Friday Finds!

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The pendulum is swing in the weather department again.  Some days are really warm and others are on the chilly side.  So far for today, the sun is shinning and I hope it stays that way through the weekend.  Hoping to do a hike with daughter and son and puppy! So excited – first time for this kind of family time!  Hopefully said knee will be fine and fit! Haha.

Anyway, I have been looking on Pinterest for more great knitting finds when I came along with this cute display of knitting stamps – what a way of displaying your passion!  Aren’t they cute?

I also found the great looking shawl for those cool nights out; I just love the way it seems to move like waves in the sea.  Check it out!

Happy knitting,

Nancy

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Happy Tuesday!

I hope you all had a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend!  Special person and I went for a great ride and visited Saratoga!  It was a sunny, breezy day – one that you don’t want to stay indoors for.  I took some great shots of the park and surrounding area.  Perfect scenes for a weekend to reflect.

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The area just asked for pictures to be taken. There were shiny lakes, flowing fountains, and mama and baby ducks swimming about.  Such a tranquil place!

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So, while in Saratoga, of course, I needed to find the local knitting store, Common Thread.  Special person found the nearest seat and I wandered about.  There were so many great yarns to look at.  I did decide to purchase some hand-dyed made in Chile by Araucania Yarns.  The color is called Lenga.  I don’t know what I will be making out of it, but the blended colors in it are beautiful.  Just take a look!

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Finally, along with visiting with family and enjoying the weekend, I am progressing nicely with my Ridged Moebius Cowl.  It’s hard to tell, since I’m knitting in the round, but it is getting longer, little by little.

Have a great week and watch for more great stores and photos!

Happy knitting,

Nancy

Happy Friday!

The weekend is finally here! Let’s hope that the rain of today goes away and we find some sunny breaks along the way.  I am still seeing a lot  of growth and soon we will have pictures of flowers mixed in with all the greens.

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I am so proud on my perennials.  Each year they grow bigger and more beautiful and the best part, I really don’t have to do anything to make them look this way.  Just remember to plant them in the right spot, and nature does the rest.

 

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Recently, I worked in a small class  at Trumpet Hill to review how to make short rows in knitting.  Short rows are used often in many different patterns.  You can use them to create more “room” in your piece.  I have seen it work very well in making socks and looks beautiful in shawl patterns. Once you get the hang of it – it works very easily and finishes nicely.  We went over several different kinds, such as; how to wrap and turn, turn, yarn over, German Short rows and  my  favorite was the Japanese Short Rows.  Japanese Short Rows use stitch markers and you can look at this YouTube video to learn more.

Enjoy the weekend,

Nancy

Here comes Memorial Weekend!

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In just a short few days, we will be celebrating Memorial Weekend, which signifies what our service man and women have done to keep us free and able to pursue our dreams and interests. It is also a time for family fun get togethers, leisure time, and parades. Many will be traveling to see family, and hopefully enjoying nice summer-like weather.

I am working on Ridged Moebius Cowl and as you can see, it’s coming along, slowly but surely.   I was having a little trouble keeping track of my rows, but of course, I got out my row counter, and away I go!  With this pattern I have to go around two times to create one row, which forms the ridges.  I think it ‘s going to look great when it’s done.

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I must be on a cowl kick!  I found this great pattern called Foolproof, by Louise-Zass-Bangham.  It can be made in different lengths which decides just how many times you want to wrap it around your neck.  I chose this beautiful Peruvian Alpaca sport weight yarn.  The colors are a plum and heather gray from Trumpet Hill, which form a stripe throughout the pattern.

 

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Happy knitting,

Nancy

Friday Finds!

Here we are looking at the weekend again!  Each week seems to just by.  When I look outside all I see is growth and rejuvenation!  If you look at my blog you know that besides family and knitting, my other favorite thing to do is snap a moment in time.  It’s like a stop  of  the clock and a look at something in that second you have pressed that button.  Welcome to my new find! Here are some pictures that make me wonder…..

