October 1, 2015

big scarf #III

and so it happened, i wanted to buy one more skein for the big scarf #II, but there was not one left at the wool store. it's now all unraveled and i will have to knit it all over, just 18 stitches wide, instead of the 22stitches and that will help me to get about 3 inches more and this will be long enough for a loop.
as i was in the store, i just couldn't walk out without some more wool in my bag.

here we go, a wonderful savanne XL. i wanted to the some baby alpaca as i did for big scarf #I, but there was not anything close to a warm mustard yellow available. so i went with this brushed XL kind of wool, adding a debby bliss angel (baby kid mohair & silk). so far elias' liked the color a lot and i guess that's almost all i need to know. as i'm sure he will like the #15 needle patent knitting...
it will be my vacation knitting for some long bus rides.

your read correctly, my vacation knitting. we are gone for the next few days. a few hours south to enjoy some sun and water in warmer areas of europe! we are all very much looking forward to go and enjoy and be gone for a while. bus ride and all, camping and swimming, the weather forecast sounds good, as soon as saturday has passed.

see you back here, later in october.

September 30, 2015

wardrobe ramblings and more...

 autumn colors all over. it's not just the "big knit" shawl which is totally naomi's, though she picked the color, i knit it and fun doing so. i really like her style and am glad she finds clothes and accessories, mostly second hand or hand me down items to mix and match. thanks to all the people passing on clothes and "stuff" to us. there are times i think the girls have too many pieces in their wardrobe, but then again, i have to let go of my own ideas and admit them some freedom.
yes it's not all under control and often after arguing over wardrobe issues, i quickly realize that i really have to step down and let go. each child is picking what they like and it should be that way. we go through their wardrobes once or twice a year to pass on outgrown and not liked items. so far so good. never the less, i can't not knit or sew a few things for them. there is just a bit more to clothes made by mama, i think....
funny, me rambling on about wardrobe issues, the photos show naomi mounting her newly bought bike bell. maybe a fashion statement too...

that wonderful chrysanthemum is a huge potted plant at our front steps. i got it a couple weeks ago and am certain the flowers are going to last until winter is arriving. such a joy, every time i leave the house or come back home there is a little smile on my face, it's such a pleasure to be greeted by flowers.

September 28, 2015

big scarf II

this one is not a yak merino, but a baby alpaka from lanartus, a wonderful soft bulky wool in 70% fine merino and 30% baby-alpaka. i even take it double and knit it with a #15 (US 19) loop needle. it's fun, naomi's loop is done and this one will be amos.
naomis is a long loop, she can wear it double around the neck. amos' will be wide (22 stitches) and just once around the neck, but sewn together with a twist. i'm so happy knitting those shawls for my kids. elias also "ordered" one, we will stop by the wool store midweek. a fun project and quick and lots of stop and go and so relaxing to sit in the garden this afternoon, for almost an hour, listening to gordon's sermon of last sunday.
i'm very happy, to be able to listen to those sermons, we have been away from boston for just about 6 years, but still it is very meaningful and a kind of feeling at home, when listening to gordon. ist very edifying to me. and having my hands occupied keeps me focused.