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


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:

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.


Monday, April 3, 2017

Splendid Shawl by Lion Brand

This Shawl is made from a free pattern by Lion Brand.  The original pattern on larger needles with a heavier weight yarn than is shown in this photo.  The lighter weight yarn is much prettier in the photos than the shawls with heavier yarn.  The suggestion for this smaller shawl is to use size 10 needles.  I think that I would probably just have to work on the gauge until I get it right.  I downloaded the free pattern and put it in drop box with name tat is shown in title of this blog post.

Friday, March 31, 2017

iPad cover/Kindle Cover/iPhone cover

I particularly liked the following pattern that was sent via Craftsy:

I did not buy the pattern, but it is available at:  Sold by

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Brioche Cowl in Rowan Frost

I finally finished my Brioche Cowl in Rowan Frost yarn.  I LOVE it!  Funny how a pattern or project may turn out to be very special.  That is how I feel about this project.  I love the yarn and I love the
pattern and I love wearing it.  I knitted this on size 10 needles using directions that I made up from those that Jane, the owner of the Magpie Yarn store in Lexington had given us.  I have filed the directions in Cowls in the kitchen file.  For more information on materials and etc:

It seems that Frost has been discontinued.  So far it does not see to be discounted anywhere....but in case it does in the future here are a few ideas:

This cowl (above) took two balls of Frost in two different colors.  There is also a scarf on Ravelry of interest:

This scarf is made using the pattern One Row Lace Scarf by Turvid.  It is called Moorland Frost by Deniellenoe

The yarn would also be very pretty in LaLa's simple shawl (about 500 yards) or the Firelight shawl or Simple but effective in dropbox.  About 350 yards for the Firelight and Simple but effective.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

spring trip to Lexington

This trip to Lexington, we only visited two shops.  The first was ReBelle.  The shop just gets nicer every time we visit.  It is clear that the owners are committed to adding interesting yarns .....not just the old standbys.  Somehow I managed to refrain from choosing yarn that I really don't need while the others filled their baskets with absolutely wonderful choices.  However, I was on my computer the entire time thinking about what I might do with some of the very pretty yarns.  Close to the end I asked about their list of yarn brands that they carried.  It was on their website.  I noticed that they had Collinette and I couldn't help but ask.  They, like me, had heard that Collinette was no longer going to have yarns and had bought a huge order from them at the news.  However they explained that Collinette did not go out of business.....rather they decided to stop wholesaling their yarns.  You can now buy their yarns from the Collinette website.  ReBelle had a large selection of Jitterbug.  But I need to look at what I already have and actually knit with it before I buy more.  BUT.....hmmmmm....they did have a kit in the back that they would sell for 30% off if I was interested....and I did indeed buy it.  It is in colors that match Harper's room perfectly.  I may have to make a special throw for Harper's room.  Very pretty!

The other item of interest at ReBelle was a cardigan sweater that is a possibility for Mia:

I looked on Ravelry and the largest size that the pattern makes is size 2.

After Lunch we went to Magpie.  Jane, the owner, had a casual group knitting.  It was very relaxed in the store.  Again, Jane, goes  to a lot of trouble to not only organize her products extremely well, but also to maintain a collection of unusual items of very high quality lines.  I bought a small amount of two sale yarns for summer projects.  The yarns that I saw for possible future buying are below.

The above scarf is knitted of the below yarn with the two rows that you see made from a wool yarn that will felt.  Then washed to magically turn into a WONDERFUL scarf.  Sally showed me how the "kit" works.  Jane had amazing choices in the yarn! Yarn details below:

Classic Elite Alpaca Sox

Webbs just sent an e-mail with an offer of more than 50% off on their Classic Elite Alpaca Sox overstock colors.  I have been putting off buying sock yarn, but I think I can not put it off any longer. These colors are honestly wonderful.  The yarn is fingering/sock weight suggested needles #2.  Made in Peru and 450 yards in a skein.  Here are some of my favorite photos using this yarn:

Kathryn's Shawl from Ravelry

 And another view of same shawl:

Here are some of my favorite colorways after browsing Ravelry and google:

Below photo is Lwreynolds Rose City Rollers in colorway 1866:

And colorway 1879:

And below is  Starshower by Hilary Smith Callis

And another colorway in the same yarn by the same person as above:

Oh, phooey.....too many projects...just going to buy.

Starshower Shawl

Oh, my gosh, I love the new Shawl that Sally is knitting!  It is Starshower by Hilary Smith Callis.  It calls for 400 yards of fingering weight and is knit on a size 6 needle.  The pattern is available for $5 on Ravelry.

Here is Hilary's version:

The pattern is much prettier in is Sally's start to the project:

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Newsprint Cowl

Purl Solo sent out a free pattern today that is lovely!  They call it the Newsprint Cowl.


24 stitches and 35 rounds = 4 inches in stockinette stitch


Finished dimensions: 12 inches high and 58 inches in circumference


The purl side of this Cowl is considered the right side, but you will make the Cowl with the wrong side facing you. This is so that most of your stitches will be easier knits rather than more difficult purls.
Because the wrong side is facing you, when you carry up the yarns for striping, be sure to twist them on the side facing you, aka the knit stitch side of the Main Body.
For more tips on carrying up yarn, please visit our Stripes in the Round Tutorial, but keep in mind that this tutorial carries the yarn up the backside of the work. The concept is the same, but again, here, you’ll carry the yarn up the front of the work!



