Thursday, January 31, 2013

Gemini Re-visited

Progress has been made on Gemini
I've tried it on as it was to the point of dividing for the sleeves
Seems my measurement was correct
So, began knitting in the round for the body portion
Tried it on again this morning and the fit couldn't be better at this point.
Just need to knit to the correct length to add border.

Then it's on to the sleeves.
Not certain what length right now,
but certainly longer than the original Gemini.

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Made a quick project bag

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Daughter (the older) asked for a remote control/miscellaneous organizer.
We decided to make it the same size as her end table with enough length to corral her remotes, etc.

For a quick change she can just use the other side!

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Gemini Re-Visited may be hogging all the knitting time lately
but, Staghorn Reversible Cable Scarf is getting a bit of attention.


Our weather has been all of the place
Temps in the Seventies of a couple of days,
then two inches of (much needed) rain in one day
Now we are expecting single digit overnight temp.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit.
What have you been up to?????


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Friday, January 18, 2013


This Devine skein of baby Alpaca/silk
arrived today from knitspot's Fall in Fall Color 
January club shipment !

It's the softest yarn I've every held in my hands.

This is destine to become a lovely light-as-a-cloud stole designed by
Anne Hanson/knitspot.

I'll be posting photos once it gets on my needle.


Wednesday, January 16, 2013


Reversible Cables
It's a goal of mine for this year.

Remember this?

Miles and miles of cables.
Hours of time spent knitting and counting
to creating cable stitches.

Viewable from the front side ONLY ! ! ! 

I'm blocking and thinking, 
"What's the sense in knitting this many cable stitches
only to have a 'right side' and a 'wrong side' ???  
This is freakin' crazy.  
Why spend ALL THIS TIME to have only half a scarf ???"

Of course, this conversation with Myself didn't happen 'til I was finished knitting this Christmas gift and already blocking it .  .  .
 on the day before Christmas.

That's the precise moment I vowed to 
never knit a one-side-only cable scarf,
or cardi fronts, for that matter.
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It came to mind that 
Lily Chin is known for her technique of REVERSIBLE CABLES.

In two shakes of a lamb's tail I grabbed my %-off coupon, Hubby's Gift Card and before ya knew it
we were at Barnes & Noble having a Starbuck's Tall Decaf,  this book on the table before me.

From the moment it came through our frontdoor it's been open to one page and then another.
What a time I'm having exploring all the possibilities.

Right now it's at my knitting chair opened to 
Lily's reversible staghorn cable tutorial.

Here's a snap of her example:

and the beginning of her tutorial for my own sample:

I cast on the recommended number of stitches and knit up my own sample.
It looks pretty darn good.

This Staghorn Reversible Cable Scarf is my first attempt using this newly-learned technique. 

front side

back side

I'll be posting a few pics along the way to show my progress.

The yarn is a merino/cashmere blend that's soooo soft.
Perfect for a scarf to wrap 'round and 'round your neck to
keep the cold weather away.

This is being knit as a gift, there's no rush to get it finished.
I'll be taking my leisure to enjoy the knit along the way.

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Thanks for coming by to spend a few moments with me. Love havin' ya ! ! !


Sunday, January 13, 2013

One-Sleeve-On, One-Sleeve-Off

Am knitting a baby sweater for our Friends' first grandson.  
He's due this month ! ! ! 
So, here I am knitting a

One skein of
in the colorway:  Bow Tie


Sweater Sox Sweater Sox Sweater Sos Sweater Sox Sweater Sox Sweater Sox Sweater Sox Sweater Sox Sweater 

At the same time, I'm working on a pair of socks.
It's the Hazel Knits Mystery Sock Knit-Along
The sock is designed by Adrienne Fong
I'm joining the knitters 

oh, baby, it's cold out side


Monday, January 7, 2013

'nother pair of sox !

My most recent pair.  

Eyelets on the leg portion both front and back.

This yarn has an interesting component. 
It's called Outlast.  
I've pulled a couple of explanations off the web for ya.
Outlast® technology, 
originally developed for NASA, 
utilizes phase change materials (PCM) that absorb, 
store and release heat for optimal thermal comfort.  

Outlast® technology is comparable to ice in a drink; 
as it changes from solid to liquid, 
it absorbs heat and cools the drink, 
keeping that drink at the desired temperature for longer.

 Outlast® phase change materials work in the same way, but are microencapsulated to be permanently enclosed and protected in a polymer shell. 
We call microencapsulated phase change materials Thermocules™.
This encapsulation process makes the Thermocules™ exceptionally durable for many applications
These Thermocules™ can be incorporated into fabrics and fibers and have the capacity to absorb, store and release excess heat.  
This gives any product 
containing Outlast® technology the ability to continually regulate skin’s microclimate. 
As the skin gets hot, the heat is absorbed, 
and as it cools, that heat is released.

Outlast® technology is not wicking technology, 
which manages moisture by reacting to your sweat and pulling it away from the skin. 
Outlast® technology will proactively manage heat while controlling the production of moisture before it begins. 

The Loopy Ewe has this to say:

"This sock weight yarn is made from 
superwash Merino, nylon and Outlast

Outlast, a fiber technology that interacts with
the body's microclimate to moderate temporature
to help from being too hot or too cold.

It's yarn with a built-in climate control !"

Anyhoo, they feel great on my feet and I love the colors.
What more could a gal ask for?


Friday, January 4, 2013

25 Degrees F

And I'm ready for it with my new Kiltie Cowl.

It's knit from my knitspot 
Fall In Full Color Yarn Club December shipment.

It's a blend of
 80% Wool, 
10% Angora, 
10% Cashmere
in the Yuletime colorway
A glorious Mix of blues

Knitspot always includes such wonderful goodies.
Tucked away in this shipment were
five hand-blown glass buttons designed especially for this yarn and this exclusive Anne Hanson designed cowl.


It's almost lunchtime so off we go looking for something great for lunch.

After which we'll shop for birdseed so our neighborhood birds will stay fat and sassy.

If you're going out today be certain to
Bundle up
it could be cold out there.


red hot 's to you