jeannie's hands at work

Knitting, crocheting, other handwork, and personal.

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

This is why I want to learn two socks at once! :) Posted by Hello

look how neat the pattern in the yarn turned out! Posted by Hello

First finished socks -Redheart Bayprint yarn, Socks 101 pattern Posted by Hello

sweater inside out -side seam and starting down the arm Posted by Hello

sweater almost done Posted by Hello

Almost done and done.

My sweater is almost done! Here are 2 pics of my sweater. Almost, almost done. 1 & 1/2 side seams to go! Hooray!!!

The other pics are of the first Finished pair of socks modeled by and claimed by my DD.

Friday, April 08, 2005

Today I work on the front of my sweater.

I got the back of my sweater lengthened this week. Now I'm working on the front. It shouldn't take too long. I'm going up 16 rows from what I had before and then shaping the front again.

Next step, shoulder seams and circ needles for doing the neck and mock turtleneck part.

That's all for now.

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Shetland Knitter's Notebook arrived.

My book arrived Monday airmailed from Guernsey(sp?), UK. Wow. GREAT SERVICE. I was so glad to get it. I have to admit it wasn't what I thought it would be though. I actually bought it hoping that the picture on the front of Traditional Knitted Lace Shawls by Martha Waterman would be in A Shetland Knitter's Notebook along WITH the pattern since that was the credit on the picture.

Oh, well. Even though that was disappointing, the lace shawls in SKN are just incredible and I had no idea how big some of them were.

One of my majors in college was costume design , but Victorian England was not one of my specialty periods. I never really paid attention to the lesser known areas of that period like shawls, undergarments, etc. except for the hated corset and petticoats. So I learned something anyway and I'm glad I got the book. I may even try to duplicate the pattern just on my own.

Speedy with pipecleaner on my crocheted beret and blanket. The "mighty hunter" Had to show off his "catch" while I was taking this for my continuing ed. application. Posted by Hello

Lumpia Feast this weekend! My son in red, His Hunky, 'way-cuter-than-this-picture friend in the 'Vegas t-shirt, and my daughter in the Anime' shirt telling me Not to take her picture...Tuff! I did it anyway. Posted by Hello

Bear is about 6 years old, and being treated homeopathically (sp?) for kidney stones. He's responding slowly. He loves to sit on my lap, draped in sweater, blanket or whatever, while I knit & crochet. He's pretty good about not wrestling the yarn after a few minutes! Posted by Hello

Bear, the old man. Furball was supposed to be his girlfriend and smack the dog into line since Bear is de-clawed - NOT by me. Posted by Hello

Furball's profile. Posted by Hello

Furball, Speedy's sister. They're abut 2 1/2YO. Posted by Hello

Speedy posing. Posted by Hello

Speedy is a rescued feral kitten. Posted by Hello

Knitting Update

Yesterday I got my application in to teach a crochet class and knitting socks class at our local continuing education department. I hope I get approved. I'd really like to share what I'm learning.

I started a new gauge swatch for a shawl made with my ebay purchase. I wound that cone into balls for 2 1/2 hours last Tuesday night. Whew! Thank you to the women in my group who Had a ball winder and a swift. It was so much easier than doing it by hand at home with kitties helping. Hee. hee.

I finally have good pictures of the kitties.

I took a camera to the Lumpia bash this last weekend. Lumpia are Filipino egg rolls. My girlfriend makes at least 1-200 at a time about 4 times a year and additionally serves shrimp fried rice and stir-fried vegetables. It's incredibly labor intensive separating the wrappers, rolling, and deep frying that many. She always invites a big crowd and the men swoon and forsake tv sports of all kinds(!) to eat 3+ helpings. Her motto is "If you leave my house hungry, it's your own darn fault !"

I have an endless 2 inches more to knit on the sleeves of my 1st sweater. I keep measuring, but it's still 2 inches - all week long. Then I'm going to have to go back and knit another four or so inches on to the back and front pieces. It doesn't make sense that the sleeves will fill in the back and front, sooooo,.....

I am ready to graft the toe on my first sock. I haven't had a block of concentrating time yet this week. My daughter has a concert Wednesday night and a play Thursday night. panting and out of breath from running her to and fro