Couch Potato Blanket

Just Git-R-Done!

My usual modus operandi is to have about four or five projects on needles at the same time, switching from one to another depending on my mood and how much of any one needle size my hands will tolerate!

  • A sock on a size 1 circular (thanks to Socks with Sarah!),
  • 1 or 2 medium-sized projects (hats, mittens, scarves, cowls),
  • 1 or 2 larger projects (sweater, shawl, blanket).

And of course 35 to 45 projects in the queue, about a third of which are in project bags with the pattern, yarn and maybe even the needles!

But for some reason I currently have only two projects actually on the needles — KAL #8 Business Casual Socks

Business Casual Socks
Business Casual Socks

and the Couch Potato Blanket for my husband.

Couch Potato Blanket
Couch Potato Blanket

I think I know the  reasons for just pushing forward with these two right now:

  1. I always have a pair of socks going (and I LOVE this pattern!).
  2. The blanket is actually a christmas present I gave to Jerry in 2013!! Yikes, I’ve got to get this sucker done!!

Every time I looked at it just hibernating in the knitting closet, I felt guilty for not working on it. I had lots of excuses, but basically it came down to this — it’s a boring knit. So I figured that the only way I’d ever complete it was to just go for it. I’m almost done. About 6 more inches to go and I feel like the Little Engine Who Could!

As soon as I finish the blanket, I’m starting Kent’s Grey Cabled Vest and Michelle Hunter’s Mystery KAL Namesake Cowl (Actually, when I start it will be no longer a mystery!) Or maybe I’ll do the Rutherford Hat, or the Entrelac Scarf, or Imagine When Shawl, or the Seahawks Socks, or the Two-tone Twill scarf, or the Linen Stitch Scarf, or …, or …, or ………… So much to knit…so little time….just git-r-done!

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Corkscrew Mittens Knit with Love

Pattern:  Corkscrew Mitten by Michelle Hunter

Yarn: Simplicity by HiKoo in 01 White and 046 Red.

Matching mittens for my wonderful granddaughters –

Finn, first year student at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY  –

Finn
Finn

Gabriella, grade 2 student at Lowell Elementary, Bellingham, WA

Gabriella
Gabriella

Love and hugs,

Nana-Gram

Maple Socks

I always travel with a pair of socks on the needles — for three reasons: compact,  portable and requires little concentration. So as we packed to travel to Northern Ontario and Quebec to visit friends, I checked my sock yarn stash. There at the top of Sock Yarn Bin #2 was a skein of Sweet Georgia Sock Yarn begging to get on the needles. The colorway was Maple — perfect for Fall knitting!

Maple by Sweet Georgia
Maple by Sweet Georgia

I had planned to knit on the shuttle bus to SEATAC, but it was still too dark outside; so I cast on when we were through security and waiting to board the flight to Toronto. I kept knitting during boarding and take off. I was almost to the end of the cuff when the flight attendant brought my first cup of coffee — with Maple Leaf stirrers! Good theme and color match for my knitting! I knit all day as we traveled to Toronto, went through customs and boarded the second flight to Sudbury.

Air Canada Coffee Stirrers
Air Canada Coffee Stirrers

I knit a bit each day we were in Whitefish,  in between hiking and ATV rides around Rick and Estelle’s couple hundred acres of bush. They are avid hunters and fishers who never have to leave their property to catch fish in the river or track game in the bush. Rick said we had a good chance of seeing a moose! Since I’ve only ever seen two in the wild, both along highways in British Colombia, I was stoked!

Intersection of the Sugar Bush Trail and the Bull Moose Trail
Intersection of the Sugar Bush Trail and the Bull Moose Trail

The leaves were just beginning to turn and the colors were beautiful — a bit like my Maple yarn!

The Beginnings of Fall Color in the Bush
The Beginnings of Fall Color in the Northern Ontario Bush

The four of us drove to Belleterre, Quebec, to spend time at the Lapointe cottage on Lac aux Sables for a few days. The weather was cool and rainy — just right for relaxing and hanging out in front of the big window with an awesome view of the lake.  With a fire in the stove, pickerel and moose steaks in the frying pans, and great conversation, we had a memorable time!

Moose Steaks
Moose Steaks
Pickerel in the Pan
Pickerel in the Pan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was a wonderful lake with awesome sunsets, despite the weather. I spent a lot of time knitting on my socks while enjoying the sunsets! The colors even looked like my Maple socks!

Sunset on Lac aux Stables
Sunset on Lac aux Stables

After ten days it was time to leave our dear friends and head home. My socks were almost finished…

Maple Socks
Maple Socks

… but these were the only moose I saw –

A Herd of Moose
A Herd of Moose

Until we meet again….I can’t promise moose in Washington, but I’ll promise lots of eagles in January, Rick!

The Knitting Lesson

The Knitting Lesson

I love spending time with my granddaughters. Finn, a freshman at Cornell University, lives 3000 miles away and I don’t get to see her nearly as often as I did when she was younger. Oh, my, do I miss her! But Gabriella, 7and 3/4 as she says, lives just 20 miles away and I see her often.

This week I spent a day with her and the morning was filled with games, conversation, lunch –

Lunch on the Deck
Lunch on the Deck

and play time in her “tree house” while I knit on the deck.

The Tree House
The Tree House

A play date with her friend highlighted the afternoon. They usually play on their own and I get lots of knitting time, but this day they couldn’t decide what to play and everything seemed to involve me — tag, hide and seek, dodge the Groovy Dolls (variation of dodgeball!). By 3:00 PM I was exhausted! So out of desperation I said, ” Hey, Girls, would you like to do some knitting?” After a resounding “YES!” Gabriella found her knitting box on the top shelf where it has resided since late winter and we set about the task. Her friend, Chelsea, had never knit before so I started her out with a bit of yarn and some needles. Gabriella is working on a knit stitch blanket for her doll and Chelsea decided on a knit stitch dish cloth. They diligently worked on their projects and I spent time coaching and fixing dropped stitches, accidental yarn overs, and wonky-looking errors! We had a great time and I promised another lesson soon! Bring on the Purl!

The Knitting Lesson
The Knitting Lesson