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Look at how green that grass is – without any applications of chemicals…..just sun and rain and the changing of time.

 

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Doesn’t it just make you think about life?

Thanks for letting me share my other passion – taking pictures.  I am knitting my Ridged Moebius.  Pictures will follow.  Enjoy you weekend.

Happy knitting,

Nancy

Welcome!

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I just love looking the green grass, and watching to see the plants growing and sprouting through the ground.  I am so glad that I live where there are 4 seasons to enjoy.  I don’t think I would want it any other way!

Here we are, May 13th and the weather is proving to be warm and beautiful.  I hope you all got to spend some time with your Mom on Mother’s Day!  Daughter and I went for a long ride to spend the day with my Mom and family.  We really had a great time.  lots of laughter and conversation, just like it should be with family.  We spent more time in the car than with family – but that’s what family is all about.  Puppy looks tired – don’t know why – he stays home!

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I working hard on the Ridged Moebius, though it has been tough to get in the knitting time.  I am really interested in seeing how this continues to work out.  I have been a little concerned about how the ridges are going to look with this yarn.  This is what I have so far, (which isn’t much) but as you can see the ridges look like they pop right out at you !   I know during the class the instructor, Carolyn,  from Trumpet Hill Knitting store, said to knit the same amount of rows and do the same with the purl rows.  I can’t wait to sit down, maybe tomorrow after work, and get more done to show you next week.

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Happy knitting,

Nancy

 

Friday Finds!

Happy Friday!

So, I’m very excited to tell you all above my new learning experience.  I went to my favorite knitting store, Trumpet Hill, and took a class on Ridged Moebius to make a cowl. Ever heard of it? (me neither) and I’ve been knitting for a long time.  Anyway, it is very interesting.  You knit with a circular needle (size 4 or 5-I decided on size 5) that is 40″ long and you are actually knitting in the round that starts with 200 stitches.

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This is their finished product, isn’t it beautiful!  I am using the same yarn, “Schoppel, Zauberball” which is made in Germany. It is made up of virgin wool, 25%, nylon 75%, schurwalle (super wash) 75%.  The colors that I’m using are in black, tan, and gray.

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Here is mine, so far! Haha!

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Happy Mother’s Day!

Nancy

Where did spring go?

Hi and where did spring go?  I have to say its kinda cold out there!  There isn’t any sun and it’s kinda damp too.  I know that my lawn and plants are starting to grow and I’m really glad, just wish we could see the sun a little more!  Take a look at the blossoms on my tree!  I love spring time.  The grass is getting greener and there are spouts all around!   I also thought about getting flower boxes put under my windows in the front of the house so that I can see more beautiful, colorful growing things.

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Talking about growing things, did I show you my indoor Christmas cactus plant?  I am so proud of it!  Haha, probably sounds silly to some, but this plant really has only bloomed two times a year and one of those times is, of course, near Christmas time.  So, I am going to look into transplanting it into a bigger pot soon, but I definitely want to do it the right way so that I don’t traumatize it. I feel like a new mom!  Any guidance you can give me on that would be much appreciated!

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So, on to the knitting.  I very excited to be taking a short knitting class this week from my friendly knitting store, Trumpet Hill, on “Ridged Moebius” , a technique that I have not used as yet. I will be using 400 yards of finger weight yarn with size 4 or 5 needles. I will be making a cowl and hope to give it as a gift.  I selected the yarn already in neutrals or black, creme, and browns. Here is a picture from Trumpet Hill of their demo.  Make sure to check out Trumpet Hill’s website and class schedules!  When I complete mine, I will be sure to show off some pictures.

 

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Things are moving right along with my socks that I started.  I’m having fun making them, whomever they end up with.  The stripes are kinda interesting.They remind me of a twist on a man’s traditional-type of sock.  Here it is so far!

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Happy knitting,

Nancy