Saturday, June 17, 2017

A tiny, tiny Band-Aid

I know; they don't look like Band-Aids.

These mittens are waving good-bye as they head out to Syrian refugees in camps somewhere in Europe. It won't fix the big, horrible problems -- but five people will have warm hands.

I used Peace Fleece because I love the colors, I know it's warm, I know it's tough, and I like the message.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

time and a half

Pat is drawing a blank on a topic for June. And we always seem to be needing just a leeeeetle bit more time. So -- I propose the following June/July project:

socks for yourself.


Pat, we can either do our plain old autopilot socks -- me top down, you toe up -- or we can kick it up a notch by adding a variable. Maybe a color you never wear (until now), maybe a sparkly new yarn, maybe a technique you've never tried, maybe a pattern that requires a little more attention. . .

We have 52 days. We've got this!

Friday, June 9, 2017

Sorry I'm Late!

Dear Elizabeth,
I had a wonderful time on the Outer Banks, not a lot of knitting time with 23 friends and family around!  I did cast-on a Churchmouse Thinking Cap which is all knit, all the time!

I've knit to the welt, which is 7" of mindless around and around knitting on lace weight yarn.  As it's on somewhere north of 150 stitches, this hat has almost as many stitches as a full-size sweater.  I'm knitting this hat for Chuck, my favorite sailor.  He lost his knit watch cap this spring and I know he will love this one and it will keep him warm, even if he falls in cold water.

Please note that I used a CCTV lens on my good camera for these shots.  Yes, I took a very expensive camera and put a "toy" lens on it and dumbed it down but I just love the random effects you get when you use crazy stuff!  And I love the feeling of old-time photography, figuring out the exposure, hold the camera steady and really thinking about a picture.

I have to admit, I have no idea what our June challenge should be... I'm hopeless!  How about getting together this month, that's challenging enough for the two of us.
Love, Pat

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

No Purls Progress Report

I got this far on the no-purling project:

That green stripe was a bit of a surprise -- Mr. Noro has an impish color sense.

In my defense, your honor, I also knit 4 1/2 pairs of mittens and 2/3 of a sweater during May. Apparently it was a month for fractions. . .