Thursday, May 25, 2017

Hawkins Map of Kentucky

I did this map many years ago while working on sorting out all of the various Hawkins lines that moved from the Orange/Culpeper/Louisa county area of Virginia.  I am actually just putting it on the blog so that it is easy to find.  I have first put a smaller version in place.  With the larger version, you should be able to shift the map to zero in on various parts.  Many of these Hawkins families belong to Hawkins DNA family group #1.  Others seem to belong to other groups.  Some are still not placed in a DNA group in my own mind.  We all just chip away at figuring everyone out.


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Zauberball

Webs talked me into trying a sock yarn that is very pretty with a particularly good sale.







I am knitting it on size 4 bamboo circular knitting needles.  And I am using the pattern Reyna that I downloaded for free on Ravelry.  So far it has been  a very fun pattern









Monday, May 15, 2017

Blanket for Mia

When I finished the mermaid tail for Kya, I celebrated the fact that Mia said she didn't want a mermaid tail.  It was a good project, but I was very excited to not make another.  So I made Mia a blankie.....and already the blankie has ended up in shreds.  So I have promised Mia another blanket hand knit by Nana.  I am knitting it on size 10 Needles and am using yarn that I bought on sale at AC Moore.



But it is honestly turning out very pretty.  I am pleased.  However, I don't love big needles and I find that I can only knit on it for a short time every day and then I switch to something on smaller needles that is more pleasant knitting.

So below is the blanket that I made for Mia last time that matched the mermaid tail.  I don't know it it was much loved or poorly knitted....but for sure it needed to be replaced.



And here is the new blanket that I finished on Mother's day for Mia




I also brought the girls the blanket that I made for their mom many years ago.  The blanket below was knitted to match a bedspread that was on Katie's bed.  I can't remember for sure if I knitted it for her for her room at #5 Partridge court.  But I suspect that the bedspread was new in our house that I live in now.  So I made the blanket c. 1991 if that is the case.  So here is the photo of Katie's blanket:




Tuesday, May 9, 2017

knitting group

Our knitting group was unusually small today....too many of us were struggling with injuries and health problems and health problems of spouses and out of town.  But it was a good day.  Betsy was making socks out of Berroco sock yarn that are particularly lovely.  She bought the yarn on sale, and I am about 99% sure that I bought the same yarn when it was on sale.  So her project was of great interest to me.  The yarn is self striping and has a bit of a fair isle look to it as the socks are made up.

The yarn is Berroco Sox.  Somehow my photo of the front of the label did not turn out.  But this is the right color.



Monday, May 1, 2017

Arm holes and sweater types

Lisa from the blogs at Interweave sent out a particularly interesting blog review this morning.  Unfortunately, I have a list a mile long of things that I want to get done before I go to bed tonight and don't have time to really read the one on types of arm holes in relation to types of bodies.  So I want to copy the URL here to read later:

https://www.interweave.com/article/knitting/lisas-list-6-types-of-sweater-armholes/

Friday, April 7, 2017

Blue alpaca shawl

I finally finished my blue alpaca shawl!  This has been a wonderful mindless project.  



I haven't yet blocked it nor worked ends in, but I am very happy with the results.  It is very warm and snuggly.  I used size 10 needles and Simple but Effective Shawl pattern.  I could not find it on Ravelry, but I feel sure that that is where I originally found it.  The pattern is stored on dropbox in file labelled shawls.

When I finished the shawl, I was very unhappy with the look of the shawl on me.  So I ripped out the regular bind off that I had tried to keep loose by hand and used a decrease bind off which I like a lot.  Here are directions for that decrease bind off:



  • Step 1: Knit two together through the back loop (k2tog tbl).
  • Step 2: Slip the stitch on your working needle back on to your main needle.
  • Repeat steps 1 – 2 until you have cast on the number of stitches required by your pattern.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Dar's socks

Dar just finished socks that I LOVE!

They are called Jack of the Green.  It is by Clair Ellen.  It is a free pattern on Ravelry.  Dar used Cephalopod Yarns Skinny Bugga!  It has a little cashmere in it.