Actually some knitting content

but first, we got out of Florida just in time. The weather went from a balmy 79 degrees to a drop down to 41 degrees overnight with storms coming through that brought tornadoes, torrential rain and black outs. We finished getting loaded and DH finished strapping the load just as the rain hit where we were. I was in the truck with the window down and I heard the rain coming through the trees. It was the strangest thing to hear it before we felt or really saw it. Mia told me to get some pictures of palm trees and the gulf (cuz we were like less than a mile from the water) but I wasn’t able to. I did see some palm trees, but I thought that it was a little goofy to take pictures of the palm trees without the reference of the water, so I bailed on the pics of the palms.

We have an oversized load this time going to NJ. That means extremely shortened travel times (sun up to sun down) instead of the normal 11 hours a day to travel. Not only that, but extra legal loads on the east coast are just a pain in the backside. The rules are different over here, but the pay is better so we took this one.

I actually have some knitting content to show…I have a picture or two of my mom’ s socks They are knit out of Cider moon glacier in the colorway June Carter. They are knit on US 1/2 mm needles in magic loop, each one on it’s own needle. I’m almost done with them, as you can see, but I have, for all intents and purposes, run out of yarn. I am waiting until I get the yarn that I traded for in the mail and then I can finish them.

Next on the list is the Tulip Sweater that I knit for our impending grandbaby. I am still trying to decide if I want to do a tie at the neck or if I want to put a couple of really cute buttons on it and call it good. Knit in Dream in Color Classy in multiple colors from a kit from Pick up Sticks in Canada. It’s a really quick knit and is extremely cute. I have purchased several more colors of the Dream in Color Classy to do another in different shades and I also bought some yarn when we were in Ellensburg, WA to knit another one out of Rowan Extrafine Merino. I chose red, cream, tan, chocolate brown and navy to do one. I think it will be extremely cute in the darker colors and will give our DIL choices on sweaters for bebe.

While in Ellensburg, I saw this little dress (which I think is ugly in the magazine) knit up in different colors and changed just a little bit in the store. The main color was chocolate in the store and the color work was done in cream and pink and blue, I think. Anyway it was really cute in the store, so I bought the magazine and the yarn (lorna’s laces sport weight) to do it in colors of my choosing. It will be my first try at color work, so it’s good that it’s fairly small. I chose navy for the back ground and pink, purple and cream for my color work. We’ll see how it turns out. The little dress is called Tick Tock and it’s on page 49 of the winter issue of Knit.1. It’s not a magazine that I usually buy, because I think that the patterns are geared for the younger set, but this time there are two things I want to knit out of it. This little dress is the first, and then on page 59 there is a knitted sheep that you can download the pattern for from their website. I think that would be cute to have the sheep in my stash room, wherever that ends up being.

I started another pair of baby socks for the grand baby . You might recognize the yarn from the fingerless mitts for Lauren. I had bunches of it left over, so I decided that denim baby socks were a good thing. I did one top down adn didn’t like the toe, so I started one toe up and have decided that baby socks that I knit are better toe up. Socks that size don’t take long and sure are cute.

I have also, for the third time, started the BSJ from EZ. I am doing it in Cherry Tree Hill yarn and the first incarnation was just too thin. I had purchased two skeins of the yarn so that I could make the DIL a pair of socks, but I decided to carry the two skeins together and it’s making a much nicer fabric than just a single thickness. It’s also going much better than the first two times I tried it because I typed out the directions line by line so that I don’t get lost. Now I can check off the line as I get done with it and stay on pattern.

Finally, I have the dog sweater that I’ve been working on. It’s an adaptation of a pattern that I downloaded and changed to knit in the round instead of in pieces. I will try and write up the pattern after I’m done and put it on my blog for free. It should be fairly easy to adapt to bigger or smaller dogs, just by doing a gauge swatch. It’s knit out of Lion brand paints and is okay to work with. It’ll be fine for the mutt.

