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Eva’s socks


When you do a full sock on a size 1 knitting needle…it takes a while.

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a hat for mom

I am dragging my feet on my Mom’s hat. I love the yarn and the addition of the alpaca and silk blend yarn makes this hat incredibly soft. It will keep her small, white haired head warm for sure! I am happy with the pattern but not for Mom. I think it is too slouchy and I ned to rip it back and do the decreases over. I am dreading this as the yarn is small and so are the needles. I need to just do it!


See the slouch in the back? I’m several rows from the end…



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Olivia’s socks

Last week I took a toe-up sock knitting class at my local yarn shop, again. It was two years ago when I took the class the first time. The instructor taught me two at a time toe-up then and I loved it. It will put to rest the second sock syndrome I hear so much about. (you knit one sock and then start another with a new yarn, never to finish the pair) That was two years ago and I’ve forgotten the cast on part. I could watch a video online and refresh, but I like the interaction you get from a class. The owner, Beth, teaches all the classes and she is so much fun. She makes you feel brilliant and reminds you that knitting is only knitting. We aren’t saving lives. Its yarn.


Speaking of yarn. This is Sweet Georgia, Tough Love Sock. Lakeshore Drive is the name of the color. The sock mini is a fun pop of color by Hedgehog Fibers, Envy. I am loving this yarn! The sock feels so soft and the pop of neon is a fun addition. I still get excited about how a string and a couple of sticks can make something you can wear!


They will be ankle length and are coming along fast but I am knitting three other projects right now. I need to get a wiggle on because Olivia is circling the wagons on these.

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applesauce cake and a hat

We are messy bakers in this house…

Eva was going to spend the night at a friends house last night and she thought it would be fun to take a homemade treat. September calls for a recipe with nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger. Applesauce too? Even better, you know with that in the mix you will get a perfectly moist cake. We made the Spiced Applesauce Cake. This is a recipe from the Neely’s. Do you remember them? They were on the Food Network for awhile and did a lot of bbq recipes. My youngest loved that show and discovered the recipe while watching one Saturday morning so long ago (not that long since she is only 11). One thing we changed was the 2 cup applesauce amount. We used a cup of canned apple pie filling instead and chopped it small before adding at the end. I make this every year and this was the first year I added the pie filling. I’m so glad I did. Yummy!

Don’t let this picture ruin the recipe for you. I sprayed the pan but forgot the flour coat. The recipe does not tell you to flour but I like to when using a bundt pan. This cake would not even pretend to come out clean. When I tipped it over, only the bottom half came out. And you know that a bundt pan is not a pan that you can easily run a knife around to loosen and release. The brown sugar gives it a dark and lovely color. A scoop of ice cream or whipped cream is a nice side and I discovered this morning ~ cold butter!

I think I may make this cake again today but as a muffin. Maybe put a whole can of pie filling in and no applesauce. Stick them in the freezer for a quick grab and go snack.


While the cake was baking I started on a hat for my mom. Just a simple and classic knit hat pattern by Marja Suomela, Hattara. I think you could easily make this hat with any yarn or needle size you had, just make sure you change your cast-on stitches accordingly. I used a lace weight yarn* (aka ~ thread with fuzz) and a sport weight** with an alpaca and silk blend. This is going to be a very warm and cozy hat.

I love how the combo of the yarn is making a tweedy fabric. I hope to get this finished in a few days and mailed off. I must confess that this was not my first cast on of this hat pattern. It’s my third. My mom has a small head and I tried the kid size first as that is usually the correct size for her. Me too. If you knit then you understand how the fabric gets bigger as you get into a few inches of knitting. This was not happening with the hat and I had to fiddle with the cast on amount. I am at 120 stitches on a size 3 needle. I think I have the code cracked and should be ok. I like to start with double points and then after I have joined in the round I do the magic loop method.

The yarns are:

*Karabella yarns, their lace mohair yarn, the color is 3519 and I don’t think its available anymore. There is a 3518 that looks similar…a very dark navy.

