Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Frosty

Frost on my windshield!
It has been cold the last few weeks.  Frost is the usual morning show.  I love the look of the crystals on glass!
   


 I was able to get two shawls blocked!  Yay!  I am planning on doing the third one today.

Fresh Bread
 I brought a loaf of my freshly baked homemade bread to knitting at Karen's yesterday.  It was delicious! The 3 of us finished off the loaf!
Karen's cowl


I started another cowl.  This one is going to be a short loop.  I am using a chevron design. I love this color of blue!  I have been reading the third in a series of knitting shop murder mysteries.  Fun to read!


This is my WIP Wednesday, KCCO and Yarn Along post for this week.



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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Does it count?


I have 3 shawls in the blocking pile.  They are nagging at me.  I don't know why I always put off blocking.  I would really like to get these done.  But I seem to run out of time at the end of the day.  Two of them (the yellow and the green) are meant to go into my Etsy shop and the pink/grey one is for me.  I thought it would be a nice, warm shawl for when we travel in the trailer. I have a quilt guild meeting to go to this afternoon, so maybe I can get one wet and pinned before I leave.  Well, after baking brownies for the potluck, showering, getting some listings posted, this blog post . . .      . . . see what I mean?

I am reading The Rent Collector.  I am enjoying it so far, this was recommended to me by my Curves buddy.

Last week I had blogged about some fingerless mitts.  Well, sure enough I ran out of the lovely bright blue yarn with about 4 rounds left on the last thumb.   Hmm.  Ok, start over and now my friend will be receiving dark blue mitts instead.  I also finished two cowls.  Those were so much fun to knit! 

Yesterday was knitting and coffee at Karen's house.  She had finished her fingerless mitts and they are lovely!  I was able to try them on and I like the way they fit.  Nice and long at the wrist and the cuff at the fingers rolls down so that you can get more warmth to your fingers when needed.  Her pattern, Karen's Cozy Cuffed Mitts is available for free on Ravelry.  I just printed it out, I am going to try it this week.

She also had shown off her latest hand spun yarn! I absolutely love this skein!  Her yarns are available at Karen's Etsy shop.


This is my WIP Wednesday, KCCO and Yarn Along post for this week.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Snow!

Snow!

Our first real snowstorm of the season!  It is supposed to be very cold the next week.  I am hoping to try out some fabric snow dyeing this week!

Although I have not seen any of the Downton Abbey episodes, I really enjoyed While We Were Watching Downton Abbey by Wendy Wax.  Now I need to queue up the Downton Abbey shows on my Netflix!

Fingerless mitts
Just some fun, easy to knit fingerless mitts for a friends birthday gift.

Thumbless mittens
For the most beautiful baby girl in the world!  Yes, I am biased!  My new little granddaughter is now 5 months old and so charming!  She needed some mittens for the cold winter ahead.

I haven't posted in this blog for a while.  Seems like every time I was ready to do a post, my internet went down. And so then I missed the timing to link up with all the linky parties.  

This is my WIP Wednesday, KCCO and Yarn Along post for the week!


I am going to start carrying knitting project bags in my Etsy shop.  If you have any suggestions as to what you like in a project bag, I would love to hear about them.

I have a lot of destash and vintage craft books, magazines, booklets and patterns listed in my Etsy shop.  I am trying to downsize my collection a bit.

Destash

Vintage

I have a coupon code LHBLOG10  especially for my blog readers.  It is good for 10% off anything in my Etsy shop!  Thanks for taking a look!


Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Wednesday

Only two rows left!
I have been working on my Fall Mystery Shaw.  I only have 2 more rows left and then the bind off!

It is huge!
Rather than using lace weight and #4 needles I decided to use some vintage yarn from my late mother's stash and #8 needles.  It is most definitely acrylic. It was wound into quite a few balls of different sizes.  I like the idea of working with yarn that I know my Mother had touched.  I wanted this to be large, almost like an afghan to wrap up in when I am traveling in the 5th wheel this winter.

Close up
I have forgotten how stiff old acrylic is!  It doesn't slide easily on the needles and seems to take more oomph to knit with it.  And the try to keep the dog hair out is another challenge.  I will go over it with the lint roller after it is blocked.

Up next is back to my daughter's sweater.  I had set it aside because I got to the armhole shaping and it required too much thinking to do while visiting with friends.  Once it got set aside, it never got picked up again.  I will get this done for her birthday in December.


Sunset this week
We have some wonderful sunsets here.  I love to just step out on our back porch and take a quick photograph.


This is my WIP Wednesday and KCCO for this week.


I also wanted to tell you that I am still sorting through my craft books, magazines and patterns.  I have a lot listed already, more going up every week.  I have knitting, crochet, cross stitch, quilting and general craft stuff.  I am also clearing out some of my vintage books and magazines.  I am willing to give a quantity discount, please convo me and I can make you a reserved listing or get you a coupon code.  Thanks for looking!

--Destash--

--Vintage--



Thursday, October 24, 2013

Lost in Space Cadet Mode


I am still working on the Fall Mystery Shawl. It is getting big and I just started on the 4th clue.  I am using large needles and some worsted acrylic yarn from my late mother's stash.  I want it to be a big, cozy wrap to take along in the trailer.  I am also working on some mindless dish cloths for neighbor gifts.

Beautiful carving on the mantle!

Handmade wood bowl

I love this antique pickle dish quilt!

Double Pinks!

Another Lovely bowl.


I went to Karen's for coffee and knitting on Tuesday.  Joy couldn't make it.  I chose the Ouray,CO cup.  It is one of my favorite places!


