Saturday, August 30, 2008

My Husband's answers to the blog questions!

Joan and I have often laughed about the similarities between our husbands. Both are so much the engineer personalities that Ann Landers talked about. Everything must be in line and organized! So...... Here are my husband's answers to the same questions that Joan asked Grumbutt!

S: What is your favorite thing about my knitting?
W: You seem to enjoy it.

S: What don't you like?
W: It costs money!

S: What is something you recall as good?
W: Accomplishment! Completed projects!

S: Do you think knitters have an expensive hobby?
W: Yes and No. It’s like anything else, you can throw as much money as you want into it.

S: Do you have any hobbies?
W: Yes, Hunting, Wild life management, Knife making.

S: Who spends the most on their hobby?
W: You DO!!!!!!

S: Have I ever embarrassed you by knitting in public?
W: No Dear!

S: Do you know my favorite kind of yarn?
W: No I don’t!

S: Do you know the names of the blogs I read
W: No

S: Do you read my blog?
W: No, I didn't know you had one.

S: Do you mind my wanting to stop at yarn shops when we travel?
W: No I don’t. Because you stop at my shops too.

S: Do you understand the importance of knitting a swatch
W: No, Sorry I don’t.

S: Do you think the house would be cleaner if I did not knit?
W: No, Knitting is a relatively clean avocation.

Friday, August 29, 2008


A last minute addition to the knitting packing list.  How about this yarn?  Special from Ruby Sapphire.  (Yes I need to learn to add a link but not today) However this yarn is just perfect for fall, Halloween perhaps.  I plan to wind this and put it in with the other things I have listed.  Now you have even more things to add to the "What did Joan Knit List".  I also have not finished my "secret lace" project so that will go in as well.  It is not part of the contest but will be what I must finish first.  More on that later.  So you can think about it.  I am working a 29 row repeat on 59 stitches, all lace.  I am on repeat #11 of 14 and then there is a final ending of the chart about another 29 rows, followed by a wide knit and attach as you go edging.  So if you need to think of a time frame I plan on this interspersed with the other projects.  I need peace and quiet for this so I can count.  I am still not packed, except for yarn that is.  Priorities, priorities, priorities.  

Wednesday, August 27, 2008


I needed some simple plain knitting and this surely fills the bill.  "The Wonderful Wallaby" by Cottage Creations.  I did this one for my grandson.  The yarn was absolutely wonderful.  Even better it came from my stash. I purchased this at a great yarn sale quite some time ago.  It is Lane Borgosesia  dal 1850 Knitaly.  My first experience with this yarn.  Wonderful is all I can say.  Easy to knit and oh so soft.  After I finished it I gave it a bath in "Soak".  Then this morning I asked the Grumbut to put it in a box and mail it for me.  When he was putting it in the box he even said "what yarn is this?  He thought it was so soft.  Louis will just love this one as he likes things that do not itch.  I think it is wonderful a nice washable wool.   I am thrilled I purchased all the store had and have plenty left for more projects.  I shall look for this yarn again.  

Now back to the packing and getting things ready to go.  I have 3 more days until Saturday and then it is into the car to knit and knit.  I can hardly wait.  However I am no where ready so must move along

Monday, August 25, 2008


After reading the Yarn Miracle where Emily question Michael on knitting stuff I decided to give my husband Dave (who the grand children call Grumbut). Makes it much easier as I have a son-in-law Dave.  So here we go.
J: What is  your favorite thing about my knitting?
G: What kind of question is that? Your professionalism
J: What don't you like?
G: The obsession and when you won't talk you are counting
J: What is something you recall as good?
G: All the ski sweaters
J: Do you think knitters have an expensive hobby?
G: Now that is a loaded question but yes.
J: Do  you have any hobbies?
G: Certainly golf and fishing
J: Who spends the most on their hobby?
G: You do.
J: Have I ever embarrassed you by knitting in public?
G: No
J: Do you know my favorite kind of yarn?
G: Expensive!
J: Do you know the names of the blogs I read
G: No
J: Do you read my blog?
G: No
J: Do you mind my wanting to stop at yarn shops when we travel?
G: Yes it is a pain in the a--.
J: Do  you understand the importance of knitting a swatch
G: yes
J: Do you think the house would be cleaner if I did not knit?
G: No you would not clean it any way.

Now I found the answers to these questions most interesting.  You should all see what your hubby has to offer on the subject.  I really have enjoyed reading what other husbands have to day about our knitting.

