Lady Eleanor

I have finally finished The Lady Eleanor stole.  I started this about 6 years ago and I’ve finished it today!  It wasn’t that it was hard, it’s just, after awhile, I get bored with a pattern and will set it aside.  I get distracted with other projects, and sometimes, it takes a while to get back to a project.  Interestingly, this is one of my favorite things I’ve knit.  I’m not sure why it took me 6 years to finally finish it.

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Not sure what happens to my shawl pins either!   I seem to loose the stick that goes thru the pin.  Hence, my knitting needle as a temporary shawl pin.   I just love this! I love the rustic feel of it.  I love that you can wear it with jeans, it’s stunning.  The Entrelac pattern looks difficult, but it’s not.  You pick up stitches and it’s comprised of short rows.   You can find this pattern in “Scarf Style” by Pam Allen.  It’s a book and you can find it on Amazon.  The yarn is “Silk Garden” by Noro.

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I’ve also made my grandson, Luke, a couple hats.  This is called “The Hudson Hat” by Lindsay Baker.  I found it on Ravelry.   I did not include the side ties.  I just made the hat part.

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We were playing outside this weekend with the grandkids.  Can you believe our grass is still green in December?  Talk about global warming.  We’ve just lost the leaves off the trees.  You can see some still have their leaves.  Unusual weather.  We always have a good time with the grandkids.   I think I still have a small child that lives within me.  I’m great when the kids are younger.  It’s those teenage years that I’m not very good at.

 

My husband, Len, loves Tom Selleck.   My cousin, Jennifer, got to meet him at The Cowboy Hall of Fame for some special event.  She just became the president of the Oklahoma National Realtor’s Association.   That’s a big deal.   She’s amazing.  Beautiful personality.  I am more of an “Auntie” to them more than a cousin.  She is one of three female sister cousins.  Crazy how life and distance change things.  I don’t see any of my cousins very often.  When I do, it’s like time hasn’t passed and the love and affection remains.

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Here is an updated picture of Max.  He’s about 6 months old now.  Handsome!

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Last, but definitely not the least, is a picture of my son John with his son Luke.  BEAUTIFUL.  My heart is filled with love!   I don’t remember the verse, but somewhere in the Bible, it says that a woman’s children are her crown.  Watching Lauren fall in love with her baby is just so much more than words can say.  Lauren is mine.  I’ve adopted her.  I love her.  She’s my daughter and she’s my friend.  Life sure has times of despair and sadness, but right now, mine is filled with love, beauty, and happiness.

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Huge piece of my heart is right here!!!!

Meet Luke

Luke was born on Tuesday, November 14th.  Mom and Dad are doing well.  Going on little to no sleep for now.   They came home today and mom and baby are napping.  fullsizeoutput_10c1

He is such a good boy!

Knitters….Do you have any good beanie/hat patterns for babies?  I’m looking on Ravelry but if you have a pattern that you know is tried and true and cute and comfy, let me know!

Just a quick post to let you know that beautiful pregnant lady that I’m always posting pictures of has had her baby!    We’re all in love!

 

Happy Knitting!

 

I have to get to work on some hats for Luke.

 

 

Heart Nurse 4 U

 

Len and I met online.  That’s the thing to do now-a-days to meet people.  We met on Yahoo Personals, which doesn’t exist anymore, and they required you to have a title name.   Mine was “HeartNurse4U” and Len’s was “Combustionman” (fireman).  We laugh and thinks it’s really silly now, but, hey, you had to come up with something to identify yourself.  These are the pictures we had up.

I had just gone on a horrible date where they guy didn’t have a picture up.  The guy answered the door in shorts, a house robe, and socks.  I wanted to hand him the box of brownies I brought right then and there and say, “Bye, this isn’t going to work.” and just walk away.  But my manners wouldn’t let me, so I suffered thru the dinner he made for me, not him, not both of us, just me.  He ranted about his special spaghetti and stood there to watch me eat it.  It was horrible.  He said his secret ingredient was BBQ sauce (with spaghetti????).  He started to rub my shoulders while I was sitting there eating his super special barbecue spaghetti, and I told him I had this awful phobia and couldn’t stand to be touched.  Anyway, after that, I ran outta there as fast as I could without being horribly rude.