Maybe the next time I post I’ll actually have some FO’s. I’m hoping so, I want to knit this periods Six Socks KAL sock and then the group that I’m helping to moderate, Sock Knitter’s Pentathlon, is starting their first sock on Saturday, and then I have some more baby knitting that I want to do and ….. I’m sure you all know how that goes.

Catch you later!


Off to Florida

I can hardly wait. It’s so nice to be able to go outside without a coat in shirtsleeves and not have to worry about freezing to death. After being in Chicago the other day, the weather in south Georgia is wonderful. DH can have his window cracked and not have to worry about me getting too cold and I don’t have to wear my hoodie all the time with the silk long johns under it. I’m thinking it might almost look like spring in Florida.

I posted about possibly going to Ellensburg to the cowboy festival, and yes we did. It was good. The music that we heard was good, we purchased a giclee print from Joelle Smith who is someone that we had purchased a print from before and I love her stuff. We were browsing her booth and had just about decided that we weren’t going to get anything because none of them were saying “take me home”. We were chatting with her sister, who does the sales of Joelle’s work now that she has died, and were getting ready to leave when I glanced up and saw that painting. It is of Joelle and her favorite horse in a field of wildflowers. The colors are fantastic and I love it. If you clicked on the link for her website, the picture that has her dates in it on the front page of her website is the print that we purchased.

DH got a couple of things, but other than the print, I didn’t see anything that I really wanted or needed. We went into the room where they were having different demonstrations and there were some people demonstrating different styles of beading, pine needle basket weaving (those are cool), a guy was doing some kind of spinning for kids and then there was a knitting and spinning demo. I went over and talked to the woman and her husband that were doing the spinning. They had a couple of Great wheels and she had a wheel (the kind that folds up into a box, I can’t remember the name). I chatter with them for a bit and then went to chat with the woman that was doing the knitting demo. She was doing two color mittens that were way cool, and then she showed me this scarf she was doing. Then we got to talking about yarn shops and she recommended this one down town. She said a visit to Ellensburg wasn’t complete for a knitter until you had visited Dancing Ewe Yarns and Teas. And let me tell you….if you ever get to Ellensburg, WA you need to visit this shop. The selection of yarns was GREAT, the staff was more than friendly, the atmosphere was just what you want in an LYS. It made me wish that I lived in that town just for that shop. Seriously, it was pretty cool and they not only had yarn, but they had seriously good tea (I bought the peppermint) for sale, and lots of buttons and other notions as well. It was a bright, cheerful space that was inviting. They also have a large room for classes and couches out front to either sit and knit on or to leave the none knitters with you on.

After that we went to dinner at a nice little Italian restaurant that the food was good and over abundant. DH and I shared, as we normally do, and DS had a kids portion of fettuccine Alfredo that was more than enough for an adult. Almost everyone that left there had a go box with them because the portions were so large. And then…DH and I went to the Saturday night dance with a band that we have been following for quite a few years, Wylie and the Wild West. They are a fun dance band and do a great dance. In concert, you just want to get up and dance all the time because their music is just fun. If you click through, you can listen to clips of their music and learn about the horses that Wylie and his wife raise and sell that are working cow ponies. We took the one hour dance class that was offered before the dance started and kind of sorta learned how to do the “Cowboy Cha-cha”. It was fun, but DH had a little bit of trouble with his feet going where they were supposed to. We danced a lot and actually got to sit with a former rodeo queen for a while. She was there with her mother and brother (who wanted to be anywhere else) and she did not look like a former rodeo queen. I would have thought that since she was coming to a western dance, she would have had on boots and jeans. She did have the jeans, but she had bright red patent leather stilleto heels and a halter top. It was an interesting look for a western dance. Her mother looked the part, with the addition of a short for coat and a cowboy hat.