Sunday, August 24, 2008


I had such a glorious time last year participating in the dish rag tag set up by Emily at Yarn Miracle I could hardly wait to see it she would do it again. Yes indeed. So I signed up again. Because of my scheduled trip on Saturday, Deb the captain saw to it that the box came here early on its trip. It arrived yesterday about noon, with wonderful goodies from Deb. Sad it was a Saturday and I could not put it back in the mail. However I now have it ready to go with my treats for Janice all packed. I am part of the Dish Rag Divas team and this is such fun. I have wonderful people I found last year doing this and continue to read their blogs and enjoy these new knitting friends. I am sure the same will happen this year.

Friday, August 22, 2008


Ok here we go with the final list for my trip. AKA the CONTEST.
On September 10 when my trip is officially over I will check the entries and who ever comes closet to my actual knitting production while I am on my "knitting vacation" will receive the prize. 2 skeins of Lorna's Laces yarn, a hand made quilted "emergency sock supply holder" (this is the quilted folio with the ruler and you add needles and etc. of your choice). Also included is my personal pattern for "Wave Socks". Just post your guess on the blog.

For those of you who are new readers, a bit about the knitting vacation. I have 2 days in the car and am headed to the "Gunflint Lodge" (wish I knew how to post a link but that will come). I then have one full week of doing nothing but knitting and visiting with knitting friends. No husbands they are off camping. No cooking we eat in the lodge. No television, no phones. Just quality knitting time.

Now here is what I have packed with yarn to more than keep me busy. #1. World Strip Wrap. #2 cabled shrug. # 3 finish the fingerless gloves. These pictures I previously posted.

Now I have added the following: # 4 brown socks from Smooshy yarn.

#5 Socks from Socks Appeal yarn.

#6. A simple garter stitch scarf from hand spun yarn from Ireland, my friend Pat gave this to me and I am knitting her a scarf with this.

I will pack one more sock project and that does it. You know the worst thing that could happen is to run out of yarn where there is no yarn shop. There is a possibility of a day trip or two but last year we never left the Gunflint. I might add I probably will just make simple plain socks as it has been a year since we were all together and we have a lot of catching up to do.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

I'm back!!

It has been so darn busy around here I just did not get to the blogging thing. I have another item to add to the contest list. I shall keep adding until I have no more room in the packing space I am allowed. You know the "Adventure Boys" gear gets first priority! Our daughter says her father is "the Martha Stewart of camping" He has all the gadgets... So this plus tents, cook stove, canoes and etc. requires a lot of space. Yarn and knitting come in last.

#3 in the contest department. Add the unfinished fingerless gloves to the to do list. Now we have the three items and I am sure in my "unfinished boutique" I shall find a few more.

I just finished the yellow baby blanket for the daughter of a dear friend who is expecting a long awaited adoption, I had a deadline of this week and have it now ready, washed and packed with lots of love. It is an old pattern but my daughter says it is her favorite thing to wrap a baby in. An old Coats and Clark pattern and I used some of the yarn from the stash. I think I might just make myself one of these as a shawl in linen. We shall see.

I am waiting for my turn at the dish rag tag box. It should arrive this week and my goal in to have it back in the mail the day it arrives. I have everything all ready. When asked by a member of my team "Dish rag Divas" what my favorite color was my answer as always PINK. I mentioned the doors of the house are pink, and was asked for a picture, so here it is.

I am now off to knit on a secret project. I will do photos when finished but it is a special gift for someone who at times reads this blog. I must remain mum on what it is.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Dish rag tag

Last year I had so darn much fun with this and met so many great knitting friends I can hardly wait for it to start this time. If you want a lot of fun go to Yarn Miracle and sign up.....

Knitting Vacation Project #2

OK here we go. This is what I have packed to knit. Yesterday I gave you project #1 the Earth Stripe Wrap. Today I have packed this charming SHOULDER SHRUG from "Knitting Little Luxuries" the yarn is old old old from my stash. I have no intention of working on these items in any particular order. I am giving you a number for each project to keep things simple. There will be more packed I can promise. Even some unfinished items I would like completed. Here is how I will do the contest.....After I have all of this knitting packed I will give you a list with each item numbered. On September 20 when I return and have enjoyed my special friend Paula''s visit. I will ask you to submit in the comments section what items you think I finished. I will send a prize to who guesses best... If there are multiple entries with the same guess I will draw for the first prize. Just before I leave I will show pictures of the prizes.. Notice I used plural here. Yes more than one. Now this should get you a bit excited. I am looking forward to this and perhaps your interest will spur me on as well.