Friday, April 25, 2014

Mosaic Knitting

I started these socks in January and just finished them Sunday. I wanted only to do vanilla sock knitting while on vacation and these  ARE NOT vanilla knitting.

I added 8 stitches to the pattern (one pattern repeat) and am glad I did. These will be firm fitting socks but if I hadn’t added the stitches they would have been for a granddaughter!

After finishing the FLKHeel I changed to size 2 needles for the cuff. A very nice fit, negative ease on the foot and nice fitting cuff.
I picked them up again the second week in April and were much easier than I had remembered.
Pattern: Binsenkorbchen Socks
Yarn: Cascade Yarn Heritage Solids Sock, Knit Picks Sock Blank
Colorway: Turquoise, Poolside Bitch
Amount: 2 skeins
Needle Size: US Size 0 and 1

Because the yarns are carried for the entire sock these will be very warm socks next winter.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

A new kitten???

It looks like this household will be getting a new kitten in the next couple months. Hubby has been researching Bengal cats and is ready to make the change from Manx cats to Bengals. A friend has a Bengal kitten produced from his Mom's Bengal cat "Mama" which may have been the reason this whole adventure started. "Mama" had a litter on March 19th and we have been told we could have the pick of the litter! It has been so much fun to receive photos and videos of these little guys.

Over the years we have developed a list of must for a family cat:
*female
*short haired
*tailless

So at this time it looks like we will be getting the little kitten on the right of the bottom photo.
Female, short hair and a plump little girl!!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Don't send three men out to do the Easter Bunny's job!

Friday the men went into town with only one item on their list of things to buy:
A sack of candy.
(They came back with 15 pounds of candy!)
 The kiddos were thrilled!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

An Easter Tradition!

What a great spring Saturday afternoon. Family couldn't let the holiday pass by without bringing out the potato gun and I was able to clean out a couple of flower gardens.
Edited Tuesday: This was probably a very good thing - making all that noise...Hubby checked his email this morning and there was a cougar roaming around last weekend not a half mile away!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Easter eggs!

Before the families arrived for Easter, Hubby and I did a little grocery shopping. Hubby was in Heaven because with all the family coming I said we needed a Costco trip - his favorite place to shop.  I reluctantly bought a crate of five and a half dozen eggs.

The weather was great during their visit and so we were able to set up the card table out front and let the kiddos "have at it!"
By Sunday not an egg was left!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Chloe and Issac's Spring sweaters

While the kiddos visited I was able to get photos of them in their sweaters.
 Pattern: Peasy
Pattern: Wonderful Wallaby (spiderlings on pocket)
Note: I WILL NOT be knitting with Ella Rae superwash yarn in the future. Over the single weekend that The Tiger was here the sweater pilled terribly and needs a sweater stone before it's worn again!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Birthday socks

I've been waiting for the family to come rather than send their birthday socks to them. Upon their arrival we had a bit of a sock fashion show!
Pattern: Jeck Socks
Yarn: Patons North America Stretch Socks
Colorway: Fruit Slices
Amount: 2 skeins
Needle Size: US 00
Pattern: Pin Striped Socks
Yarn: Patrons Stretch Socks
Colorway: Licorice
Amount: 2 skeins
Needles: US Size 1.5
Pattern: Stitch Surfers
Yarn: Cascade Yarns, Knit Picks Stroll
Colorway: Red, County Fair
Amount: Leftovers from my Stitch Surfers
Needles: US Size 1

Monday, April 14, 2014

Here comes Peter Cottontail!

In the spirit of the season I found this cute little pattern and decided to use some tag ends of my hand dyed yarn. The red is dyed from cherry Kool Ade and the striped yarn is a combination of cherry, lime and grape.
Pattern: Sunny Bunny by Sara Youde
Yarn: White fingering yarn and Hand Dyed yarn by me
Colorway: Cherry, lime and grape
Needles: US Size 2
I'm thinking this might be a fun way to keep samples of the yarn I dye. Perhaps a bear next time!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Sadie's spring sweater.

Look at the ponytail flying! What a sweet granddaughter to indulge her Gramma.
The kiddos love to wear this sweater pattern and I love being able to make little changes on it from time to time. This time I knit the ribbing with a twisted rib and the edge of the pocket and hood was done in cable.
Pattern: Wonderful Wallaby
Yarn: Cascade Pacific
Colorway: Celadon
Amount: 5 skeins
Needle Size: US Size 6 and 8

Friday, April 11, 2014

The first signs of Spring!

Just like a breath of fresh air, The Wyoming Family breezed right into my week! They have been crossing the Montana/Wyoming border on a regular basis recently. The girls' springbreak was the week before Easter and both girls were able to visit - with the newest Wyoming Family addition, Kynlee.

I was able to share lunch with them and meet the lovely Kynlee, a very happy and beautiful little girl. Her grandpa ADORES her!
Just a few days later they were leaving and I was again able to enjoy their company. Kendy made an appointment for us to have pedicures! The four of us had a nice visit ending with beautiful toes ready to greet the sun!
It MUST be spring!