• 31Aug

    I am enjoying the early taste of autumn we have had here the past couple of days.  The air has been crisp and cool, with a delightful breeze coming in when the windows are open.  I love the smells that come in from out doors…freshly mowed grass and fresh air.  I also love the sounds of the cicadas, crickets, and bullfrogs that are not able to be heard when the windows are closed and the air conditioning on.  I have been dreaming of apple pie, hot cider, and all of the other things that come along with autumn.

    As for knitting content…I am still working on my embossed leaves socks, and am currently on the leg of the second sock.  I will post pictures when they are completed.  I also want to share a link I found for joining in new yarn via a Russian join.  I have come to a knot in my ball of sock yarn (I dislike knots in the middle of the skein) and I am going to cut out the knot and try this join. 

  • 29Aug

    sock in progress

    I am currently knitting the Embossed Leaves Socks from the Winter 2005 IW.  I love the color of this yarn…so perfect for fall.  I think I am ready for the season to change.  I did have some trouble with the pattern, however.  It calls for size 2 needles, but when done in that size, the sock was far to wide for my size 4M foot.  So I frogged it and switched to size 1 needles (I do not own size 0 or else I would have tried that, since the sock was so wide).  On size 1 the sock was still too wide.  I tried again, but I eliminated one of the purl stitches between each leaf pattern repeat (total of four stitches eliminated).  This may have worked size wise, but the ribbing then did not line up correctly with the stitch pattern.  In the original version, the knit stitches in the ribbing lined up perfectly with the leaves so that the knits columns became stems for the first set of leaves.  In my altered version they only lined up with half of the leaves.  So I frogged again.  I then cast on eight stitches less than the pattern, allowing for only one purl stitch between columns of leaf lace.  It is not quite enough to allow for the definition that I prefer, but at least the sock fits.  I was tired of fiddling with the pattern and did not want to go purchase another size of needles, so this is my result.  They are a fast knit, though.  I started them (for the final time) on Saturday at the baseball game (I like to knit in public and baseball can be boring) after knitting only in my spare time I am now nearly finished with the first one.   

    new stadium

    The Cardinals beat the Cubs 2 to 1, and I enjoyed seeing the new Busch Stadium…I will share the pics I took of it. 

  • 29Aug

    I am sad to report that we were not able to keep our sweet little Liberty.  The longer we kept her, the more we found that she was a very sweet and well behaved dog.  The problem?  My husband was allergic to her, and I think one of our cats was as well (his eye started running after we brought her home, and cleared up when we returned her to the APA).  This was a sad realization for us, as hubby has been around other dogs and not had this problem.  We hated having to return her to the APA and it is hard not to go back and get her.  I hope a good family adopts her quickly.

  • 23Aug

    Liberty 2

    Yesterday we got a new addition to our family.  Her name is Liberty and she is a 2-year-old Rat Terrier.  We adopted her from our local APA.  She is well behaved and is not bothered by our cats, although the cats do not quite know what to think of her.  We are still getting used to each other and trying to develop a routine.  I think we are going to start crate training her, though.  We did not hear her signals to go out last night and she had an accident, even though I had given her several opportunities before bed and during the night.  Luckily, we have hardwood floors and the mess was easily cleaned up.  She has done a better job at indicating her needs today, and we have not had any more accidents.  She also has a strong desire to sleep on our bed.  I have an equally strong desire for her not to.  (Hence, I think that the crate may be good at night to prevent accidents and to help the sleeping arrangements.)  Our cats have been sleeping at the foot of our bed for years, and I really do not want to displace them.  I want them to still have one special place that is their own to share with us.  Liberty did sleep on a bed I made for her next to our bed, but she tried several times to sneak up with us.

    Liberty 1

    She is well behaved, rather quiet, and likes to take walks.  In 24 hours I have only heard her bark once, and that was when my husband was coming home from work last night and was approaching the house.  One “woof” was all she did.  We also found out that she loves riding in the car.  We took her with us last night on a couple of errands, and now every time we go out for a “potty” break she wants to head in the direction of the car. 

  • 23Aug

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    My Green Gable is finished!  I even wore it over the weekend.  (Sorry, no pics of me wearing it.)  The colors are brighter than I usually prefer, but if I wear it in the summer and pair it with a dark colored skirt, it works. 

    I plan to make a long sleeved version next, in the next larger size, for winter.  I found this wonderful shade of dark chocolate wool by Cascade, and cannot wait to start on it.  I have not yet decided whether to do fitted sleeves with deep ribbing (and deep ribbing on the bottom of the sweater) or to do bell sleeves. 

    yarn for brown gable