Archive for January, 2008

She’s Back

January 31, 2008

Wow… I can’t believe this much time has gone by since I posted last.  Nothing serious had happened, just very busy.  One of the things that has me a bit busier than usual is an annual recognition banquet.  It is one of my favourite volunteer jobs.  I get to work with a really nice group of people and we get to recognize people who have served selflessly and with humility for all people in our archdiocese.

During time”off” I have been continuing with “Rosemarkie”.

I had a little frogging to do on two rows after I realized that I had used the wrong colour yarn, but otherwise things are going well… fingers are still crossed. 

A close-up of an armhole steek.

I am still very nervous about the fact that I am to CUT into the steeks.

Crackers went for a check-up and had her shots.

With that look, I think she didn’t liked it one bit.

I’d better go and find her a treat.


They Grow Up Fast

January 11, 2008

Rosemarkie is very happily moving along.  I hope to have knitted to the arm holes and neckline by the end of the weekend, though I’m not going to have much knitting time.  Due to a “workshop” I need to attend tomorrow, I’ll even going to miss a my guild’s  monthly meeting.  Bummer!

Here’s the latest (work on anywhere) socks.

As usually I’ve lost the blasted yarn label.  I am using #0’s and the basic sock pattern from Cat Bordhi’s Sock Soar on Two Circular Needles.

Our latest snowfall…

 This moose was born in the late spring.  It’s amazing how fast they grow up.


I can’t imagine having my kids for less than a year before they go out into the world by themselves.  This year with the twins (the youngest) going into middle school, it dawning on me that they are actually going to be leaving home at some time.  My eldest is a junior this year. 

Hmm… I not going to think about that right now.

Christmas Break Over

January 7, 2008

The little darlings are back to school today and so my Christmas break from blogging is over.  Hope all who celebrate this holiday had a blessed time, our family certainly did.  Even with the break from blogging I didn’t get all the Christmas knitting done. 

But I did get Grandpa Ted’s mittens done.

The lack of light this time of year compounded with gray days has hindered picture taking… not that I am good at taking pictures to begin with.  The red is not that dark.

Pattern:  Design No. 18 in Mostly Mittens , by Charlene Schurch
Yarn:  Falk, Dale of Norway, Colours 90 & 4137
Needles:  Knitpicks DPN’s 6″, 1.25mm

Due to my gauge and for sizing I made adjustments to where I started and ended on the charted design. 

Grandpa Ted liked them and I was the recipient of very big hug.

After Christmas I started in earnest on Rosemarkie.

First I swatched.

This was the first time I had swatched by knitting a row, breaking the yarn,  sliding the work back to the other end of the needle (DPN) and start again knitting from the right end on the right side of the work.  (There is no purling the wrong side)  The purpose to swatch this way is to more accurately represent knitting in the round.

The first swatch I knitted was with the US# 3’s that were recommended, but my gauge was significantly larger so I switched to US#2’s  for knitting the larger swatch.  The resulting gauge was very close and I like “fabric” better.

With the help of a spreadsheet I plugged in the gauge, size, pattern repeats, edge stitches and number of steeks, so I could calc the number of cast on sts for ribbing and number of increase sts for the body.  I will have to make a few adjustments when I come to the arm holes and neckline.

I wanted to make a good start on Rosemarkie before I would break and work on something else.


I am very pleased/delighted/ecstatic working on this project.

I also like using the Addi Turbo “Lace” circular needles for this fair isle work.

Happy New Year!!!