Tuesday, February 28, 2017

She persisted and Chloe protested!

CaliforniaDreamin’ Daughter loved her “Nevertheless” hat and so I wanted the CaliforniaDreamin’ Granddaughter to have a hat for her protesting adventures too!
Pattern: She Protested by Mary Annarella
Yarn: Patons North America Kroy Socks 4 ply
Colorway: Winter Eclipse, hot pink
Needle Size: US Size 1

Saturday, February 25, 2017

#1 of 22....

Recently, I got a SCREAMING deal on yarn from Little Knits of Seattle Washington. I might have bought 22 skeins of sock yarn (shhh, don't tell Hubby!). The service was outstanding and I'll be buying more - for sure.
Pattern: Vanilla Socks with Fish Lips Kiss Heels
Yarn: Regia Arnie and Carlos
Colorway: TInn
Needle Size US Size 1

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Another touchdown with these Super Bowl socks

I couldn’t knit anything too difficult during the Super Bowl, so I started vanilla socks during the Super Bowl. Great game and great pair of socks!
Pattern: Vanilla Socks with Fishlips Kiss Heels
Yarn: Regia 4-fadig
Colorway: 02265 Denim
Needle Size: US Size 1

Sunday, February 19, 2017


She was warned.
She was given 
an explanation.
she persisted.
(Thank you Elizabeth Warren)

The California Dreamin’ Daughter said she loved this saying and I knew she needed the quote emblazoned on a hat for her next protest.
Pattern: Nevertheless She Persisted Hat by January One Knits
Yarn: Cascade 220 and Noro Kureyon
Colorway: Black and Olive Turquoise
Amount: Less than a skein each
Needle Size: US Size 7

Friday, February 17, 2017

Zoey socks for the Birthday Gurl!

I hope The Chick loves these socks as much as I do! I added a tail on the heel, 'cause you never know if Zoey is coming or going!
Pattern: YinYang Ankle Socks by Geena Garcia (Adapted), Fish Lips Kiss Heel
Yarn: Cascade Yarns Heritage Tonal, Knit Picks Stroll-Hand Dyed
Colorway: Green, Jo's Bliss
Amount: Less than one skein
Needle Size: US Size 1

I thought The Chick might enjoy a more traditional sock with a Kitty on the toe. The body of the sock is knit in a 2x1 broken rib.

Also, it's been a cold winter and The Chick has been leaving for work in the wee hours of the morning, not returning home until late. She needs a warm noggin'! So I knit her a wool hat just hoping she will use it...
Pattern: Anna by Amanda Reed
Yarn: Paton's Classic Wool Worsted
Colorway: Dark Gray
Amount: 1 skein
Needles: US 6 and 7- NOT the ones called for (we genetically have big heads and need a little extra stretch!)

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Trying a little quilting...

I caught the bug and thought I'd give quilting a try on my beloved sewing machine, "Betty Singer."
Kinda liked it, so Sadie and I made twelve Christmas placemats and coasters for the holidays but I forgot to take pictures before packing them away...

I had some leftover material and a new book, Quilt As-You-Go, which I'd received as a Christmas gift. I was going to "just try one square"...
 I had a blast, and finished it this afternoon! I'm starting another this weekend!

Monday, February 6, 2017


I've been for a walk 
On a winter's day 
I'd be safe and warm...
If I had a pair of these socks!

I just  finished another pair of Berkeley socks. This time I thought I'd only use yarn with bits of green. They look like lucky socks to me!

Pattern: Vanilla Socks with a Fish Lips Kiss Heel
Yarn: 80/20% Wool /Nylon
Amount: Bits and Pieces
Needles: US Size 1

Sunday, February 5, 2017

"When the last person speaks your name, that's when you are gone."

There are members in every family who have no one to carry on their life story. Perhaps they didn't marry, or never had children, or saddest of all the children didn't live to adulthood. It is with these relatives in mind that I'm going to journal from time to time on a family member who doesn't have a DIRECT descendant to remember them.

This week I've been working on my maternal grandfather's family. Grandfather Jonathan had two brothers, Charles and Henry, and one sister, Mary Caroline.  

Grandfather Jonathan Plowman Cheney, was the youngest child in his family. He married Sadie (Sarah) Jamison and they had three children, eleven grandchildren, eighteen great grandchildren and at least 13 gg grandchildren. Although the youngest growing up, he was the second of the siblings to pass away.

Charles Murray Cheney, the oldest of the siblings, married and had three daughters. I believe he had only 2 granddaughters and there are several great grandchildren as well. He lived the longest of all his sister and brothers.

I was able to glean several interesting facts about Henry. Mom had only been able to tell me...Henry had been the brother of my grandfather, never married and died and was buried at Salt Lake City. 

