Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Craftsy My First Sweater Done!

My sweater is done!  I didn't get bored and give up and I think it turned out pretty good.  It's a little big but I can wear it like a sweater coat in the Fall or on a chilly night in the Summer at the beach. If my cabling keeps going well I may try an Aran pullover pattern that came with my Craftsy class next.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Two More Cable Patterns Mastered!

These are swatches 2 & 3 that I completed from the Explorations in Cables video that I downloaded from Craftsy.  I learned 2 very important lessons with these:  don't try to cable at 10:00 on a Friday night when you're exhausted from getting up all week at 5:00 am for school and don't give up if you don't get it the first time and think it's too hard and you never will.  I watched the braid instructions the next morning twice and it all fell into place and made perfect sense.  Good thing I didn't give up based on the night before.  Whenever this happens to me, I really identify with how my special needs students feel everyday at school and I try to practice what I preach.  You can't remember something that you can't make sense of and just looking at something once that's difficult to figure out isn't enough, you have to study until you "own" it.  That means you have to know it well enough to explain it to someone else!

Honeycomb Pattern

Braided Cable

Friday, April 11, 2014

I can cable!

My pink sweater is all finished except for the buttons to be sewn on.  I liked having the Craftsy video to work with so much that I downloaded another class.  This time it is Explorations in Cables with an instructor from Lion Brand Yarns.  This is my first practice swatch with a simple six stich cable repeated over eight rows.  My next lesson is a honeycomb stitch that looks pretty intricate, but now that I understand how they work shouldn't be too difficult.  I think I'll try a few pairs of mittens first then I may tackle another whole sweater!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Only Button Bands Left!

My sweater is almost finished! The only thing left to do is the button and buttonhole bands. I hope it doesn't look horrible when I. put it on. If it does I may never knit again. If It looks good enough to wear in public, I may start knitting as much or more than quilting.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Introducing MacDonwald

My new granddog has arrived. He is a Scottish Deerhound and is already 6 months old. We had a bit of a scare the night he arrived. He ducked out of his collar, got loose and ran away in the dark. Thankfully our friend Leah and her dog Nessa managed to get him to jump back into the car they brought him home in. He is getting used to his new home and making friends with his cousins Boomer and Wolfie and other barn friends at The Ridge.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Still Going Strong on my Sweater

This is the completed back and two front panels of the sweater I started a few weeks ago. Thanks to the terrible weather we have been having, I have had lots of snow day and indoor time to work on it. I think I am close enough to finishing that I won't get bored and give up. I really like the pale pink color too. As long as I don't hit any roadblocks with the collar or button bands, I should be able to wear it in a few weeks.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day

My friend Kathy is at it again, dressing up her dog Patrick for a holiday. I'd be his valentine in a heartbeat! I will be getting a new granddog in about two weeks, McDonwald a Scottish Deerhound. I personally think he should have been a Clumber Spaniel, but the way Colleen convinced her husband to let her get a dog was that this breed does not shed. If his personality is as sweet as his cousin Wolfie the Borzoi, who currently lives on our farm, he will be an amazing addition to our creature community!