Then I met Len.   He didn’t have a picture posted.   I had chatted with him off and on for the past 3 months.  I was not going to waste my time again, so I wasn’t interested until I could see a picture.   He had a friend at work take this photo of him.    As soon as I saw it, I was a bit smitten.  Those pretty blue eyes and the laugh lines around the eyes got me.  I thought, “Yes, I could kiss that man.” and I finally consented to a date and the rest is history.  We spent 12 hours together for our first date.  We were pretty much a couple from day one.

 

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In honor of HeartNurse4U,  I thought I’d share my Noro #33 Heart Blanket.  The pattern is written in Intarsa.   I used the stranded method, meaning, I carried the different color yarn behind my work, twisting the yarn every few stitches, to hold it down.   The Intarsa method had a disruption in the background color block that I didn’t like.  That’s why I preferred the stranded method.  I got a consistent back ground color.

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Below is the back of the blanket and what the stranded method looks like on the back.  Also, instead of seeming every square together that is required in the Intarsa version, I could knit long columns and just seem the columns together.  You can see the seams below.  It’s made out of Noro Kureyon.   Len just drove up to Wyoming from Oklahoma and slept in the back of the SUV.  He had a pallet made and I had him take this blanket among others.  He said he was warm and toasty all night because of this wool/silk blanket.

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As always, Max is nearby.  He’s getting so big.  My son, John, pointed out that he still has his kitty teeth.   I think he’s 5  months old.

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I also want to give some good advise from “HeartNurse4U”.  There is testing out there called CT Calcium Scan.   It’s only $50 at Oklahoma Heart Hospital.  Others, I hear, can cost $99.   It’s a CAT Scan of your heart and it measures the amount of calcium in the arteries of your heart which are indicators of plaque build up.    When people have heart attacks and they go to the hospital, we stop the heart attack, then go fix the problem with angioplasty/stent to reopen the artery.   Now, the damage that was done to your heart muscle before you arrived to the hospital is irreversible.  It causes all kinds of health problems.   If you can find that you have plaque build up in your arteries before you have a heart attack, then you are way above the game my friend!  You can fix your heart BEFORE you have a heart attack.  You want to protect your heart from the damage that a heart attack causes.   The CT Calcium scan does that for you.   For $50-100 you can save your life and your health.

If you have a family history of heart disease, and are in your 40’s or older, and/or you have been or currently are a smoker, please, please, please, consider getting a CT Calcium Scan done.  Tell your moms and dads, grandpa’s and grandma’s.  If mom and/or dad have had cardiac disease, it’s hereditary, get yourself checked out.

I had one done at the age of 45.  My score was zero.  My husband had one done and his score was low also, but they found a buldging weakness in the large artery that comes out of his heart, that we continue to monitor anually.  We make sure his blood pressure is good and normal to prevent that from getting any worse.  If we did not have that scan done, we never would have known.

Baby Luke is due any day now!  Doctor said she didn’t think Lauren would make it to next week.   Will keep you guys posted!

Happy Knitting.

 

 

 

Cowl days

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Lauren and Lindy, my daughters, wearing their cowls today.

Lauren is 9 months pregnant here!  You can hardly tell in this photo.  At the weekly doctor check, we’ve found out Luke is full term and can arrive any day now.  He is officially due on Nov 15, but he’s ready any time.  We can’t wait to meet the little guy!  He’s already loved so much!

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Lindy is modeling the cowl I just finished for Bailey.  I’m going to make a matching hat and maybe some gloves too, if I have enough yarn.   I made one for Lindy too, but she took it home already.  Her cowl was white on the outside with a variegated blue for the inner stripe.  Lauren and Lindy are wearing the same cowl, it’s just in different yarns/colors.  It’s super easy, add on 90-120 stitches and it’s knit 1 purl 1 ribbing.  12 stripes of main color, then 6 stripes of alternating colors, then 6-9 rows of  contrast color, then 6 stripes of alternating color, then finish with 12 stripes of main color.

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Bailey, with Henry, in Wyoming.

