Sunday Stroll

Sunday afternoon we went for a little stroll.

Turns out, we went back in time!

Sunday-StrollWas pretty cool.  Davey loves time travel.

(ok no time travel.  They were setting up for our county fair which begins in a couple of weeks.)

Of course I always have to get my picture of David and Davey walking together.



We were walking down the John Wayne trail looking for the apples David had seen during his run.

I love taking pictures of fruit in trees as well.



These were little bitty apples.  Crab apples maybe?  There were trees just loaded with fruit all along the trail.  There was also so much fruit rotting on the ground.  We picked some (out of the trees not the rotting fruit on the ground), and I am thinking of making one more batch of apple jelly.

And of course a picture of little (not so little) Davey.




A Knitting Discovery: How to fix a dropped purl stitch

My Rock Island shawl is in timeout after I had to frog a bunch of rows of the edging.


So I started this


I haven’t gotten too far yet.



A few things:

1.  Tubular cast on.  I cast on using the long-tail cast on approach every chance I get.  I had the option to do that here, but the suggested cast on was the tubular cast on.  I think it’s supposed to have a nice finished look.  I am always intimidated by a new cast on. I balked at first, but then I decided to go for it.

It was no big deal.  At all.  Pretty fun actually, and it does look very nice.

2.  The sweater is navy blue, so when I knit at night, it’s like knitting with my eyes closed.  I should admit to myself that I need to put some reading glasses on and work under a spotlight. The fact that  I can’t see what I am doing half the time when I knit in the evening leads to number 3.

3.  I keep making mistakes despite the fact that this is an easy pattern.  No lace to be found.  It’s a welt stitch (knit two rows, purl two rows, repeat) and a double moss stitch.

So I knitted part of a round that I should have purled.  I figured this out on the next round, so I had to unravel down and fix the stitch to make a purl.  I can not wrap my poor brain around how to fix the unraveled stitch and make it a purl.  I maneuver and re-maneuver, and I just don’t get it.  I always end up making a knit stitch.  Makes me feel like a dummy.

I went to youtube for help and learned one of the most awesome things I have learned in my knitting career:

Turn the knitting to the opposite side and fix it as if it is a knit stitch.  It will then be a purl stitch on the other side.

That’s just pure genius.  It was an exciting and happy moment.  I feel like I should have figured this out on my own.  I really should have.  In any case, it worked and yay!



Upcyling: worn out t-shirts to rug

I’ve been seeing all sorts of posts on pinterest about making t-shirt yarn (also known as “tarn”).  I’m always up for new yarn, and I wanted to see how this worked.

What I wanted to learn was how to make a continuous length of yarn from a t-shirt. There are numerous tutorials that describe how to do this. I looked at a few including this one:  Making t-shirt yarn.

I went through our t-shirts and found about six that were getting pretty ragged.  David said, “you are going to do what?  This is another project?  Don’t you have some other projects you are working on?”  But then he helped me find some t-shirts as he also loves to clear out stuff.  He is the opposite of hoarder.  I watched the video, followed the instructions, and cut up my t-shirts. It was really an easy process.

Here’s the result.  Most of the t-shirts are pretty neutral in color since they came from David’s closet.  I added the red one for some variety.



Cutting the t-shirts up and making the yarn was interesting, but a little tedious and not my favorite activity in the world.  However, it was worth it (and worth it to do again) because I had so much fun crocheting with it.  I used a big ole 15 mm crochet hook.



There are lots of patterns out there.  I am using this one: Free Rug Crochet Pattern.  It’s great fun, but next time I will try this one from Purl Bee.  It’s just written a little more simply, and I think the results would be similar.

Unfortunately, I am out of t-shirts and have an unfinished rug.  I may check out some yard sales and pick up some more.  So far I have this little rug.  I can stand on it – it’s about 16 inches wide.

It’s going to be the gradual build rug.  I don’t want it to be huge, but it needs a little more work.



I really like it although I kinda wish the center color wasn’t so big.  I wasn’t sure how much of each tarn I had, and I wasn’t sure how it was going to look crocheted.  It’s an experiment, and a very fun one.

Just a few pictures from soccer camp

Davey went to soccer camp this week at CWU.

For a last day celebration, the kids teamed up into two groups and played some fun games.  They called it the Wacky Olympics.  Some of the games were very wacky like the one where they had to use their mouths to dig out gum which was buried in a pile of whipped cream, and then they had chew the gum and blow a bubble.  Davey wanted no part of that game or any other of the games involving food.

