If you send a quilter/knitter to Grandma’s. . .

If you send a quilter/knitter to Grandma’s. . .

she’ll have to take a sewing machine, (she has done this before)

an iron, pressing mat, rotary cutter, scissors a cutting mat
and a project over due that needs to be finished now.

She’ll also take 6 shawls in various stages of completion:
from almost there, finish ripping out the cast off and re-do with enough beads for finishing.

to just one more clue

to just two more clues

to where did I leave off on this one

to so I took this one off the needles to use for another project–now it’s on a lifeline, how do I rescue it.

to I think I’ll start this over
or not maybe just rip it out and use the yarn for ……..

this goes with me, ‘coz I can knit and I don’t have to think much,

(yep, it’s a Longerberger basket)

and a sweater to try to learn how to knit the both sleeves at one time on one long circular needle,

thinking she will get at least 3 shawls finished.

WAIT!! the quilter/knitter will only be at Grandma’s for 5 days, and there are meals to cook and the flower garden to water, and naps to take. . . . . . . . .

Joining Ginny and all the other stay at home knitters this week.

Yarn Along with a Pair of Pliers


“~ Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading,” Ginny, hostess of Yarn Along. I enjoy adding my little bit to this blog, mostly I love seeing all the different projects being knitted so beautifully it’s inspiring. It also adds to my library in Ravelry and my want list of yarns.

This week Summery Solstice was my knitting project. I finished Clue D. I added more beads, being inspired by other knitters’ pictures, but thought I had over done it. So I found the Farmers pliers, and removed 5 beads from each repeat (19). I have bead remnants on the deck, but I like the beading better. I split yarn on one removal, but was able to fix it.

I am knitting another shawl of the same pattern, I started Clue C yesterday. This yarn is waiting for its opportunity to become part of that shawl, Ivory Silky Solstice.

Wendy Knits’ mystery KAL has been fun. I’ve learned from watching others knit their shawls.  And I know these two projects will get finished, probably next week when I go care for MIL with little to distract me from knitting.

I’ve been listening to ‘Ice Cold’ by Tess Gerritson.


Yarn Along – Knitting at Monterey, CA

Happy July 4th to all.
We are blessed with freedom to choose.
I choose to knit.

WendyKnits’ Summer Solstice KAL started well:

then my daughters and I went to Monterey, CA for the weekend.

Emily, Margaret, Leslie (mom) and Mary

Knitting was still accomplished.

I am loving this shawl, Muted Jazz. The yarn is so soft and smooshy.

So after that brief vacation, Summer Solstice was the #1 knitting pleasure.

I have just two more rows of Clue B to do. Clue C came Tuesday so I am almost ready. One knitter added more beads to Clue C – it was a really nice touch, I have lots of beads.

Just finished listening to “Look Again” by Lisa Scottoline. I really enjoyed the story line of real mother’s love. It reminded me of the story in the Bible of Solomon and the two mothers. 1 Kings 3:16-28.

Joining Tami and Ginny:


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Yarn Along, June 27 – KALs and Take A Longs

Knitting, reading, and Listening – Life is good.

Clue A of Wendy Knits Mystery KAL received on June 20. I was ready. Casting on, ripping off and casting on again. The first 8 rows of Summery Solstice Shawl completed. I liked it.

I liked it so much I had to try the shawl in ivory silk and wool. I know I can be obsessive compulsive at times. I hoping for a understated elegance with this shawl.

Since all but one of the projects I’m knitting I have sit with directions in front of me, I cast on another shawl of mindless garter stitch, I’m calling Muted Jazz. This is my to go project that I can knit on at stop lights, in parking lots, and at the Chiro’s.

I’m still listening to Inkspell by Cordila Funke and reading Driving Force by Dick Francis.

I get knitting and reading ideas by clicking here.

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Yarn Along June 20, 2012

“~ Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading, and the evidence of this often shows up in my photographs. I love seeing what other people are knitting and reading as well. So, what are you knitting or crocheting right now? What are you reading?”  Ginny

This poor little shawl would be done and proudly shown in all its glory……………..but I ran out of beads~I need 25 more. Store is out! 😦

OKAY I need to knit another shawl…….right?
Wendy Knits is hosting a Summer Solstice Knit A Long. It starts today and I am trying to make up my mind about which yarn to use.




To see what others are stitching and listening to click here.

I’m listening to Inkspell by Cornelia Funke and starting to read  ‘Summer Moon’, by Jill Marie Landis.

Published in: on June 20, 2012 at 12:03 pm  Comments (2)