Summer Days

fullsizeoutput_23c8

We are at that point where we are trying to survive the hot days of Summer! 112 degrees the other day and several more 100+ days to follow.

IMG_0069IMG_0073IMG_0072

We are playing “If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands.”

I’ve put the current scarf I’m working on aside.  I’ve come to a place in the pattern that doesn’t make any sense to me.  We are also expecting a new grand-niece soon, so I’ve got to get a baby blanket done in the next few weeks.

Now that the kids are gone and we are empty nesters, I’ve decided to paint the bedrooms different colors.  My husband is a retired Fire Fighter and he had an “off-duty” job of painting houses.  He used to paint for Oklahoma University before he became a Fireman.  He’s in a contest with himself to get the best paint job done.  He is very good.  There are tricks to the trade as in every profession.  He can lay a super smooth line across the baseboards. (the secret is applying a thin line of caulk on top of the tape. When you remove the tape, it lays a perfectly straight line at the edge.)

So, we’ve been busy with babies and painting.

Len just got home with lunch and Luke is napping.  Keep cool friends.  That heat can be cruel!

 

Tammy

 

Hooded Cardigan for Baby.

fullsizeoutput_1921

Lauren and I were yarn hoarding at our LYS that was closing and she found this adorable cardigan pattern.  It’s the Jump for Joy Hoodie from Universal Yarns.  It uses Cotton Supreme Batik cotton yarn by Universal Yarn. There are a ton of color combinations available.   I used the color “Navy Salute”. The yarn is so soft and cozy!  Love it!

IMG_4732

Lauren knows crochet and some knitting.   She started this cute cardigan and when she got to shaping the sleeve portion, kinda got hung up there.    I finished it for her.  It was an easy and quick project.  (Did anyone notice I did a button band?). As long as instructions are included, I can do almost anything.  When they just tell me to add a button band however I like, then I get caught up.

IMG_4727

I had just finished watching Knit Stars 2.0 from Loops, particularly the class from Steven Be.  He was talking about mistakes in knitting.  He was talking about how mistakes are okay, and it adds to the ambience of knitting.  Not his exact words, I’m paraphrasing.  So, I was finishing this cardigan for Lauren and got to the hoodie.  I made a mistake on the top of the hoodie.  Where the  dark blue starts on the hoodie, there is a garter ridge row and it should be stockinette throughout.    I thought, “Well, it will add character.  I will try and change my perfectionism and just “go with it”.”

I am so disturbed by my mistake!!!   I can’t believe I left it there!  Lauren was knitting her first baby outfit for her little boy, and I left a mistake in it.   I was so aggravated at myself.  What was I thinking?   Why on earth, would I leave a big mistake like that where everyone can see it.   It wasn’t even my project, it was Lauren’s.  Ugh!  No more “just go with it” for me.

IMG_4728

You can see my mistake well  here.  That garter ridge is not supposed to be there.

Other than my mistake of my own doing, I absolutely LOVE this cardigan.  I think I will make a couple more for fall.    Actually, I’d like to make one for myself.    I love all things hooded.  I have no idea why.  I just do.   Maybe it’s the casual nature of a hooded garment.

 

Screen Shot 2018-04-11 at 8.32.52 AM

Here are just a few color combinations of the Cotton Supreme Batik yarn from Universal Yarns.  I couldn’t fit all of them in the picture.  There are even more colors available.

Happy Knitting

 

Tammy

 

 

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.

IMG_4146

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.

IMG_4147

IMG_4148

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.

IMG_4119

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.

fullsizeoutput_142d

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

IMG_4138

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.

fullsizeoutput_1438.jpeg

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.