With Main Color (MC), use a Long Tail Cast On to cast on 348 stitches.
Place a marker and join for working in the round, being careful to not twist the stitches.
Rounds 1-4: With MC, purl to end of round.


Round 1: With CC, knit to end of round.
Rounds 2 and 3: With MC, knit to end of round. (See Notes, above, for tips on where and how to carry up the yarn for striping.)
Repeat Rounds 1-3 until piece measures about 11 1/2 inches from cast-on edge.
Cut CC yarn.
Next Round: With MC, knit to end of round.


Rounds 1-4: With MC, purl to end of round.
Bind off all stitches purlwise.
Weave in the ends and gently block your Newsprint Cowl!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Civil War Socks

Interweave sent an e-mail today advertising downloading one of their old Pieceworks issues:

The article explains that there is an article in it about Civil War Socks:

I feel sure that I have the magazine in my files and piles.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Garns shawl

Pinterest sent me knitting pins today.  I particularly liked the shawl that someone had pinned from the Garns Studio site.

Arabian Nights by DROPS Design

Knitted DROPS shawl in garter st with stripes in ”Fabel”.

DROPS design: Pattern no fa-266
Yarn group A
Measurements: approx. 100 cm / 39½'' measured along the short side (bind-off edge).

DROPS FABEL from Garnstudio
100 g color no 903, yellow/pink
100 g color no 911, fun lilac.

DROPS CIRCULAR NEEDLE (60 cm / 24'') size 4.5 mm / US 7 – or size needed to get 20 sts x 39 rows in garter st = 4'' x 4'' (10 x 10 cm).

 NOTE: This pattern is written in American English. All measurements in charts are in cm. For conversion from inches to cm - click here. There are different terms for crocheting in American and British English. If this pattern includes crochet, click for "crochet terms" here. For this pattern in British English, please click here.
Worked back and forth on circular needle to make room for all the sts. Cast on 3 sts on circular needle size 4.5 mm / US 7 with yellow/pink and K 2 rows. Switch to fun lilac.
ROW 1: K 1, 1 YO, K 1, 1 YO and K 1.
ROW 2: K all sts.
ROW 3: Switch to yellow/pink and K 2 tog (loosely), K until 1 st remains, 1 YO and K 1.
ROW 4: K all sts.
ROW 5: Switch to fun lilac and work until 2 sts remain, 1 YO, K 1, 1 YO and K 1.
Repeat rows 2 to 5. Work like this until there are approx. 200 sts on needle or to desired measurements. Make sure to leave enough yarn for bind off, and bind off after 2nd or 4th row. To make an elastic edge, bind off as follows: * bind off 2 sts, make a YO and loosely bind off YO *, repeat from *-* the entire row. Cut the yarn and fasten.

Here is the link to buy the yarn:

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Trip to Sarah's Kanawha City Yarn Company

Dar and Sally and I drove to Kanawha City to knit this morning....of course, we have to browse and shop.  I particularly liked a scarf that Sarah displayed with her Mountain Colors yarn.  Here is the information.  I will add a photo of the scarf from Ravelry ....Dar took a photo of me, but I refuse to put it on the site....not Dar's fault that the photo is not a picture of a pretty woman.  This scarf is really easy to wear.  It would be fun to own.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Clapo-Ktus pattern for Plymouth Linaza

I looked at Plymouth Linaza yarn while I was in Lexington.  I was playing around with the idea of something that I might knit with it tonight.  I really liked a pattern called Clapo-Ktus by Loredama Giaferri.  I downloaded the pattern and it is stored in drop box under shawls.  I found that in almost
every case I liked a solid color better than I liked the hand painted yarns.  One skein should be enough for the shawl.  The skein has 440 yards and calls for US 4 needles.  the pattern calls for #6 needles, but it should be OK as the loose knit look is nice.  The yarn seems to run about $16.99 on line.

The colors in the shop in Lexington are much prettier than those on-line:

Alpaca yarn on size 7/8 needles

We talked today at Knitting at the Wild Ramp about the alpaca yarn that we bought at the alpaca farm last year.  Sally had used some for a cowl that she knit using Mistake Rib Cowl and size 7 needles.  Linda said she used size 8 needles to make a hat.  And Dar said she made a hat for her son from the yarn.


Pinterest sent a couple of pins this morning that had me thinking a bit....the first are mitts that are exceptional:

The second is a very interesting way to recycle a stained table cloth ....or at least a part of one.  I realize that the person designing this probably actually crocheted the lace part...but it would be interesting to recycle a part of something already crocheted....

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Scarf patterns

Pinterest sent me some pins  the other day that were of interest.  The pin that I am writing about took me to a blog that is maintained by Terry Matz:

The link is to a post about easy scarf patterns.  This post is about my favorites from this site.
pictured above is by knispeltante.  I filed the pattern in dropbox in file labelled Scarves and Cowls.

Use two colorways of self-striping or variegated yarn for the most colorful scarf.

The below scarf is called:

Phiaro Scarf

Katie Himmelberg designed this easy, flowing drop stitch scarf.  Stitches are dropped during the bind-off to create the dropped-stitch sections and the fringe. Pictured project by stephccng. This is on the knitting patterns selected for Best of Knitscene.

I bought the pattern from Interweave and it is filed in dropbox under Scarves.

The third scarf is:


Kris Basta’s scarf works up quickly with worsted weight yarn and size 10 1/2 needles. A simple repeat in the pattern makes this a great tv watching project. Pictured project by naramoon

And below is a Bright pink version by Naramoon.  There are so many wonderful photos of this scarf and ways to wear it on Ravelry: