"Nuttin but knittin" - that says it all, with an occasional deviation into the real world.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

All new things.....

Eventually get old.  As in.....everything in a house built in the '70's.  My father was a general contractor, and when it came time for the hubbs and I to purchase a home, he offered to help us build one.  So....off to purchase land, and plan away.  Hubbs hit as many nails as did my dad, and when it was all said and done, we had a very well built, if modest, home....for a fraction of the cost.  But, it is aging.  So a few years back, we put on a new roof, and then there was the AC/Furnace, and recently some kitchen upgrades, and this week....
Windows have changed drastically in the 30+ years.....these are triple pane, very energy efficient.  Replacing wood windows - oak trimmed inside.  They will take some getting used too.  The deafening ability is amazing.  While I don't mind the lack of traffic noise, I do kind of miss the sounds of the birds.  Guess it's a give and take type of thing.....

Old, also, is Sofee's one and only long sleeved sweater.
She really needs the benefit of long sleeves, and over the hip coverage to deter licking/chewing in this allergy season.  This one is getting stretched out to the place where she can finagle out of it pretty easily.....thus the harness keeping it on.  So, in desperation, I am going to take one of her old short sleeved sweaters and modify it.  Add on longer legs, and lengthen it.  I promised her she would not have to go out in public, as it will surely be an embarrassment.
My next project is a nice, new, sweater for her.....but in the meantime this quick (and ugly) solution will have to do.   I promised her - no photos necessary.

And now for some pretty "new" items.  Some actually not so new, but I have not been very good about photographing my new fiber before I stash it away.  So....I raided the stash bins and got caught up.  New pretties.....
This is Polwarth by Sqoosh.  Apparently there is not a colorway name.  I just see "1073" on the label.  Not sure what it will be yet, but she was having a very good sale - and I just could not resist the beautiful reds and oranges.

These three small braids are each 2oz.  They are BFL fiber, by FatCatKnits.  These will eventually be spun into fingering weight yarns for colorwork.  Love these little braids to play with.

This is "Esther" on VBFL.  Ginny of FatCatKnits has a colorway of the month (voted on by her rav group members - great fun!) and she offers a discount on that particular colorway.  This must have been the one for July.  Deep purples.  I wish I had ordered more, as I like it way more than I thought I would.  sigh.... 


This is Spinach Souffle, the colorway for August (I think at least).  Lovely deep greens.  Again on VBFL. 

As for my knitting, I am nearing completion on a project somewhat inspired by this photo:
This was taken in Bergen, Norway.  We traveled there several years ago, and this was the view from our balcony.  Sigh..... of course my project is nothing close in beauty, but it does bring back memories of this scene.  I'll post photos when it's finished.

Besides that promised sweater for Sofee, my mom is wanting some hats for this winter.  She has never been much of a hat enthusiast, but with age comes thinning hair, so our priorities change a bit.  I made her a Beret de printemps last year which she really liked.  This year, I think I will knit a Brambles Beret.  She likes them kind of slouchy - doesn't want crushed hair.  Anyway, should be a quick project.

Sorry - this is a long rambling post!  BG is doing a sleep over tonight. The movie Lion King - at the theater - is on the schedule for tomorrow.  Should be fun!  It's available in 3-D, but just not sure how he'd tolerate those glasses, so we will probably opt for 2-D.  Popcorn will still taste great!

OH!  I almost forgot.....  It's turned colder here, and the other morning, BG came to my house with (commercial) socks on.  Shortly after his mom left, he started pulling them off, and when I asked him why, he said "I want the comfy socks you made for me, Granma!".  Ahhhhh......  what more can I say!  :)

6 comments:

Dorothy said...

I think you should post a picture of Sofee in her coat of many colors. If it was good enough for Joseph . . . . So glad that BG appreciates your socks, although at the rate he will be growing you may wish he didn't!

Liana said...

This is why I love to read blogs! I enjoy finding out what you've been up to. I am totally in love with BG tearing off those ole commercial socks and wanting your handknit socks, that is so precious. You will also enjoy going back and re-reading this post at some point and remembering that he had done that.

Digging your new fibers too, can't wait to see them spun up. love, love, love

Judy S. said...

I see lots of small socks in your future, Kathy! Your house is the same age as ours but your roof lasted way longer than ours did! Can't wait to see your Norwegian project and also those new fibers spun up. I wonder if a sweater would work on our cat who also over-licks? No one would probably survive putting it on her. LOL

Monika said...

We got new windows last year, and it really made a difference. At first I thought I'd suffocate, because before there was always a draft in our house. :o)
Awe, Sofee, I always think of her, when my son complains about his allergies. At least he's not licking himself. ;o)
Awe, BG is the best grandson ever!

Erica said...

Hooray for handknit socks! Beautiful fibers too - can't wait to see your handspun and Norway-inspired project :D

KnittySue said...

Sofee looks so cute...love the sweater and BG asking for your handmade socks...makes my heart sing. Oh and love the new window too. Hope all is well.