My pal Koa!  He is such a sweet boy!  He has taken a liking to me from the first time I met him.  Beautiful dog, wonderful soul!  

This is my WIP Wed, KCCO and Yarn Along for this week (a bit late!)

Also, I am still adding more destash patterns, books and vintage craft books to my Etsy Shop and also to my new Zibbet shop.  Please take a look and see if there are any titles that you are looking for!  

I have a coupon code good for 10% off anything in my Etsy shop especially for my blog readers. LHBLOG10.


Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Stormy forecast Wednesday

BFF and Summer Mystery shawl
I just need to graft the BFF cowl, block it and get it in the mail. It is a surprise, so I am not going to show a good photograph of it until it finds its' way to the Lucky Duck.

Started the bind off!
I had only four rows left on the mystery shawl, so got that done last night.  Just got about a little bit of the bind off started last night.  That should be finished today and then to the blocking pile!

KAL with Karen and Joy
Karen, Joy and I are going to do a knit along using the Wingspan pattern.  I thought we were scheduled for coffee today, it was really scheduled for tomorrow (I should have looked in my appointment book) and Karen has a conflict, so we have to reschedule for a later date.

I finished my vintage Bodice Ripper.  I realized I must have read it many years ago.  It wasn't all that great. Oh well, I am moving on to "The Wife's Tale".


On my quilting blog I was lucky enough to be asked to join a blog hop with some wonderful art quilters.  The theme is "My Family Quilt".  We are to share a story about someone in our family who has made a quilt.  My turn was yesterday, check it out here.  Today is Judi's turn to share her story.  



This is my WIP Wednesday, KCCO and Yarn Along post for the week.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

When is the storm coming Wednesday

Four more rows!
I am so close to having this summer mystery shawl finished!  Well, finished with the knitting!  I have another shawl waiting in the blocking pile.  Now that the weather is turning, time to get some blocking done.

Still working on the bodice ripper
Older books seem to have smaller print and more words than a lot of the newer books.  I have noticed a lot of the recent novels have a lot of extra spacing on the pages to make it look like there is more to the book than there really is.  An excellent example is the Stephanie Plum series.

Ready to start clue #2
I got the first clue of the Fall Mystery shawl done.  I am ready to start #2.  I am using some vintage yarn from my late mother's stash.  I believe it to be some sturdy acrylic.  I am using large needles and hope this turns out big.  The colors aren't my thing, but I thought it would be a good shawl to keep in the trailer.


BFF Cowl
One of my Ravelry groups is doing a secret BFF Cowl swap.  I got started on the seedpod section.  Goofiest selvage ever.  But I am not going back to start over.

The show last night
We have some wonderful sunsets around here.  Our house is on the east bench of the valley, so prime viewing.



This is my WIP Wed, KCCO, and Yarn Along post for this week.




I have been sorting through my craft book and magazine collections.  I need to downsize and have put up a bunch of them in my Etsy shop.  To go directly to the book/magazine section click here.  I am also closing out my mini skeins, they are here.

Just for my blog readers I have a coupon code good for 10% off ANY purchase $10 or more.  LHBLOG10
I am willing to adjust shipping on multiple items purchased at the same time.  Thanks for your support!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Wip Wednesday

New Mystery

Almost finished!

Last night's Show!

I have been knitting on the mystery shawl, got clue #4 completed and am rolling along on #5.  I also started the Fall Mystery.  I am using some vintage worsted weight yarn from my mother's stash.  I am using some larger needles as well.  We shall see how that works out.  I had meant to have more photographs from a luncheon yesterday, but on the drive I had a major flat tire and spent some quality time with Les Schwab. Missed the knit and chat part of the luncheon.

Since I finished my last book and haven't gotten to the library, I pulled out one of my vintage bodice rippers. Nice to have on hand, simple reads that don't stress the brain.


This is my WIP Wednesday, KCCO and Yarn Along post for the week.

I am closing out the last of my mini skeins in my Etsy shop!  I also have been listing some destash of my vintage patterns, books and magazines.  Knitting, crochet, cross stitch and quilting.  More are being listed everyday, check back for some great deals on wonderful patterns! Just for my blog readers, a coupon code good for 10% off any purchase over $10!  Use LHBLOG10  Thanks for  your support!



Don't forget!  Craftsy is having a huge class and supply sale until Saturday!  Great deals are to be had!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Coffee at Karen's

Karen's cup
My choice
I went for coffee and knitting at my friend, Karen's house yesterday.  I bring some of my home roasted coffee beans and she brews it up for us.  She has a wonderful collection of hand made pottery and we get to choose which cup we want to use. Karen had the Aspen leaf and I chose the forest.  I didn't see what Joy had.


Karen's fiber

Spun into yarn

Joy's fiber

Spun into yarn
They are both wonderful spinners.  I love looking at the yarn that they make.  I am resisting getting sucked into the spinning world.  I have enough other interests and hobbies that keep me occupied.  Really, going to resist.



Karen's yarn
Karen was knitting on a shawl or sweater.  I don't remember now, but she was using this wonderful yarn.


Joy's Shawl
Last time Joy was working on this lovely shawl.  It was her first triangle shaped shawl and she was concerned where the point was.  She found it!  It is a very soft and cozy shawl.




I am still working on my mystery shawl.  I did get to clue #4 last night!   I started a new book. Just a quick easy chit lit read.

This is my WIP Wednesday, KCCO and Yarn Along post for the week.





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