Monday, February 24, 2014

Busy Weekend, New Week

The sun was crisp, and the temperatures moderate - well...that's moderate for Green Bay in February. We spent Saturday taking care of business, errands, shopping for the week, etc.  Sunday was the fun part of the weekend. My grandson and daughter were in town for a Futsal Tournament. Futsal, for the uninitiated is a form of indoor soccer, and my grandson is the goal keeper for a team from Elmgrove, WI. This is the second year they have participated in the tournament, which takes place at UWGB.

So of course we went to cheer on his team, and this year they won it! Hoorah!!! Nice kids, well coached, and we were all very proud of them. They beat teams from Waukesha and Green Bay to take the prize. The goal keepers wear different colored shirts from the rest of the team, and my GS is in the orange shirt, showing you his medal.

Also did some knitting and quilting this weekend. The Ella Rae lap robe continues to grow; it has gotten large enough that it is no longer easily transportable for traveling knitting.

I also taught myself the technique known as Double Knitting. I am impatiently waiting for yarn to arrive (ordered online) to make an actual hat. There is a great book out there that I ordered several weeks ago, that along with some YouTube videos made it easy to learn. I worked the first sample in the book and this is what I produced:

Because you knit both sides of the fabric at the same time, you get a reversed image. Cool, no?

Then, just for grins, I found this super Fair Isle hat pattern by Audrey Ritchie that I wanted to try, and I had yarn to make it happen so I knit it up. It went pretty quickly. Normally, I am not a hat wearer. They just mess up my hair, but I kind of like this one. It is download from Audrey's Knits

Monday, February 10, 2014

Premature Posting or The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same

Unfortunately, the previous post was premature. The person with whom I was in contact led me to believe that the decision to employ a teacher was hers. That turned out not to be the case, and after much discussion and thought, I pulled my name from the running. Generally, the thought of a 5-hour roundtrip began to sink in, and I had to ask, "Do you really want to complicate your life this way?" The answer was, of course, no. I'm retired, and I cherish my flexibility and life style that allows me to quilt and knit and pretty much do as I please. Fulfilling another persons expectations is not high on my list, unless is it is my husband's, and then I'm happy to meet the challenge.

Therefore, it's back to a simpler life. I started to look at all of the projects I've got going and I really must finish some of them. I did finish the Hexagon Scarf over the weekend, and I am working on Michelle's Mitered Squares Baby Blanket. I love the way the colors change from one to the next.

My favorite cardigan is one my mother made for me more than 20 years ago. Therefore, I am on the hunt for a new pattern and the yarn to make it. If you have suggestions, I'm always open to new ideas.

Well, I have Knit Group today, and need to do a bit of sewing before I go, so I'm signing off for now. Have a good one.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

The Two-Hour Commute

I used to live in the Chicago area, and a 2-hour commute was not unheard of there. It was just a part of getting through life. While I never had to travel that far, my husband did hour-long + drives on a daily basis. Mine was more around 30 minutes.

It looks like that is about to change. I found out yesterday that there is a good chance I will be teaching in a Milwaukee area yarn shop. We are discussing a commitment of one weekend (read Saturday) per month, and I am really excited about it. My daughter lives there so I have a place to crash, I would get to see my 3 grand children, and I love to teach, so it's all good. I can drive down on Friday afternoon, see the kiddies, teach a seminar on Saturday, and drive back home Saturday evening.

There are two TKGA certified Master of Hand Knitting knitters in the state of WI, and the other one works at the same shop. In fact, she is in charge of the teaching there, and we chatted yesterday about the position. While their other teachers schedule classes more frequently, given my travel distance, we are going to set it up a little differently. Once things are set and ready for public communication I will post the name of the shop and provide a link for you (if I can figure out how to do that.)

I need this involvement. When I was working for a yarn shop here in Green Bay I was more creative because the students motivated my imagination. Also, new yarn would come in to the shop, and I often designed quick-knit items that adorned the shop as a promo for yarn. When the shop closed it doors that outlet also closed. I'm hoping that this collaboration will provide that motivation. I'll keep you all posted.

No pictures today. Have a good one.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

February it is!

The best thing about February is that it doesn't last very long. Here today, gone tomorrow, or so it seems. I've only lived in the NE Wisconsin for about 11 years, but in that time, I don't remember a winter that was as cold as this one. Yea, I know! Stop whining! Well - it's my blog and I'll whine if I want to.

On Super Bowl Sunday I shopped the Hancock Fabrics sale and bought yardage for two new tunic tops. That was my salute to Spring, as I will need them when things finally warm up. This time, instead of winging it, I made a trial pattern out of muslin. Unfortunately, I span the distance of about 5 sizes, and in the past I have always cut with the hope that I had chosen correctly. Things never fit.

So - I measured this time. Shoulder measurement is smaller than the bust size
choice, and hip measurement is greater. (Think pear!) I nailed it and am wondering why it took me so long to do it the correct way. I now have a pattern that will work for my top half. Haven't tried the same for slacks. That might take several tries.

Because I am still having to ice my knee several times a day, I am also getting a good bit of knitting done. The hexagon scarf continues to grow, and I'm on the final row. I should have it finished for Show & Tell at the Bay Lakes Knitting Guild meeting next week.

Well - it's off to the shower and PT, then home to ice, and then to the Bellevue Retirement Community, where I knit with a group of ladies every other week. Haven't seen them since before Christmas, so I'm really looking forward to it. Have a great day!