This is Len’s beautiful daughter, Bailey, who lives in Wyoming.  I just noticed uploading this photo that I made her those boot toppers too.    I gave them to her at her wedding and there was so much commotion that I wondered if she ever actually got them.  Apparently she did!  Cool!  I made her an Alpaca Cowl of ivory and her kitty cat had a litter of kittens in her scarf basket.   I made her this red one to replace it.  It’s the Gap-tastic Cowl on Ravelry.   It’s just a seed stitch pattern throughout, easy.

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Lauren just finished this poncho.  This is Crochet!  Isn’t it pretty!?  I absolutely LOVE that poncho’s are back in style!  I’m a child from the 70’s, so I’m poncho friendly!  I wore one today for grocery shopping at Target today.  LOVE them!

I got in on the fun too!

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Gourmet Yarn Co last SALE day is tomorrow.  50% off all yarn 75% off needles and accessories.   I believe it’s the very last day they will be in business.   Have fun stocking up!  They still have a lot of yarn.   It will be worth the trip.   That Alpaca yarn sure is costly.   Those Alpaca cowls are $60 worth of yarn alone.  I think I’ll stock up on a bit more.

Beautiful Days

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Do you remember being this young and carefree?  I remember playing pretend and being the female hero of my time.  Back then, it was Charlie’s Angels.  My two playmates, Chris and Jana, that were my neighbors, would pretend to be Charlie’s Angels and solve crimes and put the bad guy away.

Jourdyn playing in her WonderWoman costume.

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This is my real life super hero.  This is Lindy my daughter.  She just got her acceptance letter to nursing school.  She has worked so hard and has done so well.  I’m glad to see all her hard work pay off!  Look at that smile!  So stinking CUTE!

 

I found this neighbor in my front yard today.  A lady down the street owns it.   It’s not the first time he’s gotten out.  It’s such pretty fall weather.  I don’t blame him for wanting some long walks around the hood.

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Max, playing with the puppies.

 

We all came out for some play time with the neighbors.  That baby girl there abosultely loves these puppies.  She was laying down with one drapped across her neck and the pup was asleep.

I made a super warm and comfy cowl, but it was liked so well by the recipient, that it flew out the door before I could take a picture.  That happens sometimes.  I’m working on some baby tops for now.

 

Season of the Cowl

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Len and Bailey in her hometown of Wyoming.

This is my husband, Len, and his daughter, Bailey.   She is pregnant with her first, a boy named Henry.   I made her the red cabled baby blanket, as pictured in my last post.  I also made her a cowl to match.  Her cowl is the “GAP-tastic Cowl” which you can find on Ravelry.  It’s basically just a seed stitch pattern.  Both yarns are from Plymouth Yarn Co.  The baby blanket is Encore Chunky and the cowl is Baby Alpaca Grande.

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Grey Cabled Baby Blanket with Goldendoodle pups.

This is one of the baby blankets I made in a different yarn that is the same as the red baby blanket in my previous post.  See, it’s super pretty in any yarn!  Our Goldendoodles are growing so fast.  They are adorable!

Back to the cowls….

Len is in Wyoming and I didn’t have anyone to help with pics.   You can still see the cuteness of the cowl.   I had some yarn left over so I made a hat to match.  I had to be creative because I had little of the cream left and more of the variegated color.  It’s not an exact match, but it still goes together.  I made the pompom with my hand.  No tools used at all.  (Big pat on my back here). The hat pattern is from the “Chunky Beanie” by NatHipKnits on Ravelry.

Max loves all my knits.  It’s so cute.  Len is retired and home all the time.  Max is used to having someone here.   He doesn’t like to be alone and he’s always with someone, regardless of what we are doing.   I was doing some chores the other day, in particular, laundry.  I was going from room to room putting away the laundry and when he would notice I had left the room, he would meow.  I would holler, “I’m in here Max.” and you could hear the frantic pitter patter of his paws racing to find me.  It was so funny.   We did this from room to room while doing my chores.  Cracked me up!

This is my daughter, Lindy.  This is several years ago.  I think she was 17 here.  She will be 21 this December.  She is wearing the “Drop Stitch Cowl” by Abi Gregorio.  She gets tons of compliments on this when she wears it.  I bought some super chunky yarn from Tuesday Morning for this.

