Two grands

Last week two of our grandchildren stayed with s for a few days.

They found my old typewriter that I used in college.  It wasn’t new when I bought it and I don’t have the manual for it anymore (if ever) so I’ve forgotten what some of the keys did or how to set the tabs.  But our grandson loved plinking around on it.

Our granddaughter typed a short story on it but was interested in making some shrink art.  We printed out some b/w pictures from the internet and she used colored pencils to liven them up.  I forgot to take pictures of the finished product.

We also made homemade ice cream, grilled pizza (their favorite), and watched a great movie that was “before their time”: Secondhand Lion.

Mr. Aitch and I were worn out when they went home.

Birthday Wishes

A couple of months ago I sent special Birthday Wishes to someone I know.  Her birthday wass close to the beginning of the month so I found 15 small gifts plus a birthday card for her to open beginning 16 days before her birthday.  Each gift was wrapped and labeled with the date to open.

Sorry that I don’t have a photo of all the wrapped gifts.

She is a knitter and needed some stitch markers so I decided to make a few for her.

Some were beads on a flexible wire that would fit over an US 15 needle.

And some were large jump rings with a bead glued over the seam.

All slid easily onto a large open ring to keep in her knitting bag.

Most of the items before wrapping:

Here’s the list of the items pictured above: small aluminum baking pans and pumpkin bread mix, Turbie Twist®, cake mix and Jello pudding, a set of spatulas, tissue packet, eyeglass holder, office supplies, planner sticky notes and flags, stitch markers, surfboard-shaped emery boards, Au Jus mix, sunflower potholders, coffee cup sticky notes, a small lidded organizer, and a sign for her office…

She loved each one.

Not Hermione’s Everyday Sock

I’m in the process of knitting another pair of socks using the same Berroco Comfort yarn.  By knitting with the two different balls of yarn at the same time, the yarn goes much farther.  Plus each 100-gram ball consists of 447 yards which is plenty for one pair of socks let alone two.

I knew I wanted to obscure the bold striping pattern again in the Beach House color and try something different from the other eight pairs I knit in the past.  I tried Hermione’s Everyday sock pattern and it’s a great pattern but there was not enough texture/mixing up for me with this yarn.

So I played with the knit and purl sequence and came up with this pattern.  It might already exist in the textured stitch world but here it is:

The subdued Hari Hari color was used for the odd rounds and Beach House for the even.  The striping sequence is still prominent but the texture adds another dimension.

I like it.

If you’ve seen or used this textured stitch and know the name of it, do tell in the comments.

My last FO for 2018

Yes, I realize there are still six days (including today) left of the year though I’m pretty sure I won’t finish any knitting projects between now and January 1st.  Especially since I only have one on the needles and it’s been in a timeout for a l-o-n-g time.

In fact, I’m desperately trying to find a project I can work on.

But back to the title of this post…

…ta-da!  The latest in the series of Dorothy’s SSSK socks knit in Berroco Comfort Sock yarn.  

I liked the yarn, however, the bluish-grey color was not a continuous ball.  I found four, count ’em, FOUR knots with cut ends and I didn’t even use the entire ball!  Good thing a continuous color was not integral to the pattern.

I was lucky to semi-match the brighter color ball between the pair so the two socks almost match.

Gotta get them ready to mail.

PS  I hope you all had a peaceful, loud, calm, joyful, bright Christmas.