A lovely spring day so we decided to let out all the chickens to roam around the yard. Even this year's youngest chicks, just to see how they would manage their freedom. Just to chaperone, I sat in the front yard and knit, and watched to be sure the young ones did not go crazy and head for the neighbors.
Well, turns out they were more curious about me then they were about their neighbors, as they stayed near me and investigated all things close by... including my toes.... I think they are loving my orange flip flops, as orange is such a great color - and so misunderstood..... in my next post, I will show you the socks I was knitting!
Speaking of the Seattle Mariners Stitch and Pitch...where we first saw Jitteryknitters great and famous socks....well, each year we attend the Stitch and Pitch I get this crazy urge to buy the Hazel Knitssock yarn in the colorway, "Home Team" which are Mariners' colors, as Hazel Knits is one of our famous local yarns. Well, I have never bought it, being a wee bit stronger than my crazy urge.... Meanwhile, last month Jitteryknitter inherits several bags of yarn and yarn magazines from a friend who has stopped knitting. Look what is in one of the bags......
A very vintage skein of, yes, Home Team..... check out how cool the label is....so very vintage for Hazel Knits.....and being such a great friend, Jitteryknitter gave this skein to me! Crazy urge has now become a happy dance!!
Remember this famous picture of our Jitteryknitter at our Seattle Mariners stitch and pitch? (yes, I knew you would remember...)
I love this picture and it proves to the world that she has actually knit socks, two of them...and she looks super happy about it! This was several years ago... Last month she mentioned to me that the top cuff of one of these "famous" socks had unraveled, so I offered to fix them....after all, they are famous.......
So I did - and it was fun, as I had a finished sock in a very sort time... just ripped back an inch and started again. The only difference from the other sock is that I did a stretchy bind off... but that won't show when the socks are on. Now you can relax, as the famous socks can pose for pictures again!
A superstar friend and knitter, Marion's birthday is today! If you see her, please buy her some yarn or some patterns, as one can always use more of each!!!
Thanks for being such fun and inspirational, plus so positive and encouraging about life's mysteries, like figuring out knitting charts and Elizabeth Zimmerman's techniques!! We will be celebrating your birthday soon and often!
We are so blessed to have great friends to share this journey of life! Thanks, Marion, for being so great!!
Yes, the runners have appeared on our hat! So far, after working through the chart, each runner (in blue yarn) has two legs (one with the foot on the ground, the other is up with a bent knee) and the arm that is lower (the other arm is swinging at the top, and I am not there yet). I worked through an odd part of the chart, as it says to repeat one of the sections eight times. I understood it to mean repeating the runner eight times, except if I would have taken the directions literally, there would have been an extra arm in each of those repeats.....the arms are not visible in this picture, as there is just the one hand that is beginning to appear...stay tuned!
I do hope I have translated the directions and chart correctly.... it has been a super fun knit so far!
34. Sock Summit Socks ~ Laughing Rat Supernova (Hurrah!) 33. Mum's blanket ~ Knit Picks Panache ** (Hurrah!) 32. Packers' Hat ~ Cascade Superwash 31. Windy City Hat ~ mint green Laines Du Nord cashmere**
30. Sock Summit Socks ~ Apple Laine Funny Girl (Hurrah!)
29. Mum's Christmas socks ~ Knit Picks Decadence** Winter Rose
28. Central Park Hoodie ~ Knit Picks Decadence** 100% alpaca (Hurrah!) 27. Horizontal Scarf ~ unusual fibers in greens
26. Scarf ~ Mariposa (Sock Summit World's Record project)
25. Tofutsies socks ~ sea greens
24. Gator Hat ~ Mirasol Miskinavy & Cloud 9orange
23. Strawberry Hat ~ Cascade Superwash 22. Windy City Hat ~ Ella Rae silk bamboo deep purple
21. Wedding Hat ~ Jo Sharp Silkroad lake blue
20. Packers' Hat ~ Cascade Superwash
19. Scarf ~ candy cane llama hand spun
18. Scarf ~ fuzzy white & glittery purple
17. Hat ~Jo Sharp Silkroad lake blue
16. Scarf ~ Cascade Cash Vero red
15. Lusekofte Cap ~ browns in alpaca
14. Scarf ~ yellow bamboo & multi Chico
13. Scarf ~ green bamboo & flags
12. Scarf ~ cream Mirasol Miski & green flags
11. Dashed ~ blocks for blanket
10. Windy City Cap ~ purple alpaca
9. Lace-edged Cap ~ Pagewood Farms purples
8. Jitterbug socks ~ jewel blues
7. Triple-Pattern Watch Cap ~ blue & white Cascade Cloud 9 6. Lusekofte Cap ~ pink & white Cascade Cloud 9
5. Turkish Cable Hat ~ plum & black alpaca
4. Norwegian hat ~ blue & white Cascade Cloud 9 3. Sheep & Wool Hat ~ yellow & white wool
2. Peppermint Hat ~ white & pink wool
1. Peppermint Hat ~ black alpaca & pink wool
This blog started as a challenge from my daughter, H, who had started a blog a month earlier. She claimed that I could not blog about yarn for more than a few weeks, as, "what is there to say?" Well, here I am, still needing more yarn and wishing for more yarn...I've been knitting again since 2003, starting with scarves for Christmas 2003, then hats for all for Christmas 2004. I'm enjoying each day with my family, friends and all my yarn. My daughters are H and E; and my sweetie pie husband of 20+ years are at the top of my list of many blessings and a source of joy. My parents, sister & brother and their families are also at the top of my list of blessings! I haven't knit for all of them (yet) but they know I love them very much.