Monday, September 29, 2008


I don't believe I ever have posted modeled photos of these sweaters,that is ,if I am remembering correctly.I have a couple on flickr,old ones,not very good quality,so, I thought you might enjoy these... All are Debbie Bliss patterns. This one is from the baby knits book, I used Debbie Bliss Cotton/Silk Aran ,it's the classic cardigan...Lullabye had to model while holding the elderberries...we did it without a stain... Millie's Daisy Cardigan is from Debbie Bliss' Simply Baby. I used her Cotton DK in chocolate and robin's egg blue for contrast...this pattern is really an overdose of moss stitch....Debbie Bliss seems to love she incorporates it in so many of her patterns....I don't know how you feel about this stitch...I like it,but after doing some of her knits I need to detox... This sweater is seriously girl-girls favorite...she would sleep in it if she could. What else,Debbie Bliss,from her Great Knits for Kids. Guess the name...Moss and cable jacket with petal collar...yet another overdose. This one is from Rowan DK Handknit Cotton.The color is called Fawn, girl-girl loves browns...go figure. This antique bowl is filled with corks,wine may be asking why...well,we save them,and remember,friends,good times...just like the sweaters,remembering when...we made them,we wore them,we loved them... But we cannot forget the new ones... (p.s.---next post will be a giveaway!)

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

leaves for a baby

Well,the time has come. The time has come to get out the ribbons and pink tissue. It is time to wrap the baby gifts. It is time to give Taylor away...and this, too... a leaf edged baby hat...isn't it adorable? I used less than one skein of Debbie Bliss baby cashmerino in pea green is so soft and will be such a cute addition to the baby's wardrobe. a quick and easy knit,the pattern is here... love the leaf edging. A very clever addition to an otherwise simple baby hat. I hope Hailey will like it... me...well I will be collecting autumn leaves,and knitting myself a sweater... in a black tweed I'll keep you waiting just a little while longer...

Sunday, September 21, 2008


What are you like,when you expect something and receive so much more? When I am given a gift,I am inclined to open it in private,I do not like to feel exposed,emotionally or otherwise. I hurried to a private place to open this package.I thought,I had expected, one thing...but received so much more. It is sometimes hard to express just how thankful you are; sometimes,it's more than the gift you are thankful for. I expected these buttons. Charcoal.Metal.Cold.Smooth.Curved.Perfect. But,there was more. There were large ones and small ones, there was this one , and this one, an old clock face to create with,there are old type letters,and photos. and linen bags for the treasure. even the box was beautiful . Thank you Al

Sunday, September 14, 2008

I made a gift

A gift or present is the transfer of something, without the need for compensation. A gift is a voluntary act which does not require anything in return. Today I made a gift,for a friend. It is a gift made of cotton,of wool,of linen,of buttons,of thread. It is called a "huswife" or needle roll. These types of needle rolls were ubiquitous two centuries ago. Commonly carried by women or girls,they held tiny scissors,buttons or precious pins from a peddler man. They were also used by soldiers and sailors for necessary mending... This one has a pocket for storing,a place to tie a pair of scissors and a pincushion stuffed with bits of wool and dried sweet annie .There is a needle keep from wool and I left behind the needle used to make is made by hand...the stitches are meant to be shown,it is to look old,aged,although this one was made with more modern fabrics it still has the feel of long ago. It is rolled,and wrapped with waxed thread around a special button...pewter. It will soon be sent,to a friend. I hope that she will like it.

Saturday, September 6, 2008


Yes,it's a scarf. It's Lofty, a Kim Hargreaves pattern from Rowan magazine #34. I wanted to use the Jo Sharp Aran Silkroad tweed that Kim sent me and I think I've found the perfect pattern for it.This is a dropped stitch scarf,knit on the bias.It's quick and fun. And,I adore this color-it's called Twig.Perfect. Just perfect for autumn. I'm finishing up these socks and then a sweater is next,I believe. Autumn is the time for sweaters... and school...everyone is talking about school again-so I suppose it's only natural for my mind to drift I was knitting, the scarf reminded me of one of those Chinese paper know,the ones we all made in school... and autumn is the time for lovely muted colors....I found the most wonderful hydrangeas at the Frick soft,dusty pink color...very feminine. I was taken there for a birthday treat.We had Tea; actually Royal Tea, no less...a peach bellini is what made it royal. Little tea sandwiches,scones and desserts...really what more could you ask for? Autumn is just beyond the fence...

Thursday, September 4, 2008

yes,we have a winner!

Happy Birthday to me... The names were gathered and... put in a bowl... and we have a winner...the Noro goes to... I wish I could send everyone a gift,but for now,it's Mr. Puffy...I have the details,the box is ready and the gift will be mailed.Thank you all and check back often;I will have another drawing soon... The vacation went by to quickly,and the girls handled the trip very well,wouldn't you say?The weather was excellent for the most part.We had one rainy day...the remnants of Fay... but there is always something to do...and a game of BINGO at .25 cents a game ,well who could resist? at the end of the week the beach was empty... except for a few footprints in the sand. Now I will go and have some cake...