I miss my man so much!  Eagerly awaiting his return home.

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Babies Everywhere

Hot off my needles is the Reversible Cable Blanket.  I love this blanket.  This is the fourth one I’ve made.  No matter what yarn you choose, they all look stunning.  I’ve used Simply Soft from Hobby Lobby, and 100% acrylic I Love This Yarn, and most recently Plymouth Yarn; Encore Chunky Tweed.  If you’re using it for a baby blanket, it needs to be washer/dryer friendly.  We all know how messy those wee little ones can be!

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4 week old Goldendoodle puppy

The most accurate picture of the red color is the one here with Max on my lap.  It’s a deep rich burgundy red, not neon pink/red.  This is for our new grandson, Henry, that lives in Wyoming.

Played outside with the Goldendoodle puppies today.  They are still little babies.  They’ve just started to act like little puppies, growling, barking, chewing each other.  They are still a little shy and learning about the big new world of the back yard.  Only two more weeks and they will be ready to go.  A new momma came by today to see her petite little baby girl

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Grandkids; Xander and Jourdyn at the Pumpkin Patch.

 

 

 

Lost in Time Shawl

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I wanted to show and tell some of Lauren’s projects.  She likes to crochet and can do some knitting.  Whereas, I like to knit and can do some crochet.  She is working on the cutest shawl.   It’s called “Lost in Time” by Johanna Lindahl and you can find her pattern here: Lost in Time Shawl.

You should go see the finished projects on Ravelry.  There are 1250 finished projects and  the different color combinations are absolutely stunning!  She ordered the suggested yarn and it is very affordable and good quality yarn.

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The yarn arrived yesterday and she has already gotten this far….  It’s a work in progress and not blocked yet.  This will be her first project that she has blocked.  It will be neat for her to see the magic blocking does for a project.

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I stopped by her house yesterday and was the typical nosey mother-in-law and went thru her current projects.  She just decides she’s going to make something and gets her crochet hook out and there you go, she has a project.  I have to have a pattern.

I loved this!

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She said she wasn’t crazy about it, but I think it’s gorgeous!  Look how pretty these colors go with her teal nail polish.   She is going to make it into a cowl.   She is from Austin, Tx and has moved here to Edmond, OK.  We have fall and winter here and I’m so excited that she gets to wear lots of knit accessories.   She’s going to love it!

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This is a poncho she is making.  She is not done.  But I liked it so much, I wanted to take a picture now.  This is some of the Malabrigo yarn I found at a garage sale.  An entire 10 skein bag full of it.  I’m so happy it has found a home with Lauren and her poncho.  I can just see her taking Luke to the park with this on.  I know, I sound like a broken record, but she is so beautiful.  Her skin is perfect!

I was brought up as a lake kid.  My parents took my step-sister and myself to the lake almost every other weekend growing up.  I had sunburn after sunburn.  Then, as a teenager in the 80’s, we bronzed ourselves in baby oil all summer.  I spent a lot of time at the water park during the summers with my girlfriends.   I’ve had extremely severe sunburns growing up and my skin shows it now.  I’ve had women come up to me and scold me for the freckles on my back as if it’s Leprosy (no kidding).  Raising my children, we were taught to apply the sunscreen.  It wasn’t like that when my parents were raising kids.  So my children’s generation all have pretty skin.  My daughter, Lindy, is the same, beautiful skin!

Thanks to Rodan & Fields, I’m well on my way to reversing all that skin damage.  I’m going to share some other people’s results too.

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This is what my back looks like. Look at her amazing results!

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This woman looks like a mother/daughter photo. I would never guess this is the same woman.

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I found out yesterday that a local yarn store, The Gourmet Yarn Company in NW OKC on May Ave is closing!  They are having a clearance sale this Saturday and Sunday with everything  25-50% off storewide.  I am fully loaded on yarn, but a sale is a sale, and knitting needles are rarely ever on sale.  I hope to stock up on some circulars.

Enjoy your day.

Tammy

 

 

 

Happy Monday

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Lauren and I went to Stitches, Texas last weekend.  We were so focused on all the booths and pretty yarns that we forgot to take a single picture!   We dumped out  both our loots and took a picture of our treasures.