There were other parts of the games that he enjoyed very much like when his team did their “super-sonic” run around the bleachers.

That gap-toothed grin!



He got a medal and a ball both of which he liked very much.



He was quite interested in that ball as he looked at it for awhile.  Or, he was daydreaming which is equally possible.



They did a group photo, and I like how he was trying to give his best attention and smile.



Even though he had fun, he was not feeling really great so he sat on my lap for a little while.

davey-and-meHe’s getting to be such a big kid, so I take these moments when I can get them!

A little about knitting flowers

I’ve been playing around with knitting flowers.  Earlier in the year, I tried out several different patterns.  I knitted some flowers that I liked, but I could never get the stem right.  I tried wire, and I tried wire and tape, but my stems were still too floppy and not very nice looking to me.

I put the flowers away for awhile.  Then the other day, I saw a picture of knitted hearts which had bamboo skewer stems.

I decided to try this with the flowers. I realized I could wrap the skewers in yarn.  I brushed glue on the skewer, and then wrapped the yarn around it.

flowers2I used Knit Picks Palette.  It’s a 100% wool that felts so easily.  I can hand felt each flower in just a few minutes.  I don’t really try to felt them completely.  It just kinda depends.  The whole endeavor is that way.  This time when I started making flowers, I didn’t use any patterns.  I kinda remembered some basics from the patterns I had followed, but I just decided to wing it.  It was really a lot of fun to just kinda play with the yarn and to see what happened.



There is nothing uniform about the petal size, and some of the petals turned out a little wonky, but that’s ok.  I’m going to keep experimenting and will just see what forms!

Time Out

I’ve been working on the beautiful Rock Island.

rock island


It all seemed to be going so well.  I finished knitting the mile long strip over the weekend.  I had my assistant help me take a picture of the strip.  He bravely balanced on the porch railing so we could demonstrate the strip’s length.



I thought I was ready to begin the next part of the shawl.  I was very excited.

Not so fast.

At one end of every row, there is a yarnover.  After I finished the strip, I began picking up stitches by picking up each yarnover.  I was moving merrily along when all of a sudden there were no nice yarnovers to pick up.  Inexplicably, my yarnovers were all of a sudden at the wrong end of the row.  For about 30 rows.  The other end had a nice scalloped edge, except for these 30 rows, where it was a straight yarnover edge.

Good grief.  Then I also didn’t have enough stitches to pick up.  Also inexplicably.  It might have had something to do with where I messed up those approximately 30 rows.

So I had to rip it back.  Davey is smiling cheerfully as he demonstrates my drastically reduced strip.  I am not feeling quite as cheerful about the situation, but I enjoy his optimistic smile.



I don’t have the gumption to continue on it right now.  I learned a great term from a knitting friend – Time out.

I will try again soon.

Davey’s Lemonade Stand

It was in the fall of last year when Davey started talking about wanting to have a lemonade stand. He had participated in a walkathon at his elementary school, and the kids raised money through pledges.  He got the idea that he wanted to raise money for this year’s walkathon by having a lemonade stand.  We promised him that we would help him do this.

So now almost a year later, the fair is coming.  We live on a pretty busy street during fair time, so we are thinking we might have a chance of some good lemonade selling.  We decided to do a test run though before the fair weekend arrives.

I started by looking at Pinterest for ideas (of course!).  I came up with a few and showed them to David.  He looked at them, and then we started thinking about our plan.  Turns out there is an old workbench on the side of the house.  We decided that this would work perfectly.

We each had our jobs:

David:  Builder of stand (Davey served as a painting assistant), graphic designer, and signage maker.

Me:  Purchaser of supplies, maker of lemonade, and sales assistant.

Davey:  Cute little proprietor of lemonade stand (I assisted with financial transactions and ice scoopage).

David went to work.



There was extra house paint in the garage so we were able to match the lemonade stand to the house.




Of course, David’s favorite part was the signage.



We worked on the stand on Friday.  When Davey and I woke up on Saturday morning, we couldn’t find David.  I had a feeling that I knew where to find him.  As I suspected, he was already outside making some minor changes and putting the final touches on his sign.




We were finally ready to go, and Davey took his seat.




He had a great first run.  We had several customers.   We also had some nice support from good friends.



Davey is already asking to sell more lemonade, so we may open for business again this weekend!