Tuesday, February 17, 2015

A Rush To Finish

It has been a bit of a rush around here  finishing a couple of projects before heading off on our big trip to Hawaii.  Tomorrow we leave, and by last evening, both pieces were finished.  Perfect timing.

I came home last Wednesday from my Ladies With Balls  with an unfinished Entrelac piece.  The knitter had been working on this for over a year and had finally reached the    her   finish line.   But she couldn't remember/figure out how to work the final, casting-off  tier of triangles. 

Me- I'm the 'teacher'  - but do you think I could remember?  It has been quite some time since I have worked Entrelac and with all the other ladies chatting, knitting and asking for assistance, I too, couldn't remember how to work that final tier.  My 'lady' was sure she had made a mistake,  making it impossible to  go forward.  I offered to bring the piece home and work on it in the quiet of my living room. 

There was definitely a mistake. But it was mine.  The scarf must finish the way it began - with Tier One.  My instructions said simply to  work Tiers One and Two until desired length then finish with the Final Tier.  No. No. No.  Work Tiers One and Two finishing with Tier One before working the Final Tier.  Oops. 

Mistake corrected, her piece looks lovely.

Also finished is the Purple wrap I knit for the Epilepsy Sale. 
The fringe needs to be trimmed and the wrap blocked.  But I can't do that for awhile because Fred has stolen my blocking board for his winter pass time.

I do have my knitting packed for the trip but other than plane time I cannot imagine spending Hawaiian evenings knitting.  We'll see.

Monday, February 16, 2015

After All These Years

Son #2, Peter, and his lovely Lady Of Spain came for a weekend visit.  One of the things he wanted to do, while here, was to join his Dad at the weekly 'target shoot'.

Fred belongs to a group that target shoots every Saturday afternoon, January to April. Most of the men are hunters and target shoot to keep their skills honed for next year's hunt.  Fred goes for the camaraderie.  The 4 inch target is 100 metres from where they shoot.  From that distance, Fred says it is a speck.  His aging eyes prevent him from getting a high score. At least,  that's his story and he sticks to it.

I learned years ago, by raising Peter and his brother, Charles, that  you can't keep boys from being boys.  They were raised during the 70s and it was, at least in Canada, an anti-gun era.  Guns  were forbidden in my house.  Toy guns or real - they were not allowed in my house.  Without the mass-produced, plastic variety to play with, my boys, at lunch time,  would bite their peanut butter sandwiches into gun shapes and 'shoot' each other all the way through the meal. So much for my example.

Digression aside, when Peter and Fred were  putting on warm clothing,  getting ready to head out,  Peter thought  he should wear another layer.  He surprised me by digging this oldie from his bag.  It took a bit of head scratching, but eventually I remembered that I had knit him this  sweater  -  the first Cabin Fever sweater I ever knit  -   in 2002.  It was knit with a  Patons chunky weight yarn that I recall having  an iconic Canadian name.  Something like Banff or  Muskoka or North.  Both the yarn and the store where I purchased it - the Hearst Northern Store - no longer exist.  

The sweater is 13 years old.  AND HE STILL WEARS IT!!!!!  Woo Hoo.  What an invitation to keep on knitting.

Home from the shoot - at which Peter scored much higher than weak-eyed Fred -  I snapped this photo.   

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Thursdays Are For Knit Group

Minus 17 Celsius was the temperature on the van thermometer as I drove to knit group today.  Accompanied by high winds and  blowing snow, is it any wonder we were all happy to be inside with our knitting needles?

Doreen seems happy. 
Although she was struggling with the neckline shaping of her sweater
 She also said she hadn't checked her gauge.  Her goal was to use up some yarn  - and  - the sweater will fit someone.

Sharon on the other hand isn't very happy with her yarn.

 She is using Dawn to knit her second Featherweight.  Just the knitting is making this yarn pill.  50% Merino, 50% silk - you wouldn't think!

Sharon is lucky enough to have a new baby in her family.  One who will be warm and toasty in this sweet hat and matching socks.

Because I had been away when Gail showed off her gorgeous American Doll dress, she brought it again today for me to see.

It is so-o-o-o cute.

Not to mention all the other doll clothes she has finished. 

Wilma  was knitting  either out of extreme love or the desire to not have to  knit an entire pair of socks.  Hard to say which might cause a knitter to replace the toes in her husband's socks. 

The very end of the toe had a hole in it.  Get those toenails cut, Hubby!

Lorrie is knitting fingerless mittens with a Valentine's theme. 

Covered in lacey hearts, they will make a lovely gift.

Happy warm times inside the knittng room at Meaford Library today despite the frigid temperatures outside.