**Amano Yarns, Ayni  in Quartz Grey.

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fingerless mitts

My finger tips get cold when the temps start to dip this time of year. Like Raynaud’s Syndrome. I have made a pair of fingerless mitts before with a chunkier yarn and bigger needles and a bit of cable design. I did them at a retreat I attended a few years ago. Made the matching hat that I really must redo as the top is dorky looking and the girls refuse to wear it ~ Apparently they are fearing a friend may see them or I may post a photo of them wearing it online. As if…I have never done that. Honest.


Now I want to try something in a lighter weight. My hands can get cold and start to fall asleep and feel tingly even indoors when it is cooler out, although never at home since I can control the thermostat.


I have had this pattern tucked away for a couple of years. I hesitated to knit these before simply because I was afraid of the chart. This is my first time knitting from a chart and turns out there is nothing to fear (with this pattern).  They are turning out better than I’d expected…with my skill set. The pattern is all written without the use of a cable needle so if you are not comfortable or don’t even care to knit with a cable needle ~ you don’t have to.

My youngest daughter gave me an incredibly soft yarn as a Christmas gift a few year back and the plan has always been to knit this pattern with that yarn.* Unraveling has happened. I felt a change was needed in my needle size. I went from a 7 to a 5 and trying to figure out how many stitches to cast on so the fingerless mitts would fit me has been less than fun. I got it figured out. Glad for it. Well worth the time spent. I know when they are done I will be glad they are knit and fit exactly the way I want.

*the yarn is Simplicity by HiKoo. So very soft!

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it’s a wrap

When we were at my mom’s over the weekend she asked me to finish this wrap. {Arthritis has made knitting a bit of a challenge and she wanted to wear it this fall} I am not sure about the yarn* yet as the labels have long fallen off and the additional skeins are buried in the stash we brought home ~ I can tell you this: the yarn is soft and squishy. When this wrap is finished it will be very soft and snuggly!

You’d think this an easy task. Knit a few rows, and then knit and purl two rows. Simple. But I had to complicate it for myself. I started knitting while we were there. While there we 17 of us at Mom’s, I knit and I talked. I set the wrap down and picked it up. Fiddled and knit. Fiddled and talked. Which led to this…

I had dropped a stitch quite a way down and decided to wait until I got home to fix it. I do know my limitations. No point in knitting with all of us together those two days and add to that the going from my sister’s to my mom’s. The knitting would only get muddled again. So I secured it with all manner of knitting notions and tucked it away. {I can chew gum while I walk, though}


Now home and with all the stitches back where they need to be, I get distracted, again…by the needles. I need a bit more room to hold all these stitches. The weight of the growing wrap combined with the length of the circular needles has me constantly shifting and adjusting the project. I am grateful for a knitting shop close to our home that always has the needles I love.

I don’t know if you can tell the mistake in this picture. The lighting is quite bad and I took the photo with my phone… When I started to switch the needles over I noticed that there was a difference in the feel of what I had knit compared to my mom’s knitting. Oddly, my mother and I have the same stitch retention ~ you can not see where one of us begins and the other takes over. It wasn’t the stitch tension. It was the weight of them. I had been knitting the two colors together. I thought that was what I was supposed to do. I was wrong, it was knit one color a few rows, switch colors and knit and purl two rows.

I had to rip…a lot…several…rows…

Here is where the mistake began…

Sometimes a project is so simple I think I know what to do. To be fair my head was still spinning from all the yarn my mom had just bestowed upon me. Mom was cringing from all the yarn she had just bestowed upon me. When I asked, are you knitting these two yarns together?…she quickly said yes. I didn’t look, I knit. Eva sat on the couch with one color, and I with the other and we wound and wound all the while listening to the neighbors get a tree trimmed with the windows opened wide and no one able to hear my WHOA, that is a lot of rows to undo!

The needles are to my liking.

The stitches are all in place.

The pattern is being followed correctly.

The morning sun is shining brightly.

I can begin and not be distracted…for now.

*as soon as I dig up the other skeins, I’ll post what the yarn is