise.
With RS facing, slip next 17 (17-19-23) sts onto a st holder. Join appropriate color to rem sts and knit to end of row.
Next row: Purl to last 2 sts. P2togtbl. 16 (17-18-18) sts.
Next row: Sl1. K1. psso. Knit to end of row. 15 (16-17-17) sts.
Cont even in Stripe Pat until work from beg measures 12 (13-14-15) ins [30.5 (33-35.5-38) cm], ending with 2 rows of A.
Place marker at end of last row.With MC, knit 3 rows.
Next row: (WS). (buttonhole row). K4 (5-5-5). K2tog. yfwd. K4 (4-5-5). K2tog. yfwd. K3.
Knit 1 row.
Cast off knitwise.
SLEEVES With MC, cast on 23 (25-27-30) sts.
Knit 5 rows, noting that 1st row is WS and inc 3 (3-3-4) sts evenly across last row. 26 (28-30-34) sts.
Work in Stripe Pat as given for Back, inc 1 st each end of needle on next and every following alt row to 38 (40-56- 56) sts, then every following 4th row to 48 (52-62-66) sts.
Cont even until work from beg measures 7 (7½-8-8½) ins [18 (19- 20.5-21.5) cm], ending with a purl row. Cast off knitwise.
FINISHING Pin garment pieces to measurements.
Cover with a damp cloth, leaving cloth to dry.
Back Neckband: With RS of work facing and MC, pick up and knit 3 sts down right back neck edge. K21 (21-23-27) from back st holder. Pick up and knit 3 sts up left back neck edge. Knit 1 row. Cast off knitwise.
Front Neckband: With RS of work facing and MC, pick up and knit 11 sts down left front neck edge. K17 (17-19-23) from front st holder. Pick up and knit 11 sts up right front neck edge. Knit 1 row.
Cast off knitwise.
Pin shoulders tog, overlapping Front over Back. Place marker along side edge of Front and Back 7 (7½-7½-8) ins [18 (19-19-20.5) cm] up from cast on edge.
Sew Sleeves between markers.
Sew side and sleeve seams.
Sew buttons at shoulders to correspond to buttonholes.
Friday, January 15, 2010
Malcolm Muggeridge could have added the first decade of the 21st century to his quote, had he lived so long.
In between my knee throbbing from a fall on the icy downhill on Springbrook Ct. this morning while walking Piper, I have a few things to say:
I don't know what it's going to take to wake this country up; maybe 30% unemployment and decent people living in tents or the streets, but, something better click in the minds of the mindless, and quickly!
There is an atheist in the White House. I won't say he's President, because he is not my president; you have to earn my respect for what it is you do, and he is a disgrace and a liar! Surrounded by rogues, just like the Chicago-based thugs he grew up with, he is trying to destroy the United States of America! Not "fundamentally change" it, not tweak it, not fix it. Destroy it! And everything that it stands for, because he hates this country, because atheists, who have no God but themselves, want only power and more power. He wishes to see this country become a land of rich and poor and nothing in between, because that takes away from the 'vision' he has for America. You know the vision; him as king of the world.
Meanwhile, we play with our tech gadgets, kinda like Nero fiddled while Rome burned. We leer shamelessly at celebrities and "actors" as if we need them in order to get enough oxygen for our day! Them and their idiotic ranting; their ignorant ways, their filthy lives!
I just needed to get that down "on paper", if you will, so when all is said and done, you know where I stand. Because I do stand for something. For no abortions, because killing babies is NOT healthcare; for no gay marriage, because two women or two men CANNOT marry one another, it is against natural law; for the idea that free speech means being courageous not politically correct. I won't fall for anything, because it's sugar-coated, soaked in rhetoric-swizzled dribble, and made to look so confusing that I turn my eyes away. Not me! Not ever.
And everything that white house does with its right hand, I'll be watching the left. Because that's where the real action will be. Mark my works, this day, Friday, January 15, 2010.
Tuesday, January 05, 2010
I have been running across that phrase for the last week or so and wondering why. It's most appropriate for the New Year, as we look to a brand new year, unblemished, untried, uncertain. Yet, with God's hand we can walk safely in. It's all about trust, and only trust.
God must be quite incredible to put up with all of us! All our silly ways, our wiles and deceit; the things we do, and the things we fail to do. Our pseudo-control we "have"; over our children or our spouse, or our job or our friends or our family; we have no control! We only think we do.
And so each day goes by. It then becomes yesterday, and another day we have lived and can never get back or relive again. What did we do with it? The same things we did the day before yesterday, and the days before that? If so, then I hope those "things" are good things. Even if we can't see the good things. Because usually we don't see those things. We only see another day dawn, and the same-old, same-old in front of us.
But, our Lord sees differently. Precisely because He is God and does not see with our eyes, thanks be to God! (lol) We see nothing new, only the same old disturbances, the same old challenges, trials which never end, difficulties which go on and on.
What do we say? "Why is God doing this to me?" "Why, at my age, am I going through all of this, when life should be easier, more secure, more full of money?"
Says who? Who ever promised any of us a fools gold by the time we get to 60 years old? Where is it written that life gets easier, less stressful, that our days be less filled with tribulation and sorrow? That may be true, that may not be true. I am sure whoever we are, that we all have problems, some very close to home, some in our workplace, our churches, our businesses, our towns, wherever we find ourselves every day.
So, what to do? Pray. With all your heart. Endlessly, all day long. Here and there. Offer up. Always.
Because God hears. And because in a hundred years from now, He will still be listening to those invoking his kindness. But, we will be long gone. Dead for quite some time.
Dead to this life, yet, alive in the next.
"Thou turnest man back to the dust, and sayest, 'Turn back, O children of men!'
For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, or as a watch
in the night. . . . . .
our years come to an end like a sigh.
The years of our life are threescore and ten,
or even by reason of strength fourscore;
yet their span is but toil and trouble;
they are soon gone and we fly away." Ps 90
Do not turn your back on God. Walk fully towards Him, and keep walking there all the days of your life. Only then will all of "this" make any sense at all!