Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Aunt Betty Strikes Again

Aunt Betty dropped off a bunch of yarn again.
I'm still knitting through the last batch she dropped off.
 This was made from some of that yarn.
This crochet shawl is also coming along nicely from some of the gifted yarn.

I may never have to buy yarn again!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Another Quick Shawl Finish

I couldn't find a free, shawl pattern to make this shawl so I ended up writing my own. I don't think this is the final version I would want to share with others, so I'm going to make another, with a slightly different technique.
I really like the little points, but they aren't quite right. I'll do it again, and let you know how it works out.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Charity Quilting

I managed to get a couple charity quilts quilted the last couple weeks.
I need to figure out how to work in a couple of these during the week so I can get more accomplished.
I think I'm falling behind on getting these done. Maybe I need to hunker down and just get to work.

2017 Charity Quilt Count: 33

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Not Following the Directions

Like with many written patterns, I sometimes have a problem following the directions. Not because I can't understand them, or they are bad. Just that they don't fit what I want to do. This is one of those projects. The pattern for this shawl is called Longwing and you can find it on Ravelry and on Knitty.
I wanted a simple-ish shawl to make up with a single ball of Noro sock. I picked this pattern because of the shape. I like it when designers do something unexpected with their design.
I'm a big fan of knitting in public. You should check out the tag on Instagram sometime.
I finished it up and gave it a good bath before blocking.
This is another small shawl that plays nicely as a scarf.
Another fun finish made with some of the loot from Aunt Betty.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Bulky Yarn Makes for a Quick Knit

This is some bulky yarn I received from a friend. I started out with the size needles I thought would work. I was wrong. The fabric was entirely too stiff. I ripped back and started again.
This simple triangle shawl is a great quick project. I finished it in about 10 days. You can find this pattern on Ravelry as Medhel an Gwyns.
I liked it because it seemed like a quick project with bulky yarn. You could do this with other yarns and just keep repeating the eyelet and garter sections until you got to the length you were looking for.
I gave it a wash and a good stretch. It isn't as big as most of my shawls, more of a neck warmer than a proper shawl. Still a great finish, though.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Nature Post

Back to work this week meant I was super busy all week and didn't get much chance to do crafty things. You'll have to be satisfied with some photos collected over the week.
There was my friend the buck. He rarely moves off when I walk by.
This pretty flower. I have no idea where I came across it.
This one, along my side yard on a tree that should be removed before it takes down part of my fence.
 Another encounter with that buck. I'm not kidding, he barely looks up when I'm less than a dozen feet away.
The heavy rains this week made for a great crop of fungi.
This one was my favorite and only took about a dozen tries to get a good photo. I love my Samsung phone. The camera makes it look like I know how to take a picture.

Sorry about the brief post. I do hope at least one of the images is to your liking. I'll try to do something interesting this weekend to share with you next week.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

What I did on my Summer Vacation - Jonestown, PA

Our last stop of the trip was at the Jonestown Hershey KOA. Someone in the RV Quilters group on Facebook asked how you pick a campground. This is where the reviews really paid off. This one is where people either love it or hate it. We really liked it. Easy off and on to the highway. The site we were assigned was right on the creek and easy walking distance to get some Broaster Chicken and ice cream.  
If you aren't afraid to try some delicious fried chicken, you should give it a try. If you're coming in later in the evening it could be a great way to feed the family without too much effort. You can follow with some equally delicious soft serve or hand-dipped ice cream.
This cabin was next to our back-in site. I took a photo to let friends know there was room for them too.
This was supposed to be a photo of a fawn. The fawn did not wait for me to get the camera open on my phone before it turned and headed into the woods. We did go on a nice walk after that chicken.

Monday, September 4, 2017

What I did on my Summer Vacation - Dalton, PA

On the return leg we stopped in Dalton, PA, at Highland Campground.
Very quiet park but we were only there for the night. We didn't even unhook the trailer. We connected water and electric and put down the stabilizers. We were not level at all. But we got our night of sleep and pumped waste in the morning. The night was cool and I had to break out the emergency quilt. The rate was very reasonable even if there was some breath holding driving up the mile or so of steep, gravel road to the campground.
I did manage to get some knitting done along the way.

Friday, September 1, 2017

What I did on my Summer Vacation - Rhode Island

We made our way from Pennsylvania to New York where we stayed at the U.S. Army West Point campground run by MWR. I took very few pictures so you'll just have to believe me that we spent the night there.
The site was very quiet with a nice pond. A pond that seems to be frequented by turtles.
Then we made our way to Rhode Island to visit with friends and family.
We stayed at Whispering Pines Campground in Hope Valley, RI. This is the second time we've stayed at this park. It is great if you have kids. There are loads of things to do with the kids.
There is even a train that goes around the park in the morning. There is a pond, with fishing, a pool, shuffleboard, and likely a dozen other things we didn't even ask about.
We did have family over for some toasted marshmallows. Because, nothing says fun like catching your dessert on fire.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

What I did on my Summer Vacation - PA Renaissance Faire

We set out for a week-long adventure. The first stop was Pennsylvania. Yes, I know, when you live in Maryland how is Pennsylvania your first stop.
We wanted to go to the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire. I took about three photographs the entire day we were at the Faire. It was great! This was our first year attending and I'm glad we went. We ate badly, likely didn't drink enough water, and tasted a bunch of wine and mead. We saw a few shows and basically had a good time spending time with each other and watching people.
We saw magicians, jugglers, and the royal falconer with his amazing friends. This owl didn't want any part of the show. It was an excellent demonstration. Check out Knightwings on Facebook to learn more about the birds of prey.
Someone had asked about painted rocks. You can Google that one to see some of what people are doing. I think I want to put together a small painting kit to take with me to leave painted rocks at the camp sites we visit. I didn't really need another reason to go to the craft store.
Across the street from the Faire is this amazing place - Divine Swine. I'm sure I will have to walk 20 extra miles to get rid of the pulled pork we had for dinner but it was worth it.
We spent the night at Thousand Trails in Lebanon, PA. The park was almost full when we got there. The only downside for us was the club membership offer was a little strong. We got a call about a week later to ask us, again, if we wanted to save on camping by joining the club. Overall, not a bad place to spend the night.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Knitting with Bubblegum Pink

I started this project before our camping adventure last week.
During the travel times, I knit and knit.
And knit and knit.
I wondered if I would ever make it to the edging. I added this lacy edging after I had run out of the variegated yarn.
I really like the separate color for the edging. This is an original design.
I blocked it on Sunday and I'm excited to see how it hangs on the form.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Afternoon Walk Wildlife

Have you ever tried to convince a butterfly to hold still so you can take a picture? It isn't an easy task, I can assure you. I was lucky to get this single shot.
Skittish buck.
His collection of bachelor friends.
Doves in my front garden. There were three when I flushed them, but I couldn't see the third when I drove up after work.