Saturday, June 18, 2011

Socks Have Toes!

Last year I won some custom-dyed Trekking sock yarn and have finally found what I feel is the right pattern for it.  Here is the yarn.

A few days ago I cast on the Pacific Coast Toe-Up Socks by Wilma Becker.  After a delay to have the designer answer a question, I am off & knitting on these socks.
Sorry for the bad photo.  I rushed since the camera battery light was flashing.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Candid Camera

Last Friday Ron and I met my sister, Cathy, and her daughter, Kim, in Alamogordo for lunch and visiting.  Ron started the photo-taking by using his iPad to snap one to email to Mother.  Pretty good picture for a photographer who is still learning which buttons to push.
Then, since Cathy was chilly in the restaurant, it was birthday present time.  I didn't get out my camera and didn't realize that Kim had her trusty phone camera at hand and was snapping away.
I have been trying to think of a good caption for this photo.  I was not thinking any negative thoughts or had any bad vibes from Cathy so have no idea of the "why" of my expression.

Kim's camera kept snapping.

Finally before we had our final hugs, Ron used our camera to snap one.

Oh, and Kim will soon be celebrating her birthday and she got a present, too.  I didn't get a photo of her with her market bag but Kim snapped one when she got home.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Sewing, Part of My Past

Sewing machines are part of some of my earliest memories.  In Beaumont TX, I was 3-4 years old, sitting on the floor by Mother's sewing machine, playing with spools of thread while Mother sewed.  We were listening to Arthur Godfrey on the radio.  Mother made my play clothes, school clothes and church clothes until I was well-trained enough to sew for myself.

Mother's mother, Grandma Capron, had a sewing machine in the dining room of her house in Lincoln NE.  It was a treadle machine that Grandpa had motorized long before I was born.  I only remember a couple of times when we visited that she used the machine.

Dad's mother, Mom Jones, in Lufkin TX had a treadle machine that, from my earliest memories, sat on her big screened-in porch.  I don't remember her sewing much when I was around but she did some mending and made some quilt tops.  My first sewing experience was on that machine.  I cut squares of fabric, sewed them together and put a long border strip around them for a doll blanket.  I was probably 7 years old.  That treadle machine is now tucked away in a corner of our storage in the workshop in Midland.  One of these days I'll dig it out & see if it will still run.

My parents gave me a Singer Featherweight machine as my high school graduation gift.  Even if it just did straight stitch, I was thrilled with it and used it for many years.

Fast forward many years to the early 70's.  We lived in KS then and were coming to TX to visit.  My mother-in-law had found a magazine article with a pattern for some cute kids cuddly comforters she wanted me to make.  When we arrived in Andrews we bought the fabric and some butcher paper to make the pattern.  All the magazine had was a gridded box with the pattern pieces drawn on it.  I made big grids on the butcher paper and drew off the actual pattern.  Then I sewed the cute comforters up.  My MIL did all the hand tufting with embroidery thread to make each comforter like the photos.

These are photos of ones I made many years later.  The applique was zig-zag stitched on and tufting was done by machine.  There is only a little hand embroidery on these later ones. 

The butcher paper patterns were copied onto brown wrapping paper, then onto poster board and eventually onto foam core board.  Don't remember how many of these blankets I've made but nieces & nephews along with some of their children have Elephant blankies or Lion blankies.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

New Totes

Just can't have enough knitting totes, so when I saw the ad for these cute bags with lots of room and pockets, I couldn't resist getting a couple.  They came from Knitters Brewing Company and can be ordered here

They are so roomy they really can hold a lot.  The green one has my 2 at a time sock project and the blue has a full skein of Super Saver size.
I immediately knit up some Luggage Blossoms to decorate them.  There has been a bunch of them knit since Beverly of the Lonestar State Knitters Group introduced them to us. 

Also on the fast knit front, I knit a cable headband to try to control the growing mop of hair.  The wind likes to blow it in my face no matter what I do.  I don't really like to wear hairbands and don't like the way this one feels.  Wore it all day yesterday just to try to get used to it.  Still strong negative vibes.  Think I'll find another use for the yarn.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Knitting and Sightseeing

That is what I've been doing.  Seems we've also been on the road around Texas a lot since I last blogged.  We are now in Ruidoso Downs, NM and enjoying the cool temperatures.  In fact, we ran the furnace at night a very few weeks ago. 

Have you seen any flying pigs lately?  I knit one for my daughter then actually saw a statue of one.  Keep your eyes open, you just never know when you might run across some unusual animals.