We enjoyed our time at the Sunday cowboy church service with the Dreyer Brothers and Diamond J ministries. We hung out for a while and DS got to learn to rope and wanted to crack a bull whip, I got to visit with the spinning lady again, and then we headed out and went to Chehalis, WA for our delivery on Monday. Continue reading

Winter again

We took a delivery from Texas to California. It was cool and windy in Texas, but California was beautiful. We delivered in California and took a load heading to Utah. The weather is back to winter here in the state of Utah. We are sitting in a truckstop on I-80 west of Salt Lake City, and the snow is coming down and blowing sideways. There is probably 3 inches on the hood of our truck and the trailer next to us probably has close to three times that amount. YUK!!!!

We are heading to Chehalis, WA and then to Sequim, WA to deliver on Friday unless DH decides that we want to go to Ellensburg to this festival that is going on this weekend. We went the first year they had the Cowboy gathering and it was pretty good. It’s grown quite a bit and as a result the prices have increased, but the number of more well known names has decreased. Now I realize that one of the goals of festivals like this is to support and showcase local talent, but I haven’t heard of most of the local talent, and where the venues around town were free a couple of years ago, you now have to pay $20 a day to go from place to place to hear the different acts. I don’t have a real problem with that, except it was a lot of fun to go from venue to venue and I don’t think that we’ll pay to do that this year.

I got some pictures of one of the FO’s that I’ve been talking about. I knitted a pair of mitts for my oldest son’s girlfriend. I measured her hands at Christmas time and have been carrying them around with me since I got them done shortly after New Year’s day. We made a delivery near Dallas (where she lives) last week and so we got together for lunch with her and I gave them to her. I also was able to photograph them actually on her hands…. The yarn is Lorna’s Laces and the pattern was mostly made up as I went along with the directions for the thumb taken from a mitten pattern that I have.

I have it on good authority that she really likes them. Continue reading

I finally got some pictures

I want to start this post out with thanking everyone for their nice comments about my lamenting the fact that I don’t know who reads my blog…a lot of you told me that you read and that makes me feel really good.  Thanks for the comments!!

I am not going to apologize for not posting…I haven’t had any pictures and not a lot to say.  We’ve spent a lot of time in the last couple three weeks in really crappy weather and I haven’t been able to take any pictures of the wip’s or FO’s  (The Tulip cardigan, some fingerless mitts for Lauren, some baby socks in Lorna’s laces) because the light has been really crap or it’s been raining or blizzarding, so no knitting pictures.  I do have pictures of snow and passes and husband chaining up the truck because we were on Vail pass and the roads were bad.

While in the snow, we spent three days in Eagle, Colorado because we delivered there and then, because it’s in the middle of nowhere (125 miles west of Denver) our company didn’t have any loads for us.  I looked and looked for some, actually found two that fell through, and then we drove to Denver and got a load last Friday going to Arizona.  One of the benefits of being in that part of Colorado are all of the ski areas and the resorts for said ski areas.  You pass several traveling I-70 east and west and can see all kinds of snow related activities. all kinds of housing for the resorts  and strange houses that are perched on the side of mountains with excellent views that make you think of a spaceship or something.

I wish I had some knitting pictures.  I have been doing quite a lot of it, just not documenting it.  I am knitting a dog sweater because our poor little Jack Russell freezes when she goes outside.  I may have to knit her some sock booties as well because she goes out in the snow and then ends up trying to lift her feet off the ground by sitting up or going onto her front feet with her back feet off the ground, it’s the strangest thing.  Anyway, she’s about got a sweater that actually looks like a sweater with a placket and buttons and sleeves.  When I get it done, I will have her model it, LOL and give you the specs on it.

When you think of Arizona, especially southern Arizona, what do you think of?  Do you picture ice and snow and blizzard conditions?  Nope….me either, but that is exactly what we were in within 30 miles of the Mexican border yesterday.  I normally think that if we are going to Arizona it will be warmer than wherever we have been recently, especially this time of year.  Not so the case.  It was slushy, mushy, rainy and snowing from Globe down to Hereford (3 miles from the Mexican border) where we made a delivery yesterday.  Granted, it’s back to what I consider normal this time of year, but yesterday was just weird and so not what I was looking forward to in getting to go to Arizona. Continue reading