I’ve had a rough weekend.   Lauren was in a minor car accident.  She and baby are fine.  I was so scared and worried about her that I aggravated an old neck injury of mine and have had a horrible headache for 3 days now.  I thought I’d post some fun pictures of yarn to help me feel better.   Yarn releases feel good endorphins and makes me happy.  Might take my mind off my headache.

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I bought this yarn for Lauren for her birthday along with a pattern for a cowl at L & B Yarn Co in Norman, OK.  The teal is Marisol Ushya (two skeins) and the brown variegated is by Universal Yarns Classic Shades Frenzy. (1 skein).  Love that cowl!  Super cute with jeans.  Tomorrow, we are supposed to get our first bout of fall weather.  Fall is my favorite season; back to school, football, pumpkins, falling leaves, my favorite colors all around, jeans, boots, and cowls…..just love it.

I spent the weekend working on my unfinished projects.  This is my unfinished project basket.  That is the Lady Eleanor Entrelac Stole.  I started it about 6 years ago.  It just lacks one more row and the fringe.

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This is the Wavy Lace Scarf by Sweaterbabe.  All this one lacked was the fringe.  I love this color!  So pretty!  This is the 4th scarf I’ve made from this pattern.

These adorable fingerless gloves are from the pattern  Trilsea’n, which is Gaelic for “braid”, by Kalurah Hudson that I downloaded from KnitPicks.  Very appropriate for “Outlander” fans.  Speaking of Outlander, is anyone else down in the dumps waiting for Claire and Jamie to finally get back together?  Every episode has been so sad and depressing.  Each episode, I’m like “Come on!  Get back together already!”.

Happy Monday everybody!  I’m already feeling better.

 

Blocking the Aideen Shawl

Lauren asked me what blocking was the other day, so I thought I would share.  I’ve mentioned that blocking is not something that many knitters enjoy.  It is necessary for several types of knitting, especially lace.  I knit the “Aideen” shawl by Dee O’Keefe two years ago when I travelled to Rhinebeck, NY for their annual Sheep and Wool Festival.  If you haven’t been, please put it on your bucket list to go.  New York is absolutely gorgeous in the fall.  My husband has turned his nose up at traveling to the East coast, and he loved it!   It’s an absolutely must do.  Two years later, and I’m finally blocking my shawl!

This is the shawl laid out unblocked.

You soak the garment in water, and the wool/alpaca/fiber blooms.  You get the excess water out by rolling it up in a towel.

This is a blocking mat.  You can get these at your LYS or buy them online.  I purchased two packages from Knit Picks, an online yarn store.  I did not have enough to completely block this out like I should have, so I will need to buy one more package.  The long cardboard contains long wires that you use to help block and then T-pins to pin the garment down.  You will see Max in these pics.  He’s everywhere I am.

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Max is trying to help me, but he’s in my way, playing with the blocking wires.  I had to shut him out of the room to get this done.  He sure is cute though!

This is the shawl laid out and pinned down.  The pattern will tell you the measurements it should be.  You just flatten and pull and push until you get the correct measurements.  I did not have the appropriate space of blocking mats to do this “perfectly”.  The wires are thread through the inner circle, where Max is laying.  The pattern called for more wires to be thread and placed along the edge between the lace and the border.  I did not do this.

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Here is the diagram from the pattern on what it should have looked like.

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You can see mine is kinda wonky compared to the pattern.  I even accidentally missed pinning a few of the picots on the edge of the scarf, but you can’t tell.

Here is the finished product.

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Thank you Lauren for posing for me.  You are absolutely stunning!   Our grandson has a new name.  It was going to be Jack.  Now it’s Luke Scott Mattinson.  I told Lauren he is going to be so cute that she will never put him down.  She promised me should would put him down for a little bit so I could hold him. :-).

This is my oldest son, John, the dad.  Both mom and dad have the cutest dimples.  Luke surely will too.  You never know.

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I hear several people are intimidated by lace projects.  Don’t be.  They are not hard.   It’s only yarn overs and knitting two stitches together.   Not hard at all.