Henry Edward, was the second child of Emily Caroline Plowman and Gilead Pickett Cheney.
*He was born in Sangamon Co., Illinois on 6 February, 1864.
*At six years of age he was attending school while his father owned and ran a drygoods store in Virden, Illinois. This store was in partnership with Gilead's father-in-law, Jonathan Plowman.
*By the time Henry was fifteen, both he and Charles were working on the farm his father owned in Talkington, Sangamon Co., Illinois.
*Between 1880 and 1885 the family moved to Arapahoe Co., Colorado.
*In the year 1886 Harry lived with his father and brother Charles M. on Clarkson St., Denver, Colorado. The three were working in the stone business (family owned I believe).
*By 1888 he was still living in Denver but had left the family business and was working as a brakeman for a railroad.
 *On 1 August 1896 Henry registered to vote in California. At the time he was working for the SP Railroad in Los Angeles, California. This registration provides me with the most physical information I have on Great Uncle Henry. He and my grandfather were the same height, 5'8". Henry had a fair complexion, gray eyes and brown hair. He resided and mail was to be sent to SP Co. River Station #4, and he was able to read the Constitution and write his name.
*The 1900 census shows the family and Henry was residing in Boulder CO., Colorado, Henry was living on his own and resided in a rooming house,  working for McArthur Bros Construction Co. as a Railroad Engineer. At the time the company was working on the construction of the Dam for the future Barker Meadow Reservoir.

"Barker Reservoir is a water supply reservoir in the Colorado Front Range located near the town of Nederland, Colorado in southwestern Boulder County. Barker Dam provides water to a downstream hydro-electirc power power generating facility, and its reservoir provides water to the city of Boulder Colorado.  In 1908, the Central Colorado Power Company began construction of Barker Dam to provide electricity to nearby mining communities and the city of Denver. Completed in 1910, the dam and Barker Reservoir were named for the owner of the land, Mrs. Hannah Barker. Mrs. Barker refused to sell the land to the utility but was eventually forced to do so through a process similar to the contemporary legal procedure of eminent domain. The dam was constructed by hauling concrete and other materials along a specially constructed spur of the Switzerland Trail narrow-gauge railroad."  Wikipedia

"While construction activities were under way in the canyon, and for several years after the plant began operations, the only road through Glenwood Canyon was the primitive Taylor State Road constructed on the north side of the river between 1899 and 1902. It was narrow and rough and was closed to all traffic through most of the winter and during periods of high water in the spring. The condition of this road forced Central Colorado Power to bring in most of their equipment, food and supplies by railroad and transport it across to the north shore on an overhead cable." History Shoshone Hydroelectric Plant Complex

*1911 Henry moved back to Denver and was residing at 1227 19th, Denver Colorado with no occupation listed. 
*After a two day stay in the County Hospital, Farmers Ward, Salt Lake Co., Utah, Henry died of tuberculosis on 15 Nov 1914, at 10p.m. He had been suffering with tuberculosis for a year.
* On 20 Nov 1914 he was buried in the Salt Lake City, City Cemetery Plat S, Block 47, Number 16, Number 2, East tier.
* His death certificate states he had been living in Utah for 4 years at the time of his death.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Maintaining sanity while on jury duty

I was summoned to jury duty earlier this week and knowing there would be lots of waiting, no matter what the outcome, I went prepared.

I wasn’t sure how I’d be received with craft supplies in hand but I was heading to District Court, not Federal, and thought it was worth a try. Into my purse went yarn and needles. We were told to turn off our cell phones but nothing was said about knitting supplies. I immediately cast on.

We were detained for two hours on hard wooden benches. Both cases were settled out of court and never reached the point of jury selection. But I must say toward the end of our wait even the men were looking longingly at my yarn and needles and good use of time!
Pattern: Fish Lips Kiss Heel, Vanilla Socks
Yarn: Premier Yarns Deborah Norville Serenity Sock Weight
Colorway: Chili, and Woodsey Green
Amount: 1 Skein Chili and just a bit of Woodsey
Needle Size: US Size 1

I know this yarn will wear well. I’ve made myself a pair of socks with this brand of birthday yarn!
An added bonus is by using the solid green yarn for toes, heels, and cuffs I didn’t have to break into a second skein of the Chili Stripes.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

A little brightness in the winter gloom

The CaliforniaDreamin' Gurl brought me two lovely hanks of yarn after a visit to New Jersey last summer. Smiling Sheep Farm was selling this beautiful handpainted 100% Romney yarn at a farmer's market.

This is the first time I've knit with Romney. It is bright and warm, a great thing to wrap up in after a turbulent day. I'll wear it happily for the next four years.
Pattern: Boomerang by Steve of Dramatic Knits with some changes at the end.
Yarn: 100% Romney by Smiling Sheep Farm
Colorway: Rainbow
Amount: 2 200 yard skeins
Needle Size: Size 7 (called for size 6)